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Fairmuir u17s capped off a fine season with a 2-1 victory over Ferry Athletic in the final of the Steven Ellwood Memorial Trophy. In what was a repeat of the Henry Dolan Cup decider two weeks earlier a goal in each half secured the win for the Dave Pullar League champions at North End Park. 

Throughout the league campaign Ferry Athletic pushed Fairmuir close and it was the side who finished second who carved out the first opportunity, a looping free kick delivery by Tom Banyard found Andrew Lyall with his effort floating just over the crossbar.  Ferry continued to press and Ryan Hush almost opened the scoring with a long range shot which sailed wide.

Buoyed after winning their league during the week Fairmuir were playing with confidence and began to make inroads in attack, Cavin Tosh showed impressive skill to direct a volley which brought out a smart stop by Ferry Keeper Stewart Linton.

Tosh continued to be a focal point in attack and again called Linton into action with a well-directed header.

It was from the resulting corner that Fairmuir took the lead in the 21st minute, Ryan Scobie’s good delivery was met by Kane Alison who knocked the ball into the net.

Having grabbed the opener from a set piece Fairmuir almost extended their lead through a Free-kick by Tosh which struck the post.

As the half drew to a close Banyard went in search of an equaliser and his shot from distance flew over. 

Dundee West picked up their third trophy of the season with an emphatic 7-1 win over Ferry Athletic in the Wellgate Cup final. Braces from Jamie McCann, Cavan McLaren and Ryley Duncan, as well as Luke Miller’s strike secured the cup for Dundee West, who have now completed the treble. Moby Ogunlaja pulled one back for Ferry just before half time, but this didn’t stop a rampant Dundee West.

Ferry had already experienced cup final heartache as they went down 3-0 against Pitfour in the Dundee West Anniversary Cup earlier in the season, and were struggling to cope with Dundee West early on. Cavan McLaren’s low drive came off the base of the post after five minutes.

Captain Kai Meldrum had Ferry’s first chance after 12 minutes. Dundee West switched off at a Ferry free kick, but Meldrum couldn’t hit the target from a tight angle.

With 13 minutes gone, Dundee West took the lead in spectacular fashion. Jamie McCann picked the ball up inside his own half, and danced his way through the Ferry defenders before firing a low shot past Aaron Caird from the top of the box.

The Watson McInally League winners were bossing the game in the initial stages, and doubled their lead after 16 minutes. McLaren drove into the box from the right wing and beat Caird at the near post with a low drive.

Dundee West were threatening to run riot, as Luke Miller blasted the ball into the side netting two minutes later. Ferry nearly pulled one back through Jay Sorrie, but he put his effort just wide of the post.

As the half progressed, Ferry were seeing more of the ball, but were unable to create any clear-cut chances. As for Dundee West, they looked like scoring every time they went forward.

With three minutes of the first half remaining, Dundee West added a third. Captain Callum Rae’s cross was headed home by McLaren, who stooped low to beat Caird to the ball.

Ferry pulled one back 60 seconds later through Moby Ogunlaja. The forward latched on to a long ball and slid his shot past David Boylan. The goalkeeper had been untroubled for most of the match, but now had to pick the ball out of his net.

 

Thursday, 18 May 2017 23:07

Ferry strike late to seal East Region Cup

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Adam Brown’s last minute header secured Ferry Yellows the inaugural East Region Cup. Connor Parkes’ goal had put 10-man Kelty in front, but Rory Faulkner brought Ferry level before Kelty were reduced to nine men.

Ferry suffered cup final heartache against Forfar West End on Sunday and were struggling to cope with Kelty early on. Ferry keeper Elliot Smith was called into action after four minutes as he pushed Ewan Ross’ free kick over the bar. Blair Whyte had Ferry’s first chance, as his effort was saved by Macaulay Jarrett after seven minutes.

Adam Brown had a golden chance for Ferry after 15 minutes. The striker beat Jarrett to a loose ball, but despite rounding the keeper, saw his shot smothered by the recovering goalie.

Cameron Hoskins nearly scored one of the goals of the season, but was denied by the woodwork. The striker hooked the ball towards goal, and despite the ball looking like it would loop over the bar, it came crashing off the underside of the bar before bouncing on the line and being cleared.

Kelty were dominating the midfield, as Ferry struggled to get a foothold in the game. Elliot Smith did well to keep out Declan Boyle’s well hit free kick.

A Ferry counter attack saw Brown fire wide after 36 minutes. Two minutes later, Kelty were reduced to 10-men as Calvin Fisher was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

 

Dryburgh Athletic moved level with Fairmuir at the top of the G Taylor League table with a comfortable 4-0 win over Ferry Athletic. Goals from Aidan Nelson, Sol Heary, Ross Mcnaughton and Daryl Tosh secured the three points for Dryburgh, who need just a point from their final game of the season against Riverside to be confirmed as outright champions.

Ferry only had 11 players available for the match, and started with defender Jaye McGrath in goal. Aidan Nelson was the first Dryburgh player to test the stand in goalkeeper, but the Ferry man was equal to Nelson’s effort.

The Dryburgh captain did open the scoring after nine minutes. Nelson sent his free kick from 35 yards straight over McGrath’s head and into the net.

Dryburgh doubled their lead a minute later through Sol Heary. A long ball was misjudged by McGrath and his defenders, leaving Heary with the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net.

Ferry were trying to knock the ball about, but couldn’t get support to Owen McCord upfront. McGrath made an unorthodox save to deny Ross Mcnaughton after 22 minutes. The goalkeeper chesting Mcnaughton's shot around the post.

With 28 minutes gone, Dryburgh added a third. Mcnaughton worked the space at the top of the box and curled the ball into the bottom left hand corner. It was a fine strike from the midfielder that any goalkeeper would have struggled to keep out.

McGrath did well to smother Marcus Gray’s close range effort before Heary volleyed over from close range, just as the half time whistle sounded.

 

Clydebank are the new holders of the Scottish Youth FA Cup after defeating Airdrie United in a hotly-contested game on a beautifully sunny Sunday afternoon at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium. 
 
The match was one of the most highly anticipated finals of the year, with two teams that know a thing or two about the competition. Airdrie United lost out to St Peters on penalties in last year's final at Under 17 level, and have challenged in a number of other seasons at the 1999 age group. Clydebank originally entered the competition as Milngavie Wanderers and season after season seemed to go close, but never quite make it to the showpiece final. 
 
Clydebank got proceedings under way by kicking off, but the first chance of the game fell to Airdrie United after just two minutes. Kieran Devine collected the ball in the Clydebank box with his back to goal, before sliding a pass back to Andrew Kennedy who scooped his shot wide of the target.
 
United continued to dominate for the opening 15 minutes and looked more likely to score, until Clydebank's William Fleming outstripped the Airdrie defence and was brought down by goalkeeper Tony Sharkey, which resulted in a penalty.
 
The keeper received a yellow card for the foul while Fleming stepped up for the penalty. The striker rifled a low hard shot with his left foot into the centre of the goal. Sharkey managed to get a foot to the ball, but it was not enough to stop the ball crossing the line.
 
Airdrie almost had the perfect response just three minutes later when Devine cut in from the right wing and fired at goal, but Bankies goalie Thomas McGuire pulled off an excellent save to deny him.
 
Soon after Fleming had a chance to double his tally after Clydebank's Sean Smith cut in from the left hand side and squared the ball to his team-mate, but Fleming could only poke the ball over the bar. 
 
The Bankies then came within inches of doubling their lead following a set-piece. Fleming won a free kick just outside the box on the right hand side and curled in a delightful cross that Smith knocked onto the post with a glancing header.
 
Clydebank pushed hard to grab a second goal before the half-time whistle and came close once again after Smith undid the Airdrie United defence. The forward sprinted into the box from the left wing and fired a shot at goal, where Sharkey denied him with an excellent save.

Forfar West End secured the Peter MacAvoy Cup with a dramatic 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Ferry Yellows. Kieren Crighton’s free kick in the fourth minute of injury time sent the game to penalties, after Adam Brown had given Ferry the lead midway through the first half.

Forfar had won the previous meeting of these sides in the league 2-1 seven days ago, but it was Ferry that had the first shot of the match. Blair Whyte’s low effort from the top of the box was wide of mark. Adam Brown was the next Ferry player to try his luck, but he fired narrowly wide after 13 minutes.

Ferry would have been ahead after 21 minutes, if not for some fine goalkeeping from Mark Smith. The Forfar goalkeeper did well to keep out Brown’s looping header. Brown was again denied by Smith two minutes later, this time the keeper pushed the striker’s fierce effort round the post.

Callum Beattie had Forfar’s first chance after 25 minutes. His half volley from 25 yards had plenty of power behind it, but lacked the accuracy to trouble Ferry keeper Elliot Smith.

With 34 minutes played, Ferry’s pressure told, and they opened the scoring. Cameron Hoskins wasdispossessed at the top of the box, but the ball deflected off the Ferry forward into the feet of Rory Faulkner, whose low cross was swept home by Brown.

Brown nearly added a second goal three minutes later. The striker couldn’t guide his header from Whyte’s cross on target.

In the last five minutes of the half, Forfar burst into life and nearly found an equaliser.

Owen Wilson managed to get in behind the Ferry defence, and his low shot came back off the post before rolling into the arms of Elliot Smith. The Ferry keeper then made a smart save to deny Fraser Edwards after 43 minutes.

 

St Murdochs completed the league and cup double with a 2-1 win over Monifieth in the J Bolton Cup. A brace from Lewis Knight had the P Gibson League winners two to the good at half time, but Adam Gray’s header ensured a nervy finish to the match.

Monifieth became the first team to beat St Murdochs in the league this season when they met seven days ago. A 4-2 victory secured Monifieth the points that day and they had the first chance of the match after 12 minutes. Liam Annan released Jayden Meldrum, but he couldn’t connect with his shot, and the ball was cleared.

St Murdochs were seeing lots of the ball, but were failing to turn possession into chances. Steven Dell fired over from 25 yards after 18 minutes. Annan had another chance for Monifieth, but he was denied by goalkeeper Roman Robb.

This would be a chance that Monifieth would regret not taking, as Saints opened the scoring after 22 minutes. Dell with a powerful run to the by-line before he picked out Lewis Knight, who diverted the ball back across the face of goal, into the net.

It took St Murdochs just three minutes to add a second, with Knight doubling his tally. The striker lifted Logan Swankie’s cross over Phillip Lowe’s head and volleyed the ball into the bottom corner. It was a fantastic goal that put the champions in control of the tie.

Monifieth were struggling to get themselves into the match, the windy conditions were hampering their direct style of play. With 36 minutes gone, they nearly fell further behind, as Lowe headed Kieran Sharp’s header off the line.

 

Forfar Boys found the net six times as they blew away Duloch Juniors in the final of the inaugural East Region Cup. First half goals from Dominik Naglik and Liam Ballie put Forfar in control of the tie, with Jack Muir adding a third just after the restart. Christopher Clifton found the net for Duloch, but a quickfire double from substitute Jack Soutar ended any chance of a comeback, with Dagan Bell adding a sixth goal late on.

It was Forfar that started the game on the front foot. Both Dominik Naglik and Jack Muir brought saves out of Duloch goalkeeper Gordon Crawford McNicol Saulnier.

Naglik’s blistering pace in behind was causing problems for Duloch, and the Forfar forward would have opened the scoring after 11 minutes if not for a fine piece of defending from Scott Hadden. Naglik managed to round Saulnier, but his touch let him down and Hadden managed to blast the ball away to safety.

With 18 minutes gone, Forfar’s pressure told as Naglik opened the scoring. A long ball sent the striker in behind the Duloch defence, and he drilled a low shot from a tight angle past Saulnier.

Forfar wouldn’t have to wait long for a second goal, as Naglik turned provider for Liam Baillie after 21 minutes. Naglik slipped the ball through for Baillie, who saw his powerful effort saved by Saulnier, but the ball rolled over the line, doubling Forfar’s advantage.

Duloch were struggling to get a foothold in the game, while Forfar were making it clear why they are still unbeaten this season. Dagan Bell, nearly added a third after 31 minutes as his low corner kick came back off the post. Bell nearly set up a third goal moments before the break, but Naglik turned his cross over the bar from three yards out.

 

Finlay Scott’s successful conversion saw Fairmuir overcome Ferry Athletic 4-2 in a penalty shootout and lift the Henry Dolan Cup. Spot kicks were required to break the deadlock after each side scored a first half goal in the final held at North End Park.

With both teams enjoying an impressive Dave Puller League season, the stage was set for an intriguing contest in the Dundee sunshine. Any possiblity that the final may be a cagey affair and lack clear cut chances was dispelled in the opening moments as Ferry almost scored with their first attack.

A deep free-kick by Blair McCord found the head of Andrew Lyall who brought a smart stop from Fairmuir number one Rory McInally.

While making the save the keeper did well to palm the ball away from goal as it tightened the angle for the rebound which was sent wide by Jack Ferrier.

Having almost fallen behind in the early stages Fairmuir began to carve out opportunities with Bryce Murray heavily involved, first having an effort which flashed just wide and then striking the post after getting on the end of Ryan Scobies free-kick.

It was from a set piece on 23 minutes when Fairmuir would move ahead, quick movement between Arran McFadyen and Ross Bell drew the foul with Scobie striking the ball low into the bottom corner.

Ferry responded well and committed bodies forward in search of an equaliser and Ferrier was unlucky to direct a shot wide of target.

With two minutes of the first half remaining, Ferry drew level and similarly to their rivals it came from a set-piece. Ryan Hush did well to release Lewis Smith into space and after he was taken down in the box Lyall stepped up to convert the penalty. 

Dryburgh Athletic picked up their second piece of silverware of the season with a 3-1 win over Broughty United in the Jean Pierre Babin Cup final. Goals from Aidan Nelson, Ewan Stewart and Sol Heary secured the cup for Dryburgh, who trailed after Conor Fyffe opened the scoring for Broughty. The win means that Dryburgh just need to wrap up the league title to secure a domestic treble.

Broughty have spent most of the season near the bottom of the league table, but two wins in their last two games have secured their place in the top flight for next season. Both Conor Fyffe and semi-final hero Simon Sharpe had chances in the opening minutes, but neither tested Dryburgh keeper Aaron Cosgrove.

Both sides were competing well in the opening exchanges. Ross Mcnaughton’s effort after 20 minutes brought a save out of Broughty goalkeeper Conor Milton. Both Liam Clarke and Sharpe had efforts blocked inside the Dryburgh penalty area.

Broughty took the lead seconds later, courtesy of Fyffe. Clarke teed the ball up for Fyffe, who sliced his effort from the top of the box into the bottom right corner of Cosgrove’s net. Despite their lowly league position, Broughty were deservedly ahead.

Dryburgh went straight on the offensive. Arron Flynn’s header forced Milton into a save before Broughty had a golden opportunity to double their lead. Kieran Barron cut the ball back for Callum Howe, but he scooped his effort from the top of the box over the bar.

This was a chance that Broughty would rue not taking, as four minutes later, Dryburgh were level. The ball fell to Aidan Nelson at the top of the box, and the Dryburgh captain sent a superbly struck half volley across Milton into the bottom corner of the net.

Just before the half time whistle, Flynn headed another Mcnaughton corner wide, but the sides went off level at the break.

 

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