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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.
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.
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.
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.
Riverside topped Group B, while Ferry were runners up behind Fairmuir in Group D. In the league, Ferry remain unbeaten, but they were caught off guard when Riverside took the lead inside six minutes.
The visitors were setting the tempo early on, and were two to the good after 11 minutes, when Jaydn Burnett hit a dipping shot into the top corner from 20 yards.
Ferry were struggling to impose themselves on the match, as Riverside searched for a third. Young hooked wide after 23 minutes before Louis Jenkins saw a shot blocked inside the box.
Riverside did get their third before the half hour mark. Aidan McDougal was taken down inside the box, and he stepped up and fired the resulting penalty past Finlay Lyttle in the Ferry goal.
Ahmed’s free kick after 12 minutes was the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock in the first period. The ball came crashing off the cross bar before bouncing agonisingly over the head of Conall Henderson, who was waiting to head into an empty net.
Broughty lined up without their leading marksman Leon Winterton, and his absence showed as they struggled to muster any clear-cut chances in a lacklustre first half.
A hat-trick from Adam Davidson helped East Fife claim the three points against Kelty Hearts in what was a top of the table clash.
East Fife were the first to threaten in Leven, when Jack Matheson slipped in Jordon Mackenzie who fired his shot just wide of the post in the 4th minute. Mackenzie had another great chance after getting on the end of a James Paterson cross but once again his shot just went off target from the edge of the box in the 10th minute.
Kelty Hearts got their first chance of the game in the 12th minute when Jack Gillespie managed to get on the end of a lofted through ball. However, he couldn’t keep his volley under control as it went over the bar.
East Fife continued their pressure as Kelty Goalkeeper Tayler Martin denied a close ranged header from Mackenzie in the 18th minute. Mackenzie was unlucky again in the 25th minute as Adam Davidson made a superb run down the wing and found the head of Mackenzie who couldn’t keep it down.
Kelty had their best chance of the first half as defender Troy Stein teed up a long-ranged effort which was smartly denied by East Fife goalkeeper Kyle Anderson in the 27th minute. As both teams both attempted to break the deadlock.
Robbie Thomson was unlucky not to put the hosts ahead after his volley went well over the bar in the 36th minute.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 38th minute as Davidson tapped the ball in and finished off what was a stunning passing move by East Fife.
Kelty were unfortunate not to hit back immediately as Lennon Halliday’s shot went wide after a good cross from Gillespie in the 42nd minute. Which was also the climax of what was a very end-to-end first half.