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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 22:19

Penalties separate champs Banny and Woodmill

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Current British and Scottish champ Bannerman went in to their 5th round Scottish cup tie knowing that they could have had an easier draw but if they wanted to keep their crown they would have to beat last year's semi finalists Woodmill who traveled all the way from Dunfermline to take part in what would turn out to be a exciting game for all to watch. Both sides couldn't be separated in normal time which meant the game would end in the most cruel fashion of penalties. Bannerman showed their ruthless side and took advantage of Woodmill who missed a penalty and anyone who knows the Banny Under 16's side won't be surprised to hear the man who scored the winning penalty was ofcourse Cameron McKay who famously sunk Dunbar last year at Tynecastle in the final with the winning spot kick.
 
The most action in the first half of the game was really only the two goal's. Woodmill started much the brighter however putting the home side a little on the back foot. Banny didn't manager to get in to their game till a good while in to the first forty five and this came at a price for the slack Banny side.
 
Woodmill opened the scoring when Gary Dolan smashed home a free kick from just outside the box to stun Banny and give the visiting side an all important lead in this 5th round clash.
 
Banny burst to life really just after Sean Hughes received the ball in the middle of the park and beat 5 players to burst in to the box but then riffle his attempt over the bar.
"He did all the hard work then fluffed the easy part" said one of the spectators.
 
Target man Cameron McKay was working hard up front but it wasn't just a great work rate the striker has as he showed off some excellence when he curled home a fantastic free kick from 25 yards out to level the scoring just on half time.
 
Gary Dolan thought he had a second when he smashed the bar seconds before the whistle but it wasn't to be for the Woodmill forward.
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 20:35

Aberdeenshire book game with Dundee after win

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Just three days after the Garioch Centre had taken a battering from the wind and rainy conditions that occurred during the Scottish cup tie between Colony Locos and Glenburn Miners Welfare, it was a lot less windier for this schools quarter final tie and a tie that got finished in the 80 minutes of regulation time.
 
It was the Aberdeenshire fans who would go home happy thanks to a 3-1 win over Fife with both sides playing some really good football however the hosts were more clear cut in front of goal and were well worth their victory.
 
The game got started and both sides weren’t frightened to play good football in the opening exchanges, Fife had the first attack on goal courtesy of Josh Binnington after a ball in from the left hand flank by Chris Macher however nothing came of it.
 
Aberdeenshire took the lead after 12 minutes after a great through ball was played by Mitchell Cheyne which found Bailey Simpson who wonderfully opened the scoring with a composed finish, giving Balwearie’s Scott Costello no chance.
 
The hosts were keen to add to their one goal slender lead and nearly added a 2nd after a great ball in by Banchory's Owen Lawrence which found Mintlaw's Bailey Simpson who flashed his half-volley wide.
 
Lochgelly’s Binnington was desperate to get his name on the score seet and had another chance to do that after he met a great long ball and his shot just went over the bar with Fife desperate to get themselves back onto level terms.
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 14:39

Blantyre reach final four for first time

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Although reaching the last eight of any national competition is an achievement in itself settling for such an accolade is never enough and the two sides set to collide this afternoon were hungry to go further than they had before and enter the draw for the semi-finals for the first time having both come close in the past.
 
Visiting Hamilton today from the east coast were Townhill, an outfit who were no strangers to quarter finals having reached this stage last season and this year seeing off Hutchison Vale two rounds ago and Rossvale in their most recent tie to compile a healthy set of scalps heading into this fixture.
 
Barring their path were the imperious Blantyre Boys Club who had suffered their first blip of the season in their last match when an injury ravaged side lost their first match of the season, bringing to an end a run of 20 games unbeaten. They were back at full strength for today’s fixture however and included among their number six players who had been selected to play for the Central region and one who had been called up for national honours.
 
The wind had the trees around the pitch almost bent double by the time the referee brought the teams together for the kick off but all those in attendance were interested in was the storm about to be whipped up on the park and just after 12 o’clock we were underway.
 
The early exchanges would be focused around the centre circle as two evenly matched teams competed to gain a foothold against the other, challenges flew in from both sides and yellow cards were shown with the referee keen to inform that they would be keeping a tight rein on things today.
 
Just after the quarter hour the first chance would be created by Blantyre’s Michael McGinty as he moved well to open up space for a shot and his well struck effort was on target but covered by Owain Stark in the Townhill goal who got both hands to the ball and turned it round the post. Keen to keep the pressure up the boys in gold then swung a beautiful corner into the box where it fell invitingly under the bar and was nodded home by Ryan McGuinness after 17 minutes.
 
McGuinness would continue to make his presence felt as he yet again made space for himself moments after the restart although the resultant effort was just off target despite having Stark sprawling and soon after the goalie sent a wayward clearance straight to goal scorer Brown but was fortunate to see the strikers effort sail over whilst he was stranded off his line.
 
Townhill though were full of running and refused to buckle under pressure with their forwards keen to exploit any lapses and the back and the defence had to be quick to see off Jack George as he looked to run on to a through ball on the edge of the box. Minutes later Aaron Baxter would try his luck from distance only to see Mark Cunningham get a solid two fist punch behind his effort to send it clear of the danger zone.
 
The momentum was swinging from end to end and next try their luck would be Blantyre’s Luke McKibben whose snapshot sailed just wide before Townhill’s Gregor MacDonald attempted to restore parity before the break but his strike from outside the box failed to create any danger.
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:02

Ten man Barrhead stun West Park to advance

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Barrhead travelled to the home of the current Glasgow & District YFL league leaders on Sunday for their quarter final tie at Merklands 3G in Kirkintilloch. The tie matched two current holders of the West Region Cup - West Park at Under 19 level and Barrhead at Under 17.
 
With the pitch situated high up it was exposed to the elements, although gladly the rain stayed off and the wind wasnt too bad, although it did effect the overall quality of the game.
 
West Park won the toss and chose to go with the wind in the first half and with the sun breaking through the Barrhead defence were going to be worked in the opening spell.
 
That said, West Park failed to capatilise in the elements and it was Barrhead who opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. A fast breakaway from Fraser McLaughlin resulted in the West Park goalkeeper coming right out to the edge of his box and fouling him, resulting in a penalty to Barrhead. Tony Etherson coolly slotted the kick away. The keeper received a booking for the tackle.
 
West Park got back into the game on the 30th minute when a free kick from Ryan Jack on the right was swung in and went straight over everybody including the Barrhead keeper to bring things level at 1-1.
 
With their tails up, West Park continued to press and were rewarded with just a minute left of the half. Connor McGregor latched onto a cross ball from the left and he volleyed it in from 10 yards out.
Harmony Row made the journey east to the sports grounds of Edinburgh University at Peffermill, to take on familiar foes in the form of Hutchison Vale. On a bitterly cold day in Scotland's capital city, Vale raced into a two goal first half lead courtesy of efforts from Gabri Auriemma and Ethan Hamilton. However, Row pulled a goal back before the break through Stuart Faulds and Declan MacDonald netted and equaliser to force extra time. Hamilton struck again during extra time to send Hutchie one step closer to three in a row and leave Row heart-broken once again.
 
When the draw was made for the quarter finals of the TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup, few ties stood out more than this one. Last season the same teams met at the semi final stage of the competition, at Broxburn Athletic's Albyn Park. A solitary strike from Ryan Fox separated the sides as Vale edged the tie 1-0 in a match which was considered one of the most absorbing of the season. Hutchie went on to win the national competition and took a clean sweep of trophies in the South East Region. Harmony dusted themselves down and bagged a league and cup double in the west.
 
Hutchison Vale's first three ties were all home victories against opposition from the West Lothian AYFC. Milton, Broxburn and Shotts all ending their Scottish Cup journeys in the process. The comfortable wins ended there for the reigning champions, with a narrow victory on the road to Jimmy Johnstone Academy followed by a penalty kick victory over Cumbernauld Colts. It appeared as though other teams were, perhaps, giving Vale more of a run for their money than in the previous two years.
 
Harmony Row enjoyed a first round bye before winning on the road to Glentyan Thistle and Claremont AFC. Arbroath Lads club's visit to Glasgow proved a much tighter affair in the fourth round, before an emphatic victory away to Renfrew Victoria sealed a quarter final slot for Row.
 
Eleven of Row's squad from last year's meeting remained in the picture for the rematch. Reiss Dunn, Scott Paterson, Aaron Christie and Declan McDonald provided fresh faces. It was a similar story for Vale with twelve of last year's squad making the matchday sixteen. Added to the mix were Keiran Young, Aaron Currie, Jack Cook and Jay Brown.
 
The opening stages of the match saw both sides battle the elements in their attempts to get the ball down and play in their renowned styles. The play swept from end to end, much like the relentless wind, and chances in the opening minutes were few and far between.
 
The scoring was opened in the 20th minute of the match. A low free kick was swept into the box and Gabri Auriemma was alert to prod the ball past Reiss Dunn in the Harmony Row goal.
 
It went from bad to worse for the visitors on the half hour mark. Cameron Milne's strike was saved by Dunn, but Ethan Hamilton was on hand to bundle the ball in and double Vale's advantage.
 
With half time approaching the away side grabbed a vital lifeline. Stuart Faulds evaded a couple of challenges from the Hutchison Vale defence before calmly slotting the ball low into the left hand corner. It was just what Row needed, after the body blow of losing two goals. It gave the Glasgow outfit fresh hope as they scampered in for their half-time team talk.
Monday, 03 February 2014 17:48

Rangers score four to reach semi finals

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A windy day heralded the Scottish Cup Quarter Final; Rangers SABC would be host to Motherwell’s Jerviston FC. Rangers had the first move of the game, moving forward with Luke McNiven on the right. He dribbled into the middle creating space on the right for an overlap before Luke Higgins cut out the attempted killer ball.
 
It was a high impact game with both sides giving their all to cancel out the opposition’s attack, with Rangers looking the more likely to score. But a quick corner from Andrew Gallacher and Dean Bell almost caught the Gers defence napping.
 
David Sinclair was the first goalkeeper to be called upon though, as the wind caught a Rangers clearance all the way to his penalty spot. But the Jerviston goalie’s safe hands were never in doubt.
 
Sinclair was called on again by Louis Gordon’s shot. The midfielder picked up the ball off some patient play around Jerviston’s area and it was all that Sinclair could do to tip it wide with his full stretch dive.
 
Dylan Brown took the corner and this time Sinclair was helpless as it bounced down to Andrew Paulley who hammered into the back of the net on the half volley.
 
Jerviston looked to respond immediately, as Kian Marshall was pulling the strings of every attack with tremendous vision and creativity. But it was apparent that both teams had done their homework, as Zach Brown was on hand to deny Jerviston time and again.
 
The game went back and forth, with neither team progressing beyond the midfield – Rangers looked the more dominant however evidenced by John Gilmour beating the offside trap with lightning pace. A deft touch through his marker’s legs took him into shooting range but Luke Higgins absolutely flew in, to dispossess him.
 
Rangers continued their momentum, the next attack leading to Luke McNiven being fouled just inside the penalty area – the ref blew for a penalty and John Wilson took it himself. He picked out the corner and despite his best efforts Sinclair couldn’t reach – making it 2-0 to Rangers.
 
Play seemed to stall as Jerviston reeled. Both touchlines were doing what they could to give their team the edge but neither seemed able to break each other down and soon the ref called for half time.
 
Monday, 03 February 2014 17:18

Juniors win battle of the Hoops to reach semis

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On a chilly Sunday afternoon the two young sides served a great tie that warmed up all the spectators at the park.  Celtic Juniors were able to come out on top in a deserved win which sees them through to the Semi-Final draw where they will fear nobody.

Juniors started the better of the two sides and were able to stay on top for the majority of the opening half, in truth.  The home side took the lead with the first attack of the match as their striker McBeth got on the end of a through ball.  The attacker stayed strong and was able to drill his effort under the opposition keeper and into the back of the net.

Juniors’ striker continued to be a threat as he set up team-mate minutes later.  Nice work down the left wing allowed McBeth to find the space to spot Redmond who had drifted from the right hand side and he saw his first time shot saved by Celtic Boys Club’s keeper.

The home side continued to press and were looking likely to score again.  This time a Lennon broke from deep and created some space for himself with a mazy run.  He was 25 yards out from goal and got a left footed shot away but the goalkeeper was equal to the attempt and saved it with ease.

As the half came to an end, Celtic Boys Club began to come into the game.  They were able to carve out their first chance of the match on 34 minutes as Skilling was given the ball on the penalty spot.  He got his shot away but it was a scuffed effort which harmlessly rolled into the keeper’s arms. 

Juniors had the final attack of the half as they broke with pace.  McBeth was involved again as he played a chipped pass to a team-mate who got a shot away which was blocked.  The rebound fell kindly to Juniors who saw Lennon’s good strike directed at goal but goalkeeper, Daniel Farrell produced a good save to keep the deficit at 1.

At half time, the home side, Celtic Juniors were well worth their 1-0 lead.  They were the better side for most of the half and the only downside to their play was that they were not further ahead.  For their guests, they will be happy to only be down by solitary goal at the midway point.  They started slowly but began to assert themselves late on in the half and will look to take that level of performance into the second period.

Monday, 03 February 2014 10:44

Rossvale need extra time to see off plucky Syngenta

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Both teams looked to progress to the semi final of the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup in a hard fought, old fashioned cup tie. Despite a very strong swirling wind threatening to make life difficult;t for both sets of players.
 
It was Syngenta who had the first real opportunity of the match when Hamish Thomsons low shot was well saved by Graeme Milne in the Rossvale goal. After this early fright Rossvale quickly took control of the game and quickly learned that keeping the ball on the ground and playing short, sharp passes was the key to beating the elements. The visitors had a few early chances but should have really took the lead on 14 minutes when Paul Kings long looping pass sent Cammy Ralston clear through on goal but the forward could only sent his shot straight at 'keeper Kyle Fullerton.
 
In a slight break in the windy conditions Rossvale tried a number of more direct passes and struck gold when, in the 21st minute, Syngenta 'keeper Fullerton hesitated in coming to collect a long ball and Ralston casually stroked the ball past him into the back of the net. Rossvale thoroughly deserved their goal at this point and Syngenta looked to have a real fight on their hands to turn the tie around.
 
Just a few minutes later the referee turned away a very strong claim for a penalty when Richard Dunn appeared to be taken out by Fullerton. The 'keeper actually looked to come out worst from the challenge and needed some treatment on the pitch before continuing with the match.
 
Not long before half time, Syngenta fashioned themselves another chance when Scott Munros low cross was scooped over by Michael Ross from inside the penalty area.
 
Rossvale almost extended their lead right on the break when Kings cross from wide on the right hand side was cleared but only fell as far as Rossvale's Alan Dunsmore who saw his long distance struck fly just wide of the 'keepers left hand upright.
Author: Yan Donald
 
Darren McCraw's first half strike sealed Edina Hibs's place in the semi-final of the Trans World Soccer SYFA Scottish Cup at the expense of Glentanar.

Glentanar dominated the first half but Daniel Middler and Grant Corbett just couldn't take advantage of their chances.The visitors managed to execute one of few chances, to the credit of Darren McCraw who powered his shot past the helpless Grant Yeats.

Rob Simpson's men poured forward in the closing stages of the game, but it is the Edinburgh side who are through to the last four of the nation's oldest competition.

Glentanar were denied a goal in the latter stages of the game due to a fantastic double save from Christopher Scott but Edina Hibs's stubborn defence ensured them the victory.

The home side started strongly and Lewis Stephen's free kick from outside the edge of the box was parried by the Hibs keeper which was then scrambled to Daniel Middler who's shot was only inches away from the top corner.

Moments later, Leon Bell had a tame deflected shot saved by the Glentanar shot stopper.

Glentanar remained the better of the two sides but Darren McCraw had his shot tipped past the post after running onto a clever through ball from the Midfield. Edina Hibs drew blood from the resulting corner as the ball fell to Darren McCraw who lashed the ball past the helpless Grant Yeats. 
EKFC Blues and Hutchison Vale met in the Quarter Finals of the TWS Scottish Cup at a snowy K Park in East Kilbride on a bitterly cold morning, with all credit going to the ground staff and EKFC committee for making sure there was football to warm the large crowd gathered under the stand at the impressive facility.
 
Shortly after kick off, it became clear that the operation of clearing snow from the pitch, which continued until the match began, would be worth the time, as two excellent and evenly matched teams set about sealing a semi-final spot on the Road to Airdrie.
 
The home side started the brighter, and did not have to wait long for their first effort on goal, as good work in midfield by Ben Kilcoyne gave James Airens an opportunity from 20 yards, but his first time effort was deflected over the crossbar.
 
A minute later, the first real chance of the match arrived for EKFC, when Zak Lindsay latched on to a short back pass, but the onrushing Ciaran Cairns was quick off his line to save bravely at the striker’s feet.
 
Cairns was again forced into action in a strong opening period by EKFC, this time doing well to hold on to a well struck volley from Sol Kelly after a testing cross from the left by Airens. EKFC’s front two of Kelly and Lindsay, ably assisted by Airens, caused the visiting defence many problems with their pace and power throughout the early stages, but a combination of good goalkeeping by Cairns and strong resistance by those in front of him put paid to these early attacks.
 
Against the run of play, after 18 minutes Hutchison Vale created a golden opportunity to take the lead. A passing move involving Daniel Lock, Lewis McCann and Luke McMahon created space for McMahon on the right hand side of the penalty area, and his sweetly struck shot was bound for the top corner before Kyle Brooks’ superb diving intervention tipped the ball over the bar.
 
The game was beginning to open up as the half progressed, and two minutes later EKFC’s best chance of the half was created all on his own by the ever dangerous Kelly. Outmuscling the defender who was attempting to shield the ball out for a goal kick, he won possession and forced Cairns into a fine save from close range. This was the start of a personal battle within the war, as twice within the next five minutes Cairns denied Kelly the chance to send his side into half time in the lead. Firstly, from the resulting corner, Kelly found space in a packed area to test Cairns’ handling in the slippery conditions, and then forced the keeper into a smart save from the left edge of the penalty area.