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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.
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.
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
Pollok blitzed seven goals in the first half to set them on their way to a comfortable 9-0 victory over Cumbernauld United on Sunday morning.
The home side cruised to victory and had the ball in the opposition net after just five minutes.
Forward Cameron McNair received the ball on the edge of the box and thundered a confident left-footed shot into the net after turning his man superbly.
Pollok almost grabbed a second just two minutes later. Left-winger Declan Smith played in Nathan McGarvey for a one-on-one but Cumbernauld goalie Ross Higney rushed off his line to block well.
McNair then turned provider for Pollok’s second. After some quick passing from his side, McNair broke into the box on the right and fired a low cross across goal where Smith poked in at the far post.
Smith and McNair were causing the Cumbernauld defence all sorts of problems as they created chance after chance for the home side.
Five minutes later Smith grabbed his second and his team’s third. A superb driving run from right-back Luke Kelly took him to the edge of the box, where the ball eventually fell to the feet of Smith. The winger beat one defender then rifled in at the far post.
Higney then pulled off a fantastic save to deny Pollok’s Kyle McDonald. The striker hit a powerful shot from 25 yards but the keeper did superbly to tip the ball over the bar.
A delay of five minutes then took place after Higney went down following a collision. A lack of substitutes meant the keeper couldn’t be taken off but to his credit the keeper carried on.
Shortly afterwards, the floodgates opened for Pollok. McNair grabbed another from a corner, with the assist provided by Smith again. The winger hit a cross to the far post where McNair nodded in.
Pollok’s fifth came five minutes later. A wonderful move with many quick, first-touch passes eventually played in Smith, who squared the ball to right-winger Brandyn Milne. Milne then drove to the byline before cutting back to McDonald, whose thundered effort gave Higney no chance.
Pollok’s sixth was once again a result of some great combination play between Smith and McNair. Smith broke down the left wing and fired a low cross into the box, where McNair sealed his hat-trick by poking the ball home.
Unfortunately for Cumbernauld, there was still time for one more before the break. Left-back Patrick Canning sprinted down the touchline before cutting the ball back to McNair, who prodded in for Pollok’s seventh.
The referee then blew for half-time, much to the relief of the shell-shocked United team.
A last minute winner from Ciaran Gavin earned Port Glasgow all three points at Motherwell in a Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Division B bout that went right to the wire.
Port Glasgow had the first chance of the match within a minute when Josh Lafferty burst down the left wing and whipped in a cross to Ryan Phillips whose shot glanced past the face of the goal.
The visitors had another effort when they won a free kick on the right side. Reuben Ballingall swung in the cross which was half cleared and his rebounded strike was routinely saved by Jay Elliot in the Motherwell goal.
Motherwell had their first significant opportunity when Steven Reilly picked up possession outside the box, lobbed the ball up for himself and attempted a looping kick which Port keeper Lewis Lafferty managed to get a hand to.
Josh Lafferty continued to cause problems for Motherwell during the early exchanges as he marauded down the left flank unchallenged. He laid the ball on to Josh McAuslan on the corner of the box who blazed the ball over the bar as the away side turned the screw.
Port Glasgow were dominating proceedings, pressing higher up the pitch and holding a larger portion of the early chances on goal. Port could have taken the lead when a long kick out from Lewis Lafferty evaded the whole midfield and latched on to Josh Lafferty in a dangerous position. The striker got his shot off early encouraging a smart save from the Motherwell stopper.
Motherwell had resorted to shooting from distance when in possession at this stage and Jordan Wilson tested the goal from 25 yards out but the attack was well matched by Lewis Lafferty.
Josh Lafferty found himself one on one with the keeper when he ran on to a neat flick on but his attempt was parried away by Elliot. There was an almost identical opportunity moments later when the attacker lashed an attempt on goal but Elliot got down low and stretched to save with a strong right glove.
Port Glasgow kept knocking on the door without any success which was testament to the performance of Elliot in goals who was proving equal to any problem the visitors could muster. Port were enjoying a lot of possession in the final third but couldn't capitalise. To their credit, Motherwell were being street wise in defence by not taking any chances and evading the danger by clearing their lines nice and early.
Ballingall burst through the middle of the pitch but his early stab from outside the box was dealt with again by Elliot. Motherwell had the chance to put themselves in front from a corner when the ball landed to Blair White but he scooped the ball over the bar from close range.
The home side would take their chance soon after on the 40th minute when a searching clearance up the park found Matthew Cummings in the counter attack who laid it onto Andrew Wilson to his right. Wilson dashed into the box unchallenged and calmly passed it into the back of the net by the stranded goalkeeper.
Port Glasgow reacted immediately as Josh Brolly got on the end of a corner and his low drive had every right to burst the back of the net before it was met by the outstretched foot of Elliot who saved his side again.
The ref blew to signal the end of a first half where Port Glasgow had dominated possession but were unable to make the most of their chances. Motherwell had proven to be clinical when it mattered as well as resolute at the back and they took a well earned lead into the second period.