Full Quarter Final Draw (fixtures to be played by Wednesday 9th March)
University of Stirling v. University of Glasgow
University of St. Andrews v. Dundee & Angus College
Glasgow Kelvin College v. University of Strathclyde
Edinburgh College v. Heriot-Watt University
The 2015/16 edition of the Queens Park Shield has started with a bang as the first round of matches took place on Wednesday the 27th of February.
The eight first round matches saw the thirteen Universities 1st XI teams, along with the top three College 1st XI teams, compete for a place in the quarter finals.
The top half of the draw contains the top seeds of the competition, BUCS Premier League team, the University of Stirling. They came through against RGU despite conceding a couple of goals, beating Robert Gordon University 5-2. Their reward will be a quarter final in Stirling against the University of Glasgow. Glasgow earned their place in the last eight with a dominating 4-0 victory against city rivals, Glasgow Caledonian University.
The University of St. Andrews will be very happy to be in the quarter-finals after seeing off last year’s finalists, the University of Aberdeen, with a comprehensive 5-1 victory at University Sports Centre, St. Andrews. Standing in the way of a semi-final place for St. Andrews will be the first of the Colleges, Dundee & Angus College. The College were drawn against the BUCS League 1 leaders, the University of Abertay, but the form book was ripped up as the runaway leaders of League 5C shocked the University with a resounding 4-0 win.
The third quarter of the draw featured the reigning Queens Park Shield Champions, the University of Edinburgh. Enduring a tough season on the BUCS league front, the champs travelled to Glasgow to take on Glasgow Kelvin College hoping to kick start their Wednesday season. The college students had other ideas and it was they who continued the theme of defying league tables, the League 5B team taking the victory, 4-3. Glasgow Kelvin will host a mouth-watering inter-city quarterfinal against the University of Strathclyde, who travelled up to the University of Dundee and restored some order to things, the League 1A team defeating their lower league, 2A, opponents, 2-0.
At the bottom of the draw, Edinburgh Napier University were hopeful of taking their league form (where they are currently trying to chase down Abertay at the top of 1A) into the knockout competition against the final college team, Edinburgh College. However, Edinburgh College managed to complete a clean sweep for the college members in securing a tense 1-0 victory at Spartans. As a result, they march on to another Edinburgh derby in the quarter finals, taking on Heriot-Watt University. Heriot-Watt travelled through to Glasgow to secure their place in the last eight, beating the University of the West of Scotland 4-3.
A record three College teams in the quarter finals is an exciting start to the competition and all eyes will be on the next round to see if any of them can continue their journey, with the ultimate goal of becoming the first College team to win the historic Queens Park Shield.
Chris Donnelly, Sport & Activity Coordinator at Edinburgh College, commented, “I’m sure my colleagues and equivalents from within the college sport sector will agree with me that this has been a few years coming! The ‘boom’ of college sport has come from two or three years of meticulous planning and partnership work between college sports departments and their students associations/sports unions with invaluable support from Scottish Student Sport, particularly through their SSS Regional Sport Coordinators.”
The final will be held at Spartans FC on Wednesday 6th April.