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Spartans FC
North Merchiston
Atkinson (2)


U17 Victor Paris Cup Final
Saughton Enclosure

Scott Thomson

By Scott Thomson
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Spartans secured their second piece of silverware within a week to complete a momentous five days for their under 17 side who added to their maiden Scottish Cup triumph by lifting the Victor Paris Cup trophy.

A double from striker Blair Atkinson, who scored two in their victory over Giffnock Thistle on Sunday, secured the win for Spartans against fellow Division 1 title-chasers North Merchiston at Saughton.

Both sides traded opportunities in the opening exchanges. Spartans had their first chance in the opening minutes when centre-back Duncan Player rose in the box but his header flew over the crossbar.

Merchie then had a chance to take the lead but nobody could get on the end of Gavin Birrell’s dangerous cross which flashed across goal

With centre midfielder Jamie Dishington, who has been a key player in Spartans season, dictating play in the middle of the park; they opened the scoring after 17 minutes.

Atkinson broke clear of the Merchie defence, his shot was initially saved by North Merchiston goalkeeper Darren Mitchell but he couldn’t hold onto the effort and it rebounded off the striker and into the net.

Both sets of coaches were making use of the rolling subs rule as they continued to alter their sides, with Spartans in particular choosing to give their starting strike force a rest midway through the first half. Continuous changes were a detriment to the match however as play was continually halted.

Spartans were in the mood to double their advantage, but Merchie were holding firm at the back, in particular Cameron Stokes stood out.

Merchie had a chance from a free-kick as the match headed towards half-time but substitute Fraser Eddington’s effort was tipped over the bar by Spartans ‘keeper Callum Speedie.

From the resulting corner, Merchie were given a chance to level the score line. The referee pointed to the spot after there was a shove in the box and Birrell stepped up, before slotting in the penalty.

Half Time: Spartans FC 1-1 North Merchiston

Spartans had a chance to restore their lead at the beginning of the second half, but a great save from Mitchell denied Andrew Mair after neat build up play between Dishington and Stephen Havelin.

Merchie then had a chance to take the lead for the first time in the match. Sam Tulloch’s dangerous ball over the top of Spartans defence found Hamish Law who couldn’t control the ball first time to be able to get his shot away and the opportunity petered out.

It was end to end stuff between both sides, but with both defences holding strong it looked as if neither side would find the breakthrough.

That was until Spartans regained their lead with fifteen minutes remaining. Mair, who had moved to left back, played a delightful ball down the wing to Cameron Armstrong whose dangerous ball to the back post was met by Atkinson and he nodded the ball into the net to spark wild celebrations.

Spartans could have put daylight between the sides as the match entered into the final moments. Kerr Allan did well down the left wing as he showed silky footwork to outsmart the Merchie right back before exchanging a one-two with Atkinson, but Allan’s shot was gathered by Mitchell.

Both sides are set to meet again in June when they face each other in the South East Region final at Dunbar, and Merchie will be looking for revenge in what promises to be another close match between the teams.

Full Time: Spartans FC 2-1 North Merchiston


Spartans FC North Merchiston
1. Callum Speedie
2. Kerr Allan
3. Harry Oliff
4. Duncan Player
5. Scott Irving
6. David Scobie
7. Andrew Mair
8. Jamie Dishington
9. Blair Atkinson
10. Sean Stewart
11. Jordan Brown 
12. Elliot Carruthers
14. Kyle Holdcroft Doig
15. Stephen Havelin
16. Cameron Armstrong
18. Bruce Scott
1. Darren Mitchell
3. Gavin Birrell
4. Cameron Stokes
5. Nick Mortimer
6. Calum Windram
7. Anton Dowds
9. Joe Turner-Law
11. Nathan Evans
12. Sam Tulloch
14. Ben Brigain
15. Fraser Eddington
17. Jake MacDonald
18. Greig Brown
19. Ryan Clarke
21. Andrew McBride
23. Hamish Law
Jamie Dishington set the tempo in the middle of the park, his distribution was terrifc and drove his side forward
Cameron Stokes was a rock at the back for his side, and did very well in defence for his team.


Craigmount HS
St Andrew's Academy


U14 SSFA Shield - Semi Final
Creamery Park, Bathgate

Ian Mackay

By Ian Mackay
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Good morning Craigmount HS under-14s and so, too, Good Morning to St Andrew’s HS (Paisley)! That was a superb Scottish Schools Shield Semi-final last night in the rain at Creamery Park, Bathgate, in West Lothian. Craigmount it was who were singing and dancing in the rain to coin a phrase as the rain had gone off by the time the final whistle was blown by referee Stephen Allen (Glasgow). Craigmount won 3-0 and now go on to play the crack Braidhurst Academy (Motherwell) in the final at the same venue on a date to be arranged.

As far as the victorious Craigmount HS are concerned, I will not have to wait long to see them in action again, against Portobello HS in the final of the ESSFA Cup at St Augustine’s/Forrester complex on Saturday morning at 9.30am. Is this the beginning or is it the end - for Craigmount? Two tough games lie ahead but none possibly as tough as the Scottish Shield Semi-final in the rain in the heaving metropolis of Bathgate. In fact, the West Lothian town looked as dead as a Dodo when I made my way home.

The final scoreline of 3-0 against St Andrew’s was cruel in the extreme, but it could have been worse as Craigmount appeared to me to have scored another goal in the second half, but St Andrew’s keeper, Calum Armstrong, scooped the ball back after it looked to have crossed the line. I was standing just to the left, behind the St Andrew’s goal at the time. I thought the ball was over the line. But, play went on and St Andrew’s survived that controversial incident.

Craigmount went in to a 1-0 lead early in the first half of this cracker of a game. Again, I thought it was against the run of play at that stage as St Andrew’s played wonderful passing football with a quite exceptional young No 8, Ross Alexander, sparkling in the rain. What a wonderful talent, natural talent, this boy has! He was not the only one, either. The opening goal came when a stunner of a free kick was delivered in to the St Andrew’s goal and it was half-cleared, only for another thundering shot from Andrew Hunter to be charged down and the rebound went to Craigmount No 16, Lewis Hall, and he scored from close in at the left-hand post. His shot in the 14th minute, blasted in to the roof of the St Andrew’s net.

That goal was a sore one for the Paisley school team to lose. But they went on to carve open the Craigmount defence time and time again in a brilliant first half. The Edinburgh school had in big goalie, Euan Page, a player on the top of his game and Euan made several telling saves and blocks in a busy period of St Andrew’s attacks. Mark Seggie in the No 3 jersey was superb on the left side of defence for St Andrew’s and No 5, Darren Robertson, was simply my kind of footballer. Marvellous and what a competitor he was in to the bargain.

However, Craigmount had in Daniel Baur (No 6) a player who was head and shoulders above everyone else on view. Daniel, you were simply awesome! So, Craigmount had to work hard to defend their narrow lead and they were successful in doing so, thanks to That is the lot and each and everyone of these young players contributed in some way to a tremendous game of football. Craigmount survived the first half and still held on to their 1-0 lead at half-time. 

Half Time: Craigmount High School 1-0 St Andrew's Academy

Three minutes after the restart, Craigmount went 2-0 up. A good St Andrew’s attack was turned in favour of the Edinburgh school and they broke up the left and Michael Allan it was who ran in from the left to score a great second goal. St Andrew’s, for their part, must have wondered what they did wrong to suffer the loss of a second goal. But, that is football, is it not?

Craigmount, I thought, were much better in the second half and they closed down the supply of passes from Ross Alexander and Co to great effect. And the Craigmount defence, well, they just appeared to me to sit back and soak up everything St Andrew’s threw at them.

It was fascinating to watch and as I made my way around behind the St Andrew’s goal, then came the incident when I thought the ball had crossed the line. Well done, however, to goalie Calum Armstrong, for scooping the ball out and it was cleared upfield. Get on with the game, boys!

Spaces opened up all over the big pitch as the game raged on and both goalmouths had their moments of truth, as they say. Some call it luck, or whatever, but it was tremendous football to watch from both sides. Darren Robertson was simply amazing for St Andrew’s, while all of the Craigmount team played at the top of their form.

It was a strength-sapping game, but Craigmount No 14, Andrew Hunter, came on to a great game on the left and it was he who brought the house down with a brilliant third goal from the left in to the far corner and that made It 3-0 for Craigmount.

Marcus Mbewe positively delighted me with his amazing close control and skills on the right. But all I have is praise and admiration for all the players who took part in the semi-final at Bathgate. Here, again, was another ground with a good pitch to play on and a very strongly-built covered enclosure.

Full Time: Craigmount High School 3-0 St Andrew's Academy

Craigmount High School St Andrew's Academy
Ewan Page
Daniel Baur
Sam Thompson
Jamie McIntosh
Andrew Hunter
Joe Paterson
James Pringle
Michael Allan
Russell Drummond
Jamie Donoghue
David Gibson
Lewis Hall
Angus Johnstone
Ryan O’Donnell
Marcus Mbewe
Jack Murray
Calum Armstrong
Ryan Nesbitt
Mark Seggie
Niall Horan
Darren Robertson
Kerr Watson
Andrew McLaughlin
Ross Alexander
Shaunn Clark
Callum Scullion
Paul Brown
Steven Murray
James Crossan
Sean O’Donnell
James McTaggart
James Pringle was the pick of the bunch for Craigmount, although in reality a number could have merited the award.
Ross Alexander was St Andrew's Academy's top performer - oozing class every time he touched the ball.


Duncanrig Secondary School
Broughton High School
U13 SSFA Shield - Semi Final
Somervell Park
Broughton made the 40 mile trip in the school mini bus to Cambuslang, driven by PE teacher Andy McAdam.

Duncanrig won the toss and started with the wind at their backs.

Broughton found it difficult to penitrate the tall Duncanrig back line, as their center back got his head on nearly everthing heading his way.

It took Broughton a while to get to grips with the wind but once they settled in and got the ball at thier feet, they made most of the play. It remained goalless at the interval.

Broughton picked up the pace straight from the start of the second half, now with the wind behind them. However a rare lapse lead to Duncanrig taking the lead, against the run of play.

The Broughton defence redeemed themselves winning the high balls and putting in some great tackles.

Broughton now were playing fantastic football, Washe Manyathelo got the equaliser and Reece Rintoul got the winner.

Duncanrig made it a great game to watch, played with sporstmanship from both sides.

All the Duncanrig coaches and players congratulated Broughton and wished the Edinburgh team all the best in the final.

Broughton coaches Liam Cowper, Mike Rintoul, Keanan Whalen are so proud of all the players who now play the final on 22nd May at Rugby Park. Thanks also to all the supporters from both sides who came to support the boys from both teams.

A Broughton parent commented: "The boys all got back late, but I'm sure they all went to sleep grinning from ear to ear, and couldn't wait to tell the news at school next morning. All the players can't wait to get to Rugby Park in two weeks time."

Full Time: Duncanrig Secondary School 1-2 Broughton High School

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 17:12

Portobello pip Craigmount in cup final thriller

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Craigmount HS
Portobello HS
Johnstone (2)



U13 Edinburgh Schools FA - Final
Meggetland 3G

Ian Mackay

By Ian Mackay
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I got up early on Sunday, May 5, to write my match report on the brilliant Edinburgh Secondary Schools Under-13 League Final at beautiful Meggetland. Is it wrong of me to eulogise under-13 players in the way I intend doing? Is it also right that I should find in games at this level all that is good in football - and great, great behaviour - both on the pitch and on the sidelines? The final, incredibly good final, was settled in extra time and Portobello HS ran out 3-2 winners against Craigmount HS! To someone like me, I am not going to say Craigmount were the losers in such a wonderfully enjoyable and skilful game of football.

This, indeed, was the real thing for me, particularly as I tried to recover from the soaking I got at Saughton Enclosure on Friday, May 3, where everyone was forced to run the gauntlet from drenching rainstorms and cold winds. It was a nightmare scenario and made worse as there is no shelter whatsoever for footballers or supporters. I had to quit at half-time and make a run for it and the under-16 league final was won 1-0 by Tynecastle over Loanhead. I have only the greatest admiration for the players and fans of these two teams.

The under-13 ESSFA League Cup Final at Meggetland was also played out in the open, on one of the finest synthetic pitches in the city. A game full of the most wonderful endeavour and skill, great sportsmanship and quite amazing and unlifting coaching amd encouragement from all gathered together in the sunshine on the sidelines. So Let It Be! This was a day when Portobello HS walked away with the silverware, leaving the equally good Craigmount HS squad with the runners-up prizes. But not losers, in my view, no one could ever be called a loser in such a game as this final was. From start to finish in a game quite superbly controlled by young Callum Doyle and his two assistants, including his dad, Mark. Portobello, I think, had marginally the better of the opening stages but even then, there were early indications that this was going to be a superb game of football.

There were so many really good young players on view and how well the ball was passed around with speed and accuracy. I have to say at this stage I forgot completely the age of the players on the pitch. They were all footballers, good ones at that, in my fading eyesight. What I saw was nothing less than a joy to behold. With only five minutes played, Portobello were awarded a penalty following a corner on the right and in the ensuing chaos in the Craigmount goal, the perfectly placed match referee awarded a spot-kick. Up stepped the bold Michael Barfoot in the magical No 7 jersey of Portobello to ram the ball in to the roof of the net to the left of the Craigmount goal. Hallelujah! What a penalty kick that was and Craigmount keeper, Ryan Foggo, had no chance of stopping the ball. In fact, if Ryan had got in the way, he would most likely have been propelled through the back of the net along with the ball.

I am getting carried away at this point (possibly I should be carted off) but my enthusiasm at seeing such good football has no bounds. After going behind 1-0, Craigmount woke up to the fact they had a real game on their hands and what followed was, for me, really magical. Good players on both sides made their mark and I thought the Porotbello defence were outstanding at containing Craigmount when they got going. And the school from west Edinburgh did get going with a real strong man in defence - No 4, Matthew Johnstone! A big lad with a hammer blow of a right foot, but more about that further on. Craigmount also had a very good player in No 11, Dean Galloway, and he was involved in so many of his side's best attacking moves. Up frong, well Portobello were spoiled for choice and take your pick, indeed, from No 7 Michael Barfoot, No 8 Lyle Smith, No 9 Connor Young, No 10 Lewis MacKinnon and No 11 Blair Campbell. Yes, yes, all you mums and dads, I will get to the rest as I go on - and, boy, how I intend to go on about this game. Was I enjoying myself? I was like a pig in poo! But to hell with me, the players - all of them - looked to be enjoying themselves most of all. It was a day for big smiles all around, yes, indeed!

A high ball in to the Portobello goal was given the wellie and sent hurtling up field. Play got even better and it was the turn of Craigmount to attack - on both wings I have to say. Is that allowed in Scotland? In a sweeping raid on the Portobello goal, Jamie Black combined with Kalvin Nichol and the ball was switched in to the path of No 8, Keiran McKinley, but Portobello goalie, Jordan McCulloch, saved McKinley's shot and cleared. In another good move, Craigmount went close to scoring the equaliser when the ball was half-cleared out to McKinlay again, but he shot wide of the right-hand post. Bring it on, baby! Then a good effort from Galloway was deflected behind for a corner to Craigmount. Phew! McKinlay sent over a very good delivery, but Porotbello keeper, Jordan McCulloch, calmly picked the cross out of the air and cleared. Great play all around! Yet again, Craigmount No 10, Aiden Lawson, was in a good move and this time his pass to Dean Galloway resulted in a brilliant shot from the big No 11, but once more, Portobello's inspired keeper saved at full stretch.

It was at that stage a free-flowing game of football at its very best and Craigmount looked capable of scoring - but so too did Portobello. A wonderful long-range free-kick from Craigmount No 4, remember him, Matthew Johnstone, skimmed the top of the Portobello crossbar. Keep your head up Matthew. Don't let it drop! Johnstone had another chance from a free-kick much nearer to the Portobello goal but this time, damn it, the big No 4 produced a poor delivery. You could get detention for that you know, Matthew! At the other end, Portobello No 11, Blair Campbell, decided it was time to showcase his very good skills but the big Craigmoutn defenders coped well. There was panic among the Craigmount contingent when a poor clearance from goalkeeper, Ryan Foggo, went direct to the very talented Portobello No 3, Seamus Russell, but his attempt to lob the keeper was away off target. Craigmount's coaches got up off their knees when Seamus? shot went adrift. Meanwhile, Portobello No 4, Daniel Wallace, was making his mark on the game in the best way possible. What a game Daniel had in fact.

Half Time: Craigmount High School 1-0 Portobello High School

At half-time, Porotbello still led 1-0, but what a wonderful first half of the most positive football imaginable. The second half kicked off in brilliant style and we were up and running once again. Craigmount had a job on their hands to get back on level terms and, good God, the tackles got a wee bit fierce and out came the yellow card from the match referee. The tension rose and so too did the quality of play on the pitch. There was one amazing incident in the Portobello goal when Craigmount No 4, you know, big Matthew Johnstone, ran at the Portobello defence with the ball at his feet. His control was not the best but as he was closed down by about six Portobello defenders, bodies crashed to the ground and it was like a casualty clearing station in the aftermath. Poor Matthew, he came off worst of all and he had a free-kick given against him, while lying prostrate on the ground. After treatment, all the players brought down by Matthew were given a clean bill of health and the battle, oh sorry, game continued.

Portobello No 9 was doing the business up front for his side but he just did not have the pace to trouble the Craigmount rearguard, who I have to say, took no prisoners. You know what I mean, nudge nudge, wink, wink! In the 10th minute of the second half, Craigmount equalised. Guess who won the free-kick about 35 yard out from the Portobello goal? Yes, it was big Matthew once again in the thick of the action and he was dumped on to the ground without any ceremony by a Portobello defender. Dean Galloway took the free-kick while big Matthew screwed his leg back on and what a delivery it was from the Craigmount No 11 and the ball was like a guided missile as it hit the back of the Portobello net. A great goal and how Craigmount celebrated. Hi, stop that kissing you lot!

Oh, dear, all hell broke loose for a few glorious minutes. Wonderful, wonderful play from Portobello No 7, Michael Barfoot, followed and his shot looked a winner all the way, until Craigmount keeper Ryan Foggo threw himself across goal to make a stunning save. In the 12th minute of the second half, Portobello went back in front with another great goal from the talented No 10, Lewis MacKinnon. His shot went in the left hand post, and hold on to your wigs, Craigmount went upfield from the restart and the mighty Matthew Johnstone just about brought the house down with the most wonderful strike from 30 yard out and the ball hit the back of the Portobello net still going like a train. Ho, ho, ho... What a merry old soul was big Matthew as he disappeared under a mass of celebrating Craigmount players.

From then on, the game, indeed, assumed classical proportions and the quality of play was match be the total commitment of both teams. Big Matthew delivered his own version of retribution in one incident downing an unfortunate Portobello player after Matthew, I think, thought a team-mate had been fouled. He go a yellow card for that and on a couple more occasions the Craigmount No 4 went perilously close to getting another yellow card. But he didn?t thankfully. This was not a dirty game, rather a brilliant cup final. The closing stages were at times frantic and agonising in equal proportions but it was still 2-2 at the final whistle.

Full Time: Craigmount High School 2-2 Portobello High School

Ten minutes each way in extra time! Bring it on, me beauties! Har, har, har! In the 7th minute of extra time, Porotbello scored what turned out to be the winning goal and it was a goal that would have earned top marks in any exam at the crumbling high school down near Edinburgh's seaside. A pass of pure genius on the right, in behind the Craigmount defence enabled Connor Young to run on to and he put his head down and ran at the Craigmount goal and in a moment Connor and his team-mates will most likely remember for the rest of their lives, the Portobello No 9 sent a wonderful shot in at the left side of the Craigmount goal to make it 3-2. 

I could quite easily go on and on to praise the efforts of Craigmount in their bid to score an equaliser and I thought Dean Galloway was immense. But that must not take away the praise for the Portobello defence. Seamus Russell was truly wonderful and so too were all his team-mates. I do not know if Pegi McArthur is still the head teacher at Portobello, but I met this wonderful lady and got to know her when she was at Firrhill HS and eventually at Portobello. Pegi (I don?t know if that is the correct spelling) was not at the game, but she can be proud of the boys wearing the Portobello colours. Magnificent is a good word to use in instance. And the same, too, to Craigmount. They finished runners-up, but certainly not losers. No one at this final was a loser.

Next Saturday, Craigmount and Portobello meet again, in the under-14 final, with a 9.30am kick off at St Augustine's HS.

On Thursday night, at Bathgate Juniors ground, the Craigmount under-14s have another important date, their Scottish Schools Shield semi-final against St Andrew's (Paisley), with a 6.30pm start.

Well done, Portobello - and Craigmount. The under-13 final was, indeed, a true classic!

Final Result: Craigmount High School 2-3 Portobello High School

Craigmount High School Portobello High School
Ryan Foggo
Nathan Robertson
Alec Robertson
Matthew Johnstone
Matthew Brown
Jamie Black
Kalvin Nichol
Keiran McKinlay
Alistair Hogg
Aiden Lawson
Dean Galloway
Chris Bennett
Matthew Reid
Jordan McCulloch
Ben Scott
Seamus Russell
David Wallace
Duncan Farry
Harry Clark
Michael Barfoot
Lyle Smith
Connor Young
Lewis MacKinnon
Blair Campbell
Theo Brown
Craig MacIntosh
Ben Weaver
Dean Galloway was superb for Craigmount, from the first whistle to the last - didn't deserve to be o nthe losing side.
Michael Barfoot opened the scoring for Portobello and didn't stop there, creating chances for himself and others throughout.


Currie Boys Club
Hillfield Swifts
Wilkinson (2)


U19s Division 2 Cup - Semi Final
Meggetland 3G

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Hillfield Swifts are through to the final of the Division 2 Cup after easing past Currie Boys Club at Meggetland.

The Inverkeithing based side will face either Craigroyston or Star ‘A’ in the final as they look to get their hands on some silverware.

Dylan Wilkinson was the star for his side, wading in with two goals and an assist. He was a constant threat on an afternoon against a depleted Currie side that were missing six players through suspension or injury.

The away side opened the scoring within the first ten minutes. Jack Matson somehow got the ball out from underneath his feet in a crowded area; with the Currie defence not getting close enough to him he was able to finish in the bottom corner.

Hillfield were playing some really good football as they looked to increase their lead. In particular the attacking combination of Wilkinson and Joshua McGonagal linked up well to cause the Currie defence problems.

It was Wilkinson who put his side further ahead with two goals in the space of five minutes as Hillfield built up a comfortable early lead.

The attacker showed great poise to cut inside and out of the Currie defence, who were mesmerised by his neat footwork, before he placed his shot past Grant Steele into his bottom corner.

He then showed terrific pace down the left wing to ease ahead of the Currie backline before cutting inside and firing his shot into the net.

With only one upfront for Currie, they were finding it difficult to get chances of their own, particularly with Alistair Brown at centre back for Hillfield who was a rock at the heart of his defence for the entire match.

David Gebbie did have an opportunity for the home side just before half-time from the edge of the box but his shot was saved well by Dale Mason, the Hillfield stopper.

Half Time: Currie BC 0-3 Hillfield Swifts

Currie had their goalkeeper, Grant Steele to thank for a superb double save from Ben Robertson, as Hillfield looked put the tie out of sight for the home team early in the second half.

Gebbie looked to be in for a shot, one-one-one with Mason, after he did well to get clear of Brown but the defender recovered with a last ditch tackle to prevent Gebbie from getting his shot away.

Hillfield really should have made it four when Wilkinson had a chance for his hat-trick but a goal line clearance from Andrew Steiner denied him after McGonagal had teed him up with a ball across the face of goal.

Wilkinson did brilliantly to set up Sam Glancy for their fourth of the afternoon when he passed inside to the attacking midfielder, whose shot, via a hand of Steele found its way into the net.

Currie to their credit kept on trying and didn’t give up hope of getting themselves back into the match but it just wasn’t to be their day.

 Full Time: Currie BC 0-4 Hillfield Swifts

Currie BC Hillfield Swifts
1. Grant Steele
2. Andrew Steiner
3. Lee White Cross
5. Christopher Beattie
6. Lee Watt
7. Alexander Smith
8. Blair MacDonald
9. David Gebbie
11. Jack Middlemiss
12. Kiron Valentine
14. Kieron Milligan
15. Fraser Butler
16. Fraser Clark

1. Todd Grandison
2. Jack Hynd
3. Euan Munro
4. Liam McCulloch
5. Alistair Brown
6. Jack Matson
7. Mark Anthony Yorkston
8. Sam Robertson
9. Dyan Wilkinson
10. Sam Glancy
11. Joshua McGonagal
12. Ben Robertson
15. Blair Duff
16. Wesley Lockwood
17. Ewan Wilson
Fraser Butler came on as an early subsitute and did well down the left wing to create some openings for his side.
Dylan Wilkinson was a real attacking threat with his pace and footwork for his side. His two goals were brilliant.
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:00

YFS TV MOTD: Giffnock SC vs Spartans FC U17s

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Watch YFS TV MOTD highlights from Sunday's SYFA Challenge Cup U17's final between Giffnock SC Thistle & Spartans FC (best watched in 720p)

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 22:44

Stage set for County Cup finals

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Fixtures have been confirmed for this year's WLAYFC County Cup Finals, and are as follows:

Saturday 18th May 2013

11am Under 13s MES County Cup Final
Livingston FCBC v Bathgate Vale Pumas

Sponsored by Midland Engineering

1pm Under 15s Tam Dalyell County Cup Final
Shotts YMCA v Broxburn Ath Colts

3pm Under 19s Joe McNee County Cup Final
Victoria FC v Steins Thistle

Sunday 19th May 2013

11am Under 14s Jock Adamson County Cup Final
Bo'ness United v Coltswood Colts

1pm Under 16s Robert MacMillan County Cup Final
Broxburn Ath Colts v Syngenta Juveniles

3pm Under 17s County Cup Final
Broxburn Ath Colts v Syngenta Grange

Please come along and support these local teams...

Admission Adults £3 Concessions £1

Full Programme Covering both days only £1
Snack Bar Open ALL DAY

Almondvale Stadium, Livingston, EH54 7DN
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 16:38

Tranent reward home crowd with cup victory

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Tranent Colts
Easthouses FC


U13 George Salmon Cup - Final
Foresters Park, Tranent

Ian Mackay

By Ian Mackay
YFS South East Region Reporter

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IF ANYONE ever wanted to see a game of youth club football that fully illustrated the reason for having under-13 age groups play for cups, then the George Salmon Cup Final at Forrester Park in Tranent was the perfect example of all that is good in the game at this level. The Division Three final on a beautiful sunny summer’s night in Tranent was not just a football occasion, it was a real social event as well. The sun, the stadium, the players, the mobile refreshments van, etc, etc, and hundreds and hundreds of people of all ages in the enclosed stadium to see the kids in action. It was, indeed, a gala occasion and it was just a sheer privilege and pleasure just to be at the game, report on it and take action pics. This game, and social occasion, was so good and enjoyable I am a wee bit stuck for words, but here goes.

Tranent recently beat Easthouses in another cup final and the team from Midlothian looked just a wee bit nervous prior to the start. In particular when big Tranent No 17, Lomond Gray, was on the ball... constantly on the ball! No 6 in the Easthouses rearguard was Lomond’s marker and Aidan Gillespie was magnificent in stopping the big striker’s runs. But there were good players to be seen all over the big pitch. Tranent’s Ryan McMurdo, wearing the No 10 jersey, was outstanding for the winners and he was involved in every good attacking move. Still, for sheer power and pace, there was no way anyone could keep Lomond Gray out of the picture! A real powerhouse of a young footballer if ever I have seen one! But Lomond’s shooting prowess did not quite match his awesome runs at the Easthouses defence. Another star in the Easthouses defence was No 5, Jed Morrison, who was also involved in trying to halt big Lomond. But, while the big striker brought out the roars from the huge number of Tranent fans at the game, the East Lothian side was full of good skilful players and how well they played throughout this game.

When Tranent eventually opened the scoring after 28 wonderful minutes of great football, commitment, enjoyment and entertainment, it was No 5, Kieran MacDougall, who fired the ball past Easthouses keeper, Gavin Houliston! Kieran’s best friend is Easthouses No 5, Jed Morrison. How do I know that? Well, Kieran’s grannie, Valerie MacDougall, was at the game and I spoke to her later on and she told me of her relationship with Kieran. She is now on my mailing list for this report and the file of pictures. There was only one goal in the first half, but I looked through my notes and I had jotted down good play also from Tranent No 2, Jack Burrows; No 3, Shaun Dick (a really good young footballer) and No 9, Kyle McFadden. It was one of these nights, when there were so many good young players to praise. In the Easthouses colours, Cole Allan (No 4), Jed Morrison and Aidan Gillespie were star performers along with Michael Sergent (No 10) and Morgan Rutherford in the No 11 jersey. 

Half Time: Tranent Colts 1-0 Easthouses FC

I’ll move on to the second half, as that is when this game really took off. A free kick on the right to Easthouses managed to find its way to No 4, Cole Allan, and his shot rebounded off the face of the Tranent crossbar. Then home keeper, Max Gordon-Tennant, made a great save when the rebound was fired back at him. Great play, Easthouses! At the other end, big Lomond fired shots wide of the Easthouses goal. Cole Allen again got in a good shot at the Tranent end, but it was well saved and cleared once again. Easthouses No 9, Dylon Bell, showed up well in moves on the left. The game was great to watch. Aidan Gillespie won the ball off Tranent No 17, yes the big man, Lomond Gray. A lovely young girl, Zoe, appeared on my right and she, obviously, liked the Tranent No 17 with shouts of support.

More and more, Tranent’s No 10, Ryan McMurdo, featured in the proceedings with good corners and really excellent football skills. Then Easthouses No 8, Reece Wyllie, became a star with his own brilliant, forcing play at the Tranent goal. In a move up the left, Ryan McMurdo, opened up the Easthouses defence, then spoiled it all with a poor shot. But there was no stopping Ryan and up he popped again to deliver what looked like the perfect ball from the left to the back post and in came No 14, Owen Golightly, to score Tranent’s second counter of the night. Owen, I have to say, went down under a mass of his celebrating team-mates. With time running out, the 2-0 lead looked more than enough for Tranent to lift the trophy, but they were not finished. They scored again and it was a stunning goal from a glided header from Kyle McFadden from a great corner on the right, taken by Ryan McMurdo, to the near post.

That made it 3-0, and it was a cruel scoreline for Easthouses. Well done to Tranent however. Winners of two cups in the same season and that cannot be bad! Before a massed crowd in front of the covered enclosure, the individual awards were handed out and then to a great roar, the cup was handed over and the party really began. Long after the final whistle, throngs of people were still in the ground and what a great trade the mobile refreshments bar did! As I left the ground, the sky was blue but a wee dark cloud was in the sky and it was silhouetted by the rays of the sun. It was a beautiful sight. In perfect harmony with the George Salmon Cup Final. A night for the people of Tranent and Easthouses to feel really proud of their young kids. Not a bad word or any bad behaviour from start to finish.

Full Time: Tranent Colts 3-0 Easthouses FC

Tranent Colts Easthouses FC
Max Gordon-Tennant
Jack Burows
Shaun Dick
Rhys Kerr
Kieran MacDougall
Tyler Ross
Kyle McFadden
Euan Mitchell
Ryan McMurdo
Christopher Innes
Ryan O’Connor
Owen Golightly
Nye Anderson
Daniel Anderson
Morgan Mighty
Lomond Gray
Gavin Houliston
Joseph Queen
Kyle Fairbairn
Cole Allen
Jed Morrison
Aidan Gillespie
Reece Wyllie
Dylon Bell
Michael Sargent
Morgan Rutherford
Robbie Duncan
Jack Smith
Michael Hill

Ryan McMurdo was outstanding for Tranent and capped his performance with a goal.
Gavin Houliston was excellent in between the sticks for Easthouses, making some fine saves.
tanzaniaThe Spartans Community Football Academy is taking a group of 9 Young People and 4 Adults away for 2 weeks in Arusha, Tanzania for the experience of a lifetime (pictured right, the people involved look on at an informational evening about the project).

Working with Edinburgh based organisation YES Tanzania (Youth Empowerment through Sport), our goal is to set the wheels in motion for the creation of a 3G football pitch in one of the world’s poorest countries.

In addition the group will be delivering coach education courses and helping out at various youth work clubs. This promises to be a life changing experience for everyone involve. Spartans CFA also hope it’s just the start of a long term relationship with YES Tanzania (at home and away).

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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 09:15

Bonnyrigg edge United in tight cup final

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Bonnyrigg Rose
Edinburgh Utd Jnrs
Whitson 9


U19 Bob Bankier Cup
New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg

Ian Mackay

By Ian Mackay
YFS South East Region Reporter

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The first of this season’s under-19 finals was another great game of football. Bonnyrigg Rose were on home ground as they off the challenge of Edinburgh United Juniors to win 1-0. Rather obviously, with the final taking place in the sunshine at New Dundas Park in the Midlothian town of Bonnyrigg, a good crowd turned out to see the teams in action. This was, to me, and entirely civilised and very good example of the greatest team game in the world - football!

I can’t explain it, but I felt proud to be Scottish as I watched this game unfold. There were so many good moments to savour, including amazing play in both goalmouths and as a follow-on from that, great goalkeeping from both Edinburgh United Juniors last line of defence, Thomas Swinney and his opposite number for Bonnyrigg, the brilliant Liam McCathie. There are so many other players whose names I want to publish! 

The trophy in this under-19 game was the Bob Bankier Memorial Trophy and members of the Bankier family were at New Dundas Park to see the game and Martin Bankier did the honours at the presentation at the close of play.

To say the final scoreline was close, is to overstate the obvious. Edinburgh United were denied what I thought would have been a deserved equaliser by the sheer brilliance of Bonnyrigg keeper, Liam McCathie. His point-blank blocking of a net-bound shot from the burly Patrick White was just one of the many stunning saves made by Liam, such a thin, very fit young man. Liam shouted and bawled his way through this game and in so doing commanded his own penalty box. Nicholas Murno showed up early for the home side while Edinburgh looked threatening on the break. Bonnyrigg No 3, Michael Stewart, had a go at opening the scoring from a free-kick 40 yards out but his delivery went straight in to the hands of Edinburgh keeper, Thomas Swinney.

The game, as they say, was up and running and there was never a dull moment from then on. Bonnyrigg No 16, Jed Baxter, clashed with Edinburgh No 6, Adam Spencer, in the 18 yard box but the perfectly placed referee waved play on. That set the tone for the rest of this free-flowing, enjoyable game of football. In the 9th minute, Bonnyrigg scored the one and only goal of the game and it was a good goal at that. A sweeping move up the left involving Lewis Tarkington (another star performer) and Thomas Thomson and the ball was delivered in to the path of No 10, Dean Whitson, who headed home a spectacular goal in a crowded penalty area. That was it, then, but I did not know it at the time.

However, the lack of any more goals did not spoil this superb final of the Bob Bankier Memorial Trophy. Not at all! It was a cracker of a game, full of movement and skill, lots of it, and great goalkeeping from both Liam McCathie and Thomas Swinney. There were several scary moments in both goalmouths but it was all part of the fun and games at New Dundas Park, a superb place to stage cup finals what with all the civilised facilites of excellent changing accommodation, toilets an a café. A covered enclosure in to the bargain.

A free-kick, 20 yards out, to Edinburgh was taken by No 20, Roy Tweedie, but the ball went straight to Liam McCathie and he was in the kind of form when nothing got past him. At the other end, Jed Baxter just could not get enough on the ball from a wonderful throw-in, and his shot went wide. I thought at that stage, Bonnyrigg were the more accurate passers of the ball but when mistakes were made, it just added to the excitement of the game. Thomas Thomson had a good effort saved by Thomas Swinney as the game roared on. And there were a lo of roars from the crowd on the touchlines as play surged from end to end, with Bonnyrigg the more dangerous of the two sides when they attacked the Edinburgh goal.

I thought Murray McCallum worked so hard for the Edinburgh side but his non-stop running and good skills did not produce an equaliser. It was not for want of trying by the big No 12. Swinney again saved a good shot from Thomson while No 5, Conal Boyle, was outstanding in defence for the team from Edinburgh. Corners galore to Bonnyrigg but the resolute Edinburgh defence closed the home side down at every opportunity. It was a good spell for Bonnyrigg but Edinburgh survived and a good shot at McCathie’s goal from No 11, Thabani Patty, was defected by a defender for a corner. When the ball came over from the corner, it was kicked off the line by Bonnyrigg No 16, Jed Baxter. Then Thomas Thomson scared a flock of birds flying over New Dundas Park with as wild a shot as I have seen for a while. And so it want on, Bonnyrigg attacked the Edinburgh goal and when play switched to the other end, it was the rugged home defenders who hammered the ball away out of danger.

It was still 1-0 at the break. I thought Edinburgh lifted their game in the second half but, sadly for them, they were up against an inspired young goalie in Liam McCathie. And the exuberant home No 8, Harry Tranent, was an inspiration in the centre of the field for Bonnyrigg. I don’t know what he had for breakfast, but he was certainly fired-up.

However, Harry did not pick up a red card in this game despite his record. He is a major contributor to the coffers of the South East Region Youth FA from the number of fines he has paid out. I thought the second half was also better than the first, as spaces opened up all over the big pitch. The football was great to watch and I lost count of the number of good saves at both ends.

Play was relentless and it said much about the fitness of both sets of players that they did not tire. Edinburgh did create chances to snatch an equaliser but McCathie and the rest of the home defence were outstanding at protecting the Bonnyrigg goal.

The tension built up and up and when McCathie procuced the save of the game from Patrick White near the end, it was obvious this was going to be an occasion when Bonnyrigg would win the trophy. And they did, albeit by 1-0! It was to me a super game to watch, not least for the good behaviour and sportsmanship of both clubs.

In fact, it was another very good day for the image of youth club football. Well done, Bonnyrigg Rose and hard, hard luck to Edinburgh United Juniors.

And praise, too, for referee Euan Young and his assistants, Calum Bryson and Richard Menzies.

A really good day all round for the town of Bonnyrigg and also for football, the game I love so much. I enjoyed my visit to New Dundas Park, Yes, indeed!

Full Time: Bonnyrigg Rose 1-0 Edinburgh United Juniors

Bonnyrigg Rose Edinburgh United Juniors
Liam McCathie
Craig More
Michael Stewart
Adam Burton
Nicholas Munro
Calum Murray
Dean Whitson
Joshua Anderson
Rory MacIver
Thomas Thomson
Chris Duncan
Jed Baxter
Harry Tranent
Lewis Turkington
Gary Nicholson
Brian McKie 
Thomas Swinney
Andrew Swinney
Adam Spencer
Scott Gordon
Conal Boyle
Thabani Patty
Max Rowell
Patrick White
Jonny Scott-Mercer
Laurie Bertoia
Roy Tweedie
Fraser Wells
Darren McLuskie
Murray McCallum
Ross Hannah
Lyle Cantley
Liam McCathie's saves were top drawer and the clean sheet played a big part in Bonnyrigg's cup win.
Murray McCallum was excellent for Edinburgh United. His craft and industry made him the standout performer.