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Motherwell Player of the Match: Amy Boyle


Amy Boyle stood out for Motherwell Clarets 12s in their SWF Youth Cup final win against Glasgow Girls on Sunday. The hard-working youngster bagged a deserved brace for the endeavour she showed throughout the end-to-end match. Her first goal was the culmination of a lovely one-two with Woods. She then drove an effort across goal that was spilled by the Glasgow goalkeeper and into the net.

The second goal was symbolic of how Boyle played the game. A loose ball was up for grabs 10 yards from goal, and Boyle darted onto it like a girl possessed. She then let loose with a stinging drive that found the bottom right-hand corner to haul Motherwell level for a second time.

Overall, Boyle showed a terrific engine as she consistently dragged her team forward as she bombed forward when in space, and opened up Glasgow with her sheer hard work. The game swung from end-to-end, with momentum continuously going Motherwell’s away after Glasgow looked like grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck. It’s fair to say that Boyle twice hauled her side back into the game with her two equalisers, and consistently seemed to create space with her driving runs that were close to being profited upon by her team-mates.

What made the performance even more impressive was the fact that Boyle was down with a mysterious knock in the first half. It looked as though she was a little dazed midway through the first half, but she deserves tremendous character for dusting herself down and turning the game in Motherwell’s favour.

There were many notable performers for Motherwell in their final success. Woods struck a terrific winner in the final 10 minutes, whilst they showed bravery in several big blocks that saw Glasgow come close. However, Boyle fully deserves her player of the match title for a sensational individual performance – typifying the hard-work, energy, and determination that was required to turn this cup final around.

Glasgow Girls Player of the Match: Olivia King

In a match that could have gone either way, Olivia King stood out for the beaten finalists.
 
Whilst all of her teammates can be proud of how they performed, King was a constant threat cutting in from Glasgow’s left hand side, and on another day might’ve had more than just the one goal.
 
But what a goal it was. Almost straight from kick-off she picked the ball up, drove at the Motherwell defence and fired low across the keeper to put Glasgow a goal ahead inside 30 seconds.
 
As Motherwell began to grow into the game, King put a shift in, playing from one box to the other. There were several occasions in the first half where she found herself last player back, only to bomb forward and get involved as Glasgow counter-attacked.
 
In the second half she came close on a few occasions to scoring from range. It was only a combination of bad luck and good goalkeeping that stopped her from doubling her personal tally for the day and, maybe, securing the Scottish Cup for Glasgow City. 
 
All of her teammates played well and can consider themselves unfortunate not to be heading home with the trophy. In particular, Millie-Jo Ward took her goal very well, and was a constant threat; whilst Abbie Cusack was rock solid and her set-piece deliveries caused havoc in the Motherwell defence.
 
But it was King who was always looking to get the ball down and take players on. At times she seemed to skip past players at will, and it was no surprise she was involved in almost all of Glasgow Girls best moments of a classic cup final.
 
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 08:45

SFA Youth Cup 2017/18 - Round Four Draw

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The draw has been made for the next round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup. There's a Renfrewshire derby between St Mirren and Morton. Stranraer, Stirling Albion and Raith Rovers aim to put out top tier opposition. And there are three all top flight ties.
 
Below is the draw. Ties are to be played on or before Sunday 26th November.
 
Celtic FC v Raith Rovers
Greenock Morton v St Mirren FC
Hamilton Accies v Aberdeen FC
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Hibernian FC
Kilmarnock v Heart of Midlothian
St Johnstone v Rangers or Partick Thistle
Stirling Albion v Ross County
Stranraer FC v Motherwell FC
 
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 15:42

Scottish FA Youth Cup 2017/18 - Round 3 roundup

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The third round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup is in the process of taking place. Below you can find a roundup of the latest results, match reports and photo galleries.
 
Edusport Academy 0-6 Aberdeen | Photo Gallery
Hamilton Accies 4-2 Falkirk | Match Report | Photo Gallery
Heart of Midlothian 5-1 Ayr United 
Hibernian 2-1 East Kilbride | Match Report | Match Analysis
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2-0 University of Stirling 
Inverurie Loco Works 1-3 Raith Rovers | Match Report | Photo Gallery
Motherwell 9-0 Burntisland Shipyard | Match Report
Ross County 2-0 Fraserburgh
Spartans 0-3 Kilmarnock | Match Report
St Johnstone 2-1 Dundee United 
Stirling Albion 4-2 Cumbernauld Colts
 
The following Third Round ties have still to be played:
03/11/17: Queen of the South v Stranraer
05/11/17: Greenock Morton v Turriff United
05/11/17: Alloa Athletic v Celtic
20/11/17: Rangers v Partick Thistle 

A brace from Jamie Gullan saw Hibernian progress against East Kilbride at Easter Road, to seal their spot into the 4th round of the Scottish Cup.

Hibernian looked to take the attacking initiative in the match, opting with a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Adam Watson, Jamie Gullan and Yrik Gallantes operating in behind Ruari Paton who lead the line. Their opponents looked to stifle the Hibees attacking presence by packing the midfield with a 4-1-4-1 formation, making themselves a challenge to break down.

The away side’s tactic seemed to be going according to plan in the early stages, as Hibernian dominated possession and worked the ball well around the pitch, but failed to get in behind a very deep East Kilbride defence.  Most of Hibernian’s play came through Innes Murray, who seemed to popped up all over the pitch in the first-half to offer a pass, but the final pass was becoming the problem.

Jamie Gullan had already been having a fine game in the first-half, and with the Hibees using their winger frequently as a focal point throughout the first-half, he seemed more likely than anybody to make a difference. A goal from open play looked unlikely, so it was his stunning free-kick half an hour in which broke the deadlock. The goal appeared to open up the game somewhat, as the away side went in search of an equaliser.

Jay McInally was handed a tough task in leading the line for the visitors, but with his constant pressing of the Hibs’ defence, he managed to find himself in promising positions a number of times in the first half, although most of his efforts failed to trouble Dabrowski. The same could be said for the rest of his team, who were failing to create many clear-cut opportunities, and resorted to speculative efforts more often than not.

Their high pressing game paid off just before half-time as East Kilbride snatched an equaliser. Once again, McInally was there to prevent Hibs from playing out from the back, and after a defensive mix-up was left with a simple finish to level the scoreline.

For the start of the second-half, their goal seemed to give the away side confidence, pushing forward in greater numbers than in the first-half and enjoying more possession inside the Hibernian half. At the same time, the hosts were having their chances restricted due to East Kilbride’s organisation.

Hibs noticed that their opponents were edging into the match, and opted to switch Gullan over to the left-hand side and Gallantes to the right. The results worked wonders, as Hibernian began to find their attacking impetus again and stretched East Kilbride around the pitch. Gullan found as much success on the right as he did the left, grabbing the second goal and resorting Hibs’ lead with an opportunistic finish from inside the box.

Hibernian introduced Ryan Shanley into the equation, bringing off Gallantes after their second goal, with Gullan returning back over to the left wing. Their opponents opted to bring on Nathan Kanna as a replacement for Conor Bell, increasing their attacking options as they went in search of an equaliser. Despite the change, the game continued to follow the same pattern as the first-half, with Hibs dominating possession and their opponents having to soak up pressure. Gregor Woods in the centre of Hibernian’s midfield was quietly having an effective game, recycling possession well and not allowing Kilbride to build any momentum.

The visitors finished the match with four attackers on the pitch at times as they tried desperately to claw their way back in, but despite a flurry of late set pieces, were unable to find the elusive second goal. Hibs managed the final minutes well, keeping the ball near the corner flag and running down the clock, eventually confirming their place into the next round. A deserved win for the Hibees but a spirited and organised display from the visitors.

 

 

 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:47

Scottish FA Youth Cup 2017/18 - Round 3 draw

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The draw has been made for the third round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup - presenting a number of intriguing ties.
 
Holders Celtic visit Alloa. Three non league sides have been matched with top tier opposition - Edusport Academy take on Aberdeen, Burntisland Shipyard visit Motherwell and Fraserburgh head to Ross County. The remaining Highland and Lowland League sides all take on SPFL Development League East and West sides, meaning there is no guaranteed non-league representation in round four, but eight opportunities for upsets. In their first season not participating in the SPFL Development League, Rangers will be up against local rivals Partick Thistle.
 
Ties will be played by October 29th. The full draw is as follows:
 
Alloa Athletic v Celtic FC
Dunfermline Athletic v St Mirren
Edusport Academy v Aberdeen FC
Greenock Morton v Turriff United
Hamilton Accies v Falkirk FC
Heart of Midlothian v Ayr United
Hibernian FC v East Kilbride FC
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Stirling University
Inverurie Loco Works v Raith Rovers
Motherwell FC v Burntisland Shipyard
Queen of the South v Stranraer FC
Rangers FC v Partick Thistle
Ross County v Fraserburgh FC
Spartans FC v Kilmarnock FC
Stirling Albion v Cumbernauld Colts
St Johnstone v Dundee United
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 08:32

SFA Youth Cup 2017/18 - Round Two Results

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North Section
Turriff United v Lossiemouth (Sun 8th Oct)
Deveronvale FC 0-12 Ross County
Inverurie Loco Works 3-0 Montrose FC
Forfar Athletic 1-3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (AET)
Fraserburgh FC 3-0 Clachnacuddin
 
Central Section
Albion Rovers v Alloa Athletic (TBC)
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 0-4 Stirling Albion
Whitehill Welfare 0-4 East Kilbride
Edusport Academy 1-0 BSC Glasgow
Burntisland Shipyard 3-2 Livingston FC
Hamilton Academical 4-2 Queen's Park (AET)
Tynecastle FC 1-4 Cumbernauld Colts
Berwick Rangers 1-2 University of Stirling
St Mirren 4-0 Heriot Watt University
Edinburgh City 0-1 Raith Rovers
 
Southern Section
Stranraer FC 2-0 Selkirk FC
Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:38

SWF Youth Cup 2017 - Semi final results

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Results roundup

On Sunday 24th September, the SWF Scottish Youth Cup semi finals came to Ainslie Park, the home of Spartans FC. Six matches provided an incredible 35 goals in a day of football to remember. The results were as follows (full coveage to follow):
 
13's 
 
Cumbernauld Colts Yellow 0-7 Glasgow Girls
Report | Photos | Video

Motherwell FC Claret 6-3 Bayside Blacks
Report | Photos | Video
 
15's
 
Rangers FC 2-4 Hearts Girls (AET)
Report | Photos | Video

Celtic FC 2-5 Hibernian FC (AET)
Report | Photos | Video
 
17's 
 
Celtic FC 2-0 Central Girls FA
Report | Photos | Video

Glasgow City 3-1 Forfar Farmington
Report | Photos | Video

The Finals
The finals will take place on Sunday 12th November and for the first time, will be held at the indoor arena at Oriam. Three fascinating ties await, with the 13's set to provide a first time winner, an Edinburgh derby and a battle between two familiar foes. The ties are as follows:
 
13's: Glasgow Girls v Bayside Blacks
15's: Hibernian Fc v Hearts Girls
17's: Celtic FC v Glasgow City

Semi Final Match DVDs
All semi-final matches are available on DVD. They can be purchased at an early bird rate until Thursday 28th September by clicking here.
 
Thursday, 07 September 2017 15:17

SWF Youth Cup Semi Final Draw 2017

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Today at Stirling Castle, the draw was made for the final four stage of the girls' Scottish Cup, with eleven different clubs across three age groups in the hat. It was also confirmed that all ties are to be played on Sunday 24th September at Spartans Academy, Edinburgh.
 
The draw is as follows:
 
13s
Cumbernauld Colts Yellows v Glasgow Girls 12s
Motherwell Claret v Bayide Blacks 
 
15s
Rangers FC v Hearts Girls
Celtic FC v Hibernian Girls
 
17s
Glasgow City v Forfar Farmington
Celtic FC v Central Girls FA
 
To watch the draw in full on video, click here.
Monday, 04 September 2017 12:10

SWF Youth Cup 2017 - Quarter Final Results

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The girls Scottish Cup quarter finals took place over the weekend of 2nd & 3rd September. All twelve ties were settled, with no less than eleven different clubs now represented in the semi-finals across the age groups. The results were as follows:
 
13s
Pollok United 1-3 Cumbernauld Colts Yellow
Glasgow Girls 12s 4-1 Hearts Maroons | Photos
Motherwell Claret 3-2 Central Girls 12s
Bayside Blacks 1-0 Bedlay CFC
 
15s
Celtic FC 5-0 Rutherglen Girls
Hamilton Accies 2-7 Rangers FC | Report
Aberdeen FCL 0-1 Hearts (AET)
Hibernian 4-1 Central Girls FA | Report
 
17s
Central Girls 9-1 Montrose Youth
Glasgow City - Glasgow Girls (Glasgow City walkover)
Hamilton Accies 1-4 Celtic FC | Photos
Forfar Farmington 2-2 Rangers FC (Forfar win 5-4 on pens)
 
The draw for the semi finals will take place on Thursday 7th September.
Thursday, 17 August 2017 08:57

Scottish FA Youth Cup 2017/18 - Round 1 & 2 draw

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The draw has been made for this season's Scottish FA Youth Cup early rounds. A number of Lowland League and Highland League sides have been given the opportunity to knock out SPFL opposition. The full draw is as follows:
 
North Section
 
First Round:
Inverurie Loco Works v Nairn County
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Banks O’ Dee
Deveronvale v Formartine United
Lossiemouth v Keith
Ross County v Elgin City
Byes: Montrose, Clachnacuddin, Forfar Athletic, Fraserburgh, Turriff United.
 
Second Round:
Turriff United v Lossiemouth or Keith
Deveronvale or Formartine United v Ross County or Elgin City
Inverurie Loco Works or Nairn County v Montrose
Forfar Athletic v Inverness Caledonian Thistle or Banks O’ Dee
Fraserburgh v Clachnacuddin
 
Central Section
 
First Round:
Albion Rovers v Clyde
Cowdenbeath v Whitehill Welfare
Dundee v Raith Rovers
East Kilbride v Airdrieonians
Byes: St. Mirren, Burntisland Shipyard, Alloa Athletic, Hamilton Academical, Queen’s Park, Heriot Watt University, Tynecastle, Livingston, BSC Glasgow, Edusport Academy, Berwick Rangers, Stirling Albion, University of Stirling, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, Edinburgh City, Cumbernauld Colts.
 
Second Round:
Albion Rovers or Clyde v Alloa Athletic
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale v Stirling Albion
Cowdenbeath or Whitehill Welfare v East Kilbride or Airdrieonians
Edusport Academy v BSC Glasgow
Burntisland Shipyard v Livingston
Hamilton Academical v Queen’s Park
Tynecastle v Cumbernauld Colts
Berwick Rangers v University of Stirling
St. Mirren v Heriot Watt University
Edinburgh City v Dundee or Raith Rovers
 
Southern Section
 
First Round:
Stranraer v Mid-Annandale, Bonnyton Thistle v Selkirk.
 
Second Round:
Stranraer or Mid-Annandale v Bonnyton Thistle or Selkirk
 
All First Round ties to be played on or before Sunday, 3 September. All Second Round ties to be played on or before Sunday, 1 October.