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As it enters it's ninth week in Glenrothes. the GoFitba project, set up by the Scottish Football Partnership Trust, is continuing to gain positive feedback from coaches, parents and kids alike.
 
The project, which was started to help children from disadvantaged areas learn about the benefits of excersise and healthy-eating, has been running in Glenrothes courtesy of Glenrothes Strollers, an SFA Quality Mark Community Club.
 
Founded in 1973, Glenrothes Strollers are an SFA Community Club, one of the largest in the East Region. In 2010, they were voted the SFA National Community Club of the Year, an award that was handed to them at Hampden Park by Kenny Dalglish and Craig Levein.
 
The club is very excited to be a part of the GoFitba project, as was emphasised by Club Development Officer, Ross Cafferkey.
 
"I think it has been progressing very well, we've seen a definite improvement in the kids, not just in their footballing ability, but also their attitude to how they're eating and them learning about the good stuff that they should be putting into their bodies to help them in sport and to help them in school so it's definitely been a benefit to the children so far.
 
"It gives them an opportunity to try new foods that they might not have tried or that they might hve tried but only out of  ready meal so here, at our club, the food is freshly made so it's a big benefit to them to try healthy food that's just been made on the day."
 
 
Week nine saw the students of St. Paul's Primary, Pitteuchar East Primary and Warout Primary School take part in a one hour training session to begin the day, beginning with a quick warm-up before moving on to the main theme of the day's training, defence.
 
Cafferkey said of the day's session, "We've been working this week on defending, so we've been doing a bit of one-on-one's so, going further forward, we will be progressing these skills with the children and hopefully it builds on what we've been doing previously, working on their dribbling and their passing as well."
 
Once this was done, the session wound down for  few quick five-on-five matches before everyone moved inside for the healthy-eating portion of the day.
 
The focus this week was on the differences between natural foods and processed foods. The children were then given a list of foods and asked which ones were natural and which were processed.
 
 
After filling out the booklets, it was time for their healthy meal of the day, pasta bolognese with bread and a piece of fruit to finish it all off.
 
The project has proven t be a big hit with the kids as well. Maylin, 9 from St. Paul's Primary said, "I like how we get to work as a team at the end nd to work out what we do.
 
"On the first week I was here we learned to dribble and we've done quite a lot of things. Also we learned how to pass and chip.
 
"I learned that there's lots of different kinds of foods that are healthy that you might not know about and you might like so it's a good thing to try them."
 
Kyle, 10, from Pitteuchar East, said, "I've enjoyed it very much, I used to play football at a different club. [I've enjoyed] the shooting and the passing, like we just do these little, little things."
 
"I've been way more healthier since the beginning of this."
 
And Munro, 10, from Warout Primary, who has decided to join Glenrothes Strollers after his time with the GoFitba project said, "It's really fun. It's nice because you get a healthy meal at the end of it and it's good.
 
"It's good because I get to practice when im not playing with my friends."
 
At the end of the day, as the parents came to pick up their children, it was clear to see just how much fun everyone was having. The kids were eager to tell their parents what they had learned and the parents were keen to listen, enjoying the energy on display.
 
The GoFitba project has clearly had a positive impact on everyone involved and we look forward to bringing you more stories from around the country about this positive initiative.
 

The Queen’s Jubilee Cup final brings together two side’s looking to lift their second piece of silverware of the season. Fairmuir were crowned Maryfield League Champions after a thrilling 4-3 win over Dryburgh in their final game of the season while Ferry Athletic lifted the John Clark Motors Cup against Broughty United.
Ahead of the final, YFS caught up with Fairmuir manager Graham Buchan and Ferry boss Jamie McGrath to find out about their seasons so far and their previous meetings.
Here’s what they had to say:
Fairmuir
The 2016/17 season saw Fairmuir finish runners up to Dryburgh and fail to reach any cup finals. This season has been a different story as they went through the entire Maryfield League season unbeaten.
Manager Buchan admits that last season’s lack of success has been a catalyst for their success this year.
He said, “Passion, desire and togetherness is the massive change from last season. The lads had a point to prove this season to get back on top and the only way to do that was together, to fight for everything as one.
“There is a belief in this squad like no other, they are never beat, and they will never give up. That is what has made them champions again.”
Fairmuir’s run to the final started with an 8-0 win over St Murdochs Colts before beating Monifieth 1-0, St Murdochs 6-0 and finally Logie Harp 1-0. Buchan was pleased to see his side navigate these ties on top of a hectic league schedule.
“The hardest match by far was against Logie in the semi-final, this is no disrespect to the other teams we faced to get to the final. Our players were fatigued with a very congested fixture list as we played Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday fixtures for a few weeks.
“To be fair to Logie, on that day they were very good and could have had a couple of goals. As always though, our boys stuck to the task, they gave everything, fought for everything and earned an impressive clean sheet and victory at Fairmuir Park.”
The three meetings of Fairmuir and Ferry have produced a win a piece and a draw, and Buchan is expecting another tight affair in the final.
“Ferry are a very good footballing team and thoroughly deserve to be in the final. They have had some impressive results and the final is set up to be a cracker. We are expecting a tough match against them as we always do. 
“We have kept 14 clean sheets this season and set our own record of eight clean sheets in a row. Both those stats are incredible at this level. We managed this as the team play as a unit; we play together, for each other and as one.
“If anything will make the difference, it will be our belief and desire to win as a team.”
Ahead of their big day, Buchan had this message for his players.
“Go out and enjoy yourselves lads. Believe in your ability and believe in each other. 110%, nothing less.”
Ferry Athletic
The 2016/17 saw Ferry achieve a sixth-place finish in the G Taylor League, but the last few weeks of the season saw them struggle to field 11 players. Manager Jamie McGrath explains the changes that have been made to the squad over the last 12 months.
“We were close to folding at the end of last season as we were struggling to field a team at times.
“We decided if we were going to carry on we needed to bring in new players, and in total we managed to bring in two new goalkeepers and six new outfield players which was needed as we took some heavy defeats last season.
“We want to compete in every game we play in and see how far we can go.”
The sides have met three times this season, with Ferry knocking Fairmuir out of the John Clark Motors Cup, and McGrath is anticipating another close match in the final.
“It’s going to be a close one. We’ve played them three times this season, we’ve beat them once, they’ve beat us once and we’ve had a draw so there’s not much between the teams.
“After winning the first cup our confidence is up and I like to think we can go and win a second cup.
““The semi against Fairmuir was without doubt our best team performance this season as we were right up for it, we dug in and I think we just deserved it in the end, and that has given us a bit more confidence and belief we can, on our day, compete for trophies.”
McGrath had this message for his players ahead of the final. “Go out there and give it everything you've got, don't let it pass you by as you never know when you're next one will be!! Enjoy it and of course WIN!!”

Thursday, 24 May 2018 12:26

DDYFA Results Round-Up 22/05/18

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The last remaining league titles were won as the DDYFA season nears it completion.

Here’s how the action went down:

 

U14s

Fairmuir picked up a 6-1 win over Dundee West in the DS Rennie League. Mark Ross scored twice with Rhys Ross, Josh Robertson, Kyle Smith and Dylan Patullo also notching for the East Region Cup finalists.

Celtic Boys and Forfar Boys played out a 2-2 draw that sees the sides finish second and third respectively.

 

U15s

Monifieth were crowned G Taylor League champions as they beat Broughty United 7-1. Aidan Lorente scored a hat trick with Elliott McCafferty, Ruari McQuillan and Dylan Ferguson also on target as Monifieth completed the domestic clean sweep.

Ryley Duncan’s hat trick put Dundee West on course for a third-place finish as they beat Celtic Boys 4-2. Lewis Hutton also netted with Zak Benmalek and Dylan Young scoring for Celtic. Riverside beat Broughty Panthers by the same score.

 

U16s

A hat trick from Jake Grady handed Fairmuir the Maryfield League title as they came from 3-1 down to be crowned champions.

Fairmuir had the edge in the title race going into the match with a draw enough for them to secure the title, while Dryburgh knew that only a win would see them retain their crown.

Ryan Smith put Dryburgh ahead, but Grady levelled the tie before half time with a curling effort.

Quickfire goals from Jack McKellican and Aaron Flynn put Dryburgh 3-1 to the good, but Fairmuir responded through Grady and Rory Jagusinski.

When Flynn brought down Grady in the box, the striker had the chance to complete the comeback, and he made no mistake as he emphatically dispatched the penalty to clinch the title for Fairmuir.

Ferry Athletic beat St Murdochs 3-2.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 11:23

DDYFA Results Round-Up 20/05/18

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The penultimate weekend of the season saw East Region Cup action, domestic cup finals and title deciders take place.

Here’s how the action went down:

 

U13s

Fairmuir clinched the Ross Ballantine Cup at the expense of rivals Riverside. Harrison Smith gave Fairmuir the first half lead only for Aiden McDougal to bring Riverside level.

Blair Fyffe put Fairmuir ahead from the penalty spot before Stuart Heenan fired home Fairmuir’s third late on.

Pitfour are into the final of the East Region Cup after beating Bayside on penalties. The sides were tied at 3-3 after extra-time, but Pitfour held their nerve emerging as 3-1 winners. They will face Glenrothes Athletic in the final.

Champions Ferry Athletic signed off their Café Royale League campaign with a 4-4 draw against Monifieth. Goals from Blaike Kyles, Aiden Lockheart, Stevie Grogan and an own goal secured them a share of the spoils, while Carnoustie and Broughty Pumas played out a 1-1 draw in their final game of the season.

 

U14s

Ryan Hutton scored twice as Fairmuir came from 2-0 down to beat Burntisland Shipyard 5-4 on penalties and secure their place in the final of the East Region Cup.

Kirrie Thistle were crowned champions of the DS Rennie League with a 3-0 win over Brechin. Kian Martin, Cammy Simpson and Zak Innes got the goals that completed their league and cup double.

Ferry Athletic signed off their season with a 6-4 win over Dundee West. Charlie Massie scored twice, with Owen Boath, Rian Clark, Leo Murrie and Jacob Sharpe also netting. Forfar beat DUSC 9-0.

 

U15s

10-man Pitfour ended a run of three defeats with a 5-2 win over Real Fife. Kai Finnie was shown red with Pitfour leading 2-0 thanks to Ben Clos and Ally Alcorn.

Alcorn bagged three more goals to set up a final against Blue Brazil, who beat Kennoway 5-3 in the other semi-final.

Jamie McCann scored five times as Fairmuir ended their G Taylor League campaign with a 9-1 win over Broughty Panthers. Graeme Stewart netted a brace with Callum Rae and Mason Anderson also netting. Josh Knight got Broughty’s goal.

Carnoustie beat Forfar 4-1 thanks to goals from Khalid Bjeirmi, Harry Law, Jay Bryce and Lewis Sivewright, while Riverside beat Dundee Thistle 7-2.

 

U16s

Fairmuir took the Maryfield League title race to the last day of the season with a 4-1 win over Forfar. Goals from Jake Grady, Rory Jagusinski, Mark McCrory and Jamie Timmons set up a winner takes all clash with Dryburgh.

Blairgowrie beat Broughty United 1-0 while Jeanfield beat Ferry 2-1 to ensure a third-place finish.

Monifieth Athletic made it a league and cup double as they beat Dundee Thistle 3-1 in their final game of the season.

 

U17s

East Craigie Swifts completed the double treble as they turned on the style against Kirrie Thistle in the final of the Henry Dolan Cup. A first half double from Keir Gardiner followed Ethan Bannon’s opener.

Reece Lornie and Hayden Burr netted in the second half, with Aaron Barnett heading in a Kirrie consolation late on.

Partan Craig beat Dryburgh 5-2 in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League while St Andrews Colts beat Monifieth 2-0.

 

U19s

Ferry beat Luncarty 6-2 in their final game of the season.

The Henry Dolan Cup final brings together two of the top sides from the Dave Pullar League. Having already lifted the Elwood Trophy and clinched the league title, East Craigie are looking to make it back to back domestic clean sweeps, while Kirrie Thistle are looking to end the campaign that has seen them finish third in the league on a high.

Ahead of the final, YFS caught up with Kirrie boss David Brown and East Craigie manager Steven Fallon to find out about their runs to the final and previous meetings.
Here’s what they had to say:
 

Kirrie Thistle

Kirrie have secured a third-place finish in the Dave Pullar League, and with only three defeats in the league this season, manager David Brown is delighted to see his side reaping the rewards for their hard work over the years.

He said, “Our team is made up of 17 boys mostly from Kirriemuir but a couple from Forfar and Alyth. The majority of the team have been together since under nines.

“This season we wanted to be more competitive throughout the whole year and have a good cup run.”

Kirrie’s run to the final began with a win over neighbours Forfar Boys, before victories over Brechin and Monifieth sent them to the final. Brown is pleased with how his side have navigated the ties.

“A local derby kicked off the cup run, and a good solid performance resulted in a 2-0 win. Next, we encountered Brechin and had a comfortable victory.

“On to the semi-final where we took an early lead against Monifieth only to be pegged back in the second half, but the team dug deep and secured their final berth.”

Two of Kirrie’s league defeats have come against East Craigie, both by four goals to two, and Brown is expecting another tough match in the final.

“As always it will be a difficult game against a top-quality side who play the game in the right manner.”

Ahead of their big day, Brown had this message for his players.

“Believe in yourselves and let everyone see how good you can be. Enjoy the day and create lifetime memories.”
 

 

East Craigie Swifts

Having already clinched two pieces of silverware over the past few weeks, East Craigie go into the match as favourites, but manager Steven Fallon will make sure his players take nothing for granted.

He said, “Cup games are unpredictable, so we will just aim to go out and do our best. Boys have experienced both winning and losing finals, however we certainly know what experience we enjoy more.”

East Craigie’s run to the final started with a 6-0 win over Partan Craig before beating Celtic Boys 5-0 in the quarter-final. A 2-0 win over Dryburgh booked their place in the final, and Fallon was delighted with his side’s defensive showings in these matches.

He said, “We haven’t lost a goal in any of these games which shows our strength defensively.  Performance wise we have played better in other cup games but can’t argue with the results we have had and with reaching another final the boys should be proud of themselves.”

With two 4-2 wins from their previous meetings with Kirrie, Fallon is expecting a competitive final.

“It was a tough game away from home against Kirriemuir.  It was 2-2 at one point but we managed to pull it back with two late goals.

“It should be a great final and hopefully we do ourselves justice and play to the best of our ability.”

Having established themselves as one of the teams to beat at the 2005 age group, Fairmuir are looking to finish an impressive debut season at 11-a-side football by lifting the Ross Ballantine Cup.

Having reached the Last 32 of the Scottish Cup and secured a top four finish in the Café Royale League, rivals Riverside stand between them and the cup.

Ahead of their big day, YFS caught up with manager Paul Conway to find out about his side’s run to the final, their season so far and their previous meetings with Sunday’s opponents.

Despite being one of the top sides at seven-a-side, Conway knew that wouldn’t guarantee success on the 11-a-side pitch.

“Our main aim was to be competitive in a very strong league, that’s all we could ask from the boys. The league is exactly as we expected it to be.”

Fairmuir’s run to the final started with a 4-2 defeat against Ferry, but they were reinstated into the competition after Ferry fielded an ineligible player. A 3-1 win away to Pitfour booked their place in the final, and Conway was delighted with how his side navigated such tricky ties.

He said, “In the Ferry match I thought we started very well and went two goals up then stopped playing.

“Pitfour are an excellent side and to get any victory against them is a great achievement, especially in a cup semi-final. We worked hard for the whole 70 minutes, which for the coaches was very pleasing.”

Riverside took the points in the side’s first meeting courtesy of a 4-1 win, but Fairmuir bounced back with a 6-3 win when the side’s clashed in January. Conway is expecting another tight affair in the final.

“Both were very tough games and could have went either way.

“Riverside are a good team who try to play football in the right way, we expect a very tough but exciting game on cup final day.

“We feel we are a strong unit and it’s been a great team effort to get this far in the cup and to be where we are in the league.”
Ahead of their big day, Conway had this message for his players.

“Go out and enjoy it and show everyone watching what a fantastic team you are becoming! Win or lose, leave nothing out on the pitch just give your all.”

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 11:38

DDYFA Results Round-Up 13/05/18

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Three champions were crowned, and two cups were lifted in another jampacked weekend in the DDYFA.

Here’s how the action went down:

 

U13s

Ferry Athletic clinched the Café Royale League title with a 6-2 win over Maryfield United. Aiden Lockheart scored twice, with Will Hanbury, Gene Taylor, Stevie Grogan and Dylan Gill making it a league and cup double for the Scottish Cup Quarter Finalists.

Fairmuir beat Montrose 7-1 while Pitfour picked up a 2-1 win over Carnoustie.

 

U14s

There were wins for the three title contenders in the DS Rennie League as Celtic Boys beat Brechin 5-2, Forfar beat Montrose 7-0 and Kirrie beat DUSC.

Owen Boath scored twice as Ferry beat Fairmuir 4-1. Jacob Sharpe and Leo Murrie were also on target with Rhys Ross netting for Fairmuir.

Broughty United had to come from behind to take three points against ACSC. The Arbroath side raced into a 2-0 lead, but goals from Leon Winterton, Kyle Reid, Daragh McCafferty, Lewis Grant and John McGlashan earned them a 5-2 win.

Monifieth beat Maryfield 3-2 in the Watson McInally League.

 

U15s

Monifieth Athletic picked up their second cup of the season thanks to a 2-1 win over Pitfour in the final of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup.

The G Taylor League leaders beat the same opponents by the same score line in the final of the Tommy Clark Trophy earlier in the season and goals from Greg Will and Aiden Lorente ensured the same outcome, despite Ally Alcorn puling one back for Pitfour.

Arran Ferry was the match winner the last time the side’s met and it took a perfectly times challenge from Andrew Allan to deny him the opener. The resulting corner was flicked over by Ruari McQuillan from close range.

Monifieth did open the scoring 10 minutes into the second half when McQuillan was taken down in the box by Rory Harrower. Greg Will made no mistake with the spot kick, giving Pitfour’s stand in keeper Jake Edwards no chance as he drilled the ball into the bottom left corner.

Aiden Lorente dragged a shot wide from 20 yards before netting Monifieth’s second. Lorente chased down a long ball, capitalised on a mix up between Charlie Edward and Edwards and tapped the ball into the empty net.

Ben Clos linked well with Jordan Turnbull as Pitfour looked for a route back into the match but couldn’t hit the target from close range. The winger jinked into the box moments later and teed up Alcorn, who curled home his 57th goal of the season from 12 yards, but it wasn’t enough as Monifieth held on to seal the silverware.

Fairmuir beat Carnoustie 5-1 in the G Taylor League. Jamie McCann scored twice with Mason Anderson, Graeme Stewart and Robbie Flynn also netted. Connor McFarlane grabbed Carnoustie’s goal.

Four goals from Lewis Hutton inspired Dundee West to a 7-1 win over Montrose. Luke Miller scored twice, and Cavan McLaren rounded off the scoring late on.
Doubles from Zak Benmalek and Blane Devaney fired Celtic Boys to a 4-0 win over Dundee Thistle.

 

U16s

Goals from Brandon Donnelly and Ewan Stewart clinched the John Clark Motors Cup for Ferry Athletic as they came from behind to beat Broughty United, who opened the scoring through Callum Howe.

Ferry were seeing most of the ball but couldn’t test Gregor Tweed in the Broughty goal. With 22 minutes gone, Broughty opened the scoring.

A corner was missed by Kieran Barron and fell to Callum Howe, whose cross-cum-shot was misjudged by Connor Milton and ended up in the net.

Louie Porter brought another save out of Tweed seconds after the restart before Broughty’s Simon Sharpe fired a shot into the side netting. Zak Foran mistimed a header which presented Liam Clark with the ball at the edge of the box, but Milton was quick off his line to smother the shot.

Jake Stewart was denied twice in quick succession by Tweed as Ferry looked for the equaliser and when Brandon Donnelly was taken down by Harry Eaton in the box, they had their route back into the match. Donnelly stepped up and coolly dispatched the penalty to bring Ferry level.

Five minutes later, Porter released Ewan Stewart who raced clear of the Broughty defence and slipped the ball under Tweed to score what proved to be the winning goal for Ferry.

Dryburgh are into the semi-finals of the East Region Cup after a 5-3 win over Pitreavie Pumas. They will host Benarty Astros while rivals Fairmuir look to get revenge on Glenrothes Stollers after exiting the Scottish Cup at their hands earlier in the season.

Fairmuir closed the gap on Dryburgh in the Maryfield League with an 8-0 win over St Murdochs. Jamie Timmons scored a hat trick with Jake Grady and Kane Hynes scoring doubles. Captain Mark McCrory was also on target.

Logie Harp beat Jeanfield 5-1 while Forfar won 2-0 against Blairgowrie.

Riverside secured the W Mills League title with a 2-0 victory against Dryburgh CC. Jack Terroni and Michael Tinning got the goals that ensure they bounce back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

Monifieth can match Riverside’s points tally if they win their last two games of the season. They beat St Murdochs Colts 4-1 while Dundee Thistle won 3-1 against Kirrie.

 

U17s

East Craigie Swifts will face Scone Thistle in the final of the East Region Cup after a 3-2 win over Hill of Beath Hawthorn. Keir Gardiner scored twice with Hayden Burr also on target.

Fairmuir beat Dundee Rangers 4-3 in their final game of the season. Celtic Boys beat Forfar 5-2 while ACSC beat cup finalists Kirrie 4-1.

Brechin City’s 4-0 win over Dryburgh and St Andrews Colts 5-0 win over Carnoustie saw Brechin crowned champions of the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League.

 

U19s

There were wins over Forfar West End and Brechin for President’s League title contenders Fairmuir and Ferry. Kirrie beat Monifieth 5-4.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 10:51

DDYFA Results Round-Up 10/05/18

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There were matches with title ramifications in several of the leagues on Thursday evening.

Here’s how the action went down:

 

U14s

Kirrie Thistle picked up a 3-0 win over Broughty United as they continue their pursuit of Celtic Boys at the top of the DS Rennie League table. Zak Innes opened the scoring before Jake Kettles bagged a brace.

Forfar Boys bounced back from their Tuesday derby defeat with a 6-2 win over Ferry. Jacob Sharpe and Charlie Massie were on target for Ferry.

 

U16s

Dryburgh CC beat Brechin 5-0 in the W Mills League.

 

U17s

Cameron Murray scored twice for Ferry as they beat East Craigie Swifts 3-2. Cameron Welsh was also on the scoresheet as Ferry secured a second-place finish.

 

U19s

Coupar Angus took to the field for the final time and rounded off their season with a big win over Monifieth. Ross Campbell scored four times with Callum Cocker-Tough and Cammy McKinlay both netting hat tricks.

Fairmuir Violet’s title aspirations suffered a blow as they went down 5-1 to Monifieth Tayside.

Wednesday, 09 May 2018 13:35

DDYFA Results Round-Up 08/05/18

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There were matches with title implications throughout the age groups on Tuesday evening.

Here’s how the action went down:

 

U13s

Ferry Athletic beat Carnoustie 6-0 in the Café Royale League while Pitfour won 3-2 against Broughty Pumas.

 

U14s

Jake Kettles’ header separated the Angus derby between Kirrie Thistle and Forfar Boys. The 1-0 win keeps Kirrie’s title hopes alive while leaving Forfar with no margin for error as they try to retain their crown.

 

U15s

Arran Ferry’s double put Monifieth on the verge of the G Taylor League title as they inflicted Fairmuir’s first league defeat of the season.

Monifieth knocked Fairmuir out of both domestic cups earlier in the season and nearly opened the scoring after eight minutes when Greg Will headed the ball towards goal, but Liam Hunt was on hand to clear the ball off the line.

Both these sides boast strong defensive records, meaning cleat cut chances were few and far between in the opening stages. Fairmuir’s Jamie McCann dragged a shot wide after a run from midfield.

Monifieth were nearly gifted the opener after 32 minutes when they pounced on a slack goal kick, but Arran Ferry didn’t capitalise as he fired a weak shot straight at Shaun Watt.

The striker did find the net two minutes later after being released by Elliot McCafferty. Ferry slotted past the oncoming Watt to hand Monifieth the lead.

Thomas Welsh was called into action early in the second half as he kept out a strike from Jamie McCann. Mason Anderson fired wide from distance as Fairmuir searched for an equaliser.

At the other end, Bartosz Kwiatek flicked an Aiden Lorente cross over from close range while Jamie McCann was denied by Welsh again after being set up by Graeme Stewart.

Jamie McCann did manage to beat Welsh with a free kick after 63 minutes but saw the ball bounce off the post before the referee blew for a foul.

With seven minutes left, Monifieth scored again. Ferry powered his way into the box, holding off two Fairmuir defenders before slotting a low shot into the bottom corner.

Pitfour are also in contention for the title as they beat Dundee Thistle 8-1. Ally Alcorn opened the scoring but was dismissed shortly after.

Dundee Thistle equalised before half time but Pitfour were unfazed with Kai Finnie grabbing a second half hat trick alongside doubles from Jordan Turnbull and Ben Clos.

 

U16s

Ryan Corbitt scored a hat trick for Dryburgh in their penultimate league game of the season. Ryan Smith also netted in their 4-1 win over Logie Harp.

Fairmuir kept up their unbeaten run with a 1-0 win over Broughty United. Forfar Albion picked up a 4-3 win over Ferry Athletic.

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 15:08

DDYFA Results Round-Up 06/05/18

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There was more cup final drama in the DDYFA while several clubs marched on in the East Region Cup.

Here’s how the action went down:

 

U13s

Pitfour are into the semi-finals of the East Region Cup after a 4-1 win over Letham SC.

Ferry Athletic took a big step towards clinching the Café Royale League title with a 3-2 win over Riverside. Montrose beat Maryfield by the same score.

Newtyle won 4-1 against Broughty Panthers in the J Clenaghan League, while Brechin beat Arbroath 3-1. Dundee West Reds picked up a 7-3 win over St Andrews Colts.

 

U14s

Celtic Boys put on a scintillating display as they downed Kirrie Thistle in the final of the Reilly Falconer Cup. Ben Barclay opened the scoring for the DS Rennie League leaders in the first half, with a header from Jake McHugh doubling their advantage in the second half. Imran Madugu made sure of the win with a late brace.

Kirrie scored six times as they lifted the Dundee West Anniversary cup six weeks earlier, and they were nearly gifted the opener after 10 minutes. Celtic keeper Callum Angus kicked the ball into Sam Ellis who with the goal gaping lifted the ball over the bar from 15 yards.

It was a big chance gone begging for the Angus side, who were nearly punished moments later as Jake McHugh’s cross landed at the feet of Stevenson a matter of yards from goal, but he mishit his effort.

With 17 minutes gone, Celtic were presented a golden chance to take the lead as James Downie was taken down inside the box. Madugu stepped up, but his spot kick was kept out by Rory Davidson, who pushed the ball over the bar.

Eventually, the pressure told, and Celtic broke the deadlock. Madugu found Ben Barclay on the left and he powered his way into the box before slipping the ball past Davidson at the near post.

Celtic continued their pressure into the second half, but Davidson continued to deny them. The Kirrie stopper pulled of a stunning diving save to keep out a curling effort from Madugu before smothering Stevenson’s rebound.

Kirrie made a host of changes as they attempted to get back into the game but fell further behind after 49 minutes. Christopher Gorrie delivered a deep cross from the right which guided home by McHugh from close range.

Jake Kettles had the chance to reduce the deficit after a cleverly worked corner, but his effort deflected behind. A long ball into the Kirrie box was met by Madugu and despite the efforts of Davidson, the big striker gave Celtic a three-goal lead.

In injury time, the ball broke to Barclay, who saw his first-time strike headed behind for a corner. The resulting delivery lead to a goalmouth stramash that ended with Madugu firing home with what proved to be the final kick of the ball.

Fairmuir beat AM Soccer 4-0 to book their place in the semi-final of the East Region Cup. Jordan Adam, Mark Ross, Ryan Hutton and Kyle Smith were all on target.

Broughty United returned to winning ways with a 4-3 win over Brechin. Leon Winterton and Lewis Grant fired Broughty into an early lead only for Brechin to level the match at 2-2.

Benji Kane put Broughty back in front but Brechin found another equaliser. Winterton struck the winner seven minutes from time.

Charlie Massie scored a hat trick as Ferry beat Montrose 5-0. Nicolas Matthew and Harrison Taylor completed the scoring. Forfar beat Dundee West 9-1.

St Andrews Colts won 6-1 against Monifieth in the Watson McInally League, while Maryfield and Vale of Tay drew 0-0.

 

U15s

Jamie McCann scored a hat trick as Fairmuir beat Dundee Thistle 7-2 in the G Taylor League. Zain Ferguson, Callum Rae, Liam Hunt and Damian Kunc also scored.

Broughty Panthers picked up their first win since February as they beat Forfar. Ryan Carr scored a hat trick, with Lewis Munro and Josh Knight also scoring.

Dundee West beat Carnoustie 5-2. Lewis Sivewright opened the scoring after 20 seconds, but Lewis Hutton levelled the match after nine minutes.

Logan Piggott scored either side of Sivewright’s second as the half ended with Dundee West 3-2 ahead. Luke Miller made it four for Dundee West before Hutton completed the scoring late on.

Celtic Boys beat Montrose by three goals to two. Zak Benmalek, Dylan Young and Adam Shaffi gave Celtic a 3-0 lead before Montrose pulled two back late on.

Ally Alcorn scored a hat trick as Pitfour beat Riverside 3-0, while Ferry beat Broughty United in their penultimate game of the season.

 

U16s

Rory Jagusinski scored that goal that fired Fairmuir into the semi-finals of the East Region Cup at the expense of Rothes Juniors.

Dryburgh Athletic beat Broughty United 5-2 in the Maryfield League and Ferry won 3-2 against Logie Harp. Jeanfield and Forfar played out a 2-2 draw while St Murdochs drew 3-3 with Blairgowrie.

Monifieth beat Kirrie Thistle 4-0 in the W Mills League while Dundee Thistle beat St Murdochs Colts 1-0.

 

U17s

ACSC inflicted East Craigie Swifts first ever domestic defeat with a 5-3 win in the Dave Pullar League.

The two bottom sides Forfar Boys and Dundee Rangers played out a 2-2 draw, while Kirrie beat Fairmuir 9-5.

St Andrews Colts beat Forfar WE 4-2 in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League, while Brechin beat Partan Craig 3-1.

 

U19s

A late penalty from Ross Bell clinched the Peter MacAvoy Cup for Fairmuir Violet. Gary Scobie had Fairmuir ahead with a thunderous first half free kick but Blair McCord levelled seven minutes after half time.

With five minutes to go, Bell was fouled inside the Ferry box and slotted home the penalty to secure Fairmuir the cup and keep their treble dream alive.

Ryan Scobie netted a free kick 12-months ago when these sides contested the Henry Dolan Cup final, and it was his left foot that rewarded Fairmuir for their efforts seven minutes before half time. The defender curled home a free kick from 25 yards that Ferry keeper Stewart Linton couldn’t keep out.

Fairmuir thought they had their second seven minute after the break when Ball forced the ball home from close range, but the referee disallowed the goal for a foul on a Ferry defender in the build-up.

30 seconds passed between the referee disallowing Fairmuir’s goal and Ferry equalising. The George Kerr Cup winner’s sent the resulting free kick long amidst the Fairmuir protests and the ball was eventually played into Blair McCord, who rifled home a shot from 20 yards to bring Ferry level.

Both sides were creating chances as the full-time whistle approached and Linton denied Fairmuir once again as he kept out a close-range effort from Jack Taylor. Bell should have scored after 81 minutes when he worked space at the edge of the Ferry box, but he shot over.

A long ball caught out the Fairmuir defence allowing Kyle Anderson to run through on goal. The striker has often been Ferry’s man for the big occasion over the years, but he opted to shoot rather than cut the ball across for one of his teammates allowing Connor to make a comfortable save.

It was a big chance that Ferry were punished for not taking as Bell was soon fouled in the box, leaving the referee with little choice but to point to the penalty spot. The midfielder dusted himself off and coolly dispatched the penalty as Fairmuir retook the lead with five minutes to go.

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