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Monday, 18 November 2013 16:41

Aberdeen edge Edinburgh with last minute winner

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The first couple of minutes saw a more determined Aberdeen side putting the home team under pressure. More than once, Edinburgh’s defenders played risky passes and unnecessarily lost hold of the ball in dangerous situations. The Aberdeen strikers and midfielders were always alert and lurked for chances to steal the ball. Nevertheless, they were not able to create scoring opportunities in the first phase of the match.
 
After ten minutes, the Edinburgh side got on their feet and eventually had the first chance of the game. Trevor O’Hara entered the box, sidestepped two defenders and was aiming at releasing a drive from close range but Aberdeen’s goalkeeper Cameron Jarvie left his goal just in time to clear the ball.    
 
From that moment on the match was very even, both sides kept the ball on the ground, built triangles and showed they know how to play good football. However, what was missing were scoring chances as both teams relied on safe passes rather than trying to outsmart the opponent’s defence by doing something unexpected. 
 
After a while, it was the Edinburgh side again that had the next big chance of the match. Lewis McKay broke through on the left wing in the 25th minute and passed the ball to O’Hara who was standing at the 18 yard line. However, O’Hara’s second chance of the match did not find the way into the net, either, as Jarvie could parry his shot into the bottom left corner.
 
Two minutes later, Aberdeen had their first big chance of the match, resulting from a careless and too short pass an Edinburgh defender played to one of his team mates. Josh Milne anticipated well and all of a sudden, the Aberdeen striker was clear through on goal but failed to beat Fraser Briton.
 
The scoring was finally opened in the 29th minute when Aberdeen was awarded a penalty kick. Before, Matt Cumming and Laurie Cunningham had found a leak in Edinburgh’s defence with a fine combination and had passed the ball into the path of Cameron Moultrie who entered the box on the left-hand side and lay on the ground after having felt the touch of an Edinburgh defender. The penalty kick resulting from that was converted into the bottom right corner by Moultrie himself.
Sunday, 17 November 2013 20:27

Dalkeith book last 16 place with late winner

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At Potterton, Lewis United were hoping to get another victory over a South East region side after beating Tranent Colts in the last round  2-1. Dalkeith are in the top division and was going to be seen as a much harder test for the ADJFA outfit.
 
It was a dry day just outside Aberdeen with a wee wind chill and it  was a game that was played in really good spirit and it was quite surprising that it only finished 1-0 to Dalkeith rather than having more goals. Lewis had plenty of great chances to get themselves a goal.
 
The home side started the game well and tried to break through Dalkeith's defence at every opportunity. A good long ball from Liam Duncan didn't connect and ended up in the keepers arms before an Aaron Leslie volley just went over after a clearance from the visitors.
 
United threatened again after a great ball came in by Harry Ogilvie, which was met by forward Leslie whose header crashed off the post and cleared by the visiting defence. As they did they were rewarded with an attack towards goal and a through ball came through into Conner Hamilton who was brought down by Cameron Cook. The penalty was taken by Owen Winnik who had aimed for the bottom left hand corner however Scott Strachan got a full hand on the ball to force the save.
 
Lewis then had their best chance in the game after 22 minutes after a great ball by Ogilvie went into the 6 yard area. It was met by Gregory Barclay who palmed into the path of Leslie. whose firmly hit effort went wide. Another chance then fell in Lewis's direction after a long diagonal ball by Cook found it's way into Liam Duncan who tried an audacious chip over the advancing Jak Buchanan which just went inches wide of the right hand post. 
Sunday, 17 November 2013 16:08

Lenzie move Swift-ly into last 16 thanks to hat-trick hero

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This Sunday Aberdeen's Spain Park was the setting for the fourth round Scottish Cup match up of Albion Boys Club and Lenzie Youth Club.  With the home side Albion in there red home kit and Lenzie visiting in blue, it was a heated meeting from kick-off. 
 
Albion captain Kyle Smith led by example from the start, getting stuck in well and making it hard for Lenzie to settle into their stride.  Play went out to the right wing where through excellent play by Albion's Lewis Hutchison, who produced a fine cross, Ross Christie  took the opportunity to put his Albion side a goal up. 
 
Both sides defences settled into the game more efficiently as play went on.  Firstly Dario Rossi of Lenzie keeping his head under pressure and playing the ball away neatly, and then Sam Mcgale again of Lenzie doing well to sweep up in front of his back four. 
 
The second chance of the game again fell to Albion, who were doing well to pressure Lenzie.  Hutchison tested Lenzie's goalkeeper with a looping effort which the keeper did well to deal with. 
 
It was then the turn of the Albion goalkeeper to make a smart save as Lenzie's Calvin O'brien was played in.  Lenzie continued to grow in confidence as Lewis swift attempted an unsuccessful lob on goal after he and his strike partner O'brien had pressured Albion's defence. 
 
As Lenzie grew more attacking, the defence of Albion only improved.  Euan Dalmon of Albion showed great athleticism to chase back and close down Lenzie's wingers on numerous occasions, stopping potential chances on goal. 
 
Albion with the confidence their defence was emulating again began to create a flurry of chances.  Connor Wood and Smith both had runs at Lenzie defenders, with Smith having a low shot into the corner just being saved by Lenzie's stopper.
 
From this chance however Lenzie were straight on the break, Swift was played in one on one with Albion's keeper, who pulled off a brilliant save down low to keep Albion in the lead.  Swift continued to look dangerous as he made himself another chance which once more the Albion keeper was up to. 
 
Albion's Dalmon an ever presence in Albion's back line after determined work deep in his own half played through Smith, who continued to look dangerous by putting in a great cross, only for the keeper to come out and collect it.  Smith had a chance on goal himself shortly afterwards, being played in neatly by Hutchison before working Lenzie's goalkeeper. 
 
As play came to an end in the first half it appeared Lenzie would have one final attack.  O'Brien, able to win the ball in the air managed to play in Swift, who managed to beat Albion's goalkeeper to the top right of the goal, meaning at half time the score was one apiece.  
Sunday, 17 November 2013 14:04

Fraserburgh through in penalty shoot-out drama

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What a wonderful example for a Scottish Cup tie this was. This was a match that had everything from goals, near misses, great saves, controversy, extra time and a penalty shoot out. Both teams were evenly matched from start to finished although the team playing towards the wooded area on the right, often had a slight wind advantage resulting in all but one goal coming at that end.
 
The Fraserburgh side endured a nightmare journey by bus, rising before 06:00 to travel the 220 miles to Stevenston but there would be no signs of weary legs from the northerners. It was Burgh who shocked the home side by taking an early lead after missing some decent chances previously. Evan Dyka found himself through on goal from the right, his shot from just inside the box was well saved by keeper Dylan Jackson but the power of the shot took it onwards over the line for the the opener after 12 minutes of play.
 
On 24 minutes, Tass equalised from a ball down the left, which was picked up by Marley McGuinness, who fired home from an incredibly tight angle; again the keeper getting a hand to it but unable to keep the ball out of the corner of the net. Four minutes later, Thistle were ahead from a calmly taken effort from Marc Walker, slotting the ball beyond the Link Up keeper. 
 
Not soon after Sean Douglas had the ball in the net for what he thought was the leveller but Referee Alan Burnett deemed his effort to be offside. 
 
Tass should have had the game wrapped up when Lee Horn placed a wonderful cross over the visitor’s defence on to the head of the incoming striker, whose bullet header flew over the bar.
 
Sunday, 17 November 2013 08:12

Glentanar seal last 16 place with close win

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At Woodside Sports Complex, it was Glentanar who were aiming to keep up their good start to the ADJFA league campaign against a Longniddry outfit who may be languishing towards the bottom end of the South East Region league, however they beat Glentanar's rivals Culter 3-2 and certainly wasn't going to be a walkover. 
 
There was no goals from open play and the winner was decided by who scored the most penalties in the game with Glentanar getting one over Villa with Elliott Macdonald netting a brace with Marc Reid netting a spot-kick for the visitors. Both teams deserve credit for a feisty affair and if it wasn't for some outstanding saves from both keepers it should have been a higher scoring affair than it was. 
 
The hosts had numerous of chances to take the lead early on after Grant Corbett was in a one on one situation on goal however his effort went straight at Reece Wishart before Macdonald saw his header just go over the bar after a great ball in by Lewis Stephen. 
 
Glentanar then had a stonewall penalty turned down by the referee after Daniel Middler was brought down in the box by Jamie Cochrane which caused fury among the home dug-out afterwards. Elliott Macdonald then had a goal disallowed in the 20th minute as frustration started to creep into the hosts. 
 
Elliott Macdonald was then to have two attempts on goal in the space of 5 minutes after the 30th minute mark, one was a shot which went straight at Wishart before a header towards goal just went over the bar. Longniddry then had an opportunity in the 35th minute after a long ball by Jamie Campbell was met by Marc Reid who had a 10 yard shot at goal which was saved by Grant Yeats.
Sunday, 10 November 2013 18:53

Ferry grind out victory over Dyce to progress

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It was third time lucky in Dyce when the Aberdeen side welcomed Dundee outfit Ferry Athletic with both sides having a good start to the season and a good competitive cup tie was in store, for the winners a trip to Largs was the prize to face Largs Spartans. 
 
Dyce were to dominate most of the proceedings in a game which was a backs to the wall display by Athletic, a through ball reached Reece Watt who tried a 20 yard drive towards goal which was saved by Robert Black in the visiting goal. 
 
It would be one way traffic throughout the 1st half with the hosts having another chance to get the breakthrough, Struan Linton played a through ball into Jamie Massie whose low effort towards goal from the edge of the box went straight at Black. 
 
Massie was then to have Dyce's best chance of the game after 25 minutes after he received a pass from Rory Brown and then did the rest in his quest to get his outfit the opener by unleashing a 20 yard effort towards goal which crashed off the crossbar. 
 
Before half time Dyce were being creative once again and their attacking prowess saw Ethan Smith force an effort over the bar, Massie then thought he put Dyce in front after he met a ball from Rory Brown however the referee disallowed it for a foul in the lead-up to the goal. This could have been vital as 30 seconds later, the referee blew for the interval. 
Saturday, 09 November 2013 07:48

Sublime Rangers stun luckless Hibs to lift Scottish Cup

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Having spectated Falkirk 13's and Hibernian 15's win their respective Scottish Cup Finals, it was now Rangers and Hibernian 17's shot at glory in their age group's final in Scotland's most prestigious trophy. The teams came out to a rapturous applause, but in the end, there could only be one team cheering at the end. It was an honour for the right to match report be bestowed upon me. There is no bigger game than this one, and sadly this could be some of the older players last chance to win the prestigious award. Everyone was anticipating a great game, and it did indeed turn out to be thrilling game.
 
The first opportunity came the way of the Hibees, Amber Robetson and Nicole Rutherford combined and won a corner. Erin Burns' corner almost deceived Rangers goalkeeper Murren Stevenston but she held the ball at the second attempt just as Jaimie-Lee Smith was ready to pounce.
 
Rangers swiftly countered though. Erin Cuthbert turned her marker superbly and sent a lovely through ball to the on rushing Sarah Robertson. Her lob had Lauren Stewart in the Hibs goal beaten, but also the bar and the ball just didn't come down enough.
 
It was then Hibs who then applied the counter, Burns driving forward and winning  the ball high - her pass across goal almost found Rutherford in a great position but Chelsea Cornet read it and the danger was cleared. The ball came to Smith thirty yards out: she opted to strike it and just put it wide of the junction by a yard or so; Stevenson seeing it away the whole time.
 
Hibs were at it again four minutes after with another long drive. A ricochet found its way to Caitlin Russell, who curled the ball just wide, and this time Stevenson was considerably  more troubled.
 
From the resulting goal kick, Megan Karagoizos controlled and then played a superb through ball into the feet of Kirsty Howat. She was perhaps put off by the incoming Erin Burns and the shot was screwed wide from an angled twenty yards.
 
Twenty minutes of play had went passed at that point and it was clear both of these sides played at a top level, with both sides playing attractive passing football. They were cancelling each other out at the early stages though, but that for me, only added to the occasion of the final; the crowd were thrilled with what they had saw so far, and rightly so. Neither team's central players were seeing much of the play, both teams opting to get the ball put wide and make the most of the large pitch at Toryglen.
 
Hibs were just edging it in terms of possession, with the ball spending more time in the Rangers half than the white and green's. When found in space, Robertson again decided to have a go from distance. This time her rasping strike just dipped onto the roof of the goal. These strikes were getting closer, and were obviously a strong point of Hibs - why not have a go when the ability is there?
 
Rangers however registered the first shot on target. Cuthbert squared the ball to Clleland who hit a vicious drive straight at Stewart. In almost an identical position thirty seconds later, Cuthbert won the ball superbly in the Hibs D, and the space opened up for her. She opted for a snapshot which also went straight into Stewart's gloves.
 
The small girl from Irvine wasn't to be denied though. On the thirty-fourth minute the Scotland cap opened the scoring in superb fashion with a magnificent solo goal. She picked the ball up wide right, and jinked past two defenders to get into the box. From there, she proceeded to beat two more defenders and nick the ball just before Stewart got there, and the ball squeezed in at the far post.
 
It got better for Rangers moments later. A defence splitting long ball bounced perfectly for Howat and she steered it into the back of the net.
 
There was a moment of worry for Hibs moments later. Captain Rutherford received a nick and fell awkwardly on the knee she was bearing a knee support on. However, she was seen to by the medics and made it back on the park just before half time.
 
The free kick Rutherford won almost lead to a goal. Burns' cross-come-shot was destined for the far top corner, and Stevenston made a superb backwards dive to keep the ball out of her goal. She had Chelsie Watson to thank for the ball staying out completely though - Rebecca Smith's shot from close range from the rebound looked a certain goal, but centre back Watson cleared for her side and the score remained at 2-0, which did bring about half time.
Saturday, 09 November 2013 07:47

Inspired Hibs keep out City to lift Scottish Cup

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The game started fast and furious at Toryglen in the Girls Scottish Cup Final. Glasgow City were arguably the slight favourites coming into this one and right from the get go both sides made their presence felt with some physical tackles.
 
Ellis Notely had the first effort of the game after some back and forth play, a square ball found her with half a yard but her effort sailed over the crossbar.
 
The Glasgow defence looked nervous in the opening spell as they started to make some mistakes, before finding their feet when a Hibs free kick was played long towards Ellie Fairgrieve whose run only found Kirsty Jeffries' gloves after some intense pressure.
 
Glasgow then went forward and some nice passing put the ball to the feet of Carla Jane Boyce but she had set off just too soon and was offside.
 
The free kick fell to the Glasgow midfield who spared no time in playing in Brogan Hay who linked up well with Boyce in a one two that sent Boyce one on one with Kirsty Jeffries, who pulled off a world class save to tip the high shot over the bar to keep things deadlocked.
 
Ellie Fairgrieve broke forward on the left and into the box and after a clash of bodies, was awarded a penalty. Lauren Watters stepped up to the spot and placed the ball in the left hand corner, to make it 1-0 to Hibernian on the 20 minute mark.
 
Glasgow found their rhythm return after going behind and Olivia Crawford cut inside with a run to pick pick up a nice low cross but her shot went just wide of the post.
 
The City girls kept coming and coming with Murron Cunningham and Boyce coming close to leveling things again and again in the following 10 minutes. Total footballing excellence from City dominated the game for the rest of the half, especially in a move that had McGourlick find Boyce twelve yards form goal, who laid it off for Lyndsay McCall outside the box for a 25 yard effort that just went too high.
 
 
The southside of Glasgow would be awash with silverware this weekend as three national champions would be decided at the Toryglen Regional football facility, the first of which would be the under-13’s final.
 
Hearts were making a second consecutive appearance at the finals here at Toryglen having come agonisingly close last year and were keen to avoid the same heartache this time around whilst their opponents from Falkirk had seen yet another successful side crafted from what seems to be a conveyer belt of talent who had secured the league title with a match to spare and were now looking to complete a memorable double.
 
Kicking off in front of a packed and partisan crowd we were instantly underway and Falkirk were keen to gain an early foothold, their attacking triumvate of Chelsea McEarchran, Leah Eddie and Orla King combining well to create several early chances but Lee McColl in the Hearts goal was equal to anything that landed on target.
 
The first real chance of the game would come from a Hearts break having comfortably soaked up the early pressure Helena Todd took the ball into the Falkirk danger area, riding a challenge before playing in Jennifer Dodds who helped the ball through to Naomi Welch who stabbed the ball past the helpless Natalie Wilson for the opening goal of the game after a quarter of an hour.
 
Falkirk immediately returned to bombarding the opposition goal with shots raining in from all angles but Hearts refused to be broken and held on to their advantage until half time and headed into the break holding a slender advantage having almost doubled their lead at the last when Welch crashed a volley on target at the last but Wilson was equal to it and punched the ball away to keep her side in contention.
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:06

Lothian win wet battle against Ayrshire

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Right from the beginning, Lothian controlled the match and created their first scoring opportunity in the first minute. James Flynn got hold of the ball in midfield and switched it to Dean Ballantyne who entered the box on the left wing. Although his shot was blocked by an Ayrshire defender, the ball bounced back to Ballantyne who was about to release a drive from short range when being fouled. The penalty kick resulting from that was also converted by Ballantyne which gave the Lothian squad an early lead.
 
Considering the difficult conditions owing to endless rain, both teams played good football, kept the ball on the ground and created triangles. The Lothian team was dominant, however, and put the Ayrshire side under pressure with fine combinations and one touch football. In the 12th minute, David Henderson extended the lead for the home side with a beautiful goal when he curled the ball into the upper right corner of the net from the left wing after a corner kick.
 
The match was decided in the 23rd minute. Calum Windram’s free kick from almost 50 yards was miscalculated by Ayrshire’s goalkeeper so that the wet ball slipped out of his hands and found his way into the net.
 
Ayrshire could have got a foot back into the game in the 31st minute but they were not able to convert a penalty due to a fantastic save by Sean Brennan.