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Fixture: Cleland Boys Club v Lanarkshire United U15
Competition: Janice Morton Memorial Cup
Venue: Newarthill
Date: Saturday 7th November 2015
Cleland BC met Lanarkshire United for a place in the Janice Morton Memorial Cup Quarter Final, On a rain soaked Saturday morning, the Cleland boys knew they would have to put in a professional performance to see them go through to face Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in the Quarter Finals.
Cleland started brightly, and I'm sure the midweek training session on attacking corners paid off as within a couple of minutes of the start of the match the home side took a short corner of which the ball was then crossed to the back post and captain Antony Taylor rose unchallenged to head in the opener.
1-0 then quickly turned 2-0, and from another corner Greg Taylor darted to the front post to divert the driven ball into the back of the net.
Cleland soon found themselves 3 goals up. Great passing down the right from Taylor Moon & Connor Phairs, they then found Greg Taylor on the edge of the penalty area unmarked, he calmly controlled the ball and then unleashed a 20yard strike into the top left hand corner of the net.
It wasn't long before it was 4-0, and Dean Cornes showed great skill to flick the ball into the path of Jack Moore in the centre circle. A Lionel Messi-esq style run followed, as Moore dribbled past 4 players before slotting the ball into the bottom left hand corner from just inside the box.
With Cleland keeping up the attacking momentum, it was only a matter of time before they scored more. Goal number 5 came from excellent play down the right side from Taylor Moon & Connor Phairs before Connor crossed into the box for the unmarked Lewis Allen to volley the ball into the back of the net.
Cleland went 6-0 just before the break. Again the Cleland right side was causing major problems for Lanarkshire as Taylor Moon & Dean Cornes combined to allow Dean to play the ball through to Connor Phairs, and the big man fired the ball past the visitors' keeper.
Half Time: Cleland Boys Club 6-0 Lanarkshire United

An excellent first half showing allowed Cleland to make 5 subs at half time to mix it up slightly for the second period. A fairly even first 10 minutes at the start of the half with neither team really pushing forward in any sort of forceful fashion.
However, a poor goal kick from the Lanarkshire goalkeeper was quickly picked up by the Cleland midfield who played a great through ball to Lewis Allen, and he found the top corner of the net to score goal number 7 for Cleland.
A pass from the right from Reece Watson to the edge of the box was picked up by Dean Cornes, and he took up a position who fired a low shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net. 8-0.
Cleland scored number 9 when Connor Phairs played a neat one-two pass with of his team mates, before slotting in number 9.
Further goals from Aidan Melvin, Reece Watson, Connor Phairs & Aidan Rooney rounded off the scoring for the home side as they booked their place in the Quarter Finals up against Kirkintilloch Rob Roy.
An excellent team display from Cleland in soaking wet conditions, but a special mention goes to Jack Moore who more than deserved the man of the match award for a brilliant all round performance.
Full Time: Cleland Boys Club 9-0 Lanarkshire United

Fixture: Budhill Orange v PF Academy 2005's
Venue: Stepford Football Centre
Date: Saturday 31st October 2015
Two cracking 2005 teams met at the Stepford Football Centre and played out a superb footballing spectacle. This was out toughest match to date for the Budhill side against a strong side in PF Academy, who were showing strength in their tackles right from the get go.
PF Academy took the lead through a well taken goal, in a first half that was limited to only 1 goal due to both keepers having fantastic games between the sticks. The score line could of been something ridiculous if it weren't for the quality goalkeeping on show.
Half time came and went, and we had to compete with the physicality of PF and for most of the game was a heated affair, something that our players will learn by and will have gained a lot from today.
Just after the interval, Budhill scored twice to make it 2-1 and were playing superbly well, showing some cracking ability. As the second half wore on however, the lads seemed to lose their way in the midst of a sporting battle and conceded the equaliser midway through the second half.
As both teams pushed to try and win the game, PF Academy scored 2 quickfire goals to steal the win in what was a very entertaining game for all spectators and I'm sure the players would of enjoyed being involved, regardless of the result.
Overall we were really pleased by our performance today. Strong, commitment and really good teamwork on show. This is the first defeat of the season for Budhill and this will keep the boys grounded to ensure a fresh approach next week. It's not the winning or losing but the attributes the team showed today and they also displayed some great technical ability. 100% committed, Well done lads.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 16:55

Watch: Cumbernauld Colts vs Syngenta Juveniles U13s

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Video highlights from the CSFA League Cup quarter final at Broadwood Stadium.

Fixture: Jim Baxter Memorial 2000 vs Camelon Thistle 2000
Competition: Cumbernauled and Kilsyth District Youth League
Venue: Stirling Road
Date: 25/10/2015
Saturday saw Jim Baxter Memorial 2000 take on table toppers Camelon Thistle at Stirling Road and run out 5-1 winners after a second half filled with goals galore proceeded a goaless first 45 minutes. 
This game was always going to be a tasty affair with both teams looking for a win; Camelon to stretch their convincing league start and JBM to gain ground on the league leaders after the disappointment of last week’s defeat to Motherwell. 
The pitch was extremely heavy and as the game started it was easy to see that the pitch would cut up. Both teams were finding it hard to stay upright. 
The game was a real stuffy affair in the first 20 minutes, with neither team getting a foot hold or the upper hand. As the game continued both teams looked timid in their approach and although it was end-to-end, there were no real clear cut chances created, nor any real flow about the game. 
However, with 20 minutes on the clock, Camelon looked the more likely to score with their number 14 Adam Wilson continually running at the JBM defence and trialist Ross Meikle also giving the visitors a bit of a torrid time down their right hand side. Both Wilson and Meikle were playing extremely well and if their finishing had been better would have given Camelon the lead. 
However, apart from those couple of occasions, Adam Hughes and Rennie Hamilton never looked in any real danger and dealt with anything thrown at them with composure and some outstanding tackling. 
At the other end, JBM pushed more so on their right flank than on the left and every time they attacked that side they seemed to be winning their fair share of free kicks. However, they were unable to capitalise on these opportunities. 
Just before the end of the half there was a couple of meaty challenges that the ref seemed to let go and fair play to him. This is now big boy football and, to be honest, the challenges were hard but fair in my opinion.
HT: Jim Baxter Memorial 0 Camelon Thistle 0
The JBM coaches Rab brought the boys in at half-time and told them that, although they hadn’t played badly, they definitely had not played to their strengths. Marc replaced Reece, with Caldo pulling back into the middle to drive at the Camelon defence from deep. Andrew Mitchell replaced Scott on the left and Jack Vanderster replaced Kyle Gartshore in goal.
The second half kicked off and almost immediately JBM looked the hungrier side, playing with much more desire. However, from a disputed corner Camelon took the lead. The ball looked to have been cleared, but it broke at the back post and with the simplest of shots the Camelon forward slotted the ball home. 
From that point on, JBM pushed harder, were quicker and had more desire to win the second ball and looked to get the ball back into play as quick as possible. 
From a quick throw on the right, Caldo ran at the defence and the ball struck the defender’s hand. Without hesitation, the referee pointed to the spot. Charles stepped forward and, with complete composure, struck the ball firmly into the corner of the net – 1-1. 
JBM pushed Camelon deeper and deeper. The majority of the game was now being played in their half of the field. 
JBM soon took the lead with an absolutely blinding strike from Caldo, who gathered the ball on the right and drove towards goal as he turned on the edge of the box. As the ball left his foot it was only heading in one direction, high and out of the reach of the desperate dive of the Camelon keeper. 
The next goal was going to be vitally important in the game and watching the body language of both teams, it was only ever going to come from the team in the ascendency. JBM pushed hard for the goal and again it came from a great move. 
An exquisite pass from Man of the Match Charles McChesney, who had dominated the middle of the park in this game, released the ball through the Camelon defence. Reece Malone left Camelon’s centre half for dead, rounded the goal keeper and slotted the ball home. 
JBM made two further changes with Cameron Gray replacing Ryan Cunningham at right back and Robbie Dalziel was replaced by Jonathan Swan to hold the midfield and allow Charles and Caldo further up the park to support Reece. 
For a 10 minute period JBM kept control of the play and were again unfortunate not to increase their lead further through Dylan Mcsharry and Reece. 
With ten minutes to go, JBM made a further 3 changes. Dylan, Charles and Caldo were all replaced with Robbie, Marc and Scott taking to the field. 
As soon as these introductions were made the visitors went for the jugular and scored a further two goals, with both Marc and Scott netting their first goals for the club. 
The game was finished as competitive affair. With the second half performance JBM stamped their authority on the match and make clear their intentions for the rest of the season.
FT: Jim Baxter Memorial 5 Camelon Thistle 1
All in all, a very good game today for JBM, with Charles McChesney stepping up and dominating the middle of the pitch. As a team, they had to be extremely patient and wait for their chances to come. Every player was told to continue to do the correct things and that their chances would come, which they did in abundance. The victors showed great composure and patience today when it would have been very easy to become frustrated, a great compliment to all 16 JBM players who featured in this outstanding game of football.
Thursday, 22 October 2015 14:59

Motherwell Girls 13s sign-up for Norway Cup

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The Norway cup is the world's biggest international youth football tournament, and has more than 1,600 teams taking part. These teams travel from around the world to compete in Norway’s capital, Oslo.

Motherwell 13s girls have taken this fantastic opportunity and are going to be travelling and competing next year in the tournaments 43rd year.
Pamela Liddell from Motherwell spoke to YFS about the exciting prospect of participating in the tournament. She said, “the experience of playing against different teams and nations, is one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a lot of young girls.”
Motherwell also talked to YFS about their expectations of the event. “I was only recently made aware of the YFS programme and after looking into it in more depth, I came across the chance to go to Norway" said Pamela. "I thought it was a fabulous opportunity, not only for the girls but for our club to widen our experience in playing elsewhere.”
It wasn’t only the organisation of the tournament that attracted Motherwell to take part, with Pamela saying, “I believe that the girls at Motherwell Girls Performance Centre 13s can show teams across the world what the grassroots at Motherwell are all about and why we have some of the top players at all age groups within our set ups".
The Norway cup is the biggest and one of the most prestigious youth football tournaments and its matches are broadcast on one of the largest live sports stations in Norwegian television. Pamela also talked about how the girls were anticipating this, saying “the girls are really excited as it’s not every day that girls at the age of 13s get filmed playing football on live TV.” She joked, “No doubt they will make sure their hair and make-up is all done properly.”
Participating teams also have a number of facilities open to them, including free public transport, as well as free access to a number of local attractions. Their friends and families also have the opportunity to join the team at the same rate. “From what I have heard it appears amazing” shared Pamela. “Especially what’s on offer for the girls and giving the parents the opportunity to go along and support their kids.”
Scottish teams who register to attend the Norway Cup will receive expert, bespoke support and advice from YFS. We will keep you fully informed of all tournament information, handle media related activities including local and national press, assist in fundraising support with the YFS fundraising guide and handbook and provide a special YFS football kit personalised with your club crest and any of your trip sponsors.
Throughout the process of registration, preparation and fundraising, a dedicated YFS team member will be on hand answer any queries and solve any problems by phone or email.
Click here to find out more.

Fixture: Seafar Villa Blue v Rangers SABC U17's
Competition: Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL B Division
Date: Sunday 18th October 2015
Seafar Villa Blue hosted Rangers SABC in the league, looking to get a good 3 points and put on a good performance.
Things didn't start too well as before the game had even began, the management had to reshuffle as our winger John went over on his ankle in training so he missed the game and the same applied to Darren our goalkeeper who hurt a finger in training. So it was the same side as last week except, Hayden was in place of John, Hayden went to centre half and Jay moved into right midfield and Zak was a straight swap with Darren.

Seafar management made the players aware of what happened last time both sides met in the League Cup. Seafar’s attitude was terrible in that game and Rangers deservedly went into a 1-0 lead which they held until the last minute of the first half.

With this in mind the game started and after only 3 minutes Seafar managed to force 3 corners in a row and this produced two great saves from the Rangers keeper. However, he couldn't do anything about Seafar taking the lead.
5 minutes in and Seafar opened the scoring with a cool finish from the striker, and added a second goal 2 minutes later. With 15 minutes, the home side were 4 goals to the good, and playing some brilliant football.
Seafar added another 2 goals to go 6-0 up and to put the game beyond any doubt that may of been lingering. All of the goals scored were really good football from Seafar, and unfortunately for Rangers a couple of errors at the back that allowed the home side to exploit the gaps.
Rangers did manage to score and reduce the deficit ever to slightly with about 10 minutes to go. The Rangers winger had the ball and he wasn't closed down at all and was allowed to cross the ball in. The ball fell to the Rangers centre forward who moved away from his marker with ease. As he was closed down by the Seafar centre half he dragged the ball away from the challenge and as the sweeper tried to block the shot, the striker expertly turned again and slotted the ball into the bottom corner. Superb finish leaving Zak in goal no chance.
The goal gave Rangers a little belief, and they received a free kick 5 yards outside the penalty box, dead central. The Rangers player smashed the free kick, and it was a beauty, heading straight for the bottom right hand corner of the goal. Everyone thought the back of the net would be bulging, but Zak threw himself down to the corner and made an unbelievable stop to keep it at 6-1.
Right after that save, Seafar went straight up the park in a counter attack and a mistake between the Rangers defender and keeper resulted in Mikie pouncing on the loose ball, and was slotted home past the hapless keeper.
The final goal of the game (It's only a the first half, I know!) was a great team goal from Seafar. From the goalkeeper, through the defence, into midfield and then to the striker ended up in the perfect goal with almost every Seafar player on the pitch having a touch of the ball at some stage of the move.

Half Time: Seafar Villa Blue 8-1 Rangers SABC

In the second half, Seafar were the better team but you could see that Rangers were now up for the second half and they fought for every ball. Rangers number 7 started to control things when given the chance.
The game was busy with a lot of tackles and both sides had chances. All of Rangers chances were nothing of major concern to Seafar, except that there was a few shots that Zak covered well, simply because he was in the right position to make the shots look tame, and I can assure you they weren't. Seafar never had total control of the game in the second half except in the last 20 minutes when they seemed to be parked on edge of Rangers penalty box. They had a few chances that they squandered, most notably a header that was put just over by Hayden when the ball was crossed in. The ball flew over Mikie and his marker and that left Hayden free with his marker struggling, but he headed over the bar. The Rangers keeper was well worked in the second half but his defence had sorted themselves out and they did well.

Full Time: Seafar Villa Blue 8-1 Rangers SABC
A excellent performance by Seafar who were well up for this league match. The match itself as a contest was over before Rangers could get started, but this was great credit to Seafar for starting so quickly.
Seafar are now coming into a busy time of the season with league games and cup games against Steins Thistle, Carbrain Sky, Campsie and then no rest with cup ties against top division team Finnart and Division A champions Hamilton in a League Cup play-off match. So Seafar know they will be up against tougher opposition who expect to win. Seafar have a lot to look forward to in the coming month or so.
Blantyre, the birthplace of legendary Scottish explorer David Livingstone, the first European to venture into the heart of Africa, is known for its adventurers.
And now, thanks to YFS, Blantyre Soccer Academy are preparing for an amazing, Scandinavian journey of their own, with the South Lanarkshire club on its way to the 2016 Norway Cup, one of the world’s largest, most diverse and most prestigious youth football tournaments.
Both of the club’s teams are registered with YFS and, after receiving our promotional email, pounced on the opportunity to register for the trip of a lifetime.
YFS is helping selected teams from Scotland make the trip to Norway, now including Blantyre SA. The focus for YFS’ selection process is not based on ability, but rather it focuses instead on identifying teams with players and coaches who would be excellent positive ambassadors for Scotland on the international stage.
Blantyre SA’s Stevie Owens told YFS: ‘When we got the email we saw it as a fantastic opportunity for the kids. To be honest, we never expected to be asked as there were so many applicants.’
At last year’s Norway Cup, over 1,600 teams participated from 52 nations across the globe, making it a truly international experience for all the players lucky enough to be involved. Gowens says that the players are looking forward to competing against all kinds of different styles of playing the beautiful game.
He said: ‘We are excited that we will be meeting and playing against nationalities and cultures we have never come across before.
‘The players are nervous and excited! There's a few with visions of a wonder goal on TV.’
Blantyre will be the latest in a growing number of Scottish clubs to make the journey to Oslo, the tournament’s host city and Norway’s beautiful capital, after almost unanimously positive feedback.
Gowens admits that the club were completely unaware of the tournament until it came to their attention via YFS. But, having seen the exceptional facilities, high-quality pitches and unique experiences which await his young charges next summer, he is delighted that that has all changed.
‘To be honest, we had never heard of this until YFS displayed it on their website. Now that we have been chosen and seen the facilities and the set-up for the seven days that we will be there, the kids and their families are delighted.
‘This is something these kids will never forget no matter what path their future takes. Parents and families being able to share this with them just makes for an all-round tremendous experience.’
He added: ‘All at BSA are very grateful for this opportunity.’
Scottish teams who register to attend the Norway Cup will receive expert, bespoke support and advice from YFS. We will keep you fully informed of all tournament information, handle media related activities including local and national press, assist in fundraising support with the YFS fundraising guide and handbook and provide a special YFS football kit personalised with your club crest and any of your trip sponsors.
Throughout the process of registration, preparation and fundraising, a dedicated YFS team member will be on hand answer any queries and solve any problems by phone or email.
Click here to find out more about the Norway Cup 
Here at YFS, we have witnessed many a closely fought title race over the years - and none more so than at the summit of this year’s Lanarkshire FDA U19 division. It is seven weeks into the current campaign and an astonishing five teams are in contention for the top spot.
As things stand, a mere nine points separate Wolves BC in first place and Dalziel BC in fifth, with games in hand and goal difference set to play a key part  in proceedings over the weeks to come.
Wolves sit top of the table on 21 out of a possible 24 points, two clear of closest rivals Bellshill Athletic. Since their narrow defeat to Mill UTD Colts on the opening day of the season, Wolves have gone on a seven game unbeaten run, notching up an impressive six clean sheets along the way. They hold the best defensive record in the league by quite a margin, but just as impressive are the 43 goals they have put past their competitors this season.
They may look to be unstoppable in their current form, but second placed Bellshill have other ideas. Bellshill are also enjoying a superb run at the moment and, unlike rivals Wolves, they have not yet tasted defeat this season.
Sitting on 19 points from 21, Bellshill have a game in hand over the table toppers, which they should be confident of winning with their equally good record of 43 goals scored. However, they have not been as tight defensively, conceding 13 goals to Wolves' four, which may prove costly in the grand scheme of things.
Moorlands BC, in third position on 16 points, also remain as yet unbeaten and have two rescheduled games still to play, fixtures which could see them enter the fray at the top. They have not been too shabby in front of goal either, scoring 29 goals, and even have a better defensive record than second placed Bellshill.
Just four points further back sit EK Hotspur and Dalziel BC, in fourth and fifth places respectively. To say they were on the fringes of the title race, however, would be doing both teams a disservice.
Both have won four and lost one in their bid for the title and they each have three games in hand over league leaders Wolves. All that separates them is Hotspur’s superior goal difference. The East Kilbride outfit have proven more prolific in front of goal, netting 25 in comparison to Dalziel’s ten and conceding just six as opposed to eight. Should Hotspur and Dalziel take full points from their games in hand, they will be right up there challenging for top spot with the others.
So there are still lots of ifs, buts and maybes in this Lanarkshire title race and nothing is being taken for granted. The next exciting twist will unfold on the 25th of October, as all five challengers are in action.
The tie of the weekend though, will undoubtedly be Moorlands versus Dalziel. The two sides meet for the first time this season and it will be interesting to see if Dalziel can keep rampant Moorlands at bay.
November, however, should see most toing and froing at the top of the table. With all five sides finding a rich vein of form, head-to-heads may decide the destination of the league trophy and there are a few choice ties next month alone. Moorlands have the toughest time ahead with ties against Bellshill and Wolves, while Dalziel and Hotspur will face each other and battle it out for fourth place.
Games in hand galore, goals aplenty and top table clashes - you would be mad to predict who will end November in top spot.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 12:06

Jerviston 2002's the latest to book up for Oslo

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Within youth football, there are few tournaments which can boast of having more than 1,600 teams taking part. However, this is the case for the Norway Cup, the world's biggest international youth soccer tournament.
Teams travel from all over the world to compete at this fantastic event, renowned for its great organization, which is held in Oslo, Noway.
In 2016 the tournament will be 43 years old, and the latest team heading to Oslo next summer is Jerviston 2002's.
Jerviston coach Derek McDonald spoke to YFS to tell us about why he has chosen to take his team to Norway and what he expects from the tournament itself.
"We have previously visited Holland on two occasions to play local teams in both organised tournaments and friendly matches. These trips have been vital in building a strong bond between the entire group of players, coaches and parents, and we see our participation in the Norway Cup as an extension of the development."
McDonald also feels that being able to represent Scotland in Norway will be a real honour. "Being given the chance to compete against teams from all over the globe, from Mexico to China, and representing Scotland whilst doing so will be a real privilege".
The Norway Cup will also be filmed by Norwegian TV, but Derek McDonald doesn't see the "15 minutes of fame" as the main purpose of the trip. "To be honest, we've not really focussed on this with the players. We are more focussed on the development and team building. It would be nice though nonetheless."
Jerviston weren't ones for hanging around when the possibilty of going to Oslo in 2016 opened up. "Having followed Youth Football Scotland's coverage of Lewis United 2003's in the tournament last year it was on our radar for next year but we hadn't made any real plans to consider participation until we heard about the possibility from YFS". McDonald also added "Once we were aware of the opportunity we moved quickly to consult the players and their parents to assess the interest, and now we are raring to go".
The huge range of facilities on offer to clubs participating in the Norway cup is second to none, and it didn't take much to convince everybody at Jerviston 2002's that Oslo is the place to be in the summer of 2016. "The facilities look spectacular and we cannot wait to get to Oslo to enjoy them."
Everyone at YFS wishes Jerviston 2002's a very enjoyable trip to Oslo and every success in their participaction in the Norway Cup 2016
Monday, 12 October 2015 15:32

Mossend FC link up with Well Foundation

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Mossend FC in partnership with Well Foundation aim to raise money to build wells, install hand pumps and establish health and sanitation programs to provide accessible clean water to this stricken region of the world.
As advised in June regarding the construction of two wells that Mossend FC raised money for, Mossend FC are delighted to update that these wells have been built and are currently in use by villages in this badly hit region of Pakistan.
With interaction with the Well Foundation, Mossend FC undertook a series of fundraising events to raise money with the sole aim of providing clean, safe drinking water. This has now happened and the club will continue to work closely with the Well foundation to continue to support new and existing initiatives and projects.
Russell Sanderson, Club Publicity & Development Secretary at Mossend FC said:
“Mossend FC know that there are countries in the world that are living in abject poverty with no access to fresh, clean water. When we spoke to the Well Foundation we wanted to try and do what we could to help, when we set out our aim to build a well and have it named after Mossend FC the boys from all our 10 age groups were excited to get involved".
This is brilliant and a huge opportunity and incentive for all at our club to get involved with something that is so vividly worthwhile – the pictures back this up. Look at the faces of the people and then tell me how you could not want be involved
The club see this as another long term initiative with the Well Foundation and the club is proud that there will be wells in Pakistan named after Mossend FC, we at Mossend FC look forward to continuous joint working with the Well Foundation”
The Well Foundation - was founded in July 2008, our charity number SC040105 was registered in January 2009.
Well Foundation Mission Statement:
Why Water?
- The founding members of the charity researched and consulted other charity organisations as to what we could help provide to those in need. The result was the formation of the 'the Well Foundation', whose primary objective is the provision of clean safe drinking water to those people in developing countries around the globe.
- For those of us living in the developed world we take for granted one of lives most basic yet valuable commodities clean safe drinking water. We drink, cook, clean and bathe with it. Yet over a billion people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water. The lack of clean water has a detrimental impact on the daily life of almost 1 in 6 of us in the world. Lack of clean water immensely affects people’s health and quality of life.
- Polluted water is the world's largest killer of children under five. The Well Foundation will primarily aim to raise money to develop sources of clean water (wells), install hand pumps, establish health and sanitation programme's to provide accessible clean water to the less fortunate regions of the world.