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Inverurie Academy
Grove Academy
Wales 20
Garden 10
Bowie 22


Senior SSFA Shield - Quarter Final
Garioch Sports Centre

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Grove Academy made it into the quarter finals yesterday with a tough 2-1 away victory over Inverurie Academy. Jordan Garden and Ranald Bowie’s goals were enough to get Grove into the next round.

Grove kicked off the game with a great start. They looked to pressure Inverurie from the first minute as Ranald Bowie beat an Inverurie player on the wing but then was tackled and Grove gained a corner. The corner was played into the box but led to nothing. A couple of minutes later Inverurie pushed up the field to attack but Matty Allan managed to clear the danger early.

It wasn’t long before Ranald dashed down the wing again threatening the Inverurie defence, he played a great ball in to the box but it was intercepted and went out for a corner. The corner was headed out by Inverurie player David Wales.

Grove came close to scoring in the 6th minute. The ball was about to go out for a goal kick but Matty Allan managed to keep the ball in with a skilful overhead kick. The ball went to the back post for Jordan Garden who headed towards goal, the ball appeared to cross the line but the goal wasn’t given despite protests from the players.

Inverurie had their first chance of the game in the 9th minute when Kyle Wilsin. Kyle took a long shot at goal but it went just wide of the post.

Grove Academy took the lead in the 10th minute. Jordan Garden collected a loose ball just outside the box, then dribbled into the box beating two players and kept his composure to strike it into the back of the net.

Inverurie tried to keep their spirits up as they looked to attack straight from the kick off. The ball was played up field but Sean Gallagher headed the ball clear. Inverurie had a corner, the ball was played in and looked dangerous but Ryan Winter cleared the ball bravely.

Grove had a free kick just in shooting range of the goal, Grant Breen powered the shot at goal but the keeper saved it easily.

Inverurie equalised in the 20th minute. The ball was played into the box from a free kick and it managed to bounce over the defence and fall for David Wales to knock into the net making it 1-1.

It only took two minutes for Grove to make regain the lead. Jordan sprinted down the wing taking on an Inverurie player, and then played the ball into the centre of the box. Callum McHardy dummied the ball for Ranald who was making a run behind him. Ranald then put it past the keeper with ease to make it 2-1.

Soon after Inverurie kicked off Grove attacked again. Kieran Diack played a great ball through to Jordan Garden who tried to chip the keeper but the ball narrowly went over the bar. Inverurie had a chance when Alex Deguid was through on goal in the 25th minute but Adeel Ahmed came out the goal and tackled him.

Darren Mackie was fouled in the 28th minute, Callum McHardy and Jordan Garden made a great passing move up the pitch and tried to play Darren through but he was brought down just outside the box.

From the free kick came a corner, the ball was played low and across the face of the goal. Sean Gallagher came close to hitting it in the net but Matthew Douglas pushed the ball on to the cross bar.

Lee Cooper managed to break through the Grove defence in the 35th minute but Adeel once again managed to once again come out one on one and win the ball. Five minutes later Ryan Winter came close to scoring as he struck the ball from just outside the box but it glanced over the bar.

Grove had a corner just before half time. The ball was swung into the middle of the box and Matty Allan sent a bullet header towards goal but Matthew Douglas made a great save. Darren Mackie was at the back post ready to collect the loose ball but his shot was just wide of the post.

Half Time: Inverurie Academy 1-2 Grove Academy

Inverurie kicked off, Philip Woodgreaves was running up the field but before he could send the ball out wide Ryan Winter made a fantastic sliding challenge to win the ball. Winter then beat a player and played a through ball to Jordan Garden who then tried to centre it but the ball was cleared for a corner. The corner was played to the front post and Jordan headed it towards goal but it was cleared off the line.

Inverurie came very close to equalising in the 50th minute when Grey Wood was in the box. He took a shot at goal which Sean Gallagher managed to block, it deflected back to Wood who shot again but this time Ryan Winter managed to block it with a sliding tackle. Wood managed to squeeze in one more shot but it hit the post.

Inverurie went close once again when Callum Mellis got into the box, but Matty Allan managed to hold him off until the ball ran out of play. Both teams were  fighting hard for possession at this stage.

In the 58th minute Ryan Winter played a ball down the wing for Ranald Bowie, who then beat two players with a tremendous burst of pace but was fouled before he could go further. Soon after, Ranald was blasting down the wing again. He played a great ball through to Darren Mackie fires a shot at goal but it just misses the target.

Callum McHardy set up Darren who drove into the box and took a shot but it was blocked, the rebound then fell for Callum who volleyed it but it didn’t trouble the goalie.

Grove had a corner in the 70th minute, Grant Breen played the ball in low and to the front post. Kieran Diack and tried to back heel the ball into the goal but Matthew Douglas saved it. A few minutes later Callum McHardy was substituted for Matty Muir.

Both teams are fighting for possession, Inverurie are trying hard to get an equaliser. Alex Deguid breaks through into the Grove box but Matty Allan makes a brilliant tackle to stop him getting any further.

In the 85th minute Lee Cooper was played through into a one on one with Adeel Ahmed but they both clattered into each other and a drop ball had to be played. Duncan Robertson then came on for Grant Breen.

Grove came close in the 87th minute when Phillip Woodgreaves headed the ball out of the box. Before the ball could land Ryan Winter struck the ball beautifully from 25 yards out, the shot glided towards the goal but it rattled off the crossbar.

In the 90th minute Jordan Garden set up Kieran Diack in the box. Diack took it further into the box and played it back to Garden who is in the middle of the box. Garden shot at goal but the keeper managed to save and push the ball back out into the box. Ryan Winter then shot at goal but the keeper managed to hold onto the ball. Danny Prevost then came on to replace, Ben Finnie who had a great game.

The final whistle blew and the score finished 2-1 in favour of Grove. Both teams put in excellent performances, which they can be proud of.

Full Time: Inverurie Academy 1-2 Grove Academy

Inverurie Academy Grove Academy
1. Matthew Douglas
2. Kyle Wilsia 
3. Cameron Garden
4. Euan Abel 
5. Phillip Woodgreaves
6. Michael Watsin
7. Dan Smith
8. David Wales
9. Lee Cooper
10. Alex Deguid 
11. Callum Mellis 
12. Robert Hepheirn
14. Greg Wood
15. Andreas Mitchell
16. Luke Munro
1. Kieran Diack
2. Ranald Bowie
3. Matthew Allan
4. Grant Breen
5. Adeel Ahmed 
6. Chris Culloch
7. Matthew Muir
8. Darren Mackie
9. Duncan Robertson
10. Jordan Garden
11. Callum McHardy
12. Ben Finnie
14. Andy Knox
15. Ryan Winter
16. Sean Gallagher
17. Ryan Winter
David Wales is man of the match for getting Inverurie's goal and for creating a few chances during the game.
Ranald Bowie takes man of the match for getting a great goal and putting in a great performance on the wing.
Friday, 01 March 2013 17:53

YFS TV: Bayside FC Female Festival interviews

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Bayside FC Female Festival 2013's organiser Martin Kennedy spoke to YFS TV along with Vicki Burns from Show Racism the Red Card. Watch the interviews below -

You can read our review from the day as well as a photo gallery by clicking here. 
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:03

YFS TV: Bayside FC Female Festival highlights

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On the 23rd February 2013, Bayside FC hosted Scotland's largest girls-only football festival. YFS TV was there to capture highlights from the day. Watch below. 


You can read our review from the day as well as a photo gallery by clicking here.

Monday, 25 February 2013 17:15

YFS TV: Bayside FC Female Festival preview

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Watch a quick preview of our up-and-coming YFS TV highlights from the Bayside Female Football Festival 2013. For a review and photo gallery of the day, click here.

Sunday, 24 February 2013 23:04

Ferry reach final after extra time victory

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Ferry Athletic
Carnoustie FC
MacDonald 16, 107
Mitchell 83
Donaldson 104
Rennie 43
Andrew 69


U19 J. Cord Cup - Semi Final
Drumgeith Park

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Ferry Athletic vs Carnoustie u19s J Cord Semi FinalFerry Athletic reached the final of the J Cord Cup with an extra time 4-2 victory over Carnoustie.

Both teams were hungry for goals straight from kick off. Carnoustie pressed Ferry Athletic hard and won the ball early on. They earned an early free kick, but the defence cleared it easily. The ball went to Carnoustie player Ben Cushnie who took a shot from far out that went wide.

Ferry pushed up soon after in the 4th minute, a long ball was played up to Cameron MacDonald who managed to take it into to the corner and win a corner kick. Calum Kinnear played it into the centre of the box but Cameron’s header was just off target.

Carnoustie got a throw-in in the 6th minute and made full use of it. Craig Andrews threw the ball right into the box but the Ferry defence cleared the ball, Ryan Kinnear received the ball and started a quick counter attack. He carried the ball up the field and played it to Cameron Macdonald but the Carnoustie goal keeper Josh Allardyce came out for the one on one and won the ball.

Ferry Athletic attacked again, but Carnoustie defender Tam McCabe cut out a dangerous ball to Cameron Macdonald. The ball went out for a Ferry throw-in in the 12th minute. Ben Middleton threw the ball to Cameron in the box who flicked the ball with a header towards goal but the keeper saved it comfortably.

Ferry Athletic got their first goal in the 16th minute to make it 1-0. The ball was played through from the midfield to Cameron Macdonald who took it around the keeper and placed it in the goal.

Carnoustie looked to equalise as they got a free kick not long after kick off, but the shot deflected off the wall. Ferry Athletic got their own free kick in the 22nd minute. Cameron Macdonald headed the ball across the face of the goal but no one could put it in.

Carnoustie passed the ball well around the midfield but were struggling to create chances. In the 30th minute Ferry Athletics Lee Munro started an impressive dribble, he beat one player but before getting around the second he was then brought down earning a free kick. Ferry Athletic soon after got a throw in, which was sent into Cameron Macdonald in the box who managed to get a powerful header at goal but the keeper Josh Allardyce made an impressive low diving save.

In the 35th minute Carnoustie came close to equalising. Ben Cushnies shot looked certain to go in but Adam Mill bravely deflected the shot away for a corner. Carnoustie got a free kick in the 39th minute, but Adeel Ahmed cleared the ball away.

Carnoustie equalised just before halftime in the 43rd minute. The ball fell for Callum Rennie from roughly 25 yards out and he struck the ball straight into the top centre of the goal. The first half finished 1-1, both teams looking like they could win.

Half Time: Ferry Athletic 1-1 Carnoustie FC

Ferry Athletic vs Carnoustie u19s J Cord Semi FinalCarnoustie kicked off second half, they quickly got a chance to go ahead with a shot at goal but Keith Mitchell pulled off a great save and tipped it over the bar. Ferry Athletic had a chance soon after from a throw in, the ball was headed towards goal but Ryan Murison cleared it off the line.

It was end to end football as both teams were desperate to get ahead and trying to create chances. In the 52nd minute Carnousties Dale Kennedy dribbled into the Ferry Athletic box but after getting around two defenders he couldn’t keep his balance and lost the ball. Two minutes later Garry Scrimgeour came close to putting Ferry in the lead with a great header but it hit off the post.

Both teams were fighting hard to win every 50/50 challenge. Cameron Macdonald came close to scoring in the box but Josh Allardyce bravely collected the ball. Dale Kennedy came close in the 65th minute for Carnoustie but Keith Mitchell ran out and tackled him.

Carnoustie almost scored in the 68th minute, the ball bounced over the Ferry defence and it looked like Dale Kennedy was through on goal but Adeel Ahmed made a great sliding challenge to stop the threat.

Carnoustie went ahead in the 69th minute. Craig Andrews’s corner somehow managed to sneak into the goal straight from the corner kick making it 2-1 Carnoustie.

Ferry Athletic didn’t let this lead put them down, Ryan Mitchell in the 73rd minute came close with an impressive overhead kick but it just missed the target by inches.

Carnousties free kick in the 75th minute almost went in but Keith Mitchell managed to punch the ball clear. Carnoustie came close minute later once again when Dale Kennedy was through on goal with two defenders pressuring him but his shot went narrowly over the bar.

Ferry Athletic almost made it 2-2 in the 78th minute, the ball was played into the box and as the Carnoustie defence scrambled to get the ball away Callum Kinnear managed to get a shot at goal but it hit the post. Ferry Athletic continued to press the Carnoustie defence but they held strong.

Ferry got a late equaliser in the 83rd minute to make it 2-2. The ball was played in from the right into Ryan Mitchell who was left unmarked and he put it into the back of the net.
Extra time had to be played as it finished 2-2 in 90 minutes.

Full Time: Ferry Athletic 2-2 Carnoustie FC

Carnoustie kicked off the first half of extra time, but Cairn Gray won the ball early and managed to send it up to Cameron MacDonald but the keeper came out to collect the ball.

It was a midfield battle with both teams contesting for possession and looking to take control. Carnoustie attempted a long ball up but Adeel Ahmed cut it out in the 96th minute.

Ferry Athletic player Martin Donaldson made a great dribble in the 98th minute beating three Carnoustie players but he was fouled.

Carnoustie looked to make a substitution, but Stewart Ritchie was sent off for supposedly delaying the substitution and wasting time. The decision was very controversial as it seemed like the player was actually injured and not trying to waste time.
Soon after in the 100th minute, Carnoustie had a free kick. Callum Rennie drilled the free kick low towards the goal but the keeper just managed to save it and the defence cleared it away. Carnoustie looked to attack again but Adeel Ahmed put in a great challenge to stop the attack.

In the 104th minute Ferry Athletic went ahead 3-2. Lee Munro played the ball to Martin Donaldson who then dribbled past a Carnoustie defender and slipped the ball under the keeper. Half time in extra time ended 3-2 Ferry.

It wasn’t long after kick off before Ferry Athletic made it 4-2. Cameron MacDonald got his second goal in the 107th minute when a long ball was played up to him, he took it into the box and whilst keeping his composure touched the ball to his right and smacked it into the top corner.

Carnoustie kept pressing Ferry Athletic's defence to try and earn a goal but they were struggling to penetrate the defence. They had a corner in the 109th minute but Adeel Ahmed headed the ball away. Stewart Ritchie came close to being through on goal but just couldn’t keep his balance and lost control of the ball.

The final whistle blew and the Ferry Athletic make it into the final of the J Cord cup with an entertaining 4-2 win over Carnoustie.

Final Result: Ferry Athletic 4-2 Carnoustie FC

Ferry Athletic Carnoustie
1. Keith Mitchell
2. Stuart Hill
3. Ben Middleton 
4. Ryan Kinnear 
5. Adeel Ahmed
6. Garry Scrimgeour
7. Cairn Gray
8. Adam Mill
9. Ryan Mitchell
10. Lee Munro 
11. Callum Kinnear 
12. Steven Wilcox
14. Cameron MacDonald
15. Martin Donaldson
16. Sean McIntosh
1. Josh Allardyce 
2. Marc McLachlan
3. Jamie Swankie
4. Stewart Ritchie
5. Tam McCabe 
6. Callum Rennie 
7. Craig Andrews
8. Ben Cushnie
9. Dale Kennedy
10. Ryan Murison
11. Cameron Stephen
12. Gary Laird
14. Jamie Reynolds
15. Robbie McClean
Ryan Mitchell scored a good goal and showed some impressive skils through out the game. 
Callum Rennie played well making some great tackles and also scored a sublime goal.
Sunday, 24 February 2013 21:17

Dundee & District YFA results roundup - 24th Feb

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Sunday 24th February

U/13s Broughty Ferry Cafe Royale League
Pitfour 3, Arbroath 2
Dryburgh 2, Kirrie 4
Forfar 3, ACSC 6
Ferry 2, Broughty 3
Celtic 2, Dundee West 1

U/13s J Clenaghan League
Dundee Thistle 1 Fairmuir 9
Lochside 5, Carnoustie 9
DUSC 2, Monifieth 0
Montrose 3, Club ‘83 1

U/14s Dundee West Ann Cup. 1/4 Final
Fairmuir 3, Riverside 2

U/14s D S Rennie League
Discovery 2, Celtic 8
Tayport 4, Dryburgh 4
Dundee Rangers 3, Carnoustie 2

U/14s Watson McInally League
Brechin 2, Broughty 0
ACSC 1, St James 8
Lochside 0, St Andrews Colts 2
Montrose 1, Monifieth 1
Forfar 9, Montrose Vics 0

U/15s Jean Pierre Babin Cup. Semi-Final
Fairmuir 0, DUSC 4

U/15s G Taylor League
Luncarty Tans 6, Monifieth 1
Kirrie 2, Broughty 6
Ferry 4, Tayport 0

U/15s P Gibson League
Montrose 6, Edzell 0
Forfar 9, Dundee West 0
St Murdochs 1, Dryburgh 4
Celtic 2, Lincraig 2

U/16s Stewart Angus Cup
Section A
Tayport 2, Dryburgh 0
ACSC 1, Fairmuir 9

Section B
Kirrie 1, Lochside 6
Montrose 2, Dee Club 2

Section C
Brechin 4, Montrose Vics 0

Section D
Carnoustie 1 Ferry 6

U/16s Maryfield League
Dundee Villa 3, DUSC 2

U/17s Henry Dolan Cup
Section A
ACSC 0, Ferry 5

Section B
DUSC 3, Pitfour 2

Section C
Luncarty 2, Mains 4

Section D
Arbroath 0, Dundee West 2
Montrose Vics 1, Fairmuir 3

U/17s J Gourlay League
Forfar 2, St Murdochs 0
Monifieth 4, Tayport 1

U/19s J Cord Cup. Semi – Final
Letham Tans 2, Domino 6
Ferry 4, Carnoustie 2 (AET)

U/19s President League
Monifieth 5, ACSC 4
Brechin 6, Letham Wh 1
Fairmuir 4, Dryburgh 5
Celtic 8, Michelin 3
Sunday, 24 February 2013 16:32

Pars see off Inverness to reach semi finals

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Dunfermline Athletic
Inverness C.T
Munro 36
O'Kane 39
Young 45
Polwarth 55
Cooper 59


U20 SFA Youth Cup - Quarter Final
East End Park

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Dunfermline Athletic booked their place in the semi finals of the Scottish Youth Cup after coming out on top against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in an entertaining cup tie.

It was a clear but cold afternoon as the game got underway at East End Park with both teams playing in their familiar colours.

The game took a while to get going with both teams matching each other in the midfield battles and it took over half an hour for the game to see the first decent piece of play. Dunfermline’s Lewis Spence fed the ball down the right side which Ross Millen ran on to. He swung in a great ball towards Allan Smith at the back post but the Inverness defender was first to the ball and directed it behind for a corner.

The game was in need of a goal and it duly arrived on 36 minutes as the Pars took the lead. Millen delivered a free kick from outside the box and Grant Munro rose perfectly to meet the ball unchallenged, heading the ball into the top right corner.

The momentum was with the team in black and white and within three minutes they doubled their lead. Smith collected the ball inside the penalty box and was aware enough to lay the ball off to Declan O’Kane who fired the ball into the net.

On the stroke of halftime the Pars helped themselves to a third goal. Millen delivered a corner from the left and Kerr Young rose highest to head the ball into the net.

Half Time: Dunfermline Athletic 3-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Inverness’ hopes of reaching the semi finals were looking slim but they were to up their game in the second half.

They had a real let off on 52 minutes when the Pars wasted two great chances to make it 4-0. First, they broke from their own half and after some good link up play between Blair Henderson and Smith, the latter found himself racing clear through on goal but Inverness goalkeeper Scott Mathieson did well to block the Pars man’s effort.

The visitors couldn’t clear the danger for long and Henderson picked up the ball in the box before sliding it across to Ross Drummond but he was hesitant and again Mathieson blocked well.

Ten minutes into the second half Inverness got a goal back. They broke down the right side and Ryan Christie raced to the byeline before cutting the ball back to Liam Polwarth who slotted the ball home.

All of a sudden, this cup tie was alive again as a contest as Caley Thistle made it 3-2 on 59 minutes. Pressure from the visitors resulted in Dunfermline goalkeeper pulling off a fine save from Matthew Cooper’s shot from the edge of the box. The corner came in and it fell once more to the feet of Cooper. It was second time lucky as he fired the ball past Goodfellow and it was game on.

Inverness were making the Pars sweat as they sensed the chance to level the match.

However with nine minutes to go, Dunfermline could have grabbed a fourth goal. Millen delivered a free kick from a central position that Henderson met but unfortunately for him the chance went begging as the ball went wide of the right post.

The visitors had one last half chance in injury time but rather than test the goalkeeper, Andrew Skinner fired his shot well wide of goal and the Pars could breathe a sigh of relief.

The victory was overall deserved for Dunfermline despite being put under pressure in the second half. They were looking comfortable but allowed Inverness back into the game. It was a commendable effort from the visitors given the deficit they faced at halftime. Crucially though they were unable to capitalise in the final half hour to level the game.

For Dunfermline, they now join Celtic, Kilmarnock and either Dundee United or St Mirren in the semi finals.

Full Time: Dunfermline Athletic 3-2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Dunfermline Athletic Inverness C.T
1. Ryan Goodfellow
2. Ross Millen
3. Grant Munro
4. Kerr Young
5. Lewis Martin
6. Declan O'Kane
7. Scott Mercer
8. Lewis Spence
9. Blair Henderson
10. Allan Smith
11.  Ross Drummond
12. Andy Ritchie
14. Finn Graham
15. Scott Gray
16. Ryan Williamson
20. Cammy Gill
1. Scott Mathieson
2. Andrew Skinner
3. Matty Murphy
4. Matthew Cooper
5. Stephen MacKenzie
6. Martin Laing
7. Conor Pepper
8. Liam Polworth
9. Kyle Whyte
10. Ryan Christie
11. Ryan Watson
12. Dachi Khutsishvili
14. Jay Cheyne
15. Calum Ferguson
19. Cammy MacKay
Allan Smith was causing Inverness problems upfront and it was a blow for Dunfermline when he went off injured midway through the second half.
Liam Polworth grabbed the first goal for Inverness and also looked strong in midfield with some good touches as well as having an eye for setting up attacks.

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Scottish youth football history was made today as Bayside FC hosted the country's largest all-girls football festival. Over nine hundred young female players from teams across Scotland spent the day playing non-competitive football at Pitreavie Playing Fields in Dunfermline.

The event, fully-subsidised by Bayside FC & its sponsors, saw the teams playing over 200 fixtures with the younger age groups in the morning and early afternoon, with the older girls playing in the afternoon and into early evening.

Speaking to YFS about the success of the day, organiser, Martin Kennedy, has been overwhelmed with the support since the festival was first announced, "Things have snowballed since we first agreed to run the event. I'd like to thank everyone who has played their part. All the parents and coaches, the girls, the staff hosting the hot food and drinks as well as Fife Soccer Sevens Development for supplying equipment. Without everyone's support and effort it wouldn't have been possible."

Stuart Grieve of Positive Coaching Scotland was in attendance to launch the organisation's collaborative programme with the SWF to promote workshops within clubs across Scotland. Grieve, whose organisation was visible at last year's girls youth cup finals saw the day as a prime opportunity to spread the positive message, "We're looking to roll out programmes and encourage clubs join the PCS Pledge and a today is our official launch in partnership the SWF."

SWF Executive Administrator, Maureen McGonigle, was delighted to be able to move forward with PCS, saying: "It's with great pleasure we confirm our support to Positive Coaching Scotland. Today in front of a record crowd of young girls, delighted to be participating in today's Bayside Festival, we kick-off our partnership that will bring positive and lasting benefits to the culture of our game."

Furthermore representatives from Show Racism the Red card were there to promote their continual message of tackling racism and promoting race equality.

Hailed as one of the fastest growing sports in the world, women's football participation levels have risen 88% in the past 20 years. Today's festival is important for young female footballers, allowing them to compete against teams they otherwise may never have the chance to. Many young players often find themselves required to integrate with boys' squads due to lack of numbers locally to build an entire squad. Vibrant games and activities from the Bayside FC festival is helping make a measured impact on the sustainability of girls' squads across Scotland.

Congratulations to all the competing teams: Bayside Girls, Broxburn, Celtic Tayside, Cumbernauld Colts, Dalry Rovers, Dunfermline, East Fife, Falkirk, Falkirk United, Forfar Farmington, Glasgow City, Glasgow Girls, Glenrothes Strollers, Hearts, Hearts United, Hibernian, Hillfield Swifts, Jeanfield, Letham, Monifieth, Murieston United, Musselburgh Windsor, Port Glasgow, Raith Rovers, Real Fife, Scone Thistle, and Spartans.

Friday, 22 February 2013 01:31

Dundee Schoolboys take team of the year gong

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awardarticlephotoAlan Gallazzi’s Dundee Senior Schoolboys team won the young team of the year award on Wednesday 20th February 2013 at the 2012 Dundee Sports Awards.

The team last year won the SSFA National Trophy and were acknowledged as the young team of the year for this achievement. The ceremony was held at the Caird Hall in Dundee and the team accepted the award in front of a crowd of other sporting teams, coaches and athletes in Dundee.

Gallazzi guided the team to victory with a win over a much fancied Forth Valley side in the final, the same side that this year's Under 15 side beat in the last eight, to advance to the semi finals.

Dundee United SC were also nominated for the award. Last season's Dundee United SC Under 14's (1998) had a fantastic season under George Fyfe as they managed to reach the final of the SYFA Challenge Cup.

At the Under 15 age group, DUSC are currently having a great season, they are undefeated in their league and have reached the quarter final of the Scottish Cup.
Thursday, 21 February 2013 14:29

Bayside set for huge girls' festival

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Over nine hundred girls will be heading to the Dunfermline Academy of Sport, this Saturday, the 23rd of February, to play in the massive Bayside FC festival. Two hundred and twenty-one games will take place within the six hour tournament; the biggest of its kind in the girls game in Scotland.

Teams from the under 9’s, 11’s, 13’s and 15’s age sections will be competing at the festival, which is sure to be a fantastic occasion.

Also attending the festival will be SWF (Scottish Women’s Football). They will be using the opportunity to launch their new partnership with Positive Coaching Scotland, an association who strive to change the culture of Scottish youth sport by implementing a more positive, winning attitute at an earlier age.

The charity ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ will also be present, raising awareness to their cause. Show Racism the Red Card uses top professional footballers to educate people about racism in football as they look to eridcate it from our game.

YFS will be in attendance, and we caught up with festival organiser and Bayside Girls' coach, Martin Kennedy, who has been taken aback by the support and interest as he organises the event,

“Things have snowballed since we began organising the event. The response has been fantastic and the interest level has been really high. It's great we've got teams coming from all over. Further we're really pleased that the SWF, Positive Coaching Scotland and Show Racism the Red card are using the festival as a chance to push their positive message.”

The festival will be held at Dunfermline Academy of Sport beginning with the under 9's and 13's from 10am, while the under 15's and 11's begin at 1.15pm.

Teams participating in the festival will be: Bayside Girls, Broxburn, Celtic Tayside, Cumbernauld Colts, Dalry Rovers, Dunfermline, East Fife, Falkirk, Falkirk United, Glasgow City, Glasgow Girls, Glenrothes Strollers, Hearts, Hearts United, Hibernian, Hillfield Swifts, Jeanfield, Letham, Monifieth, Musselburgh Windsor, Port Glasgow, Raith Rovers, Real Fife, Scone Thistle, and Spartans.

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