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Three first half goals saw Clydebank FC stun Larkhall Thistle AFC in the 4th round fixture of the Scottish Youth Football Association Cup at Netherton. Clydebank came into the game with good form in the cups, currently undefeated in their Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Youth League Cup section one group, scoring a remarkable 25 goals in 6 games.

They started this cup game in a similar fashion, dominating the opening exchanges and the first chance came their way in the 9th minute. Striker James Holt crossed into the box towards the head of Johnathan Mulgrew, but his goal-bound header was superbly saved by Thistle goalkeeper Ryan Blake.

Thistle looked to absorb the pressure and hit on the counter attack, a tactic which almost worked out in the 15th minute. Terrific footwork and blistering pace from Marc Semple on the breakaway saw him wriggle his way into the box, but he was crowded out by the Clydebank defence who cleared.

Two minutes later, another chance fell to Thistle, Steven Nicholls picking up the ball on the edge of the box and bending a shot towards goal, going just wide of the right hand post and the scores remained level.

Despite a brief Thistle resurgence Clydebank’s domination paid off in the 29th minute. A great cross into the box found Connor Hamilton at the near post and the striker rose highest to power his header past Blake.

Seven minutes later Clydebank doubled their lead with Hamilton yet again involved. This time it was the young strikers free kick that found Dylan Coll in the box and his powerful shot took a deflection into the bottom left hand corner.

Then, just before the half time whistle, Clydebank’s Kevin Lleshi raced down the left hand side into the box teeing a ball towards the middle.  In the perfect place was Holt who deftly headed the cross home to make it 3-0 for the home side in the 45th minute. 

 

 

ADJFA outfit Deveronvale used home advantage to full benefit to book their place in Tuesdays last 16 draw as they edged out Forth Valley Football Development Association side Milton Blue.

Both sides had enjoyed good starts to their respective campaigns. Deveronvale are currently 5th in the ADJFA league whilst Milton Blue sit at the top of the Forth Valley Football Development Association league.

Milton Blue prepared for this game in the best way possible with the team staying in accommodation in Elgin & Aberdeen on Saturday ahead of the 12pm kick off.

This game was scheduled to take place at School Park, Whitehills however with conditions in Banffshire debatable; a decision was made on Saturday afternoon to change the game to Canal Park, Banff. The Canal Park was quite heavy however the spectators were treated to a cracking game of football with 5 goals.

Deveronvale started the game on the front foot & were able to get into dangerous positions and opened the scoring after just three minutes. A great ball in from Brodi Smith found Lucas Sey who got himself into a good position in the penalty box & guided home a fine finish.

At the other end, Milton pressed for an immediate equaliser with David Scott having an effort saved by Curtis West before Andrew Cruse saw his effort saved after being put through on goal.

Milton equalised in the 20th with a cross-cum-shot from Paul O’Hara after Milton played some good football & the ball was spread wide into O’Hara who got his side back into the game. 

Sunday, 19 November 2017 18:54

Saints strike back to secure Last 16 spot

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St Andrews BC came from behind twice to beat Ferry Athletic and secure their spot in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup. Goals in either half from Louie Porter had the Dundee side in front on two occasions, but strikes from David McGowan, Liam Lapsley and Naythan Stewart won the game for the visitors.

The Greenock outfit travelled to the City of Discovery with just 11 players, but despite their threadbare squad, they started brightly. Josh Cooper’s overhead kick went narrowly wide before Mark Jardine saw his cross come back off the post. The ball fell into the path of Declan Black, but he slipped and missed the chance to knock the ball into the empty net.

Ferry nearly took the lead in bizarre circumstances when a clearance cannoned off Daniel Ogilvie, and left Dean McMillan scrambling to stop the ball sneaking in at his near post. Some of the Ferry faithful were convinced the ball was over the line, but the referee ignored their pleas.

Any issues they had about the ruling were quickly forgotten when Louie Porter fired a low shot into the far corner of McMillian’s net after 20 minutes.

Things nearly got better for Ferry when Luke Queen rounded McMillian, but he lost his footing and St Andrews cleared the danger. At the other end, David McGowan was denied a shot at goal by a well-timed challenge from Reece Muir.

As half time approached, St Andrews increased the pressure on the Ferry goal. Connor Milton made a fine stop to deny McGowan, but was beaten by the striker two minutes before the break. McGowan controlled a cross from the left, and made no mistake with a cool finish from close range.

Thursday, 16 November 2017 21:33

Wasps and Loons play out exciting draw

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A fairly dreich night at the Indodrill Stadium saw Graham Liveston’s Alloa and Eddie Gray’s Forfar meet in a Development League East encounter. The artificial playing surface at Alloa helped the game as the drizzly rain could’ve caused a few problems if the surface had been grass. The Indodrill Stadium was pretty sparse for this Development League encounter, but the fans that were there helped create a decent atmosphere when cheering on their respective team.
 
The game was a feisty affair with both teams at it from minute one. Both teams wanted to win the game, having numerous shots in the 90 minutes, the game would’ve definitely seen more goals if not for two resolute defences. Forfar were the team who perhaps slightly edged it, one Jamie Gill effort hitting the bar, numerous towering Ryan Stirton headers and a few low drives from Jamie Penker.
 
Alloa’s dominance came in the middle of the park, Scott Sinclair and Sean Fagan had 2 very good games and can count themselves unlucky to have not contributed to more goals or assists. Forfar had many good performers, most notably number 7 Jamie Gill who was a constant threat all night. The defenders of both sides won pretty much every header in the air, Forfar defender Ryan Stirton being the standout in that regard.
 
The game started off with an incident straight away, in the 4th minute Forfar number 10 Jamie Penker felt he should’ve been given a penalty after a shove in the back from Alloa’s Scott Cameron, the referee waved it away after strong appeals from the Forfar players. That would come back to haunt Forfar immediately as 2 minuutes later Alloa went down the other end with number 10 Sean Fagan, he cut in from the left hand side and drilled a shot low and hard past Jason King at his near post. Alloa had the lion-share of the possession for the first 20 minutes, the midfield pair of Sinclair and Fagan at the heart of everything the Wasps did going forward.
 
Forfar would start to grab a foothold in the game half an hour in as a quick throw in from Joshua Chalmers fell at the feet of Jamie Penker, the striker hit a shot low and hard down low to the keepers left but Wasps keeper Andrew Wilson got down well to give Forfar a corner. From the resultant corner, delivered by Forfar’s Jamie Gill, Sam Clark would come up from the back to stroke home the equaliser in the 33rd minute after a stramash inside the box.
Thursday, 16 November 2017 11:29

Hibernian edge out Dundee to stay on top

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Hibernian produced an impressive performance to overcome an experienced Dundee side 2-1 at Oriam. Hibs started the game brightly and went in at half-time with a two goal advantage with strikes from Ben Stirling and Gregor Woods. Dundee pulled one back in the second half with Matthew Henvey but couldn’t find an equaliser.
 
Dundee fielded a strong starting line-up consisting of five first-team players, including former Hibernian star Scott Allan, but that didn’t stop the Development League leaders from taking an early advantage thanks to an incredible strike from Ben Stirling who fired in a shot from 25 yards into the top corner of the net, leaving Dee keeper Callum Ferrie no chance.
 
Dundee did not let their heads drop however and kept plugging away at the Hibernian defence and came close through efforts from Josh Mulligan, who sent a shot just wide, and from Dutch winger Randy Wolters, who sent a free-kick just over the bar.
 
Hibs always looked dangerous and nearly increased their lead just before the half-hour mark when Oli Shaw, who was one-on-one with Ferrie, hit his shot straight at the Dundee keeper allowing the Dark Blue defence to clear.
 
The Hibs youngsters weren’t to be denied however when, less than a minute later, Gregor Woods placed a deflected shot into the bottom corner of the net to double his sides advantage.
 
In response to this, Dundee piled the pressure onto the Hibs back-line. The Dee were not keen to go in at half-time two goals down and Wolters produced a good save from Marciej Dabrowski. The winger would then attempt to set up Matthew Henvey who dragged his shot wide as the referee blew his whistle for the interval.
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:49

Hibees dump Dees to go clear at top of table

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Hibernian moved three points clear of Dundee at the top of the Development League table thanks to goals from Ben Stirling and Gregor Woods. Hibs led the Development League on goal difference before kick-off, and despite Matty Henvey’s second half goal, they held on to take all three points.

Dundee boasted a strong line up, with Scott Allan, James Vincent and Randy Wolters all included in an experienced starting 11. Despite this, it was Hibs that took the lead after only three minutes when Ben Stirling hit a thunderous side foot shot into the top corner from 25 yards.

The visitors went close through an effort from Josh Mulligan, and then a free kick from Wolters that narrowly missed the top corner. Hibs nearly doubled their advantage after 27 minutes when Oli Shaw went one-on-one with Calum Ferrie, but he shot straight at the Dundee stopper.

Ferrie was beaten less than a minute later, by Gregor Woods, whose shot deflected past the keeper into the net.

Wolters was Dundee’s main attacking outlet in the first period, and he brought a good save out of Maciej Dabrowski as half time approached. The Dutchman set up Matty Henvey not long after, but he dragged his shot from inside the box wide.
A 35th minute goal from Kathleen McGovern was enough for the 17's Scottish Cup to be handed to Celtic. Glasgow City are above Celtic in the 17's Leanne Crighton league however the league table means nothing in a cup final with both teams going for it from the word go.
 
Based on statistics there was going to be nothing between the two teams and this very much proved to be the case. These teams met on a domestic basis back in August in a game which Glasgow City took the spoils winning 1-0 against Celtic.
 
The opening exchanges to the game were slow however chances were minimal from either team. Laura McCartney saw a free kick just flash over the bar for City. Lucy Sinclair had an effort just gone wide in the 10th minute for Celtic.
 
City started with an ambitious 3-4-3 formation & this was very much documented with a lot of attacking football however being exposed at the back with Celtic gaining a lot of free kicks after pushing forward. City also got their fair share of free kicks which lead to more chances. Celtic were also playing in an attacking manner playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation & an entertaining match was on the cards which is very fitting for a Scottish Cup final at Under 17s level.
 
Glasgow City were trying to break through the Celtic backline however never really threatened to break their way through the box instead trying long range efforts. A tame effort from McCartney was met by Kendall Welsh before a Carly Girasoli free kick went over. Hannah Scott also tried a long range effort which was dealt with by Welsh.
 
A Laura McCartney corner kick tested the Celtic backline & when the green & white hoops couldn’t get the ball away from their respective penalty area, Lucy Ronald tried a dipping effort which crashed onto the crossbar.
 
It was Celtic who gone ahead & they weathered the storm for a long period in terms of chances and posession however when they had a chance they took advantage of it. A great ball from Aisha Maughan found Kathleen McGovern in the 35th minute who guided the green & white hoops in front with a fine finish.
 
Celtic were playing an organised game and took advantage of depleted numbers in the City backline to go in front. Just 3 minutes later, McGovern went from goal scorer to distributor after she feeded in Maughan who produced a good save out of Sophie Allison in the Glasgow City goal.
 
As expected, there wasn’t much of a difference from both teams and both teams were producing a competitive Scottish Cup final. Both sides had two shots on goal at the interval & both sides had their fair share of shots off target as well. 
Hibs took home the Scottish Women’s Football Youth Cup as they defeated their traditional club rivals Hearts 1-0 at the Oriam Performance Centre in Edinburgh. Eilidh Adams’s second-half finish was enough to earn her side the trophy.
 
Hibs saw off Celtic and Hearts got the better of Rangers, both after extra time, in two thrilling semi-final matches. Whilst the decision to move the finals to Oriam was made before these teams had even played their quarter-final matches, it certainly paid off in terms of the crowd this match attracted. The stand was packed in what may well have been a record crowd for a Youth Cup match.
 
Whilst the green and maroon halves of Edinburgh are rivals historically, this game had a slightly different slant to it with many players close friends, playing for the same regional squads. However, the match kicked off and it was clear from the first whistle that this one would be extremely competitive.
 
After a cagey opening five minutes, Hibs carved out the first chance of the match when Anna Dickov slipped Tegan Bowie through with a neat pass. Bowie’s shot was comfortably saved and it proved to be Bowie’s last act of the game as she suffered an injury and was taken off, Phoebe Friend taking her place. The early blow necessitated a change of shape for Hibs with Friend going out right and McFadden switching to the left.
 
It didn’t seem to faze Hibs however as they began to exrt more control over the match. Through Amy Hay in particular. The centre mid was pulling the strings, always looking for the defence splitting pass and even coming close to a goal when her 25-yard volley landed on the roof of the net. Carys Grieve had the best chance of the opening half, when she was put one-on-one with Alicia Yates, but the Hearts keeper stood strong to deny her the goal.
 
Hibs didn’t have it all their own way however. Hay’s opposite number Emma Yorkston had Hearts’ first effort on target when she took advantage of some confusion in the Hibs box following a free kick, but her tame effort didn’t trouble Mia Smith. The keeper also saw little danger from Caitlyn Wilson’s curling shot which sailed harmlessly wide.
 
The first half ended all square and with no team able to claim dominance. 
Sunday, 12 November 2017 13:15

ANALYSIS: Well comeback sees off Glasgow Girls

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Going into the game, both sides lined up with a familiar 2-3-1 formation: Glasgow set up with Nicole Cunningham in net, protected by Sophie Bustard and Abbie Cusack at the back, with a midfield three of Olivia King, Jessica Cox and Millie-Jo Ward behind Elie McGoldrick. Their opponents opting to start Woods up front with Boyle, Kirkwood and Conner behind her. Ellie Dickson was in between the sticks for Motherwell, with Hannah Sedwell and Nikki Simmonette in front of her.

It took a mere 27 seconds for the deadlock to be broken with Olivia King skipping round the outside of the back two. The midfielder drifted inside before collectedly rolling the ball across goalkeeper Dickson.

The goal gave implications of a high scoring tie; although that wasnt necissarily the case in what proveed to be a close-fought first period. After the goal the following ten minutes were fairly scrappy but as time passed Motherwell edged their way into the game. They managed to force multiple corners without causing any real threat to Cunninghams goal. Well also struggled to break down the central defensive parternship of Sophie Bustard and Abbie Cusack, and so for the most part the they resorted to going round the outside in an atempt to find the equaliser.

Glasgow Girls held firm for the majority of the first period and found joy hitting Well on the counter attack. They almost caught their opponets out, who had pushed numbers forward, with a flowing counter attack. It was McGoldrick who took on the final effort but her strike from outside the penalty area fizzed off target. 

The equaliser did come, a minute before the interval, a neat one two between Boyle and Woods, the former beared down on goal and rifled the ball goalwards. It was hard to tell if the initial strike was on target or not but Boyle will certainly claim it as the ball went in despite Cunningham getting a hand to it, she could only parry into her own net. The goal was deserved on the balance of play as the sides went in level in a half where both sides created chances but the momentum with Motherwell.

The start of the second period saw chances at both ends as the tie began to open up. On 34 minutes Woods header sent Cunningham scrambling across her goal to claw the ball away, and then from the rebound the striker rifled her effort off the crossbar –a common theme in the second half. A minute later it was Glasgow who hit the crossbar – a shot spilled by Dickson fell to the feet of McGoldrick, but the striker could only watch her effort crash off the crossbar. This was a turning point in the match as Glasgow would begin to build some momentum – pinning Motherwell back for large periods of the half.

The inevitable happened on 42 minutes. The ball wasnt cleared by the Motherwell backline: McGoldricks effort was blocked but Ward was the fastest to react to the loose ball and guided the ball home from close range. The goal had been coming for a while, Ward and McGoldrick were both very impressive for Glasgow and linked up well together to cause the Motherwell defence a constant headache throughout.

Into the final 10 minutes and the game was in full flow. Motherwell found an equaliser through Boyle once again, who was outstanding on the day, as she showed good technique to lash the ball into the back of the net nine minutes from time. The goal really sunk Glasgow and it was Motherwell who had the momentum as they pushed for a winner. A few minutes later and it would come courtesy of Woods, who dropped the shoulder to evade her marker inside out. The striker then came out of a challenge and burried ball past the helpless Cunningham to complete a memorbale comeback.

Despite their best efforts Glasgow couldnt find a way back into it as the match came to a close. A thrilling cup final with drama until the final moments. It couldve gone either way between two evenly matched sides, but two goals from Amy Boyle were the difference between the two.

An incredible fighting performance from Motherwell saw them come back from behind twice to win the SWF Youth Cup. Two equalising goals from Amy Boyle clawed them back into the final, before a late strike from Jemma Woods sealed the cup five minutes from the end. Glasgow Girls couldn’t have dreamt for a better start when Olivia King opened the scoring with just 27 minutes on the clock. Glasgow regained the lead via a Millie-Jo Ward strike, but it wasn’t to be for them in the end as Well got their hands on the Youth Cup. 
 
The fans had barely taken their seats and the referee hardly blown his whistle by the time Glasgow opened the scoring inside the first 27 seconds. A clever run from Olivia King saw her shimmy in behind the defence, before side footing an unstoppable effort into the far corner. 
 
Motherwell reacted well to the early set-back, and came close to hitting back minutes later when Amy Boyle drove down the wing and tried to fashion a low ball into the path of Jenna Woods, but a combination of goalkeeper and defence allowed Glasgow to collect the ball. Dickson came close again in the seventh minute with a low free-kick, and with the aid of a deflection it whistled just beyond Nicole Cunningham’s post for a corner.
 
Hannah Sedwell tried to catch out Cunningham on 10 minutes with a high cross/shot which was tipped over for one of many corners for Motherwell, as Glasgow struggled to stem the flow of Well’ attacks. With 20minutes later King came close to doubling her lead as she gained a yard of space and hit a fierce drive, which bounced narrowly wide of the far post.
 
Motherwell deserved grabbed an equaliser in the 27th minute  as Amy Boyle exchanged passes with Woods and burst beyond the defence with a clever touch. Once in on goal, she rifled a shot into the near post, which despite the best efforts of Cunningham, found the back of the net. Glasgow were dealing with a torrid amount of pressure and It proved telling.
 
Well had a few set-pieces towards the end of the half to contend with and did well to clear them all away from trouble, as well as contending with a brief scare when a loose ball bounced in their box, which Ellie McGoldrick ultimately managed to find the target with despite not really troubling the goalkeeper.