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Rossvale Madrid of Bishopbriggs were crowned Central Region Under 13 champions after a rousing 4­1 victory over Carbrain BC of Cumbernauld.
 
Vale attacked early with Thomas Callaghan crossing from the left to Declan Royle, who tried to find a finish from an acute angle. Carbrain attempted their own early attack with Zak Maher and Lee Whitmore breaking but their passing was interrupted by Rossvale's captain.
 
Carbrain's Whitmore appeared to be the main threat after skipping past a few Vale defenders with some fancy footwork and then linking up well with Declan McGarvey before the final pass was intercepted. His side went close when a corner was swung by a lovely left foot but the delivery was just an inch above everyone's heads in a moment that could have been the opener.
 
It wasn't long after, however that the opener came. A Rossvale attack down the right was halted and a free ­kick given. Jonathan Mulgrew stepped up to the plate and deliver a superb free ­kick from 25 yards with Carbrain goalkeeper Blair McClelland rooted to the spot in a goal that was reminiscent of Ronaldinho's free­kick against England in the 2002 World Cup.
 
Carbrain stepped it up and Maher did well to control the ball past a few defenders with close ball technique, but their eagerness almost saw them go two behind when Mulgrew arrived in the box to attempt a cross-­goal effort which the 'keeper tipped wide. Whitmore had a free ­kick from the left which was cleared off the line by a Vale defender.
 
The equaliser came after 21 minutes when McGarvey played Whitmore through the middle, and he turned his man before driving a superb effort into the bottom corner to leave the goalkeeper beaten. 1-­1 it became and Whitmore went for a similar effort just minutes after but this ttime the keeper was a match for his effort, which strayed more to the middle than the corner.
 
Thomas Andrews and Cameron Connor combined well to set up Whitmore, who chested Connor's cross before chipping his striker over the bar and holding his face in the hands. It would have been some goal had he finished it, but a difficult one to pull off.
 
The half ended with a smile on everyone's faces as a toddler ran onto the pitch, clearly eager to score the winner himself. Perhaps he'll follow in his brother's footsteps, who escorted his younger sibling off the park, and represent Rossvale in the future.
Monday, 02 June 2014 17:29

Sauchie storm to Challenge Cup victory

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At Alloa’s Recreation Park, Sauchie Juniors took on Cambusbarron Rovers in the first of three tussles in little over a fortnight. Still to meet on league duty and the small matter of the league cup final, these two teams went into battle for the FVFDA Challenge Cup. Only four points separate these teams in the league with Sauchie in second place after winning nine, drawing two and losing two, Rovers meanwhile have an impressive form having won eleven and only losing once….notably to Sauchie Juniors.
 
So this match promised to be a great advert for the Central Region, most of the people I spoke to prior to kick off seemed to feel Rovers were the favourites for this cup final, however Sauchie weren’t there to make up the numbers.
 
Both teams took to the field and Sauchie looked nervous in the opening stages, however they started to grow in confidence and over the piece seemed to have full control over Rovers in the midfield. They looked strong in defence limiting Rovers to just one real effort in the first 35 minutes. Rovers similarly looked strong in defence and Sauchie struggled to make any real efforts and again had only one real chance, until they won a free kick on the 35th minute. Brian McAdam was fouled and the resulting free kick by Liam Begg at the goal, made the Rovers keeper Greg McGuiness fumble the ball and it was turned in by Sauchie captain James Fraser.
 
Cambusbarron were determined to get back level, and tried to mount an attack, Kevin Morrison was fouled approx. 35 yards out and the resulting free kick was met by the safe hands of Scott McKie, not the biggest goalkeeper, but very impressive all the same, McKie ensured his team heard him and he commanded and prowled his box determined not to concede. Rovers continued to try and get the ball up the park, however they were sucker punched when Michael Gray fired in a low shot across the goalkeeper and low into his left hand corner.
 
Sauchie now looked in control and even though Rovers were determined to try and reduce the deficit before half time, both teams went into the dressing rooms with the scores at 2-0 to Sauchie.
The game started brightly at Broadwood Stadium, despite the cloudy skies overhead in Cumbernauld.
 
The cup final crowd had to wait all of two minutes before Paul Archibald hit the back of the net, signalling Glenboig's intent early in the game.
 
Rossvale had a few good chances but Glenboig remained in the lead for another thirty minutes before two quick goals from Rossvale, both originating from corners, in the thirty-second and thirty-fourth minutes. The tie had been turned on its head.
 
The first half ended 2-1 to Rossvale with all to play for. Few could have predicted what was in store in the second forty minute period.
In what was expected to be a close game at Cambuslang Rangers' ground, Trinity blew away Hamilton Grammar in the u13's Lanarkshire schools cup final, defeating them 6-0. Scullion, McCoig, Evans and Coll scored the goals, along with two from Declan McDonald. 
 
A good crowd was at the game, and it started with Trinity looking the better side. Separate passes from Christopher McQueen and Max McWilliams were just too heavy for McDonald up front, with Murray Miller looking strongest in defence for Grammar. The opening goal however, came about ten minutes in. Sonny Coll had the ball on the left wing, he gave it Donaghie and after a scramble in the box, Liam Scullion put the ball in the net. A great start for Trinity.
 
Grammar would have their best spell of the game in the next five minutes. Euan Carmichael was on a good run until a strong tackle from McQueen stopped him. Soon after, Ross Smith played a good aerial ball into the box, however Scott Kelly was equal to it in the Trinity goal.
 
The second goal wasn't long in coming after the Grammar spell. Scullion again was in space, and he played in Declan McDonald who tapped it by the goalkeeper as he was coming out. 
 
For the next ten minutes, the game didn't have much in it. One or two half chances for either team, but not long before half time Trinity got their third. Scullion again the creator, he gave it to Darren McCoig and he hut a great shot over Horris and into the roof of the net. A great goal out of nothing.
Saturday, 31 May 2014 22:06

Riverside Reds flow to cup glory

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Riverside Reds faced off against local side Alloa Saints at Recreation Park, home of Scottish Championship side Alloa FC in the Donnie McColl Memorial Cup Final.
 
Both teams served the watching fans a treat. Riverside went a goal up early in the match, before Saints could get a chance to calm the nerves.  Joe McLaren scoring in the third minute.
 
Charlie Sanda also got on the scoresheet just 8 minutes later in the 11th minute, a supreme shot that beat the keeper, who could do nothing about it.
 
Riverside were in cruise control by this point and were content to build up play from the back, playing the ball on the deck and playing some neat free flowing football, Louis Stewart skewing a shot wide after some really good wing play by Luca Berits. Both Stewart and Berits looked strong and were the main creative force of the Riverside team.
 
Saints however were determined to get back into this game and Daniel Wilson, a tall strong player was in the thick of every play that Saints made, however with no real penetration of the Riverside defence. Alloa did eventually get a few shots on target but nothing that was seriously going to cause Riverside keeper Chris Oar and problems.
 
The first half saw very impressive performances from Riverside’s Berits, Stewart, McLaren and Hill, whilst for Saints Middleton and Wilson both looked strong and composed.
On a huge day of football across Europe, the eyes of Lanarkshire were focussed firmly on Carluke’s John Cumming Stadium, as the region’s finest met in the LFDA Cup Finals. With the SYFA Challenge Cup finals to come later in the day, along with the small matter of play-off and Champions League finals, EK Burgh United and Jerviston kicked off the days’ cup final action in front of a healthy crowd in the main stand.
 
The recently renamed Albert Brown memorial cup final, in tribute to a key figure in Lanarkshire’s youth football picture, would take place between double chasing Jerviston and EK Burgh United. Both sides enjoyed goal-laden runs to the showpiece, with EK’s run including a 9-0 win over local rivals Calderglen, as well as handsome wins over Clyde Valley and Aston Villa, before an impressive 2-1 semi-final victory over high-flying Larkhall United.
 
Jerviston, who had already sealed the league title in a season which saw only one league defeat, saw off Blantyre Yellow, Mossend and Blantyre BC in close, high scoring encounters, before a narrow 1-0 last four win over league runners-up Wishaw Wycombe.
 
With the previous meeting of the two teams finishing 5-3 in Jerviston’s favour, the final was tough to call before kick-off, with both sides clearly fired up as they emerged from the dressing rooms to loud applause and cheers from the supporters who filled the stand.
 
The road to the final promised goals and within three minutes of kick off, Jerviston delivered the first of the morning. Matthew Sinclair disposed EK’s Jordan Mime on the half way line, and quickly threaded a through ball towards Kian Marshall. Despite suspicions of offside, the striker ran through on goal unopposed, but his effort from 12 yards was denied by a fine save at his near post by Matthew Todd. However, from the resulting corner, Eamonn Higgins lashed home at the second attempt after his initial effort was superbly cleared off the line by Alex Fish.
 
The early drama continued as Jerviston looked to build on their lead and an excellent move involving Jerviston’s Kieran Lawson, Marshall and Sinclair led to the latter firing towards goal from the right hand side of the area. Another fine save by Todd took the sting out of the shot, but the ball looped over the keeper’s head and seemed destined for the back of the net. However, as Marshall closed in, Mime did very well to hook the ball off the line despite the claims for a goal from the Jerviston supporters.
 
The combination of pace and power in the league champions’ attack caused havoc for EK as they struggled to get a foothold on the game, and despite Sinclair again being thwarted by Todd after nine minutes, Jerviston wouldn’t have to wait long to double their advantage.
 
This time, Todd could do nothing to stop Marshall, as he picked up possession on the left hand side of the penalty area, skipped inside away from the challenges of two defenders, and unleashed a fierce strike from 20 yards which smacked a post on its way to the back of the net, with only ten minutes on the clock.
 
EK Burgh were shocked again less than two minutes later when Jerviston completed a dream start to the cup final thanks to another magnificent goal by Marshall. Running onto a high through ball, the striker delicately lifted the bouncing pass over the advancing Todd with his instep, as Jerviston raced into a three goal lead with less than a quarter of an hour played.
 
The game became a midfield battle as the first half progressed, but just as it seemed like EK were beginning to work their way back into the final, two quick-fire Jerviston goals of the highest quality on the stroke of half time meant they went into the break with a commanding lead.
 
Firstly, after picking up the ball at least 25 yards from goal, Higgins took a touch to set himself and rifled an unstoppable drive into the bottom corner to add his second goal of a superb first half for him personally.
 
Then, captain Dean Bell, who dictated the pace of the play from his central midfield position, got the goal his first half display deserved when he rounded off a superb flowing move involving chief tormentors of the EK defence, Marshall and Sinclair, with a fine composed finish with the outside of his boot.
The Lanarkshire FDA League Cup final for the Under 16 age group was contested by EK Hotspur and Clyde Valley. It was an even game, however the 4-0 scoreline doesn't suggest that. Hotspur took their chances when it mattered, and Clyde Valley didn't. This was the difference between the two sides, however the score is harsh on Valley, who did play well. The goals were from Sam Convy, Cameron McColl, Jake Kilcoyne and Ali Tammam.
 
The opening goal came three minutes into the game. Ross Wood was on a good run. He went into the box and was brought down by a red shirt. The referee pointed to the spot straight away, and not many disagreed with him. Sam Convy stepped up, and placed the ball into the top right hand corner. The goalkeeper dived the wrong way, and this was a perfect start for any team in a cup final.
 
About ten minutes later, Ross Johnstone was on a good run for Hotspur, taking it by two men. He played in Burnie but his shot was straight at Andrew Murphy in the Valley goal. Immediately, the ball was sent up the park, and with the wind behind it, Gibb was fouled just outside the box. Liam Thomson took it. It was a great hit, but the ball clipped the outside of the post and went for a goal kick. A lot of people thought it had gone in.
 
Valley would have more chances however. Thomson and Pollock being the main men up front, and chances came their way however they weren't took.
 
McColl and McCallion played a good one-two between themselves, and this set up McColl in front of goal for Hotspur. His shot was well blocked by Murphy, and the rebounding ball was eventually cleared. The game could go either way at this point. Soon after, these two would have another chance each. McColl doing well, taking it by two men and his shot going wide, and an off-balance shot from McCallion also going wide.
 
Cardinal Newman HS from Bellshill played Abronhill HS of Cumbernauld in the Lanarkshire Schools league play-off on a windy Friday night in Wishaw. In a game of few chances, Cardinal took theirs when it mattered, at the end of the game. Barry Maguire was the scorer, lifting the ball over the goalkeeper. Both teams played well, however Cardinal Newman won the trophy.
 
The game started at 6:15 instead of the arranged 6:00 start. It was end-to-end play, however Cardinal Newman started the first couple of minutes the better side. Runs from Paul Mockus and Marc Kelly were stopped, whilst a good move from the 2 played in Marc Skelton but the shot was saved by Walker.
 
Cardinal would continue to press, however Abronhill would get one of the better chances to score. Giles cleared an attack, and the ball was sent directly up the park to Hunter Miller. He hut a great shot which cannoned off the bar, and back out to the Abronhill attack. The ball was put in the net, but the linesman had flagged for offside.
 
The first half continued, and a ball played in to Stowe from the midfielder was superbly blocked by Barry Maguire. The ball would have undoubtedly went in if he hadn't made that tackle. Soon after this, Cardinal were back on the attack, and a defence opening pass found Marc Kelly one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Everyone expected him to burst the net, but the ball was put wide of the right post. A real chance to put the Bellshill school 1-0 up, and the best chance of the half by a mile.
Eastend Thistle booked their place in their place in the final of the LFDA league cup with a 6-2 win over title rivals Larkhall United.
 
Last year's winners of tournament Eastend were down 2-1 at half time but showed great character to come out in the second half and book a final date with league leaders Albion Rovers who beat Glencairn Alpha 6-5 in the other semi final.
 
Eastend started the livelier and there persistence payed off within fifteen minutes when great work down the right from Reece Delaney and Billy Campbell resulted in David McDonald firing past the keeper from Campbell's cross to open the scoring.
 
Even though the home side continued to attack Larkhall were still looking to catch them on the break and sneak an equalizer and the plan worked as the visitors scored from a well worked set piece and it was defender Ryan McKechnie who converted.
 
Eastend were the side playing the better football but just seemed to be having no luck infront of goal at all, McDonald had a few chances to double his tally and Delaney was looking dangerous from midfield but they still failed to find the net. 
 
Jordan McCrorie produced a piece of magic just on half time for Larkhall, a long ball from the back resulted in the Larkhall forward curling the ball round the out running keeper to give the visitors the lead going in to the break.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 01:52

Burnhead Colts keep the Wolves at bay

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Wolves BC
 vs
Burnhead Colts FC
 
 
 
U14's Lanarkshire FDA
St Ambrose High, Coatbridge
20 February 2014
 
 
 
Colts travelled to St Ambrose high in Coatbridge to gain a fine victory over Wolves on the 3g astro.
 
The game was very competative and Wolves started the game on the front foot. Colts were second to every ball and Wolves took the lead when their striker beat the Colts keeper to a 50-50 and headed home to make it 1-0.
 
Colts gradually started getting back into the game and scored a great equaliser when Murdoch played a great through ball to Fitzpatrick who ran on and curled in a great side-footer to equalise and make the half time score 1-1. 
 
Half Time: Wolves BC 1-1 Burnhead Colts
 
Colts made some changes at the start of the second half with Mcluskie, Jannetta and Torrance coming on and making an impact.
 
The game was still in the balance and could have went either way. Colts were making chance after chance with the Wolves keeper making good saves.
 
Colts scored what proved to be the winner when the Wolves keeper parried out a shot and Park fired home the rebound from 6 yards.
 
Wolves had a good chance to equalise when their centre forward was clean through but he lobbed the ball wide.  Colts missed a few chances to put the game to bed, but they managed to see the game out for a fine win. 
 
Well done to both teams for playing a very competative game of football without a single bad tackle. 
 
Full Time: Wolves BC 1-2 Burnhead Colts
 
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