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Balwearie High School
Queen Anne High School
U16 Fife Cup - Semi Final
Balwearie HS
04 March 2014
In a couple of weeks which were set to see a flurry of Fife Cup semi finals, the first to take centre stage was the Under 16 tie between Balwearie and Queen Anne. The Kirkcaldy school had home advantage of their Dunfermline rivals, as they welcomed them to their school's artificial pitch.
The visitors started off brightly, taking the game to Balwearie with a lot of possession, but they couldn't find a break through goal. A brilliant save from Balwearie keeper tipped over a volley from point blank range, to keep the game at level terms.
At the other end, Balwearie were given a golden opportunity to get their noses in front, when they were awarded a spot kick. However an excellent save by the Queen Anne goalkeeper, diving to his left, kept the deadlock intact.
The remaining minutes passed with very few chances and when the game finished 0-0 it went straight to penalty kicks.
Balwearie scored their first penalty with Gareth Laird scoring to the bottom corner but Queen Anne bounced back with a great penalty. Daniel McLeod then made it 2-1 to Balwearie with a well taken strike into the bottom corner.
Shaun Smith for Balwearie hit the bar but with a save from the Balwearie keeper and goals from Jake Cunningham, and the winner from Michael Corbett,  ensured that Balwearie were going to the Fife Cup final.
Full Time: Balwearie High School 0-0 Queen Anne High School (Balwearie win 4-3 on penalties)
Friday, 07 March 2014 02:09

One goal enough for Blue Brazil

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Blue Brazil
Lochgelly Albert Colts
U13's Fife FDL Development Cup
07 March 2014
Two very good teams contested this group 1 match on a very sticky pitch. Although conditions were not great for flowing football the boys served up a cracking match.
The game swung from end to end with both goalkeepers making fine saves.
The goal that won the game came from the Blue Brazil, Jake Mitchell won a fine tackle on the half way line and set up James Watt for a cute one two with Robbie Foreman, James Watt then calmly slotted home for what turned out to be the winner for the Blue Brazil. 
Blue Brazil now sit joint top of Development Group 1 alongside Glenrothes Strollers after one game.
Full Time: Blue Brazil 1-0 Lochgelly Albert Colts
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 20:13

Glenrothes Strollers seal group stage win

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Glenrothes Strollers
Kirkcaldy YM Colts
U13's Fife DVL Cup
05 March 2014
Glenrothes Strollers U13's played their first competitive game in the group stages of the Fife Development Cup against Kirkcaldy Y.M. on Sunday 2nd March, The Strollers were out of the traps quickly and their passing game was creating chances in the first 15mins of the match but their good approach play was not being converted into goals.

In Kirkcaldy's first attack indecision in the Strollers defence was punished when the Kirkcaldy striker slotted past the keeper to give them a 1-0 lead.
Strollers continued to probe and were rewarded within 5 minutes when the industrious Wilson had a shot blocked but pounced on the rebound to make it 1-1.
Strollers conitnued to push forward with Robertson and Caira bossing the midfield and Caira was rewarded when his volley inside the box flew into the top corner to give them a deserved lead.

The second half started with Kirkcaldy determined to get back on level terms but the Strollers defence stood firm marshalled by Murray who was having a fine game, but slackness at a corner allowed the Kirkcaldy striker to volley home from close range to make it 2-2.

Now the game was end to end with the direct approach of Kirkcaldy  against the slick passing of the Strollers, a fine move up the right hand side ended with right-back Goodwin being upended in the box for a penalty to Strollers, Goodwin got up and despatched the penalty into the corner, the Strollers continued to press but couldn't add to their tally. A hard-fought match ended with the Strollers running out 3-2 winners.
Full Time: Glenrothes Strollers 3-2 Kirkcaldy YM Colts
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 18:39

Brechin City in eventful victory

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Brechin City
St Murdoch
U15's Dundee & District YFA
04 March 2014
Brechin triumphed in this bad tempered match which both teams were keen to win and therefore were totally committed. A total of five bookings, a sending off, three penalties, and a hat trick for Irvine were just a small part of the total game which kept both sets of management and supporters on edge for the full eighty minutes.

Brechin started well and took the lead after just nine minutes - Walker met a long ball on the volley and set Irvine off on a driving run, and he finished with a drive into the net for his first of the game.
Six minutes later, Brechin won a penalty when Doan was bundled over in the box - Anderson stepped up to take the spot kick and drove it by the helpless keeper. Brechin kept up the pressure on the St Murdoch defence and extended their lead further just four minutes later - Duncan collected the ball and passed to Irvine on the half way line. He drove hard down the right wing, cut in, and slammed the ball past the outcoming 'keeper for his second of the day.

Straight from the restart St Murdoch drove up the field and won a penalty. However the resulting shot was driven by the left hand post - a chance missed...

Half Time: Brechin City 3-0 St Murdoch

The second half saw a major battle in midfield with St Murdoch trying to get back into the game, however the Brechin back four of Somerville, Barreiro, Stuart and Campbell stood firm against all that was driven at them.

Twenty two minutes in Brechin won a penalty - Reece Campbell broke free and was pushed over by the St Murdoch 'keeper. Anderson unselfishly passed the
duty to Irvine who was on a hat trick - and Irvine did not disappoint firing the ball into the top left hand corner.

Minutes later St Murdoch won a penalty, this time converted well by the striker. St Murdoch rallied at the score and three minutes later, a rare mistake by the Brechin defence let St Murdoch through to score their second.

Brechin however, were not about to let the game slip away and raised their game to match the resurgent St Murdoch. With just three minutes to play Brechin sealed the game - Szyjut collected the ball in midfield, fought hard and released Doan down the left.  Doan finished with a superb drive  for Brechin's fifth of the day.

Full Time: Brechin City 5-2 St Murdoch

This was fine performance by the Brechin boys - working hard as a team and keeping cool heads under duress.

Team: Sim, Somerville, Barreiro, Stuart, Ryan Campbell, Booth, Doan, Duncan, Anderson, Irvine, Walker, Szyjut, Reece Campbell, Bruce, Allison
U/13s D Brown Cup. Semi-Final
Riverside 3, Dundee Rangers 1
U/13s Broughty Ferry Cafe Royale League
Brechin 1, Pitfour 2
Forfar 4, Tayport 1
Ferry 9, Dryburgh 1
St Andrews Colts 2, Dundee West 6
Monifieth 2, Broughty 6
U/13s J Clenaghan League
Celtic 0, Fairmuir 5
Arbroath 5, DUSC 3
Carnoustie 1, Kirrie 8
U/14s D S Rennie League
Pitfour 3, Arbroath 6
Celtic 4, Fairmuir 1
DUSC 1, Montrose 1
Ferry 0, Dundee West 5
U/14s Watson McInally League
Dundee Thistle 1, Carnoustie 5
U/15s G Taylor League
Ferry 4, Riverside 1
Carnoustie 5,  Monifieth 2
Dundee Rangers 0, Dryburgh 9
Fairmuir 5, Tayport 3
U/15s P Gibson League
St James 9, Broughty 2
Lochside 2, Forfar 5
Brechin 4, St Murdochs 2
U/16s Maryfield League
Fairmuir 0, DUSC 5
Dryburgh 1, Arbroath 2
Kirrie 3, Scone Th 3
U/16s W Mills League
Dundee West 4, Lincraig 1
St Murdochs 5, Edzell 0
Monifieth 7, Brechin 3
Tayport 3, Forfar 1
U/17s M N T League
Letham Sky Blue 3, Montrose Vics 0
Dee Club 5, Tayport 0
Fairmuir 3, Carnoustie 0
Dundee Villa 5, Ferry 2
Lochside 4, Kirrie 1
U/19s President League
Forfar Albion 1, Celtic 4
Dryburgh 2, Ferry 0
Luncarty 1, Monifieth 3
Friday, 28 February 2014 22:28

Success for Grove at Dundee Sports Awards

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The winners of the Dundee Sports Awards were announced this week at the Caird Hall. Every year some of the community’s sporting stars are given various awards including coach and club of the year. Some of the nominees included Grove Academy Seniors, Dundee United SC and Dundee West coach Dylan McCann. 

Dundee United SC were nominated for British Heart Foundation Young Team of the Year Award having had a tremendous season in 2013. Not only did the team win the league and a cup, they also made it to the Scottish Cup final. The boys played brilliantly throughout the season, and now 6 players have signed for professional teams. The DUSC have continued their form this season, as they built on their impressive record of making it to a final every season since under 13’s.
The school sporting achievement award went to Grove Academy Seniors. 'The Galacticos' also had a wonderful season, winning the league and a trophy at Tannadice. They had a strong run in the Scottish Cup but were narrowly beaten in Glasgow in extra time. The team played some superb football and will be pushing to win the league once again this season. 
Dundee West coach Dylan McCann was also nominated for the NHS Tayside Young Volunteer of the Year Award. Dundee West had a successful season across all age groups, and Dylan McCann has made a great contribution to this. McCann is still carrying on his great work this season and hopefully Dundee West can carry on their good form.
Also nominated for awards were Tayside Dynamos Powerchair FC, for club of the year, and Ricky Neil of Dundee Thistle for community coach of the year.
Lord Provost Bob Duncan spoke at the awards, saying “It gives me great pleasure to see so many people involved in local sport gaining deserved recognition for their efforts and achievements.
“This event allows the city to honour the volunteers, coaches, athletes, clubs and teams who have given so much to their chosen sport and achieved great success.”
Dundee Sports Awards are organised by Leisure and Culture Dundee, in partnership with Dundee City Council.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 05:25

Monifieth cruise past Carnoustie

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Monifieth Athletic
Carnoustie FC
U14's Dundee & District YFA
27 February 2014
Monifieth (4-4-2):
Ralston; Nicol, Matchett, Westwater, Young; Hush, Donaghey, Gallacher, Mcneill; Campbell, Tosh
Subs: Pickett, Jamieson, Beattie
The 14s bounced back to winning ways - after their shock sup defeat last week - with a convincing home win in the league. 
Gaffer Farnan opted for a simpler 4-4-2 formation and with Barr missing, Nicol swapped to right back and Young came in at left back.
Early on the home side were in control and a few good chances were spurned. On the quarter hour mark Monifieth had Westwater to thank for the score remaining goalless - as his goal line clearance came after Ralston had been beaten.  
Monifieth were soon in the goals and in the driving seat after this scare, as Tosh raced through from Campbell’s through ball to slot home. Tosh repaid the favour and set up Campbell for a simple tap in for the second. With the interval approaching, Campbell was first to react to a loose ball after a corner to slot home. Right on half-time, a simple tap in saw Campbell complete his hat-trick. 
Half Time: Monifeith Athletic 4-0 Carnoustie
Within five minutes of the re-start, Carnoustie pulled a goal back with a sweetly struck free-kick. Remarkably, having missed the opening two league games, this was the first league goal that Ralston had lost all season!  The 14s soon restored their 4 goal lead, when Tosh smashed a stunning half volley into the top corner from 20 yards.
Hat-trick hero Campbell was replaced by Pickett and the winger added the sixth when he left the visitors’ defence in his wake and slotted home. 
As the game played out, Pickett, Hush, Tosh and Beattie all came close to increasing the home side's lead but the visitors' keeper pulled off some good saves to hold Monifieth back. 
In the last minute, Carnoustie were awarded a soft penalty and Law slotted home a consolation goal. 
Best for Monifieth were Westwater, Mcneill, Gallacher, Tosh and MOTM David Campbell.
Full Time: Monifeith Athletic 6-2 Carnoustie
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 20:14

Last minute goal gives Dundee West the victory

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Celtic Boys
Dundee West
U14's D. S. Rennie League DDYFA                           
Lochee Park
26 February 2014
The game opened with Dundee West playing down the hill with the wind at there backs and they quickly took control off the game playing short and long passes trying to unlock the celtic defence.
The first chance of the game came from the West's no.12 Robert Gibson who ballooned over from 8 yards. With a very strong wind it was hard to play slick football but the West were still controlling the game. 
The opening goal came when No.6 Zack Robertson moved into the Celtic box, drawing the keeper Rory McInally who committed a foul to give the West a penalty. Zack Robertson dusted himself down to slot a coolheaded strike into the bottom corner.
Half Time: Celtic 0-1 Dundee West
Celtic started brightly attacking with long balls upto the no.2 Daniel Wilson but the central pairing of Callan Mckenzie and Scott Dyer from the West held firm.
Dundee West started playing some good football into the wind keeping the ball on the ground with no.7 Derek Johnston starting to dictate play from the centre of the park.
With the West holding on comfortable the Celtic no.11 Jonathan Tosh hit a bullet of a shot from distance which hit the inside of the post and the defence finally cleared. The West responded immediately by moving up the park with no.16 Dylan Docherty hitting a great strike which came off the post back into the keepers arms.
With minutes remaining Celtic where awarded a corner. A crowd of Dundee West players complained to the ref saying that it was a Celtic player who had last touched the ball and were so unfocussed the ball came over and bounced through to the back post where the Celtic no.9 Alex Robb was standing to level the game at one a piece. Celtic celebrated, knowing it was a very important goal in the league title race.
Undetered Dundee West tried to gain the lead again but time was running out. In the final minute Derek Johnston was upended 25yards from goal and up stepped the West's No.9 Robbie Fleming to strike a looping shot towards the Celtic's top corner. It was a good effort which slipped passed the keeper and into the net to give Dundee West victory .
Full Time: Celtic 1-2 Dundee West
Monday, 24 February 2014 05:48

Bayside's cup run goes on with Glenrothes victory

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Glenrothes Athletic
Bayside FC
U17 Fife Cup - Quarter Final
23 February 2014
Glenrothes Athletic hosted Bayside FC in the last eight of the Under 17 Fife Cup. 

Bayside had been enduring a wretched league campaign - with not a single point to their name. However, a first round victory away to FC Kincardine had left them just two victories away from a shock place in the most coveted cup competition of the AFYFC calendar.
Athletic were in the lower reaches of the table, but did have 10 points to their name and a comprehensive first round victory over Pittenweem to assert their status as favourites for today's tie.
The match kicked off on a windy Fife morning and Bayside drew first blood. A penalty kick was awarded late in the first half and Stuart Gibb did the honours, putting the ball in the back of the net.
Half Time: Glenrothes Athletic 0-1 Bayside FC
The second half kicked off with Glenrothes searching for an equaliser. The got it when a goalkeeping error 10 minutes after the restart, saw the scores levelled. 
Both sides had chances as the game swung from end to end, but it was the visitors to struck the vital third and winning goal. Another Gibb effort, this time from the edge of the box, found the net to the delight of the away side's players and sideline.
The final 15 minutes were a nervy affair for the away side, but they held onto their slender lead. 
A home tie against Jeanfield Swifts now awaits Bayside in the semi finals.
Full Time: Glenrothes Athletic 1-2 Bayside FC
Monday, 24 February 2014 05:32

Brechin and Forfar share the spoils

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Brechin City Youths FC
Forfar BC
U15's Dundee and District YFA
24 February 2014
Brechin, currently third in the league, hosted league leaders Forfar on Sunday, and a thrilling match ensued. Brechin were keen to avenge their defeat earlier in the season, and Forfar were keen to retain their position as league leaders, so a hard fought match was expected, and delivered, by both sides.
Forfar started strongly but were matched by Brechin, and the majority of the first half followed this pattern though Brechin held more possession and had more chances.
Forfar came close from a corner late in the first half, the keeper was beaten, but the ball was headed off the line by Booth.
It looked as though the first half would finish all square but on 41 minutes Barreiro,s expertly timed tackle in the box was adjudged to to have been a foul and the referee awarded a penalty to Forfar. From the resulting spot kick it appeared as if Sim, in the Brechin goal, had gone the wrong way but he managed to deflect the ball away with his trailing foot.

Half Time: Brechin City 0-0 Forfar

After standing sound throughout the first half, a rare mistake by the Brechin defence allowed Forfar to take the lead two minutes into the half- a run down the right wing resulted in a low cross which was not picked up by the defence and the ball was scrambled into the net from close range.
Brechin fought back and drove attack after attack at the Forfar defence, none of which were successful. Fourteen minutes of solid pressure and Brechin got the breakthrough they sought - a long ball from defence was chased own by Anderson who drove home a fine shot from fifteen yards.
Driven on by the goal Brechin stepped up their attack but could not gain the advantage. Forfar also fought back trying to regain the lead. Brechin came close in twenty two minutes - Irvine collected the ball and passed through to Walker, who set Reece Campbell free on the left - his resulting shot ending up just wide of the left hand post.

Just before full time Brechin again had the chance to seal the match. Stuart drove a  long freekick from midfield and Anderson again drove down
the wing - but his shot ended up in the side netting.

Full Time: Brechin City 1-1 Forfar

Brechin City Squad: Sim, Somerville, Barreiro, Stuart, Ryan Campbell, Allison, Duncan, Doan, Anderson, Booth, Irvine, Szyjut, Souter, Reece Campbell, Walker,