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Goals from Sam Kerr and David Veitch gave Cumbernauld Colts a League Cup final victory over Bellshill Athletic.

A first half strike from Kerr sent Colts on their way, before a late Veitch penalty secured the victory, at a wet Ochilview park.

Cumbernauld had started well, testing Bellshill stopper Ben McDougall with a flurry of early efforts, but he was well up to the challenge. Both sides had to take time, and adapt to the conditions they were playing in, which lead to a tight contest in the opening half hour.

On the 33rd minute, McCaughey put Cumbernauld ahead. McDougal’s short pass from the back was intercepted by the Cumbernauld frontman, and he made no mistake, firing it into the bottom corner.

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 16:34

Dunbeth triumph in CSFA B League Cup final

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Dunbeth FC won the CSFA B League Cup with a 4-0 victory over Gairdoch United at Ochilview Stadium.

Two goals in either half saw Dunbeth ease to victory. A first half double from Adam McDonald, followed by a goal from Darrell Love and an own goal in the second half rounded off the scoring on a great night for Dunbeth.

The match had a very scrappy start, with both sides unable to get a foothold in the game.

It was Gairdoch who had the first chance. Josh Lynn drove forward with the ball from half way and played a ball through for Robbie Simpson, the striker took one touch in the box but was closed down well by Dunbeth keeper Rhys Hampsey.

However, it was Dunbeth who came into the game and had a chance of their own. A great cross from the right-hand side by Darrell Love found TJ Sharkey but his header back across goal couldn't find a Dunbeth attacker.

Dunbeth continued to press and had their goal in rather fortunate circumstances. Adam McDonald picked up the ball just outside the box and tried his luck with a shot on goal, his effort was parried into the net by Birnie to give Dunbeth the lead with 25 minutes gone.

Dunbeth had another chance. Love played a nice one-two with Adem Altingul as Love received the ball and raced through on goal, but his effort was thwarted by a great double save by Birnie.

However, Dunbeth netted a second on the stroke of half time, with an outstanding goal. Adam McDonald took a free-kick on from 35 yards out and smashed the ball into the top right corner giving the keeper no chance.

 

Saturday, 27 October 2018 13:48

Gairdoch edge out Pro Football Academy in tight game

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Professional Football Academy played host to Gairdoch United at Logan’s Road Park in this close and exciting encounter.

The game started at a fast pace as both teams were eager to get in front early and also to warm up on a chilly morning in Motherwell.

The first good chance fell to Professional Football Academy when Connor Swan found some space at the back post but his volleyed effort from a tight angle went just over the bar. 

The best chance of the first half fell to Scott Honeyman of Gairdoch. In the build up there was some excellent play on the left wing by Josh McCue and his cross was put it on a plate for Honeyman but his side-footed effort went just wide. 

The away side were able to create another good opportunity just before halftime and this time it was McCue with the opportunity to score himself but his shot from just inside the box was well saved by Aidan Glavin in the PFA goal.

Saturday, 27 October 2018 11:49

Five-star Condorrat triumph over West Park

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West Park United Gold hosted Condorrat BC in a CSFA C Division match in a repeat of last season’s D Division League Cup Final.

The game started with Condorrat on the front foot and creating early chances, one of which they converted on six minutes. Great work in the midfield by Reece Deans, who held off defenders to pass the ball across for Reece Robertson to play an inch perfect pass through the West Park backline for Dylan Elliot in the penalty area who took one touch and smashed the ball into the far corner to give the away side an early lead.

Condorrat continued to press their opponents and doubled their lead with 12 minutes on the clock. A short corner found Dylan Elliot on the right wing, who had space to deliver a cross with great pace in towards the six-yard box which found Robert McMahon who smashed the ball into the net giving West Park 'keeper Jordan McKenzie no chance.

The visitors almost made it 3-0 after great running by Reece Robertson who chased what looked like a lost cause to gain possession on the left wing, he had time to look up and send his cross into the box which Jordan McKenzie got a hand on but the ball fell to Reece Deans who forced McKenzie into a great double save from close range.

West Park then had their first chance of the game. A sweeping move led by Adam Gribben who carried the ball past defenders on the left wing before making a great switch of play for Aidan Reid on the edge of the area, who darted into the box, but as he was about to pull the trigger, his chance was thwarted by a combination of Brady Differ and Leon Gillies who managed to clear the danger.

Condorrat threatened again, first through Robert McMahon. The forward collected the ball from a throw in and drove at the heart of the West Park defence, played a 1-2 with Reece Deans and then unleashed a shot from the edge of the area which McKenzie was equal to as he tipped the effort over the bar. Reece Robertson then tried his luck with an outside of the foot effort from the edge of the area which whistled past the post.

Five minutes before half-time, Condorrat had their third. An amazing individual goal by Dylan Ross. The Condorrat front-man dispossessed the West Park midfield and from there went on a solo-run, who breezed past the West Park defence, leaving three defenders in his wake, advancing into the penalty area before slotting the ball into the far corner to put the visitors 3-0 up.

It could've been four for Condorrat on the brink of half-time. A corner delivered by Dylan Elliot found Reece Deans who turned the ball goalward, but his effort was cleared off the line by Patrick Gallacher as the referee blew for half time.

Sunday, 07 October 2018 20:24

Clinical Motherwell book Cup Final spot

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Motherwell FCCT earned a place in the CSFA A League Cup final with a well-deserved 3-0 victory over Gartcairn FA at Gartcairn Park, Airdrie. First half goals from Kirk McKnight and Reece O'Neil put the visitors in control before Nathan Brown scored a third late on to ensure the win.

Motherwell opened the scoring with four minutes on the clock. A free-kick just inside the Gartcairn half was floated in by Reece O'Neil, which was met by Kirk McKnight who from eight yards out flicked a header into the corner, past Jay Kennedy in the Gartcairn goal to give Motherwell an early lead.

Just a few minutes later, Gartcairn almost levelled proceedings. A corner was whipped in by Patrick Meechan into a crowded penalty area and sent goalward with a powerful header, but the effort was brilliantly blocked on the line and sent away from goal. 

The visitors were in on goal with a chance for 2-0. Good work by Hugo Brown on the right-wing who clipped a ball over the defence for Nathan Brown who collected the ball and flicked it over his marker and found himself one-on-one with Kennedy in the Gartcairn goal. Brown unleashed a shot headed for the near post, but Kennedy produced a great save to keep the score at 1-0.

Gartcairn then fashioned a half-chance. A mix-up in the Motherwell defence caused by good pressing from Aidan Wilson and Jonathon McFegan saw Wilson pick up on a loose pass directed for the Motherwell keeper but the striker was forced wide and Wilson collected the ball outside the box on the by-line when he cut the ball back for McFegan in the area who was closed down and scuffed his effort over the bar, a let off for Motherwell.

Motherwell then doubled their advantage on 35 minutes. A short corner taken by Lewis Simpson to the edge of the box for Hugo Brown who shaped to shoot but played a smart pass to his right for Reece O'Neil, who hit a first-time effort from outside the box towards goal which travelled through a crowd of bodies and squirmed under Gartcairn keeper Jay Kennedy.

Motherwell had the better of the chances in the first half and deserved their lead going into the break.

Jerviston faced AC Rovers in this League Cup semi-final, played at King George V Park in Wishaw.

Both teams were desperate for a fast start as this was a great opportunity to reach a cup final so early in the season, however the initial stages consisted of both trying to adapt to the pitch and conditions, with a few slipping and sliding on the surface.

Jerviston started off the better and could have had several chances at goal had it not been for a great interception by the AC Rovers defence and a close offside call. 

Jack Cairns had the first good chance of the match for AC, when the ball sat up invitingly for him but his volley went just wide with Dominic Leary helpless.

This chance sparked AC Rovers into life and they began to pass the ball about well, with their captain Connor Moir in particular impressing with his dribbling and passing ability. 

Tony Mullen had the best chance of the first half for Jerviston and it was a brilliant opportunity to take the lead, but a great last ditch tackle from Isaac McCulloch saved his team. 

Both sides continued to struggle to create clear cut chances in what was proving to be a tight semi-final match.
 

Sunday, 30 September 2018 21:36

Colts strike early to see off Hamilton

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Two goals in three first half minutes from Scott Ross were enough to lead Cumbernauld Colts to victory over Hamilton Accies BC, despite a late David Buchanan penalty for the away side in a tightly contested CSFA A League clash.

Colts started the brighter and made their pressure count with five minutes on the clock. A corner by Daniel McKendrick wasn't fully cleared by the Hamilton defence and Scott Ross capitalised and fired the ball home to give his side an early lead.

Colts then doubled their advantage just three minutes later. Another McKendrick corner fell to the feet of Ross who did well to control the ball in a crowded penalty area and got his shot off, which was superbly tipped onto the bar by Hamilton keeper Dylan Quinn, unfortunately for him the ball still found its way into the net.

Hamilton were pushing to get into the game and their first chance came from a set-piece 25-yards from goal. Leo Hannah stepped up, but his effort whistled over the crossbar.

The home side then had a chance to make it 3-0 from the penalty spot on 17 minutes. Great work on the left wing by Bradley Benton to play a through ball into the penalty area for the on running Cameron Smyth who was brought down before he could get a shot on goal. Scott Ross stepped up with an opportunity for his hat-trick, but he was denied by Quinn, down to his left-hand side the keeper produced a fantastic save to keep his side in the game.

Colts were pushing for a third goal before half time. Great work in midfield from Kyle Stuart as he held off his marker and played a great pass through for Pierce Egan, who darted through on goal, but he was well closed down Quinn who closed the angle and made a great save.

Hamilton were finishing the first half well and pushing for a way back into the match, but Colts' centre-back pairing of Angus Paterson and Samuel McLaren were very organised in keeping Hamilton at bay.

Saturday, 08 September 2018 12:32

Colts and Knightswood in six goal thriller

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Cumbernauld Colts and Knightswood played out an enthralling 3-3 draw in this CSFA League clash. 

An opening goal from Lee McGill put the Colts 1-0 up before Corey O'Donnell scored a quickfire double to put Knightswood 2-1 at half time. Colts scored an equaliser through Kieran Hall just after half time, again, that was cancelled out by Knightswood, Sean Keegan's goal looked to have won the game for his side before Colts grabbed a late equaliser through Kevin Williamson.

Both sides started quickly and created early chances in the first 10 minutes.

The first chance of the game came for Knightswood. Good work from Sean Keegan in the middle of the park allowed him to spread the ball wide to Shaun Gallaher on the right-hand side who took on his man and got to the by-line and crossed in for Corey O'Donnell whose header was straight at Finlay Adger in the Cumbernauld Colts goal.

Colts then had a chance of their own. A ball not fully cleared by the Knightswood defence saw Kieran Hall put through 1-on-1 with Knightswood keeper Paul Gallaher, Hall put his shot under the keeper which was headed for goal, but his effort was cleared off the line by Tariq Lgried.

Knightswood had a great opportunity to open the scoring. O'Donnell collected the ball inside the Colts half and drove at the defence, took the ball past two defenders on the edge of the box and cut the ball back to the penalty spot to the unmarked Liam MacNamee who scuffed a shot which fell into the arms of Adger.

The deadlock was broken on 14 minutes by Lee McGill for Colts. A good pass by Aiden McDade found Kieran Hall on the edge of the box who spotted the run of McGill who collected the ball in the box and finished well over Gallaher.

Knightswood levelled 6 minutes later. The attack started from Gallaher who sent a punt upfield for MacNamee on the left wing who played a ball down the line for O'Donnell who carried the ball into the box, held off his marker and put a fantastic left footed shot across Adger into the net at the far post. A great finish by the striker.

O'Donnell grabbed his and his team's second on 27 minutes. A corner sent in by Sean Keegan found O'Donnell in the box who controlled the ball and smashed it into the roof of the net to put Knightswood 2-1 up.

There could have been a third for Knightswood before half time. Keegan picked up the ball in the middle of the park and played a great pass into the box for Gallaher who had made a run from the right wing and found himself in on goal, but his shot was well saved by Adger.

Colts could have levelled on the stroke of half time. McDade floated a ball out to Kheran McLarne on the right-hand side who played a first time headed pass into Hall in the box whose shot hit the outside of the post.

Saturday, 01 September 2018 13:55

Camelon too strong for Kilsyth

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Two goals in each half for Camelon Juniors saw them defeat Kilsyth Athletic 4-0 in this CSFA 'A' Division League match.

First half goals from Connor Armstrong and Charlie Lansdown in the space of two minutes put them in the lead at half time. Lewis Hall and Ryan Shearer's goals in the second half rounded off the scoring on a good outing for Camelon.

The game started in a scrappy manner with both teams trying to keep a hold of the ball.

The first chance in the game came for Camelon. Thomas Hodgkins collected the ball on the half way line and floated the ball over the Kilsyth defence to Kai Flynn who's cross from the right found Charlie Lansdown on the edge of the box who's shot at goal was arrowed for the bottom left corner but a great save from Kaiden Ashmall in the Kilsyth goal kept the score at 0-0.

Kilsyth then had a half-chance of their own. A nice 1-2 on the left between Blair Buchanan and Sean Murray, gave Murray the space to play the ball out to Brandon Burns on the wing, who put a dangerous cross in which had to be cleared by the Camelon defence.

Camelon opened the scoring 10 minutes before half-time. Great work on the edge of the box by Felix Hall who avoided challenges from the Kilsyth defence and played the ball into Connor Armstrong who smashed the ball into the back of the net at the keepers near post.

Only a minute later, Camelon were 2-0 up. Kilsyth failed to clear, and Kai Flynn was on the edge of the box to collect the ball and play a pass into the box for Charlie Lansdown who put the ball past the outrushing Ashmall.

A feisty Central Region Cup final between Hamilton Accies and North Motherwell Boys Club ended in a hard-fought 2-1 win for Motherwell in a heated clash that threatened to spill over in the second half.

It all looked rosy for Motherwell heading into the break after Hayden Cogan fired them into the lead. However, Kai Kirkpatrick notched a fantastic equaliser for Accies in the second half before being sent off for a late challenge with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Motherwell used the one-man advantage to terrific effect, and grabbed a winner through the tireless Dylan Davidson with just over 10 minutes remaining - sending the Motherwell fans into raptures.

Accies actually started the brighter side in the first 5-10 minutes. Kirkpatrick and Reece Reddiex were lively without really creating too much, and Hamilton had a positive vibe about them.

It was Motherwell who created the first opportunity though, as Lewis Falconer's cross into the box was flicked straight to Jake Inglis, who rifled over the bar with a snapshot.

There was an impressive display of passing football from either side in this one, bringing a fresh and very welcome style of football to the contest. Other than the odd loose ball, both sides were hanging onto the ball well when they had it, and it made for an intriguing contest.

Some lovely, passing play saw Rory Fitzpatrick lay off the powerful Lewis Blane. However, despite having a sight of goal for a second, his shot was quickly blocked.

Motherwell started to get used to the balls coming into Fitzpatrick and Reddiex, with Kieran McMahon and Sean Reid not giving Accies a moment on the ball in the final third after the 15 minute mark.

The game then broke into life. A clever run forward from Reddiex saw the ball break to Ross Ruckett. A terrific chance opened up for him, but he could only fire it over with a wasted effort.

Up the other end though and Motherwell stormed into a 25th-minute lead. Ross Brownlee controlled down the left and played a forward pass to Cogan. There didn't look to be too much on for Cogan, but he seamlessly drifted through several players before rifling an effort over Nicholas McNab and into the net.

Accies struggled for a meaningful response, but the opener didn't stop them playing their passing game. Kirkpatrick fired an effort straight at Stuart Robertson as they continued to move it with confidence.

However, the game was largely where Motherwell would've wanted it. They were in control of proceedings without being dominant. A terrific ball from Anton McQuade through to Davidson saw him fire an effort that had to be parried round.

Despite not creating too much before the break, Hamilton should've been level. Kirkpatrick sent a terrific cross into the area for Shea Lafferty who had peeled off his man. Lafferty, though, could only nod straight at Robertson, who reacted superbly to divert it away and keep Motherwell ahead heading into the break.

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