East Region (298)
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.
There was more cup final drama in the DDYFA while several clubs marched on in the East Region Cup.
Here’s how the action went down:
Pitfour are into the semi-finals of the East Region Cup after a 4-1 win over Letham SC.
Ferry Athletic took a big step towards clinching the Café Royale League title with a 3-2 win over Riverside. Montrose beat Maryfield by the same score.
Newtyle won 4-1 against Broughty Panthers in the J Clenaghan League, while Brechin beat Arbroath 3-1. Dundee West Reds picked up a 7-3 win over St Andrews Colts.
Celtic Boys put on a scintillating display as they downed Kirrie Thistle in the final of the Reilly Falconer Cup. Ben Barclay opened the scoring for the DS Rennie League leaders in the first half, with a header from Jake McHugh doubling their advantage in the second half. Imran Madugu made sure of the win with a late brace.
Kirrie scored six times as they lifted the Dundee West Anniversary cup six weeks earlier, and they were nearly gifted the opener after 10 minutes. Celtic keeper Callum Angus kicked the ball into Sam Ellis who with the goal gaping lifted the ball over the bar from 15 yards.
It was a big chance gone begging for the Angus side, who were nearly punished moments later as Jake McHugh’s cross landed at the feet of Stevenson a matter of yards from goal, but he mishit his effort.
With 17 minutes gone, Celtic were presented a golden chance to take the lead as James Downie was taken down inside the box. Madugu stepped up, but his spot kick was kept out by Rory Davidson, who pushed the ball over the bar.
Eventually, the pressure told, and Celtic broke the deadlock. Madugu found Ben Barclay on the left and he powered his way into the box before slipping the ball past Davidson at the near post.
Celtic continued their pressure into the second half, but Davidson continued to deny them. The Kirrie stopper pulled of a stunning diving save to keep out a curling effort from Madugu before smothering Stevenson’s rebound.
Kirrie made a host of changes as they attempted to get back into the game but fell further behind after 49 minutes. Christopher Gorrie delivered a deep cross from the right which guided home by McHugh from close range.
Jake Kettles had the chance to reduce the deficit after a cleverly worked corner, but his effort deflected behind. A long ball into the Kirrie box was met by Madugu and despite the efforts of Davidson, the big striker gave Celtic a three-goal lead.
In injury time, the ball broke to Barclay, who saw his first-time strike headed behind for a corner. The resulting delivery lead to a goalmouth stramash that ended with Madugu firing home with what proved to be the final kick of the ball.
Fairmuir beat AM Soccer 4-0 to book their place in the semi-final of the East Region Cup. Jordan Adam, Mark Ross, Ryan Hutton and Kyle Smith were all on target.
Broughty United returned to winning ways with a 4-3 win over Brechin. Leon Winterton and Lewis Grant fired Broughty into an early lead only for Brechin to level the match at 2-2.
Benji Kane put Broughty back in front but Brechin found another equaliser. Winterton struck the winner seven minutes from time.
Charlie Massie scored a hat trick as Ferry beat Montrose 5-0. Nicolas Matthew and Harrison Taylor completed the scoring. Forfar beat Dundee West 9-1.
St Andrews Colts won 6-1 against Monifieth in the Watson McInally League, while Maryfield and Vale of Tay drew 0-0.
Jamie McCann scored a hat trick as Fairmuir beat Dundee Thistle 7-2 in the G Taylor League. Zain Ferguson, Callum Rae, Liam Hunt and Damian Kunc also scored.
Broughty Panthers picked up their first win since February as they beat Forfar. Ryan Carr scored a hat trick, with Lewis Munro and Josh Knight also scoring.
Dundee West beat Carnoustie 5-2. Lewis Sivewright opened the scoring after 20 seconds, but Lewis Hutton levelled the match after nine minutes.
Logan Piggott scored either side of Sivewright’s second as the half ended with Dundee West 3-2 ahead. Luke Miller made it four for Dundee West before Hutton completed the scoring late on.
Celtic Boys beat Montrose by three goals to two. Zak Benmalek, Dylan Young and Adam Shaffi gave Celtic a 3-0 lead before Montrose pulled two back late on.
Ally Alcorn scored a hat trick as Pitfour beat Riverside 3-0, while Ferry beat Broughty United in their penultimate game of the season.
Rory Jagusinski scored that goal that fired Fairmuir into the semi-finals of the East Region Cup at the expense of Rothes Juniors.
Dryburgh Athletic beat Broughty United 5-2 in the Maryfield League and Ferry won 3-2 against Logie Harp. Jeanfield and Forfar played out a 2-2 draw while St Murdochs drew 3-3 with Blairgowrie.
Monifieth beat Kirrie Thistle 4-0 in the W Mills League while Dundee Thistle beat St Murdochs Colts 1-0.
ACSC inflicted East Craigie Swifts first ever domestic defeat with a 5-3 win in the Dave Pullar League.
The two bottom sides Forfar Boys and Dundee Rangers played out a 2-2 draw, while Kirrie beat Fairmuir 9-5.
St Andrews Colts beat Forfar WE 4-2 in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League, while Brechin beat Partan Craig 3-1.
A late penalty from Ross Bell clinched the Peter MacAvoy Cup for Fairmuir Violet. Gary Scobie had Fairmuir ahead with a thunderous first half free kick but Blair McCord levelled seven minutes after half time.
With five minutes to go, Bell was fouled inside the Ferry box and slotted home the penalty to secure Fairmuir the cup and keep their treble dream alive.
Ryan Scobie netted a free kick 12-months ago when these sides contested the Henry Dolan Cup final, and it was his left foot that rewarded Fairmuir for their efforts seven minutes before half time. The defender curled home a free kick from 25 yards that Ferry keeper Stewart Linton couldn’t keep out.
Fairmuir thought they had their second seven minute after the break when Ball forced the ball home from close range, but the referee disallowed the goal for a foul on a Ferry defender in the build-up.
30 seconds passed between the referee disallowing Fairmuir’s goal and Ferry equalising. The George Kerr Cup winner’s sent the resulting free kick long amidst the Fairmuir protests and the ball was eventually played into Blair McCord, who rifled home a shot from 20 yards to bring Ferry level.
Both sides were creating chances as the full-time whistle approached and Linton denied Fairmuir once again as he kept out a close-range effort from Jack Taylor. Bell should have scored after 81 minutes when he worked space at the edge of the Ferry box, but he shot over.
A long ball caught out the Fairmuir defence allowing Kyle Anderson to run through on goal. The striker has often been Ferry’s man for the big occasion over the years, but he opted to shoot rather than cut the ball across for one of his teammates allowing Connor to make a comfortable save.
It was a big chance that Ferry were punished for not taking as Bell was soon fouled in the box, leaving the referee with little choice but to point to the penalty spot. The midfielder dusted himself off and coolly dispatched the penalty as Fairmuir retook the lead with five minutes to go.
Tuesday night saw one of the most incredible cup finals of recent time and a handful of league matches.
Here’s how the action went down:
Ferry Athletic edged an eight-goal thriller against neighbours Broughty United in the DS Rennie League. Jacob Sharpe scored twice for Ferry, with Liam Scott Harrison Taylor and Owen Boath also on target. Daragh McCafferty, Jay Tosh and Leon Winterton got Broughty’s goals but couldn’t stop them falling to a 5-3 defeat.
Forfar Boys picked up a 5-0 win over Fairmuir.
A last minute free kick from Khalid Bjeirmi saw Monifieth drop points in the G Taylor League for just the third time this season. Aiden Lorente opened the scoring for Monifieth, but Harry Law soon brought Carnoustie level.
Ruari McQuillan restored Monifieth’s lead but Bjeirmi netted in the last minute to earn Carnoustie a 2-2 draw.
Robbie Flynn scored a hat trick as Fairmuir beat Ferry 6-1. Graeme Stewart, Marcel Motyka and Jamie McCann also netted.
Lewis Hutton scored twice in Dundee West’s 4-0 win over Forfar. Cavan McLaren and Aiden Hutton also found the net.
Pitfour beat Broughty Panthers 9-1. Ally Alcorn scored four times, Jordan Turnbull scored twice with Matthew Glen, Ben Clos and Ethan Thom rounding off the scoring. Ryan Carr got Broughty’s goal.
St Andrews Colts completed the most astonishing comeback of recent years, as they fought back from 4-0 down to beat Carnoustie Panmure 4-3 on penalties in the final of the J Cord Cup.
Vincent Edmonds netted a hat trick for the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League leaders and Shaun Roeleveld also scored to put them 4-0 up 10 minutes after side.
But, the league’s bottom side produced a stunning late show after Lewis Birrell pulled one back on the hour mark. Birrell scored twice in the last 10 minutes with Matthew Cuffley heading home three minutes from time to level the tie, before goalkeeper Lyall Constable came up with the goods in the shootout, as Saints ran out 4-3 winners.
East Craigie Swifts wrapped up the Dave Pullar League title on Tuesday night with a 4-2 win over Kirrie Thistle. Kier Gardiner scored twice, with Matt Mckinnon and Scott Galloway also on target.
Kirrie Thistle continued their pursuit of the DS Rennie League title with a 2-0 win over Fairmuir.
Pitfour striker Ally Alcorn moved over the half century mark for goals this season as his side picked up a big win over Ferry Athletic in the G Taylor League. Alcorn scored five of his side's goals, while Ross Cameron scored a double, with Kai Finnie, Dylan Wright, Ethan Thom and Ben Clos also scoring.
Rory Jagusinski got the only goal of the game as Fairmuir beat Jeanfield in the Maryfield League.
There was plenty of action throughout the age groups as the 2017/18 season draws to a close.
Here’s how the action went down:
Stuart Heenan scored twice as Fairmuir beat Carnoustie 4-0 in the Café Royale League. Leo Norrie and Finlay Garty completed the scoring.
Ferry Athletic beat Broughty Pumas 4-1, while Riverside beat Maryfield by the same score. Montrose beat Pitfour 5-2.
Champions DUSC completed their J Clenaghan League campaign with a 4-3 win over Broughty Panthers. Arbroath beat Newtyle 2-0 and St Andrews Colts picked up a 1-0 win over Brechin.
In the P Gibson League, the Celtic Jubilee Cup finalists both ended their league campaigns with wins. Celtic beat Monifieth 9-1, while Mearns beat Dundee Thistle 2-1.
St Andrews Colts survived a late scare from Maryfield United to clinch the Mac Brown Cup. Gary McDermott and Harry Martin had the Fife side two to the good, but Joe Wallace pulled one back for Maryfield late on.
Harry Paul put St Andrews 3-1 up but there was enough time remaining for Innes Urquhart to pull back another goal for Maryfield, but it wasn’t enough as Saints clinched the cup.
St Andrews had taken just one point from their two league matches against Maryfield but got off to the perfect start when Gary McDermott opened the scoring after six minutes. Harry Paul delivered a free kick from the right that was misjudged by Maryfield keeper Aiden Stewart, which allowed McDermott to force the ball over the line from close range.
Both sides were trying to find their rhythm after a frantic opening to the match, meaning clear-cut chances were at a premium.
St Andrews should have doubled their lead after 53 minutes. Harry Martin powered his way to the by-line and cut the ball back for Alex North, but the Saints captain could only shoot straight at Aiden Stewart.
While Martin setting up North didn’t bring about a second goal for St Andrews, the two reversed roles to devastating effect. Martin exchanged passes with North before lashing the ball past the diving Aiden Stewart from just inside the box.
Maryfield threw caution to the wind and received a big slice of luck six minutes from time. Joe Wallace’s strike from all of 35 yards should have been simple enough for Wilson, but the ball squirmed through the keeper’s legs and over the line, setting up an intriguing finish to the match.
With the late goal giving them a route back into the final, Maryfield upped the pressure on the St Andrews goal, but the fourth goal of the game went Saints way. Paul who set up the opener with a delivery from the right sent in another cross from the wing that sailed straight into the net.
Wilson was called into action once more moments later to deny Evin Stewart, but was helpless as the ball fell for Innes Urquhart, who calmly found the bottom corner with what proved to be final kick of the game.
Leon Winterton’s hat trick wasn’t enough for Broughty United as they went down 4-3 to Forfar Boys in the DS Rennie League. Celtic Boys beat Fairmuir 4-0, while ACSC beat Ferry 2-0.
Dundee West beat DUSC 7-3 and there was a 3-0 win for Brechin over Montrose.
Pitfour put on a five-star performance to book their spot in the semi-final of the East Region Cup. A second half hat trick from Ally Alcorn and a double from Jordan Turnbull secured them a 5-0 win over Elgin Star.
Lewis Hutton and Luke Miller were on target in Dundee West’s 2-0 win over Riverside in the G Taylor League. Aiden Lorente, Bartosz Kwiatek and Greg Will scored the goals for Monifieth as they beat Ferry 3-0.
Connor McFarlane scored a hat trick as Carnoustie beat Dundee Thistle 5-1. Lewis Sivewright also scored, while Montrose beat Broughty United 2-1.
Fairmuir and Ferry Athletic will face off in the Queens Jubilee Cup final after semi-final wins over Logie Harp and Dryburgh respectively.
In the Maryfield League, Broughty United beat St Murdochs 5-3.
The four title contenders faced off in the W Mills League. Lincraig beat Dryburgh CC 2-1 while Riverside and Monifieth played out a 0-0 draw.
Dundee Thistle beat Forfar WE 2-0 and St Murdochs Colts beat Kirrie 3-1.
East Craigie Swifts saw off Ferry Athletic to clinch the Elwood Trophy. Matt Mckinnon opened the scoring early on, before Hayden Burr headed past his own keeper to bring Ferry level.
Burr soon made amends with a first half double that put East Craigie in the driving seat. Aiden Mcirvine netted East Craigie’s fourth in between a double from Ferry’s Cameron Murray.
These sides have occupied first and second spot in the Dave Pullar league for most of the season, but it was East Craigie that struck first with 80 seconds on the clock. A low cross from the left was turned home by Matt Mckinnon for his 20th goal of the season.
East Craigie were clearly in the mood, but a series of early shots all failed to trouble Ferry stopper Robert Black. With 11 minutes played, Ferry were level. Jamie Chalmers delivered a free kick from deep, and East Craigie defender Hayden Burr could only head the ball past Charlie Kennedy.
Burr soon made amends with a double that put East Craigie in control of the tie. The first saw the defender fire home from the edge of the box before converting a penalty after Finlay Baird was bundled over in the box.
Ferry knew that they had to score the next goal to keep their cup dreams alive and made the perfect start to the second half. Cameron Murray won the ball on the halfway line and drove towards goal before slotting the ball under Kennedy into the net a minute after the restart.
Their joy would prove to be short lived as East Craigie scored their fourth five minutes later. Mckinnon’s header from a corner was blocked up into the air, allowing substitute Aidan Mcirvine to sneak in and head home from close range.
Mckinnon set up Lornie moments later, but he fired wide from the edge of the box. The game took another turn as Murray was taken down in the box after 54 minutes.
The big striker dusted himself off and coolly netted the penalty, but it was too little too late as East Craigie saw the game out and lifted the cup.
Fairmuir beat Forfar 3-1 in the Dave Pullar League. Jay Taylor’s double and a goal from their trialist wrapped up the three points.
Carnoustie Panmure survived a scare from Dundee United SC to keep up their title hopes in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League. Brandon Black scored twice to pull Carnoustie level after DUSC raced into a 2-0 lead.
Vincent Edmonds and Shaun Roeleveld put Carnoustie 4-2 up, but a late DUSC penalty set up a nervy finish. Brechin beat St Andrews Colts 3-2.
Monifieth Tayside and Coupar Angus played out a 2-2 draw in the Presidents League. Kirrie beat Angus neighbours Forfar WE 4-1.
There was plenty of action on Thursday evening as the title contenders in multiple age groups faced off.
Here’s how the action went down:
Four was the magic number in the U15 age group as Dundee West, Monifieth and Fairmuir all netted four times to pick up three points.
Cavan McLaren scored all four of Dundee West’s goals as they beat Pitfour 4-3. McLaren scored twice early on before Jordan Turnbull and Ben Clos brought Pitfour level before half time.
McLaren completed his hat trick just after half time before Ally Alcorn levelled the tie again. With two minutes to go, McLaren won the game for Dundee West with his fourth of the evening.
Monifieth also won 4-3, beating Riverside to extend their lead at the top of the table. Ruari McQuillan scored a hat trick with Aiden Lorente netting the winner late on. Riverside’s goals came courtesy of an own goal, Ben Garrick and Adam Flynn.
Fairmuir beat Celtic Boys 4-2 to keep up their 100% record in the league. Graeme Stewart netted twice with Jamie McCann and Liam Hunt also on target. Cody Logue was on target for Celtic.
Two goals in the space of a minute were enough for Fairmuir to see of Ferry Athletic in the Maryfield League. Matthew Nelson hooked in the opener before Rory Jagusinski curled in a second late in the second half, as Fairmuir continued to chip away at Dryburgh’s lead at the top of the table.
Fairmuir broke the deadlock four minutes from the break. The ball fell to Matthew Nelson at the edge of the box, and he hooked it up and over Milton into the net.
The hosts wasted no time in adding a second as Ethan Samson stole the ball 25 yards from goal and rather than go himself slipped in Rory Jagusinski. The former Broughty United man made no mistake with the finish, curling the ball into the side netting.
Kier Gardiner and Ethan Coupar scored twice as East Craigie Swifts beat Forfar 4-2 to put themselves on the cusp of the Dave Pullar League title.
The Elwood Trophy final brings together two sides at the top of the Dave Pullar League table. Ferry Athletic have been the pacesetters, but East Craigie have started to chip away at their lead over the past few weeks.
Ahead of their final, YFS caught up with East Craigie manager Steve Fallon and Ferry boss Steve Ferrier to find out about their season’s so far, runs to the finals and previous meeting.
Here’s what they had to say:
East Craigie Swifts
Few teams had better season’s in the 2016/17 than East Craigie Swifts. The Scottish Cup quarter finalists completed a domestic treble without losing a game. Manager Steve Fallon admits that their link up with Junior Side East Craigie has been a motivator for his side.
He said, “It was just a case of reminding boys of the new challenges this year, even although previous seasons we had performed well, it was a new season and hard work starts again.
“We also have the added motivation of our link up with East Craigie Juniors and if boys perform well individually they have the opportunity to play. This seems to be a successful motivator as we at present have six boys on dual contracts, four of which play regularly.”
East Craigie’s run to the final started with a 4-0 win over ACSC before they beat Forfar 6-0 in the semi-final. Fallon was delighted with how his side performed en-route to the final.
“Obviously two clean sheets are great, it proves how tight we keep things defensively. This allowed us a platform to go play and go forward. The boys played very well, and I’m extremely pleased with both performances.”
East Craigie started the season with a 3-0 win over Ferry, and Fallon is a tight affair in the final.
“It was another clean sheet for us, we scored early on and controlled the majority of the game. They are a good side and finals are always unpredictable, so we’re looking forward to playing it and hoping we will come out on top.”
“The boys have experience in this so will know exactly what is involved, as do the boys from Ferry. As said in my previous answer, 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.”
Ahead of the final, Fallon had this message for his players.
“Enjoy it, give it your best shot and play to your strengths and capabilities”
Ferry were runners up to East Craigie in last year’s Maryfield League, and manager Steve Ferrier admits his side’s aims were simple.
He said, “Our aim for the season has always been to try and better anything we achieved the season before and to play nice good to watch football.”
Ferry’s run to the final started with 6-5 penalty shootout win over Fairmuir, before they hit the goal trail in their semi-final with Forfar Boys, winning 7-0. Ferrier was pleased with how his side navigate two tricky ties.
He said, “The Fairmuir game was a stuffy one that we looked really comfortable during but just couldn’t finish the chances we had during the game which allowed Fairmuir to stay in the match and obviously edged it out on penalties.
“The Forfar game I think was a show of how many goals we can score when we do take our chances. We played really well that day and everything seemed to click.”
While Ferry were on the wrong end of the result on the opening day, Ferrier is hopeful his side will be celebrating come Sunday evening.
He said, “The first game of the season we had three big players for us missing so were a little disjointed in regard to positions for a few players but felt we still played very well and I don’t feel 3-0 is a true reflection on how the game went.
“I’m hoping we can carry our league form into the cup final and make it a good game to watch and to be a part of it’s a big occasion and a day we are looking forward to.
“I am incredibly proud of my lads this year and they have all played a part in how we have performed and in the road to the final.”
Ahead of the final, Ferrier had this message for his players.
“Cup finals are something we all want to play in as a kid or as an adult and the only thing I would say to them is go out and give it your all. Don’t leave an ounce of effort out as you will only regret it after its over and most of all enjoy the day as you have earned the right to be there.”
He said, “After our first season in 11s, we went through a rebuild due to six players leaving over the start of the season. With the nucleus of the team staying, the new additions that came in have been a great addition to a gifted group of players.
Every time you put a group of players together, it takes time. But as the season has went on we have gelled well and competed well against some good sides. We don’t have any aims other than player development at the Colts, so we have surpassed most targets.”
Their run to the final started with an 8-1 win over St Murdochs, before toppling Dryburgh 5-3 and then seeing of Vale of Tay in the semi-final.
Nicoll believes that their quarter final win was the standout performance from his side in this season’s cup run.
He said: “The toughest game leading to the final was Dryburgh away. We had been beaten by them 3-2 in the league earlier in that month, so we knew it would be a difficult game, but we played excellently that day and won well.”
Maryfield picked up a 4-1 win when the sides met in the league in October, but a late equaliser earned St Andrews a point when they clashed in January. Nicoll is expecting another tough test in the final.
“Our two previous games against Maryfield were tough games. Maryfield deserved to win in both games only a last-minute header grabbed us a point. We didn’t have many chances against them as they are strong in defence but the one or two we did create we failed to convert… I don’t expect a different game against them in the final it will be tough.”
Having played on the North End Park surface once before, Nicoll is hoping the experience will benefit his players: “The players may find it more relaxing playing here again, it’s difficult to predict what sort of mind set 14-year olds can be in, but I think they will come in a confident fashion due to playing there before.”
Nicoll knows that all his players will have to be at their best if they are to come away with the cup: “In this team the collective nature in how we play means all players need to perform for the team to tick and when one player isn’t performing his team mates, will pull him through. So, I’d say personally our whole squad of 16 are a collective stand out and pleasure to coach.”
Ahead of their big day, Nicoll had this message for his players: “My message to the players is, as always give maximum effort and you’ll give yourself every chance of hitting targets, and if your targets are higher than your opponent’s then you’ll win more than you’ll lose.”
There was no shortage of action in the DDYFA on Sunday or Tuesday, with cup finals, East Region Cup and top of the table clashes.
Here’s how the action went down:
Dundee United SC made it a league and cup double as they beat Arbroath Lads 6-0 to win the Marshall Cup.
Liam Old swept home the opener after 80 seconds before spectacular long-range efforts from Jamie Bruce and Layton Massie put DUSC in control.
Freddie Holmes netted either side of half time, the first a close-range header and the second a poked finish that Arbroath keeper Cooper Robb couldn’t keep out.
Harvey Todd curled in DUSC’s sixth late on.
Scott Hamilton fired Carnoustie into the Quarter Finals of the East Region Cup as they beat Kelty 5-0. Karter Inglis bagged a brace. Pitfour are also through after a 4-2 win over Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts.
Maryfield United picked up a 2-1 win over Fairmuir in the Café Royale League.
Dundee SC finished the P Gibson League season with a thumping win over Kirrie Thistle. Keir Miller scored a hat trick, Andrew Gollan and Mark Small scored twice. Lewis Clark, Robbie Harvey and Logan Brough completed the scoring.
Mearns beat Monifieth 8-4 and Dundee West Royals beat ACSC 4-3.
Mark Ross scored twice as Fairmuir beat Crieff 5-0 in the East Region Cup. Igor Zinko, Riley Nelson and Ryan McGregor completed the scoring.
Monifieth beat Dryburgh 6-1 in the Watson McInally League.
Arran Ferry’s late strike secured Monifieth Athletic their first ever cup as they beat Pitfour 2-1 in the final of the Tommy Clark Trophy.
Ruari McQuillan headed Monifieth ahead early on, with Andrew Allan bringing Pitfour level on the stroke of half time, before Ferry struck the winner 11 minutes from time.
Monifieth broke the deadlock after 14 minutes when Ruari McQuillan headed in Elliot McCafferty’s free kick.
Only a fine goalkeeping display from Archie Kelly-Barton denied Monifieth a larger lead, while their keeper Thomas Welsh produced a fingertip save to deny Ally Alcorn the equaliser, but saw the resulting corner forced home by Andrew Allan.
Both sides battled on in the second half before Arran Ferry curled home the winner 11 minutes from time to secure the cup for Monifieth.
Dillon Young scored twice as Celtic Boys beat Broughty United 5-0 in the G Taylor League. Lewis Lamb, Adam Shaffi and an own goal secured the points for Celtic.
Dundee West got back to winning ways with a 3-2 win over Dundee Thistle. Cavan McLaren, Lewis Hutton and Luke Miller were all on target. Broughty Panthers went down 3-1 against Montrose.
Carnoustie kept up their fine form with an 8-1 win over Ferry. Harry Law scored a hat trick, Conor McFarlane got a double with Lewis Sivewright, Braden Batley and Gilan Johnston completing the scoring.
Dryburgh Athletic beat Dryburgh CC 5-0 to book their spot in the quarter final of the East Region Cup. Ryan Smith and Ross Mcnaughton both scored twice, with Ryan Corbitt rounding off the scoring.
Fairmuir are also through after a 2-1 win away to Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts. Logan Bonella bagged both goals.
East Craigie Swifts beat Kirrie 7-2 in the East Region Cup. Ewan Faulkner scored twice, with Reece Lornie, Kier Gardiner, Calum McCleary, Finlay Baird and Max Flucker firing them into the semi-finals.
Carnoustie Panmure and Dryburgh played out a 2-2 draw in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League. Vincent Edmonds and Kieran Bradford were on target for Carnoustie.
Paul Scott and Ross Campbell were on target for Coupar Angus as they beat Luncarty in the Presidents League.
Carnoustie picked up a 5-2 win over Maryfield in the Café Royale League. Scott Hamilton followed up his weekend hat trick with another treble, while Karter Inglis and Scott Hamilton also found the net.
It was a good night for Celtic Boys as two of their DS Rennie League title rivals dropped points.
Owen Boath scored a hat trick for Ferry Athletic as they held Kirrie Thistle to a 3-3 draw. The striker took his tally to 34 goals on all competitions. Dundee West beat Broughty United 9-4.
Ally Alcorn netted his 41st goal of the season as Pitfour beat Broughty United 7-1. Alcorn scored a four-times, with Jacob Edwards, Ross Cameron, Kai Finnie also netting.
Ruari Henry scored twice as Dundee West came from behind to beat Ferry 2-1.
Ruari McQuillan and Arran Ferry were Monifieth’s cup final match winners, and they both netted in their 3-1 win over Montrose. Aiden Lorente completed the scoring in the second half.
Celtic Boys continued their fine form with a 4-2 win over 10-man Carnoustie. Dillon Young opened the scoring for Celtic, but Lewis Sivewright brought Carnoustie level shortly after.
Ross Adair saw red as Carnoustie were reduced to 10-men. Celtic made their advantage count as Cody Logue and Young fired them into a 3-1 lead.
Sivewright pulled a goal back for Carnoustie, but Logue sealed the points for Celtic late on.
Fairmuir picked up a crucial three points against Dryburgh in their hunt for the Maryfield League title. Kane Hynes headed Fairmuir into the lead on the stroke of half time, with Rory Jagusinski and Mark McCrory sealing the points after Ryan Smith had levelled from the penalty spot.
With the referee preparing to bring the first half to an end, Fairmuir took the lead. Jamie Timmons delivered a free kick from the right, and Kane Hynes headed the ball past Cosgrove from close range.
Dylan Smeaton brought a save out of Cammy Hendry with a free kick early in the second half as Dryburgh searched for an equaliser. When the referee pointed to the penalty spot after 55 minutes, they had their way back into the match. Ryan Smith made no mistake with the spot kick, firing the ball into the top right corner.
With 14 minutes left, Fairmuir went back in front. Timmons again the provider with a free kick from deep, and Rory Jagusinski was on hand to nod the ball past Aaron Cosgrove.
Dryburgh upped the pressure on the Fairmuir defence but couldn’t find a way through. As full time approached, the hosts were gifted the chance to seal the points.
Cosgrove cleared the ball, but caught Jagusinski after the ball had gone, and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Captain Mark McCrory stepped up and fired the ball into the net, sealing a valuable three points for Fairmuir.
There were a handful of league matches throughout the DDYFA leagues on Thursday evening.
Here’s how the action went down:
Monifieth Athletic avoided a scare from Celtic Boys to make it three wins in five days. Dillon Young opened the scoring after six minutes, but Monifieth were level when Arran Dewar found the net after 14 minutes.
Aidan Lorente gave Monifieth the half time lead but Young drew Celtic level in the second half. Ruari McQuillan scored 16 minutes from time to earn Monifieth the three points.
Lewis Sivewright scored a hat trick as Carnoustie Panmure beat Broughty Panthers 4-3. Sivewright opened the scoring after 26 minutes, with Harry Law doubling the lead moments later.
Liam Jones halved the deficit with a penalty on the stroke of half time, but Sivewright smacked home his second 10 minutes after the restart.
Daniel Boyle’s goal set up a nervy finish but Sivewright completed his hat trick to put Carnoustie back in control. Adam Barclay netted for Broughty in the final minute, but it was too little too late.
Ally Alcorn scored all seven of Pitfour’s goals as they got back to winning ways against Dundee Thistle. The striker scored a hat trick in the first half, before Thistle pulled one back three minutes after the restart.
Alcorn netted his fourth before Thistle got their second. Three more goals secured a 7-2 win for Pitfour ahead of their cup final with Monifieth on Sunday.
Matt McKinnon scored four times as East Craigie beat Fairmuir 7-2 in the Dave Pullar League. Callum McCleary netted twice, with Keir Gardiner completing the scoring for East Craigie. Jay Taylor and Cameron Ross were on target for Fairmuir.
Fairmuir Violet edged out Coupar Angus in the Presidents League. Ryan McLaren, Ross Bell and Jaden Murphy scored in a 3-2 win.
Hannah Brice’s first half hat-trick helped Raith Rovers Rhinos to a 6-5 victory over Bayside Bulldogs at Pitreavie Sports Ground in the SWF Fife League U13’s.
The Rhino’s started well and were ahead after 5 five minutes through Mya Finley’s effort. Bayside responded well to going behind and the home side drew level 4 minutes later. Hannah Brice would grab her first of the afternoon to move her side into the lead and would double their advantage ten minutes later.
As the half came to an end Brice would cap an impressive performance by completing her hat-trick.
With a 4-1 deficit to overcome Bayside exerted pressure and would tie the scoreline at 4-4 as the clock struck 38. The sides were again separated in the Rhino’s favour through Eilidh Fargie. Having recovered from 4-1 Bayside would again restore parity in 56 minutes before Mya Finley would secure the victory for the Rhino’s on 60 minutes.
Having shown great character to come out on top in an entertaining high scoring encounter the Rhino’s will look to the next match with Penicuik Athletic Blues with confidence.
The effects of the winter weather mean there’s no time to rest for many DDYFA sides.
Here’s how the midweek action went down:
There was no cup final hangover for Carnoustie Panmure as they picked up a 4-1 win over Montrose in the Café Royale League. Charlie MacPherson, James Paterson, Dylan McLeish and Ben Blackley were all on target.
Fairmuir picked up a 5-1 win over Dundee West in the DS Rennie League. Mark Ross and Ryan McGregor both got doubles, with Riley Nelson also netting.
Broughty United bounced back from their weekend defeat to Celtic Boys with an 8-0 win over DUSC. Leon Winterton scored twice, as did John McGlashan. Lewis Grant, Kier Hannan, Kerr Jolly and Sam Terroni completed the scoring.
It was a good night for Monifieth Athletic in their pursuit of the G Taylor League title. Aiden Lorente bagged a hat trick as they beat a depleted Dundee West 9-0. Bartosz Kwiatek got a brace, with Dylan Ferguson, Ruari McQuillan, Cammy Watts and Arran Ferry also netted.
Monifieth’s title bid was also aided by Pitfour’s 2-2 draw with Fairmuir. Ally Alcorn fired Pitfour into the lead, but a double from Jamie McCann gave Fairmuir the advantage. Kai Finnie’s goal ten minutes from time ensured both sides a share of the spoils.
A late double from Jay Bryce earned Carnoustie a 3-2 win over Montrose. Conor Macfarlane was also on target.
It was honours even between Broughty Panthers and Celtic Boys. Ryan Carr gave Broughty the lead but Cody Logue’s 20th goal of the season earned Celtic a point.
Kane Hynes got a double in Fairmuir’s 4-1 win over Blairgowrie. Logan Bonella and Jamie Timmons helped secure three valuable points in the Maryfield League.
Ross McDowell was Monifieth’s cup final hero at the weekend, and he netted all three of their goals as they beat Kirrie Thistle 3-0 in the W Mills League.
Monifieth and Pitfour will contest both of this season’s U15s cup final. Monifieth have taken the G Taylor League by storm, with only one defeat all season. Their last two outings have seen them beat Pitfour 7-2 (This preview was written before last Sunday’s fixtures) and a 9-0 win over the only side to beat them this season Dundee West.
Pitfour have been the victims of their own success this season, with their national cup runs and the winter weather leaving them with 17 games to play over the next five weeks. Despite that, they have been the side to beat in recent years, and with four trophies left to play for, they will be hoping to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet.
Ahead of the final, YFS caught up with Pitfour manager David Allan, and Monifieth boss Andy McCafferty to find out about their seasons so far, their roads to the finals and some of their potential match winners.
Here’s what they had to say:
Few teams have known the success that this group of Pitfour players have had over their football careers. 2016/17 saw them complete a domestic treble, and manager David Allan admits that last year’s success has brought more pressure this season.
“It has been challenging, especially this season as we know that as defending treble winners, teams will look to raise their game to make things tough for us.
“Whilst we have won all our games in the league so far, we have been pushed hard in a few of these games. Fortunately, we have a very talented squad of boys who know how to win games.”
Pitfour’s run to the final began with a 7-1 win over Montrose before beating Celtic Boys 4-1. A 4-3 win over Broughty Panthers in the semi-final saw them into the season’s showpiece event, and Allan was pleased with how his side navigated a tricky set of fixtures.
He said, “We have played pretty well in all these matches in patches however against Celtic they were very much in the game to the end and the score line flattered us.
“Broughty again in the semi was a tough game with us racing in to a 3-0 lead early on. However, to Broughty’s credit they fought back hard in the second half and we were glad to hear the final whistle, edging them in a seven-goal thriller.”
Pitfour are yet to take on Monifieth this season, but with four fixtures against each other over the next eight weeks, Allan is expecting a tough test.
He said, “They have performed extremely well this season so far and we expect very tough games to come. We have six games in hand over them in the league but need to win them all to get in front of them.
“At the moment, it looks like a four-horse race to the title with Monifieth, Fairmuir, Dundee West and ourselves all aiming for top spot. We all have to play each other at least once so whoever can accumulate the most points over these games should take the title.”
Ones to Watch
Andrew Allan – The defender scored twice in last year’s Dundee West Anniversary Cup final and has lead his side to four clean sheets in the league this season.
Dylan Wright – Wright is the engine in Pitfour’s midfield, with four goals to his name. A strong tackler with an eye for a pass, he will need to be at his best to help Pitfour lift the cup.
Ally Alcorn – This has been another sparkling season from Alcorn, who already has 30 goals to his name in all competitions. He scored and set up his side’s other two goals in last season’s Dundee West Anniversary Cup final and will be hoping to fire Pitfour to another piece of silverware.
Allan is hopeful that his side’s cup final knowhow will give them the edge in the final.
“We know that Monifieth will be a tough team to beat in this final as they are the current league leaders.
“However, we have played three finals over the last two seasons at North End Park and won them all. Hopefully this will stand us in good stead when play them.”
Monifieth were runners up to Dundee West in the 2016/17 Watson McInally League, and have thrived in the top flight with only one defeat in 15 matches.
Manager Andy McCafferty believes that his squad’s belief in one and other have propelled them to the table’s summit. He said, “I don’t think there have been any occasions this year where I have had to question the boys attitude or application to the games we’ve played.
“Some performances have been better than others, but the work-rate has always been there and has been key to some good performances so far this season.
“The whole approach of the team and coaches is that every week is a team effort.”
Monifieth’s cup run started with a 4-3 penalty win over Riverside before an 8-0 win over Carnoustie. Their place in the final was secured with another 4-3 penalty win, this time at the expense of Fairmuir. McCafferty was delighted with how his side navigated these ties.
He said, “Two wins on penalties in the earlier rounds of the cup shows just how competitive the league has been this year.
“I don’t think we played at our best in either of the games against Riverside and Fairmuir, however the boys are a very determined bunch having played together over a number of years and I think that determination shone through in both those games when we managed to win such tight games.
“A special mention has to go to our goalkeeper Thomas Welsh who has saved some very important penalties this year and not only that, has made vital saves in many games this season.”
Monifieth are yet to face Pitfour, but McCafferty is full of respect for the side that have dominated domestically over the past few seasons.
He said, “Pitfour are an excellent side and definitely the team to beat locally with some top players and an excellent coach."
Ones to Watch
Thomas Welsh – Welsh was the hero as Monifieth ousted Fairmuir in the semi-final, with a fine performance during the 80 minutes before producing the goods in the penalty shootout. With seven clean sheets this season, and two penalty shootout wins, Welsh is a keeper at the top of his game.
Aiden Lorente – Lorente has been in red hot form this season, with over 20 goals from midfield. He was on target when the sides met in the league and will be hoping to add to his tally and bring home the cup.
Arran Ferry – Ferry needed just two minutes to score against Pitfour when the side’s met in the league. The striker has scored goals for fun this year and Pitfour will be well aware of the problems he can cause them.
Ahead of the final, McCafferty is working to make sure the occasion doesn’t get to his players.
He said, “Whilst the boys are looking forward to the cup final, the main thing for me is that they work hard as a team and give their best on the day.
“We will treat it as just another game of football, hopefully played on a great pitch and if they can go out and pass the ball well, they have the ability to do well in the game.”