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Thursday, 24 October 2013 16:20

Blairgowrie youngster signs for Loons

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This week Rudi Brown signed for Forfar Athletic under nineteen’s, making him the fifteenth youth player from the Blairgowrie, Alyth and Coupar Angus area between the ages of eleven and sixteen to sign for a senior club. 
A lot of local talent has sprung up recently in this area, including Rudi Brown. Fourteen other players have signed for senior teams including Dundee United, Dundee and St. Johnstone. This is a great achievement for the area, and encouraging for the other youth players in the community. There are many talented coaches in the area which will surely continue the streak of players moving on to senior teams.
Rudi Brown has been signed after a three week trial at the team, saying “I thought it was going to be longer (the trials) but now I am here.”
Brown has left Letham Sky Blues after only playing for 3 months with the team as a striker. Brown moved to Letham Sky Blues at the end of last season as his previous team Coupar Angus folded. Brown is a great player and will surely be missed at Letham Sky Blues, but it is a great achievement having only been with the team for a short while. 
It’s an exciting new step for Brown, taking on a new challenge playing at a completely new level. “It feels good (Signing for Forfar Athletic), it’s good to move up from Sunday league.” Rudi Brown looks to be a promising striker, having had a great season so far. But it is a different level now, and will be challenging. “There is a big difference, it’s a much better quality.” It’s a great time to join the team, as they are currently on fantastic form after beating rivals Montrose 5-0. 
Hopefully Blairgowrie, Alyth and Coupar Angus will continue to bring more young stars to teams in the future like Rudi Brown, as it is a remarkable achievement to have so much talent in a small area. 
Friday, 18 October 2013 15:57

Scone Thistle begin exciting new chapter

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Scone Thistle 2001’s are one of the many teams who have made the transaction from 7-a-side to 11-a-side this season, and they have gone from strength to strength. So far this season they are competing for the title and have had some great results. 
As expected, the team has had to deal with some changes this season after moving from 7’s to 11’s. One of the biggest changes, manager Stephen Taylor said, is the competitive aspect. But this hasn’t been a problem for the team. “We prefer the competiveness. We have always been somewhat competitive.” 
One of the reasons Scone Thistle have adapted well to the new league, could be down to this and how the team have been raised on focusing on playing good football. “It’s not necessarily about winning, as long as the team plays well and scores goals I am happy. The boys have learnt to pass the ball about well, through rules such as every player has to make a pass before the team can score, which helps everyone work together and encourages more passing."
But, there were some challenges that had to be overcome. The team needed to be completely reshaped, and also more players were needed to be brought in which meant a lot of change. After the clubs squad was doubled and formations were sorted, they still didn’t feel set up.
However, Taylor has a thought on how this transaction can be made easier. “A club could have two teams, like a Scone Thistle black and red, and then the two teams could merge at the end of the season.”
But this hasn’t stopped the team from doing their best, and it’s paid off well so far. Taylor says the boys prefer playing this set up a lot more. “The boys prefer it more because it feels a lot more like proper football.” This has probably affected their attitude for the best, as it is clear they are enjoying playing this season. So far the team are scoring a lot of goals but not conceding many, with strong results such as 3-1 against Luncarty in their last game and 6-1 against Breadalbane the week before. 
The rest of the season looks promising, with some very talented players in the team who can take them to the title. But there is always that problem for a manager of other teams taking your star players. “Some players get taken away, and you want them to do well but you also want them to stay with the club.” Last season two players left to St. Johnstone and Alloa, but this hasn’t affected the team’s performance this season as there are still plenty of great players.
Scone Thistle have Jeanfield Swifts Black up next, and hopefully they can carry on their good form as it is sure to be a tough game. 

Matty Allan started his career at the age of nine, joining Ferry Athletic with his friends. His potential shone early on being the top goal scorer for the team and captain he was showing to be a promising young player. Soon, his team mates were starting to be scouted from other teams and Matty was worried a team wouldn’t come in for him. “It was disheartening seeing my team mates being picked up. I was starting to think I wouldn’t get scouted." Eventually, Alan Gallazzi came along. Alan contacted Matty’s dad and arranged a trial. “I remember coming in from school and, and my mum was so happy.”

Matty’s commitment and dedication to become a better player landed him a place in the Raith Rovers team. But Raith Rovers was obviously a big change. “It was good, although there was a lot of traveling - going through to Kirkcaldy. There were only a few guys from Dundee there as well."

Nonetheless, Matty thrived with the team and became a better player. Matty was moved back to centre half because of his height and adapted to the position well, becoming captain of the team.

But, after 4 years and making it to the Under 16’s team Matty was released. “It’s devastating, being there for so long and putting in so much effort, then being told you aren’t good enough to do what you want to do. It’s horrible. But at the end of the day football is about opinions, and Dundee disagreed.”

It wasn’t long before he found another team. Alan Gallazzi contacted Dundee and arranged for Matty to go to a training session. Matty was signed after his first trial game against Clyde. “I wasn’t expecting a lot of game time, but someone got hit in the nuts so I went on.”

Matty fitted into the Dundee side well, and settled in fine. “It’s weird going to a new team as people are hesitant about you if you are going to be competing for their position. But the guys were all welcoming and great to be around. The manager said he has never seen someone fit in so naturally.”

So how is it playing full time?

It’s good, I didn’t like school so it’s a lot better. Now I can say I have a job doing something I love and always have wanted to do. Football is the only thing I have always wanted to do.

How have you developed as a player since joining Dundee? 

I have improved a lot, the coaches have helped me a lot and my confidence has been boosted. Confidence is key, at the end of my days with Raith Rovers I wasn’t getting much game time and it affected me. Dundee was a fresh start so I started playing better. 

What has been your favourite experience at Dundee? 

Signing, it was a great feeling. 

Who is your favourite player?

Zidane, he has everything. Brilliant, touch, can use both feet, unbelievable finish. I also liked his arrogance.

What was your favourite moment in football?

When Zidane scored that volley in the Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen. I was in disbelief when I first saw it. His technique was perfect, beautiful contact. Right into the top bin.

Matty then showed me his phone's wallpaper, which was Zidane in that very moment, mid volley. 

What is your most memorable match?

Probably my first match, Dundee United at Tannadice on my 10th birthday. Aberdeen were 2-0 but United came back to win 3-2.

If you could have dinner with any four footballers, who would they be?

I’d say Beckham, Pique, Zidane and Messi.

Monday, 16 September 2013 01:17

Dundee Celtic beat Rothes in cup thriller

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Dundee Celtic BC
Rothes Juniors
Brandon Carlin 27
Cameron Tansey 30, 35
Daniel Wilson 85
Declan Nugent 17, 40
Lewis Whyte 35
Jack Penn 90

(Dundee Celtic win 5-4 on penalties)


U14 Scottish Youth FA Cup - R1
Lochee Park, Dundee
15 September 2013

By Ross Canning
YFS East Region Reporter

Dundee Celtic Boys club have progressed into the second round of the Scottish Youth Cup by defeating a fighting Rothes Juniors 5-4 on penalties. The electrifying encounter ended in a 4-4 draw after extra time. It was Celtic’s Cameron Tansey who dispatched the winning penalty, ending Rothes Juniors hopes of a dramatic victory.
The opening exchanges saw Celtic have the upper hand with some sustained pressure in Rothes final third. The first chance of the game came early on in the 3rd minute when Celtic’s Cameron Tansey had a shot from the right hand side of the 18-yard box well saved by the Rothes keeper. Celtic’s pressure did not last long as a soon after a chance fell to Rothes’s Lewis Whyte who had a one on one in the 10th minute that forced a good save from Rory Mclnally in the Celtic goal.
Rothes then began to control the midfield with the likes of Captain Jack Penn and David Bonthrone spraying the ball about the midfield.  Hence, the Celtic defense was swiftly broken in the 17th minute when the games first goal was scored by Declan Nugent who was well placed to finish from inside the 6 yard box after a top class save from Mclnally fell kindly to the Rothes player.
Nevertheless, Celtic responded outstandingly from going a goal down and began to dominate the latter stages of the second half. This sustained pressure resulted in them finding an equalizer in the 27th minute from a well worked corner that was instinctively headed back across the face of goal by Cameron Tansey setting up Brandon Carlin to header in from the goal line.
Celtic wasted little time in taking the lead when Tansey himself got on the score sheet in the 30th minute with the striker converting from the right hand side of the penalty area into the bottom left corner of the goal via a great defensive clearance from Daniel Wilson. With the momentum in Celtic’s favor and a 2-1 lead they continued to stress the Rothes defense but little could be done in the 35th minute as the ever-present Tansey’s speculative shot from 30 yards turned into a moment of brilliance by nestling into top right corner of the Rothes Goal. 
Many teams’ heads would have surely dropped from giving away as many goals in quick succession but the Rothes players managed to wither the storm and their never give up mentality was well rewarded as almost immediately from going 3-1 down they got a goal back with virtually the last kick of the half when Lewis Whyte Scored neatly from a cut back across the goal line to ensure Celtics lead would be cut to one as the fist half would finish 3-2 to Dundee Celtic Boys.  
Half Time: Dundee Celtic BC 3-2 Rothes Juniors

After an eventful end to the first half the second half started much in the same fashion with a high paced standard of football. Rothes started the brighter team searching for their equalizer by continually attacking the Celtic defense and completing several phases of superb passing in the midfield. The Celtic defense remained strong until the 40th minute when Declan Nugent scored his second goal of the game to give the Rothes their equalizer. Credit for the goal goes to Euan Belford who managed to nick the ball away from the Celtic keeper allowing Burns to finish into the empty net.
Locked in stalemate Celtic responded by retaining more possession of the ball and the match progressed into an end-to-end spectacle in which both teams had chances to score. Rothes perhaps looked to have the better chances as Kyle Buchanan had a chip shot over the keeper drag agonisingly wide of the right hand post to the relief of the Celtic keeper.
The game's stand out performers Declan Nugent (Rothes) and Cameron Tansey (Celtic) continued to be a handful for their opposition with both having chances to snatch winners in the later stages of the second half. Nonetheless, these chances would fall short and as the final whistle blew with the scores locked at 3-3, the game was sent into extra time. 
Full Time: Dundee Celtic BC 3-3 Rothes Juniors 
The first half of Extra time emphasized the importance of player fitness as tired legs led to both sides having a breather as chances became few and far between with the game becoming a battle of the midfield. The first half ended with both teams remaining at 3-3.
Yet, the drama of the day was not yet finished as 5 minutes into the second half Celtic’s Daniel Wilson gave fellow teammate Cameron Tansey a run for goal of the game with an unbelievable free kick from over 35 yards out that whistled into the bottom right corner of Rothes net to the astonishment of spectators.
The Celtic players looked set to see the remainder of the game out and progress to the second round of the cup but Rothes had other things on their agenda and a team full of strong character managed to score a last gap equalizer in the last minute of the match. The goal came after a combination of quick feet and superb vision from Declan Nugent resulted in Captain Jack Penn scoring to send the game into penalties.
In a close fought game that could have swung in both teams favor it would be Dundee Celtic Boys who would be victorious in a penalty shoot out filled with quality spot kicks. The pivotal moment came when Celtic keeper Rory Mclnally marvelously saved Rothes second penalty kick.
The remaining spot kicks were converted by both teams and it fittingly came down to man of the match Cameron Tansey to polish off a classy performance by sending his shot high into the roof of the net and with it his team into the second round of the Scottish Youth Cup to the delight of his teammates.
Commiserations have to go to Rothes Juniors who can take a lot of positives away from a spirited performance that could so easily have turned out differently on another day. Congratulations go to Dundee Celtic Boys who now have their eyes firmly set on the second round draw.
Full Time: Dundee Celtic BC 4-4 Rothes Juniors (Dundee Celtic win 5-4 on penalties)


Dundee Celtic BC Rothes Juniors
1. Rory Mclnally 
2. Daniel Wilson 
3. Cameron Henderson 
4. Liam Tansey 
5. Scott Reilly 
6. Callum Banks 
7. Cain Connelly 
8. Cameron Tansey 
9. Alex Robb 
10. Aiden Steele 
11. Jonathan Tosh 
12. Dean Currie 
14. Liam Scott 
16. Brandon Carlin 
17. Kieran Rae
1. Logan Payne
2. Joe Lafferty 
3. Declan Kenyon 
4. Euan Belford
5. John Smith 
6. David Bonthrone
8. Kieran Angel 
9. David Byars 
10. Jack Penn 
11. William Pirrie 
14. Lewis Smart 
15. Aidyn Scott
16. Kyle Buchanan 
17. Declan Nugent  
19. Michael Burns 
20. Lewis Whyte
Cameron Tansey had a quality game and ended the match with two goals and an assist. Terrorised the opposistion defense throughout the whole game and kept a cool head to score the decisive penalty. An all round outstanding performance. 
Declan Nugent came up with two vital goals for Rothes. Caused problems for the opposition and was heavily involved throughout the match. A fine performance that no doubt provides momentum going into the new season.