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Friday, 04 November 2016 15:47

SYFA Cup 2016/17 - U15 R4 draw

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Wednesday saw the Scottish Youth FA draw the ties for the fourth round of the inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup, hot on the heels of a packed weekend of third round action. The last 32 stage will take place on the weekend of November 19th & 20th. It is the penultimate round of the calendar year, with round five scheduled for early December, before the winter break.
Last season's winners EKFC Blue still have a third round tie to negotiate, against Cumnock, if they are to take on Syngenta Juveniles in the last 32. Both sides met in the latter stages of the competition last year and it would be arguably the tie of the round.
Without a doubt the trip of the round is Donside Juveniles' 340 mile round trip to visit Oban Saints. Their journey will take them right through the Scottish Highlands, making it not just the longest but probably one of the most picturesque journeys possible in the competition. On the park, it will give one of their two sides the chance to reach an unprecedented stage of the national cup.
Edinburgh City produced a fine performance to knock out top Central Region side Cumbernauld Colts on their own turf in the third round. Their reward is a derby against a Tynecastle side which reached the final two seasons ago. BSC Glasgow (pictured, right) take on Blue Brazil.
Spartans are the only team at any age group of this season's competition to still have two teams in contention. Their first string host Culter United and the Colts are up against Stirling City. An exciting day of football at Ainslie Park.
To round off this review, we have a derby to look forward to. Jerviston's tie against Blantyre will certainly have the locals excited. 
Full time:
St Cadocs YC United or Hillwood BC or Drumsagard FAC v Murieston United
Broxburn Athletic Colts Whites v PFD United
Glenvale AFC v Kilsyth Athletic FC
Oban Saints v Donside Juveniles FC
Spartans FC Youth Colts v Stirling City FC
Jerviston FC v Blantyre SA Black
Broomhill SC (PJ&D) v Blue Brazil
The Celtic Boys Club v Jimmy Johnstone Academy
Giffnock SC v Rossvale FC Thistle
Greig Park v Bonnyton Thistle FC
Musselburgh Windsor FC v Park Villa BC
Tynecastle FC v Edinburgh City FC
AC Irvine v AM Soccer Club
Spartans FC Youth v Culter United
Cumnock Juniors YFC or East Kilbride FC Blue v Syngenta Juveniles
Dryburgh Athletic v Ferry Athletic or Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts or Lewis United
Friday, 04 November 2016 15:28

SYFA Cup 2016/17 - U14 R4 draw

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Wednesday saw the Scottish Youth FA draw the ties for the fourth round of the inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup, hot on the heels of a packed weekend of third round action. The last 32 stage will take place on the weekend of November 19th & 20th. It is the penultimate round of the calendar year, with round five scheduled for early December, before the winter break.
Last season's winners at the 2003 age group, Spartans Reds, are no longer in the competition. However, the club still has representation in the form of their Spartans Youth squad, who have a home tie against Fife side Elgin Star. Their fellow finalists Leith Athletic are still in the mix too, with a trip to Airdrie United.
One tie that stands out is the matching of CBC Hilton of Aberdeen and St Bernards BC of Dalkeith in Midlothian. CBC are a newly promoted side to the top flight of the ADJFA, whereas Saints are a second tier team in the South East. Both have done tremendously well to reach this stage and one will make the last 16.
Abroath Lads Club are the first Angus team out of the hat and they'll be looking to go on a Scottish Cup run for the second successive season. They await the winner or Pollok v Irvine Meadow, to determine which west coast destination they visit.
Drumsagard were rampant in the West Region last year, before falling to eventual winners Spartans in the national cup. They host the last remaining Scottish Borders team, Peebles.
Johnstone Burgh (pictured, right) have put a frustrating league season to the side and are excellent in the Scottish Cup. They face their toughest test yet with visit of top Ayrshire side Tass Thistle. Last year's semi-finalists Barrhead will be looking to go one better, but will have to get the better of South Lanarkshire outfit Milton Rovers.
Two teams with Scottish Cup previous are Hamilton Accies and Hutchison Vale. Accies were recent winners at the 1999 age group, whereas Vale have endured a drought over the last few years, following  a purple patch of Scottish Cup wins.  
To finish off our round up, there is a derby to savour. Glenrothes Strollers host near neighbours Blue Brazil, ensuring Fife will have at least one team in the last 16.
Full draw:
Finnart BC v Crosshouse BC
Johnstone Burgh BC v Tass Thistle
Stamperland FC (PJ&D) v Edinburgh City Blacks
Spartans FC Youth v Elgin Star
Barrhead YFC v Milton Rovers YFC
Airdrie United v Leith Athletic FC
Glenrothes Strollers v Blue Brazil BC
Drumsagard FAC v Peebles FC
Stenhousemuir BC v Port Glasgow Juniors CSC v Erskine YFC or Falkirk FCF Blue
CBC Hilton v St Bernards BC Midlothian
Pollok United SA or Irvine Meadow v Arbroath Lads Club
Banks O'Dee Albion v Blantyre SA Black
Hamilton Accies BC v Hutchison Vale FC
St Peters FC v Largs Thistle or Dyce Boys Club
Bellfield Royals v Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Whites
Dunbeth FC v Rossvale FC Athletic
Friday, 04 November 2016 14:30

SYFA Cup 2016/17 - U13 R4 draw

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Wednesday saw the Scottish Youth FA draw the ties for the fourth round of the inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup, hot on the heels of a packed weekend of third round action. The last 32 stage will take place on the weekend of November 19th & 20th. It is the penultimate round of the calendar year, with round five scheduled for early December, before the winter break.
At the Under 13 age group teams are pursuing their first ever attempt at this famous national competition. Teams from all six regions remain in the competition, with five of the regions hosting ties and the South West's Galston and Irvine Victoria playing away ties.
There are a number of stand out ties. Northstar CFC from Aberdeen were the first out of the hat and they are looking to continue their exciting journey into unchartered territory. They've drawn another home tie against Carbrain, who will be hoping to fare better than Westerton United.
One tie that brings together two teams with a fine record in this competition is Dyce's trip to Spartans. Dyce (pictured, right) won three Scottish Cups in a row, with the last coming in 2010/11, but since then Spartans have won four of their own. Another tie bringing together two teams who will expect to go far is Blue Brazil vs Lewis United. Both have won Scottish Cups in recent years and will be hoping to go far this year.
Gairdoch United won a Glasgow City Cup with many top teams, so if they can get through their tie against Renfrew, will provide a stern test for Galston. Gala Fairydean Rovers fly the flag for the Scottish Borders, with a trip to Giffnock.
Full draw:
Northstar CFC v Carbrain BC Claret
Hutchison Vale FC v Westdyke CC or The Celtic Boys Club
Drumsagard FAC v Stirling Albion Junior Academy
Templehall United v Linlithgow Rose CFC
Clarkston BC or Fairmuir BC v St Peters FC
Larkhall Thistle AFC Blue v Spartans FC Whites
Gairdoch United FC or Renfrew FC v Galston YFC
Renton Craigandro v Tynecastle FC
Jimmy Johnstone Academy v Syngenta Juveniles
Musselburgh Windsor FC v Irvine Victoria Thistle & Rovers
Giffnock North BC United v Hampden Weir Recreation Amateur FC
St David's YFC v Portobello CFA
Kilsyth Athletic FC v Erskine YFC v St Cadocs Club Saints
Spartans FC Youth v Dyce BC
Giffnock SC Reds v Gala Fairydean Rovers JFC
Blue Brazil BC v Lewis United Youth
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:58

Youth Cup set for David vs Goliath round three weekend

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The Scottish FA Youth Cup's third round gets into full swing this weekend. Fifteen ties will take place over the coming 10 days, with teams from the length and bredth of the country attempting to join Hearts in the last 16.
Among the standout ties are a number of opportunities for Lowland and Highland League sides to knock out SPFL opposition. The pick of the bunch see Edusport Academy visit Rangers, Edinburgh City take on Celtic and Lossiemouth host Dundee United. Cumbernauld Colts and Banks O'Dee Albion will also be hoping to upset Motherwell and Greenock Morton respectively. One non-SPFL outfit will definitely make the next stage, with Spartans hosting Clachnacuddin.
Below is a full snapshot of the round:
23rd October
Heart of Midlothian 10-0 Annan Athletic (pictured, right)
Thursday 3rd November
Forfar Athletic v St.Johnstone | Station Park 7.30pm
Saturday 5th November
Celtic v Edinburgh City | Lennoxtown 1.00pm
Sunday 6th November
Aberdeen v Hamilton Academical | Pittodrie Stadium 2.00pm
Ayr United v Inverness Caledonian Thistle | Somerset Park 1.30pm
Greenock Morton v Banks O' Dee | Cappielow Park 2.00pm
Kilmarnock v Stirling Albion | Rugby Park 2.00pm
Lossiemouth v Dundee United | Grant Park 1.30pm
Motherwell v Cumbernauld Colts | Excelsior Stadium 10.30am
Queen of the South v Airdrieonians | Palmerston 1pm
Spartans v Clachnacuddin | Ainslie Park 2.00pm
St. Mirren v Dunfermline Athletic | Paisley 2021 Stadium 2.00pm
Partick Thistle v East Kilbride | Firhill Stadium 1.00pm
Dundee v Hibernian | Dens Park 1.00pm
Monday 7th November
Rangers v Edusport Academy | Forthbank Stadium 7.30pm
Sunday 13th November
Falkirk FC v Ross County | Falirk Stadium 1pm
Sunday, 23 October 2016 19:58

Rangers joy as Scottish Cup heads to Ibrox

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The final match of girls’ Scottish Cup Saturday saw Rangers come out on top against Central Girls at Toryglen despite a late scare.
League position would suggest Central FA went in as favourites, however anyone who saw the final would have witnessed two equally talented sides - it was evident from early on that it would not be a walk in the park for Central.
The stats were narrowly in the favour of Central Girls compared to their opponents, having two more corners, and three more overall shots than the eventual winners. However, the scoreboard offered a fair reflection over the piece.
Early in the game it was difficult for either side to really establish their mark and set the tone, as both sides press frantically, leaving passing options very small and meaning both sides had to resort for a long-option.
Hannah Robertson for Rangers looked the liveliest of all the players in the first half, as she raced through to score the first and was inches from adding a second shortly after, her pace was such a valuable asset for The Gers to use on the counter-attack. 
Rangers had generally opted to play the ball and short on the deck, but the first time they really put anything into the box resulted in a goal, with the ball headed in at the back post from a deep cross to make it 2-0
Despite the 2-0 scoreline, Central Girls were still having their fair share of chances, but the goalkeeper for Rangers managed to hold onto the efforts on goal with relative ease. 
Central also looked dangerous with their long-throw tactic, courtesy of Sophie Mauriello, which resulted in a series of corners for her side. 
In the second half though it was a comfortable stroll for Rangers for a purple patch of 20 minutes, as Central were pinned back very deep, inviting pressure time and again while the Gers looked capable of scoring with every attack.
Once again, the direct ball into the box proved to be Central’s downfall as Rangers got their second goal as a result of another deep cross. 
With about 15 minutes left there seemed to be no way back for the trailing side, who had attempted long balls over the Rangers defence for the majority of the half, trying to use the pace of their forwards to get in behind, whereas Rangers captain Natasha Donaghy was magnificent in clearing the ball away, despite suffering a calf injury and bravely playing on. 
With time running out, the tactic eventually did pay off, as the long ball caught Rangers out and allowed Central to pull on back.
Clearly feeling they could create a remarkable comeback, Central went all out for it, pushing high up, with all 10 outfield players completely in the Rangers half on some occasions and completely pinning them back. 
With three strikers now on the field, Central were causing panic with 10 minutes to go as a late flurry of throw-ins, corners and free kicks looked close to falling at the feet to one of their players.
In the final minute their counter-attacking proved to be crucial again as they got in behind and won a penalty with a minute left. However, it could only strike that bar and confirmed Rangers Scottish Cup win.
Saturday, 22 October 2016 14:49

Hoops clinch treble as Aberdeen's fine run ends

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Congratulations are in order after Celtic 15s saw off a determined Aberdeen side in the 15's SWF Scottish Cup Final at Toryglen. Commiserations to Aberdeen who did extremely well in reaching the cup final.
Celtic had midfield star Emma Craig to thank for her sublime first half performance which saw the Glasgow side take a three nil lead at the break. Her driving runs from the centre of the park and excellent passing of the ball saw her have two goals and an assist to her name in the first half before adding to her tally early in the second half.
Both sides looked to have opted for the classic 4-4-2 but Celtic’s pace and height in the final third proved too much on this occasion and got off to the game at lightening pace which gave the Dons a big mountain to climb in the second half. But Celtic again flew out the traps at the beginning of the half thanks to fine goals from Taylor Hamill and again the ever present Emma Craig saw the Celts go five up early on in the half. In fairness, credit where its due Aberdeen were the better sides for long spells of the second period and can count themselves unlucky not to have grabbed a goal or two. 
Celtic created a lot of clear cut chances from the off as they edged out Aberdeen 8-1 in the shot count in the first half. Most chances came from the midfield of Celtic especially through tricky winger Aisha Maughan and playmaker Emma Craig. Celtic had 5 shots on target in the first half and they finished three of them so full credit to them.
This game was won and lost in the midfield as Aberdeen failed to deal with the strength and skill of Celtic's midfield four. Countless occasions Celtic looked like they were going to score on the break.
However full credit to Aberdeen, who despite losing two early second half goals, were arguably the better side as the game went on. They pressed Celtic and pushed them back in an attempt to pounce on any mistakes. Aberdeen had the better of shots in the second half due to this (6-4). Sophie Jamieson continued to add pressure to the Celtic back line with her pace and found herself unlucky not to find the net but a fine save from Kendall Welsh.
However thanks to the clinical finishes from Emma Craig, Aisha Maughan and Taylor Hamill meant Celtic were crowned champions. However congratulations to both sides that played in such a good manner in a day that not many of them will want to forget in a hurry.
Aberdeen have enjoyed a fantastic season. They look set to clinch the league title and were just a penalty shoot-out away from League Cup success. Their run to the final saw them pull off several closely contested victories - with the Celtic 14s side and Forfar Farmington amongst the sides who they knocked out. However, what they perhaps lacked was a test against one of the teams who truly expected to be challenging for this trophy. With the elite tier in Central/West Region, Celtic were up against those sides week in, week out and that experience must have been a factor.  In saying that, it's the second time in as many seasons that Aberdeen have been represented in a national final and the Dons are certainly getting closer.
For Celtic it clinched a historic treble. Considering the standard of opposition they've faced on a weekly basis in the Kim Little division, that's no mean feat. 
There was so little to choose between these two sides for the majority of the match, but in the end Bayside proved the merit of hard work and energy as they lifted the SWF Scottish Cup. Player of the match Caitlyn Wilson took a bow as the Fifers celebrated at the final whistle, with her double (and assist) epitomising a team display of drive, determination and skill. 
The Bayside captain drove her players forward after going behind to a sublime Hibs opener, chasing down her opponents at every opportunity. This teamwork was the platform for Bayside’s first two goals from, before a classy finish late on put the shine on a fine individual and team display. 
The sides lined up in 2-3-1 formation, and for much of the game cancelled each other out. Hibs could claim to have settled quicker into the game, retaining possession and forcing a well organised Bayside onto the back foot, giving few clear sights of goal. 
The focal point of Hibs' early promise were the runs of Eilidh McEwan in behind, with Tegan Bowie also a very lively presence, with explosive runs from midfield. But the Bayside rear guard matched up and tracked the runners well, until Bowie’s opener unlocked them.
It sparked Bayside into life as they pushed up in midfield, refusing to let Hibs settle on their lead. Before long they were winning possession and creating chances in the Hibs half, with Wilson instrumental in mounting attacks.
The equaliser, from Dewar, came as they chased down lost causes in the Hibs half, to win the ball outside the box and get on the end of a cross into the box to force the ball over the line. Bayside then ended the half on the ascendancy as they put Hibs under some concerted pressure.
It set the stage for an absorbing contest into the second half, with midfields cancelling each other out and few cast iron chances. Midway through the half Hibs began to exert some pressure, as the game took a decisive turn. 
Bayside keeper Alicia Yates was a hero for her side, pulling off a succession of fine stops to keep Hibs at bay. Bayside duly went up the other end to score and there was to be no looking back for the Fife side.
In the end Bayside were good value for their win, with great individual performances and a well organised team the difference in a knife edge encounter.
Saturday, 22 October 2016 10:37

SWF Scottish Youth Cup Finals 2016 - Match Centre

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Bayside FC v Hibernian 13's Girls
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Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:27

North-East Reds Look for Glory in Cup Final

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Aberdeen FC Ladies U15’s will make the trip to Toryglen for the Scottish Cup final this Saturday. The North-East side are set to face Celtic U15’s in what is sure to be a close contest. YFS caught up with coach, John Dickie, to reflect on their cup run and look ahead to the final.


Their cup campaign got off to a shaky start, narrowly grasping a 5-4 win in an exciting contest against Glasgow City back in April. Since then the North-East side have shown that they are a team to be reckoned with, defeating both Cumbernauld Colts and Westdyke Thistle with 4-0 wins, beating Celtic U14’s 3-2 in the quarter-finals, and securing their final spot with a 4-1 win against Forfar Farmington.


The U15’s side work in partnership with the senior team and Dickie feels that this opportunity is hugely beneficial to the players. He said, “We’ve been working with this group throughout, coaching and helping them develop. I have known all the players all the way up to now and it’s great to see them grow as footballers. Overall we’ve got a great collective spirit.”


On Saturday Aberdeen will take on Celtic U15’s and Dickie anticipates a tough contest. He said, “Celtic are a strong, experienced team. We played them in pre-season and it was close. We beat their U14’s in the quarter-final but that was close too. I suppose we might come into this as the underdogs.” He added, “We’re looking forward to Saturday. It’ll be a great occasion for everyone coming down and you never know what can happen on the day.”


The club have had a successful season having not only reached the Scottish Cup Final but also the North Regional Cup Final. Although they led 1-0 for much of the game, Deveronvale equalised in the second half and ultimately won the game 7-6 on penalties. Furthermore, Aberdeen are only one point away from securing the league title with two games still to play.


Dickie believes that the incentive to win on Saturday is even greater because it is the last time that all of the girls will play together at U15’s as some of the team will make the transition to U17’s next season. He said, “Some of the girls are still at under 14. They are learning a lot at the under 15 level, but as a group we are more than ready. My main aim is to keep as much of the group who have all developed together over the last 7 years, and keep their feet on the ground on Saturday.”


With an emphasis on team spirit and enjoyment of the game, it is no wonder that Aberdeen FC Ladies U15’s have had so much success this season. The final on Saturday is sure to be a close contest and an exciting occasion, and everyone at YFS wishes all those involved in the finals this weekend the best of luck.


Monday, 17 October 2016 19:19

County, Motherwell and Celtic extend gap at the top

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Ross County maintained their lead at the top of the Development League table with a 2-0 away victory over Hearts. Christopher McLaughlin and Reghan Tumilty grabbed the goals either side of the half. The result means that the Staggies have won four of their last five matches while the Wee Jambos stay in the bottom three.
Keeping pace at the top were Motherwell, with a 4-0 rout of mid-table Dunfermline to stay ahead of Celtic in second. The Steelmen dominated the first half but were unable to find the net until five minutes into the second period when Dylan Mackin headed home from a rebounded penalty. Mackin’s second goal (out of three on the day) was the pick of the bunch, as he smashed a left-footed half volley into the bottom corner from 25 yards. Jake Hastie grabbed the other goal.
Celtic managed a 1-0 win over Dundee despite going down to ten men late on when Brandon Payne was sent off. A header from Sam Wardrop secured all three points for the Hoops
Further down the table, Rangers drew 2-2 with Hamilton Accies. The Lanarkshire club went into the break 2-0 up thanks to goals from Gramoz Kurtaj and Ryan Tierney, but the Gers truck back in the second half with two goals in two minutes from Andy Dallas and Ross Lyon.
Elsewhere, Aberdeen defeated Hibs 2-1 and Falkirk thumped Kilmarnock 4-1. Aberdeen’s three points lifts them to fifth but Falkirk’s win couldn’t prevent them slipping to eighth. A 1-1 draw in between Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee United saw Caley pick up their first point of the season; it was the same scoreline in the Saint Mirren and Saint Johnstone match and a point leaves both in the bottom half of the table.