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The two sides met in a sunny Springfield for a 12pm kick off in Division B of the Under 14 Central Scotland FDL. Celtic kicked off the encounter, but it was Jerviston who were quickly on the front foot, pressing the Celtic defence high up the pitch hoping for a mistake. They forced one in the second minute when confusion in the defence led to the ball falling to Tony Mullen in the box, but the strikers near post shot was easily saved by Blair McKay.

However, a minute later Mullen did not make the same mistake capitalising on another Celtic defensive mistake to pick up the ball, drive goalward and smash past a helpless McKay. In the 7th minute Mullen scored his second of the game when he was well found rushing through the middle of the pitch on a Jerviston counter attack. He then managed to hold off his marker and retain his composure to slot the ball into the bottom left hand corner.

A minute later Celtic almost halved the deficit when Aidan Gallagher’s through ball found Sharo Abdullah on the counter attack. However, he was only able to get a flick on the ball, after being pressured by a combination of defender and goalkeeper, and his shot was scooped up by Dominic Leary.

As the first half progressed Celtic began to dominate proceedings with their beautiful Tiki-Taka style, with Jerviston looking to counter from a Celtic mistake with their high intensity pressing. Celtic’s pressure nearly paid off in the 32nd minute, when a free-kick found Robbie Neill in the box, but his attempt was well saved by Leary. Soon after that chance the referee blew the half time whistle, with Jerviston going into the interval 2-0 up.

What had the potential to be a very close cup tie ended up being anything but as Stenhousemuir produced a great performance to beat Hamilton Accies 8-0 and win the Under 15's (a) League Cup.
Hamilton actually entered the match as narrow favourites having beaten Stenhousemuir 2-0 earlier in the competition at the group stage. But as is so often the case, form can go right out of the window in a cup final.
It was Hamilton who started the brightest as well. Two minutes into the match Ross Whitelock put in a cross towards the path of Rory Fitzpatrick who could only send his shot wide of goal.
Stenhousemuir had a great chance after five minutes when Luke McAlpine was played through on goal but unfortunately put his shot straight into the arms of the goalkeeper.
That chance marked the beginning of a tense 10 minutes where each side was just trying to get control of the match after a lively start. It wasn't until the 16th minute until we had our next chance when Rory Fitzpatrick was played through for Hamilton but his shot was saved at the Stenny 'keepers feet.
The game had its first goal after 27 minutes when a corner for Stenhousemuir taken by Kyle McDougall was dropped by the Accies 'keeper, allowing Callum Wylie to poke home for the opener.
Defending corners was proving to be a problem for Hamilton and it was from another corner that Stenhousemuir had their second goal of the afternoon. The corner was drifted into Euan Arthur who had a free header to nod easily into the back of the net.
Hamilton were shaken but still trying hard to get back into the game. Two minutes later Dylan Ramage ran the length of the park but sent his long shot wide. It was a frustrating one for Kai Fitzpatrick who was perhaps in a better position to take on the shot.
Stenny's third goal came on the stroke of half-time as McAlpine rounded the 'keeper and unselfishly played the ball across to his teammate Callum Churchill to slot into an empty net.
Cumbernauld Colts produced a stunning performance at Ochilview Park to secure the Under 14s Central League Cup by beating Motherwell FC Community Trust 5-1.
It looked set to be a very entertaining game on a cold Sunday morning in Stenhousemuir, with both sides coming into the match on good form. Motherwell are well in the hunt for the Under 14's Central League title and Cumbernauld have only lost one game all season.
Despite this it was a slow start to the game, with both teams trying to get a sense of how the other played, meaning that chances were few and far between in the opening stages.
Motherwell were the first to strike the ball in anger towards goal after five minutes when a shot by Lewis Simpson was fired well over the bar.
The Well came a lot closer on the 12 minute mark when a corner found its way to Luke Mitchell who was left all on his own but could only send his shot wide of the goal.
Two minutes later the Colts had a chance of their own to get excited about when Jamie Connelly was played through on goal. The striker tried to place his shot underneath 'keeper Jason McCorquodale's legs only for the Well stopper to save with his feet.
Both sides were reall starting to create chances and the Colts made one count on the 26th minute when the ball bounced into the path of Ciaran Clark after a great run from Jon Millerick. Clark set himself and fired a half-volley into the net for the lead.
Cumbernauld started to take control of the match and five minutes from half-time had a great chance when a cross-cum-shot from Joseph Bevan nearly got a toe poke from a teammate only to go behind for a goal kick.
Motherwell were dealt a hammer blow one minute from half-time when Cumbernauld doubled their lead when a great one-two between Bevan and Clark opened up the Well defence for Bevan to send his shot under the keeper and into the net.
Sunday, 14 January 2018 21:39

Agony for Airdrie as brilliant Blantyre lift the cup

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A Ross Docherty header sealed the Regional Cup for Blantyre Soccer Academy in a tense final against an unlucky Airdrie BC side.

The teams walked out under the floodlights at Ochillview in hope of cup success and to use this as a catalyst for their respective league campaigns.

It was a frantic opening to the game, Airdrie playing some decent football and forcing Blantyre stopper David Malarky into a couple of good saves, one with his feet from Blair Cole’s drive into the box before Calum Murray flashed his header wide.

Blantyre started to get into proceedings more after coming under heavy pressure in the opening ten minutes, Ross Docherty displaying good work on the ball but could only put his shot wide.

Both teams were playing good football but neither were able to break down the resilient defences that left the game at a stalemate. Thirty minutes in however it was Blantyre who would go ahead, despite Airdrie beginning to dominate the ball again.

It was all down to Aaron Henderson, who started and finished his own move, playing the ball out to Anthony Hampson before getting the ball back and slamming it into Brodie McGale’s top left hand corner, leaving him no chance.

Airdrie would be level before the break, a deflected cross hitting off a few Blantyre bodies before despite Malarky’s best efforts, could not keep the ball out of the net as Airdrie dragged themselves back into the game.

Jerviston went into this league cup final after defeating Steins Thistle 4-2 in the semi-final, and currently sit fourth in the table having only played six league games this season.

Maddiston beat EDFC 7-1 to reach the final, and are only three points behind their opponents in the league having played the same amount of games. 

Maddiston had a decent opportunity inside the first minute with a dangerous free kick on the right hand side, but the Jerviston defence stood firm. 

Pearce Mooney had the first real chance in the final, as his volley from the edge of the box went just wide of the post after five minutes as Jerviston started the game strongly.

Jerviston were the better team in the opening stages but it was Maddiston who created a wonderful opportunity to take the lead after ten minutes. Some good hold up play from Mark Taylor resulted in him cutting it back for Mason Buchanan but his shot hit the crossbar. Connor Gordon-Paterson's header was then agonisingly saved on the line by Dominic Leary.

The chance sparked Maddiston into life, as they starting to create more chances, dominate possession and their support were cheering them on to get the first goal.

Maddiston scored the goal that their play deserved after 23 minutes, as Taylor was played clean through on goal and he kept his cool to finish smartly under the Jervi goalkeeper to give his team the lead in the final.

Maddiston could have made it two only minutes later as Taylor again found himself with space through on goal as the Jerviston defence struggled to stop him. This time his shot went over the bar, but Leary had fouled the striker just at the edge of the box.

From the resulting free kick Jamie Wilson's low strike beat the goalkeeper to send the Maddiston support wild and this put his side two up on the half hour mark.

Jerviston were struggling to create any chances of note as the Maddiston defence stood firm, which allowed them to go into half time in the final with a deserved two goal cushion.

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:48

Milton leave it late against EKYM

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An extra time winner from Thomas McGhee sealed Milton’s place in the next round of the regional cup, in dramatic fashion against an unlucky EKYM side.

Milton were looking to consolidate on a 2-0 victory in the previous round, whereas EKYM would have been looking to bounce back from a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Milton Rovers in league action.

It was an end to end game in the opening stages, both sides getting near the oppositions goal, but when the ball came into the final third nothing quite seemed to click.

The first real opportunity being presented to Jordan Glassford, whose header was saved well by Milton keeper Alistair Wallace. Eventually, in the 33rd minute there was a breakthrough, with Ryan Carlin firing a stunning free kick high into the top corner, giving EKYM the advantage in what was a very tight affair.

However, less than 90 seconds later Milton broke up the park. Dylan McCafferty found himself with space in the penalty area and turned home a neat half volley to level the scoring.

Monday, 20 November 2017 22:31

Fish inspires EK to victory as Villa flounder

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Sour scenes ensued as EK Burgh blew away an Aston villa side who self-destructed in the second half

A four goal haul from EK number 9 Alex Fish, helped his side on their way to a convincing victory, but it could have been less so if Villa had managed to keep their composure.

The scoring started after just 37 seconds when Adam Wilson burst through a sleepy Villa defence and blasted home his shot into the far left corner of Dylan Leggate’s goal.

Villa seemed to recover from this early setback, dominating most of possession and getting themselves regularly into scoring opportunities, but were unable to convert any of the chances they were creating.

EK were ruthless on the counter and doubled their advantage on the twenty minute mark, Fish getting through one on one with Leggate and slotting the ball under the Villa keeper’s arms to score his first of the afternoon. This goal seemed to rock Villa more than the first, becoming more and more frustrated as things just weren’t clicking for them.

It was three for EK ten minutes from the break, Murray McLoy whipping in a sweet delivery straight to Fish who headed excellently into the bottom corner. Shaun Setumbe gave Villa hope three minutes from half-time when a lobbed ball from Ben Hardie found him to slot home.


The City of Glasgow Cup saw another prestigious clash with Partick Thistle travelling to Milngavie to take on Rangers.

Rangers took the lead just before half time after sustaining pressure on the Thistle back four for much of the opening 45 but the boys from Firhill showed their grit to take their chances in the second half and endure a nervy last 10 minutes.

Rangers enjoyed most of the ball and had the opposition on the back foot but they lacked that killer instinct in the final third. Often, they would get into good positions but then choose the wrong pass, try a stupid potshot or have three players going for the same cross and ending up getting in each other’s way and this was clearly incensing the management team as they sensed this was the type of game where you had to take your chances as few would come in the freezing cold and persistent rain.

The left wing was clearly proving more fruitful for the Rangers attack with Zac Butterworth often linking up well and that is exactly where the first goal game from.

Butterworth picked up the ball on the left flank and used his blistering pace to dribble direct at the Partick defence who crumbled in his wake and allowed him to meet the byline. His chipped cross to the back post was met with pace by Ciarin Dickson who gave the boys in blue a deserved lead going in at the break.

Greenock United 2003’s retained fourth spot in the Dunbartonshire Football Development League despite dropping their first points of the season in a thrilling 4-4 draw with Ardencaple FC 2004’s. 

Ardencaple went into the game on the back of a 3-3 league draw with Dumbarton Riverside 2004’s, while the away side were in high spirits following their 7-2 thrashing of Dumbarton United 2004’s in their previous league fixture. Greenock did, however, have a Regional Cup outing at the beginning of the month, progressing into the next round of the competition with a fine 5-2 victory over Dalziel Boys Club Blacks 2003’s.

The away side entered the match at Hermitage Academy as favourites, sitting five points ahead of their opponents in a highly competitive league table, and it was United who took the lead in just the 7th minute as forward Stephen Wishart found the net after he was found by defender Campbell. With just one change from their previous fixture - Aaron Gray replacing Jamie Sandford in defence – United were brimming with confidence, and found their second shortly after through Josh MacLean.

MacLean then turned provider for midfielder Nathan Tyrrell just a minute later, adding to his phenomenal four assists in the last league outing against Dumbarton. Just as the game seemed to be slipping from the grasp of the home side, they did manage to pull one back before half time with a well-taken free-kick, ending the half in a 3-1 lead for the away side. 

10 man Bellshill snatched a late equaliser to steal all three points from Milton Rovers

It was a cold morning at St Ambrose as both teams went into the game on the back of 3-1 victories and looking to build on these results to continue moving up the table.

The game started off quickly as Milton winger Robert McAlonan went on a mazy run and played it to Ben Cochrane, who fired just wide.

They were only made to wait to the third minute for their goal however, after some great team play saw Connor McIntyre put it across to Nathan Fleming who had the simplest of tap ins to make it 1-0 Rovers.

Five minutes later however, Bellshill were on level terms. Milton were caught out trying to play out from the back, Ben Fisher intercepting a loose ball playing it to Cameron Burlington who made no mistake with the finish to level the game.

The game became a scrappy affair that was mainly played in midfield, Rovers trying to play some nice football with not much coming of it. Bellshill were also trying to get the ball on the floor but similarly to Milton, struggled to do anything in the final third. That was until the thirty third minute when Fisher again got behind the Milton high line and slotted it home to cap off an impressive first half for the midfielder

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