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DGYFDA side Heston Rovers had a seven hour round trip to contend with as they visited Spain Park to battle the ADJFA’s Banks O’Dee Albion in the SYFA U13’s Challenge Cup fifth round.

The surface at Spain Park was perfect for football. A small rain shower before the game aided passing on the ground and the temperature was surprisingly mild for a January in Aberdeen.

Both sides knew a tie with Cove YFC awaited the winner in the next round, with both teams starting well.

Heston’s Lewis Howat looked a bright spark from the offset. The Dumfries outfits number ten created two chances in as many minutes, first from open play and then a free kick wide right of Albion’s goal that none of his teammates managed to connect with.

It was Albion’s number ten however that made the breakthrough, ironically enough just after the ten minute mark. Damon Collins pouncing after Alfie Knox skinned the Heston full back, his cross resulting in Corey Stevenson getting a shot off, which was blocked and deflected into the path of Collins, who made no mistake with his finish, a half volley into the bottom right.

Heston responded well to conceding, continuing to push for a goal of their own. Albion had however also taken confidence from Collin’s goal and both sides cancelled each other out somewhat for the next period of the game. Both teams creating more half chances rather than full chances, with plenty crosses flashing across goal not being met by any takers.

The next big chance did fall to Heston. Jake McNally watching his shot from outside the area agonisingly trickle wide. For a brief second it had appeared Albion goalkeeper Calum Davie had misjudged the shot and Heston knew they were close to an equaliser.

Heston struggled to maintain a period of dominance for an extended period of time and as expected with the back and forth nature of the game, the next opportunity fell to Albion. Scott Milne put pressure on the visitors defence as he chased a lofted through ball. Heston’s clearance fell as far as Stevenson arriving on the edge of the area. Albion’s man of the match last week, Stevenson struck a sweet half volley that seemed destined for the net, but unfortunately struck the post and bounced out of danger.

The final action of the half saw Albion’s Stevie Livingstone race past two Heston players, only to be outnumbered on the edge of the penalty box. This was to be a warning for the visitors regarding the wingers’ ability to go past opponents.

A tightly contested first half drew to a close with Albion deserving their lead, having created the best chances; however both teams were still very much alive in this tie. 

Monday, 29 January 2018 10:28

Cove seal derby date with Erskine win

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Cove Boys Club sealed a local derby against Banks O’Dee Albion in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup after a 2-0 victory at home to Erskine Youth. Goals from Liam Duthie and McKenzie Gove were enough to put the Aberdeen side through.

Erskine might be mid table in the Paisley and Johnstone District League however they showed enough in this game that they are in a false position in their respective league. Cove has a strong home record and this result maintained that.

The hosts got a breakthrough with just a minute and a half on the clock after a ball from Josh Robb was found by Liam Duthie unmarked who volleyed home a fine finish to give Cove the best possible start.

Erskine then tried to put level just a couple of minutes later through Andrew Wilson after he got past the Cove defence before giving himself a clear cut opening however his effort was saved by Lloyd Sharp in the hosts goal.

Ramsay Davidson then tried to double Coves advantage with a smashing free kick in the 22nd minute however unfortunately for himself and Cove his forceful free kick smacked off the bar and the visitors cleared to safety.

Cove were very dangerous going forward and another chance gone begging for the hosts with a ball from Robb finding Charlie Rothnie who was clean through on goal however his effort just went wide. 

Jerviston and Mossend met in this eagerly anticipated quarter final of the Scottish Cup, played at Ravenscraig Sports Centre.

Mossend were involved in a thrilling 3-2 victory against St Peters in the previous round, whilst Jerviston came through a similarly tight match as they defeated Dumbarton by the same scoreline in round five.

Both sides struggled to get a foothold in the game early on, with conditions not helping the cause as it was a typically wet and windy afternoon.

The first real chance fell to Mossend after eight minutes, as John O'Hagan had a shot from just outside the box, but it was saved well by the Jerviston goalkeeper Ben McDougall. 

From the resulting corner Mossend really should have taken the lead. Adam Liddell found himself free at the front post but could only put his header wide.

The home side were struggling to get forward and create chances, as their players began to get frustrated with their lack of good play. 

Mossend created another good chance on 25 minutes as Connor McQueen's shot was nearly turned in by Martin Lockhart at the back post. 

Jerviston took the lead against the run of play only a couple of minutes later when Adam Brown made a mistake in the Mossend goal, as he could only parry a Jerviston free kick into the path of Jordan Moore and he had the simply task of heading into an empty net to give the home team the lead.

Nathan McConnell nearly doubled Jerviston's lead with a fantastic strike that went inches wide of the box. 

It didn't take long for Mossend to grab a deserved equaliser, but it came from a defensive mix up at the back for Jerviston. A hacked clearance fell at the feet of Roan Finn who smashed the ball into the back of the net after 35 minutes.

In what ended up being a crazy end to the first half, Jerviston took the lead again only two minutes later as Moore scored his second of the game but this one was far more impressive. After some good skill to beat his marker, he unleashed a brilliant left footed strike from just outside the box that gave the goalkeeper no chance. 

Finn scored his second of the game to make it 2-2 just before halftime, and it came from a wonderful pass from O'Hagan between defender and goalkeeper. Although the goalkeeper pressed Finn, he managed to squeeze the ball past McDougall to make it all square at halftime.

Westdyke beat rivals Banks O’Dee Albion 6-3 to seal their place in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup, coming back from 2-0 down in the early stages of the game to come out victorious. It was a windy afternoon however that didn’t stop the big crowd which was in display at Lawsondale Playing Fields.

The hosts beat Albion 6-3 at the start of the season and both teams deserve enormous credit for playing some good football in what can only be described as horrible underfoot conditions for the players.

The first goal went in after eight minutes. It was a great goal to start off the goal rout after Andrew Mitchell picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and smashed a well driven effort past Jamie Butler in the Westdyke goal. The second the ball hit Mitchell’s foot you could tell the ball was going into the back of the net.

Albion doubled their advantage after 14 minutes. A stramash in the penalty area wasn’t cleared by the Westdyke defence and Morgan Bruce was on hand to fire home into the bottom left hand corner. Albion was clearly the team with the upper hand in the game and Westdyke took a while to get going.

Westdyke came forward in the 23rd minute and pressed the visiting defence and Albion conceded a free kick on the edge of the box. Up stepped striker Max McGinlay who fired home a stunning effort into the top left hand corner past Lucas Muller. Great strike!

The hosts levelled five minutes later. Westdyke got a free kick again after a foul and McGinlay took the free kick which was only parried by Muller and Nathan Rankine was there to guide the ball home. These quick fire goals from the hosts were the ingredients required to make this a thrilling Scottish Cup tie. Everything in this cup tie was a battle from this point onwards.

Westdyke went ahead in the 32nd minute. McGinlay received the ball and fired home past Muller from 14 yards. It was a great ball into the striker and McGinlay was clinical as always.

Just as the hosts were ahead, Albion had other ideas three minutes later when they levelled with a free kick from Owen Duff finding its way into the back of the net after a long range effort. Not even 40 minutes played and we had already seen 6 goals.

Westdyke got a decisive fourth heading into half time after a corner kick came into the danger zone and up stepped Rory Brown to power home. What a cup tie this turned out to be!

Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:56

Hibs into quarter finals with Caley victory

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle & Hibernian met at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium to fight it out for a place in the quarter finals of the SFA Youth Cup. The wind was fierce however nothing to worry about with regards to putting the game off. It was certainly blowy though. Considering Inverness were in Scottish Championship action against Queen Of The South the day before, the pitch was in immaculate condition for this game.

A home tie against Morton is up for grabs in the next round which will be the quarter final stage. Hibs had the first real opportunity of the game after 5 miunutes. A great ball was driven in from the left hand side from Adam Watson which just missed a required connection from Ruari Paton.

Excluding that early chance, both sides had tepid starts to the game. Aidan Wilson was nearly through on goal for the hosts after a long ball however the idea was dealt with by Martin Debrowski in the Hibernian goal.

The crossbar denied Hibs going in front on 28 minutes after a 25 yard effort from Adam Watson had Daniel Hoban in the hosts goal beaten however the effort crashed off the woodwork before being cleared to safety by the Caley backline.

Hibs broke the deadlock after 34 minutes. A swinging ball came in from Fraser Murray which was met by Josh Campbell who fired home a fine header. Inverness tried to capitalise at the other end straight from kick off after a through ball found Kieran Chalmers however efforts to get an equaliser came to a halt after his effort went over the bar.

Callum Donaldson then sent in a wind assisted cross towards the Caley goal in order to try & extend Hibs’s advantage however Daniel Hoban was able to tip it onto the post & clear it to safety. Hibs were looking really comfortable after the goal with the chance through Chalmers being Caley’s only dangerous situation towards Hibs as the game approached half time.

Jamie Fullan was then through on goal for Hibernian however a goal saving challenge from Ryan McRitchie denied the winger. Hibs kept on the attack and a Murray corner was met by Watson however the effort was knocked wide after an armyload of pressure from Inverness.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 21:26

Dees hold Hoops to halt their winning run

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Dundee ended Celtic's winning run in the Development League, holding them to a 0-0 draw at Links Park. Both sides had their chances, but goalkeepers Calum Ferrie and Ross Doohan both produced the goods to earn their sides a share of the spoils.

The visitors threatened first when PJ Crossan jinked to the by-line, but he could only hit the side netting with his shot.

James Vincent nearly opened the scoring after six minutes, but saw his shot come back off the post after good work from Jack Lambert.

Both sides were evenly matched and trying to work the ball out from the back at every opportunity. Randy Wolters saw a stinging strike palmed over by Ross Doohan on the half hour mark.

Monday, 11 December 2017 11:02

Vale into last 16 with extra time winner

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An extra time winner from Jake Watt was enough to separate Aberdeenshire outfit Deveronvale & Glasgow side Palace Park BC.

The real winners of the day though were the volunteers who were out in force to make sure the game got the go ahead and it wasn't a wasted trip for the visitors. They had been hard at work on Saturday before further snow fell on the 4G surface at Myrus, meaning an early start on Sunday morning.  Deveronvale also got a plough to clear the snow off the pitch which made a massive difference and the surface was clear again come kick off.

It was a cold game for many with both sides deserving acknowledgement for playing good football in what were difficult conditions. The temperatures throughout the whole match were never above freezing, meaning a bitter afternoon for the spectators.

Palace Park had the firstt real opportunity of the game after five minutes. A Robbie Hay effort was parried by Curtis West in the Vale goal before McKenzie Graham knocked the ball wide of the left hand post.

Vale attacked at the other end and a ball from Brodi Smith found Logan Macauley Mill however his effort went straight at Adam Stewart in the opposition goal. Macauley Mill then had another effort on goal in the 22nd minute however this was yet again denied by Stewart.

Palace Park took the lead in the 29th minute. A great ball found Corey McCoag who headed home from close range. Palace Park had the bulk of the possession in the first half and their patience paid off.

The Glasgow & District Youth League outfit then doubled their lead a minute before the interval when a good move found McKenzie Graham who rounded West before finishing off. Palace Park deserved their lead going into half time, however a 2-0 lead is never a comfortable position to be in. 

Mossend met St. Peters in the fifth round of the Scottish Youth Cup in what proved to be an exciting and enthralling game of football, with both sides desperate for victory to get into the later stages.

Both teams came into the match with 100% records in their respective leagues, but something had to give in this cup tie in Belshill.

The away side started off strongly, and on a slick but firm pitch began to play some nice football straight from the kickoff and before Mossend had really started they were behind.

After some good build up play involving Chimwemwe Goma, the ball eventually broke to Thomas Haggarty who finished well to give St. Peters the lead after only two minutes.

The Paisley team were dominant in the opening stages and Mossend goalkeeper Adam Brown made some good saves to keep the lead down to one.

With their first real attack of the match the home side created a wonderful opportunity to level the match, but Martin Lockhart's effort smashed against the crossbar.

That chance gave Mossend the belief that they were well in the cup tie and they started to take charge of the game, winning three corners in a row and creating chances as a result.

The home team scored a deserved equaliser after 27 minutes. Mark McQuade was played clean through via a deflection from a St. Peters defender, and he fired the ball past Declan Shaw to make it 1-1. 

Mossend goalkeeper Brown continued to make some smart stops as St Peters began to create chances again after conceding, but they couldn't retake the lead before the end of the first half.

Goalscorer McQuade went down injured just before halftime and couldn't continue, meaning John O'Hagan had to replace him in what at first seemed to be a blow, but instead resulted in being a game-changer. 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 21:42

Dees battle back to beat St Mirren

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Dundee got back to winning ways in the Development League, coming from behind to beat St Mirren 3-1. After falling behind to Conor McBrearty's header, Max Anderson levelled the tie before half time. In the second half, an own goal from McBrearty and Matty Henvey's header secured the win for Dundee.

The Dees were seeing most of the ball in the opening stages, but Randy Wolters' swerving shot from 30 yards was their only noteworthy effort as the Saints defence stood firm.

With 17 minutes gone, St Mirren took the lead when Sam Jamieson headed a free kick to the back post, and Conor McBrearty scrambled the ball into the net.

The lead would prove to be short lived when Max Anderson won the ball high up the pitch 11 minutes later. The Dundee forward made no mistake with a cool finish past Chris Henry.

Matty Henvey was denied twice in quick succession after 35 minutes. The striker seeing his initial effort blocked by Andrew McDonald, and then his snap shot was pushed away by Hendry.

Sunday, 26 November 2017 16:51

Brilliant Barrhead defeat depleted Antonine

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A hat-trick from Jamie Gray helped Barrhead to an emphatic win over a depleted Antonine squad.

There were also goals from Peter Haggarty, Christopher Burns, Jack Eadson and a goal of the season contender from Conor Bradley.

With the away team missing as many as 6 first team regulars it was always going to be a difficult game for the away side.

The game started with the Antoine game plan becoming pretty clear, trying to pack the defense and use their pace on the counter.

But that game plan went out the window quickly as Barrhead took the lead through Gray. And it came after a wonderful lay-off from Haggarty to Gray who finessed the ball into the far corner.

It could have very easily been two soon after when Fraser McLaughlin smashed the crossbar from 35 yards out and at this point, even though it was 1-0 it wasn't looking good for Antonine with them having very little attacking threat in the first half.

For the next 20 minutes there were very few chances for both teams in the first half with Antonine being very defensive and frustrating Barrhead very well. 

But Barrhead got their two goal cushion and it came after a bit of pinball in the penalty area. The ball fell to Haggarty who stroked it from close range.

The goals came flowing after that as Blair Dawson spilled a long shot from Eadson into the path Gray who bundled the ball home.

And they weren't finished there in the first half as Conor Bradley scored a goal of the season contender as he dribbled to the byline, turned back and curled it directly into the top corner.