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Monday, 20 February 2017 13:31

Dundee West make their way into Brown Cup Final

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Dundee West u13’s advanced to the Final of the Brown Cup following a 6-2 victory over Arbroath CSC at Downfield. In an entertaining contest watched by healthy crowd the victors overcame a two goal deficit to progress and with it the opportunity for silverware later in the season.

As you would expect from any Semi-final the match began at a ferocious pace with both sides aiming to lay down an early marker and it was the away side who created the first real opportunity.  

Kyle Yule did well to control a high ball from Hal Webster and brought out a good stop by Jordan Walker in the West goal. Having tested the Keeper early Arbroath continued to press and were rewarded with the opener in the 9th minute through Logan Coull’s composed finish into the bottom corner having been released into space by Mason McDonald.

There was almost a second for Arbroath moments later as Yule struck the upright following impressive link up play with Shay McGivney.  Playing with a great deal of confidence Arbroath doubled their advantage on the 15th minute with Kayden Houghton rounding the keeper and slotting the ball into an empty net.

Despite falling further behind West continued to look for a way back into the contest and brought a goal back in the 18th minute. Aiden Law directing a shot into the bottom corner with quick movement by Kyler Van Deer Toorn and Patrick Todd creating the opportunity.  

At this stage of the match both sides were pushing forward and Arbroath almost restored a two goal cushion with Houghton denied his second of the afternoon by the crossbar.

Having almost increased their lead Arbroath found themselves level in the 26 minute, Benjamin Kane unleashing a powerful shot high into the roof the net after Van Der Toorn’s dangerous ball into the box.

The turnaround was complete two minutes from the interval and Van Der Toorn having set up the equaliser got on the scoresheet by knocking Deron Forbes’s corner into the net. 

Sunday, 19 February 2017 19:21

Sharpe fires Broughty United into first final

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Broughty United secured their place in the final of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup with a 4-2 victory over Celtic Boys. The hosts lead 4-0 at the break, courtesy of Gregor Tweed’s early header and Simon Sharpe’s 12-minute hat trick. Celtic fought back in the second half with goals from Kier Murray and Jamie Forbes halving the deficit but it was too little too late for the visitors and Broughty will now face off against treble chasing Dryburgh in the final.

After a back and forth opening, Broughty went ahead after eight minutes. Callum Howe’s out swinging corner was met by Gregor Tweed, who did well to loop his header under the crossbar from close range.

Celtic goalkeeper Rikki McLaren was called into action six minutes later. Jack Mitchell’s free kick from deep was missed by all the players in the box and the keeper did well to push the ball away from danger. Mitchell was causing problems from set pieces, the defenders free kick from the top of the box clipping the outside of the post after 21 minutes.

The conditions in the first half weren’t helping Celtic, playing up the hill and into the wind was always going to test them, but things were about to go from bad to worse after 25 minutes. Kieran Barron won possession high up the park from a Celtic goal kick and unselfishly set up Simon Sharpe, who rolled the ball into the empty net, doubling Broughty’s lead.    

Celtic continued to try and take the game to the hosts, Lloyd Brankin fired wide after 29 minutes. Sharpe nearly doubled his tally after half an hour, getting on the end of Howe’s pass, but his attempt to chip the ball over Mclaren was unsuccessful, as the keeper gathered the ball. The Broughty number nine was in again moments later, but was again denied by McLaren, with the rebound not quite falling for Jack Gordon, who was waiting to add his sides third.

Broughty would add a third, and Sharpe would be the man to get it. Another sloppy goal kick from Celtic presented the ball to Sharp 25 yards from goal, and the striker jinked his way through the Celtic defenders, before calmly finishing past McLaren.

With just three minutes of the first half remaining, Sharpe completed his hat trick. Gordon feeding the ball through to the striker, who lifted the ball over McLaren, giving his side a 4-0 lead at the break.

 

Sunday, 22 January 2017 18:44

Riverside into first final at Ferry's expense

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Riverside CSC booked their place in the final of the Tommy Clark Trophy with a 2-1 win over Ferry Athletic. Louie Anderson had given the hosts the lead in the first half but a super strike from Jack Terroni brought the visitors level. With four minutes remaining, Paul Traynor produced a stunning free kick to win the game for Riverside.

Ferry had taken all three points when these sides last met in the league and started brightly, with Anderson brining a good save out of Jordi Duncan after five minutes. Louie Porter fired over the bar moments later, before Anderson fired wide after 12 minutes.

The hosts were dominating possession, but despite numerous corners and free kicks, were failing to trouble Duncan in the Riverside goal. Anderson got on the end of Dylan Divers cross after half an hour, but his effort was saved by Duncan.

It would be the Divers and Anderson combination that would finally unlock the stubborn Riverside defence, the latter getting on the end of a through ball and slotting past Duncan. Ferry had the goal that their dominance deserved.

Sunday, 22 January 2017 18:44

Five star Ferry seal final spot

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Ferry Yellows booked their place in the final of the G Kerr Cup with a convincing 5-1 victory over Coupar Angus. Cammy Hoskins had the hosts ahead midway through the first half before Ross Nicholson brought the visitors level just before the break. Second half goals from Andrew Kelly, Jay Foran, Jack Hogarth and a second Hoskins were more than enough to secure Ferry’s spot in the final.

The home side looked dangerous from the off, and would have been ahead inside the opening minutes if Rory Faulkner had kept his acrobatic effort on target. After seven minutes, Andrew Kelly met Jay Foran’s corner, but the midfielder’s header came back off the crossbar.

Foran looked to have broken the deadlock not long after, but was denied by a superb save from Andrew Richardson. The Coupar keeper pushing the Ferry man’s shot wide of the post.

Ferry were continuing to keep the pressure on Coupar and nearly went ahead on the half hour mark. Foran’s free kick was headed across the face of goal by Kelly into the path of Taylor Carroll, but the fullback saw his close-range effort was cleared off the line.

The hosts wouldn’t have to wait much longer for their goal, as Cammy Hoskins broke the deadlock four minutes later. The forward beating two Coupar defenders as he made his way to the by-line, before smashing the ball across the face of goal into the side netting.

Despite being under the cosh for most of the first half, the visitors took just four minutes to equalise. Ross Nicholson drilling a free kick from the top of the box past Elliot Smith in the Ferry goal.

The half time whistle ended a first half that had seen plenty of hard tackles and subsequent yellow cards, but somehow only two goals.

Sunday, 08 January 2017 19:29

Fairmuir off to a flyer in 2017

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Fairmuir got off to the perfect start in 2017 with a 7-0 victory against Dundee United SC. The visitors found themselves 3-0 up at the break and despite an improved performance from DUSC, found the net a further four times in the second half.

It took Fairmuir just 62 seconds to open the scoring, with Jay Tosh grabbing the opener. The ball fell to the striker inside the area and he drilled it past DUSC’s  Jamie Scott.

Scott was called into action moments later, producing a fine save to deny Angus Dewar. The midfielder broke away from the DUSC defence, but saw his shot pushed onto the crossbar by the goalkeeper.

DUSC were not prepared to lie down, and saw Ross Dewar’s shot saved by Lewis Burns. The hosts were growing into the game, denying Fairmuir any clear-cut chances, but struggling to ask any serious questions of Burns. Dewar fired wide after 21 minutes.

Despite the signs of improvement from DUSC, it was Fairmuir that got the second goal. Thomas Gibb was too hot for the DUSC defence to handle, and the striker slotted past Scott from inside the box after 27 minutes.

Two minutes later, the lead was three. Ryan McGregor finding the net from close range despite the offside calls from the DUSC players.

Fairmuir were in the mood and would have been further ahead if not for a good stop from Scott, this time the keeper denied Tosh. The pacey striker then rounded Scott after 33 minutes, but saw his shot cleared off the line.

DUSC had their best chance of the half six minutes before the break. Following a corner, the ball broke to John McGlashan, but he sent his effort over the bar, much to the despair of his teammates. 

Sunday, 08 January 2017 18:42

Brechin beat DUSC to secure final spot

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Brechin City booked their place in the final of the Chuck McGowan Cup with a convincing 3-0 victory against Dundee United SC. Goals from Tom Marwood and Sam Rogerson had the visitors two up at the break, with Rogerson adding a second in the second half to secure the victory.

The visitors got off to the perfect start, as Tom Marwood fired them ahead inside three minutes. The winger was given too much time and space inside the DUSC box, and slammed the ball past goalkeeper Lennon Mitchell.

DUSC were struggling to get going as Brechin continued to press, winning a series of corners and dangerous free kicks in the opening exchanges. With 16 minutes gone, they doubled their advantage. Dawson Sawyer’s cross was met by Sam Rogerson, who turned the ball into the net.

Sawyer was next to threaten the DUSC goal, but saw his effort saved by Lennon Mitchell after 24 minutes. Marwood saw his header drift wide of the post not long after, before Logan Mitchell sliced a shot wide from the top of the Brechin box.

The hosts were beginning to improve, with winger Brian Harris causing problems for the Brechin backline. The wide man picked out Logan Whitelaw following a jinking run but the strikers shot was easily saved by Robbie Buchan. Another run from Harris after 37 minutes saw the winger fire just wide. 

Sunday, 18 December 2016 16:24

Clinical Broughty victorious on derby day

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A clinical performance from Broughty United saw them come out on top against neighbours Ferry Athletic in the final league match of 2016. Despite Ferry taking an early lead through Jack Moir, the hosts fought back with goals from Charlie Massie, Mackenzie McGuire and a brace from the birthday boy Greg Ramsay.

Ferry started well and brought a save out of Broughty keeper Ben Todd inside the opening minute. The goalie doing well to push away Jay Lawson’s effort. Broughty’s first effort came courtesy of Charlie Massie after 13 minutes, but the striker’s shot was well blocked by a Ferry defender.

The visitors were dominant in the opening exchanges, seeing most of the possession in the Broughty half, and made their dominance tell as they went ahead after 18 minutes. Blair Anderson’s cross eventually fell at the feet of Jack Moir, who swept the ball past Todd from close range.

All the signs were suggesting that this was going to be a long day at the office for Broughty, but the hosts managed to grab an equaliser after 25 minutes. Massie played a nice one-two with Kyle Sandeman at the top of the box and despite the Ferry cries for offside, Massie found the net from close range.

Ferry were straight back on the offensive, as Todd denied Moir and Blair Anderson in quick succession. Then, Broughty took the lead after 31 minutes. Mackenzie McGuire’s cross from the right-hand side of the box flew over Daniel Clark in the Ferry goal, whether the Broughty man did this intentionally, only he will know.

Sunday, 18 December 2016 16:24

Broughty United seal semi-final spot in style

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Broughty United secured their place in the semi-final of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup with a convincing 4-1 victory over Riverside. A brace from Simon Sharp as well as goals from Conor Fyffe and Jamie Ross had put the hosts in control before Michael Tinning pulled one back for the visitors.

Both sides were looking to get the all-important opening goal, and both went close inside the opening minute. Broughty’s Liam Clark fired just wide before Michael Tinning’s cross nearly looped past Broughty keeper Conor Milton.

It would be the hosts that took the lead, and they did so after just seven minutes. Simon Sharp was sent through on goal, and the striker stroked the ball past Jordi Duncan, into the far corner of the net.

Sharp got in behind the Riverside defence five minutes later, but dragged his effort wide of the mark. The visitors were seeing more of the ball in the early stages, but were failing to create any clear-cut chances.

Things were about to go from bad to worse for Riverside, as Broughty doubled their lead. Aiden Stuart didn’t get enough on his back pass, allowing Conor Fyffe in on goal. The striker kept his composure and slotted past Duncan.

Riverside continued to press and saw Milton keep out efforts from Magnus Fettes and Amine Atrih. As half time approached, Broughty were content to sit back and soak up the pressure, while Riverside struggled to break the hosts down.

Dundee rescued a point against Dundee United in the Development League. Mark Smith had Dundee two in front before United’s trialist halved the deficit just before the break. Goals from Scott Reekie and Louis Appere had given United the lead before Ian Smith smashed home Dundee’s third from close range earning a hard-fought point.
 
Both sides started well as the United trialist fired just wide from the top of the box before Dundee’s Mark Smith headed wide from close range. Mark Smith went close again after 12 minutes as he headed Kyle Clark’s cross just wide.
 
After a cagey opening 20 minutes, Dundee went ahead. Connor Coupe sent Mark Smith through on goal and the big striker drilled the ball past Josh Donaldson in the United goal.
 
United’s number one was called into action after 27 minutes, producing a fine save to keep out Michael Duffy’s free kick. Dundee were on top at this stage and after 31 minutes, doubled their lead.
 
The referee pointed to the penalty spot after the linesman flagged for handball. This was a harsh decision, as none of the Dundee players had appealed for a penalty. Despite this, Mark Smith stepped up and saw his effort saved by Donaldson, but the ball broke for the Dundee man who blasted the ball in from close range.
 
United were beginning to improve as half time approached and pulled one back moments before the interval. The trialist played a neat one-two with Graham Taylor at the top of the box before drilling the ball past Gourlay.
 
The visitors nearly got an equaliser, as Logan Chalmers scooped the ball over the Dundee defence into the path of the trialist, but he couldn’t connect with ball. Mark Smith nearly completed his hat trick before the break, but was denied by Donaldson.
Dryburgh Athletic booked their place in the semi-finals of the Tommy Clark Trophy courtesy of a penalty shootout against Fairmuir. The top two teams in the G Taylor League both found the net inside the opening six minutes. Fairmuir regained the lead moments before half time, but Dryburgh levelled midway through the second half, before going on to win the penalty shootout by four goals to three.
 
The visitors were looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season last week, but got off to a nightmare start as Fairmuir opened the scoring after just 68 seconds. Jamie Timmons corner was missed by goalkeeper Aaron Cosgrove and the ball somehow found its way into the net. This was a perfect start for the hosts who lost the first meeting of the sides 4-2 earlier in the season.
 
Dryburgh were not prepared to lie down, and could have levelled seconds later. Marcus Gray sent Ewan Stewart through on goal, but the striker was denied by Fairmuir goalkeeper Cameron Hendry.
 
There was nothing that Hendry could do four minutes later, as Stewart brought Dryburgh level. Ben Wilson was sent down the right wing, and despite the Fairmuir appeals for offside, the winger picked out Stewart, who sent the ball past Hendry from close range.
 
Both sides sensed that the game was there for the taking, and Fairmuir were nearly back in front after 11 minutes. Captain Mark McCrory picked out Seff Mohammed, but the midfielder dragged his effort wide.
 
With 19 minutes played, Dryburgh captain Aidan Nelson looked to have given his side the lead. The midfielder’s shot deflected off a Fairmuir defender and looped up and over Hendry. As the ball dropped on the goal line, the Dryburgh players began to celebrate, but the referee judged that the ball hadn’t crossed the line.
 
The quality that both sides possess was clear for all to see as both teams searched for the matches third goal. Cosgrove produced a fine save to keep out Ryan Smith’s well hit free kick.
 
It looked like the sides would go off level at the break, that was until Jake Grady put Fairmuir back in front in first half injury time. The striker with a tidy turn inside the penalty area to create half a yard, before drilling the ball past Cosgrove into the far corner of the net.
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