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St Johnstone denied Rangers a quarter final meeting with Old Firm rivals Celtic by producing a stunning performance to beat their Glasgow opponents 2-1 at New Central Park in Kelty.
 
Rangers do not currently play in the SPFL Development League, opting instead to grow their talent through experience in 'glamour' friendlies, to great effect it seems as they have just recently beaten the Bayern Munich under 20's team.
 
They carried on that form and opened the scoring against St. Johnstone. Saints weren't going to back down however and had one back through Shaun Struthers to bring the score back level at half-time.
 
The Perth side had their winner in the second half through Ali McCann and they managed to hold on to see them through to the quarter finals of the SFA Youth Cup, where they will square up against the green side of Glasgow, Celtic, away from home.
 
 
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 11:18

Scottish FA Youth Cup 2017/18 - Quarter final draw

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The draw for the Scottish FA Youth Cup quarter finals is as follows:
 
Inverness Caledonian Thistle or Hibernian FC v Greenock Morton
Celtic FC v St Johnstone or Rangers FC
Stranraer FC or Motherwell v Kilmarnock FC
Aberdeen FC v Stirling Albion or Ross County
 
Ties are due to be played by 28th January 2018.
 
(above picture Clydebank FC - 2016/17 semi-final)
 
The Scottish Youth Cup draw for the U19s quarter final was made today at Hampden Park. All eyes will be on whether champions Clydebank FC will be able to make it into round 6. They will face an away tie at either Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers or Giffnock SC Lazio but will need to get past Abernethy first.
 
Syngenta Juveniles vs Glenrothes Strollers
Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers/Giffnock SC Lazio vs Clydebank FC/Abernathy YFC
Hermes Youth/St Andrews BC vs Annbank Utd/Airdrie Utd
St Cadocs Youth Club Utd vs Jerviston FC/East Kilbride FC Gold
 
The ties will be played on the 27/28th January.
 
(above picture Hurlford BC)
 
 
The Scottish Youth Cup draw for the U17s quarter final was made today at Hampden Park. The tie of the round surely has to be the local derby between Jerviston and Mossend. The two rivls will surely relish the opportunity to face each other in the cup, something which will surely make for an entertaining tie.
 
 
Drumsagard Football Academy Club vs Edinburgh City Whites
Hurlford BC/Kirkfield United vs Westdyke Community Club/ Banks o'Dee Albion
Jerviston FC vs Mossend FC
Hutchison Vale vs Hill of Beath Hawthorn/East Kilbride FC Blue
 
 
The ties will be played on the 27/28th January
 

 
 
(above picture St. Andrews BC vs Prestwick CFC - round 5)
 
 
The Scottish Youth Cup draw for the U16s quarter final was made today at Hampden Park. The eye-catching match here will likely be the East vs West match between Glenvale and Tynecastle. The fact that these two sides rarely meet will definitely make for and unpredictable and exciting match.
 
 
St Andrews BC vs Harmony Row Youth Club
Spartans FC Youth vs Bathgate Thistle/Airdrieonians FCBC
Glenvale AFC vs Tynecastle FC
Hillwood BC vs Mill United

 
The ties will be played on the 27/28th January
 
 
 
(above picture Kennoway United - round 3)
 
 
The Scottish Youth Cup draw for the U15s quarter final was made today at Hampden Park. The potential of an Edinburgh derby between Tynecastle and Musselburgh Windsor will excite many. Derbies are always entertaining fixtures and teh added incentive of a semi-final spot should make for a wonderful game.
 
 
Pitfour FC/Barrhead vs Falkirk FC Blue/Spartans FC Youth Reds
Tynecastle FC vs Musselburgh Windsor/ Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Whites
Kennoway United vs Johnstone Burgh FC
Celtic BC/North Motherwell BC vs Bellfield Royals/Longniddry Villa
 
 
 
The ties will be played on the 27/28th January
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:24

Scottish Youth FA Cup - U14 R6 draw 2017/18

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(above picture Spartans Youth - round 3)
 
The Scottish Youth Cup draw for the U14s round of 16 was made today at Hampden Park. There are still plenty of ties to play but the prospect of a Cumbernauld derby between Cumbernauld Colts and Carbrain will definitely be one to keep an eye out for. It won't be easy though as the Colts still need to get past West End FC.
 
Giffnock North BC Utd vs Jerviston FC/Drumsagard FAC
Giffnock SC Red/Southside Star vs Spartans Youth FC
Westdyke Community Club vs Crosshouse BC/Mill United
Maddiston Minis/Musselburgh Windsor Blue vs Drumchapel Amateurs
West End FC/Cumbernauld Colts vs Carbrain BC
Palace Park Unity vs Musselburgh Windsor FC
Dean Thistle/Rossvale FC Inter vs Formartine Utd Youth/Bellshill BC
St Andrews BC vs Spartans FC Youth White/Hutchison Vale Colts
 
The ties will be played on the 27/28th January
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:33

Scottish Youth FA Cup - U13 R6 draw 2017/18

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(above picture of Kirkfield United vs Carbrain Boys Club - round 3)
 
The Scottish Youth FA Cup draw for the U13s round of 16 was made today at Hampden Park. Due to the number of postponements, many teams will have to wait to find out their opposition. However, there is the prospect of a a derby in the quarter finals with Banks O'Dee Albion and Cove Boys Club on potential collision course. The full draw is as follows:
 
Banks O’Dee Albion/Heston Rovers vs Cove Boys Club/Erskine YFC
Dyce Boys Club/Ellon Meadows vs Johnstone Burgh FC
Hutchison Vale/Stenhousmuir Boys Club vs Eddlewood Boys Club
Kirkfield United/Falkirk Football Community Academy vs Bargeddie Colts Whites
Grassroots Development Coaching vs Lasswade Thistle Reds/Oban Saints
Glenbrae Colts vs Bathgate Thistle Whites/Celtic Boys Club
Deveronvale YFC vs Ferry Athletic/Fairmuir BC
Lenzie Youth Club/Kerse United vs Edinburgh City/Hamilton Accies Community Trust
 
The ties will be played on the 27/28th January 2018.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:51

Future is bright at Hearts as young stars shine

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It has been a rather uninspiring campaign for Hearts so far this season. The Jambos have been lacklustre and are definitely lower down the table than they would have liked, but if there is one positive that they can take from the season so far it is that the future is most certainly bright at Tynecastle.
 
Last night a Hearts team consisting of three teenagers, two of which were 16-years-old, took on a Dundee side that had recently chalked up impresive victories over Rangers and Ross County and beat them comfortably.
 
The star of the show without a doubt was debutant Anthony McDonald, who picked up two assists and the man of the match award in what will certainly be one of his most memorable matches to date.
 
The other two involved, 19-year-old Jordan Moore and 16-year-old Harry Cochrane also looked assured and confident, something not commonly found in players so young, and it has been a great source of joy for Hearts boss Craig Levein.
 
“The kids are good players, but I am surprised Anthony and Harry are involved at such a young age, Lewis too." said the Jambos coach.

“I believe in these boys and so do the rest of the first team. They train with the first team every day, so it’s not as though they have been parachuted in from nowhere.

“The boys have been training with us from last summer, and the senior players know and trust them.

“They have surprised me a bit in the sense that they are playing at this age. I didn’t expect them to befirst-team players. It was a good night for them and the rest of the team.”

Sometimes it can be seen as a huge risk to play such young and inexperienced players in the Premiership, but Levein had no such concerns when asked about the potential risk involved.  

When asked if he was taking a risk, he replied, “Not if you watch him in the training every day it wasn’t.

“With Jamie Walker being out we don’t have anyone else like Anthony. He and Harry are stand outs at their age groups.”

It remains to be seen just how far these boys will go in the game, but if early indications are anything to go by, it certainly seems as though there is plenty to be optimistic about at Tynecastle Park.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:55

SPFL Development League Round-Up - 4/5 December

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Falkirk 0-2 St. Johnstone
 
St. Johnstone leapfrogged opponents Falkirk after an impressive 2-0 victory at the Falkirk Stadium.
 
The Saints took an early lead in the fourth minute when Ally McCann gave himself the perfect birthday present when his shot deflected past goalkeeper Brett Young and into the back of the net.
 
The Bairns were almost level immediately when Mark Finlayson's effort rattled the crossbar before Saints broke and hit a crossbar of their own through Craig Thomson.
 
The Perth side had to wait until the 67th minute to seal all three points when Shaun Struthers finished off a quick break for his side. Falkirk's misery was completed 15 minutes from time when Cieren Dunne was given his marching orders for a high challenge.
 
 
Aberdeen 6-3 Partick Thistle
 
A goalfest of a second-half saw Aberdeen emerge victorious as they saw off Partick Thistle 6-3 at Station Park.
 
Toby Wells opened the scoring with a great free-kick before the Dons were brought back by Callum Wilson.
 
Sam Roscoe scored early on in the second half to restore Aberdeen's lead. Seb Ross extended that lead with two quickfire goals close to the hour mark, with Aiden Fitzpatrick giving the Jags hope on the 74th minute but just a couple of minutes later Ross had his hat-trick.
 
Wilson grabbed his second of the game and Thistle's third four minutes from time, but almost straight from the kick off Ross added an astonishing fourth goal of the game to secure the points for Dons and keep up the pressure on Hibernian in top spot.
 
 
Dundee United 0-3 Hamilton Accies
 
Dundee United remain bottom of the SPFL Development League after a 3-0 home defeat to in-form Hamilton Accies.
 
It took till seven minutes into the second half for the scoring to open, with Taylor Wilson tapping Lewis Fergsuon's knock down into an empty net.
 
Accies had a second just after the hour mark when a mistake from United 'keeper Josh Donaldson saw his kick out fall straight to Lewis Cunningham, who rounded the 'keeper to slot home.
 
Accies finished the scoring through Cunningham effort that bounced over Donaldson and into the net.
 
 
Hibernian 2-1 Kilmarnock
 
Hibernian maintained their place at the top of the SPFL Development League table with a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock at Oriam Performance Centre.
 
The Edinburgh side took the lead a minute before half-time when Adam Watson's corner was firmly headed into the back of the net by Ryan Porteous.
 
Kilmarnock fought back however and looked to have earned a well-deserved point when Daniel Higgins fired home with just eight minutes to go.
 
But it wasn't to be and Hibernian showed why they are top of the league when Deivydas Matulevicius flicked a long ball into the path of Jamie Gullan a minute later to calmly place it past Killie 'keeper Ross Millar for the win.
 
 
Ross County 1-4 Dundee
 
Dundee kept themselves within touching distance of the league leaders with an impressive 4-1 victory away to Ross County
 
The Dee took the lead on the 25th minute when a corner fell to Mtthew Henvey 15 yards out to drill home, however County were level on the stroke of half-time thanks to a header from Ross MacIver.
 
Henvey restored Dundee's lead after 65 minutes, capitlising on a mistake in the County defence to slot into an empty net.
 
Two goals in five minutes from Max Anderson and John Smith sealed the win for the Tayside team.
 
 
St. Mirren 0-1 Motherwell
 
Motherwell were the team to leave the Paisley 2021 Stadium with all three points after a narrow victory against St. Mirren
 
Deimantas Petravicius nearly put the Well in front in the first half when he broke one-on-one but his heavy touch gave Saints 'keeper Ross Stewart just enough of a chance to sweep up the ball.
 
Saints nearly had the lead after 77 minutes when Connor O'Keefe produced a stunning save from PJ Morrison.
 
But the Steelmen secured the points when Petravicius was brought down in the box with seven minutes to go. The Lithuanian got to his feet and fired into the top corner to secure the points for the Lanarkshire side.