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Jake Kettles inspired Kirrie Thistle to their first every trophy as they toppled Dundee West in the final of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup. The winger netted twice and picked up two assists as Kirrie avoided what would have been a stunning Dundee West comeback.
Kirrie started on the front foot, and put their pre-match nerved to bed with only six minutes played. Logan Richardson’s shot deflected into the path of Jake Kettles, who smashed a shot past Jordan Walker at the near post.
Dundee West saw their top scorer Aiden Law denied by Rory Davidson, before Walker kept out an effort from Richardson at the other end. Cammy Blacklock tried his luck from 20 yards but was denied by Davidson.
Kirrie extended their lead after 19 minutes through Cameron Simpson. Dundee West could only clear a corner as far as the defender, who looped a header over Walker and into the net.
Sam Ellis went close to extending Kirrie’s lead five minutes later but couldn’t hit the target with a curling effort from the edge of the box. Dundee West were starting to grow into the tie and saw Law fire wide from 20 yards after 26 minutes.
As half time approached, Patrick Todd latched onto a long free kick, but couldn’t turn the ball into a dangerous area. Law was presented with his side’s best chance of the half seconds later, but Davidson was quick off his line and smothered the shot.
Rory Faulkner’s fourth hat trick in four matches helped Ferry Athletic keep up their unbeaten run in the Presidents League. Andy Kelly and Blair McCord also netted for Ferry as they consigned Forfar West End to a sixth defeat of the season.
These sides shared the U19s title last season, but after falling to defeat against Kirrie in their last match, Forfar knew they had little margin for error left if they were to lift the title come the end of the season.
The first chance of the game went the way of the visitors after 10 minutes, but Cameron Fraser couldn’t keep his volley on target.
Forfar did strike first in the match, and Cameron Fraser was the scorer. Kurtis Turek supplied the cut back, and the big striker swept the ball into the far corner of the net from 18 yards.
The lead would prove to be short lived, as Andy Kelly turned a corner in from close range less than 60 seconds after Forfar had opened the scoring.
Ferry were taking the game to Forfar with Rory Faulkner causing the visitors backline plenty of problems. The forward fired over after cutting inside from the left, but when he latched onto Blair McCord’s pass after 22 minutes, there was only ever going to be one outcome as he raced towards goal and curled the ball past Kyle Millar.
Kelly went close to doubling his tally when he looped a header towards goal from a corner, but Rhys Fraser was in the right place to head the ball off the line. At the other end, Alistair Wilson headed over from a corner.
A blistering first half performance from Kirrie Thistle blew away Broughty United as they sealed a place in the final of the Reilly Falconer Cup.
A double from Archie McLean, Logan Richardson’s strike, an own goal from Gregor Brown and a brace from Sam Ellis gave Kirrie a 6-0 half time lead, and despite Broughty striking back in the second half, they held on to secure the win.
Broughty ended Kirrie’s unbeaten run in the league with a 3-1 win seven days ago, and it was clear that Kirrie were keen to avoid another defeat. There were only three minutes on the clock when Logan Richardson cut the ball back to Archie McLean, who despite seeing his initial effort kept out by Ben Todd, prodded the ball into the corner.
Kirrie were relentless in their pursuit for a second, and when Todd under-hit a goal kick, Richardson capitalised and fired a shot into the net from 25 yards on the 10 minute mark.
A free kick 20 yards from goal presented Broughty the chance to get back into the match, but Benji Kane didn’t trouble Rory Grewar with a low strike. At the other end, Jake Kettles nearly added a third, but Gregor Brown managed to clear the ball off the line.
Kettles was causing problems for Broughty and was denied by Todd after bursting into the box. The rebound fell to Kian Martin, but he couldn’t hit the target. Todd denied Richardson again moments later, and Connor Smeaton skied the rebound.
With 23 minutes gone, Kirrie added a third from the penalty spot, McLean coolly dispatching the ball past Todd.
Three minutes later, their lead was four. Dagan Bell sent in a cross from the right, and Brown sliced the ball into his own net.
Smeaton was denied by Todd before Kirrie made it five. Kettles was denied by Todd, but the ball broke kindly for Sam Ellis, who stabbed the ball past Todd.
With two minutes of the first half left, Kirrie made it six. Dagan Bell provided the cross into Ellis, who steered the ball past Todd with a first-time volley.
Luke Owens’ own goal dented Dryburgh CC’s title hopes as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Dundee Thistle. Owens had given Dryburgh a first half lead but diverted Keiton Strachan’s free kick past Cammy Grant in the second half.
The visitor’s started brightly, with Kal Duncan forcing Thomas Egan into an early save with an effort from the edge of the box.
Both sides were battling in the midfield, which meant goal scoring chances were at a premium. Egan gathered Stuart Hoggan’s free kick at the second attempt before denying Paul Hutton.
Dryburgh opened the scoring six minutes before the interval through Luke Owens. Thistle failed to deal with Hoggan’s free kick from the left, and the ball broke to Owens, who drilled a low shot past Egan.
Sam Grimes' goal four minutes into injury time snatched three points away from Riverside CSC. The visitors looked to have secured the win after fighting back from 2-0 down, but Grimes ensured that 10-man Broughty Panthers got a share of the spoils.
Riverside sit fifth and Broughty Panthers sixth in the G Taylor League, and there was little between them in the opening stages. Josh Knight hit a low free kick from 20 yards wide of the mark before Broughty lost skipper Lewis Denny. The midfielder broke his ankle after landing awkwardly.
Clear cut chances were few and far between as both sides tried to get to grips with the pitch and the elements. Craig Low didn’t trouble Wilson Price with a free kick after 18 minutes, but he did manage to set up Daniel Hart with a clever header moments later. The midfielder saw his shot blocked by a Broughty defender.
As half time approached, Broughty opened the scoring. Lewis Munro was fouled at the edge of the box, and Liam Jones slotted the resulting free kick into the bottom corner.
Ferry Athletic will face Carnoustie Panmure in the Diamond Jubilee Cup final after coming from behind to beat Pitfour. Quickfire goals from Blaike Kyles and Will Hanbury cancelled out Adam Leese’s opener. In the second half, Ferry turned on the style and netted four more times.
This was the first meeting of these sides at 11-a-side football and Pitfour’s aggressive pressing early on was disrupting a Ferry side that were beaten by Riverside in their previous outing. Blaike Kyles had the first chance of the game after 10 minutes when the ball fell to him inside the box, but he fired straight at Ewan Moncrieff.
Kyles was again denied by the Pitfour keeper moments later when he turned Will Hanbury’s cross goalward, but the keeper got down and kept the ball out. Pitfour were forcing Ferry into sloppy mistakes, and punished the hosts when Adam Leese fired a shot past Finlay Lyttle from 20 yards.
Their lead would prove to be short lived as Kyles brought Ferry level six minutes after they went behind. The forward was left unmarked at a corner and steered a low volley into the bottom corner.
Less than 60 seconds had passed when Aiden Lockheart lifted the ball into the path of Will Hanbury, and despite the Pitfour appeals for offside, he swept the ball past Moncrieff to give Ferry the lead eight minutes before half time.
Pitfour felt they should have had a penalty when Thomas Drysdale went down under the challenge of Euan Reekie, but the referee was unmoved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.