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Monday, 09 September 2013 00:16

Hibs edge Accies in thriller to reach final four

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Hibernian Ladies
Hamilton Academical
Moffat 18
Rutherford 37, 63
Russell 51
Flannigan 21
Gallen 38
O'Keane 75


17's SWF Youth Cup - Quarter Final
Forrester HS 3G
08 September 2013

Sascha Bolder
By Sascha Bolder
YFS South East Region Reporter

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Two equally strong teams, many goals and fine technique – that is what makes a good match. The quarter final of the Scottish Womens Football Youth Cup between Hibernian Girls and Hamilton Accies had all of this. In the end, Hibernian celebrated a deserved 4:3 win.
For both teams, the match was the second round of the cup. Three weeks earlier, Hibs had beaten Hutchison Vale and Accies had won 6-0 against Hibs' city rivals Hearts. Now, both teams were of course determined to celebrate another win and make it to the next round. The semi-finals.
Hibernian Girls had the better start and won most of the duels in midfield. After just two minutes, Hibs had their first opportunity to score but Nicole Rutherford’s shot from 22 yards went over the bar.
Although Hibernian were edging play, Accies were being dangerous, too. Throughout the first half, Hamilton‘s striker Katie Flannigan took several long distance shots, which caused concern for the Hibernian defence.
However, Hibernian remained the dominant team. In the ninth minute, Caitlin Russell delivered a pinpoint cross to unmarked Nicole Rutherford but again, her shot was not accurate enough to find the target.
Only two minutes after that, Rutherford had another opportunity. She got the ball on the left wing in midfield and could not be stopped from running all the way down the line where she entered the box. There, she sent two defenders the wrong way and took a shot to the right top corner of the goal but the ball struck the right hand post and was cleared..
The chnces kept coming for Hibs. In the 16th minute, Russell could have taken a shot from inside the penalty area but instead, she unselfishly passed the ball into the six yard box where a Hamilton defender could clear it. 
However, Hibernian eventually scored shortly after that. Hamilton were unable to clear and the ball came to Daniella Moffat who took a shot from 30 yard and put the ball into the upper right corner of the net. A stunning strike to open the scoring.
Hamilton was not at all set back by going behind, though. In fact, they equalised just three minutes later. Katie Flannigan had no trouble stealing a misplaced back-pass and slotting the ball into the net.
After that, the match cooled down a bit and Hibernian were not as dominant as before. But in the 37th minute, Nicole Rutherford restored the lead for her team when she scored from within the box after having received a fine through ball from midfield.
Again, was not long until Accies equalised. In fact, it was only one minute after Rutherford’s goal, that Laura Gallen scored to make it 2-2. Hibernian had trouble defending a direct ball delivered from midfield. Having been unsure whether to leave her goal and approach the ball or not, goalkeeper Lauren Stewart was caught out of position. Hamilton’s Katie Flannigan got hold of the ball on the right side of the box and passed it to Gallen who placed the ball into an empty net to ensure her side went in level at the break.

Half Time: Hibernian Girls 2-2 Hamilton Academical
The beginning of the second half saw a more confident Hamilton. In the first five minutes of the half, Accies had a number of corner kicks and other opportunities and could have taken the lead for the first time in the match.
However, it was Hibernian who yet again took the lead. Russell scored to make it 3-2 in the 51st minute. She slotted home from inside the box after an excellent cross from the right wing.
Again, Hamilton tried to give an immediate answer and had a couple of opportunities but this time Hibernian's defenders did better than before, throwing themselves in front of the ball and clearing dangerous situations a couple of times.
Shortly after that, Hibernian scored again. In the 63rd minute, Kelsey Boyle delivered a high free kick from midfield which split Hamilton’s defence for they were standing too far away from their own goal. Once again, Hibernian’s Rutherford was well positioned inside the box to slam the ball home.
Hamilton did their best to get back in the game but Hibernian Girls had better opportunities and could have extended their lead, hitting the woodwork on a couple of occasions.
Immediately after Rutherford hit the post for the second time, all of a sudden, Accies sniffed the chance of a come back when Hannah O'[Keane scored to make it 4-3 in the 75th minute. However, they could not create more chances after that so that overall, Hibernian Girls celebrated a deserved 4-3 win over Hamilton Accies.
Full Time: Hibernian Girls 4-3 Hamilton Academical


Hibernian Girls Hamilton Academical
1. Lauren Stewart
2. Emma North
4. Chelsea Cornet
7. Rebecca Smith
8. Kelsey Boyle
9. Jamielee Smith
10. Caitlin Russell
12. Rebecca Mcarthur
14. Amy Lynch
15. Nicole Rutherford
16. Daniella Moffat
17. Amber Robertson
22. Bianca Murphy
101. Lindsay Ferry
1. Marisa Storrie
3. Alana Mcbrearty
4. Laura Gallen
5. Sophie Mason
6. Kayleigh McHugh
7. Gemma Whitson
8. Clare Campbell
9. Nadine Traynor
10. Helena Montague
11. Shauna Flynn
12. Lori Gardner
14. Kathleen Toolan
15. Hannah Okeane
16. Katie Flannigan
20. Megan Ramsay
22. Kayleigh Carr
23. Kim Black
26. Hayley McCoigan
Nicole Rutherford hardly surrendered possession all game, produced some excellent dribbling and passes - and scored two well taken goals.
Katie Flannigan was a constant danger for Hibernian defenders. Took a couple of shots from long distance, scored a goal and had an assist.
James Smith, head coach of Hibernian Girls 17s, said: "In the end we deserved the win but Hamilton played very well, too."
Adam Gibson, coach of Hamilton Accies, said: "We should have used our chances better, but overall, we played well in a good advert for the girls game."
Forrester HS
Craigmount HS



Senior Lothian Schools FA - West
Forrester High School
06 September 2013

Sascha Bolder
By Sascha Bolder
YFS South East Region Reporter

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Friday’s second matchday of Lothian Senior West Division saw Craigmount HS beat Forrester HS in an intense match. Although Forrester dominated most of the second half, Craigmount’s 0-2 win was deserved in the end.
The starting positions for the two teams were somewhat different before the match as Craigmount had won 3-2 in their first match against Royal High while Forrester had lost 2-1 against St Augustine’s. Hence, while Craigmount was aiming at having an ideal start to the new season, Forrester was hoping not to lose their second match in a row.
Due to the constantly drizzling rain, it was hard for both teams to control the ball on the wet pitch so that there were a lot of bad passes. As a consequence of that, the first opportunities to score were not created with dribblings or fine passes but both teams had to rely on free kicks and corner kicks. One of these was Matthew Davidson of Craigmount’s free kick from  20 yards in the seventh minute that would have opened the scoring if Forrester’s goalkeeper Kieran Green had not parried it brilliantly.
Soon, Craigmount dominated the match more and more, won most of the individual battles and played on the wings to create scoring chances. As if playing handball, they let the ball circulate around the box and let Forrester’s defenders run.
However, as Forrester’s defenders were fighting courageously, always throwing themselves in front of the ball in the last moment, most of Craigmount’s shots on goal were taken from long distance. One of these was Sean Morrisson’s effort from 24 yards which went narrowly over the bar in the 18th minute.
Four minutes after that there was the first goal of the match. After a high cross was delivered from midfield, met by one of Forrester’s defenders, who headed the ball towards his own goal rather than clearing it. It landed right in front of Craigmount’s striker Jack Liddell who did not have any trouble putting the ball into the bottom right corner.
Being down by one goal seemed to encourage Forrester to take up more attacking tactics. Soon the hosts created their first scoring chances with a couple of shots from long distance as well as corner kicks. But still, Craigmount was dominating the match and had the better chances, frequently entering Forrester’s box and taking shots from there but all of them either missed or were parried by Green.

Half Time: Forrester HS 0-1 Craigmount HS
The beginning of the second half saw a completely different Forrester performance. Right from the beginning, the home team dominated the match and had a couple of excellent chances. The first came when Ricky Kerr dribbled into the box and passed back to Jack Lumsden who missed the target from 12 yards.
Only minutes after that, Ben Falconer almost scored the goal of the season. But although his team would have deserved to score the equaliser by that time, his shot from over 30 yards which was directed at the top left corner of the goal, went inches over the bar.
Although they had clearly dominated the first half, Craigmount was lucky to stay in the lead because the home side was playing very good football throughout the second half.
From the 65th minute onwards, Craigmount got on their feet again and had a couple of excellent counter attacks. One of these finally resulted in Craigmount’s second goal. A cross from deep was met by the head of McFarlane, who settled the match with a well placed effort.
Summing up, a deserved win for Craigmount as they were the better team if you consider the whole match. But despite the fact that Forrester has lost two matches in a row now, their performance in the second half should give them confidence that they can start picking up points sooner rather than later.
Full Time: Forrester HS 0-2 Craigmount HS


Forrester HS Craigmount HS
2. Ben Falconer
3. Liam Cleeton
4. Ryan Scott
6. Jack Hughes
8. Steven Faichney
9. Ross Mitchell
10. Ricky Kerr
11. Jack Lumsden
12. Jarek Wdowiak
14. Robbie Howie
16. Drew Eadie
17. Daniel Southam
53. Kieran Green
1. Andrew Grant
2. Ronan Lapping
3. Jack Reid
4. Matthew Davidson
5. Cameron Mair
6. H. Mcfarlane
7. Dan Liddle
8. Sean Morrison
9. Nick Mconall
10. Kieran Humphreys
11. Jack Liddell
12. Elliot Sked
13. Nick Marshall
14. Robbie Dowie
Ben Falconer defended very well in the first half and prevented his team from conceding a goal, took two or three excellent shots from long distance.
Sean Morrison won most of his duels and delivered a couple of fantastic passes to unmarked team mates.
Kieran Green, goalkeeper of Forrester, said: "We were the better team in the second half but just didn't manage to score."
Sean Morrison, midfielder of Craigmount, said: "Overall a deserved win for us."
Monday, 02 September 2013 15:32

Windsor kitted out for season ahead

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Pictured below is the Musselburgh Windsor FC 15’s squad who are pictured with premises manager David Black of the David Macbeth Moir in Musselburgh’s North High Street.
The new 15’s squad representing Musselburgh Windsor FC is off to a flying start. The East Lothian club are celebrating their Diamond Jubilee this season and hoping their teams will rise to the occasion. 
Team manager John Peden is the man in charge and is assisted by Alan Morton. Their first real boost came when local Wetherspoons manager David Black offered to help fund-raise for the squad. With no football strips to kick-off the season the local side were desperate for backing and they found it in the generosity of the customers of the David Macbeth Moir. A series of fund-raising events saw the Windsor boys kitted out in the new Nike Striker 3 kit just in time for their first home fixture against Longniddry.
In a hotly contested encounter the Musselburgh team secured three points with a narrow 3-2 victory.  In their next match came West Lothian outfit Livingston Boys Club in the first round of the Scottish Cup. The match played at Pinkie Playing Fields saw Windsor progress into the draw for the second round with a 3-1 win.
The Windsor squad is: Lewis Smyth, Stuart Robertson, Grant Goodfellow, Jamie Ainslie, David Dudziak,  Euan Chalmers, Mark Paxton, Nigel Smith, Mathew Foot, Danny Peden, Callum Osborne, Ross McKenzie, Jamie Ainslie, Jamie Coutts and Alec Benson.
Edinburgh City 99
Craigshill Thistle
Mathew Brien 6
Kevin Munro 18
Donald Dixon 33
Mark Seath 11


Scottish Youth FA Cup Round 1, 15s
Forrester High School, Edinburgh
01 September 2013

By Alasdair Mackenzie
YFS South East Region Reporter
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Edinburgh City emerged victorious after a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Craigshill Thistle on Sunday afternoon in the first round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup. An early goal from City’s Mathew Brien was cancelled out by Mark Seath’s leveller, but two more first-half goals for City from Kevin Munro and Donald Dixon were enough to see them safely through to the next round, despite a strong second half performance from the visitors.

The blustery conditions did not seem to affect the players as the game burst into action directly from the kick off. City’s Donald Dixon jinxed his way down the flank within the first minute and Michael Mclaren met the winger’s cut back with a shot that went narrowly over.
An impressive and high-tempo start from the hosts was soon rewarded, as midfielder Mathew Brien struck a stunning half-volley from outside the box that looped over Craigshill keeper Harry Copping to open the scoring.
City were well organised at the back, but Craigshill managed to create their first opportunity when the ball broke for Ciaran Vaughan, but his shot from a tight angle could not find the target.
The battle for midfield dominance was central to the early stages of the game, with City finding particular joy down the flanks thanks to the excellent work of Dixon and Kevin Munro. However, it was Thistle who were next to find the net after the ball broke out from a corner for Mark Seath to strike an excellent low shot off the post and in from just inside the area.
The visitors had grown into the game and Michael Galbraith was causing some problems for City with his physicality.
However, City looked the more likely when going forward and were soon back in front.
The excellent Munro was a constant threat down the left and took his goal brilliantly, as he turned his defender and dispatched a left footed strike into the bottom corner.
Thistle’s attempts to get forward were being foiled by the assured Shawn Cunningham of Edinburgh City, who put in an excellent performance in defence. However, Craigshill had a great chance to equalise after about twenty minutes after Seath played through James Erskine brilliantly, but John Gallagher was out quickly to block from a one on one position.
The game had really opened up and another brilliant through ball, this time from City midfielder Brien, released Munro on the left but he was denied by a great save from Copping. An almost identical chance then appeared at the other end, with a save from the outrushing Gallagher denying Erskine.
City then extended their advantage, with Dixon capitalising on a stray back pass with an accomplished finish that found its way in off the post and gave the home side a two-goal cushion heading in for the break. 

Half Time: Edinburgh City 99 3-1 Craigshill Thistle

The second half started brightly with chances at both ends. Some great play from City striker Michael Mclaren set up another chance for Munro but on this occasion the winger shot just wide.

Craigshill were much improved after the break, and thought they had pulled one back when a vicious strike across goal from Erskine beat the goalkeeper but flew just past the post. Erskine was causing all sorts of problems for the City defence and he again found himself freed by a pass from midfield, but Gallagher was quickly out to clear.
Thistle again came agonisingly close as Cameron Russell found space for a shot with the ball bouncing around in the box following a corner, only to see his strike come back off the post. Craigshill were asking a lot more questions of the home side in the second half, but City were always dangerous going forward thanks to the work of McLaren and Munro, who again combined after McLaren beat his man to swing in a cross that Munro struck narrowly wide on the volley.
Jamie Dixon put in an impressive shift for Thistle in the second half, and after beating two men in his own half he launched a fantastic long pass forward for Erskine, but again Gallagher was alert to the danger and gathered well.
Despite pressure from the visitors, it was City who created the final chances of the match. The excellent combination play between Munro and McLaren that had caused Thistle problems all day continued as Munro burst down the left and cut back a low cross that McLaren drilled narrowly over the bar.
City celebrated a hard-earned victory at the final whistle, but Thistle will be encouraged by a strong second half performance in which they were unlucky not to score. The home side will be confident heading into the next round, as they displayed plenty of quality going forward and certainly have an abundance of individual talent in their squad.

Full Time: Edinburgh City 99 3-1 Craigshill Thistle


Edinburgh City 99 Craigshill Thistle
1. John Gallagher
2. Louis Hazelwood
3. Rhys Anderson
4. Cameron Milligen
6. Mathew Brien
7. Adam Markham
8. Reiss Philp
9. Michael McLaren
10.James Green
11. Donald Dixon
12. Shawn Cunningham
14. Louis Fletcher
15. Josh Reddington
16. Andrew Joint
17. Kevin Munro
18. Jacob Smyth 
1. Harry Copping
2. Jamie Dixon
3. Ciaran Vaughan
4. Robbie Sinclair
6. Ryan Curran
7. Kieran Gray
8. Mark Seath
9. Euan Langan
10. James Erskine
12. Blake Snedden
13. Mathew Shearer
15. Christopher Bauld 
17. Connor McIver 
18. Cameron Russell
19. Michael Galbraith
Kevin Munro was a constant threat down the left wing for City, and linked up extremely well throughout the match with striker McLaren. Fully deserved his goal, which he took with great composure.
James Erskine was at the heart of Thistle's attacking threat, and showed great workrate throughout the match. Always willing to chase long balls and passes from midfield, and he was unlucky not to score.
Alan Fletcher, Edinburgh City coach, said: "It was a good overall team performance, it was a close game and I thought the strong winds interfered with the football. I'm delighted with the defence in the second half."
John Russell, Craigshill Thistle coach, said: "I thought we showed them too much respect in the first half. We were much better in the second half but the windy conditions made it difficult."
South East RegionThe Scottish FA South East Region hosted a coaching masterclass at the Spartans Academy led by John Collins and Gareth Evans. Youth and amateur coaches from across the region were invited to take part in classroom based learning and observation of training methods out on the Spartans home pitch. 
The evening also served as recognition for Spartans FC and Broxburn United SC for their achievement in attaining the Scottish FA Legacy Quality Mark Award. Furthermore other individuals were recognised for their contribution to youth, adults and disability football. 
Watch the YFS TV video from the evening below.
For more information about the Scottish FA South East Region, visit www.scottishfa.co.uk/southeast
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 13:41

Vics and Vale served up entertaining draw

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Newcraighall Leith Vics
Hutchison Vale
Robertson 8
McCann 50


U13 South East Region YFL
Newcraighall Park
25 August 2013

Ian Mackay
By Ian Mackay
YFS South East Region Reporter

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My third and final ‘away game’ of the weekend took me to Newcraighall Park in East Edinburgh. Hutchison Vale were the visitors on this lovely day and their game against Newcraighall Leith Vics was, in my humble opinion, part of the ‘greatest show on earth’!
This magnificent spectacle ended in a 1-1 draw and I thought that result was a perfect end to the game, as neither team deserved to lose. In my life, there is nothing better than watching a game, at any level, in which both sides play good football. Throw in amazing misses by both teams, a staggering one handed save by the Vics’ keeper, goalmouth action in abundance, good sportsmanship, an excellent referee in Tam Carter and I can only say I enjoyed watching these talented young players  in action. Totally enjoyed, I should say! On such a warm, wind-free  day, it was just well nigh perfect for me and, hopefully, for the big number of spectators on both touchlines. 
An excellent young Vics’ outfit gave Hutchison Vale a ‘run for their money‘, as they say. In a stunning first half, the younger version of John Robertson (his dad plays in amateur football) showed up well and it was this quite aggressive young winger who shocked Hutchison Vale, me, and I expect, everyone else, when he rifled a peach of a free kick from 25 yards out, slightly to the left of the Vale goal and the ball, well all I can say is it rocketed in to the roof of the net to put Vics 1-0 in front. It was a magic moment when I said out loud: “What a goal!”  Fair comment, I think. John had a  couple more attempts at scoring from free-kicks during the game, but the occasion got to the young player and his other attempts were either off target or cleared by Vale defenders. A scout for a senior club said to me: “Hutchison Vale do not look to have as good a team as they had in other years.” But I must add it was due to Newcraighall Leith Vics as they too are a very well-coached and talented group of players. Vics, I thought, had the better of the first half, while Hutchison Vale came alive in the second period of the game. Here, then, is my view of how the game went:
Hutchison Vale were first to show at the start with Luke McMahon and Lewis Meechan doing well until they ran in to the superb Vics’ defender, Colin McKinnon and it was the home side that won the first corner of the game. Even that early in the proceedings, it was quite obvious the game was going to be tight, with two excellent well-organised defences on view. Vale attacked again, but like so many roads in Edinburgh, they ran in to a veritable ‘road closed’ sign. In the early stages, the Vics’ defence were outstanding. In the eighth minute, young John Robertson lit up the game - and the park  - with his outstanding free kick. All I can say is: “What a goal!”  It was a real beauty!  Hutchison Vale, then, had a real job on their hands and skipper, Rory Campbell, and his Vale team-mates were frustrated when they tried to get their passing game going. Vics’ I have to say, never gave them an inch. From another Robertson free-kick, No 9 Yrick Gallanties, got his head to the delivery, but the ball crashed wide of the target. Luke McMahon, was the next Vale player to be halted on a run up the right by outstanding Vics’ No 2, Josh Sharkey. Then Daniel Lock tried to set up a chance  and the Vale No 15 outwitted a couple of Vics’ defenders on a good run at goal, but Daniel’s shot went straight to the goalie. 
Robertson took all the set-pieces for Vics but he overhit the ball at times. I have to add the name of Vics’ No 6, Finlay Connor,  to my report and this cracking young footballer was no ‘shrinking violet’ when it came to challenging for the ball. The game was alive with super young footballers and the game itself, was nothing less that fascinating to watch. Lewis Meechan, on the right, entered the fray and the Vale No 9 combined well with Callum Anderson to set up a good chance for the equaliser, but Callum was denied by what I thought was a quite wonderful one-handed save by the Vics’ goalie. He dived to his left to knock the ball away with his left hand. That was yet another highlight in this superb wee game. Louis Flucker, in the Vics’ No 8 jersey, was one of the most natural and best players on the pitch. He was another real treasure in this game. Meechan continued to show up well for Vale but he was unable to score an equaliser for his side. Yet another free-kick to Vics but Robertson appeared to fluff his delivery and the danger passed. 
Gallanties again for Vics but the combined forces of Rory Campbell and Vale No 5, Eden Paterson, won the ball and cleared. As this game progressed, so too did the form of Paterson and in my humble opinion the Vale No 5 was one of the best players on the pitch. Just before half-time, Vics’ No 17, Mark Tennant and Flucker set up a good move, but the strong Vale defenders cleared the danger and at half-time, Vics still held on to a narrow 1-0 lead.
Half Time: Newcraighall Leith Vics 1-0 Hutchison Vale
The home side kicked down the slope in the second half and the pace of this all-action cracker of a game never slackened and play, virtually, raged from end-to-end. I think the excitement of the game also got to the young players and there were several glaring misses. At both ends - take your pick!
Finlay Connor scorned a good chance for Vics, while at the  other end, Mechan and Declan McFarlane did well for Vale, but no goal! It took the home keeper two attempts to get a grip on a superb shot from Vale No 16, Callum Anderson. 
Then, in the 15th minute of the second half, Vale struck ‘go(a)ld!’ With the game so  finely balanced, Vale No 9, was on hand when a clearance from the Vics’ keeper was charged down and when the ball came across goal, Lewis McCann it was who had the easiest of chances to pop the ball over the line to make it 1-1. That goal changed the game and Vale it appeared to me began to really motor along. Vics’ disputed every ball and when they did break, Robertson was a constant danger on the left for Vics. The ball was moved quickly at times with one side on the attack and the other causing problems when they broke away. 
Robertson went ever so close when he screwed a shot on to the Vale left-hand post. Wow, that was close was it not? Wee John covered his face with his hands. I suppose it was in the ‘I just cannot believe it’ category. Vale were caught offside as the game entered its thrilling climax. Another Robertson free kick from the left went to No 17, Mark Tennant, but his header went wide. I have tried to mention as many players as possible.
I would like to see both teams in action again to enjoy the way they play the greatest team game in the world. On another day, other players will shine and when I see both sides in action again, I will try my best to mention others. In my opinion, every player who took part in the game at Newcraighall was brilliant. The game was, for me, wonderful to watch and I  do think a 1-1 draw was a fair result. 

Full Time: Newcraighall Leith Vics 1-1 Hutchison Vale


Newcraighall Leith Vics Hutchison Vale
Tyler McGee
Josh Sharkey
Dean Coyle
Joseph McGinty
Aaran Bathgate
Finlay Connor
Jordan Daly
Louis Flucker
Yrick Gallanties
John Robertson
Sean Ward
James Smith
Adam Connor
Colin McKinnon
Kerr Milne
Fraser Blackie
Mark Tennant
Ciaran Cairns
Thomas Sweeney
Nathan Hill
Eden Paterson
Ross Young
Callum Anderson
Luke McMahon
Rory Campbell
Lewis Meechan
Louis Malcolm
Brandon Blair
Declan McFadzean
Jay Peel
Scott Latto
John Robertson opened the scoring with a screamer and never looked back.
Eden Paterson was excellent at the back for Vale, keeping them from falling further behind.
Monday, 26 August 2013 19:55

WeeWindsor school launches at Musselburgh club

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Pictured is the latest addition to the Windsor family – the Wee Windsor School players with Club vice-president Dougie Hall and Progressive Football Development leader Scott Gibson.
Musselburgh Windsor FC has launched its own Wee Windsor School for budding young players aged 5 to 8 years.
The club, currently celebrating its Diamond Jubilee will hold training sessions for the youngsters at Pinkie Playing Fields on Friday evenings.
The new development was made possible following a successful funding application to the 2014 Communities fund co-ordinated by the Big Lottery Fund in Glasgow.
The following is an extract from their website:
Glasgow is hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games and we want to help more people across Scotland benefit from this.  Physical activity can help people become healthier and fitter.  In Scotland fewer people are regularly taking part or volunteering in physical activity and we hope our 2014 Communities programme will help address this in the run up to the Commonwealth Games.  2014 Communities is about building a legacy of well- being before and beyond the Commonwealth Games. We want to build community cohesion and integration and bring different generations, cultures and groups within communities together to volunteer and take part in physical activity.  We want to break down barriers and bring together people who don’t know each other to share skills, celebrate and enjoy physical activity. We will support new and existing groups/organisations to take part in new competitions, events and tournaments as well as enjoy a programme of new activities they’ve never tried before. We want local groups to decide what best meets the needs of their community and we will only consider direct applications from the group seeking funding.  The coordination of multiple applications by regional and national networks is outside the spirit of the programme and these applications will not be funded.
The money will provide 40 small footballs, 40 training bibs as well as assorted training equipment. The cost of hiring training areas at Pinkie is included. 
Musselburgh Windsor’s Club President Scott Robertson explained ‘We were approached by Scott Gibson who runs Progressive Football Development and entered into discussions on a partnership arrangement. Scott has built up a fantastic team of young and enthusiastic coaches and we looked at filling a gap in our player pathway. Previously the club has not catered for players of such a young age. This was a great opportunity to introduce a feeder school and prepare the youngsters for becoming full club members at the age of 8 when they can play in the Fun-Fours matches.’
Mr Gibson, a former player with Musselburgh Athletic is delighted to be working in association with the Windsor. He said ‘Musselburgh Windsor is a club well known throughout the area, it has been established for a long time and provides football for a vast number of young players. It occurred to me that after some initial discussions they do not offer coaching for players coming into the game and this is an area we were able to address. Our coaches are all qualified and have under gone the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) application process as well as receiving Player Protection training. 
The Wee Windsor School aims to introduce football to young players in a friendly and fun environment with the hope that when they reach the age of 7 or 8 years they will have basic skills to allow them to become full members of Musselburgh Windsor FC. These players will then form the new age group intake and represent the club in the East of Scotland Soccer Development Association (ESSDA) in the four-a-side festivals.
Any parent interested in enrolling in the Wee Windsor School can contact Scott Gibson on 07547 39 09 09. 
The Windsor has recently undergone fundamental restructuring and has centralised not only its bookings procedure but also the management of finances. Scott Robertson said ‘its and exciting time at the club with many coaches and Committee members working hard to improve the way we operate’.
Scott Robertson 1It was the moment East Lothian’s oldest football club evolved. Musselburgh Windsor FC Annual General Meeting last Friday saw members gather and vote through a milestone change in the way the club operates.

The club and its officials now in its diamond jubilee year celebrating six decades of youth football had been planning and preparing for the AGM for months in advance to draft a new Constitution which would see dramatic change in the organisation and operation of the club.

The new vision was accepted by members present without opposition and will now see the club operate with a management Committee instead of what was considered a cumbersome system of voting once per month to make decisions and resolve actions.

At the fore-front of change was previous club president Scott Robertson who has returned to the top job some six years after standing down. Robertson was initially elected in 2002 and served five years at the helm of the club. However, in 2007 after the club failed to adopt and move to a management committee he decided not to stand for re-election. The club stalwart who was recently recognised by the Scottish Schools FA for his 25 years service in the game recalls ‘It was disappointing when the club voted against change. I think there were too many people more interested in protecting their own empires than seeing the bigger picture. I am of course delighted we have been able to move forward at last this gives the club to be more dynamic in what we do. There are a lot of good, fresh and enthusiastic people at the club and they are open-minded to change’.

The elected members voted into office are Lisa Cameron - General Secretary, Martin Stobbart – General treasurer, Tim Olton – Player Protection officer, Stuart Turnbull – Funding & Projects Manager, Dougie Hall – Wee Windor Leader, Rab Taylor – Development Leader, John Hood – Bookings Secretary and Youth Leader, Mark Finlayson – Senior Leader.

Dougie Hall who has been running the club since the resignation of former president Karen Lee has assumed the role of vice-president.

Robertson went on to explain ‘Aside what may be considered the usual roles, we now have a leader who will oversee all areas of our game. For example the Development Leader, Rab Taylor will assume responsibility for all the 7-a-side teams. This means any coaches or team leaders who have issues have a first line of contact, this provides not only a clear communication pathway but gives all our teams fair representation at the management meetings’.

The club are in discussion with the local Scottish FA office in Edinburgh as well as Sportscotland in a bid to achieve funding to help organise and implement the structure to provide a solid platform which will ensure for many years to come, the 420 young players are given the best opportunities and experiences.

Dougie Hall said ‘We simply had to change. We will now move to a new system of managing our money as well as how we spend that money. We pay thousands of pounds to East Lothian Council for example to simply hire training and match day pitches; we spend thousands on strips, kit and equipment every year – we can now look at making savings from bulk purchases.’

The club is flourishing and Hall was eager to point out that not only is the boys side of the game doing well, but girls too. He said ‘Thanks to the dedication and sustained efforts of our girls coaches we have re-built our teams in recent years and they are back on their feet’. The Scottish FA and local authorities place a great deal of emphasis on girl’s football and in general encouraging young females to participate in sport.

The future looks bright for the East Lothian outfit and with several projects beginning to take shape it looks as if the change will do it good.

Saturday 2nd June saw Duddingston Primary School's Primary 6 and 7 teams enter the excellently organised and refereed Royal High Tournament. Below both teams review their fortunes...

Primary 6 (Under 11)

With comments made every week from opposition about the way the kids play football, it was fantastic end to the season seeing the kids get a well deserved reward. A fantastic opening win against Royal High, set Duddy p6s on their way.
Some lovely goals with Olly Rudge (2), Michael Corneilius, Liam Neil, Jamie Martin and Ryan McGrory all on the score sheet gave the boys a 6-0 win which got the confidence flowing.

However, a defeat in the second game against a physical and strong St Mary's team left the boys knowing they had to win the last match to have any chance. The last match saw some lovely passing and moving which had the boys 2-0 up with 8 minutes gone, only for Parsons Green to draw level 4 minutes later. Another goal for Duddy with Parsons Green equalising shorty afterwards left the game in the balance. Magnificent defending by Arran McVie and some great saves by Tom Angus (p4) led to some great play by Liam Neil who gave the boys a 4-3 victory with some fantastic individual play late into the game.

St. Mary's went into the last game looking for a win to clinch the tournament but Royal High hoping to come away with something from the day stood firm and came out 2-1 winners. Duddy topped the group with 6 points, with St. Mary's runner up on 4 points. 


Duddingston Squad:
Tom Angus (P4), Arran McVie, James Stewart, Michael Lonie, James McBain, Jamie Martin, Olly Rudge (P5), Michael Cornelius, Ryan McGrory, Liam Neil.

Coaches: Matty Ogilvie, Gary Sutherland, Stevie Angus.

Primary 7 (Under 12)

A great way to leave the school. Would have been so unfair if their football brought no rewards.

Fate would bring Duddingston P7s to play their final match on the same pitch where they played their first match 4 years ago. They lost that match convincingly but have came a long way since.

After drawning their opening match 2-2 it came down to a winner takes all game against the very team that handed out that first loss all these years ago. Royal High. With virtually the same boys that played in that learning curve game, produced one of their best and passionate performances to beat a very good and powerful Royal High team 2-0.
It was the first time the 2001 born squad had won silverware in four years and nobody who has watched them play over the last few years would grudge them their moment of glory. They have always tried to entertain sometimes without the reward, on Saturday they got their reward - on the final day wearing the blue and yellow of Duddingston.

Duddingston Squad: Cameron McDonald, Ciaron Anderson, Findlay Martin, Thomas MacLlean, Jordan Mackie, Harris MacLean, Leno De Gaetano, Jack Parker, Brandon Hunter.

Coaches: Davide de Gaetano, Callum Mackie.



Nether Currie Primary School
St Francis Primary School
U12 EPSSA School Board Cup - Final
The Edinburgh Primary Soccer Sevens Association School Board Cup Final was refereed by an SFA ref and they played 25 minutes each way at Meggetland.

Nether Currie Primary School scored within the first 5 minutes with a Harris Dracup header making it 1-0, from in side the box passed the keeper setting the tempo of the game.

Then soon after pressure by Nether Currie and then 5 minutes later another header by Dracup put the ball over the hands of the keeper in the top corner making it 2-0 then a Kieran McAllam side foot through the goalkeepers legs making it 3-0,

With 10 minutes to go St Francis scored from a corner as the Saints hit a half volley in the box to make it 3-1. Then with a few minutes of the first half left St Francis scored as they pressed high up the pitch and a cross found an unmarked player at the back post to make it 3-2 at the break.

Half Time: Nether Currie Primary School 3-2 St Francis ' Primary School

Despite momentum being with St Francis, Currie started the second half brightly. Cameron Littlejohn ran up the right wing with the ball and fired home a shot, across the keeper making it 4-2. Then a corner from Harris Dracup found the head of Kieran McAllam, making it 5-2.

The Saints got a penalty with 10 minutes to go as Ibraheem Malik challenged a 50/50 in the box and the Saints forward went to ground. The penalty was put wide and two minutes later St Francis came close again, hitting the post.

Then Nether Currie goalkeeper Sean Weir made an outstanding save tipping the ball passed the right post.

Nether Currie's icing on the cake came when Kieran McAllam played a great pass thought to Harris Dracup on goal and slotted passed the keeper, 6-2. for his hat-trick.

The Nether Currie pressure continued as Anthony Housego, held the ball up, high up the pitch but could not find the net, eventually shooting over the bar. At the other end Currie's Blair McDonald, Andy Nicol, Amy McGaff and Ibraheem Malik were outstanding at the back keeping second half clean sheet.

Long term Dundee United fan, Nether Currie coach Stewart Littlejohn, was gob-smacked to see the new Tangerines manager Jackie McNamara present the team with the cup.

Nether Currie coach Ian Dracup said: "A big thank you to all the parents and family members that supported the final, also Willie French EPSSA Chairman and Jackie McNamara for presenting the Trophy to the team."

Full Time: Nether Currie Primary School 6-2 St Francis' Primary School

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