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Last Saturday Valleyfield beat Rothes Juniors in the semi-final of the Fife Cup and now Lochgelly Albert Colts and Pitreavie Pumas will meet on Wednesday to see who will be making the trip to New Bayview on the 10th June.
 
Both sides have enjoyed great seasons so far, with the two sitting in the top four of the AFYFC Division 1 table. Lochgelly currently sit in third place, 11 points behind league leaders Glenrothes Strollers, having played one game less. 
 
The cup competitions have seen some great performances from the Colts, although the Fife Cup is one of only two competitions that they still remain in, the other being the East Region Cup.
 
They were knocked out of the Scottish Cup in the third round, which will have been disappointing to Lochgelly, though they can take pride in being knocked out by one of the best teams in the competition in Tynecastle FC.
 
The match that may have the largest factor on Wednesday's result will be theor semi-final match in the AFYFC Division 1 League Cup, where they were beaten 2-1 at home to their opponents tomorrow, Pitreavie Pumas.
 
Pitreavie Pumas have had an equally impressive season. They currently sit in fourth place in the Division 1 table, 15 points behind Strollers with three games in hand and four points behind their opponents on Wednesday.
 
Pitreavie were narrowly knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Newmachar United 2-1. and are currently set to compete in the AFYFC Division 1 League Cup Final against Glenrothes Strollers.
 
They also remain in the third round of the East Region Cup, where they will host Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts for a place in the quarter-finals.
 
Both teams have secured victories over each other so far this season already, with Pitreavie winning their League Cup semi-final tie as mentined previously and Lochgelly securing a great 6-3 victory in the league.
 
Let us now take a look at each sides route to the semis:
 
 
 
Lochgelly Albert Colts
 
Lochgelly began their journey in convincing fashion with a convincing win away to Easter Cup finalists Kelty Hearts Colts. Kelty currently sit mid-table in Division 2 and were always up against it against their superior opponents.
 
Round two saw the Colts given another favourable draw as they were given an away tie to Division rivals Greig Park. Greig Park have had a fairly average season and were no match on the day against an in form Lochgelly side, who racked up a large scoreline to reach the quarter-finals.
 
The quarter-finals put Lochgelly up against extremely difficult opposition in Benarty Astros. Astros are currently sitting in second place in the league and look set to be Glenrothes Strollers' nearest rivals for the league title, yet Lochgelly managed to put in an incredible performance, winning 4-1 to set up Wednesday's match.
 
 
 
Pitreavie Pumas
 
Pumas began with a home tie against Jeanfield Swifts. Jeanfield always have the potential to cause an upset, but it wasn't to be against Pitreavie, who managed to secure safe passage into round two with a 4-0 win.
 
Round two offered up a very favourable tie for the Pumas as they were given an away tie to Division 2 side Glenrothes Stroller Colts. Stroller Colts have been performing towards the lower end of the Division 2 table and the gulf in class was apparent as Pitreavie swept aside their opponents.
 
The quarter-finals served up an extremely intruiging tie as Pumas were drawn at home to Division 1 leaders Glenrothes Strollers. An incredible effort frm Pumas saw them emerge as 2-1 winners in a very tight game.
 
 
 
Both sides will go into this match with every belief that they will walk out as the victors, which can only make for a very entertaining affair on Wednesday. 
 
The two have proven that they can beat each other on any given day, making this match very difficult to call. Valleyfield will be eagerly awaiting the winners of this tie.

Two of the sides challenging for the W Mills League title face off in the final of the Chuck McGowan Cup as Monifieth Athletic take on Dryburgh CC. Monifieth will be looking to avoid more cup final heartache, while Dryburgh will be looking to add a piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet.

Ahead of the final, YFS caught up with Monifieth manager Dougie MacKinnon and Dryburgh boss Ian Grant, to find out about their roads to the final, their previous meetings and some of their potential match winners

 

Monifieth Athletic

Monifieth were on the wrong end of last season’s J Bolton Cup final as they went down at the hands of St Murdochs. Manager Dougie MacKinnon admits that last year’s experiences have fuelled a run of seven wins and four draws in 11 league games.

He said, “They tasted the disappointment of losing a final and they didn’t like it. For sure, they’ve used that disappointment to spur on their success this season.”

Their run to the final began with a 6-0 win over Kirrie Thistle, before beating St Murdochs Colts 4-2 and league leaders Riverside 3-0 in the semi-final.

“The Kirrie game was not as one-sided as the result would suggest. They’re a hard side to play against as they always pose a threat and are well organised. We took our chances that day and unfortunately for them they didn’t.

“The St Murdochs result was the one that gave us the most satisfaction. We had a stand in keeper that say, Sean MacKinnon, and although he’s not a keeper, he did well. When they pulled it back to 2-2 I thought ‘here we go again’, but the lads all got behind each other and went for the kill to make sure we progressed to the semi-final.

“Against Riverside every lad played to their best and stayed focused. We knew it would take maximum effort from every one of them.”

There has been little between the sides on their two previous meetings with a 4-4 draw on the opening day of the season before Monifieth recorded a 1-0 win on December. MacKinnon is expecting another tight affair when the side’s meet in the final.

He said, “Dryburgh have been the best side we’ve faced this season and I mean no disrespect to the other sides we’ve faced this season.

“The opening game saw us 3-0 ahead at half time and we though, wrongly, that the points were in the bag. The second half saw them reorganise and take up apart to pull it back to 3-3.

“The equaliser seemed to knock our lads out of their stupor and they collectively rolled up their sleeves and managed to get a fourth goal. Again, they came back to get another equaliser and that’s how it finished. A draw was a fair result given all that both sides put into the game.

“In the return fixture, it took a miraculous save from our keeper Dylan Kelly right at the death to ensure we took the three points after Oliver Carmichael gave us the lead in the first half. I would say that we were slightly better on the day and deserved the win.

“I have the utmost respect for Ian Grant, their manager, he’s been there, done it and got the t-shirt. I expect the final will be an absolutely cracking game given the ethos of both teams to try and play passing football.”

 

Ones to Watch

Dylan Kelly – With nine clean sheets this season, Kelly has been in fine form, and will need to be at his best once again if Monifieth are to lift the cup.

Lewis Kelly – The powerful midfielder is a key component in Monifieth’s midfield. His strong tackling and precise passing have been instrumental in Monifieth’s success.

Ross McDowell – The striker scored twice in Monifieth’s semi-final win and has nine goals in total this season. He will be hoping to add to his tally, and fire Monifieth to cup glory.

Ahead of their big day, MacKinnon had this message for his players, “Savour the occasion, from the minute you all meet up, board the bus, get to the venue, inspect the pitch, warm up and wind each other up. From the first whistle to the final whistle make sure you give it your all and enjoy it.” 
 

Dryburgh CC

Following their seventh placed finish in 2016/17, Dryburgh CC have turned themselves into title contenders. Over the course of the season, they have picked up players from top flight clubs to aid their title bid.

Manager Ian Grant is delighted with what his signings have added to the squad. He said, “They’ve made a big impact and have pushed us on that little bit further. With the cup final to look forward and promotion in sight, they have made a difference.”

Dryburgh’s run to the final has been done the hard way, with penalty shootout victories over Brechin and Lincraig seeing them into the final. Manager Grant was pleased his side held their nerve to reach the final.

He said, “Brechin were tougher than we thought. It was our first game back after a while, so the boys were a bit sluggish.

“The semi-final against Lincraig was always going to be tough. We were two down, then 3-2 up, then 4-3 down and equalised with last kick of the game. It was nervy but I’m glad we got through in the end.”

Dryburgh’s only league defeat came at the hands of Monifieth in December, and Grant is expecting another close encounter when the sides meet for the third time this season.

“Both games were very equal. In the first game we were 3-0 down then game back to 3-3, then a goal apiece later was a fair result. The second game also was tight, but we just couldn’t put away our chances.”

 

Ones to Watch

Cammy Grant – Dryburgh’s keeper has been a mainstay this season and will need to be at the top of his game in the final.

Kal Duncan – The midfielder has been in fine form this year, netting plenty of goals and picking up several assists.

Ben Millar – The pacey winger has bags of energy and has chipped in with plenty of important goals and assists this season.

Carnoustie Panmure and Ferry Athletic’s youngest squads will make their North End Park debuts as they compete in the Diamond Jubilee Cup final. Both sides are looking to lift silverware in their impressive first season at 11-a-side football.

Ahead of the final, YFS caught up with Carnoustie manager Gary Hamilton and Ferry boss Paul Riley, to find out about their roads to the final, their previous meetings and some of their potential match winners.

Here’s what they had to say:

 

Carnoustie Panmure

Carnoustie’s season started with five wins out of five in the Jubilee Cup group stage, and manager Gary Hamilton expressed his delight at how his side handled the step up to 11-a-side football.

He said, “Our aims at start of season were just for the kids to continue playing the same style of football they had played throughout seven-a-side football.  We felt if they did that, not only would it be best for the kids individual development, it would also make us a good 11-a-side team. 

“The kids have handled the step up to 11-a-side brilliantly.  They have played some excellent football during the season.”

“The group stage saw us playing our first games at 11-a-side.  We topped our group with a 100% record. We played particularly well in an away win against DUSC and defended superbly in a 1-0 win over Pitfour.”

Dylan McLeish netted twice, while Charlie MacPherson, Carter Kelly, Jack Chalmers and Karter Inglis also found the net in Carnoustie’s 6-1 quarter-final win over Montrose. In the semi-final, goals from James Paterson, Harrison Whittet, Chalmers, McLeish and an own goal earned them a 5-3 win over Maryfield.

Hamilton said, “In the quarter final at Montrose, the kids were excellent and again defended very well in a 6-1 victory.

“In our semi-final away to Maryfield, again the kids produced the goods.  Maryfield fought hard and made us work for victory but we had our noses in front throughout the game and managed to hold on to book our place in the final.

“To their credit, the Maryfield coaching staff were very complimentary about our performance that day.”

Ferry were victorious when the sides met in October, and Hamilton knows his side will be in for another tough test in the final.

“In our previous game against Ferry, we didn’t play particularly well, and Ferry ran out deserved winners by three goals to one. There is no doubt they are an excellent team with lots of good players.

“They are sitting at top end of the league and reached quarter finals of Scottish Cup, so we will have to play better than we did in our league game against them if we are to have a chance.”

 

Ones to Watch

Scott Hamilton – The versatile Hamilton has played all over the park for Carnoustie but has settled in the side’s defence in recent weeks. Having already taken his goal tally for the season to double digits, he will be an asset at both ends of the park in the final.

Carter Kelly – The energetic midfielder will be important if Carnoustie are to disrupt Ferry’s passing style. In possession, he has an eye for a pass, and will hope to unlock the Ferry defence.

Jack Chalmers – The Carnoustie forward has been in fine form this year and has 14 goals to his name this season. He will be hoping to fire Carnoustie to cup glory.

Ahead of their big day, Hamilton had this message for his players. He said, “All I can ask is that the kids work as hard as they can and to try and play the football they’re capable of.  If they do that, I can’t ask for anymore.”

 

Ferry Athletic

Ferry Athletic have had a remarkable first season at 11-a-side, as they reached the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup. They started the season as runners up to Fairmuir in their Diamond Jubilee Cup group, and manager Paul Riley believes that experience has proved valuable to his players.

He said, “Having had a very successful period of seven-a-side football for three years, the aims were very simple, to push on from that success and be as competitive as possible within the 11-a-side framework.

“Whilst it is clearly a lot different to seven-a-side, the boys adapted very well and remain on course for a very successful first season.

“In the group stages of this competition, we finished behind Fairmuir after they beat us Graham Street. That defeat was an eye opener for some of the boys in that there was a stark realisation in terms of the difference between the physical side of 11s and seven’s.

“The boys really responded well after this and went on a long unbeaten run.”

Ferry’s quarter final tie proved to be one of the games of the season as they fought back from 3-0 down to beat Riverside 4-3, thanks to a hat trick from Blaike Kyles and a late strike from Will Hanbury.

In the semi-final, they came from behind once again to beat Pitfour 6-1. Manager Riley was pleased that his side had the character to navigate two tricky ties.

“The games against Riverside and Pitfour were very different in that we started slow against Riverside and were 0-3 before storming back and winning well.

“The Pitfour match was arguably our best performance of the season where we were at it right from the off and were superb all over the pitch and won comfortably 6-1 against a good side.”

Ferry picked up a 3-1 win at the start of October when the side’s met in the league, and Riley is expecting a high-quality final.

“Carnoustie are a team we know very well, and they know us well also as we have played a number of friendlies with them over the years.

“They are good football team, who like us want to get the ball on the ground and pass. Like all cup finals I would expect them to be very motivated for the occasion and expect a cracking game of football involving two very good teams.”

 

Ones to Watch

Finlay Lyttle – Ferry’s keeper has kept three clean sheets this season and his ball playing ability make him instrumental to the way they play. He will be hoping to pick up another clean sheet, and a piece of silverware in the final.

Aiden Lockheart – The midfielder is Ferry’s set piece specialist and has been in fine form this season. His never say die attitude will be invaluable in the final.

Blaike Kyles – The Ferry striker has missed the last few weeks through injury, but still boasts 18 goals in seven appearances this season. His quarter-final hat trick kept Ferry’s cup dream alive, and if he is fit enough to feature, expect him to have a say on the final score.

Ahead of their big day, Riley had this message for his players. He said, “It goes without saying I hope this is just the first of many cup finals for this group of players, but I want them to realise that these games are to be enjoyed and not feared.

“I want 11 individuals to combine as a team with as many as possible looking to make the difference on the day. Go out and do their very best and that’s all I can ask for. If that’s the case then I’ll be happy, and I expect us to get a positive result, a result that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Monday, 26 March 2018 19:53

DDYFA Results Round-Up 25/03/18

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Football returned to the DDYFA after a month-long hiatus for most teams. The first two cups of the season were won, and there was plenty of East Region Cup matches and league fixtures throughout the age groups.

Here’s how the action went down:

 

U13s

Stuart Heenan scored a hat trick for Fairmuir in their 4-4 draw with Ferry in the Café Royale League. Ryan Mulholland also netted.

The result allowed Riverside to extend their lead at the top of the table with a 3-0 win over Carnoustie. Pitfour won 8-1 against Broughty Pumas.

Dundee United SC need to avoid defeat in their last game of the season to clinch the J Clenaghan League title after beating Newtyle 3-2.

Arbroath Lads recorded their first win of the season with a 3-1 win over Broughty Panthers, while Forfar won 4-1 against Brechin.

In the P Gibson League, Mearns beat Dundee West Royals 6-1, Dundee Thistle won 3-0 away to Monifieth, and Kirrie Thistle played out a 3-3 draw against ACSC.

 

U14s

Kirrie Thistle clinched the Dundee West Anniversary Cup with a thrilling 6-3 win over Dundee West.

Jake Kettles opened the scoring after six minutes with a powerful strike from close range, and Kirrie doubled their lead when Cameron Simpson headed home midway through the first half.

Cammy Blacklock danced into the Kirrie box and smashed in Dundee West’s first goal two minutes after the restart, but Kian Martin wasted no time in restoring Kirrie’s two goal lead.

Blacklock netted his second as Dundee West continued to fight, but Logan Richardson put Kirrie 4-2 up with a fine strike seven minutes from time.

Aiden Law reduced the deficit to 4-3 late on, but injury time goals from Kettles and Zak Innes sealed the silverware for Kirrie.

Ferry Athletic saw off Glenrothes Strollers by four goals to three to advance in the East Region Cup.

Fairmuir hit the goal trail against DUSC in the DS Rennie League. Riley Nelson bagged a hat trick, while there were doubles for Jordan Adam, Kyle Smith, Mark Ross and Jordan Robertson. Igor Zinko and Rhys Ross also netted.

Broughty United picked up three points with a 3-1 win over Montrose. Leon Winterton, Mackenzie Maguire and Sam Terroni all struck in the first half. Celtic Boys beat Forfar Boys 2-0.

Luke Lumsden was on target for Dryburgh as they beat St Murdochs in the only Watson McInally League fixture of the day.

 

U15s

Pitfour were on league duty for the first time since October and maintained their 100% record with a 3-0 win over Montrose. Ben Clos, Ross Cameron and Ethan Thom were all on target.

Four goals in 18 minutes from Aidan Lorente helped Monifieth to a 6-2 win over Forfar. Dylan Ferguson and Cammy Watts completed the scoring in the second half.

Graeme Stewart and Derryn Thomson were on target as Fairmuir beat Riverside 3-0.

Lewis Hutton and Luke Miller got the goals in Dundee West’s 2-0 over Broughty United. Ferry Athletic won 5-1 against Dundee Thistle.

 

U16s

Ben Millar scored four of Dryburgh CC’s six goals as they beat Hearts of Beath in the East Region Cup. Stuart Hoggan and Jay McDonald completed the scoring.

Fairmuir are also in the Last 16 after a 3-2 win over Blairgowrie. Rory Jagusinski netted twice, and Kane Hynes also scored. Ferry beat Jeanfield 2-0 to advance to the next round.

Dryburgh sealed their place in the semi-finals of the Queens Jubilee Cup with a 3-1 win over Dundee Thistle. Jack McKellican, Ryan Corbitt and Ryan Smith got the goals.

Broughty United beat Scone Thistle 5-3 in the Maryfield League. Logie Harp won 4-2 against St Murdochs.

 

U17s

Ryan Napier scored twice as Fairmuir knocked holders Glenrothes Athletic out of the East Region Cup. Jordan Stephenson, Jay Taylor and Cameron Meldrum scored in the 5-4 win.

East Craigie Swifts are also into the Quarter Finals of the East Region Cup after beating ACSC 5-1. Matt McKinnon scored a hat trick, with Ethan Coupar and Calum McCleary also on target.

Kirrie Thistle beat Dundee Rangers 8-0 in the only Dave Pullar League match of the day.

Dundee United beat Dryburgh 1-0 in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League. Monifieth kept their title hopes alive with a 4-1 win over Partan Craig, while Brechin beat Forfar West End.

 

U19s

Ferry Athletic came from behind to lift the G Kerr Cup against Forfar West End. Goals from Andy Kelly, Rory Faulkner and Jay Foran separated a double from Forfar’s Owen Wilson.

Forfar keeper Kyle Millar had to be at his best to keep out a snap shot from Arran Smith after 10 minutes. The Ferry midfielder looked to have broken the deadlock, but the Forfar goalie produced a fine diving save to keep the score level.

Owen Wilson gave Forfar the lead when he met Rhys Fraser’s in-swinging free kick. The big striker’s header looped over Stewart Linton in the Ferry goal, giving Forfar a deserved lead.

Andy Kelly should have scored when he was left unmarked at a corner but did level the tie after Smith picked him out in the six-yard box.

Ferry came flying out of the traps at the start of the second half but found Millar on hand to deny them on numerous occasions. Jay Foran saw the Forfar keeper keep out his effort, before the stopper produced his best stop of the afternoon to deny Kelly. The Ferry midfielder looped a header towards goal from close range, but Millar managed to tip it away to safety.

The keeper was beaten after 54 minutes by Rory Faulkner. Foran provided the cross and Faulkner guided the ball into the far corner past the diving Millar to give Ferry the lead.

Forfar continued their direct approach, but the Ferry defence stood strong as they tried to hold onto their slim advantage. Foran had a golden opportunity to extend Ferry’s lead when Fraser Kemp’s strike fell to him six yards from goal, but he shot wide.

Foran made no mistake moments later when he fired home Tom Banyard’s low cross to give Ferry a two-goal lead.

Forfar threw caution to the wind and were rewarded four minutes later when Wilson guided Bryce Murray’s cross past Linton to set up an intriguing finish to the match.

A late Forfar goal cost Ferry 12 months ago in the Peter MacAvoy Cup final, but they managed to keep Forfar at bay in the closing stages and clinch the cup.

There were 4-3 wins for Kirrie Thistle and Luncarty over Coupar Angus and Letham Tangerines respectively in the Presidents League.

 
#WhatsYourStory
 
In this edition of #WhatsYourStory, we look ahead to Scone Thistle’s trip to the Holland Easter Open with Trans World Soccer, where they will join teams from around Europe to compete in the South Division Cup.
 
The boys will be excited to come up against a wealth of different opposition, and Youth Football Scotland caught up with coach Aaron Fleming to find out just what they are most looking forward to.
 
The coach went on to say that along with his other coaches, they are ‘looking forward to the boys gaining experience against different international opposition who play in different styles and have different strengths and techniques which can only improve them as players’.
 
Furthermore, they believe that coming up against a variety of teams will help in giving the boys a ‘culture lesson’, and hope that they can ‘make memories for life’.
 
A historic club, which was founded in 1882, Scone Thistle will be looking to write a new page in the history books in Holland this year.
 
The team are confident, with coach Aaron claiming that ‘the boys do their talking on the football field.’ Thistle are still in with a chance of winning the league, League Cup and Regional Cup – they will be hoping to win all of those along with the Holland Easter Cup. 
 
1. What tournament are you competing in?
 
Scone Thistle 2003s are going to the Easter Open Tournament 2018 in Holland and we will be competing in the South division Cup. 
 
2. What are you most looking forward to?
 
As coaches myself, Aky and Geoff are looking forward to the boys gaining experience against different international opposition who play in different styles and have different strengths and techniques which can  only improve them as players but also give them a culture lesson  in life and make memories for life. The team are looking forward to playing different teams and taking their creative style of play and hopefully trying to win the Cup along with PSV tour we have organised along with the tournament, so all in all will be fantastic experience. 
 
3. What is something that people may not know about Scone Thistle?
 
Scone Thistle as a club were founded in 1882 and are the third oldest football club in Perthshire. The 2003s this season have brought 10 new players into the fold and lost 10 to different teams. This 2003 group at Scone Thistle do their talking on the football field and are still in with a chance of winning  the league and the league cup competitions and are 1 of 2 teams from Perthshire still in with a chance to win the Regional Cup. 
 
#WHATSYOURSTORY is a campaign to learn more about the teams participating in tournaments with Trans World Soccer throughout 2018. If you, or anyone you know is participating in one of these events please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and tell us your story. Alternatively, click here to learn more about the upcoming tournaments in 2018.
 
#WhatsYourStory
 
In this edition of #WhatsYourStory we look ahead to Hill of Beath Hawthorn’s trip to the Manchester Easter Cup with Trans World Soccer.
 
The Fife outfit will be hoping to get off to a winning start in what is their first trip outside of Scotland.
 
Coach John Mitchell caught up with Youth Football Scotland, telling us that not only is it the first time the boys will be competing outside of Scotland, but they are also the first Hill of Beath youth team to do so.
 
The boys join a host of other Scottish teams, along with teams from around the continent in a fiercely competed Manchester Easter Cup.
 
Coach Mitchell said that the boys are ‘looking forward to getting away together and enjoying playing against different opponents’.
 
For a team that is going away together for the first time, the coach believes  ‘the trip will be a great chance for the boys to show off their team spirit.’ 
 
If you are interested in participating in Summer tournaments in 2018, click here and register your interest with Trans World Soccer.
 
1. What tournament are you going to?
 
Manchester Easter Cup
 
2. What are you most looking forward to?
 
We’re looking forward to getting away together and enjoying playing against different opponents. This trip will be a great chance for the boys to show off their team spirit.
 
3. What is something people may not know about Hill of Beath Hawthorn? 
 
We are the first Hill of Beath Hawthorn Youth team to compete outside Scotland following our pathway from the Blue Brazil Boys Club last season. 
 
#WHATSYOURSTORY is a campaign to learn more about the teams participating in tournaments with Trans World Soccer throughout 2018. If you, or anyone you know is participating in one of these events please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and tell us your story. Alternatively, click here to learn more about the upcoming tournaments in 2018.
 
 

The G Kerr Cup Final brings together two sides that are no strangers to success. Ferry Athletic and Forfar West End shared the U19s league title last season, and both won a cup a piece, with Forfar triumphing against Ferry in the Peter MacAvoy Cup Final.

This season, Ferry are unbeaten domestically, while Forfar sit third in the President’s League table.

Ferry’s cup run began with a 6-2 win over Kirrie Thistle before a 5-3 win over their title rivals in the semi-final. Forfar began with a win over Dundee West and then they edged out Coupar Angus by two goals to one in the semi-final.

The sides have met twice this season, with Ferry coming out on top on both occasions. The first saw them win 3-0 in Forfar, before a 5-2 win a month ago. Rory Faulkner fired in a hat trick for Ferry Athletic as they took the three points.

Forfar struck first in the match when Cameron Fraser swept home a low cross from Kurtis Turek after 14 minutes, but Andy Kelly turned home a corner from a matter of yards out a minute later to restore parity.

Faulkner’s first of the afternoon was provided by Blair McCord, who played a well weighted ball behind the Forfar defence, allowing Faulkner to close in on goal and slot a low shot across Kyle Millar.

Forfar’s Rhys Fraser was denied by Stewart Linton before Ferry added their third midway through the second half. Blaine Duncan slipped in Faulkner, and he beat Millar from a tight angle.

Alistar Wilson handed Forfar a late lifeline when he drilled a free kick from 20 yards past Linton, but Ferry quickly re-established their two-goal advantage when Blair McCord slotted home a penalty after Faulkner had been fouled.

There was still time for the McCord/Faulkner partnership to undo Forfar one more time. A late free kick on the left was clipped into the box by McCord, and Faulkner, the only Ferry player in the box, stooped in to head past Millar, and complete his hat trick.

Speaking after that match, Ferry coach Stuart McCara said, “It’ll be an exciting final and it gives us a wee bit of confidence, but anything can happen on the day and we fully expect a hard game.”

The Dundee West Anniversary Cup final brings together two sides that have been in fine form in the DS Rennie League. Dundee West have adapted well to top-flight football, while Kirrie Thistle have shown form to suggest they are the champions elect.

Before the final, YFS caught up with Dundee West manager Ross Forbes and Kirrie manager Chris Kettles to find out about their roads to the finals, their seasons so far and their previous meetings.

Here’s what they had to say:

 

Dundee West

The 2016/17 season saw Dundee West complete the Second Division League and Cup double, and with only three defeats in 10 league games this season. Manager Ross Forbes is pleased with how his side have taken to life in the top league.

He said, “The boys have adapted well to life in the top flight, we knew it would be tougher challenge this year, but I am happy with how the boys have progressed and went about their business.

“The aim was to try and win as many games as possible and see where that takes us up the league table.”

Dundee West’s run to the final included one of the shocks of the season as they knocked out Forfar Boys at the quarter final stage, before a 6-1 win over Montrose sealed their place in the final. Forbes was delighted with the way his side have battled to the final.

He said, “At two goals down with 10 minutes to go in the quarter final to last years all conquering Forfar side, what pleased me most was how the boys refused to accept defeat and fought back to take the tie to penalties with two late strikes.

“Seven days later we played the semi-final v Montrose and we emphasised to the boys they had to put the high from that Forfar victory to one side and get the job done.  They played well on the day and booked our place in today’s final.”

Kirrie were triumphant when the teams met in the league in September, but Forbes believes his side showed enough on that day to suggest they can lift the trophy on Sunday.

He said, “The Kirriemuir game was a keenly fought affair and a close game which they won 3-2. 

“Although we lost the game, I told the boys after the whistle they should take heart from the way they had performed that day and thought we were unfortunate to come away with a defeat.

“Kirriemuir have won big games already this year, so we know they’ll be ready for the final.”

 

Ones to Watch

Jamie Moran – Defender Moran is a key member of the Dundee West backline and will need to be at his best to keep the Kirrie forwards at bay.

Aaron Dillon – Dillon’s tireless work in the centre of the park is key to Dundee West’s success. His ability to read the game offers protection to his side’s defenders, while his work rate allows the forward players the freedom to hurt the opposition in the final third.

Derron Forbes – Forbes struck Dundee West’s last minute equaliser in the quarter final and will be hoping to add to the three goals he has in this competition.

Ahead of the final, Forbes had this message for his players. “Go out there, try your hardest, give 100% and enjoy the occasion.”


 

Kirrie Thistle

A fourth-place finish in the 2016/17 season represented a solid first season at 11-a-side football for Kirrie Thistle. This season, they have taken on the form that neighbours Forfar Boys showed in their quadruple winning season last year.

Manger Chris Kettles believes that this year’s league is even more competitive than last season’s.

He said, “My aim at the start of this season, and always has been, was to develop and improve the players. They are improving every week, and we'll always try to win games by playing the right way.

“This season the league is even tighter! No-one running away with it like last year. About five or six teams all very evenly matched. We'll hopefully be in the running at the end of the season.”

Kirrie’s run to the final started with a 5-3 win over Ferry Athletic before they beat title rivals Celtic Boys 6-4 in the semi-final.

Kettles said, “Both games were quite similar, in that we were 3-0 up at half time in both, 5-1 up, then conceded a couple of late goals.

“The Ferry performance wasn't great, but we scored at important times, but the Celtic performance was really good, and the boys scored some great goals that day.”
Kirrie picked up a 3-2 win when they travelled to Charlotte Street in September, and Kettles was impressed with the newly promoted Dundee West side.

“I was very impressed by them and remember thinking at the time that they'll challenge for the league this year. I've been surprised by a couple of their losses since, as they've got some really good players.

“I fully expect a very tough game, but with good players in both teams, it makes for a good game!”

Despite their neighbour’s success last season, Kettles insists that there has been no talk amongst his players of matching Forfar’s quadruple success.

He said, “There's never any mention of what they did last year, so I don't think it serves as any motivation.

“We've always tried to play football the right way, by passing the ball from the back and teaching the whole team how to play.

“Not many have persevered with that from the seven-a-side rules that enforced this, but I think as the years go on, we'll benefit more each season. That's what motivates us, to be the best team long term.”

 

Ones to Watch

Dagan Bell – Bell was one of Forfar’s quadruple winners and has established himself as a key part of Kirrie’s set up. A solid defender that capable of delivering dangerous crosses from the right, he will be looking to add to his medal collection.

Logan Richardson – The athletic midfielder is one of the most complete players in the league. A strong passer with an eye for goal, he will cause problems for Dundee West in the final.

Kian Martin – The Kirrie striker brings out the best in his teammates, with plenty of assists to his name this season, he will be hoping to get on the scoresheet in the final.

Ahead of the final, Kettles had this message for his players, “Don't panic! Play the Kirrie way!”

The J Cord Cup final brings together two sides at opposite ends of the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League table. Carnoustie sit joint top of the table, while St Andrews occupy bottom spot, but recent meetings of the two prove this matchup is far from David vs Goliath.

Ahead of the final, YFS caught up with Carnoustie manager Phil Hope and St Andrews Colts manager Stuart McLaren to find out about their journeys to the final, their previous meetings and their seasons so far.

Here’s what they had to say:

 

Carnoustie Panmure

Sunday’s final will be Carnoustie’s third final in three years, and having won one and lost one, they will be determined to repeat last season’s triumph. Manager Phil Hope knows how tough Sunday’s game will be.

He said, “The other teams in our league all have their strengths so reaching a final or being in the top part of the league was never going to be easy, it’s a very tight league and we take nothing for granted.

“Our job was to give the players the right training and preparation for the season so that they would be able to compete.

“This is our third final in three years so perhaps our players will be more used to the event.”

Their route to the final saw them advance past Dundee United SC in the quarter final, before facing rivals Brechin, who they bested in last season’s final. Vincent Edmonds and Brandon Black scored the goals that secured Carnoustie’s place in the final, and Hope was pleased to see his side navigate a tricky tie.

He said, “The match against Brechin was a tough one. We’ve been evenly matched for a few seasons and that was our first win in Brechin for a while.

“It’s always hard to pick out individual players because they worked so hard together as a unit throughout the game to maintain possession and keep the pressure on the opposition.”

Despite both sides occupying different ends of the table, Hope knows that there will be little between the teams on final day. “Our players know better than to take anything for granted, we have won a few games by a single goal and our opponents have lost a few games by a single goal.

“We certainly don’t feel there is a gulf between the two teams.”

Carnoustie took the points when the sides met in the league, but St Andrews came out on top of their Henry Dolan Cup tie, and Hope is aware of the threat St Andrews pose. He said, “Every game we play brings its challenges and St Andrews will provide us with a tough challenge in the final on Sunday.

“We have played them twice away in St Andrews with mixed results, both games were hard fought by both teams and we expect the final to be the same.”


Ones to Watch


Danny Edelston – The Carnoustie goalkeeper boasts the highest number of clean sheets in the league and he and his defensive colleagues are yet to concede a goal in this competition. Having saved a penalty in his last outing against Dryburgh, the Carnoustie stopper is unlikely to be lacking confidence.

Brandon Black – Midfielder Black scored twice in Carnoustie’s cup triumph last season and bagged a brace when these sides met in the league. With seven goals this season, St Andrews will need to be at their best to keep him quiet.

Vincent Edmonds – The striker has netted 14 times this campaign and has formed a formidable partnership with Robbie Tait, who has 13 goals to his name. With four goals in his last three games, Edmonds is in fine form, and will be looking to fire his team to cup glory.

Hope wouldn’t reveal much about his final message to his players, but he did have this to say, “The coaches will do everything to prepare them but when the game starts it’s down to them.

“They are the authors of their own history.”


 

St Andrews Colts


St Andrews Colts have saved their best form for the cup competitions this season, including knocking Carnoustie out of the Henry Dolan Cup. Their road to the final saw them beat Forfar West End 4-3 before a 4-1 win over Dryburgh in the semi-final. Manager Stuart McLaren said, “I was very satisfied with the boys coming back from 3-0 down to beat Forfar 3-4.

“The win against Dryburgh was possibly the best performance I have seen from the boys this season. The whole squad’s attitudes in the run up to the final have improved.”

St Andrews find themselves propping up the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League table, but with three of their six defeats coming by a single goal, they will certainly have the belief they can cause an upset.

Manager McLaren said, “I think a lot of people will be expecting Carnoustie to win but I have always felt it doesn’t matter which position teams are in the league when it comes to up games.”

Carnoustie took the points when the sides met in the league, but St Andrews were victorious when the sides met in the Henry Dolan Cup. McLaren holds Sunday’s opponents in high regard.

“Carnoustie are probably one of the best teams we have played this season. I expect a very tough game for the boys and hope both teams turn up for good game.”
While they will go into the match as underdogs, McLaren knows his side can cause an upset, and had this message for his players ahead of the big day.

“Go out and enjoy yourselves, remember to keep your attitude in check and do your best.”

 

Match Information
North End Park, Dundee DD3 8HU
Kick Off: 14.30
Prices: Adults: £3.00 OAP/Child: £1.00

The first cup final of the season sees one of Dundee’s youth football institutions Celtic Boys take on the newest club in the league Mearns YFC.

The Celtic Golden Jubilee Cup commemorates Celtic’s 50th Anniversary, which was celebrated in 2017, but new boys Mearns, formed in 2015, will be hoping to write the first chapter in their club’s history book.

Ahead of the final, YFS caught up with Mearns manager Steven Robertson and Celtic manager Drew Smith to find out about their journeys to the final, their previous meetings and their seasons so far.

Here’s what they had to say:
 

Mearns Youth FC

Formed in 2015, Mearns YFC are the newest members in the DDYFA, with 2017/18 the first time they have competed at 11-a-side football. Manager Steven Robertson explains how the club came to be.

“Whilst the majority of our 2005 squad have been with the Club since the time of its formation, our aims and aspirations at the start of this season were not based on achieving a specific league position or sustaining a lengthy cup run.

“That said, if someone had predicted that our 2005’s would finish the roughly mid-table in the league and also reach a cup final in our first competitive 11-a-side season, we’d have gladly taken that in terms of a measure of success.”

Mearns road to the final saw them hit the goal trail against ACSC in the quarter finals, before edging out Dundee Thistle by three goals to one in the semi-final. Manager Robertson was delighted with how his side navigated the two hotly contested ties.

“Whilst our Quarter Final match against ACSC saw things all square at 3-3 at half-time, we started the second half in much more confident mood, with some good passing play and well taken goals ensuring that we ran out comfortable winners, with the boys fully deserving of their final 10-3 victory.

“Dundee Thistle presented us with extremely difficult opposition, and despite our going a goal down mid-way through the first half, the boys put in a battling performance after the restart to produce the type of passing football we know they’re fully capable of, with a strong 3-1 victory having been secured at the final whistle.

“From front to back, every single one of the boys performed admirably during both fixtures, with the most pleasing aspect for ourselves as coaches being the commitment and desire demonstrated to secure these victories.”

Mearns have narrowly lost both their previous meetings with Celtic, but Robertson believes his side have shown enough in these matches that they can get their first win against the champions in the final.

“Our first encounter back in August saw us secure a comfortable 3-1 lead at half-time, only to switch off during the second half where we were second to the ball on a number of occasions, thereby passing the initiative and momentum to Celtic who eventually ran out 6-4 winners.

“Similarly, our most recent fixture saw us take a 2-0 lead mid-way into the first half, only to spurn several goal scoring opportunities and allow Celtic to get back into the game and secure a 4-2 victory.

“Having led both games previously, there’s little doubt that we can beat Celtic, with the growth in confidence and self-belief of the boys during the past six months.

“Our recent experiences in both the Scottish Cup and East Region Cup standing us in good stead as we head into the Cup Final in confident mood.”

Mearns currently occupy sixth spot in the P Gibson league, and Robertson is pleased with how his players have handled their first season at 11-a-side football.

He said, “Participating in a “C” league has provided the boys with an opportunity to develop at their own pace, without too much pressure and the burden of expectation which far too often can see grassroots football lose players to the game at a young age.

“In terms of the competitiveness of the P. Gibson League, the gap between the top and bottom teams is certainly not as wide as the league table indicates, with several games being much closer than the final score line would suggest

“The boys have adapted well after a slow start to the season, with their confidence and self-belief having undoubtedly increased week on week as they participate in more games and become progressively more comfortable with the individual roles which they’re being asked to undertake. 

“That said, the most important aspect, however, is that they’re really enjoying their football and, as a team, are continually developing their skills and positioning, as well as critical thinking.”

Ahead of their big day, Robertson had this final message for his players, “It’s not about talent. It’s about heart, passion and desire. It’s about who can go out there and play the hardest. They’re not going to give you anything in this game. You’ve got to go out there and take it. You become what you believe.  Today we are winners!”
 

Celtic Boys

Having sealed the P Gibson League title with a 4-1 win over Dundee SC in their last outing, Celtic Boys will be looking to complete a domestic double by clinching the trophy that commemorates their club’s history.

Manager Drew Smith is hopeful that his players can lift the silverware on Sunday. He said, “Obviously with it being our own cup, to be the first winners would be a massive achievement and a big confidence booster for the players.”

The road to the final saw Celtic take on two of the sides that at points of the season had pushed them in the title race, Dundee West Royals and Monifieth Athletic.

While these sides may have been their challengers in the league, Celtic were in top form with a 9-3 win over Dundee West followed up by a 9-1 win over Monifieth in the semi to book their spot in the final.

Manager Smith said, “The wins over both Dundee West and Monifieth were satisfying as we thought at the start of the season they would be challenging for honours along with a couple of other teams in the league.”

Celtic have scored 65 goals in their 11 league matches, and Smith is delighted with the progress his side have made over the course of the season, “For our first season at 11-a-side we found ourselves in the P. Gibson league which was a bit of a surprise as we thought with 24 teams there would be two leagues of 12. 

“It has been a good learning curve for us as we were pushed hard by Dundee West and Dundee SC as our aims were pretty high at the start of the season.”

As for Sunday’s opponents Mearns, Celtic have been on the right side of the result in both their previous meetings, a 6-4 win in the Diamond Jubilee Cup group stage in August, and a 4-2 win when the sides met in the league in November.

Despite their 100% record, Smith is taking nothing for granted when the sides meet for a third time. He said, “Both games against Mearns have been close as they are a well organised team, so we will have to be at our best in the final.”
 

Ones to Watch
 

James Barclay – A no-nonsense defender, Barclay’s strength in the tackle have made him a key part of a Celtic backline that has conceded just 17 goals in the league.

Jamie Murray – Murray has been a key cog in Celtic’s midfield this season and will be looking to drive his team to victory in the final.

Josh McGuire – Celtic have had no problem in front of goal this year, and striker McGuire has been in fine form with over 20 goals for the P Gibson League champions.

Smith had this message for his side ahead of their big day, “Play the game not the occasion, play to your potential and most of all enjoy the day.”
 

Match Information
North End Park, Dundee DD3 8HU
Kick Off: 12.00
Prices: Adults: £3.00 OAP/Child: £1.00