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Larbert Athletic
Rossvale FC Milan
Tapping 18
Smith 81
Grant 87


U17 Central Region Cup - Final
Broadwood Stadium

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Larbert Athletic of the Forth Valley FDA took on Rossvale FC Milan of the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth District Youth League in the last Central Region Cup final at Broadwood Stadium. A pulsating match saw Larbert take the lead through a stunning Jordan Tapping free kick, and keep that single goal advantage for the majority of the match. However a stunning Rossvale revival in the closing stages turned the game on its head, with Ross Smith scoring the equaliser and Jordan Grant's fine header sealing the cup for the Bishopbriggs outfit.

Larbert Athletic need little introduction to anyone familiar with the 1996 age group. The SYFA Challenge Cup quarter finalists won the domestic Forth Valley FDA treble last year and are on course for a repeat this term. The one blot on their copybook last season was an early exit from the Central Region Cup - this time they had reached the showpiece final and were hoping to add a new honour to their impressive trophy haul.

Rossvale FC Milan couldn't match their opponents' record on paper and perhaps went into the final as underdogs. They finished a respective fourth in the highly competitive Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL, which was won by Bonnybridge. However, the side were boosted by a quintet of players who had triumphed on the big stage recently. Ross McArthur, Ross Smith, Ross Lyon, Jordan Grant and Mark Filshie were victorious in the SSFA Shield at Airdrie United's Excelsior Stadium earlier this month. They were looking to add Regional Cup winners medals to the national ones already sitting on their mantelpieces. 

The match got off to a high tempo but cautious start. Neither team managed to make any inroads into the opposition's final third, with defences solid in the early stages and neither midfield willing to give an inch.

Seventeen minutes of the unspectacular was brought to life by an opening goal that will go down in history. Larbert were awarded a free kick 40 yards from goal and after some deliberating Jordan Tapping was the chosen set piece taker. Most of the crowd wondered expected a lofted cross, or perhaps a ball swung in to the far post. However, Tapping stunned them all - not least Rossvale goalkeeper Craig McLaren - with a thunderbolt into the left hand corner (click here to watch video of goal). 

Five minutes later Tapping and Larbert thought they had doubled their tally. A neat finish saw the ball hit the back of the net, but the linesman's flag came to Rossvale's rescue, keeping the deficit at one goal.

After being on the back foot for a sustained period of pressure, Milan begun to find their feet. A series of corners were won, with Larbert's defence having to be at their most focused to ensure no equaliser was forthcoming. Another set piece, this time of the free kick variety, lead to Rossvale's closest call of the match. Jonathon Arthur rattled the ball off the bar, with Jay Simpson in the Larbert goal left extremely relieved.

The match was a far more open game at this stage, with the play switching from end to end rapidly. The final chance of the half fell to Rossvale, with Paul Harrison firing a powerful but straight shot into the arms of Simpson. Larbert still felt they had the match under control when the referee's half time whistle blew, but Rossvale went into the changing rooms full of confidence that they could turn it around.

Half Time: Larbert Athletic 1-0 Rossvale FC Milan

The second half kicked off with Larbert on the front foot, determined to scored the second goal which would leave Rossvale with a mountain to climb in order to get back into the final. Despite their possession, the Forth Valley side struggled to break down their opponents, who resolutely defended to stay within touching distance.

Both sides looked dangerous at set pieces. Ross McArthur's deliveries for Rossvale and Ryan McElwee's Larbert free kicks both caused chaos inside the respective penalty areas. However, many blocks and clearing headers later, the score remained 1-0.

The Bishopbriggs outfit seemed to click into gear midway through the half, aware that time was slipping away if they were to turn their Central Region Cup final dream into a reality. Chris Docherty found space in the danger area but couldn't find the target, when perhaps a square ball to Jordan Grant would have been the better option. Arthur then tested Simpson with another ferocious free kick - the Larbert keeper was equal to it.

Rossvale's pressure continued - they were without a doubt enjoying their best spell of the match. The ball was bundled into the Larbert net from a corner, but the referee judged there to have been a foul on the goalkeeper. It didn't set Milan back and minutes later Paul Harrison was the latest to strike the woodwork, with a brilliant curling effort.

The frustration Rossvale were feeling soon turned to optimism. Two yellow cards in quick succession for Larbert's Greg Skinner saw Athletic reduced to ten men and within a couple of minutes of the sending off, the numerical advantage was made to count on the scoreboard. With little to no back lift Ross Smith opened up his body and sidefooted the ball into the bottom right hand corner, to put Rossvale back on level terms.

To Larbert's credit they resisted the temptation to sit in and continued to throw bodies forward in search of a winning goal. This lead to the neutral being treated to a fantastic end to end spectacle in the closing stages. Probably not a treat for any of the nervy coaching staff or parents, whose emotions were ran through the mill.

You sensed the match had one final twist in it and so it proved. A precision cross was measured into the back post by Evan Corner and Grant was on hand to power a header back across goal, above the reach of Simpson and underneath the crossbar. Rossvale went wild, and understandbly so.

Larbert did everything they could in the final minutes to find a second goal and force extra time, but it was to no avail. Rossvale held out and lifted the SYFA Central Region Cup to the joy of players, spectators and coaching staff alike.

It was a match which could have went either way, but nobody could question Rossvale's character and determination to come back when the chips were down. It was a fitting end to a fine two days of finals at Broadwood Stadium, typifying the quality and passion which had been in abundance all weekend.

Full Time: Larbert Athletic 1-2 Rossvale FC Milan

Larbert Athletic Rossvale FC Milan
1. Jay Simpson (GK)
3. Cameron King
4. Greg Skinner
6. Aaron Watters
7. Lewis Gillan
8. Callum Burnett
9. Andrew Grimshaw
10. Kyle Morgan
11. Jordan Tapping
12. Ryan Jones
14. Sean Lynch
15. Ryan Weir
16. Ryan McElwee
17. Kieran Simpson
18. Ryan Gillespie
21. Jonathan Friel
1. Grant McCartney
2. Evan Corner
3. Chris Docherty
4. Murray Sim
5. Ross Lyon
6. Ross Smith
7. Jamie Young
8. Ross McArthur
9. Mark Filshie
10. Jordan Grant
12. Ross Simpson
14. Marc Melly
15. Jonathon Arthur
16. Jordan Munn
17. Paul Harrison
20. Craig McClaren (GK)
Larbert had a number of players who performed well in spells, but over the 90 minutes Jonathan Friel was the most consistent.
Paul Harrison was Rossvale's top performer. He came desperately close to scoring and drove his team on when it was looking ominous. 


Bannerman HS
Dunbar Grammar
McKay (2)


British Isles Cup - Final
Toryglen Regional Football Centre

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Bannerman were crowned British isles champions after Cameron McKay's double sealed the victory against opposition Dunbar. Both sides had met just a few weeks prior in the SSFA Shield final with Dunbar being heart broken after being narrowly deafted by the Glasgow side on penalties. This time though Dunbar were looking for revenge and to trump Banny's Scottish crown with that of a whole of Britain competition.

Both sides had excelled over the visiting opposition in Glasgow this weekend. Bannerman had beaten Gorey CC of Republic of Ireland and Olchfa School of Wales. Dunbar had overcame St Mary's Grammar of Northern Ireland and England's Seaton Burn Community School.

After playing in the outdoor pitches at Toryglen Regional Football Centre, the attention switched indoors for the final. The lush playing surface was overseen by a healthy crowd in the stand.

Dunbar had the first real chance of the game when striker Ryan Young latched onto a through ball and his shot was deflected nearly looping over the keepers head and into the net but to the Bannerman's teams relief the ball ended up just over for a corner.

Mitchell Barclay showed great vision to pick out Cameron McKay who showed a great burst of pace to beat his marker and fire a well struck shot towards goal but Dunbar goalkeeper Stuart Allan did well to parry the shot wide of the goal.

Bannerman looked like they were starting to get in a flow and chances were coming thick and fast for the boys in purple, Cameron McKay had his hands in his head after his sweetly struck effort smashed off the bar and out of play.

The SSFA shield champions finally broke the deadlock and it was talisman Cameron McKay with a sublime finish, a great ball from the back resulted in McKay touching the ball into the air with his head the twirling his body round to meet the ball for a thunderous volley that the Dunbar keeper could only stand and admire.

Ten minutes later Cameron McKay added his and Banny's second with another great strike this time the striker controlling with ease on the edge of the box and curling the ball with pace and power in to the far post sending Bannerman in 2-0 up at the break.

Half Time: Bannerman High School 2-0 Dunbar Grammar School

Dunbar were looking for a comeback in this second half and straight from kick off the side looked dangerous especially when Ewan Stark showed great skill to burst into the box but just fire his shot into the side netting.

Ryan Young looked certain to pull a goal back when Ewan Starks excellent through ball found the Dunbar number nine but to every ones disbelief Young's shot rattled the post and trickled out for a Banny goal kick.

Bannerman looked like they were just trying to hold on to their two goal advantage rather than add to it with just under 15 minutes of the match remaining.

Dunbar continued to apply pressure but the Glasgow outfit's defence was looking solid and didn't look like conceding before the final whistle. Both sets of players looked tired after playing a lot of football over the last three days but Dunbar knew they had to push on if they wanted to have any chance of a miraculous comeback - something they had done before on more than one occasion.

One last long throw in saw nearly every Dunbar player crowd the right hand side but the referee's whistle sounded and Bannerman were the champions, another cup final heartbreak for Dunbar after seeing off opposition from all over Britain this all Scottish final was not short of entertainment.

Both sides have had a remarkable journey and shown Scottish school football in the best possible light. They deserve their place at the top of the nation's school football scene and no doubt Dunbar will be back next season to try and take Bannerman's well deserved crown.

Full Time: Bannerman High School 2-0 Dunbar Grammar School

Bannerman High School Dunbar Grammar School
 1. Ross Elliot
2. Rhys Walker
3. Jonathan Martin
4. Lewis Warnock
5. Fraser Kennedy 
6. Kieran Harkins
7. Mitchell Barclay
8. Cameron Foy
9. Cameron McKay
10. Mark Lamont
11. Peter Lamont
12. Greg Johnston
14. Gary Watson
15. John Smith
17. Sean Hughes
1. Stuart Allan
2. Rory Pilbeam
3. Jamie Chapman
4. Ewan Stark
5. Coll Reekie
6. Jack Cook
7. Andrew Taylor
8. Liam Gregory
9. Ryan Young
10. Cameron McAlpine
11. Connnal Prior
12. Luke Archibald
14. Charlie Skidmore
15. Liam Browne
16. David Darling
17. Bradley Wright
Cameron McKay was the difference between the two teams today both finishes were outstanding which earns him man of the match.
Ryan Young worked hard all game and was really unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.
Glasgow & District Youth Football League
25th & 26th MAY, 2013

Celtic BC 7 v 1 Muirton
Scotland 0 v 6 Finnart
Celtic Jnr 6 v 0 Kelvinside

UNDER-14 – Supplementary Cup (A)
Pollok Utd v Rangers

UNDER-14 – Supplementary Cup (B)
Celtic BC 3 v 2 Arsenal BC

Maryhill Jnr v Celtic BC
Moorlands 4 v 1 St Mirren
Cardonald Th 2 v 4 Jim Johnstone
Harmony Row 6 v 2 East End

UNDER-16 – League Cup (A)
Lenzie YC 3 v 0 Renton
Antonine 0 v 0 Clydebank

UNDER-16 – League Cup (B)
Celtic BC 3 v 7 St Peters

UNDER-17 Div 2
Glasgow This 1 v 1 Crookston
Easthall 2 v 3 Glentyan This
Busby Am 3 v 0 UFF Goldenhill

UNDER-17 – League Cup (A)
Dunoon 1 v 3 Rangers
Cardonald This 5 v 2 Milngavie

UNDER-17 – League Cup (B)
Clydebank 3 v 0 UFF Clyde BC
Third Lanark 4 v 0 West Park Utd

UNDER-19 – Supplementay Cup (A)
Bonnyton This 1 v 0 ABAND Goldenhill
Glasgow Uni 0 v 3 Harmony Row

UNDER-19 – Div 1
St Mirren 2 v 2 St Cadocs
Rossvale 3 v 1 East End

UNDER-19 – Div 2
Renton v Baillieston
Friday, 24 May 2013 10:36

Milngavie Wander into another cup final

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Celtic BC
Milngavie Wanderers
Simpson (2)


Under 14's GADYFL League Cup
East Kilbride


By Paul Regan

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snapchatMilngavie Wanderers stormed into yet another final with a comprehensive victory over Celtic Boys Club. The 4-1 win (a repeat of their score against the Bhoys in January) secured their progression from the group following three wins from three games and they will now face Pollok in the final. On a pitch not suited to good football, the champions weathered an early Celtic storm to go in at half time in front despite the home side taking an early lead again. A vast improvement in the second half saw Jamie Forrester reduced to a spectator for most of the 35 minutes as Milngavie stepped up a couple of gears to put the game to bed.

As was the case the last time these two sides met, it was Celtic who came flying out the traps and started strongest with Milngavie struggling to develop much of a passing rhythm on a poor pitch - the first chance fell Celtic's way on 2 minutes when Dylan McKinnon volleyed wide from the edge of the box and they were ahead five minutes later in near identical circumstances to the last game. Anthony O'Brien swung in a free kick to the back post where the unmarked Paul McCann was able to head home from close range.

Stung by that setback, Wanderers instantly set about rectifying the situation and had their first chance of the game a minute later. A strong run by Jonathan Greer on the right hand side culminated in across into the box and while it was headed clear by Jordan Ridgway, it only went as far as Mitchell Duffy 12 yards from goal whose stinging volley was well saved by Daniel Farrell between the sticks.

They were level though five minutes later against the run of play when Scott Simpson's through ball found Jonathan Greer galloping towards goal and he calmly rounded the keeper and slotted home past the despairing dives of the two centre backs on the line.

Simpson was instrumental throughout, setting up two and scoring two of the game's four goals and it was from his left boot on twenty minutes that William Fleming was able to give Celtic the lead. His deflected cross from the left found Fleming at the near post and he showed great composure to volley the ball into the far corner, out of the goalkeeper's reach.

Only defensive heroics prevented the teams going into the half time break level however when Aldo Lynn rounded Jamie Forrester on 28 minutes and what looked like a certain goal was thwarted by a superb last ditch sliding tackle from skipper Jack Carson.

Half Time: Celtic BC 1-2 Milngavie Wanderers

Celtic again started the half the strongest and won a corner a minute after the restart, but that would be as close as they would come to scoring a second. The corner was well held by Forrester who then instigated a counter attack with a long throw up to Simpson on the half way line who made a beeline for goal with his cutback being turned away at the near post for a corner. With that, Milngavie had won a corner seconds after defending one and this signalled a shift in the momentum of the game in their favour.

It took another ten minutes though for this shift to become evident though and Nathan Carmichael almost followed up his double in the last group game against Arsenal with a goal that would've been fit for any scrapbook. Greer turned provider this time as he whipped in a cross from the right but Carmichael's overhead kick went just the wrong side of the post.

Alberto Vezza then entered the fray in place of goalscorer William Fleming on 46 minutes after missing the two Arsenal games and instantly set about making his mark against his former club. Within sixty seconds of his introduction, he dinked a great ball over the defence for Simpson who volleyed just wide from the edge of the box.

Simpson made no such mistakes though on 50 minutes when he finally got the goal his play merited, slamming the ball in at the near post from a tight angle to double Milngavie's lead. The champion's tails were now up as they set about putting the game well and truly beyond Celtic – Simpson was almost gifted another one a minute after his first when a mis-hit goal kick went straight to him but his shot flew wide.

Another substitute was also making a positive impact in the shape of Kyle Campbell – his wonderful free kick on 55 minutes found Carson at the back post but his header went straight across goal with no takers to help it in. He didn't have to wait long for another go though, when the ball was picked up and returned to sender by Campbell but this time the skipper headed it just wide.

The fourth goal wasn't much longer in coming though, arriving two minutes later. Vezza played a superb through ball over the top of the defence which found Simpson who side-footed the ball over the keeper's head to round off the scoring. Simpson could have ended the game with a hat-trick but his right-footed snapshot from distance was well held by Farrell and he had to settle for two.

The rest of the game petered out with both teams taking a couple of sore knocks but Milngavie weren't troubled as they saw out a superb victory.

Full Time: Celtic BC 1-4 Milngavie Wanderers


Celtic BC Milngavie Wanderers

1. Daniel Farrell
2. Stephen McKnight
3. Marc Low
4. Jordan Ridgway
5. Laurence Jeffrey
6. Paul McCann
7. Aldo Lynn
8. reece McPhilemy
9. Anthony O'Brien
10. Shaun McCourt
11. Dylan McKinnon 
12. Josh Young

1. Jamie Forrester
2. Louis Fisher
3. Jack Carson
4. Josh Shoevlin
5. Ben Jenkins
6. Jonathan Greer
7. Aiden Young
8. Mitchell Duffy
9. Nathan Carmichael
10. Scott Simpson
11. William Fleming
12. Ryan Sweeney
14. Daniel Cairney
15. Rory McInnes
16. Kyle Campbell
17. Alberto Vezza
Anthony O'Brien got up and down the left wing well in first half and set up the opener with a great delivery.
Scott Simpson stamped his authority all over the game - he was involved in every attack and made key contributions all over the park, chipping in with 2 goals and 2 assists.


EDFC Thistle
Milngavie Boys Club
U15 Michael McGilney Plate - Final
Milburn Park
Milngavie Boys Club 98s have won the DFDL "Michael McGinley Memorial" shield for the second year running on a pleasant evening at Milburn Park, Alexandria.

The score line was MBC 3-0 EDFC Thistle in a pretty levelled game, with both sides creating goal scoring opportunities.
Milngavie opened the score line in the first half with a cross form the right from Ben Dickson, followed with a well executed finish by captain Callum Neill. It remained 1-0 until the interval.

In the second half, and following two clear fouls in the box, Jack McFarlane stepped up to convert both spot kicks with composure, and finish the game off.
Full Time: EDFC Thistle 0-3 Milngavie Boys Club

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 11:08

Holyrood hold on in the rain to beat Bearsden

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Holyrood Secondary
Bearsden Academy
East (2)


U13 Castle Cup - Final
Loretto Playing Fields

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Holyrood were the team lifting the under 13's trophy after a cagey 2-0 victory over Bearsden on a rather wet and windy day at Loretto playing fields, No team really showed great desire to go on and punish their opponents during the game it seemed the big occasion might have got to some of the young players.

As for most of the match the tempo of the game was very slow with not a lot of chances and most of the football being in the middle of the park, it was a game of many fouls maybe just due to the weather or just a bit of nerves.

The first real clear cut chance of the game came when Michael McFadden fired a shot towards the Bearsden goal but the keeper did enough to keep it out and keep the scores level for time being.

Eventually Holyrood did open the scoring when some poor defending from Bearsden allowed Liam East to turn inside the box and fire home an impressive finish to give his team the lead.

Holyrood started trying to use Joseph McKenna's long throw in to their advantage trying to double their lead but the they lacked height in the box and Bearsden cleared every long shy from their area.

The half ended with both sides not really getting into any flow and there being very minimum chances, both teams would look to improve in the second half with Holyrood maybe being a bit happier at the break but knowing the game was far from over.

Half Time: Holyrood Secondary 1-0 Bearsden Academy

The second half began and Holyrood looked to add to their tally straight from the off when Liam East showed great pace and power to drive into the Bearsden box and fire the ball just wide of the left hand post.

After that the game went very quiet again for 10/15 minutes almost similar to the cagey first half with both sides giving away fouls in the middle of the park.

Bearsden had their first major chance of the game when Jack Ord showed great feet to dribble into the box and find space to drive towards the keeper but a heroic last ditch tackle from Joseph McKenna kept the Bearsden number 11 out.

Holyrood finally added a second goal when Christopher Drennan rounded the keeper managed to keep his balance and cut it back for Liam East to diving header the ball in to the back of the net.

You would have thought after the second goal the game might come to life with Bearsden pushing to keep their dream alive and Holyrood looking to kill the game with a third but far from it, after the second goal there was no real chances with the game going back again to a slow tempo just like the first half.

The game ended with the Holyrood players going wild after holding on well to secure the victory, Bearsden players looked gutted but they just didn't create enough chances on the day to cause Holyrood any real problems and you could see the title of cup final phased a lot of players from both sides on the day.

Full Time: Holyrood Secondary 2-0 Bearsden Academy

Holyrood Secondary Bearsden Academy
1. Aaron McKessick
2. Peter Tomkins
3. Joseph Stoddart
4. Joseph McKenna
6. Martin Beattie
7. Laurie Degnan
8. Anton Neeley
9. Christopher Drennan
10. Michael McFadden
11. Liam East
14. Lee Devine
15. Connor Little
16. Tony Cantley
17. Liam Anderson
1. Matthew McAlpine
2. Callum Dryslade 
3. Greg McLeaod
4. Ross Craig
5. David Johnston
6. Greg Martin
7. Matthew Cohn
8. Jamie Hanna
9. Greg Fanning
10. Louis Black
11. Jack Ord
12. Jack Jamieson
14. Jamie McLean  
17. Andrew Riley
Brian East takes man of the match because he was brilliant all game looked dangerous every time he got the ball.
Greg Martin worked really hard in the midfield never gave up and played some good passes which earns him man of the match.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 16:14

St Peters reign in the rain to lift shield

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St Peter the Apostle
St Thomas Aquinas
Todd (2)


Senior GSFA League Play-Off
Loretto Playing Fields

Rob McCarry

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YFS West Region Reporter
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Seven days after Loretto playing fields were made unplayable by torrential weather we returned under ever so slightly better conditions in an attempt to crown the Glasgow District schools champions. Thirty two teams had started this year’s competition at senior level and the remaining two teams here today had seen off all the pretenders to earn their opportunity here today.

Coach Mark Ferry had the pleasure of bringing yet another St. Peter the Apostle team to a cup final only weeks after coming agonisingly close to winning the Scottish shield after defeat at the hands Bishopbriggs, amazingly their first defeat of the season, and were looking to end their season on a high. Anticipating a physical game on a sodden pitch he had been forced to make several changes in order for his side to play a more direct style of football today.

On the opposite touchline Kevin Ferrie was also leading out a team who had recently suffered heartbreak after St. Thomas Aquinas had lost in the midweek Cameronian cup final to Bannerman but he was keen not put the dampeners on what had been a successful season overall and hoped his team could bring home the silverware today.

It looked early on as though he might get his wish too as his team started like a freight train completely overrunning their opponents in the first few minutes. Kicking of playing from right to left St. Thomas immediately broke down the wing through tricky winger Gallagher who outfoxed the full back before lifting the ball beautifully into the danger zone with the outside of his boot where it was met by McGill who connected only yards out, sending his header in off the bar and his side into the lead inside the first few minutes.

St. Peter looked to respond quickly and sent bodies up the park to press for a quick equaliser only to find themselves short at the back as their opponents broke up field, Justicio Bernardo controlling the ball well in the centre circle sent a long pass into the box where it was nodded down by Gallagher for Lamboh who fired past the helpless Partick Hasty to put his side two up within the opening ten minutes.

Although their deficit had just been doubled the boys in purple showed the class and composure of a team who had only tasted defeat once all year and quickly reorganised themselves, their next foray forward resulted in a free kick being awarded outside the box which was curled beautifully around the wall by Gary Hynes only to see Ross get a hand to it and tip it around the post for a corner.

Next to put the ball into the danger zone would be Andrew McEllhill for St Peters where it was headed across the face of goal and met by the fast arriving Matthew Todd who had the easiest if finishes to bring his side back into contention.

However if Ross was seen to helpless for that effort he was soon reminding his side of his worth after a succession of saves from corners, the first pushed around the near post after being driven in low and hard and the second clawed of from under the bar one handed, kept his side in the ascendancy heading into the break

Half Time: St Peter the Apostle 1-2 St Thomas Aquinas

Straight away St Thomas aimed to repeat the impact they’d had at the start of the first half when Gallagher and Lamboh almost combining again but the beautiful cross sent spinning yards in front of goal by the former was just too quick for the latter and it sped past his outstretched boot.

Shouts for a penalty were soon ringing out as first a shot ricocheted of Lindsay of St Thomas but the referee waved play on, however as the ball broke to Todd in the box he was clumsily brought down by Murphy leaving the man in the middle no choice but to point to the spot. Todd promptly dusted himself down before stroking the ball past Ross to restore parity between the sides.

It seemed all the momentum was now with St Peters though and some beautiful work down the wing by Kieran Conlin saw him send in an inch perfect ball for Hynes that was dispatched goal wards with ruthless efficiency and gave his team the lead for the first time.

The match was now being played at a frenzied pace and from the restart the boys in hoops had advanced once again and Gallagher found himself the centre of attention once again, after receiving the ball on the eighteen yard line with is back to goal he swivelled superbly to wrap his boot around a half volley to send the ball spinning past Hasty for his first of the game, his sides third and the sixth of what was proving to be a superb match.

As if we didn’t know it already it would be a ball into the box that would finally settle this game, swung in from a corner by Todd the ball was headed low into the danger zone by Joe Toye and, despite the best efforts of Ross, swept home by Callum Cook to put St Peters ahead for what would prove to be the final time.

Ross went forward in the dying moments in a last ditch attempt to bring the match back to level terms but, unfortunately, the only moment of note at the death was Lindsay being sent off for dissent as, after a blistering start, his side ran out of steam at the end.

All that was left was for St Peters to raise the shield high in the rains of Loretto whilst St Thomas’ will be left, yet again, wondering what might have been.

Full Time: St Peter the Apostle 4-3 St Thomas Aquinas

St Peter the Apostle St Thomas Aquinas
1 Patrick Hasty
3 Andrew McElhill
5 Kieran Falconer
6 Callum Cook
2 Kevin Mcinally
16 Gary Hynes
10 Matthew Todd
9 Joe Toye
11 Ryan McAllen
4 Dylan McCann
12 Kieran Conlin
15 Michael Brass
7 Andrew Mulrine
14 Scott Cameron 

1. Martyn Ross
2. Louis Smith
3. Luke Murphy
4. Allan Lindsay
5. Leo Murselaj
6. Justo Bernardo
7. Peter McGill
8. Clinton Onotu
9. Kyle Gallagher
10. Connor Paton
11. Kalvin Orsi
12. Chris Warrilow
14. David Makokwe
15. Evans Lamboh
16. Eddie Muirhead
17. Ryan Nicholson
Matthew Todd scored two goals and a towering performance from the young forward saw him head and shoulders above the rest.
Justo Bernardo was creative and dynamic throughout and gave his all until the very end.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:36

Port Glasgow BC roundup - 18th/19th May

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PGBC Community Coaching

Open to boys and girls aged 4 to 7, come along to Parklea Hub on Saturday morning at 10am.

Thanks to Crawfurds Car Centre for continued sponsorship

PGBC 2006s

All 3 teams played their part in the wins, draws and losses on Sunday, the boys are developing and learning every week and must take the training drills into match days. Scorers: Greig Emerson 5, Aaron Smith 3, Adam Watt 3, Scott Clark and Ryan Graham. Any boys interested in coming to train and develop into budding players please call 07928-533991.

Sponsored by UPGSC and Crawfurds Car Centre

PGBC 2005s

The boys continue to improve every Sunday at Notre Dame, all 3 teams developing well, Calum Waters showed great skills defending while OJ Brisland worked extremely hard for his team. In another team Paul McGachy played really well, working hard and showing good team work. Keep it up boys.

Sponsored by Crawfurds Car Centre

PGBC 2004s Orange

The boys had no game this week but will resume again next week, thanks to Marcus Humphrey House for the sponsorship of the boys.

PGBC 2004s Black

The boys lost out to Parkmoor at Ferguslie park at the weekend in a disappointing match, in which the boys never really got going. With some boys missing and the attitude of others questionable on the day. This is one the coaches are keen to forget. Players and coaches thank B Buick and Sons (Bodyshop) for continued support.

PGBC 2003s

The Port boys started of well on Saturday but squandered a few good chances, lack of concentration cost them the game. Best for Port were Owen O’Rourke, Joseph Dow, Dylan McDonough and Lewis Leitch. Sponsored by Carpetrite

PGBC 2001s

Port entertained Langcraigs in The Community Stadium, Parklea on Saturday morning. In a quiet start to the game, Langcraigs found themselves with a penalty early on but Port had keeper Dimitris Cameron to thank for a great save. Ryan Phillips then found himself one on one with the Langcraigs keeper after a neatly waited pass from Declan Adair and he made no mistake putting Port ahead. Declan Adair then found himself on the score sheet following in after the Langcraigs keeper saved well from a Brandon McCabe strike. A quick throw from Ryan Phillips to Brandon McCabe saw them play a nice one two before Brandon slotted the ball home. Langcraigs pulled one back just before half time breaking away in a good counter attack. The second half saw both teams play some good football and cancelling each other out with no goals scored.

Port are still looking to strengthen their squad for the step to 11-a-sides, anyone interested contact Ian on 07753846465.

Thanks to our sponsor INVERWELD for continued support.

PGBC 14s 1 Broomhill 6

The Port lost out in the final local derby of the season, a poor performance lead to them loosing 6 goals before Paul Payne added to his seasons tally, refs motm Ciaran murray.

On Monday night the boys headed to St Cadocs, goals from Connor Duffy 2 and Ciaran Murray secured a 3-2 victory, refs motm was Lewis Emerson.

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PGBC 16s 3 Broomhill 0

The Port boys deserved this victory on Saturday at Parklea, a good team performance saw goals for Aaron Folan 2 and Aiden Sharp give them their rewards. Refs motm was Aaron Folan

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PGBC 19s

The 19s had no game but continue to play and train regularly, anyone interested in playing for this team next season call Ian on 07908-653613.

PGBC 21s

The 21s had no game either.

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Cavalry Park Colts
Tower Hearts FC
MacGregor 57
Boyd 80
Scott 100


U21 Lady Darling Cup - Final
Victoria Park, Newtongrange

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Tower Hearts came from behind to win the Lady Darling Cup in what was an exciting clash with Cavalry Park Colts at Victoria Park. Extra time was needed to separate the sides on the night, with Hearts emerging victorious by two goals to one.

The first chance of the game fell for the West of Scotland team, when defender Gordon Ion won a free-kick on the edge of the Cavalry box. Captain Jonnie Allan stepped up to take it and swung a right-footed cross into the area which was met by the head of Thomas McLeary. The Colts’ keeper did well to get a hand to his effort however. Tower Hearts continued to build on their early pressure and created a few more chances for themselves. Gerry O’Connell’s run on the left wing was met by a strong tackle from Cavalry’s Liam Tomassi and the ball went out of play for a corner kick. O’Connell took the set piece, from which Ciaran McKeown connected with a powerful left-footed volley that flew just wide of the post.

Cavalry’s first clear cut opportunity to score came from Michael Park when Chris Joyce played a brilliantly weighted through ball into the box. Park’s shot was met by the hand of Tower Hearts keeper Daryll Jones, which was just enough to carry the ball past the post, averting the danger. Moments later and Colts had a strong penalty shout denied by the referee but Hearts, wasting no time, broke on the counter attack and produced perhaps the best chance of the game at that point. Kyle Robertson latched onto a bouncing ball and unleashed a volley that rattled off the post, to the delight of the Cavalry defence, most of whom were caught out in the middle of the park.

Cavalry continued to press however and came close to scoring again through Stewart Adams. Cutting inside on his right foot, Adams fired a shot towards goal but with Jones saving, the ball spilled to the waiting Greg Douglas. However, with little time to adjust his body, Douglas could not help but to blast the ball just over the crossbar.

The latter stages of the first half played out with Cavalry starting to edge their way back into the game after what had been a nervy start. Tower Hearts had looked the most likely of the two teams to score and certainly looked more threatening in attack for the first fifteen minutes. However, if not for a couple of great blocks from O’Connell and confident goalkeeping from Jones, Cavalry could have found themselves in front before half time.

Half Time: Cavalry Park Colts  0 – 0  Tower Hearts

Cavalry Park Colts started began the second half in the same way in which they had ended the first. Adams again looked likely to score when his darting run into the box, set up by Lewis O’Conner, found himself with a chance to shoot from yards out. His effort went just wide.

However, the momentum of the game soon began to swing back into Tower Hearts’ favour and it was they who looked sharper and faster in attack. Kyle Robertson’s great ball to Graham Boyd saw Hearts break on the counter attack and if not for strong tackling from Cavalry’s Johnny Malcolm, the Glasgow side could have opened the scoring.

However, the first goal of the game was to come for Cavalry Park Colts, through a Steven MacGregor strike. Picking the ball up in midfield, MacGregor took one touch to steady himself and then unleashed a rocketing right-footed shot from all of twenty five yards, that dipped into the top corner of the Tower Hearts goal. Keeper Daryll Jones could do nothing to stop the wonder strike from MacGregor as he broke the deadlock, giving his side the lead in the cup final just before the hour mark.

Tower Hearts almost responded immediately when from the kick-off, they worked their way into the box, giving captain Jonnie Allan the chance to head in from yards out. However, quick reactions from Cavalry’s MacGregor ensured that he was there at the back post to head the ball over the bar. In the space of a minute, MacGregor had given his side the lead and then prevented the opposition from scoring what looked certain to be a goal.

Tower Hearts from that point on looked a much greater threat in attack than their opponents. Piling bodies forward, they looked to desperately find an equaliser in the tie. McLeary did well to deliver a number of crosses into the box but Cavalry were intent on defending for their lives as they looked to hold onto their lead. Boyd came close for Tower Hearts when his effort hit the side netting but he didn’t have to wait long to make amends for his miss. Rising above the Cavalry defence, Boyd headed in a corner-kick taken by Willie Docherty, and wheeled away in celebration as he gave his team the vital equaliser with just ten minutes left to play.

Cavalry looked somewhat deflated at the fact they were not able to hold on to their lead and as a result, Tower Hearts edged closer and closer to scoring a winner as they looked to kill the game off in ninety minutes. Adams came close to doing so but he saw his close range attempt at goal come rebounding back off the post. Boyd also saw his effort hit the crossbar and with the ball bouncing back out to Docherty, he was mightily unlucky not to score as instead he headed inches wide of the target in the dying seconds, ensuring that the game would be decided after additional time.

Full Time: Cavalry Park Colts 1 – 1 Tower Hearts

Extra time saw much more open and balanced play than the closing stages of the second half. However, it was always Tower Hearts who looked the sharper of the two teams and it seemed that if any team was going to score before the game went to penalty kicks then it was to be them. That is not to say that Cavalry did not create chances of their own. Kris McLoughlin almost netted with a powerful header but Hearts keeper Daryll Jones did well to hold the effort. Adams also looked like scoring, as he had all game but the committed defence of Tower Hearts thwarted any opportunities Cavalry created to score.

The continued pressure of Tower Hearts paid off on the one-hundred minute mark when they won a free-kick on the edge of the box. From the set piece, which was taken by Jonnie Allan, Mark Scott was able to lose his marker and connect with a header that flew into the back of the net as the Cavalry defence stood helplessly still. Wild celebrations ensued as Tower Hearts had came from behind to then take the lead in the cup final. It was no more than they had deserved after controlling the game for large parts of it. The winning side always looked comfortable to see the game out, despite the efforts of Cavalry Park Colts and they hung on to secure the win and lift the Lady Darling Cup.

Both periods of extra time were marred slightly with a couple of unsporting incident and as a result, both teams ended the game with ten men on the field. However, that does not take anything away from what was a very competitive and exciting cup final tie. Tower Hearts were ultimately deserved winners and did well to turn the game around after going a goal down.

Final Result: Cavalry Park Colts 1 – 2 Tower Hearts (AET)

Cavalry Park Colts Tower Hearts FC
2. Chris Joyce
3. Lewis O’Conner
5. Greg Douglas
6. Christopher Barron
7. Stewart Adams
8. John Robertson
9. Kris McLoughlin
10. Steven MacGregor
11. Fraser McKinlay
12. Liam Tomassi
14. Lyle Finney
15. Bruce Cunningham
16. Michael Park
17. Johnny Malcolm
19. Connor Combe
23. Allan Murray 
1. Daryll Jones
2. Gordon Ion
3. Mark Scott
4. Jamie Hamill
5. Robert Jenner
6. Thomas McLeary
7. Kyle Robertson
8. Jonnie Allan (C)
9. Graham Boyd
10. Ciaran McKeown
11. Gerald O'Connell
12. Willie Docherty
14. Jamie Reid
15. Kyle Robin
16. Chris Black
17. Colin MacLean
Stewart Adams looked a threat for Colts. Constantly looking to drive forward with the ball, he was unlucky not to get on the score sheet.
Aside from the goalscorers, Gordon Ion was the stand out man for Tower Hearts, looking composed in defence and comfortable on the ball for the entirety of the game.
The GLASGOW AND DISTRICT YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE are now accepting applications for season 2013-2014. We have special rates for fees until June then prices will increase, We are looking for 11-a-side teams to play at 19s on a Saturday afternoon especially and also teams from 13-19 to play on a Sunday. You can get application forms from our website by clicking here or contact Match Secretary, Andy Sandilands on 07908713302