There were fireworks throughout the age groups this week with a multitude of cup competitions getting underway. There was no shortage of upsets, late drama and penalty shootouts, as the majority of teams put league business to one side. For the few fulfilling their league matches, opportunities to rise up the table were seized upon.
Here’s how the action went down:
Blaike Kyles was Ferry Athletic’s hat trick hero, as they beat Fairmuir 4-2 en route to the semi-finals of the Ross Ballantine Cup. Jamie Doig also found the net for Ferry, with Jude Duguid and Lewis Hornshaw on target for Fairmuir.
They will be joined by Pitfour, who beat Maryfield 4-2, and Riverside who won 6-3 against Carnoustie.
In The Marshall Cup, Arbroath knocked out Dundee West Red with a 9-3 win and Broughty United beat Newtyle 4-2.
Mearns won 9-3 against ACSC in the Celtic Golden Jubilee Cup, while Brechin and St Andrews Colts drew 3-3 in the J Clenaghan League.
Jamie Stewart scored twice for Dundee West Royals as they beat Dundee Thistle 3-1 in the P Gibson League to maintain their 100% start to the league campaign. Aiden Davidson also found the net.
Celtic Boys are also unbeaten, and they beat Monifieth 5-1 to remain level with Dundee West at the top of the league.
Josh Cormack stole the show as Kirrie Thistle beat Dundee Sporting Club 5-3. Cormack scored all five of his side’s goals, with Keir Miller bagging a brace and Jamie Findlay also scoring for Sporting.
This week’s featured match saw Ferry Athletic host Broughty United in Round One of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup.
Broughty sit top of the DS Rennie League, but offered little in a first half that saw Ferry’s Yousuf Ahmed rattle the cross bar with an early free kick.
Ferry moved into the lead early in the second half when Leo Murrie poked in the opener, and continued to stifle Broughty in the second period.
Nicolas Matthew’s late header sealed the win for Ferry, who most definitely had a 5th of November to remember.
Forfar Boys also advanced to the last eight of the competition with a 4-2 win over ACSC. Matthew Platt and Liam Baillie had Forfar two to the good, but goals from Kaden
Houghton and Rui Gordon levelled the tie before half time. In the second half, Baillie’s second of the tie and Rowan Waddell’s effort were enough to see Forfar over the line.
Fairmuir are the eighth team in the hat for the next round, thanks to a 6-0 win over Brechin. Thomas Gibb fired in a hat trick, with Jordan Adam, Igor Zinko and Stewart Simpson all finding the net.
In the DS Rennie League, Kirrie Thistle and Celtic Boys both picked up 9-0 wins to move level with Broughty United at the top of the table. Celtic beat DUSC, while Jake Kettles and Sam Ellis both got doubles for Kirrie in their win over Montrose.
In the Watson McInally League, Vale of Tay won 4-3 against Carnoustie and St Andrews Colts beat Monifieth 6-2. Dryburgh won 5-0 against St Murdochs, and Maryfield beat Douglas 9-0.
Pitfour and Dundee West renewed their rivalry in the first round of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup. Pitfour keeper Archie Kelly-Barton was the hero, making three saves and netting the decisive penalty as Pitfour won 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.
Celtic Boys also advanced thanks to penalties. Goals in the last five minutes from Derren Gordon and Bobby Douglas earned them a 3-3 draw against Ferry, and they went on to win the shootout 5-4.
Robbie Flynn, Paddy Boyle and Derryn Thomson scored for Fairmuir as they beat Montrose 3-2 to secure passage to the quarter finals. They will be joined by Dundee Thistle who beat Riverside by the same scoreline, and DUSC, who beat Broughty United 8-1.
Carnoustie Panmure are also in the last eight thanks to a 6-2 win over Forfar. Joey Martin scored three goals, with Jay Bryce, Connor MacFarlane and Lewis Sivewright all finding the net.
The G Taylor League has a new leader after Monifieth beat Broughty Panthers 2-1. With Pitfour on cup duty, Monifieth grabbed their opportunity to leap frog the champions with both hands, making it 10 league games in a row without defeat.
Ferry Athletic were on Scottish Cup duty, and booked their place in Round Four with a 6-3 win over Letham Tangerines. They will face St Andrews BC in just under two weeks for a place in the last 32.
In the Queen’s Jubilee Cup, Fairmuir cruised to an 8-0 win over St Murdochs Colts. Jack Whyte, Nairn Bonnar, Alex Stewart, Ross Hazel, Logan Bonella, Matthew Nelson, Ethan Samson and Kane Hynes all found the net.
Logie Harp fired eight past Lincraig, earning them a place in the next round.
In the Chuck McGowan Cup, Dryburgh CC won 8-0 over Dundee Rangers, and Monifieth advanced with a 6-0 win over Kirrie. Adam Gray scored twice, Josh Wanless, Oli Carmichael, Bryce Ness and Lewis Lawson also found the net.
In the Maryfield League, Broughty United are up to second on goal difference after a 1-1 draw away to Dryburgh, and Jeanfield losing 4-1 to Blairgowrie.
Forfar Albion won 3-1 against Scone thanks to a double from Ben Fanner, and a Lewis Davidson goal.
Keir Gardiner netted twice for East Craigie Swifts in their 4-0 win over ACSC. Matt McKinnon and Jordan Conway also found the net as East Craigie booked their spot in the Elwood Trophy semi-final.
They will be joined by Celtic Boys, who edged out Kirrie with a 3-2 win, and Ferry Athletic, who beat Fairmuir 6-5 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.
Brechin City beat Partan Craig 7-2 in the first round of the John Clark Cup.
Carnoustie Panmure got their first win in four games as they downed Montrose 4-0. Ethan Coupar, Brandon Black, Matty Strachan and Robbie Tait got the goals that earned them three valuable points in the Bodycare Complimentary Clinics League.
Monifieth beat DUSC 5-1, and Dryburgh won 3-2 against Forfar West End.
Ben Russell fired in a hat trick for Fairmuir Violet as they beat Monifieth 8-0 in the Peter MacAvoy Trophy. Kirrie overcame Brechin with a 3-2 win to seal their passage to the next round.
In the President League, Coupar Angus recorded a 6-1 win over Dundee West. Ross Campbell and Ryan Robertson fired Coupar Angus into an early 2-0 lead, but Jamie Herron halved the deficit before half time. Second half goals from Greig McLagan, Fraser Matthews and a double from Callum Cocker-Tough wrapped up the points for Coupar Angus.
Letham Tangerines were also on league business, and they won 6-4 against Monifieth Tayside.