Central Region (165)
The match between these two sides took place on the great looking new surface at New Douglas Park and in great weather conditions for both players and fans. Hamilton Accies dominated from the first whistle until the last and proved to be well worthy winners.
The first attack of the match came when the Accies Steven Boyd made a decent run from midfield, playing a nice one-two with the trialist before sending a dangerous cross low in front of the goal mouth, defender Robbie Halliday got a foot onto the ball and tried to guide over the bar. Instead it headed straight for goal but fortunately keeper Robert Hamilton managed to touch over the cross bar for a Hamilton corner.
With 21 minutes on the clock, Hamilton managed to win a questionable penalty when the keeper brought down Ryan Tierney after it looked like he had lost any goalscoring opportunity from a blocked Armstrong shot on goal. Tierney stepped up and struck the penalty kick well enough but Clydebank keeper Robert Hamilton pulled off a decent diving save.
With the next attack on the Clydebank goal, Accies took a well deserved lead when Boyd sent a corner kick beyond the far post and the unmarked Darian Mackinnon, a former Bankie, brought the ball nicely under control with his chest before hammering into the back of the net from a pretty tight angle, leaving the keeper with no chance to react in time, 1-0.
Thirty-seven minutes had passed when Hamilton added to their goal tally, Armstrong made a beautiful 30-yard pass from halfway, Tierney read the flight of the ball and timed his run perfectly and lobbed over the goalkeeper from 20 yards with his first touch, 2-0.
Milton were crowned Central Region League Cup winners after an emphatic 5-1 win over Auchterarder Juniors on Sunday morning. Calum Findlay opened the scoring for the eventual winners in the first half, before second half goals from Josh Blyth (two), Josh Hope and Reece Ferguson sealed victory for Milton. James Carchrie grabbed a well-deserved consolation for Auchterarder who, despite what the scoreline suggests, performed well throughout in a hard-fought cup final.
Both sides started off at a frenetic pace showing no signs of trying to ease their way into the game slowly. However, much of the play was confined to the midfield with chances in the opening stages few and far between.
The first real chance for either side resulted in the deadlock being broken after 10 minutes. A long ball was played over the top of the Auchterarder defence from inside the Milton half for gFindlay to chase. Findlay looked second favourite to get there, but continued to chase nonetheless. His persistence paid off when a mix-up between goalkeeper and defender resulted in the ball rolling clear for Findlay to stroll through on goal and tap the ball into an empty net.
There would be only one more notable effort on goal before the half time whistle, this time by Auchterarder’s Cameron Rattray. After some good, free-flowing build up play, Auchterarder’s attack had broken down on the edge of the Milton penalty area. However, after some good persistent work to rescue the move coupled with excellent feet and tenacity to get a sight of goal, Rattray fired his left-footed shot just wide of the post from a difficult angle.
Auchterarder continued their search for an equaliser before half time. Lee MacDonald went on a lung-bursting run covering the length of the Milton half, during which he showed great skill and strength in order to reach a crossing position. However, he only had one teammate to aim for and his resulting cross was cleared away comfortably.
Milton probably deserved to go into half time 1-0 up, although the Auchterarder players would inevitably have felt disappointed to be trailing after a competitive, end-to-end half.
Cumbernauld Colts defeated Jimmy Johnstone in the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth U14s DYL Cup Final at Broadwood Stadium.
Jimmy Johnstone started the match and were the first to create an opening with a sweeping move up the left wing only to be stopped by Colts’ Calvin Love with a fantastic sliding tackle. Colts began to get back into the game, creating more chances and looking the more likely of the two teams to score. They came close to making a breakthrough when a promising run from Allan Stevenson cut through the Johnston defense, only to be stopped by Henri Nziza.
Jimmy Johnstone were the first to make a breakthrough when a fantastic solo run from Ben Shaw led to a curling shot which nestled in the bottom right hand corner of the Colts’ net.
Jimmy Johnstone’s lead was almost cancelled out straight after the kick off when Allan Stevenson hit a looping shot from 30 yards, which hit the crossbar. After a Jimmy Johnstone free kick came to nothing Colts made a quick counterattack that resulted in a corner. From the corner Colts leveled the score. A high cross from Lee O’Hara was met by a towering header from Allan Stevenson who levelled the score.
Both teams continued to press high up the park looking for another goal. Jimmy Johnstone came closest when Kyle Bowden in the Colts’ goal spilled a long-range effort. The keeper recovered well however to keep the teams level at half time.
West Park United lifted the Michael McGinley Shield with a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Cumbernauld Colts Blues on Sunday.
A clinical first half saw United take a four goal lead thanks to strikes from Brandon Manners, Connor McLachlan and a double from man of the match Kyle Berrie. Sharjo Jammeh made it five after the restart, before Jack Govan grabbed a late consolation for Colts.
It took just thirteen minutes for West Park to break the deadlock. Christopher Tolland’s long throw bamboozled the Colts defence, and Manners was on hand to spectacularly volley United into an early lead.
Tolland’s long throw continued to cause numerous problems, and it wasn’t long until it was the orchestrator of the second goal of the game. From an almost identical position, McLachlan latched onto the throw before turning and rifling a low shot past Colts keeper Andrew Wilson.
Scorer Manners almost turned provider when, after a delicately lofted pass into the path of Tolland, the shot over Wilson landed a whisker wide.
Midway through the first half, Colts launched a rare attack. A bursting run from Craig Shields almost caught out the United defence, and only a perfectly timed sliding challenge thwarted a promising venture forward
West Park then added a third and fourth goal in a five minute spell, in which impressive defender Kyle Berrie netted both. First, from Tolland’s corner on the left was met by the unmarked Berrie’s front post run, and he made no mistake, volleying high into the net.
Then, from Tolland’s corner on the right, Berrie grabbed his second. This time an intelligent far post run, Berrie rose highest to glance in his second and his side’s fourth of an impressive first half.
Despite the damage having already been done, Colts continued to battle and had their best spell of the match with five minutes of the first half remaining. Patient build up play almost resulting in a couple of goals, with only the assistant’s offside flag twice foiling Colts.
It was Blantyre who performed better on the day as they beat Dunblane SC 4-2 to win the SYFA Central Region Cup on a sunny day at Stenhousemuir. Their perseverance against a tough Dunblane side was shown as they came up against a clinical striker in Ross McGowan.
Connor Gaffney, Aidan Tierney, Dominic Piwowar and Daryll Ballantyne scored for Blantyre In what was a dominant showing with Ross McGowan scoring both of Dunblane’s goals as he tried to keep his side in the tie.
Blantyre scored after 4 minutes through a corner. The first corner take saw Ballantyne’s shot fly wide but when the second corner was swung in by Peter Copland it was headed in from 4 yards by Connor Gaffney.
Ross McGowan was starting to have an influence on the game for Dunblane as he shot over the bar after 8 minutes. His first goal and Dunblane’s equaliser came on 22 minutes as Alexander Clelland’s cross found the run of McGowan with his headed effort flying into the net.
McGowan nearly scored again on 32 minutes when his shot from the edge of the box was just wide of the right post with his weaker foot.
Coltswood had to go through the daunting penalty shoot out to defeat a very tough opponent in Wishaw WW. With the final score locked at 3-3 it was Coltswood who held their nerve to win the Scottish Youth FA Central Region Cup at Stenhousemuir.
Goals from Robbie O’Toole, Rhys Pryce and McCann could not win the game outright for Coltswood as Wishaw kept in the game with a brace from Lee Hadden and a goal from Mark Kyle. However Athletic did prevail on penalties after ‘keeper Jack Weir made the winning save in what was a nervy penalty shoot-out.
It was the eventual winners that opened the scoring after 7 minutes. Ross Inglis’ cross found the head of No.11 Robbie O’Toole and his well placed header evaded the ‘keeper and nestled into the corner of the net.
Wishaw got their equaliser through Lee Hadden. After Adam Blair made a good tackle to dispossess the Coltswood attack Dom Lunny drove through the midfield unchallenged. His shot from range troubled the ‘keeper and Hadden was there after the ‘keeper spilled the ball to knock in the rebound to equalise.
Wishaw were increasing the pressure as Hadden had another shot on goal after a through ball from Gary Torrance, his shot was just wide of the right post. Wycombe were very unlucky not to increase their lead when a minute later when Torrance’s free kick was missed by the keeper and it was unlucky for Euan Leonard when the ball agonisingly hit him in the midriff with him unable to control it but bounced wide with the goal gaping.
It was Coltswood Athletic who went in front again however as Darren McLeish showed the full back a clean set of heels with his cross finding Rhys Pryce who, despite the ‘keeper changing the flight of the ball, managed to squeeze it in the near post to make it 2-1.
A long ball from defence was the assist to the next goal as Wishaw drew level. Hadden expertly controlled the ball and from 25 yards on the left side of the box he dipped a volley under the crossbar into the far side of the net in what was a great goal.
Syngenta Juveniles sealed Regional Cup glory with a last minute goal against Airdrieonians BC. The Cumbernauld and Kilsyth DYL champions didn't have it easy though as they had to battle back from behind twice to see of their Central Lanarkshire YFA opposition. In the end though, Kieran McLaughlin's goal was enough to seal victory.
It was Airdrieonians who started the better of the two sides. Centre forward Cole Starrs drove into the box from the right and his shot flew past the keeper only to be crucially blocked by a Syngenta centre half to keep the score at 0-0 after two minutes.
Syngenta had their first chance of the half when Guy Lindsay was put through on goal on 10 minutes. His shot was not as he would have hoped however as it was straight at the keeper.
It was on 17 minutes that Airdrie finally opened the scoring. Cole Starrs did excellently to hold up the ball and in turn played a perfectly weighted pass to Euan Lindsay who did not hesitate to curl the ball first time into the near post from 20 yards.
Five minutes later Syngenta were back in the game through an exquisite free kick from Tristain McArthur. Aaron Whitelaw was brought down on the right edge of the box and McArthur stepped up to the task of taking the promisingly positioned free kick. His great effort flew over the wall and curled into the far corner with the keeper helpless to make his team level.
The teams were separated again through Starrs, who was having increasing influence on the game. He showed great determination to break into the box past defenders after picking up the ball and his powerful finish was past the keeper into the left side of the net from 15 yards to make it 2-1.
Airdrie were piling on the pressure up towards half time. Jed Young made an important save as he stood strong to deny Starrs after he was through on goal from a Jack Hart through-ball to keep the Juveniles in the game.
Young’s save would prove crucial when, after 33 minutes, Eli Allan shot from 25 yards into the roof of the net. Guy Lindsay’s shot was blocked and the ball fell to Allan who needed no invitation to smash the ball in through the fingertips of the opposition keeper.
St Aidan’s were crowned League Cup champions on Thursday evening at Somervell Park after producing a fantastic display of football that started at the back and finished with great display’s from Mark Kyle, Nathan Stevenson, Euan Leonard and David Thomson in attack.
The eventual winners got the ball rolling on seven minutes when Stevenson struck a fizzing ball in front of goal from a corner kick that Kyle was able to get on the end of before heading closely over the crossbar. Oscar Bochniak then made a good run on the flank before hitting his cross hard and low into the six-yard box, Thomson rushed in and slid with an outstretched foot but narrowly failed to connect. Bochniak then sent a high penetrating ball into the Academy penalty area. It was half way cleared but fell to Thomson, whose shot from five yards was blocked on the line and hit to safety by an Airdrie defender.
St Aidan’s were awarded a free kick 35 yards from goal. The ball sailed high into the Airdrie penalty area for Leonard to leap and head towards goal and Darren Craig made a fantastic goalline save. Unfortunately for him, his efforts went in vain as the ball came back out to Leonard who placed into the net for the opening goal.
St Aidan’s picked up the pace and Academy heads seemed to go down as their defence was put under pressure for the remaining 10 minutes of the half. Their effort proved worthwhile as they went two goals up in the 35th minute. Thomson received the ball out wide and made his way forward before hitting a cross low and hard into the penalty area. Kyle intercepted in the six-yard box and knocked in from five yards to double St Aidan's lead.
In the few remaining minutes, St Aidan’s were on the hunt for a third and goalkeeper Declan Hutton sent the ball deep into opposing territory. Three players rose to meet the oncoming ball but it was Kyle that came out on top and brought the ball under control before making his way forward to shoot from 18 yards. Keeper Craig was up to the task and made a decent save. The last action of the half came when St Aidan’s won a free kick 30 yards out. It was struck low but Craig was down to make another comfortable save.