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Formidable Forfar too strong for Duloch in East Region Cup final

Forfar Boys 6

Naglik 18', Baillie 21', Muir 27', Soutar 50', 52', Bell 62'

Duloch Juniors 1

Clifton 37'
  • Thursday, 11 May 2017
  • The Canniepairt
  • Under 13´s
  • East Region Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Forfar Boys found the net six times as they blew away Duloch Juniors in the final of the inaugural East Region Cup. First half goals from Dominik Naglik and Liam Ballie put Forfar in control of the tie, with Jack Muir adding a third just after the restart. Christopher Clifton found the net for Duloch, but a quickfire double from substitute Jack Soutar ended any chance of a comeback, with Dagan Bell adding a sixth goal late on.

It was Forfar that started the game on the front foot. Both Dominik Naglik and Jack Muir brought saves out of Duloch goalkeeper Gordon Crawford McNicol Saulnier.

Naglik’s blistering pace in behind was causing problems for Duloch, and the Forfar forward would have opened the scoring after 11 minutes if not for a fine piece of defending from Scott Hadden. Naglik managed to round Saulnier, but his touch let him down and Hadden managed to blast the ball away to safety.

With 18 minutes gone, Forfar’s pressure told as Naglik opened the scoring. A long ball sent the striker in behind the Duloch defence, and he drilled a low shot from a tight angle past Saulnier.

Forfar wouldn’t have to wait long for a second goal, as Naglik turned provider for Liam Baillie after 21 minutes. Naglik slipped the ball through for Baillie, who saw his powerful effort saved by Saulnier, but the ball rolled over the line, doubling Forfar’s advantage.

Duloch were struggling to get a foothold in the game, while Forfar were making it clear why they are still unbeaten this season. Dagan Bell, nearly added a third after 31 minutes as his low corner kick came back off the post. Bell nearly set up a third goal moments before the break, but Naglik turned his cross over the bar from three yards out.


  • Half Time:
  • Forfar Boys
  • 2-0
  • Duloch Juniors

The first chance of the second half went the way of Duloch. Christopher Clifton headed Daniel Finlayson’s corner into the side netting.

Despite their bright start to the second half, Duloch fell further behind after 37 minutes. Muir’s cross cum shot caught out Duloch’s new goalkeeper Austin Watson, as the ball looped into the net.

The footballing cliché that you’re most vulnerable when you’ve just scored proved true for Forfar as Duloch pulled a goal back after 38 minutes. Lewis Stones cross wasn’t dealt with by the Forfar defence, and Clifton fired the ball high into Kyle Shand’s net. The Forfar keeper had been largely untroubled, but now had to pick the ball out of his net.

Forfar went straight back on the offensive, both Ballie and Rowan Waddell had efforts saved before Baillie sent an effort into the side netting.

Substitute Jack Soutar added a fourth for Forfar after 50 minutes. A throw in found its way to the number nine inside the penalty area, and he made no mistake as he fired the ball past Watson.

Soutar’s introduction proved to be inspired, as he doubled his tally after 52 minutes. Naglik again the provider, as Soutar danced his way into the penalty area and blasted the ball past Watson from close range.

The Forfar man nearly completed a quickfire hat trick, but his low effort after 56 minutes was just wide of the post. Robbie Breeze nearly gifted Forfar a sixth, as he lifted a clearance over Watson, but the ball landed on the roof of the net, sparing the defenders blushes.

With eight minutes remaining, Forfar did add a sixth. Bell’s free kick from 25 yards came crashing off the underside of the crossbar before landing in the net.

On the day, Duloch couldn’t handle Forfar’s pace and power. However, reaching a cup final, never mind a regional cup final in your first season at 11-a-side is still an impressive achievement.

As for Forfar, this is their second cup success of the season, and with another cup final on the horizon and the league title all but secured, they are on course for a truly remarkable season. Not just is this group of players talented, their attitude and work rate are also first class. While many these player will likely go on to bigger and better things in the years to come, the majority of this Forfar team will likely continue to challenge for cups and league titles over the coming seasons.




  • Full Time:
  • Forfar Boys
  • 6-1
  • Duloch Juniors


Forfar Boys
Duloch Juniors
1. Kyle Shand
2. Blair Quinn
3. Jake Fletcher
4. Jackson Ross
5. Rowan Waddell
6. Dagan Bell
7. Jack Muir
8. Liam Baillie
9. Jack Soutar
10. Kieran Kelly
11. Ethan Murray
15. Sean Munro
16. Dominik Naglik
18. Sam Murray
19. Owen Edward
20. Ben Wilson
18. Gordon Crawford McNicol Saulnier
1. Austin Watson
2. Christopher Clifton
3. Cameron Brown
4. Ben McDonald
5. Charlie Beardmore
6. Kieran Crielly
7. Daniel Finlayson
8. Owen Clark
9. Darren Clark
10. Jack McCulloch
11. Scott Hadden
12. Robbie Breeze
13. Cameron Smyth
14. Andrew Milne
15. Joshua Ellis
16. Declan Connell
19. Lewis Stones
Star Player
Forfar Boys
Duloch Juniors
Rowan Waddell - The Forfar skipper bossed the midfield and made life difficult for the Duloch players. Provided service for the danger men in his team and protected the defence expertly.
Declan Connell - Had a tough task dealing with Naglik but stood his ground well throughout the 70 minutes. Never gave up and should be proud of his performance.
Magic Moment
Forfar Boys
Duloch Juniors
Bell's Goal - An unsaveable strike that put the icing on the Forfar cake.
Clifton's Goal - A fine strike that gave the Duloch players and supporters something to cheer.
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