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A commanding performance saw Stenhousemuir FC Community lift the FVFDA League Cup at the expense of Dunipace Juniors. 

Dunipace had the first clearcut opportunity of the match when Martin Bell connected with a Darren Wright corner and forced a save from the goalkeeper. 

With 13 minutes on the clock, the Warriors won a free-kick. Crawford MacKay lifted the ball up and over the wall but it was too close to the goalkeeper who dealt with it comfortably. 

A minute later Stenhousemuir missed a glaring opportunity when Jude Weir headed wide from a corner. 

It was then Dunipace’s turn to go close from a corner as Jack Binnie’s header was cleared off the line. 

On 17 minutes Jack Shand was sent clear with a delicate lobbed ball from midfield but the striker saw his chipped effort clear the bar. 

The opening goal came in the 32nd minute. Boston Blair controlled the ball outside the area and unleashed a half volley which was saved by the goalkeeper. However, Finlay Fleming was on hand to sweep home the rebound. 

Dunipace were given an opportunity to level when Stenhousemuir’s goalkeeper was adjudged to have handled outside the box but Binnie’s deflected free-kick was turned round the post. 

The last chance of the half fell the way of the Warriors when Sam Kinney cracked the bar from distance with an excellent driven effort. 


Three first half goals were enough to put Stirling Albion on track for victory in the FVFDA League Cup final at the Falkirk Stadium. 

The opening goal came on 7 minutes when Alexander Davidson raced clear. The forward was tackled but Thomas Sessford was on hand to thrash the ball home from just outside the penalty area. 

At that point the game became quite scrappy with countless loose passes, until the 21st minute when Stirling Albion’s Lewis McFarlane came close with a lob. 

The Binos had a second on 23 minutes and it was Sessford again. This time, the forward had spectators applauding with a lovely Dennis Bergkamp-esque turn before rolling the ball into the bottom left corner. 

On 31 minutes, Albion had a third and it was game, set and match. A short corner fed the ball to Arran Ward on the edge of the area and his driven effort couldn’t be held by the goalkeeper, allowing Callum Tough to head home. 

They nearly had a fourth minutes before the half when Jake MacGowan cut in from the right, only to see his curling effort palmed away. McFarlane looked set to put away the rebound but the goalkeeper saved again. 


Syngenta Juveniles claimed their fourth trophy of the season with a 4-1 victory over Clyde in the FVFDA League Cup final.

The Dyes were the dominant side throughout and in the early stages Robbie McCafferty’s live wire tendencies were causing all sorts of problems. 

Within a minute of kick-off, the winger broke down the right and cut a deflected ball across goal, which evaded his teammates by a matter of inches.

McCafferty then combined with Flynn Gray and delivered a teasing ball into the box but again there was no connection. 

In the 8th minute, the wide player’s pace created the space to hang a cross to the back post, which was volleyed just over by Grant Forrester. 

The early pressure paid off with 26 minutes on the clock and Syngenta fans were not to be surprised by the culprit. Roman Blazejewski’s clever flick-on was anticipated by none other than Gray, who slotted home the opener and continued his fine season.

In the final five minutes of the first half, there was a flurry of chances. Blazejewski showed the presences of mind to control the ball in the penalty area and lift the ball over a defender’s head to Gray who exchanged with McCafferty before blasting over. 

On the half, a defensive slip presented Clyde with a glorious opportunity to level with Iain Laver free at the back post. However, much to the relief of Syngenta, Allan Dickson was alert to produce a strong two-handed stop and ensure it was 1-0 at the break. 

Syngenta Juveniles fired four past Armadale Calcio to lift the FVFDA League Cup at the Falkirk Stadium.

The opening goal arrived within five minutes when Syngenta’s TJ Kennedy received the ball in field and hit an effort with the outside of his boot, which spun into the top corner. 

On nine minutes, it should have been two. Rhys White picked the lock with a fine through ball for David Johnston but the winger prodded the ball just wide of the target.

Minutes later Johnston was back on the ball as he surged down the wing and found Ross Fraser in the box with his back turned to goal. Fraser managed to turn and shoot but the goalkeeper palmed the ball away. 

The Dyes had a second in the 16th minute when they won a free-kick in a deep position. The ball was launched into the area and Ryan Duffy beat the goalkeeper in the air to nod home. 

Armadale’s Declan Fulton almost pulled one back just before the half when he robbed the fullback and cut inside but his fizzing effort was turned over by the goalkeeper.


Dunbeth netted on either side of half-time to record a comfortable FVFDA League Cup final victory over Dunblane at the Falkirk Stadium.

The Coatbridge club were the first to apply pressure and with just two minutes on the clock Aidan Gibb’s dangerous cross was headed wide by Aidan Stewart. 

In the eighth minute, Dunbeth were at it again as Marc Lerey found space inside the penalty area but his strike was stopped by the leg of Robin Turnbull.

They were in no mood for slowing things down and on 15 minutes, Liam Hughes broke down the right and provoked a save at the near post. Lerey then cracked the rebound off the post before Dunblane scrambled clear. 

However, Dunbeth got the goal they deserved in the 25th minute when an accurate ball in from the right found Stewart, who produced an exquisite half-volley on the turn to put his side in front. 

On the half, they almost made it two.

Stewart turned provider to tee up Gibb but the midfielder’s shot was dragged narrowly wide of the post. 

A depleted Riverside team had enough in the locker to overcome Sauchie Juniors 1-0 in a tightly contested FVFDA League Cup final.

Flemming M’Ratu’s first half strike proved to be the decider after the winger ghosted in behind the opposition defence and calmly lifted the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.

Riverside’s squad was threadbare and it was revealed that no less than five players missed the game because of a Magaluf related scheduling issue. 

In the 19th minute Sauchie’s Corin Stone robbed Lewis Woloszyn before driving inside and flashing a shot wide of the near post. 

The Wee County side had the best of the chances from that point on, and Logan McFarlane was unfortunate to see his thunderous effort tipped on to the post eight minutes from the break. 

Stone caused all sorts of problems and showed the nous to create space for himself in the 43rd minute but he could only lift his strike over the bar.

Sygenta Juveniles capped a fine season with their second trophy in the space of a week at the expense of Cumbernauld Colts. 

The Dyes ran out 5-0 winners in the FVFDA Cup final but were left frustrated in the early ages of the encounter. 

Cumbernauld started well and within a minute Jamie Millar came close with a fizzing free-kick which was stopped by the feet of the goalkeeper. 

In the 16th minute Luke Scullion’s cross found Josh MacDonald free in the box but his downward header was held by Allan Dickson. 

Syngenta began to feel their way into the game and on 24 minutes, Grant Forrester controlled a long ball before cutting in from the left and dinking a ball into the area which narrowly missed the boot of Michael McQueen.

The deadlock was broken in the 34th minute and it it was Syngenta who drew first blood. Flynn Gray got on the end of a cross to divert a header off the upright and into the bottom left corner. 

Syngenta extended their lead on the half when Aaron McMillan collected a ball in field and unleashed a screamer from 40 yards. 

Stenhousemuir CFC lifted the Forth Valley FDA Cup after routing Dunblane SC 4-0 at the Falkirk Stadium. 

Two goals on either side of the half were enough to ensure the Warriors a comfortable victory and they had the majority of the pressure early on. 

Patrick Barrett broke into the area on three minutes with the goal at his mercy but his effort was held by the goalkeeper. 

However, Dunblane responded in the sixth minute when a corner fell kindly for Sean Duff but his half volley was deflected over. 

With 13 minutes on the clock Stenhousemuir’s Jude Smith curled a free-kick into the area which could only be cleared as far as Rhys Dow who drove the ball over the bar. 

The deadlock was broken on 25 minutes when Jack Shand used his pace to burst clear of the last line of defence and square for Luke Seton. The striker’s shot was blocked but Shand was on hand to fire in the rebound. 

Stenhousemuir doubled their lead in the 41st minute when Barrett poked the ball through to Shand, who calmly slotted home his second. 

Wasp Community Club emerged victorious after an enthralling Forth Valley FDA Cup final bout with Dunipace Juniors. 

It was the Clackmannanshire club who started brightly and within three minutes Jay Stanners was causing all sorts of problems on the left flank, cutting in and curling an effort just past the post. 

With 13 minutes on the clock, Wasp were playing some free-flowing attacking football and Lewis Kidd was sent through on goal. His mishit gave the goalkeeper a scare when it trundled through his legs before going wide. 

The opening goal arrived in the 25th minute when Wasp’s Finlay McIntyre broke down the right and fizzed a ball across goal from the byline, picking out William Wright to fire home. 

The goal only gave them further encouragement and in the 28th minute, Kidd came close again. He picked up the ball from a defensive clearance and drove a low hard shot at goal, only for the goalkeeper to produce a superb save. 

They would get their second in the 31st minute, however, and it was that man Wright again. The forward took a touch and arrowed a shot beyond the outstretched arm of the goalkeeper and into the net to send his side into the break with a comfortable lead.

Friday, 09 June 2017 15:58

Moorlands cruise to victory in CKDYL play off

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It was a comfortable victory for Moorlands in the CKDYL League play off final. There was action straight from the start of this game and inside 10 mins it was 1-0 to Hamilton when Hamilton’s Cameron Stewart smashed a 30 yard shot the bar with David Thomson putting in the follow up on the tenth minute mark.

Moorlands began to get more of a grip of the game with Aaron McNeil looking dangerous on the right every time he had the ball. It was he who floated in a free kick on the 16th minute for Aidan McElhinney who battered in a header into the roof of the net to level the game and set up for an exciting encounter.

Moorlands were the better side for the majority of the first half seeing the better of the chances with Logan Jackson having a strike high and wide and Moorlands Michael Clarke going through one on one with the goalkeeper but hit it straight at him.

Hamilton didn’t have too many chances to shout about and it was 1-1 at the break.


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