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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:06

Wildcats cruise to two out of two

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Letham Girls
Forfar Farmington Wildcats Girls
U15's SWF East Region League
18 March 2014
On a day where the wind would mean good passing football would be limited, the wildcats made two wins out of two without coming out of second gear.
With quite a shakey start and end to end trials it wasn't until the 24th minute that the girls got on the scorecard. Sophie Young made the breakthrough scoring the first of the day, then only 6 minutes later Sally Pattersons goal assisted by nice passing from Kirrin Gellatly made it 0-2 to the away team. The conditions causing a slow start from the girls saw this half end 0-2 Wildcats.
The second half started with a bit more urgency, which showed when after just 3 minutes and the wind at their backs the wildcats increased their lead through Derrian Gollan. Shortly after and through some nice passing down the left side Taylor McEwan set up D Gollan for her second.
Some strong play, good passing and near misses saw S Young set up for her double of the day and then sorely denied her hat trick after a nice save from the keeper and a narrow miss after a nice drive and pass through from Keira Flynn.
With 4 minutes remaining and good pressing play from all Leila strachan completed the scoring for the day making it Letham 0 Wildcats 6.
Generally an untroubled defense and some nice football saw the girls lead to a deserved victory.
POTM: Keira Flynn and Taylor Mcewan.
Full Time: Letham 0-6 Forfar Farmington Wildcats
Monday, 17 March 2014 20:40

Monifieth clinch league title

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Club 83'
Monifieth Athletic
U14's Dundee & District YFA
17 March 2014
Monifieth (4-4-2):  Ralston; Barr, Matchett, Westwater, Nicol; Hush, Donaghey, Gallacher, McNeill; Campbell, Tosh 
Subs: Armstrong, Pickett, Young, Jamieson
In windy conditions, Monifieth 14s lifted the league title at Club ’83. 
The victory was more comfortable than the score line suggests - as the visitors were in total command of the game for long spells throughout. 
Monifieth - knowing the league title was theirs to lose - were on the front foot from the kick-off, and despite playing into a strong wind were dominant. The deadlock was broken after 5 minutes when Hush beat two men and drilled a shot across the ’83 keeper into the far corner of the net.
Campbell, twice, and Tosh also came close to adding to the visitors lead - as the home side offered little threat.  Too often 83’s long ball tactics resulted in the ball running harmlessly through to Ralston.
Half Time: Club 83 0-1 Monifieth Athletic
With the wind assisting, Monifieth started the second half well on top.  Ten minutes in, Tosh raced on to a loose ball to confidently shoot past the keeper and double the visitors’ lead. 
Anything that ’83 offered was being easily dealt with by the visitors’ back four and Ralston.
As the half progressed - such was Monifieth’s dominance - all subs were introduced and the back four, midfield and frontline were shuffled around by manager Farnan.  
Scant consolation came for the home side with a goal right on time. 
With the final whistle came the celebrations from the Monifieth squad and the travelling support. With two league matches left, Monifieth will now be striving to win both and to complete the league campaign unbeaten. The league title is just reward for the team’s outstanding efforts.
Best for Monifieth were the tireless Hush, the hard-working centre mid duo of Gallacher and Donaghey; and MOTM – with a commanding centre half performance - was Samuel Matchett.
Full Time: Club 83 1-2 Monifieth Athletic


Jeanfield Swifts Girls
Bayside Girls
U13's SWF East Region Perth/Fife
17 March 2014
Both teams are amongst the favourites to finish in the top 4 and challenge for the title this season, with Perth based Jeanfield having a large, strong and varied squad. The sisters have players with u13 experience from last season including 2 x SFA East region performance squad players in their ranks. One of them was named in Youth Football Scotlands female team of the year for 2013 and her enrolment at Dundees SFA football school is a reflection of her talent. Jeanfield recorded a 9-1 away win against Lomond last week, so a tough game was expected. 
Our Bayside girls went into the game confident, having generally enjoyed a good run of form and performance in pre fixture games. The girls earned a decent result against local rivals Dunfermline last week in a game they dominated, but left coaches with performance issues to address. With one of the youngest 13s squads in the league, the girls only have 1 regional performance squad player, Lauren Smith. However, with present and future SFA advanced training squad players in our ranks, ambition and expectation is focussed on high targets.
Bayside team; 1: Alicia Yates, 8; Emma Petrie 7; Caitlin Wilson, 4; Rachel Bryson, 6; Grace Dewar, 10; Carys Allan, 5; Lauren Smith, 2; Jodie Fletcher. 
The pitch was firm and a refreshing improvement from last weeks surface although it is exposed to wind due to being situated in a large expanse of grass with mostly flat terrain for miles around.  Thankfully it was bright and sunny mainly with winds behaving themselves so football could be played fairly. 
Jeanfield kicked off the game after a clever decision from our Captain Wilson to swap ends, trying to unsettle Jeanfields preparation. Jeanfield were direct from kick off as expected, but their attack was defended
well by Wilson, her challenge going out for the games first corner. 
The game started off with lots of 1v1 situations, both sides trying to space out and pass their way around the pitch. Jeanfield were the more successful at this in the opening couple of minutes, although Smith did open them up early on when she received the ball after good one two work from Allan and Wilson. Her drive
up the right ended up with her running the ball out of the play, a frustrating end to a promising opportunity to get at goal. 
The battle ensued, with lots of touches from both sides. Bryson was on hand to defend well, and Dewar and
Petrie were running to cover as best they could. Captain Wilson was covering well, but coaches Allan, Morrison and Bryson were shouting to cover more. 
Allan played a lovely through ball from midfield to Smith who didn’t do enough to get past the defence. Jeanfield were more effective going into final third from midfield, comfortably defending against a lacklustre bayside attack to get the ball forward. With 5 minutes played, they found space on the right, drove to the bye line, and a lovely fast cut back across goal was met with a well-placed shot into goal from Jeanfields number 5. 
Our Bayside girls continued to fight hard and didn’t drop their heads after conceding. Allan played a brilliant through ball to Smith, who could only scuff her shot. Dewar followed up trying to get at the rebound but the keeper covered. 
Bayside continued to try and play a killer final through ball, without success. Petrie played a dangerous throw up the left that earned Bayside another at the corner but the throw was wasted, which really summed up our performance in first ten, decent work, no end product. 
The game continued at a good pace, with Jeanfield tackling and passing well throughout. A few chances were created and defended, sometimes desperately, by Bayside. Our girls countered well with 12 minutes played. Smith
received the ball from Bryson, held the ball up well and laid off to Wilson who had the right idea to drive out from middle wide, but again, the ball was ran out after being over hit. 
As the game progressed, Bryson continued to clear well, her marking and tackling mostly highly effective. Yates was busier than she had been the week before, and she held brilliantly when a shot came in from the games goal scorer. Yates is consistently delivering performances expected from older players and is a joy to see developing week in, week out.
Bayside were clearly lacking communications, maybe due to tiredness, maybe not. Comments from side-lines about not letting each other know were coming thick and fast as balls were lost in 50/50s most of the time during this stage. Smith was moved to her preferred wide right position with 15 minutes played as Jeanfield continued to dispossess and counter with relative ease. Bayside were holding out though, and occasional nice place suggested that more could come.
Yates was at her best and saved well with her foot in a 1v1 but the resulting corner was simply not defended at all, with a scrappy tap in scored to make it 2 nil to Jeanfield. 
Credit to the girls in Sky Blue for keeping their heads up after the second goal, a lovely ball from Smith on the right inside was cheekily hit first time through by Allan to Dewar, who was unfortunate to see her shot roll wide of the post. 
Bayside were playing better now, with purpose and drive resulting in possession being kept well and chances presenting themselves. Yates was on hand to save well yet again from close range to keep the score at 2 nil before making save of the match a minute later when she somehow managed to reach what appeared to be an unstoppable low drive with her outstretched foot. Yates was showing bravery and love for her team, using every
part of her body to protect her goal. 
Back at the other end, Dewar was on hand to defend well before brilliantly running up the left, out foxing 2 players and nearly scoring. Nobody was nearby to get to the rebound and Bayside were left to feel frustrated again. Bryson was proving to be solid at the back as the game approached half time, nothing was getting past her or Wilson, and she was clearing well.
Smith decided to shout for a welcomed change, Allan hearing this before playing a cracking diagonal ball from the middle out to the right. Smiths cross was too long but Dewar eventually collected the ball out wide on the left and played a lovely 1-2 with Petrie to get space to drive forward, but Jeanfield defended well and cleared. 
Yates saved again with her foot from the Sisters counter, her performance inspiring her team mates. From a Bayside break, Smith played a perfect through ball, but Allan took too heavy a touch and ran the ball
straight into the keeper. 
Wilson and Smith then linked up well with Smiths shot just wide of the target just before the ref blew for half time.
Half Time: Jeanfield 2-0 Bayside
The second half almost exploded into life, with what could have been an early contender for goal of the season! Smith drove forward straight from kick off, and breezed past 3 Jeanfield players, nutmegging one in the process to get a chance at goal, but her shot went wide and Jeanfield breathed a sigh of relief. 
Bayside had started the half well, and continued to threaten. The game was a healthy battle, lots of 50/50s, paces being matched and marking from both teams pretty good for their years. The wind had picked up a
bit and as it did, some slopping defending from bayside crept in to play. 
Jeanfield almost made it 3 nil early on, with their number 8 causing problems. Smith made a good run with 5 minutes of the second played, another fine through ball from Allan looking to be used well, but Smith could not get a touch and the ball ran out. 
Bayside were fighting well, determined to get back into the game and Smith again came close with a shot wide. With 7 minutes of the half played, Yates yet again saved well with her foot. Her save fell to a team mate who passed the ball back across the face of goal for the effective Jeanfield 8 to slot in and score. 
Bayside heads dropped, with a few wasted attacks following the third goal. An example of defeating themselves when a short throw was received and carelessly put out for a goal kick. Pressure and disappointment were showing.
Things were to go from bad to worse a moment later when a Jeanfield corner was reached by the impressive Yates, who uncharacteristically dropped the ball over her head and into her net.
It was the score and a mountain for the girls to climb with only 15 minutes left. Yates was forced to save yet again a minute later however and fear amongst the Bayside support that things could get a lot worse was starting to show. 
Despite this the girls did dig in and were encouraged by their coaches, with Allan almost scoring after a through ball from Smith. Dewar came close shortly after but the keeper clutched her effort firmly.
Last week saw Bryson play a key role in creating chances for the girls against Dunfermline, and it was Bryson who again made the breakthrough for us with 20 minutes of the second half played. After a superb run through the Jeanfield defence, Bryson glanced up, picked her spot and calmly passed an effort past the keeper.
Bayside then started to dictate play at 4-1 down, a half chance from Dewar after a throw was not far off. The game continued to be a battle. Smith earned a corner on the right which led to nothing, but with 24 minutes played, Dewar cut through to the bye line on the left beautifully and passed well to the oncoming Allan who slammed her shot from close range into the goal. 
It was just all too much too late however, but the score was finally reflecting play slightly fairer. Both teams were matching each other in the closing stages, but sloppy defending from Bayside yet again in the last minute saw the impressive Jeanfield number 8 set off through the middle with ease and pass the ball past the helpless Yates. 
Jeanfield are a good side who will be challenging for trophies this season, and deserved winners, but Bayside coaches and adults left Perth with a feeling Bayside beat themselves.
Full Time: Jeanfield 5-2 Bayside
Monday, 17 March 2014 14:18

Brechin bring home the points

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Broughty United
Brechin City Youths
U15's Dundee & District YFA
17 March 2014
Brechin came out on top in this hard fought match at Claypotts, Dundee. Winning the toss, Brechin elected to play with a strong wind and with the sun behind them in the first half.
Keen to keep up the pressure in the league race, the early play was dictated by the Brechin boys - Doan and Duncan linking up well in midfield to feed Irvine and Anderson up front.
The breakthrough came after 18 minutes - a corner by Anderson was flicked on by Irvine - Campbell met the low cross with a superb header lifting the ball over the top of the keeper and into the left hand corner of the net.
Three minutes later Irvine himself made the scoresheet for Brechin's second of the day -  Duncan collected the ball in midfield and set Irvine free down the right hand side. Irvine cleverly rounded the 'keeper and calmy
slotted the ball into the empty net.
Brechin were making all the play now and extended their lead even further on the half hour. From yet another attack the boys secured a corner - Anderson stepped up and, using the wind to assist, crossed the ball straight into the net past the helpless defence.
Minutes from half time, Duncan met a cross and from three yards out somehow managed to lift the ball over the bar.
Half Time: Broughty 0-3 Brechin
Broughty came out fighting in the second half- driving down the right and trying to use the wind to their advantage. Brechin however stood firm and, in turn, drove at the Broughty defence. A midfield battle ensued with both teams desperately trying to find a way through.
The deadlock was broken by Irvine - picking up the ball in midfield he drove the ball ahead and gave chase showing a tremendous turn of speed that left the Brougty defence standing. Irvine drove hard down the right, cut
inside, and drove the ball low and hard past the outcoming 'keeper for a superb individual goal to make the score 4-0.
Straight from the restart, the Brechin boys were caught napping - Broughty chasing down the right and slotting the ball past the Brechin 'keeper.
This galvanised the Brechin team who immediately regained the four goal lead with their fifth of the day - Irvine again driving down the right from the restart and driving a low, hard, cross across the goalmouth. Anderson calmly controlled the ball and tapped it past the 'keeper into the net.
Brechin Team: Sim, Somerville, Barreiro, Church-Forbes, Smith, Irvine, Doan, Duncan, Booth, Anderson, Campbell, Szyjut, Hay, Carle
Full Time: Broughty 1-5 Brechin
U/13s Diamond Jubilee Cup-Final
Fairmuir 2, Dundee West 2(aet) Fairmuir won 3-2 on pens
U/13s Broughty Ferry Cafe Royale League
Tayport 3, St Andrews Colts 4
Ferry 0, Broughty 9
Monifieth 1, Dryburgh 2
U/13s J Clenaghan League
ACSC 0, Kirrie 3
Dundee Rangers 2, Arbroath 8
Celtic 3, Riverside 0
Lochside 3, Carnoustie 2
U/14s D S Rennie League
Celtic 1, Arbroath 3
Ferry 0, Fairmuir 4
DUSC 4, Kirrie 1
U/14s Watson McInally League
Club '83 1, Monifieth 2
U/15s G Taylor League
Carnoustie 1, Dryburgh 5
Fairmuir 2, Dundee Rangers 0
Tayport 2, Riverside 0
U/15s P Gibson League
Broughty 1, Brechin 5
St James 6, Forfar 0
St Andrews Colts 6, Lochside 1
U/16s Maryfield League
Arbroath 9, Fairmuir 1
Broughty 3, Scone Th 1
Kirrie 0, Luncarty Tans 2
Montrose 0, DUSC 2
U/16s W Mills League
Forfar 2, Brechin 2
Monifieth 0, Dundee West 4
St Murdochs 2, Tayport 0
U/17s M N T League
Letham Sky Blue 2, Dee Club 3
Lochside 1, Dundee Villa 5
Tayport 2, Fairmuir 3
U/19s Maryfield / G Kerr Cup-Final
Dryburgh 4, Celtic 4(aet) Dryburgh won 4-2 on pens
U/19s President League
Carnoustie 1, Monifieth 4
Montrose Vics 0, Ferry 2
Thursday, 13 March 2014 19:31

One goal gives Broughty United victory

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Broughty United FC
Dundee West
U13's Dundee & District YFA
Monifieth High School
13 March 2014
Beautiful day. First half was a cagey affair with neither goalie having to break a sweat, although we, BUFC, were growing in confidence and playing on the front foot most of the time.
This attitude continued into the second half and our pressure eventually paid off with the first and only game of the game from our striker, Ewan Falkner, who ran onto a through fall to lift it over the goalie.
We continued to press against West and should have added to the scoreline on a few occasions but fell short on a couple shots.
Our boys gave an excellent performance in a well deserved victory and the defence deserve a special mention for holding strong and proving too unyielding for West to break through.
Also well done on a Clean sheet for our goalie, Charlie Kennedy. 
Full Time: Broughty United 1-0 Dundee West
Thursday, 13 March 2014 14:01

Blue Brazil reach U15's Fife Cup Quarter Final

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Burntisland Shipyard
Blue Brazil
U15's Fife Cup Round 2
Recreation Park, Burntisland
13 March 2014
Going into this game both teams still had a real opportunity to achieve a Fife league and cup double giving this tie between two local rivals an extra edge.

Both of these teams contain real quality at boys club level and this was evident by the standard of play on show with the ball kept on the ground with excellent passing,movement an skill throughout the entire match.

Blue Brazil started the game slightly stronger and worked the Burntisland keeper Scott Costello on numerous occasion without finding the breaktrough. As the half wore on Burntisland came more into the game,again not able to find the important first goal.

Half Time: Burntisland Shipyard 0-0 Blue Brazil

Blue Brazil started the second half exactly as they did in the first with the majority of the game but were caught out by some slack marking in the box when Burntisland delivered a sublime cross into the box met by Keiran Jack to calmly place an excellent header down to Blair Penmans right which the keeper could only help into his own net. 1-0 Burntisland.

Upon the restart Blue Brazil continued to create more chances and with twenty minutes to go were awarded a free kick 25 yards out. Ben Jenkins stepped up curled an unstoppable strike into the top right hand corner leaving Costello no chance. 1-1

botth teams pressed for the winner in regulation time which Blue Brazil thought they had when Costello could only parry a shot from Cameron Macaleavey into the path of Callum Smith who tapped in the gift only for the ref to have adjudged Smtih offisde. Full Time 1-1.

Into extra time with both teams visibly tiring both teams continued to pass the ball around well with no more cances in the first 10 minute period. Into the second half of extra time an excellent though ball from Blue Brazil was collected by Ben Jenkins who brushed aside the Shipyard defence and rounded to keeper to camly slot home. 1-2 Blue Brazil.

Burntisland pushed in the final few minutes seeking an equaliser and with the final cross of the game managed to cause panic in the box when somehow Penman in goal managed to deflect the ball onto the crossbar.

When the Referee blew for full time a mixture of jubilation and despair could be seen all over the park with Blue Brazil marching onto to the quarter finals.
Full Time (After Extra-Time): Burntisland Shipyard (1) 1-1 (2) Blue Brazil
Monifieth Athletic Under 14s recently secured a very good sponsorship deal, if not unique, certainly very different and innovative, from the local branch of the Bank of Scotland.
Like all youth football clubs, we rely on every age group securing a shirt sponsor. This typically involves that sponsor making a financial contribution to cover the cost of a set of strips. 

In our case, we approached the Bank, who run a scheme called 'Supporting Your Community' which involves raising funds in support of local groups, organisations and good causes within the community. The Bank organised a fundraising Race Night for us including sourcing a suitable venue, approaching local businesses for raffle and auction prizes and obtaining the services of a DJ to host the event and the disco which followed. The Bank covered all the costs associated with the event and a number of the Bank staff attended and contributed on the night. All the club had to do was ensure the event was well supported by parents and friends, which it certainly was.
A truly fantastic night was had by all and, in total, the evening raised £1847 with all proceeds going towards club funds which we have used to purchase new strips bearing the Bank of Scotland logo and we are also looking to use the remaining funds to take the boys away on a well deserved trip when time permits.  
We finally managed to get everyone together this weekend for a presentation and the attached picture shows Denise Nicol from Bank of Scotland Broughty Ferry branch handing over the cheque and the boys proudly displaying their new kits


AM Soccer
Blue Brazil
U13's Fife Development Cup - Group 1
12 March 2014
Lovely sunny afternoon in Ladybank was the setting for this Development Cup Group 1 fixture.
Both sides stuck to their ethos of getting the ball down and playing passing football.
The Blue Brazil went 2-0 up after 20 minutes with goals from Liam Jackson and Lennon Halliday.
AM Soccer pulled one back with a fine strike on the stroke of half time which made for an interesting second half.
The second half started with the Blue Brazil pressing high up the pitch and their efforts were rewarded with another two counters from Halliday and one from Thomas Copland.
Full Time: AM Soccer 1-5 Blue Brazil
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:15

Monifeith cruise to victory over Forfar

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Monifeith Athletic
U14's Dundee & District YFA 
11 March 2014
Monifieth (4-4-2): Ralston; Barr, Matchett, Westwater, Nicol; Hush, Donaghey, Gallacher, McNeill; Campbell, Tosh
Subs: Pickett, Young, Armstrong, Beattie, Jamieson
These two good footballing sides served up a pulsating end to end game this weekend.
Knowing three points were a must, Monifieth were lightning fast out of the blocks. After sustained early pressure, it was no surprise that Monifieth took the lead. Although, the goal was not as expected as the ball soared in direct from a Barr corner on 5 minutes.  Well on top, the home side extended their lead through the commanding Tosh - his 30th goal this season. 
Ralston then pulled off a great save from a one on one, but from the resulting corner Forfar pulled a goal back from a free header.  The game flowed end to end, and Campbell added the third with a fine finish. Monifieth’s fourth was a fine counter attacking breakaway move - with Tosh scoring again. With the break approaching Ralston was forced into another good save to keep Forfar back. HT 4 - 1
Half Time: Monifeith 4-1 Forfar
Early in the second half, Forfar did pull a goal back after some indecisive defending from Monifieth.  The home side’s 3-goal lead was soon restored however when Tosh completed his hat-trick.  Back roared Forfar however and it was soon 5-3. With the sixth went some of the visitors fight as McNeill coolly slotted home a penalty after Hush was felled in the box. Pickett replaced the hard-working Campbell and the super-sub twice went close to extending the lead. In the end, Monifieth comfortably saw the game out. 
Best for Monifieth were McNeill, Gallacher, Hush and MOTM - leading the line brilliantly and a constant torment to the visitors defence -was the outstanding Cavin Tosh.
Full Time: Monifeith 6-3 Forfar