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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 16:20

DDYFA Results Round-Up 02/09/18

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There was no shortage of drama and excitement throughout the age groups, including the first Scottish Cup win of the season.

Here’s how the action went down:

 

U13s

Blair Ross and Owen Moir scored hat tricks for Broughty Pumas as they hit the goal trail against Kirrie Thistle in Group A of the Diamond Jubilee Cup. Owen Burns, Cian Young, Nathan Petrie and Lucas Goff all netted. DUSC and Dryburgh both finished their group campaigns with wins.

The goals were shared amongst the team as Fairmuir beat ACSC. Kyle Peacock, Cameron McMurchie, Marley Wright, Brody Williamson, Reece Hutton, Kristofer Bruce, Robert Curtis and Mason Blyth were all on target in Group B.

St Andrews Colts ended with a 100% record with a 2-1 win over Montrose. Luke Farquhar and Charlie Colquitt grabbed the goals. Arbroath Lads finished with a 7-3 win over Carnoustie.

Seb McLeish scored four times as Monifieth ended Group C unbeaten with a 5-0 win over Riverside. Callum Ross was also on target. Broughty Panthers won 9-3 over Dundee Thistle.

Tyler Hutchinson six for Dundee SC as they beat Ferry Athletic 9-5 in Group D. Dundee West Reds beat Montrose Vics 3-1.

Reece Forrest, Robbie Watson, Harry Watson, Caleb Robertson, Peter Rutherford, Max Pol, Archie Browning, Kaisey Brown, Finlay Hogg, Ross Cannon all scored as Blairgowrie beat Mearns.

 

U14s

Braces from Stuart Heenan, Leo Norrie and Thomas Cunningham helped Fairmuir keep up their 100% start to the season in the DS Rennie League.

The Ross Ballantine Cup holders picked up their third consecutive win despite Aiden Lockhart scoring four times from Ferry.

Heenan set up Norrie for a tap in before firing past Finlay Lyttle inside five minutes. Norrie drilled home a penalty to put Fairmuir 3-0 up.

Lockhart pulled one back for Ferry before scoring a free kick from the half way line. A sublime half volley from the midfielder tied the game up early in the second half.

Heenan put Fairmuir back in front with a thunderous strike from half time before Cunningham added two more to all but secure the win for Fairmuir.

Lockhart completed the scoring with a free kick from 20 yards, but it wasn’t enough for Ferry to deny Fairmuir the win.

Riverside picked up a 6-1 win over Carnoustie. Dylan McLeish scored for Carnoustie. Forfar Boys, Pitfour and Montrose all picked up wins.

Sol Campbell scored twice as Maryfield came out on top of their top of the table clash with Newtyle in the Watson McInally League. Dilon Gurnag, Aaran Duncan and Kody Nicol all scored as Maryfield won 5-3.

Dundee Thistle beat Arbroath Lads 2-1, Brechin won 4-2 against Dundee SC, Mearns won 4-2 against Monifieth and St Andrews beat Kirrie Thistle 8-0.

 

U15s

Montrose advanced to Round 1 of the Scottish Cup with a 6-4 win over Glenrothes Strollers.

Torran Juggins double helped Pitfour to a 3-1 win over G Taylor League leaders Celtic Boys. Sonny Simpson also netted as Celtic suffered their first loss of the season.
Charlie Massie scored twice as Ferry beat Riverside 3-1, with Jack Moir also on target.

Kian Martin, Keir Balfour and Archie McLean were all on target as Kirrie Thistle beat Broughty United 4-3. John McGlashan, Leon Winterton and Sam Terroni got Broughty’s goals.

There were big wins for DUSC and Monifieth in the W Mills League, while St Andrews Colts beat St Murdochs 2-0.

 

U16s

Goalkeeper Thomas Welsh was Monifieth Athletic’s hero as they held Fairmuir in the Maryfield League. Jamie McCann opened the scoring for Fairmuir before Aidan Lorente equalised before the 10-minute mark.

Lewis Sivewright’s brace handed Carnoustie a 2-0 win over Broughty Panthers, while Pitfour beat Celtic Boys 3-0. Kai Finnie scored either side of Kieran Sweeney’s goal.

Ryley Duncan scored twice as Dundee West beat Riverside 4-1. Lewis Hutton and Ruari Henry also found the net.

3-2 was the score of the day in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League. Ferry, Letham Whites and Montrose all won by that scoreline, while Forfar Albion and Letham Tans drew 4-4.

 

U17s

Finlay Armstrong and Ross McDowell were on target for Monifieth as they drew 2-2 with Ferry in the Maryfield League.

Jake Grady scored four times as Fairmuir recorded a big win over ACSC. Jay Coupar netted a hat trick, with Matthew Nelson, Nairn Bonnar and Ross Hazel all on target.

Dryburgh beat Kirrie Thistle 9-0, Dryburgh CC won 3-1 against Broughty, Forfar Albion beat Lincraig and Jeanfield beat Riverside 2-0 thanks to goals from Liam Cooney and Angus Dochard.

 

U19s

Carnoustie Panmure beat St Andrews 4-2 in the Presidents League, while East Craigie Swifts beat Arbroath Vics 6-0.

Ferry Yellows beat Dundee North End 3-0, while Ferry Blues drew 1-1 with Forfar West End.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 14:09

DDYFA Results Round-Up 26/08/18

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It was another full fixture card in the DDYFA with top spot up for grabs in multiple leagues.

Here’s how the action went down:

 

U13s

Doubles from Blair Ross and Nathan Petrie helped Broughty Pumas to a 5-3 win over Forfar Boys in Group A of the Jubilee Cup. Kyle Hodge also netted. Celtic Boys and DUSC both picked up wins.

Kyle Thaw scored twice as St Andrews Colts beat Arbroath Lads 4-3 in Group B. Henry Mackie and Aaron Stewart completed the scoring.

Kyle Peacock scored twice for Fairmuir, with Cameron McMurchie also netting, but it wasn’t enough to stop them going down 5-3 against Montrose. Carnoustie beat ACSC 9-2.

Monifieth made it three wins from three as they beat Dundee West Royals 4-0 in Group C. Dylan Barnett, Harris Shepherd, Seb McLeish and Fraser Yule grabbed the goals. Brechin beat Dundee Thistle 9-4.

Robbie Watson scored a hat trick as Blairgowrie kept up their 100% record in Group D. Ross Cannon scored twice, while Caleb Robertson, Peter Rutherford, Harry Watson and Kacey Brown all scored in their 9-0 win over Dundee SC.

Dundee West Reds beat Mearns 9-0 and Montrose Vics beat Ferry 7-2.

 

U14s

A late goal from Scott Hamilton handed Carnoustie Panmure a win in their opening game of the season in the DS Rennie League. The defender turned home from a corner four minutes from time to grab his side three points.

Carnoustie opened the scoring through Dylan McLeish, who delivered a cross-cum-shot that flew into net, but the lead would prove to be short lived as Max Patterson drilled a low shot into the corner to bring Broughty level.

In the second half, an own goal from Fergus Scott put Carnoustie back in front, only for Broughty to equalise again through Freddie Holmes.

With four minutes to go, Hamilton struck from close range to win the game for Carnoustie.

Stuart Heenan scored four times as Fairmuir beat Forfar 9-1. Leo Norrie scored twice with Finlay Garty, Harrison Smith and Reece Suttenwood all netting.

Pitfour beat Dundee West Reds 4-1, Montrose won 5-2 against DUSC and Riverside picked up a 9-0 win over Celtic Boys.

Sol Campbell scored four times as Maryfield beat Kirrie 9-0 in the Watson McInally League. Dillon Gurang, Kyle Johnston, Nairn Gaffney, Euan Patterson and Shayn Hart all netted.

Newtyle won 5-0 away to Dundee SC, while Mearns and Dundee Thistle both won 3-1 against Dundee West Royals and Monifieth respectively.

Brechin and ACSC drew 3-3, while Broughty Panthers and St Andrews played out a 4-4 draw.

 

U15s

Torran Juggins bagged four goals as Pitfour beat Dryburgh Athletic 7-0 in the G Taylor League. Sonny Simpson completed the scoring with a hat trick for the East Region Cup winners.

Ryan McGregor scored twice as East Craigie Swifts beat Riverside 5-1. Cammy Blacklock and Mark Ross were also amongst the scorers. Celtic Boys beat Ferry 3-0.

In the W Mills League, there was a big win for St Andrews Colts over St James, Monifieth beat ACSC 2-1 while DUSC and Montrose drew 3-3.

 

U16s

Doubles from Ryley Duncan, Lewis Hutton and Luke Miller helped Dundee West to a 6-3 win over Broughty Panthers in the Maryfield League.

Hutton and Duncan gave Dundee West a 2-0 lead, but when Cavan McLaren missed a penalty Broughty were kicked into life.

Haaris Ahmed scored twice either side of Liam Jones goal to put Broughty 3-2 ahead, but the lead was short lived as Miller headed in to level the score before half time.

In the second half, Duncan and Hutton both found the net before Miller completed the scoring with an outrageous volley from the left touchline.

It was Deja Vu for Fairmuir as they beat Riverside 5-1. Graeme Stewart scored twice, with Jamie McCann, Robbie Flynn and Nick Fletcher all scoring.

Kai Finnie scored twice as Pitfour beat Carnoustie 6-2. Ben Clos, Finnie and Matthew Glen all netted before the 15-minute mark, but Jay Black and Khalid Bjeirmi scored either side of half time to hand Carnoustie a life line.

The game’s sixth goal went Pitfour’s way as Finnie doubled his tally before Dylan Wright and Kieran Forber completed the scoring.

Celtic Boys held champions Monifieth to a 3-3 draw. Dylan Young and Josh Gordon gave Celtic an early lead before Monifieth turned the game around with three first half goals. Gordon’s second late on secured Celtic a point.

There were wins for Dundee Thistle, Letham Tangerines, Letham Whites and Forfar Albion in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League.

 

U17s

Four goals a piece from Jake Grady and Nairn Bonnar helped Fairmuir to an 8-0 win over Lincraig in the Dave Pullar League.

Ross McDowell’s double helped Monifieth to a first win of the season. Mason Inglis-Doran and Bryce Ness also scored in their 4-0 win over Dundee Thistle.

Ryan Smith scored a hat trick as Dryburgh beat Riverside 6-1. Ferry beat Kirrie 5-1 and Broughty won 4-0 away to Brechin.

 

U19s

Ahmed Drammah scored a hat trick as Fairmuir Violet beat Carnoustie 6-3. Jay Taylor, Kieran McWilliam and Steven Abbot all netted.

Forfar West End beat East Craigie Swifts 2-0, Kirrie beat Dryburgh 2-0, Ferry Blues won 5-2 away to St Andrews, Ferry Yellows won 8-0 against Brechin and Dundee

North End beat Arbroath Vics 4-2.

A sensational double-hattrick, from striker Rhys Wardlaw helped Burntisland hit double figures against a hard-working Rosyth side.

The first chance of the match fell to Rosyth in the sixth minute when the ball fell to the skilful midfielder Ciaran Brough and was unlucky to have his strike just go over the bar.

Burntisland opened their account for the day when Wardlaw managed to get on the end of a well-placed cross and poked the ball past Rosyth’s keeper Murray Thomson, into the bottom corner in the 8th minute of the match.

Danny Finlayson came close to doubling Burntisland’s lead in the 11th minute but was firmly denied by Thomson, who was in for a very busy day. Burntisland’s captain Matthew Mitchell was next to attempt to get the hosts second when his volley from a corner just flew over the bar in the 12th minute.

Rosyth were next to have a flurry of chances, in a period of which was probably their best throughout the duration of the game. Adam McArthur came close for the equaliser but saw his effort coast over the bar in the 18th minute. However, Charlie Beardmore managed to get on to a loose ball within the box and smashed it passed Thomson in the 20th minute.

Despite going two down, Rosyth continued their pressure and came so close to narrowing the lead in the 25th minute when talented midfielder Conor Gourley, charged through the Burntisland defence and managed to expertly pick out attacker Matthew Perkins who’s shot went just wide of the post.

Perkins came close again to getting one back for Rosyth but was denied by a superb save from Burntisland keeper Jay Ritchie in the 27th minute. Gourley threatened next for Rosyth but again was saved from Ritchie in the 30th minute.

Once again however, Burntisland managed to weather the storm from Rosyth and return to their dominance for the remainder of the half which was near chances from Scott Hadden, Ben McDonald and Harris Phimister all bravely denied by impressive goalkeeper Thomson.

But Burntisland managed to eventually pull through and increase their advantage in the 40th minute when Mitchell showed some fantastic running starting from defence and cut it to striker Wardlaw who slotted it past Thomson and doubled his tally for the day and ended a dominant half from Burntisland.

Burntisland started the second half just as they finished the first half as Mitchell went on another surging run from defence and slid it under Thomson grabbing Burntisland’s 4th in the 41st minute.
 
Wardlaw immediately after, grabbed his hattrick and the hosts fifth in the 43rd minute when he made room for himself in the box and forced the ball into the bottom left corner. Wardlaw grabbed his third goal in five minutes and Burntisland’s sixth in the 45th minute after another curling effort hit the back of the net.
 
Robbie breeze was next to get his name on the score line as Burntisland’s devastation continued, when his deflected effort just managed to cross the line in the 57th minute. Wardlaw then amazingly grabbed his fifth of the afternoon as his glided shot found the bottom right corner in the 60th minute, putting the hosts eight ahead.
 
Burntisland managed to hit double figures in the final moments of the game when Phimister contributed to the score with a tidy finish and Wardlaw claimed his double hattrick from close range, bringing an end to the game.
 
Both sides should be more than proud of their efforts, the score may seem not the best for Rosyth, but we must not forget that this is early in the season and there is still a lot of work to be done.
 
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Friday, 24 August 2018 14:52

DDYFA Results Round-Up 21/08/18 and 23/08/18

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There was plenty of drama in the first set of midweek fixtures in the DDYFA, including a contender for match of the season.

Here’s how the action went down:

 

U13s

Lucas Goff was Broughty Pumas hat trick hero as they beat Celtic Boys 3-0 in Group A of the Jubilee Cup. DUSC beat Forfar Boys 8-2 while Dryburgh beat Kirrie Thistle 9-0.

Aaron Stewart and Kyle Thaw both scored twice in St Andrews Colts 7-3 win over Fairmuir in Group B. Charlie Colquitt was also on target, while Reece Hutton, Brody Williamson and Marley Wright got Fairmuir’s goals.

Carnoustie Panmure picked up their first win of the season as they beat Montrose 2-1, and ACSC won 9-1 against Arbroath Lads.

Monifieth Athletic hit the goal trail against Dundee Thistle in Group C to make it two wins from two. Harris Shepherd scored four, with Seb McLeish making two hat tricks in as many games. Thomas McClachan, Ryan Williamson, Niall McDonald, Fraser Yule, Harley Tierney and Lewis Raeside also found the net.

Blaine McManamon netted five times as Dundee West Royals beat Riverside 7-2 in their first 11-a-side match, while Brechin City beat Broughty Panthers 4-1.

Dundee Sporting Club picked up a 4-1 win over Montrose Vics in Group D. Tyler Hutchinson scored two, with Bailey Chaplin and Aidan Thomson also netting.

Blairgowrie made it two wins from two with a 7-3 win over Dundee West Reds. Robbie Watson scored four times, with Harry Watson netting twice. Ross Cannon was also on target.

 

U14s

Dilon Gurang scored a hat trick as Maryfield beat Mearns 5-2 in the Watson McInally League. Sol Campbell and Kristian Gibson were also on target.

Mark Small scored four times for Dundee SC as they picked up their first win of the season. Logan Brough also netted in the 5-3 win against ACSC.

St Andrews Colts beat Dundee Thistle 5-3, while there were wins for Arbroath Lads, Monifieth and Newtyle.

 

U15s

Ferry Athletic picked up their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Dundee West. Ferry had keeper Lewis Burns to thank as he kept out Kyler Van Der Toorn’s first half penalty before second half strikes from Charlie Massie and Jack Moir secured the points.

Sonny Simpson scored five times in Pitfour’s 8-2 win over Riverside. Torran Juggins bagged a brace and Jamie Selfridge completed the scoring to hand Pitfour their first win of the season.

Two late goals cost Kirrie Thistle in their Angus derby against Forfar Boys. Jake Kettles had given Kirrie the lead, but it was Forfar that ran out 2-1 winners.

Ryan Hutton scored twice in East Craigie Swifts 6-0 win over Broughty United. Cammy Blacklock, Riley Nelson, Ryan McGregor and Jordan Adam also netted. Celtic Boys beat Dryburgh 7-0.

 

U17s

A late free kick from Ross Hazel handed Fairmuir three points from their Dave Pullar League match with Ferry Athletic.

Early goals from Jake Stewart and Greg Breen gave Ferry the upper hand, but Fairmuir responded through Nairn Bonnar 10 minutes before the interval.

Owen McColgan netted from the penalty spot a minute before half time to make it 3-1, and a minute after the restart Bonnar tapped in his second after Ferry keeper Connor Milton produced a wonder save to deny Jake Grady.

Jamie Timmons soon brought Fairmuir level from the penalty spot before Milton produced a series of top saves to keep Fairmuir at bay. The keeper’s efforts were rewarded when McColgan fired in a free kick after 80 minutes to put Ferry 4-3 ahead, but Kane Hynes ensured their joy was short lived with a close-range header a minute later.

With two minutes to go, Ross Hazel’s low free kick evaded everyone in the box and bounced past Milton into the bottom corner to seal a 5-4 win for Fairmuir.

It was honours even in the Dryburgh derby as Dryburgh CC earned a 1-1 draw against Dryburgh Athletic.

Goals from Simon Sharpe, Callum Howe and Liam Clark helped Broughty United to a 3-3 draw against Jeanfield Swifts.

Riverside and Lincraig both kept up their 100% records with wins over Monifieth and ACSC respectively. Kirrie Thistle beat Brechin 3-0 and Forfar Albion won 5-0 against Dundee Thistle.

 

U19s

Kier Gardiner and Hayden Burr both scored twice as East Craigie Swifts beat Brechin 6-0. Dryburgh beat Dundee North End 3-2, Forfar West End won 4-1 against Kirrie and there was a 3-3 draw between Carnoustie and Arbroath Vics.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 14:47

DDYFA Results Round-Up 19/08/18

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The opening weekend of the 2018/19 season saw over 300 goals scored over the six age groups as the DDYFA returned in style.

Here’s how the action went down:

U13s

Bobby Shirkey was the hero for Dryburgh Athletic as they picked up a 1-0 win over Broughty Pumas in their first match of the season. Celtic Boys and DUSC also picked up wins in Group A of the Diamond Jubilee Cup.

St Andrews Colts started their season in style with a 7-0 win over ACSC in Group B. It was a day to remember for Kyle Thaw who netted a hat trick, with Logan McPherson, Luke Farquhar, Henry Mackie and Rhuraidh Cunningham all finding the net.

Montrose also started with a win as they beat Arbroath Lads 5-1, while Fairmuir and Carnoustie Panmure played out a 3-3 draw. Marley Wright, Brody Williamson and Kyle Peacock were on target for Fairmuir.

Riverside were in fine form in Group C as they beat Brechin 9-3. Jayden Herd and Jude Young both bagged hat tricks, Nathan McDonald scored twice and Chinedu Akkuna also netted.

Seb McLeish scored a hat trick as Monifieth beat Broughty Panthers 7-2. Fraser Yule got a brace, with Niall McDonald and Harry Shepherd also on target.

Robbie and Harry Watson both scored twice in Blairgowrie’s 7-0 win over Montrose Vics in Group D. Caleb Robertson, Finlay Hogg and Kacey Brown also scored, while Dundee West Reds beat Ferry 3-2.

 

U14s

Blaike Kyles carried his 2017/18 form into the new campaign with six goals in Ferry’s opening day win over Forfar Boys in the DS Rennie League. Aidan Lockhart scored a hat trick, Aiden Cobb got a brace, while Will Hanbury and Adam Snedden completed the scoring.

Stuart Heenan also scored six times as Fairmuir started with a win over Montrose. Leo Norrie netted a double, with Brodie Cussick, Thomas Cunningham and Harrison Smith also on target.

Celtic Boys started life in the top flight with a 3-3 draw against Broughty Pumas, while Pitfour picked up an 8-2 win over DUSC. Riverside beat Dundee West Reds 9-2.

Goals from Nicoll, Duncan and Stewart helped Maryfield to a 3-0 win over Dundee Thistle in the Watson McInally League.

Dundee West Royals picked up a 4-1 win over Kirrie, while Newtyle, Broughty Panthers and Arbroath Lads all started with wins.

 

U15s

A Torran Juggins hat trick secured Pitfour a point in their first DDYFA outing. The East Region Cup winners came from 3-1 down to earn a share of the spoils.

John McGlashan and Leon Winterton gave Broughty an early lead before Juggins pulled one back for Pitfour. Brandon Boath restored Broughty’s two-goal lead with a close-range finish.

Juggins fired in his second early in the second half and netted his third two minutes from time to earn Pitfour a share of the spoils.

East Craigie Swifts held champions Kirrie Thistle in their first match. Barclay Rae’s late strike saw the match finish 1-1.

Riverside started life in the top flight with a 3-0 win over fellow new boys Dryburgh Athletic. Celtic Boys beat Dundee West 8-0, while Forfar Boys beat Ferry 5-3.

In the W Mills League, ACSC edged an 11-goal thriller against DUSC. The Arbroath side running out 6-5 winners.

Montrose beat St James 9-0, while St Murdochs and St Andrews Colts drew 3-3.

 

U16s

Ryan Carr scored a hat trick in Broughty Panthers 5-2 win over Riverside in the Maryfield League. Sam Grimes and Finlay Kenyon also netted, while Riverside goalkeeper Josh Hamilton saved a penalty with the score at 1-1. Daniel Hart and Jack Kingston scored for Riverside.

Pitfour needed a late winner to take three points from Dundee West. Lewis Thomson put Dundee West ahead, but Kieran Forber levelled the tie in the second half.

Dundee West regained the lead, but Kai Finnie quickly brought Pitfour level. With the game heading for a tie, Kieran Sweeney found the top corner from the edge of the box to seal the points for the East Region Cup winners.

Fairmuir also made a winning start to the season against Celtic Boys. Graeme Stewart scored twice, with Robbie Flynn, Jamie McCann and Nick Fletcher securing a 5-0 win.

Carnoustie started the season by holding champions Monifieth. Connor McFarlane, Lewis Sivewright and Jay Black were all on target in a 3-3 draw.

There was a Letham derby in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League, and it was the Tangerines that took the bragging rights with a 7-1 win.

Broughty United beat Dundee Thistle 3-2, while Forfar Albion beat Ferry 3-1. Montrose started with a 5-1 win over Bridge of Earn.

 

U17s

Goals from Owen McColgan and Brandon Traynor helped Ferry Athletic to an opening day win over Jeanfield Swifts in the Dave Pullar League.

Alex Roswell pulled one back for Jeanfield in the second half, but Ferry held on to take the points.

Champions Fairmuir started the season with a win over Kirrie. There were doubles for Jake Grady, Nairn Bonnar and Jay Coupar, with Kane Hynes, Ethan Samson and Jamie Timmons also netting.

Dryburgh beat Forfar Albion 8-1. Aidan Nelson and Jack McKellican netted braces, with Ryan Smith, Ryan Corbitt, Ben Wilson and Marcus Gray all netting.

Simon Sharpe scored four times for Broughty United as they beat ACSC 7-2. Callum Howe, Connor Fyffe and Kieran Webb completed the scoring.

Monifieth Athletic went down 6-4 to Dryburgh CC. Ross McDowell, Oli Carmichael, Josh Wanless and Finlay Armstrong scored for Monifieth.

Connor Spence scored a hat trick for Riverside as they beat Brechin 3-0. Lincraig beat Dundee Thistle 2-0.

 

U19s

East Craigie Swifts started the season with a 5-1 win over Carnoustie Panmure. Ross Mcnaughton scored twice, with Matt McKinnon, Billy Young and Scott Galloway completing the scoring.

Kieran McWilliam scored twice in Fairmuir Violet’s 4-1 win over Ferry Blues. Jay Taylor and Michael Edgar also netted.

New boys Dundee North End beat Kirrie Thistle 9-2, while their fellow new boys went down 5-1 against Ferry Yellows. Brechin City and St Andrews United drew 4-4.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:44

DDYFA U15s 2017/18 Team of the Season

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The 2017/18 season saw Monifieth Athletic win the treble, while Pitfour lifted the East Region Cup. YFS takes a look at some of the season’s top performers in our Team of the Season.

Goalkeeper – Thomas Welsh – Monifieth Athletic

Welsh was in top form for the champions as they boasted the best defensive record in the G Taylor League, with 27 goals conceded in 26 games. The stopper also played a big role in Monifieth’s cup success, as they won two penalty shootouts en route to the Tommy Clark Trophy final.

Defender – Sean Kydd – Monifieth

All of the Monifieth defenders were worthy of a spot in the team of the season after a season that saw them keep 11 domestic clean sheets. Kydd's ability to read the game and his comfort on the ball made him a key part of Monifieth's set up.

Defender – Aidan McCann – Fairmuir

McCann struck up a strong partnership with Jack Wilkie in the heart of a Fairmuir defence that kept 10 league clean sheets. McCann’s positional sense and ability to read the game mean strikers very rarely get the better of him.

Defender – Callum Rae – Fairmuir/Dundee West

Rae played most of the season with Dundee West before switching to Fairmuir late in the campaign. At both clubs he continued to show why he is regarded as one of the top fullbacks in the 2003 age group. His tireless running down the right flank make him an asset at both ends of the pitch.

Midfielder – Ben Clos – Pitfour

It was another strong showing from the winger who netted 17 times and set up the winner in the East Region Cup final. A dynamic winger with pace to burn and an end product to match, Clos is a handful for any fullback he comes up against.

Midfielder – Aidan Lorente – Monifieth Athletic

It was a perfect season for the Monifieth captain, who scored over 30 goals as his side completed the treble. A powerful midfielder capable of scoring from anywhere on the pitch, Lorente netted the winner in the final of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup final.

Midfielder – Dylan Wright – Pitfour

The Pitfour captain is the perfect compliment the plethora of attacking talent that make up Pitfour’s side. Simply put, he does the ugly side of the game better than most, breaking up play and showing real intelligence when in possession.

Midfielder – Ben Garrick – Riverside CSC

A fifth-place finish represented an excellent season from Riverside, who finished well clear of the chasing pack. Garrick played a pivotal role in that success, with over 20 goals from midfield.

Forward – Dougray Smith – Riverside CSC

Another of Riverside’s main men, Smith also bagged over 20 goals this season. His pace and power have caused defences all kinds of problems.

Forward – Ally Alcorn – Pitfour

Alcorn stood head and shoulders ahead of anyone else at the top of the goal scoring charts with 74 goals in all competitions. The pacey forward doesn’t give defenders a moments peace, and his 74th goal of the season clinched the East Region Cup for Pitfour and broke a club record for the most goals scored in a single season that had stood since 1965.

Forward – Arran Ferry – Monifieth Athletic

Ferry netted over 25 goals for Monifieth, including the winner in the Tommy Clark Trophy and the two goals that all but clinched the title against Fairmuir. His physical prowess and finishing ability have troubled every defence he faced.

 

Substitutes

Goalkeeper – David Boylan – Dundee West

Boylan kept 13 clean sheets in all competitions as Dundee West achieved a third-place finish. His fine form saw Dundee West avoid defeat in all their home league games.

Defender – Aaron Dewar – Monifieth Athletic

Another of the Monifieth defenders, full back Dewar was a threat at both ends of the pitch, contributing to their immense defensive record, and chipping in with a handful of goals at the other end.

Midfielder – Jamie McCann – Fairmuir

McCann was a midseason signing for Fairmuir, and his impact was clear to see as he netted 15 goals and set up 10 for his teammates in the final few months of the season.

Midfielder – Ryan Carr – Broughty United Panthers

It was a mixed season for Broughty who ended up seventh in the table, but Carr was in red hot form as he scored 23 goals and picked up 20 assists.

Forward – Cody Logue – Celtic Boys

Celtic his form in the last few months of the season that saw them move up to eighth in the league. Logue scored 27 times in all competitions. 

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:25

DDYFA U14s 2017/18 Team of the Season

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After another fine season from the 2004 age group, YFS takes a look at some of the top performers in our team of the season.

Goalkeeper – Rory Davidson – Kirrie Thistle

Injury saw Davidson take over the goalkeeping responsibilities at the start of the campaign, and he went from strength to strength between the sticks as Kirrie ended the season with the best defensive record in the DS Rennie League.

Defender – Dorian Ziozkolski – Celtic Boys

The big centre back’s combination of pace and strength make him one of the strongest defenders in the top flight. He helped Celtic to 13 domestic clean sheets, including their 4-0 win in the final of the Reilly Falconer Cup.

Defender – Bradley Milne – Kirrie Thistle

Kirrie’s captain brings a calmness to the centre of their defence with his ability on the ball making him a key part of their passing style. He helped Kirrie to 13 domestic clean sheets and a league and cup double.

Defender – Struan Keir – Ferry Athletic

Keir was one of the standouts for Ferry as they finished fifth in the DS Rennie League. The defender capped off a strong first season with Ferry by picking up the club’s Players Player of the Year award.

Midfielder – Jake Kettles – Kirrie Thistle

The powerful midfielder netted 30 plus goals for the second season in a row as Kirrie completed a league and cup double. His direct running and coolness in front of goal make him a handful for any defender he faces.

Midfielder – Mark Ross – Fairmuir

Ross netted over 20 times for the East Region Cup finalists as they also secured a fourth-place finish in the DS Rennie League.

Midfielder – Cameron Blacklock – Dundee West

Blacklock carried his form from 2016/17 into the top flight as Dundee West finished seventh in the DS Rennie League. Blacklock netted twice in the final of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup and ended the season with a double-digit goal tally.

Midfielder – Ryan McGregor – Fairmuir

Another key part of Fairmuir’s success this season, McGregor’s energy in the midfield made him a valuable part of their set up. He scored seven times en-route to the East Region Cup final.

Forward – Owen Boath – Ferry Athletic

It was another strong season from Boath who ended the season with 38 goals in all competitions. His tireless running and ruthlessness in front of goal have caused plenty of problems for opposition defences.

Forward – Liam Ballie – Forfar Boys

Forfar may not have hit the heights of the 2016/17 season, but it didn’t stop Baillie netting 41 goals for the Angus side. A similar return next season may see Forfar lifting silverware.

Forward – Leon Winterton – Broughty United

Broughty were one of the season’s surprise packages lead by Winterton’s goal scoring exploits. The powerful striker ended the season with 38 goals to his name.

 

Substitutes

Defender – Ben Wilson – Forfar Boys

Wilson proved to be effective at both ends of the pitch for Forfar, helping them to six clean sheets in the league, and netting 12 goals.

Defender – Jacob Sharpe – Ferry Athletic

Sharpe played nearly every position for Ferry and struck up a strong partnership with Struan Keir at the heart of the defence. He was on target nine times throughout the season.

Midfielder – Alex North – St Andrews Colts

The tenacious midfielder lead St Andrews to their first cup final victory in 24 years as they beat Maryfield United in the final of the Mac Brown Cup. His work-rate and attitude are second to none, and he was rewarded when he lifted the cup.

Forward – Aiden Law – Dundee West

Law was another member of the Dundee West squad that stepped up to the plate in the top flight. His physical prowess and scoring exploits earned him a contract with Dundee FC for next season.

Sunday, 08 July 2018 16:56

DDYFA U13s 2017/18 Team of the Season

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The 2017/18 season saw Ferry Athletic, Dundee United SC and Celtic Boys all win doubles. There was silverware in the form of the Ross Ballantine Cup for Fairmuir, and Pitfour won the East Region Cup.

YFS takes a look at some of the top performers in the U13s Team of the Season.


Goalkeeper – Finlay Lyttle – Ferry Athletic

Ferry boasted the best defensive record in the Café Royale League as they conceded just 22 goals in 14 games. Very much the modern keeper, Lyttle’s passing ability and coolness on the ball make him an important part of Ferry’s passing style, and he kept four clean sheets as they went on to lift the title.
 

Defender – Rhys Hoon – Carnoustie Panmure

The Carnoustie Captain drew plenty of plaudits as he established himself as one of the top defenders in the top flight. A strong centre back that’s comfortable on the ball, he picked up the Man of the March award in the Jubilee Cup final.
 

Defender – Jamie Bruce – Dundee United SC

Bruce may have had his heart set on a midfield role at the start of the season but established himself as one of DUSC’s top defenders as they won the J Clenaghan League. He helped his side to a clean sheet in the final of The Marshall Cup as DUSC completed the double.
 

Defender – Ryan Anderson – Riverside CSC

The 2017/18 season may not have brought Riverside silverware, but they established themselves as one of the sides to beat in the Café Royale League. Captain Anderson helped Riverside to three domestic clean sheets and the second best defensive record in the Café Royale League.


Midfielder – Stuart Heenan – Fairmuir

The powerful midfielder was in sparkling form, as he bagged nearly 40 goals from midfield. His direct running and clinical finishing caused every defence he faced problems, and he showed his class in the final of the Ross Ballantine Cup as he netted Fairmuir’s third goal.
 

Midfielder – Brodie Cussick – Fairmuir

Cussick is the perfect compliment for Heenan in the centre of Fairmuir’s midfield. His fearlessness in the tackle and composure on the ball make him one of the strongest players in the league.
 

Midfielder – Aiden Lockhart – Ferry Athletic

The phrase “big game player” is an apt description for the Ferry midfielder, who netted both their goals in the Jubilee Cup final, and a last-minute winner against Riverside in a potential title decider. A dead ball specialist that returned a double-digit goal tally from midfield, Lockhart will be an important player for Ferry over the coming seasons.
 

Midfielder – Adam Leese – Pitfour FC

Leese was an instrumental part of the Pitfour side that won the East Region Cup. A strong tackler with the ability to unlock defences with his passing ability, Leese is one of the top players in his position.


Forward – Thomas Drysdale – Pitfour FC

Drysdale netted 36 times for Pitfour, including the winner in the East Region Cup final, as he and his teammates ended their debut season at 11-a-side football on a high.
 

Forward – Josh McGuire – Celtic Boys

The pacey forward was in top form as he netted over 20 times as Celtic won the P Gibson League. He ended the season by bagging four of their goals in the Celtic Jubilee Cup final win over Mearns.
 

Forward – Blaike Kyles – Ferry Athletic

Ferry’s “silent assassin” may have missed a chunk of the season through injury, but that didn’t stop him scoring nearly 30 goals for the Scottish Cup Quarter Finalists. Kyles pace and predatory finishing make him a threat no matter the opponents.
 

Substitutes

 

Goalkeeper – Finlay Moncrieff – Pitfour FC

Moncrieff played a pivotal role in Pitfour’s success with several top performances throughout the season.
 

Defender – McKenzie Martin – Ferry Athletic

Another key member of Ferry’s backline, Martin’s passing ability combined with his defensive attributes make him a nightmare for strikers to play against.
 

Midfielder – Matthew Brown – Mearns YFS

The winger netted 15 times for Mearns in their debut season. Two goals in their cup final against Celtic Boys capped off a strong season for Brown.
 

Midfielder – Scott Hamilton – Carnoustie Panmure

Hamilton played a multitude of positions for Carnoustie, but still managed to find the net over 20 times for the Jubilee Cup finalists.
 

Forward – Aiden McDougal – Riverside CSC

The big striker was an important player for Riverside, netting their goal in the Ross Ballantine Cup final and helping them to a second-place finish.

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 19:20

Super Season: Ferry Athletic 2005s

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Ferry Athletic’s first season at 11-a-side football was one to remember as they completed a league and cup double and reached the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup.
YFS caught up with manager Paul Riley, captain Euan Reekie and Player of the Year Blaike Kyles to find out about their super season.

Ahead of their inaugural season at 11-a-side football, manager Paul Riley admits that his Ferry side had lofty ambitions.

“Our aims at the start of the season were clearly defined in that we wanted to continue our progress from seven-a-side football into competitive football and compete on all fronts. Obviously winning a cup would be amazing but the aim was to win the title and also do well in the Scottish Cup.

“The players have adapted amazingly well with some developing faster than others. Initially, the physical aspect of 11-a-side competitive football was a big challenge but that lads have overcome all the challenges put in their way amazingly well.”

Ferry’s journey started in the group stage of the Diamond Jubilee Cup, a competition that would see them face off against eventual title rivals Fairmuir, Riverside and Pitfour en-route to the final.

In the end, just six points separated the top four in the Café Royale League, with Pitfour and Riverside the only two sides to beat Ferry domestically.

“We only lost two games all season, one against Pitfour away, 2-1, and one against Riverside away, 4-3. Both were the weeks after good Scottish Cup wins and I genuinely believe the lads took the eye off the ball a little in these games, without detracting from our opponent’s performances in any way.

“Games against Fairmuir and Riverside were always tight affairs with the game against Riverside at Dawson just about winning us the league, in an incredible 3-2 win.

“The games against Fairmuir were also good with us edging them and drawing one also, whilst in the reverse fixture against Pitfour we won 7-1.”

As well as establishing themselves as one of the teams to beat in the Café Royale League, Ferry were the last DDYFA side standing in the Scottish Cup, eventually bowing out at the quarter final stage.

While their run didn’t end with the biggest prize, the cup run brought about Captain Euan Reekie’s highlight of the season.

“My favourite moment was winning the Round of 16 in the Scottish Cup away to Deveronvale in Banff. The night before the team had travelled north and it was really good to be together in the hotel.

“We knew it was going to be hard, but we went into it with the right attitude and we won 3-1. It was a brilliant experience and there was a big crowd, the noise when we scored was amazing.”

Ferry needed extra time to advance past Lewis United, and striker Blaike Kyles believes the Aberdeen outfit were the strongest side he and his teammates faced.

“Our toughest opponents in my opinion were Lewis United, who we played in the Scottish Cup. They were a skilful, physical side who liked to play football the correct way. I thought we matched them all over the pitch but was a really tough match which we just edged after extra time.”

Manager Riley believes that Ferry’s Scottish Cup exploits will prove to benefit his players in the coming years.

“The Scottish Cup was a great experience for the group and we did amazingly well beating good sides like Fairmuir and Deveronvale and also overcame an excellent Lewis Utd team from Aberdeen, albeit in my opinion we rode our luck defensively that day.

“We eventually fell at the quarters to the Celtic Boys Club and genuinely think we let ourselves down that day, possibly the occasion got the better of the lads but too many just didn’t turn up.

“I didn’t believe that they were any better than Lewis but the whole experience will make the group stronger.”

With so many Scottish Cup matches under their belt, Ferry had fallen behind in the title race, but had managed to book their place in the final of the Jubilee Cup with a 6-1 win over Pitfour.

Aiden Lockhart was the hero against Carnoustie, as Ferry came from behind to triumph 2-1 in their first ever cup final, and Riley was quick to praise the midfielder.

He said, “I would have to say our three main performers were Aiden Lockhart, Blaike Kyles and McKenzie Martin who showed outstanding levels of consistency and performance throughout the season.

“Aiden’s creativity and goals from set pieces makes him always a threat whilst Blaike’s finishing is as good as anyone you will see in Scotland at that age.

“McKenzie proved what I have always thought, that he is going to be a top-class ball playing centre half that reads the game amazingly well.”

Ferry hosted Riverside in early May in a match that would decide the Café Royale League title. A win for Riverside would see them crowned champions, while only a win would do for Ferry as they worked their way through a backlog of fixtures.

After their two previous encounters, captain Reekie was expecting a difficult tie.

“Our toughest opponents were probably Riverside as every game against them was really tight. The first time they were 3-0 up at half time but we turned it around and won 4-3 with a brilliant second half performance, having been slow to start the match.

“The last time we played them, if we won we would go one point behind them with two games in hand, in the title race.

“Riverside went 1-0 up early on but we scored two quick goals with about five minutes left. As we approached the last couple of minutes they equalised, only for Aiden Lockhart to score an amazing free kick with the last kick of the game! It was absolutely brilliant.”

While their cup success and Scottish Cup run were highlights for the manager, the Riverside match was also his highlight of the season.

“A personal highlight for me, was the home league match versus Riverside. If they won, they won the league. If we won, we had five games left against the bottom five sides, meaning we could catch them and win the league. It was set up for a classic first versus second title decider and didn’t disappoint.

“We were 1-0 at half time in a pretty even game, but really turned it on in the second half, which ultimately paid off when we scored two goals in two mins with five mins to go! In the last-minute Riverside then equalised, only for Aidan Lockhart to curl in a sublime 25-yard free kick into the top corner with the last kick of the game.

“The noise when all the goals went in from Riverside and our fans will live long in the memory and what a game it was!!

“We then went on to score in excess of 30 goals in five games to seal the league title.”

Kyles netted twice in the Riverside match, and unsurprisingly, it was also the high point of his season.

He said, “Beating Riverside in the title decider is definitely my highlight of the season. The way I celebrated my two goals and the full-time whistle felt great.

“I can’t wait for more of the same next season.”

While Kyles and Lockhart grabbed the headlines throughout the campaign, manager Riley felt that one of his Ferry originals was the team’s unsung hero.

“My unsung hero at Ferry Athletic is Cormac McCarthy. Cormac is a lad that has been with us since day one, and now we are at 11-a-side he doesn’t get as much game time as others, but never misses training, works as hard as he possibly can and plays with a massive smile on his face.

“He typifies that football is for everyone, has an amazing attitude and just loves being part of the group. Hats off to you Cormac!!!”

Both Reekie and Kyles had their unsung heroes in the side.

Kyles said, “Cammy Coll, week in week out he battles through games doing the dirty work that most players hate to do and does it really well.”

Reekie added, “Personally, I think our unsung hero is Blair Milne as he is not the player to score all the goals but as a centre midfielder he will sit back and cover the defenders and likes to get stuck in and is always all over the pitch, and a brilliant help to the team.”

After a remarkable first season at 11-a-side football, both Reekie and Kyles have high hopes for the 2018/19 season.

Reekie is hoping to, “win as many trophies as possible and hopefully go further in the Scottish Cup.”

As for Kyles, “I want to stay injury free, keep scoring goals and win as much silverware as possible.”

Riley had this message for his players.

“I would like to thank the lads for their incredible effort and work today which ultimately was suitably rewarded. Please don’t rest on this as this is the beginning, push yourselves to the limit and work hard and practice.

“Enjoy football, enjoy everything about it and realise how fortunate you are to have such good team mates and always remember if you do your best that’s all I, or anyone can ask but just make sure it is your best. Thanks lads.”

While Ferry’s successes domestically and nationally have been very impressive, the style of football they have played is truly a sight to see. For players so young to have the confidence to pass the ball in the manner they do says a lot about them as a team.

Their team spirit was epitomised by their Jubilee Cup run, that saw them come from behind to win their quarter, semi and final matches.

For a team that have a habit of starting matches slowly, they haven’t done too badly and while Pitfour, Fairmuir and Riverside will fancy themselves to lift silverware next season, Ferry’s big game experience and their team mentality make them the team to beat in the 2005 age group.

Ferry Athletic 2005s Double Winning Squad: Finlay Lyttle, Haydn Farmingham, Gene Taylor, Euan Reekie, McKenzie Martin, Blaike Kyles, Stevie Grogan, Will Hanbury, Dylan Gill, Cameron Coll, Cormac McCarthy, Blair Milne, Luke Conway, Jamie Doig, Josh Reekie, Adam Snedden, Aiden Lockheart, Aiden Cobb

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 16:53

Super Season: Monifieth Athletic 2002s

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The 2017/18 season was one to remember for Monifieth Athletic as they completed a league and cup double without losing a game.

In 2016/17 they lost the J Bolton Cup Final to St Murdochs, and manager Dougie MacKinnon admits his side only had one aim for the season.

“Our aim was to win the league and the league cup, which the lads duly delivered.

“The self-belief and confidence has grown with each game.

“Passing, communication, off the ball movement and discipline have all improved and developed and the awareness has also been worked on and improved.

“Team spirit is key and we`ve watched them gel and bond both on and off the pitch.”

The W Mills League title was very much a four-horse race, with Monifieth competing with Riverside, Dryburgh CC and Riverside to try and take the title. In the end, the title was shared with Riverside and MacKinnon believes that they were well worth their share of the title.

“They were very worthy opponents and all our games were hard fought, fair and, overall, good games.

“We edged it over them with two wins and a draw, but they were a very tough side to play against.”

One of Monifieth’s meetings with Riverside was the semi-final of the Chuck McGowan Cup. Oli Carmichael and Ross McDowell were both on target as Monifieth set up a cup final clash with Dryburgh CC.

Captain Cameron Dryden feels that Dryburgh were more than a match for Monifieth.

“Dryburgh CC were our toughest opponents as our three meetings produced 16 goals, nine to us and seven to them. 

“We won two and drew the other, but the games were closely fought and could have gone either way.”

MacKinnon echoed his captain’s sentiments, saying, “Our toughest opponents were without a shadow of a doubt Dryburgh CC.

“They’re well drilled, well organised and well capable of beating anyone put in front of them. They, like us, play from the back and can split open any team with fast and accurate passing. They also have pace and good fitness levels.”

The cup final would prove to be a classic with Monifieth running out 4-3 winners thanks to a late goal from Ross McDowell.

Dryden netted from the penalty spot to tie the game at 3-3, and 12 months on after being on the wrong end of the result, he admits it was the perfect way to win the cup.

“My favourite moment of the season was winning the league cup final, as we had suffered defeat the year before and to get back to the final and win was the best feeling.

“It was one of my best moments as being captain, to win the trophy but to also score in the game and experience the exhilaration of Ross McDowell’s injury time winning goal.”

As for the manager, his highlight of the season was Monifieth’s trip to face Dundee Thistle, where they ensured a share of the title.

“My own son Sean MacKinnon scored a goal with each foot and each half to secure us the league title.

“The score line was enhanced by Oliver Carmichael later in the second half, but I was really proud and pleased for Sean as he had a few disappointments this season.”

The Queens’s Jubilee Cup brought Monifieth’s only domestic defeat of the season as they went down 1-0 to Fairmuir. While the result didn’t go their way, MacKinnon took heart from his side’s performance against the top-flight champions.

“It showed us and, indeed, everyone else that we`re more than capable of matching any team put in front of us.

“There was only one goal in the game but if we`d taken our chances we`d have won. Saying that, they beat us fair and square and therefore deserved the victory. We did, however give them a fright I think.”

While strikers McDowell and Carmichael grabbed the headlines with fine showings in front of goal, both MacKinnon and Dryden believe one player has played an important role in Monifieth’s success.

Dryden said, “Bryce Ness often goes under the radar but always has an important contribution in every game.”

MacKinnon added, “Bryce has a massive personality and sets himself very high standards. He’s dependable and fears no one.”

With top flight football secured for next season, Dryden is looking forward to “Being part of a team playing to their full potential to secure our place in the top league.”

After their invincible season, MacKinnon had this message for his players.

“I`m proud of them all. Each and every single one of them. Stay focused, stay committed and never ever give up.

“Most importantly, never try to be the best in the team but always strive to be the best for the team.”

Monifieth Athletic 2002 Double Winning Squad: Dylan Kelly, Jamie Lynch, Phillip Lowe, Lewis Lawson, Ross McDowell, Sean MacKinnon, Lewis Kelly, Josh Wanless, Oliver Carmichael, Adam Gray, Michael Galloway, Cameron Dryden, Liam Annan, Aedan Gillespie, Greg Kemp