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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.
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:19

Riverside triumph over Fairmuir

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Riverside walked away the victors in Sunday's match against Fairmuir in the DDYFA Cafe Royale League, but the 4-1 scoreline somewhat flattered the boys in blue as Fairmuir rue a lack of cutting edge.
It took just five minutes for Riverside to register their first shot on goal with Aiden McDougall, who fired his shot over the Fairmuir goal.
They didn't have to wait for very long to open the scoring as just four minutes later they had the lead when a long floating cross from Cameron Buist was met at the back post by Nathan Burgess, whose header was just out of the reach of Fairmuir 'keeper Declan McCallum.
Riverside were playing well and were looking for a second goal with the view to dampening the spirits of their rivals in tangerine and nearly had it when McDougall jinked his way into the box to ly the ball off to Buist, whose shot was well blocked by the Fairmuir defence.
The blues couldn't make their superiority count and were brought back to level terms on the 20th minute when a great piece of dribbling through the midfield by Blair Fyffe put him in a position to lay the ball off to Harrison Smith, who fired his shot under 'keeper Cameron Gellaty to equalise.
Five minutes later and Riverside had restored their lead after a bit of pinball in the box, the ball fell to Jude Young who placed the ball past McCallum.
Fairmuir were looking for an immediate response and nearly had it when Stuart Heenan managed to win a free-kick on the edge of the box after a great run. The winger took it himself and produced a good save from Gellaty to keep the score at 2-1.
And he was made to rue that missed opportunity when Riverside extended their lead a minute later when a long ball was misjudged by the Fairmuir defence, leaving the ball into McDougall who got the better of McCallum one-on-one.

Rosyth Reds were lifted off the bottom of the table after a hard working defensive display away to Kirkcaldy Inter.  Rosyth made the most of their chances on a frustrating day for Inter after numerous attempts were kept out by the wall of Rosyth defenders and the goalkeeper. 

Coming into the match Kirkcaldy Inter were looking to bounce back from two back-to-back defeats and Rosyth were looking to grab only their second win of the season. 

The first 10 minutes of the match were relatively scrappy with few chances for either side except a good save as Rosyth goalkeeper Murray Thomson dived down low to prevent Kirkcaldy Inter striker Gordon Tulloch beating the ‘keeper at his near point. 

In the 12th minute of the match some impressive play from Rosyth saw the ball squared into the box where Ciaran McGuiness swept the ball into the back of the net to give the visitors the lead.

After the goal Kirkcaldy Inter began to pile on more pressure in an effort to grab an equaliser.  After a few good saves from Murray Thomson, Kirkcaldy Inter kept the intense pressure going and Kierren Ritchie drilled an inviting cross across the goal line and as the ball whizzed past the open goal no Kirkcaldy Inter player was there to tap the ball into the gaping net. 

23 minutes gone and a moment of controversy arrived after Rosyth goalkeeper Murray Thomson rushed out to clear the ball outside of his box and the ball bounced off his arm.  The incident resulted in a yellow card for Thomson despite the fact a red card could have been given.  From the resulting free kick Thomson redeemed himself and made a superb double save from Inter’s Kierren Ritchie and Gordon Tulloch. 

The remainder of the first half saw Kirkcaldy Inter’s plentiful attempts being well blocked by defenders, drifting inches wide of the post or being denied by Thomson.

Going into the half time break Rosyth would be the happier of the two sides.  The Rosyth coach would have been hoping for more of the same brilliant defending from his side, meanwhile the Kirkcaldy Inter coach would be hoping eventually the pressure will pay off.

Sam Townsley was Jeanfield’s hero as they survived a late Dryburgh comeback and a penalty shootout to advance to the semi-final of the John Clark Motors Cup. The Jeanfield stopper saved three Dryburgh penalties as his side won the shootout 3-1.

These sides sit first and second in the Maryfield League, and Dryburgh edged their league meeting 4-3 earlier in the season. Jeanfield only had 10 players available that day, but with a full complement at their disposal, they started brightly.

Liam Cooney broke into the box after six minutes, but saw his fierce strike pushed away by Aaron Cosgrove. The resulting corner was met by James Westwood, but his snap shot was straight down the keeper’s throat.

Jeanfield had been on top in the opening stages, and with 10 minutes gone they broke the deadlock through Angus Dochard. Cooney provided the cutback that Dochard swept into the far corner of the net to open the scoring.

Dryburgh were struggling to match Jeanfield’s tempo, losing nearly every second ball in the centre of the park. Ryan McKay sent in a cross that Daryl Tosh headed wide before Cooney hit a shot that clipped the top of the crossbar.

Aaron Flynn headed against the woodwork as Dryburgh continued their search for an equaliser, while at the other end Cosgrove denied Cooney with his feet.
With half time seconds away, Rannoch Ramsay doubled Jeanfield’s lead with a controlled volley from the edge of the box that nestled in the bottom corner.

A Calum Brammer winner saw Fauldhouse United defeat Linlithgow Maroon in a tight encounter to make it four wins on the bounce.

Fauldhouse had won their previous three games in the league, scoring an impressive 15 goals in the process. Their next task was Linlithgow Maroon. Linlithgow were coming into the game off the back of their first win of the season and would have been looking to build on this and start making their way up the table.

Linlithgow started the game well, creating numerous chances but it was Fauldhouse who got the first goal in the thirty third minute. Themba Munthali had only came to the park a minute previous but it was him who put his side ahead, Linlithgow possibly feeling it was against the run of play.

They were back level just before half time however to make for an intriguing second forty five minutes.

Sunday, 19 November 2017 13:20

Clinical Blue Brazil see off Kirkcaldy Inter

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Goals from: Anthony McAndrew, Arran Dair, Lewis Stones, Conar Barney and Cameron Bell helped Blue Brazil cruise past Kirkcaldy Inter in a top of the table clash.

The first chance of the game came through a respectable shot from Inter’s Kierren Ritchie which was smartly denied by Blue Brazil keeper Reece Beveridge in the 5th minute. Moments later Blue Brazil’s Kieran Boundy saw his effort fly just over the bar in the 8th minute of the game.

Dair had his powerful effort denied by Kirkcaldy Inter keeper Robbie Carson in the 9th minute. Blue Brazil continued to pepper the goal after Stones effort went well away from the target in the 12th minute of the game.

Ritchie was once again unlucky not to put the visitors in front after his shot from range was once again denied by Beveridge in the 26th minute.

The deadlock was finally broken as McAndrew got on the end of a dangerous free kick swung into the box and headed in from close range in the 28th minute. Blue Brazil immediately doubled their lead after a wonderful pass by Dylan Geddes found Dair who smashed the ball in the top corner right before half time in the 33rd minute, which was also the climax of a highly contested half.

A stunning strike from Lennox Slater earned Logie Harp a point from their game against Broughty United. The hosts led twice through Liam Clark and Simon Sharpe, but Brian Harris’ chip and Slater’s stunner ensured the points were shared.

It was third against fourth before kick-off, and with Fairmuir on cup duty, both sides knew that a win would take them up to second.

Third place Broughty started brightly, with an early Liam Clark free kick bringing a save out of Samuel Ross. Neither side was shying away from challenges, meaning clear cut chances were few and far between.

Gregor Tweed made a smart save when a Logie corner fell to Daniel Berry eight yards from goal, but his shot was smartly saved. Berry was involved at the other goalmouth moments later, clearing the ball off the line after Ross’s save from Clark spun up into the air.

Clark eventually got the better of Ross on 26 minutes, as Broughty took the lead. Callum Howe unlocked the Logie defence with a well weighted pass, and Clark made no mistake with a cool finish across Ross into the side netting.

The goal forced Logie to come out of their shell, but Tweed only had one real save to make, closing down Keir Murray from a tight angle, as Broughty saw out the half with their lead intact.