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A hat trick from Jake Grady handed Fairmuir the Maryfield League title as they came from 3-1 down to be crowned champions.

Fairmuir had the edge in the title race going into the match with a draw enough for them to secure the title, while Dryburgh knew that only a win would see them retain their crown.

Josh Fyffe headed wide for Dryburgh, while at the other end, Jamie Timmons headed the ball into Rory Jagusinski, who fired wide from 15 yards.

After a cagey opening, Dryburgh broke the deadlock after 18 minutes when Ryan Smith latched onto a loose ball and slipped a shot past Cammy Hendry.

Fairmuir searched for an equaliser and were rewarded after the half hour mark when Hendry found Jake Grady with a long ball. The striker saw his first effort saved by Aaron Cosgrove but gathered the rebound and curled home the leveller.

Kane Hynes headed wide moments later before Ross Hazel fired over from the edge of the box.

East Craigie Swifts completed the double treble as they turned on the style against Kirrie Thistle in the final of the Henry Dolan Cup. A first half double from Keir Gardiner followed Ethan Bannon’s opener.

Reece Lornie and Hayden Burr netted in the second half, with Aaron Barnett heading in a Kirrie consolation late on.

This was East Craigie’s second cup final of the season, while for Kirrie it was a first ever cup final appearance. Rohan Brown had the Angus side’s first chance after seven minutes but didn’t trouble Charlie Kennedy with his volley.

Keir Gardiner was sent in behind the Kirrie defence after 18 minutes, but goalkeeper Eoin McNicol denied the striker. Aidan Mcirvine headed over from a corner not long after as East Craigie searched for the opener.

The Dave Pullar League champions did find the opener in somewhat fortunate circumstances. Callum McCleary’s shot was kept out by McNicol and the loose ball was cleared into the back of Grant Prain by Callum Milne, giving Ethan Bannon a simple finish from close range.

The nature of the goal was a blow for Kirrie, and they soon found themselves two down as Gardiner headed home Rhys Beattie’s cross from close range.

Reece Lornie was denied by McNicol before Kennedy tipped Ryan Cormack’s strike round the post. McNicol pulled off a fine one-handed save to keep out McCleary’s shot.

Six minutes before the break, East Craigie scored again. Gardiner chased down a long ball, and his persistence was rewarded when McNicol miskicked the ball straight into his path, and he rolled it into the empty net.

Fairmuir clinched the Ross Ballantine Cup at the expense of rivals Riverside. Harrison Smith gave Fairmuir the first half lead only for Aiden McDougal to bring Riverside level.

Blair Fyffe put Fairmuir ahead from the penalty spot before Stuart Heenan fired home Fairmuir’s third late on.

These side’s both boast a win a piece from their two league meetings and both knew the importance of the opening goal. Jayden Burnett saw Declan McCallum keep out his curling free kick before Odin Chalmers shot wide.

Blair Fyffe had Fairmuir’s first openings but neither resulted an effort that troubled Jacob Kerrigan in the Riverside goal.

There was little separating the side’s in the opening exchanges, but it was Fairmuir that got their noses in front after 26 minutes. Harrison Smith appeared to have over hit his cross from the right, but the ball sailed over the head of Kerrigan and into the net. It may have been a tad fortunate, but Fairmuir had found the all-important opener.

Thursday, 17 May 2018 23:20

Foran fires Ferry to Presidents League title

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Jay Foran’s double fired Ferry Athletic to the Presidents League title at the expense of Fairmuir. The striker netted either side of Ross Fordyce’s volley as Ferry wrapped up the title with a game to spare.

A shock defeat to Monifieth Tayside meant Fairmuir had to win to keep their title hopes alive and they had two chances in the opening minute as Errol Vela was denied by David Beattie before Jaden Murphy dragged a shot wide.

Ross Bell penalty appeal was waved away when he went down inside the Ferry box. The ball eventually fell for Vela who could only shoot wide.

At the other end, Andy Kelly volleyed over after gathering Logan Irvine’s pass before firing over from Blair McCord’s cut back.

The opener did come for Ferry shortly after as Jay Foran powered his way into the box before sliding a shot underneath Steven Connor.

Beattie was deputising between the sticks for Ferry due to an injury picked up by Stewart Linton when the two sides met in the Peter MacAvoy Cup final, and he pulled off a fine fingertip save to keep out Ryan Scobie’s header.

Things nearly went from bad to worse for Fairmuir when Blair McCord pounced on a loose ball and went through one-on-one with Connor, but the Ferry man waited too long to pull the trigger allowing Ryan Bannon to deny him with a perfectly timed challenge.

Goals from Brandon Donnelly and Ewan Stewart clinched the John Clark Motors Cup for Ferry Athletic as they came from behind to beat Broughty United, who opened the scoring through Callum Howe.

Both meetings of these sides in the league ended in draws and there was little between them in the opening stages. Brandon Donnelly flashed a free kick wide as Ferry looked for the opening goal.

Ferry were seeing most of the ball but couldn’t test Gregor Tweed in the Broughty goal. With 22 minutes gone, Broughty opened the scoring.

A corner was missed by Kieran Barron and fell to Callum Howe, whose cross-cum-shot was misjudged by Connor Milton and ended up in the net.

Ferry’s response was almost instant as a long free kick broke to Louie Porter, but his close-range effort was kept out by Tweed. At the other end, Liam Clark went close with a free kick from 25 yards.

With half time approaching Ferry went close to grabbing the equaliser. Porter picked out Greg Breen with a cross, who played the ball into the path of William Banyard, whose shot was blocked by a defender, before being met by Ewan Stewart, but his header was straight at Tweed.

Monifieth Athletic picked up their second cup of the season thanks to a 2-1 win over Pitfour in the final of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup.

The G Taylor League leaders beat the same opponents by the same score line in the final of the Tommy Clark Trophy earlier in the season and goals from Greg Will and Aiden Lorente ensured the same outcome, despite Ally Alcorn puling one back for Pitfour.

These sides have had no shortage of football in recent weeks, and it was Pitfour that made a promising start to the final. Ross Cameron picked out Kai Finnie with a low cross, but the forward saw his effort blocked by a Monifieth defender.

Ben Clos shot wide after 18 minutes before Ally Alcorn saw a tame strike held by Thomas Welsh. Monifieth were offering little in attacking sense but were coping with Pitfour’s pressure.

Welsh made kept out a strike from Kairn Brand on the half hour mark before the Pitfour man made an important interception at the other end as he dealt with Aiden Lorente’s cut back.

St John's put in a commanding display on Monday evening as they swept aside Harris Academy at Dens Park to lift the Senior Sports Cup.
 
The star of the show was without a doubt St John's Lewis Neilson, who bagged an impressive four goals on the night to help guide his team to the trophy. Kieron Dolan managed to grab a brace for Harris but it was not enough agaisnt a very strong St John's side.
 
St John's began the game on the front foot, peppering shots at the Harris goal. It took a combination of good goalkeeping, great defending and even the woodwork to keep the score level, but ultimately the Harris resistance could not hold out for long.
 
It took 21 minutes for St John's to score their first of the match and it came through a piuece of individual brilliance from Lewis Neilson, who used his strength and pace to drive into the box from the right hand side before slotting the ball through the keepers legs for the opener.
 
Harris, to their credit, refused to give up and just nine minutes later they had an equaliser. Kieron Dolan was played through and as the striker made his way into the box, he fired a shot high into the St John's net to level the scores.
 
St John's continued putting the pressure on their opponents and eventually restored their lead two minutes from half-time when Neilson took advantage of some slack defending to lash home.
 
Harris would have been hoping at this point to get into half-time just the one goal down, unfortunately for them, Lewis Neilson had other plans as he converted a header from a corner in stoppage time to give his side a two-goal advantage at the interval.
 
 
Tuesday, 08 May 2018 16:20

Baldragon lift Dundee Schools Cup at Dens

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On a sunny evening at Dens Park it was Baldragon who had cause to celebrate as they lifted the Under 14's Dundee Schools Urquhart Trophy at the expense of St John's RC High School.
 
Two second half goals from Ryan McGregor and Kyler Van Toom proved to be the difference as they managed to take advantage of the counter-attack, getting the best of their SFA Performance School opponents at the home of Dundee FC.
 
Baldragon started the match with real intent, pushing against the St John's backline and threatening to break through on more than one occasion. Despite the early pressure, they could not get the better of their opponents in the opening stages. They were largely reduced to half-chances and blocked shots after some good defending by St John's.
 
As time went on they started to wear down the resistance of St John's and would have no doubt taken the lead after a Baldragon attacker was played through on goal if not for the goalkeeping heroics of Fergus Robertson.
 
15 minutes in and St John's were producing  few chances of their own, with Kerr Smith making a mazy run down the right wing before lashing a shot against the Baldragon 'keeper's feet.
 
Luca Snee was next to trouble the Baldragon goal after he managed to get the best of his marker before firing a shot just wide of goal from just outside the box.
 
Baldragon had their best chance just three minutes before half-time when they were played through. The attacker took too hevy a touch and that was enough of a window of opportunity and Robertson was brave, grabbing the ball at the players feet, suffering a knock in the process.

Arran Ferry’s double put Monifieth on the verge of the G Taylor League title as they inflicted Fairmuir’s first league defeat of the season.

Monifieth knocked Fairmuir out of both domestic cups earlier in the season and nearly opened the scoring after eight minutes when Greg Will headed the ball towards goal, but Liam Hunt was on hand to clear the ball off the line.

Both these sides boast strong defensive records, meaning cleat cut chances were few and far between in the opening stages. Fairmuir’s Jamie McCann dragged a shot wide after a run from midfield.

Monifieth were nearly gifted the opener after 32 minutes when they pounced on a slack goal kick, but Arran Ferry didn’t capitalise as he fired a weak shot straight at Shaun Watt.

The striker did find the net two minutes later after being released by Elliot McCafferty. Ferry slotted past the oncoming Watt to hand Monifieth the lead.

A late penalty from Ross Bell clinched the Peter MacAvoy Cup for Fairmuir Violet. Gary Scobie had Fairmuir ahead with a thunderous first half free kick but Blair McCord levelled seven minutes after half time.

With five minutes to go, Bell was fouled inside the Ferry box and slotted home the penalty to secure Fairmuir the cup and keep their treble dream alive.

These two sides occupy first and second spot in the Presidents League, and it was Fairmuir that started brightest in their search for the opening goal. Ryan McLaren was twice denied by Stewart Linton in the opening stages.

Losing the influential Rory Faulkner early on didn’t help Ferry’s cause. Long range efforts from Andy Kelly and Tom Banyard didn’t trouble Steven Connor in the Fairmuir goal. Robbie Gallacher met a Ryan Scobie free kick after 26 minutes but couldn’t steer his header on target.

Scobie netted a free kick 12-months ago when these sides contested the Henry Dolan Cup final, and it was his left foot that rewarded Fairmuir for their efforts seven minutes before half time. The defender curled home a free kick from 25 yards that Ferry keeper Stewart Linton couldn’t keep out.

Linton was called into action moments later to keep out Cameron Tansey’s volley from a tight angle. The goalkeeper was quick to pounce on the rebound with McLaren looking to capitalise from the loose ball.

Ross Bell had been a thorn in Ferry’s side for most of the first half, and he nearly set up Gallacher for Fairmuir’s second, but Ross Fordyce managed to make a last-ditch block to deny the midfielder.

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