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Whitehill Welfare U20s ran out comfortable 1-4 winners away to Edinburgh City advancing into the 3rd round of the Scottish Youth Cup on an immaculate Meadowbank pitch. 
 
It was a fiery beginning to the match with both teams showing a very physical presence and attempting to establish themselves in the game immediately. This however, led to a frantic start before each group of players settled. 
 
The visitors were first to show a glimpse of their capabilities when captain David Scobie picked out Daniel McKinlay perfectly wide on the right, the whipped cross resulting in nothing more than an early indication of danger as it was comfortably cleared. 
 
At the other end, Edinburgh City showed where they hoped to get most joy as Robbie Ewing fed through the impressive Stuart Donaldson on the right wing. Donaldson looped a cross in with the hope of reaching Mikey Hamilton but the commanding opposition goalkeeper, Christopher Malcolm collected out the air, causing an early injury scare to Hamilton. The Edinburgh City man stayed on though. 
 
As the game reached the quarter hour mark, Whitehill were becoming more dominant imposing real threat on the City goal with the trio of McKinlay, Ross Harris and Jack Jardine combining regularly. 
 
It was Declan Heron to threaten the City goal next as the winger was played in on the left hand side but the ball ran away from him and was smothered by Ewan Robertson in goal. 
 
A couple of minutes later, there was nearly a breakthrough with Heron’s back post corner reaching a high rising Johnny Scott-Mercer to head towards goal. His effort cleared off the line as City captain Chris Kirkwood saved his side from going behind. 
 
The few spectators in the empty stands of Meadowbank Stadium were treated to a goal soon after and it had definitely been coming for Whitehill. 
 
In the heart of midfield, Harris found space, as he had done all afternoon, picking out pacey McKinlay making a run across the centre of defence. The winger collected further rounding the keeper and coolly slotting home to put the visitors one up. 
 
Constant crosses from City still remained the most effective outlet but they lacked a predator in the box to finish it off as time after time the ball was fizzed across the six yard box. 
 
Whitehill were eager and pressing for a second with both James Flynn and McKinlay coming close with two very different attempts but nearly equally as clinical. 
 
It was 2-0 with around ten minutes before half-time as Jardine cannoned an emphatic penalty off the bar and in after good work from McKinlay to win it. 
 
Some excellent football was on show so far.
Sunday, 28 September 2014 20:12

Fraserburgh beat Locos in 16 goal thriller

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Only three words can describe this Scottish FA Youth Cup tie and that is ‘what a game’. In an extraordinary match at Inverurie’s Harlaw Park, Fraserburgh beat Inverurie Loco Works by nine goals to seven in one of the best matches that I will likely ever see. Despite the hosts leading 5-2 at one point in the first half, the visitors scored five second half goals to complete a thrilling victory.
 
Fraserburgh had the game’s first chance of the match as a corner swung in from the right by Marc Summers was headed towards goal by Grant Anderson which was punched away by Inverurie’s Tristan Ross in goal.
 
It was the hosts who took the lead in the eighth minute as Joe McCabe’s long range shot was saved by the goalkeeper and Kyle Gordon was right on cue to put the ball into the net to give Inverurie a one goal lead.
 
Fraserburgh equalised four minutes later as a ball in by Aidan Combe was unfortunately headed into the net by an Inverurie defender to give the Broch an equaliser. 
 
Both teams had good opportunities to take the lead with the sides back on level terms. Locos’ Paul Gee shooting wide from long range and Fraserburgh’s Hamish Burr shooting just over the crossbar from a free kick on the edge of the box.
 
But it was Inverurie who retook the lead as McCabe’s free kick from the left-centre just outside of the box found the top right hand corner to put the hosts 2-1 up with a superb strike that any professional would be proud of.
 
Two minutes later Inverurie went two goals up as a good pass from Kyle Gordon found Dean Still whose volley from the left hand side found the top corner of the net to put Inverurie into a commanding position with another wonderful strike for the hosts.
 
It was Fraserburgh who scored next to reduce the deficit to one as James Gibb’s low powerful shot from the centre of the box found the net to give Fraserburgh hope in this thrilling Scottish FA Youth Cup tie.
 
Inverurie restored their two goal lead though three minutes later as a good run from Ben Leslie saw him cross the ball which took a deflection off the opposing goalkeeper and the ball found its way into the back of the net for Locos’ fourth goal of the match.
 
Good pressure from Inverurie saw Fraserburgh’s Euan Paterson make a quick fire double save to deny Inverurie’s McCabe and Still, however a foul saw the hosts winning a penalty and another chance to increase their lead. Still’s penalty found the left hand top corner despite Paterson getting a touch to give the home side a three goal advantage as half time approached.
 
The Broch showed that they still had spirit and pulled one back two minutes before the interval as Gibb’s strong run from the left of the box created some space to hit a powerful shot which gave the goalkeeper no chance, but gave his team some hope.
 
In an incredible first half, Fraserburgh pulled another goal back seconds before the referee blew for half time as Steven Davidson’s free kick was saved by Inverurie’s Ross with the rebound slotted home by Gibb for his hat-trick and for his side’s fourth of an extraordinary first half.
Forfar Athletic’s display against the favourites for the tie, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, was full of grit and determination. As a result they emerged from the game victorious, courtesy of a sublimely taken goal by Paul McLellan, and they will progress onwards in the Scottish Youth Cup. 
 
For the first quarter of an hour both teams were equally matched with some early half chances from either side.
 
 Afterwards Inverness started to edge ahead in terms of goal scoring opportunities. In the 34th minute Inverness were awarded a free kick and the resulting shot was well saved by Forfar goalkeeper John Bonnar and pushed out for a corner. The ball was launched straight back into the box from the corner and, following a couple of ricochets, Inverness’ Jason Brown’s eventual shot flew just past the post. 
 
Inverness continued to keep the pressure up on Forfar with Chris Blackett’s close range shot expertly saved by Bonnar, again being pushed out for a corner.
 
 The resulting corner was almost a mirror image of the previous corner in the 34th minute with the ball landing to the feet of Brown after a ricochet. This time, however, Brown’s strike found the target only for the ball to be cleared off the line by Forfar defender Ben Smith. 
 
Inverness striker Calum Ferguson, who had an impressive first half, had a shot blocked on the 43rd minute by Jack Neave and Bonnar easily picked up the ball once the sting had been entirely taken out of the shot.
 
Forfar still remained a threat with winger Cameron Clark cutting in from the wing and firing a shot from distance, which sailed over the goal just before the half time whistle went. 
 
From Inverness’ point of view they would have been disappointed not to capitalise on their first half momentum. 
 

Clydebank High School progressed to the third round of the U13 League Cup with a comprehensive 9-2 win over the Vale of Leven Academy (VOLA).

VOLA had the best chance to open the scoring after an even first eight minutes with both teams trying to get a hold on the game. A ball was played over the top from midfield and Scott Inglis lifted his effort over Gavin Neil in the Clydebank goal but his effort was narrowly wide.

Clydebank took the lead after 10 minutes thanks to the first of three goals from Cameron Neil. Conor Gray whipped a corner in from the right and Neil rose well to thump a header past Vale keeper Callum Caldwell. 

Clydebank added a second on 17 minutes after forward Lewis Jamieson was chopped down 35 yards out. Jay Kearny stepped up and curled a shot towards goal that lobbed Caldwell to double their advantage. 

Shortly after, lively winger Alisdair Scholes made it 3-0. A defensive mixup allowed Scholes to nick in at the far post and head the ball over the line from close range.

Stuart Alexander then pulled a goal back for the Vale just before half time. The forward picked the ball up 35 yards out and ran at the heart of the Clydebank defence before slotting the ball past Gavin Neil to give hope to the hosts heading into half time.

Friday, 26 September 2014 13:11

Clunie treble sends Clydebank High into next round

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Robert Clunie scored a hat trick as Clydebank High School progressed to the third round of the Crookston Cup after beating Dumbarton Academy 4-1.

Both teams adapted well to the artificial surface as they tried to find an early goal, and despite Dumbarton having the lions share of possession, it was Clydebank who opened the scoring.

Greg Forrest caught the Dumbarton defence out with a long ball over the top which Clunie latched on to before driving at Dumbarton goalkeeper and tucking the ball away to open the scoring and give Clydebank an early lead.

The next five minutes proved to be all Dumbarton as they pressed high up the pitch. First, Baillie had a free kick from the half way line that tested Clydebank stopper George Elliot. Elliot was called into action a few minutes later when Dumbarton’s Murray Donaldson had a shot from the edge of the area, but Elliot was on hand to palm it to safety.

Midway throughout the first half, Clydebank squandered the chance to double their lead. Superb link up play between Clunie and Cameron McGrath saw the latter round the goalkeeper but he took it too far and lashed the ball into the side netting.

Once more, Forrest and Clunie’s fantastic understanding was evident as a pinpoint through ball almost lead to Clunie’s second of the game. Only a wonderful point blank save from Wylie prevented what would’ve been a great team goal.

Slightly against the run of play, Dumbarton equalised shortly before half time. Sam Grierson let fly from 30 yards and his wonder strike struck the underside of the crossbar before crossing the line to send the home side in level.  

 

Glenafton Athletic
 vs
Bonnyton Thistle
 
 
 
U16's Trans World Soccer Scottish Cup
 
07 September 2014
 
 
 
The first half began quietly with neither team able to break the deadlock early on and was mainly a battle between the midfields. 
 
It wasn’t until a Chris Thomson free kick from 30 yards out deceived the Bonnyton goalkeeper to give Glenafton the lead midway through the first half. 
 
Bonnyton battled back strongly after conceding though and deservedly equalised after some continued pressure just before half time with a very well worked goal.
 
Half Time: Glenafton 1-1 Bonnyton Thistle
 
Glenafton started the second half strongly and took the lead again when Jack Grozier lept like a salmon to head them in front after sustained pressure. 
 
Glenafton had many chances to get their third goal but were unable to kill the game off. Glenafton paid the penalty with only minutes remaining.
 
Bonnyton scored after poor attempts from Glenafton to clear the ball from danger fell to the Bonnyton winger who made no mistake in making it level and taking his team in to extra time.
 
Full Time: Glenafton 2-2 Bonnyton Thistle
 
Extra Time saw some tired legs and not many chances were made in the first period for either team. 
 
With 20 minutes of extra time being played, Glenafton scored when Dean Sharp broke down the right and cut the ball back for Jack Grozier to drill a low shot past the Bonnyton keeper and his defence into the net from 12 yards out, putting Glenafton in to the lead for the third time in the match. 
 
Again Glenafton failed to kill the game off when they squandered some great chances only for Bonnyton to score very late on to take the game to penalties and break Glanefton hearts once more. 
 
Extra Time FT: Glenafton 3-3 Bonnyton Thistle
 
Bonnyton scored with their first penalty to make it 1-0, then Chris Tomson scored Glenafton’s first to make it 1-1.
 
Bonnyton scored again and then watched Glenafton’s Jordan Kirkpatrick miss, meaning Glenafton were now 2-1 ahead.
 
Glenafton goalkeeper, Jack Cunningham then saved Bonnytons next penalty with Ryan O'Donnell scoring for Glenafton to bring it back to level terms at 2-2.
 
Bonnyton scored again, then Josh Notman for Glenafton made no mistake coolly slotting his penalty home to make it 3-3.
 
It was now down to sudden death with one kick remaining for each team. Glenafton keeper then saved down at his right hand side brilliantly only to let out an almighty scream as he had injured his right arm.
 
Both teams’ first aiders attended to him and it was discovered he had dislocated his elbow - so before the next penalty could be taken we had to wait for an ambulance to come to attend to Jack. The game was halted for 30-40minutes. Jack was taken to hospital.
 
It was down to Dean Sharp to see if he still had the confidence to finish the tie. Dean then sent the keeper the wrong way into the bottom corner of the net to the delight of his team mates and everyone connected with Glenafton.
 
Glenafton won 4-3 on penalties.
 
Goalkeeper Jack Cunningham went through an operation on Wednesday to pin his elbow as it was also broken as well as dislocated. Unfortunately, doctors have told Jack to expect to be out upto 8 months but hopefully he makes a full recovery and comes back stronger.
 

 

Campsie Black Watch
 vs
Dunbeth
 
 
 
U19's Trans World Soccer Scottish Cup
 
06 September 2014
 
 
 
The first round of the Scottish cup at U19 level produced a cup tie between one of the favourites in Campsie Black Watch and Dunbeth FC from Coatbridge. This tie proved to be a thriller that went right down to the wire and that had a little bit of everything in it. 
 
The game kicked off and it was clear that the away side did not care about reputations and went on the attack from the first minute. The ball broke to Dunbeths’ Paul Ross Caughey who from 25 yards out, smashed the ball into the bottom right hand corner giving the diving Campsie goalkeeper no chance. 
 
The good start from the away side seemed to settle them down better than the home side and for the first 20 minutes they stroked the ball effortlessly around in the midfield. 
 
However, this was not a one sided affair by any means and Campsie almost equalised in the 26th minute when their forward pounced on an error by the Dunbeth defence but found Dunbeth goalkeeper Quigley in fine form. 
 
Only two minutes later, Campsie found themselves level when a shot from just inside the box was saved again by Quigley only to find the Campsie forward reacting quickest. 
 
Instead of buckling under the pressure from Campsie, the young Coatbridge side were determined not to be overawed and went on the attack right away and from their attack were awarded a free kick 20 yards out, directly in line with the goal. 
 
Up stepped Caughey to fire the ball home via a deflection from the wall to send Dunbeth 2-1 up. 
 
This was a right old cup tie, it was end to end and it was Campsie’s turn to have a shot on goal. Only this time it was from a penalty kick given for McAllister pulling the Campsie winger back, penalty awarded. During the protests, McAllister was booked for his troubles. 
 
From the penalty Matthew Quigley made a fine save to keep the Dunbeth in the lead going in to the break. 
 
Half Time: Campsie Black Watch 1-2 Dunbeth
 
Into the second half and out came Campsie from the blocks, loads of pressure from the home team and again Dunbeth Goalkeeper was brought into action to save with his feet from the advancing Campsie striker.
 
With some fine play on the left from Pryce, the away side nearly made it 3-1 when a great delivery found the Dunbeth Striker in a great position, only to see his header rattle off the bar.
 
But Caughey was not to be denied his hat trick and when a corner came in from the right the ball broke to him and he smashed the ball home from 10 yards to double the Dunbeth lead.
 
This showed the difference between the two teams, Dunbeth were taking their chances and Campsie wasting theirs.
 
However with 25 minutes to go Campsie were awarded a corner and from the resulting corner the home side got right back in the game with a bullet header which gave the keeper no chance.
 
Following the goal, it was all one way traffic and ball after ball was being put into the away sides box and it was only due to some resolute defending, good goalkeeping and some really good fortune that meant Dunbeth kept their lead. With 5 minutes to go a rare breakaway from Dunbeth saw Holmes break free and with only the keeper to beet fired his shot tamely wide.
 
This would have given Dunbeth some breathing space but it just wasn’t to be. With the last couple of minutes to go it was relentless pressure on the away defence but after all their hard work an endeavour they managed to hold on for a memorable 3-2 victory and a place in the second round away to Larkhall Utd. 
 
Full Time: Campsie Black Watch 2-3 Dunbeth
 
Another great advert for football in this great encounter. Incredible fighting spirit shown by both teams but Dunbeth done well to hold on for the win and to progress in to the next round.
 
Lewis United beat A League rivals Middlefield Wasps by seven goals to one in an entertaining and attacking Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup tie at Balmedie’s Beach Park.
 
Lewis had the first opportunity of the match, as a pass from Jake Horne found Ben Morrison, whose shot was well saved by Middlefield’s Sean Paterson to keep the game scoreless.
 
A few minutes later Lewis took the lead, as Morrison’s corner into the box found the net from a Middlefield player, resulting in an own goal to give the away side the lead.
 
Lewis had three good chances in five minutes, firstly Bradley Wilson’s low shot from the right was saved by Paterson. Joe Sutherland and Jake Horne’s effort's then couldn't find the target.
 
However, Lewis eventually doubled their lead, as a good pass by Sutherland found Wilson, whose shot from the right hand side found the back of the net.
 
Two minutes later and Lewis were 3-0 ahead, as Wilson’s shot from the right hand side of the box found the back of the net for his second of the match.
 
Despite the score line, Middlefield were putting pressure on their opponents, winning some corners and showing good determination to create chances to reduce the deficit.
 
Three minutes later though it was 4-0 to the visitors. Stuart Smith’s pass found Wilson, who expertly chipped the ball into the net to complete his hat-trick in exquisite fashion.
 
As half time approached, Lewis added another to their tally as Reece Mckerron’s pass found Morrison whose high range shot found the net.
St Andrews Colts progressed to round two of this year’s Scottish Cup with a nine goal victory over Luncarty. Two from Taylor Baldie and one each by Lewis Stephen and Craig Begg had the Colts four goals up at half time. A second half hat-trick by captain Dylan Syme and goals by Grant Aitken and Tommy McKinnan completed the scoring.
 
Aitken nearly started the scoring in the first half with a low shot that travelled narrowly wide after a Baldie throw had sent him clear.
 
Luncarty then had their first attack of the match but Alasdair Reid’s shot from outside the box was gathered by Lyall Constable.
 
Begg broke the deadlock in the ninth minute after a Scott Cunningham picked him out with a free kick from the centre circle and Begg controlled the ball calmly and placed it into the net.
 
Cunningham could have scored himself just moments later but Connall Doogan produced a fabulous low save from the free kick.
 
The early stages of the first half were characterised by good Luncarty counter attacking breaking up fast paced St Andrews attacks which were often caught by the Luncarty offside trap.
 
The Colts managed to evade the offside trap around the middle of the half. Baldie used his strength to get through on goal and hammer the ball over an advancing Doogan.
 
The Perthshire side rallied and some good link up play allowed an Ethan Reid cross to be laid into the path of Alasdair Reid whose shot was held by Constable.
 
Colts quickly doubled their lead. Cunningham sent Stephen down the wing and his cross curled into the net. Then a couple of minutes later Baldie scored his second into an open goal after an unselfish pass from Begg.
 
Luncarty had the last say of the half when James Simpson’s shot went narrowly wide after Ethan Reid had blocked a Constable clearance.
 
St Andrews had most of the possession and were in the ascendancy in the first half with lots of good play and crosses from the wing. Luncarty had attacked well but their balls beyond the defence were being gathered before they could cause problems for St Andrews. Their attacks were largely orchestrated by good passing from Lewis Turriff.
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 13:35

AC Irvine just get the better of KSC Barca

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AC Irvine
 vs
KSC Barca
 
 
 
U13's Scottish Cup
KSC Parks, Kilwinning
06 September 2014
 
 
 
Welcome to Scottish Cup football, a nice sunny morning down at KSC Parks in Kilwinning. A fairly partisan KSC crowd and two teams battling out a tough fought game.
 
This was never going to be an easy game for AC and that was apparent fairly quickly, they did have a lot of possession early on but Barca were defending well, the breakthrough came from a good move on the right wing, the ball crossed into the box a flick on from Reece and a cracking strike from Chrissy gave AC Irvine the lead, 1-0.
 
Within a few minutes, Barca were level when a clumsy tackle saw AC give away a free kick just outside their own box. 
 
AC keeper, Kierzo managed to get a hand to the strike but couldn't keep it out, 1-1. 
 
AC regained the lead shortly after that when after having delivered the third corner in a row, Charlie's high cross just past the near post saw the keeper fumble the ball into his own net.
 
Half Time: AC Irvine 2-1 KSC Barca
 
Barca kicked off the second half and again had a couple of good attacks break down and thankfully, Kierzo was on his toes.
 
It wasn't long, however, until AC were on the attack again and a clumsy challenge just inside the box saw them win a penalty. Owen stepped up and casually put the ball into the net high to the keepers right hand side to give the home side a 3-1 lead. 
 
Chrissy was again proving to be a handful for Barca's defence and a great run down the left saw him outrun his marker and cut back onto his right foot and simply bend the ball into the net for AC to go 4-1 up and maybe gave them the feeling that it was game over. 
 
Barca fought back strongly and never gave up. They got back into it when a dropped ball after a clash of heads saw them get a break and their forward managed to chip the ball over an advancing Kierzo for Barca’s second goal of the game.
 
Barca now had the momentum and attacked the AC box and a deep ball into the back post resulted in a penalty to Barca and their captain dispatched it well, high into the roof of the net to make it 4-3.
 
AC were rattled a bit and had to ride the storm. There were a few meaty tackles going in and AC’s Ben took a right sore one and had to be withdrawn.
 
Barca were still in the ascendancy and they grabbed the equaliser with a well worked move on the right and good strike to make it complete the comeback and bring the game to level terms at 4-4.
 
There was less than five minutes to go and at 4-4 it looked a cert for a draw, Barca were very unlucky with a dipping cross which hit our crossbar and came back out.
 
AC managed to break away down the left and Owen forced a corner. There was less than two minutes left and this could well have been our last chance to win this.
 
Adam delivered a great corner deep into Barca's box and Chrissy rose high above everyone to power home a superb header giving AC Irvine the winner in some style.
 
Full Time: AC Irvine 5-4 KSC Barca
 
It was a great game with a few heart stopping moments, AC kepper, Kierzo was on his toes the whole game and made a couple of crucial saves late in the game.
 
AC were dominant for a huge part of the game and at 4-1 it looked done and dusted, full credit to KSC Barca who never gave up and could of stolen it in the last couple of minutes.