West Region Archive (1176)
The kids resumed coaching on Saturday at Parklea, there are
still spaces available and anyone who wanst to join in should come along to the
Hub at Parklea on Sat at 10am.
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Port Glasgow’s up and coming 2006s played their games
at Seedhill with the Boys Club/Oranges and Blacks playing some good football,
resulting in some great goals by Adam Watt x 3, Darren stevenson x 3, Greig
Emerson x 3, Aaron Smith x 2, Christopher Scott x 1, in their wins, draws and
The team are looking to add players to the 3 teams, please
phone 07928533991 for details.
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Due to Easter holidays the 2005s haven’t played but
training resumes this week and they should be back at Notre Dame on Sunday morning.
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PGBC 2004 Black
The boys entertained a strong Glentyan Thistle side at Parklea
this weekend in their first game back in a few weeks due to bad weather and the
Easter break, the lack of football showed in the opening stages of this match
as the boys were slow to start, but 5 minutes in and the boys got to grips with
the pace of the game, they started to battle away pressing Glentyan high up the
park with a good spell of sustained pressure. Some great chances were created
and the Port managed a few first half goals before switching of right on the
stroke of half time, thus allowing Glentyan to pull a goal back. The
second half started much the same as the first with the Port boys quite
sluggish and Glentyan capitalising on this by pulling another goal back, this
however seemed to jolt the Port boys into life and once again they got to grips
with the game having some great spells of pressure, playing some nice football
and creating numerous chances in front of goal. Another goal a piece for either
team in this match saw the Port run out deserved winners, all boys competed
well in all areas of the park especially Euan Mcdougall who had a great game in
goal making some important stops. Goals scored by Josh McLaughlin and Connor
Coaches and players would like to thank B.Buick and Sons (bodyshop) for
The boys played well on Saturday against a travelling St Mirren side, a
lack of concentration and some silly mistakes cost them the victory though, Young
Connor O’Rourke put in a great performance as did, Lewis Kelly,
Ryan O’Connor and Dylan, Luke Cunningham in goal had a great 2nd
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Port travelled to Seedhill in Paisley on Saturday to face St Mirren. With
both teams playing some great football, it took until midway through the first
half for either team to break the other down. Declan Adair stole the ball from
a St Mirren defender and unleashed a great strike past the keeper from the edge
of the box. It wasn't long before St Mirren found the Port defence sleeping to
pull one back. Port then seemed to be taking control of the game without making
the home defence pay. St Mirren had a few attacks but Port Keeper Lewis McClure
showed great composure in keeping them out. Some good play between Jack
Anderson and Ryan Phillips forced the St Mirren keeper into a fine save. On the
stroke of half time and against the run of play St Mirren found themselves
through on goal to take the lead.
In the second half Port continued to press hard. Numerous chances fell to Port
and midway through the half Jack Anderson picked the ball up in midfield and
drove forward beating 3 players to hit in the back of the net in a great solo
goal. Port grew more and more stronger as the game went on, then managed to
take the lead when Josh Patton sent the ball forward which was met by Declan Adair
to hit his second of the game. Even with only a few minutes left Port were
taking no prisoners and hit a further two more goals. First a punt up field by Dimitris
Cameron was controlled by Declan Adair who turned and shot towards goal where
Ryan Phillips was on hand to guide the ball past the keeper. Then a great shot
by Ryan Phillips hit the post but Declan Adair was on hand to tap the ball over
the line to complete his hat trick.
Again this was another great performance by the boys. The Port are still looking
for a few more players to add to the squad as they get ready to turn to
11-a-sides. Anyone interested contact Ian on 07753846465.
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The 14s trained this week and will continue to train as
they have a lot of midweek games coming up.
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PGBC 16s 2 Broomhill BC 5
Port's poor run of form continued, in a game that felt it had 4
halves with the home team taking their opportunities when on top. This
team wasn't helped when some players didn't turn up, meaning some boys
being asked to play with injuries. Prior to last couple of games this team had
been playing really good football and competing with the top teams in league,
giving the impression that they should be up there with the best. Port have to
cut out the basic mistakes, get their so called big players who's
form is struggling, back. This team needs to come together and
start to believe in each other, allowing them to go back to the basics
of the game which we are sure will help them find their form and finish
the season strong. The two goals scored came about from good football,
some great forward play from Sharp allowed Anderson to run past him with a
perfectly weighted pass following him and stroking it away into the far corner
of the goal. Second half young McKay got his reward for all his hard work in a
position which he was not at comfort with but gave his all.
Ref's man of the match went to Stevenson who gave a game
of determination and drive, even with a bad gash on his knee, with Bamford not
far behind him.
Scorers: B.Anderson and K.McKay
Refs MOTM: Graeme Stevenson
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PGBC 19s 5 Renton 4
The Port boys got a well deserved victory over at Renton
on Sunday afternoon, in the first half they went 2 nil up firstly a long ball
from Lewis Downie being finished by Ryan McCorkindale and then Jamie Curran
adding to his seasons tally. But Renton came back and scored one before being
awarded a penalty which was slotted home also to make it 2 all at half time. In
the 2nd half Renton went ahead and the Port found themselves 4 –
2 after being ahead in the first half, they were then reduced to 10 men but
were not for giving up, Matthew Harkins proving his worth throughout, with a
solid performance, they rallied round and Ryan Corr finally got on the scoresheet,
the fight was on and when a corner was rewarded Sean Corrigan made sure of the
perfect ball for Corr to finish and make it 4 all. In the last few minutes Liam
Rodgers was cruelly pulled down inside the box and Jelly stepped up to ensure a
fine victory for the Port.
Refs MOTM: Matthew Harkins
PGBC 21s 4 East End United 6
The Port boys went ahead through Ross McLaughlin but Eastend were never
far behind, Ross made it 2 – 1 but again Eastend came back at them, Ross
got his well deserved hat-trick and in the 2nd half Colin Stevenson
gave the Port their 4th however Eastend ran out winners.
Refs MOTM: Ross McLaughlin
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SYFA South West
Under 16's Inter Regional Cup
This game saw South West Region face West Region in a very competitive match between two sides knowing that a win would see the victor progress into the Inter Regional cup final. West started the game strongly and took the lead after only three minutes when Mark Callaghan (Clydebank) threaded a pass into the feet of Kevin Lavelle (Antonine) who swivelled past the defender and rifled a right footed dipping shot from 20 yards into the top left hand corner. Both teams then had a share of possession in the middle of the park with Corey (Clydebank) and Andrew Hume (Antonine) trying their best to get the West going. After twenty minutes, West keeper Ben Collinson (Clydebank) was called into action when he made a double save from a South West free-kick and then again from the rebound. This was to be an important save as it kept the West region ahead in the tie.
Ruairidh Clark (St Peter's) then tried his luck from 30 yards but the ball whistled just over the bar. Both sides looked to take the initiative as the half went on but there was to be no more goal mouth action as the defence of both sides stood strong and in particular Chris Dooley (Antonine) who made a few excellent interceptions.
Half Time: SYFA South West 0-1 SYFA West
In the second half, the South West region started strong, pressing high onto the West back line. The West were to be pinned back and in the 52nd minute the South West were to be awarded a contentious penalty when Andrew Hume stretched out his leg to block the ball in his own area, only for the home teams player to go down softly and win South West a penalty. The striker dispatched the penalty into the roof of the net despite Ben Collinson’s best efforts. West then made a few changes with Craig Cowan (Antonine) coming on into the middle of the park. His introduction seemed to make an impact as he went close on a few occasions with one header going wide of the post and another going over the bar. The game was then stretched with both teams creating chances as the South West struck the bar and David Coyle (Clydebank) came close when his shot went just over after good individual play.
In the 72nd minute the game was all but over when Aaron Graham (Antonine) showed great skill when he twice faked his move and then with his weaker left foot hit in a cross for Craig Cowan (Antonine) to rise above the rest and glide a header past the outstretched goalkeeper in off the opposition goalpost to put West region 2-1 up. Kieran Hughes (Vale of Clyde) also had a chance late on but he was to be foiled by an inspired keeper. Chris Dooley then went close in the final minute when he broke forward from his own box went one-on-one with the goalkeeper, who did very well in making a great save. It would have been a well deserved goal but it wasn't to be. That was to be the last action and the West progressed to this years final with a great 2-1 victory.
Full Time: SYFA South West 1-2 SYFA West
A delighted West Manager, Davie Cartwright, commented after the match." Tonight was nerve-wracking for everyone involved, the players had to dig deep, but our sheer determination saw us through. Well done to all players involved in both our matches against Central and those who played in this match They were are all a credit, well done in making it to this years Inter Regional Cup Final"
The East Conference has not yet started so West will have to wait to see who they play and no pressure on the 16's, but West have won this age group for the past 4 years!
Under 15's Friendly
You probably have heard the phrase "a game of two halves" and this game certainly fitted that quote. West Region played Celtic BC indoors at Toryglen with five West Region players playing for their own club Celtic BC.
Celtic started the game quickest off the mark and West keeper Scott Matthews (Baillieston BC) was brought right into the game having to pull off two great saves in the first 10 minutes to stop Celtic from opening the scoring. However it was West who were to go in front when they broke down the park in the 15th minute and a ball crossed into the box found Scott Russell (St Mirren BC) free in the box to head home. Five minutes later in a similar move, it was Bradley Newlands (Rangers SABC) whose strength got him free of his marker and he too was able to finish from close range.
Both sides then seemed to settle into the game and both had chances with this time West's keeper Connor Houghton (Rangers SABC) being called on to stop the Celtic comeback. Celtic's midfield was starting to get a hold of the game and Danny Drummond in particular was causing the West problems in the midfield. At the other end, Celtic's keeper Lloyd Fallon again was able to thwart West's attempts in the box. Both players were part of the Regional Squads for this season.
Half Time: SYFA West 2-0 Celtic BC
Matthew Beckett (Renfrew Vics) added a third for the West shortly after half time when the ball was played through from midfield and he used his pace to break through on goal and was able to finish with a low drive from close range.
In the last 30 minutes Jamie Crawford (St Mirren) had chances but was unable to find the net and Campbell Gibson (Harmony Row) also was unable to convert a chance after 60 minutes.
As part of their development programme, West used the game to rotate their squad into different positions whilst Celtic were able to hold the same formation. In the 75th minute, Celtic were able to break through the West's changed defence and the striker was in on goal and fired home a tremendous volley from 20 yards out. This seemed to give Celtic renewed energy and again they pressed in the 80th minute where a good move saw the ball played wide and the cross into the box found an unmarked player who made no mistake with a free header Celtic to make it 3-2.
In the final minutes, Celtic threw everything at the West defence and that pressure paid off when another ball through the heart of the defence that saw the pacey Celtic strike evade a challenge and again it was a long range drive that sailed into the top corner to level the match.
After the match, West coach Cameron Carmichael said that West had controlled the game for an hour, however it was always going to be a gamble to change around the squad, but that was what development was all about and they had learned from the game.
Full Time: SYFA West 3-3 Celtic BC
EK Rolls Royce
U21's WoS League Cup 3rd Round
The Rolly travelled to Kilsyth with a depleted squad to compete in a cup tie which provided great action from start to finish. The home side started the game well and put the young Rolly side under pressure with some long range shots and a number of crosses into the goalmouth and this pressure told ten minutes into the game when Kilsyth took a deserved lead with a shot low into the left hand corner.
This seemed to trigger Rolls Royce into life and they started to pass the ball well and quickly brought themselves back into the game when David Cameron scored after 20 minutes from a well taken free kick from Paul Byrne.
The game was quickly turning Rolls Royce way and a number of attacks put Rolly forwards through on goal, however Johnstone, Byrne and March all had efforts saved by the Kilsyth keeper or saw efforts rebound off the post. The pressure told when after another fine passing move forward Byrne scored the second goal with a fine shot to give The Rolly a half time lead.
Half time: Kilsyth St.Pats 1-2 EK Rolls Royce 21s
The second half continued with Rolls Royce dominating play and quickly added to their lead when after a great pass from Ciaran Johnstone, midfielder Ryan Carnwath burst into the penalty area and calmly slotted the ball past the on rushing keeper.
Shortly after this Carnwath was to suffer an injury setback which meant he had to be replaced by reserve keeper Ryan Cooper who was sent on in a forward position. With a couple of The Rolly players playing their first games after injury and another couple suffering muscle injuries the home side began to sense that they could salvage something from a game that seemed out of reach.
A fantastic long range shot came back off the crossbar and with The Rolly defenders unable to react, the Kilsyth forward pounced to knock the ball past keeper Trainor to give the home side a much needed boost. The same type of goal happened minutes later when another shot from distance crashed off the bar, The Rolly claimed offside as Kilsyth were again first to react to score and the referee waved away EKRR protests and the match was level.
Kilsyth were dominant at this point and were awarded a penalty which was brilliantly saved by Dean Trainor and the game moved directly to penalties to decide who moved into the next round.
The penalty shootout started terribly for the EK youngsters when they missed their first 2 and Kilsyth scored to take a 2 goal advantage, however the brilliant Dean Trainor saved the next 3 spot kicks and Kevin Burke, Ciaran Johnstone and Paul Byrne all scored to give EK Rolls Royce a fantastic cup win.
Full time: Kilsyth St.Pats 3-3 EK Rolls Royce 21s (EK Rolls Royce through on penalties)
U14's C&KYL Knockout Cup
The First round of the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Youth League Knockout Cup saw Milton play host to Moorlands B.C in what was expected to be a fiercely contested and competitive encounter between two excellent football sides, and the tie didn't disappoint.
The game kicked off at a frantic pace but not to the expense of any quality. Both sides pressed hard in an effort to gain first advantage, and it was Milton who finally made the breakthrough after twenty minutes. Moorlands goalkeeper Andrew McInally managed to punch clear from a Milton corner, only for the ball to be slammed home from close range.
The football continued to delight the supporters of both teams, with the ball being zipped about all over the pitch in some superb style.
Half time: Milton BC 1-0 Moorlands FC
Into the second half and it was Moorlands who looked the most likely team to score what would be the equaliser. Some nifty footwork on the left flank opened up an opportunity for Moorlands Alston Rankin to drive a low shot which hit the post, only for Reece Holland to hit the back of the net with the rebound.
As both teams went at it again, it looked very much like the tie would have to be decided by extra time and perhaps even penalties, which would only add to the enjoyment of this thrilling match.
However, with the game only 5 minutes from the final whistle, Joseph Duffy the Moorlands centre back, drifted into the penalty box to get on the end of a Ryan Johnstone free kick and direct the ball into the Milton net making it 2-1 to the away team.
The game saw some final exciting attacking play but finished with Moorlands as victors.
Full time: Milton BC 1-2 Moorlands FC
The tie was played from start to finish in a brilliantly competitive but sporting manner and the only talking points were the football on show and the quality of both sides, it was harsh that one of these sides had to exit the Cup. Moorlands now progress onto the next round to face an equally difficult battle away to Rosebank Utd.
6th & 7th APRIL, 2013
Finnart 6 v 0 Muirton
Castlemilk BC 1 v 4 Kelvindale Th
Rangers SABC 2 v 2 Celtic Jnr
Scotland BC 3 v 2 Hampden BC
Celtic BC 5 v 3 Southside Utd
Busby Am 5 v 1 Rangers SABC
Finnart 4 v 1 Tower H
Fulham BC OFF Milngavie Wan
Arsenal BC OFF UFF Westerton
St Mirren YFC 1 v 3 Rangers SABC
East End Jnr 0 v 4 Cardonald This
Westerton 0 v 3 Jim Johnstone
Celtic BC 1 v 3 Harmony Row
Baillieston Jnr 2 v 3 Tower Hearts
Rossvale BC 2 v 0 Maryhill Jnrs
Hillington 0 v 0 Hillwood
UNDER-16 Div 1
Clydebank 5 v 0 Rossvale BC
Lenzie YC 7 v 3 Maryhill Jnrs
UNDER-16 Div 2
Celtic BC 2 v 1 Summerston
Camlachie 0 v 5 Rangers SABC
Rosshall N/T OFF Busby Am
UNDER-16 LEAGUE CUP (A)
Renton 2 v 0 Jim Johnstone
EDFC 0 v 9 Antonine
UNDER-16 LEAGUE CUP (B)
Vale of Clyde 2 v 3 St Peters
UNDER-17 Division 1
Drumchapel Utd 4 v 3 Harmony Row
Celtic BC 1 v 1 Blantyre Vic
UNDER-17 Division 2
Third Lanark 6 v 3 Glentyan This
West Park Utd ABAND Busby Am
Milngavie BC 2 v 2 Clyde BC
Argyle Ath 2 v 1 Easthall FC
Dunoon BC 1 v 2 Goldenhill
Crookston 2 v 2 Kings Park
UNDER-17 LEAGUE CUP (A)
EKFC 0 v 3 Rangers SABC
UNDER-19 A Div
Antonine 1 v 1 Goldenhill
UNDER-19 Div 1
Blantyre Vics 1 v 4 Aston Villa
St Mirren YFC 4 v 3 Harmony Row
West Park Utd 6 v 0 East End Utd
UNDER-19 Div 2
Renton Youth 4 v 5 Pt Glasgow BC
Dumbarton A 2 v 1 Giffnock Stamp
Milngavie FC 2 v 4 Castlemilk
EK Caledonia OFF UFF Milngavie BC
Clydebank South v Springboig
UNDER-19 REGIONAL CUP
Baillieston 4 v 1 St Cadoc’s
UNDER-19 A SUPPLEMENTARY CUP
Harmony Row 5 v 4 Claremont
1996s Spartans Football Club 1 v 0 Cardonald Thistle (A.E.T.)
Rossvale BC 0 v 2 Bonnyton Thistle 1994s
Giffnock SC Juventus
A solid victory for GSC Juventus started strongly who dominated the first exchanges, pinning Gourock in their own half. This pressure was rewarded from a throw –in well inside the Gourock half. Thrown well into the six yard box by Patrick O'Donnell , Ross Geddes reacted well to flick the ball into the net, 1-0 Juve.
The second came from a James Howard corner and Ross Geddes was first to it with a header at the back post, 2-0 Juve. A Geddes' hat trick was completed with another excellent corner from James Howard where he tapped in from 5 yards.
Gourock brought one back with a good cross and a smart finish from the winger into the bottom corner. Then just before half time Danny Mcbeth put Juve 4-1 up with yet another driving run from midfield finished with a shot low into the bottom corner from just inside the penalty box. First half dominated by Giffnock but with some good passages of play from Gourock contributing to a good first half.
Half time: Gourock YAC 1-4 Giffnock SC Juventus
The second half was a lot tighter with chances coming for both teams, with the greater number falling to Gourock, who failed to capitalise on them. This was in no small part down Lyle Macleod in the Giffnock goal who was outstanding in the second half with 3 or 4 marvellous saves from close range keeping Juve in the game.
Good work from the Giffnock defence and midfield kept Gourock's attacks at bay. Then with 10 minutes remaining the Gourock no.10 broke free from a long ball over the defence and finished well past Macleod.
The game still remained tight, with not many clear chances coming but then with a minute or two remaining Gourock's no.9 wasn't closed down and hit a powerful strike from 25-30 yards across Macleod, struck the post and rolled into the net. The final whistle blew very soon after this goal and the tight affair was finished.
Full time: Gourock YAC 3-4 Giffnock SC Juventus
|Drumchapel United North|
U13's DFDL League
Riverside took on Drumchapel United North looking to take revenge for their 3-2 cup defeat earlier in the season and did just that.
Riverside raced to a first a well-deserved 4-0 first half lead. First goal coming in 15 minutes when a speculative 20 yarder squirmed through the keepers arms and followed up quickly with a fortunate cross-cum-shot dropping in at the back post following some good link up play.
Riverside removed their sweeper going to a more traditional 4-4-2 and this move provided instant dividends with the sweeper now turned striker racing away from the defence following a Drumchapel attack and rounding the keeper to stroke into the net and also in the right place at the right time to tap in at far post following another well worked move.
Half time: Dumbarton Riverside 4-0 Drumchapel United North
Drumchapel started the second half better and tried to get an early goal back, with Riverside looking a bit shaky at the back especially with the ball over the top of the defence.
But it was Riverside who again struck once more following a 25 yarder parried by the keeper but quick thinking by his fellow striker in following up and heading in before the keeper could gain control of the ball again. 5-0 Riverside.
Drumchapel threw everything at Riverside to get back in the game, with Riverside content to play on the break. Drumchapel pulled one back with another cross-cum-shot from 25 yards finding the top corner and then again with 10 minutes to go poor defending at a corner allowed Drumchapel to snatch another with Coy Anderson striking through a ruck of players into the net.
There was time for Riverside to smash another off the bar and possibly cross the line, but goal line technology as not reached youth football yet! Riverside held out and put some well-deserved points in the board.
Full time: Dumbarton Riverside 5-2 Drumchapel United North
Following last year’s defeat at the hands of a Dutch team, Erskine YFC Under 15's went into day one with their eyes already set on the trophy, but they knew it wasn’t going to be easy.
Erskine played Dutch team Juliana Mill first, who were the home side for all the games as they were playing at their ground. The game got into a good start with Argyll Mccoist netting early in the first half to give his team a 1-0 lead going into half time. After the restart two goals from Argyll Mccoist, a goal from Josh Rodgers and a powerful strike from the edge of the box by Adam Glen gave the Scottish team a convincing 5-0 win.
The Scots entered the second game against SV Nootdorp confident that they could add another three points to their tally. A strike from Callum McMurchy from the edge of the box gave Erskine another 1-0 lead going into half time. In the second half goals from Nathan Bain, Josh Rodgers and Argyll Mccoist ensured Erskine the win.
The third match was a hard fought match against English team Wessex YFC. Erskine had to win this match if they wanted to fight for the main trophy, as Wessex were well ahead on goal difference. It took till after half time for Erskine to break the deadlock a Nathan Lang tucked away a tidy volley after a shot from Argyll Mccoist rebounded of the bar, this would be the only goal of the match meaning Erskine were through to face the elites in the second day.
Erskine travelled to Vitesse 08s ground to play their matches in the second day. They faced Danish side Van Lose IF in the first match, which could only produce one vital goal from the game. This goal came halfway through the second half as Craig Zokas sent a teasing ball from a corner for Callum McMurchy to volley into the back of the net. VV Sliedrecht were the boys next opponents in the Easter Open. They triumphed 2-0 in this game thanks to goals from Argyll Mccoist and Nathan Lang.
The Scottish team went into the third game of the day knowing only a draw would be needed to send them through to the final, but the 14 year olds only had a winning mentality. A goal from Josh Rodgers in the first half meant they had nine points on the board, until the Dutch opponents Fc Uitgeest netted a header which was the first goal Erskine had conceded the whole tournament. Nerves were showing around the Erskine team as they struggled to gain control of the game until a vital goal from a Josh Rodgers header would win the match for the boys, meaning they were through to the final.
Erskine lined up to shake the hands of Vitesse 08, the Dutch team who would host the Scottish team on their home ground. The boys gained control of the game early on, and never took long to break the deadlock. A floating ball from Craig Zokas mat the head of the leaping Callum McMurchy to head the ball home. Erskine dominated the rest of the match to win comfortably 1-0. This sent an eruption of roars around the stands as Erskine would go on and lift the massive trophy.
The four team round robin competition saw the two teams with the most points at the end of their three games competing in the final game for the Jan Price Memorial Cup. Last year's winners, Maryhill Juniors, returned to defend their win along high calibre opponents Campsie Black Watch and EDFC Villa.
To encourage good football, the format allowed for additional points beinge awarded for goals scored, which added to the excitement of the shorter, 50 minute duration games but ensured no-one cruises if in a winning position.
Points were also deducted for achieving a set number of yellow cards during a match, so the emphasis of the tournament was on attacking football and good sportsmanship. Both were in abundance throughout the tournament and ably assisted by some excellent officiating from the local refereees.
West Park, appearing in their second final, met Campsie Black Watch in a repeat of this year's opening game. Two second half goals saw West Park lift the trophy at the second time of asking but they were pushed all the way by Campsie. In a clean sweep, the West Park keeper, Callum McBain, also won the Player of the tournament trophy, as voted by the participating club coaches and match officials.
On a day when everyone who took part was a winner, and in keeping with the club's emphasis on invitational competition, each participating team made very kind and much appreciated donations to West Park United's charity partner, Marie Curie Hospice. With the contribution of a decent sized crowd on the day, a very healthy £240 was raised for this very worthy cause.
Author: Forde McGhee
Greater Easterhouse Football Academy was set up in 2012 for kids all around the community at various age groups to get involved in football. No player is ever turned away from the academy if they have a desire to play the beautiful game and can adhere to academy rules.
Together they hope to become one of the biggest footballing projects the East End of Glasgow has ever seen. The Academy has six different team running from Under 7's all the way through to Under 13's. All Greater Easterhouse FA teams train at the Hub Sports Centre but play their home games outwith Easterhouse, due to the prices of the local facilities.
YFS caught up with the founder of Greater Easterhouse Football Academy, Ian McLaughlin, who answered a few questions for us:
What was the main purpose on founding the academy?
The academy was inspired a bit by the set up at Queens Park pro youth because I have been down there a few times watching my grandson. The idea was to try and get the kids off the streets and on to the pitch.
Since the academy was founded what has been the biggest success story?
The hard work that has been put in to keep all the local young players for the full year and also to get young local coaches involved. There is 12 local people coaching the teams, who all have their Level 2 coaching badges.
What is the most rewarding part about being involved in the academy?
To see the kids having fun and bonding with each other also meeting all the parents and trying to create a real family atmosphere within the academy.
What are your plans for developing the academy in the future?
We want to try and improve the players as best we can and try and get them up to pro youth level also trying to get better facilities for the boys. And of course, get a strong reputation as an academy which coaches in the right manner.
Are you recruiting any players or coaches and if so, how would someone get involved?
We are always open to new people coming in to the academy. We have a Facebook page (click here) and also the academy has its own website (click here). We are trying to get flyers made and also trying to target schools to get players involved within the academy.
Match one on day one saw Port up against Laxey FC, In a bright start Port took an early lead after Declan Adair made a great run up the right wing before cutting the ball back to the waiting Jack Anderson to calmly slot the ball home. Port had plenty more chances but failed to hit the back of the net. In the second half Port seemed to fall asleep, gaps appeared in the defence to allow Laxey to pull one back. Next saw a good last gasp clearance from Scott MacLeod but with no one closing it down Laxey hit again. With Port Chasing the game Laxey then hit another on the counter attack, Keeper Lewis McClure kept the scoring down with some great saves.
Match 2 saw Port up against a really strong Preston City side, Preston hit Port early with an easy break through the defence. Port dug in deep and some excellent defending from Scott MacLeod managed to keep the Preston attack out. In the second half Port tried to hit Preston more but some great play saw them double their tally. Lewis McClure then had a great save but the resulting corner saw Preston hit number three and number four wasn't long away with Port eventually running out of steam.
Match day two started with Port up against Celtic Boys Club, Belfast, Port started this one great and before Celtic got started Lewis McClure sent a long punt up field which was knocked on by Declan Adair into the path of Ryan Phillips to put the ball past the Celtic keeper. Celtic hit back just before half time when a long throw into the box seemed to pass every Port defender to the Celtic striker. In the second half both teams played some good football and created numerous chances but failed to make the break through with Port keeper Dimitris Cameron pulling off some good saves.
Match two on day two saw Port up against Strathaven Dynamo. Dynamo went ahead early with Port sleeping. Shaun Grierson sent a great ball up the line to Ross McKay who knocked the ball into the path of Declan Adair to pull Port even. Dynamo then broke up a Port attack, made some good passes to split the Port defence and put themselves back in front. David Curley then blocked out an attack and sent the ball forward to Declan Adair who got his and Port's second with a nice nut meg on the Dynamo keeper. Dimitris Cameron pulled off a great save right on the stroke of half time. The second half then became a one sided affair. Numerous chances fell Ports way and Ryan Phillips picked up the scraps from a Declan Adair shot to put Port in front. Then with the game coming to a close Brandon McCabe made it four with a great strike from well outside the box.
Match day three saw Port against Myerscroft FC, in their hardest match of the tournament and with the weekend catching up on them Port couldn't get going at all. Despite a few good saves by Lewis McClure Myerscroft managed to hit six without a Port Reply. The second half started with a great save from Dimitris Cameron. Port dug deep to keep the Strong Myerscroft team out and managed to do so until the dying minutes when Myerscroft hit another after a goal mouth scramble.
Overall this was a good learning curve for the boys up against unknown opposition, they all responded really well and were a credit to the club throughout the whole weekend. The boys and coaches would like to say a massive thanks to everyone who travelled down for their support, and another thanks to BJ for driving the team bus.
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Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) is a programme used by the Scottish FA which aims to create a football culture in Scotland where young players are developed positively, learn to win through effort and develop skills for life through football.
PCS is a key initiative of the non-professional game in Scotland’s One National Plan which aims to create a more attractive modern sport. This has been agreed by all nine Affiliated National Associations.
The PCS mantra is incorporated into all coach education programmes and clubs seeking to achieve the prestigious Scottish FA Quality Mark accreditation must adopt it into their ethos.
You can pledge your support to PCS by clicking here.
Gleniffer Thistle – founded in 1972 – are one such club. 50 coaches and parents attended a PCS workshop which aimed to support the development of the long-running club.
Club chairman Billy Hassan said: “It was great to have so many of our volunteers along as they give up a lot of time to help support the clubs and all the young players so I thank them again for giving up their time.”
The club have recently moved into a brand new facility near Glasgow Airport and have created a girls section.
They have 12 teams ranging from age five all the way up to under-19s which follows the National Player Pathway – a developmental system tailored for specific age-groups such as 4v4s and 7v7s.
They also have a small-sided league for over 150 children aged between four and 11-years-old who are coached and encouraged to play football in a non-competitive format.
Club development manager for the Scottish FA’s West Region, Danny Bisland, said: “Gleniffer Thistle have long recognised the importance of promoting the same key messages to all members of the club including coaches, parents and players and I am delighted that so many of their hard working volunteers made it along to the recent PCS workshop.
“They are a Quality Mark club who have achieved Development Standard and are looking to progress to Community in the very near future.
“The club have embraced the recent introduction of a girls’ and women’s section and are always keen to explore new ways of increasing their membership and helping to grow the game.”
Glasgow Life's Club and Volunteer Recognition evening was attended by around 200 guests including young sports stars, coaches and voluntary committee members who help manage sports clubs in the city. The event was organised to recognise and celebrate the achievements and fantastic work of Glasgow's sports clubs and volunteers.
As well as committing hundreds of hours each week to coaching and managing sports clubs, volunteers are making a huge contribution to the successful delivery of major sporting events in Glasgow. They will also play a central role in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, when 15,000 volunteers will assist with the delivery of the Games.
First to receive their certificates were 25 clubs who successfully completed the Glasgow Sport Clubmark accreditation. Clubmark is a development tool that allows clubs to be more structured, accessible and organised. It aims to recognise, reward and accredit sports clubs that are committed to providing a safe, effective, inclusive and fun environment for all, especially for children and young people. It is regarded as a stamp of quality for any club to demonstrate they have achieved the highest standards.
The Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: "Clubs and volunteers are the lifeblood of sport in Glasgow and their role has never been more important as we look ahead to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
"As a city we are doing all we can to get more people enjoying sport and we are grateful to clubs for the great work they are doing in this area. They are providing real opportunities for people to get involved in sport in communities all across Glasgow with real positive results.
"I am delighted that our latest Clubmark accredited clubs were recognised because not only are they giving people the chance to enjoy sport but they have shown a real commitment to ensuring their clubs deliver the very highest standards. These clubs are the best of the best."
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham, said: "The tireless work of volunteers across the city is helping make the world of sport in Glasgow so vibrant. From Baillieston to Bellahouston and from badminton to basketball they are they making a huge contribution to sport. And they are also fantastic role models making a real difference and they do it for the right reasons.
"They inspire all of us with their energy and commitment, so pit was pleasing to see so many rewarded for their efforts. Without them the sporting landscape would be very different – their contribution cannot be underestimated."
There are two levels of accreditation. The first level - Get Active - focuses on child protection and the importance of providing a safe environment for club members. And the next level- Stay Active – covers volunteer development and club management with an emphasis on ensuring that clubs operate as effectively as possible.
Across the city there are now 71 clubs that have achieved Clubmark status. These cover a wide variety of sports including basketball, boxing, netball, judo, football, karate, gymnastics and even cricket. Among the latest to have received the top level of the Clubmark seal of approval is the Scottish Youth FA West Region (pictured above right, collecting their award).
“Working with Glasgow Life and the Sports Council for Glasgow SYFA West have built on their achievement last year and have increased their developments squads adding an Under 14 Age Group this year who will participate in the Denmark Cup in Copenhagen in July. The Under 15’s will play in the Donosti Cup in Spain, the Under 16’s will travel to a Barcelona Camp in Tenerife and the Under 17’s will again play in the Intersport Youth Festival in Budapest in Hungary, where they reached the Final last year, all in July. Clubmark recognises the great work undertaken in the Region."
Regional Secretary Jim Smith MBE said that he believed the Development Programme had built on last year and that the purpose or the end of Season Tours was to give these talented players the opportunity to play against high quality foreign opposition as to be the best in your own game you need to play against the best.
A classic example was the Under 17’s who travelled to Hungary last summer to reach the Tournament Final where they played STB Academy from Italy (who were a pro youth feeder team for Inter Milan) and were a credit to their Country (click here for a full tournament review).