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Dyce produced a thumping second half to defeat Airdrie 4-0 and take the U13s Scottish Cup. Two goals from Matt McFarlane were complemented by a long range strike from Ethan Sutherland and an Aidan Brookes penalty, giving the Aberdeen side their silverware in the Lanarkshire team’s own stadium.

The opening half was scrappy and often lacking in concentrated possession. Dyce were quicker into the game, with their attacking players getting touches of the ball advanced within the Airdrie half. However, bar a 20 yard free kick by Brookes and cross-shot by Sutherland, in the 6th and 7th minutes respectively and both comfortably saved by Airdrie number one David Milligan, the pressure was at a distance.

Airdrie’s place in the match strengthened with a quarter of an hour played. Initially their endeavours produced no more than throw-ins, but soon direct balls began to show promise. These encouraged striker Michael McKinley to chase against the centre backs, and he won space for a brace of long but wayward shots.

On the half hour a fine saunter out of defence by Dyce’s Scott Robertson led to an unsuccesful penalty claim by Sutherland, and for a few minutes the final found a previously lacking bite. This piqued attitude duly produced the best chance of the half, as McKinley caught a hopeful punt, wrestled inside his two markers, and was only denied by the out-rushing Sam Inglis.

The Excelsior stadium welcomed Kirkintilloch Rob Roy and Harmony Row as they went head to head in the hopes of clinching cup final glory in the Scottish Youth FA Cup.

After a hard fought 90 minutes and extra time from both sides, Kirkintilloch sealed themselves victory on penalties after Callum McAuley’s excellent save of Ben Harwood’s powerful shot, which was ultimately the deciding factor in the tie.

Both teams set the tone for the fixture early on as Kirkintilloch’s Greg Miller piled on the pressure for the Harmony Row Goal Keeper, Dylan Austin; while Harmony Row’s Greg Murphy had a series of crunching tackles.

As Harmony Row found themselves comfortable within the game, the fifth minute saw Charlie Freedman race up the left hand side before firing the ball into the back of the net, only to have the effort called offside.

It wasn’t long before Kirkintilloch were hitting back at the other end though, as Miller had a shot that was taken comfortably by Austin in the sixth minute.

It was in the 14th minute, however, that Kirkintilloch caught a break as Kian Gilday sent an excellent ball over to the opposite side of the box to Luke McNiven, who picked out the feet of Fraser Dawson in the box. Dawson calmly slotted the ball past Austin and Kirkintilloch found themselves 1-0 up within the first 15 minutes.

After a series of long balls that didn’t seem to come off for Harmony Row, their determination paid off in the 27th minute after they gained a crucial corner that would change the dynamic of the game once again.

The effort brushed the head of Harwood but didn’t come off as he may have hoped; however, it fell behind him for Kieran Robb, who fired a low shot into the left-hand corner of the net, bringing the fixture even once more at 1-1.

After equalising, Harmony Row seemed to gain the confidence to take hold of the match, Harwood in particular continued to send wonderful balls into the box before one dropped for Kyle Elrick who was unable to take advantage.

Scottish Cup finals don't get much more tense than this...
 
Kerse United lifted the trophy after a pulsating match against Knightswood. After a 1-1 draw at full-time, and with extra time providing no winner, the match had to be resolved with a penalty shootout, Luis Vieira slotted home the winning penalty to give the Grangemouth side the win.
 
Knightswood threatened first when a shot from Peter Donnan was well saved by Kerse stopper Thomas Kay. The attack seemed to have inspired United, as they took the lead five minutes later.
 
A fantastic run down the left from Euan Wilson saw him slip the ball into Calum Watson, who in turn layed it off to Cameron Sharp who hit first time to give his side the lead.
 
Five minutes after that Kerse thought they had doubled their lead when Wilson managed to win the battle with his defender and slotted the ball home, only for the referee to have judged that a foul had been commited in the build up.
 
Knightswood kept up the pressure looking for an equaliser, and came close when Nicholas Pilkington headed over from eight yards when he really should have done better.
 
They had another opportunity close to half time when Pilkington went on a blistering dribble right through the Kerse defence, only to be kept out by the brilliant Thomas Kay.
A second half brace from Anton Phinn was enough to see Rutherglen Glencairn crowned Scottish Cup champions at the expense of Barrhead YFC.
 
The match was evenly contested throughout, with both sides showing the quality that got them to the showpiece event in Airdrie.
 
The day began with a show of rememberance as both teams observed a presentation to mark the memory of Anton Houghton, the Barrhead youth player who sadly lost his life in April. The presentation was respected by both sets of fans, offering a reminder that in the end there are things far more important than football. A minute's applause followed and the match was soon underway.
 
Rutherglen offered the first attempt at goal five minutes in when Lewis Watt took in a cross from the right hand side to fire over the bar.
 
Barrhead had their first sight of goal just a few minutes later when Andrew McLaughlin tried his luck only to see his effort deflected behind. From the resulting corner, McLaughlin tried again, this time his effort going over the bar.
 
Glencairn had a great opportunity to open the scoring on the 25 minute mark when a cross from Watt, after some great work down the wing, fell to Ryan Clark, only for his effort to blaze over the bar.
 
From the restart Barrhead themselves almost took the lead when a cross from the left fell right on the head of William Lennox, whose effort was straight into the plams of Kyle Pirie in the Rutherglen goal.
 
Michael Lone very nearly had Rutherglen in front with perhaps the best chance of the first half when he took advantage of some slack defensive play to steal possession, only for him to drag his shot wide of goal.
 
Another opportunity fell to Rutherglen just two minutes later after a great counter attack saw the ball fall into the path of Watt who opted to shoot with the outside of his boot, allowing Stuart Collins in the Barrhead goal to claim.

An action-packed Cup Final clash at Hampden Park on Friday saw Dundee's St. John's High School triumph over Graeme High School of Falkirk to claim their second Senior National Shield since 2016. 

Graeme High School found themselves unlucky after holding a 1-0 lead over St.John's from the 42nd minute, with a carefully placed finish from Wilson Romanis.
 
St. John's however finally caught their break in the 80th minute, when Lyall Cameron, who remained a constant threat throughout the fixture, was brought down by Graeme's keeper, Luca Sandberg, in the penalty area.
 
It was the calm disposition of Archie Meekison which brought the teams level at 1-1, after slotting the ball into the left-hand side of the net from the penalty spot, which was met by roars from the St. John's support.

While St. John's certainly earned their victory, both teams had their fair share of chances throughout the fixture; including the effort in the 11th minute from Romanis which was saved by Ross Matthews in a one on one encounter. 

Kai Fotheringham also found himself unlucky with an effort in the 44th minute which was hammered at Matthews and sent out for a corner. 

The 37th minute saw both teams attempting to hit one another on the break, as the Hampden crowd were treated to end to end action. 

Soon after in the 40th minute, St. John's Captain, Ross McNaughton, who commanded midfield throughout the fixture, raced up front before sending a low ball through to Grady McGrath, who's shot was well defended by the Graeme full backs. 

 

Nathan Young-Coombes sealed Youth Cup glory for Rangers over their arch-rivals Celtic after a brilliant 3-2 victory at Hampden.

Rangers netted twice in the opening ten minutes before Celtic pulled it level with a couple of their own in the early stages of the second half. Young-Coombes became the hero for his side, converting a header to give the young Gers victory.

In the opening couple of minutes Young-Coombes showed how much of a threat he could be, finding space in the Celtic box, before seeing his shot deflected wide.

Only five minutes had been played before Ciaran Dickson put Rangers in front. The youngster picked up the ball on the edge of the area and sent a lovely side footed shot into the bottom corner.

Adedapo Mebude doubled Rangers’ lead two minutes later. The forward found some room in the Celtic penalty area and blasted his shot past goalkeeper Liam Hughes.

Some sloppy play in the young Gers midfield allowed Celtic forward Cameron Harper to break away on the counter. The move eventually came to nothing as Harper’s shot was turned around the post by Rangers stopper Lewis Budinauckas.

Joshua McPake missed a good opportunity to all but end things on the 42nd minute mark, but his shot from the left fizzed just wide of the post.

Monday, 18 March 2019 08:54

McFarlane winner sends Dyce to Airdrie

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A 45th minute winner from Matt McFarlane was enough to send Dyce BC to the Scottish Cup final to set up a meeting with Airdrieonians Real BC at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie on May 19th. Both teams tried to play the game in a positive way however a gusting wind was the burden behind that with only a set piece the difference.The attendance was 300.

Dyce beat CBC Hilton, East End Boys Athletic, Spartans, Glasgow Boys, Pollock United and Tynecastle. BSC Glasgow Lightning beat Thorn Athletic Blues, St Cadocs County, Ardencaple, Valspar, West End Reds, Currie Star and Hutchison Vale.

The other winner who deserves a mention is Dyce Juniors committee member David Bartlet who got his wife to drive him to Ian Mair Park at 5am on Sunday morning in order to get the game to go ahead after extreme weather on Saturday forced the game to be a doubt.

Both sides had a few half chances in the early exchanges of the game with Broomhill having the most notable chance on eight minutes. A good long range strike by Zak Murray was tipped away by Sam Inglis in the Dyce goal, the first half was a little bit subdued with the wind dominating proceedings in this game.

Dyce had a few chances afterwards in an effort to get that all important break through with Ethan Sutherland trying his luck however a good save by Hursh Sharma denied the striker, McFarlane also had a good chance with a 25 yard effort which was also denied by the talented Sharma.

The final chance of the half came to the hosts with Sutherland and McFarlane linking up again with the latter having a chance denied by Sharma, nothing to seperate the teams heading into half time, Dyce were playing well however lacking that final ball whilst Broomhill were battling away however had a lack of chances in front of goal.

Nairn Bonnar’s second half goal sealed Fairmuir’s place in the final of the Scottish Youth FA Cup as they edged out Ferry Athletic at Tannadice.

Both teams came into the match looking to do what no Dundee team had done since Dundee United SC in 2013 and reach the Scottish Cup final. Not even an early morning sleet storm could put a dampener on two of the city’s top sides.

With a place in Airdrie at stake a repeat of the sides 5-4 league meeting in August was unlikely as both teams searched to assert themselves early on. Ferry’s first chance fell to Mitchell Smith who cracked a volley wide from the edge of the box inside the opening minute.

Nairn Bonnar has been a standout for Fairmuir this season and the pacey forward made his intentions clear when he drove from inside his own half into the Ferry box, but he saw a well hit strike matched by a smart diving save from Ferry’s Connor Milton.

Ferry were getting a lot of joy in the wide areas early on, but Owen McColgan failed to trouble Cammy Hendry with an overhead kick.

For all their possession Ferry were failing to test Hendry in the Fairmuir goal. A low ball across the face of the Fairmuir goal looked certain to provide the opener, but nobody in a yellow shirt was on hand to turn the ball in.

At the other end, Alex Stewart’s ball was collected by Ross Hazel, who looked to have broken the deadlock with a dipping volley from inside the box until Milton leaped to tip the ball over the bar.

Ferry continued to see plenty of the ball but Fairmuir continued to pose a threat on the break. A long ball released Jake Grady down the right only for his cross to not quite fall for Bonnar, who eventually teed up Mark McCrory only for the Fairmuir captain to lash the ball wide from 25 yards.

After a cagey opening the game was beginning to open up and Ferry thought they had broken the deadlock when Jake Stewart swept home from McColgan’s pass only to see the linesman’s flag raised for offside.

Fairmuir went close through a dipping strike from Bonnar before failing to capitalise on a poor goal kick from Milton. Hazel and Grady appeared to leave the loose ball for each other before Hazel played in Grady, who failed to hit the target with his effort.

With half time approaching Fairmuir’s Alex Stewart brought the ball out of defence before shooting wide after neat interplay with Jamie Timmons.

Ferry’s final chance of the first half fell for Greg Breen who swept his shot wide from the edge of the box after good play down the Ferry right. In injury time Rory Jagusinski teed up Grady, but he dragged his effort wide.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 13:11

Barrhead storm through to final

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In a game where we saw all four seasons at New Tinto Park, Barrhead and Rossvale were involved in an entertaining affair to see who could progress to the Scottish Cup U21s final.

Things started slowly for both teams with Barrhead looking slightly stronger than Rossvale in the opening stages of the game, but no chances seriously threatened either goal.

As the game approached the half hour mark the first big chance came for Barrhead with Joseph Manderson striking well from the edge of the box, the ball was heading into the top corner of the goal however Rossvale keeper Stuart Goodfellow saved brilliantly to prevent Barrhead from taking the lead.

The resulting corner from Malcolm McDonald saw Barrhead come painfully close again when Dylan Stewart's header came crashing off the post. However, Rossvale's resolve broke down when the ball came back into the box just seconds later and Goodfellow failed to catch, leaving Dylan Stewart with the opportunity to finish this time, sending Barrhead 1-0 up.

Rossvale started to come back into the game after this as they looked for an equaliser, with a shot from John McCrae going just over the bar, however they were unable to score before the first half came to a close.

It was Hearts who prevailed in an entertaining Edinburgh derby on Friday night, edging local rivals Hibs in a 3-2 thriller. The home team saw more of the ball throughout the game, and ensured their superior possession did not go to waste as they seized a three goal lead, thanks to goals from Connor Smith, Leeory Makaovora and Cameron Logan.

Hibs were determined not to go down without a fight however; Callum Yeats pulled one back for the visitors, but Josh O’Connor’s late tap in proved too late as Hearts claimed bragging rights on Derby Day.

Hibs made their attacking intent clear in the opening seconds of the game when centre half Jayden Fairley released pacey striker Yrik Galantes, but a timely tackle from Arron Darge, who was imperious throughout, quelled the danger to the Hearts goal. Hearts’ first chance came from a Makovora cross that found Ryan Schiavone, but the target man headed wide of Jay Cantley’s goal.

The deadlock was broken after 35 minutes when Smith fired Hearts into the lead. A throw in resulted in the Hearts captain collecting the ball on the right hand side of the box, with options in front of him, Smith elected to float into the box, whilst skilfully evading multiple Hibs tackles. He then picked his moment perfectly, unleashing a ferocious strike that flew across goal into the bottom right corner to give Hearts the advantage heading into the break.

Hearts may have doubled their lead before half time had it not been for an excellent save from Cantley. Schiavone used his strength to fend off the Hibs defence, but was denied by Cantley’s quick reflexes, as Hibs’ number one tipped the volley over the bar.

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