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Palace Park Respect continued their impressive attacking play, putting 7 past Rangers SABC in a formidable showing of attacking force.
Palace had been in fine goal scoring form, putting a whopping 34 goals past their opponents in their past six games as they looked to continue their push up the table. Rangers however would have been looking to secure their first win in the league, picking up a solitary point from their opening ten games.
Palace took the lead on the 22nd minute mark, Craig Taylor the one to open the scoring. Five minutes later they doubled their advantage, this time it was Scott Ramsay who put the ball in the back of the net. This gave Rangers a mountain to climb come the second half.
"We want to be a Premiership football club, and to achieve this, our First Team needs to be our absolute focus.
"As a result of this, the decision has been taken to prioritise the use of available resources in our first team. From 31st December onwards, Falkirk Football Club will therefore cease its funding of the Forth Valley Football Academy.
"This was not an easy decision and means that our focus on youth development will, for the time being at least, significantly reduce."
Forth Valley also released a statement in response to the news saying, "This has implications for the future of this academy."
"The board of the FVFA consists of representatives of East Stirlingshire FC, Falkirk FC and Stenhousemuir FC. We will meet shortly to discuss what this means for us and what the next steps should be.
"We will be in contact with all parents of all children involved in the academy in due course."
Celtic ran out 3-1 winners over Belgian club Anderlecht in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday afternoon, leapfrogging them in the group to finish in third place.
Anderlecht got the game underway in Dumbarton but it was Celtic who enjoyed the better start, often finding joy down the left wing. Jack Aitchison had the first chance of the game for the Hoops around seven minutes into the first half but hit his side-footed effort wide of the post.
The Bhoys began to look more confident on the ball, enjoying lots of possession in the Anderlecht half and took the lead after 22 minutes following a set piece.
Michael Johnston won a corner for Celtic but when the ball arrived at the feet of Euan Henderson, the midfielder’s shot was blocked. Jack Aitchison was the fastest to react and fired the ball in to give the Hoops the lead.
Then, just minutes later, Celtic grabbed their second that put them in control of the match. Aitchison did well to hold up the ball before feeding Kerr McInroy, who calmly placed the ball beyond Oliver Vliegen in the Anderlecht goal.
Celtic began to control the game but still had to be wary of their Belgian opponents. Nelson Azevedo went close when he headed over for the visitors and Milan Corryn’s well-struck volley went wide, reminding Celtic of the dangers they still faced.
The home side kept pushing for a third goal that would kill the game, looking particularly threatening whenever Johnston was on the ball. The right-winger tormented the Anderlecht defence time and again and began to impose his authority on the game towards the end of the first half.
Celtic started the second half he way the finished the first, charging up the pitch in search of a killer third goal. Johnston came close after beating two defenders but was blocked before he could get his shot away.
Anderlecht then went down to ten men when Alexis Saelemaekers was shown a straight red for is challenge on Miller. Five minutes later it got even worse for the Belgians when Johnston got on the scoresheet.
The winger showed nimble footwork to dribble past two Anderlecht defenders before coolly slotting it into the back of the net.
Celtic looked happy to see the game out at this point and retained possession, but Anderlecht still created the odd chance. Francis Amuzu tested Celtic keeper Ryan Mullin with a shot from 20 yards but the young stopper was equal to it.
Corryn pulled one back for the visitors with around 20 minutes left to play with a low shot from just inside the box, but any hopes of a dramatic revival were extinguished just a minute later when Reian Meddour picked up his second yellow card, reducing Anderlecht to nine men.
Celtic cruised to victory from that moment onwards and could have added to their tally, with Johnson coming particularly close for the Bhoys with just a few minutes remaining.
The referee then called time on an entertaining match that resulted in Celtic overtaking Anderlecht in UEFA Youth League Group B, finishing the campaign with six points.
Falkirk Football Community Foundation Blue clinched a hotly contested Central Scotland Under 14 League 2 with a thrilling 5-4 win over second place Hamilton Accies Boys Club, who finished just 1 point behind. We got a chance to speak with head coach Alan Findlay, to find out about their excellent season.
Alan’s reaction was this: “At the end it was as much relief as it was celebration as we had a difficult run in with teams who always provide tough opposition.”
A great season by Falkirk FCF Blue had many highs, and Alan Findlay’s favourite moment was winning the league. He commented that “this was our first real competitive win and the result showed the boys they were capable of winning something. It also marked the first time a team within the Falkirk Community Football Foundation had won a trophy.” This is brilliant for the team and important to the club as a whole. Their league victory then inspired them to go on and win the Central League Cup as well.
He says that the reason for their success was because they are “a good squad who all work hard and have good technical ability. They all get on with each other and are very driven when it comes to their football.” Alan also credited coaches Stewart Hoggan and Alistair MacDonald, who work with the boys on their technical skills and fitness respectively, who have been very important to the team’s behind-the-scenes work which has lead to their fine season.
Aside from winning the League, Falkirk FCF Blue also tasted success when they won The Central League Cup. After going 3-0 up in the final against Cumberland Colts – the winners of the Central Scotland League Division 1 - Alan’s team found themselves at 3-3, with the momentum swaying towards Cumberland. However Falkirk FCF Blue managed to steady the game and win on penalties, showing mental strength from this young team.
Alan complimented the boys for digging deep when they were plagued by injuries and had a fixture congestion in May. He also thought that “the biggest challenge was probably trying to keep the boys focused especially when we found ourselves in the position where winning the league was a possibility.”
Alan also commented that “The boys should be extremely proud of themselves for their achievement.” He also thanked the parents for “their support and being there week in week out supporting the team, and helping in making this a successful season.”
Congratulations to Falkirk FCF Blue on their successful year and good luck for future seasons.
Scottish Cup Winners - :
1955, 1964, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 2013, 2014.
Lady Darling Cup Winners -:
1959, 1968, 1976, 1979, 2004.
West Of Scotland Winners -:
1983, 1988, 1990, 1994.
D.V. Labor International Tournament (Holland) -:
1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993.
League Champions -:
1952, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, 2006, 2012.