Central Region (153)
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.
Declan Duffy was the hero as the St Ambrose keeper saved multiple penalties to ensure St Ambrose won the Scottish schools league cup 4-2 on penalties against an unlucky Uddingston Grammar.
A dramatic penalty shootout saw Ben O'Brien put his spot kick in the bottom left hand corner to win the cup for St Ambrose after it finished 1-1 after full time.
Uddingston however were the team to go in front after four minutes, Aaron Davies getting in behind the St Ambrose defence and coolly lifting it over the keeper to give Uddingston an early lead. St Ambrose had a few half chances throughout the half, Eli Simpson and O’Brien looking particularly dangerous down the middle.
Despite their pressing and hard work up front, the Uddingston defence stood firm and were able to withstand the pressure as they went into the break in the lead.
Gartcairn secured the treble as they overcame a nine-man Kirkfield United in the blistering sun at the Falkirk stadium.
The heat was definitely on for both sides as Kirkfield looked for revenge on Gartcairn having been beaten by them six days previous in the league cup final. Gartcairn were on the hunt for a domestic treble and two Craig Cummings goal inspired Gartcairn to do so.
It was a slow start to the game. Both teams trying to adapt to the conditions and making sure not to over exert themselves.
The only real chance fell to Jason Stevenson as he raced through one-on-one with Kirkfield Goalkeeper Tom Crawford. Gartcairn were first to score, Cummings getting the first of his brace in the 28th minute after some lovely build up play by Gartcairn put him through one on one with Crawford and he made no mistake in finding the net. Sam Anderson was desperate to level the score, making a fantastic box to box run, but he could only sting the palms of Drew Gorrie.
Kirkfield levelled just before the break. A corner from the left hand side caused havoc in the box and Gorrie couldn’t claim it, allowing Finlay Patrick to burst the empty net to give Kirkfield a huge boost going into the break.
Calderglen eased their way into the final of the Lanarkshire cup with an impressive performance in front of goal against Dalziel.
Four goals from James Scott inspired Calderglen to an emphatic victory despite the best efforts of Dalziel hitman Nathan Brown who converted a hat-trick for his side.
Calderglen were looking to put the Monday blues behind them after a Scottish cup semi-final exit two days previous, whereas Dalziel had ideas of their own to make the final.
Dalziel took the lead within seven minutes, Brown getting the first of his goals after a powerful run resulting in his shot going under the unfortunate Calderglen keeper Callum McGhie.
Calderglen slowly fought their way back into the game and eight minutes later they were level. William Dawson’s effort went through the hands of Dalziel keeper Alistair Rankin and into the net to level the scoring.
It was end to end stuff, both sides looking not to crack under the pressure of the occasion. A penalty was awarded to Calderglen in the 22nd minute after Sam Morrow was clipped. Dawson confidently strolled up and fired it home from 12 yards to put his side in the lead.
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.