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Jake Grady’s quickfire double took Fairmuir joint top of the Maryfield League. The striker scored twice in two minutes as Fairmuir knocked Logie Harp out of second place.
Harp are the league’s top scorers, and would have been ahead inside three minutes if not for a goal line clearance from Evan Adam.
Jake Grady is Fairmuir’s top scorer in all competitions this season, and he added to his tally after eight minutes. Matthew Nelson provided the pass in behind the Harp defence, and Grady made no mistake with a composed chip over Samuel Ross.
Lighting struck twice for the Fairmuir forward, who curled a shot past the helpless Ross a minute after the opener. It was a dream start for Fairmuir, who found themselves two to the good inside the first 10 minutes.
The pitch and conditions were not compatible with a free-flowing game of football, as both sides went direct in search of goals. Brian Harris had an effort blocked and Keir Murray brought a save out of Cammy Hendry as the hosts looked for a way back in to the match.
Lennox Slater headed over from close range on the half hour mark. It was a golden chance that the big striker really should have taken.
Blue Brazil 2003 wrapped up their fourth win from four this season in the Fife football development league division one, with six goals against Real Fife 2003 Blues.
It wasn’t long before top of the league Brazil opened the scoring via a Conor Reid chip on the ninth minute following a ball from Sean McNamara.
Reid was once again on the score sheet just 15 minutes later as his volley nestled in the net to put Brazil two goals to the good.
Confidence was growing in the Brazil ranks and it was three just past the half hour mark as Euan Stewart nodded in a Brandon Smith free kick.
Just a matter of minutes later Conor Reid tapped in from close range to complete his hat-trick and see Brazil into the second half with a four goal lead.
Kieron Bowie’s first half goal made it a Dryburgh double for Glenrothes Strollers as they booked their place in Round Three of the Scottish Cup.
The Fife side beat Dryburgh CC 8-2 in Round One, and inflicted the same fate on Dryburgh Athletic in Round Two.
Both these sides are unbeaten in their respective leagues this season, and neither was prepared to give the other the edge in the opening stages of the match.
Jack Mitchell picked out Kieron Bowie with a cross after seven minutes, but the striker couldn’t steer his shot on target as the ball sailed over the bar.
The visitors were winning nearly every loose ball in the middle of the park, and opened the scoring after 22 minutes. Bowie latched onto a through ball, and coolly slotted the ball into the far corner of Aaron Cosgrove’s net.
Dryburgh had offered little in an attacking sense thus far, but that changed when Ross Mcnaughton flashed a low shot just wide of the post moments after the goal.
Mcnaughton then fired a free kick from 30 yards just over the crossbar.
Both sides battled on for the remainder of the first half, but neither created a noteworthy chance as Glenrothes Strollers left the pitch with a half time lead.
Arbroath Lads club bounced back from a poor run of form to score seven goals at home to Douglas in latest round of fixtures in the DDYFA Watson McInally Under 14 League.
Arbroath made a quick start to this game as Matthew Murray was quick off the mark to put the home side 1-0 up after just 4 minutes. However Douglas bounced back exactly five minutes later as they scored to level things up through a penalty which was given for handball. Two quick goals with just less than ten minutes played this looked set to be a great game.
Arbroath pressed to take the lead again and perseverance paid off as attacking midfielder Lewis Smith put Arbroath ahead for the second time. Murphy was enjoying his luck in front of goal as he doubled Arbroaths advantage.
However the home side weren't going to start going easy on Douglas now as Murphy's strike partner Josh Tutchenor scored the home sides fourth of the game. Douglas were struggling to cope with the firepower of Abroath as the scoreline was 4-1 in favour of the home side at the break.
Dundee United Sports Club Girls and Montrose drew a ten-goal thriller at Craigie Arena in the SWF Tayside 13’s League. The hosts led at half time thanks to a double from Chloe Clarkson but Montrose hit back to stun their hosts in a high-scoring second half to share the spoils.
United took the lead after seven minutes through Clarkson before the visitors replied nine minutes later. Clarkson put the hosts back in front seven minutes later in what was already proving to be a tight contest at Craigie Arena.
These two sides faced off in the Dundee West Anniversary Cup final last season, with Pitfour coming out on top. However, it was Ferry that landed the first blow of the game, as Hari Caswell fired them ahead after 10 minutes. The Ferry man hit a dipping shot over Archie Kelly-Barton from the edge of the box.
Pitfour had been sluggish in the opening stages, being forced into mistakes by the Ferry pressing. Strikers Jordan Turnbull and Ally Alcorn already had over 30 goals between them this season, and it was this partnership that was threatening to undo Ferry’s good work. Turnbull picked out Alcorn with a cross after 21 minutes, but he looped his header over.
Things went from bad to worse for Pitfour as Kelly-Barton had to be withdrawn because of concussion. This resulted in a lengthy stoppage and Jake Edwards donning the goalkeeper jersey for the remaining 60 minutes of the match.
The break appeared to be what the Pitfour players needed, as they cranked up the pressure on the Ferry goal. Kai Finnie saw his shot pushed over by Hayden Church, before the Ferry keeper got down low to keep out Turnbull’s effort and then denied Finnie again.
Matthew Younger stopped Alcorn with a fantastic sliding challenge as Ferry did their best to reach halftime with their lead intact.
The resulting corner was turned into the net by Finnie from close range.
Pitfour continued their assault on the Ferry goal, and took the lead three minutes before the break. Church denied Alcorn with a fine save, but was helpless as Finnie teed up Turnbull, who fired into the bottom corner.
This was Dundee West’s second top flight match, and they found themselves under pressure straight from the off. Owen Boath saw a low shot saved by Jordan Walker. The Dundee West stopper was helpless when Boath lifted the ball over him and into the net after 16 minutes.
This would prove to be the first of a quickfire double for the Ferry frontman as he slotted a low shot past the keeper after being sent in behind the visitor’s defence on the 20-minute mark.
Dundee West seemed to move up a gear despite being behind. Aiden Law saw a shot deflected behind before Cameron Blacklock shot just wide after breaking into the Ferry box.
Matty Henvey was on target twice for Dundee as they kept up their unbeaten run in the Development League. Jack Lambert and Randy Wolters were also on target as the Dees beat Aberdeen 4-2
For all their possession in the opening stages, clear cut chances were few and far between. Randy Wolters had a shot blocked, and Matty Henvey prodded a shot towards goals, but neither troubled Danny Rogers.
The Dees opened the scoring after 25 minutes through Jack Lambert. Jordan Piggott found the wide man with a long ball, and he made no mistake as he passed the ball into the corner.
Mark O’Hara nearly made it a quick-fire double for Dundee, but his effort from 20 yards was pushed away by Rogers.
Bruce Anderson brought the Dons level in first half injury time. A free kick saw the ball bounce around the Dundee penalty area before Anderson fired a shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Dundee West survived a late scare from Blue Brazil to book their place in the second round of the Scottish Cup.
Goals from Godswill Oke and Nick Fletcher either side of half time put Dundee West in the driving seat, but a superb late free kick from Lewis Black set up a nervy finish to the tie.
Blue Brazil knocked Fairmuir out of the Scottish Cup last season en route to the last 16, and they were looking to inflict a similar fate on Dundee opposition in this year’s competition.
Sean MacNamara found Connor Reid with a neat pass, but he failed to hit the target from close range.
The Fife side had spent most of the opening exchanges inside the Dundee West half, but nearly found themselves behind before 10 minutes had been played. A long ball sent Nick Fletcher in behind, and after goalkeeper Owen Martin failed to deal with the ball, Fletcher delivered a cross that Cavan McLaren was inches away from heading into the empty net.
The ball eventually fell to Luke Miller, who headed wide.
Both sides were trying to get a foothold in the game, but neither goalkeeper was being seriously tested. David Boylan was called into action after 18 minutes, producing a fine diving save to keep out Euan Stewart’s effort from 15 yards.
Boylan was helpless moments later when Jack Reid spun free inside the area. Fortunately for the hosts, his low effort flashed wide. 10 minutes later, Boylan held Jack Reid’s effort from distance.
With half time on the horizon, Dundee West went in front. Godswill Oke opened the scoring with a shot that nestled in the top corner, despite Martin getting a touch to the ball.
These sides met twice in cup competitions last season, with both ties being decided by penalties. Dundee West came out on top on both occasions, and they had the first chance of the match after four minutes. Nick Fletcher won the ball in the Fairmuir box, but saw his effort pushed away by Shaun Watt.
Both sides were cancelling each other out in the opening stages, but Fairmuir landed the first blow after 10 minutes. Morgan Harrow was robbed by Graeme Stewart, who released Robbie Flynn. The striker powered his way into the penalty area, and unleashed a fierce drive past David Boylan into the bottom corner.
Despite being behind, Dundee West were growing into the game. Lewis Hutton saw his snap shot go narrowly wide before Callum Rae cleared Stewart’s goal-bound effort before it could reach the goal line. This would prove to be an important bit of defending from the captain, as five minutes later his side were level.
Fairmuir failed to deal with a corner, and the ball fell to Lee Clark, who stabbed his shot into the net through a crowd of players. It was a scrappy goal, but one that Dundee West deserved.
The remainder of the first half was bereft of clear cut chances as both sets of players tried to assert themselves on the game.
Rory Jagusinski’s second half brace secured 10-man Broughty United their first win of the season. St Murdochs levelled the tie early in the second half before Robbie McDonald was dismissed, but the Broughty full back produced two moments of magic to win his side the match.
Broughty had been shot-shy on the opening day as they went down 2-0 in Forfar, but took just 28 seconds to open the scoring. Simon Sharpe got on the end of Callum Howe’s cut back and found the net from five yards out.
The hosts had stand-in goalkeeper Gregor Tweed to thank for keeping them ahead after 15 minutes, as he kept out a deflected effort from Steven Dell that looked to be heading for the top corner. This save proved to be even more important when Broughty broke from the resulting corner and scored their second
Sharpe again the scorer, latching onto a perfectly weighted pass and sliding the ball under the oncoming goalkeeper.
Broughty’s joy proved to be short lived, as Saints found the net five minutes later. Dell’s free kick deflected into Ben Holmes, whose shot was pushed onto the post by Tweed, but the ball fell kindly for Jack Paterson at the back post, who had the simple task of tapping in the third goal of the afternoon.
Callum Howe saw his shot kept out by Roman Robb, before Saints Owen Ruxton headed over from a matter of yards out on the stroke of half time.
Doubles from Ross Bell and Jaden Murphy secured Fairmuir Violet three points against Coupar Angus.
A back and forth first half saw the sides go off level at the break, but three second half goals wrapped up the points for last season’s U17s treble winners.
Coupar Angus got the league campaign off to the ideal start against Brechin on the opening day, cruising to a 5-1 victory. Any thoughts that their trip to Graham Street would be as straightforward were ended after 42 seconds, as Brendan Howett fired the hosts into the lead.
The midfielder’s powerful strike from the edge of the box flew past Andrew Smith in the Coupar Angus goal.
The visitors managed to level the tie before the ten-minute mark. A miskick saw the ball fall kindly for Ross Campbell at the edge of the box, who composed himself, and curled a shot into the net, via the inside of the post.
Moray Robertson sent Stefan Brown in behind the Fairmuir defence moments later, but his chipped effort was wide of the mark.
With 19 minutes gone, Fairmuir went back in front. Coupar Angus pushed too many men forward at a free kick, allowing a quick counter attack that ended with Smith pushing Callan Gallacher’s shot into the path of Ross Bell, who rolled the ball into the empty net.
Smith had to be at his best moments later to keep out Cameron Henderson’s header. The Fairmuir defender got a deft touch on Ryan Scobie’s in-swinging free kick, but the goalkeeper managed to get down to the bottom corner, and push the ball to safety.
Both Moray Robertson and Campbell had efforts off target before the visitors got their equaliser. Ryan Robertson lifted the ball into the box, and as Fairmuir keeper Steven Connor caught Scobie rather than the ball, the visitors found themselves level at the break.
An unfortunate moment for Fairmuir and Scobie, who was unable to return to action in the second half.
Lewis Denny’s double inspired Broughty United Panthers to victory over Broughty United. It’s not every day that two teams from the same club face off, but it was Broughty Panthers that walked away with the bragging rights, and the all-important three points.
Any thoughts of these two sides playing for a draw were quickly put to bed after three minutes. Daniel Boyle opened the scoring with a low finish from ten yards.
The lead was quickly doubled as Adam Barclay found the net with a looping effort from 20 yards.
United had goalkeeper Craig Gibb to thank for keeping the deficit down after 15 minutes. The keeper first smothering Ryan Carr’s close range effort, and then denying Boyle with another fine save.
In contrast, Panthers keeper Wilson Price had precious little to do in the first half, and his side nearly added a third when a long free kick landed at the feet of Josh Knight, but he fired over from just inside the box.
With the referee preparing to bring the first half to an end, the Panthers struck again. Price turned provider as his long ball released Ryan Carr, who raced clear of the United defence and coolly found the bottom corner.