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There were fireworks throughout the age groups this week with a multitude of cup competitions getting underway. There was no shortage of upsets, late drama and penalty shootouts, as the majority of teams put league business to one side. For the few fulfilling their league matches, opportunities to rise up the table were seized upon.
Here’s how the action went down:
Blaike Kyles was Ferry Athletic’s hat trick hero, as they beat Fairmuir 4-2 en route to the semi-finals of the Ross Ballantine Cup. Jamie Doig also found the net for Ferry, with Jude Duguid and Lewis Hornshaw on target for Fairmuir.
They will be joined by Pitfour, who beat Maryfield 4-2, and Riverside who won 6-3 against Carnoustie.
In The Marshall Cup, Arbroath knocked out Dundee West Red with a 9-3 win and Broughty United beat Newtyle 4-2.
Mearns won 9-3 against ACSC in the Celtic Golden Jubilee Cup, while Brechin and St Andrews Colts drew 3-3 in the J Clenaghan League.
Jamie Stewart scored twice for Dundee West Royals as they beat Dundee Thistle 3-1 in the P Gibson League to maintain their 100% start to the league campaign. Aiden Davidson also found the net.
Celtic Boys are also unbeaten, and they beat Monifieth 5-1 to remain level with Dundee West at the top of the league.
Josh Cormack stole the show as Kirrie Thistle beat Dundee Sporting Club 5-3. Cormack scored all five of his side’s goals, with Keir Miller bagging a brace and Jamie Findlay also scoring for Sporting.
This week’s featured match saw Ferry Athletic host Broughty United in Round One of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup.
Broughty sit top of the DS Rennie League, but offered little in a first half that saw Ferry’s Yousuf Ahmed rattle the cross bar with an early free kick.
Ferry moved into the lead early in the second half when Leo Murrie poked in the opener, and continued to stifle Broughty in the second period.
Nicolas Matthew’s late header sealed the win for Ferry, who most definitely had a 5th of November to remember.
Forfar Boys also advanced to the last eight of the competition with a 4-2 win over ACSC. Matthew Platt and Liam Baillie had Forfar two to the good, but goals from Kaden
Houghton and Rui Gordon levelled the tie before half time. In the second half, Baillie’s second of the tie and Rowan Waddell’s effort were enough to see Forfar over the line.
Fairmuir are the eighth team in the hat for the next round, thanks to a 6-0 win over Brechin. Thomas Gibb fired in a hat trick, with Jordan Adam, Igor Zinko and Stewart Simpson all finding the net.
In the DS Rennie League, Kirrie Thistle and Celtic Boys both picked up 9-0 wins to move level with Broughty United at the top of the table. Celtic beat DUSC, while Jake Kettles and Sam Ellis both got doubles for Kirrie in their win over Montrose.
In the Watson McInally League, Vale of Tay won 4-3 against Carnoustie and St Andrews Colts beat Monifieth 6-2. Dryburgh won 5-0 against St Murdochs, and Maryfield beat Douglas 9-0.
Pitfour and Dundee West renewed their rivalry in the first round of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup. Pitfour keeper Archie Kelly-Barton was the hero, making three saves and netting the decisive penalty as Pitfour won 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.
Celtic Boys also advanced thanks to penalties. Goals in the last five minutes from Derren Gordon and Bobby Douglas earned them a 3-3 draw against Ferry, and they went on to win the shootout 5-4.
Robbie Flynn, Paddy Boyle and Derryn Thomson scored for Fairmuir as they beat Montrose 3-2 to secure passage to the quarter finals. They will be joined by Dundee Thistle who beat Riverside by the same scoreline, and DUSC, who beat Broughty United 8-1.
Carnoustie Panmure are also in the last eight thanks to a 6-2 win over Forfar. Joey Martin scored three goals, with Jay Bryce, Connor MacFarlane and Lewis Sivewright all finding the net.
The G Taylor League has a new leader after Monifieth beat Broughty Panthers 2-1. With Pitfour on cup duty, Monifieth grabbed their opportunity to leap frog the champions with both hands, making it 10 league games in a row without defeat.
Ferry Athletic were on Scottish Cup duty, and booked their place in Round Four with a 6-3 win over Letham Tangerines. They will face St Andrews BC in just under two weeks for a place in the last 32.
In the Queen’s Jubilee Cup, Fairmuir cruised to an 8-0 win over St Murdochs Colts. Jack Whyte, Nairn Bonnar, Alex Stewart, Ross Hazel, Logan Bonella, Matthew Nelson, Ethan Samson and Kane Hynes all found the net.
Logie Harp fired eight past Lincraig, earning them a place in the next round.
In the Chuck McGowan Cup, Dryburgh CC won 8-0 over Dundee Rangers, and Monifieth advanced with a 6-0 win over Kirrie. Adam Gray scored twice, Josh Wanless, Oli Carmichael, Bryce Ness and Lewis Lawson also found the net.
In the Maryfield League, Broughty United are up to second on goal difference after a 1-1 draw away to Dryburgh, and Jeanfield losing 4-1 to Blairgowrie.
Forfar Albion won 3-1 against Scone thanks to a double from Ben Fanner, and a Lewis Davidson goal.
Keir Gardiner netted twice for East Craigie Swifts in their 4-0 win over ACSC. Matt McKinnon and Jordan Conway also found the net as East Craigie booked their spot in the Elwood Trophy semi-final.
They will be joined by Celtic Boys, who edged out Kirrie with a 3-2 win, and Ferry Athletic, who beat Fairmuir 6-5 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.
Brechin City beat Partan Craig 7-2 in the first round of the John Clark Cup.
Carnoustie Panmure got their first win in four games as they downed Montrose 4-0. Ethan Coupar, Brandon Black, Matty Strachan and Robbie Tait got the goals that earned them three valuable points in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League.
Monifieth beat DUSC 5-1, and Dryburgh won 3-2 against Forfar West End.
Ben Russell fired in a hat trick for Fairmuir Violet as they beat Monifieth 8-0 in the Peter MacAvoy Trophy. Kirrie overcame Brechin with a 3-2 win to seal their passage to the next round.
In the President League, Coupar Angus recorded a 6-1 win over Dundee West. Ross Campbell and Ryan Robertson fired Coupar Angus into an early 2-0 lead, but Jamie Herron halved the deficit before half time. Second half goals from Greig McLagan, Fraser Matthews and a double from Callum Cocker-Tough wrapped up the points for Coupar Angus.
Letham Tangerines were also on league business, and they won 6-4 against Monifieth Tayside.
Last weekend saw Scottish Cup, domestic cup and league action throughout all the age groups.
Here’s how the action went down:
Nine DDYFA teams were on Scottish Cup duty, with over half the teams going on to earn a place in Round Four.
Fairmuir sealed their passage to the next round with a 2-1 win over Crosshouse BC. An own goal and a Harrison Smith strike were enough to see them through.
They will be joined by Maryfield United, who beat Rossvale 4-3, as well as Ferry Athletic, Pitfour and Riverside, who all make it into Round Four in their first season at 11-a-side football.
In the Ross Ballantine Cup, Montrose won 5-0 against Broughty Pumas, while DUSC advanced to the next round of The Marshall Cup with a 5-2 win over Brechin.
In the Celtic Golden Jubilee Cup, there were first round wins for Celtic Boys, Monifieth and Dundee Thistle.
There was one game in the J Clenaghan League, and it saw the points shared as Newtyle and Forfar played out a 2-2 draw. Callum Stewart and Loghan McKelvie were on target for Newtyle.
Doubles from Matthew Platt and Liam Baillie helped Forfar beat Hillwood 6-0 in the Scottish Cup. Kieran Kelly and Louie McKay completed the scoring. Kirrie Thistle beat Wishaw 5-3 to guarantee a place in the Round Four draw.
St Andrews Colts picked up an 8-1 win over St Murdochs in the first round of the Mac Brown Cup.
Aiden Law hit a hat trick for Dundee West as they beat Brechin 6-0. Luca Snee opened the scoring, and Cammy Blacklock scored twice to secure a valuable three points in the DS Rennie League. Celtic got back to winning ways as they beat Montrose 7-0.
In the Watson McInally League, Dryburgh beat Carnoustie 4-3 and Riverside beat Vale of Tay 9-1.
This week’s featured match saw Dundee West host Kennoway in the Scottish Cup. Rudy Bou tapped in the only goal of the game after 31 minutes as Kennoway dumped Dundee West out of the competition for the second season in a row.
Robbie Flynn was on target for Fairmuir as they booked a spot in the fourth round with a 2-1 win over Bridgend. Carnoustie were put out by holders Barrhead. The visitors found themselves seven to the good, before Lewis Sivewright grabbed a late consolation for Carnoustie.
Pitfour sealed their passage to the next round with a 3-1 win over Muirston Blues.
There were three matches in the Tommy Clark Trophy, two of which were decided by penalties. Dougray Smith’s spot kick during normal time looked to have been enough to secure Riverside’s place in the next round, but a last minute equaliser from Aidan Lorente took the game to a shootout. Arran Ferry netted the decisive spot kick as Monifieth won 4-3 on penalties.
DUSC also advanced thanks to spot kicks after a 3-3 draw with Forfar. They emerged with a 4-2 win after the shootout.
The final match saw Broughty Panthers face off against Ferry in a derby match at Claypotts Park. Goals from Lewis Munro, Josh Knight, Daniel Boyle and Ryan Carr gave Broughty a 4-2 win, along with a place in the next round, as well as the all-important bragging rights.
Dundee Thistle picked up another win in the G Taylor League as they beat Montrose 3-0.
Fairmuir were the only DDYFA team to get through in the Scottish Cup as they beat Baljaffary Inter 3-2. Jake Grady, Matthew Nelson and Jamie Timmons all found the net to fire them into Round Four.
In the Queens Jubilee Cup, there were big wins for Broughty United and St Murdochs over Forfar WE and Dundee Rangers respectively, while Blairgowrie saw off Scone Thistle by three goals to two.
Dryburgh thrashed Forfar Albion 7-0 in the only Maryfield League fixture of the day.
Paul Traynor’s strike and an own goal helped Riverside pick up a 2-0 win over Dundee Thistle in the W Mills League. Monifieth beat Lincraig 3-0 with goals from Cameron Dryden, Cameron McLaughlin and Jamie Lynch.
Kirrie won 2-1 away at Brechin, and Dryburgh CC won 7-1 against St Murdochs Colts.
Goals from Keir Gardiner, Matt McKinnon and Ewan Faulkner were enough for East Craigie Swifts to see off Brechin en-route to Round Four. They are joined by Forfar Boys, who beat Irvine Meadows 4-2. Dundee Rangers were beaten 2-1 in extra time by Hamilton Thistle, after a last minute Matthew Gorrie penalty sent the game to extra time.
In the first round of the Henry Dolan Cup, Celtic Boys won 4-2 away to Ferry.
In the Bodycare Complementary Clinics League, Anton McAleese, Martin Robertson, Taylor Baldie and Antonio Boyd were all on target for Partan Craig as they beat Dryburgh 4-2.
Monifieth beat Montrose 5-2, while Forfar West End beat St Andrews Colts 5-4.
Both the remaining DDYFA sides were knocked out of the Scottish Cup. Fairmuir Violet were beaten 4-0 by last year’s finalists Airdrie United, while Moray Robertson’s goal wasn’t enough for Coupar Angus, as they went down 2-1 against Dalkeith Thistle.
In the G Kerr Cup first round, Dundee West beat Monifieth Tayside 7-4, securing their spot in the next round.
In the President League, Luncarty beat Kirrie 3-1, and Forfar West End won 9-2 at home to Monifieth.
Here’s how the action went down:
Blair Fyffe’s hat trick helped Fairmuir maintain their unbeaten run to the season as they beat Pitfour 6-3. Jude Duguid and Stuart Heenan also found the net for the visitors.
It was honours even as Carnoustie hosted Riverside. Rhys Hoon, Jack Chalmers and Scott Hamilton got the goals for Carnoustie, as the sides played out a 3-3 draw.
Montrose beat Broughty 4-1 in the final Café Royale League fixture of the day.
In the J Clenaghan League, DUSC beat Brechin 6-0, Forfar beat Broughty Panthers 5-3, Newtyle came out on top of a nine-goal thriller as they beat Arbroath 5-4, while Dundee West won 8-5 at home to St Andrews Colts.
Monifieth won 9-4 against Kirrie in the P Gibson League. There were also wins for Celtic Boys and Dundee Sporting Club on their return to league action.
There was a top of the table clash in the D S Rennie League as Broughty United hosted Celtic Boys.
Logan Richardson got the only goal of the game as Kirrie beat Ferry 1-0. Forfar travelled to Brechin, and came away with a 3-0 win.
ACSC recorded their biggest win of the season, as they beat DUSC 9-1. Kyle Yule grabbed a hat trick, with Bobby Fleming, Mason McDonald and Kaden Houghton bagging braces. Billy Rennie completed the scoring as ACSC catapulted themselves up the table.
Doubles from Cammy Blacklock and Aiden Law saw Dundee West win 5-3 away to Montrose. Derron Forbes was also on target.
In the Watson McInally League, Riverside scored seven unanswered goals away to St Murdochs, while Maryfield beat Dryburgh 2-1. Carnoustie and Monifieth played out a 1-1 draw, while St Andrews Colts won 9-1 against Vale of Tay.
Goals from Aidan Lorente and Bartosz Kwiatek saw Monifieth continue their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-0 win over Riverside.
Fairmuir won 2-0 at Montrose, while Dundee Thistle beat Broughty 3-1. Ferry won 7-1 against Celtic Boys, and DUSC played out a 2-2 draw with Forfar.
Ethan Samson scored the only goal of the game as Fairmuir beat Forfar Albion 1-0 at Graham Street. Dryburgh secured a 4-3 win over Jeanfield Blacks to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
There were 5-1 wins for Broughty United and Logie Harp over Scone Thistle and Blairgowrie respectively, while Ferry beat St Murdochs by four goals to one.
In the W Mills League, Nathan Leslie’s free kick earned Brechin City a point in their game with Monifieth. Dundee Thistle and St Murdochs Colts played out a 0-0 draw.
Forfar West End beat Dundee Rangers 7-2, while Dryburgh CC won 3-2 away to Kirrie.
In the Bodycare Complementary Clinics League, a double from Craig Begg and a goal from Anton McAleese couldn’t stop Partan Craig losing 4-3 to Forfar West End.
DUSC won 3-2 over Montrose and Monifieth beat Carnoustie 6-3.
Dundee West won 6-5 away to Letham, while Ferry beat Coupar Angus 2-1. There were 5-1 wins for Forfar West End and Kirrie, and Monifieth beat Luncarty 3-1.
In the Café Royale League, Fairmuir picked up an 8-2 win away to Maryfield. Stuart Heenan bagged a hat trick, with Harrison Smith, Jude Duguid, Brodie Cussick and Leo Norrie all on target.
Carnoustie went down 3-1 at home to Ferry. Scott Hamilton’s penalty gave Carnoustie something to cheer after a tough day at the office. Pitfour made it two wins from two with a 4-2 win over Riverside.
There were a total of 25 goals in the two J Clenaghan League matches. DUSC picked up a 7-4 win over St Andrews Colts, and Broughty beat Dundee West Reds 9-5.
In the P Gibson League, Dundee West Royals won 5-1 against Monifieth. Aiden Davidson found the net with an overhead kick, while Mylo McDonald, Euan Mather, Harris Malik and Jamie Stewart also found the net.
Elsewhere in the league, there were wins for Dundee Thistle and Celtic Boys, while Kirrie and Mearns played out a 3-3 draw. Aaron Brown scored for Kirrie, while Josh Cormack grabbed a brace.
In the DS Rennie League, ACSC pulled off the shock of the day as they stunned high-flying Broughty United. Kyle Yule and Kaden Houghton got the goals for the Arbroath side who inflicted Broughty’s first defeat of the season. Leon Winterton kept up his fine scoring run, but couldn’t earn his side the points.
Celtic Boys would have moved level with Broughty at the top of the table with a win, but lost 2-1 to Dundee West. Cammy Blacklock and Aiden Law got the goals as Dundee West came from behind to earn their first win of the season.
Owen Boath continues to lead the scoring charts after finding the net twice for Ferry in their 4-0 win over DUSC. Harrsion Taylor and Blair Anderson were also on target.
Fairmuir eased to an 8-0 win over Brechin at Graham Street. Aaron Christie chipped in with a brace, while Rhys Ross, Billy Donald, Jay Tosh, Mark Ross, Ryan McGregor and Cole Phillip all found the net.
In the Watson McInally League, Riverside extended their unbeaten run with an 8-0 win over Douglas, while Maryfield won 4-1 against St Andrews Colts.
Pitfour picked up another win as they beat Broughty Panthers 8-2. Ryan Carr and Harris Ahmed got the goals for Broughty, but it wasn’t enough as Dundee West beat Carnoustie Panmure 5-2. A hat trick from Lewis Hutton and goals from Cavan McLaren and Jude McIntosh saw Dundee West race into a five goal lead, second half strikes from Lewis Siverwright and Jay Bryce gave the hosts something to cheer.
Celtic Boys picked up a big win over Dundee Thistle. Cody Louge scored four times, with Joel Grant bagging a hat trick. Blane Devaney, Derren Gordon, Josh Gordon and Cammy Wilson were also on target.
This week’s featured match saw Logie Harp host Fairmuir in a battle for top spot in the Maryfield League.
Fairmuir’s Jake Grady opened the scoring after seven minutes with a composed chip over Logie keeper Samuel Ross. Lightning struck twice for the striker, who curled a shot past Ross from the edge of the box 60 seconds later to double his side’s lead.
Logie were the league’s top scorers ahead of this match, but struggled to create any chances. Lennox Slater passed up a golden opportunity when he headed over from 10 yards.
Slater’s powerful drive proved to be the best chance either side had in the second half, but Fairmuir stopper Cammy Hendry got down well to push the ball round the post. Fairmuir held on to win 2-0, and move level with Dryburgh at the top of the table.
St Murdochs picked up a 2-1 win over Scone Thistle, while it was honours even in the Broughty Ferry derby, as Broughty and Ferry played out a 3-3 draw.
In the W Mills League, Riverside came from behind to beat Lincraig 5-2. Callum Brand fired in a hat trick, with Paul Traynor and Samuel Gallagher also finding the net as Lincraig lost for the first time this season.
Goals from Cameron Vaughn and Saul McGivney earned St Murdochs Colts a 2-2 draw with Monifieth. Oliver Carmichael and Jamie Lynch got the goals for Monifieth.
East Craigie Swifts picked up another win in the Dave Pullar League as they beat Dundee Rangers 8-1. Keir Gardiner scored a hat trick, Matt McKinnon bagged a brace, and Callum McCleary, Euan Faulkner and Jordan Conway also found the net. Celtic and ACSC played out a 2-2 draw, while Ferry beat Forfar 5-3.
In the Bodycare Complimentary League, Partan Craig won 3-2 against Carnoustie Panmure. Craig Begg, Martin Robertson and Antonio Boyd all found the net as Carnoustie suffered their first loss of the campaign. St Andrews Colts won 2-1 away to Brechin, and Dryburgh beat DUSC 5-2.
Jaden Murphy scored five times as Fairmuir Violet beat Kirrie 6-1. Ryan McLaren also found the net. Letham Tans downed Monifieth 4-1, and Ferry won 7-1 against Luncarty.
Here’s how the action went down:
Carnoustie Panmure secured passage to the third round as they won 3-1 against Lumphinnans United. Jack Chalmers was on target twice with Dillon Fraser also finding the net.
They will be joined by Fairmuir, who won 8-2 away to Forfar. Stuart Heenan grabbed a hat trick as Fairmuir cruised into Round Three.
Pitfour and Maryfield will also be in the draw for the next round, as they eased past Broughty Pumas and Scone Thistle respectively. Ferry Athletic, Arbroath and Riverside also made it through.
Ferry Athletic cruised into round three as they hit double digits against Lomond Colts. Owen Boath notched five of the Ferry goals. Maryfield were having similar fortunes in front of net, as they picked up a big win over Douglas.
Forfar Boys, Kirrie Thistle and Pitfour all scored seven times in their matches as they eased into Round Three.
Fairmuir were beaten 2-1 by Blue Brazil, while Monifieth beat Bridge of Earn by the same score line.
Two of the ties were decided by penalties, the first saw Jeanfield knock Celtic Boys out after a 2-2 draw, while DUSC advanced thanks to 10-9 shootout win over Riverside.
Broughty United were on league duty, and picked up an 11-0 win over Brechin in the DS Rennie League. Leon Winterton picked up a hat trick for the second game on the bounce. The result takes Broughty six points clear at the top of the table.
Lewis Hutton grabbed a hat trick for Dundee West U/15 as they beat Duloch Juniors Yellows 7-0. Fairmuir beat Kinross Colts by the same score line to seal a place in Round Three. Robbie Flynn bagged a hat trick for the Dundee side.
Pitfour squeezed into the next round as they bear Riverside 5-4 on penalties, where they will be joined by Carnoustie and Celtic Boys.
There were two G Taylor League fixtures that saw Broughty beat Montrose 5-3, and Monifieth close the gap on Pitfour to two points with an 8-0 win over Forfar.
This week’s featured match saw two teams with 100% records face off as Dryburgh Athletic hosted Glenrothes Strollers. The visitors knocked out Dryburgh CC in Round One, and made it a Dryburgh double as they picked up a 1-0 win.
The game’s only goal came after 22 minutes when Kieron Bowie slotted a low shot past Aaron Cosgrove.
Dryburgh had struggled offensively in the first period, but were given a boost when Bowie saw red for a second yellow card midway through the second half.
Ryan Smith and Ross Mcnaughton both had efforts saved by Callum Doran. The pressure was increasing on the Strollers’ backline as the game wore on. Central defender Thomas Glendinning made an important goal-line clearance before Doran denied Smith again with a flying save in the final minutes.
Fairmuir saw off Bayside 4-0 to book their place in Round Three. Jake Grady, Matthew Nelson, Ethan Samson and Kane Hynes all found the net. Ferry won 5-4 against Rothes Juniors and Jeanfield Blacks picked up a 3-0 win over Kelty Hearts, as only three of the DDYFA teams made their way into the draw for the next round.
Logie Harp picked up a 6-2 win over St Andrews Colts in the only Maryfield League fixture of the day.
Lincraig moved to the top of the table after a 3-3 draw with Dryburgh CC. This result combined with Riverside going down 3-0 to Monifieth, thanks to a brace from Ross McDowell and Adam Gray’s strike means the W Mills League has a new leader.
Bryce Duff bagged a brace for St Murdochs Colts as they picked up a 5-1 win over Forfar West End. Cameron Vaughn, Dylan Smith and Alfie Paterson were also on target.
Brechin beat Dundee Rangers 4-1 to earn their first win of the season. Aaron Angus scored from the penalty spot, with Jamie Raffan picking up a hat trick for the Angus side.
East Craigie Swifts are into Round Three after beating Celtic Boys 8-5 after extra time. Last year’s quarter finalists raced into a 3-0 lead, but found themselves trailing 5-4 in injury time. Callum McCleary found the injury time equaliser as East Craigie went on to seal the win and avoid being on the end of a big upset.
Dundee Rangers Scottish Cup adventure will continue into the next round after they beat Bayside 4-1. Rangers had never made it past Round One, but Daniel Wardlaw’s hat trick and Josh McCleary goal saw them ease into Round Three.
Ethan Coupar’s hat trick helped Carnoustie Panmure to a 7-1 win over Dryburgh. Forfar, ACSC and Brechin all made it into the third round.
Forfar West End and DUSC both picked up wins in the league. DUSC beat St Andrews Colts 2-1, and Forfar WE beat Montrose 3-2.
Fairmuir got their revenge on Forfar West End as they booked their place in Round Three with a 3-2 win. The Angus side took all three points when the sides faced off in the league, but a double from Jaden Murphy and a goal from Cammy Henderson had Fairmuir three to the good, and despite a late comeback, they made sure of their place in the next round.
Here’s how the action went down:
Pitfour started the Café Royal League with a 7-4 win over Carnoustie Panmure. The visitors lost their 100% start to the season, with their goals coming from Scott Hamilton, Harrison Whittet and a Jack Chalmers double.
Ferry Athletic picked up a 1-0 win over Maryfield thanks to Will Hanbury’s goal.
In the J Clenaghan League, Brechin came from behind twice to take a point from Newtyle. Cayden Carroll twice put the hosts ahead.
In the P Gibson League, Dundee West Royals started with 6-1 win over Dundee Sporting Club. Mylo McDonald, Jamie Stewart and Aiden Davidson all scored twice for the Charlotte Street side.
ACSC are the first DDYFA team in Round Three of the Scottish Cup after they beat Carnoustie 7-1. Kaden Houghton grabbed a hat trick, with Kyle Yule, Bobby Fleming, Alex Davidson and Shay McGiveney also on target. Conor Bisgrove provided the Carnoustie goal with a free kick.
This week’s first featured match saw Dundee West travel to Dawson Park to take on Ferry Athletic.
Dundee West were searching for their first win in the top flight, but found themselves 2-0 down inside 20 minutes. Owen Boath scored twice, first lifting the ball over Jordan Walker into the net, and secondly rolling a shot underneath the Dundee West keeper.
Cameron Blacklock’s goal five minutes after the restart gave Dundee West a lifeline, only for Jack Moir to put Ferry 3-1 up with a cool finish six minutes later.
Patrick Todd quickly reduced the deficit with a close-range finish from a corner, as Dundee West set up an intriguing final 20 minutes.
With seven minutes to go, Blacklock cannoned a shot against the bar, and the resulting counterattack saw Boath complete his hat trick, rounding Walker and shooting into the empty net.
Forfar picked up a 3-2 over Fairmuir in the DS Rennie League. Mathew Platt struck twice for Forfar in the first half, with Blair Quinn’s 25-yard wonder strike proving to be the difference between the sides. Mark Ross got the goals for Fairmuir.
Sam Ellis bagged a brace for Kirrie Thistle as they beat Brechin 4-0. Archie Mclean and Logan Richardson were also on target. Leon Winterton got a hat trick for Broughty United as they won 6-0 in Montrose.
Riverside mounted a comeback of their own to maintain their unbeaten record. They fought back from 2-1 down against Maryfield to win 5-2. Oscar Hickey scored four times, and Jonah McCallum got his 14th goal of the season.
Matthew Murphy’s hat trick helped Arbroath Lads to a 7-1 win over Douglas. Josh Tutchenor scored twice, with Dylan Tulleth and Lewis Smith also on target.
Despite Pitfour being the form side, they were slow out the traps, and fell behind after 10 minutes when Hari Caswell sent a dipping shot over Archie Kelly-Barton after 10 minutes.
Pitfour lost Kelly-Barton after 25 minutes when the goalkeeper became concussed, but rallied and managed to turn the game around with two goals just before half time.
Kai Finnie brought them level with a close-range finish from a corner, and Jordan Turnbull put them in front, drilling the ball home from a Finnie knockdown.
Ally Alcorn made it three for the champions with a simple header, before Kai Meldrum pulled one back for Ferry on the hour mark.
Alcorn struck again, tapping in after being denied initially by Hayden Church. There was still tome for one more goal as Matthew Younger headed home a corner in the closing minutes, but Pitfour held on to make it seven wins from seven matches.
Elsewhere in the G Taylor League, Nick Fletcher’s hat trick earned Dundee West a 3-2 win over Broughty Panthers. Ryan Carr and Liam Jones were on target for Broughty.
Broughty United earned a point after a thrilling 4-4 draw with Carnoustie. Lewis Sivewright scored twice for the hosts, with Connor McFarlane and Braden Batley also getting on the scoresheet.
Montrose got their first win of the season as they thrashed Dundee Thistle.
Arran Ferry added two more goals to his ever-increasing tally as Monifieth moved up to second in the table with a 5-2 win over Celtic Boys. Cody Louge got both goals for Celtic.
Riverside picked up a 4-2 win over Forfar. Dougray Smith bagged a brace, with Jack Kingston and Daniel Hart also on target.
Ferry got their first win of the season as they thrashed Forfar 5-0 away from home. Goals from Louie Anderson, Louie Porter and Brandon Donnelly gave Ferry a 3-0 lead at half time, with Jake Stewart and Daniel Garamy adding further gloss to the scoreline in the second period.
In the W Mills League, Brechin City went down 6-1 against Dryburgh CC. Their goal was scored by Luca Foley. Zak Livie and Bryce Duff were on target for St Murdochs Colts, but couldn’t stop them losing 4-2 against Lincraig.
Liam Annan scored twice for Monifieth as they beat Forfar WE 6-0. Sean MacKinnon, Lewis Lawson, Ross McDowell and Greg Kemp also found the net. Connor Spence and Ross Anderson were amongst the scorers for Riverside as they beat Kirrie 3-1. Dundee Rangers picked up a 1-0 win over Dundee Thistle.
It was honours even as ACSC and Ferry played out a 3-3 draw, while Fairmuir suffered their third defeat in four games as they lost 4-3 to Kirrie. Ryan Cormack scored all four goals for the Angus side, eventually sealing the win with a last-minute penalty.
In the Bodycare Complimentary League, Craig Begg’s brace earned Partan Craig a 2-2 draw with Brechin City, while Dryburgh Athletic picked up an 8-5 win over Montrose.
Robbie Tait scored four times for Carnoustie as they came from a goal down to beat St Andrews Colts 6-1. Monifieth won 6-2 away to Forfar WE.
Stefan Brown was on target twice for Coupar Angus as they beat Kirrie 3-2. Ryan Robertson also found the net for the hosts.
Monifieth Tayside picked up their first win of the season as they won 4-1 against Brechin, while Dundee West suffered their first loss of the season as they went down 5-1 against Ferry at Charlotte Street.
There was a first win of the season for Letham Tangerines as they beat Forfar West End 3-2. Cammy Fraser and Callum Clark got the goals for the champions, but couldn’t prevent suffering their second loss of the campaign.
Here’s how the action went down:
Ferry Athletic also picked up a win on the road. Haydn Farningham got a hat trick as they won 6-1 against Brechin. Broughty Pumas, Riverside CSC and Pitfour all hit the goal trail as they cruised into Round Two.
There was no such luck at Charlotte Street, as both Dundee West Reds and Royals were knocked out. The Reds were beaten 8-0 by East Fife YA, while the Royals went down 5-1 Letham Sky Blues. Euan Mather got the goal for the Royals.
Dundee Thistle were beaten 6-1 by St Johns, but Maryfield United advanced to the second round thanks to a 3-1 win at home Letham.
Mark Ross and Stewart Simpson both scored twice for Fairmuir as they won 6-1 against Lumphinnans United. Thomas Gibb and Cole Philip also scored as they sealed a spot in the next round.
Ferry Athletic were the final side on Scottish Cup duty, and they picked up a 4-1 win away to Letham Sky Blues, thanks to Owen Boath’s brace and goals from Rian Clark and Nicolas Mathew.
In the D S Rennie League, Forfar Boys won 6-1 against ACSC. Matthew Platt got a hat trick, there was a double from Ben Cormie and Liam Baillie was also on target for the champions. Billy Rennie got the goal for the Arbroath side.
Dundee West went down 3-2 at home to Kirrie, and Celtic Boys picked up a 2-0 against Montrose.
In the Watson McInally, two of the teams with 100% records faced off as Riverside hosted Dryburgh. It was the hosts that maintained their perfect record thanks Jonah McCallum's double, which handed them a 2-1 win. Sy Coventry got the goal for the visitors.
There were wins for Vale of Tay and St Andrews Colts, while Monifieth won 7-1 against Carnoustie. Ben Strachan got a hat trick, while Sammy Wilson and Jamie Pelling also found the net as Monifieth made it four wins from four.
Blue Brazil started on the front foot, but couldn’t find a way past David Boylan, who did well to push away a curling effort from Euan Stewart.
Godswill Oke opened the scoring for Dundee West four minutes before the break with a curling shot from the edge of the box.
Eight minutes after the restart, Nick Fletcher raced clear of the visitor’s defence and coolly slotted Dundee West into a 2-0 lead.
Fletcher nearly scored an identical goal after 70 minutes, but saw his effort come back of the post. 60 seconds later, Lewis Black curled a free kick into the top corner, setting up a nervy final few minutes for the Dundee side.
With two minutes remaining, David Boylan tipped Jack Reid’s shot onto the post. Connor Reid put the rebound into the net, but the referee judged him to be offside.
Graeme Stewart scored five times for Fairmuir as they cruised into the second round. Robbie Flynn, Liam Hunt and Mason Anderson were all on target as they ran out 8-1 winners over East Fife YA Gold.
There was a big win for Pitfour away to Blairgowrie. Jordan Turnbull scored four time, with Kai Finnie and Charlie Edwards picking up hat tricks. Ally Alcorn, Matthew Glenn and Ross Cameron also found the net.
Broughty Panthers returned to winning ways with a thumping win over Hearts of Beath. Ryan Carr scored a hat trick, while Lewis Denny, Haaris Ahmed and Daniel Boyle all picked up doubles.
Carnoustie edged out Monifieth to seal their place in the second round. Khalid Bjeirmi and Braden Batley had Carnoustie 2-0 up, and they managed to hold on despite a late goal from Aidan Lorente.
Goals from Jayden Allen, Matthew McIntosh and Ciaran Tippet handed Celtic Boys U15S a 3-2 win over Jeanfield Swifts.
Riverside, DUSC, and Ferry join the previously mentioned teams in the second round.
Fairmuir dismantled Lumphinnans United at Graham Street, winning 9-2. Jake Grady, Ross Hazel, Alex Stewart, Mark McCrory, Ethan Samson, Mathew Nelson, Jamie Timmons and Jack Whyte were all on target.
Blairgowrie secured passage to the second round with a 3-0 win over Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Colts. Mattner, Gordon and Smith on target for the hosts.
Forfar Albion needed penalties to get past Jeanfield Reds, after a 4-4 draw. Robbie McGlauchlin, Ben Fanner and Billy Lawson, as well as an own goal provided Forfar’s goals, but keeper Grant Brown was the hero, as he saved three penalties in the shootout, as Forfar ran out 3-2 winners.
Matthew Gorrie’s double inspired Dundee Rangers to their first ever Scottish Cup win. He scored twice with Kevin Smith also on target as they won 3-2 away to Bayside.
Forfar Boys also advanced to Round Two. Elliot Boath scored twice for them as they ran out 3-2 winners against Thornton Locos. Robbie Davidson was also on target.
Partan Craig advanced to Round Two with a 7-4 win away to Jeanfield Blacks. Martin Robertson and Craig Begg both scored twice, with Nathan Lamb, Joe Chiverton and Liam Thompson also finding the net.
Dryburgh and Monifieth are also into the next round, thanks to wins against Cairneyhill Athletic and Luncarty respectively.
Monifieth Athletic beat Aberdour 4-2, while Kirrie edged past Lochgelly Albert Colts with a 1-0 win.
In the Presidents League, last year’s joint U19s league winners took on the U17s champions as Forfar West End hosted Fairmuir. It was Forfar that took the three points, courtesy of Ally Wilson’s double, and goals from Cammy Fraser and Morgan Evans. Fairmuir’s goals came from Ryan McLaren and Errol Vela, but this didn’t prevent them falling to their first defeat of the season.
Elsewhere in the league, Ferry beat Brechin 5-2, and Luncarty picked up a 4-2 win against Monifieth Tayside.
Benarty Astros 2002’s recently won their league – Fife Football Development League Division 1 - for the first time. We were fortunate enough to talk to Club Secretary, Kerry Duff, to find out about why they had such a superb season.
Kerry and the rest of the team were thrilled about their brilliant year. She said this about their season in general: “It has been a long hard season battling against some excellent sides. Thankfully the boys managed to keep their nerve to grab the title that their efforts all season had richly deserved.” In a league as competitive as Benarty Astros’, that might have been the deciding factor that saw them lift the trophy.
The best moment of Kerry’s season was winning 3-0 over local rivals Lochgelly Albert Colts in the East Region Cup Final to win their first trophy. She believed that this gave Benarty Astros the determination to go on and win the league: “Winning the first silverware available gave the boys the confidence and the belief.” Confidence and belief are crucial elements to winning a league title, and Benarty Astros had these in abundance.
The biggest challenge this season was a close encounter against a strong Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts side in the league play-off match. Despite a solid performance from Inverkeithing, Benarty Astros managed to progress after a penalty shootout, which Kerry called “a real test of the boys’ ability and character which they passed with flying colours.”
Kerry praised the boys' "team spirit and willingness to work hard for each other every week.” This was key to Benarty Astros successful season, along with their mentality and performance. Kerry thinks that they can keep up their high standard of football, which would result in “improving the players as individuals and as a team which will hopefully lead to continued success on the pitch.” If Benarty Astros manage to sustain their level of effort, commitment and attitude then they are heading in the right direction for more positive seasons.
Kerry also thanked the parents, carers, supporters and sponsors of the Benarty Astros youngsters: “We would like to thank them for the tremendous level of support shown to the club. Without these guys contribution our success this season would have been impossible.” This just goes to show how important these unseen helpers are, and how they are the driving force behind the club.
Congratulations to Benarty Astros on their successful season and good luck for the upcoming seasons.