Central Region (149)
All Saints were the deserved winners in this hot-headed Glasgow Schools Cup Final. A dominating performance in the midfield from Nathan Fell secured the trophy, with the tough-tackling captain scoring two and setting up another.
It started scrappily at a sun-soaked Loreto. Tackles and aerial challenges were flying in and it wasn’t long until one header resulted in a goal. All Saints skipper Fell bulleted a long throw into the box, and Merci Ngoy was on-hand at the front post to nod in the opening goal after only 14 minutes.
Holyrood almost hit straight back. Anton Neely’s free-kick caused the All Saints goalie trouble, and the ball bounced high around the six-yard line. Dan Martins rose a leg, and the referee gave a penalty for high feet. Neely stepped up again, and hit his penalty low to the left, but keeper McClellan was fully behind it and kept the Saints ahead.
One or two chances were exchanged with Merci Ngoy and Fell again testing the Holyrood keeper, but there was nothing Aaron McKissock could do to keep Fell’s next shot out.
The referee played a good advantage in midfield, allowing Scotland Schoolboys’ star Fell to control the ball, knock it past his man and curve a shot into the bottom corner with the outside of his left foot. It was a sublime piece of skill, and it doubled All Saints lead on the half-hour mark.
But, Holyrood were able to hit back just before half-time. Ikenna Anunobi broke through after a great ball from Shakhar Kamal and won a corner. Centre-half Danny McGeever lept through the air and powered a bullet header into the net. 2-1 going into the break.
Gartcairn Academy lifted their second trophy in as many months on Sunday when they triumphed over Eastwood Juveniles to win the Kenwil Print and Design Cup.
Daniel Johnstone’s second half goal was all that separated the two sides at the final whistle in what was a hotly-contested final.
Gartcairn kicked off on a gloriously sunny afternoon at Benburb’s New Tinto Park and both side flew out of the traps in an energetic start to the game.
Each side was desperate to gain the upper hand which resulted in a frantic beginning to the game.
The first chance of the game came when Steven Hastie galloped down the left wing, outstripping the defence and driving towards the near post, forcing Scott Matthews to parry the ball behind.
Gartcairn then responded with a good opportunity of their own. Some slick passing down the left channel released Luke Kelly, who beat his man before cutting the ball to the edge of the box. Josh Moore was waiting but fired his effort straight at Ryan Truesdale in the Eastwood goal.
Academy were enjoying most of the ball during the opening exchanges, with their defence pushing up towards the halfway line in an attempt to control proceedings.
Moore had a chance to open the scoring when Kelly played a short corner to him from the left. The winger beat one defender before firing an effort at the near post, but Truesdale was equal to it.
A minute later Gartcairn went close to finding the net, once again from a corner. This time, Kelly swung the ball towards Scott Burns at the back post. The centre back headed back across goal, but none of his teammates could get the touch the ball needed to cross the line.
Hastie continued to look dangerous for Eastwood and admirably pressed and harried the Gartcairn defence as the first half progressed.
By the half hour mark most of the play took place in the Juveniles half and they struggled to maintain possession, preferring to try and hit Academy on the counter.
Calum Rodger looked particularly dangerous going forward from left back and played a crucial role in Gartcairn’s next attack. A neat pass found Kelly in the box with his back to goal, when the winger teed up Ciaran Reilly. The attacker took a touch before hitting a low shot, which the goalkeeper smothered comfortably.
Moore had another chance to open the scoring minutes later when Reilly’s pass found him unmarked at the back post, but the right winger saw his shot trickle harmlessly wide of the far post.
Gartcairn upped the intensity as the match approached half time, spurning a number of decent opportunities. First, Reilly fired a tame shot from distance wide of the far post. Then, with a couple of minutes remaining, Moore beat two Eastwood defenders down the left before seeing his near-post effort parried behind for a corner.
The referee then called time on an entertaining first half. Gartcairn could probably feel a little aggrieved to have gone in level, but Eastwood would have to improve to stand a chance of winning the cup.
KSC Kilwinning Rangers 09’s pulled off an impressive win, scoring three times on their travels to Giffnock Alba in the PJDYFL 1999 division three.
The first half was a tight contest, although there were no real chances to note.
Alba, sitting tenth could leapfrog Giffnock Roma and Rutherglen Glencairn Juniors into eighth place with a win. Meanwhile, with a host of games in hand, Kilwinning knew a win would help them heap pressure on the three sides ahead of them, including first place Glasgow East BC.
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.
It was Déjà vu as Finnart Boys Club overcome Albion Rovers 2-1 for the second time this season to progress into the semi final of the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth League Cup.
The previous meeting between the two had been in the league, with both sides being in a good run of form since that match. Finnart had amassed an impressive five wins in a row with their most recent being a 9-1 win against Dalziel. Meanwhile, Rovers were on a seven game winning streak including a 9-1 win away to Sauchie Juniors in their last game.
Albion Rovers kicked off the first half of the 2pm kick off at a sunny Glasgow Green shooting left to right. Despite this it was Finnart who took the early initiative with Mark Taylor bursting through on the counter attack in the 4th minute. The tall striker managed to get away from the Rovers defence and round the onrushing Reece Thomson but was unable to stop the ball from going out of play.
A minute later, lovely wing play from Barry Peters left him with space in the box to pick out Taylor at the back post, but again he was unable to convert and hit the side netting. Rovers best chance in the opening exchanges fell to Captain Nick Mullen who found the ball at his feet in the box following a free-kick. However, he ended up firing his shot straight at Ross Fisher, who saved easily.
In the 11th minute Taylor tested his luck again, this time cutting in from the left to the edge of the box and unleashing a powerful effort goalward. However, it was well blocked by the Rovers defence and though initially spilled by Thomson, he eventually gathered. Rovers best chances continued to come from free-kicks and another one in the 18th minute found Robbie Kilpatrick at the back post and his header was well saved by an alert Fisher.
Rovers then began to start dominate with their aerial bombardment through corners and free kicks. They did put the ball in the back of the net in the 20th minute with Kilpatrick powering past Fisher but the referee ruled out the goal, due to a foul in the box. They again came close in the 35th minute with a free kick finding Mullen in the box but his header was saved by Fisher, as the first half ended 0-0.
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.