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Sunday, 04 February 2018 18:41

Fast start fires Pitfour into Last 16

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Two goals in the space of a minute earned Pitfour a spot in the last 16 of the East Region Cup. Kairn Brand and Ben Clos’s goals put Pitfour in the driving seat, and they made sure there was no Dundee West comeback with a professional performance.

Pitfour knocked Dundee West out of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup on penalties and came flying out of the traps. Alistar Alcorn’s early strike brought a save out of David Boylan. The resulting corner was cleared only as far as Ross Cameron, and his stinging strike was tipped over by Boylan.

The visitors finally broke the deadlock when Alcorn bested Morgan Harrow on the left, and despite Boylan smothering his shot, Kairn Brand was on hand to smash the loose ball into the net.

Less than a minute later Ben Clos gathered the ball 20 yards from goal, and he proceeded to drive into the box and slip the ball past Boylan into the corner.

Kai Finnie nearly added to Dundee West’s woes when he spotted Boylan off his line, but he lifted the ball narrowly over the bar.

Dundee West were growing into the game and had their first chance when Ryley Duncan slipped in Logan Smith, who saw his shot blocked by a Pitfour defender. The resulting corner was missed by Pitfour keeper Archie Kelly-Barton, which allowed Lewis Hutton a shot at goal, but a Pitfour body diverted the ball away from danger.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 15:53

Impressive Fairmuir 2004 victorious against ACSC

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Riley Nelsons second half hat-trick helped Fairmuir Boys 2004 to an impressive 6-0 victory over ACSC at Hercules Den, Arbroath.

The result moved the victors to 12 points and fifth place in the U14s D S Rennie League. Their  opponents would remain in 9th place with 6 points from 8 matches. 

This was the first meeting of the sides this season and Fairmuir were looking to build on a hard fought 0-0 draw with second placed Kirrie the previous week.

Having been shut out in their last outing Fairmuir started brightly and Jordan Adam's goal sandwhiched between a strikes by Thomas Gibb moved the away side to a 3-0 lead at the break. 

Ferry Athletic took full advantage of a depleted Jeanfield Black team to advance to the third round of the Queen's Jubilee Cup.
 
Swifts were depleted to the point of having no available substitutes for the entire match, and faced an uphill battle on a wet and windy day at Dawson Park in the City of Discovery.
 
Ferry were keen to put Jeanfield on the back foor right from the kick-off and had an opening minute chance when Jake Stewart attempted to test Swifts 'keeper Sam Townsley, only to see his weak attempt easily saved.
 
The Dundee side didn't have to wait long for the opener however and had the lead just moments later. A cross into the box fell to the feet of striker Luke Queen, who hit a snapshot that was deflected off a Jeanfield defender into the back of the net.
 
Jeanfield were keen to make sure their heads didn't frop and had an opportunity of their own a couple of minutes later when Jack Muirhead saw his effort well saved by Rikki McLaren, who pushed the ball wide for a corner.
 
It was from this resulting corner that the Perthshire side had their equaliser. The cross intot the box was not dealt with by the Ferry defence, and the ball fell to Jamie Maloney who hit a looping shot into the net to level the score.
 
After that goal Ferry started to dominate the match and were close to retaking the lead just before the 10 minute mark when Ewan Stewart was played through on goal from a throw-in, but 'keeper Townsley was quick off his line to save from the striker.
 
Ferry were pressing well high up the park and created another opportunity when Queen robbed Ryan Young of the ball, but his shot was not good enough to beat Townsley.
 
At this stage of the match Ferry were in complete control of the game, passing well and creating a number of opportunities, one of which saw Brandon Donnelly's shot well cleared by Swifts defender Finley Young.
 
The front two of Queen and Ewan Stewart were causing real problems for the Swifts, with their movement and passing carving them open, with the latter the next to threaten as he battled through the Jeanfield defence, only for Finley Young to make another goal-saving clearance.
 
Ferry finally retook the lead on the 30th minute when a long ball was played through to Ewan Stewart who simply lifted the ball over Townsley to restore his sides advantage.
 
Five minutes later, it was 3-1 and it was Ewan Stewart again in almost a carbon copy of his first goal. Another long ball was played through and this time the striker opted to slot the ball underneath the oncoming 'keeper to give his side a two goal lead going into half-time.

Ross McDowell’s double helped Monifieth Athletic to the Chuck McGowan Cup final. The forward scored a goal in either half after Oli Carmichael had opened the scoring.

Monifieth are unbeaten in the W Mills League, while Riverside are the league leaders. Monifieth won 3-0 when the sides met in the league and got off to the perfect start when the ball broke to Oli Carmichael inside the box, and he tucked a shot into the near post.

The visitors were dominating early on and looking to make their advantage count. Carmichael shot wide after 11 minutes.

Lewis Lawson’s free kick brought a save out of Jordi Duncan, before the Riverside stopper produced a fantastic finger tip save to keep out Cameron McLaughlin’s fierce drive.

Riverside were struggling to create anything against a Monifieth backline that has only conceded seven goals in the league.

Seven minutes before the break, Monifieth added their second. Ross McDowell brushed off Ross Anderson and raced down the left, before curling a shot past Duncan in the Riverside goal.

Riverside’s only shot of the first half came when Samuel Gallacher hit a wayward shot from distance.

Derryn Thomson’s double fired Fairmuir into the semi-finals of the Tommy Clark Trophy. The Fairmuir man scored in either half after Nick Fletcher had given Dundee West the lead.

Nothing could separate these sides when they met in the league in early September, and the opening stages saw both sides try and establish an early foothold in the match. Morgan Harrow delivered a long free kick into the box, but Cavan McLaren could only loop his header over the bar.

Robbie Flynn nearly caught out David Boylan with an awkward cross from the left, but the ball looped onto the top of the net. The Fairmuir striker saw his strike from the edge of the box held by Boylan after 26 minutes.

At the other end, Ryley Duncan could only head a cross from McLaren wide.

With half time approaching, the match burst into life. Jack Wilkie looked to have opened the scoring on the half hour mark when he was left unmarked at a corner, but Boylan produced a fantastic stop to push the ball round the post.

This proved to be an important save as two minutes later Nick Fletcher caught the Fairmuir backline flatfooted and curled a shot past Shaun Watt into the far corner.

Fairmuir went on the offensive from kick off, and when Boylan took down Graeme Stewart inside the box, they had a route straight back into the tie. Derryn Thomson took the spot kick, and coolly dispatched the ball into the top right corner.

Dundee West nearly retook the lead when the ball broke to Ruari Henry at the edge of the box, but the former Fairmuir striker could only shoot straight at Watt.

Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:23

Kirrie down Fairmuir in Reilly Falconer Cup

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Kirrie Thistle started 2018 with a bang as they saw off Fairmuir to secure a place in the Reilly Falconer Cup quarter-final. Logan Richardson scored a hat trick, with Archie McLean and Jake Kettles also scoring.

Injuries and suspensions meant that both sides were without their first-choice goalkeepers for this tie, which was being played at the fifth attempt.

There were only five minutes on the clock when Fairmuir took the lead. Mark Ross rose above Bradley Milne at a corner, and powered home a header from six yards.

The Kirrie players were trying to exploit the fact that Fairmuir had an outfield player in goal, but a plethora of efforts from distance all failed to trouble Jordan Adam.
The did breach the Fairmuir backline after 10 minutes, but a superb tackle from Lee Fordyce denied Archie McLean a shot at goal.

At the other end, Thomas Gibb looked to have doubled Fairmuir’s lead with a controlled effort, but Rory Grewar produced a stunning diving save to keep the ball out and the deficit at one. Logan Richardson looked to capitalise on a mix up in the Fairmuir defence, but could only shoot straight at Adam.

Fairmuir’s stand-in stopper was eventually beaten after 19 minutes when the referee pointed to the penalty spot. McLean coolly dispatched the spot kick to level the score.
There was nearly a second for Kirrie two minutes later when Jake Kettles looped a cross over Adam, but Sam Ellis couldn’t head the ball into the unguarded net.

Kirrie were growing in confidence and took the lead six minutes before the break when Richardson latched onto a through ball, and beat Adam with a composed finish.
Fairmuir nearly snatched an equaliser at the end of the half through Billy Donald, but his curling free kick came back off the post before being cleared.

Sunday, 14 January 2018 19:53

Lorente leads Monifieth to first cup final

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Aidan Lorente’s hat trick inspired Monifieth Athletic to their first ever cup final as they beat Fairmuir in the semi-final of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup.

These sides shared the points when they faced off in the league early in the season, but it was Fairmuir who went ahead after two minutes through Robbie Flynn. The striker saw his initial effort kept out by Thomas Welsh, but the ball broke kindly for the Fairmuir man, who tucked in the rebound, despite the best efforts of Ben Dorward.

Monifieth had been out of action for seven weeks before this tie, but responded in the perfect manner when Aidan Lorente drilled a low shot past Shaun Watt from the edge of the box.

Fairmuir were nearly back in front after eight minutes, but Jack Wilkie could only head over the bar from a corner.

After the frantic opening, the game settled down as both sides tried to take control of the tie. Mason Anderson’s deflected effort didn’t trouble Welsh after 16 minutes. At the other end, Lorente was denied by Watt.

With half time approaching, it looked like the sides would go off level, until Lorente picked the ball up on the right touchline, before cutting inside and unleashing a curling strike that found the net via the upright.

East Fife Youth Academy kept up the chase for league leaders Hill of Beath Hawthorn with a well-fought 2-0 win over Kirkcaldy Eagles 2001 on a cold morning at Bayview.
 
The match was one of only two matches to beat the cold in the AFYFC leagues as the tie was moved from East Fife Academy's usual ground at King George V park in Leven to the 3G pitch at Bayview Stadium.
 
The match started fairly evenly with both teams trying to get a sense of the potential threat posed by each other and it took till the fifth minute for the game's first attempt at goal.
 
The ball was played high into the East Fife box where the home 'keeper Kyle Moran was put under pressure by Eagles forward Jake Emmerson, who tried an overhead kick only for it to be cleared away by Nathan Laird.
 
The Fifers had their first opportunity just one minute later when the ball fell for Adam Davidson who fired his shot just over the bar.
 
Kirkcaldy had a golden opportunity 10 minutes in to take the lead when a corner taken by Andrew McLeod was delivered into the path of Josh Sinclair who was free in the box but could only glance his header wide of the goal.
 
On the 23rd minute East Fife had the lead when the ball was played over into the box for Jordan Mackenzie, which sat up well for the midfielder to catch it on the half volly and shoot past opposition 'keeper Logan Clunie for the lead.
 
And they nearly doubled their lead three minutes later when Jake Horsburgh shot from distance only for Clunie to make a great save to tip the ball wide. From the resulting corner Laird hit a half-volley on the edge of the box when the ball fell to him and saw his shot cannon off the crossbar.
 
A two-goal lead would have been a valuable thing to take into half-time for East Fife and had a great opportunity to get it when they were awarded a penalty on the 45th minute. However Clunie proved to be a hero for Kirkcaldy as he produced a stunning save to keep out Adam Davidson's shot.

Wilson Price’s injury time penalty save sent Broughty Panthers into the Tommy Clark Trophy semi-finals. The goalkeeper kept out Lewis Thomson’s spot kick as Broughty held on to claim their first win over DUSC at 11-a-side football.

Broughty were beaten when the sides met in the league earlier in the season, but came flying out the traps, and would have been ahead inside the opening minute if not for a fine save from Josh Hamilton to deny Ryan Carr.

Carr’s blistering pace was Broughty’s main attacking outlet, and when Lewis Denny lifted the ball in behind the DUSC backline, and there was only ever going to be one outcome as Carr raced clear and fired a shot past Hamilton.

Lightning struck twice as Carr pulled the ball back for Daniel Boyle, who smashed Broughty Panthers into a 2-0 lead before the 10-minute mark.

DUSC had started slowly, but were forcing their way back into the match. Callum Livingston denied Reece Rankin a shot at goal with a well-timed tackle inside the box. Adam Johnston did get a strike away, but Wilson Price was equal to it.

There was nothing the Broughty keeper could do when Lewis Thomson curled a free kick from 20 yards into the top corner, handing his side a lifeline.

Johnston forced Price into two saves in quick succession before the big striker hit the post with a low strike. DUSC were in the driving seat, but failed to trouble Price with successive free kicks from the edge of the box.

The hosts chances of equalising were dashed when Boyle latched onto a clever header from Carr, and drilled a low shot past Hamilton from the edge of the box.

Carr nearly doubled his tally when he broke from a DUSC corner, but his low shot came back off the post and into the grateful arms of Hamilton. Price made a routine save to keep out Lewis Davidson’s free kick in first half injury time.

Kelty Hearts Colts will advance to the AFYFC Under 16's Easter Cup final after a dramatic penalties victory over Hearts of Beath.
 
Kelty were 3-0 up going into the last 10 minutes of the game when Hearts of Beath produced a stunning comeback to send the game to penalties, where Kelty managed to emerge victorious.
 
It was Beath who had the first real opportunity after six minutes when a corner kick fell into the path of Brandon Gonsales whose shot could only find the side netting.
 
Kelty had the lead just two minutes later when a good run from James Taylor created space for him to try and cut across goal, which deflected off of the unfortunate Patrick McComiskie and into the net.
 
That goal appeared to calm the nerves of Kelty and they started to control the game, winning the midfield battle and putting Hearts of Beath under great pressure. In the 10th minute when Jake Jarvie found himself one-on-one with Beath's stand-in 'keeper Blair Kerr, with the number one coming out on top with a good save.
 
Five minutes later though, Kelty had extended their lead with an excellent strike from Aaron Scott from long range, which was too much for Kerr to get to.
 
Kerr, who is not a goalkeeper by trade, was doing well to keep the score down and produced a stunning fingertip save on the 17th minute after Ryan Jeffrey found himself through on goal.
 
Kelty had their third after 21 minutes though and it was Aaron Scott again, this time from a volley inside the penalty area which found the bottom corner of the net.
 
The home side were now sitting comfortably and were looking for more goals, while Beath were just loking to get into hallf-time and regroup. Hearts of Beath were hanging on, and nearly found themselves further behind when Scott layed the  ball into the path of Jarvie to fire his shot just wide of the goal.