Palmerston Colts – Indoor Tornament Winners 13/14

Palmerston Colts - Indoor Tornament Winners 13/14

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Kings Arms AFC – League Cup Winners 13/14

Kings Arms AFC - League Cup Winners 13/14

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Moffat Thistle 2010 AFc – Heathhall Garden Centre Cup Winners 13/14

Moffat Thistle 2010 AFc - Heathhall Garden Centre Cup  Winners 13/14

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Nithside AFC – Houliston Cup Winners 13/14

Nithside AFC - Houliston Cup Winners 13/14

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Moffat Thistle 2010 AFC – Premier division Champions 13/14

Moffat Thistle 2010 AFC - Premier division Champions 13/14

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Annan Town – First Division Title Winners 13/14

Annan Town - First Division Title Winners 13/14

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DDAFL Burns Cup Final 13/14

Lochmaben 2-3 Terregles Athletic (HT 1-3)

After waiting for more than 35years for a bit of silverware Terregles Athletic lifted their second cup in as many weeks on Saturday when they defeated league champions Lochmaben 3-2 in the Lochar Inn sponsored Burns Cup final. This was perhaps a fitting end in what was the final game played in the 60th and final season of the Dumfries and District Amateur Football League.

Terregles made it two cup victories out of two against a Lochmaben side who in previous seasons have been virtually unbeatable in finals. This was their 4th cup final loss of the season after winning fourteen on the run prior to this season.  However, the Burgh side did lift the Queen of the South Cup on Thursday night at Palmerston, which perhaps had a bearing on the outcome this game.

It was Lochmaben who had the better of the early exchanges and they pressed Terregles back for the first quarter of an hour without really threatening. Gradually Terregles got their game on track and the pace of their front line caused problems for the unusually lacklustre Lochmaben defence. The opening goal came in the 16th minute when Stevie Green’s run was not tracked and his square ball was met by Paul McCann who made no mistake from 8 yards out. Lochmaben drew level from the penalty spot 10 minutes later. A cross from the left by Shane Watson was headed goalwards by Dougie McRobert who saw his attempt come back off the post. Levi Carrick was first to the loose ball but was fouled before he could shoot and the referee awarded a penalty. Craig Irving made no mistake from the spot. 

Terregles responded several minutes later, a throw in down the left found Stevie Green just inside the box who controlled the ball, turned his marker then fired past keeper Craig Scobie to restore their lead. Things were to get much better for Terregles five minutes later when they themselves were awarded a penalty. Shaun Kirk sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot after he had been fouled by a clumsy challenge.

The second half was all Lochmben with Terregles content to sit back and counter attack when the opportunity arose. Their defence held firm with John Howie and Sandy Kennedy both taking turns to nip each attack in the bud. Just when Lochmaben looked to be running out of ideas they got themselves back into the game when they were awarded another penalty. A long thow from Gavin Smith found Dougie McRobert who turned and fired towards goal. His shot struck the elbow of a defender and the referee awarded the penalty. Laurie Maxwell took over penalty duties from the substituted Craig Irving and made no mistake to make it 3-2.

Terregles nearly extended their lead not long afterwards when Martin Milne found space in the box but his scooped shot went just over the bar.  With the clock ticking down Lochmaben had a golden chance to score the equaliser and take the game to extra time when they were awarded their third penalty of the game. Laurie Maxwell who had successfully scored from the spot earlier in the half stepped up but his attempt was at just the right height for keeper Paul Haistings who parried the ball away out of harm, much to the relief of the Terregles team. There were no further chances and the final whistle came just a few minutes later.

Captain John Howie and Martin Milne stepped up to receive the cup from sponsor’s son Barry Smith. John made it a double when he also lifted the man of the match award.

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DDAFL Queen of the South Cup Final 13/14

Lochmaben finally managed to get hold of some cup silverware at Palmerston on Thursday night when they defeated Morton Thistle in the Junior Blues sponsored Queen of the South Cup final. 

This was the fourth final that the Burgh have featured in this season and the first they have tasted victory in, having narrowly lost in the previous three. The final score of 3-0 flattered them a little but it was a deserved win after an improved second half performance. 

Morton’s best chances of causing an upset came in the first quarter of the game. With the game setting into a midfield battle it was the Thornhill side who created the best opportunities. The first fell to Dale Talaszko but the striker skewed his shot wide of the post from close range. Minutes later Anton MacKay outpaced the Lochmaben defence and was free and in on goal but he took his shot early giving Craig Scobie in goal for Lochmaben the chance to save with his feet. MacKay gathered the rebound and Scobie saved again with his feet and the chance was gone.

Morton competed well creating the odd chance but poor finishing let them down. Lochmaben had trouble with the final ball and squandered several decent positions with slack or mistimed through balls. This meant that a rather poor first half ended goalless. 

Lochmaben came out in the second half with a little more purpose and generally took the game to Morton. Morton still had the threat of a quick break and continued to have some decent possession in midfield but failed to create any clear openings. Lochmaben introduced substitute Dougie McRobert on the hour and the big striker just back from his honeymoon turned the game. Within minutes of coming on he sent a cross in from wide right which the Morton defence failed to deal with failing to clear their lines. The loose ball fell to Craig Irving who poked the ball past the Morton keeper from close range.

This gave the game the spark it needed and the final 30 minutes were much more entertaining. Dougie McRobert added a second for Lochmaben with 15 minutes to go firing past the keeper from a Peter Johnstone cross. With 5 minutes to go Dougie grabbed his second sidefooting home from 8 yards, the assist again coming from Peter Johnstone.

After the final whistle the cup was presented to Captain Alan Maxwell by league life member John McLean. The man of the match award went to Shane Watson. 

The league committee would like to thank Queen of the South for the use of Palmerston.

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DSAFL End of Season Report 13/14

The final game of the season took place at the David Keswick Centre where Normandy from the Premier took to the field against Nithside from the First Division in a play-off game to decide which league these 2 sides would be playing in.

Normandy were in trouble from the first whistle when they only had 9 players through various reasons so most in the crowd assumed Nithside would win the game. And this seemed to be going to plan when Paul Hastings slid in at the back post to give Nithside the lead mid way through the first half. Nithside kept pushing but were constantly and correctly caught time and again for offside by the assistant referee.

Normandy showed glimpses but were up against it when Chris Wood stepped inside and scored just before half time to level the game. Half time came and Normandy were growing in belief.

Eventually in the second half Nithsides fitness and numerical advantage took its toll inevitably on Normandy and Stefan Tate and Scott Muir made sure of the win for Nithside who now go into the Premier League whilst Normandy will now rebuild in the First Division.

Looking back on the season and the honours have to go to Moffat Thistle who have set the standard not only winning the Premier title but also winning the Turning Point Trophy and the Heathhall Garden Centre Cup. Moffatonly conceded 26 goals in the league and was by far and away the best defence in the league.

Five Arches proved to be the best of the Dumfries teams to hunt down Moffat but a couple of unexpected defeats derailed their title charge and twhile they were top of the league Moffat had several games in hand so were in control.

Kings won silverware but will also be annoyed at some sloppy defeats that also handed the initiative to Moffat. A deserved cup win though in the League Cup especially as they had to come from behind. Loreburn were Jekyll and Hyde again this season always dangerous and only had 1 draw all season but on their day they can beat anybody in the league.

Palmerston had a really slow start to the season but got themselves sorted out before they had a really good February picking up points to keep themselves clear of relegation trouble. Palmerstons highlight was winning the indoor soccer 6s in January. Scaur had a really bed season for them and they will be looking to come back and get their title back whilst making Penpont a fortress again.

Normandy struggled for long periods of the season yet on their day got several decent results, on paper they shouldn’t have been relegated but games aint played on paper and the table doesn’t lie. Normandy also had a really good run in the cups and were a little unlucky not to win silverware. Black Bull also had a bad start to the season and will be frustrated they never got themselves going but with a new 3G park coming to Lockerbie next season they will hope this is the base to start rebuilding in the First Division.

In the First Division Annan were simply unstoppable with an amazing 17 victories in 18 games and yet with 10 minutes of the season left they still were needing a winning goal to make sure of the title. The goal came and Annan now look forward to cementing their place in the Premier League and may be looking at a very high finish next season.

Nithside pushed Annan relentlessly and only suffered 2 defeats all season. Going into the last game of the season they had a heavy defeat and were wobbling for long periods of the game before rallying late on to survive a big scare. Nithside will be looking to survive next season in the Premier and will fancy their chances especially after winning the Houliston Cup.

Hole in Wa will be looking forward to next season after pushing Nithside hard all season and with some experienced players will fancy their chances of promotion. Jolly lost a lot of players last season and did really well to be the best of the rest and will also be looking to build again next season.

Ruthwell got to the final of the Houliston Cup and gave a really good account of themselves and if they can score just a few more goals will also fancy their chances next season of a higher finish. Park gave a good account of themselves and with another season in the league and a little tightening at the back will surely climb and look for a higher finish.

Hendersons only just lost out on goal difference of climbing another place so they also will be looking to improve next season. This season was their best away from home and will be frustrated they didn’t win more games at home.

Youth Utd had a good start to the season but after particulary heavy defeats to Annan in the league and Scaur in the cup they seemed to have their confidence dented but will be all the stronger for this seasons experience. Dumfries will be looking for a strong start next season after a slow start the will be thankful for good form against the teams around them keeping them off the bottom of the table.

Finally Summerhill. In their debut season they had to learn against some experienced teams around them and they got themselves going halfway through the season. A good pre season will hopefully see them enjoy a better season.

A special word of thanks got the the League Committee for all the hard work and tireless hours put in getting the league and cup programmes to work well.

A word of thanks also go to all the sponsors involved. Prego’s Takeaway, Heathhall Garden Centre, Hendersons Newsagents, Alistair Rankine TV Repairs, Hay Hire-a-Hubby whose help and support was very much appreciated. Also a word of thanks to Scott Grant and Andrew McLean at Dumfries and Galloway Council, Kenny Bowie at Kingholm as well as all the members of staff at Queen of the South FC, Annan Athletic FC and Gretna FC.

Final word of thanks to all the referees involved this season as they have raised the bar in performances throughout the season.

Results
May 25
Play-Off

Normandy 1 Nithisde 3
Normandy relegated, Nithside promoted

Season 2013-2014 Roll of Honour

Premier League
Winners: Moffat Thistle FC

First Division
Winners: Annan Town FC
Promoted: Nithside FC

Soccers 6’s
Winners: Palmerston Colts FC
Runners up: Five Arches Bombers FC

Heathhall Garden Centre Cup
Winners: Moffat Thistle FC
Runners up: Scaur FC

Turning Point Trophy
Winners: Moffat Thistle FC
Runners up: Annan Town FC

League Cup Trophy
Winners: Kings Arms FC
Runners up: Normandy Star FC

Houliston Cup
Winners: Nithside
Runners up: Ruthwell FC

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DSAFL Report for Sunday 18th May 2014

SUNDAY AMATEURS

Last week saw the final two cups of the season lifted. Thursday night was the League cup final between Normandy Star and Kings Arms at Gretna. The match started at blistering pace and was real end to end stuff, the opening goal was a wonder strike from the boot of Martin Milne who unleashed a 40 yard volley which flew over the head of Craig Scobie and dipped under the bar to give Normandy the lead. Kings roared back and soon levelled through a fine Duncan Smith strike. The match settled down and Kings began to enjoy large spells of possession without really threatening but Normandy looked dangerous every time they had the ball, and it was Martin Milne who undid the Kings defence again as he burst through the middle and was upended in the box to win a spot kick which was duly converted by Kris Shannon to send Normandy in ahead at the break. The second half continued in the same vein as the first with Kings trying to get themselves back in the match and Normandy looking to kill them off on the break. Normandy could have put the match to bed as Martin Milne just failed to get his head to a dangerous cross, and that missed opportunity proved costly as Joe Elliot finished off a fine passing move to draw Kings level before another fine move saw Duncan Smith finish coolly to give them the lead for the first time in the match. Normandy pushed hard to get the equaliser but Kings held on to lift the trophy and young full back Bob McGowan earn the man of the match award.

The Heathhall Garden Centre Cup was contested between Scaur and Moffat Thistle at Palmerston on Sunday, and an attritional first half saw the return of the solidity we have become used to from Scaur as they stood firm against the fluid game of Moffat to see half time reached with no goals. Scaur built on their steadfast first half performance and when Gavin Maxwell was sent through one on one with the Moffat keeper he made no mistake in finding the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the box to open the scoring. Moffat pushed hard to get back into the match but Scaur goalkeeper was turning in a man of the match performance to deny them. They did manage to force extra time however as Darren Hunter rose at the back post to nod home a pinpoint cross. The additional period began cagily with neither team wanting to throw the game away but when Sean Walker was presented with a chance he made no mistake to put Moffat in front and knock the stuffing out of Scaur. Moffat did not seem content to sit on their lead and poured forward creating several fine chances before Billy Armitage struck to complete their hat trick of silverware this campaign.

Result Thursday 15th May:

League Cup Final: Normandy Star 2 Kings Arms 3.

Sunday 18th May:

Heathhall Garden Centre Cup Final: Moffat Thistle 3 Scaur 1 (AET).

Fixture Sunday 25th May, ko 2pm:

Premier Division Play-Off: Normandy Star v Nithside, David Keswick Centre, W Vivers, D McGuffie, C Saunders.

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