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East End Thistle put seven past Dundee West in their Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup 3rd round match at Downfield playing fields. David McDonald started and finished the scoring in the match with Billy Campbell also grabbing a couple of goals for himself. Andrew Murdoch, Paul O’Hear and Gareth Cairney chipped in with goals themselves and the result sees East End Thistle comfortably through to the next round. 
 
It was not long into the match when McDonald opened the scoring for East End Thistle. After latching onto a neat pass he found himself bearing down on goal and slotted past the Dundee West goalkeeper Connaire Dulley to make it 1-0.
 
Just a few minutes later Campbell extended East End’s lead to 2. The forward latched onto a ball that had been looped over the Dundee West defensive line and, despite being put under pressure by a challenging defender, managed to poke the ball beyond Dulley into the bottom right hand corner of the net.
 
The Dundee West back line were being made to work hard by the pace and power on show from the East End attackers.  On the 23rd minute they broke through once more. Campbell, with possession of the ball, drove into the opposition’s 18-yard box and dispatched his shot into the bottom right hand corner again. Despite Dundee West’s best efforts they were 3 down. 
 
The one way traffic continued and on the 29th minute East End Thistle were awarded a free kick about 25 yards from goal. Gareth Cairney stood up to take the free kick and his effort came crashing back off the cross bar. Unfortunately for Dundee West the ball landed at the feet of Murdoch, who fired the rebound into the back of the net. 
 
A few minutes after this and an opportunity fell the way of Dundee West. Robbie Low had made a great run down the right wing and into the penalty area. His low cross was blocked by a defender and the ball trickled agonisingly wide of goal. 
 
In the closing minutes of the half McDonald had another pop at goal from 20 yards out. His effort flew just wide of the post.
Spartans and Jerviston battled it out in adverse weather conditions for a place in the next round of the Scottish Cup. It would be the visiting team, Jerviston who were to leave Edinburgh with smiles all round emerging 4-0 victors on the day.
 
The role of the weather cannot be understated and the strong driving wind made attempting to play football extremely difficult. Despite this both sides put in spirited, battling performances that made watching the game all the more bearable. 
 
The match kicked off and Jerviston found themselves instantly on the front foot. An opening in the Spartans defence was spotted by Kieran Lawson who drove into the gap and attempted to dink goalkeeper Ben Ritchie. The Spartans number one was aware of his intentions and gratefully caught the ball above his head.
 
The opening stages were dominated by Jerviston who were controlling the majority of possession without creating many clear goal scoring opportunities.  
 
That changed in the tenth minute, when an inviting ball was delivered from the far right by Kian Marshall into the centre of the box. The dangerous cross was pounced upon by his team mate Lawson to slot home and put Jerviston 1-0 up.
 
Despite a quiet opening fifteen minutes or so for Spartans, they began to assert their authority on the match and several threatening corners for the home side in the 20th minute were well defended by Jerviston.
 
The second goal of the match arrived soon after and it was a second for Jervsiton. High pressure from the visitors paid dividends and forced Spartans into conceding possession inside their own box. Marshall found the ball at his feet and showed excellent composure to find the net. 
 
Spartans’ response was positive and it looked as if they were to instantly snatch a goal of their own when John Balde played a neat reverse ball down the wing to Kris Gaff. As Gaff bore down on goal it became clear he would have to hit his shot early, and that he did but pulled it wide, much to the relief of the Jerviston back line.
 
The conditions were gradually becoming worse and worse and it was far from the ideal day for a game of football yet the teams persisted albeit to no avail as chances were few and far to come by. Half-time, probably came at the right time so both sets of players could get into the changing rooms, and rejuvenate themselves for the second half.
South East region side Salvesen CFC 97’s progressed to round 4 of the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup over Lanarkshire Football Development association side Larkhall United AFC. With the scores level at 1-1 with 45 minutes played, Salvesen came out the stronger in the second half grabbing two goals and utilizing the blustery conditions.
 
It was certainly not plain sailing though and with only minutes gone the visitors were in front. A free-kick from around 30 yards was whipped towards goal by Jordan McCrorie. With players lined-up inside the box it looked like someone would nudge it in, but instead it evaded everyone and found its way into the bottom corner of the net. 
 
However Salvesen didn’t linger on going behind and were level two minutes later. Ewan Waddell controlled the ball well on the right hand side before driving past the Larkhall defender and into the box. Then with remarkable ease Waddell simply slotted the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from 18-yards. A wonderful finish from the number nine and a perfect response from the home side.
 
After the frantic start, neither side really built on their early goal. However, the momentum of the game had clearly swung in Salvesen’s favour as they seemed the more dangerous of the two sides.
 
They would have also taken the lead on 22 minutes if it wasn’t for a great save by Larkhall’s Jay McMahon. A shot towards goal would have comfortable for the goalkeeper before it took an awkward deflection off a defender. Thankfully for the visitors he was alert to the change in direction and showed great reactions to dive down and tip the ball round the post.
 
While Salvesen continued to push forward, it was almost Larkhall that took the lead again. With 37 minutes played, Dean Wilson advanced on goal and from the edge of the box blasted his shot towards goal. Unfortunately the ball bounced awkwardly for him at the last second and instead of rattling the net, his effort rattled the fence behind the goal.
 
However, the biggest moment before half-time was Salvesen’s missed penalty. Some quick counter-attacking football saw a great ball played into the feet of striker Adam Robertson. He showed good strength and quick feet to hold off the challenge of one defender inside the box, but as he turned back on himself with the ball he was clumsily challenged by a second defender. A clear penalty and well earned by Robertson.
 
Up stepped Calum Jackson from twelve yards and in the treacherous conditions, he ended up smashing the ball over the bar. Clear disappointment on the face of Jackson who immediately requested to come off after the miss. However, he picked himself up and carried on, thanks largely to motivation from his fellow players.
Stenhousemuir beat Colony Locos by five goals to one in the 3rd round of the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup match at Inverurie’s Garioch Sports Centre. Despite the game being scoreless at half time, the visitors stole the show in the second half to progress into the next round of the competition.
 
It was Stenhousemuir who had the first effort of the match as Ryan Weir’s low shot from the right of the box hit the post as the visitors looked to open their account early on.
 
Stenhousemuir continued to press and an effort by Ryan Gillespie was well saved by Colony’s stand-in goalkeeper Matthew Douglas, who is usually scoring the goals as a striker and not saving them. He then made another save five minutes later as Stenhousemuir’s Weir had an effort after being set up by Grant Craig.
 
Colony had their first chance of the match as a corner swung in from the right was volleyed by Joe Burr, whose effort went into the side netting. 
 
However, it was Stenhousemuir who had two chances before half time. Craig’s run from the right set himself up for a shot which was well saved by the feet of Douglas. Then with moments to go before the whistle Weir hit the post with a low shot after a good run from the right.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 18:00

Tynecastle too strong for spirited Blue Brazil

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Tynecastle FC produced a controlled display to see of Fife side Blue Brazil in the Trans World Soccer SYFA Cup 3rd Round in blustery conditions at Ventor Park. A second half strike from Cameron Mcaleavey was not enough for the home side, as two goals from Cameron Dawson and one from Sean Brown were enough to see the Edinburgh side safely through to the next round.
 
Both sides went into the game in fine form, and with a combined total of fifty six goals scored and only fourteen conceded over the last five games, the game had quite rightly been given a lot of hype.
 
The first chance fell to Tynecastle, as Murray Rose's right footed free kick brought a save from Matt Douglas in the Blue Brazil goal.
 
The opening fifteen minutes were predictably tight with both teams unwilling to concede first. Neil Lawrie had the best early chance for the home side, but having almost been played in on the left flank moments earlier he was unable to control a miss-hit clearance from Fraser Briton that would have seen him one on one with the Tynecastle goalkeeper.
 
Blue Brazil almost made the breakthrough when Lawrie fired in a low cross, but when the clearance fell to Mcaleavey just inside the area, his shot was blocked on the line by the Tyncastle defence.
 
The visitors were then sparked into life, and they were almost ahead themselves after Brok Robertson was released following some great hold up play by Dawson, but Jay Kilboy was unable to connect with his cross.
 
There wasn’t long to wait until the first goal did break the deadlock. With eighteen minutes played Dawson latched onto a Cameron Lidell free kick to dink his finish over the keeper.
 
Blue Brazil were not about to lie down though, and immediately set about looking for an equaliser. They found the visitors hard to break down, however, and were unable to take anything from two corners following promising build up play.  
 
As dangerous as Blue Brazil looked going forward, there was always a danger that Tynecastle could hurt them on the counter attack, and Brown almost doubled the lead with an audacious attempt at lobbing Douglas, but his volley landed just wide of the post.
 
After a frantic three minutes following the goal, Tynecastle took advantage of a mix up in the Blue Brazil defence to double their lead as Dawson went through on goal and fired a right footed shot into the top corner.
 
It was a real blow for Blue Brazil, but didn’t stop them pouring forward in search of a goal before half time. Lawrie was almost through on goal but for a fine last ditch tackle by Sam Rutherford.
 
Tynecaslte continued to look dangerous on the counter attack as they tried to protect their lead, and a superb cross from the right couldn’t quite find Dawson who was lurking, and on a hat-trick.
 
Blue Brazil continued to push forward, with Aiden Lindsays’ side footed shot bringing a fine save from Briton. Lindsay was again close following a free kick, but was unable to direct his header goalwards.
 
On thirty five minutes the home side would finally get their reward for a spirited response to going two nil down. Mcaleavey was played in past the last defender and controlled his right footed finish beautifully under the ‘keeper to set up a tense finish to the first half.
 
Tynecastle responded to the home sides’ goal by pushing hard to restore their two goal lead before half time. Kilboy went close with a right footed effort and Robertson was unfortunate not to find Dawson in the penalty area following a mazy run down the right wing.
Whtiburn Thistle hosted Lewis United Youth of Aberdeen in the third round of this years Trans World Soccer SYFA Cup at King George Park in Whitburn on this cold, windy day. 
 
I knew I was to be in for a good treat watching this game having heard of the ability of the young Whitburn team and from knowledge that Lewis United are a club who continually produce good teams year after year. 
 
The game got underway with the wind blowing heavily as these two outfits looked to play the kind of football everyone wants to see. Fast flowing football with the ball on the deck. Both teams were having a good share of possession, making it difficult for the other team to get a hold of the ball. 
 
Four minutes in Aidan Mcardle played through Kyle Mallon who's resulting effort looked to be going in, but Jordan Dutch in the Lewis goal produced a great save to keep the scoreline 0-0. 
 
However, the deadlock was broken six minutes in as the very impressive Reece Mckerron found space in the Whitburn box to turn and shoot high past the stand in Whitburn goalkeeper Kian Rennie to make it 1-0 to Lewis United. 
 
What an exciting start to this match, which kept on giving as two minutes later Mcardle equalised for Whitburn after fantastic footwork from Ross Mullen saw the ball played to Mcardle who dispatched his shot in the top corner past Dutch to make the scoreline level. 
 
Both sides continued to play very neat football and with nothing to choose between the sides it looked as though either side could win this tie. Reece Mckerron was dictating a lot of Lewis' play, holding the ball up well and playing in the wingers, always looking dangerous. 
 
Whitburn looked like they were about to see themselves go 2-1 up as Mcardle played through Mallon and as he was about to strike, a fantastic last ditch tackle was made by the Lewis right back just in the nick of time. 
 
The next chance fell to Lewis United on the twenty minute mark as Jack Cowie hit a firm shot, high towards goal which was held well by Rennie in the Whitburn goal.
 
Two chances fell to Whitburn just before half time as Mullen saw an effort of his fly past the keepers post, much to his relief. The next came as a scuffle in the Lewis box almost saw Mcardle capitalise, however the danger was cleared.
 
Half time saw the sides go in with one goal a piece and with nothing to choose between the two.
Motherwell welcomed Inverness Caledonian Thistle to Fir Park in this SPFL Development League fixture on what was a blisteringly cold Lanarkshire evening.
 
The visitors struck first inside the third minute through an Ibra Sekajja header, but Steven Higgins drew Motherwell level some minutes later with the aid of the right hand post, meaning both sides would have to settle for a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
 
Inverness’ goal came with their first chance. Liam Polwroth lined up a corner on the left hand side before delivering an exquisite cross into a crowded Motherwell penalty box and it was Ibra Sekajja who rose tallest and headed low past a helpless Max Currie.
 
Mere minutes later, Sekajja had a golden opportunity to double his goal tally and his side’s advantage. Cleverly played through from midfield, Sekajja rode towards goal and released a powerful right footed drive but Currie was able to produce an impressive acrobatic save to alleviate the danger.
 
But on the fifteenth minute mark, Motherwell forced their way back into the game through Steven Higgins. Chris Cadden played an incisive through ball behind the Inverness defence and found Higgins in space, gifting him a one on one chance with goalkeeper, Cameron MacKay. Higgins slid a low shot past MacKay and the right hand post directed the ball into the Inverness net.
 
Motherwell then looked to build on the momentum of their recent equaliser and a few short minutes after they locked themselves back level, Dylan Mackin’s ambitious effort at goal almost put them ahead. Mackin picked up on a loose ball and curled a left footed strike at goal but his attempt went just inches over the bar.
 
From the resultant goal kick, Inverness then hit Motherwell on the break. As Inverness powered their way towards the Motherwell penalty box, Calum Ferguson shot from some twenty yards but Currie comfortably parried the ball in his arms.
 
With half time now approaching, Inverness could consider themselves incredibly unfortunate not to be in front after Polworth’s ferocious strike at goal hit the underside of the bar and bounced down outside of the Motherwell goal line. Referee, Lloyd Wilson, and his officials were confident that the ball did not cross the line.
 
Shortly thereafter, the half time whistle sounded and the players now had time to reflect on an end to end first half. Both sides may have felt unlucky not to be ahead.
Glasgow City kept their treble hopes alive with an eventful 5-2 victory over Raith Rovers to progress into the Scottish Cup final for the second consecutive year. 
 
After a slightly delayed kick-off at Gannochy, it was City who started on the front foot showing their attacking intentions through a long distance strike from Brogan Hay following some good link up play with Olivia Crawford. 
 
It was only 8 minutes before City went ahead and it came at no surprise considering their quick start. An excellent solo goal from Katie Rice as she picked up the ball in centre midfield, eased past a defender and fired a pin point shot into the bottom corner from over 20 yards out. 
 
Glasgow City capitalised on their early domination by adding a second just 2 minutes later. this move starting from Danielle Gallagher at left-back, who played a long channel ball over the defence for the tricky Jemma Marriot to latch onto. Marriot played a great ball across to Chloe Muir who finished off a great team move with a looping shot over the keeper. 
 
As the game settled, Raith began to have more of an influence in possession and their first half chance fell to Michaela McLachlan. After receiving the ball on the edge of the box, she played a quick one-two with captain Rebecca McGowan before flashing the shot wide. 
 
The third and arguably most important goal for City was provided right on the stroke of half-time. Chantelle Knox played a lovely ball wide to Marriot who whipped in a teasing cross for Raith to clear only as far as Monica Anderson. She gained control of the ball and struck a sweet right footed shot into the top corner from 20 yards. 
Celtic put on a commanding display to overcome opponents Central Girls, 2-0. Captain Brogan Molloy led the way by scoring both goals in the semi-final and they will progress to the final of the Scottish Cup.
 
Celtics intent was clear as they had far more chances than Central Girls. Early in the first half Abby Callaghan shot over the bar and Hannah Fulton also had an effort that whipped just past the left post. 
 
In the 7th minute a free kick taken by Celtic's Ciara Bonner was crossed straight into the penalty area and Central’s goalkeeper Errin Shepherd-Rodgers fumbled the catch, with the ball eventually going out for a corner.
 
Eventually the Celtic pressure told as they went ahead in the 20th minute of the game. Celtic’s tricky attacker, Nicole Cairney, made a great and skillful run down the left hand side. Once she beat her defender, she executed a perfect pull back into the penalty area where captain Molloy had drifted in unmarked. She unleashed a fine shot into the bottom left hand corner of the goal. 
 
Celtic continued as they had been throughout the game so far with further chances at goal. Fulton had a great chance to add to the lead when she gained possession on the edge of the 18-yard box. Her shot took a massive deflection and was claimed by Shepherd-Rodgers
Glasgow City battled hard against Glasgow Girls to win 7-1 and book a place in the SWF Youth Cup Final. The full-time result was harsh on Glasgow Girls who matched City for much of the game, but in the end City’s class up front made the difference.
 
Glasgow Girls took an early lead through a Natasha Donaghy header but Maxine Welsh grabbed a scintillating first half hat trick to put City 3-1 up going into the break. Glasgow Girls pushed hard to get back into the game but City proved too strong in attack. Jamie-lee Dearie added a fourth before Lyndsay McCall scored twice then Amy Anderson got on the scoresheet to complete a great day for City.
 
The game began at a frantic pace with challenges flying in from both teams eager to get on the ball. The two Glasgow teams looked to be well match in the middle of the park.
 
A couple of early chances came and went for both teams with the best chance coming from a Megan Murray free-kick. Shortly after, Murray's perseverance was to be rewarded as her long throw was headed in by Donaghy to give Glasgow Girls the lead.
 
The early goal appeared to serve as a wake-up call to City who upped the tempo after going behind. They pushed forward and looked dangerous every time they were in possession.
 
Welsh’s pace in particular was causing problems all over the park for Glasgow Girls and she was rewarded for her efforts when she raced through on goal to grab the equaliser for City.
 
The goal gave the City side the momentum in this match and sparked a great spell for the team in orange. Amy Burrows chipped the ball through to Welsh who connected perfectly with her right-foot to lob the helpless goalkeeper from 20 yards out to put her team in front.
 
Glasgow Girls struggled to get a hold of the ball with City continuing to press high up the park and two minutes after adding her second goal, Welsh was on hand again to tap-in a Kodie Hay cross to grab herself an unbelieveable first half hat trick.