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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 10:33

Super Scott seals St John's silverware

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Nathan Scott’s late strike saw St John’s RC HS triumph in the Senior Johnston Trophy final. Ben Russell put St John’s ahead midway through the second half, but a cool finish from Adam Brown brought Grove Academy level. But Scott popped up with the decisive goal 20 minutes from time.

St John’s were nearly ahead inside two minutes. Nathan Scott won the ball on the edge of the Grove box, but tried to beat goalkeeper Fraser Burnett at the near post rather than shoot across the keeper. Brian Rice then fired over for St John’s after five minutes.

Both teams were edgy in the opening stages, with neither goalkeeper being seriously tested.

Burnett made a fine save after 23 minutes to keep the score level. The Grove stopper then made a fingertip save to keep out Ross Graham’s header. Graham then headed the resulting corner narrowly over.

Craig Kelmo was the next St John’s player to test Burnett, but the Grove keeper was equal to his effort.

Despite the cagey opening, both teams were beginning to play to their full potential. Adam Brown brought a save out of Michael Ellwood before Burnett denied Scott again.

Brown had the ball in the net after 39 minutes, but the striker was judged to be offside.

Grove Academy found the net 12 times as they demolished Craigie HS in the final of the Dundee United Cup. A hat trick from Fraser MacLeod, a brace from Finlay Baird and goals from Lewis Stracey, Ewan Faulkner, Ryan Hunt, Luke Benvie, Brandon Black, Callan Gallacher and Chris Mudie saw Grove cruise to victory at Whitton Park.

It took Grove just 83 seconds to open the scoring. Callan Gallacher’s corner was fumbled by Craigie keeper Ian Wylie, which allowed Fraser MacLeod to stab the ball in from close range. Craigie were already underdogs, and the early set back didn’t help their hopes of causing an upset.

With 10 minutes gone, Grove doubled their lead. MacLeod turned provider as he cut the ball back for Finlay Baird, who guided the ball past Wylie into the bottom corner.

Grove were in complete control, and nearly added a third when Ryan Hunt fired over after 14 minutes. They wouldn’t have to wait long for a third, as Lewis Stracey got in on the act after 16 minutes. The left back’s surging run looked to have been brought to an end when he was kicked on the edge of the area, but rather than stop and take the free kick, he powered on and blasted the ball past Wylie.

Stracey nearly doubled his tally after 28 minutes, but his in-swinging cross came back off the cross bar. Wylie did well to keep out Baird’s half volley from the top of the box before making a smart save with his feet to deny Hunt after half an hour.

The Craigie goalkeeper was beaten moments later, but Brandon Black’s volley came back off the crossbar.

Craigie had been struggling to deal with Grove’s corners, and it was a set piece that brought about their fourth of the match. Stracey’s cross was flicked home by MacLeod after 34 minutes. 

Two minutes later, Grove’s lead was five. Another Stracey corner was turned in by Ewan Faulkner from two yards out.

St John’s RC HS stunned Grove Academy as they won the George Grant Memorial Trophy 3-0 on penalties, after an injury time equaliser from Ethan Bannon. Goals from Tom Banyard and Josh Mulligan looked to have secured the cup for Grove, but Bannon’s late brace forced a shootout.

Grove missed all three of their kicks while St John’s found the net three times, securing the most remarkable of cup victories.

The first half was very much a non-event. The first moment of interest came after 32 minutes.

St John’s goalkeeper Lennon Mitchell made a smart save to deny Euan Faulkner from close range, before Finlay Baird volleyed the rebound over the bar from six yards out.

 

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 23:43

Grove see off Harris in Logie Cup final

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Grove Academy lifted the Logie Cup with a 3-0 win over Harris Academy. A first half double from Leon Winterton and a second half strike from Owen Boath secured the silverware for Grove against the league champions.

Harris ran out 6-0 winners when these sides met in the league last week, with the victory securing them their first ever U13 league title. Despite the heavy defeat, it was Grove that opened the scoring after three minutes.

Leon Winterton picked the ball up 20 yards from goal and smashed it past goalkeeper Fraser Allan into the back of the net. It was very clear to all in attendance at Whitton Park that Grove meant business.

Grove nearly doubled their lead after nine minutes. Owen Boath’s low cross was met by Harrison Taylor, but he could only put the ball straight at Allan.

Three minutes later, Allan denied Taylor again. Some neat interplay at the top of the box saw the Harris defence carved open as Taylor went through one-on-one with the keeper. The forwards shot looked destined for the top corner, but Allan managed to push the ball onto the crossbar.

Oliver Brander sent a cross from the right wing against the crossbar as Grove continued to press for a second goal. Winterton was the next player to hit the woodwork as his free kick came crashing off the bar after 17 minutes.

With 26 minutes played, Grove found a way past Allan for a second time. Winterton picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and sent a thunderous strike into the top right corner of the net. It was a goal of the season contender from the midfielder, that had given Grove the lead their dominance merited.

Allan was called into action after 31 minutes as he denied Taylor again. Harris’s first effort came from Imran Madugu, but his shot sailed harmlessly over the crossbar four minutes before the interval.

 

Cantera secured the PJ&DYFL League Cup with a convincing 4-0 win over St Peters in Port Glasgow. Before kick off, both teams observed a minute’s silence to honour the victims of the Manchester attack.

Both teams started the match with great intensity but struggled to break down each other’s defences. Chances came at a premium during the opening exchanges but Cantera came close after a set-piece.

Cantera attacker Kyle Alexander hit a corner nine minutes into the first half that floated the ball invitingly into the far post where centre back Jordan Bow was waiting, but Bow fired his header narrowly over the bar.

The atmosphere was cagey as each side took turns probing the other’s defence without success. Cantera centre back Daniel Ferguson was looking particularly impressive in the opening twenty minutes, demonstrating a wide range of passing for a nominal defender.

Cantera then came close to an opening goal following another corner. Brian McCulloch’s corner after 26 minutes was fired into the near post where Ferguson glanced his header slightly over the far corner.

St Peters increasingly struggled to create opportunities as Cantera applied heavier pressure. McCulloch did well when he sprinted down the left wing before knocking the ball back to Matthew McDowall at the edge of the box. McDowall cut inside but his shot was high and wide of the far post.

Then with just five minutes remaining in the first half, Cantera took the lead. Striker McDowall showed his strength to control a long ball forward at the edge of the box with his back to goal. McDowall played a neat through ball for Keaton Scott Shira, who took one touch then fired the ball into the bottom left corner.

The ref blew his whistle for half-time shortly afterwards and while Cantera were ahead, there was a feeling St Peters had more to offer in the second half.

Doubles from Rowan Waddell and Liam Baillie helped Forfar Boys to a 5-0 victory over St Andrews Colts in the Ross Ballantine Cup Final. The result ensured a quadruple season for the Forfar side as the trophy was added to the Café Royale League title, Diamond Jubilee Cup and East Region Trophy

Playing with a confidence that can be only gained from winning regularly Forfar started well carving out an opening in the early stages which was knocked over the bar by Baillie.

The immediate pressure paid off and in the fifth minute Forfar were ahead, Waddell showing good alertness to pick up a loose ball and place a shot into the bottom corner.

Having got the advantage Forfar went in search of another and Dominik Naglik had two efforts in quick succession which finished narrowly wide.

As the half-continued St Andrews began to enjoy some sustained possession which led to Harry Paul shooting wide of target.

Naglik continued to have an influential role in his Forfar’s attacking play releasing Waddell into space who brought out an impressive save by St Andrews keeper Nathan Wilson.

On the 27th minute Forfar went further ahead, Dagan Bell did well to force a corner and his delivery picked out Waddell who nodded into the net for his second of the day

Bell’s accuracy from the corner flag was again evident just on the half time whistle as he found Ethan Murray in space to make it 3-0. 

Keir Gardiner found the net five times as East Craigie Swifts blew Forfar Boys away in the final of the Queens Jubilee Cup. As well as Gardiner’s goals, a brace from Ewan Faulkner and Josh McLaughlin’s strike completed the treble for East Craigie, who finish the season unbeaten domestically.

East Craigie’s first cup final of the season against Fairmuir was cancelled as their opponents couldn’t field a team, and the Maryfield League winners wasted no time as they opened the scoring after three minutes.

Keir Gardiner saw his effort saved by Aaron Morrison, but the rebound fell for Ewan Faulkner, who finished into the empty net.

It took just three minutes for East Craigie to add a second. Faulkner played a neat one-two with Ethan Bannon at the top of the box and cut the ball across for Gardiner, who guided the ball into the bottom right corner of the net. It was a blistering start from East Craigie, while Forfar were struggling to keep possession of the ball.

Forfar’s first shot came courtesy of Jay Yule after 10 minutes. The striker’s effort was easily held by Charlie Kennedy in the East Craigie goal. Yule then headed over Robbie Davidson’s corner as Forfar looked for a route back into the match.

Just as Forfar began to get themselves into the game, Gardiner struck again.

Faulkner was the provider yet again, as his low cross deflected off a Forfar defender into Gardiner’s path, and the striker made no mistake as he drilled the ball past Morrison from eight yards out.

Reece Lornie was the next East Craigie player to try his luck, but his effort was saved by Morrison.

Lewis McSherry got on the end of a loose ball on the edge of the East Craigie penalty area, but his effort looped over the bar. Yule then tried his luck from 25 yards, but his shot didn’t dip enough to trouble Kennedy.

With 28 minutes gone, Gardiner completed his hat trick. The striker’s shot squirmed through Morrison’s body and into the net. If ever a goal highlighted two sides fortunes, this was it.

Forfar nearly pulled one back through Davidson. The midfielder’s whipped free kick came crashing off the cross bar before being cleared.

With eight minutes of the first half remaining, Gardiner scored again. Finlay Baird won the ball at the top of the Forfar box and forced his way to the by-line, and set up Gardiner, who squeezed the ball past Morrison at the near post.

Ferry Athletic lost their third cup final of the season as they went down 4-1 to Lochgelly Albert Colts in the East Region Cup final. Jack McDonald’s hat-trick and Liam Kelly’s late penalty secured the trophy for Lochgelly. Ferry’s goal came from Ryan Hush.

The effects of Ferry’s weekend cup final defeat were clear to see early on, as they struggled to match Lochgelly’s tempo in the opening stages.

It was the Fife side that took the lead after five minutes. Keir Clemison’s low cross was turned into the net from close range by Jack McDonald.

Ferry’s first effort came from Tom Banyard, who fired wide from the top of the box after eight minutes. Lochgelly had come flying out the traps in the opening minutes, but Ferry were beginning to see more of the ball.

Gavin Westwater shot wide after 23 minutes, before Banyard saw his effort held by Matthew Sutterby.

With 31 minutes gone, Ferry had their best chance of the match.

Chris McNeil’s drive brought a save out of Sutterby, the loose ball eventually fell for Craig Low, but his effort came back off the post. Just like in their previous cup final appearances, Ferry were seeing plenty of the ball, but were lacking that killer touch in front of goal.

Banyard’s low cross was met by Andrew Lyall, but he couldn’t hit the target from close range. As half time approached, Ferry were hit with a sucker-punch.

With 44 minutes gone, Jack McDonald picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and curled the ball past Stewart Linton in the Ferry goal. The Ferry keeper had no chance as the ball nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

 

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.

 

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