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Aiden Law’s hat-trick helped Dundee West secure the Brown Cup with victory over Brechin Youths at North End Park. A dynamic attacking display which featured six first-half goals ensured it was West who followed in the footsteps of last season’s winners Montrose.
Dundee West reached the final with an impressive 6-2 win over Arbroath in the Semi-final and the sides attacking flair was evident as contest began. Good link up play between Kyler Van Der Toorn and Law forced the first corner of the afternoon which was knocked over the line by Benjamin Kaneon 3 minutes.
Having taken an early lead West pressed straight from kick off allowing Law to pick up a loose ball and direct a shot past Brechin Keeper Declan Hay with 4 minutes played.
Despite the setback of falling further behind Brechin continued to look for a way back into the final and Jamie Crosby finished an impressive run with an effort just past the post.
At this stage the next goal would prove crucial and it went the way of West on 11 minutes, Deron Forbes slotting the ball under Hay having been released into space by Luca Snee.
With a three-goal cushion West began to play with freedom and Cameron Blacklock tested Hay through a decent strike from range.
Having blocked Blacklock’s effort Hay could not prevent Law from grabbing his second of the afternoon with a well-placed drive as the clock struck 18 minutes.
Law was instrumental to his sides attacking play and two later minutes helped give Snee an opportunity to unleash a powerful shot into the top corner past the Brechin Keeper.
Six minutes from half-time West scored number six and it came from Jamie Foran tapping the ball into the net at the far post.
On the stroke of the whistle Brechin had an opportunity to reduce the deficit with Keir Goodwin’s Free-kick finishing narrowly over the bar.
Ewan Stewart’s second half goal secured the Tommy Clark Trophy for Dryburgh Athletic. In what was a David vs Goliath clash, bottom of the league Riverside more than matched champions-elect Dryburgh, but ultimately tasted defeat in their first ever cup final.
These sides have had greatly contrasting league campaigns, Dryburgh have only one defeat to their name, while Riverside have won just once. Despite this, it was Riverside that started on the front foot, and nearly opened the scoring after two minutes.
Samuel Gallacher won the ball in the Dryburgh half and set up Callum Brand, but the Riverside man dragged his effort wide of the mark. This was a golden chance passed up by Riverside, but an early reminder for Dryburgh that Riverside weren't going to let them have things their own way.
Riverside had settled into the game well, managing to limit the space in behind their defence, and staying compact in midfield. Dryburgh’s first chance of the match came after 16 minutes. Marcus Gray managed to jink his way through the Riverside defence and pick out Daryl Tosh, but his header didn’t cause any problems for Jordi Duncan in the Riverside goal.
It was clear that Dryburgh were struggling to breakdown the Riverside defence. Dylan Smeaton tried his luck from 20 yards after 26 minutes, but his effort was easily held by Duncan.
The Riverside stopper produced a fine save 60 seconds later as he kept out Ewan Stewart’s close range effort. The Dryburgh striker got on the end of Smeaton’s cut back, but his effort was straight at Duncan.
Ross Mcnaughton was the next Dryburgh player to try his luck, but his effort from inside the box was easily saved by Duncan. The first half wound down with neither goalkeeper being seriously tested, and all to play for in the second period.
Beath High School won the Under 18s Fife Cup on penalties after coming from behind to beat Balwearie High School. Jake Butler had given Balwearie the lead but Kieran Aitchison’s goal sent the match into penalties with Blair Penman being the hero for Beath after saving three penalties.
Balwearie started the final the brighter of the two sides with Daniel Dow flashing the first shot of the match over the bar. Beath fought back and had a header cleared off the line from a corner before Alex Reilly’s strike slid just wide.
Beath grew into the game as the half wore on and were the dominant side but were unable to break down a stout Balwearie defence. Ryan Connelly went closest for Beath but his shot was gathered easily by the Balwearie goalkeeper.
Forfar Boys ran out 10-2 winners in the Diamond Jubilee Cup final against Ferry Athletic. Striker Dominik Naglik found the net four times in what was a rampant display from a Forfar side that has now completed the first part of a potential quadruple this season.
Forfar got the game off to the perfect start, opening the scoring after just two minutes. Dagan Bell’s corner kick was headed home by Kieran Kelly from close range.
Ferry were shell-shocked by the early goal, and fell further behind two minutes later. Dominik Naglik’s free kick from the left wing flew into the top corner of the Ferry goal.
A Naglik free kick brought about Forfar’s third goal of the match after just eight minutes. The striker’s effort brought a save out of Daniel Clark in the Ferry goal, but the ball fell for Ethan Murray, who volleyed the ball past the helpless keeper from close range.
Ferry’s first effort came courtesy of Harrison Taylor, who volleyed over from a corner. Despite trailing 3-0, Ferry hadn’t done much wrong and were rewarded for their efforts after 14 minutes.
Owen Boath picked out Taylor following a surging run, and his shot deflected into the path of Jay Lawson, who turned the ball home from close range.
Ferry had played their way back into the game and nearly added a second goal after 18 minutes. Boath managed to race away from the Forfar defence, but saw his effort pushed away by goalkeeper Kyle Shand. The Forfar keeper hadn’t had much to do, but this was a fine save.
There was nothing the keeper could do two minutes later, as Boath grabbed Ferry’s second goal. Lawson with the clever flick to release his strike partner, who made no mistake as he slotted the ball into the net.
Despite their slow start, Ferry were now back in the match, and just seconds after their second goal, the sixth goal of the game was scored, but it was scored by Forfar. Bell’s cross catching out the Ferry keeper Clark, as the ball flew into the net.
This was a tough one to take for Ferry, who conceded a fifth five minutes later. Naglik getting his second of the match with a low drive from the top of the box that nestled in the bottom corner of the net.
The SPFL Trusts “Trusted Trophy Tour” stopped off at Dens Park to showcase some of the work that Dundee FC do in the local community.
This comes as the SPFL Trust (Scottish Professional Football League Trust) sets an ambitious target for clubs to engage one million people through community engagement every year, to be achieved over the next five years.
Currently, the SPFL Trust and all 42 member clubs engage with an estimated 710,000 individuals every year. This reflects around 13% of Scotland’s population, according to research conducted by the SPFL (Scottish Professional Football League) in 2016.
Director Steve Martin explained just how the club has gone about improving its programmes in the community: “We totally refurbished DFC in the Community, which is our slogan, in the summer.
“The first thing we did was with Active Schools cause we wanted to get in with the school kids again, that was very, very important.
“We’re doing 12 sessions in nine different schools during the week, with roughly 160 to 180 kids a week, which is fantastic.
“They all have Dundee kits on which is fantastic.”
Some of the children involved in Dundee’s after school programmes were invited to Dens to take part in a training session on the pitch, and get a chance to have their photos taken with the SPFL Premiership Trophy, and the League Cup.
Lewis Melee is the community manager at Dundee FC, and he spoke about the clubs after school programmes: “We have classes on every day of the week, up to three a day some days. Our coaches work very closely with the club to create a package of class sessions.
“Ultimately the fun element shines through in terms of the games.
“It’s a brilliant opportunity to have the kids down here today, and get them on the pitch. Their heroes play on it on a Saturday and they get to see it and be part of it today.
“They’re part of our projects and we look forward to having them as part of that for a long time to come.
While the club currently works with nine primary schools in Dundee, Lewis added that plans are in place to expand the programme in the coming months.
“We’re looking to expand the programme in the next academic year and add variety to what we do in the classes.
“At the moment it’s only football, but we’d like to expand to Futsal and girls only football.
“An uptake in girls and woman’s football is the long-term ambition for our classes.”
The list of schools currently working with DFC in the community can be found at http://dundeefc.co.uk/club/dfc-in-the-community/ and Lewis spoke about how parents with children at these schools can get their kids involved.
“The schools will send out letters and leaflets, a block is £25 and at the end of the block the kids get a free match ticket and a DFC in the community tee-shirt.
“We have a constant link with the schools to allow parents the easiest way possible to get in touch, because we want to have as many kids as possible playing football.”
It is not just children that DFC in the community has programmes for, as Steve explained that the club is looking to take a universal approach.
“One of the things we wanted to do was connected with Alzheimer’s Scotland.
“I was invited down to Tannadice to see what Alzheimer’s Scotland have done with Football Memories, which is a programme sponsored by the SFA.
“The work they do is fantastic and rather than us competing with them, they invited us to join them and hold the sessions once a month here at Dundee. So, May 3rd we are kicking off our sessions at Dundee.
“As well as this, we’ve been approved to do walking football which will kick off at the end of the football season.”
Another programme being run at Dens Park is Football Fans in Training. Dundee Football Club and DFC in the Community partnered up with the SPFL Trust’s Football Fans in Training – which allows fans to get involved with the club and lose weight along the way.
Scott Anderson is a member of Football Fans in Training, and he believe that the environment of the classes is key to their success.
“You can come here and it is people like yourself. If you go to a gym it’s full of people posing, so it’s a comfortable environment.
“I’ve been a Dundee supporter for 40 years so to be where the players are it’s a bonus.
“When I started, I was 91 kilos and I’m now down to 89 kilos which I’m happy with, my main aim is to get down to 85 so if I achieve that I know I’ll have achieved something.”
John Coleman is one of the coaches that runs the Football Fans in Training sessions, and he believes that using Dens Park as the base for the programme is one of the reasons for its success.
“The classes take place here in the gym, we do stuff in the lounges at Dens, we get on and around the pitch and do work in the stands as well.
“We help the fans be a bit more active, make sure that they’ve got a better life style and then losing weight is the long-term goal.”
The Fans in Training programme is one used by numerous clubs throughout Scotland, and borrowing ideas from other clubs is something that Steve and his team are trying to do more of, in order to reach all corners of the community.
“Myself and Lewis are speaking to other clubs and getting their ideas on what they do.
“In the next 12 to 18 months we’re looking to have 10 or 11 projects on the go, and this will lead into us going for charitable status, which will allow us to help people out in the community.
“Not just kids, but encompass everyone in the community, we want to be able to give everybody a good time.”
Tayport United overcame St Andrews Colts in a penalty shootout to win the J Cord Cup. Caleb Addo’s early strike had put Tayport in control for much of the tie, but an inspired performance from St Andrews keeper Steven Paterson kept his side in with a chance, a chance they capitalised on when Ben Rolland levelled the tie from the penalty spot. All nine of the first nine spot kicks were scored, but St Andrews Lewis Bearley saw his effort come back off the post, confirming Tayport as cup winners.
These two sides met in the league seven days earlier, with Tayport running out 4-1 winners. The men in red started on the front foot, Caleb Addo looked to have opened the scoring after seven minutes, but was denied by a fine save from Steven Paterson.
There was nothing the St Andrews keeper could do two minutes later, as Addo opened the scoring. Keir Little’s mishit shot falling kindly for Addo, who found the net from close range.
There was a confidence and swagger about Tayport’s play, as they forced St Andrews into more than one piece of last ditch defending. Matthew McDougall saw his effort saved by Steven Paterson after 17 minutes. In contrast, St Andrews were struggling to get out of their own half, and when they did the ball was rarely sticking up front.
Tayport were seeing a lot of the ball, but were lacking that killer instinct in the final third. St Andrews best chance came after 26 minutes through Ryan Brocklebank, but his free kick was just off target.
Pitfour secured the Dundee West Anniversary Cup with a 3-0 win over Ferry Athletic. A second half brace from Andrew Allan and a late strike from Alistar Alcorn secured the first of a potential four trophies available to Pitfour this season.
Both sides started cautiously, with every player on the park trying to get a touch of the ball in the opening exchanges. Pitfour’s first effort came courtesy of Ben Clos, but the midfielder’s effort from distance was off target. Ferry’s Kai Meldrum shot wide not long after.
The Ferry captain did well to keep the score level after nine minutes. Goalkeeper Aaron Caird misjudged a cross, but Meldrum managed to hook the ball off the line, sparing the keepers blushes in the process.
Ferry created the best chance of the match after 18 minutes. Meldrum’s pass somehow found its way through to Rory Smith, and the winger blasted the ball against the crossbar from seven yards out. This was a golden opportunity for Ferry, an opportunity that clearly took Smith by surprise as it fell to him.
As half time approached, Pitfour began to increase the pressure on the Ferry goal. Alistar Alcorn with a jinking run from deep, but he didn’t trouble Caird as he sent his effort wide. Jordan Turnbull was the next Pitfour player to have a go, but his effort ended up in the side netting.
Kirsti-Leigh Hunt’s winner 14 minutes from time helped Dundee & Angus College to a 3-2 victory over city rivals Dundee University. The league leaders showed great character to come from behind on two occasions and the result ensured the side will finish top of the BUSC Football Scottish 2A League.
With the League Championship at stake and Dundee University looking to finish the season on a high the stage was set for an entertaining afternoon at Riverside.
As the match began the League leaders almost fell behind immediately, a deep cross by Lea Kleinsarge found Natalie Cromar who was unlucky to direct an effort past the post. Dundee continued with their bright start and moments later Cromar saw a shot flash just wide after being released into space by Evie Morton.
Cromar continued to be heavily involved in her sides attacking play and almost scored a spectacular opener, good movement by Kleinsarge allowed Evie Morton to drill a ball across goal where Cromar was inches away from connecting with a back heel.
As the match progressed Dundee & Angus College began to enjoy some sustained possession and Beth Shillitto’s impressive run from deep created an opening for Derrian Gollan to test Annabel Steen in the Dundee goal.
With both sides pushing forward it was inevitable there would be an early goal and it came in the 15th minute for Dundee, Cromar was rewarded for her early effort and showed nice composure to direct the ball into the bottom corner after a clever flick-on by Kleinsarge.
Having been provider for the opener Kleinsarge almost grabbed the second of the afternoon forcing Lindsay Dunbar into a smart stop.
Despite the setback of falling behind Dundee & Angus College responded well and Georgia Spry’s shot from distance was palmed away by Steen. Shillitto continued to look comfortable running at the defence and grabbed her side’s equaliser from a tight angle in the 22nd minute.
With the game finally poised Dundee almost restored their advantage through a volley by Cromar which drifted over and Kleinsarge’s well placed shot from distance.
Kleinsarge was not to be denied and in the 39th minute put Dundee back in front after showing good determination to stab the ball into the net from a crowded penalty area.
If it had not been for the width of the post Dundee & Angus College would have headed into half-time on level terms, Derren Gollan set up Hunt and her curling effort bounced off the woodwork with Steen beaten.
Three goals in the second half helped Douglas Youth overcome Vale of Tay 4-3 in the J Cleneghan League fixture held at Drumgeith. A highly entertaining contest was expected pre-match as the sides have near identical league records and both saw an opportunity to put points on the board.
Unsurprisingly the opening stages were a tight affair with each team enjoying passages of sustained possession without troubling either goalkeeper.
The first real incident came in the 9th Minute and it gave Vale of Tay a chance to take the lead from the penalty spot after John Merchant was taken down following a surging run from deep. Kade Mccleary stepped up and his effort was brilliantly saved by Joe Flynn with the rebound finishing over the bar. Buoyed having almost taken the lead Vale of Tay continued to press and Flynn was again required to deflect a shot from distance by Ben Birse. The importance of the saves by Flynn were highlighted as Douglas Youth moved into the lead on the 25th minute, Andrew Robertson directing the ball into the net after controlling Owain McCartney’s deep throw.
Vale of Tay responded well to the set back and almost equalised immediately with Birse bringing out another solid stop by Flynn.
Just as it looked as if the away side would hold the advantage at the break, good movement by Liam Luthill created an opportunity for Birse to round the keeper and knock the ball into the net on the 35th minute.
Dryburgh Athletic swept Fairmuir aside in the potential G Taylor League title decider. Ewan Stewart’s brace, as well as goals from Ben Wilson and Dylan Smeaton secured the three points that put Dryburgh level with Fairmuir, whose only goal came from Ryan Smith, at the top of the table.
The hosts have been victorious in their two previous meetings with Fairmuir this season, and with Fairmuir missing their influential captain Mark McCrory, Dryburgh got off to the perfect start as they took the lead after nine minutes. Fairmuir’s Kane Hynes failing to clear a long ball, and presenting the ball to Ewan Stewart, who drilled a low shot past Cameron Hendry at the near post.
Dryburgh were on top in the opening stages, and nearly added a second after 11 minutes, but Sol Heary hooked his effort wide. Fairmuir’s first chance came courtesy of Nairn Bonnar after 20 minutes, but the forwards effort was easily saved by Aaron Cosgrove.
Fairmuir were beginning to grow into the match, and had their best chance of the game after 29 minutes. Ryan Smith’s free kick looked destined to end up in the back of the net, but Cosgrove managed to get his fingertips to the ball and push it over the bar.
Dryburgh would have added a second five minutes before the break if not for some excellent goalkeeping by Hendry. Ewan Stewart again getting away from the Fairmuir defence but was thwarted by the Fairmuir keeper, who got down low to push the shot away. The resulting corner eventually fell for Ewan Stewart, but Hendry again kept out the low shot with his feet.
Spartans FC progressed through to the semi-final of the Scottish Youth FA Cup after edging past Tynecastle FC by one goal to nil. It was a close fought match throughout the match with both teams giving it their all but it was Spartans’ player, Lorcan Gray who was the difference that saw his team progress into the next round of the competition.
The match kicked off with Tynecastle appearing to be in control of the fixture as they dominated possession. Their impressive start was rewarded with chance to put them ahead in the 26th minute. Kieran Ngwenya took the ball into the penalty box where the player attempt to challenge the Spartans keeper, Niall McFadden.
However, the effort was blocked as the keeper dived at the feet of Ngwenya to save the effort.
This effort was matched with Spartans’ own in the 28th minute. Reece Mason pushed up the field on the left-hand side to then enter the penalty box where he fired on goal but Tynecastle keeper, Aaron Heap met the effort.
However, it was the Spartans who took the lead in the cup competition in the 36th minute.
Gray, who had been influential in the match up to this point was rewarded for his efforts as he received the ball on the right-hand side of the penalty box to then fire the ball high into the centre of goal, leaving Heap no chance to save the effort, as Spartans went ahead into the half time break.
Graeme Stewart’s first half goal secured all three points for Fairmuir in their League Cup group tie against Arbroath Lads. The striker capitalised on an error from Arbroath keeper Shaun Watt, and put Fairmuir in pole position to reach the semi-finals in the process.
Fairmuir started on the front foot, winning a series of corners in the opening exchanges, but Arbroath managed to deal with all of Ruari Henry’s deliveries. Goalkeeper Shaun Watt was called into action after four minutes, pulling off a fine save to deny Graeme Stewart. Kai Guild was the next Fairmuir player to threaten the Arbroath goal, the defender dragging his left foot shot just wide after nine minutes.
Arbroath were struggling to get into the game, playing uphill in the first half meant striker Nairn Beaton was being starved of service. Fairmuir on the other hand were looking dangerous, Liam Hunt firing wide after 13 minutes.
With 17 minutes gone, Fairmuir got the goal that their dominance merited. Henry’s long ball looked to be simple enough for the Arbroath defence to deal with, but Watt’s kick sliced into the path of Graeme Stewart, who had the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net. An unfortunate moment for the Arbroath keeper, but credit to the Fairmuir man for applying the pressure that forced the error.
Fairmuir continued to press forward, defender Nathan Stewart shooting wide after 22 minutes. His central defensive partner Guild nearly doubled the hosts lead with six minutes of the first half remaining, but his header came back off the woodwork before being cleared.
Dundee Rangers found the net five times against Dundee Thistle as they picked up their fourth win of the season. Both these sides have struggled for form this season but Thistle took the lead after just four minutes through Connor McWilliams, but Rangers were soon in control, with goals from Michael Patterson, Lewis Spoors, Logan Lawson and a brace from Jamie Cameron securing the points for the visitors.
Despite conditions that formed a strong argument for summer football, both sides started brightly. Jamie Cameron was sent in behind the Thistle defence but his effort was well saved by Marc Roy after two minutes.
Two minutes later, Connor McWilliams gave Thistle the lead. Kieran Jamieson sending the striker through on goal, and the number 11 poked the ball past Scott Dyer in the Rangers goal.
The visitors responded well, Cameron once again sent in behind the Thistle backline but this time his effort came off the post. With 18 minutes played Cameron finally got the better of Roy, the Rangers man shot too hot for the keeper handle, as the ball found its way into the net, despite the keeper getting a and on the ball.
Cameron continued to torment the Thistle defence, getting in behind after 20 minutes, but again the forward shot wide. Roy was called into action a minute later, again denying Cameron. Rangers looked to have scored their second after 24 minutes, but Roy did well to push Logan Lawson’s curling shot onto the crossbar.
There was nothing that the keeper could do after the half hour mark, as Rangers took the lead. Michael Patterson racing away from the Thistle defence and firing a low shot into the bottom corner of Roy’s net.
Thistle responded brightly, but Kamil Lesiecki should have done better after 33 minutes as he fired wide. As the half time whistle sounded, both sets of players had done well to make a game of it given the conditions in the first 40 minutes, and it was clear there were more goals to come in this match.
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.