Month: May 2014

Luncarty 2 Newburgh 2

Newburgh ended the season with a draw away to Luncarty
Burgh scorers were Chris McLeish and Ryan Gray
Season 13-14 has now finished with Newburgh 4th in the league – te highest placed of all the East Central League teams

Luncarty 2 – Newburgh 2

Newburgh’s season came to an end away to Luncarty on Saturday with a 2-2 draw finishing the 2013 – 2014 East North League season. Newburgh have ended the season in 4th place as the best placed Fife team in the league.

All credit to the players and management for another successful season.
End of season 13 14 league table

This weeks fixture

Newburgh travel to Luncarty on Saturday to conclude their league program for season 2013-14
Kick off is at 14:30

Scone Thistle v Newburgh match report

Scone Thistle 1 Newburgh 2
Newburgh’s penultimate game of the season was played at Farquharson park in Scone last Friday evening.
Newburgh’s line up had two changes from the previous week with Andy Smith and Dylan Honeyman returning to the starting 11.
After a cagy opening 20 minutes it was the home side that broke the deadlock when Doig pounced on a parried Houston save to slip the ball beyond the Newburgh keepers reach.
Newburgh controlled the game from the re-start and played some lovely possession football. There efforts were rewarded on the 35th minute when the referee allowed advantage after a poor tackle on Finlay. The ball was picked up by Davidson who got beyond the right back to deliver a perfect cross which Harris met with his head powering his header high into the net to restore parity.
In the second period with the wind at their backs Newburgh continued to play well across the park and were confining Scone to attacks from long balls over their midfield. All of which were being dealt with by Smith and Ferguson at the back for Newburgh.
With 55 minutes played Newburgh made the breakthrough that their possession deserved when nice passing move found Finlay with space and time inside the penalty to take a touch and beat the keeper with a sweetly struck shot into the corner of the goal.
Newburgh had opportunities to extend their lead but they could not find the net again seeing the game out in command of possession.
Manager Graham Nicoll was disappointed that they could not add to their goal tally but was satisfied with the three points “it would have been nice to put the icing on the cake and extend the goals for column further but the important thing was getting the points for the win as we can still finish third in the league if Downfield slip up”.
Newburgh travel to Luncarty’s Brownlands Park on Saturday in the closing fixture of the season.

Newburgh: Houston, Davidson, McAdam, Smith, Ferguson, Ritchie, R Gray, Finlay, McLeish, Honeyman, Harris
Subs: Moon, Spence MacKain

Season finale

Newburgh’s final game of the season will be away to Luncarty on Saturday the 24th of May
Newburgh will be looking for a positive result tonight against Scone Thistle to keep them in the race for third in the league

Newburgh v Blairgowrie match report

Newburgh 3 Blairgowrie 2
Newburgh concluded their home matches on Saturday recording a much needed win against Blairgowrie who were sitting 3rd place in the North League 4 points above Newburgh.
Following Wednesday’s heavy defeat to Thornton Hibs Newburgh were looking to return to winning ways and with Dean Elder back from injury Scott Finlay slotted back into the central midfield role.
Newburgh started the game the better of the two sides taking play to Blairgowrie. Elder was causing problems with his pace on the left and the first chance of the game fell to him on the 8th minute, a positive run ended in a shot from just outside the 18 yard stinging the visiting keepers hands.
Blairgowrie defended the corner well and broke quickly through the midfield. With a nice ball out to the right catching McAdam on his heels allowing the ball to played across the box to Maloney who drove his shot under Houston in the ‘Burgh goal.
Newburgh reacted well to the loss of the goal and scored a lovely reply form the re-start. Scott Finlay drove up the left hand touchline and delivered a fantastic cross into the path of Steven Harris who beat the keeper at his front post.
From this point on the first half was an end to end affair with no clear cut chances being created as such.
The second half started in a more open fashion with Newburgh coming close to regaining the lead through Harris and Gray. The lead was eventually restored on the 59th minute when foul on Harris on the end of the box handed Finlay an opportunity to shoot on goal form the free kick. Finlay’s strike was sublime placing the ball into the net round the wall beyond the despairing keeper.
It took Blairgowrie until the last five minutes of the game to create a spell of sustained pressure forcing several corners in their search for a late equaliser. Newburgh were dealing with the threat well until the 89th minute when another corner saw the ball break to Menzies who fired a low drive into the wall of players, MacDonald’s deflection on the way through wrong footed Houston giving Blairgowrie what looked to be a share of the points.
Newburgh were determined to make amends for this late loss and through everything into attack. With 3 minutes of injury time played they got what on the balance of play was a deserved winner. Some neat play in midfield between Ryan Gray and Scott Finlay opened up space in the box for Harris whose neat lay off found Andy Richie to slam the ball home on the angle to give Newburgh a last gasp winner.
Manager Nicoll was pleased to record a winning end to the home season “I stressed to the team before the game that we wanted to get back on track and finish the season in good form. I was pleased with the win but disappointed that we let the lead slip so late in the game, the boys showed great desire to get the lead back though so I can’t really moan at them too much”.
Newburgh travel to Scone Thistle on Friday evening in their penultimate league fixture of the season.

Newburgh: Houston, Davidson, Moon, Ferguson, McAdam, R Gray, Finlay, Elder (Spence 34), Spence, Harris, Jones (Ritchie 55)
Subs: Butters, D Gray