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Hannah Brice’s first half hat-trick helped Raith Rovers Rhinos to a 6-5 victory over Bayside Bulldogs at Pitreavie Sports Ground in the SWF Fife League U13’s.
The Rhino’s started well and were ahead after 5 five minutes through Mya Finley’s effort. Bayside responded well to going behind and the home side drew level 4 minutes later. Hannah Brice would grab her first of the afternoon to move her side into the lead and would double their advantage ten minutes later.
As the half came to an end Brice would cap an impressive performance by completing her hat-trick.
With a 4-1 deficit to overcome Bayside exerted pressure and would tie the scoreline at 4-4 as the clock struck 38. The sides were again separated in the Rhino’s favour through Eilidh Fargie. Having recovered from 4-1 Bayside would again restore parity in 56 minutes before Mya Finley would secure the victory for the Rhino’s on 60 minutes.
Having shown great character to come out on top in an entertaining high scoring encounter the Rhino’s will look to the next match with Penicuik Athletic Blues with confidence.
The effects of the winter weather mean there’s no time to rest for many DDYFA sides.
Here’s how the midweek action went down:
There was no cup final hangover for Carnoustie Panmure as they picked up a 4-1 win over Montrose in the Café Royale League. Charlie MacPherson, James Paterson, Dylan McLeish and Ben Blackley were all on target.
Fairmuir picked up a 5-1 win over Dundee West in the DS Rennie League. Mark Ross and Ryan McGregor both got doubles, with Riley Nelson also netting.
Broughty United bounced back from their weekend defeat to Celtic Boys with an 8-0 win over DUSC. Leon Winterton scored twice, as did John McGlashan. Lewis Grant, Kier Hannan, Kerr Jolly and Sam Terroni completed the scoring.
It was a good night for Monifieth Athletic in their pursuit of the G Taylor League title. Aiden Lorente bagged a hat trick as they beat a depleted Dundee West 9-0. Bartosz Kwiatek got a brace, with Dylan Ferguson, Ruari McQuillan, Cammy Watts and Arran Ferry also netted.
Monifieth’s title bid was also aided by Pitfour’s 2-2 draw with Fairmuir. Ally Alcorn fired Pitfour into the lead, but a double from Jamie McCann gave Fairmuir the advantage. Kai Finnie’s goal ten minutes from time ensured both sides a share of the spoils.
A late double from Jay Bryce earned Carnoustie a 3-2 win over Montrose. Conor Macfarlane was also on target.
It was honours even between Broughty Panthers and Celtic Boys. Ryan Carr gave Broughty the lead but Cody Logue’s 20th goal of the season earned Celtic a point.
Kane Hynes got a double in Fairmuir’s 4-1 win over Blairgowrie. Logan Bonella and Jamie Timmons helped secure three valuable points in the Maryfield League.
Ross McDowell was Monifieth’s cup final hero at the weekend, and he netted all three of their goals as they beat Kirrie Thistle 3-0 in the W Mills League.
Monifieth and Pitfour will contest both of this season’s U15s cup final. Monifieth have taken the G Taylor League by storm, with only one defeat all season. Their last two outings have seen them beat Pitfour 7-2 (This preview was written before last Sunday’s fixtures) and a 9-0 win over the only side to beat them this season Dundee West.
Pitfour have been the victims of their own success this season, with their national cup runs and the winter weather leaving them with 17 games to play over the next five weeks. Despite that, they have been the side to beat in recent years, and with four trophies left to play for, they will be hoping to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet.
Ahead of the final, YFS caught up with Pitfour manager David Allan, and Monifieth boss Andy McCafferty to find out about their seasons so far, their roads to the finals and some of their potential match winners.
Here’s what they had to say:
Few teams have known the success that this group of Pitfour players have had over their football careers. 2016/17 saw them complete a domestic treble, and manager David Allan admits that last year’s success has brought more pressure this season.
“It has been challenging, especially this season as we know that as defending treble winners, teams will look to raise their game to make things tough for us.
“Whilst we have won all our games in the league so far, we have been pushed hard in a few of these games. Fortunately, we have a very talented squad of boys who know how to win games.”
Pitfour’s run to the final began with a 7-1 win over Montrose before beating Celtic Boys 4-1. A 4-3 win over Broughty Panthers in the semi-final saw them into the season’s showpiece event, and Allan was pleased with how his side navigated a tricky set of fixtures.
He said, “We have played pretty well in all these matches in patches however against Celtic they were very much in the game to the end and the score line flattered us.
“Broughty again in the semi was a tough game with us racing in to a 3-0 lead early on. However, to Broughty’s credit they fought back hard in the second half and we were glad to hear the final whistle, edging them in a seven-goal thriller.”
Pitfour are yet to take on Monifieth this season, but with four fixtures against each other over the next eight weeks, Allan is expecting a tough test.
He said, “They have performed extremely well this season so far and we expect very tough games to come. We have six games in hand over them in the league but need to win them all to get in front of them.
“At the moment, it looks like a four-horse race to the title with Monifieth, Fairmuir, Dundee West and ourselves all aiming for top spot. We all have to play each other at least once so whoever can accumulate the most points over these games should take the title.”
Ones to Watch
Andrew Allan – The defender scored twice in last year’s Dundee West Anniversary Cup final and has lead his side to four clean sheets in the league this season.
Dylan Wright – Wright is the engine in Pitfour’s midfield, with four goals to his name. A strong tackler with an eye for a pass, he will need to be at his best to help Pitfour lift the cup.
Ally Alcorn – This has been another sparkling season from Alcorn, who already has 30 goals to his name in all competitions. He scored and set up his side’s other two goals in last season’s Dundee West Anniversary Cup final and will be hoping to fire Pitfour to another piece of silverware.
Allan is hopeful that his side’s cup final knowhow will give them the edge in the final.
“We know that Monifieth will be a tough team to beat in this final as they are the current league leaders.
“However, we have played three finals over the last two seasons at North End Park and won them all. Hopefully this will stand us in good stead when play them.”
Monifieth were runners up to Dundee West in the 2016/17 Watson McInally League, and have thrived in the top flight with only one defeat in 15 matches.
Manager Andy McCafferty believes that his squad’s belief in one and other have propelled them to the table’s summit. He said, “I don’t think there have been any occasions this year where I have had to question the boys attitude or application to the games we’ve played.
“Some performances have been better than others, but the work-rate has always been there and has been key to some good performances so far this season.
“The whole approach of the team and coaches is that every week is a team effort.”
Monifieth’s cup run started with a 4-3 penalty win over Riverside before an 8-0 win over Carnoustie. Their place in the final was secured with another 4-3 penalty win, this time at the expense of Fairmuir. McCafferty was delighted with how his side navigated these ties.
He said, “Two wins on penalties in the earlier rounds of the cup shows just how competitive the league has been this year.
“I don’t think we played at our best in either of the games against Riverside and Fairmuir, however the boys are a very determined bunch having played together over a number of years and I think that determination shone through in both those games when we managed to win such tight games.
“A special mention has to go to our goalkeeper Thomas Welsh who has saved some very important penalties this year and not only that, has made vital saves in many games this season.”
Monifieth are yet to face Pitfour, but McCafferty is full of respect for the side that have dominated domestically over the past few seasons.
He said, “Pitfour are an excellent side and definitely the team to beat locally with some top players and an excellent coach."
Ones to Watch
Thomas Welsh – Welsh was the hero as Monifieth ousted Fairmuir in the semi-final, with a fine performance during the 80 minutes before producing the goods in the penalty shootout. With seven clean sheets this season, and two penalty shootout wins, Welsh is a keeper at the top of his game.
Aiden Lorente – Lorente has been in red hot form this season, with over 20 goals from midfield. He was on target when the sides met in the league and will be hoping to add to his tally and bring home the cup.
Arran Ferry – Ferry needed just two minutes to score against Pitfour when the side’s met in the league. The striker has scored goals for fun this year and Pitfour will be well aware of the problems he can cause them.
Ahead of the final, McCafferty is working to make sure the occasion doesn’t get to his players.
He said, “Whilst the boys are looking forward to the cup final, the main thing for me is that they work hard as a team and give their best on the day.
“We will treat it as just another game of football, hopefully played on a great pitch and if they can go out and pass the ball well, they have the ability to do well in the game.”
The Marshall Cup final looks to be a “David vs Goliath” scenario, as J Clenaghan League champions Dundee United SC take on bottom side Arbroath Lads. DUSC will be looking to end a remarkable season on the highest of highs, while Arbroath are looking to produce one of the shocks of the season and take home the silverware.
Ahead of the final, YFS caught up with Arbroath manager Les Bates and DUSC boss Steve Maloney to find out about their preseason aspirations, roads to the final and their previous meetings.
Here’s what they had to say:
Arbroath finished their Diamond Jubilee Cup group campaign with two wins, which earned them their spot in the J Clenaghan League.
Manager Les Bates admits that the league format has been tough for his players. He said, “In my own opinion the league is too small with only 14 league games to our season, the method behind it of dividing the teams was correct but we would prefer more league games.
“Our aim was to be as competitive as we could with our small squad whilst learning the huge step up from seven-a-side to 11-a-side.”
Arbroath have thrived in the cup competitions this season, with a 9-3 win over Dundee West Reds and a 5-3 win over Broughty Panthers securing their place in the final.
Bates is delighted with how his side have played in the cup. He said, “Our best form has come in the cup.
“The Dundee West game, despite the score, was a hard game and the team had to work hard for that win as was the game against our good friends Broughty Panthers, the game was end to end but we held it together to reach the cup final.”
With only one win in the league this season and two defeats in their previous meetings with DUSC, Bates knows his side will have to be at their best to bring the cup back to Arbroath.
He said, “We go to the final looking to give a good account of ourselves, if the team can produce a performance on the day and we try our hardest then I’ll be pleased with that.
“Our two worst performances of the season have come against DUSC. We have had our moments against them but some reason we haven't played well against them, we hope that changes in the final.”
Ahead of their big day, Bates had this message for his side.
“Go out and express yourselves on the field, enjoy it but work hard for the team. You should all be proud of yourselves for making it to the cup final.”
Dundee United SC
After a strong showing in the Diamond Jubilee Cup group stages, Dundee United SC found themselves in the J Clenaghan League. From their they went from strength to strength, clinching the league title with a 3-2 win over Newtyle.
Manager Steve Maloney explains how his side have exceeded all expectations this season. He said, “This has exceeded our expectations this year, as we originally set out to simply find our feet in 11-a-side.
“We didn’t have many friendlies before the season started and wanted some consistency, which is something we still need to achieve.”
DUSC’s run to the final started with a 5-2 win over Brechin, before they defeated St Andrews Colts 6-2. Maloney admits that their run to the final hasn’t been as straight forward as the results suggest.
He said, “The scores probably flatter us, as both games were very tight, and we were behind in both games. The St Andrews game it was actually 2-2 with 10 minutes to go before we finally rallied together.”
Despite 9-3 and 9-1 wins in their two previous league meetings, Maloney knows that Arbroath can cause them problems in the final.
He said, “Arbroath are a steady team and despite our wins, we will certainly not be taken anything for granted. Our players know they can play good football, but this is a cup final and things are different.
“In recent weeks we have not dealt great with pressure as we were looking for another win to clinch the league.
“The cup final is a pressure game and a worry for us. But hopefully with the league now secured, we can relax a little and enjoy the occasion.”
Ahead of their big day, Maloney had this message for his players, “We know we play some great football at times and to be able to come away from the final successfully we need to work hard as a team and give the opposition respect.”
There was cup final drama and big wins throughout the leagues as the business end of the season in the DDYFA begins.
Here’s how the action went down:
Aiden Lockhart’s second half double secured Ferry Athletic the Diamond Jubilee Cup. Ferry had to come from behind to win their quarter and semi-final ties, and the final was no different as they came from behind after Scott Hamilton had given Carnoustie the lead in the first half.
Carnoustie started brightly and the deadlock was nearly broken after 11 minutes when Charlie MacPherson's cross clipped the crossbar.
Carnoustie's dominance was rewarded when Hamilton opened the scoring after 25 minutes. MacPherson found Jack Chalmers on the right and his low cross was swept home by Hamilton.
Coming from behind to win a match has become something of a trademark for Ferry this season, and they pulled themselves level midway through the second half through Aiden Lockhart. The midfielder fired a free kick from 30 yards past Zac Watt in the Carnoustie goal.
The equaliser brought an urgency to Ferry’s play that had been lacking for most of the match. Blaike Kyles was sent through on goal but was denied by Watt who raced off his line to block the forward’s effort.
A free kick from 20 yards on the hour mark presented Ferry a golden opportunity to take the lead, but Lockhart couldn’t reproduce the magic of his previous attempt.
The midfielder wouldn’t take long to have his say on the final result, as his cross from the right was misjudged by Watt in the swirling wind and ended up in the net.
Montrose won 5-1 against Fairmuir in the Café Royale League.
It was second against third in the P Gibson League as Dundee SC took on Dundee Thistle. After a scoreless first half, Dundee SC turned on the style with Logan Brough netting twice as well as Robbie Harvey and Dan Martin also adding goals as they ran out 4-0 winners.
Champions Celtic Boys and Mearns will meet in the Celtic Jubilee Cup final at the end of May, and Celtic picked up a 3-1 win over the Laurencekirk outfit in their penultimate league game of the season.
Celtic Boys picked up a 4-3 win over title rivals Broughty United in the DS Rennie League. Sam Terroni, Daragh McCafferty and Leon Winterton got Broughty’s goals.
Kirrie Thistle are also in the hunt for the title, and they picked up a 3-0 win over ACSC. Sam Ellis netted twice, with Dagan Bell also on target.
Ryan McGregor scored six times as Fairmuir hit the goal trail against Montrose. Mark Ross netted four, Riley Nelson bagged a brace and Jordan Adam was also on target.
Riverside picked up an 8-0 win over St Murdochs in the Watson McInally League. Rhys Heenan and John Docherty were on target for Dryburgh in their 2-1 win over St Andrews Colts to keep their title aspirations alive.
Ahead of their first cup final meeting of the season on Sunday, Monifieth inflicted Pitfour’s first league defeat since October 2016 in emphatic fashion.
The league leaders got off to the perfect start when Arran Ferry opened the scoring inside a minute, but Pitfour were level before the five-minute mark thanks to Charlie Edward.
Bartosz Kwiatek put Monifieth back in front before Greg Will converted a penalty to give them a 3-1 lead. Aiden Lorente made it four before Andrew Allan pulled one back for Pitfour.
Ferry’s second of the day two minutes after the restart restored Monifieth’s three goal advantage before Greg Will smacked home an effort from 40 yards. Cammy Watts added Monifieth’s seventh as they got the biggest week of their season so far off to the perfect start.
Fairmuir are now the only unbeaten side in the G Taylor League after a 5-0 win over Montrose. Daniel Hart’s goal earned Riverside three points against Forfar Boys.
Broughty United and Carnoustie Panmure served up a 12-goal thriller in their first match after the Easter break.
Findlay Mortimer opened the scoring for Carnoustie after 15 minutes, and the floodgates opened as Jay Bryce and Braden Batley both netted twice before the half hour mark.
Broughty pulled one back before half time, and went on a goal spree of their own, eventually levelling the score at 5-5. Bryce completed his hat trick after 74 minutes, but Broughty hit back instantly to earn a point.
An injury time goal from Ross McDowell clinched the Chuck McGowan Cup for Monifieth Athletic after a thrilling final. The striker latched onto Oli Carmichael’s pass and fired past Cammy Grant to settle a tie that saw both team’s ahead during the 80 minutes.
There has been little between these sides this season, and Monifieth got off to the perfect start when they opened the scoring after six minutes. Josh Wanless’s corner caught out Cammy Grant and sailed straight into the net.
With 10 minutes on the clock, Dryburgh did level the score. Duncan swept the ball towards goal, and despite a fine reaction save from Dylan Kelly, the ball rebounded off Michael Galloway and into the net.
Wanless pounced on a loose ball inside the box but was denied by Grant from close range. With half time approaching, Monifieth went ahead for a second time.
Oli Carmichael raced down the left wing and slipped a shot past the oncoming Grant into the net, despite the efforts of the recovering Dryburgh defenders.
Stuart Hoggan showed good feet on the left to get into the box but saw his near post effort kept out by Kelly. Hoggan’s deep free kick was headed in by David Stewart 11 minutes after the restart as Dryburgh drew level.
At the other end, Carmichael was denied by Grant. Both sides were looking for a third goal, and Dryburgh got theirs when substitute Paul Hutton forced the ball home from close range after 66 minutes.
The lead would prove to be short lived as Luke Owen’s wiped out Ross McDowell in the box. Monifieth captain Cameron Dryden made no mistake with the spot kick, drilling the ball into the bottom right corner.
As the final whistle and prospect of a penalty shootout approached, Dryburgh were handed a golden opportunity to take the lead as Whyte was fouled 20 yards from goal. Hoggan took the free kick, but his effort was poor.
Dryburgh would be made to pay for passing this chance up as Carmichael released McDowell, who raced clear of the Dryburgh defence and slotted the ball past Grant in the final minute of the game to win the cup for Monifieth.
In the Maryfield League, leaders Dryburgh were held to a 1-1 draw by Jeanfield Blacks. Ben Wilson got Dryburgh’s goal.
That result allowed Fairmuir to chip away at Dryburgh’s lead thanks to a 6-1 win over St Murdochs. Logan Bonella netted four times, with Ross Hazel and Kane Hynes also on target. Forfar Albion and Logie Harp played out a 3-3 draw.
Riverside picked up a 4-2 win over Kirrie in the W Mills League. Amine Atrih, Jack Terroni, Matthew Rees and Nathan Stewart were on target.
East Craigie Swifts kept up their 100% record in the Dave Pullar League with a 6-1 win over Celtic Boys. Matt McKinnon bagged a brace, while Keir Gardiner, Hayden Burr, Ethan Bannon and Calum McCleary were also on target. Conal Cormack got Celtic’s goal.
Carnoustie Panmure’s hopes of lifting the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League title suffered a blow as they went down 2-1 against Brechin. St Andrews Colts got their second win of the season as they beat Dryburgh 3-2.
Coupar Angus and Forfar West End played out a 1-1 draw in the Presidents League.
Two of the sides challenging for the W Mills League title face off in the final of the Chuck McGowan Cup as Monifieth Athletic take on Dryburgh CC. Monifieth will be looking to avoid more cup final heartache, while Dryburgh will be looking to add a piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet.
Ahead of the final, YFS caught up with Monifieth manager Dougie MacKinnon and Dryburgh boss Ian Grant, to find out about their roads to the final, their previous meetings and some of their potential match winners
Monifieth were on the wrong end of last season’s J Bolton Cup final as they went down at the hands of St Murdochs. Manager Dougie MacKinnon admits that last year’s experiences have fuelled a run of seven wins and four draws in 11 league games.
He said, “They tasted the disappointment of losing a final and they didn’t like it. For sure, they’ve used that disappointment to spur on their success this season.”
Their run to the final began with a 6-0 win over Kirrie Thistle, before beating St Murdochs Colts 4-2 and league leaders Riverside 3-0 in the semi-final.
“The Kirrie game was not as one-sided as the result would suggest. They’re a hard side to play against as they always pose a threat and are well organised. We took our chances that day and unfortunately for them they didn’t.
“The St Murdochs result was the one that gave us the most satisfaction. We had a stand in keeper that say, Sean MacKinnon, and although he’s not a keeper, he did well. When they pulled it back to 2-2 I thought ‘here we go again’, but the lads all got behind each other and went for the kill to make sure we progressed to the semi-final.
“Against Riverside every lad played to their best and stayed focused. We knew it would take maximum effort from every one of them.”
There has been little between the sides on their two previous meetings with a 4-4 draw on the opening day of the season before Monifieth recorded a 1-0 win on December. MacKinnon is expecting another tight affair when the side’s meet in the final.
He said, “Dryburgh have been the best side we’ve faced this season and I mean no disrespect to the other sides we’ve faced this season.
“The opening game saw us 3-0 ahead at half time and we though, wrongly, that the points were in the bag. The second half saw them reorganise and take up apart to pull it back to 3-3.
“The equaliser seemed to knock our lads out of their stupor and they collectively rolled up their sleeves and managed to get a fourth goal. Again, they came back to get another equaliser and that’s how it finished. A draw was a fair result given all that both sides put into the game.
“In the return fixture, it took a miraculous save from our keeper Dylan Kelly right at the death to ensure we took the three points after Oliver Carmichael gave us the lead in the first half. I would say that we were slightly better on the day and deserved the win.
“I have the utmost respect for Ian Grant, their manager, he’s been there, done it and got the t-shirt. I expect the final will be an absolutely cracking game given the ethos of both teams to try and play passing football.”
Ones to Watch
Dylan Kelly – With nine clean sheets this season, Kelly has been in fine form, and will need to be at his best once again if Monifieth are to lift the cup.
Lewis Kelly – The powerful midfielder is a key component in Monifieth’s midfield. His strong tackling and precise passing have been instrumental in Monifieth’s success.
Ross McDowell – The striker scored twice in Monifieth’s semi-final win and has nine goals in total this season. He will be hoping to add to his tally, and fire Monifieth to cup glory.
Ahead of their big day, MacKinnon had this message for his players, “Savour the occasion, from the minute you all meet up, board the bus, get to the venue, inspect the pitch, warm up and wind each other up. From the first whistle to the final whistle make sure you give it your all and enjoy it.”
Following their seventh placed finish in 2016/17, Dryburgh CC have turned themselves into title contenders. Over the course of the season, they have picked up players from top flight clubs to aid their title bid.
Manager Ian Grant is delighted with what his signings have added to the squad. He said, “They’ve made a big impact and have pushed us on that little bit further. With the cup final to look forward and promotion in sight, they have made a difference.”
Dryburgh’s run to the final has been done the hard way, with penalty shootout victories over Brechin and Lincraig seeing them into the final. Manager Grant was pleased his side held their nerve to reach the final.
He said, “Brechin were tougher than we thought. It was our first game back after a while, so the boys were a bit sluggish.
“The semi-final against Lincraig was always going to be tough. We were two down, then 3-2 up, then 4-3 down and equalised with last kick of the game. It was nervy but I’m glad we got through in the end.”
Dryburgh’s only league defeat came at the hands of Monifieth in December, and Grant is expecting another close encounter when the sides meet for the third time this season.
“Both games were very equal. In the first game we were 3-0 down then game back to 3-3, then a goal apiece later was a fair result. The second game also was tight, but we just couldn’t put away our chances.”
Ones to Watch
Cammy Grant – Dryburgh’s keeper has been a mainstay this season and will need to be at the top of his game in the final.
Kal Duncan – The midfielder has been in fine form this year, netting plenty of goals and picking up several assists.
Ben Millar – The pacey winger has bags of energy and has chipped in with plenty of important goals and assists this season.
Carnoustie Panmure and Ferry Athletic’s youngest squads will make their North End Park debuts as they compete in the Diamond Jubilee Cup final. Both sides are looking to lift silverware in their impressive first season at 11-a-side football.
Ahead of the final, YFS caught up with Carnoustie manager Gary Hamilton and Ferry boss Paul Riley, to find out about their roads to the final, their previous meetings and some of their potential match winners.
Here’s what they had to say:
Carnoustie’s season started with five wins out of five in the Jubilee Cup group stage, and manager Gary Hamilton expressed his delight at how his side handled the step up to 11-a-side football.
He said, “Our aims at start of season were just for the kids to continue playing the same style of football they had played throughout seven-a-side football. We felt if they did that, not only would it be best for the kids individual development, it would also make us a good 11-a-side team.
“The kids have handled the step up to 11-a-side brilliantly. They have played some excellent football during the season.”
“The group stage saw us playing our first games at 11-a-side. We topped our group with a 100% record. We played particularly well in an away win against DUSC and defended superbly in a 1-0 win over Pitfour.”
Dylan McLeish netted twice, while Charlie MacPherson, Carter Kelly, Jack Chalmers and Karter Inglis also found the net in Carnoustie’s 6-1 quarter-final win over Montrose. In the semi-final, goals from James Paterson, Harrison Whittet, Chalmers, McLeish and an own goal earned them a 5-3 win over Maryfield.
Hamilton said, “In the quarter final at Montrose, the kids were excellent and again defended very well in a 6-1 victory.
“In our semi-final away to Maryfield, again the kids produced the goods. Maryfield fought hard and made us work for victory but we had our noses in front throughout the game and managed to hold on to book our place in the final.
“To their credit, the Maryfield coaching staff were very complimentary about our performance that day.”
Ferry were victorious when the sides met in October, and Hamilton knows his side will be in for another tough test in the final.
“In our previous game against Ferry, we didn’t play particularly well, and Ferry ran out deserved winners by three goals to one. There is no doubt they are an excellent team with lots of good players.
“They are sitting at top end of the league and reached quarter finals of Scottish Cup, so we will have to play better than we did in our league game against them if we are to have a chance.”
Ones to Watch
Scott Hamilton – The versatile Hamilton has played all over the park for Carnoustie but has settled in the side’s defence in recent weeks. Having already taken his goal tally for the season to double digits, he will be an asset at both ends of the park in the final.
Carter Kelly – The energetic midfielder will be important if Carnoustie are to disrupt Ferry’s passing style. In possession, he has an eye for a pass, and will hope to unlock the Ferry defence.
Jack Chalmers – The Carnoustie forward has been in fine form this year and has 14 goals to his name this season. He will be hoping to fire Carnoustie to cup glory.
Ahead of their big day, Hamilton had this message for his players. He said, “All I can ask is that the kids work as hard as they can and to try and play the football they’re capable of. If they do that, I can’t ask for anymore.”
Ferry Athletic have had a remarkable first season at 11-a-side, as they reached the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup. They started the season as runners up to Fairmuir in their Diamond Jubilee Cup group, and manager Paul Riley believes that experience has proved valuable to his players.
He said, “Having had a very successful period of seven-a-side football for three years, the aims were very simple, to push on from that success and be as competitive as possible within the 11-a-side framework.
“Whilst it is clearly a lot different to seven-a-side, the boys adapted very well and remain on course for a very successful first season.
“In the group stages of this competition, we finished behind Fairmuir after they beat us Graham Street. That defeat was an eye opener for some of the boys in that there was a stark realisation in terms of the difference between the physical side of 11s and seven’s.
“The boys really responded well after this and went on a long unbeaten run.”
Ferry’s quarter final tie proved to be one of the games of the season as they fought back from 3-0 down to beat Riverside 4-3, thanks to a hat trick from Blaike Kyles and a late strike from Will Hanbury.
In the semi-final, they came from behind once again to beat Pitfour 6-1. Manager Riley was pleased that his side had the character to navigate two tricky ties.
“The games against Riverside and Pitfour were very different in that we started slow against Riverside and were 0-3 before storming back and winning well.
“The Pitfour match was arguably our best performance of the season where we were at it right from the off and were superb all over the pitch and won comfortably 6-1 against a good side.”
Ferry picked up a 3-1 win at the start of October when the side’s met in the league, and Riley is expecting a high-quality final.
“Carnoustie are a team we know very well, and they know us well also as we have played a number of friendlies with them over the years.
“They are good football team, who like us want to get the ball on the ground and pass. Like all cup finals I would expect them to be very motivated for the occasion and expect a cracking game of football involving two very good teams.”
Ones to Watch
Finlay Lyttle – Ferry’s keeper has kept three clean sheets this season and his ball playing ability make him instrumental to the way they play. He will be hoping to pick up another clean sheet, and a piece of silverware in the final.
Aiden Lockheart – The midfielder is Ferry’s set piece specialist and has been in fine form this season. His never say die attitude will be invaluable in the final.
Blaike Kyles – The Ferry striker has missed the last few weeks through injury, but still boasts 18 goals in seven appearances this season. His quarter-final hat trick kept Ferry’s cup dream alive, and if he is fit enough to feature, expect him to have a say on the final score.
Ahead of their big day, Riley had this message for his players. He said, “It goes without saying I hope this is just the first of many cup finals for this group of players, but I want them to realise that these games are to be enjoyed and not feared.
“I want 11 individuals to combine as a team with as many as possible looking to make the difference on the day. Go out and do their very best and that’s all I can ask for. If that’s the case then I’ll be happy, and I expect us to get a positive result, a result that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
Football returned to the DDYFA after a month-long hiatus for most teams. The first two cups of the season were won, and there was plenty of East Region Cup matches and league fixtures throughout the age groups.
Here’s how the action went down:
Stuart Heenan scored a hat trick for Fairmuir in their 4-4 draw with Ferry in the Café Royale League. Ryan Mulholland also netted.
The result allowed Riverside to extend their lead at the top of the table with a 3-0 win over Carnoustie. Pitfour won 8-1 against Broughty Pumas.
Dundee United SC need to avoid defeat in their last game of the season to clinch the J Clenaghan League title after beating Newtyle 3-2.
Arbroath Lads recorded their first win of the season with a 3-1 win over Broughty Panthers, while Forfar won 4-1 against Brechin.
In the P Gibson League, Mearns beat Dundee West Royals 6-1, Dundee Thistle won 3-0 away to Monifieth, and Kirrie Thistle played out a 3-3 draw against ACSC.
Kirrie Thistle clinched the Dundee West Anniversary Cup with a thrilling 6-3 win over Dundee West.
Jake Kettles opened the scoring after six minutes with a powerful strike from close range, and Kirrie doubled their lead when Cameron Simpson headed home midway through the first half.
Cammy Blacklock danced into the Kirrie box and smashed in Dundee West’s first goal two minutes after the restart, but Kian Martin wasted no time in restoring Kirrie’s two goal lead.
Blacklock netted his second as Dundee West continued to fight, but Logan Richardson put Kirrie 4-2 up with a fine strike seven minutes from time.
Aiden Law reduced the deficit to 4-3 late on, but injury time goals from Kettles and Zak Innes sealed the silverware for Kirrie.
Ferry Athletic saw off Glenrothes Strollers by four goals to three to advance in the East Region Cup.
Fairmuir hit the goal trail against DUSC in the DS Rennie League. Riley Nelson bagged a hat trick, while there were doubles for Jordan Adam, Kyle Smith, Mark Ross and Jordan Robertson. Igor Zinko and Rhys Ross also netted.
Broughty United picked up three points with a 3-1 win over Montrose. Leon Winterton, Mackenzie Maguire and Sam Terroni all struck in the first half. Celtic Boys beat Forfar Boys 2-0.
Luke Lumsden was on target for Dryburgh as they beat St Murdochs in the only Watson McInally League fixture of the day.
Pitfour were on league duty for the first time since October and maintained their 100% record with a 3-0 win over Montrose. Ben Clos, Ross Cameron and Ethan Thom were all on target.
Four goals in 18 minutes from Aidan Lorente helped Monifieth to a 6-2 win over Forfar. Dylan Ferguson and Cammy Watts completed the scoring in the second half.
Graeme Stewart and Derryn Thomson were on target as Fairmuir beat Riverside 3-0.
Lewis Hutton and Luke Miller got the goals in Dundee West’s 2-0 over Broughty United. Ferry Athletic won 5-1 against Dundee Thistle.
Ben Millar scored four of Dryburgh CC’s six goals as they beat Hearts of Beath in the East Region Cup. Stuart Hoggan and Jay McDonald completed the scoring.
Fairmuir are also in the Last 16 after a 3-2 win over Blairgowrie. Rory Jagusinski netted twice, and Kane Hynes also scored. Ferry beat Jeanfield 2-0 to advance to the next round.
Dryburgh sealed their place in the semi-finals of the Queens Jubilee Cup with a 3-1 win over Dundee Thistle. Jack McKellican, Ryan Corbitt and Ryan Smith got the goals.
Broughty United beat Scone Thistle 5-3 in the Maryfield League. Logie Harp won 4-2 against St Murdochs.
Ryan Napier scored twice as Fairmuir knocked holders Glenrothes Athletic out of the East Region Cup. Jordan Stephenson, Jay Taylor and Cameron Meldrum scored in the 5-4 win.
East Craigie Swifts are also into the Quarter Finals of the East Region Cup after beating ACSC 5-1. Matt McKinnon scored a hat trick, with Ethan Coupar and Calum McCleary also on target.
Kirrie Thistle beat Dundee Rangers 8-0 in the only Dave Pullar League match of the day.
Dundee United beat Dryburgh 1-0 in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League. Monifieth kept their title hopes alive with a 4-1 win over Partan Craig, while Brechin beat Forfar West End.
Ferry Athletic came from behind to lift the G Kerr Cup against Forfar West End. Goals from Andy Kelly, Rory Faulkner and Jay Foran separated a double from Forfar’s Owen Wilson.
Forfar keeper Kyle Millar had to be at his best to keep out a snap shot from Arran Smith after 10 minutes. The Ferry midfielder looked to have broken the deadlock, but the Forfar goalie produced a fine diving save to keep the score level.
Owen Wilson gave Forfar the lead when he met Rhys Fraser’s in-swinging free kick. The big striker’s header looped over Stewart Linton in the Ferry goal, giving Forfar a deserved lead.
Andy Kelly should have scored when he was left unmarked at a corner but did level the tie after Smith picked him out in the six-yard box.
Ferry came flying out of the traps at the start of the second half but found Millar on hand to deny them on numerous occasions. Jay Foran saw the Forfar keeper keep out his effort, before the stopper produced his best stop of the afternoon to deny Kelly. The Ferry midfielder looped a header towards goal from close range, but Millar managed to tip it away to safety.
The keeper was beaten after 54 minutes by Rory Faulkner. Foran provided the cross and Faulkner guided the ball into the far corner past the diving Millar to give Ferry the lead.
Forfar continued their direct approach, but the Ferry defence stood strong as they tried to hold onto their slim advantage. Foran had a golden opportunity to extend Ferry’s lead when Fraser Kemp’s strike fell to him six yards from goal, but he shot wide.
Foran made no mistake moments later when he fired home Tom Banyard’s low cross to give Ferry a two-goal lead.
Forfar threw caution to the wind and were rewarded four minutes later when Wilson guided Bryce Murray’s cross past Linton to set up an intriguing finish to the match.
A late Forfar goal cost Ferry 12 months ago in the Peter MacAvoy Cup final, but they managed to keep Forfar at bay in the closing stages and clinch the cup.
There were 4-3 wins for Kirrie Thistle and Luncarty over Coupar Angus and Letham Tangerines respectively in the Presidents League.
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The G Kerr Cup Final brings together two sides that are no strangers to success. Ferry Athletic and Forfar West End shared the U19s league title last season, and both won a cup a piece, with Forfar triumphing against Ferry in the Peter MacAvoy Cup Final.
This season, Ferry are unbeaten domestically, while Forfar sit third in the President’s League table.
Ferry’s cup run began with a 6-2 win over Kirrie Thistle before a 5-3 win over their title rivals in the semi-final. Forfar began with a win over Dundee West and then they edged out Coupar Angus by two goals to one in the semi-final.
The sides have met twice this season, with Ferry coming out on top on both occasions. The first saw them win 3-0 in Forfar, before a 5-2 win a month ago. Rory Faulkner fired in a hat trick for Ferry Athletic as they took the three points.
Forfar struck first in the match when Cameron Fraser swept home a low cross from Kurtis Turek after 14 minutes, but Andy Kelly turned home a corner from a matter of yards out a minute later to restore parity.
Faulkner’s first of the afternoon was provided by Blair McCord, who played a well weighted ball behind the Forfar defence, allowing Faulkner to close in on goal and slot a low shot across Kyle Millar.
Forfar’s Rhys Fraser was denied by Stewart Linton before Ferry added their third midway through the second half. Blaine Duncan slipped in Faulkner, and he beat Millar from a tight angle.
Alistar Wilson handed Forfar a late lifeline when he drilled a free kick from 20 yards past Linton, but Ferry quickly re-established their two-goal advantage when Blair McCord slotted home a penalty after Faulkner had been fouled.
There was still time for the McCord/Faulkner partnership to undo Forfar one more time. A late free kick on the left was clipped into the box by McCord, and Faulkner, the only Ferry player in the box, stooped in to head past Millar, and complete his hat trick.
Speaking after that match, Ferry coach Stuart McCara said, “It’ll be an exciting final and it gives us a wee bit of confidence, but anything can happen on the day and we fully expect a hard game.”
The Dundee West Anniversary Cup final brings together two sides that have been in fine form in the DS Rennie League. Dundee West have adapted well to top-flight football, while Kirrie Thistle have shown form to suggest they are the champions elect.
Before the final, YFS caught up with Dundee West manager Ross Forbes and Kirrie manager Chris Kettles to find out about their roads to the finals, their seasons so far and their previous meetings.
Here’s what they had to say:
The 2016/17 season saw Dundee West complete the Second Division League and Cup double, and with only three defeats in 10 league games this season. Manager Ross Forbes is pleased with how his side have taken to life in the top league.
He said, “The boys have adapted well to life in the top flight, we knew it would be tougher challenge this year, but I am happy with how the boys have progressed and went about their business.
“The aim was to try and win as many games as possible and see where that takes us up the league table.”
Dundee West’s run to the final included one of the shocks of the season as they knocked out Forfar Boys at the quarter final stage, before a 6-1 win over Montrose sealed their place in the final. Forbes was delighted with the way his side have battled to the final.
He said, “At two goals down with 10 minutes to go in the quarter final to last years all conquering Forfar side, what pleased me most was how the boys refused to accept defeat and fought back to take the tie to penalties with two late strikes.
“Seven days later we played the semi-final v Montrose and we emphasised to the boys they had to put the high from that Forfar victory to one side and get the job done. They played well on the day and booked our place in today’s final.”
Kirrie were triumphant when the teams met in the league in September, but Forbes believes his side showed enough on that day to suggest they can lift the trophy on Sunday.
He said, “The Kirriemuir game was a keenly fought affair and a close game which they won 3-2.
“Although we lost the game, I told the boys after the whistle they should take heart from the way they had performed that day and thought we were unfortunate to come away with a defeat.
“Kirriemuir have won big games already this year, so we know they’ll be ready for the final.”
Ones to Watch
Jamie Moran – Defender Moran is a key member of the Dundee West backline and will need to be at his best to keep the Kirrie forwards at bay.
Aaron Dillon – Dillon’s tireless work in the centre of the park is key to Dundee West’s success. His ability to read the game offers protection to his side’s defenders, while his work rate allows the forward players the freedom to hurt the opposition in the final third.
Derron Forbes – Forbes struck Dundee West’s last minute equaliser in the quarter final and will be hoping to add to the three goals he has in this competition.
Ahead of the final, Forbes had this message for his players. “Go out there, try your hardest, give 100% and enjoy the occasion.”
A fourth-place finish in the 2016/17 season represented a solid first season at 11-a-side football for Kirrie Thistle. This season, they have taken on the form that neighbours Forfar Boys showed in their quadruple winning season last year.
Manger Chris Kettles believes that this year’s league is even more competitive than last season’s.
He said, “My aim at the start of this season, and always has been, was to develop and improve the players. They are improving every week, and we'll always try to win games by playing the right way.
“This season the league is even tighter! No-one running away with it like last year. About five or six teams all very evenly matched. We'll hopefully be in the running at the end of the season.”
Kirrie’s run to the final started with a 5-3 win over Ferry Athletic before they beat title rivals Celtic Boys 6-4 in the semi-final.
Kettles said, “Both games were quite similar, in that we were 3-0 up at half time in both, 5-1 up, then conceded a couple of late goals.
“The Ferry performance wasn't great, but we scored at important times, but the Celtic performance was really good, and the boys scored some great goals that day.”
Kirrie picked up a 3-2 win when they travelled to Charlotte Street in September, and Kettles was impressed with the newly promoted Dundee West side.
“I was very impressed by them and remember thinking at the time that they'll challenge for the league this year. I've been surprised by a couple of their losses since, as they've got some really good players.
“I fully expect a very tough game, but with good players in both teams, it makes for a good game!”
Despite their neighbour’s success last season, Kettles insists that there has been no talk amongst his players of matching Forfar’s quadruple success.
He said, “There's never any mention of what they did last year, so I don't think it serves as any motivation.
“We've always tried to play football the right way, by passing the ball from the back and teaching the whole team how to play.
“Not many have persevered with that from the seven-a-side rules that enforced this, but I think as the years go on, we'll benefit more each season. That's what motivates us, to be the best team long term.”
Ones to Watch
Dagan Bell – Bell was one of Forfar’s quadruple winners and has established himself as a key part of Kirrie’s set up. A solid defender that capable of delivering dangerous crosses from the right, he will be looking to add to his medal collection.
Logan Richardson – The athletic midfielder is one of the most complete players in the league. A strong passer with an eye for goal, he will cause problems for Dundee West in the final.
Kian Martin – The Kirrie striker brings out the best in his teammates, with plenty of assists to his name this season, he will be hoping to get on the scoresheet in the final.
Ahead of the final, Kettles had this message for his players, “Don't panic! Play the Kirrie way!”
The J Cord Cup final brings together two sides at opposite ends of the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League table. Carnoustie sit joint top of the table, while St Andrews occupy bottom spot, but recent meetings of the two prove this matchup is far from David vs Goliath.
Ahead of the final, YFS caught up with Carnoustie manager Phil Hope and St Andrews Colts manager Stuart McLaren to find out about their journeys to the final, their previous meetings and their seasons so far.
Here’s what they had to say:
Sunday’s final will be Carnoustie’s third final in three years, and having won one and lost one, they will be determined to repeat last season’s triumph. Manager Phil Hope knows how tough Sunday’s game will be.
He said, “The other teams in our league all have their strengths so reaching a final or being in the top part of the league was never going to be easy, it’s a very tight league and we take nothing for granted.
“Our job was to give the players the right training and preparation for the season so that they would be able to compete.
“This is our third final in three years so perhaps our players will be more used to the event.”
Their route to the final saw them advance past Dundee United SC in the quarter final, before facing rivals Brechin, who they bested in last season’s final. Vincent Edmonds and Brandon Black scored the goals that secured Carnoustie’s place in the final, and Hope was pleased to see his side navigate a tricky tie.
He said, “The match against Brechin was a tough one. We’ve been evenly matched for a few seasons and that was our first win in Brechin for a while.
“It’s always hard to pick out individual players because they worked so hard together as a unit throughout the game to maintain possession and keep the pressure on the opposition.”
Despite both sides occupying different ends of the table, Hope knows that there will be little between the teams on final day. “Our players know better than to take anything for granted, we have won a few games by a single goal and our opponents have lost a few games by a single goal.
“We certainly don’t feel there is a gulf between the two teams.”
Carnoustie took the points when the sides met in the league, but St Andrews came out on top of their Henry Dolan Cup tie, and Hope is aware of the threat St Andrews pose. He said, “Every game we play brings its challenges and St Andrews will provide us with a tough challenge in the final on Sunday.
“We have played them twice away in St Andrews with mixed results, both games were hard fought by both teams and we expect the final to be the same.”
Ones to Watch
Danny Edelston – The Carnoustie goalkeeper boasts the highest number of clean sheets in the league and he and his defensive colleagues are yet to concede a goal in this competition. Having saved a penalty in his last outing against Dryburgh, the Carnoustie stopper is unlikely to be lacking confidence.
Brandon Black – Midfielder Black scored twice in Carnoustie’s cup triumph last season and bagged a brace when these sides met in the league. With seven goals this season, St Andrews will need to be at their best to keep him quiet.
Vincent Edmonds – The striker has netted 14 times this campaign and has formed a formidable partnership with Robbie Tait, who has 13 goals to his name. With four goals in his last three games, Edmonds is in fine form, and will be looking to fire his team to cup glory.
Hope wouldn’t reveal much about his final message to his players, but he did have this to say, “The coaches will do everything to prepare them but when the game starts it’s down to them.
“They are the authors of their own history.”
St Andrews Colts
St Andrews Colts have saved their best form for the cup competitions this season, including knocking Carnoustie out of the Henry Dolan Cup. Their road to the final saw them beat Forfar West End 4-3 before a 4-1 win over Dryburgh in the semi-final. Manager Stuart McLaren said, “I was very satisfied with the boys coming back from 3-0 down to beat Forfar 3-4.
“The win against Dryburgh was possibly the best performance I have seen from the boys this season. The whole squad’s attitudes in the run up to the final have improved.”
St Andrews find themselves propping up the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League table, but with three of their six defeats coming by a single goal, they will certainly have the belief they can cause an upset.
Manager McLaren said, “I think a lot of people will be expecting Carnoustie to win but I have always felt it doesn’t matter which position teams are in the league when it comes to up games.”
Carnoustie took the points when the sides met in the league, but St Andrews were victorious when the sides met in the Henry Dolan Cup. McLaren holds Sunday’s opponents in high regard.
“Carnoustie are probably one of the best teams we have played this season. I expect a very tough game for the boys and hope both teams turn up for good game.”
While they will go into the match as underdogs, McLaren knows his side can cause an upset, and had this message for his players ahead of the big day.
“Go out and enjoy yourselves, remember to keep your attitude in check and do your best.”
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