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Saturday, 14 February 2015 19:31

Mitchell talks on being a youth player at Farmington

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Forfar Farmington FC have more than 200 players signed to the club, at various levels. Caitlin Mitchell, currently playing for the Forfar Farmington Blues U17’s, gives an insight on what it is like to be a Youth Player at Forfar Farmington.
I love playing for Forfar! The club has a great set up for youth players and I'm really proud and happy to have the opportunity to be part of it. I decided to play at Farmington because it was very well organised, there was a great player pathway set up, and I thought the club would help me develop the most! I’ve been here since I was 9 (I’m 14 now) and I'm really glad I came here because the people are the nicest I could ask for. Jane Luckhurst and Ed Thomson were my first coaches and I learned so much from them. They were really supportive and caring and made sure that we all had a chance to grow as a team as well as people.
A normal week for me is quite busy with regional training on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school, training with my team on Tuesday and Thursday nights, Friday night training regionals when the block has started, then a match at the weekend with a strength and conditioning session somewhere through the week. I was also asked to join the Development and Premier squads training sessions on Friday nights, with some of my team-mates, which is great.
This takes up a lot of time so you have to be organised with homework and school things and plan when you're going to do them, which is usually on rest nights. With friends, you have to prioritise sometimes, but it's worth it! Also my teammates are my friends as well so it's great to spend so much time together. The club is really helpful in that they are understanding about how hard it is to juggle everything and the coaches understand if a session is too much, the club tries to help and support its players in any way it can, I feel really lucky to have that. Farmington is really aware of the football that we play away from the club as well, like regionals or school teams, so they look after and support us in that too!
Our first year at 11 aside, which was last season at U15 level, was amazing! It was a real challenge and a step up but I loved developing personally and as a team. I'm really proud of our team and how we performed after learning so much throughout the season and it gave us a great platform to kick off from this year!
The off season is the worst part of the year! I hate not having training or matches or seeing the team regularly. But it was a good chance to rest and recharge and think about the coming season.
It was hard having players leave because our team was really close last year, so we lost friends and nobody wanted the team to change. We respect everyone's decisions, though. It's been great gaining new players as everyone adds something different to the team, I think everyone's happy, and the squad is looking really strong so far! I couldn't ask for a better team.
I can't wait for the 2015 season, I want it to start now! 17s will be another step up but I'm excited to face the challenge - I know we can do it! - and to see what the season holds for our team and me personally.
Pre season has been great so far, it's a lot of hard work but it will be worth it! There's a lot of fitness work, sprints, strength work in the gym and tactical awareness work. I'm really enjoying it and want to push on as far as I can before the season starts.
I've loved training with the Development and Premier squads and I feel really lucky to have the opportunity to train with players at those levels! I'm learning a lot from playing up and it's a great chance to see the pathway through the club that's there for us. It's different from what I'm used to in that it's more intense and there's a much quicker pace and higher standard of play. I really like the new set up and I like being pushed.
My goals and aims for the year are to keep developing and learning as much as I can, and to play the best we can individually and as a team! I believe we can have a successful season and I'm really excited for the challenges coming.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:08

Swifts in seven heaven against AM Soccer

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Hillfield Swifts
AM Soccer
Under 17's Domestic Supplies League
25 January 2015
On a typical cold and wet Scottish day, the brave spectators who turned out to watch Hillfield Swifts vs AM Soccer were repaid with some fine football on display, particularly from Hillfield. It was, ultimately, Hillfield who ran out comfortable victors in the end. This was in no small part due to Logan Donaldson pulling the strings for a powerful Hillfield side that look the part this season.
However, the start of the game proved to be a pulsating, end to end start with Callum Houstoun getting the first decent attempt away for the visitors but dragged his shot wide.
The deadlock was broken quite magnificently by Zack More of Hillfield as he struck a half volley from all of 30 yards before hitting off the crossbar and crossing the line. 
This started a period of Hillfield dominance as they kept the ball well, waiting patiently for an opening but AM Soccer's defence coped well with Scott Wilson keeping them tight and compact.
AM Soccer persistently tried long balls to try and catch out the Hillfield defence and Stewart Houstoun was almost in were it not for Macaulay Jarret reacting smartly to clear the danger.
This seemed to almost wake Hillfield up and, after a goal mouth scramble involving Logan Donaldson and Ryan Marshall having shots blocked, David Webb was able to poke home from inside the six yard box to make it 2-0 to Hillfield. 
Almost straight after this Zack More picked up the ball and sent a long, hopeful ball forward which found Donaldson who cooly slotted past Wishart to make it 3-0.
AM Soccer did manage to pull one back before half time as Houstoun, who looked Soccer's brightest player, pounced on a mixup between Hunter and Jarret before placing it in the net to make it 3-1.
Half Time:  Hilfield Swifts 3-1 AM Soccer
The second half begins with a goal from Marshall to make it 4-1 Hillfield as he smartly slotted the ball in after great play from Donaldson again.
AM try to muster up a come back and a half chance falls to Quincy who is unable to take advantage as Jarrett gathers easily.
This idea is short lived however as a first time ball from More is touched down excellently by Stewart to tee up Marshall who lashes it into the top corner in style from 18 yards to make it 5-1 Hillfield.
Donaldson made it 6-1 Hillfield five minutes later. This was after some great link up play between Stuart and Green who then released Marshall before he cut it back to Donaldson and he managed to score the rebound after an excellent save from Wishart denied him at first.
AM Soccer did manage to pull another one back as Cockburn was brought down by Jarrett, before Jones kept his composure to make it 6-2.
Any thought of a comeback was wiped away as McAlpine's thunderous effort found the back of the net after yet more incisive play from Donaldson which made it 7-2 Hillfield. This rounded up an impressive display from the league leaders with Donaldson at the heart of every Hillfield attack.
Full time: Hillfield Swifts 7-2 AM Soccer
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 13:33

AMsoccer Club host Argonne FC from France

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“Seeing kids develop confidence, language skills and friendships through sport has been great. Its important we try to encourage them to be comfortable in foreign company, as the world is becoming a smaller place. The disappointing thing has been the lack of co-operation at both and educational and sporting level within the local community. We were not the catalyst for Cupar’s twin-town concept, just thought it was good to support it. It’s a matter we will take up with local councilors in coming weeks” said AMsoccer founder Austin MacPhee.
The French players arrived on Thursday morning, spent the day in Edinburgh and then met their AMsoccer host families within the local community where they stayed for four nights.
“It was a genuine pleasure to host two young footballers from Sainte Menehould over the past few days. They were a credit to their family, school and football club. Having been over in Sainte Menehould previously on a football exchange it was great to be able to return the hospitality. I hope the relationship between the two towns is strengthened by this recent trip and that the arrangement continues long into the future.” said Ken Gourlay, an AMsoccer parent from Cupar.
On Friday morning the players took the short trip to Falkland Estate and then spent time in St. Andrews. In the evening they attended an AMsoccer coaching session at Duffus Park. Each evening they stayed with their host families which challenged them to develop their English language skills and gave the local players a chance to practice French.
13 year old Corentian Godart from St. Menehould said “I have enjoyed the activities, going to Falkland, playing football and the hospitality of Finn’s family was marvelous. Also, the food has been great, different but very good!”
The players took to the pitch on Saturday morning to play an under-13 game in freezing conditions with AMsoccer running out winners in a competitive game. After a quick lunch they headed to Edinburgh where they were guests of the Hibernian Football Foundation for the Hibernian v. Cowdenbeath game at Easter Road.
“It’s fun having foreign players stay with my family and then playing against them, we had Kenyan’s stay with us in the summer and then French players this week” said Angus Mitchinson who also played in the AMsoccer project at the Brazil World Cup.
St. Menehould were back on the pitch on Sunday with a 12.30pm kick-off at Cupar’s artificial pitch with AMsoccer under 14’s. For the second day in a row the Scottish team ran out winners in an entertaining game. Lunch at Cupar Golf Course followed but the covering of snow prevented the players from taking to the course. The French players and coaches enjoyed their last night with their local host families on Sunday night prior to a Monday morning assembly at Castlehill School before heading back to Edinburgh airport.
Philippe Bouchez said “It was great to see the kids from both town’s speaking and playing together. The point is to make them understand that you can go anywhere and you shouldn’t fear to meet different people anywhere in the World. AMsoccer Club have been great, their staff, families and kids. We can trust them to deliver which has who make this possible and it allows the kids to discover Cupar in an excellent context and live among the local families.”
Plans are now in place for AMsoccer to send a team to France in April to stay with French families and enjoy a similar experience. AMsoccer Club and St. Menehould would like to thank the following people for their support: All AMsoccer families who volunteered to provide accommodation for the players and coaches, Harvey Walker 2010 Distribution (minibus supply), Hibernian Football Foundation (free tickets), Cupar Golf Club (hospitality), Cupar Round Table (donation), Locality Support Team N.E.F. (donation), AMsportstours (donation), Andy Galloway (referee services), Castlehill Primary (educational co-operation).


Dundee West
Ferry Athletic
Under 14's D&DYFL
10 January 2015
Dundee West turned in their best performance of the season so far winning 4-1 against Ferry Athletic in the Dundee West Anniversary Cup.
The game was switched to Claypotts after Dawson was deemed unplayable so off we went. 
After a quiet opening ten minutes we put a ball into the Ferry box and the defender deflected it past his own keeper to give us the breakthrough.
Five minutes later and Kyle McKenzie rifled a twenty five yard free kick into the top corner to double our lead.
Twenty five minutes in and Jamie McKay slotted in number three, with Lewis Young making it four before the break. 
We were playing some great stuff and to be truthful could have scored a few more by half time.
Half Time : Dundee West 4-0 Ferry Athletic
The second half saw Dundee West shooting up the hill and expecting Ferry to throw everything at us to try and get back in the game but it never materialised. 
Dundee West saw out the game comfortably and looked dangerous on the break, Ferry's consolation came with twenty minutes remaining, the goal coming from a rebound after a free kick came back off the post.
Overall a great day for the team and hopefully a turning point in our season as we look to get in amongst the honours. There is no doubt that the side has a lot of talent in our team and we are certainly good enough to be successful all we require is consistency.
Full Time : Dundee West 4-1 Ferry Athletic
Monday, 29 December 2014 20:19

City fall to strong Carnoustie

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Brechin City
Carnoustie Panmure
21 December 2014
Brechin returned to league duty after a break caused by bad weather and struggled to stay in contention on a very heavy pitch and ultimately losing out to a strong Carnoustie team.
From the start all the pressure came from Carnoustie who dominated the midfield.
Within five minutes Brechin went behind – Carnoustie drove down the left , cut in and a long shot was driven toward goal. Sim, in the Brechin goal, dived high to his left and managed to get a hand to the ball but to no avail as he saw the ball deflected into the net.
Two minutes later Sim was in action again – a Carnoustie free kick twenty five yards out was driven hard and high toward the top corner but Sim was more than a match for it – tipping it over and by for a corner.
Further pressure was applied by Carnoustie and their second came within fifteen minutes. Again it came from the left – a strong pass caught the defence napping  and a low shot was driven into the net.
Brechin returned the pressure with both Zach Walker and Robbie Anderson driving at their defence but the break would not come for Brechin.
Brechin lost two more goals up to the half hour and looked to be struggling to stay in contention. With two minutes to half time a well worked move saw Brechin pull a goal back. Kuba Szyjut picked the ball up and drove forward strongly unleashing a pass to Zach Walker who chased it down before slipping the ball under the advancing keeper.
Half Time:  Brechin 1 – 4 Carnoustie
Brechin came out stronger in the second half and more than matched Carnoustie in midfield. Kuba Szyjut and Ryan Alexander worked tirelessly breaking down attacks and also trying to set up opportunities for Brechin.
In defence, Rory Allison and Ryan Campbell held firm for Brechin.
Brechin went further behind with twenty five minutes on the clock, this time a long run down the right a low shot beat Sim in the Brechin goal.  
Walker and Anderson in the Brechin attack worked tirelessly to try and regain ground on Carnoutie and five minutes later Brechin got a result for all their efforts – Reece Campbell took a throw in on the left which was picked up by Zach Walker who, in turn, drove toward goal and unleashed a low shot past the outstretched ‘keeper.
However straight from the restart Carnoustie regained their four goal advantage – a long ball upfield was picked up by the Carnoustie forward who unleashed a low shot past James Sim in the Brechin goal.
Full Time: Brechin 2 – 6 Carnoustie
A much improved second half from Brechin saw them make some headway against the first half lead but unfortunately not enough to overcome the gap.
On the day Robbie Anderson was man of the match - turning in a superb performance and  working tirelessly not only in attack but working back into defence to support his team-mates.
Team:  Sim, Somerville, Allison, Stuart, Ryan Campbell, Walker, Alexander, Booth, Szyjut, Stuart, Thomson, Reece Campbell, Sean Duncan, Mitchell   
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 18:22

'Tis the season of no defeats!

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There will be plenty of glad tidings and good will at Woodmill High School in Fife this Christmas, as their senior squad celebrated a landmark victory last week.
An comfortable victory over Glenwood ensured they will finish 2014 without dropping a single point – a momentous achievement by a side that Head Coach June Bouaoun thinks will give birth of several stars of the future.
"We have some amazing boys in this side…. the squad set out team and individual targets at the beginning of the season and so far so good!" 
Winners of last year’s Fife Schools’ FA Senior Cup, the team have built on their success and put together a winning run from start to finish in 2014. With just one game left to play, Woodmill sit on maximum points at the top of Division A in the Fife Schools’ Senior League, and with the squad still competing in a further three competitions there’s every chance things could get even better in 2015.
As well as being assured of a place in the League Cup semi-final, hopes of defending their Fife Schools FA Cup from last year are already high as they look forward to a quarter final match next month. There is also the last sixteen of the Scottish Schools’ Senior Shield to look forward to, where they will face either Clydeview or Sanquhar in January for a place in the quarter finals.
With the team flying so high, it is no surprise that five players in the squad are in this year’s Fife Schools’ Regional team, with Harvey Swann, Charlie Denton, Aidan McGuire, James Donaldson and David MacNamara all securing a place. There was also a moment of personal achievement for centre half Chris Lane, who celebrated his 100th appearance for Woodmill in a match at Inverkeithing on Monday last week. As well as captaining his side to yet another victory, there was also a presentation to recognise his achievement. Chris joins an elite group of players to reach this landmark for the school, and such is the dedication shown by her side that June believes there will be others joining him in the 100 club very soon.
This year’s senior team Christmas lunch was, unsurprisingly, a fantastic occasion that the whole side were able to enjoy. But with everyone at the school under no illusions of the challenges that still lie ahead, it will soon be back to business for Woodmills high flyers.
Footage courtesy of Matthew Sigsworth.
The following video is not a highlights package from the whole match. Therefore, not all goals and incidents are included in the final edit.


St Andrews
Brechin City FC
Under 16's Queens Jubilee Cup
08 December 2014
Brechin travelled to St Andrews for the second round of the Queens Jubilee Cup
There was a twenty minute delay due to a mix up in home and away strips , with both teams having red socks, however some quick thinking by the St Andrews coaches saw a suitable alternative found with just five minutes before the game was due to be called off.
The wait made both teams even more eager to get a good start and straight from the kick off Brechin made all the pressure trying to take the advantage of the following wind.
Efforts by Walker, Anderson, and Thomson all came close but Brechin just could not hit the back of the net.
St Andrews also saw efforts end up over or just wide of the target with one calling for a superb diving save from Sim. However the majority of the first half was played in St Andrews territory. 
Strong performances by Thomson in midfield supported by Stuart and Souter in defence kept the home team at bay.
Walker and Anderson up front, worked hard but could not make a breakthrough.
Half Time: St Andrews 0-0 Brechin City
Playing against the wind, Brechin set off the second half at a frantic pace and, after just four minutes, took the lead. A long throwout from Sim in the Brechin goal was picked up by Anderson who drove toward goal before passing through to Walker whose initial shot was parried by the ‘keeper but Walker clinically drove the rebound into the back of the net.
Brechin’s second came six minutes later, with Duncan winning the ball in midfield passed out to Anderson on the right wing. Anderson, who had been playing havoc with the St Andrews defence,  cut across the penalty box and unleashed a fierce shot high across goal which left the St Andrews ‘keeper no chance.
The rest of the second half was played at frantic pace but with no further score.
Full Time : St Andrews 0-2 Brechin City
Friday, 05 December 2014 01:30

Watch: Kelty Marian Colts vs Spurs Juniors U17s

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Highlights from The Association of Fife Youth Football Clubs pre-season cup final between Kelty Marian Colts  and Spurs Juniors.