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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 15:21

DDYFA Results Round-Up 24/09/17

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The second round of the Scottish Cup provided plenty of thrills, upsets and drama throughout all the age groups.

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.
They will be joined by Ferry Athletic, who won 5-3 against East Vale, and Coupar Angus, who beat Monifieth Tayside 3-2. Greig McLagan scored twice, and Stefan Brown was also on target.
Monday, 18 September 2017 20:35

DDYFA Results Round-Up 17/09/17

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This week saw all but one of the DDYFA teams return to league duty after their Scottish Cup exploits. In the U13 league, all three of the leagues got underway, there was a rematch of last year’s Dundee West Anniversary Cup final as Ferry hosted Pitfour, and in the U17 Maryfield league, Celtic boys faced off against Dundee Rangers.

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.
One team that maintained their 100% record was Fairmuir. Stuart Heenan was on target seven times for them, as they blew away Broughty Pumas.

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.
In the Watson McInally League, St Murdochs came from 3-0 down to win 4-3 against Vale of Tay. Arron Cummings, Bryan Dalgetty and Fyndley Patterson levelled the tie, which was won thanks to a 30-yard free kick from Jimmy Stewart.

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.
This week’s second featured match saw Pitfour take on Ferry in a repeat of last season’s Dundee West Anniversary Cup final. Pitfour were victorious on that day, and have made a blistering start to the new campaign, finding the net over 50 times in the first six league games.

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.
Dryburgh Athletic moved to the top of the table with a 6-1 win over Scone Thistle. Two of their title rivals took points from each other as Fairmuir drew 3-3 with Jeanfield Blacks. Jake Grady, Fraser Nelson and Dylan Bonella were all on target for Fairmuir.

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.
Blairgowrie’s Alan Mattner got his sixth goal of the season, but couldn’t stop his side going down 3-2 to St Murdochs. Broughty United won 4-2 at home to St Andrews Colts.

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.
Celtic Boys picked up a convincing 6-1 win over Dundee Rangers. The result moved them into second place in the league table.

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.
Fairmuir Violet returned to winning ways with a 7-3 win over Monifieth. Goals from Ryan McLaren, Ryan Scobbie, Errol Vella, Robbie Gallacher, Jaden Murphy, Jack Taylor and an own goal saw Fairmuir move to the top of the table. 

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.
Monday, 11 September 2017 14:04

DDYFA Results Round-Up 10/09/17

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This week saw a handful of league matches take place, but the focus of this week’s action was the Scottish Cup. For some, this was their first venture into the national competition, and for others, it will be their last. It also meant the Dundee teams took on teams with names that you have to think about when you type them out (I’m looking at you Lumphinnans United and Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Colts).

Here’s how the action went down:
Carnoustie Panmure have been one of the form sides in the Jubilee Cup group stages, and there was no stopping them as they won 9-3 away to Elgin Star. Scott Hamilton bagged a hat trick, there was a double for Jack Chalmers, and goals for Ben Gibson, Bailey Dickson, Dylan McLeish and Gabriel Smith.

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.
The older Maryfield United team also won 3-1, they beat Brechin to seal a place in the second round. Broughty United went down 5-3 to Kirkcaldy Inter after extra time.

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.
This weeks featured match saw Dundee West host Blue Brazil in what proved to be a match that will live long in the memory at Charlotte Street.

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.
Jeanfield Blacks booked their place in Round Two with a 9-0 win over Brechin. They will be joined by St Murdochs, Ferry, Scone Thistle and Logie Harp, who all picked up wins.

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.
East Craigie Swifts started this year’s competition with a 4-1 win over Scone. Matt McKinnon scored twice, with Reece Lornie and Kier Gardiner also finding the net for last year’s quarter finalists.

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.

Coupar Angus set up a second-round tie with Monifieth Athletic after they beat Kirkcaldy FC 9-1.
Stefan Brown found the net five times and picked up two assists as the hosts hit the goal trail.

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.
Friday, 08 September 2017 10:02

DDYFA Results Round-Up 03/09/17 and 05/09/17

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The third week of the season saw repeats of last season’s Wellgate Cup and Chuck McGowan Cup finals. In the U13 age group, the Diamond Jubilee Cup group stages reached their conclusion. On Tuesday night, there was a full round of G Taylor League fixtures that saw two of the top teams from last season face off. 
In Group A of the Diamond Jubilee Cup, Celtic Boys picked up a 7-2 win against Dundee West Royals. Sol Archibald and Aiden Davidson were on target for the Royals.
In Group B, Ciaran Quinn got four goals for Broughty Pumas as they recorded a big win against Monifieth.
Carnoustie topped Group C with five wins from five after a 5-2 win over Dundee West Reds. Scott Hamilton bagged a hat trick, with Karter Inglis and Jack Chalmers also finding the net. James Valentine and Rourke Davidson got the goals for Dundee West.
Fairmuir finished Group D in style with a big win against ACSC in Arbroath. Blair Fyffe scored six, with Harrison Smith, Stuart Heenan and Jamie Fraser all picking up hat tricks, and braces for Lewis Hornshaw, Finlay Garty and Jude Duguid capping off a group stage that saw Fairmuir score 51 times in five matches. Not a bad way to start 11-a-side football.
In the DS Rennie League, Celtic Boys picked up a 3-0 win over Ferry Athletic, while Liam Baillie’s hat trick helped Forfar Boys to a 6-0 win over Montrose.
Two of the newly promoted sides faced off as Brechin hosted ACSC. It was the Arbroath side that finished higher in the league last season, but Brechin took the points courtesy of a 2-1 win.
Goals from Leon Winterton and Ross Bell earned Broughty United a 2-2 draw with Dundee West.
In the Watson McInally League, Riverside, Dryburgh and Monifieth all maintained their 100% records. Monifieth were 5-2 winners against Arbroath. Ryan Smith bagged a double, with Ryan Murray, Jamie Vials and Jamie Pelling all finding the net.
Dryburgh picked up a big win against Douglas, with Sy Coventry scoring five times. Daryll Ferguson, Roan Campbell and Charlie Jamieson all scored hat tricks as Dryburgh made it three wins from three.
Riverside won 8-2 against Vale of Tay, Caden Rice was on target once, but Jonah McCallum stole the show as he scored seven times.
There was a 10-goal thriller at Claypotts Park as Dundee Thistle took on high flying Broughty Panthers. Ryan Carr failed to convert an early penalty for Broughty, and Dundee Thistle found themselves two to the good at half time. Carr quickly made amends for his early penalty, as he fired in a hat trick, and provided two assists as Broughty picked up a 7-3 win, and their fourth win in four games.
Across the road, Ferry Athletic played host to Dundee West in a repeat of last season’s Wellgate Cup final. Dundee West were victorious that day, and took the three points thanks to a hat trick from Nick Fletcher, and goals from Lewis Hutton and Logan Smith. Dundee West winning 5-2 in the end.
Pitfour picked up a big win over Montrose as they made it five wins from five. Last season’s champions have over 40 goals from their opening five games, and have conceded just twice.
Fairmuir recorded a 5-0 win over Carnoustie, with Robbie Flynn picking up a hat trick. Goals from Cody Louge and Steven Irvine weren’t enough to stop Celtic Boys going down 3-2 against DUSC.
This week’s featured match saw Broughty United host St Murdochs at Claypotts Park, and last season’s Jean Pierre Babin Cup finalists got off to the perfect start as Simon Sharpe found the net twice in the opening 16 minutes, the first coming after just 28 seconds.
Goals either side of half time from Jack Paterson and Bradley Bell brought Saints level.
Robbie McDonald then saw red for a foul in the middle of the park and had goalkeeper Gregor Tweed to thank for keeping Broughty level. Tweed made a fine reflex save to stop Logan Swankie’s header, and then denied Cameron Johnston inside the box.
Rory Jagusinski’s late brace secured Broughty the points. The first saw the fullback dance through the Saints defenders and slot a low shot into the net, and the second saw him effortlessly lob the ball over goalkeeper Roman Robb with only a few minutes remaining.
Elsewhere in the Maryfield League, Ross Mcnaughton’s double helped reigning champions Dryburgh take three points from Ferry Athletic. Jake Stewart opened the scoring, and then levelled the game at 2-2, but Mcnaughton’s goals, as well as strikes from Ewan Stewart and Ryan Corbitt saw the champions maintain their 100% record.
Blairgowrie’s Alan Mattner took his tally for the season to five as they beat St Andrew’s Colts 4-1. Eden Gordon and Euan Rutherford also found the net, as Blairgowrie move up to third in the table. 
Fairmuir and Scone Thistle served up a rare 0-0 draw at Graham Street, while Owen Brownlie’s free kick secured Forfar Albion a 3-3 draw with Logie Harp, who turned around a 2-0 deficit after Lewis Davidson and Russell Mitchell had given the Angus side the lead.
In the W Mills League, Monifieth picked up a 3-0 win at the expense of Dundee Thistle. Adam Gray, Liam Annan and Jamie Lynch all on target as Monifieth got their first three points of the season.
There was late drama as St Murdochs Colts took on Brechin City. Bryce Duff and Hayden Menmuir got the goals for the Saints Colts, but Calum McKelvie’s goal and a last-minute penalty from Joe Paton ensured both sides a share of the spoils.
Last season’s top two faced off in the Dave Pullar League as East Craigie played host to Fairmuir. The current champions put on a show as they ran out 5-1 winners, with last season’s top scorer Keir Gardiner bagging a brace. Reece Lornie, Matt McKinnon, Callum McCleary also found the net, with Fairmuir’s goal coming from Jay Taylor.
Tom Grubb’s goal earned Ferry Athletic a point against Kirrie Thistle, while late goals from Craig Heggie and Daniel Wardlaw saw Dundee Rangers draw 2-2 with ACSC, earning them their first point of the season.
In the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League, Carnoustie Panmure took on Brechin City in a repeat of last season’s Chuck McGowan Cup final. Carnoustie lifted the silverware back in April, but had to be content with a point after falling behind to Sam Rogerson’s early goal, the match finishing 1-1.
Mark McKinley found the net twice for Monifieth Athletic, but couldn’t stop them losing 3-2 to Dryburgh. Anton McAleese was on target twice for Partan Craig as they beat St Andrews Colts 5-2.
Dundee West maintained their 100% record as they fired six past Monifieth Tayside. Matthew Brown grabbed a hat trick, Ben Amos got a double, and the league’s joint top scorer Nathan Scott was also on target.
Fairmuir Violet came from a goal down to beat 10-man Brechin at Graham Street. The Angus side had the lead at half time, but doubles from Robbie Gallacher and Jaden Murphy, as well as goals from Brendan Howett and Ryan Scobie saw Fairmuir ease to victory.
Coupar Angus and Monifieth Athletic played out a 1-1 draw, while Forfar West End picked up a 3-0 against Luncarty. Cameron Fraser scored twice, with Jay Doherty also getting his first goal of the season.
Tuesday’s featured match saw Dundee West take on Fairmuir. Robbie Flynn fired Fairmuir into the lead after 10 minutes, but Lee Clark prodded Dundee West level midway through the first half.
Nick Fletcher volleyed the hosts into the lead early in the second half, only for Ruari Henry to bring Fairmuir level with a deft header nine minutes later.
Robbie Flynn raced around Dundee West keeper David Boylan after 74 minutes, and gave Fairmuir the lead, but Marcel Motyka’s red card gave Dundee West a late boost, and in the fourth minute of injury time, they were awarded a penalty. Callum Rae stepped up and sealed his side a point.
The result allowed Pitfour to open a four-point gap on Fairmuir at the top of the table, as they beat Celtic Boys 9-1. Ally Alcorn and Jordan Turnbull both bagged hat tricks for the champions. They got 70 goals between them last year, and have already found the net 31 times between them in the opening six games.
Broughty Panthers suffered their first defeat at the hands of Monifieth. Cammy Watts, Arran Ferry and Aidan Lorente’s goals lifted unbeaten Monifieth to third in the table.
Jack Kingston’s goal and a double from Dougray Smith saw Riverside pick up a 3-2 win over Broughty United. Ferry Athletic beat Montrose by the same score.
DUSC beat Dundee Thistle 7-0, while Forfar came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Carnoustie. Braden Batley got the goal for Carnoustie.
Monday, 14 August 2017 20:23

DDYFA U16s Leagues Preview

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The 2016/17 saw Dryburgh Athletic complete a top-flight treble, while St Murdochs lifted the second-tier league and cup. Ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, YFS looks at the some of the teams that will be in the hunt for silverware, and those plying their trade in their new divisions.
Maryfield League
The Reigning Champions – Dryburgh Athletic
Last season was a dream year for Dryburgh as they completed the domestic treble, losing just one league game in the process. In 2017/18, they will be hoping for more of the same, and they have a squad more than capable of defending their titles.
With three new teams joining the league this year, they are going to need to win more matches to win the league than in previous seasons. This combined with their lofty ambitions for the East Region and Scottish Cup and the quality of their title rivals means they will have very little margin for error over the coming campaign.
A Point to Prove – Fairmuir
Fairmuir had a near flawless campaign in 2016/17, losing just two league games all season. The problem was that both these games were against Dryburgh, and ultimately cost them the league title. If they can keep their key men fit for the whole season, and take points off Dryburgh, then they will have a real chance of dethroning the current champions.
Heirs to the Throne? – Jeanfield Blacks
One of the new additions to the Maryfield League this season are Jeanfield Blacks. Having completed a league and cup double of their own in 2016/17, they will be looking to carry on their form from last season, in which they lost just one game, into this season. Of all the new additions to the league, they look the most likely to challenge Dryburgh and Fairmuir at the top of the table.
On the Up – St Murdochs and St Andrews Colts
Both St Murdochs and St Andrews Colts secured promotion to this season’s top flight last year. St Murdochs completed a league and cup double in 2016/17, and will hope to carry their momentum into the new season. Last season showed in one off cup games they can match top-flight teams, but doing it over 22 league games is a different challenge all together.
St Andrews Colts lost just two league games last year, and were the second top scorers in the P Gibson League. They will need to keep up their goal scoring exploits if they are to survive in the top flight.
Not Here to Make Up the Numbers – Blairgowrie and Scone Thistle
Blairgowrie and Scone Thistle have also made the move from the PKYFA to the DDYFA this season, and both will hope to have an impact on the upcoming league season. Neither of these sides were challenging for the league title last season, and it is likely that both will finish midtable this year. However, both could have a big say on where the league title ends up come next May.
The Dark Horses – Broughty United
A slow start to the 2016/17 season saw Broughty United spend most of the season near the foot of the league table. Despite this, they still managed to reach the Jean Pierre Babin Cup final, and a purple patch at the end of the season saw them beat the drop. If they can keep their momentum going at the start of the new season, there’s no reason they can’t finish in the top half of the table and mount a challenge in the cup competitions.
W Mills League
Dropping Down and Stepping Up – Riverside CSC
The 2016/17 was a mixed bag for Riverside. Despite suffering relegation, they reached the final of the Tommy Clark Trophy, an experience that will stand them in good stead ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. They will be targeting a quick return to the top flight and have a squad well equipped to do that, and they might even reach another cup final along the way.
Title Contenders? - Lincraig
For long parts of the 2016/17 season, it looked like Lincraig were going to join St Murdochs in winning promotion, but ultimately it wasn’t to be. If they can keep their squad together and find a little more consistency, then this could be their year.
Following in the Footsteps? – St Murdochs Colts
Despite an eighth-place finish last season, St Murdochs second team will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of their counterparts and challenge for promotion this season. Whether they can match the achievements of their counterparts this year is yet to be seen, but we might have two St Murdochs sides in the topflight in the coming years.
The Dark Horses – Carnoustie Panmure
The J Bolton Cup semi-finalists finished fourth in the league last season, and will fancy themselves to push on and challenge for one of the promotion places.
Monday, 14 August 2017 20:33

DDYFA U17s Leagues Preview

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The 2016/17 season saw East Craigie Swifts complete a top-flight treble. In the second tier, Riverside CSC lifted the league title, and Carnoustie Panmure won the Chuck McGowan Cup. Ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, YFS looks at some of the teams that will be in the hunt for silverware, and those plying their trade in a different division.
Dave Pullar League
Only eight teams will contest this seasons Dave Pullar league, making it the smallest league in the DDYFA. With a distinct chance of the league campaign being concluded by late January/early February, don’t be surprised to see a League Cup introduced to extend the season through to May.
The Reigning Champions – East Craigie Swifts
In 2016/17, East Craigie Swifts were dominant. They went through the entire season unbeaten and reached the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup. This season, it’s difficult to see them letting their high standards slip domestically and in the national competitions, they will be aiming to reach the latter rounds.
With only 14 league fixtures to play over the coming season, they should be well equipped to challenge on all five fronts, without having to worry about fixture congestion in the closing weeks of the season.
A Point to Prove – Fairmuir and Ferry Athletic
Fairmuir and Ferry Athletic finished joint second last season, but both trailed East Craigie Swifts by 19 points.
Fairmuir will be hoping to push on after what was a disappointing season by their standards. Despite reaching the John Clark Motors Cup final, they were unable to field a team, and in the league, struggled to lay a glove on East Craigie. While overturning a 19-point gap will take some effort, they should be able to reduce the deficit and reaching another cup final.
As for Ferry, they will also look to push East Craigie further this season, and will get the chance to face the reigning champions on the opening day. They will be looking to push on and reach the latter rounds of the cup competitions, something that they should be aiming to do this season.
The New Boys – Dundee Rangers
Dundee Rangers were the runners up in last season’s W Mills League, but with champions Riverside CSC not taking part in the Dave Pullar league, Rangers are the only newly promoted side in 2017/18. They will be hoping to stay clear of the relegation places, but will need to be at their very best this season to beat the drop.
The Dark Horses – Celtic Boys
Celtic Boys finished fourth in the league last season, but will be aiming to finish in the top three this time round. They will be hoping to improve on their cup performances this season, and are a side that the top teams will certainly be tested by this season.
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Dropping Down and Stepping Up – St Andrews Colts
St Andrews Colts will be hoping to bounce back to the top division at the first time of asking this season. With only two wins to their name in 2016/17, they’ll be hoping for a new lease of life in the coming campaign.
Title Contenders? – Brechin City
Brechin narrowly missed out on promotion last season and were beaten by Carnoustie in the final of the Chuck McGowan Cup. With only one team coming down from the top flight, they have a golden opportunity to push on and up into the promotion places. Their cup final experience will aid them in their push for promotion this season.
The Dark Horses – Carnoustie Panmure
Last season’s Chuck McGowan Cup winners finished sixth in the W Mills League, and will be hoping to kick on and finish higher in the league. If they can transfer their cup form to the league, then they will have a real chance of getting promoted to the top flight.
Monday, 14 August 2017 20:16

DDYFA U15s G Taylor League Preview

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The 2016/17 season saw Pitfour complete the top-flight treble, while Dundee West completed a treble of their own by lifting the second-tier cup and league title, as well as the Wellgate cup. Ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, YFS looks at some of the clubs that will be in the hunt for silverware over the next ten months.
G Taylor League
The Reigning Champions – Pitfour FC
Pitfour lost just one of their 12 league games in 2016/17 as they pipped Arbroath to the league title. They, along with all the other teams in the league, are going from the smallest league, to the largest. With 15 teams making up the G Taylor league, Pitfour will play 28 league games, over double the amount they played to secure last year’s title.
Despite an increased number of fixtures, they are still the team to beat in the G Taylor League. However, if they reach the latter rounds of the national competitions, then they will have to deal with fixture congestion come the back end of the season. Although, there are worse problems to have.
The Best of the Rest – Dundee West
Dundee West secured promotion by winning last season’s Watson McInally League title, and it just so happens that the other seven clubs from last year’s second division have joined them in this season’s top flight. This could prove to be a blessing for them, as they know that these are seven clubs that they can beat.
Last year’s cup competitions showed that they can beat the likes of Fairmuir and Pitfour in one off games, but besting them over 28 league games is a different test. While they should be aiming to go and challenge for the league title, a top four finish would represent a very good season for them. As for the cups, any side that considers themselves favourites for the silverware will want to avoid Dundee West, who know how to handle big game pressure.
A Point to Prove – Arbroath Lads
Arbroath narrowly missed out on the league title and J Duffy Cup at the hands of Pitfour last season. Having lifted silverware in their first season at 11-a-side, they will be looking to reclaim at least one of the titles Pitfour currently hold. As the only side to beat Pitfour in the league last season, they look well equipped to go and challenge at the top of the league and in the domestic cups over the coming campaign.
A Trophy at Last? – Fairmuir
Fairmuir have ran both Pitfour and Arbroath close in the league and cups over the previous two seasons, but are yet to lift silverware. They will be hoping to finally break their duck this year and lift the illusive silver.
The Dark Horses – Monifieth
The side that finished runners up to Dundee West in 2016/17, Monifieth are not to be taken lightly in the coming season. Finishing with one of the best defensive records in the Watson McInally league, they will be aiming to finish in the top half of the table. Not an easy feat by any means, but one that they should be aiming for.
Monday, 14 August 2017 20:08

DDYFA U14s Leagues Preview

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The 2016/17 season saw Forfar Boys lift four top flight trophies, while Dundee West won the lower league title and cup. Ahead of the upcoming 2017/18 campaign, YFS looks at some of the teams that will be in the hunt for silverware, and those plying their trade in the top flight for the first time.
D S Rennie League
The Reigning Champions – Forfar Boys
Coming off the back of a historical quadruple winning season, there is a sense that the only way is down for Forfar Boys. While winning four trophies may be a bridge too far this season, they will certainly be at the top end of the league table and are more than capable of defending their domestic cups. The fact is that these boys have already created history, and anything they do in the coming seasons will only add to their status.
A Point to Prove – Celtic Boys and Fairmuir
Celtic Boys and Fairmuir finished second and third last season, and both will be looking to knock Forfar off their perch this year.
Celtic reached the semi-finals of both local cup competitions last year, and despite coming up short on both occasions, the big game experience will benefit for the upcoming campaign. If they can learn from their experiences last season, then there is no reason they can’t go and lift silverware this year.
As for Fairmuir, they were the top team this age group had to offer at seven-a-side, but couldn’t transfer their dominance to the 11-a-side pitch. While a third-place finish is nothing to be scoffed at, they have the players in their squad to go and mount a title challenge and reach the latter rounds of the cup competitions. Whether they can fulfil their potential is yet to be seen.
The New Boys – Dundee West, ACSC and Brechin
Dundee West, ACSC and Brechin made up the top three in last season’s second tier, and they will all experience top flight football for the first time.
Of all the three promoted clubs, Dundee West look most likely to thrive in the top league. Having completed a league and cup double, it’s clear they know how to win games and will fancy themselves to beat most teams in the D S Rennie League. While the league title may be a step to far this season, they will believe they have a real chance of lifting one of the cups this year.
ACSC were runners up to Dundee West and had a fine season in 2016/17. They certainly have the players to compete in the top league, and will cause problems for all the sides they face this season.
As for Brechin, last season saw them finish third in the league and reach the final of the Brown Cup. They had one of the best defensive records in the J Clenaghan League last year, and will need to continue that form if they are to beat the drop this season.
The Dark Horses – Kirrie Thistle
Kirrie finished fourth in the league last year, but were 11 points behind Fairmuir in third when the season ended. They caused problems for every team they faced last year and will certainly play a role in deciding where the league title resides come the seasons end.
Watson McInally League
Dropping Down and Stepping Up – Dryburgh Athletic and St Andrews Colts
Both Dryburgh and St Andrews Colts were relegated to the Watson McInally League this season after finishing bottom and second bottom last season.
Dryburgh won just once in the league last season, and generally had a miserable time in the top flight. However, the drop down may prove to be a blessing for them, as they come up against a lower quality of opponent. If they can pick up the winning habit, then a quickfire return to the top flight may be on the cards.
St Andrews Colts can count themselves quite unfortunate to have been relegated. The Ross Ballantine Cup finalists were relegated on goal difference, finishing with a goal difference two worse than eighth place Ferry Athletic. Despite this, they have some talented players at their disposal, and will certainly be in contention for the league title and the Mac Brown Cup.
The Title Contenders – Riverside CSC
Riverside finished in fourth place last year, and look capable of mounting another title challenge this year. If they can turn a few of their five defeats from last season into wins, then there’s a good chance that this will be their year.
The New Boys – St Murdochs
The newest team in the 2004 age group is St Murdochs. They are very much an unknown quantity, but of course they will be aiming to finish as high in the league as possible. Based on the form of older St Murdochs teams, they will certainly pose a threat in this league.
The Dark Horses – Maryfield
Maryfield started the 2016/17 season brightly, and looked like mounting a promotion push in the opening weeks of the season. In the end, they finished the season mid table, but if they can keep a little more consistency this season, they should finish higher in the league this time around.

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.


Kennoway United under 14’s were this year’s surprise winners of the Fife Football Development League Division 1, playing in their first competitive season. We had the opportunity to talk to head coach Peter McQuade to find out about his team’s remarkable season.

Winning the league is a fantastic achievement, especially at the first time trying, and that’s why it’s one of Peter’s favourite moments of the season. He says his other favourite moment was “the development of the players.” Player development is very important to a successful season as confidence and technical skills improve, which leads to better performances and more matches won. Peter also commented that “We feel ecstatic to be honest, it's been a fantastic achievement to win the league in our first competitive season and just a reward for all the hard work and dedication shown not only by the players but from everyone connected with the club.”

Peter put his team’s unforeseen brilliance down to his players: “The team spirit and desire of the entire squad not only to win the league but also to be the first Kennoway team to win it. They never gave up which was shown by the amount of late important goals against the other league challengers and showed the desire that all the squad had.” Passion, desire and challenging work were evidently key factors in Kennoway United winning the league at the first time of asking.

However, there were challenges to overcome for Peter’s young team: “After suffering our first league defeat and a heavy defeat in the regional cup, the following week we played DFC Wanderers away in the league, with only 13 fit players we managed to come away with a 2-1 victory which turned out to be pivotal in our season.” Kennoway United also had to win their final game of the season to be crowned champions, displaying their mental strength in a competitive league.

Kennoway United have high hopes for next season, and the groundwork is being laid by Peter, who wants to “continue to improve the players and coaches, and to drive everyone to better last season’s achievements. He also commented that it would be fantastic if along the way players are offered the opportunity to play at a higher level.” If they can achieve their targets, and judging by this seasons performance, Kennoway United are well on their way to another league title.

Congratulations to Kennoway United on their league win and good luck for next season.