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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 17:00

Blantyre battle to victory against Wishaw

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Blantyre Soccer Academy
Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers 
U19's LFDA League
24 November 2013
A hard fought game, which went right to the end, Blantyre on 4-3. With Wishaw having a man sent off, with two yellow cards, in the final minutes of the game. It was like two rivals competing, as each team was physical. The referee made some contentious decisions.
Blantyre kicked the game off and Shaun Malone was effective down the right wing shooting wide in the opening minutes of the game. Wishaw pressured Blantyre on the ball in the opening minutes. Wishaw’s James da Costa took the first free kick of the game, which flew over the bar.
It wasn’t before long Blantyre’s pressure on the right flank proved to be costly for Wishaw as Shaun Malone broke into the box, one on one with the keeper, he concisely chipped Stuart Muir to open the scoring. A fine finish from the right winger in the 4th minute. 1-0 to Blantyre.
Blantyre kept the pressure on Wishaw with Malone threading the ball through to Scott McKean but he couldn’t get the ball out of his feet, Wishaw’s keeper Stuart Muir retains the ball.
Blantyre’s Shaun Malone is in the frame yet again passing low in the box trying to find a teammate but Stuart Muir is first to the ball. In the 9th minute Blantyre’s Thomas McEntee is caught offside.
Shot from Blantyre’s captain Calum Donnelly but stopped by a fantastic save from Stuart Muir. More pressure from Blantyre as Stuart Muir slides into Blantyre’s Jack Murphy, keeping the score sheet down.
Blantyre retained control of possession with Wishaw’s first attacking opportunity from a free kick in the center circle, a collision between Blantyre’s goalkeeper Vincent Linden and Wishaw’s Andrew Gardener shaking up both players in the first twenty minutes.
Wishaw’s goalkeeper was impressive in averting any dangerous through balls which Blantyre were susceptible to find the space behind the Wishaw defenders using pace.
Foul on Wishaw’s Adam Hughes just outside the box. In the 25th minute Wishaw brings it back level with a fantastic strike from Jay Nielson placing the ball in the top left corner. A composed finish from the set piece to bring Wishaw back to 1-1.
Wishaw on the front foot James da Costa scored a brilliant goal in the bottom left corner, out of reach for Vincent Linden as he found space behind the Blantyre defenders. 27th minute 1-2.
But Blantyre bounced back as Thomas McEntee assists Dean Flannery minutes later. They also had a free kick with Scott McKean taking it brilliantly, hitting the crossbar another fantastic save from Stuart Muir. 28th minute 2-2.
With a free kick to Blantyre in the right corner Scott McKean hitting the woodwork with a follow up from Dean Flannery but yet another fine save from Stuart Muir denying Blantyre yet again.
Wishaw put pressure on Blantyre as Adam Hughes is fouled outside the box in the 33rd minute. James da Costa going for his second goal of the game. Only to have Vincent Linden batting the ball away.
The first half ends at 2-2 with both teams fighting for all three points, it’s becoming a more physical game with many 50-50’s being won in the middle of the park.
Half time: Blantyre Soccer Academy 2-2 Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers
Wishaw start the second half, only for Blantyre’s skipper Calum Donnelly misses wide of the post.
Blanyre’s Scott McKean popped up again and assisted Shaun Malone in the 50th minute. Malone was one on one with Stuart Muir as he slides it home to make it 3-2.
Blantyre were still on the front foot keeping pressure on Wishaw.
The first yellow card of the game went to Wishaw’s Scott Crawford due to multiple reckless tackles in the 68th minute. Blantyre’s Malone took the free kick only to hit it wide of the target.
Blantyre’s Jamie McNeill hits over the bar looking to finish Wishaw off.
In the 65th minute Blantyre appeal for a penalty, as Malone is challenged in the box
In the 75th minute Wishaw’s Chris Keegan scored a speculative effort 40 yards out hitting the cross-bar giving Vincient Linden no chance. 3-3
Blantyre kicked back quickly as Jamie McNeill put the nail in the coffin for Wishaw finishing in the 77th minute. But a contentious decision from the referee as the ball was claimed to be out of play, and also possibly offside.
Another yellow card for Wisaw’s Dylan Yardley, and shortly after Scott Stewart in the 80th minute. Wishaw picked up another yellow this time the goal scorer Chris Keegan.
A brilliant run through by Blantyre’s Scott Moore but Wishaw’s Scott Crawford makes an attempt for the ball. Crawford’s reckless challenge gave the referee no decision but to book him again.
Two yellow cards for the defender. It also looks like Scott Moore was injured and is unlikely to compete next week in Blantyre’s last 16 cup game.
Overall, the game was close both teams fighting for the three points. Each team showed class in the middle of the park.
Full time: Blantyre Soccer Academy 4-3 Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers
MOTM: Wishaw – Chris Keegan – strong in defense, and his wonder strike was the best goal of the match
MOTM: Blantyre – Shaun Malone – his runs down the right flank and his finish chipping Wishaw’s keeper in the first half showed class and composure.
Post Match Interviews
Wishaw Wycombe Wanderer's coach John Dallas:
"Shaky ten minutes to start with, we grew into the game. They scored an early goal which was offside. Slow start to the second half. Even between the two times. Referee made a bad decision as the ball went out of play. The last ten minutes was heated. Last time we played them we were beaten 7-1 so it's an improvement."
Blantyre Soccer Academy coach Jim Sneddon
"We thought that the result mattered most than the performance. The positives we will take is the energy and level of performance. Played with a 4-4-1-1 Scott just plays off the striker. The referee could have controlled the match better."
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:42

Reds overcome Hillwood in Regional Cup clash

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Hillwood BC
Milton Reds
U16's Central Regional Cup R2
24 November 2013
On Sunday 24th November Milton Reds 1998’s under 16’s, travelled to Glasgow to take on Hillwood Boys Club in the 2nd round of the Regional Cup. Hillwood currently play in the first division in the Dumbarton League and like Milton are having a very successful season. Hillwood have won seven out of seven matches and currently top their league.
Due to the early frost, the match was moved to an Astro park in the south side of Glasgow. Both teams started well and the match was played at a high tempo as both sides worked hard to establish the upper hand.
In the 15th minute the referee awarded the home side a penalty when keeper Liam Stirling was adjudged to have fouled a Hillwood player as he tried to recover the ball after palming away a free kick. From the penalty the home player fired his shot wide of the target but the referee ordered a retake as he said Milton’s keeper had moved forward off his line. From the retake the home player made no mistake and put Hillwood one goal up in the cup tie.

Both teams worked hard but there was no further scoring before the referee brought the first half to a close. 
Half time: Hillwood 1-0 Milton Reds
From the restart Milton tried hard to keep up the high tempo but Hillwood were warned a few times for delaying free kicks and for taking far too long at goal kicks as they tried to slow up play.

 Milton gained much more possession and the flow of play was mainly in the direction of the home goal. Although mainly on the defensive, the tiring home side were always a threat with long balls up to a very quick forward. In the 25th minute of the second half, finally, after another corner, Milton’s pressure paid off when mid-fielder Ross Leary was on hand to bullet a fine header into the net for a well deserved equaliser.

Milton increased the pressure and were pressing hard for the goal to decide the cup tie and with only 5 minutes left to play it came when forward Callum Brown won a tussle with the Hillwood sweeper and from wide on the left fired a great cross into the goalmouth which was met by substitute Greg Ballantyne, who fired his shot into the corner of the net leaving the home keeper helpless.

The final minutes saw Milton’s Cameron Doyle going close with an effort before Hillwood again broke upfield to try to equalise but Milton’s Liam Stirling was equal to anything that came his way and when the final whistle blew it was Milton who were the victors and now progress to the third round of the regional cup.

Next week Milton Reds are back on league duty away to Callander Saturday 30th November.  
Full time: Hillwood 1-2 Milton Reds
Monday, 25 November 2013 16:12

Cloud 9 for Lenzie

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Kirkintilloch HS
Lenzie Academy
EDC U16 Schools League
24 November 2013
Lenzie consolidated their place at the top of the table with a convincing performance.

However both sides deserve credit for trying to play football in difficult overhead conditions.

The visitors enjoyed an ideal start in only three minutes when Ewan Macpherson cut the ball back for Callum Groom to score.

Lenzie were on target twice more before half-time, both goals coming from Greg Burns..
Half Time: Kirkitilloch HS 0-3 Lenzie Academy

After the break, Burns completed his hat-trick with a well-placed effort and the midfielder then proceeded to score the goal of the match.

From his own half, he weaved his way through the Kirkintilloch defence before firing home his fourth of the day.

Striker Macpherson then weighed in with a double and another brace, from attacking full-back Jonnie Walker, completed the scoring.
Full Time: Kirkintilloch HS 0-9 Lenzie Academy
West Park United Under 16's rflect on their Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup victory, away to Stewarton Annick. Video interview conducted by Billy White of the YFS Photography Team.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 00:00

My Youth Career: Scott Ferguson

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A lot of Clyde fans would have been happy recently as young starlet Scott Ferguson signed a two year contract with the club as part of the Bully Wee's new player investment scheme. It wasn't just the fans who were happy about the eighteen year old's signing, Club director Bobby Gracey said: "The club has been in discussion with external investors who have now agreed to secure the services of Scott Ferguson as part of the player investment scheme. It is a fantastic signing for the club. I'm sure every supporter agrees that Scott has been outstanding since making the step up from our Under 19s. This deal demonstrates our faith in 'Fergie' and acts as example to all the other talented youngsters in Clyde FC’s Academy in terms of what can be achieved."
Ferguson is described as a winger who likes to take men on and is an exciting player to watch already at such a young age the boy from Belshill has made an impact in the Clyde first team making 8 appearances, coming off the bench 4 times and netting 2 goals in such short time.
Recently I got the chance to catch up with Scott and ask him about his youth career:
Q: Which Clubs did you play for in your youth career, before Clyde?
A: I played for Rangers for 5 or 6 years.
Q: Who have been some of the best players you have played with and against so far?
A: Played with Kieran McDonald, Jamie Barclay and John Sweeney. Played against Blair Spittal, Ross Tokley and Paul McMillan.
Q: Who is your favorite pro footballer at the moment?
A: It has to be Lionel Messi, without a doubt.
Q: If you could give advice to young footballer's, what would it be?
A: Have great attitude. Attitude is everything and if a player believes in their ability it can shine through.
Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:14

Lenzie Academy push for victory

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Turnbull High School
Lenzie Academy
U16's Schools
04 November 2013
Lenzie put on a classic display of counter-attacking to take all three points from Bishopbriggs.

The home side enjoyed the majority of first-half possession but found the Lenzie defence, well-marshalled by skipper Jonnie Walker, in uncharitable mode.

It was the visitors who drew first blood, five minutes before half-time. Ben Graham seized on a loose ball down the right and drilled a perfect pass across to Callum Groom who fired his team ahead.
Half Time: Turnbull HS 0-1 Lenzie Academy
Turnbull re-jigged after the interval, with the talented Bradley Nicklin dropping back into midfield to cause Lenzie problems with his probing runs. 

However a breakaway brought a second goal for the Navy Blues. Midfield powerhouse Stuart Goodfellow sent a long ball downfield and striker Lewis Beveridge showed great determination to nick it past the onrushing Turnbull ‘keeper before shooting home.

Despite the set-back, Turnbull proceeded to take the game to Lenzie again and visiting ‘keeper Carlos Christie had to be at his shot-stopping best to keep his goal intact.

Eventually though, the home side’s pressure paid off when Ryan Flanagan found a way through to make it 2-1.

With the game now on a knife-edge, the next goal was always going to be crucial and it proved to be something special.

Lenzie were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out and Player of the Day Goodfellow ran up to strike a howitzer of a drive past the helpless home goalie, before being mobbed by his delighted team-mates.

A late second for Turnbull made for a nervy last few minutes but Lenzie held on to claim victory. 
Full Time: Turnbull HS 2-3 Lenzie Academy
Monday, 04 November 2013 15:32

Lenzie record magnificent cup comeback

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Lenzie YFC
U13's Scottish Cup Rnd 3
03 November 2013
Lenzie made the long journey to Forfar to face local league leaders Kirriemuir, a last minute pitch inspection saw the game go ahead and a large support saw a superb game, the local side scored 4 goals in a frantic first half with Murray getting the Lenzie goal.
Half Time: Kirriemuir 4-1 Lenzie YFC
The second half saw Lenzie shoot down hill and goals by Captain Andrew Dudman another by Murray & a penalty by Joe Thomson saw the LYC draw level and with a minute left on the clock a piece of Magic on the edge of the box saw Alex McDonach drill a left footed shot low past the home keeper for a remarkable come back and send Lenzie into round 4. 
Full Time: Kirriemuir YC 4-5 Lenzie YFC


Falkirk FC Girls
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
15s League
02 November 2013
 Falkirk FC 15's secured the league title today with a comfortable victory over Bonnyrigg Rose. The maths were simple the girls win the game the league title was coming to Falkirk.

The game started off well and the early pressure was creating good chances however missed target or the keeper was on hand to mop up easily this was the way of things for the first 15mins or so, however the goal looked to be coming and when KerryAnne ghosted through the defence and squared the ball to Sam her shot was net bound from impact, a deserved lead. When KerryAnne received the ball at the edge of the box she skipped past the defence and placed the ball past the keeper to double the girls lead.
Half time: Falkirk FC Girls 2-0 Bonnyrigg Rose FC

The second half saw an improved display by the Bairns and chances were coming thick and fast, it was the impressive Rose keeper who was to keep them in the game, however Kim was to get on the scoreline when she drove high over the keeper for Falkirk's third leaving the keeper no chance. It may have been Sunshine on Leith, however it was torrential at Westfield however that wasn't going to dampen the girls spirits and when Fern crossed in for KerryAnne's second from a close range header, it was a matter of how many, Leah was to see her deflected shot from the edge of the box sneak in a back post and minutes later a shot over the advancing keeper was to give Leah her 2nd and the teams 6th, Fern was at last to get on the scoresheet with a shot under the keeper from close range, this all set up the climax of the game for captain Jess to score the teams 8th with her last touch at 15's, her next job was to raise the League Championship Trophy for Falkirk's biggest 11 a side trophy to date.

Full time: Falkirk FC Girls 8-0 Bonnyrigg Rose FC

Falkirk will look back on an excellent season and although the girls needed to wait until the last game of the season, it was fitting that they were to win it. As the best defence and strikeforce in the league the purists will agree with the final league table with the Falkirk Bairns on 1st place.

There have been many highlights over the season and without doubt the memories of this seasons campaign will remain with all who were involved for a very long time, the late goal against Dunfermilne, the victory away to Hibs, the tight game at Murieston, that said the games where Falkirk were dominant were many, the team stayed as a team and the focus of winning the league never left them.
A word to the opposition, in particular Hibs and Spartans the 3 teams would have been worthy league winners, however Falkirk had something extra when it was needed, for second place Hibs and Spartans face each other twice in the next week in what will be competitive games we wish them both the best of luck. Not to forget to wish Hibs all the best in their Scottish Cup final appearance next weekend, a venue to be shared with our u13's four of which featured today.

FFC Squad: Sophie Laird, Rachel Vickerman, Abbie Trotter, Carly Lauder, Jess Murphy, Sam Kerr, Carrie Stodard, Ellie Kane, Fern Newbigging, KerryAnne Charles, Ciara Donaldson, Erin Shepherd-Rogers, Lauren Bruce, Kim McAlpine, Megan Gallagher, Lindsey Blues, Leah Eddie, Natalie Wilson, Demi McPhail, Kerry Munro. 
Falkirk FC Girls Under 15's league champions
Monday, 28 October 2013 10:39

Syngenta Colts Juveniles progress to next round

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Syngenta Colts Juveniles
Fairmuir BC
U14's Scottish Cup Round 3
26 October 2013
An eagerly awaited Scottish Cup tie for both sides took place on Sat 26th Oct.
Despite early pressure from the home side, Fairmuir were first to score when a 20 yard curling shot deceived the Syngenta keeper and ended in the bottom corner after 10 minutes.
Syngenta continued to enjoy the bulk of possession and following several missed chances were rewarded with an equalizer 5 minutes before half time.
Half Time: Syngenta Colts Juveniles 1-1 Fairmuir BC
The second half started with Syngenta taking a 2-1 lead when there centre forward fired in from 20 yards.
Syngenta continued to be the team on top and it was a matter of time before goal 3 arrived. A long ball down the left deceived the Fairmuir goal keeper to leave the Syngenta left winger to slot home from 18 yards. Continual Syngenta pressure ensured the 4th was not long to wait for, following good saves and blocks the ball fell to the Syngenta midfielder on the edge if the box to fire home.
Now 4-1 up Syngenta made several substitutions which allowed Fairmuir to gain better ball possession, resulting in a good solo goal by the tall Fairmuir forward.
Full Time: Syngenta Colts Juveniles 4-2 Fairmuir BC
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 12:55

My Youth Career: Liam Coogans

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Liam Coogans is one of the hottest young prospects at Airdrieonians. Since making his debut back in March 2013, Coogans has made a huge impact at a young age of sixteen already having made nineteen appearances for the Diamonds - netting three goals in that time. During last summer there was even talk comparing him to Tony Watt and speculation that Celtic youth boss Chris McCart was running his eye over the sixteen year old and was impressed with what he seen. 
For now though Coogans is staying with Airdrieonians and is part of there new Youth Development Pathway apprenticeship scheeme. Along with four other players from Airdrieonians, Coogans is on a two year full time contract which will see him train with French side Edusport Academy.
Airdrieonians director Chris Ewing, owner of Edusport Academy said "We're delighted to welcome the boys into the Edusport Academy.
"The players will benefit from fantastic facilities and top UEFA Coaching on a daily basis, which will undoubtedly help their development. Being part of the Academy will also enable the players to develop a 'full time' professional mentality.
Recently I had the chance to have a quick chat with Coogans and ask him a few questions about his youth career and how he is enjoying his new full time role at the club.
Which Clubs did you play for in your youth career before Airdrie?
Before Airdrie I played for  Aston Villa BC, Blantyre Victoria, EKFC Gold and also had trials for Hibs, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen.
Who have been some of the best players you have played with and against so far?
With there is a few. Playing alongside, I would say Paddy Boyle, Martin Hardie and David Sinclair. Against it has to be Lee Wallace or Lee McCulloch from Rangers.
Who has been your favorite coach to play under?
Jimmy Boyle because he gave me my chance in first team and had the faith in me, I would like to thank Jimmy for everything he has done for me.
Who is your favorite pro footballer at the moment?
Wayne Rooney.
How do you thing you have developed since joining Airdrieonians?
I feel I have became a better all round better player since I've joined Airdrie by getting more experience after moving up from Under 17's to first team. Also due to Jimmy Boyle's coaching, management and advice and when I moved up to 19s the manger Stevie Findlay was great with me so I have a lot to thank him for as well.
Your also part of Airdrie's new Youth Development Pathway scheme which means you are full time with the Club, how are you enjoying that and have you started training with the French side EDU sport yet and if so how are you finding that?
 I have been training with the Edusport for six weeks now. I feel it has helped me with my fitness and it's a great chance for me. The coaching staff have be terrific , giving me advice and I have been very impressed by training and also the standard of facilities.