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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 18:12

Dyce into last 32 with five goal thriller

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Dyce Boys Club ran out 3-2 winners in a competitive Scottish Cup Fourth Round tie against a battling Spartans team in Aberdeen on Sunday.

The away side soaked up the early Dyce pressure and took the lead against the run of play in the 8th minute. A long ball in behind the Dyce defence was quickly pounced upon by Spartans front man Lewis Reynolds, who coolly slotted low passed the advancing goalkeeper Inglis.

Despite some good Dyce play and dominant possession, the home-side lacked their usual killer instinct in front of goal and the Spartans defence were alert to the increasing Dyce pressure.

The Edinburgh side’s well organised defence were frustrating the hosts and it looked like the team in red and white would preserve their one goal advantage going into the break.

However, shortly before the interval Dyce were back on level terms. Sutherland held the ball up well before feeding into the feet of McFarlane, who curled a fantastic right foot strike into the top corner of Jack Lister’s goal.

Two minutes later, Lister was again picking the ball out of his net. Sutherland, who had assisted the first goal got his name on the scoresheet. A lovely turn on the edge of the Spartans box, created the space for the Dyce striker to hit a low shot which nestled into the left hand corner of the Spartans goal.

The match restarted with Dyce on the front foot, although the North East side could not emulate the fluidity that saw them dispose of their Dunfermline opponents in the previous round.

In the 53rd minute, Dyce forward Miller Keir was fouled inside the Spartans penalty box. Keir stepped up to take the spot kick which thundered off the middle of the crossbar and was cleared by the Spartans defence.

Birthday boy Keir made amends minutes later when he controlled a well-placed pass into the box from Laird to find the net from close range.

The visitors were not out of it yet, and pulled a goal back in the 65th minute. Good work from Harrison on the right, whose low cross was turned into Inglis’ goal by the advancing Joseph Uwandu.

A nervous five minutes remained for the boys in blue and white as the visitors chased the equaliser, but Dyce held on to progress to the next round.

Monday, 19 November 2018 17:14

Scottish Youth FA Cup U19's - Results Round-up

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(Above: Syngenta Juveniles)
 
Last weekend saw the fourth round of the Scottish Cup and with over 30 games played at the U16 level, there were many incredible matches on display.
 
Here is a round-up of all the weekend's results:
 
 
Vale of Leven 2-1 Musselburgh Windsor
 
Colony Colts 1-4 Arthurlie Cantera
 
St Andrews BC 5-2 Cumbernauld Colts Blues
 
Thornton Hibs 1-3 Larkhall Thistle
 
Broxburn Athletic Colts 3-1 Port Glasgow
 
Armadale CFC Calcio 0-1 Harmony Row
 
Syngenta Juveniles 4-2 Calderbraes FC Colts
 
Musselburgh Youngstars 0-1 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
 
Milton Rovers 0-2 Giffnock SC United
 
YFFC Jerviston 5-1 Cambuslang FA
 
West Park United 0-3 Longniddry Villa
 
EKFC Blue 5-2 Spartans FC Reds
 
Spartans FC 2-2 (4-2 Pens) Irvine United
 
Auchinleck Talbot 1-4 Rutherglen Glencairn
 
Sunnybank Elite 0-6 Edinburgh City Star Black
 
 
The draw for the fifth round will take place on Wednesday 21st November. Congratulations to all the teams in the hat!
Monday, 19 November 2018 17:03

Scottish Youth FA Cup U17's - Results Round-up

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(Above: Colony Park FC)
 
Last weekend saw the fourth round of the Scottish Cup and with over 30 games played at the U16 level, there were many incredible matches on display.
 
Here is a round-up of all the weekend's results:
 
 
Rothes Juniors 0-8 Tynecastle FC
 
Harmony Row 1-3 Blantyre SAC Black
 
Spartans FC Youth 2-3 Fairmuir BC
 
Kemnay FC 0-5 FC Coasters
 
Milton 1-6 Banks O'Dee Albion
 
Third Lanark 4-0 AM Soccer Club
 
Valleyfield 0-4 Lewis United Rangers
 
Middlefield Wasps 1-3 EKFC Blue
 
Lenzie YC 2-4 Ferry Athletic
 
Glenrothes Strollers 1-0 Mossend FC
 
Kilsyth CFC 1-6 Colony Park
 
Blantyre SAC Gold 1-5 Kilsyth Athletic
 
Rossvale FC Thistle 1-8 Glenvale AFC
 
Bonnyrigg Rose FC 2-3 Erskine YFC Athletic
 
Prestwick 5-3 Jerviston FC Blue
 
Dryburgh Athletic 1-2 Cumbernauld Colts
 
The draw for the fifth round will take place on Wednesday 21st November. Congratulations to all the teams in the hat!
Monday, 19 November 2018 16:49

Scottish Youth FA Cup U16's - Results Round-up

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(Above: Dundee West vs Johnstone Burgh)
 
Last weekend saw the fourth round of the Scottish Cup and with over 30 games played at the U16 level, there were many incredible matches on display.
 
Here is a round-up of all the weekend's results:
 
 
Bellfield Royals 6-1 Accies BC
 
Kennoway Star Hearts 1-3 Glenburn MW
 
Dundee West 1-8 Johnstone Burgh
 
Tynecastle FC 2-1 Cumbernauld Colts
 
Finnart BC 6-0 Broomhill SC
 
Heston Rovers 0-3 Barrhead YFC
 
Jerviston FC 2-8 Giffnock SC (P&J)
 
Airdrie United 1-6 Milton
 
Deveronvle 8-2 Pollok FC
 
Pitfour FC 8-1 Holytown Colts
 
Leith Athletic 3-0 Clyde SOF
 
Port Glasgow Juniors CSC Reds 6-0 Falkirk FCF
 
Milton Rovers 4-1 CBC Hilton United
 
Kelty Hearts 0-3 Longniddry Villa
 
Oban Saints 2-1 Dalziel BC
 
 
The draw for the fifth round will take place on Wednesday 21st November. Congratulations to all the teams in the hat!
Monday, 19 November 2018 16:39

Scottish Youth FA Cup U15's - Results Round-up

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(Above: Syngenta Juveniles vs St Peters FC)
 
Last weekend saw the fourth round of the Scottish Cup and with over 30 games played at the U15 level, there were many incredible matches on display.
 
Here is a round-up of all the weekend's results:
 
 
Shettleston Juniors 0-3 St Cadocs YC Saints
 
Dundee Celtic BC 2-0 Hutchison Vale
 
Westdyke CC 0-2 Kilsyth Athletic
 
Tass Thistle 3-0 Dean Thistle
 
St Bernards BC Midlothian 1-4 Glenvale AFC
 
Burntislnd Shipyard 3-2 Cumbernauld Colts
 
Giffnock North BC United 2-4 Tynecastle FC
 
AFC Glasgow 6-2 Peterhead BC
 
Banks O'Dee Albion 1-0 ML4 United
 
Palace Park Unity 6-4 Hmpden Weir Recreation
 
Forfar BC 2-3 Holytown Colts
 
Maddison FC 2-2 (3-4 Pens) Stirling Albion JA
 
St Patricks Sports Academy 3-2 (AET) East Craigie Swifts
 
Blantyre SA 0-5 Musselburgh Windsor
 
Syngenta Juveniles 4-1 St Peters FC
 
 
The draw for the fifth round will take place on Wednesday 21st November. Congratulations to all the teams in the hat!
Monday, 19 November 2018 16:19

Scottish Youth FA Cup U14's - Results Round-up

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(Above: Lasswade Thistle)
 
Last weekend saw the fourth round of the Scottish Cup and with over 30 games played at the U14 level, there were many incredible mtches on display.
 
Here is a round-up of all the weekend's results:
 
 
Eddlewood BC 5-1 Crosshouse BC
 
Glenbrae Colts 6-1 Deveronvale
 
Colony Colts 0-5 Kelso FC
 
Rossvale FC 6-0 Aston Villa CFC
 
Cambusnethen Talbot 9-0 Glasgow BC
 
Holytown Colts 3-8 The Nith United FC
 
Cove BC 1-2 Riverside CSC
 
Knightswood FC 9-0 Rosyth FC
 
Galston YFC 5-0 Heston Rovers Colts
 
Braehead FC 8-0 Donside Juvenile
 
Banks O'Dee Albion 1-3 Lasswade Thistle
 
Ellon Meadows 1-2 Scotland BC Purple
 
Bayside FC Athletic 1-3 Lewis United Youth
 
Kerse United 4-2 Glenburn MW
 
KSC Kilwinning Rangers Blue 0-2 Gairdoch United
 
Sunnybank Elite 1-6 Hutchison Vale
 
Fairmuir BC 9-0 Armadale Blue
 
Glenrothes Strollers 0-4 Giffnock North (P&J)
 
Drumsagard 4-2 Milton
 
Falkirk FCF 1-3 Dunbeth FC
 
Dunbar United Colts 3-3 (4-5 Pens) Kirkshaw Colts Blacks
 
Longniddry Villa 2-3 Stewarton Annick
 
Glenrothes Athletic 1-2 Dunblane SC
 
Lochend FA 9-1 Larkhall Thistle
 
Tynecastle FC 7-0 Ashfield Juniors White
 
Clydebnk FC 2-7 Portobello CFA
 
Giffnock SC 2-4 Grassroots Development Coaching
 
Broxburn Athletic Colts 5-0 Dundee West FC
 
Kilsyth Athletic 5-2 Kildrum United
 
Hampden Weir Recreation 5-3 Cambuslang FA
 
Erskine YFC 2-3 Bonnyton Thistle
 
 
The draw for the fifth round will take place on Wednesday 21st November. Congratulations to all the teams in the hat!
Monday, 19 November 2018 15:58

Scottish Youth FA Cup U13's - Results Round-up

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Last weekend saw the fourth round of the Scottish Cup and with over 30 games played at the U13 level, there were many surprising results.
 
Here is a round-up of all the weekend's results:
 
 
Drumchapel United 4-3 (AET) Clydebank FC
 
St Cadocs YC Athletic 2-3 (AET) Tynecastle FC
 
Formartine United YFC 3-6 Monifieth Athletic
 
Broomhill SC Lightning 9-1 Valspar FC
 
Eddlewood BC 3-0 Airdrie United
 
Dyce BC 3-2 Spartans FC Youth
 
Dundee United SC 2-3 (AET) Dryburgh Athletic
 
Inverkeithing United 9-3 Glenvale AFC
 
Mossend FC 1-2 Giffnock SC
 
Montrose Youth 0-9 St Patricks Sports Academy
 
Milngavie 2-2 (3-2 Pens) Arthurlie Juniors YFA
 
Blairhall Villa 1-2 Dunipace FC
 
Portobello CFA 9-1 Balloch Eastfield
 
Carluke United 3-2 Blairgowrie
 
Linlithgow Rose 2-3 (AET) Tynecastle Whites
 
Clarkston Athletic 6-2 Gala Fairydean Rovers
 
Edinburgh City 5-4 (AET) Gairdoch United
 
Oban Saints 7-0 Broomhill SC
 
Hamilton Accies 3-5 Tranent Colts
 
Salvesen CFC 2-0 Dunbar United Colts
 
Sons of Struth 6-1 Bonnyrigg Rose Whites
 
Bathgate Thistle Black 1-5 Glasgow Boys
 
West End Reds 5-1 Dalkeith Thistle CFC
 
Kintore United 1-2 (AET) Carolside SC
 
East End BC 2-3 Scotland BC Central
 
Lewis United Youth 0-2 Hutchison Vale
 
Blantyre SAC Gold 7-0 Bervie Caley Youth
 
Haddington Athletic 1-4 Pollok United SA
 
Airdrieonians Real BC 3-0 Dyce BC Whites
 
EK Burgh United 9-1 Dundee Sporting Club
 
Currie Star 2-1 Thistle Weir
 
 
The draw for the fifth round will take place on Wednesday 21st November. Congratulations to all the teams in the hat!
 
The draw for the fourth round of the Scottish Youth Cup has been made and it has drawn up a potential classic as Edinburgh rivals Hearts and Hibs meet.
 
Hibernian are the current champions, having beaten Aberdeen in last years final, and Hearts will be looking to spoil the Hibees party, having dispatched of St. Mirren in the previous round. 
 
Elsewhere, Rangers will make a trip to Greenock to take on Morton and Celtic will have to await the winners of the third round tie between Inverness and Hamilton.
 
The full draw is as follows:
 
 
Motherwell v Aberdeen
 
Haddington Athletic v Cove Rangers
 
Queen’s Park v Ross County
 
Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian
 
Kilmarnock v Dundee United
 
Inverness Caledonian Thistle or Hamilton Academical v Celtic
 
Greenock Morton v Rangers
 
Dundee v Clachnacuddin
 
 
All ties are scheduled to be played on Friday 7th December.
Monday, 12 November 2018 17:09

Glasgow City vs Dryburgh Athletic - Match Analysis

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The stage was set for this years cup final at the interminably cold Oriam centre in Edinburgh, Glasgow City set themselves out in a classic 4-2-3-1 shape with McGlinchy, Ronald and Scott rotating the three midfield positions, Hammil and Crooks taking up the wide left and right.
 
Dryburgh forward Katie Shaw offered a spearhead to the Dundee side, the defensive pairing for City had to be on their toes consistently with Shaw's pace and physical presence proving to be a problem
 
Initital stages of the game proved to be a balanced affair, Dryburgh held their own and proved that they were more than worthy finalists with a determined and focused approach, it was the league winners however who eventually broke the deadlock seven minutes into the game.
 
Dryburgh had clearly done their homework, offering a more defensive representation, a layer of five made up the defensive element of their shape, clearly set out to try and deal with City's well known passing style that proved to be so useful in their hugely successful league.
 
This was utilised to establish a sizeable 5-0 lead, including a hat trick by the excellent Lucy Sinclair, was countered following a mistake in the City defense, which allowed Gabrielle Watt to pounce and deliver a stark reminder that the powerful dundee side were not out yet.
 
City continue to dominate with their experience and well honed technical ability taking lead, Dryburgh using their dedication and workrate in attempt to surpress but ultimately this city team, who have been playing together for number of years now, proved to be too strong for the resilient Dryburgh. 

Glasgow City - Karsey McGlinchey

Glasgow City’s victory was dominant, achieved with goals from strikers, midfielders, defenders, starters and substitutes. Both wings were utilised, and bar one loss of concentration after scoring their fifth, the back line was comfortable. In such wins the goalscorers get the glory and statistics, but much of this team’s success comes from quick single and two-touch ball movement across and up the pitch, a philosophy personified by Karsey McGlinchey.

McGlinchey’s play is a good lesson in the importance of a player keeping her head up and considering space. By taking a few wise steps into gaps, she repeatedly gave her defenders a safe outlet on the ground, avoiding the need to hit long aerial balls; shifting and switching the play via minimal touches - whether five yards or to the opposite flank - ensured Dryburgh could never settle. This metronomic football was the foundation for players further up the field to be creative.

Being the gel between the lines means that communication and discipline are important elements in McGlinchey’s game. Her constant talking to defenders and fellow midfielders, and holding back when others advance, was both apparent and vital to an overall fluid, winning structure for the favourites. Consider, for instance, a moment in the 67th minute when a bounce deceived one of her centre backs, but McGlinchey was within sprinting distance to cover.

Yet perhaps this excellent midfield performance was best exemplified by a passage of play at the beginning of the second half. McGlinchey started an attack in the 43rd minute, following play into the box; a minute later she was sliding in at halfway to halt a potential breakaway. Not long after, a lofted ball over the left back sent a team mate through one-on-one. A single spell showed patience, support, discipline and distribution. This is why she has been given call-ups to the senior side.   

A few pot shots from distance towards the end highlighted that goals may not be her forte, but with the result secure and possession near total, such exuberance was excusable. After all, it is not every day you get to be a cup final winner. That said, such is her ability there may be more days than most. This was a great individual display in a brutally strong team performance.

 

Dryburgh Athletic - Gabrielle Watt

For Dryburgh, heavy underdogs going into the final, spirit and endeavour were always going to be as important as the scoreline. Midfielder Brodie Clark had some promising moments, particularly in the opening salvo when she got beyond her direct opponents and required stout defending. Striker Gabrielle Watt, meanwhile, epitomised positivity in an often isolated role.

There may be nothing more tiring - and potentially dispiriting - in football than having to work without the ball, but Watt proverbially lead from the front. This is not, however, to state that running was her only weapon. When the ball was won she attacked defenders, with one dribble in the second half requiring three players to stop her.

The highlight, for Watt and the team, came in the opening period. Glasgow had just added to their tally when a lofted ball from Dryburgh’s midfield suddenly created a 50-50 bouncing ball near the centre back. Watt, synonymous with energy, went after it and won. Through on goal she calmly rolled the ball home, provoking the manner of team and crowd celebration that is genuinely heart-warming. Here was a tangible reward for an afternoon of intangible work.