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Thursday, 20 February 2014 18:50

Kennoway prevail in five goal thriller

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Kennoway United
U19's Association of Fife YFC
Cotlands Park
20 February 2014
It was a much depleted Kennoway team that welcomed Aberdour U19s to Cotlands park on Sunday. On a fairly slippy surface both teams settled in their rhythm creating chances at both ends.
However it was Aberdour that drew first blood when a shot from the edge of the box took a deflection off a Kennoway defender and beat the keeper at the near post.
Kennoway replied in typical fashion creating chance after chance and were finally rewarded just before half time when a cross from the right found Gregor Carstairs unmarked and bulleted a header into the empty net.  
Half Time: Kennoway United 1-1 Aberdour
Kennoway started the second half much as they finished the first, on the attack, but to Aberdours credit they regained the lead when a well struck free kick was saved by the keeper and the Kennoway defence were caught napping as their striker nipped in to tuck away the rebound.  
This seemed to stir Kennoway into action again and this was rewarded with two goals in five minutes both from corners.  Firstly Carstairs bagged his second of the afternoon poking the ball home as it spun away from the keeper, then Jordan Austin helped himself to what would prove to be the winner turning on a sixpence to fire home from six yards.  
Kennoway then made it more difficult for themselves when Nathan Doig was ordered off after being shown a second yellow card. With both teams now tiring the game finished 3-2 to Kennoway.  
This coming Sunday sees Kennoway travel to Inverkeithing to play Hillfield Blues.  
Full Time: Kennoway United 3-2 Aberdour
Thursday, 20 February 2014 06:41

Montrose reach Dundee West Anniversary Cup Final

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Celtic BC
Montrose Youth FC
U14's Dundee West Anniversary Cup Semi-Final
20 February 2014
The teams lined up with Dundee Celtic having the wind behind them attacking the Montrose goal in the first half. It forced them to make positional changes early on to steady the back line after Celtic had the early pressure. 
Celtic had some decent chances in the 1st half, but Montrose keeper Marshall was making some good saves to keep them in the game. 
It appeared that Celtic had scored the first goal when they hit the bar and the rebound to fell to their player. Fortunately for Montrose the player was judged to have been in an offside position.   
Both teams were having chances and good spells of play between them, but the first half remained scoreless with the game evenly poised. 
Half Time: Celtic BC 0-0 Montrose FC
Montrose took an early lead in the second half when the ball was played across the goal for Aitken to slot home from a few yards out. A repeat of the goal he scored against the same team last season in Jubilee Cup Final. 
A good clean battle from both teams unfolded on a pitch that was heavy in areas but still produced some good football from both sides.
Celtic scored the equalising goal that resulted from a free kick just inside the Montrose half. A ball played in to the box for Wilson to put the ball in the Montrose net.
Celtic continued to push with their tails up. Montrose continued to stay firm and against Celtic pressure a number of corners which were well defended by Montrose.
Montrose took the lead again when the ball was slotted home, again from a few yards out by striker Hendry. 
Montrose had a few good chances in the later stage of the game and the game should have been put out of sight, but they just couldn't get the ball in the ball in the net.
The game finished with Montrose winning 2-1 against a really good Dundee Celtic side in a match that was played in good spirit.
Montrose now head to the final awaiting the winners of Fairmuir v DUSC game this weekend.    
Full Time: Celtic BC 1-2 Montrose FC
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 18:33

Club '83 set up Semi-Final with Broughty

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Club '83 FC
Monifieth Athletic FC
U14's Mac Brown Cup 1/4 Final
19 February 2014
This quarter final clash pitted Club '83 against their closest rivals in the DDYFA Watson McInally League, Monifieth. After a few abandonments due to bad weather anticipation was high for this fixture, not least because Monifieth had won the only previous outing this season between the two.
So, stakes were high for this quarter-final clash and the obvious commitment both teams demonstrated from the kick-off only highlighted this fact further.
However, Club '83 soon began to dominate and pass the ball with ease and could possibly have been three up within the first ten minutes. Their wastefulness in front of goal was punished when, against the run of play, Monifieth slotted home from a re-bound off Club '83's goalkeeper Jack Gray - Club '83 protested strongly that their keeper had been fouled in the build up, but the goal stood.
Club '83 continued to dominate the game and within 10 minutes had equalised via an unstoppable 30 yard thunderbolt from Center Back Ryan Scobie. Monifieth's keeper felt aggrieved that the ball had taken a slight deflection off one of his own defenders, but from the moment the ball left Scobie's left peg there was little doubt where the ball would end up.
The next ten minutes saw Club '83's dominance increase and it only looked a matter of time before they would go in front, and so it was to be just before the half-time whistle as Club '83's Kier Caldwell took matters into his own hands. Kier dispossessed a Monifieth defender near the corner flag out on the right, cut back, and from the corner of the 18-yard box unleashed a rocket into the top left corner of the net - an incredible goal and surely a contender for 'goal of the season'.
Half Time: Club ‘83 2-1 Monifieth Athletic
The second half quickly became a highly charged physical encounter with Monifieth pushing hard, but never seriously troubling the Club '83 defence. The game continued at a fast pace, but was punctuated by many niggling fouls from both sides.
Mid-way through the half Club '83 lost their center back after the referee took action after an off-the-ball incident and this understandably put Monifieth on the front foot, however Club '83 stood firm and their goalkeeper continued to enjoy a quiet afternoon.
Monifieth were only able to keep their numerical advantage for a further 10 minutes before the referee sent one of their players off; from then on Club '83 comfortably saw the game out.
A good solid victory for Club '83. It was a hard fought encounter, but a comfortable victory for all that. The two sides will meet again later in the season which, depending on results, could end up as a league decider.
This weekend sees the Mac Brown Cup Semi-Final between Club '83 and Broughty; the winner will meet Forfar in the final... 
Full Time: Club ‘83 2-1 Monifieth Athletic
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00

Bayside Girls prepare for first 13's season

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Last year was Bayside Girls 13’s first year with the SWF, and with a keen squad of players ready to take on the new season they look to set the league alight. 
Last season the girls won every single game, thanks to brilliant performances and an enthusiastic attitude. They also experienced home and away games for the first time which they clearly adapted to well. If the team can carry on this form and mentality into the next season then they should be able to look forward to a lot of success.
The team are currently going through their preseason and it looks to be going well according to head coach Steve Allen. “We currently train once a week which isn’t enough so we will change to twice per week from the end of March. At Bayside girls we have a great support team of parents and coaches and we have secured a full pre-season friendly fixture calendar with some well-established clubs travelling to Dunfermline. “
There is still work to be done though, as tactics are being applied and worked on before the season starts. Steve Allen says “In general we have been dedicating a lot of the training time to possession football and looking after the ball. This also includes going backwards if we have to retain the ball, something the girls need a bit more practice on. As much ball work as possible is key at a young age to improve their technique but to then add in match situations with more pressure applied the further they develop. Inconsistency is normal at a young age but we are starting to see the practice paying off and they are making the right decisions more often which is really rewarding for a coach.”
The coaches have some solid aspirations for the girls, because despite having a great season they still want to focus on the development of the players. “This is our first season of playing for points and trophies but we don’t want to get too caught up in that. We, first and foremost, want to see the continued progression from the girls that we have seen for the past few years and adding parts to their game that they have been working very hard to improve. If they do that then the coaches and parents will be very pleased and the season will take care of itself.”
The coaches also know how important teamwork is, and know this will be vital for winning matches and starting the season off well. “It`s very cliché but the coaches and I always promote a strong team ethic. No player can win the game by themselves so every player will be key in helping the team. Luckily we have a close group who socialise off the pitch also so teamwork comes naturally to friends.“
Bayside Girls still have some preseason games ahead, but their attitude and hard work is showing a lot of promise for the team and hopefully they will have a successful season ahead. 
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 23:29

Blue Brazil into Fife Cup Semi-Final

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Blue Brazil BC
AM Soccer Club FC
U14's Fife Cup Quarter-Final
18 February 2014
Blue Brazil v AM Soccer kicked off after an earlier inspection on the park. Initially the park was crusty but able to take a stud and as the game progressed the park got heavier.
This was a Fife Cup ¼ final which was played in good spirit and despite difficult conditions some excellent football was on display.
After a bit of pressure Kieran Wilson scored with a superb 25 yard drive which flew into the top corner giving Blue Brazil a 1-0 lead at half time. 
Half Time: Blue Brazil 1-0 AM Soccer
As both teams battled in the 2nd half, good chances were missed.
AM Soccer missed a gilt edge chance to score in the last minute to equalise when their number 3  burst through the Blue Brazil defence only to shoot wide.
The final whistle blew as Blue Brazil progressed to the semi- finals.
Credit to both teams in difficult conditions
 Full Time: Blue Brazil 1-0 AM Soccer


Dryburgh Athletic 
Dundee Celtic BC
U19's J Cord Cup Semi-Final
17 February 2014
It was a great performance yesterday from Dundee Celtic U19's who have now managed to get into their second cup final for this season after beating dryburgh in extra-time.
it was a good game overall with end to end action. Both teams had chances in the first half, but neither side could find the back of the net making for a disappointing first half. 
Half Time: Dryburgh Athletic 0-0 Dundee Celtic BC
Into the second half and a great pass from Marc Henderson into Ryan Carlin just outside the box created an opportunity. Ryan played a little through ball into the box and in came Cameron Quinn to slot the ball past the keeper to make it 1-0 Dundee Celtic.
Despite taking the lead, within 10 minutes Dryburgh equalised. A corner played into the back post and the big striker met it with the head.
It remained that way after 90mins, meaning extra-time would be required.  
Full Time: Dryburgh Athletic 1-1 Dundee Celtic BC
The first half extra time ended in stalemate with no goals.
With a penalty shootout looming, Dundee Celtic got a corner in the last minute and great delivery from Aidan Stewart found Martin Donaldson around the penalty spot and with a sort of bicycle kick stlye attempt, the ball nestled in the top corner. It was just the moment of brilliance required to settle this game and help Dundee Celtic progress into the final.
After Extra-Time: Dryburgh Athletic 1-2 Dundee Celtic BC
U/13s Ross Ballantine Cup. 1/4 Final
Brechin 1, Ferry 4
U/13s D Brown Cup. 1/4 Final
DUSC 1, Riverside 9
U/13s Broughty Ferry Cafe Royale League
Forfar 2, Dundee West 2
Pitfour 8, Monifieth 1
U/13s J Clenaghan League
Arbroath 7, Montrose 1
U/14s Dundee West Anniversary Cup. Semi-Final
Celtic 1, Montrose 2
U/14s Dundee West Anniversary Cup. 1/4 Final
Ferry 0, Fairmuir 6
U/14s Mac Brown Cup. Semi-Final
Forfar 8, Carnoustie 1
U/14s Mac Brown Cup. 1/4 Final
Club ‘83    2,   Monifieth 1
U/14 D S Rennie   League
Arbroath 3, DUSC 4
Pitfour 0, Dundee West 5
U/14s Watson Mc Inally League
Broughty 8, Lochside 0
U/15s Jean Pierre Babin Cup. Semi-Final
Montrose 2, Fairmuir 5
Ferry 2, Dryburgh 1
U/15s J Bolton Cup. Semi-Final
Broughty 1, Forfar 8
Discovery 4, St James 2
U/15s G Taylor League
Tayport 3, Carnoustie 0
U/15s P Gibson League
St Murdochs 6, St Andrews Colts 1
U/16s John Clark Motors. 1/4 Finals
Broughty 2, DUSC 3
U/16s J Clark  Motors. Semi-Finals
Kirrie 1, Arbroath 4
U/16s Chuck McGowan. Semi-Final
St Murdochs 1, Dundee West 2 (aet)
U/16s Chuck Mc Gowan 1/4 Final
Brechin 2, Lincraig 1
U/16s Maryfield League
Luncarty Tans 2, Ferry 0
Scone Th 3, Dryburgh 3
Fairmuir 8, Montrose 2
U/16s W Mills League
Forfar 3, Edzell 2
U/17s Bridge Cup. Semi- Final
Dundee Villa 3, Ferry 1
U/17s M N T League
Carnoustie 2, Tayport 4
Fairmuir 3, Montrose Vics 1
Dee Club 5,  Kirrie 0
Letham Sky Blue 0, Lochside 3
U/19s J Cord Cup. Semi-Final
Monifieth 3, Carnoustie 0
Dryburgh 1, Celtic 2.(aet)
U/19s President League
Ferry 7, Montrose Vics 0
Luncarty 4, Dundee West 2
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:17

Jeanfield Swifts Soccer Schools are back

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Saturday 22nd February will be the start of this year’s Jeanfield Swifts Soccer School. The school is looking for boys and girls born in the years 2006-2009 who want to develop their skills and technique in a fun environment. The sessions are held at Riverside stadium and last an hour every Saturday.
The soccer school was started to complete the Scottish FA’s player pathway, which all the SFA quality mark clubs must have from primary one to junior football. The schools key is to develop the kid’s ability with the help of the Jeanfield Swift coaches who look like they are doing a remarkable job. Through weekly hourly sessions, the kids can work with the coaches to learn how to play the game whilst having fun. Jeanfield Swifts coach Steve said “In my opinion the local soccer schools play a vital role in helping local kids to progress and learn the game in a fun, friendly and local environment. It would be great to see more soccer schools popping up as it would help strengthen the local youth football leagues down the line.”
So far, the schools have been a great success and look to only keep improving. The school has been running for five years and every year has received a great turn out.  The school has developed 7 players who have been good enough to sign for professional clubs including Celtic, St. Johnstone and Dundee and more are currently on trial with other teams. 
The schools have big aspirations, and hopefully as it grows the talent in the area will continue to develop. Steve said “Our aspirations are simply to continue to grow the youth game at a community level.” If you are looking for updates and information about the school, you can check the schools Facebook page by clicking here.
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 00:00

Jeanfield Swifts Girls ready for season ahead

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Jeanfield Swift Girls have made some great preparations for the season ahead. As many of the girls will be taking the step up to the under 17’s squad, head coach Cheryl Cromb has strengthened the squad with new signings and changed the coaching structure to continue to provide the best for the players. 
Last season the girls made the transition from 7 aside to 11 aside, and have adapted well. The team has continued to improve each season and have successfully created an environment in which players can develop their full potential. The girls are keen to continue to improve though, Cherly Cromb said “This season we hope to build on the progress made in the previous by continuing to ensure equal game opportunities for all players and ensuring player development. We also hope to improve on our defensive play as we conceded too easily last season which cost us several games despite good attacking play and strong performances. We hope the new additions to the squad will help us to achieve this with both Becky and Jess having played together before we hope this will create a strong understanding between goalkeeper and defence.”
This season, one of the new changes is five new tremendous signings to the squad. Goalkeeper Becky Cameron, defender Jess MacKenzie Gavin, and midfielder Emma Ewing have all joined this season and will add a lot of quality to the team. Coach Cheryl Comb said “Becky has proved to be a real shot stopper whilst previously playing for Scone Thistle last season. Jess who was also previously a Scone Thistle player, brings a strong understanding and reading of the game to strengthen our back four. Emma will also strengthen our midfield with her ability on the ball and her willingness to take players on at every 1v1 situation.” Sheyenne Bayne and Olivia Revie also both stepped up from the under 13’s team and will make great additions to the team. Sheyenne is a great finisher and Olivia is a quick and skilful player who is able to play upfront and attack from the midfield.  
There have also been some changes to the coaching structure, as the coaches have decided to give more roles and responsibilities to Emily Eglinton and Kirstin Mcgregor who are currently playing for the under 17 team. These girls can bring some of their experience to the girls and will help the coaches’ work on both individual player development and team aspects. The new plans that the coaches are introducing are definitely going to help improve the team and are a good sign for the season ahead. 
The team have big aspirations for next season, Cheryl Cromb said “The aspirations for the season ahead are to continue developing the players to give them the tools and confidence to play attacking style of football. We hope by doing this it will develop into consistent performances throughout the season to compete against the top teams within the league.”
Two key players next season will be Kayleigh Fowler and Casey Townsley. Fowler is a very strong midfielder who is both technical ability and superb speed which causes plenty of problems for the opposition. Casey is also a great player with a tremendous technical ability and a great eye for reading the game which she uses to control the middle of the park. But, every player is vital and will contribute a lot to the team next season which will surely be successful. 
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 22:56

Girls winter festivals kick off in the East

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This winter the SFA are running pre-season festivals for all girls teams to join. The festivals are aimed towards improving the girls pre-season with various five, seven and eleven a side tournaments. The first tournament, which was a 5 a side tournament at Soccerworld, happened this past Saturday. 
The festivals are free for all clubs in the region to join, as the SFA aims to help the teams pre-season. Plenty of matches have been set up, the 11’s and 13’s will play in seven a side games and the 15’s and 17’s will compete in 11 a side games. 
The first two festivals will be 5 a side based and set indoors, the idea being to promote pre-season fitness and help prepare the teams for the upcoming games. The rest of the festivals will be back outdoors and will focus on promoting tactical practice, helping the girls stay sharp for the season ahead.  
17 teams signed up for the first festival at Soccerworld, and a further 12 teams have signed up so far for the next one on the 25th of January. More and more teams are continuing to join the festival which is a great example of how dedicated the clubs are to making sure they have a strong pre-season.
The next festival will be a five a side tournament for the 15’s and 17’s at Soccerworld on the 25th January. Following that there will be a festival every week for a month starting on the 1st of February.