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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 13:33

AMsoccer Club host Argonne FC from France

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“Seeing kids develop confidence, language skills and friendships through sport has been great. Its important we try to encourage them to be comfortable in foreign company, as the world is becoming a smaller place. The disappointing thing has been the lack of co-operation at both and educational and sporting level within the local community. We were not the catalyst for Cupar’s twin-town concept, just thought it was good to support it. It’s a matter we will take up with local councilors in coming weeks” said AMsoccer founder Austin MacPhee.
The French players arrived on Thursday morning, spent the day in Edinburgh and then met their AMsoccer host families within the local community where they stayed for four nights.
“It was a genuine pleasure to host two young footballers from Sainte Menehould over the past few days. They were a credit to their family, school and football club. Having been over in Sainte Menehould previously on a football exchange it was great to be able to return the hospitality. I hope the relationship between the two towns is strengthened by this recent trip and that the arrangement continues long into the future.” said Ken Gourlay, an AMsoccer parent from Cupar.
On Friday morning the players took the short trip to Falkland Estate and then spent time in St. Andrews. In the evening they attended an AMsoccer coaching session at Duffus Park. Each evening they stayed with their host families which challenged them to develop their English language skills and gave the local players a chance to practice French.
13 year old Corentian Godart from St. Menehould said “I have enjoyed the activities, going to Falkland, playing football and the hospitality of Finn’s family was marvelous. Also, the food has been great, different but very good!”
The players took to the pitch on Saturday morning to play an under-13 game in freezing conditions with AMsoccer running out winners in a competitive game. After a quick lunch they headed to Edinburgh where they were guests of the Hibernian Football Foundation for the Hibernian v. Cowdenbeath game at Easter Road.
“It’s fun having foreign players stay with my family and then playing against them, we had Kenyan’s stay with us in the summer and then French players this week” said Angus Mitchinson who also played in the AMsoccer project at the Brazil World Cup.
St. Menehould were back on the pitch on Sunday with a 12.30pm kick-off at Cupar’s artificial pitch with AMsoccer under 14’s. For the second day in a row the Scottish team ran out winners in an entertaining game. Lunch at Cupar Golf Course followed but the covering of snow prevented the players from taking to the course. The French players and coaches enjoyed their last night with their local host families on Sunday night prior to a Monday morning assembly at Castlehill School before heading back to Edinburgh airport.
Philippe Bouchez said “It was great to see the kids from both town’s speaking and playing together. The point is to make them understand that you can go anywhere and you shouldn’t fear to meet different people anywhere in the World. AMsoccer Club have been great, their staff, families and kids. We can trust them to deliver which has who make this possible and it allows the kids to discover Cupar in an excellent context and live among the local families.”
Plans are now in place for AMsoccer to send a team to France in April to stay with French families and enjoy a similar experience. AMsoccer Club and St. Menehould would like to thank the following people for their support: All AMsoccer families who volunteered to provide accommodation for the players and coaches, Harvey Walker 2010 Distribution (minibus supply), Hibernian Football Foundation (free tickets), Cupar Golf Club (hospitality), Cupar Round Table (donation), Locality Support Team N.E.F. (donation), AMsportstours (donation), Andy Galloway (referee services), Castlehill Primary (educational co-operation).


Dundee West
Ferry Athletic
Under 14's D&DYFL
10 January 2015
Dundee West turned in their best performance of the season so far winning 4-1 against Ferry Athletic in the Dundee West Anniversary Cup.
The game was switched to Claypotts after Dawson was deemed unplayable so off we went. 
After a quiet opening ten minutes we put a ball into the Ferry box and the defender deflected it past his own keeper to give us the breakthrough.
Five minutes later and Kyle McKenzie rifled a twenty five yard free kick into the top corner to double our lead.
Twenty five minutes in and Jamie McKay slotted in number three, with Lewis Young making it four before the break. 
We were playing some great stuff and to be truthful could have scored a few more by half time.
Half Time : Dundee West 4-0 Ferry Athletic
The second half saw Dundee West shooting up the hill and expecting Ferry to throw everything at us to try and get back in the game but it never materialised. 
Dundee West saw out the game comfortably and looked dangerous on the break, Ferry's consolation came with twenty minutes remaining, the goal coming from a rebound after a free kick came back off the post.
Overall a great day for the team and hopefully a turning point in our season as we look to get in amongst the honours. There is no doubt that the side has a lot of talent in our team and we are certainly good enough to be successful all we require is consistency.
Full Time : Dundee West 4-1 Ferry Athletic
Monday, 29 December 2014 20:19

City fall to strong Carnoustie

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Brechin City
Carnoustie Panmure
21 December 2014
Brechin returned to league duty after a break caused by bad weather and struggled to stay in contention on a very heavy pitch and ultimately losing out to a strong Carnoustie team.
From the start all the pressure came from Carnoustie who dominated the midfield.
Within five minutes Brechin went behind – Carnoustie drove down the left , cut in and a long shot was driven toward goal. Sim, in the Brechin goal, dived high to his left and managed to get a hand to the ball but to no avail as he saw the ball deflected into the net.
Two minutes later Sim was in action again – a Carnoustie free kick twenty five yards out was driven hard and high toward the top corner but Sim was more than a match for it – tipping it over and by for a corner.
Further pressure was applied by Carnoustie and their second came within fifteen minutes. Again it came from the left – a strong pass caught the defence napping  and a low shot was driven into the net.
Brechin returned the pressure with both Zach Walker and Robbie Anderson driving at their defence but the break would not come for Brechin.
Brechin lost two more goals up to the half hour and looked to be struggling to stay in contention. With two minutes to half time a well worked move saw Brechin pull a goal back. Kuba Szyjut picked the ball up and drove forward strongly unleashing a pass to Zach Walker who chased it down before slipping the ball under the advancing keeper.
Half Time:  Brechin 1 – 4 Carnoustie
Brechin came out stronger in the second half and more than matched Carnoustie in midfield. Kuba Szyjut and Ryan Alexander worked tirelessly breaking down attacks and also trying to set up opportunities for Brechin.
In defence, Rory Allison and Ryan Campbell held firm for Brechin.
Brechin went further behind with twenty five minutes on the clock, this time a long run down the right a low shot beat Sim in the Brechin goal.  
Walker and Anderson in the Brechin attack worked tirelessly to try and regain ground on Carnoutie and five minutes later Brechin got a result for all their efforts – Reece Campbell took a throw in on the left which was picked up by Zach Walker who, in turn, drove toward goal and unleashed a low shot past the outstretched ‘keeper.
However straight from the restart Carnoustie regained their four goal advantage – a long ball upfield was picked up by the Carnoustie forward who unleashed a low shot past James Sim in the Brechin goal.
Full Time: Brechin 2 – 6 Carnoustie
A much improved second half from Brechin saw them make some headway against the first half lead but unfortunately not enough to overcome the gap.
On the day Robbie Anderson was man of the match - turning in a superb performance and  working tirelessly not only in attack but working back into defence to support his team-mates.
Team:  Sim, Somerville, Allison, Stuart, Ryan Campbell, Walker, Alexander, Booth, Szyjut, Stuart, Thomson, Reece Campbell, Sean Duncan, Mitchell   
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 18:22

'Tis the season of no defeats!

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There will be plenty of glad tidings and good will at Woodmill High School in Fife this Christmas, as their senior squad celebrated a landmark victory last week.
An comfortable victory over Glenwood ensured they will finish 2014 without dropping a single point – a momentous achievement by a side that Head Coach June Bouaoun thinks will give birth of several stars of the future.
"We have some amazing boys in this side…. the squad set out team and individual targets at the beginning of the season and so far so good!" 
Winners of last year’s Fife Schools’ FA Senior Cup, the team have built on their success and put together a winning run from start to finish in 2014. With just one game left to play, Woodmill sit on maximum points at the top of Division A in the Fife Schools’ Senior League, and with the squad still competing in a further three competitions there’s every chance things could get even better in 2015.
As well as being assured of a place in the League Cup semi-final, hopes of defending their Fife Schools FA Cup from last year are already high as they look forward to a quarter final match next month. There is also the last sixteen of the Scottish Schools’ Senior Shield to look forward to, where they will face either Clydeview or Sanquhar in January for a place in the quarter finals.
With the team flying so high, it is no surprise that five players in the squad are in this year’s Fife Schools’ Regional team, with Harvey Swann, Charlie Denton, Aidan McGuire, James Donaldson and David MacNamara all securing a place. There was also a moment of personal achievement for centre half Chris Lane, who celebrated his 100th appearance for Woodmill in a match at Inverkeithing on Monday last week. As well as captaining his side to yet another victory, there was also a presentation to recognise his achievement. Chris joins an elite group of players to reach this landmark for the school, and such is the dedication shown by her side that June believes there will be others joining him in the 100 club very soon.
This year’s senior team Christmas lunch was, unsurprisingly, a fantastic occasion that the whole side were able to enjoy. But with everyone at the school under no illusions of the challenges that still lie ahead, it will soon be back to business for Woodmills high flyers.
Footage courtesy of Matthew Sigsworth.
The following video is not a highlights package from the whole match. Therefore, not all goals and incidents are included in the final edit.


St Andrews
Brechin City FC
Under 16's Queens Jubilee Cup
08 December 2014
Brechin travelled to St Andrews for the second round of the Queens Jubilee Cup
There was a twenty minute delay due to a mix up in home and away strips , with both teams having red socks, however some quick thinking by the St Andrews coaches saw a suitable alternative found with just five minutes before the game was due to be called off.
The wait made both teams even more eager to get a good start and straight from the kick off Brechin made all the pressure trying to take the advantage of the following wind.
Efforts by Walker, Anderson, and Thomson all came close but Brechin just could not hit the back of the net.
St Andrews also saw efforts end up over or just wide of the target with one calling for a superb diving save from Sim. However the majority of the first half was played in St Andrews territory. 
Strong performances by Thomson in midfield supported by Stuart and Souter in defence kept the home team at bay.
Walker and Anderson up front, worked hard but could not make a breakthrough.
Half Time: St Andrews 0-0 Brechin City
Playing against the wind, Brechin set off the second half at a frantic pace and, after just four minutes, took the lead. A long throwout from Sim in the Brechin goal was picked up by Anderson who drove toward goal before passing through to Walker whose initial shot was parried by the ‘keeper but Walker clinically drove the rebound into the back of the net.
Brechin’s second came six minutes later, with Duncan winning the ball in midfield passed out to Anderson on the right wing. Anderson, who had been playing havoc with the St Andrews defence,  cut across the penalty box and unleashed a fierce shot high across goal which left the St Andrews ‘keeper no chance.
The rest of the second half was played at frantic pace but with no further score.
Full Time : St Andrews 0-2 Brechin City
Friday, 05 December 2014 01:30

Watch: Kelty Marian Colts vs Spurs Juniors U17s

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Highlights from The Association of Fife Youth Football Clubs pre-season cup final between Kelty Marian Colts  and Spurs Juniors.

Monday, 24 November 2014 21:55

Tayport prove to be too strong battling Brechin

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Brechin City 
Under 16's Dundee & District YFL
22 November 2014
Once again, Brechin relocated to Edzell to ensure that their game went ahead, as all the Brechin pitches were unplayable.
The score did not reflect the overall game but a late second half lapse of concentration saw the Brechin boys slip back.
From the start, Tayport showed strongly, pressing the Brechin midfield and defence as they strove to take control. The Brechin boys stood firm and the game became a midfield battle with both sides pressing the other to try and take control.
 With ten minutes played Tayport won a free kick just inside the Brechin half.
The ball was floated in and collected by the Tayport forward who had a clear shot past Sim in the Brechin goal.  
Tayport’s second came just after the half hour, a drive down the right wing ended in a cut back from the by-line which was met bya solid shot into the bottom corner f the net.
The balance of the half was played out as the first section with play and possession even between the two teams.
Half time : Brechin City 0 – 2 Tayport
The second half played as per the first with both teams looking to try and make a breakthrough. Tayport pressed strongly but the Brechin back line of Somerville, Stuart, Souter, and Campbell stood firm.
In midfield, Thomson again showed strongly for Brechin supported ably by Szyjut and Walker played a strong game as the lone striker.
With twenty two minutes gone, Sim in the Brechin goal prevented Tayport extending their lead – a strong cross goal shot looked to be heading for the back of the net but a superb diving save saw the ball tipped round the post.
Ryan Campbell at left back was having a strong game as the Tayport attack was driven down the right hand side.
However with nearly thirty minutes played in the second half Brechin went further behind and the game was all but over. Three goals in ten minutes saw Tayport take an unassailable lead.
Full time : Brechin City 0 – 5 Tayport


Brechin City
St James
U16's John Clark Motor Trophy
15 November 2014
Brechin progresses through to the second round of the John Clark Motors trophy tie which was played at Edzell due to the Brechin pitches being unplayable.
In a hard fought match, few real chances were created though Brechin had the better opportunities.
The first half was played at a fast pace, with St James pressing hard, trying to avenge their defeat from Brechin City in the last encounter, with Brechin equally as keen to make their mark. 
Walker, in the lone striker role, worked extremely hard against the St James defence and came close on a couple of occasions, but with both attempts going just wide of the St James goal. 
Anderson on the right and Booth on the left, also saw opportunities go just past the post and Thomson, who was having a superb game in midfield, came close as well.
Brechin's midfield and defence showed great resilience in keeping the St James boys at bay. 
Half Time : Brechin City 0-0 St James
Brechin came out fighting from the start of the second half, Thomson picked up the ball and set off on a long run beating several players before slipping the ball back to Anderson whose shot was tipped over the bar.
St James fought back and the play ranged from end to end.
The breakthrough for Brechin came half an hour into the second half. Winning a throw in on the right, Anderson found Thomson who drove toward the goal line, cut in and drove a low, hard, cross goal shot which left the keeper no chance.
The tempo of the match increased, with St James desperate to get back into the game and Brechin as keen not to lose the lead.
Just when Brechin thought they had it won they received a killer blow with forty minutes gone in the second half, after a foul was given away on the St James right about twenty five yards out.
The direct free kick was driven across goal and Sim got a hand to it but not enough to keep it out of the net
Injury time was all that was left but Brechin were not finished yet. Thomson, who was everywhere on the day, drove down the right and was cut down on the by-line.
The free kick was driven in and Thomson was fouled yet again, this time in the penalty box. There was no hesitation from the referee who pointed to the penalty spot.
Protestations from the St James boys held up the spot kick and the pressure mounted but, when asked, Thomson calmly stepped up and drove the ball hard into the bottom right hand corner of the net.
Seconds after the restart, the referee blew the whistle for full time.
Full Time : Brechin City 2-1 St James