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Dryburgh Athletic
Cumbernauld Colts
U16's Scottish Cup, Round Three
Lochee Park
02 November 2014
Dryburgh produced a terrific battling display to see off last season’s quarter finalists in a tight game at Lochee Park. 
The game got off to a flyer with the Burgh taking the lead inside ten minutes, Callum Clark cutting in from the left before curling a fantastic effort into the far top corner from the edge of the box. 
The game was a real battle and there was nothing between the sides for the rest of the half, who continued to play some nice football.
Half Time : Dryburgh Athletic 1-0 Cumbernauld Colts
Into the second half and it was much the same before Cumbernauld equalised with twenty minutes to go. 
Callum Clark then restored Dryburgh’s lead with ten minutes left and Rab Lawson’s side were able to see the game out from there for a terrific win. 
Dryburgh now host Fairmuir in the next round which is sure to be a cracker.
Full Time : Dryburgh Athletic 2-1 Cumbernauld Colts
Monday, 03 November 2014 11:19

Ferry prove to be too strong for battling Brechin

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Ferry Athletic Yellow
Brechin City
Under 16's Dundee and District League
02 November 2014
Brechin's current unbeaten league run came to an end in this thrilling top of the table clash at Dundee.
However the score did not reflect the quality of the Brechin performance or the overall game.
A strong wind blowing down the pitch made the game difficult for both teams but a great game of football was witnessed by the parents and supporters of both sides who had travelled to the game.
Playing with the wind, Ferry started strongly, pressing the Brechin midfield and defence but the boys held firm, matching the Ferry moves and also creating a number of chances of their own.
The deadlock was broken just before the half hour. A long ball from the Ferry keeper was chased down, and in a one to one with Sim in the Brechin goal, a vicious bounce gave the advantage to the Ferry forward to give them the lead.
With only a minute to half time, Ferry extended their lead from a corner on the left. The ball was flighted in and a goalmouth scramble ensued in which the ball was knocked across the line.
Half Time: Ferry Athletic Yellow 2-0 Brechin City 
The second half started as the first had finished with both teams fighting to create an opening. 
Ferry were playing a broad passing game but the Brechin midfield were matching them and making progress of their own. Anderson in midfield, and Souter in defence were outstanding on the day, time and time again breaking down the Ferry attacks.
Ferry increased their lead with fifteen  minutes played with a sharp move down the right, Sim having no chance with a cross goal shot.
On the half hour, Ferry extended their lead to four, this time in a move worked from the left.
Brechin, however, were not going down without a fight. From the restart Brechin mounted an attack down the right and a beautifully flighted ball was met by Reece Campbell with a fine glancing header which left the 'keeper no chance.
Full Time: Ferry Athletic Yellow 1-4 Brechin City


Forfar BC
Brechin City
Under 16 D&DYFL
26 October 2014
Brechin City returned to league duties after the short holiday period, with a victory over Forfar to keep up their unbeaten run in what was a very hard game.
In a match dictated by a strong crossfield wind, both teams fought to gain control of the ball, with a lot of possession being saw in the midfield area of the pitch. Neither side giving, nor expecting quarter in a physical, but fair game.
Forfar were the first side to threaten. Pressing the Brechin goal and earning themselves a penalty after the Forfar front runner had been fouled inside the penalty area. It was debateable wether or not this was correctly given. 
However, justice was served as the Forfar spot kick was blazed over the Brechin bar, much to the delight of the Brechin side. 
Brechin fought to get back into the game as possession swung from side to side. 
An excellent opportunity was created from the right for Brechin, as Irvine was set free and drove toward goal. He advanced on the Forfar goal, before shooting across the Forfar goalkeeper, only to see the shot cleared off the line.
Both sides were putting up a good fight and playing good football, with both sides looking solid. Brechin in particular were looking steady at the back with good performances from Church-Forbes in goal, as well as Soutar and Szyjut in defence. 
Half Time: Forfar 0-0 Brechin City
Straight from the restart Brechin went on the offence, pinning Forfar back. With a good amount of pressure being applied down the right hand side. 
A lofted ball from Duncan landed in the danger area and was pounced upon by Irvine who drove the ball high and across the goalkeeper into the back of the net to put Brechin 1-0 ahead. Claims of offside were dismissed by the referee and the goal stood.
The games pace and tempo stepped up a notch as Brechin looked to maintain and extend their lead, with Forfar looking to find an equaliser, pressing hard. 
Both sides midfielders were fighting tirelessly for possession off the ball and the gane was certainly very even as they both had an equal share of possession. 
Szyjut came close for Brechin with an effort from just over twenty yards, but the ball was always rising and sailed over the ball. 
Unfortunately for both sides, there were to be no more clear cut chances and the contest came to an end as the referee blew the whistle, signalling a 1-0 victory for Brechin City, who were made to work for their victory right until the end.
Full Time: Forfar 0-1 Brechin City
Glenrothes Strollers’ commitment to disability football development has led to the recent introduction of a Club Inclusive Development Officer. Logan McConachie and Alan Roberts have been appointed to job share the role created by the Strollers with the help of Shared Care Scotland, Disability Sport Fife and the Scottish FA. Alan is predominantly involved with maintaining and developing the Strollers Superstars, whilst assisting Logan in expanding the program to other clubs around Fife and the East Region.
The Superstars have been going for around two and a half years and have come a long way from starting out with around half a dozen members referred to them by Disability Sport Fife. The squad has grown to thirty three with training regularly attracting over twenty. The club took twenty five to a five a side tournament in Dumbarton on Sunday. Alan is now looking to bring in more young players to start a junior team. He said “The majority of our players are over sixteen, we have two boys under that age but cannot play them in adult tournaments, so it is imperative that we seek new younger players and allow all our players access to these opportunities.”
Alan explained: “The bread and butter is the training on a Saturday. It is the base we build on. Tournaments, festivals, and social trips give us full days away playing football. The relationships and trust we build weekly allow us to take on these larger trips together, which is where the real value is. 
"Shared Care Scotland has supported us financially to assist us in making this happen. However, the application process made us take a step back and look at what we could achieve through offering these players an opportunity to play football and belong to a club. It changed my perceptions, and opened my eyes to the opportunities we could offer.”
The players gain greatly from increased confidence and a new social circle, allowing them to build up independence away from carers, as well as allowing carers some time for themselves, or to share experiences that would otherwise not be available to them. 
Alan continued: "The parents and carers also get a chance to support and socialise together and share experiences in a completely different setting and atmosphere. They are part of a fairly unique group and it gives them confidence, friends and the social side.”
That feeling is also evident amongst the squad members. Andy Vannet who travels an eighty mile round trip from Perth to attend training said “It’s a big family really. We get on really well.”
This sentiment is echoed by Anna Campbell, mother of squad member Jonathon. She said: “It builds up his confidence and his self-esteem, he used to have very low confidence and very low esteem. I know even in these first few weeks I have seen a change in him. He is a bit more independent. He will get to know people when at one time he would never speak to anybody. This has done Jonathon the world of good.”
It is also great for the carers to get some time off. Logan remarked of the trips away. “It is great for the carers as well",  said Logan McConachie. "To have that little bit more respite time really is vital. For a carer that looks after them all the time, they do need a little bit of respite that they can spend with other members of their family.”
It is also good for others in the area breaking down their barriers about disability. Alan remarked “Small things matter greatly. We supply a training kit and this immediately makes a new player feel a part of something. Today anybody coming up here just sees another team. We are not secluded away in a corner or doing something different. Everybody involved with the strollers is aware of who we are and what we do, but we are just another team. That’s a big thing to break other people’s barriers down. We are probably the loudest team at the club but it is all positive, the enthusiasm and enjoyment is there to be seen.”
Veteran Glenrothes Strollers coach of 38 years, Joe McCafferty, revealed his reasons for being involved with the Superstars. “If they weren’t getting this they might not be doing anything and every one of them thinks they are great players. So that’s what it is all about. They are no different to any other team - they argue because they missed the ball or are disappointed if they don’t score, so it is a really good experience for them.”
“I just do the same that I do with all the teams because you don’t want to make out that they are any different from anybody else. I get on at them if I don’t think they are doing it right, I say I don’t want you heading the ball that way. I just treat them like they are great players.”
Logan spoke of the immediate plans for extra activities “Next Saturday we are looking to do training in the morning, have a bit of lunch and then go to see Raith Rovers welcome Falkirk. At the same time we are delivering two taster sessions in Perth with a view to recruiting new players for a start-up team in Perth.”
The wonderful things happening in Glenrothes will soon be happening across the East Region. Logan described the immediate expansion plans for this program throughout the region. 
He said: “My remit for the Scottish FA is to work with clubs, obviously the Glenrothes Strollers, and to advance it across the East Region. We are currently active in Perth, Dundee and Angus and looking to work with Quality Mark clubs to either enhance a disability football club that is already set up or to create a new one.”
He then went on to discuss his hopes for the next five years, with the ambition of creating a league environment for the players. 
“We are working with Perth Autism Support to create three solely autistic teams, not just in Perth but also in Blairgowrie and Crieff" he told the Scottish FA website. 
"There is also a Dundee and a Fife autism support so why not look to create a solely autistic football league?”
“I would hope to have an East Region league in five years time. I expect to see disability football teams popping up all over the area.” 
Alan echoes the opinion of his fellow Development Officer, but is also aware that it is their job to ensure that this expansion continues. He said: “It is our job to take down and remove barriers, thus opening people up to the positives of getting involved in disability football" Alan believes.
"The rewards for coaches, clubs, parents and players is evident. The Strollers Superstars are a great model of what can be achieved by being open minded and tackling something new. If we can replicate that in two, three, four or five clubs the positive impact and power of football is obvious to all.”
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:33

Brechin in seven heaven over Broughty

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Brechin City Youths
Broughty Athletic FC
U16's Friendly
14 October 2014
With no league duties due to the October break, Brechin came out clear winners in this inter-league friendly with Broughty.
A depleted squad, with no recognised goalkeeper due to the holidays, saw  forward Irvine, and left back Alexander, share the duties, each taking 45 minutes responsibility between the posts. 
Brechin, having had a free week in the league last week, started slowly but nonetheless pressed Broughty within five minutes with some good linking midfield play. The teamwork continued and the boys hit the scoresheet for the first time with only eleven minutes on the clock.
A move down the right saw a low shot saved by the Broughty ‘keeper but the rebound was pounced upon by Booth who drove a low volley into the back of the net.
Minutes later Brechin were again pressing the Broughty goal. A fine drive from midfield by Duncan released Walker who, unfortunately, was adjudged offside.
Duncan again featured a few minutes later. Picking up the ball in his own half he drove forward and sent a superb ball through to Anderson whose shot was parried by the goalkeeper, but retrieved, and driven home for Brechin’s second.
Brechin’s third came just before half time with another fine move, this time featuring Walker who set off down the right, crossed, and found Thomson who launched a volley high into the net.
Half Time: Brechin 3-0 Broughty
Brechin came out fighting in the second half with a series of excellent team moves. Firstly with Irvine Anderson, and Thomson pressing the Broughty goal and then a fine linking move between Szyjut and Booth. The breakthrough came fifteen minutes into the half. Irvine picked up the ball and drove down the right, rounded the ‘keeper, before letting loose a left foot shot high into the net.
Irvine was involved again in the next goal for Brechin. Picking up the ball on half way, Irvine set off on a blistering run diagonally toward the right hand corner, rounded the defender and crossed to find Thomson who tapped the ball home into an empty net.
Five minutes later, Thomson was himself involved in setting up Brechin’s sixth. Seeing an opportunity, he passed a ball up the right hand touchline where Irvine gathered it and shot toward goal only to see his effort blocked by the keeper but break toward Walker who calmly tapped the home.
With just four minutes of play left, Irvine sealed the game with a fine solo effort. Collecting the ball on the half way line, Irvine played it forward and accelerated away from his marker and shot, only to see it again parried by the Broughty ‘keeper.Not to be outdonehee picked up the loose ball and beat two defenders before slotting the ball home.
Full Time: Brechin 7-0 Broughty   
Brechin’s next game is a friendly against St Murdochs away at Arbroath next Sunday.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:45

Brechin comfortable over Montrose Vics in friendly

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Brechin City Youths
Montrose Vics
U16's Friendly
23 September 2014
Brechin Team: Sim, Somerville, Allison, Stuart, Hay, Booth, Thomson, Szyjut, Thomson, Anderson, Irvine, Reece Campbell, Ryan Campbell, Bareirro, Duncan
Four goals from Irvine and two from Anderson completed a comprehensive victory over neighbours Montrose Vics in this friendly match.
Straight from the kick off, Brechin took the game to Montrose; Somerville sent a superb ball to Thomson who in turn crossed to Irvine who shot just wide.
Within eight minutes Brechin took the lead. Anderson gathered the ball, slipped round the defender and drove down the right wing before unleashing a perfect cross to Irvine who turned his marker inside out and drove a perfect left foot shoot into the net, leaving the Montrose ‘keeper no chance.
Brechin kept up the pressure and the Anderson and Irvine combination worked again for Brechin’s second. This time Irvine collected the ball in midfield, chipped his opponent, and drove toward the Montrose goal before crossing to Anderson who calmly slipped the ball through the advancing ‘keeper’s legs.
Montrose tried to fight back, their next attack ending in a cheeky lob toward the Brechin goal which was just too strong and skimmed over the bar. Straight away Anderson picked up the ball from the goal kick, drove up the right flank and crossed into the box where Thomson met the ball and headed just wide of the left hand post.
Irvine’s second and Brechin’s third was a product of great play between midfield and the forwards. Thomson with his back to goal, collected the ball turned the defender , and found Irvine who similarly turned his opposite number and drove a fine shot past the helpless goalkeeper.
Not to be outdone, Anderson scored Brechin’s fourth. Thomson again started the move, finding Anderson on the right and driving toward goal. Anderson spotted the keeper just off his line and unleashed a fierce shot from thirty yards which found the top left hand corner of the net
Half time: Brechin 4-0 Montrose Vics  
Brechin made four changes at the start of the second half and Montrose immediately capitalised on the lack of cohesion. Their first attack resulted in a free kick midway into the Brechin half.  A long high ball failed to be cleared and in the resulting goalmouth melee the ball was knocked across the line.
Two minutes later Brechin missed an opportunity to extend their lead. Irvine saw an opportunity, intercepted a pass in midfield, and drove past the Montrose midfielders toward goal where he was brought down inside the penalty area.  Irvine took the spot kick which was well saved by the goalkeeper. Reece Campbell pounced on the rebound but his shot was driven high over the bar.
Irvine’s hat trick (Brechin’s fifth of the day) was a fine solo effort. Collecting the ball in midfield, Irvine drove forward, beating three defenders before unleashing a shot which left the ‘keeper no chance.
Irvine sealed the victory for Brechin, this time receiving from Stuart before heading goal ward yet again and slipping the ball by the advancing keeper.
Full Time: Brechin 6-1 Montrose Vics
Brechin return to league duties next week with their first away game of the season against Discovery at Dundee
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:02

Monifieth held to draw by Dundee West

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Monifieth Athletic
Dundee West
U15's Dundee & District YFA
23 September 2014
Depleted by suspension, injury and illness, Monifieth entertained Dundee West in the league.  
The first half was edged by Monifieth particularly the early stages when the visitors were pegged back deep into their own half.  McLaren was unlucky to be adjudged offside as he neatly finished off a move. Wilson also came close with a powerful drive. On 33 minutes, the home side were grateful to Kerr for a fine fingertip save.
An even second half followed but the visitors took the lead with 15 minutes to go. A cross field ball dropped between Barr and Kerr and the West’s left winger tidily lobbed the keeper.  
This spurred the home team on and when McLaren was felled inside the box the referee had an easy decision to make. The resultant penalty, despite some delay, was dispatched coolly by the deadly left foot of McNeill.
Full Time: Monifieth 1-1 Dundee West
These two sides meet again in the Scottish Cup on Sunday 28th September and another good game is eagerly anticipated.  
Best for Monifieth were Matchett, McNeill and MOTM was the flawless Ryan Scobie.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:21

Narrow loss for Brechin against Montrose

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Brechin City Youths
Montrose YFC
U16's Dundee and District YFA
17 September 2014
Brechin Team: Sim, Somerville, Stuart, Barreiro, Alexander,Anderson, Thomson, Walker, Szyjut, Booth, Irvine, Souter, Reece Campbell, Ryan Campbell, Duncan. 
Brechin returned to leagues duties this week and suffered a narrow defeat to Montrose.
Montrose controlled the early part of the first half and took a three goal lead within the first thirty minutes. The first, after six minutes, came down the Montrose right hand side. Alexander was beaten out wide and Robertson cut in and gave the Brechin 'keeper no chance as he rifled a shot into the net. 
Montrose continued to control the play and came close again a few minutes later. A long shot was tipped over the bar by Sim in the Brechin goal.
Further pressure saw Robertson scoring his second to extend the Montrose lead. A vicious volley from twenty yards was driven high in to the Brechin net leaving Sim no chance.
Five minutes later, Robertson completed his hat trick converting a long ball out from the Montrose 'keeper.
Brechin fought bravely to try and get back into the game but to no avail, with limited chances being created, although the midfield and defence worked hard to contain the Montrose attack.
Half time: Brechin 0-3 Montrose
Brechin came out fighting in the second half, driving hard at the Montrose midfield and trying to create opportunities. Irvine worked hard up front and was supported by Walker and Anderson. Thomson and Stuart in midfield fought tirelessly to try and develop opportunities.
On twenty seven minutes, Brechin were awarded a free kick on the left hand side roughly half way inside the Montrose half. Thomson flighted a superb ball into the box where it was met by Reece Campbell who back headed the ball into the top corner of the net.
Brechin were beginning to get into their stride now and pulled back a second within two minutes. Ryan Campbell gathered the ball in his own half and slipped a pass to Reece Campbell who, in turn, passed to Walker who set off on a drive upfield. A telling cross into the edge of the penalty area was met by Thomson who let fly a stunning shot which went in off the underside of the bar.
Further attacks from Brechin created chances which unfortunately could not be converted.
Full time: Brechin 2-3 Montrose   
Although ending in defeat for Brechin, the whole team worked well together with a strong performance in all areas.


Spurs Juniors
Broughty United
U17's Scottish Cup 1st Round
Spurs Juniors entertained Broughty United in the Under 17s Scottish Cup 1st round tie. 
Both teams have started their domestic campaign in top form and this tie had the potential to serve up a thriller. 
It did not disappoint, the game began in typical cup tie fashion with the home team looking the hungrier of the two. 
Broughty looked flat and Spurs took advantage of this in the 12th minute with a well worked goal to put them ahead. 
This seemed to trigger the self-destruct button for the visitors and the home team found themselves in a very fortunate position only 20 minutes into the game as they went 2-0 up from the spot after a clumsy tackle in the box with the Broughty defender lucky not to get his marching orders.
It was 3-0 not long after, with a direct free kick evading everyone and ending up in the back of the net. 
A reaction was needed from Broughty and the next goal was crucial in this tie. 
It was the Broughty ferry team that grabbed it. 
A well worked counter attacking goal finished by Charlie Wilson.
Just before the break, Jordan Winter found himself free at the back post, from a well placed cross, to smash the ball into the net to put Broughty right back into the game at the break.
Half Time: Spurs Juniors 3-2 Broughty United
Broughty dominated the second half and their hard work eventually paid off when they were awarded with a penalty kick. It was coolly slotted in to the bottom corner by Keiren Ross.
Broughty had managed to bring the game back level and continued to look to advance to the next stage f the cup within the 90 minutes.
The comeback was complete when Charlie Wilson managed to grab his second, and Broughty’s fourth, to send his team in to the second round.
Tempers flared towards the end as Spurs were reduced to ten men after it appeared that one of their players stamped on one of Broughty’s midfielders legs. 
Full Time: Spurs Juniors 3-4 Broughty United
Monday, 08 September 2014 16:48

One goal splits Brechin and Kirkcaldy U16's

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Kirkcaldy YM Colts
07 September 2014
Brechin's failure to capitalise on their opportunities in the first half ultimately lost them this 1st Round Scottish Cup tie.
Within two minutes, Brechin forced a corner which was well floated in, the ball ended up falling to Booth who set Walker clear - driving toward goal he unleashed a shot which skimmed just past the right hand post.
Five minutes later, Kirkcaldy went ahead. Chasing the ball down, the Kirkcaldy forward clashed with the Brechin goalkeeper, Church-Forbes, who had rushed out from his goal line.
The referee pointed to the spot. 
The Kirkcaldy No5 drove the penalty hard but Church-Forbes stood firm and parried the ball out - only to hear the whistle blow again - a Kirkcaldy player had apparently entered the penalty area before the kick was taken.
Again the No5 stepped up and this time, Church-Forbes had no chance with a well placed shot.
Their heads up now, Kirkcaldy drove forward again and were awarded a free kick in the middle of the Brechin half.
The free kick was floated over the Brechin defence and was pounced upon by the Kirkcaldy No 9 who was verging on offside, but took the opportunity well to extend the Kirkcaldy lead.
Brechin drove hard to get back into the game - a long driving run down the right flank by Irvine was met by the advancing keeper; Irvine's shot ending up just over the bar. 
Further opportunities came Brechin's way but the boys were unable to make any headway. 
The next great opportunity came just on the half hour - Irvine again driving at the Kirkcaldy defence again to see his shot ending up just skimming over the bar.
Half Time: Brechin 0 - 2 Kirkcaldy
Brechin came out fighting in the second half and drove hard at Kirkcaldy, but to no avail, and the game "see-sawed" back and forward with neither team creating any clear opportunities.
Brechin were awarded a free kick twenty five yards out - Irvine tried to bend it round the wall but the shot ran just wide.
With five minutes to go, Brechin were again awarded a free kick - this time twenty yards out and in front of goal.
Irvine stepped up superbly placed his shot, dropping in just under the bar.
The last five minutes saw Brechin striving to equalise but to no avail.
Full Time: Brechin 1 - 2 Kirkcaldy YM
Brechin Team;  Church-Forbes, Somerville, Stuart, Allison. Alexander, Irvine, Thomson, Duncan, Booth, Walker, Anderson, Szyjut, Ryan Campbell, Reece Campbell, Souter