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Tuesday, 15 October 2013 12:26

Brilliant Bathgate down City to continue Cup run

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Edinburgh City FC
 vs
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
 vs
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.
 
 
Sunday, 29 September 2013 23:53

Rose not a thorn in Milton’s side

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Milton 98's
 vs
Linlithgow Rose
 
 
 
U16's WLAYFC League
 
29 September 2013
 
 
 
Milton travelled to our shortest away league game at Linlithgow Rose. They proved last year that they were capable of scoring against us and set up similarly.
 
From the whistle it took Milton just 10 seconds to score the first goal. Scott played the ball over the defence which Lewis chased down and knocked it past the advancing goalkeeper from 6 yards. Lewis scored his second of the game 90 seconds later when the ball was knocked into the box and he caught it on the half volley to fire past the keeper. 2-0.
 
It was looking like Milton were going to score 10 goals plus today, but Linlithgow gathered their shape and began to play football. Which is a credit to them as going 2 down quickly could have made their heads go down.
 
On the 23rd minute, Milton increased the lead when James played a ball from the back through the Linlithgow defence but the goalkeeper fumbled the ball with having Abdul advancing towards him and he slotted it past him from 14 yards.
 
Milton have now gone 560 league mins without conceding a goal but on the 31st minute Linlithgow hit a shot which hit the post and rebounded out for Milton to clear, keeping the clean sheet intact.
 
Throughout the remainder of the first half Milton still dominated but Linlithgow played a counter attacking game and tried a couple of times to push forward from Milton corners.

Half time: Linlithgow Rose 0-3 Milton 98's
 
The first goal after the interval didn't come as quick as the goal in the first half but on the 48th minute Jordan struck the ball from 23 yards to the keepers left hand side leaving him helpless.
 
Three minutes later and Milton struck number five. Lewis advanced down the right hand side, played the ball across the goal for Adam to slot it past the keeper from 4 yards at the back post.
 
On the 58th minute Adam turned from goalscorer into provider when he played the ball through to Scott who mazes past three Linlithgow defenders to fire it low to the keepers left hand side.
 
Linlithgow possibly felt that it may need to be damage limitation at this point, but they still continued to push forward and on the 61st minute they hit a shot at Cammy's top corner, which he was alert to tip it over the bar.
 
Throughout the second half Milton were still camped within the Linlithgow half but were still wary of the pace that the Linlithgow team had, and dealt with this efficiently.This was another solid performance from the Milton team throughout, and again despite making changes throughout the game,this made no difference on the park. Callum played his second game for the team and is settling in well, also Morgan made his debut today putting more strength to a current strong middle of the park.
 
Edward scored his first of the game on the 63rd minute when Jordan played a 25 yard pass from midfield through the defence and he coolly chipped the advancing goalkeeper from 16 yards. And it wasn't long before he scored his second when Morgan played a quick free kick from inside his own half to Edward who rounded the keeper and slot it into the net on the 72nd minute.
 
The players’ choice for men of the match were Jordan and Edward.
 
Despite conceding 8 goals today the Linlithgow keeper did keep the score down with some decent saves throughout the game. At the other end, 8 clean sheets for Cammy.
 
Well done today guys. At the start of the season, who would have thought 8 straight league wins and 8 clean sheets in what is a very competitive league which produces some difficult opponents.
 
Milton wish Linlithgow Rose all the best for the season.
 
Next week see Milton travel to Crammond in the second round of the regional cup.
 
Full time: Linlithgow Rose 0-8 Milton 98's