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Football is the beautiful game. Many children and adults openly confess to having a love affair with the sport, for as long as they'll live. And there's certainly no shortage of romance when it comes to the cup. You've probably heard all of the cliches, however, we may just have embarked on a football love story that makes all others look like a casual fling.
 
On Saturday 21st September at Murrayshall Hotel in Perthshire, two avid football fans will walk down the aisle. Nothing too unusual about that of course, but we're just getting started. Callum Kay and Danielle Millar, both coaches at Fair City FC Under 13s (2007s), will tie the knot this weekend - with the entire squad in attendance! 
 
When the group of players was assembling to begin their club football journey, they were in need of a coach. Word was put out and two outstanding candidates came forward. Neither knew of each other, not did they have a kid at the club, but both seemed happy to give up some of their time and share the coaching duties. Their names were Callum and Danielle.
 
Coaching a group of players who are about to go from primary to high school and progress to 11-a-side football is no mean feat. However, both coaches knuckled down to create great results on the pitch and off it, have created what can only be described as a 'family'. 
 
A team spokesperson said: "Callum and Danielle are two amazing coaches and a lot more than that to our group of young players. Despite neither having a kid at the club, they dedicate almost of their free time to coach our kids for the love of the game. The whole squad is invited to their big day and if it's possible, they're even more excited than they are for a match."
 
Rumours that the proposal took place during a pre-match teamtalk or that the team's upcoming trip to the Madrid Cup will be their honeymoon, have been dismissed! However all joking aside, YFS is incredibly happy that two true grassroots heroes have found each other with a little help from a group of 12 year-olds and can't wait to hear all about their big day. 
 
Wednesday, 10 July 2019 15:38

League Champions 18/19: Maryfield United 2005

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Maryfield United’s Watson McInally League victory is testament to the hard work the players have put in, believes co-manager Jordan Davidson.
 
The ’05 squad didn’t have the numbers to field a starting eleven last summer, but thanks to some shrewd recruitment and a highly motivated team, Maryfield took the division by storm, winning 23 of their 24 league games and going undefeated all season.
 
They also won the Mac Brown Cup for the first time in ten years, marking a return to form for a club that has historically been successful but had been toiling in recent years.
 
And their double success is all down to the player’s efforts, says Davidson: “Last pre-season we had only eight or nine boys for our first training session, but nobody complained once.
 
“We’ve worked and we’ve worked; each session has been to a great standard and we’re seeing the benefits.
 
“We’ve got a good team spirit; a good core to the team; and they all work together, we don’t have any superstars – although we do have some really, really talented players.”
 
After initially looking like they might struggle to field a team, Maryfield ran away with the League, picking up 70 points and averaging over four goals a game – including dominant victories over the likes of Kirrie Thistle, Dundee Sporting Club and Newtyle United.
 
At the other end of the pitch, a rock-solid defence that conceded less than a goal a game helped grind out results on the rare occasions that the forwards weren’t firing:
 
“All areas of our team are really strong,” said Davidson. “We’ve got defenders who go and win headers and tackles; we’ve got midfielders who like to get on the ball and play, and who aren’t afraid of mixing it up a bit; and in the wide areas we’re devastating with Dilon [Gurung] and Arran [Duncan] who on their day are up there with the best players in the region.
 
“As a team, we like to play football in the final third. We like to knock the ball about and express ourselves, and get the ball wide and create lots of chances.”
 
After winning every game to the turn of the year, Davidson described the moment he realised that the title was in sight, and recalls his personal highlights from the season.
 
He said: “When it came to about Christmas time and we’d won every game I thought ‘we’ve got a really good chance of winning this league’, and from there we only went from strength to strength.
 
“Obviously, [a season highlight] would be winning the Cup for the first time in a decade – it was fantastic defeating Mearns.
 
“Also, we played last years champions and Scottish Cup quarter-finalists, Ferry Athletic, in the first round of the Scottish Cup. Nobody gave us a chance but we went and beat them 3-1 in one of our best performances of the season.”
 
With title success comes promotion and a host of new challenges for next season. For Davidson himself, he is making the step-up to senior football as assistant manager to new East of Scotland side Kinnoull FC.
 
He won’t be leaving Maryfield behind though, and there will even be the opportunity for members of the squad to gain experience training with Kinnoull, so Davidson is optimistic they’ll have another successful season:
 
“Our aim for the upcoming season is to see the boys improve and hopefully finish top half of the top league,” he said. “We’re under no illusions; we know going up a division will be tough, but as long as we keep progressing, we’ll be happy.”
 
It won't be easy, but if the last year is anything to go by then nobody will bet against Maryfield making their mark this season.
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 16:08

Website Working Wonders for Maryfield United

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Maryfield United 2005’s co-manager Paul Davidson believes the recent upturn in the club’s fortunes wouldn’t have been possible without the success of their new website.
 
The 05 team take on Mearns in the Mac Brown Cup Final this Sunday in what will be this squads first cup final – and a chance for the club to win their first silverware in ten years.
 
And Davidson, who takes charge of the squad alongside his son Jordan, doesn’t think they’d be in this position if they hadn’t been dragged into the 21st Century by their new website:
 
“A year past Christmas I spoke to the Chairman and told him we’d have to go in a different direction,” he said. “The club was in the dark ages.
 
“We were too busy chasing up fees and communication was non-existent – there was maybe a wee post on Facebook but it was horrific.
 
“Now, we’ve got fees on direct debits; have group texts and we are all in a WhatsApp group.
 
“It was a great start, but I remember thinking – and I didn’t think it would be possible – but I wanted to get a website on the go.
 
“All the top teams in Scotland have them and it really gets your name out there.”
 
So, with lots of hard work and plenty of help from parents Kenny Mitchell and Gordan Landsburgh (who are now the site admins), Maryfield launched their brand-new website on January 23rd.  
 
Built on Pitchero.com, not only does the website keep track of results and fixtures, but it automatically updates team and player statistics and (thanks to the tireless efforts of Kenny and Gordan) is chock full of articles, photos and video content - meaning it truly is a one stop resource for all things Maryfield United.
 
Davidson said: “It was awful at the start.
 
“As we were getting closer and closer I found myself up until two or three in the morning trying to get the next part done.
 
“But now we’re getting the benefit of it you appreciate that sometimes a little pain is worth it in the long run.
 
“We advertised for players last year and got nothing – no phone calls or anything.
 
“Now, we get calls all the time because of the website because people are seeing what we’re doing.
 
“If you were a player and you knew you were going to get a video of your goals online and people would be able to watch it then that’s an attraction.
 
“They can see their name and check their stats; it’s good for their ego.”   
 
And now Maryfield – a team who have historically been very successful – look set to reap the rewards for the attention their website has generated.
 
Not only do they have a cup final to look forward to this weekend, but they’re also sitting undefeated at the top of their league and know that four wins from their final nine matches will clinch promotion.
 
But, as far as Davidson is concerned, the advantages of the website go far beyond results on the pitch:
 
“One of the main reasons for having a website is keeping people up to date who can’t go to games,” he explained. “Gordon and Kenny are at the side of the pitch and they update things as soon as a goal goes in with the scorer and time – I could be walking about in Spain and within three minutes I’ll have a notification on my phone telling me what’s going on.
 
“Also, this content will be here forever.
 
“If I wanted to find photo’s of when I was playing as a boy I’d have to go rummaging through the loft, but if one of these boys want to show their kids their goals in 20 years-time then they can get up the video.”
 
Davidson takes great pride in the response to the website and reckons other teams could benefit from adopting a similar online presence."
 
“The feedback we’ve had has been fantastic,” he said. “Most other teams have social media – as we do ourselves – and some even have websites but many of them haven’t been updated in years.
 
“A lot of people ask us “where do you find the time?” but to be honest, now that we have everything set up and we have people helping we don’t have to worry about these things anymore and we’ve got more time than ever before to focus on the football.
 
“We’re benefiting from it, so maybe it’s something other teams might look at?”
 
Maryfield United meet Mearns YFC at North End Park this Sunday at 12pm in the final of the Mac Brown Cup.
 
To view their brand-new website, click here.
 
 
A Scottish charity that aims to positively impact young people’s lives through sport and physicality has been shortlisted for the 2019 People’s Projects Award.
 
If successful in the public vote, Skilz Academy could win £50,000 worth of National Lottery funding to help expand their Arbroath-based ‘GLOW For It’ project to other areas of Angus and Dundee.
 
For the past six months, Skilz Academy – in partnership with Active Schools Angus – have been running Glow Sport programmes three times a week, engaging with a combined 200 young people a week - all completely free of charge.
 
During the two-hour long sessions, participants don glow in the dark face paint and accessories under UV lighting as they play sports including football, dodgeball and basketball.
 
Academy Manager Rachel Osborne sang the praises of the programme, revealing that the opportunities provided have been snapped up by local children, regardless of their sporting experience or ability.
 
She said: “The Glow project has already proven to be a success with the young people, especially those who lack confidence and self-esteem.
 
“Parents and teaching staff have all loved the sessions we’ve been delivering.
 
“It helps young people ‘glow’ – they can be whoever they want to be when the lights are off.
 
“They add face paint and don’t feel judged by any of their peers.”
 
And now, with the help of National Lottery funding, they’re hoping to take the experience beyond Arbroath and into the wider community, in order to give even more young people the chance to get involved.
 
If awarded funding, Skilz Academy also plan to support Street Sport projects and start a new DJ School programme, all in the hope of bringing children out of their shell and helping them achieve their true potential.
 
Voting for the People’s Projects Award ends on Monday 15 April, and the winners will be announced on Thursday 18 April at 6pm during the STV News broadcast.
 
For more information, and to find out how you can vote, visit https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/glow-for-it.   
 
For more on Skilz Academy, visit their website at http://skilzacademy.org.uk/index.html.
 
Plenty of cup competition to get through in the DDYFA this weekend as well as two interesting ties in the Fife Cup. Here are five games to keep an eye out for in the East Region.
 
 
Broughty United Pumas vs Montrose Youths U13's - Cafe Royale League
 
Both of these teams are battling for the top spot in the Cafe Royale League and a win for either side on Sunday could put them in real contention.
 
Montrose won the last meeting between the two sides, securing a narrow 2-1 victory at home which Pumas will be keen to avenge. Montrose are currently one point ahead of Broughty, however United have one game in hand.
 
 
Ferry Athletic Yellows vs Dundee North End Youths - Maryfield/G Kerr Cup Semi-Final
 
Two teams amking up the top of the DDYFA U19's league face off for a place in the Maryfield/G Kerr Cup final. Ferry have the head-to-head advantage between the two having beaten North End 3-0 earlier in the season.
 
North End on the other hand have a five point advantage over Yellows and, despite Ferry having three games in hand, will definitely feel as though they can secure their place in the final.
 
 
Pitfour FC vs Fairmuir BC U16's - John Clark Motors Cup Semi-Final
 
These two have been very impressive this season and this is highly expected to be an instant classic. Both sides hold a win over each other and occupy the top two positions in the Maryfield League.
 
Fairmuir occupy first and hold a three point advantage over their opponents, but that will certainly have no impact in this game. Expect two evenly-matched sides going ll out.
 
 
Blue Brazil vs Kelty Hearts CC U16's - Fife Cup Quarter Final
 
A place in the semi-finals of the Fife Cup is on offer for both of these sides. The two occupy first and third in the AFYFC League.
 
Kelty hold the advantage, having won their previous two meetings and hold a six point lead over Blue Brazil, but in a cup competition form goes completely out of the window.
 
 
East Fife YA vs Abernethy U19's - Fife Cup Quarter Final
 
It's the tie of the round in the U19's Fife Cup as top two East Fife and Abernethy go head-to-head. Abernethy won the only previous meeting between the two when they beat East Fife 3-0.
 
Abernethy are currently two points ahead of East Fife in the AFYFC League and hold two games in hand, but East Fife will view this as a great opportunity to claim a big scalp in the competition.
 
Cup semi-finals in Dundee as well as the beginning of the East Region Cup take centre stage in the Region this week. Here are five games to keep an eye out for this weekend.
 
Dryburgh Athletic vs Ferry Athletic U17 - Stephen Elwood Trophy - Semi Final
 
Two of the top side in the DDYFA this season face off in what will be an intruiging cup tie on Sunday. Ferry Athletic are on a high after reaching the Scottish Cup semis whilst Dryburgh have already booked their place in one finals already this season.
 
Dryburgh beat Ferry's Scottish Cup semi opponents Fairmuir last week and will be looking to complete the double this weekend.
 
 
Dryburgh Athletic CC vs Jeanfield Swifts Blacks U17 - Stephen Elwood Trophy - Semi Final
 
While that is happening, the second semi-final in the Stephen Elwood Trophy will take place on not only the same day, but also the same field. 
 
Both sides are competing for the league title this season and this one could go either way as the teams have yet to meet each other in the league this season. There will be plenty of spectators at both games on Sunday for sure.
 
 
Newtyle United vs Broughty United Panthers U14 - East Region Cup - First Round
 
The East Region Cup starts this weekend and two teams competing for the Watson McInally League title will face off.
 
Three points separate the two sides going into the game and it will be interesting to see how these two sides fare as they face each other for the first time this season.
 
 
Kennoway Star Hearts vs Bayside FC Athletic U14 - East Region Cup - First Round
 
One of the more intruiging all Fife ties in the East Region Cup, these sides occupy the second and third spots in the FFDL.
 
The sides have met on two occasions so far this season, with Bayside emerging victorious on both meetings, but Kennoway will be looking to make home advantage count as they book their place in the second round.
 
 
Kirrie Thistle vs Brechin City YFC U17 - DDYFA Dave Pullar League
 
Two teams in need of points as they occupy the bottom two spots of the Dave Pullar League.
 
Kirrie have just one win to their name this season, coming against Brechin earlier on in the campaign. Brechin will view this as a potential opportunity to earn their first win of the season.
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:27

DDYFA Results Round-Up 10/02/19

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There were penalty shootouts galore in the DDYFA matches that beat the frost as the domestic cup competitions begin to hot up, while the first champions of the season were crowned.

Here’s how the action went down:

 

U13s

Monifieth Athletic’s Scottish Cup run came to an end as they went down 3-1 to Blantyre. Despite taking the lead through Fraser Yule, Monifieth bow out at the Quarter Final stage.

Dundee United SC extended their lead at the top of the Café Royale League table to six points with a 6-2 win over St Andrews Colts.

Dryburgh Athletic and Arbroath Lads will contest the Marshall Cup final after overcoming Fairmuir and Riverside in their semi-finals.

Bobby Shirkey scored four times as Dryburgh beat Fairmuir 6-0. Jay-Jay Hutchison also bagged a first half double for Dryburgh.

Kyle Fraser scored twice for Arbroath Lads with Ryan Paterson also netting as they drew 3-3 with Riverside before winning 3-2 on penalties.

Riverside’s goals came from Jayden Herd, Nathan McDonald and Reuben McCulloch.

Montrose Vics won 4-3 against Brechin City Youth in the J Clenaghan League, while in the P Gibson League, Mearns won 3-1 against Dundee Thistle.

 

U14s

Fairmuir advanced to the Quarter Finals of the Scottish Cup after beating Dunbeth FC 5-0. Stuart Heenan scored all five of Fairmuir’s goals.

Holders Pitfour began their East Region Cup defence with a 3-1 win over Dundee West Reds.

Dundee West opened the scoring midway through the first half, but a goal in either half from Brodie Pollock was added to by Charlie Milne as Pitfour advanced to the next round.

10-man Ferry Athletic beat Montrose Youth 3-2 to advance to the final of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup.

Goalkeeper Finlay Lyttle saw red for Ferry, but strikes from Will Hanbury, Aidan Lockhart and Liam Cargill saw Ferry through.

In the Watson McInally League, Arbroath Lads beat Monifieth 3-2, while Brechin City won 3-1 against Dundee Sporting.

 

U15s

Forfar Boys advanced the final of the Tommy Clark Trophy after beating neighbours Kirrie Thistle 3-2 on penalties following a 0-0 draw.

Ferry Athletic and Dundee West shared nine goals in their G Taylor League clash.

Goals from a Campbell Stevenson double was added to by Charlie Massie, Owen Boath and Harrison Taylor as Ferry ran out 5-4 winners.

ACSC clinched the W Mills League title thanks to a 4-1 win over neighbours St Murdochs, while DUSC beat St James 9-1.

 

U16s

Fairmuir booked their place in the final of the Queen’s Jubilee Cup with a 5-3 win over Carnoustie Panmure, despite playing the majority of the match with 10-men.

Jamie McCann opened the scoring early on for Fairmuir, but they were quickly pegged back as Lewis Sivewright converted a penalty for Carnoustie as Fairmuir were reduced to 10-men.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Graeme Stewart headed Fairmuir ahead for a second time, only for Connor McFarlane to draw Carnoustie level once more before half time.

In the second half quickfire goals from Nick Fletcher and a second of the day for McCann put Fairmuir in control before Zain Ferguson fired in a fifth for the hosts.

Sivewright doubled his tally late on but it wasn’t enough to stop Fairmuir progressing to the final, where they will meet Pitfour, who saw off Monifieth Athletic in the other semi-final thanks to a Charlie Edward goal.

Letham Tangerines and Forfar Albion will meet in the J Cord Cup final after beating Montrose Youths 4-0 and Ferry Athletic 5-2 in their respective semi-finals.

 

U17s

Dryburgh Athletic came from behind to beat rivals Fairmuir in the semi-final of the Henry Dolan Cup.

After falling behind to two early goals Daryl Tosh pulled a goal back for Dryburgh before Jack Buist and Ben Wilson put the hosts 3-2 ahead, before Fairmuir bagged a third late on to take the game to penalties.

Dryburgh keeper Sam Ross was the hero as he kept out one Fairmuir penalty as Dryburgh ran out 4-2 winners in the shootout.

They will meet Ferry Athletic who beat ACSC 5-1 in the other semi-final.

Monifieth Athletic got back to winning ways in the Dave Pullar League as they beat Lincraig 3-1. Liam Annan bagged a brace with Olly Carmichael also on target for Monifieth.

Jeanfield Swifts saw off Dundee Thistle 5-1 thanks to strikes from Liam Cooney, Jack Muirhead, Ethan Simpson and James Westwood.

 

U19s

Ferry Athletic Blues edged out Fairmuir Violet 3-2 on penalties to seal a place in the final of the Peter MacAvoy Cup. Liam Crockett, Bradley Duff and Cameron Murray netted for Ferry.

Ryan Hush scored a hattrick as Ferry Athletic Yellows beat Dryburgh 6-0 in the Presidents League.

Sunday, 20 January 2019 19:32

DDYFA Results Round-Up 13/01/19

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U13s

Monifieth Athletic booked their place in the final of the Diamond Jubilee Cup with a 4-2 penalty win over Blairgowrie. Fraser Yule scored twice for Monifieth, while Robbie Watson netted both of Blairgowrie’s goals before Monifieth emerged victorious from the shootout.

Ross Ramsay and Owen Moir were on target for Broughty Pumas as they secured a 2-2 draw with Dundee United SC in the Café Royale League. Montrose Youths beat Dundee West Royals 2-1.

Riverside CSC beat Fairmuir 6-2 thanks to a double from Nathan McDonald, which was added to by Chinedu Akunna, Jayden Herd and Ruari McCulloch.

Dryburgh Athletic remained unbeaten with a 9-0 win over Dundee SC. Rhys Stewart scored a hattrick for Dryburgh, with Klara Brady netting twice. Jay-Jay Hutchison, Kyle Hendry, Gregor Robertson and Adam Cabrelli also scored.

Kyle Fraser’s hattrick and Euan Nicholson’s double handed Arbroath Lads a 5-3 win over Brechin City. Montrose Vics picked up a 2-1 win over Carnoustie Panmure.

A ruthless performance from Forfar Boys saw them inflict Ferry Athletic’s first league defeat of the season as the Angus side recorded a 7-0 win to seize the initiative in the P Gibson League title race.

Tyler Urquhart bagged a hat trick for Forfar with Connor Morrison netting twice. Harry Craig and Kieran Fairweather completed the rout as Forfar moved to within a point of Ferry at the summit.

Kirrie Thistle beat Mearns 3-0, while Broughty Panthers played out a 2-2 draw with Dundee Thistle.

 

U14s

Jack Chalmers and Dylan McLeish netted hattricks as Carnoustie Panmure beat Dundee West Reds in the DS Rennie League.

Riverside beat Forfar Boys 7-1 while Fairmuir picked up a big win against Celtic Boys. Montrose Youths won 1-0 against Broughty Pumas.

Maryfield United are still unbeaten in the Watson McInally League after a big win over Dundee SC. Dilon Gurang, Aaran Duncan, Nairn Gaffney, Jamie Bruce and Kyle Johnston were amongst the scorers.

Jamie Rooney scored for Monifieth Athletic in their 1-1 draw with Newtyle. Brechin City beat Broughty Panthers 4-2 while St Andrews Colts won 1-0 against Mearns.

 

U15s

Charlie Massie scored twice as Ferry Athletic beat Riverside 5-1 in the G Taylor League. Owen Boath, Liam Scott and Conall Henderson completed the scoring.

Finlay Stewart and Luke Hunter scored for Pitfour as they beat Celtic Boys 2-0. East Craigie Swifts won 3-1 against Dundee West and Forfar Boys beat Broughty United 5-1.

Montrose Youths beat St Murdochs 8-2 in the W Mills League, while Monifieth Athletic won 5-1 against Maryfield United.

 

U16s

Fairmuir took a big step towards the Maryfield League title as they beat Pitfour 3-2. Nick Fletcher opened the scoring in the first half before Ben Clos brought Pitfour level.

Ross Cameron scored shortly after half time to put Pitfour ahead but goals from Liam Hunt and Jamie McCann secured Fairmuir a crucial three points.

Lewis Denny’s double helped Broughty Panthers to a 4-2 win over Celtic Boys. Denny opened and closed the scoring with Ryan Carr and Finlay Kenyon also on target.

Kieran Martin and Greg Oliphant netted in Carnoustie’s 2-2 draw with Riverside, while a late strike from Cavan McLaren handed Dundee West a 3-3 draw with Monifieth.

McLaren gave Dundee West an early lead before Monifieth levelled the game before half time. Lewis Thomson put Dundee West back in front before two goals put Monifieth ahead late on. McLaren struck five minutes from time to earn Dundee West a point.

Ferry Athletic beat Broughty United 4-2 in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League. Doug Blackwood and Craig Gibb scored for Broughty.

Bridge of Earn beat Letham Whites 3-2 while Letham Tangerines beat Montrose 7-2.

 

U17s

Simon Sharpe’s hat trick helped Broughty United close the gap on leaders Dryburgh CC as they beat Forfar Albion 4-2. Finlay Armstrong also netted in the Dave Pullar League tie.

Dryburgh CC went down to Ferry Athletic. Despite doubles from Liam Clark and Lennox Slater, Ferry picked up a 6-4 win.

Jay Coupar, Kane Hynes and Ross Hazel were on target for Fairmuir as they maintained their unbeaten run with a 3-0 win over Jeanfield Swifts.

Nathan Ford, Robbie Walsh and Jason Murphy got the goals in Lincraig’s 3-0 win over Kirrie Thistle, while late goals from Liam Myles and Jocky Stewart Jr gave Dundee Thistle a 2-1 win over Monifieth.

Dryburgh picked up a 6-2 victory at Brechin, with Daryl Tosh, Jack Busit, Ryan Smith and goalkeeper Sam Ross all on the score sheet, while ACSC won 2-0 against Riverside.

 

U19s

Cammy Murray and Liam Crocket netted for Ferry Blues as they beat Forfar West End in the President’s League.

Liam Jones scored a hattrick as Brechin City beat Dryburgh 4-2. Fergie Reid was also on target.

Keir Gardiner netted East Craigie Swifts goal as they went down 6-1 against Fairmuir Violet, while Kirrie Thistle beat Arbroath Vics 5-4.

Riverside CSC started the year with a bang as they hit the goal trail against Brechin. Jude Young found the net five times with Reuben McCulloch and Nathan MacDonald both grabbed hat tricks.

Chinedu Akunna scored a late double as Riverside recorded an emphatic win.

Brechin took the points in these sides first league meeting thanks to a 4-2 win and they made the perfect start to the match when Rennie McMillan fired in the opener.

The Brechin man showed good feet at the edge of the Riverside box before firing a shot into the top left corner after eight minutes.

Brechin required some last ditch defending to deal with Jude Young’s cutback as Riverside went in search of the equaliser, which was provided by Reuben McCulloch shortly after.

Jayden Herd saw his strike saved by keeper Logan Simms only for the ball to fall to McCulloch, who fired the ball into the empty net.

Riverside took the lead after 17 minutes when hesitation in the Brechin defence allowed Young to nip in and fire the ball home.

Brechin nearly struck back straight away when Liam Davidson’s through ball reached Ben Campbell who saw his well struck effort tipped over by Harris Morton.

Shortly after, Riverside’s two scorers combined to extend their lead as Young slipped the ball through to McCulloch, who checked away from two Brechin defenders and passed the ball into the corner of the net.

The Young and McCulloch partnership was proving fruitful for Riverside, with the latter completing his hat trick eight minutes before the break. Young provided the pass and McCulloch slotted the ball through the legs of Simms to increase Riverside’s lead.

McCulloch turned provider for Young when his clipped ball from the left was swept home by the winger.

Riverside captain Nathan MacDonald powered into the box and fired the ball past Simms to give Riverside a five-goal lead at the interval.

Young looked to have completed his hat trick early in the second half when he was found by Herd in the box, but Brechin’s stand in keeper Simms stood up and denied the Riverside man.

As they had done in the first half, Brechin grabbed the first goal of the half when William Keillar volleyed the ball over Morton into the net from the edge of the box.

Any hopes of a comeback were quickly extinguished as MacDonald drove into the Brechin box and re-established Riverside’s five-goal lead with another low strike.

Kenzi McMillan went close with a dipping strike as Brechin continued to fight on, while Young continued to look for his hat trick at the other end. MacDonald released the winger who dragged his shot wide of the mark.

MacDonald took his tally to three on the hour mark with wat would prove to the first of five Riverside goals in the final 10 minutes.

The captain once again using his strength and pace to charge into the box and fire past Simms.

Two minutes later he turned provider for Young with a lofted pass that Young collected before drilling the ball home.

Young scored again a minute later from Connor Robertson’s pass before setting up Chinedu Akunna for a simple close-range finish.

Riverside weren’t finished there as Young added a fifth goal with a neat backheel flick, before Akunna completed the scoring in the final minute with a composed finish.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 13:27

DDYFA Results Round-Up 25/11/18

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Despite several teams put out of action by the weather, there was still plenty of football on display throughout the DDYFA.

Here’s how the action went down:

 

U13s

Monifieth Athletic picked up a convincing win over Dundee West Reds in the Café Royale League.

Lewis Raeside netted twice for Monifieth, with Zack Hunter, Seb McLeish, Niall McDonald and Harris Shepherd all finding the net in a 6-0 win.

Blairgowrie U13s booked their place in the semi-finals of the Diamond Jubilee Cup with a 4-2 win over Dundee West Royals.

Harry Watson netted twice for Blairgowrie with Robbie Watson and Archie Browning also on target.

Arbroath Lads U13s went down 6-4 against Dryburgh in the J Clenaghan League despite a double from Kyle Fraser.

Leo Williams and Ryan Paterson also netted for Arbroath but couldn’t stop them slipping to a first league defeat of the season.

Fairmuir beat Brechin City 6-1 with four goals coming from Kyle Peacock. Cameron McMurchie and Reece Hutton also found the net.

Ferry Athletic extended their lead at the top of the P Gibson League with an 8-0 win over Mearns.

 

U14s

Stuart Heenan scored four times as Fairmuir booked a place in the semi-finals of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup with a 7-3 win over Pitfour.

Finlay Garty, Ryan Mulholland and Leo Norrie were on target as Fairmuir knocked out the DS Rennie League leaders. Montrose Youths also advanced courtesy of a 4-0 win over Forfar Boys.

Dundee United SC got their first win in the DS Rennie League with a 9-0 victory over Celtic Boys.

Monifieth Athletic moved up to fifth in the Watson McInally League table with a 7-2 win over St Andrews Colts.

Warren Lorente scored a hat trick for the second week in a row, with Jason Scott, Aidan Cobb and Rory Robertson all on target for Monifieth.

 

U15s

Forfar Boys booked their place in the semi-finals of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup with a 2-0 win over Pitfour.

ACSC beat Monifieth 8-3 in the W Mills League, while Montrose beat St Murdochs 3-0.

 

U16s

Pitfour sealed a place in the semi-finals of the Queen’s Jubilee Cup with a 5-0 win over Montrose Youths.

Kieran Forber scored twice in the first half, the first a strike from the edge of the box and the second a near post finish from a Matthew Glen corner.

Ally Alcorn scored either side of a Kai Finnie goal in the second half to seal the win for Pitfour.

In the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League, Letham Whites beat Dundee Thistle 3-2 and Letham Tangerines won 4-1 against Broughty United.

 

U17s

Jeanfield Swifts Blacks had to come from behind to see off Kirrie Thistle in the Dave Pullar League.

Rannoch Ramsay found the net for Jeanfield midway through the first half to reduce Kirrie’s lead at half time.

Ramsay turned provider in the second half for J Westwood as Jeanfield drew level, only for Kirrie to regain the lead on 70 minutes.

There was still enough time remaining for Liam Cooney to strike twice for Jeanfield and earn them the three points.

Elsewhere, ACSC beat Monifieth 7-1.

 

U19s

Ferry Athletic Blues earned a place in the semi-final of the G Kerr Cup with a 4-1 win over Brechin City Youths.

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