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Fixture: Brechin v St James
Competition: 16s Dundee and District Youth Football League
Date: 26/04/2015
 

Brechin ran out clear winners in this thrilling encounter on a freezing cold afternoon.

Straight from the kick off Brechin pressurised the St James defence with a series of attacks down both wings. Within minutes, Irvine, back to his role as striker after deputising in goal for the last three weeks, unleashed a fierce shot which just tipped by the near post.

The pairing of Dawson and Irvine up front seemed to be making headway with some fine linking play, supported by Booth, Thomson, and Anderson in midfield.

With just seven minutes played, Brechin took the advantage - a searching ball down the right flank from Anderson was chased down by Dawson who rounded the advancing keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net.

Both sides were working hard now for the advantage as the game was played at a furious pace. Brechin were still on top and had the ball in the net a second time but Dawson was adjudged to be offside. Dawson again was in the action as he chased down the wing, rounded a defender and saw a superb cross goal shot just pass wide.

St James were still in the game but could not capitalise on the few chances that they did create.  

 

Half time: Brechin 1-0 St James
 
 

St James came out fighting in the second half and pushed the Brechin boys back into their own penalty area with a series of attacks.

Stuart, Somerville, Barreiro and Campbell stood resolute in defence and Alexander worked well in front of the back four breaking down the attacks. New keeper William Milligan was also playing an excellent first game and had settled in well with his defence - marshalling them to provide a solid defence for Brechin.

A rare opportunity came St James's way with seven minutes gone - a drive down the left resulted in a fierce shot at the near post but Milligan was more than a match for it tipping it over the bar.

Brechin fought back and created a number of chances for Dawson, Irvine, Booth, and Thomson but none could find the back of the net. Duncan, who had come on in the second half, created an opening for Brechin- chasing a long ball down the right and cutting the ball back where it was driven into the empty net - however the referee had judged the ball to have crossed the by-line before being crossed and the goal was disallowed.

St James continued to press Brechin as they upped the tempo to try and get back into the game but again the defence, supported superbly by Milligan in the Brechin goal, kept them at bay.

With just two minutes to play Brechin sealed the game with a superb second goal. Szyjut picked the ball up on the left, beat his opposite number and sent a telling pass to Irvine who raced forward, rounded the keeper and drove the ball into the net.

This was a superb team performance with all departments working extremely well together and all players responding well to the challenge.

William Milligan who joined Brechin as goalkeeper this week, was clear man of the match on the day - turning in an excellent debut performance and marshalling his defence well. Fraser Stuart in defence and Bailay Dawson in attack also turned in excellent perfomances.    

Brechin: Milligan, Somerville, Stuart, Barreiro, Ryan Campbell, Anderson, Thomson, Booth, Dawson, Irvine, Duncan, Reece Campbell, Szyjut, Souter,Whyte

Full Time: Brechin 2-0 St James
Monday, 27 April 2015 15:57

Woodmill High School haul of silverware 2015

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Ahead of Christmas last year, Matthew Sigsworth noted that Woodmill HS seniors would be going into 2015 undefeated. With the 2014/15 season now approaching its end, this side, and the school in general, have continued their rampant form. 
 
June Bouaoun, Head Coach of the senior squad said "At the beginning of the season we sat down and set targets of winning the four regional competitions we entered and to achieve a good run in the Scottish Schools Shield."
 
"The senior squad have won the Fife Schools Senior League (unbeaten on max points) The Fife League Shield , retained the Fife Schools' Senior Trophy and won the two 7s tournaments they entered: the inter- counties cup in Edinburgh and the Fife a schools' Senior 7s (The Bob Docherty Cup).
 
"They reached the last eight of the Scottish and six players were selected for the regional squad. This is by far our best senior season ever!
 
"In addition, the senior girls also won the Fife league and League Cup. They equally deserve as many plaudits for their efforts."
 
June also noted that school has some famous faces in the form of 'our three penalty kings'.
 
"Dundermline Athletic FC hosted a Fife Schools penalty competition in front of a large crowd at East End Park. Woodmill won (L to R Greig Calder, Cameron Coyne (GK) and Kyle Walls) and can be seen here receiving the Shield from DAFC player Ryan Williamson.
 
 
 
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 11:23

Dryburgh Athletic enjoy prolific league win

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Fixture: Dryburgh Athletic v Forfar Farmington Eagles
Competition: Emma Mitchell League
Date: 4/4/15
 
Forfar Eagles were missing six players due to injury and illness so Dryburgh Athletic agreed to 9 v 9 game.
 
The game started pretty evenly with both sides getting to grips with the reduced numbers and unusual formations.
 
The breakthrough arrived in the 10th minute and it came through Dryburgh's central midfielder, Alix Barclay-Beatt. She burst through the middle of the park, with a great driving run, to smash into the left hand corner of the net.
 
This goal was quickly followed by an Alana Ramage strike, that resulted from an Abbie McCabe indirect free kick inside the Forfar box after a pass back to the Forfar goalie.
 
McCabe was again at the centre of the 3rd goal as her corner was deflected into the Forfar net by a defender.
 
Keira Flynn and Megan Hamilton added 3 strikes between them before half time to make the score 5-0.
 
Half Time: Dryburgh Athletic 5-0 Forfar Farmington Eagles
 
The first counter of the second half went to Forfar, and the impressive Cara Hawes, with a lovely passing move and neat finish.
 
Dryburgh then upped their attacking play and this saw some great goals. Megan Hamilton notched another from close range on the 50-minute mark and this was followed by the goal of the game from Alana Ramage, who cut in from the right and curled a lovely left foot strike over the Forfar keeper.
 
Not to be out done by her fellow attacker, Keira Flynn went on a personal scoring rampage notching another three to take her tally to five.
 
Forfar battled away throughout the 70 minutes and were unlucky to be so far behind as their play merited a closer score line. Dryburgh were clinical in their finishing now as first goalscorer, Alix Barclay-Beatt added her second of the match with a carbon copy of her first to complete the scoring.
 
Standouts for Dryburgh were five goal Keira Flynn and Katie McCluskey, while Cara Hawes and Rio Mitchell did well for Eagles.
 
Full Time: Dryburgh Athletic 9-1 Forfar Farmington Eagles
 
Teams
 
Dryburgh
 
Shania Duggan
Ava Connachan
Rachel Durward
Taylor Scott
Indea Alexander
Alana Ramage
Alix Barclay-Beatt
Abbie McCabe
Keira Flynn
Katie McCluskey
Reese Ogeirman
Charley Finlayson
Bronwen Terroni
Megan Hamilton
Lauren Durward
 
Forfar Farmington Eagles
 
Darcy Holme
Caitlin Mcfarlane
Cara Hawes
Josie Michie
Rachel Brunton
Kerys Donoghue
Cara Florence
Rio Mitchell
Cali Roberts
 
 

 
Fixture: Broughty United YFC v Montrose YFC
Competition: Ross Ballantine Cup
Venue: Fairmuir Park
Date: 22/3/15
 
The semi final of the under 13's Ross Ballantine Cup kicked off on a cold and windy Sunday morning. The match, between Broughty and Montrose, was always going to be a closely fought affair.
 
Broughty took the lead with a neat finish that followed a great through ball 20 minutes into the match.
 
Five minutes later, after a Montrose defender kept a shot out using his hand, Broughty were awarded a penalty. The spot kick was successfully converted to put Broughty 2-0 up.
 
Moments before half time Montrose were able to claw one back when their left winger cut inside the defensive line and fired an unstoppable shot into the top left corner.  As the half time whistle blew Montrose had earned themselves a crucial lifeline to try and turn the tie on its head. 
 
Half Time: Broughty United YFC 2-1 Montrose YFC
 
In the second half Montrose were at an advantage as the strong wind was now blowing in their favour, and they couldn’t have wished for a better start. Montrose advanced towards Broughty’s goal straight from the kick off and grabbed themselves a crucial equaliser. With the score now 2-2 it was all to play for.
 
Five minutes later Montrose were in front. After winning a corner, the resulting kick was deflected into the net to make the score 3-2.
 
Soon afterwards Montrose doubled their advantage after scoring from a well-worked move through the middle.
 
Broughty responded well and were able to soon bring the score back to 4-3 after their forward latched onto, and converted, a long ball over the Montrose defence. 
 
Montrose won another corner and scored after the ball was superbly curled into the near post. With the score now 5-3 Montrose appeared to be in the ascendancy.
 
With eight minutes to go Broughty split the Montrose defence and were able to fire a shot at goal. The Montrose goalkeeper was able to make a save but, in an unfortunate turn of events, he lost his grip and the ball was turned in. With the score now 5-4 it was a nerve-racking end to the game for all those concerned with Montrose. 
 
Montrose had a chance to ease the pressure and make the score 6-4 with three minutes of the game to go. After a great passing move on the right side the resulting shot flew just wide of the right post.  This could well have finished off the match.
 
Broughty then headed straight up the pitch and had a chance to make it 5-5. Luckily for Montrose the ball was cleared off the line courtesy of some superb defending.
 
A minute into stoppage time Montrose’s central midfielder went on a fine solo run to score the goal that would wrap up the mesmerizing game. 
 
With the final score 6-4 those involved were left to reflect on what was, quite simply, a stunning game of football. The final of the Ross Ballantine Cup will take place on Sunday, 19th April at Dundee North End Ground where Montrose will battle it out against Ferry Athletic.
 
Full Time: Broughty United YFC 4-6 Montrose YFC
 
 

 
Fixture: Balwearie High School v Kirkcaldy High School
Competition: Fife Schools U15 Cup
Venue: Balwearie High School
Date: 16/3/15
 
Kirkcaldy High School emerged as 6-2 victors in their Fife Cup Semi Final tie against Balwearie High School. John Soutar, Jamie Strachan and Ben Belfield were the goal heroes for Kirkcaldy as they netted two each in the game. The result sees the boys from Kirkcaldy through to the final where they will meet Glenrothes High.
 
Kirkcaldy brought the momentum from their 8-3 quarter final win through with them as they began the game strongly. John Souter netted the first goal of the game with a neat shot across the goalkeeper to hand his side the initial advantage.
 
Balwearie, however, did well to regroup and managed to grab an equaliser for themselves afterwards. The tie was back in the balance.   
 
Jamie Strachan then scored his first goal of the game to restore Kirkcaldy’s lead.
 
Once again Balwearie displayed great resilience and were able to score their second. The tie was level once more and it was looking to be well-fought contest.
 
After this setback Kirkcaldy upped their performance level with devastating effect. Jamie Strachan started off the scoring spree by netting his teams third and his second of the game.
 
Ben Belfield increased the away side’s lead by thundering home a strike that made the score 4-2. With Kirkcaldy starting to assert control on the game it looked like Balwearie could well suffer the same fate as their previous round opponents, Buckhaven High School.
 
John Soutar, confident from opening the games scoring, then grabbed a second in the match for himself to put the tie beyond any doubt.
 
Ben Belfield then added the icing to Kirkcaldy’s semi final cake when he made the score 6-2.
 
Kirckaldy High School can look back on a confident performance and will no doubt be feeling that their prospects for winning the cup itself are high. With Glenrothes also being amongst the goals recently the cup final is sure to be an exciting affair.   
 
Full Time: Balwearie High School 2-6 Kirkcaldy High School
 
 

Fixture: Jeanfield Swifts U19 v AM Soccer U19
Competition: Fife League Summer Cup Semi Final
Venue: Riverside Stadium, Perth
Date: Sunday 8th March
 
The previous three matches involving both teams have always been tight affairs, with a draw and two wins for Jeanfield by the odd goal, and this game was to be no different.
 
Both teams like to get the ball down and pass, but both teams did try to play football in difficult weather conditions.
Jeanfield had the wind behind them in the first half, dominating most of the play and possession, with both John Booth and Ollie Saffery coming close for the home side, but their attempts went wide. 
 
AM Soccer had the best chance of the first half when they set up a lovely counter attack, but James Lang’s shot went over the bar.
 
Centre back Tom Webster and goalkeeper Cameron Somerville were the key to their defence and were always a threat with their quick counter attacking football. 
 
Half Time: Jeanfield Swifts U19 0-0 AM Soccer U19
 
Five minutes into the second half, Jeanfield took the lead. Tricky midfielder Steve Laurie picked up the ball up just inside the opposition half and went on a mazy run that seen him glide past five players before coolly slotting the ball past the onrushing keeper. A fantastic individual goal from one of Jeanfield’s top players this season. 
 
AM Soccer responded with a barrage of balls into the penalty box that saw Jeanfield having to defend deep into their own area. Both Jeanfield central defenders Hamish McMullan and Alisdair Woodhead had their work cut out, but always made their tackles and seemed to read where the opposition were heading.  
 
As the game went on, both sides tired due to the soft ground and and each came close at either ends. 
 
With 10 minutes remaining, Jeanfield made it 2-0. Stevie Laurie, this time coming in from the left, beat two defenders and curled the ball past the goalkeeper. This was the goal that Jeanfield needed to kill the game and take the wind out of AM Soccer.
 
In the end a deserved win for Jeanfield, although AM Soccer were very much in the match until the second goal was scored. Jeanfield now look forward to a final against Kelty. 
 
Full Time: Jeanfield Swifts U19 2-0 AM Soccer U19
 

 
Fixture: Forfar Farmington Falcons v Jeanfield Swifts
Competition: Under 13's Lisa Evans League
Date: 07/03/15
 
Farmington Falcons got their new season off to an impressive start on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Jeanfield Swifts in Perth. 
 
The win was well deserved with the Falcons taking their chances against a tough Swifts outfit. The Perth keeper was kept busy in the early stages, bringing off fine saves to deny Neve Guthrie and Lucy Corbitt. 
 
Zoe Rennie opened the scoring on 16 minutes, beating the keeper from three yards, and added a second three minutes later. 
 
Abbie Davidson preserved Falcons’ lead with a fine save in the dying stages of the first half. 
 
Half Time : Forfar Farmington Falcons 3-0 Jeanfield Swifts
 
The second half was an evenly contested affair but the Falcons sealed victory with two goals inside two minutes early in the second half, with Rennie completing her hat-trick and Corbitt making it 4-0. 
 
The Falcons came close to adding to their tally with Alex Glennie, Rachel Neave and Neve Guthrie testing the Swifts keeper. J
 
eanfield scored a consolation goal with three minutes remaining.
 
Full Time : Forfar Farmington Falcons 4-1 Jeanfield Swifts
 
 
 
 

 
Fixture: Thornton Hibs v Kelty Marian Colts
Competition: Under 19's Summer Cup Semi Final
Date: 08/03/15
 
Both teams had to battle against a very strong across pitch wind. The game began with a few 50/50 tackles being made. 
 
Thornton Hibs were first to take the lead with a cross that troubled the Kelty goalkeeper due to the wind and left him stranded off his line, which Thornton were able to capitalised from. 
 
Kelty found their equaliser from a long through ball which was met from a well timed midfield run from Jamie Buchan, who was able to beat the Thornton goalkeeper to the ball and poke it into the goals. 
 
Kelty began to create a couple more chances, but their equaliser was cancelled out when yet again another wind assisted cross, and miscommunication from the Kelty defence and goalkeeper allowed Thornton to take a 2-1 lead going into half time.
 
Half Time : Thornton Hibs 2-1 Kelty Marian Colts
 
Kelty began the second half with new found energy and closed and pressed the Thornton players at every opportunity. 
 
This full pressing play from Kelty was soon to pay off and it did, from winning the ball from a Thornton attack, a counter attack was on for Kelty. A long pass down the left wing was met by Greg Lowe, who skipped by the Thornton right back, cut on to his right foot and played a low curling cross into the box which (wind assisted) ended in the far bottom corner. 
 
Kelty began to push on and look for their third but Thornton defence were able to keep the Kelty attacks at bay. 
 
All except for an in swinging corner from the left by Jay Malcolm, was met at the back post by Kenny Ford with a lopping header into the far top corner, which gave Kelty the lead. 
 
Thornton's pressure was showing on the Kelty defence with Thornton hitting the bar, and forcing a few point blank saves from the Kelty goalkeeper. 
 
Even with this pressure, Kelty were able to hold out their lead and make it to the final of the Summer Cup again, a cup they have successful won the last 2 previous seasons, a real trademark for the club to make it to the final 3 years in a row.
 
Full Time : Thornton Hibs 2-3 Kelty Marian Colts 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:16

AM Soccer presented with Legacy status

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AM Soccer Football Club was recognised at the recent Scottish FA East Region Quality Mark Awards by receiving the Legacy Award, an award that recognises clubs that play a key part within their community. The Legacy Award is for clubs such as AM Soccer which has over 12 teams and provides footballing activities in the community. 
 
Club Manager Lindsay Sharp described the journey the football club has made to receive this prestigious award, saying: “We first started off as a football club offering sessions for children to have fun and develop technically in the game, but it has grown to have 14 competitive teams at the moment.” 
 
“We are involved with nine Primary Schools and have pre-school football, a girls section and are involved with 450 children a week.” 
 
AM Soccer players Adam and Isla both reap the rewards from the work this tremendous club does within the community and both have been part of the AM Soccer set up since they were two and four years old respectively. 
 
“The coaches are good, help us a lot and are good at telling us what to do” they said. Adam added “Training here has helped me because it’s made me become more comfortable playing football and made me a better footballer as well.”
 
Lindsay also thanked the Scottish FA for the help and guidance in achieving the award and advice how to grow as a football club, saying: “We have been able to plan better on how to grow thanks to the experience of the Scottish FA staff and others involved in the Quality Mark process.”
 
Kevin Lee, the Scottish FA’s East Region manager, said: "AM Soccer are a fine example of how to effectively operate as a community football club. Although they do offer a training and games programme their ethos is more about developing the person rather than just the player. 
 
“Lindsay and his team have worked tirelessly over a number of years to create a sound club structure that delivers a quality service for their local community. On behalf of the Scottish FA East Region staff we would like to congratulate AM Soccer once again on achieving Quality Mark Legacy Status."
 
Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:26

Glenrothes secure vital away win at Rothes

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Fixture: Lochgelly Albert Colts v Rothes Juniors U15's

Competition: Fife FDL
Venue: Launcherhead Park
Date: 14/02/2015
 
Conditions were foggy at Launcherhead Park in Lochgelly for what was to be The Colts first game since November. With the past six games being cancelled, Lochgelly Albert Colts were fired up and ready to show the opposition that taking points from them at home wasn’t going to be easy.
 
But Glenrothes hadn’t come to boost the Albert’s ego and right from the kick off made their intentions clear with a shot off the bar from David Byars. An early scare for the Albert’s defence and a glimpse of what to expect from the visitors.
 
Some good defensive play from Lochgelly couldn’t prevent Glenrothes’s Kyle Smith from breaking through on his own but after play was pulled back it was relief for the home side. A first half penalty claim from Lochgelly fell on deaf ears but not to be disheartened. The Albert kept possession and prevented the visitors from taking control of what was up until now a furiously fast paced game.
 
With a half time score at 0-0 Rothes Juniors kicked off the second half, keeping up the same frantic pace. A midfield battle was where this game was to be won and lost. Rothes Junior’s Jamie Strachan broke free and was deemed to be fouled in the right hand side of the box. Penalty awarded and Rothes Juniors went 1-0 up.
 
Disaster then struck from the home team. Some clever play from Lewis Smart and John Soutar allowed them to sneak past Lochgelly’s tight defence to make the score 2-0. Shortly after it went from bad to worse asRothes Juniors continued the attacked assault with Soutar making it 3-0.  
 
But Lochgelly didn’t go down without a fight and kept up the pressure, winning a free kick 18 yards out. It was taken by Ryan Connolly and resulting in a goal for the home side from Greg Johnston.  
 
Lochgelly piled on the pressure but with a comfortabl score line, Rothes sat back and were able to contain Lochgelly’s advances. 
 
Full Time: Lochgelly Albert Colts 3-1 Rothes Juniors
 
Lochgelly coach Andy King said “It was a well fought game between the two sides and with the score at 0-0 at half time it was a case of next goal wins and that was the way it worked out”
 
Glenrothes coach Kevin Payne said “It was a very competitive game that both teams were well up for and as it turned out it was a very good game, however I think we played the better football over the 80 minutes and we deserved the win”.