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Wednesday, 02 October 2013 00:00

Galston grab win over rivals in Cup

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Galston YFC
Bonnyton Thistle
Hampshire 30, 63
Holding 57


U14 Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup
Jamieson Park, Newmilns
28 September 2013
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Derbies in the Scottish Cup - games don't come much bigger than that. And as Galston hosted Bonnyton Thistle on Saturday, two teams with a heated history and intense rivalry faced off for a ticket to Round 3. Personal friendships were put on the line in a game much closer than the scoreline suggests. Both teams set up fairly similarly, looking to pack the midfield while Bonnyton captain and Galston local Jack Reid was unavailable for Thistle. Galston grabbed the win by virtue of being the team who grabbed their chances and their ruthlessness and clinical touch sunk a Bonnyton side who worked hard, had slightly more possession and had many shots of their own. A double from ex Pro-Youth man Greg Hampshire helped seal the win for the home side.

The game kicked off under a glorious Ayrshire sun and the first ten minutes showed a sign of things to come as proceedings remained tight and fairly even. The away side had the first real sight of goal when Jamie Hamilton came close from inside the six yard box following a cross from the right, but the Galston defence snuffed out the danger.

Clear cut chances were rare throughout the first half as both teams struggled to cut open their opponent's defences. Bonnyton's Blair Kennedy was busy man-marking Galston's skillful playmaker Kieran Boylan and on Galston's right wing Greg Hampshire was looking ever-ready to exploit any laziness or drop in concentration from Thistle full back Lewis McCabe. Likewise, Galston's towering centre half Craig Roney was winning the tussle between himself and Hamilton after the scare in the opening exchanges.

Bonnyton had enjoyed more possession than Galston in the opening half hour although both teams had spent the same amount of time in and around their opponent's penalty area, although perhaps Galston were looking more likely to score when the likes of Boylan found time on the ball. Bonnyton's neat passing play was undone however and it was in the right wing area where Hampshire was able to lose his marker and break free down the line. He sprinted towards goal before opening the scoring with a terrific finish that sailed over Lewis Campbell and hit the roof of the net. The winger was subsequently mobbed by his team-mates and with the goal coming so close to half time, Galston were able to hold on and go in at the break 1-0 up.

Half Time: Galston YFC 1-0 Bonnyton Thistle
The second half began very differently to the first as it was Bonnyton who came firing out the blocks, looking to find a way back onto level terms early on and manufacturing a chance three minutes in. Winger Matthew Mottram worked the ball into the box from the right-hand side and from that Cammy Neilson forced a save from Galston keeper Daniel Robertson before Mottram volleyed the rebound wide from 14 yards. 

There were few chances of note for the next 15 minutes, with the exception of Galston substitute Findlay Holding's driving run and shot which bounced inches wide of Lewis Campbell's goal following a counter atack. Bonnyton continued to have more of the possession but were having trouble making it count as Galston hounded the away side at every turn and hassled their opponents every time they had the ball.

Galston knew that if Bonnyton scored not only would the scores be level, but momentum would be with Bonnyton. And despite their pressure, there was nothing any of the home side could do to stop Neilson's hot on 55 minutes. Fortunately for the boys in blue and white however - the woodwork could. Stewart Masterton won the ball 30 yards from the Galston goal and slipped in the attacker on the edge of the area. Neilson freed up some space and shaped to shoot but a slight bobble on the 18-yard line sent his shot higher than expected. It looked like glory for Bonnyton as the coaches rose to celebrate only to see the ball crack off the woodwork and away from danger.

The danger wasn't over through for Galston and Masterton and Neilson would team up once more to try and level the tie heading into the last 10 minutes. Masterton picked the ball up infield in similar territory to before and turned his man before laying a through ball into Neilson's path. Neilson advanced into the box and battled with the centre back and the pressure from the defender tamed his left-footed shot which was caught well by the Robertson from seven yards.

Galston would make their opponents pay and their cutting edge showed as they extended their lead by two in the next few minutes. In similar fashion to his earlier run, substitute Holding surged his way down the left-hand side before making his way into the box. He beat multiple defenders with ease during the run and he was able to beat Lewis Campbell in goal too, slotting past him from an angle nine yards out.

Within a few moments Galston all but sealed the tie with a killer counter-attacking goal. A long ball in behind again found HOlding who advanced into the box and sent a cheeky lob over Campbell and into the path of the on-running Hampshire who volleyed home his second of the day on the line. With only seven minutes left, Bonnyton had it all to do and subsequently put more men up front.

However, the switch came too late to cause Galston any real problems despite the away side keeping Galston under the cosh in their own half. When the whistle blew the boys in blue and white were ecstatic as they not only advanced to the next round, but also won their first game of the season.

Bonnyton played well and had the mistakes or the chances they made had different outcomes, this could have went the other way. Galston thoroughly deserved their win and their physical standing will serve them well in the nex round along with the talents of Hampshire, Boylan and Holding.
Full Time: Galston YFC 3-0 Bonnyton Thistle
Galston YFC  Bonnyton Thistle 
1. Daniel Robertson
2. Jack Henderson
5. Aaron Boland
6. Greg Hampshire
8. Cameron Craig
9. Grant Semple
10. Kieran Boylan
11. Cameron McColl
12. Nick Terry
14. Adam Barclay
15. Kris Leggat
16. Liam Murray
19. Connor Ross
21. Craig Roney
22. Daniel Law 
23. Findlay Holding
1. Kevin O'Donnell 
2. Blair Kennedy
3. Brandon Johnstone
4. Jamie Hamilton
5. Andrew Templeton
7. Matthew Mottram
9. Allan Jones
10. Reiss MacMillan
14. David Adams
17. Stewart Masterton
18. Lewis McCabe
20. Cammy Neilson
21. Lewis Campbell
22. James Johnstone
23. Charlie Reid
Craig Roney was superb at the heart of defence while Greg Hampshire's double was crucial in this win. However, Findlay Holding came on and effectively won the game for Galston with his physical presence and direct running.
Blair Kennedy gave an unsung hero's performance in a holding midfield role. He limited Boylan to few touches of the ball and all but marked him out of the game. The vice-captain's passing ability was still evident though and he was 'aye ready' to gee up his team-mates.
Sunday, 29 September 2013 16:54

Ayrshire schools defeat Grange in eight goal thriller

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Grange Academy
Ayrshire Schools FA
Senior Friendly
Grange Academy
27 September 2013
Author: Kyle Brown
Eight goals, three penalties and the return of a YFS reporter to the playing field ensured that the school friendly between Grange Academy and the Ayrshire School's district won't be a friendly either team will forget in a hurry. The District won by five goals to three, but it was a tight affair throughout. 
Of course, said YFS reporter was yours truly. I did not even know I was playing, merely just reporting, but alas, the man in charge Charlie Adams gave me a spot on the bench. Out I went, stripped, with only astro trainers and borrowed shin pads, not to mention my extreme lack of fitness since hanging up my boots! Oh how my teammates would be filled up with confidence! 
The game started and Grange went 1-0 up without the District touching the ball! Blaine Swift received the ball from Aaron Clancy and proceeded to run through four men and blast home from outside the area, giving goalkeeper Craig Spiers no chance.
Grange were almost two up less than three minutes later! Scott Cowie picked out wide man Adam Wales who passed past the post when he should have scored. Soon after, the Grange were in again. That man Blaine Swift dribbled through on goal and played a slack pass that eventually went went well wide of its receiver; he should have just pulled the trigger and he would likely have scored. Seconds thereafter, Kyle Shankland - Grange's left back but today switching allegiance - charged forward and Rory Jamieson defended it well, but his back pass was slack, and his goalkeeper Shaun Newman had to be alert to clear. However, the big Goalie was hurt in the process and never recovered, going off at half time. 
Grange still looked more likely to score though, and Jamie McNair must have thought he'd bagged a goal when his deflected strike hit the side netting, which did deceive some spectators!
However, the game was very open. Both teams had spells of excellent passing, and then had scrappy play as well. A piece of the latter had Grant Forbes - another Grange player on the District's side - having an excellent strike blocked by Jamieson, and Craig McKenzie blocked the follow up.
Five minutes later, the Grange were 2-0 up. Cowie drove into the box, and was pulled down by Grant Forbes. Clearly, he wanted to help his school out too! Swift stepped up, and was coolness personified with a low pass straight down the middle whilst sending Spiers wide left.
Moments after, Blair McKie - the third and final Grange player on the District - fired wide from a cutback. It looked like it was going to be 2-1, but in the end, it was a poor shot that went well wide. McNair then almost made it 3-1. He ran through two defenders, sent Spiers to the ground and then fired wide. A glaring miss from the winger, but his footwork was to be admired in the build up. It was 2-1 thought moments after. Forbes made amends for himself and after a driving run and shot, and the District number 14 turned the ball in. 
As the teams were only playing 35 minutes a half, that brought about half time. It was an entertaining game so far, with the better side leading. It should have been more, as the District had looked shaky, and got their goal against the run of play in the first half as a whole.
Half Time: Grange Academy 2-0 Ayrshire Schools District
Three injuries to the Grange resulted in Sean 'Pablo' Partner and Cammy Elliot and coming on for Craig McKenzie and Aaron Clancy, whilst Craig Spiers played in goals for the Grange in the second half. The Kilmarnock trialist and current Southside number 1 was excellent in the second half, so he'll have done his chances of nailing down the District place no harm.
He made his first save after thirty seconds, saving from Andrew Sibbald in a one on one scenario; although Sibbald was foiled here, the half time substitute changed the game himself, scoring a brace and setting up the fourth goal in the second half, as well as being an all round menace to the Grange defence with his clever runs and pace. The Grange then had the ball in the net moments after. However, in true Martin Atkinson fashion, referee Thomas Alldridge blowing his whistle for a foul on Mikey Stewart too early , even though the striker ran on and lobbed the District keeper superbly.
Probably fresh in the referee's mind, he awarded the Grange their second penalty of the afternoon. Adventurous left back Kieran McMaster ran forward, and his cross struck the outstretched arm of the District defender from close range. It was a penalty in my eyes, despite District protests. Swift, on a hat trick, decided not to take two penalties in one afternoon. He left the responsibility with McNair, and the striker's venomous strike gave the keeper no chance. 3-1 to the Grange. 
The District then went up the park and won a penalty of their own, the ball striking Jamieson on the hand. However, unlike the Grange penalty, his hand was at his body and their was nothing he could do about it, so I disagree with that call. With the utmost confidence, Sibbald stepped up and dispatched a well taken penalty, Spiers guessing the correct way but given no chance. 3-2.
The remaining twenty-five minutes saw the game swing significantly. The District went to a 4-3-3 and totally bosses the game. The Grange seem to tire, and looked lost in midfield. Iain Samson, deputising for the awol Mr Adams, changed their formation to a 4-5-1 but it did nothing to help the wave of District attacks, and Stewart was often isolated alone up top, chasing down lost causes whilst the rest of his team were pinned back deep in their own half. 
Straight after the penalty, Spiers made two great one on one stops. The first was from Jonathon Pirrie, who looked certain to score, and the next from the Sibbald.
On the 55 minute mark, the District got the equaliser their play deserved. Sibbald expertly taking down a cross before calmly sending Spiers onto the turf and chipping it in, mirroring Amalfitano's goal at Old Trafford for West Brom. It appeared though in the build up, Shaun Laverry had handballed it though, and the Grange on the receiving end of two bad handball decisions. 
Right back Laverry hit the post soon after, the adventurous right back storming forward and his cracking effort beat Spiers, but not the frame of the goal. 
However, the District were leading with ten minutes to go. A long ball forward from Shankland suddenly had the Grange defence outnumbered by 3:5 and Sibbald's cut back found Jonathon Pirrie who had a tap in. 
The District's fifth and final goal came from some criminal defending, from myself included. The ball was needlessly cleared for a throw in, and their was not one but two flick ons not dealt with before the ball came to sibbald, whom I was man marking. He turned well, and somehow snaked a weak cut back to the penalty spot, where number 8 was not tracked and he had all the time in the world to easily slot home. Questions will be asked about the defending of that goal in general, I myself disappointed - even after a slight slip it seems I had done the hard bit and won the goal kick, only for sibbald to just get his left boot to the ball. However, not to worry, this was only a friendly and the Grange had performed well against the best in Ayrshire, with pro youth and three Grange stalwarts in their artillery. 
The Grange had one final flurry forward in the dying embers of the game. A neat interchange between myself, Swift and McKenzie resulted in the latter finding th tireless run of McMaster, his would be cross taken away from the head of Stewart by the goalie and as Partner went to follow up the rebound play was pulled back, as - correctly - McMaster had ever just run the ball out of play. And that concluded the action of this thrilling friendly.
Full Time: Grange Academy 3-5 Ayrshire Schools District
A game of two halves, . It was a close affair for the most part, and the Grange must be wondering how they had not won the game by half time. On the other hand, the District had most of the play in the second half, and deserved the win in the end. 
What's next for both teams?
Well, I think the Grange will have a good chance of a cup title this year. They will be boosted by the return of McKie, Shankland and Forbes, who helped the District massively today. Moreover, their was no shortage of pro youth in the District's team, so a valiant performance indeed. 
The District will also have a good chance at glory this year. They will have to improve on this performance, but as this was the first time they played together (with some boys evidently not knowing others names) this was a great performance. Once this team gel, they will be a formidable opponent to the other Regional School District teams. 
Man of the Match: Craig Spiers. The Southside and Kilmarnock keeper was excellent for both teams today. The Kilmarnock Academy pupil also must be applauded for filling in for the injured Shaun Newman and playing for a different school team.
Grange Player of the Match: Blaine Swift. The midfielder was excellent in the first half, and whilst the Grange faded completely in the second, he still showed some good touches. It was a magnificent first goal he scored, and I am left scratching my head as to why he didn't take the penalty to complete his hat trick.
Thursday, 12 September 2013 19:18

Galston bag victory against battling Crosshouse

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Crosshouse BC
Galston YFC
Nelson 2
Johnston 11
Wilson 22
Ballantine 53
Murdoch 54


U13 Central Ayrshire YFA
Lindsay Park, Crosshouse
11 September 2013

By Kyle Brown
YFS South West Region Reporter

Crosshouse and Galston 2001s served up a five goal thriller at Crosshouse's Lindsay Park. Sam Nelson's fabulous strike from out with the area had Crosshouse 1-0 up inside  two minutes, and even after a great save from a penalty by Crosshouse keeper Ross Sharp, Galston won it by four goals to one after some clinical finishing.
Even though Crosshouse scored in the opening two minutes, it was actually Galston who created the first chance - with left midfielder Alasdair Wood (or Woody as he likes to be known) playing through lone striker Ben Wilson whose shot was well held by Sharp. However, the young goalkeeper punted a long ball which deflected into the path of onrushing winger Sam Nelson, and he duly plucked the ball out of the air before unleashing a marvellous strike from just outside the box in off the post - leaving Galston keeper Regan Menzies no chance at all. 1-0 to the home side.
The game was a great affair in the first half, and totally end to end. Only three minutes after Crosshouse opened the scoring, Galston had a great chance to level from the penalty spot.  A defence splitting through ball from Lyon Kerr found the excellent Dylan Johnston and the small centre midfielder was pushed down. It probably was a foul, however, as Crosshouse argued, their defender was bigger and it appeared the slight Johnston was merely brushed over. 
Wilson stepped up, and blasted it straight down the middle, but Sharp - already diving to his right - somehow got strong hands to the ball and put it over the bar! A wonderful stop by the young goalkeeper.
Crosshouse then had the next chance, Kyle Horner's hopeful long ball finding its way to the goalscorer Nelson, but, in the exact same position he had scored in just eight minutes before, his tame shot was held easily by Menzies.
Menzies’ resulting throw out found its way to Kyle Lennon, and the pacy winger played a great through ball to Wilson but Sharp was quick off his line to smother his second touch just as he was about to pull the trigger.
Galston were beginning to dominate and it looked likely they would score soon. However, Crosshouse’s defence were holding firm so far, and they never looked like crumbling either. It was just a matter of whether Galston could find a breakthrough or not. 
Lennon then again created danger by weaving in between a host of defenders and cutting it back expertly, but the ball evaded everyone. However, it was 1-1 just seconds thereafter; Wilson scooped a pass brilliantly to the onrushing Dylan Johnston who beat the offside trap and fired into the bottom left corner from the Penalty Box D.
Galston created a few more chances in a couple of minutes. Declan Murdoch was one on one following a ricochet but a great slide tackle from backtracking Ryan Turkington prevented a certain goal. Kyle Lennon then fired a stinging shot just wide after blasting across the keeper from afar, having Sharp well beat. Then Woody was played in and hit a looping strike just over - with his boot coming flying off in the process!
It was 2-1 just moments after. Lennon received the ball in his own half, and Wilson timed his run perfectly to meet Lennon's pinpoint through ball and the big striker ran on to finish.
The only other action in the first half was Galston captain Jamie Young putting the ball out for a corner under pressure, and from the resulting corner, Ben Collitian managed to kick the corner flag out of his position - rather than the actual ball!
So anyway, 2-1 to Galston and the first half was a real open game. You felt that either team could have won it here, and the next goal was vital.
In truth, the second half was a considerably duller affair. The play stopped being as end to end, and both keeper were not worked that much in the second half; Regan Menzies was practically a spectator. The game was played in the midfield more as both teams tried to push for a winner. In the end Galston defended well enough whilst also getting the two goals that finished the game off.
It didn't start a midfield battle though. A ricochet about the Crosshouse box resulted in Lennon having a snap shot from point blank range, but Sharp's legs were to the rescue. Credit to the small goalie, he had had an excellent game so far.
Owen Ross was next to try his luck, controlling the airborne ball well, and sending a looping shot from thirty yards into the Sharp’s gloves.
It was over fifteen minutes later that the next piece of real action occurred. Galston substitute Luke Ballantine picking the ball up far out, and his tame effort seemed easy enough to defend, but a slight mix up resulted in it going into the back of the net, rather than to safety. 
At 3-1 though, the game certainly wasn't stone dead. Galston coaches, players and parents alike were left wondering "Could Crosshouse most a comeback here?” The answer would have been yes, but the game truly did become over as a tie four minutes later. 
Crosshouse won a foul ten yards into their half. Galston set an offside trap on the half way line. The bizarre and unorthodox high line looked like it could end in catastrophe, but alas it was obviously well trained upon; Ballantine cleared the loose ball then  Declan Murdoch won a fifty-fifty and raced through on goal, side stepping Findlay Cairns superbly before blasting a great finish home.
The game wasn't quite over yet though. First, Lennon's superb cross met Dylan Johnston's head only a few yards out, but it was somehow blocked.
Then a great one-two between Woody and Johnston resulted in the former cracking a drive off the inside of the post. 
On the stroke of the final whistle, the superb Lyon Kerr drove in on goal. He opted to go alone and ultimately fired wide when a cutback was on - however, he could argue that his dominant display merited him to go for glory!
So, an entertaining affair ultimately ending with the dominant side mounting a good comeback. However, Crosshouse's valiant effort was to be admired, and had they finished a few more half chances they may have won the game.
Full Time: Crosshouse BC 1-4 Galston YFC


Crosshouse BC Galston YFC
99) Ross Sharp
11) Kyle Horner
3) Ryan Turkington
4) Ben Collatian
10) Sam Nelson
15) Cameron McClung
17) Callum Turnbull
6) Kyle Robertson (c)
7) Duncan MacFarlene
9) Harry McClelland
18) Kieron Strawhorn
5) Findlay Cairns
14) Dale Dreghorn
16) Ryan Scott
8) Jamie Robb
1) Regan Menzies
2) Owen Ross
3) Stewart Connelly
4) Adam Marshall
5) Jamie Young (c)
6) Dylan Johnston
7) Alasdair Wood
8) Lyon Kerr
9) Ben Wilson
10) Declan Murdoch
11) Kyle Lennon
12) Gregor Bryden
14) Stephen Walsh
15) Callan Ackerman
16) Luke Ballantine
17) Ross Barrie
There were a few contenders but the goalkeeper Ross Sharp's penalty save was first class and is a fair contender for the award.
The little centre midfielder Dylan Johnstone was class throughout, winning the penalty and scoring the goal that levelled it.
Damien McClelland, Crosshouse Manager said: "It was a good game, very even, particuarly in the first half."
Paddy Lennon, Galston Manager said: "Gid result boays!"
Monday, 09 September 2013 21:23

Five star Hearts see off brave Forfar

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Hearts Girls
Forfar Farmington Eagles
Dodds 7
Hutchison 13, 28
Welch 18, 25


13's SWF Youth Cup - Quarter Final
Meadowmill Sports Centre
08 September 2013
Hearts remained on track for their second successive 13's SWF Youth Cup final after seeing off a spirited fight from Forfar Farmington Eagles. A first half goal spree saw the Lothians outfit open the scoring through Jennifer Dodds, before Allanis Hutchison and Naomi Welch both scored twice to open up a five goal margin. A resolute Forfar side kept a clean sheet in the second half, but it was Hearts who advanced to the final four of the national cup competition.

A journey that begins in April and ends with a showpiece match at Toryglen in November, the SWF Youth Cup is the pinnacle of the domestic calendar for girls teams across Scotland. Both of these quarter finalists were given a first round bye, putting them straight into the last thirty-two of the competition. Forfar Farmington progressed with a 4-1 victory over Bayside, whereas Hearts edged out Rangers 3-2. Round three again saw Forfar triumph against Fife opposition, 6-3 winners away to East Fife violets. Hearts on the other hand had no problems seeing off FC Kilmarnock by a convincing margin.
The sun shone down on an excellent playing surface at Meadowmill Sports Centre in East Lothian, as the game got underway. Hearts didn't waste much time in taking control of the match, firing a couple of warnings, before taking the lead in the 6th minute. A fantastic turn on the right wing sent Allanis Hutchison clear of her marker. The cross eluded attackers and defenders inside the area, but was met by Jennifer Dodds at the back post, who made no mistake with the finish.
Following the early strike the game developed into a pattern, with Hearts enjoying more of the ball and hitting their visitors with wave after wave of attack. However, Forfar stuck to their defensive guns admirably, mopped things up, and looked dangerous on the counter. The first chance of note for the Angus side came when a speedy break worked the ball to the feet of Chloe Rielly, who cut inside and shot, but couldn't find the power to trouble Lee McColl in the Hearts goal.
Hutchison was having a lot of joy on the wing, causing problems for Forfar with her pace and tricky. Another well executed cross found Naomi Welch, who couldn't steer the ball into the net at the front post. However, a minute later, Hutchison herself drilled the ball into the right hand corner from 15 yards to double her side's advantage.
Five minutes later Hearts were firmly in the driving seat, thanks to goal number three. This time the left wing was the source, as Dodds beat her marker before picking out Welch inside the area. The forward spun her marker expertly before tucking the ball into the bottom left hand corner.

Despite most of their attention being focused on stifling Hearts' attacking prowess, Forfar were still determined to find a way onto the scoresheet themselves. Cali Roberts was the latest to go close, showing fantastic footwork and deception to cut in from the left corner flag and whistle a shot inches past the right hand post.

With the half in its latter stages, Hearts went in for the kill. Welch latched onto a through pass, goal side of her marker, and was floored after a tangle of legs - which resulted in the award of a penalty kick. Welch stepped up herself and although Holly Milne was able to block the shot, the Hearts forward followed up and blasted the ball into the net for her second of the match.
One final attack for the girls in maroon lead to the final goal of the half. Another smart finish from Hutchison left Milne with no chance and gave the home side a comfortable lead going into the break.

Half Time: Hearts Girls 5-0 Forfar Farmington Eagles
Visiting the home patch of last year's Scottish Cup finalists, five goals down at half time, many neutrals would have feared the worst for the visitors from Angus. However, from the first whistle of the second half, the away side played with a renewed sense of urgency. Possession was divided more evenly, as was territory, as Forfar matched their hosts stride for stride.
At the heart of the Forfar resurgence was the defensive display of Jessica McGregor. The centre half was in inspired form - winning tackles, making interceptions and driving her team forward into the Hearts half.
Roberts remained an exciting prospect for Forfar, and possibly their best source of a goal.  The skillful forward wasn't shy to shoot either, forcing McColl to pull off a full stretch diving save to prevent the ball from sneaking into the bottom right hand corner.
At the other end, Hearts were still a threat, although Farmington's solid defensive unit were forcing them to try their luck from distance. It was a challenge the Hearts girls relished, with Sophie Mauriello driving a powerful effort narrowly over the crossbar. Welch got in on the act too, executing another exquisite turn, before clipping the bar with a shot which had Milne rooted to the spot.
Another of the second half's star performers was Milne. The Forfar goalkeeper had been given little chance by Hearts in the first half, with one deadly finish after another. However after the break Milne came into her own, commanding her box well and pulling off half a dozen solid saves.
Both sides continued to create chances and battle for every ball until the final whistle, but the clocked ticked away and the second half finished scoreless. It was to Forfar's credit that they stemmed the tide, however the scoreline offered a fair reflection on the match as a whole, with Hearts deserved winners.
Forfar Farmington Eagles return to league action, hoping to finish the season strongly in the SWF East Region's Angus/Dundee section. For Hearts, their dream of a return to Toryglen and retaining the South East league and cup double remains alive. An exciting couple of months lie ahead for the members of the talented team from Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Full Time: Hearts Girls 5-0 Forfar Farmington Eagles


Hearts Girls Forfar Farmington Eagles
1. Lee McColl
2. Kayza Stevens
3. Holly Aitchison
4. Naomi Welch
5. Holly Flett
6. Lauryn McKinnon
7. Ruth Quill
8. Alannis Hutchison
9. Sophie Mauriello
10. Jennifer Dodds
11. Helena Todd
12. Tegan McLean
1. Holly Milne
2. Caitlyn McFarlane
3. Amanda Leigh Hay
4. Cara Hawes
6. Lauren Durward
7. Cali Roberts
8. Jessica McGregor
9. Chloe Rielly
11. Rebecca McMillan
12. Kerys Donoghue
The first half attacking play of Allanis Hutchison was a joy to watch. She notched two goals and an assist for her efforts.
Jessica McGregor was a rock at the back throughout, coming into her own in the second half.
Sunday, 01 September 2013 22:18

Joy of six for Heston in Scottish Cup debut

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Glenafton Athletic
Heston Rovers
U17 Scottish Youth FA Cup - R1
01 September 2013
Heston Rovers Under 17's travelled to Glenafton in wet and windy conditions on Sunday, competing in their first Scottish Cup tie. Traditionally Dumfries & Galloway YFDA teams rarely enter the national cup competition, so the Dumfries outfit were out to put their league on the map.
The visitors started strongly and came close on many occasions. Glenafton had the first real chance when forced a smart double save from the Heston keeper Ryan Cochrane.
Rovers took the lead shortly after when Fraser Scott pounced on hesitation in the Glenafton defence to poke home from a couple of yards.
Minutes later Craig Campbell scored from inside the box after Fraser Scott's determination kept in an Alex Barron cross.
Half Time: Glenafton Athlertic 0-2 Heston Rovers
After the break the Glenafton keeper could only parry an Alex Barron free kick and Fraser Scott was there to chip the goalkeeper from six yards out.
Glenafton pulled a goal back after a rare mix up in the Heston defence but it was a mere consolation.
Fraser Scott grabbed his third after the Glenafton once again spilled the ball from a free kick, poking the ball home from a yard out.
Minutes later it was 5-1 after good work from Cammie Finnie on the wing and a fine cross found Chris Lumb, who took one touch before finishing neatly into the bottom corner.
With the final whistle approaching, Heston scored goal number six, when Ellis McLachen cheekily converted with a back heel after quick feet and a good cross from Chris Lumb into the centre. This was the final nail in the coffin for Glenafton as they looked deflated and exhausted by an energetic Heston side who ran them ragged for ninety minutes. A well deserved victory for an underrated Heston team.
Full Time: Glenafton Athletic 1-6 Heston Rovers
Monday, 26 August 2013 19:40

East Calder Colts celebrate new strips

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All of the players in the East Calder Colts U10’s team are from the West Lothian area and tirelessly train every Wednesday night.
And it is thanks to three dedicated coaches - Martin McMurray, Bob Iannelli and Stuart Duncan - that the East Calder Colts under 10’s team is able to continue training and progressing youngsters from the West Lothian area. Without volunteers like them, there would be no scope for children to practice their football skills on a weekly basis.
Arnold Clark Sighthill Motorstore manager Paul McClory commented “We are always delighted when we can help out local football teams with their strips. We know how important it is for children to feel the part when they step on to the football pitch because if you look the part, you play the part.
“It is so rewarding to know that we have been able to provide the local kids with something that will make their weekly hobby that little bit more enjoyable, and it eases the strain on parents who would otherwise need to pay for the new strips.”
Sunday, 23 June 2013 20:06

Bonnyton boys pick up medals at presentation

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Author: Ryan Rowe

Bonnyton Thistle 2002s had their Player of the Year Presentation on Friday 21st June at the Park Hotel, Kilmarnock. 6 lucky stand-outs scooped the main awards but the coaches were keen to ensure everyone involved received recognition; all players were rewarded wih a medal and few kind words at the ceremony.

Coach Liam Dickson introduced the evening with some thankful words towards the players, parents and other coaches before he handed over to his co-coach Kenny Henderson. Henderson spoke of his involvement with the day-to-day runnings of the team and how it has affected him, and the development of the players and the team as a whole and received applause.

Dickson then took over to hand over to Bonnyton supremo Ian Higgins. Before Higgins said a few words in recognition of the efforts of the players and coaches and chiefly the coaches, Dickson referred to one day in May when he contacted Higgins via text;

D: "I sent Ian a text in regard to something totally unrelated to the matter before saying, 'Some of the boys on Twitter have said you're in line for the Man United job. To be fair you've won more trophies than Davie Moyes!'"

Higgins modestly replied: "Mate, I've probably won more trophies than Sir Alex Ferguson".

Higgins then presented all of the medals to all players.

Dickson then handed over to Ross Hume to read out the winners of the Blues awards'. Ben Mitchell - who had played both outfield and in goal over the season - picked up the Supporters' Player of the Year. 'Wing king' Lee MacDonald scooped the Players' Player of the Year while John Sockell won the Player of the Year.

Kenny Henderson read out the winners for the Reds. Mitchell Hill won the Supporters' Player of the Year and Luke Dickson grabbed the Players' Player of the Year by 1 vote - it was still well deserved though. Captain and 'Mr Consistency' Findlay Kerr won the Player of the Year award.

All in all a fantastic evening in recognition of the players' efforts over the year and well rounded-off with a few drinks at the bar. All that awaits now is pre-season and the prospect of 11-a-sides!

Players and parents can still buy copies of the boys' trip to the Bellfield Tournament at the price of £5 with ALL proceeds going to the club. Contact Ryan Rowe: 07450919772 or Kenny Henderson.


Burntisland Shipyard
Tass Thistle


U14 SYCL -  Group B
Parklea, Inverclyde

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After their earlier defeat in game one, Tass required a positive result and they managed to grab all three points defeating Burntisland Shipyard 1-0. Yet, in the first half it was Burntisland who appeared stronger and livelier. From 30 yards Ryan Stewart went for goal but his shot went over the bar.

They also forced Dylan Jackson into making saves, one of which any professional would be proud of. Just before half-time the ball was scrambled towards goal by Burntisland, only for Jackson to deny them by pushing the ball around the post to concede the corner.

Half Time: Burntisland Shipyard 0-0 Tass Thistle

In the second half the momentum appeared to switch into Tass’s favour and came closest to scoring thanks to a Jack McWilliams header. He connected well and only just put the attempt wide of the post. If it was on target it was a guaranteed goal.

Tass then went on to hit the post thanks to a Marc Walker shot. Yet, the post didn’t deny Tass or Walker their eventual winner. A ball in from the right was met on the half volley by Walker who side footed it past Scott Costello in the Burntisland goal. That goal and a strong goalkeeping performance from Jackson was the difference for Tass and gave them three points after two games.

Full Time: Burntisland Shipyard 0-1 Tass Thistle

Burntisland Shipyard Tass Thistle
1. Scott Costello
2. Liam McAushey
3. Nathan Bain Kerr
4. Matthew Miller
5. Luke Thompson
6. Craig Watt
7. Brett Hodge
8. Kieran Jack
9. Ryan Stewart
10. Ewan Sutherland
11. Agnen Brown
12. Cameron Laird
14. Lewis Payne
15. Robbie Mulligan
16. Ross McNeish
1. Dylan Jackson
2. Blair Gray
3. Allan McRowan
4. Fraser Brydon
5. David Gibbons
6. Jack Frew
7. Marc Walker
8. Dylan Higgins
9. Jack McWilliams
11. Liam Cairns
12. Josh Lafferty
13. Ryan Millar
14. Kieran Tulloch
15. Lee Horn
16. Adam Rullen
17. Liam Madden
Saturday, 15 June 2013 15:12

Excellent Accies beat Tass to cup glory

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Hamilton Academical
Tass Thistle
McCafferty 12, 16
Scott 21
Blair 59


13's SWF South West L. Cup Final
Toryglen Regional Football Centre

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It was a good thing the Girls League Cup final between Tass Thistle and Hamilton Academical under 13s took place indoors because the rain at Toryglen refused to quit.

Before kick-off both teams were raring to go and the fans up in the stand showed their support by continuing their chants throughout the game.

When the whistle blew at kick-off, Hamilton Accies wasted no time in setting the pace of the game. Chloe Muir was quick off the mark with a couple of dangerous runs down the left wing, causing Thistle some problems early on. After only three minutes, her shot from the left was deflected off the bar by Thistle’s keeper Clara Pollock; a sign of things to come.

However, Tass Thistle didn’t sit back and welcome the pressure; they continued to push on looking for a chance of their own. It came just after eight minutes when a pass from the left fell to Melissa Pirrie, only for her low drive to be deflected off the keepers shins.

The first 10 minutes was end to end football, with both teams having a number of chances, and the only thing standing in their way of taking the lead was a solid performance from each keeper.

The teams were finally separated after 12 minutes when Chloe Muir’s cross from the left fell to team mate Morgan McCafferty who slotted it nicely into the bottom left corner to make it 1-0 to Accies.

It is clear that Muir was hungry for a goal after a number of great runs down the left wing led to a couple of powerful strikes at goal. Her effort was highlighted by a skilful turn on to her right foot, but only for it to be sent wide.

But it was Accies number 10 Morgan McCafferty who once again capitalised on her chance after 16 minutes. Her quick feet saw her dribble past three defenders to slot it easily into the bottom right corner.

Possession seemed equal at this point in the game but it was Hamilton who continued to test the opposition’s keeper.

Accies Jodie Mullen decided to take a chance at goal from the half-way line when the ball fell to her with plenty of space to shoot but the ball was sent wide. It is clear the side were desperate to put this game to bed early on.

Tass Thistle had a chance to grab back a goal after 27 minutes when Melissa Pirrie’s shot from the right wing was saved by the keeper only to fall to the feet of Amy Cox who subsequently smashed the ball over the bar. A great opportunity for Thistle to get back in the game.

Unfortunately it was Hamilton who were to grab another goal to extent their lead to 3-0. A perfect pass in from the left was met by a dramatic bundle for the ball by Accies’ Hannah Scott, two defenderes and the goalkeeper. At this point the crowd were on the edge of their seats as the ball somehow made its way out of the group of players to trickle over the line.

Half Time: Hamiton Academical 3-0 Tass Thistle

The game continued in the same manner with Hamilton Accies looking most threatening in front of goal. Two minutes into the second half Hannah Scott’s shot was deflected out to team-mate Chloe Blair who looked set to score but Thistle’s Naeve Wilson was on hand to clear it off the line.

Melissa Pirrie was once again in the limelight for Thistle after 35 minutes as she made an amazing run down the right wing but as defenders gradually surrounded the winger, she could not capitalise on her shot.

Thistle showed great skill once again when Amy Cox’s pass inside found teammate Shannon Black but the shot provided an easy save for the keeper.

Hamilton Academical seemed to slow down midway through the second half as Thistle’s chances of scoring looked increasingly likely but unfortunately they couldn’t capitalise on their numerous chances.

The 55th minute saw Thistle’s Melissa Pirrie goal hit the post which accurately summed up the match for the side in blue and yellow.

The game was finally rounded off in the 59th minute when Hamilton netted once again. Rhegan Beattie’s pass from out on the left found Chloe Blair; her low drive of the ball hard slipped passed the keeper and into the bottom right corner.

Full Time: Hamiton Academical 4-0 Tass Thistle


Hamilton Academical Tass Thistle
4. Chloe Blair
5. Olivia Robinson
6. Jamie Lee Stewart
7. Lauren Hilson
9. Rhegan Beattie
10. Morgan McCafferty
11. Hannah Scott
12. Jodie Mullen
16. Maria McLeish
17. Chloe Muir
1. Ciara Pollock
5. Rebecca Galt
8. Melissa Pirrie
9. Amy Cox
11. Shannon Black
12. Lauren Houston
14. Naeve Wilson

Chloe Muir had a great game from start to finish. She showed great patience and vision for the game.

The keeper Clara Pollock had a great game. Kept Tass Thistle in the game for long periods of the game. Without pulling off some geat saves, the scoreline would be dramatically different.
Tass Thistle's Manager said: "It was a great game for both teams. They played really really well."
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:33

KSC Girls are a revolution in France

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On 9 & 10 June KSC Girls provided the only British participants at the Inaugural St Simon football tournament “Challenge Des Etoiles”, a festival for regional and academy U15 teams from France and Spain. Attending teams included St Etienne, Montpellier, Toulouse, Levante, Nimes and Breda. The games were played just outside Toulouse in the south of France but the KSC Girls brought the Scottish weather with them to the South of France and two days of heavy rain followed.

The KSC girls had to get used to an unfamiliar 9 a side format which showed in their first game when they lost 3-0 to a very strong Levante side. A 1-1 draw with Nimes followed and two commanding wins against Aussonne and Comminges saw them qualify for the latter stages on the Sunday.

Despite controlling their ¼ final against Haute Garonne, the game finished goal-less and the dreaded penalties were required. Two saves from keeper Molly Mackenzie were enough to see the girls through.

The semi final against Toulouse was settled with a Charis Fenney penalty following a trip on Abby Robinson, a deserved result after some fine possession play which kept the French side camped in their own half.

The final was a rematch with Levante who had sailed through the tournament without losing a single goal. KSC started well and created two clear chances but the Levante goalkeeper showed why she had kept so many clean sheets with some great saves. Deadlock was broken when Jordan Mclintock nodded home from a corner kick to put KSC ahead. Levante then upped their game and pressed KSC into their own half, they put plenty of pressure on the KSC back line but the girls stood fast denying the Spanish side any clear chances. The final whistle finally arrived and the celebrations started.

KSC's goalscorers were: Abby Robinson – 4, Jordan Mclintock – 4, Paige Henry – 4 and Charis Fenney – 3. Mclintock was also awarded a trophy for Best Attacker of Tournament.

Fantastic effort from all concerned at KSC. Special thanks to Agnes and the team at St Simon. Their hard work and hospitality was far more than we expected and helped make the weekend an unforgettable experience.

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