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DDYFA U14s Leagues Season Review 2017/18

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The 2017/18 campaign was full of twists and turns on all fronts, with first time champions in all of the competitions.

Here’s how the 2017/18 season went down:

After going through the entire 2016/17 unbeaten, Forfar Boys were beaten by Broughty United on the opening day of the season. It was a statement win from Broughty, who were the league’s early pacesetters.

Dundee West were one of three newly promoted sides into the top flight, and they went down at the hands of Ferry Athletic in their second game. Owen Boath grabbed a hat trick for Ferry that day, a trend that would continue throughout the season as he went on to notch 38 goals in all competitions.

In the Watson McInally League, two of the sides in contention for the title Riverside and Dryburgh faced off early in the season. Both sides were unbeaten, but it was Riverside that took the points with a 2-1 win.

In the top flight, highflying Broughty were beaten 2-1 by new boys ACSC, while title contenders Celtic Boys were beaten by Dundee West by the same score.

November 5th saw fireworks at Dawson Park as Ferry dumped top of the league Broughty out of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup thanks to a 2-0 win.

Monifieth Athletic inflicted Riverside’s first defeat of the season at the end of November with a 1-0 win.

Forfar Boys stole the headlines in 2016/17, but their neighbours Kirrie Thistle were stealing the show in 2017/18. Their first game of 2018 saw them keep up their unbeaten domestic run and knock Fairmuir out of the Reilly Falconer Cup with a 5-2 win at Graham Street.

Dundee West were finding their feet in the top flight and beat Montrose 6-1 to set up a cup final with Kirrie Thistle, who beat Celtic Boys in their semi-final.
Riverside and Dryburgh faced off again in the Watson McInally League, and Riverside took another step towards the title with a thumping 7-1 win.

Maryfield United and St Andrews Colts both made it to the Mac Brown Cup final after wins over Monifieth Athletic and Vale of Tay.

Kirrie’s unbeaten run was brought to a halt by Broughty United, who picked up a 3-1 win in the DS Rennie League. The Angus side got their revenge a week later as they picked up a 7-2 win in the semi-final of the Reilly Falconer Cup. That set up a meeting with title rivals Celtic Boys, who beat Forfar Boys in the other semi.

The first cup final of the season pitted Dundee West against Kirrie Thistle in the final of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup. Both sides were in fine form ahead of the final, but it was Kirrie who came out of top of the back-and-forth final thanks to a 6-3 win.

With the winter weather putting most of the teams out of action for weeks on end, there was a backlog of fixtures for the sides in the hunt for the title.

Celtic Boys beat Broughty 4-3 and Forfar Boys won 2-1 against Kirrie as the title race looked like it would go to the wire.

In the Watson McInally League, there wasn’t as much tension as Riverside were crowned champions and secured promotion at the first time of asking.

Kirrie were held to a 3-3 draw by Ferry Athletic, with Owen Boath bagging a hat trick. Dundee West’s 9-4 win over Broughty United all but ended their title dreams.

St Andrews Colts ended their 24-year trophy drought as they beat Maryfield United 3-2 in the final of the Mac Brown Cup.

Kirrie returned to North End Park for their second cup final of the season as they faced Celtic Boys in the Reilly Falconer Cup, but the effects of their fixture backlog were clear to see as they were outclassed by a rampant Celtic, who ran out 4-0 winners.

There was no cup final hangover for Kirrie, as they picked up a 1-0 win over Forfar to move into pole position in the title race.

Fairmuir were saving their best form for the East Region Cup. They fought back from 2-0 down in their semi-final against Burntisland Shipyard before winning 5-4 on penalties to set up a final clash with Pitfour.

Kirrie were crowned champions with a 3-0 win over Brechin. Kian Martin, Cammy Simpson and Zak Innes all netted to make it a league and cup double.

The final match of the season saw Fairmuir face Pitfour in the East Region Cup final. There was nothing between the sides throughout the 70 minutes, and Fairmuir thought the cup was won when Mark Ross hit the inside of the post in injury time.

Torran Juggins netted a brace to consign Fairmuir to defeat, despite Ryan Hutton netting late on.

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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