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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.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 16:25

Milton Rovers continue fine form with a win

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Milton Rovers 2000's
Mill United
LDFA U14's Section C
John Cumming Centre
13 October 2013
Milton Rovers continued their League Campaign with a home game against Mill United.
The opening exchanges were clear that it was going to be a midfield battle with both teams contesting every ball. The hosts took the lead when a great threw ball sent Owen Foster down the right who looked up and send a great ball into the box which the Mill keeper failed to hold, the ball fell to Reece Hamilton who smashed the ball into the net. Just what the coaches had asked for before the game that they get on the ascendancy and get a lead.
The boys went close to increasing the lead with some great balls from the midfield onto Josh and Owen just failing to get on the end of them. James Maxwell then went close with a free kick from outside the box. An injury to the usually influential Michael Stevenson forced him off to be replaced by Ryan Boyd who quickly settled into the right midfield role.
The Rovers got a second right on halftime when Euan Scott played a terrific defence splitting pass for Josh bell to run onto and place a shot past the Mill Keeper. 
Half Time: Milton Rovers 2-0 Mill United
The second half started with the boys again on the ascendancy although with an injury to Cammy Fyfe who was outstanding at the back was replaced with Scott Rafferty who slotted in at the back with Callum Clarke.
Mill United got back into the game when some slack defending on the left allowed them to get one back, game on.
The boys seemed to up their game and with Reece Palmer, Ryan Boyd and Euan Scott now starting to get a grip of the midfield and the influential pair of Josh Bell and Owen causing problems with their power and pace and were getting fouled at will.
Rovers then got the third when they won a free kick on the left side of the park which Euan Scott took and sent a long and deep ball into the danger area for Owen Foster to let it drop over his shoulder and steered it into the net.
The Rover's injury problems continued with Callum Clarke pulling up with a groin injury and being replaced by Cammy Fyfe. Declan Wallace and Craig Wilson then replaced Jamie McAdam and Reece Hamilton giving them a rest, the game wasn't finished there with the referee speaking to the Mill coach on the side lines, which seemed to spur on the Mill Players who won a corner on the right which was converted by the defender to set up the Grand stand finish.
The Rovers had other ideas about that when a great run from Euan Scott who danced through defenders and sent a terrific shot goal ward only for the Mill Keeper to fly through the air and turn it wide for a corner. The boys were then looking to put the game out of reach when a great ball from Reece Palmer send Declan Wallace through the middle who in turn slotted it past the Mill Keeper making it 4-2 and game over. There were some great individual performances today with the full squad being called upon to do the business due to injuries to some key players during the game.
Full Time: Milton Rovers 4-2 Mill United
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 21:24

Moorlands hit form to knock out Syngenta

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Moorlands FC
Syngenta Juveniles
U16 Kevin Horner Cup - R1
Hamilton Palace
06 October 2013
Moorlands put on their finest performance of the season on the excellent 3G surface at at Hamilton Palace.
After an even opening period, the Uddingston side settled into their passing game and began to look the more likely to score.
It was midfielder Mark McNulty who made the breakthrough around the half hour when he took advantage of a miscued clearance to put his side 1-0 up.
Three minutes later however, the visitors were level when their striker cut in from wide to fire a sensational speculative drive past Lloyd Fallon.
Moorlands regained their grip on the game just before the break. Alex Foy sent a delightful chip through to Ross Tochel who chested down before slamming home.
The home side's ascendency continued into the second half and after Dean Robertson was felled in the box, Robert Dimmer coolly converted to make it 3-1.
Any prospect of a Syngenta comeback was dashed by Barry McGuire who completed the scoring and sealed his team's place in the next round.
Full Time: Moorlands FC 4-1 Syngenta Juveniles
Moorlands FC Player of the Day: Mark McNulty
Moorlands FC Squad: Ross Tochel, Aiden McGhee, Alexander Foy, Logan Jackson, Lloyd Fallon, Paul Mockus, Aiden McElhinney, Zak McFadyen, Michael Clarke, Robbie Stewart, Dean Robertson, Mark McNulty, Aaron Gray, Robert Dimmer, Barry Maguire, Jonnie Walker, Tom Elliott.
Saturday, 05 October 2013 20:40

Lenzie notch epic victory in rip-roaring derby

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Lenzie Academy
Bishopbriggs Academy
U16's SSFA
02 October 2013
Lenzie notched an epic victory in a rip-roaring local derby.

The visitors drew first blood with a 10th-minute Jack Caldwell strike but Lewis Beveridge soon had Lenzie level when he burst through the middle to score.
The Navy Blues then took the lead with a delightful goal. Ben Graham whipped over a cross from the right and fellow wide man Callum Groom arrived on cue to bullet his header home. 
An Andy McCarthy penalty then tied things up before Bishopbriggs re-gained the lead through Nathan Adger.

The gripping action continued after the break and after Groom had made it 3-3, Lenzie found themselves behind for a third time after another spot-kick was scored by McCarthy.

However, showing tremendous team spirit, the G66 boys came storming back again and their pressure forced a penalty, coolly converted by Ewan Macpherson.

Minutes later, the outstanding Macpherson was upended in the box and spot-kick number four of the match was duly dispatched by the Lenzie No.10 himself.

Bishopbriggs rallied in a desperate attempt to save a point but, with the play stretched, Macpherson sealed victory when he broke through to shoot into the far corner of the net.
Lenzie Academy coach Mr Walker was delighted with his team's efforts.
"The boys deserved the win for their tremendous spirit and team work," he said.  "Everyone involved played their part." 
Full Time: Lenzie Academy 6-4 Bishopbriggs Academy
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 16:39

New initiative offers Airdrie kids full time football

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Airdrieonians FC issued the following press release:
As part of our Corporate Plan, our aim is to work towards a full time Youth Academy to complete our Player Pathway so that we can offer a route into full-time football for our youngsters through the Airdrieonians brand. As it stands, not being able to do so means that we are always at risk of losing our best young players after spending many years developing them, however as from today, things are changing.
The Club is delighted to announce the launch of our latest move to strengthen our Youth Development Pathway by the foundation of the Airdrieonians FC Academy, sponsored by Rainbow Room International, the multi award winning Hair and Beauty Group based in Scotland owned by Alan and Linda Stewart. 
5 outstanding young players have been taken on full time at the Club on the Young Apprenticeship Scheme with two year contracts and they will be training within the Edusport Football Academy, owned by Airdrieonians Director, Chris Ewing. The players are Liam Coogans, Kyle Richford, Aiden Ward, Jack Haggerty and Chris O'Neil (pictured, right).
Jim Ballantyne said "To secure the support of Rainbow Room International is a testimony to our vision for the Club and it would not have been possible without their direct involvement. 
"Alan and Linda have built up a hugely successful business turning over in excess of £6m per annum and this is a direct result of their commitment to their own youth development.
"It was not until I sat down, at the start of the year, with Chris Ewing of Edusport Academy that it really began to take shape and it then gave me the opportunity to put a proposal to Rainbow Room International.
"The Club plans to expand this new venture over the forthcoming years however, it has to be resourced properly and the ability to partner the launch with Edusport Academy, and obtain sponsorship from Rainbow Room International has given the club a great start."
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. 
"It is also an interesting opportunity to combine footballing cultures, with the majority of the players at the Edusport Academy being French. All at the Academy are very excited to work with the five players, who's progress of course, will be monitored by Airdrieonians' coaching staff daily.
"I would also like to thank Rainbow Room International for their support with the project."
Monday, 30 September 2013 15:40

Milton Reds coast to victory

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Stirling Albion Junior Academy
Milton Reds
Under 16's
28 September 2013
On Saturday 28th September Milton Red’s 1998’s under 16’s, played their seventh League fixture of the season.  The match started with Milton dominating the early play and they opened their account in the second minute of play when forward Hamish Anderson fired home from a Ryan Beyer pass. After continuous pressure Milton increased their lead when mid-fielder Ross Leary fired home in off the upright. Milton won a series of corners as they poured forward and the Stirling goal was under a constant bombardment with home keeper Adam Thomson performing heroics to keep his team in the match. On a rare breakaway, Milton’s defence failed to deal with a clearance and keeper Liam Stirling was beaten by a high lob from wide right which just went in to the net via the underside of the crossbar. Milton continued to attack and Stirling managed survived the onslaught until the referee’s whistle ended the first half. The first half closed with Milton only one goal ahead despite the constant pressure on the home goal.
Half Time: Stirling Albion Junior Academy 1-2 Milton Reds
After the restart Milton continued to dominate and forced corner after corner as they sought the goals to finish off the challenge from their plucky opponents. In the 13th minute of the second half Leary struck again after driving forward from mid-field and unleashing a powerful shot passed the unprotected Thomson in the home goal. Just sixty seconds more had elapsed when Leary completed his hat-trick. After receiving the ball from a throw-in Leary drove along the bye line and beat Thomson from a narrow angle. With 20 minutes played Thomson could only parry a fierce drive from Milton’s Callum Brown and Jonathon McMenemy was on hand to fire home the rebound. In the 35th minute Brown was again the provider when he dribbled passed the Albion defence then cut the ball back to substitute Bobby Smith who lashed the ball passed the diving Thomson for Milton’s sixth and final goal.
The match finished with the result a fine six goals to one victory for the away side.  Milton’s victory was earned by another good team performance with the entire squad all doing well but a special mention went to midfielder Leary who had this season failed to net but now he has fired in three in one match and looks ready to improve on his impressive tally from last season. Stirling Albion’s man of the match was without doubt keeper Adam Thomson who performed magnificently throughout. Milton’s next opponents will be Riverside Reds who are currently top of the table after eight straight victories in this season’s league campaign. The match is scheduled for 10am this Saturday 5th October at Braehead Park.
Full Time: Stirling Albion Junior Academy 1-6 Milton Reds