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Red hot Kettles fires Kirrie to first cup

Dundee West FC 3

Blacklock 37', 50, Law 70'

Kirrie Thistle 6

Kettles 6', 70+2', Simpson 19', Martin 43', Richardson 63', Innes 70+4'

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Jake Kettles inspired Kirrie Thistle to their first every trophy as they toppled Dundee West in the final of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup. The winger netted twice and picked up two assists as Kirrie avoided what would have been a stunning Dundee West comeback.

Kirrie started on the front foot, and put their pre-match nerved to bed with only six minutes played. Logan Richardson’s shot deflected into the path of Jake Kettles, who smashed a shot past Jordan Walker at the near post.

Dundee West saw their top scorer Aiden Law denied by Rory Davidson, before Walker kept out an effort from Richardson at the other end. Cammy Blacklock tried his luck from 20 yards but was denied by Davidson.

Kirrie extended their lead after 19 minutes through Cameron Simpson. Dundee West could only clear a corner as far as the defender, who looped a header over Walker and into the net.

Sam Ellis went close to extending Kirrie’s lead five minutes later but couldn’t hit the target with a curling effort from the edge of the box. Dundee West were starting to grow into the tie and saw Law fire wide from 20 yards after 26 minutes.

As half time approached, Patrick Todd latched onto a long free kick, but couldn’t turn the ball into a dangerous area. Law was presented with his side’s best chance of the half seconds later, but Davidson was quick off his line and smothered the shot.

Dundee West got the second half off to the perfect start when Blacklock jinked his way into the box and smacked a rising shot past Davidson.

Kirrie didn’t waste any time in restoring their two-goal advantage. Kettles provided the through ball for Kian Martin, who fired a low shot into the net after 43 minutes.

Dundee West were undeterred by the setback, and saw Law denied two minutes later. A long ball caught the Kirrie backline out, and Blacklock danced past Davidson and fired into the empty net.

Both sides were putting on a footballing display that sides many year’s their seniors would be proud of. With seven minutes remaining, Richardson burst into the box and lifted a high shot across Walker into the net.

In the closing minutes, Kettles cut inside from a short corner and forced Walker into another smart save. From this, Dundee West broke and Law emphatically found the net in the final minute.

There was still enough time for an eighth goal in the game, but it went the way of Kirrie. Kettles burst forward and rounded Walker, giving him a simple finish for his second of the afternoon.

With the referee about to bring proceedings to an end, Kirrie scored a sixth on the break. Kettles slipped the ball into Zak Innes, who slotted the ball past Walker.

While the result didn’t go Dundee West’s way, there were plenty of positives for them to take from the match. At 2-0 down, they showed tremendous fight to get back into the game and they continued to play until the very end, with their hunt for a late equaliser ultimately allowing Kirrie to score twice in injury time. The have shown enough this season to suggest that they will be serious contenders for silverware next season.

As for Kirrie Thistle, they showed today why they have only lost once this season. In the first half, they were clinical in front of goal, and stopped Dundee West playing for most of the opening period.

In the second, they kept their cool when Dundee West started scoring, and showed real character not to let their heads go down and throw away the lead. This is their first piece of silverware of the season and given the performance they put into today, it might not be their last.


Dundee West FC
Kirrie Thistle
1. Jordan Walker
2. Jamie Moran
4. Declan Lamarra
5. Scott McIlvenny
6. Adam Griffin
7. Patrick Todd
8. Luca Snee
9. Derron Forbes
10. Rhys Harrison
11. Aiden Law
12. Kyler Van Der Troon
14. Bradley McCabe
15. Cayden Smith
16. Cameron Blacklock
17. Stephen Sutherland
18. Aaron Dillon
1. Rory Davidson
3. Connor Smeaton
5. Cammy Simpson
6. Logan Richardson
7. Jake Kettles
8. Kian Martin
9. Archie McLean
10. Robbie Waddell
11. Sam Ellis
12. Keir Crighton
14. Sam Murray
17. Zak Innes
18. Thomas Duffy
19. Bradley Milne
Star Player
Dundee West FC
Kirrie Thistle
Cammy Blacklock - Nearly sparked a comeback with two excellent goals. Full of drive and creativity, and was unfortunate to be on the losing side.
Jake Kettles - The winger was in sparkling form with two goals and two assists. He put in a power of work throughout the 70 minutes and was the difference between two talented sides.
Magic Moment
Dundee West FC
Kirrie Thistle
Blacklock's First Goal - A super run, and a fine finish at the end of it.
Richardson's Goal - A superb strike that put the game beyond Dundee West.

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