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Milton 98's
Whitburn FCA
U16's  West Lothian County Cup R1
13 October 2013
The week saw Milton play at home to Whitburn in the first round of the West Lothian county cup. Previously in these fixtures Milton have been victorious but on this occasion Whitburn were certainly there to make it difficult.
Milton's league form has been outstanding having not conceded a goal in 8 games, however it was Whitburn who took the lead in 8 minutes after a high ball was not cleared and the Whitburn striker lobbed over Cammy Ayres who was advancing.
This was a match that was going from end to end, although Milton were having more of the play, they were unable to capitalise on chances. Whitburn have very much improved since our last outing against them and were very dangerous when they were attacking the Milton goal.
Half time: Milton 98's 0-1 Whitburn FCA
The second half started with Milton being a bit more hungrier and it took just 5 minutes for Adam Beirne to find the ball 21 yards out and hit an excellent shot on his weaker foot over the goalkeeper for his 6th goal of the season. 1-1.
Milton were still having more of the play and also closed down the channel on the left where most of the Whitburn attacking was coming from. Again the second half was becoming more like the first. Milton were creating chances but were unlucky on a few occasions only to be denied by the Whitburn goalkeeper who was on top form.
On the 78th minute Whitburn were awarded a corner. The ball played in and cleared by the Milton defence, which fell to a Whitburn player who played it through to their centre forward who put them 2-1 up.
With 2 minutes remaining the match seemed to be falling away from Milton. That was however until the 80th minute, when Jordan Brown played the ball to Craig Martin on the left side of the box who slotted it past the goalkeepers right hand side from 14 yards, giving him his 7th of the season. 2-2.
End of regulation time: Milton 98’s 2-2 Whitburn FCA
Extra time started and again it was Milton who were pushing for the winning goal, but like the rest of the match, it just wasn't falling for them or they were being denied. Whitburn also had chances to score in extra time but the match ended 2-2 and penalties were next up.
Milton eventually won on penalties 4-3 after Cammy Ayres pulled off an excellent save from the Whitburn no.11's penalty.
Credit still has to go to Whitburn who certainly gave us a game today and will certainly take points off a lot of teams this year.
Milton wish Whitburn all the best for the season.
Players man of the match was awarded to the goalkeeper Cammy Ayres
Well done Milton. Onwards to the next round.
Final score: Milton 98’s 2-2 Whitburn FCA (4-3 on penalties)
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 16:27

Revenge for Broxburn against Milton

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Milton FC
Broxburn Athletic Colts
U15's WLAYFC A League
13 October 2013
A brilliant performance from both teams today as Milton and Broxburn went head-to-head In an A league battle.
From the first whistle the game was intense, heavy tackles, injuries and also chances flying by, but the first goal was taken by Broxburn as Ryan Robertson bagged himself a tap in.
Another five minutes went past and Ryan got himself another, 2-0 Broxburn at half time.
Half time: MIlton FC 0-2 Broxburn Athletic Colts
The second half saw more tough challenges as Broxburn were hungry for the win, after being put out on penalties in the Scottish cup to this Milton side just 2 weeks earlier.
Milton were rattled and were never really in the second half, 3-0 Broxburn when Glenn baker got his 8th of the season, then once again Broxburn score as Ross Brown puts them 4-0 up, in the closing moments Milton were awarded a silly penalty and scored 4-1.
Full time: MIlton FC 1-4 Broxburn Athletic Colts
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 14:57

Penicuik record overdue first win

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Salvesen CFC
Penicuik Athletic YFC
SERYFA Under 19's Division 2
12 October 2013
Penicuik were going into this game on the back off picking up their first point of the season last weekend with a hard fought 2-2 draw away to Tranent Blues and were in confident mood.
Head Coach Tommy Walker said "Our performances have deserved more; the boys continue to play some great football and focus on their passing game combined with great movement".
Penicuik started the game on the front foot, taking the game to the home side, the best chances falling to Penicuik, with them hitting the bar from a cracking 25 yard strike, a 2nd pulling off a great save from the Salvie keeper pushing a shot from just outside the box over the bar. The half ended with a super piece of link up play just on 18 where a run into the box after a great  one-two, seen the Salvie keeper pull off another fine save down low to ensure that the sides went in at the break all square.
Half Time: Salvesen 0-0 Penicuik Athletic
Penicuik started the 2nd half just as brightly, and it wasn’t long before the deadlock was broken when Penicuik charged wide down the left with good link up play before the ball was crossed low into the 6 yard box and slotted home. It was no less than Penicuik deserved.
It was then that Salvesen had their best spell of the game and it was their route one football that paid off, Salvie got the ball in behind an otherwise solid back 4 to dispatch the ball beyond the Penicuik keeper.
Penicuik didn’t stop working hard and getting players behind the ball when not in possession and within 10 mins, Penicuiks slick passing game saw them again take the lead.
At 2-1 the game was not beyond Salvie, and it was only with some grit and guile from the Penicuik players that saw them hold onto a really well deserved 3 points.
Tommy Walker said that "it’s great credit to the boys, they have stuck with our coaching philosophy, get the ball down, lift the head, get the ball out from feet nice and early, have everyone comfortable with the  ball & no matter the result, continue to focus on our touch, control, and combine this with great movement"
Full Time: Salvesen 1-2 Penicuik Athletic
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 12:26

Brilliant Bathgate down City to continue Cup run

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Edinburgh City FC
Bathgate Vale Pumas
U14's SportAssist SE Regional Cup R2
06 October 2013
Bathgate Vale Pumas moved into the third round of the SportAssist South East Regional Cup after a comfortable 8-1 victory over Edinburgh City FC.
Bathgate started brightly with some lovely interchanges of passes and great movement resulting in the pumas josh gray coming close to the opening goal showing tremendous technique volleying from 25 yards out just grazing Edinburgh's post.
Bathgate continued to press and after a period of sustained pressure the goal eventually came in the tenth minute with good link up play enabling Bathgate's Kyle Wilcox to go go through one-on-one with the Edinburgh City goalkeeper showing great composure to finish in the far corner.
The Pumas continued to set the pace and it came as no surprise when they added to their one goal lead with a fine headed goal from Ryan Moffat however to their credit Edinburgh City they managed to pull one back with a fine worked goal of their own just before half time Kyle Wilcox again broke free to coolly finish a good passing move. 
Half time: Edinburgh City 1-3 Bathgate Vale Pumas
Bathgate continued to dominate the second half and managed to further add to their tally with some excellently worked goals; two more from kyle wilcox one from aaron mcswan, Josh Gray and the pick of the bunch; a super solo effort from Bathgate's very own Gregory's Girl Monica Anderson; a goal of real quality - Monica received the ball mid way in Edinburgh City's half turned and twisted one way then another showing fantastic close control , speed and skill then a cool composed finish . 
Edinburgh never gave up and played some good stuff of their own however found it tough going against West Lothian's in-form team at the moment and last year's A Division Champions Bathgate Vale Pumas.
Full time: Edinburgh City 1-8 Bathgate Vale Pumas
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 18:35

Video: Bonnyrigg Rose FC Festival 2013

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YFS TV captured some great moments from the recent Bonnyrigg Rose FC Football Festival 2013 for five to seven year olds. Watch the youngsters having a ball below -
Photo galleries for every team, featuring individual, team and action shots, are also available. Click on the relevant team name below:
Monday, 07 October 2013 14:47

Milton mount second half comeback against Cramond

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Cramond FC
Milton 98 Blues
U16s SPORTSassist SE Regional Cup R2
Davidsons Mains Park
06 October 2013

This fixtures was expected to be a difficult one for Milton. Cramond play in the top league in Edinburgh, and have had decent results in the league.

The match started with the teams keeping the game even. Milton were having more of the play but it was Cramond who took an early lead. The ball was played forward by Cramond and it hit the Milton players hand which was down by his side, ball to hand. The referee gave his decision, which was debatable. Cramond took the free kick, from which they scored from.

Milton were still playing the better football in this half and were dealing with Cramonds long ball tactics comfortably. This was until late on in the first half when the referee gave a free kick for an excellent tackle by Craig H. Cramond crossed the ball into score at the back post. 2nd debatable decision that cost another goal.

Half time: Cramond FC 2-0 Milton 98 Blues

The Milton team at half time felt hard done by, considering they were the better footballing team and were dominating. This seem to spur them on for the secondd half. Ten minutes after the restart , Scott played the ball through to Edward who got through on the keeper and turned him one way before slotting past the other side from 7 yads.

The comeback was on at this stage and certainly lifted the Milton team who began to camp themselves inside the Cramond half.

On the 65th minute, Lewis crossed the ball over from the right which was met by Scott and put it past the defender who was standing on the line from close range. 2-2.

Spirits were now high in the squad and the excitement was certainly being transferred from the sidelines to the players. Milton certainly new the match was there to be won.

Cramond did have chances with counter attacks throughout the second half, and Cammy did some excellent saves to keep them out.
Five minutes from time Jordan picked the ball up from 18 yards and struck it with his right foot which was blocked by the defender, only for it to fall on his favoured left foot and he rifled it past the keeper from 15 yards, leaving him helpless.

Cramond pushed for the equaliser in the remaining few minutes but the Milton team were resilient and held out for the deserved win.

Milton this week being up against a tough opponent, raised there game and dominated throughout. In another game where despite making changes, this had no effect with the flow of play, showing great depth.

Despite being 2-0 down at half time, Milton showed spirit to create a comeback worthy of winners. Excellent today from Milton 98 Blues.
Full time: Cramond FC 2-3 Milton 98 Blues

Milton wish Cramond all the best for the season, and it was also good to see coaches from other teams in our league at the match showing their support.
Every player today was worthy of man of the match and the players choices were Jordan and Edward.

Onwards to the next round. 
Monday, 07 October 2013 13:26

Windsor enjoy Cork-ing trip across the water

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If you had to choose a football club to visit anywhere in the world, would it be Real Madrid, AC Milan or Barcelona? Not for the young players at Musselburgh Windsor FC. When their head coach Douglas Hall or Dougie was informed that just a mile outside the Irish city of Cork there was a team bearing his name, the decision was simple. 
Months of planning, a few fund-raising events later and the 10 years old were on their way, via a flight from Newcastle airport to Cork on their first international fixture. After arriving the Windsor players, coaches and parents went to the league fixture, Cork City FC against UCD. The youngsters were guests of the Irish club and were treated to a special visit from club mascot Corky before taking to the pitch at half-time to entertain the evening crowd with small-sided matches.
At the conclusion of the match which saw Cork win comfortably 2-0, the squad were again ushered onto the playing surface and met by Cork City FC official who presented them team with a football jersey. The East Lothian outfit made a similar presentation with player Lewis Roberson selected to make the formal presentation of a Windsor strip to their hosts.
The following morning the young Scottish players prepared for their series of international friendlies against the Douglas Hall FC players. Based just north of Cork City the club which boasts some 1500 members and owns its own grass pitches and synthetic pitch as well as canteen and clubrooms. The round-robin fixtures provided all eight teams with highly competitive matches which saw Windsor record only one loss throughout the day. 
At the conclusion the club chairman at Douglas Hall FC spoke of his delight at welcoming the squad of players from Musselburgh Windsor FC and hoped that both clubs would continue to share a close relationship. Presenting the Windsor age group leader, Dougie Hall with a football strip, Mr Denis Carroll said he hoped that the team would come back again soon.
In the afternoon the Windsor players, coaches and supporters – all 72 of them in the group that travelled settled down to the Irish Hurling final which was a replay of the previous week’s drawn match featuring Cork. Unfortunately the local team lost to Clare who collected their fourth all Ireland title.
On returning home the Windsor were sent an email from the Cork City Academy Director Paul O’Byrne which said ‘I do hope you all got home safely. I would like to commend your players, coaching staff and parents. They are all a credit to MWFC and most welcome to return to Douglas Hall at any time. I cannot recollect ever meeting a bunch of 10 year old kids so well behaved, mannerly and courteous before. The manner in which they approached the matches and the opposition was incredible and testament to what they are learning at Musselburgh Windsor FC. 
I would like to express my personal thanks to your players. They were gracious in victory and are true ambassadors of your club. I will be watching future Scottish National teams for a few notable rising stars from this group. Like I told your wife yesterday this weekend was the first time ever that I can honestly say it was a pleasure to be beaten by an opponent. Your players are a pleasure to watch! 
I would also like to thank you for the medals presented to our kids. It was most kind of you. 
I know we and our kids will remember this visit for a long to come and on behalf of the club I would like to wish you all the best for the remainder of your season too.’
Windsor 10’s head coach Dougie Hall praised his player’s behaviour and said ‘The players behaved and played well although it has been a tiring weekend for them. We set high standards at Musselburgh Windsor FC and we expect all our boys to reach them. This club looks to offer the players experiences off the pitch and this trip will provide the youngsters with many happy memories’.
The Club are currently celebrating their Diamond Jubilee season having been organising youth football for 60 years.
Friday, 04 October 2013 11:18

Leith braced for Tynecastle Scottish Cup showdown

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Leith Athletic FC vs. Tynecastle FC
Scottish Cup, 2nd Round
Saturday 5th October 2103, 2:00pm
at Leith Links, Leith
Its Scottish Cup weekend for Leith Athletic Under 21's, who tomorrow will host league rivals, Tynecastle FC at Leith Links.
The two sides met earlier in the season at Saughton Park, with the game finishing 1-1 after the 90 minutes.  This match is sure to be a close encounter and shouldn't be missed.
Managers' Thoughts: 
When the second round draw was made, out of all the other 31 teams in the draw, it must be fate to be drawn with a team from your own division and especially one the stature of Tynecastle. It wasn't ideal but Tynecastle will be feeling the exact same and getting home advantage by playing at Leith Links, we hope this will be a good thing for us.  Steven Vinter at Tynecastle has assembled a good squad this season and will want to be challenging on all fronts.  We will need to be wary of how Tynecastle play as we played them 6 weeks ago away in the league and got a deserved 1-1 draw, albeit both teams finishing the game with 10 men, we will need to defend well as players such as Scott Coleman, Dean Crabbe and Louis Swanson will punish us.
Last weeks win vs. Heriot Watt University was a pleasing one as we scored 4 goals and our general all round play was very good.  We had a depleted squad in which we were forced to make 2 changes to the team before the match started and it didn't affect our performance, we started the game very well and seen ourselves go 2-0 up early on with goals from Stand in skipper Bobe Boyd and Steven Froude.  We had a 10-15 minute spell in the first half where Heriot Watt caused us problems and got a goal back through Steven Wright, the message at half time was to not let our performance drop and to continue playing how we had for majority of the 1st half and we'd create more chances.  Further goals from Keith Murray and Liam Smith seen us put the cup tie to bed and we now turn our attention to the Scottish Cup.
I was happy that Keith Murray scored his first goal of the season, you could see his recent goal drought was starting to get to him especially with his team mates winding him up about it in training,  his performance along with Ryan Duffys was highlight of last week, Duffy has great energy and work rate and only criticism is that we don't see it consistently enough, he caused Heriot Watt all sorts of problems with his pace and we are hoping he continues this level of performance in the coming weeks.
Training this week has been good, our lads are continuing to get to know each other and are working well at Meadowbank and you can see it's improving our displays on a Saturday.  Selection wise, we have Captain Adam Hunter out of the side as he went over on his ankle and will be missing for some considerable time.  It's a pleasure to say we welcome back Josh Riddel for the first time this season; Josh has missed the start of the season through work commitments but technically on the ball Josh will give us something different and we are hoping he is involved at some point in the game, we also welcome back Euan Morrice and Todd Smith who missed last weeks game, along with Stephen Baigan, We have a squad of 18 to choose from this weekend so two players are not going to be happy but all we can ask as a coaching team is that players perform well in training and make it hard for us to leave them out. We keep saying that we need a big squad if we want to achieve what we want this season".
Watch as Linlithgow Rose CFC receive their Scottish FA Legacy Award at Prestonfield Park below.
Blackburn United CFC's new facility New Murrayfield Park was officially opened by Scottish FA CEO Stewart Regan. Watch the YFS TV video below for interviews and shots of the new facility.