DDAFL Review for Saturday 19th April 2014

The second final of the season goes ahead tonight (Friday) at the Keswick Centre when Lochmaben and Upper Annandale cross swords in the Tayleurian Cup, sponsored by McQueen Trophies. It should be an excellent game between the top two sides in the league. After a draw early in the season in the League Cup, Uppers won their first league meeting before Lochmaben won their last two meetings, again in the league. Both are in reasonable form, too, especially Lochmaben. Uppers reached this final with a convincing win at Terregles last week and on Saturday qualified for the Nivison Cup final, where they’ll again meet Lochmaben by overcoming Maxwelltown Thistle. There won’t be much in this one – there never is when this pair meet – but Lochmaben will start as slight favourites.

 There are two Queens’ Trust League games tomorrow. The two Thistles, Morton and Maxwelltown meet on the 3G at Marchmount, and Terregles Athletic continue their push for third place with a visit to the Kingholm to play YMCA.

 Max have won the first two league meetings between the clubs. Again, though, there’s very little between the sides. In essence, the result will probably depend on which club can put out a reasonably strong side. Max could field only ten at Moffat last week. They did very well for a large part of the game but eventually numbers told. A draw would be no surprise in this one.

 Terregles should pick up three points against YM even though the Kingholm boys look to have improved. Their first two meetings went heavily in Terregles’ favour. YM will be hoping that Terregles don’t repeat last Saturday’s form when they played brilliantly to knock in twelve against Dynamo Star.

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DSAFL Preview for Sunday 13th April 2014

SUNDAY AMATEURS BY TOTTI

PREMIER DIVISION
FIVE ARCHES BOMBERS v NORMANDY STAR
When these two sides met a few weeks ago Normandy pulled off a shock win to kick start their survival push and dent the Bombers title hopes. Both issues are ongoing and Five Arches will want revenge and know anything less than a win will spell the end of their challenge. Normandy will feel they still need points to stay up and will know they have the measure of the Bombers. Prediction: A vital win for the Bombers.

KINGS ARMS v BLACK BULL ROVERS
The implications on both ends of the table will add extra spice to this derby match. Kings Arms know they need to win their last two games to set Moffat a challenge for the title while Black Bull desperately need the points in their battle for survival. Prediction: Three hard earned points for Kings.

MOFFAT THISTLE 2010 v LOREBURN THISTLE
As we near the business end of the season Moffat are firm favourites for the title, with the championship firmly in their own hands, they will have to be wary of complacency though as every game is vital. Loreburn still hold mathematical hopes of the title, but even though they may have given that up they will still look to prove they can be genuine contenders next term by showing what the can do against the champions elect. Prediction: Could end all square.

PALMERSTON COLTS v SCAUR
While it is unlikely that either side will be dragged into the playoff spot a win will guarantee Premier survival. Palmerston currently sit a point above Scaur and will be hoping they can extend that gap while Scaur will be looking to leapfrog their opponents. Prediction: The Colts to get the win.

FIRST DIVISION
JOLLY HARVESTER v HOLE IN THE WA
Third plays fourth but Jolly Harvester have little to play for as they play their last game of the season with their league position already confirmed. Hole in the Wa will have one eye on the Nithside game, but must make sure of the three points here to keep their play off hopes alive. Prediction: Wa to grind out the win.

NITHSIDE v ANNAN TOWN
The match the first division has been waiting for and fireworks are expected. A win for Annan will give them the title as they put their 100% record on the line against the only side that can deny them. Nithside have been in impressive form and been waiting for the opportunity of another shot at the leaders, they believe they can triumph in this match to not only bolster their play off claim but also give them hope of snatching the title. Prediction: Three vital points for Nithside.

Fixtures Sunday 13th April, ko 2pm:
Premier Division: Five Arches Bombers v Normandy Star, Kingholm, C Saunders; Palmerston Colts v Scaur, Palmerston, M Sproule; Moffat Thistle 2010 v Loreburn Thistle, Beattock, D McGuffie; Kings Arms v Black Bull Rovers, Lochmaben, I Brack.
First Division: Jolly Harvester v Hole in the Wa, Jocks Loaning, W Vivers; Nithside v Annan Town, Parkhead, J Thomson.

Results Sunday 6th April:
First Division: Henderson’s Colts 6 Dumfries Athletic 1; Park Thistle 2 Youth United 2.

PREMIER P W D L F A GD Pts
Kings Arms 19 11 3 5 60 43 17 36
Moffat Thistle 2010 16 10 4 2 44 22 22 34
Five Arches Bombers 18 10 3 5 54 43 11 33
Loreburn Thistle 19 10 1 8 68 45 23 31
Palmerston Colts 19 7 3 9 49 61 -12 21
Scaur 16 5 5 6 47 46 1 20
Normandy Star 17 3 2 12 36 69 -33 11
Black Bull Rovers 16 2 3 11 23 52 -29 9

FIRST DIVISION P W D L F A GD Pts
Annan Town 16 16 0 0 112 23 89 48
Nithside 15 13 1 1 104 32 72 40
Hole In the Wa 15 12 1 2 87 35 52 37
Jolly Harvester 17 10 2 5 71 58 13 32
Ruthwell Rovers 17 6 1 10 42 52 -10 19
Park Thistle 18 5 2 11 47 74 -27 17
Hendersons Colts 18 5 2 11 59 92 -33 17
Youth United 18 4 3 11 42 91 -49 15
Dumfries Athletic 17 3 1 13 26 88 -62 10
Summerhill 17 2 3 12 35 80 -45 9

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DSAFL Report for Sunday 6th April 2014

SUNDAY AMATEURS

The Sunday league yet again succumbed to the bad weather as the torrential rain of last week washed out all but two fixtures which saw three of the sides in the bottom half of the First Division complete their seasons. The battle to finish top of the new teams was played out at Jocks Loaning between Park Thistle and Youth United. Perhaps the weather deterred some of the Youth players as they started with only nine men, but the boys who did play put in a determined performance and took the game to a lacklustre Park. They had an early penalty claim waved away before a well placed strike from the corner of the box from Anton MacKay gave them the lead. This failed to spark Thistle to life and buoyed the nine men who continued to look the hungrier side. Youth pressed and were awarded a penalty, Manuel Wanten pulled off a good stop from Ross Coupland but the referee had not blown his whistle for the kick and Anton MacKay stepped up to bury the second effort. A half time roasting saw Park improve in the second period as they began to find the space and take advantage as Youth tired. A fantastic strike from Alan Finnigan reduced the deficit and gave Thistle hope. Youth continued to look dangerous though and the next goal could have gone either way but it was Park who got the leveller with five minutes to play as Owen Culton Huxham took advantage of hesitance at the back to slide the ball home and leave Thistle top of the bottom half. In the other match Henderson’s Colts had hopes of climbing the table as they faced Dumfries Athletic at Auldgirth. An evenly contested first period saw the sides separated only by a stunning free kick from Iain Rodger from inside his own half. The Colts piled the pressure on after the break as a couple of Dumfries players were hampered by injury and a Scott Murray Double put Henderson’s firmly in control, Jordan Docherty got in on the act and Ross Murray made it five before Martin Roberts bagged a consolation for Dumfries. Henderson’s had the last word though as Ewan Buchanan scored their sixth with virtually the last kick of the ball.

Results Sunday 6th April:
First Division: Henderson’s Colts 6 Dumfries Athletic 1; Park Thistle 2 Youth United 2.

Fixtures Thursday 10th April, ko 6:30pm:

Premier Division: Normandy Star v Palmerston Colts, Kingholm.

First Division: Dumfries Athletic v Nithside, Jocks Loaning, J McEwan; Summerhill v Hole in the Wa, College Green, I Brack.

Heathhall Garden Centre League Cup: Moffat Thistle 2010 v Henderson’s Colts, Beattock, W Vivers.

Fixtures Sunday 13th April, ko 2pm:

Premier Division: Five Arches Bombers v Normandy Star, Kingholm, C Saunders; Palmerston Colts v Scaur, Palmerston, M Sproule; Moffat Thistle 2010 v Loreburn Thistle, Beattock, D McGuffie; Kings Arms v Black Bull Rovers, Lochmaben, I Brack.

First Division: Jolly Harvester v Hole in the Wa, Jocks Loaning, W Vivers; Nithside v Annan Town, Parkhead, J Thomson.

PREMIER P W D L F A GD Pts
Kings Arms 19 11 3 5 60 43 17 36
Moffat Thistle 2010 16 10 4 2 44 22 22 34
Five Arches Bombers 18 10 3 5 54 43 11 33
Loreburn Thistle 19 10 1 8 68 45 23 31
Palmerston Colts 19 7 3 9 49 61 -12 21
Scaur 16 5 5 6 47 46 1 20
Normandy Star 17 3 2 12 36 69 -33 11
Black Bull Rovers 16 2 3 11 23 52 -29 9

FIRST DIVISION P W D L F A GD Pts
Annan Town 16 16 0 0 112 23 89 48
Nithside 15 13 1 1 104 32 72 40
Hole In the Wa 15 12 1 2 87 35 52 37
Jolly Harvester 17 10 2 5 71 58 13 32
Ruthwell Rovers 17 6 1 10 42 52 -10 19
Park Thistle 18 5 2 11 47 74 -27 17
Hendersons Colts 18 5 2 11 59 92 -33 17
Youth United 18 4 3 11 42 91 -49 15
Dumfries Athletic 17 3 1 13 26 88 -62 10
Summerhill 17 2 3 12 35 80 -45 9

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DDAFL Preview for Saturday 12th April 2014

Lochmaben won the league championship for the second consecutive season on Saturday. While they were coming from behind to win at Terregles, the only side who could have caught them, Upper Annandale, were coming unstuck at the hands of a resurgent Dynamo Star. It has been another fine season for the Lochmaben boys with a deserved reward for their efforts and skill. They also have several cup finals to look forward to as well.

The way the fixtures have panned out, however, leaves them without a match tomorrow. In the league, Terregles’ push for third place sees them at home to Dynamo Star. Though second-bottom, Star showed real fighting quality-and ability-to beat Uppers last week in what was their first league win since September. Terregles also showed a great deal of quality against the champions. They were 3-1 up at half-time after a top-class display but the heavy pitch seemed to take its toll in the latter stages. On paper, Terregles should win but that win by Star should alert them that it won’t be straightforward.

Upper Annandale and Maxwelltown Thistle battle it out at Moffat in the semi-final of the Tayleurian Cup, sponsored by McQueen Trophies. The winners will face Lochmaben. That defeat by Star last week will have come as a blow to Uppers although they are to be applauded for moving the match to Dumfries when the Moffat pitch was unplayable. Max had no fixture last Saturday. All three previous meetings between the sides this season have gone in favour of Uppers but there has never been much in it. Although Uppers will go into the tie as favourites, Max will travel with a degree of hope.

Monday night sees two more Queens’ Trust League games as the match secretary tries to finish things off. Lochmaben play host to Maxwelltown Thistle. Always a good game to get the crowd going, Max will be looking for the points to keep ahead of Terregles in the fight for third place but they’ll have their work cut out as Lochmaben finish off their league campaign. Morton Thistle and Terregles Athletic meet, probably at Jock’s Loaning, in another good-looking match. Again, very tight, with Terregles starting as close favourites.

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DDAFL Report for Saturday 5th 2014

It’s congratulations to Lochmaben after they retained the League title on Saturday. While their only rivals were losing, Lochmaben won it in style, coming back from a 3-1 interval deficit at Terregles to win by four goals to three.

In a fine match, Terregles took a tenth minute lead when John Reid headed in at a corner. Just back from injury, Dougie McRobert finished well from twenty yards for the equaliser but a superb, twenty five yard drive by Martin Milne soon had Terregles back in front and they stretched their lead when Paul McCann’s cross was headed in by Shaun Kirk. A minute into the second half, Shane Watson cut the ball back for Keith Houston to drive in from the edge of the box and Alan Maxwell’s header at a corner made it all square midway through the half. The winner came twelve minutes from the end. Cutting in from the wing, Shane Watson rounded the keeper and fired into an empty net.

Much cooperation between Upper Annandale, Dynamo Star, Morton Thistle and YMCA allowed Uppers’ game to be transferred from a waterlogged Moffat to Dumfries. Well done to all four sides. Unfortunately for Uppers, things didn’t work out for them as Dynamo Star put in a great performance to beat them 3-1 and so scupper any chance they might have had of catching Lochmaben. After a goalless first half in which Ross Dawson had gone close for Uppers with a header and Craig Kerr had almost scored for Star, it was Star who took the initiative in the second half to record their first league win since September. Defender Steven Kerr got them going, running fifty yards before bulleting home a scorching drive from twenty five yards. Following a short corner, Gordon Brown crossed for Darren Stevenson to head their second. The third came from a long kick out, chased by Jai Harkness and finished well. Uppers scored a late consolation when Aaron Currie set up Nicky Frame. Grant Watson and Aaron Currie stood out for Uppers, while Guy Archibald and Grant Elliot had top class performances for Star.

An excellent contest saw Morton Thistle beat YMCA by 5 goals to 4. The first half belonged to Morton who established a two goal interval lead but YM fought back strongly and were worthy of a point. The first half goals came from Andy McNair following a David Paterson through ball, and Dale Talaszko played in Graham Holmes for the second. In the second half, it was a ding-dong affair. Dougie Rae got YM on the score sheet from Rob Chambers’ pass only for Martin Cravens to curl in a third for Morton. Michael Hodgson chased a long ball and beat the keeper with a cute chip for 3-2, Andy McNair tapped in another for Morton and Dougie Rae also got his second as he got on the end of a cross and fired in. Martin Cravens was another to get a second goal as yet again each side scored alternately, to make it 5-3 and, finally, Rob chambers netted from Michael Hodgson’s pass. Great entertainment.

Results: Queens’ Trust League: Morton Th 5, YMCA 4; Terregles Ath 3, Lochmaben 4; Upper Annandale 1, Dynamo St 3.

Fixtures: Tonight (Wednesday) KO 6.20: Tayleurian Cup (sponsored by McQueen Trophies) Terregles Ath v Lochmaben (D Kirk)

Saturday April 12: Queens’ Trust League: Terregles Ath v Dynamo St (I Brack)

Nivison Cup (sponsored by Let’s Get Sporty); Upper Annandale v Maxwelltown Th (D Laurie)

Monday April 14, KO 6.30, Queens’ Trust League: Morton Th v Terregles Ath at Jock’s Loaning (D Laurie); Lochmaben v Maxwelltown Th (D Kirk)

Wednesday April 16 (provisional) Queens’ Trust League: Terregles Ath v Upper Annandale.

Quaker

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DSAFL Preview for Sunday 6th April 2014

SUNDAY AMATEURS BY TOTTI

HEATHHALL GARDEN CENTRE LEAGUE CUP
HOLE IN THE WA v LOREBURN THISTLE
Loreburn will start favourites in this tie and will be determined to make a real charge at silverware having seen lack of consistency rule them out of a title tilt. Hole in the Wa will simply be looking to test how far they have progressed this season and although they may feel they have a shot at an upset, promotion remains their priority. Prediction: Loreburn to progress.

CHALLENGE TROPHY
BLACK BULL ROVERS v FIVE ARCHES BOMBERS
An all Premier cup tie gives both these sides a distraction from differing league campaigns. Black Bull face a real struggle to survive in the top flight but have shown they can match the top teams and will be hoping the cup can lift their spirits. Bombers have been fighting at the right end of the table but two dropped points last weekend has seen their title hopes take a knock and they will also look for a bit of cup glory to revitalise them. Prediction: Bombers to go through after a fight.

PREMIER DIVISION
SCAUR v MOFFAT THISTLE 2010
Scaur may be handing the Premier trophy back at the end of the season but they are determined to have a say in who will be taking it from them, a draw last week put a dent in Five Arches hopes and now they have a chance to throw a spanner in Moffats challenge. Thistle know this will be one of the trickier ties they face in the run in but they are favourites and must justify that tag. Prediction: Moffat to earn three vital points.

FIRST DIVISION
HENDERSONS COLTS v DUMFRIES ATHLETIC
Hendersons recorded easily their best result of the season against Dumfries earlier this campaign but they failed to build on that and have languished at the wrong end of the table again, they will hope to rediscover that form and finish the season on a high. Dumfries will be looking to avenge that earlier defeat but it will prove scant consolation for a very underwhelming campaign. Prediction: Henderson’s to pick up the win.

PARK THISTLE v YOUTH UNITED
The two new sides have had contrasting fortunes in their debut seasons. Park started badly and took a while to get going, they have strung together a few decent results and are looking to finish on a high. Youth started well and looked like dark horses but have fallen away badly, a win here could lift them a couple of league place though and give them hope for next season. Prediction: Park to finish with a flourish.

Fixtures Sunday 6th April:
Premier Division: Scaur v Moffat Thistle, Penpont, D McGuffie.
First Division: Henderson’s Colts v Dumfries Athletic, Auldgirth, J McEwan; Park Thistle v Youth United, Parkhead, J Thomson.
Heathhall Garden Centre League Cup: Hole in the Wa v Loreburn Thistle, Kingholm, M Sproule;
Challenge Trophy: Black Bull Rovers v Five Arches Bombers, Lockerbie, C Stitt

Results Sunday 30th March:
Premier Division: Moffat Thistle 5 Normandy Star 1; Five Arches Bombers 4 Scaur 4; Black Bull Rovers 1 Loreburn Thistle 3.
First Division: Dumfries Athletic 0 Hole in Wa 9; Nithside 14 Henderson’s Colts 2.
Turning Point Trophy: Kings Arms 1 Annan Town 2 (aet).

PREMIER P W D L F A GD Pts
Kings Arms 19 11 3 5 60 43 17 36
Moffat Thistle 2010 16 10 4 2 44 22 22 34
Five Arches Bombers 18 10 3 5 54 43 11 33
Loreburn Thistle 19 10 1 8 68 45 23 31
Palmerston Colts 19 7 3 9 49 61 -12 21
Scaur 16 5 5 6 47 46 1 20
Normandy Star 17 3 2 12 36 69 -33 11
Black Bull Rovers 16 2 3 11 23 52 -29 9

FIRST DIVISION P W D L F A GD Pts
Annan Town 16 16 0 0 112 23 89 48
Nithside 15 13 1 1 104 32 72 40
Hole In the Wa 15 12 1 2 87 35 52 37
Jolly Harvester 17 10 2 5 71 58 13 32
Ruthwell Rovers 17 6 1 10 42 52 -10 19
Park Thistle 17 5 1 11 45 72 -27 16
Hendersons Colts 17 4 2 11 53 91 -38 14
Youth United 17 4 2 11 40 89 -49 14
Dumfries Athletic 16 3 1 12 25 82 -57 10
Summerhill 17 2 3 12 35 80 -45 9

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DDAFL Preview for Saturday 5th April 2014

The weekend’s fixture list is made up of three Queens’ Trust League games. Leaders Lochmaben face their second last match with a difficult trip to Terregles Athletic. Last Saturday, they were in tremendous form, sweeping aside Maxwelltown Thistle in the Queen of the South Cup while Terregles’ match was called off. Recent meetings between this pair have seen some very tight contests. Only a fortnight ago, Lochmaben beat Terregles but only after extra time and it was the same in an early round of the Queen of the South Cup. In their two league meetings, Lochmaben have been victorious. Terregles, who hope to finish third, have a fair chance, especially at home, provided they can get a good side out whereas for Lochmaben, aiming to retain their title, they must feel that a win here would almost clinch it. It should be very tight but I feel Lochmaben are a stronger side and could well nick it.

Close on Lochmaben’s heels comes Upper Annandale. They have to win all their games to reel in the leaders and, on paper, they certainly shouldn’t lose any ground tomorrow when they take on Dynamo Star at Moffat. This is the first league meeting between the sides this season at Moffat but Uppers did win both games in Dumfries. While Star had no fixture last Saturday, Uppers were pushed all the way by YMCA before making progress in the Nivision Cup. Unbeaten still at home in the league, Uppers will start as strong favourites for this one even if they haven’t quite been at their best recently. Star have only one game left after this so will fight hard.
Morton Thistle and YMCA complete the programme in a clash where really only pride is at stake. Still without a league win, YM look stronger now than all season, pushing Uppers all the way last week. Morton’s game with Terregles last Saturday was postponed. There have been two big wins for Morton in their two previous league meetings but this will certainly be very much closer. It should also be an excellent game. You never can quite tell how Morton will get on but I just have a feeling YM will get that elusive win.
A sign of summer on Wednesday night when the midweek matches begin. Many sides are well up to date with their fixtures but the successful ones have to make up a backlog. Wednesday’s game is a Tayleurian Cup semi-final between Terregles Athletic and Uppers and should be well worth a visit.

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