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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 21:15

Blantyre and Milton Rovers share the spoils

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Blantyre Boys Club and Milton Rovers drew 3-3 as they shared the spoils in their under 15s Lanarkshire Development League match at Hamilton Palace on Sunday.
 
Blantyre went into the match looking for a return to winning ways having lost their last two matches to EK Burgh and Dalziel Boys Club, while Milton Rovers were looking to extend their unbeaten run to four matches having beat both EK Burgh and Dalziel and drew with Mill United in their last three games.
 
Despite finishing 3-3, the game was a tight affair with neither team giving much their counterparts time and space in the midfield. Ross Lyons opened the scoring for Blantyre shooting low into the far corner. Reece Palmer equalised for Milton Rovers from the penalty spot, before Owen Foster put Milton 2-1 with a fierce strike.
 
Jamie Drummond equalised for Blantyre five minutes before half time. Robbie Cox put Milton back in front ten minutes into the second half, before Nathyn McKecknie completed the scoring and levelled the game midway through the second half.
 
The first chance of the game fell to Blantyre four minutes in. Lyons fired a powerful shot at goal, however Andy Cummings got down well to his near post to beat the ball away.
 
A quick counter attack saw the second chance of the game also fall to Blantyre. The Blantyre defence broke down a Milton attack and the ball found its way to Nathyn McKecknie on the left wing who ran up the line but shot straight at Cummings.
 
Blantyre scored the opening goal of the game on 16 minutes. Ross Lyons fired the ball towards the far post from the right hand side of the area. Cummings got a hand to it, however the shot was too powerful and the ball found the corner of the net.
 
Ten minutes after going behind, Milton drew themselves level. A throw in down the right hand side found its way to Joshua Bell inside the box. The Blantyre defence cleared the ball, however the referee judged that Bell was fouled in the process and duly pointed to the spot. Reece Palmer stepped up to slot the ball in the bottom left hand corner.
 
Four minutes later Milton took the lead after a good move down the right hand side. Robbie Cox received the ball on the right wing near the half way line, he beat his man and drove forward but slipping a neat through ball to Owen Foster who smashed the ball into the top corner to give his side a 2-1 lead.
 
Milton's lead did not last very long however as Blantyre drew level soon after. Attacking down the left, Blantyre managed to force the ball into the area and Jamie Drummond managed to stab the ball into the back of the net via the post from around 8 yards out. Drummond's strike meant the league leaders were level going into half time.
 
 
Antonine have progressed to the third round of the Central Regional Cup with a 5-0 win over East Stirlingshire on Sunday morning.
 
Goals from Daniel Hamilton, Adam Boyle, Liam Manley and two from Scott Hutton sealed the win for the hosts.
 
Both teams started well on a surface not conducive to the teams’ respective passing games, and the home side took the lead just five minutes in.
 
Daniel Hamilton picked the ball up out on the right and drove into the box before slotting the ball under East Stirlingshire goalkeeper Mark Gordon to give Antonine an early 1-0 lead.
 
High on confidence from his goal, Hamilton drove down the right once more. He fired the ball across the face of goal for Owen Gallagher to shoot from the six yard box, but Gordon got down well to hold the ball.
 
Eleven minutes into the game, East Stirlingshire almost equalised through a ‘stramash’. Ciaran Barr had two bites at the cherry, before Jay Buist’s effort was gathered by Antonine goalkeeper Andrew Carroll.
 
On twenty four minutes, Antonine doubled their lead. A perfectly weighted through ball was played into the path of striker Adam Boyle, who duly thumped the ball past Gordon to put his side 2-0 up.
 
Two minutes later, Antonine tripled their lead thanks to Scott Hutton. A corner on the right wasn’t held by Gordon and Hutton was on hand to stab the ball home. 
 
Shortly before the half hour mark, the visitors made a substitution - Andrew Boyd replacing Barr.
 
6 minutes before half time, Antonine were awarded a penalty kick after Boyd was adjudged to have tackled from behind. Despite the visitors protestations, referee James Gallagher pointed to the spot. Liam Manley stepped up and sent Gordon the wrong way to ensure Antonine went into the break with a four goal cushion.
Friday, 21 November 2014 04:59

Clydebank HS hit seven against Dumbarton Academy

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Clydebank High’s Greg Forrest scored two long range goals as they thrashed Dumbarton Academy 7-0 on Thursday afternoon.
 
Forrest’s long range finishes put the visitors 2-0 ahead and the home side were rampant after the break. Substitute Reece Rutherford bagged a brace in the game that also saw striker Robert Clunie, Darren Wright and Eddie Ramsay also netting.
 
From the outset, it was evident that this was a Clydebank side out to attack, and they were rewarded with a goal within the opening two minutes of the game. 30 yards from goal, Greg Forrest unleashed a powerful, dipping shot that flew past Dumbarton Academy goalkeeper Nathan Wylie to give the visitors an early lead.
 
Straight from kick off, Dumbarton almost found an instant equaliser. Lewis McCrossan’s mazy run saw him skip past three challenges before shooting narrowly wide of George Elliot’s right hand post.
 
The host’s took heart from this and went close on a number of occasions in a short spell of pressure. First, Sam Grierson’s sweetly struck free kick was well held by Elliot, before Robbie Grindlay’s effort flashed across the face of goal - narrowly beyond the reach of onrushing Dumbarton’s Jordan McLean.
 
Midway through the first half, Clydebank almost added a second. A delighted ball up the line from Calum Craig found Clunie, but his audacious chip went narrowly wide. 
 
Clydebank did double their advantage a few minutes later. Clydebank were a free kick 30 yards from goal and, high on confidence, Forrest curled the ball high past Wylie for his second of the day.
 
Shortly before the break Ross Shaw had the chance to halve the deficit, but his shot trundled agonisingly wide of the post and Clydebank went into half time two goals to the good.
Sunday, 05 October 2014 20:00

Antonine in five star win over Oban Saints

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Antonine 1999’s moved joint top of the DFDL Under 16’s league following a 5-1 win over Oban Saints Youths. 
 
Lining up in a 4-3-1-2 formation, Antonine started the game well trying to get a hold on the ball and attempting to settle in to their passing game.
 
However, it was the visitors that took the lead. Saints won a free kick on the half way line and Ross MacCrone rose well to head past Antonine goalkeeper Andrew Carrol to open the scoring and give Oban an early lead.
 
Oban’s chance to double their advantage fell to Jay Cooper. Cooper’s driven shot forced a first class save from Carrol, tipping the ball over the bar. 
 
Three minutes later though, Antonine were level. Good link up play between Owen Gallagher and Adam Boyle saw the former slip the ball in to Boyle’s path and the striker made no mistake, poking the ball under Saints goalkeeper Mateusz Polewaczyk. 
 
On 25 minutes MacCrone, full of confidence, attempted a cheeky chip but Carrol stood tall and comfortably gathered the ball. Ten minutes later, Ross MacMillan stung the palms of Caroll with a rasping drive that the goalkeeper did well to palm the ball to safety.
 
On the stroke of half time the visitors almost snuck a second. A great turn of pace from lively Oban forward MacCrone burst down the left wing before cutting inside to shoot, but tremendous tracking back saw Antonine’s Brendan Kelly throw himself at the ball to deny Oban an almost certain goal.
A strong second half performance saw Rossvale Thistle progress to the second round of the League cup after victory against Milton Blue. Four second half goals gave Thistle a 6-2 win after the score was tied 2-2 at half time.
 
Both teams went into the match having won their last game. Milton beat Alloa Saints 5-1 in their previous fixture, whilst Rossvale Thistle inflicted a heavy defeat on Gartcairn .
 
The match started at a frantic pace with both teams having half chances within the opening ten minutes. The first real opportunity fell to Milton four minutes in when Joe Tortolano headed narrowly wide.
 
Rossvale's first chance fell to Paul King who's looping header was easily caught by Milton goalkeeper Aidan McEwan. McEwan then saved from Jack Crumlish who had cut inside the fullback and shot from the edge of the area.
 
At this point it looked like Rossvale were starting to create more chances and it was not long before they took the lead. Paul King ran on to a long pass and beat the goalkeeper McEwan in a race to the ball. His shot looked to be heading past the post, however Ralston got to the ball and calmly finished past two defenders on the line.
 
The lead did not last that long however, as five minutes later, Milton drew level. Jordan Brown smashed a great volley past Callum O'Hagan after a good ball over the top.  
 
Rossvale had two good chances to retake the lead shortly after Milton's equaliser. A strong run and shot from Adam Martin was well saved by McEwan in the Milton goal. King swung in the resulting corner and Craven found space, however his header went just over the crossbar.
 
Since equalising, Milton had come into their game a bit more and it showed soon after. Good play down the right wing on 27 minutes resulted in a corner for Milton. The corner was swung in by Brown and was met by Hunter who had lost his man. His superb diving header found the top corner of the net and gave Milton a 2-1 lead.  
 
Martin nearly drew Rossvale level two minutes later following another good run. This time his trickery left him one on one with the goalkeeper, however his shot went wide.
 
However, Rossvale weren't to be denied their equaliser and ten minutes before half time they won a penalty. Craven stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way as he calmly slotted the ball in the bottom corner.
 
Shortly after drawing level, Rossvale had a chance to go ahead once more.  A ball over the top from Crumlish was met by King who's lobbed over the keeper also went over the crossbar.
 
The two teams went in level at half time, and this seemed to be an accurate reflection of the half. The play was scrappy with a lot of meaty challenges in the midfield and both defences done well not to concede too many clear cut chances to their opponents.
Sunday, 14 September 2014 19:58

Birthday boy seals hat trick for Bankies

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Michael Taylor scored a hattrick on his birthday as Clydebank 1997’s beat Westerton 7-2 to lift the Bankies off the foot of the table.
 
Two goals from Lewis McIntosh and one a piece from Lewis Cullen and John McSorley ensured Clydebank eased into a comfortable lead before Sandy Robertson and Ross Miller scored consolations for the visitors. 
 
Westerton came the closest to opening the scoring after a frantic first ten minutes. Sandy Robertson found himself with plenty of space to run at the Clydebank defence and only a superb point blank save from Bankies goalkeeper Ker McIntyre denied him the opening goal of the game.
 
Five minutes later, bottom of the table Clydebank opened the scoring thanks to Michael Taylor.  After a clever interchange of passing in the midfield, Andrew Gill played a wonderful through ball to Taylor, who got himself in a great position to prod the ball home for his and Clydebank’s first. 
 
Clydebank could’ve considered themselves unlucky not to have won a penalty just before the half hour mark. Gill’s bursting run saw him one on one with Westerton goalkeeper Sean Trainor. Gill tried to round keeper and appeared to be brought down inside the area, but referee John Allen was unmoved.
 
Shortly afterwards, Taylor then added a second. A short corner on the left was well worked, Cullen whipped the ball in for Taylor who rose well to head Bankies into a 2-0 lead at half time.
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:58

Central coast to cup final victory over Colts

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Broadwood Stadium bared witness to a clash of Cumbernauld Colts and Central Girls fighting for the gold of the 13’s League Cup Final with Central Girls FA storming to victory. Central dominated possession from whistle-to-whistle against strong opponents with double hat-tricks coming from Chelsea McEachran and Megan Gallagher and with Taylor Rose Hamill and Rhianne Ferguson also adding to the score sheet.
 
The Grangemouth outfit were the team of the two kicking off and pressurising from the first whistle. The opening minute watched McEachran closing in and showing the Cumbernauld girls no time before slotting through Hamill on two occasions, both of which narrowly missed breaking the deadlock.
 
With Cumbernauld on the back-foot McEachran met the end of a beautiful through ball with a right footed strike into the far corner. Fuelled on momentum Central Girls showed no signs of easing off after opening the score sheet when the second minute saw Gallagher tearing down the left flank and doubling the score.
 
On the 5th minute mark McEachran tried the target again and on the ricochet from Rachel Caddell’s gloves Gallagher capitalised spreading the margin between the teams once more.  In attempt to respond to the power surge of Central, the North Lanarkshire girls opted for long ball options to the strikers which were swept up by a controlled Zoe Mary Young. On the 7th minute McEachran mimicked her previous goal by smashing home into the same far corner pushing Central Girls 4-0 up.
 
Colts then faced a decision when goalkeeper Rachael Caddell was forced to go off with an injury, and dedicated to the cause Laura Connelly stepped up to face the challenge of playing in goals.
 
The injury break and substitution showed no signs of denting the concentration of the Central Girls with just seconds afterwards McEachran completed her hat-trick by reaching the end of a long ball and slotting past the new Cumbernauld goalkeeper. The 6th goal for Central arrived just one minute later with another long run from Gallagher, skipping past two defenders and pushing the ball into the bottom corner.
 
Cumbernauld, despite their uphill struggle showed true fighting spirit in their defensive pressures and pushing Central backwards for a period. The fighting spirit however was strong in both sides and Central broke on the counter with Gallagher again showing her quick feet and composure with sublime trickery out on the left wing prior to cutting in and finishing with a deft side foot into far corner pushing the lead to 7.
 
With Gallagher now on four goals she did not ease her foot off the pedal and just a moment later her quick feet put her in the position of another shot on target but all credit to Caddell who parried the shot to safety. This, then became a trend with the next three shots on target being saved.
 
It was not until the 25th minute that Central could break the barrier between Caddell and net when a long throw in was met by the head of McEachran and under Caddell’s legs into the back of the net. The momentum was built upon once more with Gallagher sharply adding another to the score sheet with a double twist and turn and jabbing the ball into the top corner for Central’s next goal on the stroke of half time.
Saturday, 14 June 2014 20:53

Riverside see off Fallin challenge

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Riverside FC were crowned Under 17 Forth Valley FDA League Cup champions after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Fallin Violet. A brace from Craig Sharp was enough after Fallin failed to add to Scott Kelly's free-kick.
 
Riverside started well with Ryan Glynn testing Fallin goalkeeper Andrew Stewart with a well-driven low effort which Stewart palmed strongly out. They again went close when Craig Sharp took the ball past Stewart but held onto it too long and seen his open goal chance quickly blocked by the arriving Fallin defenders, and his late effort was off-balance and went wide.
 
Fallin nearly took the lead when Zander Ryan went one-on-one with Riverside goalkeeper Stuart Davidson who challenged the striker. He fell under the challenge and ended up hurting himself immensely. The match took a long stoppage as the medical staff took a long hard look at the injury and called an ambulance to take the player to hospital. It is not known yet to YFS what kind of injury was sustained in the challenge and it would be irresponsible to speculate on the matter. We wish Zander a speedy recovery no matter the severity of injury.
 
The match was restarted and Fallin took their corner before Riverside flew up the other end with Sharp capitalising on a defensive error. Brian Kirkwood failed to clear the overhead pass which allowed Sharp to control the ball and run in from 40 yards on goal before confidently chipping the 'keeper from the edge of the area to make it 1-0.
 
Riverside's Ross Weir played in Glynn with a good through ball before the latter crossed into the box but the goalkeeper blocked a Riverside player's effort. Fallin's Scott Robertson set up Scott Kelly with a nice overhead through ball but Riverside's Stuart Davidson was quick off the mark.
 
Fallin's Ryan Moore produced an interesting back-heeled clearance after another Riverside attack before mounting a counter of their own. Stephen Collins was on the end of a knock down and rifled an effort which was superbly blocked by Andrew Innes. The last attack of the half came as Ryan Moore tested Riverside's resolve with a well-hit left-footed free kick but the sides went into the break with Riverside in front.
 
Cumbernauld Colts edged out Moorlands in a spectacular Central Region Cup final for the Under 16 age group. Goals from Cameron McKay and Sam Rodger set Colts on their way, but a resurgent Moorlands clattered the woodwork twice before pulling a goal back through Mark McNulty. An end to end second half saw Rodger score again before Dean Robertson's late goal reduced the deficit and set up a grand-stand finalé.
 
It would be fair to say, Cumbernauld Colts had been enjoying the season of their lives. Having wrapped up the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL top flight league title (without dropping a point) and won two domestic cups, they were in the hunt for a quadruple.  Having lost in last year's final to Mill United Colts, they had going one better and lifting the trophy firmly in their sights.
 
Moorlands had enjoyed a successful season themselves. Having came second to Cumbernauld in the league, they were hoping to use the underdogs tag to their advantage. Like their opponents, they also had Regional Cup heartbreak last season, losing the final of the West Region Cup to Rossvale.
 
The match kicked off at an electric pace on Stenhousemuir FC's artificial Ochilview pitch. Moorlands showed their intentions from as early as the 4th minute, with Sean Monaghan driving forward and resisting the chance to go down before driving a shot into the grateful arms of Ewan Walker.
 
A familiar face to Moorlands defenders was Colts striker Cameron McKay. The prolific forward, who has also enjoyed success nationally with Bannerman High School, made the move from Moorlands to Cumbernauld Colts last year. It would have been no surprise to them when he stepped up to place a 7th minute free kick in the top left hand corner. A wicked strike, beyond the reach of the full stretch Lloyd Fallon.
 
It soon went from bad to worse for Moorlands. Sam Rodger picked the ball up on the left hand side of the penalty box, jinked inside his marker and curled an inch perfect shot into the top right hand corner. It was a strike right out of the top drawer.
 
To their credit, far from rolling over, the black shirted Moorlands players rolled up their sleeves and took the game to their opponents. Paul Mockus was the first to fire a statement of intent, crashing a thunderbolt of a shot off the crossbar with Walker beaten all ends up.
 
Next to go close for Moorlands was Monaghan, who volleyed over from an excellent right wing delivery. The woodwork was then hit again, as Dean Robertson's deflected cross caught the post.
 
However, from the resultant corner Moorlands finally made their mark on the scoresheet. McNulty's inswinger was missed by everyone and nestled in the far corner. It proved to be the final goalmouth action of an entertaining first half.
 
The opening minutes flew by with both sides trying to sound the other out by seeing if they could expose any early gaps. Both defences held strong as neither side wanted to give their opposition an early advantage. As the weather settled both sides began to bring the ball down and 
 
A lofted free kick found Kilstyh’s Thomas McLaughlin unmarked in the box although he was caught unaware by the flight of the ball and his effort sailed harmlessly towards goal.
 
Peter Gribbon had the best early opportunity 10 minutes in when the ball broke to him on the right hand side of the Hamilton box but his volley from distance was just over the Caley crossbar.
 
Despite Kilsyth’s early possession, Caley looked to make opportunities of their own and some nice interplay in the middle of the park should have resulted in more. Ryan Jamieson showed a delightful range of passing trying on a number of occasions to release H5 inside opposition fullback Mitchell Taylor.
 
Neither side could really make the breakthrough with both defences looking more than up to the challenge. 
 
Jonathan Aitken almost made himself a golden opportunity to put Kilsyth in the lead when a low pass from Andrew McNaulty allowed him to turn Christian Machina but his first touch was just too heavy and was cleared for a corner.
 
Kieran Mulvanney created a half chance when he picked the ball up wide on the right and found half a yard to get a hot away. Fortunately for Ryan Anderson in the Kilsyth goal, it was screwed wide of his right hand post.
 
As the half wore on, Hamilton began to take more control of the game, limiting Kilsyth to long balls and keeping them penned in their own half.
 
Kilsyth almost scored against the run of play when Jamie McLaughlin worked hard to pick up a loose ball wide on the left and play a perfectly weighted pass to McNaulty which the midfielder couldn’t quite get out from under his feet. The ball was only cleared as far as Gribbin who tried his luck from distance but it came to nothing.
 
Hamilton’s Andrew Brown nearly broke the deadlock when a flick on from Dillon McCreath found its way to the striker but his effort looped just over the bar. 
 
Kilsyth went straight up the park and almost scored themselves when K3 fired straight at the keeper when he should have really opened the scoring.
 
Mark Drummond of Hamilton Caley nearly had his cup final moment when his 35 yard strike went inches wide of the right hand post, eliciting a massive ‘oooh’ from the watching crowd.