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Results from all six semi finals are below. Reports, photos and video is to follow...
 
13's
Bayside FC 4-1 Aberdeen FCL 
Glasgow Girls 1-4 Hibernian
 
15's
Aberdeen FCL 4-1 Forfar Farmington
Rangers FC 1-3 Celtic
 
17's
Spartans FC 1-5 Central Girls
Celtic FC 1-2 Rangers FC

This weekend sees the girls' Scottish Youth Cup enter the penultimate stage, with six semi-finals being played across three age groups, this year’s competition is heating up for cup final places. 12 teams are all looking to seal their spot at Toryglen in October.

The first of those semis at under 13s level comes in the shape of a West versus South East clash, as Hibernian travel west to face Glasgow Girls. The Hibees, who are current league cup champions, comfortably disposed of Central Girls in the previous round, hitting five past them. Although they won’t be getting too ahead of themselves, with their opponents suffering just the one solitary loss out of 13 league games so far, the rest being dominant wins. Don’t expect to see a goalless draw from this tie, as both outfits have been banging the goals in whenever they desire this season.

The other semi at 13s sees Dunfermline-based outfit Bayside girls meet Aberdeen in Forfar. Both sides found their previous round an easy one to navigate through, scoring six and eleven goals respectively. The Fifers will be looking to replicate the kind of scintillating form they displayed at the start of the league season, when they won all ten matches. The Dons quarter-final win was as emphatic as it gets, beating Hearts Maroons, who are no pushovers themselves, by a large margin.

Aberdeen girls also have semi-final representatives at 15's level, as they face off against Forfar Farmington. Interestingly enough, both of these teams also meet at senior level in the SWPL on Sunday, half-an-hour before this tie! Aberdeen managed to edge past Celtic in a stunning quarter-final tie, beating the Hoops narrowly with a 3-2 victory. Forfar found their tie a bit easier to navigate through, putting three goals past Hamilton and keeping any out at the opposite end.

The other semi-final for the under 15s is perhaps the most eye-catching off all the ties so far. There’s an Old Firm derby in store, with both teams in top form following the quarters finals. The Hoops stuck six past Hearts in the last round, to add to their 15 goals already scored so far in the cup this year. The Light Blues also convincingly reached the last four, netting double figures against Hutchison Vale, and winning the previous rounds 9-0 and 8-0. It’s too close to call this semi-final, as both sides seem capable to score at will. The Gers will certainly be hoping to put in a better performance than the men’s side did in their recent Old Firm derby.

In the 17's semis, the last of the age groups, two of their respective league best teams so far this season face off for a place at the final, as Central Girls face off against Spartans. Spartans won their quarter-final clash with fellow Edinburgh side Boroughmuir Thistle 5-1 last month, while their opponents this weekend dispatched Hibernian by four goals to one. With Central boasting many of last year's 15's Scottish Cup winners in their ranks, they will be confident of progressing.

The last of this weekend’s semi-finals is at 17's, and probably the most anticipated of them all, is another Old Firm derby to match the under 15s. In the Gemma Fay league, there is very little to split between the two rivals, with Celtic edging ahead in 2nd by just three points, although they do have a few games in hand over The Gers who sit 4th. Rangers found the back of the net nine times against Westdyke in the previous round in a more than convincing win. Meanwhile the Celts had another Glasgow opponent to deal with in the quarters, and they did just that defeating Glasgow City 3-1.

With only six cup final places up for grabs in Toryglen for the finals, all teams will need to be in top-form to seal their spot this weekend. 

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 06:29

SWF Scottish Youth Cup semi final draw 2016

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(Glasgow Girls photo above, courtesy of Graeme Berry)
 
The draw has been made for the semi finals of the SWF Scottish Youth Cup. Kilwinning Sports Club will host all six ties, which take place on 25th September. This will give the victors just under a month to prepare for a date with destiny at Toryglen on 22nd October.
 
The draw as produced a number of ties that capture the imagination. At the 13's age group, last year's beaten finalists Aberdeen FCL will take on Bayside, who are looking for their first final appearance.  The Dons have beaten Celtic and Hearts, so will take some stopping. In the other semi final Hibs and Glasgow Girls are looking to build on recent final appearances at older age groups, to make a return to Toryglen.
 
At 15's level the draw is a cracker. The Old Firm meet in one half of the draw and the second half sees an Aberdeen v Angus derby between two sides that are unbeaten in their respective leagues. 

The final draw see's another Old Firm clash and Spartans pursuing their first youth final with a tie against a Central Girls side that have been firing on all cylinders. The double meeting of Rangers and Celtic is the first clash at such an advanced stage of the Scottish Cup, since the final of 2013 (pictured, above).
 
13's
 
Bayside 13s v Aberdeen 13s 11am ko (astro turf)
Glasgow Girls v Hibs 1:30ko (astro turf)
 
15's
 
Rangers v Celtic 11am ko
Aberdeen v Forfar 1:30pm ko
 
17's
 
Spartans v Central Girls 1:30pm ko
Celtic 17s v Rangers 1:30pm ko
 
Sunday, 04 September 2016 21:34

Lenzie hold on to knock Colts out of Scottish Cup

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Fixture: Lenzie YC v Cumbernauld Colts Blue U16
Competition: SYFA Challenge Cup - R1
Date: Sep 4 2016
 
Lenzie hosted CKDYL rivals Colts at Waterside on Saturday morning. A goal in each half sealed a fine win.
 
Colts dominated the early stages and had a few chances to open the scoring but Lenzie kept hitting on the break. Tolland was upended in the box Cairney did his usual job with the spot kick to make it 1-0.
 
The second half saw Colts awarded a penalty & Lenzie were reduced to 10 men. LYC keeper McQuillan did well to save the spot-kick and at the other end a 25 yard Tolland shot came back off the keeper and the ever alert Thomson fired the ball low into the net from 10 yards to make it 2-0. As 10 man Lenzie held on till the final whistle and for the third time this season persevered a man down to win the game.
 
Full Time: Lenzie YC 2-0 Cumbernauld Colts Blue
 
 
 
 
 
The SWF Scottish Youth Cup quarter finals took place this weekend with ties across Scotland to determine who will make September's semi final weekend. Interestingly, all of last season's winning teams have now exited the competition, but all three losing finalists remain in contention - hoping to go one better.
 
Celtic, Rangers, Hibs and Aberdeen are in the hunt at two separate age groups. Bayside, Spartans and Forfar Farmington on the other hand are hoping for a Toryglen final appearance at youth level for the first time in several years. Below is a full results roundup:
 
13s
 
Bayside 6-1 Boroughmuir Thistle
Central Legends 0-5 Hibernian FC
Glasgow Girls 3-1 Motherwell
Hearts 3-9 Aberdeen
 
15s
 
Hamilton 0-3 Forfar Farmington
Celtic FC 14s 2-3 Aberdeen 15s (AET)
Hearts 1-6 Celtic FC
Hutchison Vale 1-9 Rangers
 
17s
 
Glasgow City 1-3 Celtic FC
Central Girls 4-1 Hibernian
Rangers 9-0 Westdyke
Spartans 5-1 Boroughmuir Thistle
 
The SWF Scottish Youth Cup is entering the final stages of this year’s edition, and with four quarter finals at each age group left, it looks set to be a must-see end to the competition with some tasty fixtures drawn for the final eight teams.
 
13s
 
Bayside vs Boroughmuir Thistle
 
At 13s the first quarter final sees Bayside take on Boroughmuir Thistle. The Jags, who come from Edinburgh, managed to edge their way past Jeanfield Swifts in the last round in an enthralling 4-3 win. Bayside managed to reach their way into the last eight in much more comfortable fashion, disposing of Deveronvale in an 8-1 rout.
 
Central Legends vs Hibernian FC
 
Forth Valley based Central Legends, who will play Hibernian, also stormed past the previous stage with an 8-2 victory drubbing of Forfar Farmingston Falcons, whilst the Hibees managed to see off Dunfermline with a narrow 2-1 win, and sticking nine past Cowdenbeath United in the round before. The team in green and white have been firing goals in for fun this season, with a 7-1 win over rivals Hearts and sticking nine past them in the reverse fixtures being particular displays of their ability.
 
Glasgow City vs Motherwell
 
One of the other two quarter finals at under 13s sees Glasgow City, who are current reigning champions after beating Aberdeen at Toryglen in last year’s final, play Motherwell, who put five past Tullibody and nine past Gartcairn to reach this stage of the competition. The current holders will surely be favourites to win this tie and attempt to retain their trophy, but don’t count Well out of causing an upset in this tie.
 
Hearts vs Aberdeen
 
The last under 13 quarter final sees Hearts and Aberdeen battle it out for a semi-final place. The Dons, who are currently holders of the SWF North League Cup, saw off Celtic in a thrilling 5-2 victory in the previous round, proving that The Dons can handle any test in front of them. Whereas the Jambos have fired in 11 goals in just two games to get to this point, leaving Aberdeen aware of their attacking capabilities. With two of the biggest names in Scottish football, this promises to be a real eye-catching tie.
 
 
15s
 
Hamilton v Forfar Farmington
 
Hamilton U15’s will be coming into their Scottish Cup encounter hoping that they can find their early season form if they are to see off a strong Forfar Farmington. Hamilton opened the campaign with three wins from three, scoring 20 goals in the process, but have since succumbed to three defeats in a row. The Scottish Cup could be a welcome distraction for Accies as they looked to put an end to this bad run and a narrow but hard fought victory over Clark Drive girls in the last round will give the North Lanarkshire women hope they can progress.
 
The task is sure to be a tricky one for Hamilton as Forfar Farmington will be the favourites to progress. Forfar Farmington are nine games deep into their season and have yet to be defeated racking up a stunning 25 points in the process. Eight wins and a single draw for the East Coast side have seen them make a very promising start to their league campaign and will be hoping to do exactly the same in the Scottish Cup. Victories over Kilmarnock and Dunfermline in the previous rounds for Farmington have seen them reach the quarter finals. You have to fancy Forfar Farmington to make the semi-finals but you can’t rule out Hamilton, it’s football, anything can happen.
 
Celtic FC 14s v Aberdeen 15s
 
A clash that is a tasty prospect across all levels of football, the Hoops host the Dons. Celtic 14’s have won every single game that has been put in front of them this season. Six wins from six in the Leanne Ross U15’s League and a stunning run in the Scottish cup deservedly sees them with a chance of reaching the semi-finals. The Scottish Cup may have been too strong for Celtic 14’s being a year younger than some of the other teams in the competition but they have proved that is simply just not true. An 8-0 win away to Bonnyrigg Rose and a 9-1 victory over rivals Glasgow City are impressive to say the least and you would have to see the Celtic team being favourites here.
 
Aberdeen will be hoping that they can continue their Scottish cup form and achieve passage through to the next round. With impressive wins over Glasgow City U14’s and Cumbernauld Colts have meant that the Dons have done well to get this far but what will be worrying the team is the league season. They've been enjoying an excellent season domestically and they will be hoping that they can put in a good performance when they travel to play Celtic. It’s sure to be an intriguing tie.
 
Hearts v Celtic FC
 
The clash of the titans. Probably the biggest tie of the round is this one as The Jambos welcome the Hoops. Both teams sit top of their respective leagues and both with impressive records. Hearts have come out on top in eight of their nine league games so far this season, while Celtic sit just above fierce rivals Rangers with five wins from six matches. It is sure to be a close encounter and certainly far too close to call but what we are guaranteed is goals. Hearts sit on a goal difference of +47 after only nine games, bearing in mind they lost one of those, a truly remarkable achievement.
 
Celtic will be confident heading into the Scottish cup tie after previous rounds. An impressive 5-1 win over Hibernian ladies and then a 7-1 hammering of Jeanfield Switfs ensured that Celtic 15’s thoroughly deserve their place in the quarter-finals. They will not be resting on their laurels however I guarantee you that and will be wanting to progress as far as possible in the Scottish cup. Make no mistake Celtic 15’s will have their eyes set on silverware and will be gutted if they fall up short. While it will be a nervous match for the partisan supporters it is sure to be a cracking game for the neutral. Who comes out on top? Who knows?
 
Hutchison Vale v Rangers
 
It’s another east meets west cup quarter final as Hutchie host the Gers in the Scottish Cup. A match that both will be looking at and fancying their chances as it’s certainly another tie that could go either way. Hutchison Vale have had a bit of a stop start season as they sit in 7th with three wins from eight games. After making a blistering start to the league campaign embarking on a five match unbeaten run it looked as if Hutchison Vale were going to be up near the top as title contenders, yet recent form looks to have put the kybosh on that. Disappointing defeats to Murieston, Musselburgh Windosor and a thrashing at the hands of Hearts have meant that the steam train has come to a stuttering stop for Hutchie. They have the Scottish Cup to turn to and with a semi-final in sight they will be hoping to get one over Rangers.
 
Rangers will be hoping that finishing second behind Celtic in the Kim Little’s 15’s league will not set the tone for the remainder of their season. With some real strong performances in the Scottish Cup thus far, the Gers will be hoping that they can go all the way and get their hands on some silverware. After has been a relatively stable start to their season Rangers will look to draw from this as they travel to Edinburgh with an eye on a spot in the next round.
 
 
17s
 
Glasgow City vs Celtic FC
 
In the 17s section the standout fixture sticks out straight away. In a repeat of last year’s final, Glasgow City face off against Celtic in an all-Glasgow tie, with the ‘Ghirls’ looking to avenge their 3-1 final loss at the hands of City last season. With both sides hitting high scores in the previous round, the chances of a stalemate in this fixture look slim. The Celts have been in blistering form so far this season, winning all ten league games under James McCafferty’s reign with a stunning goal difference of +44, whereas their opponents sit in fourth place, still impressive however, having rocked up 7 wins so far. There may be a difference in points between the sides, but either team can emerge winners from this contest if they hit their best form on the day. Picking a winner from these two would cause most a headache.
 
Central Girls vs Hibernian
 
The second of the 17s quarter finals sees current South East league leaders Hibernian, who have won all of their league games so far, take on Forth Valley outfit Central Girls who have a near-perfect record of their own so far this year, winning 10 from 11 league fixtures in the Gemma Faye league, with both racking up impressively high goal differences. It’s almost inconceivable to see either of these teams losing this season, so this tie is guaranteed to grab attention no matter who wins. Central Girls and Hibs both come into this tie full of confidence, scoring seven and eight goals respectively in the previous round, the chances of a clean sheet for either side look rather slim.
 
Rangers vs Westdyke
 
Rangers may be sitting in a more than respectable position in their league campaign, in third place after 13 games; but their weaknesses have been exploited on a few occasions so far this season, losing four of those matches, winning nine, and still to draw a single match. However, The Gers managed to find their route to the quarter final a comfortable one, winning 9-0 in the previous two rounds. Their opponents, who are based in Aberdeen, didn’t exactly find their previous tie as comfortable, as they managed to outscore a Dryburgh Athletic side 4-2 to progress. The Light Blues are without doubt the favourites to reach the semis, but don’t rule out the possibility of a cup upset in this tie.
 
Spartans vs Boroughmuir Thistle
 
It’s a battle of the South East clubs in this fixture, as both Edinburgh sides face off for the second time this season. It’s sure to be a close encounter with little between the pair in their league, with second placed Spartans only five points ahead of fourth placed Thistle. Boroughmuir won the first clash of these two sides on the opening day of the season back in March, running out 2-1 winners to get their season of to a flyer. However, the Ainslie Park side managed to win their second league meeting in this campaign, notching up a 3-1 home victory against their future opponents back in June. The questions remains, who will win the decisive meeting this weekend and secure their semi-final spot?
The draw has been made for the opening two rounds of the Scottish FA Youth Cup, with Motherwell defending their crown.
 
First round draw (ties scheduled to be played on Sunday 28 August 2016)
 
North Section
1. Deveronvale v Inverurie Loco Works
2. Turriff United v Keith
3. Aberdeen v Fraserburgh
Byes:
4. Montrose
5. Formartine United
6. Forfar Athletic
7. Buckie Thistle
8. Clachnacuddin
9. Banks O’ Dee
10. Lossiemouth
 
Central Section
1. Clyde v Queen’s Park
2. Dunfermline Athletic v Berwick Rangers
3. Heriot-Watt University v Partick Thistle
4. Edusport Academy v Alloa Athletic
Byes:
5. Albion Rovers
6. Spartans
7. Hamilton Academical
8. Cowdenbeath
9. Hibernian
10. East Kilbride
11. Falkirk
12. Raith Rovers
13. Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
14. Edinburgh City
15. Stirling Albion
16. Tynecastle
17. Livingston
18. BSC Glasgow
19. Whitehill Welfare
20. Preston Athletic
 
South Section
Byes:
1. Annan Athletic
2. Stranraer
 
 
Second round draw (ties scheduled to be played on or before Sunday 25 September 2016)
 
North Section
1. Buckie Thistle v Clachnacuddin 
2. Banks O’ Dee v Montrose
3. Formartine United v Lossiemouth 
4. Deveronvale OR Inverurie Loco Works v Forfar Athletic 
5. Turriff United OR Keith v Aberdeen OR Fraserburgh 
 
South Section
1. Stranraer v Annan Athletic
 
Central Section
1. Edusport Academy OR Alloa Athletic v Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 
2. Edinburgh City v Preston Athletic 
3. Spartans v Whitehill Welfare 
4. Livingston v Dunfermline Athletic OR Berwick Rangers 
5. Stirling Albion v Clyde OR Queen’s Park 
6. Falkirk v Albion Rovers 
7. East Kilbride v BSC Glasgow 
8. Hamilton Academical v Raith Rovers 
9. Cowdenbeath v Heriot-Watt University OR Partick Thistle
10. Tynecastle v Hibernian
 
Clubs entering the competition in round three
 
1. Airdrieonians
2. Ayr United
3. Celtic
4. Cumbernauld Colts
5. Dundee
6. Dundee United
7. Greenock Morton
8. Heart of Midlothian
9. Inverness Caledonian Thistle
10. Kilmarnock
11. Motherwell
12. Queen of the South
13. Rangers
14. Ross County
15. St. Johnstone
16. St. Mirren
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:18

U20s make debut appearances in Irn Bru Challenge Cup

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The rebranded and reformatted Irn Bru Challenge Cup kicked off last night and as part of the new structure, Premiership clubs’ U20’s sides have been added into the mix.

The thinking behind this move that also sees teams from Northern Ireland and Wales enter the tournament, albeit at a later stage, is to give the young boys in these teams some added experience. Instead of just playing development league matches week in, week out the boys, some even hoping to break into their first teams, are gaining invaluable experience coming up against seasoned players, playing for league teams.

Ten out of the twelve U20’s sides were in action on Tuesday night seeing five of them progress to the next stage of the Irn Bru Cup.

Aberdeen’s U20’s were drawn in an away tie against Formartine United and did they relish the challenge. Formartine who are one of the better teams in the Highland League couldn’t cope with the young Dons in what was a relatively comfortable evening for Paul Sheerin and his team. Aberdeen found themselves five goals to nil up in the 80 the minute, three of those coming from the promising tricky winger Scott Wright that ensured he took the match ball home. Aaron Norris with a stunning curling effort and the former Manchester City striker Joe Nuttall were the other two players on target for the Dons as they blew Formartine away.

Understandably after a cracking performance from the Reds, legs began to tire allowing the home side to snatch two goals back late on. It was all too little too late for Formartine though as Aberdeen held on for the victory to secure their passage into the next round of the Irn Bru Challenge Cup.

Celtic U20’s despite being drawn at home in the tie, opted to play their game at Greenock Morton’s Cappielow Stadium. Brendan Rodgers, who was in attendance, would have been shocked at the start his young players made as Annan took the lead inside the opening minute. Rabin Omar chested the ball down at the edge of the box and volleyed into the bottom corner for the League two visitors. It was a stunning start to match.

Celtic U20’s didn’t panic however and after weathering the remainder of an early storm from Annan Athletic, they seized control of the game. They resumed parity to proceedings after 20 minutes when winger, Aiden Nesbitt, who impressed all evening, found a way past goalkeeper Mitchell. Celtic scored twice more before the break thanks to goals from Hendry and Aitchison. The second half continued in much the same manner and a further two goals from Nesbitt and Crossan to tick the score over to 5-1, all but sealed Celtic U20’s name in the hat for the next round. After a shaky start it was a comfortable evening for the young Hoops at a dreich Cappielow.

It wasn’t as pleasant an evening for the Dee U20s though. Arguably with one of the trickiest ties of the round, away to Cove Rangers, all looked to be going swimmingly for Eddie Johnson and his side as they took the lead after the half an hour mark through a strike from Greg Warwick from the edge of the box. After they had fallen behind Cove, stepped up the tempo and showed the quality that the Highland league possesses.

Two late second half goals came for the Aberdeen based side, knocking the stuffing out of the young Dundee side who had done so well to get into the lead in the first place. Unfortunately for them it wasn’t to be and Cove held on for the win.

Hearts U20’s staged a terrific comeback on the evening to ensure that they are still in the running for the Irn Bru Cup. It was a tough start for the Jambos as McKenzie opened the scoring after 4 minutes for Stirling Albion to put them into the lead. This rocked Hearts a little and they struggled to cope with the pressure From Stirling at times. This told when McKenzie grabbed his second of the game glancing a header into the net to make it 2-0 to the hosts come half time. Trailing by two goals and away from home in a cup tie, you would think the game was all but finished.

Hearts U20’s had different ideas however and a stunning second half performance saw them grab the three goals that they needed to progress. Two goals in a minute after the break from Jones and Roy put Hearts in the driving seat as momentum was very much in their favour. With 30 minutes left to play, McLean netted a pearler to complete Hearts’ comeback.

Inverness U20’s had a tough as they fell foul to a 3-0 defeat to visitors Arbroath. Youth manager Duncan Shearer was still adamant that they had taken a lot of positives from the game and it was a great learning curve for the U20 side. Arbroath netted twice before the 20 minute mark which kind of set the tone for the match, Unlike Hearts the Highlanders couldn’t stage a remarkable comeback and the result was compounded in the 77th minute as Martin Scott found the goal to make it a comfortable victory for the Red Lichties.

Despite being unable to grab a goal, Inverness had some chances to do so and did, as their manager said, put on a decent display for the crowd of just under 300 which had turned out.

Unfortunately for Kilmarnock their U20’s side was one of the five to go crashing out at the first time of asking in the Irn Bru Cup at the hands of Queen’s Park. A whirlwind start saw three goals in the opening fifteen minutes of which Queen’s netted two. There were three be two more goals before the before the break as Wharton and McGeever found the net for Queen’s to put them 3-1 up and firmly in the driving seat. Queen scored for Killie 20’s against Queens right on the stroke of Half Time to breathe some life back into the tie.

After the break however the match got away from the Ayrshire outfit and a goal in the 60th minute from Galt for the hosts, in reality, put the tie beyond Kilmarnock. Another goal from the penalty spot late on, ensured that Queen’s Park progressed leaving having no mercy on a youthful Killie side.

Motherwell U20’s had better fortunes as they hosted new league outfit Edinburgh City at Fir Park. Motherwell started the brighter and piled the pressure on the City goal forcing some decent stops from Antell in between the sticks. Just as City thought they had come through the worst of the pressure Motherwell nicked a goal before half time just as the swing of momentum was going Edinburgh City’s way. Mackin got the goal with a turn and neat finish from the edge of the box.

The game continued to be a rather even affair but it was Motherwell U20’s who doubled their lead thanks to Thomas Fry. City did manage to pull a goal back with 20 minutes still to run but Motherwell U20’s showed composure and excellent game management to see the job through.

Inverness U20’s had a tough as they fell foul to a 3-0 defeat to visitors Arbroath. Youth manager Duncan Shearer was still adamant that they had taken a lot of positives from the game and it was a great learning curve for the U20 side. Arbroath netted twice before the 20 minute mark which kind of set the tone for the match, Unlike Hearts the Highlanders couldn’t stage a remarkable comeback and the result was compounded in the 77th minute as Martin Scott found the goal to make it a comfortable victory for the Red Lichties.

Despite being unable to grab a goal, Inverness had some chances to do so and did, as their manager said, put on a decent display for the crowd of just under 300 which had turned out.

Partick Thistle U20’s were the team that performed outstandingly and came away with the best scoreline on the night. A five goal to nil victory from the young Jags, largely aided by Kevin Nisbet hat-trick, at a tough venue in the way of Broadwood Stadium, sees them safely through to the second round of the Irn Bru cup. Remarkably, the game after a decent half of football from Thistle, was 0-0 at Half Time. Cue the Thistle rampage. Five goals in 35 minutes, an astonishing feat, made it a comfortable win in what was predicted to be a relatively close match. Among those goals were three from the stand out man of the match, James Penrice and Neil McLaughlin. Looking at that result, nobody will be wanting to see their team drawn against Partick U20’s in the next round.

Ross County U20’s narrowly missed out on progression to the next round of the Irn Bru cup as they went down 3-2 after extra time to Brora Rangers. Brora opened the scoring in the match through Pollock and that was all for the opening period. The Staggies fought back bravely and Greg Morrison got the equaliser. County pushed on and then took the lead as James Wallace bulged the net and it looked as if that would be enough to see them through. That was not to be as Brora equalised late on forcing the match into extra time. Brora capitalised on the tired legs of the young Staggies and retook to lead in the first period of extra time. Unfortunately for County that’s how the score remained but they can be proud of the performance against a well-established Highland league outfit.

Finally to finish our U20’s round up we end with St Johnstone and maybe not on the happiest of notes. Things were looking up for the young Saints as they took the lead through promising youngster Greg Hurst as he slotted the ball under the goalkeeper. In what was a pretty even game, Turriff did manage to find an equaliser after the break to get back into the game through a near post header. That looked as if how proceedings were going to end as extra time beckoned but the visitors and David Booth had other ideas as he volleyed past the keeper in the 86th minute to send the young Saints crashing out.

It was certainly a mixed bag for the U20’s sides that took to the field last night some triumphed while some were despondent in defeat. Nonetheless it’s all a learning experience for the young boys and this is why they were introduced into the reformatted challenge cup, so that they can gain this experience and use it going forward.

Hamilton U20’s took on Cumbernauld Colts a day later and were comfortable winners at Broadwood. Steven Boyd, Ryan Tierney and Ross Cunningham the scorers, as Accies progressed with a 3-0 victory.

To round off the first round action, Rangers take on Stirling University next week.

Full Irn Bru Cup scores:
Clyde 0-5 Partick Thistle U20
Ross County U20 2-3 Brora Rangers (AET)
Berwick Rangers 0-3 Spartans
Celtic U20 5-1 Annan Athletic
Cove Rangers 2-1 Dundee FC U20
East Stirlingshire 0-3 Montrose
Formartine Utd 2-5 Aberdeen
Inverness U20 0-3 Arbroath
Motherwell U20 2-1 Edinburgh City
 
Football clubs put in a lot of time and effort to help the local community, and work together for a good cause. 
 
Arguably, few causes are greater than the one that Millenium FC, based in Stranraer, are getting together for. Founded in 2006, with only a handful of players to their name, the club have come a long way since. Now with over 140 boys and girls aged 5 to 13 at the club, they are one of the most active youth clubs out there. 
 
Tragicaly however, last May, Millenium FC lost one of those players suddenly. Young Oscar Robertson was part of the 2008 age group and had been at the club for a matter of weeks, and was clearly enjoying his football according to his parents.  
 
The messages of support came flooding into the club, with people from all over the country sharing their thoughts and prayers with Oscar's family. At no age whatsoever, it was such a cruel way for a young child to go, and Oscar should be remembered. 
 
That is exactly why Millenium FC will be running the Oscar Robertson Memorial Tournament, in order to raise funds for a memorial garden at Belmont Primary School, where Oscar attended, as well as running a fun day.
 
This tournament is for the 2008 age group, which Oscar played for, as well as the 2007 and 2008 age groups. Five other clubs have also generously offered their time to compete in the tournament, which takes place on 14th August.  Several local business have also been very involved in the setting up of the competition, with 38 coming forward to contribute, and sponsor team trophies which will be handed out.
 
It is sure to be a great day in memory of young Oscar, for such a great cause, with many more events planned for the day.


The 2016 Boys Brigade Junior Fives took place at Grangemouth Sports Centre on Saturday 30th April. A fantastic afternoon of football eventually saw Northern Ireland's 1st Greenisland triumph, with Scotland's 2nd Gourock pushing them all the way in second place. Falkirk FC's Alex Totten was on hand to present the trophy and bring to an end an excellent show of football and sportsmanship.

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Video highlights:
 


Event DVD
Below you can get hold of a copy of the event DVD. Featuring all of the matches in their entirety and the post tournament presentation.
 
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