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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.

 

Cumbernauld Colts put Hamilton Academical BC to the sword with a 6-2 win which saw them lift the Central Region Cup. 

The opening goal of the match came the way of Hamilton in the ninth minute, when Kyle Maxwell found the bottom left corner with his controlled strike from range. 

The game was level within 14 minutes, however, and it was Ben Rennie who hit a looping effort from outside the area to make it 1-1. 

In the 24th minute Jack Connoly found himself bearing down on goal. The striker rounded the goalkeeper and squared for Rennie but his effort was blocked by a last-ditch tackle. 

From that point onwards, Cumbernauld piled on the pressure and they were rewarded in the 28th minute. Kieran Hall got on the end of a long throw to bundle home and put his side in front. 

Cumbernauld were beginning to find their flow in the encounter and a minute later they had extended their lead in style. Connoly met a dangerous cross to glance a header beyond the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. 

 

A lethal attacking performance from Syngenta Juveniles saw them take home the Central Region Cup at the expense of Oban Saints. 

The Dyes were ruthless as they pressed well and moved the ball freely to fire five past their rivals. 

However, the result was not always certain and with five minutes on the clock Oban took a shock lead. Syngenta failed to deal with a hopeful long ball and Cameron Kerr swooped to drill home on the half volley. 

In the tenth minute the scores were level once again. Conor Gamble’s low effort was saved by Alasdair Ferguson but TJ Kennedy was on hand to convert the rebound. 

It was evident that this final would be one to remember and in the 14th minute Kerr tested the goalkeeper again when he pinged in a dipping effort from range. Jordan Livingstone reacted well to tip the ball over the bar. 

Syngenta edged themselves in front in the 17th minute. Gamble ripped in an opportunistic half volley from the right flick, which cracked the post before nestling into the back of the net. 

They extended their lead seven minutes later when Ross Fraser showed the awareness to create a bit of space before rifling home from 25 yards.  

Syngenta were not content with resting on their laurels, however, and had a fourth just before the break. Fraser broke on the counter-attack before exchanging passes with Kennedy and showing the composure to pick his spot from outside the area. 

A solitary second half goal from David Thomson was enough to give Hamilton Academical BC victory in the Central Region Cup final. 

The striker was on hand to fire home from inside the penalty area and give his team a first victory over Moorlands in three attempts. 

In a tightly contested affair, the nerves were apparent in both teams early on in the match as they realised the size of the occasion.  

The first clearcut opportunity of the game fell to Moorlands on 12 minutes when the ball broke to Adam Berry from a corner but his fierce goalbound volley cannoned off his own player before going over. 

At that stage in the encounter Moorlands were in the ascendancy and won a free-kick in the 21st minute. Aaron McNeil curled the ball up and over the wall but his effort went narrowly over. 

McNeil had another deadball opportunity just five minutes later as his side continued to assert pressure. However, once again, he could only direct the free-kick just over. 

Accies nearly snuck themselves in front just before the half when neat combination play from Stuart McIntyre and Conner Smith freed Smith to have a pop at goal but his shot had too much power on it and soared over. 

Kilsyth Athletic roared back from a goal down to emerge 3-1 victors against Motherwell FC Community Trust in the Central Region Cup final. 

It was a cagey affair in the first half as both sides traded blows but struggled to break the deadlock. 

The first opportunity of the afternoon fell to Motherwell’s Aaron Muir with ten minutes on the clock. Ben Elliot picked out his strike partner with a through ball but Muir’s effort was blocked. 

Kilsyth registered their first shot on goal when Max Skilling tried his hand with a looping volley from range but the strike narrowly cleared the bar. 

But it was Motherwell who drew first blood in the 31st minute as Elliot’s deflected drive from the right side of the penalty area evaded the outstretched arm of the goalkeeper. 

Kilsyth responded immediately and almost levelled through Connor Hogg. The midfielder cleverly created space before unleashing the ball towards goal but Patrick Pender held comfortably. 

The final chance of the first half would fall to Kilsyth again when Ian McDowall got the break of the ball on the edge of the area. However, the forward could only lash his effort wide of the left post. 

An assured performance saw Syngenta secure a 3-0 victory over Cumbernauld Colts in the Central Region Cup final. 

In a encounter that resembled the most tactical of chess matches, it was Cumbernauld who made the first move with seven minutes on the clock. Marc Smith created space and tried his luck from range but Ryan Dick was equal to his effort. 

It was then Syngenta’s turn to try and force the issue in the opening phase of the match. Jamie Stewart received the ball with his back to goal inside the area, before turning well and firing an effort inches wide. 

Stewart would not have to wait much longer to get the goal he so craved however, as he opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. The creative outlet capitalised on the opposition goalkeeper spilling the ball to lash home into the empty net. 

Cole Johnston almost extended Syngenta’s lead with a controlled half-volley in the 23rd minute but the goalkeeper held onto the strike. 

 The Dyes continued to mount the pressure up until the dying embers of the first half but Colts defended stoutly and denied Layth Blackley from close range after the ball fell kindly for him at a corner. 

Monday, 05 June 2017 17:33

Syngenta hit six in Central Region Cup win

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Syngenta Juveniles lifted the Central Region Cup after an emphatic 6-1 victory over Dalziel BC. 

The final which had it all, from sublime goals to an abundance of drama, burst into life with just under 20 minutes on the clock. 

Flynn Gray gratefully hoovered up Alex Thomson’s mishit with the deftest of flicks to edge his side in front. 

Syngenta had a second in bizarre circumstances four minutes later, when a miscommunication between Dalziel’s Jamie Halliday and his goalkeeper resulted in the defender passing the ball into his own net. 

The Dyes were in dreamland nine minutes before the break as Robbie McCafferty whipped in a deadly cross for Gray to side-foot volley in his second and his team’s third of the afternoon. 

However, Dalziel were not prepared to concede defeat and had a lifeline with 40 minutes on the clock. A clumsy challenge on Adam Barton meant the Lanarkshire side were awarded a penalty, which Barton duly dispatched. 

Syngenta had a golden opportunity to restore their lead on half-time when they were given a penalty of their own. McCafferty was hauled down by Joshua Brodie but as he ran up to take the kick, he lost his footing and sent the ball wide.

Both Jerviston and Newton showed a nervous disposition as they were forced to wait an extra thirty minutes to start their game as the game before them went all the way to penalties.
 
But soon enough the teams took to the pitch surrounded by the beautiful countryside and fields of Carluke as the sun beamed down on what was shaping up to be a competitive LFDA League Cup Final.
 
Much of the opening 15 minutes saw a tetchy midfield battle with Adam Greer controlling the possession for Jerviston when they had the ball, but in truth, Newton dominated the ball without actually creating anything for their strikers to feed off of.
 
Much of the Newton play was attempted down the right wing but was cut out by the Jerviston defence time and time again for throw ins which often led to more sideways passing and meaningless possession.
 
Newton grew complacent on the ball and Jerviston pounced on this slack play and created a fantastic chance as the ball was won with many Newton players committed forward to try make something of this early confidence.
 
The ball was hoofed down the right wing and Declan McAuley made chase, outsprinting Jamie Doyle as he desperately tried to regain the shape of Newton’s defence but to no avail, the ball was crossed at a fantastic height for the unmarked Gareth Kerr but his volley was saved at point blank range by Lewis Cameron and tipped over for a corner.
 
Fantastic opportunity to spit in the face of Newton’s dominance.
 
Jerviston now had the wind in their sails and continued to batter the Newton back four with Declan McAuley’s bad touch gifting the ball to the ‘keeper after the ball breaking in the box.
 
They took the lead after 20 minutes when they won a free kick on the right corner of the box.
 
With players lining up in the box, the Newton goalkeeper Doyle expected a high cross into the box but Conor Boyle spotted this and caught him out at his near post, giving the boys from Motherwell the lead.
 
Newton finally created something for themselves as the ball broke for Sam Kent 25 yards out who rounded the charging Jerviston ‘keeper but with his view obstructed by a defender, he tried to swivel and find a pass but lingered on the ball in a crucial position and was soon fouled by a trio of Jerviston players led by Adam Greer.
 
The resulting free kick was hammered into the wall and cleared.
 
Jerviston should’ve made it 2-0 when Reiss Stewart split open the Newton midfield and defence with a pinpoint pass to Gareth Kerr whose low drilled shot from the right was tipped past the post by Lewis Cameron.
 
The Jerviston goalkeeper Aidan Allan once again found himself in an awkward position after initially clearing a route one display from Newton but the ball landed to Jamie Main with the empty goal at his mercy and Allan nowhere to be found.
 
An equaliser seemed a given but Conna Rice bailed out his ‘keeper with an excellently brave block, the ball was still live but Allan re-joined the conversation and dove in front of the rebound shot from Main, maintaining the clean sheet for now.
 
Newton soon again took a hold of the match with the possession that they had enjoyed for much of the opening minutes.
 
They won a free kick 25 yards out which David Thompson struck with tremendous ferocity, forcing Allan to tip it over for a corner.
 
The ball was then sent right on top of Allan from the corner and Jamie Main made up for his missed opportunities just minutes before and nodded the ball home to bring the teams in even at half time