East Region (296)
The 2017/18 campaign was full of twists and turns on all fronts, with first time champions in all of the competitions.
Here’s how the 2017/18 season went down:
After going through the entire 2016/17 unbeaten, Forfar Boys were beaten by Broughty United on the opening day of the season. It was a statement win from Broughty, who were the league’s early pacesetters.
Dundee West were one of three newly promoted sides into the top flight, and they went down at the hands of Ferry Athletic in their second game. Owen Boath grabbed a hat trick for Ferry that day, a trend that would continue throughout the season as he went on to notch 38 goals in all competitions.
In the Watson McInally League, two of the sides in contention for the title Riverside and Dryburgh faced off early in the season. Both sides were unbeaten, but it was Riverside that took the points with a 2-1 win.
In the top flight, highflying Broughty were beaten 2-1 by new boys ACSC, while title contenders Celtic Boys were beaten by Dundee West by the same score.
November 5th saw fireworks at Dawson Park as Ferry dumped top of the league Broughty out of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup thanks to a 2-0 win.
Monifieth Athletic inflicted Riverside’s first defeat of the season at the end of November with a 1-0 win.
Forfar Boys stole the headlines in 2016/17, but their neighbours Kirrie Thistle were stealing the show in 2017/18. Their first game of 2018 saw them keep up their unbeaten domestic run and knock Fairmuir out of the Reilly Falconer Cup with a 5-2 win at Graham Street.
Dundee West were finding their feet in the top flight and beat Montrose 6-1 to set up a cup final with Kirrie Thistle, who beat Celtic Boys in their semi-final.
Riverside and Dryburgh faced off again in the Watson McInally League, and Riverside took another step towards the title with a thumping 7-1 win.
Maryfield United and St Andrews Colts both made it to the Mac Brown Cup final after wins over Monifieth Athletic and Vale of Tay.
Kirrie’s unbeaten run was brought to a halt by Broughty United, who picked up a 3-1 win in the DS Rennie League. The Angus side got their revenge a week later as they picked up a 7-2 win in the semi-final of the Reilly Falconer Cup. That set up a meeting with title rivals Celtic Boys, who beat Forfar Boys in the other semi.
The first cup final of the season pitted Dundee West against Kirrie Thistle in the final of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup. Both sides were in fine form ahead of the final, but it was Kirrie who came out of top of the back-and-forth final thanks to a 6-3 win.
With the winter weather putting most of the teams out of action for weeks on end, there was a backlog of fixtures for the sides in the hunt for the title.
Celtic Boys beat Broughty 4-3 and Forfar Boys won 2-1 against Kirrie as the title race looked like it would go to the wire.
In the Watson McInally League, there wasn’t as much tension as Riverside were crowned champions and secured promotion at the first time of asking.
Kirrie were held to a 3-3 draw by Ferry Athletic, with Owen Boath bagging a hat trick. Dundee West’s 9-4 win over Broughty United all but ended their title dreams.
St Andrews Colts ended their 24-year trophy drought as they beat Maryfield United 3-2 in the final of the Mac Brown Cup.
Kirrie returned to North End Park for their second cup final of the season as they faced Celtic Boys in the Reilly Falconer Cup, but the effects of their fixture backlog were clear to see as they were outclassed by a rampant Celtic, who ran out 4-0 winners.
There was no cup final hangover for Kirrie, as they picked up a 1-0 win over Forfar to move into pole position in the title race.
Fairmuir were saving their best form for the East Region Cup. They fought back from 2-0 down in their semi-final against Burntisland Shipyard before winning 5-4 on penalties to set up a final clash with Pitfour.
Kirrie were crowned champions with a 3-0 win over Brechin. Kian Martin, Cammy Simpson and Zak Innes all netted to make it a league and cup double.
The final match of the season saw Fairmuir face Pitfour in the East Region Cup final. There was nothing between the sides throughout the 70 minutes, and Fairmuir thought the cup was won when Mark Ross hit the inside of the post in injury time.
Torran Juggins netted a brace to consign Fairmuir to defeat, despite Ryan Hutton netting late on.
The 2017/18 season saw the latest group of youth footballers make the step up to 11-a-side football. The 2005 age group produced three double winners, Scottish Cup Quarter Finalists and the East Region Cup winners.
Here’s how the 2017/18 season went down:
The campaign started with the group stages of the Diamond Jubilee Cup, with Montrose, Riverside, Carnoustie and Fairmuir all topping their groups with 100% records. They were joined by Ferry Athletic, Pitfour, Broughty Pumas and Maryfield United in the Café Royale League.
Two of the top-flights early pacesetters met in the quarter finals of the Jubilee Cup in November, as Ferry hosted Riverside. Despite Riverside racing into a 3-0 half time lead, Ferry, aided by Blaike Kyles hat trick, went on to win 4-3.
Both Ferry and Riverside, along with Fairmuir, were flying the flag for the DDYFA on the national front as they advanced into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.
In the P Gibson League, Dundee SC inflicted Celtic Boys first league defeat of the season courtesy of a 4-1 win.
Round Five of the Scottish Cup saw Ferry face Fairmuir in the final game of 2017 as the winter weather put a halt to all three of the leagues. Blaike Kyles brace either side of Aiden Lockhart’s goal saw Ferry become the only side from Dundee left in the competition at any age group.
Ferry’s Scottish Cup heroics continued into the new year as they beat Deveronvale 3-1 to advance to the quarter finals, but their run would go no further as they went down at the hands of The Celtic BC.
Carnoustie Panmure beat Maryfield 5-3 to advance to the final of the Jubilee Cup, where they would meet Ferry, who came from behind once again to beat Pitfour 6-1 in their semi-final.
The Café Royale League title challenge was a four-way race with Ferry, Riverside, Pitfour and Fairmuir all in contention. Stuart Heenan scored a hat trick as Fairmuir beat Riverside 6-3 at Graham Street. Both Riverside and Pitfour picked up wins over previously unbeaten Ferry in February.
Fairmuir and Riverside would renew their rivalry in the Ross Ballantine Cup final after semi-final wins over Pitfour and Montrose.
Carnoustie and Pitfour were both flying high in the East Region Cup. Wins over East Fife YA and AM Soccer secured both sides a spot in the Last 16.
In the P Gibson League, Celtic Boys wrapped up the league title in mid-March with a 3-1 win over Dundee SC.
The fifth instalment of the Fairmuir vs Ferry saga produced a 4-4 draw with Stuart Heenan’s hat trick putting another dent in Ferry’s title dream.
There was another title dreamed recognised in the J Clenaghan League as Dundee United SC wrapped up the title with a 3-2 win over Newtyle.
A two-week break over Easter offered much needed respite to all the teams ahead of the business end of the season.
The Diamond Jubilee Cup final was the first match after the break, and both Carnoustie and Ferry put on footballing displays far beyond their years at North End Park.
It was Carnoustie that took the lead through Scott Hamilton, but as they had done in both their matches en-route to the final, Ferry came from behind, with Aidan Lockhart netting both the goals as they won 2-1.
Next up was the final of the Marshall Cup, as champions DUSC took on bottom of the league Arbroath Lads.
Arbroath had saved their best form for the cup competitions with wins over Dundee West Reds and Broughty Panthers earning them the spot in the final, but it was DUSC’s day at North End Park as they ran out 6-0 winners to make it a league and cup double.
Carnoustie and Pitfour both reached the Quarter Finals of the East Region Cup, but it would prove to be the end of the journey for Carnoustie, while Pitfour advanced to the semis, and eventually the final where they would meet Glenrothes Athletic.
Ferry Athletic met Riverside in a potential Café Royale League title decider. Blaike Kyles brace and Aidan Lockhart’s goal earned Ferry a 3-2 win that denied Riverside the title. The Scottish Cup Quarter Finalists did clinch the title with a 6-2 win over Maryfield.
Stuart Heenan proved to be the difference in the final of the Ross Ballantine Cup between Fairmuir and Riverside. The Fairmuir man netted nearly 40 goals in all competitions, and netted his side’s third as they ran out 3-1 winners.
The final weekend of the season saw Celtic Boys take on Mearns in the final of the Celtic Jubilee Cup. Formed in 2015, Mearns are the DDYFA’s newest side, but it was the elder statesmen Celtic Boys who made it a league and cup double.
Josh McGuire scored four times as Celtic ran out 7-3 winners against a spirited Mearns side that fought to the very end.
With the domestic titles wrapped up, there was the small matter of the East Region Cup final to draw the curtain down on the 2017/18 campaign.
Pitfour were the DDYFA’s representatives as they took on Glenrothes Athletic, and they got off to the perfect start when Brodie Pollock curled in a free kick early on.
As they had done throughout the season, Pitfour put on a scintillating passing display for the opening 25 minutes but were pegged back on the stroke of half time.
Extra time was required, and it was Pitfour that grabbed the winner when Thomas Drysdale drilled home from the edge of the box.
The 2005 age group have served up some sensational football at times this season. In the P Gibson League, Celtic turned on the style with 13 wins in their 14 league games.
There were also strong showings from Dundee Sporting, Dundee Thistle and Dundee West Royals, while Mearns put in a great showing in their cup final.
Dundee United SC showed the are not to be taken lightly next season, as they scored goals for fun in all the competitions they entered this season. Forfar Boys, Dundee West Reds and Newtyle also laid strong foundations for the coming seasons.
In the top flight, only six points separated the top four sides, but all eight sides showed that they were more than capable of taking points off each other on their day.
Carnoustie’s style of football was excellent to watch, and they stuck to their principles throughout the season. Their experiences in the East Region and Diamond Jubilee Cup will serve them well over the coming seasons.
Fairmuir will look to a lack of consistency as to why they came away from their first season at 11-a-side with just one piece of silverware. They put in a strong showing in the Scottish Cup only to come up against a Ferry side that denied them on two domestic fronts. Don’t be surprised to see those two renew their rivalry over the coming season.
Pitfour will also consider themselves a tad unfortunate on the domestic front, having shown themselves to be a match for anyone in the Café Royale League. Their East Region Cup win showed that they have the big game mentality to accompany their passing style, a combination that will make them a side to watch over the coming seasons.
Riverside were the only side in the top four to walk away from the season without a piece of silverware. They have proven themselves to be just as capable as Fairmuir, Ferry and Pitfour will have learned some harsh but valuable lessons over the course of the season. Next season, they will fancy themselves to go and lift silverware in some form.
Ferry Athletic proved to be one of the biggest surprises of the season in any league. Their run in the Scottish Cup was remarkable and they will certainly fancy themselves to push on in that competition next season.
The side effect of their national success meant they were playing catch-up in the league for most of the season, leaving them with little margin for error. This would prove to be their making however, as they came up with the goods against their title rivals on numerous occasions, and managed to edge out a strong Carnoustie side in their first ever cup final.
The Queen’s Jubilee Cup final brings together two side’s looking to lift their second piece of silverware of the season. Fairmuir were crowned Maryfield League Champions after a thrilling 4-3 win over Dryburgh in their final game of the season while Ferry Athletic lifted the John Clark Motors Cup against Broughty United.
Ahead of the final, YFS caught up with Fairmuir manager Graham Buchan and Ferry boss Jamie McGrath to find out about their seasons so far and their previous meetings.
Here’s what they had to say:
The 2016/17 season saw Fairmuir finish runners up to Dryburgh and fail to reach any cup finals. This season has been a different story as they went through the entire Maryfield League season unbeaten.
Manager Buchan admits that last season’s lack of success has been a catalyst for their success this year.
He said, “Passion, desire and togetherness is the massive change from last season. The lads had a point to prove this season to get back on top and the only way to do that was together, to fight for everything as one.
“There is a belief in this squad like no other, they are never beat, and they will never give up. That is what has made them champions again.”
Fairmuir’s run to the final started with an 8-0 win over St Murdochs Colts before beating Monifieth 1-0, St Murdochs 6-0 and finally Logie Harp 1-0. Buchan was pleased to see his side navigate these ties on top of a hectic league schedule.
“The hardest match by far was against Logie in the semi-final, this is no disrespect to the other teams we faced to get to the final. Our players were fatigued with a very congested fixture list as we played Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday fixtures for a few weeks.
“To be fair to Logie, on that day they were very good and could have had a couple of goals. As always though, our boys stuck to the task, they gave everything, fought for everything and earned an impressive clean sheet and victory at Fairmuir Park.”
The three meetings of Fairmuir and Ferry have produced a win a piece and a draw, and Buchan is expecting another tight affair in the final.
“Ferry are a very good footballing team and thoroughly deserve to be in the final. They have had some impressive results and the final is set up to be a cracker. We are expecting a tough match against them as we always do.
“We have kept 14 clean sheets this season and set our own record of eight clean sheets in a row. Both those stats are incredible at this level. We managed this as the team play as a unit; we play together, for each other and as one.
“If anything will make the difference, it will be our belief and desire to win as a team.”
Ahead of their big day, Buchan had this message for his players.
“Go out and enjoy yourselves lads. Believe in your ability and believe in each other. 110%, nothing less.”
The 2016/17 saw Ferry achieve a sixth-place finish in the G Taylor League, but the last few weeks of the season saw them struggle to field 11 players. Manager Jamie McGrath explains the changes that have been made to the squad over the last 12 months.
“We were close to folding at the end of last season as we were struggling to field a team at times.
“We decided if we were going to carry on we needed to bring in new players, and in total we managed to bring in two new goalkeepers and six new outfield players which was needed as we took some heavy defeats last season.
“We want to compete in every game we play in and see how far we can go.”
The sides have met three times this season, with Ferry knocking Fairmuir out of the John Clark Motors Cup, and McGrath is anticipating another close match in the final.
“It’s going to be a close one. We’ve played them three times this season, we’ve beat them once, they’ve beat us once and we’ve had a draw so there’s not much between the teams.
“After winning the first cup our confidence is up and I like to think we can go and win a second cup.
““The semi against Fairmuir was without doubt our best team performance this season as we were right up for it, we dug in and I think we just deserved it in the end, and that has given us a bit more confidence and belief we can, on our day, compete for trophies.”
McGrath had this message for his players ahead of the final. “Go out there and give it everything you've got, don't let it pass you by as you never know when you're next one will be!! Enjoy it and of course WIN!!”
The last remaining league titles were won as the DDYFA season nears it completion.
Here’s how the action went down:
Fairmuir picked up a 6-1 win over Dundee West in the DS Rennie League. Mark Ross scored twice with Rhys Ross, Josh Robertson, Kyle Smith and Dylan Patullo also notching for the East Region Cup finalists.
Celtic Boys and Forfar Boys played out a 2-2 draw that sees the sides finish second and third respectively.
Monifieth were crowned G Taylor League champions as they beat Broughty United 7-1. Aidan Lorente scored a hat trick with Elliott McCafferty, Ruari McQuillan and Dylan Ferguson also on target as Monifieth completed the domestic clean sweep.
Ryley Duncan’s hat trick put Dundee West on course for a third-place finish as they beat Celtic Boys 4-2. Lewis Hutton also netted with Zak Benmalek and Dylan Young scoring for Celtic. Riverside beat Broughty Panthers by the same score.
A hat trick from Jake Grady handed Fairmuir the Maryfield League title as they came from 3-1 down to be crowned champions.
Fairmuir had the edge in the title race going into the match with a draw enough for them to secure the title, while Dryburgh knew that only a win would see them retain their crown.
Ryan Smith put Dryburgh ahead, but Grady levelled the tie before half time with a curling effort.
Quickfire goals from Jack McKellican and Aaron Flynn put Dryburgh 3-1 to the good, but Fairmuir responded through Grady and Rory Jagusinski.
When Flynn brought down Grady in the box, the striker had the chance to complete the comeback, and he made no mistake as he emphatically dispatched the penalty to clinch the title for Fairmuir.
Ferry Athletic beat St Murdochs 3-2.
The penultimate weekend of the season saw East Region Cup action, domestic cup finals and title deciders take place.
Here’s how the action went down:
Fairmuir clinched the Ross Ballantine Cup at the expense of rivals Riverside. Harrison Smith gave Fairmuir the first half lead only for Aiden McDougal to bring Riverside level.
Blair Fyffe put Fairmuir ahead from the penalty spot before Stuart Heenan fired home Fairmuir’s third late on.
Pitfour are into the final of the East Region Cup after beating Bayside on penalties. The sides were tied at 3-3 after extra-time, but Pitfour held their nerve emerging as 3-1 winners. They will face Glenrothes Athletic in the final.
Champions Ferry Athletic signed off their Café Royale League campaign with a 4-4 draw against Monifieth. Goals from Blaike Kyles, Aiden Lockheart, Stevie Grogan and an own goal secured them a share of the spoils, while Carnoustie and Broughty Pumas played out a 1-1 draw in their final game of the season.
Ryan Hutton scored twice as Fairmuir came from 2-0 down to beat Burntisland Shipyard 5-4 on penalties and secure their place in the final of the East Region Cup.
Kirrie Thistle were crowned champions of the DS Rennie League with a 3-0 win over Brechin. Kian Martin, Cammy Simpson and Zak Innes got the goals that completed their league and cup double.
Ferry Athletic signed off their season with a 6-4 win over Dundee West. Charlie Massie scored twice, with Owen Boath, Rian Clark, Leo Murrie and Jacob Sharpe also netting. Forfar beat DUSC 9-0.
10-man Pitfour ended a run of three defeats with a 5-2 win over Real Fife. Kai Finnie was shown red with Pitfour leading 2-0 thanks to Ben Clos and Ally Alcorn.
Alcorn bagged three more goals to set up a final against Blue Brazil, who beat Kennoway 5-3 in the other semi-final.
Jamie McCann scored five times as Fairmuir ended their G Taylor League campaign with a 9-1 win over Broughty Panthers. Graeme Stewart netted a brace with Callum Rae and Mason Anderson also netting. Josh Knight got Broughty’s goal.
Carnoustie beat Forfar 4-1 thanks to goals from Khalid Bjeirmi, Harry Law, Jay Bryce and Lewis Sivewright, while Riverside beat Dundee Thistle 7-2.
Fairmuir took the Maryfield League title race to the last day of the season with a 4-1 win over Forfar. Goals from Jake Grady, Rory Jagusinski, Mark McCrory and Jamie Timmons set up a winner takes all clash with Dryburgh.
Blairgowrie beat Broughty United 1-0 while Jeanfield beat Ferry 2-1 to ensure a third-place finish.
Monifieth Athletic made it a league and cup double as they beat Dundee Thistle 3-1 in their final game of the season.
East Craigie Swifts completed the double treble as they turned on the style against Kirrie Thistle in the final of the Henry Dolan Cup. A first half double from Keir Gardiner followed Ethan Bannon’s opener.
Reece Lornie and Hayden Burr netted in the second half, with Aaron Barnett heading in a Kirrie consolation late on.
Partan Craig beat Dryburgh 5-2 in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League while St Andrews Colts beat Monifieth 2-0.
Ferry beat Luncarty 6-2 in their final game of the season.
The Henry Dolan Cup final brings together two of the top sides from the Dave Pullar League. Having already lifted the Elwood Trophy and clinched the league title, East Craigie are looking to make it back to back domestic clean sweeps, while Kirrie Thistle are looking to end the campaign that has seen them finish third in the league on a high.
Ahead of the final, YFS caught up with Kirrie boss David Brown and East Craigie manager Steven Fallon to find out about their runs to the final and previous meetings.
Here’s what they had to say:
Kirrie have secured a third-place finish in the Dave Pullar League, and with only three defeats in the league this season, manager David Brown is delighted to see his side reaping the rewards for their hard work over the years.
He said, “Our team is made up of 17 boys mostly from Kirriemuir but a couple from Forfar and Alyth. The majority of the team have been together since under nines.
“This season we wanted to be more competitive throughout the whole year and have a good cup run.”
Kirrie’s run to the final began with a win over neighbours Forfar Boys, before victories over Brechin and Monifieth sent them to the final. Brown is pleased with how his side have navigated the ties.
“A local derby kicked off the cup run, and a good solid performance resulted in a 2-0 win. Next, we encountered Brechin and had a comfortable victory.
“On to the semi-final where we took an early lead against Monifieth only to be pegged back in the second half, but the team dug deep and secured their final berth.”
Two of Kirrie’s league defeats have come against East Craigie, both by four goals to two, and Brown is expecting another tough match in the final.
“As always it will be a difficult game against a top-quality side who play the game in the right manner.”
Ahead of their big day, Brown had this message for his players.
“Believe in yourselves and let everyone see how good you can be. Enjoy the day and create lifetime memories.”
East Craigie Swifts
Having already clinched two pieces of silverware over the past few weeks, East Craigie go into the match as favourites, but manager Steven Fallon will make sure his players take nothing for granted.
He said, “Cup games are unpredictable, so we will just aim to go out and do our best. Boys have experienced both winning and losing finals, however we certainly know what experience we enjoy more.”
East Craigie’s run to the final started with a 6-0 win over Partan Craig before beating Celtic Boys 5-0 in the quarter-final. A 2-0 win over Dryburgh booked their place in the final, and Fallon was delighted with his side’s defensive showings in these matches.
He said, “We haven’t lost a goal in any of these games which shows our strength defensively. Performance wise we have played better in other cup games but can’t argue with the results we have had and with reaching another final the boys should be proud of themselves.”
With two 4-2 wins from their previous meetings with Kirrie, Fallon is expecting a competitive final.
“It was a tough game away from home against Kirriemuir. It was 2-2 at one point but we managed to pull it back with two late goals.
“It should be a great final and hopefully we do ourselves justice and play to the best of our ability.”
Having established themselves as one of the teams to beat at the 2005 age group, Fairmuir are looking to finish an impressive debut season at 11-a-side football by lifting the Ross Ballantine Cup.
Having reached the Last 32 of the Scottish Cup and secured a top four finish in the Café Royale League, rivals Riverside stand between them and the cup.
Ahead of their big day, YFS caught up with manager Paul Conway to find out about his side’s run to the final, their season so far and their previous meetings with Sunday’s opponents.
Despite being one of the top sides at seven-a-side, Conway knew that wouldn’t guarantee success on the 11-a-side pitch.
“Our main aim was to be competitive in a very strong league, that’s all we could ask from the boys. The league is exactly as we expected it to be.”
Fairmuir’s run to the final started with a 4-2 defeat against Ferry, but they were reinstated into the competition after Ferry fielded an ineligible player. A 3-1 win away to Pitfour booked their place in the final, and Conway was delighted with how his side navigated such tricky ties.
He said, “In the Ferry match I thought we started very well and went two goals up then stopped playing.
“Pitfour are an excellent side and to get any victory against them is a great achievement, especially in a cup semi-final. We worked hard for the whole 70 minutes, which for the coaches was very pleasing.”
Riverside took the points in the side’s first meeting courtesy of a 4-1 win, but Fairmuir bounced back with a 6-3 win when the side’s clashed in January. Conway is expecting another tight affair in the final.
“Both were very tough games and could have went either way.
“Riverside are a good team who try to play football in the right way, we expect a very tough but exciting game on cup final day.
“We feel we are a strong unit and it’s been a great team effort to get this far in the cup and to be where we are in the league.”
Ahead of their big day, Conway had this message for his players.
“Go out and enjoy it and show everyone watching what a fantastic team you are becoming! Win or lose, leave nothing out on the pitch just give your all.”
Three champions were crowned, and two cups were lifted in another jampacked weekend in the DDYFA.
Here’s how the action went down:
Ferry Athletic clinched the Café Royale League title with a 6-2 win over Maryfield United. Aiden Lockheart scored twice, with Will Hanbury, Gene Taylor, Stevie Grogan and Dylan Gill making it a league and cup double for the Scottish Cup Quarter Finalists.
Fairmuir beat Montrose 7-1 while Pitfour picked up a 2-1 win over Carnoustie.
There were wins for the three title contenders in the DS Rennie League as Celtic Boys beat Brechin 5-2, Forfar beat Montrose 7-0 and Kirrie beat DUSC.
Owen Boath scored twice as Ferry beat Fairmuir 4-1. Jacob Sharpe and Leo Murrie were also on target with Rhys Ross netting for Fairmuir.
Broughty United had to come from behind to take three points against ACSC. The Arbroath side raced into a 2-0 lead, but goals from Leon Winterton, Kyle Reid, Daragh McCafferty, Lewis Grant and John McGlashan earned them a 5-2 win.
Monifieth beat Maryfield 3-2 in the Watson McInally League.
Monifieth Athletic picked up their second cup of the season thanks to a 2-1 win over Pitfour in the final of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup.
The G Taylor League leaders beat the same opponents by the same score line in the final of the Tommy Clark Trophy earlier in the season and goals from Greg Will and Aiden Lorente ensured the same outcome, despite Ally Alcorn puling one back for Pitfour.
Arran Ferry was the match winner the last time the side’s met and it took a perfectly times challenge from Andrew Allan to deny him the opener. The resulting corner was flicked over by Ruari McQuillan from close range.
Monifieth did open the scoring 10 minutes into the second half when McQuillan was taken down in the box by Rory Harrower. Greg Will made no mistake with the spot kick, giving Pitfour’s stand in keeper Jake Edwards no chance as he drilled the ball into the bottom left corner.
Aiden Lorente dragged a shot wide from 20 yards before netting Monifieth’s second. Lorente chased down a long ball, capitalised on a mix up between Charlie Edward and Edwards and tapped the ball into the empty net.
Ben Clos linked well with Jordan Turnbull as Pitfour looked for a route back into the match but couldn’t hit the target from close range. The winger jinked into the box moments later and teed up Alcorn, who curled home his 57th goal of the season from 12 yards, but it wasn’t enough as Monifieth held on to seal the silverware.
Fairmuir beat Carnoustie 5-1 in the G Taylor League. Jamie McCann scored twice with Mason Anderson, Graeme Stewart and Robbie Flynn also netted. Connor McFarlane grabbed Carnoustie’s goal.
Four goals from Lewis Hutton inspired Dundee West to a 7-1 win over Montrose. Luke Miller scored twice, and Cavan McLaren rounded off the scoring late on.
Doubles from Zak Benmalek and Blane Devaney fired Celtic Boys to a 4-0 win over Dundee Thistle.
Goals from Brandon Donnelly and Ewan Stewart clinched the John Clark Motors Cup for Ferry Athletic as they came from behind to beat Broughty United, who opened the scoring through Callum Howe.
Ferry were seeing most of the ball but couldn’t test Gregor Tweed in the Broughty goal. With 22 minutes gone, Broughty opened the scoring.
A corner was missed by Kieran Barron and fell to Callum Howe, whose cross-cum-shot was misjudged by Connor Milton and ended up in the net.
Louie Porter brought another save out of Tweed seconds after the restart before Broughty’s Simon Sharpe fired a shot into the side netting. Zak Foran mistimed a header which presented Liam Clark with the ball at the edge of the box, but Milton was quick off his line to smother the shot.
Jake Stewart was denied twice in quick succession by Tweed as Ferry looked for the equaliser and when Brandon Donnelly was taken down by Harry Eaton in the box, they had their route back into the match. Donnelly stepped up and coolly dispatched the penalty to bring Ferry level.
Five minutes later, Porter released Ewan Stewart who raced clear of the Broughty defence and slipped the ball under Tweed to score what proved to be the winning goal for Ferry.
Dryburgh are into the semi-finals of the East Region Cup after a 5-3 win over Pitreavie Pumas. They will host Benarty Astros while rivals Fairmuir look to get revenge on Glenrothes Stollers after exiting the Scottish Cup at their hands earlier in the season.
Fairmuir closed the gap on Dryburgh in the Maryfield League with an 8-0 win over St Murdochs. Jamie Timmons scored a hat trick with Jake Grady and Kane Hynes scoring doubles. Captain Mark McCrory was also on target.
Logie Harp beat Jeanfield 5-1 while Forfar won 2-0 against Blairgowrie.
Riverside secured the W Mills League title with a 2-0 victory against Dryburgh CC. Jack Terroni and Michael Tinning got the goals that ensure they bounce back to the top flight at the first time of asking.
Monifieth can match Riverside’s points tally if they win their last two games of the season. They beat St Murdochs Colts 4-1 while Dundee Thistle won 3-1 against Kirrie.
East Craigie Swifts will face Scone Thistle in the final of the East Region Cup after a 3-2 win over Hill of Beath Hawthorn. Keir Gardiner scored twice with Hayden Burr also on target.
Fairmuir beat Dundee Rangers 4-3 in their final game of the season. Celtic Boys beat Forfar 5-2 while ACSC beat cup finalists Kirrie 4-1.
Brechin City’s 4-0 win over Dryburgh and St Andrews Colts 5-0 win over Carnoustie saw Brechin crowned champions of the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League.
There were wins over Forfar West End and Brechin for President’s League title contenders Fairmuir and Ferry. Kirrie beat Monifieth 5-4.
There were matches with title ramifications in several of the leagues on Thursday evening.
Here’s how the action went down:
Kirrie Thistle picked up a 3-0 win over Broughty United as they continue their pursuit of Celtic Boys at the top of the DS Rennie League table. Zak Innes opened the scoring before Jake Kettles bagged a brace.
Forfar Boys bounced back from their Tuesday derby defeat with a 6-2 win over Ferry. Jacob Sharpe and Charlie Massie were on target for Ferry.
Dryburgh CC beat Brechin 5-0 in the W Mills League.
Cameron Murray scored twice for Ferry as they beat East Craigie Swifts 3-2. Cameron Welsh was also on the scoresheet as Ferry secured a second-place finish.
Coupar Angus took to the field for the final time and rounded off their season with a big win over Monifieth. Ross Campbell scored four times with Callum Cocker-Tough and Cammy McKinlay both netting hat tricks.
Fairmuir Violet’s title aspirations suffered a blow as they went down 5-1 to Monifieth Tayside.
There were matches with title implications throughout the age groups on Tuesday evening.
Here’s how the action went down:
Ferry Athletic beat Carnoustie 6-0 in the Café Royale League while Pitfour won 3-2 against Broughty Pumas.
Jake Kettles’ header separated the Angus derby between Kirrie Thistle and Forfar Boys. The 1-0 win keeps Kirrie’s title hopes alive while leaving Forfar with no margin for error as they try to retain their crown.
Arran Ferry’s double put Monifieth on the verge of the G Taylor League title as they inflicted Fairmuir’s first league defeat of the season.
Monifieth knocked Fairmuir out of both domestic cups earlier in the season and nearly opened the scoring after eight minutes when Greg Will headed the ball towards goal, but Liam Hunt was on hand to clear the ball off the line.
Both these sides boast strong defensive records, meaning cleat cut chances were few and far between in the opening stages. Fairmuir’s Jamie McCann dragged a shot wide after a run from midfield.
Monifieth were nearly gifted the opener after 32 minutes when they pounced on a slack goal kick, but Arran Ferry didn’t capitalise as he fired a weak shot straight at Shaun Watt.
The striker did find the net two minutes later after being released by Elliot McCafferty. Ferry slotted past the oncoming Watt to hand Monifieth the lead.
Thomas Welsh was called into action early in the second half as he kept out a strike from Jamie McCann. Mason Anderson fired wide from distance as Fairmuir searched for an equaliser.
At the other end, Bartosz Kwiatek flicked an Aiden Lorente cross over from close range while Jamie McCann was denied by Welsh again after being set up by Graeme Stewart.
Jamie McCann did manage to beat Welsh with a free kick after 63 minutes but saw the ball bounce off the post before the referee blew for a foul.
With seven minutes left, Monifieth scored again. Ferry powered his way into the box, holding off two Fairmuir defenders before slotting a low shot into the bottom corner.
Pitfour are also in contention for the title as they beat Dundee Thistle 8-1. Ally Alcorn opened the scoring but was dismissed shortly after.
Dundee Thistle equalised before half time but Pitfour were unfazed with Kai Finnie grabbing a second half hat trick alongside doubles from Jordan Turnbull and Ben Clos.
Ryan Corbitt scored a hat trick for Dryburgh in their penultimate league game of the season. Ryan Smith also netted in their 4-1 win over Logie Harp.
Fairmuir kept up their unbeaten run with a 1-0 win over Broughty United. Forfar Albion picked up a 4-3 win over Ferry Athletic.