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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:
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.”
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:
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.”
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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!”
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.”
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There was a depleted fixture list due to more bad weather, but that didn’t stop the first champions of the season being crowned.
Here’s how the action went down:
Carnoustie Panmure sealed their spot in the Last 16 of the East Region Cup with a 3-1 win over East Fife YA. Dylan McLeish opened the scoring with a low drive just before half time and doubled his tally from the penalty spot after Jack Chalmers had been fouled.
Chalmers curled in a free kick from 20 yards to make sure of the win, despite East Fife pulling a goal back late in the game. Pitfour also advanced with a 4-0 win over AM Soccer.
In the J Clenaghan League, Forfar Boys beat DUSC 2-1.
Celtic Boys sealed the P Gibson League title with two games to spare as they beat Dundee SC 4-1. Dundee Thistle’s win over ACSC wasn’t enough to keep them in the race, and Monifieth’s 5-4 win over Dundee West Royals knocked them out of contention.
Fairmuir were in fine goal scoring form as they cruised into the next round of the East Region Cup at the expense of Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts. Riley Nelson and Ryan McGregor both scored four times, Ryan Hutton netted a hat trick, and there were goals for Billy Donald, Mark Ross and Kyle Smith.
Holders Forfar Boys are also through after beating Kinross Colts 5-1.
Kaden Houghton scored a hat trick as ACSC put seven goals past Montrose in the DS Rennie League. Rui Gordon opened and closed the scoring, while Logan Coull also scored twice.
Dryburgh beat Vale of Tay 3-2 in the Watson McInally League, and Carnoustie won 3-0 against St Murdochs.
Fairmuir kept up their unbeaten run in the G Taylor League with an 8-0 win over Broughty Panthers. Broughty United lifted themselves up the table with a 3-2 win over Dundee Thistle, Montrose beat Forfar 3-1 and Riverside won 2-1 against Celtic Boys.
Dundee Thistle pulled off a major scalp as they beat top flight Scone Thistle 3-0 in the East Region Cup.
Forfar beat Dundee Rangers 5-2 in the battle of the bottom two in the Dave Pullar League.
Carnoustie warmed up for next week’s J Cord Cup final with a 3-1 win over Dryburgh, that took them joint top of the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League. Vincent Edmonds opened the scoring midway through the first half but Dryburgh levelled the score before half time.
Kieran Bradford put Carnoustie back in front, before Danny Edelston kept out a Dryburgh penalty. Matty Strachan scored late on as Carnoustie sealed the three points.
Ryan McLaren scored a hat trick as Fairmuir Violet booked their place in the quarter finals of the East Region Cup. Ross Bell and Jaden Murphy were also on target as they beat Luncarty 5-1.
Monifieth Tayside beat Monifieth Athletic 2-0 to advance, and Brechin saw off Kelty Heart Colts 4-2.
With title races hotting up and the final league tables starting to take shape, there was no shortage of big wins and big upsets throughout the age groups.
Here’s how the action went down:
Pitfour avenged their cup defeat to Ferry Athletic by beating them 2-1. This result, and Fairmuir’s 2-2 with Broughty that saw Harrison Smith score twice allowed Riverside to extend their lead at the top of the Café Royale League table with a 4-1 win over Maryfield.
At the other end of the table, Montrose leapfrogged Carnoustie with a 3-0 win.
It was a good weekend for the two bottom sides in the J Clenaghan League, as Arbroath drew 2-2 with Forfar and Brechin held Newtyle to a 1-1 draw. St Andrews Colts beat Broughty Panthers 4-2.
Dundee SC are up to second in the P Gibson League after a big win over Monifieth. Keir Miller, Logan Brough, Mark Small and Andrew Gollan were all on target twice, while Robbie Harvey, Cory Miller and Dan Martin also netted.
Celtic Boys continued their pursuit of the title with a 2-0 win over Dundee West Royals. Mearns beat ACSC 9-4 and Dundee Thistle picked up a 7-2 win over Kirrie.
This week’s first featured match saw Broughty United host Kirrie Thistle in the semi-final of the Reilly Falconer Cup. A double from Archie McLean, Logan Richardson’s strike, an own goal from Gregor Brown and a brace from Sam Ellis gave Kirrie a 6-0 half time lead, and despite Broughty striking back in the second half, they held on to secure the win.
Broughty ended Kirrie’s unbeaten run in the league with a 3-1 win in seven days ago, and it was clear that Kirrie were keen to avoid another defeat. There were only three minutes on the clock when Logan Richardson cut the ball back to Archie McLean, who despite seeing his initial effort kept out by Ben Todd, prodded the ball into the corner.
Kirrie were relentless in their pursuit for a second, and when Todd under-hit a goal kick, Richardson capitalised and fired a shot into the net from 25 yards on the 10-minute mark.
With 23 minutes gone, Kirrie added a third from the penalty spot. McLean coolly dispatched the ball past Todd.
Three minutes later, their lead was four. Dagan Bell sent in a cross from the right, and Brown sliced the ball into his own net.
Connor Smeaton was denied by Todd before Kirrie made it five. Kettles was denied by Todd, but the ball broke kindly for Sam Ellis, who stabbed the ball past Todd.
With two minutes of the first half left, Kirrie made it six. Bell provided the cross into Ellis, who steered the ball past Todd with a first-time volley.
The hosts did pull one back after 51 minutes through their top goal scorer Leon Winterton. The striker fired a shot past Grewar from 25 yards to reduce the deficit.
Winterton went close to a second moments later when a low shot from 20 yards came back off the post, but they did double their tally when Lewis Grant hit a rising shot past Grewar after 57 minutes.
Todd did well to keep out Richardson’s chipped effort from the edge of the box in the closing minutes but could only watch as he blasted in his second and Kirrie’s seventh moments later.
Kirrie will face off against Celtic Boys, who beat Forfar Boys 5-2 in the other semi-final.
ACSC picked up a crucial three points against Dundee West in the DS Rennie League. Derron Forbes opened the scoring for Dundee West, but ACSC quickly found themselves 4-1 ahead. Late goals from Luca Snee and Aiden Law weren’t enough to stop Dundee West slipping to a defeat.
Thomas Gibb netted twice in Fairmuir’s 5-0 win over Brechin. Mark Ross, Billy Donald and Riley Nelson also scored. Dundee United SC won the battle of the bottom two as they beat Montrose 3-1, The win was DUSC’s first of the season.
St Andrews Colts beat St Murdochs 4-1 in the Watson McInally League. Ryan Keillor got the hosts only goal. Carnoustie beat Vale of Tay 6-1, and Dryburgh won 3-1 against Maryfield.
Pitfour and Monifieth will contest the Tommy Clark Trophy after wins over Broughty Panthers and Fairmuir respectively.
Pitfour got their semi-final off to the perfect start when Kai Finnie netted after five minutes. Jordan Turnbull turned home a loose ball after a shot came back off the crossbar, and Finnie doubled his tally with a close-range finish as Pitfour found themselves 3-0 up after 11 minutes.
Haaris Ahmed scored three minutes after the restart as Broughty looked for a way back into the tie, and after a goal-line clearance from Sam Grimes, Ahmed netted his second.
A late second from Turnbull looked to have put the tie to bed, but Liam Jones converted a late penalty, but it wasn’t enough for Broughty Panthers, and Pitfour held on to claim a 4-3 win.
Monifieth were looking to knock Fairmuir out at the semi-final stage of a cup competition for the second time this season, and when Paddy Boyle opened the scoring against his former side they looked on course to do that.
Jack Wilkie headed Fairmuir late on, but it wasn’t their day, as Monifieth keeper Thomas Welsh saved two Fairmuir penalties in the shootout as they won 4-3 to advance to the final.
With their title rivals on cup duty, Dundee West took full advantage and picked up a 5-0 win over Montrose. Cavan McLaren netted a brace, while Lewis and Aiden Hutton both scored as did Luke Miller.
Riverside CSC are up to fourth in the league after a 5-3 win over Ferry. Dougray Smith scored a hat trick, and Ben Garrick scored a double.
Carnoustie struck late to earn a 2-2 draw against Celtic Boys. Zac Benmalek gave Celtic the lead just before the break, but Lewis Sivewright levelled the score after the break. Cammy Wilson looked to have won it for Celtic, but Jay Bryce scored in the last minute to ensure a share of the spoils.
Dundee Thistle and Forfar Boys also played out a 2-2 draw and Broughty United beat DUSC 2-0.
Ethan Samson’s goal decided the Queens Jubilee Cup Round Two match between Fairmuir and Monifieth.
Ferry beat Brechin 7-1 in their quarter final match, while Logie Harp beat Blairgowrie on penalties after a 4-4 draw.
Dryburgh Athletic kept up their unbeaten run in the Maryfield League with a big win over St Murdochs, while Forfar Albion drew 2-2 away to Broughty United.
Callum Brand and Jack Terroni both scored twice in Riverside’s 5-0 win over title rivals Lincraig in the W Mills League. Paul Traynor also netted. Kirrie beat Forfar 9-0 in the only other game of the day.
East Craigie Swifts beat Dryburgh 2-0 to seal a spot in the final of the Henry Dolan Cup. Ewan Faulkner and Euan Fallon got the goals. They will take on Kirrie Thistle who beat Monifieth 4-2 in the other semi.
In the Dave Pullar League, Celtic Boys beat Dundee Rangers 7-1, Ferry won 4-2 against Forfar Boys and ACSC played out a 3-3 draw against Fairmuir.
Vincent Edmonds scored twice for Carnoustie in their 5-1 win over Forfar West End in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League. Robbie Tait, Matty Strachan and Kieran Bradford were also on target.
Their title rivals Partan Craig won 4-2 over St Andrews Colts, while Brechin beat DUSC 9-2.
This week’s second match saw Ferry Athletic beat Forfar West End in the Presidents League. Rory Faulkner scored his fourth hat trick in four games as Ferry kept up their unbeaten run in the league.
Forfar struck first in the match, and Cameron Fraser was the scorer. Kurtis Turek supplied the cut back, and the big striker swept the ball into the far corner of the net from 18 yards after 14 minutes.
The lead would prove to be short lived, as Andy Kelly turned a corner in from close range less than 60 seconds after Forfar had opened the scoring.
Ferry were taking the game to Forfar with Rory Faulkner causing the visitors backline plenty of problems. The forward fired over after cutting inside from the left, but when he latched onto Blair McCord’s pass after 22 minutes, there was only ever going to be one outcome as he raced towards goal and curled the ball past Kyle Millar.
Forfar’s Rhys Fraser was denied by Stewart Linton before Ferry added their third. Blaine Duncan slipped in Faulkner, and he beat Millar with a low shot from a tight angle.
Forfar continued to look for a way back into the match, and when Morgan Evans hit the deck on the edge of the box after 79 minutes, they had their chance. Alistar Wilson took the free kick and fired it past Linton.
Substitute Josh Richardson brought a save out of Linton with a strike from 18 yards. With so many bodies committed forward, Forfar were always vulnerable on the break, and when Arran Smith freed Faulkner, they were caught cold as he drove into the box before being taken down. McCord made no mistake with the resulting penalty, stroking in into the corner.
Evans set up Fraser Smith inside the box, but his effort was saved by Linton. 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 fourth hat trick in four matches.
Fairmuir Violet recorded a 3-1 win over Kirrie as they kept up their pursuit of the title. Ross Bell, Gary Ellis and Jaden Murphy got the goals.
Ryan Beedie netted twice as Coupar Angus beat Luncarty 5-2. Cammy McKinley, Callum Cocker-Tough and Ross Campbell were also on target.
Monifieth Tayside beat Brechin 4-1 to claim only their second league win of the campaign.
With cup final season approaching, the final few quarter and semi final matches were played out, as well as East Region Cup ties and a Scottish Cup tie.
Here’s how the action went down:
Fairmuir and Riverside will contest the Ross Ballantine Cup final after wins over Pitfour and Montrose in their respective semi-finals. Goals from Stuart Heenan, Harrison Smith and an own goal were enough to see Fairmuir beat Pitfour 3-1, while Riverside advanced with a 2-1 over Montrose.
Ferry Athletic saw their Scottish Cup dreams ended at the hands of The Celtic Boys Club. The Glasgow side ran out 6-1 winners as Dundee’s last representatives in the competition were eliminated.
In the J Clenaghan League, Newtyle came from 3-1 down to beat Broughty Panthers 6-3. Andrew Wilkie netted twice, while strikes from Alfie Meager, Loghan McKelvie, Cayden Carroll and Alexandra Robson earned them the points.
St Andrews Colts edged the battle of the leagues two bottom sides with a 7-5 win over Arbroath. They leapfrogged Brechin, who went down 7-1 to DUSC. Dundee West Reds and Forfar played out a 3-3 draw.
Celtic Boys beat Dundee Thistle 3-0 in the P Gibson League, while Mearns beat Kirrie 2-1.
Holders Forfar Boys advanced to the next round of the East Region Cup with a 1-0 win over Breadalbane Strathtay.
Fairmuir fought back from 2-0 down to draw with Ferry Athletic in the DS Rennie League. Owen Boath struck twice in the first half, but second half goals from Igor Zinko and Mark Ross ensured Fairmuir a share of the spoils.
Broughty United ended Kirrie Thistle’s unbeaten run with a 3-1 win over the Angus side. Greg Ramsay, Leon Winterton and Benji Kane got the second half goals for Broughty as they came from 1-0 down to claim a valuable three points.
Celtic Boys recorded a big win over Brechin, while ACSC beat DUSC 5-0.
In the W Mills League, St Andrews Colts beat leaders Riverside 4-1 and Dryburgh beat Carnoustie 5-1. St Murdochs and Vale of Tay played out a thrilling 4-4 draw.
After falling behind, a Bryan Dalgetty double gave Saints a half time lead, and Jayden Dunbar gave them a 3-2 lead 12 minutes after the restart. Vale of Tay turned the tie on its head with two quickfire goals, but Taylor Angus netted St Murdochs fourth to ensure they took a point from the game.
Pitfour booked their place in the semi-finals of the Tommy Clark Trophy with a 4-1 win over Celtic Boys. The hosts took an early lead, but Ross Cameron levelled the match up before the 10-minute mark.
Ally Alcorn netted twice before being sent off, but a second booking for Derron Gordon ensured that both sides finished a man down. Jordan Turnbull added Pitfour’s fourth in the final minutes as they set up a semi-final clash with Broughty Panthers.
Monifieth and Fairmuir will contest the other semi-final, and both were in fine goal scoring form in their G Taylor League matches. Fairmuir beat Ferry 8-6, while
Monifieth eased past Dundee Thistle. Aiden Lorente scored a hat trick, while Arran Ferry, Greg Will, Bartosz Kwiatek and Aaron Dewar all netted in a 7-0 win.
Luke Miller got a double for Dundee West in their 3-1 win over Forfar. Lewis Hutton also scored, while Broughty United took the bragging rights from their derby match with Broughty United Panthers, thanks to a 2-1 win.
In the Maryfield League, Dryburgh Athletic kept up their unbeaten run with a 7-2 win over Blairgowrie, while Ferry Athletic beat Scone Thistle 7-1.
Jeanfield Blacks picked up a valuable three points with a 4-1 win over Broughty United. Liam Cooney netted the opener before an own goal doubled Jeanfield’s lead. In the second half, Ethan Simpson and James Westwood both found the net before Broughty netted a late consolation.
This week’s featured match saw Dundee Thistle host Dryburgh CC. A week after holding Dryburgh’s title rivals Riverside, Thistle produced another fine performance to earn a 1-1 draw.
Dryburgh had the better of the play in the first half, but clear-cut chances were few and far between. Thomas Egan gathered Stuart Hoggan’s free kick at the second attempt before denying Paul Hutton.
The visitors opened the scoring six minutes before the interval through Luke Owens. Thistle failed to deal with Hoggan’s free kick from the left, and the ball broke to Owens, who drilled a low shot past Egan.
Thistle came flying out the traps at the start of the second half. Liam Myles was denied the equaliser by Cammy Grant’s outstretched leg less than a minute after the restart.
The hosts did level the score when Keiton Strachan’s free kick was turned past Grant by Owens from close range.
Connell Fraser saw a half volley from 20 yards kept out by Grant before Ben Miller passed up the chance to win the game for Dryburgh. The winger was played in behind the Thistle defence but sliced his effort wide.
McAuley fired a shot from the left-hand side of the box narrowly wide, before Egan denied Miller with the last kick of the game, as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Riverside capitalised on Dryburgh dropping points by beating Brechin 4-0. Callum Brand scored a hat trick, and Jack Terroni also netted.
East Craigie Swifts needed extra time to beat Thornton Locos in the East Region Cup. Callum McCleary, Reece Lornie and Finlay Baird scored in normal time, with extra time goals from Scott Galloway and Kier Gardiner giving them a 5-4 win. St Andrews Colts are also through after 1-0 win over Cairney Hill.
Goals from Shaun Roeleveld, Vincent Edmonds and Robbie Tait helped Carnoustie to a 3-2 win over Partan Craig in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League.
Dryburgh beat Forfar West End 4-1.
Kirrie Thistle beat neighbours Forfar West End 6-4 to dent their title hopes. Ferry Athletic beat Monifieth Tayside 7-3, while Fairmuir recorded a 4-1 win over Letham Tangerines. Luncarty beat Brechin 2-1.
There were goals galore as cup finalists were decided and important results at both ends of the league tables recorded.
Here’s how the action went down:
This week’s first featured match saw Ferry Athletic take on Pitfour for a place in the Diamond Jubilee Cup final. After falling behind to an Adam Leese strike, Ferry turned on the style and ran out 6-1 winners.
This was the first meeting of these sides at 11-a-side football and Pitfour’s aggressive pressing early on was disrupting a Ferry side that were beaten by Riverside in their previous outing. Pitfour were forcing Ferry into sloppy mistakes, and punished the hosts when Adam Leese fired a shot past Finlay Lyttle from 20 yards.
Their lead would prove to be short lived as Kyles brought Ferry level six minutes after they went behind. The forward was left unmarked at a corner and steered a low volley into the bottom corner.
Less than 60 seconds had passed when Aiden Lockheart lifted the ball into the path of Will Hanbury, and despite the Pitfour appeals for offside, he swept the ball past Moncrieff to give Ferry the lead.
Marcus McLaren had Pitfour’s first chance of the second half but Lyttle was equal to it. Ferry extended their lead when, in an attempt to head the ball back to Moncrieff, James Fairweather headed the ball into the Pitfour net.
Just like with their first goal, Ferry scored again moments later. A long free kick caused a scramble in the Pitfour goal mouth, which allowed Blair Milne to bundle the ball over the line.
Ferry weren’t done there and with the wind behind them, looked to add to their lead. Lockheart smacked in his sides fifth from 25 yards after 56 minutes.
To their credit, Pitfour continued to try and play their game, a task that was made more difficult playing into the wind. With four minutes left, Lockheart curled in another long-range effort to complete the scoring.
Fairmuir beat Carnoustie 5-2 in the Café Royale League. Stuart Heenan fired in a hat trick with Leo Norrie and Lewis Hornshaw also netting. Dylan McLeish and James Paterson got Carnoustie’s goals.
Riverside and Maryfield won 4-2 against Broughty Pumas and Montrose respectively.
There were 29 goals in the three J Clenaghan League matches. ACSC and Dundee West Reds both recorded 9-1 wins, while St Andrews Colts beat Forfar 5-4 to pick up their first league win of the season.
Dundee SC game from 3-1 down to beat Mearns in the P Gibson League. Keir Miller scored a hat trick while Logan Brough, Robbie Harvey, Mark Small and Andrew Gollan completed the scoring to secure a 7-3 win.
Celtic Boys and Monifieth both hit the goal trail in their P Gibson League wins, while Dundee Thistle beat Dundee West Royals 6-1.
Leon Winterton scored four of Broughty United’s goals as they beat Riverside 7-0 in the quarter final of the Reilly Falconer Cup. Daragh McCafferty, Lewis Grant and John McGlashan completed the scoring.
Ferry Athletic came from behind to beat ACSC 8-1 in the DS Rennie League. Owen Boath got a brace, while Blair Anderson, Jude Moir, Jack Moir, Nicolas Mathew, Jacob Sharpe and Reece McDonald also netted.
Aiden Law scored four goals as Dundee West picked up a big win over DUSC. Aaron Dillon netted twice, while Cammy Blacklock, Cayden Smith, Kyler Van Der Troon and Scott McIlvenny also scored.
In the Watson McInally League, St Andrews Colts, Maryfield and Dryburgh all won 2-0 in their matches.
This week’s second featured match saw Broughty Panthers and Riverside serve up a classic. Sam Grimes goal in the fourth minute of injury time earned Broughty Panthers a point in their G Taylor League clash.
Goals either side of half time from Liam Jones and Lewis Munro had given Broughty the advantage, but Dougray Smith’s header handed Riverside a lifeline.
Callum Livingstone saw red as Broughty were reduced to 10-men, and Ben Garrick’s late double looked to have been enough for Riverside until Grimes pounced on a loose ball and earned Broughty a point.
Elliott McCafferty’s double helped Monifieth to a 2-1 win over Monifieth. Robbie Flynn netted a hat trick as Fairmuir beat Broughty United 7-1. His namesake Kai scored twice, with Damian Kunc and Graeme Stewart completing the scoring.
Carnoustie beat Dundee Thistle 5-3, and Forfar drew 1-1 with Celtic Boys.
Jeanfield beat Logie 2-0 in the Maryfield League, and St Murdochs won 3-0 away to Scone.
Lincraig won 7-0 against St Murdochs Colts in the W Mills League. Their title rivals Dryburgh CC won 5-2 away to Kirrie, while Riverside drew 1-1 with Dundee Thistle.
Dryburgh Athletic are in the semi-finals of the Henry Dolan Cup after beating St Andrews Colts 3-0 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
There were 5-3 wins for Forfar and Kirrie in the Dave Pullar League, while Ferry beat ACSC 3-1.
Carnoustie edged out Monifieth 4-3 in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League. Brechin beat Forfar WE 4-1, and Partan Craig beat DUSC 6-4.
Ross Bell’s hat trick was the difference as Fairmuir Violet beat Luncarty 5-2 in the Presidents League. Ferry beat Kirrie 6-4, Letham Tans beat Monifieth 3-0 and Forfar WE beat Monifieth Tayside 2-0.
The first round of the East Region Cup meant a break from domestic duties for most of the DDYFA teams, and a chance to pit themselves against new opponents from the East Region.
Here’s how the action went down:
Carnoustie set up a home tie with East Fife YA after beating Lumphinnans United 3-2. Karter Inglis scored twice, and Jack Chalmers goal sealed the win.
It was a good day at the office for Newtyle as all their players netted in their win over Fife Colts. Callum Forsyth, Callum Morgan, Alfie Meager, Lewis Reid, Harvey Reid, Calum McLaren, Alexandra Robson, Cayden Carroll, Cemi Gokalp, Liam Ree and Callum Stewart were all on target.
Riverside moved to the top of the Café Royale League table with a 4-3 win over Ferry Athletic. Broughty Pumas beat Maryfield 2-0.
In the J Clenaghan League, Dundee West Reds beat Arbroath 6-3.
Dundee West Royals moved to the P Gibson League summit with an 8-2 win over Kirrie Thistle. Matthew Caird, Louis Stewart and Haris Malik all scored twice, while Joshua Hill and Euan Mather also netted. Mearns lifted themselves off the foot of the table with a 9-0 win over ACSC.
Fairmuir are into Round Two of the East Region Cup after beating St Johns 6-0. Ryan McGregor and Jordan Adam were both at the double, while Thomas Gibb and Kyle Smith also scored. They will take on Templehall in the next round.
A 2-0 win was enough for Riverside to beat Duloch Juniors Blacks and set up a clash with AM Soccer in Round Two.
Celtic Boys booked their place in the semi-finals of the Reilly Falconer Cup thanks to an 8-1 win over St Murdochs. They are joined by Kirrie Thistle, who beat Dryburgh 5-0.
Dundee West had to come from behind to take all three points in their DS Rennie League clash with Brechin. After trailing 2-0 early on, Dundee West turned it around courtesy of doubles from Aiden Law and Cammy Blacklock either side of Derron Forbes strike.
Owen Boath’s 24th and 25th goals of the season helped Ferry Athletic pick up a win over Montrose. Rian Clark, Jude Moir and Harrison Taylor also scored.
Maryfield United are into the final of the Mac Brown Cup after beating Monifieth.
Vale of Tay won 8-1 against Douglas, while St Andrews Colts downed Carnoustie 4-1 in the Watson McInally League.
This week’s featured match saw Dundee West host Pitfour in the East Region Cup. Two goals in the space of a minute ended Dundee West’s East Region Cup dreams as they went down 2-0. Kairn Brand and Ben Clos were both on target for Pitfour, who kept up their unbeaten domestic run.
Pitfour came flying out the traps, and Ally Alcorn saw his shot kept out by David Boylan two minutes into the match. The Dundee West keeper was then called into action to keep out Ross Cameron’s volley.
Pitfour broke the deadlock after nine minutes when Alcorn bested Morgan Harrow on the left, and despite seeing Boylan smother his shot, Kairn Brand was on hand to smash the loose ball into the net.
Less than a minute later, Ben Clos jinked into the box and slipped a low shot across Boylan into the bottom corner.
The host’s best chance of the first half fell to Lewis Hutton after Pitfour failed to deal with a corner, but his shot was blocked on the line by a defender.
Pitfour nearly handed Dundee West a lifeline, moments after the restart. Cavan McLaren pounced on a loose pass back to Archie Kelly-Barton, but the keeper got a touch on his effort and Rory Harrower raced back to deny McLaren a tap in. This was the closest Dundee West would come to pulling a goal back as Pitfour held on to seal the win, and set up a tie with Aberdour in the Last 16/
Liam Jones netted a hat trick in Broughty Panthers 6-0 win over Letham Whites. Jones scored twice in the space of a minute before Josh Knight added Broughty’s third before the break. Jones third and a double from Ryan Carr saw Broughty into the Last 16, where they will host Blue Brazil.
Braces from Jay Bryce and Connor McFarlane helped Carnoustie to a 4-2 win over Kinross Colts. They will take on Elgin Star in the next round, while Broughty United will face off against Kennoway United after a 1-0 win over East Fife YA.
Celtic Boys beat Ferry Athletic 3-2 in a thrilling match in the G Taylor League. Zac Benmalek opened the scoring before Cody Louge hit a double as Celtic picked up only their third league win of the season. Riverside beat Monifieth 3-0.
Jeanfield Blacks are into the Round Two of the East Region Cup after beating Letham Tangerines 3-2.
Fairmuir beat Broughty United 5-1 in the Maryfield League thanks to a hat trick from Jamie Timmons and a double from Ethan Samson. Dryburgh won 7-0 against Blairgowrie, and Logie Harp picked up a 2-0 win over Ferry.
Monifieth and Lincraig played out a 1-1 draw in the W Mills League. Riverside beat St Murdochs Colts 3-0, while Dryburgh CC made up ground on the leaders with a 6-0 win over Forfar WE.
Dundee Thistle beat Brechin 3-2 and Kirrie won 2-0 against Dundee Rangers.
Fairmuir edged a nine-goal thriller with Forfar West End in the East Region Cup. Keiran McWilliam, Jay Taylor, Billy Young, Ryan Napier and an own goal saw them seal a place in the next round.
ACSC are also through after beating Carnoustie Panmure 6-2. Kirrie join them in the next round after beating Glenrothes Strollers 1-0
Kirrie Thistle won 5-4 against Forfar in the Dave Pullar League.
Dryburgh picked up a 3-0 win over Brechin in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League.
Fairmuir Violet are into the final of the Peter MacAvoy Cup after beating Kirrie Thistle. Jack Taylor got the only goal to set up a clash with Ferry Athletic, who beat Letham Tangerines 5-1.
Forfar West End beat Luncarty 9-0 in the Presidents League, while it was honours even between Monifieth and Monifieth Tayside, who played out a 1-1 draw.
A brief respite from the icy weather allowed the first fixture card of 2018 to be played out. With cup semi-finals and top of the table clashes throughout the age groups, the near two-month football hiatus was ended with a bang.
Here’s how the action went down:
Carnoustie Panmure booked their spot in the semi-final of the Diamond Jubilee Cup with a 6-1 win over Montrose. Dylan McLeish netted twice, while Charlie MacPherson, Carter Kelly, Jack Chalmers and Karter Inglis also found the net.
Celtic Boys and Mearns will face off in the Celtic Golden Jubilee Cup final after 9-1 wins over Montrose and 3-1 wins over Dundee Thistle in the semi-finals.
Ferry Athletic beat Fairmuir 4-1 in the top of the table in the Café Royale League. Riverside leapfrogged Fairmuir into second place with a 4-1 win over Broughty Pumas.
Pitfour also netted four times, as they beat Maryfield 4-0.
Loghan McKelvie bagged a brace in Newtyle’s 4-1 win over Forfar in the J Clenaghan League. Alex Robson and Callum Stewart were also on target.
DUSC won 6-3 against St Andrews Colts, while Dundee West Red’s drew 3-3 with Brechin and Arbroath earned their first point of the season after a 5-5 draw with Broughty Panthers.
Dundee SC’s Robbie Harvey started 2018 in spectacular fashion as he scored four goals in their 6-1 win over Dundee West Royal’s. Logan Brough opened the scoring and Mark Small finished it for Dundee SC. ACSC recorded a 4-1 win over Kirrie,
Kirrie Thistle visited Fairmuir in the second round of the Reilly Falconer Cup, and kept up their unbeaten run with a 5-2 win. Logan Richardson scored a hat trick, with Archie McLean and Jake Kettles also scoring.
Injuries and suspensions meant that both sides were without their first-choice goalkeepers for this tie, which was being played at the fifth attempt. There were only five minutes on the clock when Fairmuir took the lead. Mark Ross rose above Bradley Milne at a corner, and powered home a header from six yards.
Kirrie levelled through Archie McLean’s penalty, and went ahead when Logan Richardson broke from midfield and fired a shot past Jordan Adam.
Jake Kettles got Kirrie’s third 10 minutes after the break, and Richardson scored two in three minutes to complete his hat trick. Thomas Gibb drilled in a late consolation for Fairmuir.
Dryburgh won 9-0 against Douglas to advance to the quarter-finals, and Celtic Boys will join them after beating Maryfield 9-1.
Leon Winterton scored Broughty United’s goal in their 1-1 draw with Brechin. They avoided being on the end of a cup shock with a 5-4 win on penalties.
2017 saw Forfar Boys complete an astonishing quadruple, but Dundee West ensured they won’t repeat that feat in 2018. Forfar found themselves two to the good approaching half time, but Cameron Blacklock’s strike on the brink of half time gave Dundee West a route back into the match.
A third Forfar goal after the restart looked to have put them in control, but Aidan Law got Dundee West’s second. With the full-time whistle ready to be blown, Derron Forbes brought Dundee West level, and they went on to win the penalty shootout 5-4, and advance to the semi-final of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup.
Ferry Athletic were on league duty, and they picked up a big win over DUSC. Owen Boath took his tally in all competitions to 22 goals with a hat trick. Rian Clark scored twice, as did Charlie Massie. Jack Moir, Nicolas Matthew and Jamie Stracey also found the net.
ACSC are looking up the league table after beating Montrose 4-0. Kaden Houghton and Rui Gordon scored in the first half, while Logan Coull and Billy Rennie found the net in the second period.
In the Watson McInally League, St Andrews Colts beat Vale of Tay 9-0, Riverside won 5-1 against Monifieth, while Ryan Keillor and Bryan Dalgetty’s goals earned St Murdochs a 2-2 draw against Carnoustie.
Monifieth Athletic started the new year with a bang as they sealed a spot in their first ever cup final, thanks to a 4-1 win over Fairmuir in the semi-final of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup.
Robbie Flynn gave Fairmuir the lead inside two minutes when he pounced on a loose ball inside the Monifieth box, but the G Taylor League leaders came roaring back, and equalised two minutes later thanks to Aidan Lorente’s strike from the edge of the box.
The game settled down after the frantic opening, but neither goalkeeper was seriously troubled. Lorente put Monifieth ahead on the brink of half time with a superb curling shot from the right-hand side of the box.
Monifieth’s skipper completed his hat trick with a cool finish seven minutes after the restart.
A fingertip save from Thomas Welsh denied Flynn a second of the game, and Monifieth completed the scoring late on when Ross McLean tapped into an empty net after Shaun Watt could only parry Aaron Dewar’s effort.
They will take on Pitfour, who won 5-0 against Carnoustie. Alistar Alcorn got four second half goals, and Jordan Turnbull was also on target for the reigning champions.
Broughty Panthers won 5-1 against Forfar in the G Taylor League. Haaris Ahmed scored a hat trick, with Lewis Munro and Liam Jones also netted.
Dundee West hit the goal trail against DUSC as they rose to second in the league. Nick Fletcher scored seven times, Cavan McLaren, Logan Smith, Lewis Hutton got doubles. Keir Skinner, Luke Miller and an own goal completed the rout.
Celtic Boys started the new year with a 6-1 win over Broughty United. Cody Louge and Derren Gordon both got hat tricks.
Craig Low’s hat trick earned Riverside three points as they beat Montrose, and Ferry Athletic beat Dundee Thistle 5-0.
There will be a Broughty Ferry derby in the final of the John Clark Motors Cup. Broughty United won their semi-final with Jeanfield 9-8 on penalties after a 2-2 draw, while Ferry Athletic survived a late Fairmuir comeback to earn a 3-2 win.
There was an eerie symmetry to the Chuck McGowan Cup quarter-final results. Dryburgh CC and Lincraig both won 4-2 on penalties after 3-3 draws against Brechin and Dundee Thistle respectively, while a 4-2 win was enough for Monifieth advance past St Murdochs Colts.
St Murdochs knocked Forfar Albion out of the Queens Jubilee Cup after a 4-3 penalty win after a 2-2 draw.
In the Maryfield League, Dryburgh extended their lead at the summit with a 3-2 win over Logie Harp. Blairgowrie picked up a 2-0 win over Scone Thistle.
With their title rivals on cup duty, Riverside took full advantage and moved to the top of the W Mills League table with a 9-0 win over Dundee Rangers. Fergus Robertson and Michael Tinning were both at the double, while Aiden Stuart, Amine Atrih, Connor Spence, Mateusz Wierzbicki, Nathan Stewart, Owen Simpson, Paul Traynor, Ross Anderson, Samuel Gallacher all started the new year with a goal.
East Craigie Swifts and Ferry Athletic will face off in the final of the Steven Elwood Memorial Trophy after both recorded big wins in their semi-finals.
Matt McKinnon bagged a hat trick as East Craigie beat Forfar 6-0. Ewan Faulkner’s brace and Calum McCleary’s strike completed the scoring.
Ferry went one better and beat Celtic Boys 7-0 to earn a spot in the final. Cameron Murray netted from the penalty spot, Liam Crocket made it two before a double from Bradley Duff put Ferry in control. Murray headed in his second of the game before Ryan Patterson added Ferry’s sixth and seventh goals.
Fairmuir won 6-1 against Dundee Rangers in the Dave Pullar League. Alex Martin scored twice, with Billy Young, Kieran McWilliam, Ryan Napier and Cammy Ross also on target.
Carnoustie Panmure made it three cup finals in three years after they beat Brechin City 2-0 in the J Cord Cup semi-final. In a repeat of last year’s Chuck McGowan Cup final.
Vincent Edmonds and Brandon Black’s first half goals ensured Carnoustie’s place in the final. They will take on St Andrews Colts, who beat Dryburgh 4-1.
Forfar West End beat DUSC 7-4 in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League. Partan Craig and Monifieth played out a 3-3 draw.
Ross Campbell’s hat trick helped Coupar Angus book a spot in the G Kerr Cup semi-final with a 6-2 win over Luncarty. Paul Scott got a double and Calum Cocker-Tough also scored.
In the Peter MacAvoy Cup, Fairmuir Violet beat Forfar WE 5-2. Goals from Ben Russell, Robbie Gallacher, Jack Taylor and two from Mitchell Hay were enough to get Fairmuir through. Ferry beat Monifieth Tayside in the other semi-final.
In the President League, Brechin beat Monifieth 3-2 to earn their first three points of the season and Letham Tans drew 2-2 against Kirrie.
A Gordon Tulloch double and a Kierren Ritchie goal were enough to see Kirkcaldy Inter gain maximum points in a hard-fought battle.
The home side Inter were first to threaten as a dangerous Ritchie cross was met by Cameron McGregor whose close ranged volley was denied by a smart save from keeper Tyler Wilson, in the 3rd minute. Wilson was called in for another save after McGregor threatened again with a header, but once again, Wilson prevented the hosts to take the lead in the 10th minute.
The visitors got their first chance of the game when Harris Duffy picked up the ball at the edge of the box and saw his powerful shot, just go wide of the post in the 14th minute. Duffy was at it again in the 21st minute as he danced past the Inter defence and forced an exquisite save from keeper Robbie Carson.
Sam Page was next to test Carson who was on top form, but once again saw an East Fife effort saved by Carson in the 25th minute
Arguably against the run of play, Inter broke the deadlock through a close ranged Tulloch volley at the back post from an in-swinging corner delivered by Ritchie in the 28th minute. Inter immediately added a second, when a deflected Tulloch cross found it’s way to the back of the net in the 30th minute.
Inter were unlucky to not get a third when Ritchie went on another superb run down the left wing and floated in a wonderful cross to Sam Ovenstone, who couldn’t keep his effort down in the 31st minute, which ended up being the last chance of the half.