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Cameron Murray’s first half double helped Ferry Athletic Blues see off Kirrie Thistle and lift the Peter MacAvoy Cup.

Gale force winds meant that a free-flowing game was unlikely, but despite playing into the wind, it was Kirrie that broke the deadlock after six minutes when Kane Allison swept the ball home from David Cattanach’s cross.

Cameron Murray curled a shot over as Ferry looked for an equaliser, and their efforts were rewarded when Cattanach attempted to guide a long ball back to Kyle Millar, only to see the ball taken by the wind and loop into the net.

Millar was helpless to prevent the equaliser but kept Ferry at bay with a fingertip save to keep out Craig Bruce’s powerful header.

Rohan Brown volleyed wide for Kirrie before Murray latched onto a through ball and drilled a low strike past Millar to put Ferry in front.

With the wind at their backs, Ferry were looking to put the game beyond Kirrie, and went close when Adam Eaton’s whipped a corner against the crossbar.

Ferry did extend their lead when Millar fumbled James Lawrie’s long free kick into Murray, who watched the ball roll over the line for his second of the day.

Murray turned provider for Scott Thaw when he knocked down Eaton’s corner, and Thaw looped the ball over Millar for Ferry’s fourth of the day.

Monday, 25 February 2019 13:16

Fairmuir stay perfect with win over Dryburgh

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Second half goals from Jake Grady and Matthew Nelson saw Fairmuir keep up their 100% record in the Dave Pullar League as they saw of Dryburgh Athletic.

Dryburgh took the bragging rights a fortnight ago when the sides met in the cup and they had the first chance of the match as Jack Buist saw an effort from close range deflected over early on.

At the other end, Jake Grady’s shot from a tight angle brought a save out of Samuel Ross in the Dryburgh goal.

A combination of both sides adopting a direct approach and committing niggling fouls meant the first half saw precious little in terms of goalmouth action.

Ryan Smith fired a free kick into the Fairmuir wall before Kalin Jones hit a speculative long-range effort that didn’t trouble Fairmuir’s Cammy Hendry.

Hendry was called into action to deny Buist from a tight angle shortly before half time with the resulting counterattack resulting in Grady going through one-on-one with Ross, but the Dryburgh keeper came out on top as he denied the Fairmuir striker.

Monday, 25 February 2019 12:48

Dryburgh edge out Blairgowrie in East Region Cup

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Dryburgh Athletic toppled top-flight Blairgowrie as they advance to the second round of the East Region Cup. A first half own goal was enough to see Dryburgh through to Round Two.

After a strong showing in the Scottish Cup earlier in the season, the prospect of playing a side from the division above was not one that phased Dryburgh, but the first chance of the game went Blairgowrie’s way as Robbie Watson powered his way into the box before seeing his effort deflected into the side netting.

The resulting corner saw Harry Watson flick the ball towards goal, but Dryburgh keeper Kaden Leadbetter was equal to the effort.

Dryburgh had a chance to open the scoring when Stewart Page fumbled Bobby Shirkey’s long range free kick but nobody in a maroon shirt could force the ball over the line.

With seven minutes played Dryburgh did break the deadlock as Jay Cochrane’s corner was flicked into the net by a Blairgowrie defender.

Blairgowrie went close from a corner of their own as Caleb Robertson headed over Archie Browning’s delivery before Page denied Shirkey at the other end before the Dryburgh man fired his follow-up shot agonisingly past the post.

Dryburgh’s disciplined defensive performance was restricting Blairgowrie to precious little in terms of clear-cut chances, however the hosts were nearly undone as the ball broke to Reece Forrest six yards out, only for the Blairgowrie man to fire wide of the target.

Leadbetter produced a smart save to keep out a fierce strike from Browning as Blairgowrie pushed for an equaliser before Forrest turned the ball wide from the resulting corner.

Ross Cannon’s injury time strike salvaged a point from Blairgowrie as they fought back to draw with Dundee United SC.

Kyle McMulkin looked to have done enough to seal the points for DUSC with his hattrick completing strike 13 minutes from time, only for Cannon to strike at the death to earn a point for Blairgowrie.

Both sides came into the match unbeaten in the Café Royale League knowing that a win would help both in their push for the title.

It was Blairgowrie that started on the front foot with their leading marksman Robbie Watson driving from the halfway line before seeing his strike tipped round the post by Stuart Woods.

Harry Watson tested Woods with an effort from distance before Kaisey Brown swept a shot over from the edge of the box after meeting a low cross from Ross Cannon.

DUSC had offered little in an attacking sense in the opening stages, but a series of long-range efforts from Kyle McMulkin showed the threat the hosts possessed in the final third. The forward brought a fine diving save out of Stewart Page with a fierce strike from the edge of the box.

McMulkin had made his intentions clear to Blairgowrie, so there was little surprise when he curled in the opener from 25 yards 18 minutes into the first half.

Things got better for DUSC as McMulkin produced another moment of magic seven minutes later to double their lead. Once again, he curled a strike out of the reach of Page from 20 yards into the net.

After a bright start Blairgowrie found themselves behind but pulled a goal back on the half hour mark through Reece Forrest, who managed to turn the ball in at the near post from a corner.

DUSC went straight on the offensive as Lee Lorimer weaved his way down the left wing before cutting the ball back for Charlie Loftus. It looked certain DUSC were about to re-establish their two-goal lead as Loftus sent the ball towards goal from six yards only for Page to keep the ball out at point-blank range.

The Blairgowrie stopper was rewarded for his efforts as his side equalised with the last meaningful touch of the first half.

Harry Watson released brother Robbie, whose shot was kept out by Woods, who then managed to keep out Archie Browning’s follow up. Robbie Watson was then denied by a recovering defender before Harry Watson clipped the ball into the net to draw Blairgowrie level.

Goals from Liam Kearsley, Gregg Clarke and Cameron Dalziel were enough to beat the visiting Rothes Juniors at a windy Pitreavie playing fields, which saw a very even contest with good quality from either side.

The match saw a very stubborn start, with both teams showing glimpses of having enough to beat each other’s strong defences. The attacks seen in the early stages of the game were primarily channelled through Pitreavie’s tricky winger Lewis Johnstone and powerful forward Aaron Cunningham, with Rothes striker Ewan Taylor also showing the potential to make a big impact on the game.

The first real chance of the game didn’t fall till the 18th minute of the match and it resulted in the games first goal. Clarke swung in a dangerous ball from a corner, which was then met by a towering header from defender Kearsley, which ended up in the top left corner, putting the hosts ahead.

As is so common in football, the first goal resulted in a series of chances for either side. Lewis Petrie attempted to double Pitreavie’s lead, but saw his long-ranged effort sail over the bar in the 20th minute. This was closely followed by Rothes first chance of the match, when Taylor managed to get himself in the way of a defensive clearance which cannoned off him and ended up being inches away from the goal in the 22nd minute.

Rhys McGlashan was next to threaten an equaliser for Rothes, but his effort from the edge of the box went just to the wrong side of the post in the 30th minute. The visitors continued to press as the wind started to pick up and suddenly defender Marcus Brookshank broke through and fired a low driven shot at Pitreavie goalkeeper Jay Anstruther, but the keeper comfortably denied the chance in the 35th minute.

The hosts managed to weather the storm and really started to take the game by the scruff of the neck in the few minutes that remained of the first half. Rothes keeper Ryan McIntosh was called upon in the 36th minute when Petrie shrugged off a defender and fired a shot but was expertly rejected by the Rothes number one. McIntosh was brought into action once again when Clarke had his effort saved by the powerful keeper from close range in the 40th minute.

However, with seconds remaining of the first half, the ball was swung in by a Pitreavie midfielder and fell to Clarke who wasn’t going to miss this time as he fired his shot from the back post into the bottom left corner, past McIntosh putting the hosts two ahead going into the break.

Sunday, 13 January 2019 19:00

Forfar Boys in seven heaven after Ferry win

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A devastating performance from Forfar Boys handed them the incentive in the P Gibson League title race as they blew Ferry Athletic away at Dawson Park.

Tyler Urquhart bagged a hat trick for Forfar with Connor Morrison netting twice. Harry Craig and Kieran Fairweather completed the route as Forfar moved to within a point of Ferry at the summit.

Forfar came into the game knowing that a defeat would leave them seven points behind Ferry in the title race and got off to the perfect start as they opened the scoring after two minutes.

Zac Field’s effort was spilled by Fraser Wood and Tyler Urquhart was on hand to turn the ball into the net from close range.

Forfar were dominating the opening stages of the match and doubled their lead on nine minutes as Harry Craig fired in a free kick from 25 yards. It was no more than the visitors deserved for their impressive start to the match.

The lead was quickly extended after some quick passing down the left saw Beinn Millar feed the ball into Urquhart, whose shot took a deflection as it made its way into the net.

Millar was causing Ferry plenty of problems and when he was slipped in one-on-one with Wood it looked like Forfar would score again but the Ferry man was quick off his line to smother the ball and deny the winger.

Ferry were nearly gifted a route back into the match thanks to a mix up in the Forfar defence, but Thomas McIntosh was on hand to clear the danger.

Millar went close to adding a fourth for Forfar when he brought down Urquhart’s cross but saw his volley come crashing back off the crossbar.

Sunday, 13 January 2019 21:21

Clinical Kirkcaldy FC Red put six past Real Fife

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Six separate goal scorers for the visitors aided them in their convincing win over the hosts, Real Fife, in the FFDL Second Division.

Real Fife nearly got off to the perfect start when agile frontman Sebastian Torkovski rounded Kirkcaldy goalkeeper Conner Auchterlonie and fired his shot from a tight angle, which was then heroically cleared off the line by the powerful defender Steven White in the opening minute of the match.

Minutes later, Kirkcaldy winger Mitch Carstairs got on the end of a lofted ball and managed to coolly poke the ball past Real goalkeeper Aaron Buchannan in the fourth minute of the match to put the visitors ahead. Kirkcaldy’s lead was soon doubled when fullback, Tyler Coventry found his attempted cross nestle in the top left corner in the 8th minute of the match. I’m sure he will claim it as a shot, however.

Kirkcaldy continued their dominance in the early stages of the match which resulted in both White and Amadu Buh coming close to adding a third, in the 15th minute of the match. Buchannan pulled off a tremendous save in the 18th minute of the match to deny Carstairs from doubling his tally at close range.

The third was finally found by Kirkcaldy when tricky midfielder Naari Ruzaag danced his way through the Real Fife defence and sent a low powerful shot into the bottom right corner, in off the post in the 20th minute of the match.

Real Fife made a great effort to get back into the game before the interval when Torkovski managed to get a shot away, which was firmly denied by Auchterlonie in the 25th minute of the match. This was then followed by another great save from Auchterlonie, denying Connor Kemp this time from close range in the 30th minute of the match and also being the final chance of the first half.

Strikes from Jaydn Burnett and Liam Old were enough to see Riverside into the Last 16 of the Scottish Cup. The Dundee scored twice in the second half to see off Portobello CFA.

Both these sides have been in fine form domestically this season and it was Riverside that looked to seize the initiative early on in the match as Jamie Richardson went close to opening the scoring twice early on.

The first opportunity saw the forward denied by Rory Comerford before he glanced a header wide from a matter of yards out shortly after.

Portobello could only clear Arran Taylor’s free kick as far as Jaydn Burnett, who tested Comerford with a controlled volley from the edge of the box.

Riverside looked to have finally beaten the inform Comerford when Richardson slipped the ball through to Odin Chalmers, but he saw his first-time strike come crashing off the woodwork.

Portobello had offered little in an attacking sense in the opening 35 minutes and nearly fell behind with the final touch of the half when Aidan McDougall headed wide from a corner.

Jake Shaw’s hat trick helped Dundee United SC advance to the quarter finals of the Reilly Falconer Cup at the expense of highflying Broughty Panthers.

Broughty came into the game top of the Watson McInally League, while DUSC were winless in the top flight and it was the visitors that looked to seize the initiative in the opening stages.

Jackson Hendry saw an effort blocked in the opening minute before Haydn Farningham turned the ball over from the resulting corner. Hendry was sent through on goal shortly after, only to be denied by Alister Brown.

DUSC’s first chance fell to Jake Shaw, who saw his shot held by Nathan McDermott.

After a rip-roaring start to the game, both sides began to cancel each other out meaning clear cut chances were few and far between.

Hendry smacked a volley wide from the edge of the box before DUSC opened the scoring through Logan Farquharson, who found the net with a low finish.

Broughty were nearly level moments later when the ball fell to Robbie Stark, but he could only fire the ball against the post.

It would prove to be a costly miss as DUSC doubled their advantage through Taylor Carson. The midfielder burst through on goal and fired the ball past McDermott.
Things got better for DUSC when Farquharson went through and netted his second shortly after.

A minute later, Carson’s corner was met by Shaw, who headed the ball in from close range to give DUSC a four-goal advantage.

Broughty were handed a lifeline in first half injury time when Nairn Dailly’s pass back to Brown was misjudged by the keeper, allowing the ball to roll into the net.

Sunday, 28 October 2018 16:18

Riverside strike late to beat Fairmuir

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Jamie Richardson’s late strike earned Riverside three points from their DS Rennie League tie with Fairmuir.

The striker netted from Liam Old’s pass to ensure Riverside keep up their unbeaten start to the season.

These sides contested last season’s Ross Ballantine Cup final, and while it was Fairmuir that lifted the silverware on that occasion, it was Riverside who started brightly and should have taken the lead after five minutes when Jamie Richardson was released behind the Fairmuir defence, only to drag his effort wide.

Riverside continued to dominate in the opening exchanges but Fairmuir nearly opened the scoring when the ball broke to Finlay Garty, who could only blaze the ball over the bar.

Fairmuir had goalkeeper Kieran Thomson to thank for keeping the score level when he denied Richardson from point-blank range.

The Riverside man did break the deadlock shortly after when a mix-up between Thomson and his defenders gifted Richardson an empty net to role the ball into.

Stuart Heenan has been Fairmuir’s man in form this season, and he wasted no time in bringing his side level. The forward curled a free kick past Jamie McCabe from the edge of the box less than a minute after Riverside had taken the lead.

The game had suddenly burst into life with Thomson denying Richardson once again before Brodie Cussick was penalised for a hand ball in the box. Aidan McDougall dispatched the resulting spot kick to give the game its third goal in as many minutes and ensure Riverside had the lead at the break.

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