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Friday, 13 December 2013 14:22

Lenzie look the part with Joma

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Lenzie Youth Club under 13's are pictured here with Joma match and training kit sponsored by long term Supporters of the LYC 2001s, Cash Converters.
 
The high flying youngsters have already bagged two trophies during the summer, winning the Cumbernauld Colts and Dumbarton Riverside festivals and are riding high in the CSFA having won all their league games so far this season.
Sunday, 29 September 2013 13:50

League leapfrog for Jimmy Johnstone Academy

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Cumbernauld Colts Blue
1
3
Jimmy Johnstone Academy
Buick 43
 
Thompson 14,46
Watson 56

 

U13 Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL
Ravenswood
28 September 2013
 
 
In a nail-biting match Jimmy Johnstone Academy took home the points and leapfrogged their opponents, Cumbernauld Colts Blue, to claim fourth place in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Youth League.
 
Despite a relaxed start to the game, the action soon picked up 10 minutes in, with four corners and a free kick all within five minutes of each other, culminating in the opening goal from Lewis Thompson of Jimmy Johnstone Academy in the 14th minute.
 
The home team made every attempt to respond in kind but a shot on goal just one minute later was narrowly wide of the post. Cumbernauld Colts Blue looked the most likely of the two teams to score throughout the remainder of the first half, but neither team could pick up a goal inside of 40 minutes with the first half finishing 0-1.
 
Half Time: Cumbernauld Colts Blue 0-1 Jimmy Johnstone Academy
 
Cumbernauld Colts Blue made a bright start to the second half with an equaliser from Lewis Buick in the 43rd minute. However, the level scoreline was short lived when just three minutes later Jimmy Johnstone Academy took the lead once more with a second goal from Thompson.
 
Despite a lot of action at both ends of the pitch, the result was sealed with a fantastic third goal for Jimmy Johnstone Academy in the 56th minute, scored direct by Sean Watson from a free kick just outside the box that left the defensive wall and the keeper little chance of stopping the ball.
 
Both teams fought hard to win the points but Jimmy Johnstone Academy were the victors in a game that initially looked like it could have gone either way.
 
Cumbernauld Colts Blue will be hoping to avoid slipping further down the table with next week’s match being an away game to Rosebank United. With both teams now respectively placed 6th and 7th in the league the match will definitely be one to watch.
 
Full Time: Cumbernauld Colts Blue 1-3 Jimmy Johnstone Academy

 

Cumbernauld Colts Blue Jimmy Johnstone Academy
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1. Kyle Bowden
2. Lewis Buick
3. Guilherme Santos
4. Kyle Barrie
5. Adam King
6. Lewis Fryers
7. Diarmid McNally
8. Jack Haughey
9. Christopher Maxwell
10. Alan Steven
11. Luke Ross
12. Calvin Love
14. Ross MacDonald
16. Matthew McKendry

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2. Shakar Kamal
4. Kyle Curran
6. Deen Ramzan
7. William Gaddi
9. Lewis Thompson
10. Declan Johnstone
11. Henry Nziza
12. Sean Watson
15. James Hendry
16. Paul Fee
17. Declan Shannon
18. Harris Martin
23. Liam Hendry

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With fantastic energy and a thirst for the ball, Alan Steven looked one of the strongest players for Cumbernauld Colts Blue today.
 
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Two goals today from Lewis Thompson underlined his position as Jimmy Johnstone Academy's star player with his second goal showing skill and technique on the ball.
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Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:27

Edusport record impressive opening victory at Airdrie

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Airdrieonians FC
2
5
Edusport Academy
Cadden 52
O'Byrne 81
 
 
 
Orain 7
Payerne 43
Lerbert 57
Aouchet 83
Huteau 90

 

Friendly Match
Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
20 September 2013
 
A chilly Friday night in North Lanarkshire saw Edusport Academy open up their 2013/14 season with a fine 5-2 victory over Airdrieonians Under 19's. First half goals from Jordane Orain and Clement Payerne gave the away side a 2-0 half time lead. Airdrie hit back through Nicky Cadden, Edusport responded through Antoine Lerbert, before the home side reduced the deficit once more courtesy of Mick O'Byrne. However it was the French outfit who finished the game strongly, scoring through Redouane Aouchet and Benjamin Huteau to round off a strong display.
 
Edusport Academy is a residential programme which offers aspirational footballers from France a 34 week course providing professional football coaching whilst providing educational courses and English Language tuition. The group trains at the state of the art Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, under the guidance of programme leader Chris Ewing, former Hibernian star Guillaume Beuzelin and Motherwell FC coach Ricky Waddell.
 
Providing the opposition for Edusport's first game since arriving on Scottish shores were Airdrieonians. The North Lanarkshire side compete in the SPFL Under 19 league and have experienced a mixed start to their season, taking four points from the first three games. Airdrie's artificial surface at the Excelsior Stadium played host to the match.
 
The visitors started brightly and fashioned the first chance in the 5th minute. Gianluca Honore showed composure from right back to pick out Florian Moulet, who in turn layed the ball into the path of Loic Leroy. The right midfielder found space on the right hand side of the penalty area, and drove the ball powerfully towards goal - but was denied by the legs of Airdrie goalkeeper Mark McRoberts.
 
Two minutes later the deadlock was broken, with Edusport's early pressure being rewarded on the scoresheet. Antoine Lerbert whipped in a corner kick from the right, which was flicked on by Amir Derradji and sided footed into the net at the back post by Jordane Orain.
 
After the flurry of early activity, the match began to settle as it found a more realistic tempo. Airdrie forced a couple of set pieces, which were scrambled clear by the Edusport defence. At the other end Lerbert was dropping deep and bringing his team-mates into play, demonstrating a good range of passing.
 
The next attempt on goal didn't come until the 25th minute and it fell to the home side. Scott Stewart juggled the ball on the edge of the box, before swivelling and firing a volley on target, which was well held by Anthony Bal in the Edusport goal.
 
Airdrieonians forced a number of set pieces and were intend in making their physical presence felt, challenging strongly inside the area for free kicks, corners and long throws. Bal wasn't given a single free catch, but he came out on top time and again in each aerial duel.
 
On the half hour mark Edusport sparked into life. A surging run by Loic Leroy parted the Airdrie defence. Leroy unselfishly played the ball into the path of Lerbert, but he struggled to find room inside the area and was eventually crowded out.
 
The home team pressed their opponents high up the park, giving them little time to settle, and Edusport were guilty of giving the ball away in the middle of the park on a number of occasions. Airdrie were quick to counter after stealing possession and twice Amir Derradji was required to pull off vital interceptions to keep his side's lead intact.
 
Airdrie's first clear cut chance of the match came in the 36th minute. A perfectly measured cross from the right was met by an unmarked Marcus McMillan in the centre, who diverted the ball goalwards from point blank range. Against all odds, Bal managed to stay big and tip the ball over the bar, denying the bewildered striker. 
 
After absorbing pressure from their hosts, Edusport finished the half with an excellent spell of possession and territory. Florian Moulet picked the ball up inside the box from a corner kick, but despite quick footwork his effort was blocked. Clement Payerne then produced the most impressive piece of play of the half, holding the ball up before spinning his marker and whipping over an inviting cross. The ball was met by the head of Leroy at the front post, who was denied by a fine fingertip save from McRoberts.
 
With a couple of minutes remaining in the first half, Edusport doubled their lead. Leroy had his shirt pulled in the act of shooting, leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the spot. Payerne raced to claim the ball and justifiably so, given his superb spot kick into the top right hand corner. It proved to be the last incident of the half.

Half Time: Airdrieonians 0-2 Edusport Academy
 
The match restarted with rain pelting down and both teams determined to make their mark in the early stages of the half. The first chance of the half came when Maxence Rochoy drove forward and found Payerne in space. The striker picked out Moulet inside the area, but his strike partner couldn't get any power behind his header.
 
Nicky Cadden had been lively in the first half for Airdrie and continued to provide an outlet for the Diamonds. The wide midfielder picked the ball up on the right hand side, pushed the ball out of his feet and bent a well struck shot inches wide of the left hand post.
 
Far from being frustrated by his near miss, two minutes later Cadden went one better. An inswinging corner from the right was curled in at pace, finding its way between Bal and the crossbar. Perhaps not a shot, but Cadden's deliveries always looked likely to create a goal sooner or later.
 
Edusport Academy responded by making the first changes of the match, bringing Redouane Aouchet and Yanis Lamghari into the fray.
 
The fresh legs had a positive effect, as the visiting team set about restoring their two goal cushion. And they didn't have long to wait. Leroy's cross was half cleared by Airdrie, but the ball ricocheted into the path of Lerbert who showed excellent technique to turn and volleyed in one slick movement - firing the ball low into past McRoberts into the net.
 
The goal prompted more changes for Edusport, with Arnaud Rakotoarison replacing Bal in goal, joined on the pitch by Benjamin Huteau, Kevin Pagniez and Anthony Blain.
 
The match then settled into a pattern of Edusport allowing Airdrie to pass the ball at the back, but giving them zero space when the ball travelling into the middle third. It frustrated the home side, who were struggling to make any progress through midfield.
 
Both sides were limited to half chances during an evenly contested spell. Edusport's substitutes combined with Lamghari laying off Aouchet, who stung the palms of McRoberts from range. At the other end, Cadden nearly caught substitute goalkeeper Rakotoarison, with a Ronaldinho-esque free kick from around the half way line. With everyone expecting the ball into the heart of the penalty area, the keeper had to scramble to tip the ball over the crossbar.

Airdrie, and Cadden, benefitted from the resultant corner. Another excellent delivery was headed home by Mick O’Byrne from 8 yards out, once again reducing the deficit to a single goal.
 
The saying goes 'you are most vulnerable once you've scored a goal' and for the second time of the night Airdrie fell victim to the cliché. Within two minutes of restoring hope, the Diamonds were hit by a sucker punch goal. Aouchet showed fantastic trickery to turn his marker inside out, before driving into the penalty box and drilling a powerful shot low into the net.
 
As the match drew to a close, Edusport put a bit of gloss onto the scoreline. Another substitute make his mark, with Huteau picking the ball up on the left of the box and placing a shot into the bottom right hand corner.
 
The goal signalled the final act of an entertaining and competitive match. The final result was harsh on Airdrie, but on the balance of play Edusport were certainly worthy winners - with a little bit to spare.
 
Full Time: Airdrieonians FC 2-5 Edusport Academy

 

Airdrieonians FC Edusport Academy
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1. Mark McRoberts
2. Dario Robertson
3. Reece Lowdon
4. Paul McCart
5. Mick O’Byrne
6. Scott Stewart
7. Murray McMillan
8. Jack McHugh
9. Marcus McMillan
10. Kyle Richford
11. Nicky Cadden
12. Liam Crichton
14. Reece Glackin
15. Harry Clark
16. Euan Ramsay
 
 
 
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1. Anthony Bal 
2. Gianluca Honore
3. Ezecheil Simon
4. Amir Derradji
5. Jordane Orain
6. Maxence Rochoy
8. Malik Boukerche
9. Clement Payerne
10. Florian Moulet
11. Antoine Lerbert 
12. Loic Leroy
14. Arnaud Rakotoarison
16. Ndiki Gerrard
17. Redouane Aouchet
18. Yanis Lamghari
19. Benjamin Huteau
24. Kevin Pagniez
27. Anthony Blain
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Nicky Cadden was Airdrieonians' best performer on the night. The midfielder was creative on the ball and caused all sorts of problems with his set piece deliveries.
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There was little between a handful of Edusport players, with strong performers across the pitch. However, Loic Leroy just edges the award from Antoine Lerbert. 
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Ricky Waddell, Coach of Edusport Academy, said: "It was a good first outing for the team, they came together well and we can reflect on a lot of positives, in addition to knowing what we need to go away and work on."
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Monday, 23 September 2013 14:32

Rampant Reds defeat Blacks in Craigandro tie

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Renton Craigandro Reds
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Renton Craigandro Blacks
 
 
 
U13's Dunbartonshire FDL
 
22 September 2013
 
 
 
A fantastic game played in front of a large crowd saw both Renton teams start the game well.
 
Craigandro Reds took the lead through some fantastic play from midfield and a wonderful finish from O'Malley.
 
Craigandro Reds went on to dominate the rest of the match running out convincing 8-1 winners.
 
Superb displays from Jordan Wyllie in defence, Lewis Chalmers in midfield and an outstanding 7 goals from striker O'Malley.
 
Full time: Renton Craigandro Reds 8-1 Renton Craigandro Blacks 
 
Monday, 23 September 2013 14:15

Bo'ness through in Scottish as Lenzie lose out

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Bo'ness United CC
 vs
Lenzie YC
 
 
 
U16's Trans World Soccer SYFA Cup R2
 
22 September 2013
 
 
 
Bo'ness United progress to the third round of the Scottish Cup after a convincing win over Lenzie YC.
 
Bo'ness started the match brightly and quickly took the lead after Sutherland pushed ball through to Knox to nip the ball over the excellent Lenzie goalkeeper.
 
Lenzie started to grow into match and caused several problems with their superb philosophy in playing football on the deck.
 
There was no scoring into the second half where Bo'ness controlled the match coming close on several occasions and Sutherland punished Lenzie with an excellent strike from right side of box. The Lenzie keeper continued his fine form until Bo'ness' Alexander scored the third and final goal.
 
Full time: Bo'ness United Community Club 3-1 Lenzie YC 
 
 

 

East Kilbride YC
 vs
Milton Reds FC
 
 
 
U16's Trans World Soccer SYFA Cup R2
 
22 September 2013
 
 
 
On Sunday 22nd September Milton Reds 98’s under 16’s, travelled to East Kilbride to take on East Kilbride YC in the second round of the Scottish Cup. East Kilbride have had a fine start to the season and were undefeated before Sunday’s match.

The match was played at Ballerup Park on a fine grass surface. Although the underfoot conditions were good, the strong wind blowing straight down the park was a factor which would influence the manner in which both teams would play.

East Kilbride started with the advantage of the wind but it was Milton who got into their stride in the early stages. After winning a corner on the right, Milton opened the scoring through midfielder Declan Valentine when he made a clever near post run to convert Jake Hurry’s delivery. Milton played the more controlled football as they took the match to their opponents but East Kilbride threatened on the break as they utilised the strong wind with long balls into the Milton goal area.

Hughes in the home goal was the busier of the two keepers but on the half hour mark East Kilbride drew level when a long throw from full back Lees was misjudged by the Milton defence and as the ball broke off the outside of the upright East Kilbride’s Matthew O’Hare scrambled it over the line. The half time whistle came with score tied at one goal apiece.

Half time: East Kilbride YC 1-1 Milton Reds FC

After the break and with Milton now having the wind advantage it took only five minutes for Milton to re-establish their lead. A kick-out from Milton’s keeper Liam Stirling went over the heads of the East Kilbride back line and it was Milton’s Callum Brown who raced past the defenders and as keeper Hughes advanced to the edge of the goal area Brown skilfully chipped the ball up and over the keeper and into the back of the net.

Milton created more chances to extend their lead while East Kilbride were denied any clear chances by the solid Milton defence with centre backs Robertson and Walker always in control. Milton were celebrating goal number three when Jake Hurry crashed the ball into the net from 25 yards but their celebrations were cut short when the referee surprisingly ruled it offside as a Milton player was deemed to be in an active offside position.

Milton kept looking for the goals to finally finish off the East Kilbride challenge, then in the 30th minute of the half Brown won the ball in a tussle with the home centre back then beat the other centre back before firing a left foot shot passed the stranded East Kilbride keeper.

Five minutes later, Brown completed his hat-trick when he raced on to a Ross Leary head flick to fire an unstoppable shot across the keeper into the far corner of the net. There was no further scoring and Milton now progress to the third round of the Scottish and await the draw for their next opponents.
 
Full time: East Kilbride YC 1-4 Milton Reds FC

Milton’s next match will be Saturday 28th September away to Stirling Albion Young Reds in a League match.  
 
Sunday, 15 September 2013 17:02

Gartsherrie victorious in six goal sizzler

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Gartsherrie BC
4
2
Seafar Villa Blue
Devine 8
Stewart 32
Burke 55
Dyball 67
Townsley 12
Hastie 42
 
 

 

U13 Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL
St. Ambrose High School
14 September 2013

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By Barry McLees
YFS Central Region Reporter
 
 
There was a lively opening to the game, with the first fifteen minutes seeing goals from both teams. Devine opened the scoring for the hosts before Townsley replied four minutes later to level the scores. Both goals were clinical finishes after high tempo play in the final third. 
 
Both teams began to settle prior to the 20 minute mark and effective passing began to materialise. Both sides had multiple breaks in play and through balls and goal efforts that summoned good saves from the goalkeepers before the deadlock was broken.
 
Gartsherrie's Burke found himself to the right hand side of the six yard box and netted home from a looping chip that found the far side bottom corner.
 
Seafar looked to retaliate straight away when Hastie rippled the side netting from a solid strike from the edge of the box. Gartsherrie were in front as the whistle blew for half time. 

Half Time: Gartsherrie BC 2-1 Seafar Villa Blue
 
After losing a goal just before halftime Villa absorbed their team talk and came out with all guns blazing. This was evident when Hastie levelled the game by firing home with a right footed effort a couple of minutes after resuming the second half.
 
The blaze simmered down and Gartsherrie began to dominate possession for long spells and came close to regaining the lead on the 48th minute with Dyball's strike going just past the near post.
 
Seafar turned defence into attack a few minutes later when Pettigrew powered through the midfield with a run from the halfway line and was denied by a Gartsherrie's Burns' right hand save.
 
The game took to a period of end to end battling with both teams adopting a strong challenging and short passing approach before Gartsherrie's Devine took matters into his own hands. A left wing run, beating two defenders, cutting inside and crossing for Burke - allowing him to despatch a low right footed shot past Seafar's Grier on the 55th minute.
 
In Seafar's attempt to get back into the game and Gartsherrie's to further their lead - the match became midfield orientated until a fantastic central through ball saw Dyball one-on-one with two defenders trailing him. Credit where its due, Grier scurried from the 6 yard box and closed down the intial shot tremendously, but the parry only found the same Dyball boot that the first shot came from and he slotted home to extend Gartsherrie's lead.
 
Goalscorer Dyball was substituted late on and, if not for Grier's persistence to prevent the score gap widening, his late on strike would have put the nail in the coffin. 
 
An exciting match finished 4-2 in favour of the home side from Coatbridge, Gartsherrie BC. Both sides added a lot to a well contested game of football.
 
Full Time: Gartsherrie BC 4-2 Seafar Villa Blue

 

Gartsherrie BC Seafar Villa Blue
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1. Jordan Burns
2. Scott Burke
3. Conor Dick
4. Jonathon Scott
5. Adam Marshall
6. Keiran Gallagher
8. Jack Johnstone
10. Nicky Presland
12. Reece Devine
14. Conor Boreland
15. Thomas Dyball
16. Samuel Winslow
17. Steven Meek
18. Ryan Devine
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1. Scott Grier
2. Ronnie Stewart
3. Greg Wilson
4. Michael Maguire
6. Lewis Irvine
7. Aidan Ross
8. Elliot Townsley
9. Marc Hastie
10. Sean McBride
11. Lewis Marshall
12. Jay Pettigrew
15. Lewis James
16. Connor Nicol
17. Connor Hawkes
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Ryan Devine was chosen as man of the match for his consistency and drive throughout the game. Situated in the position of left midfield, he showed drive going forward both individually and as a team player and was aggresively determined when fighting to retain the ball back. He was the pioneer behind Gartsherrie's third goal when he went by several players before cutting in and making an effective through pass to his team mate who put the ball in the net.
Marc Hastie was a strong performer for Seafar Villa. He found the scoresheet and threatened on a number of other occasions. On another day he would have added to his tally.
 
 
 
 
 
Steins Thistle
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Calderbraes BC
Eaton 15,36
McMullan 75
Hunter 20
Mitchell 78

 

U15 Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup - R1
Allandale
09 September 2013

James  Black
By James Black
 
 
 
Steins Thistle and Calderbraes BC kicked off the first round of the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup with a match that in all honesty neither team deserved to lose. These teams had faced each other a few days previously with Calderbraes coming out victorious but this time it was Steins who came away with the spoils and their name in the second round of the cup despite the best efforts of their opposition

Both sides struggled to get a firm grip on the game in the early goings with Calderbraes looking a little more composed on the ball and Josh Higgins in particular looking dangerous. It was Calderbraes who looked most likely to score in the early going with Higgins, James Woods and Jamie Gribbons all forcing Steins' stand in goalkeeper Andrew Esplin into early action.
 
It was Steins however who took the lead after 15 minutes. A kick out from Calderbraes 'keeper Jack Nisbet was intercepted by Paul Eaton and the big striker done well to maintain his composure and drill a low shot beyond the despairing 'keeper.
 
A few minutes later Calderbraes had an opportunity to equalise from the penalty spot. The referee awarded the spot kick for handball although it was a fairly soft decision. Higgins stepped up to take the kick but it was kept out by the impressive Esplin.
 
Moments later Calderbraes had another spot kick, this time there was no debate after Esplin brought down the onrushing attacker. Higgins stepped up again and put his penalty in almost the exact same spot as his first. Esplin was more than a match or the second penalty of the day.

Half Time: Steins Thistle 2-1 Calderbraes BC
 
At halftime Steins brought on Cameron Keay for the tricky Ross Mitchell who tried hard but couldn't quite get things to come off as he hoped.

Calderbraes came right out of the traps in the second half looking to restore parity and only the good form of Steins' Esplin, a central defender normally, kept his teams advantage intact.
 
Calderbraes tried to freshen things up by replacing Jonathan Whelan and William Duffy with Callum Mills and Lewis Mitchell. Calderbraes continued to push on looking for an equaliser and Higgins had a number of chances that just weren't quite enough to beat Esplin.
 
As the game progressed Calerbraes' Woods looked more and more dangerous. He continually looked for the ball and kept driving his team mates on and looked to be his sides biggest threat in the second half. Steins then withdrew goalscorer Eaton, to be replaced by Taylor McMullan, as the big man's thankless shift as the lone striker came to an end. 
 
McMullan made a quick impact on the game when he scored Steins' third. A delightful ball from the right wing by the impressive  Lewis Robertson split the defence and found McMullan in the penalty area and his low strike was just out of reach of Nisbet.
 
With just a few minutes to go Lewis Mitchell gave his side a breif glimmer of hope when he clawed it back to 3-2 after his lob from the edge of the area caught out Esplin as he came to try clear the ball. 
 
Full Time: Steins Thistle 3-2 Calderbraes BC

 

Steins Thistle Calderbraes BC
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1. Andrew Esplin
5. Lewis Millar
8. Rhys Livingstone
3. Cameron Mclure
12. Kieran Leary
14. Nathan Rimmer
6. Bryden Nolan
10. Steven Brannan
24. Lewis Robertson
9. Ross Mitchell
23. Paul Eaton
11. Taylor McMullan
15. Cameron Keay
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1. Jack Nisbet
16. Johnathan Whelan
13. Stephen Cross
5. Darren Devine
3. Callum Scott
8. Josh Higgins
6. Alex Hunter
12. Kieran Pollock
11. Jamie Gribbons
17. James Woods
14. William Duffy
7. Callum Mills
19. Lewis Mitchell
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Andrew Esplin produced two penalty saves, confident, assured goalkeeping and the difference between Steins winning and losing. Not bad for a makeshift goalkeeper.
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James Woods was never afraid to look for the ball. Great eye for a pass and a fantastic engine.
 
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Andrew Esplin, Steins goalkeeper, said: 'It was a great performance and we played really well to beat a team who we lost to on Thursday."
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Thursday, 05 September 2013 13:35

Milton coach nominated for prestigious SFA award

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Following success as regional winner of the Volunteer of the Year in Adult football for the Central FA Grassroots Awards, Pat Griffin (pictured) is now in with a chance to win a national award. 
 
The Milton coach has been nominated for the People's Award in the 2013 Scottish FA Grassroots Awards, presented by McDonald's and the Sunday Mail. 
 
For the first time in the awards 10 year history, three shortlisted regional winners from across Scotland will be entered into the People's Award. 
 
The nominees, shortlisted from every nomination received across the length and breadth of Scotland, have been shortlisted for their incredible dedication and services to grassroots football. 
 
The successful nominee will then be announced at the national awards ceremony where they will be presented with their award by McDonald's Head of Scottish Football, Kenny Dalglish and Scotland Manager, Gordon Strachan, at Hampden Park on 26th September. 
 
Pat is counting on the support of people from Milton to win the People's Award, with voting now open at www.scottishfa.co.uk/awards
 
Pat helped to establish Milton FC more than 40 years ago and has dedicated the vast majority of his time to ensuring the club is one of the most successful teams in the Central Scotland area ever since.
 
During his time at the club Pat has been a player, coach and has now moved into a committee member role overseeing its growth.
 
Thanks to Pat's incredible work the club now boasts more than 350 male and female players on its books from the under-9s right up to the under-19's. 
 
This rise in player numbers over the past few years has had a knock on effect and resulted in a steady rise of volunteers coming into the club - many of whom now hold coaching qualifications. 
 
As a result, the quality of training and number of qualified coaches available to the club as a whole has consistently been on the up. No job at Milton Amateur is too big or too small for Pat and he can regularly been found at the clubhouse putting up goal nets or even running around on training days retrieving balls that are kicked out of the park.
 
His enthusiasm for the game and the club doesn't end on the pitch, in fact, Pat has in recent years become the driving force behind securing enough money to build and fund a new 3G pitch, something that the whole club benefits from. 
 
Pat's unwavering dedication to improving and developing the club has paid off and in 2004 the club became the first in the area to be awarded the Charter Club status from Stirling Council. 
 
Since then the club has also been recognised by the Scottish FA who awarded them with Quality Mark status. 
 
McDonald's Head of Scottish Football, Kenny Dalglish said: "The Scottish FA Grassroots Football Awardswere set up to recognise and celebrate the work of the thousands of grassroots volunteers who give up their time to support grassroots football. 
 
"Without the energy, enthusiasm and continued dedication of these unsung heroes, grassroots football in so many communities would not be possible. 
"It's clear that these special individuals are an asset to their community and I hope the people of Milton all show their support and vote for Pat." 
 
Voting for the People's Award opens today (11th August) for four weeks and the nominee with the most votes will be named the People's Award winner at the 2013 awards ceremony. 
 
To find out more about the awards, and to vote go to www.scottishfa.co.uk/awards
 
Article submitted by John Honeyman
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:24

Grassroots teams join forces for Battle

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Footballers at Bannockburn and Milton Amateur Football Clubs will be inspired to fight extra hard this season, as they'll be sporting a reminder of one of Scotland's biggest battles on their team strips.
 
More than 300 strips have been sponsored by the National Trust for Scotland's Battle of Bannockburn site for the 2013/14 season.
 
From August 2013, every player aged 12 and over will sport a strip with the award winning Battle of Bannockburn logo. The logo has been created for the Bannockburn Heritage Site which is currently undergoing transformation ahead of the 700th anniversary of the battle in 2014.
 
Henk Berits, Director of Commercial Services and Marketing at the National Trust for Scotland, said: "The new facilities at Bannockburn will improve the site hugely, provide jobs and attract visitors to the area.
 
"Throughout the works, we've been keeping the local community informed and getting them involved whenever we can. Sponsoring these two Clubs is another part of that work to keep them involved.
 
"We hope that we can show the contribution the Trust and the new centre can make to the area and encourage folk to come along and learn more about the amazing heritage that's on their doorstep."
 
The project is a joint one between the National Trust for Scotland, who own and care for the site, and Historic Scotland and is generously supported by the Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
 
The project has restored the commemorative monuments on site and a new state of the art visitor centre is also being built set to open in March 2014.
 
Milton Amateur Football Club founder member Pat Griffin, said: "Milton AFC is proud to be associated with the National Trust for Scotland and the new Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, which will be a real asset to the Stirling area and local community.
 
"Our Club has over 30 teams, male and female, ranging from 5 years old to adult amateur.
 
"This is the first time in over 40 years that every team in the club has worn the same strip and we are delighted with it. The players and their families are very pleased with this association and will take pride in it."
 
Arthur Millar, Bannockburn Amateur Football Club Manager, said: "Bannockburn AFC is delighted to work in partnership with the NTS to promote the exciting new visitor attraction coming to Stirling in 2014. The excellent football strips provided by NTS will go a long way to ensuring the teams are splendidly kitted out for the forthcoming 2013-14 season. We are also looking to organise a large local Bannockburn-themed tournament to celebrate the end of the season in July 2014, thus creating an ongoing legacy for the area."
 
Henk Berits and Robert Marshall, Director of kit suppliers RJM Sports, were there to present the new strips to the representatives from the two Clubs on their first day of training for the 13/14 season.
 
The logo for the Battle of Bannockburn has already picked up three awards, including at the highly-prestigious International Design & Communication Awards in Stockholm.
 
The new, state-of-the-art Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre will open to the public in 2014 marking the 700th anniversary of the battle. Find out more by clicking here.
 
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