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Dryburgh Athletic
 vs
Ferry Athletic
 
 
 
U15 Dundee & District YFA
 
27 April 2014
 
 
 
Dryburgh wrapped up their league season with a comfortable 4-2 victory against their nearest challengers Ferry, and in doing so completed back to back league triumphs in what has been 2 undefeated seasons. 
 
Last season’s record of P18 W16 and D2 was bettered this time around with one solitary draw and 17 wins. 
 
Dryburgh took an early lead through Ben Amos, who soon after made it 2 with a fine strike. Ferry hit back before half time to go in 2-1 behind
 
Half Time: Dryburgh Athletic 2-1 Ferry Athletic
 
Further strikes from Matthew Brown and a wonderful Nathan Scott volley put the Burgh 4-1 up before Ferry pulled one back right at the death. 
 
The match ended 4-2, and a deserved victory to wrap up a superb season for Dryburgh.
 
Full Time: Dryburgh Athletic 4-2 Ferry Athletic
 
 
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 14:10

Watch: Auchmuty HS vs Woodmill HS Seniors

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Video highlights of the Fife Cup final at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy.
 
(Note: we apologise for the omission of Woodmill's third goal, it wasn't caught on camera)
 


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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:50

Monifeith Athletic player profiles

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Monifieth Athletic Player Profiles

 
Caelan Ralston (Goalkeeper)
At 12 years old, one of the youngest members of the squad. Excellent shot stopper and has greatly improved his communication and distribution this season. Missed first 2  games through injury but has only conceded 7 goals in the league all season including 5 clean sheets. Desperate to take a penalty.
 
Josh Barr (Defender)
A tough tackling and pacy right-back but versatile enough to play anywhere across the back four. Excellent striker of a dead-ball and has chipped in with a couple of goals this season from free kicks and, on one occasion, direct from a corner!
 
Ross Nicol (Defender)
Most comfortable at centre-half but used mostly at left-back this season and has been as consistent as ever. Quietly goes about the job with a minimum of fuss and does everything asked of him.
 
Samuel Matchett (Defender)
Had an outstanding season in the centre of defence. Fearless in the tackle and commanding in the air. Quick on the ground and reads the game extremely well, Sam can also do a job in the centre of midfield when asked. Not scored this season and desperate to do so!
 
Gavin Westwater (Defender)
Started the season in midfield but asked to take a step back to cover for injuries and has excelled in a sweeper role ever since. Comfortable with the ball at his feet and does enjoy moving forward to have a strike at goal and has scored three times this season.
 
Chris McNeill (Midfield)
Stylish and cultured left winger who has enjoyed an outstanding season. Scored 17 times mostly with his trusty left peg including one remarkable solo effort from the halfway line, leaving half a team in his wake. Emerged as a distinguished penalty taker this season, converting 4 out of 4
 
Jacob Donaghey (Midfield)
A real livewire in central midfield, Jacob is a very skilful and intelligent footballer with fantastic vision and a number of crucial assists this season. Small in stature but not afraid to put in a tackle.
 
Robbie Gallacher (Midfield)
Another who has enjoyed an excellent season. Tireless and tenacious in the midfield engine room, has a great attitude to the game and never stops driving the team forward with the ball at his feet.
 
Ryan Hush (Midfield)
Mr. Consistency on the right wing, has a brilliant turn of pace and gives every defender he faces a torrid time. Incredible stamina from the first minute to last and happy to do his turn defensively. Quite simply, Ryan never gives up.
 
Cavin Tosh (Striker)
Captain of the team and has led by example all season, scoring an incredible 37 goals and counting, including 5 hat-tricks. Very quick and strong, Cavin leads the line well and is always looking to get on the ball and have a crack at goal.
 
 
David Campbell (Striker)
Largely overshadowed this season by the goalscoring exploits of his strike partner but has still managed a highly significant 16 goals himself. David is a great finisher, particularly in a one on one situation and has a real poachers instinct.
 
Lewis Pickett (Striker)
Mostly used as an impact substitute due to the form of the two main forwards but has still contributed 14 goals coming off the bench. His main weapon is his electrifying pace and has left many a defender languishing behind this season.
 
Aaron Armstrong (Defender/Midfielder)
Another restricted mainly to substitute appearances but happy to play in a number of positions whenever required. A classic utility player who does a fine job breaking up opposing attacks and shoring up the defence or midfeld.
 
Lewis Young (Midfielder)
Youngest in the squad and most effective on the left of midfield although has done a turn on occasion this season at left-back. Has good close control and loves to take on the full back.
 
Oliver Jamieson (Defender)
Uncompromising centre-half  who has had his game time this season severely restricted due to injury and the form of others. Has performed admirably when called upon and just adores playing the game.
 
Ewan Beattie (Striker)
Used mainly as a sustitute but does add a different dimension to the attack when introduced. Very difficult to knock off the ball and has an eye for goal, scoring on a few occasions
 
 
Thursday, 17 April 2014 19:42

Watch: Balwearie HS vs Woodmill HS U16

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Video highlights of the Fife Cup final at New Bayview, Methil.
 


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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:41

Fairmuir battle out win away to Ferry

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Ferry Athletic
 vs
Fairmuir BC
 
 
 
U15 DDYFA
 
15 April 2014
 
 
 
Today's game was always going to be difficult, as both teams are pushing for 2nd spot and the cup final just 7 days away. 

Both teams started well, especially in the midfield no one wanting to lose the ball, but always put under pressure. 
 
And With the wind playing  down the park, it was Fairmuir who struck first on the half hour through Kal Handy. He won 50/50 tackle in the Ferry half and struck a 30 yard shot into the bottom corner. 1-0.
 
Half Time: Ferry Athletic 0-1 Fairmuir BC
 
The second half Ferry came at Fairmuir with the wind at their backs. Fairmuir were under pressure for the first 10 mins,  beore catching Ferry on the break. Kal Handy again put a defence splitting ball through for Gregor MacAulay to find his composure and place it into the bottom right hand corner.  
 
The last twenty minutes we knew we were going to be under constant pressure. The Ferry won a corner with about 10 mins to go, and with a lapse of concentration Ferry got a goal back. .
 
Full Time: Ferry Athletic 1-2 Fairmuir BC
 
Monday, 14 April 2014 12:23

Discovery clinch win over Brechin

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Discovery
 vs
Brechin City YFC
 
 
 
Under-15s DDFYA
 
14 April 2014
 
 
 
Brechin again travelled through to Dundee for the third away game in a row to play in the top of the league game against discovery boys in which was Brechins final league game.

The starting 11 was dictated by some regulars away to the Scottish semi final and injury. Brechin took a while to get some Rhythm going and conceded a goal after ten minutes, this seemed to galvanise the boys and playing against the strong wind continued to create chances to equalise, however, some good goal keeping from the discovery keeper kept the score blank.  Discovery took heart from this and scored a second just on half time.
 
Half Time: Discovery 2-0 Brechin City YFC
 
The second half opened with Brechin playing with the strong wind behind them and pushed forward at every opportunity, they were soon rewarded with a goal from Szyjut, after a lovely  floated corner in from Anderson. Brechin continued to push forward,however, the wind was making it difficult to judge the weight of pass forward and many were over hit through to there goal keeper. The game developed into a midfield battle with Brechin boys matching the discovery boys at every opportunity.

Pushing forward in the last few minutes for the equaliser discovery counter attacked and scored a goal which was the end of the scoring. 
 
Full Time: Discovery 3-0 Brechin City YFC
 
 
Friday, 04 April 2014 15:34

Girls club nets funding boost with a twist

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An innovative girls’ football club is set to replicate the coaching techniques used by some of the world’s top sports stars – including Team GB’s Olympic medal-winning curlers – thanks to a funding boost.
 
Jeanfield Swifts Girls FC, based in Perth, will become one of the first youth clubs in Scotland to introduce advanced performance analysis software, allowing the coaches to review all aspects of individual and team performance.
 
This pioneering approach to developing the club’s coaches has been made possible by two commercial sponsorships and the support of sportscotland’s sportsmatch scheme.
 
sportsmatch is an award scheme that supports grassroots sporting initiatives which encourage participation at community level, especially youth groups, by matching the commercial sponsorship invested into the project.
 
Club officials secured the support of Fife Computers and Performance Innovation Limited to provide an iPad and Focus X2i software, which will allow them to improve the quality of their coaching sessions.
 
Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said: “We are delighted to have provided investment for this project as part of the sportsmatch award scheme, and hope that this funding will help to develop the club’s coaching methods to help encourage more women into the game.
 
“It is encouraging to see this forward-thinking club embracing such advanced training and coaching techniques, by utilising the same technology as is used by our experts at the sportscotland institute of sport to support high performance athletes on the world stage.
 
“sportscotland is committed to increasing the number of people involved in sport and physical activity, and supporting a project like this will certainly help to achieve this goal.”
 
The funding will also allow the club to purchase new training equipment, such as power speed resistors and speed agility coaching sets, to complement the analysis software.
 
Once the coaches are familiar with using the analysis software – which will develop their coaching abilities – the club is also planning to start a Soccer School which will cater for girls from the age of nine to help to increase participation.
 
Dave McCaw, from Performance Innovation Limited, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to support Jeanfield in making use of Focus X2i. We want our software to be accessible and affordable for coaches at all levels and to raise awareness that video analysis is not just for elite level athletes. It can make a huge difference at development level too and we are sure the great work being done at Jeanfield will highlight that.
 
Ken Dorrian, of Fife Computers, added: “We were delighted to support such a forward-thinking club. The fact that they are very much a community club driven by volunteers makes their efforts at developing their players even more commendable.”
 
Jeanfield Swifts Chairman Steve Grossi said: “The club was delighted to be supported by the three organisations. The sportscotland sportsmatch scheme is fantastic, as it not only supports good sporting initiatives but also attracts businesses into the process, creating links and relationships that will hopefully be long-term. The club has developed very quickly in recent years and we see the introduction of performance analysis as a major component of our strategy to ensure players and coaches realise their potential. We want both coaches and players to be assured that when they come to Jeanfield Swifts they will be supported and developed to their maximum potential.”
 

 

Bayside Girls
 vs
DUSC
 
 
 
Under-13 East Region League Cup
Pitrevie, Dunfermline
29 March 2014
 
 
 
The game started slow, with United enjoying more possession playing a short passing game. The Bayside girls were putting in some good defending, mostly at crucial times, with Petrie in particular impressing in the tackle early on. Captain Wilson played further forward than usual to cover the main United threat. United made it hard for Bayside to get through them and up into their half, with Dewar busy having to cover as an unrehearsed wing back. Youngest player on the pitch Allan was asked to outmuscle opposition 2-3 years older as todays starting centre forward and Smith was left to be isolated on the Bayside right as United took the game to Bayside on their right, Baysides left. Before long, United deservedly took the lead with an absolute wonder goal from 15 yards out. The ball flew perfectly into the top corner and smacked off the inside of the goal support junction and back out. Probable contender for goal of their season already!

Bayside struggled to settle into a rhythm with unforced errors and hopeful long balls hinting that the girls were more nervous today than the week before. United demonstrated great shape and marked well, making it hard for our girls in sky blue to play how they have in recent weeks.
With the game still young, United took advantage of poor defending to extend their lead.

Bayside did not let their heads drop and Smith countered well from a failed DUSC free kick to drive up the right. Despite trying twice to get the ball through, nobody was there to take advantage and United breathed a sigh of relief. As the game approached 15 minutes played, Dewar, who had battled hard with success on the left, made way for Gillan. Gillan brought impetus to the attack straight away.
 
The game started to become an even contest and defending improved. With 19 minutes played, Gillan played a brilliant through ball to Smith who ran through well to test the keeper low from distance to earn a corner. Smith took the corner well but a lack of hustle and bustle from Bayside in the United box made the keepers initial palm out easy to collect at the second attempt.
 
A couple of minutes later, Bryson ran well up the right to earn Bayside yet another corner, but Smiths driven ball was caught. Shortly after, United scuffed the cross bar from a free kick. As the game became more physical, Bayside picked up two free kicks. The first was an attempt at goal from Allan, that drifted over the top right corner, while the second appeared to be a mishit from Smith from just under 20 yards that went wide.
 
Half Time: Bayside Girls 0-2 Dundee United SC
 
Bayside came out for the second half looking to get back into the game, and straight away they were given hope of a come back when good work from Allan and Gillan resulted in the ball arriving at the feet of Bryson who calmly finished well into the far corner.

Hopes of getting a quick equaliser were almost immediately dashed, United taking advantage of a mix up at the back to score.

Some bruising challenges, elbows, nudges and shoves started to come thick and fast. Neither team was playing what could be described as dirty football, but commitment was there to see and the will to win was at times making the game a scrappy battle.

Allan almost made it 3-2 when her free kick hit the bar and went over and out. A feeling that the other side of the bar and in would have been fair given team performance was expressed from the sides. The girls were to get a slap in the face instead though when United attacked straight after this, jogging through the defense to make it 4-2

Just after the restart, Smith did what she could from the left collecting well and running onwards to side step her marker and send a fast powerful shot low into the keepers legs from 12 yards out. Gillan stretched to get to the rebound, but could only connect so that the ball chipped over the bar.
 
Smith then had another good shot at goal which rebounded to Gillan who again just couldn't quite convert.
 
Smith was then to find herself finish up for the day with 10 of the 2nd half played due to rotation making way for Dewars return to the game.
 
A frustrating 15 minutes as a spectator lay in store for Smith, who no doubt watched and wondered in between keep up practices just 7 days since she found the net 5 times for her team. Bayside earned a free kick shortly after this change, which probably should have been a penalty. The hard work earning it was to pay off as Gillan confidently stepped up to fire into the net despite a united wall between her and the goal.

That was to be the last high for Bayside however, 2 more instances of poor defending were punished by the industrious girls in bright orange to make the result definite. United changed their shape and tactics throughout the second half which made life hard for Bayside who kept theirs the same, and while 6-2 did not accurately reflect play, United took their chances and went home deserved winners. 
 
Full Time: Bayside Girls 2-6 Dundee United SC
 
 
Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:17

Golden Gollan for Wildcats

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Forfar Farmington Wildcats
 vs
East Fife
 
 
 
15's SWF East Region
 
27 March 2014
 
 
 
East Fife really looked up for this match which was the second meeting of the teams in just 3 weeks.
 
It was end to end stuff until Derrian Gollan started the day scoring on 13 minutes, tapping in a Leila Strachen corner.
 
Then she was put through by Sally Patterson, finishing well and her hat-trick was sealed with only 21 minutes on the clock, this time assisted by Sophie Young.
 
Patterson added one to make it 4-0 at half-time.
 
Into the 2nd half and East Fife pulled one back at the off, but the Wildcats were moving the ball around at pace and five minutes later Gollan was put in by Taylor McEwen and made no mistake.
 
With ten minutes left Gollan got her 5th, again put through by Patterson.
 
Then, as the ball bobbled about in the East Fife box Keira Flynn struck her first goal for the club.
 
With a minute remaining, East Fife grabbed a consolation goal with a superb goal kick straight to the striker. 
 
POTM - Derrian Gollan 
 
Full Time: Wildcats 7-2 East Fife
 
 
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 15:45

Continued form for Monifieth

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Dundee Thistle
 vs
Monifieth Athletic
 
 
 
U14's Dundee & District YFA
 
25 March 2014
 
 
 
Monifieth (4-4-2): Ralston; Armstrong, Barr, Jamieson, McNeill; Pickett, Matchett, Gallacher, Young; Campbell, Tosh
 
Subs: Beattie, Donaghey, Nicol, Westwater
 
With the league wrapped up, Manager Farnan rang the changes for the champion’s penultimate game of the season. 
 
In came Armstrong, Jamieson, Pickett and Young - and Donaghey, Nicol and Westwater dropped to the bench.  Hush was missing through illness.
 
Despite playing with a strong wind in the favour, the 14s made a lack lustre start. Thistle were fighting for every ball and created a few half chances.
 
It was fairly even for 25 minutes, until Tosh headed home from a Barr corner.  This was the 14’s 100th competitive goal of the season – and it was fitting that lead goal-scorer Tosh got the landmark goal. 
 
The same player was soon on the scoresheet again - and Tosh completed his hat-trick adding a second and a third with a strong solo run. 
 
Just after the re-start, Donaghey – on for Armstrong – took a clever touch and drilled a low shot into the corner for the fourth. 
 
Thistle then missed a penalty after Matchett was adjudged to have handled in the box – Ralston claiming the finest touch on the spot-kick on to the post.
 
On the 50th minute mark, McNeill headed home from another pinpoint Barr corner.  Well on top Monifieth added to the score - Beattie slotted home after good work from Pickett down the wing; Pickett and Barr both hit fierce shots high into the net.  Tosh added his fourth with a deft chip, and Westwater, with a composed touch and finish, completed the visitor’s scoring. 
 
On the final whistle, Thistle got a very late consolation goal which their sporting efforts fully merited. 
 
Best for Monifieth were Gallacher, Jamieson and MOTM Tosh.