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Monday, 28 October 2013 14:26

Link Up progress in 6 goal thriller

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Barrhead Colts
 vs
Fraseburgh Link Up YFC
 
 
 
U15's Scottish Cup Round 3
 
27 October 2013
 
 
 
This was arguably the highest profile fixture the lads have played to date and they came into it off a two week break. It was, therefore, understandable that the early stages were edgy and tense as both teams took a little time to settle into a rhythm. 

Link Up were first to threaten when a Cameron pass sent Douglas down the left wing. He, in turn, found Simpson who drove along the bye-line to win a corner. This was cleared but they did take the lead soon after when McCrory burst into the left of the box and fired in a low driven effort which the keeper could only parry, allowing Simpson to net from close range.
 
The visitors then threatened to take control. First, McCrory and Douglas combined to set up Masson outside the box. A quick drag-back made space for Drew to curl in a shot just over the postage stamp corner. Roger then played a one-two with Simpson to shoot from 20 yards, forcing a good save from the Barrhead keeper, diving high to his left. 

A combination of Link Up relaxing on their lead and Barrhead’s determination and work-rate allowed the home side to force their way back into the game. It was also noticeable, at this stage, that Link Up often had at least one man spare at the back, often two.
 
In an effort to regain the momentum, Watt was sent on and this seemed to pay instant dividends when he netted almost immediately, only for it to be disallowed for offside.
 
Half Time: Barrhead Colts 0-1 Fraserburgh Link Up YFC
 
Early in the second half, Cameron picked out Simpson with a throw-in and his head-flick found McCrory who fired wide from outside the area. 

Within 10 minutes, Link Up did extend their lead when Mowat headed clear to Douglas wide left. Sean raced clear of the full back and delivered a superb out-swinging cross at the perfect height for Simpson to glance a volley over the keeper and into the net. 

The two goal advantage was short-lived, however, as two minutes later Barrhead’s right winger played a one-two and placed a perfect cross onto his striker’s head for him to nod home. 

A brilliant full-length save from the home keeper then denied Watt after he cut in from the left and hammered in a stinging low drive. Douglas whipped in a great low driven cross from the left only for the keeper to pull off another brave save at Simpson’s feet. 

Link Up gave themselves some breathing space by making it 3-1 midway through the second half. Simpson’s 30 yard solo run carried him clear of the Barrhead defence and, although they forced him wide, he cut it back to Gilmartin. His effort was blocked but it fell for Masson who set himself and thumped it high into the net. 

4-1 followed with a real team effort. Masson won the ball in midfield and fed Watt who lofted it forwards into Simpson’s run in the inside-right channel. Bailey then dinked in a cross which Douglas met perfectly with a strong side-foot finish. 

Link Up took heart from this and nearly added to their lead with two very near misses. 
Mair won a challenge at centre-half and sent a ball over the top for Simpson to race clear only to see his deft chip drift inches wide of the left post. A forceful Roger run carried him into the left of the box from where he picked out Douglas whose low drive fizzed just past the right hand upright. 

In the closing stages, Barrhead pulled it back to 4-2 when their number 9 drifted across from the left to shoot and his strike partner followed in to net the rebound. 

Link Up players and coaches would like to thank Barrhead for their sporting attitude and excellent post-match hospitality and wish them all the best for the rest of their season.
 
Full Time: Barrhead Colts 2-4 Fraserburgh Link Up YFC
 
Monday, 28 October 2013 14:08

Cup thriller sees Lewis United Youth progress

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Lewis United Youth
 vs
Tranent Colts
 
 
 
U14's Scottish Cup Round 3
Potterton
27 October 2013
 
 
 
 
Both teams passed the ball around very neatly for the early minutes probing and sizing each other up, neither team pushing too far forward and both a little hesitant. It didn’t take an expert to realize very early that the main threat to the Lewis team was down the right with the big strong Tranent forward who would have not looked out of place in an Under 16 team. His strength and direct running was very evident. But it was the wing play from Lewis United Youth which saw the first goal after 10mins.
 
Brian found space down the left and cut inside running at the keeper. Gregory cuts in from the right and as Brian is closed down by the defence he sends the pass into Gregory run, the keeper sees the danger too late and Gregory’s pace sees him nip in front of the keeper and guide the ball home. Confidence surged though Lewis United and Tranent are having to defend deep. Neither team allowing the other space or time with the ball and the game becomes a gritty midfield battle. Tough tackles and robust marking were not allowing either team to show much flair. The ref allows the benefit of doubt as the cup atmosphere takes hold but eventually blows for a foul against Tranent just outside their box. Up steps Aaron with the left foot, he gets the ball up and over the wall and past the keepers valiant but vain attempt and it's 2-0.
 
More than the Lewis boys dreamed of but it is deserved. Hoping that would knock some fight out of Tranent it only seemed to galvanize them. Tranent were now fired up and tore back into the game. The Lewis defence now has to work hard themselves. The big Tranent forward was causing problems but the Lewis defence were holding firm. The big fella takes a card in his eagerness to get the ball. A Tranent attack down their left allows some space for a shot and what a shot, the angle was acute but the pace deceives Scott in goals and its 2-1 on 30mins. Roars and cheers from the away support showing their relief and the game is truly back on. It stays like this until the half time whistle. 
 
Half Time: Lewis United Youth 2-1 Tranent Colts

Throwing caution to the wind Tranent push forward looking for the equalizer. They push the fullback further forward and the big Tranent fella moves off the wing and through the middle. The pressure on the Lewis team is mounting and only great defending is keeping Tranent at bay.
 
Tranent are zipping ball around firing in the crosses for the big fella. Lewis are having some success on the counter trying to push Tranent back but it’s too frantic. The game is on a knife edge, either team looks capable of scoring. Subs from both sides appear to try and freshen the legs up. There are missed opportunities on both sides, the touch line support groan and yell their support. Scott in the Lewis goal pulls of a great save to deny Tranent.
 
The ref has to step in to calm players and supporters as emotions run high. A few “cup” tackles and challenges leaves the ref no option but to bring a card out against Tranent. It is Tranent who break through, with a hint of offside a right wing cross is powered home by the Tranent forward on 60 minutes. It is celebrated like a winning goal… but extra time beckons. 
 
Full Time: Lewis United Youth 2-2 Tranent Colts
 
 
Both sets of boys now look tired. Heavy legs and wayward passes are a plenty. The nerves are showing on both sides. Chances are now at a premium and the Lewis boys care the first to spurn a glorious opportunity. Liam drags his shot wide from a good position. Both sets of boys are giving everything. There is nothing between either team in determination and their will to win. 

Half Time in Extra Time: Lewis United Youth 2-2 Tranent Colts

Now it is Tranent’s turn to miss an even bigger chance to score. Tired legs sees the Lewis defence misjudge a high ball and allows the Tranent forward to pick a spot but fired wide.
 
Relief on the Lewis sidelines utter disbelief on the Tranent sideline. Tranent push everyone forward looking for the killer blow. It is not to be as eventually the Lewis counter attack opens space on the Lewis right and James swings in a cross come shot which cannons off the crossbar to land at the onrushing Harry who, with the keeper on the deck, only has to hit the target, and does, volleying high into the net with only a couple minutes left. Joyous scenes from the Lewis boys, the Lewis touchline don’t hide the joy either, hugs and whoops of relief all round! Lewis coaches try to focus the boys again. But Tranent are now spent. They gave it their all and in this close a game it was going to be a case of the winners being the ones who take their chances and it is Lewis United Youth who head into the next round. 

A passionate affair from two very equally matched teams. Both teams believed they deserved to win. There were possibly only five real chances for each team of which Lewis converted three and Tranent only two.
 
Full Time in Extra Time: Lewis United Youth 3-2 Tranent Colts
 
Monday, 28 October 2013 13:24

Holytown scrape past battling Helensburgh

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Helensburgh FC
 vs
Holytown Colts YC
 
 
 
U17's Scottish Cup Round 3
 
27 October 2013
 
 
 
The October weather had already decided this was not a day for silky football, but give both teams credit for trying to get the ball on the ground and play football. 

Chances were few and far between still Holytown got the opener on 21 minutes after a couple of blocked shots resulted in a scramble with Marc Newton slotting the ball from the edge of the box.
 
Helensburgh tried to battle back and claimed for a penalty after a long ball over the Holytown Colts defence resulted in a clash between the Colts Keeper and Helensburgh Striker. The referee gave a goal kick much to the disgust of the home team.
 
Graham Miller and Andy Cusick worked a neat short corner on the left wing with Graham Miller driving the ball low & hard across the six yard box Marc Newton was there again to provide a neat finish to the move.
 
Half Time: Helensburgh 0-2 Holytown Colts

There must have been some strong words at half time from the Helensburgh coach as they came out battling straight from kick off. The hard work paid off for Helensburgh on 50 minutes when Scott McGregor capitalised on a defensive error and raced through to beat the Holytown Keeper from 10 yards.
 
Helensburgh now had their heads up and chasing an equaliser. Holytown resisted the pressure and were still trying to go forward to finishing the game off with chances falling to Marc Newton and Stephen Battersby who both tried long range efforts only to just miss the target. Best chance of the second half fell to Andrew Girdwood, after a great cross from the left by Alex Bear he met the cross with a fantastic header only to see it fall narrowly wide of the target. Helensburgh threw everything into attack for the last few minutes but the additional strikers couldn't break down the strong Holytown defence. 
 
Full Time: Helensburgh 1 Holytown Colts 2
 

 

Jerviston FC
 vs
Crosshouse Athletic
 
 
 
U13's Trans World Soccer Scottish Cup R3
 
27 October 2013
 
 
 
Both teamsentered this 3rd round Scottish cup tie as top of their respective league (LFDA and CAYFA) so it was looking like a good game from the outset.
 
Up against the elements both teams tried to play the football in the correct manner and resisted temptation to punt the ball up the park.
 
The game started evenly with both teams working hard to gain the upper hand.
 
Eventually the home side made the break through after a great cross from Robbie Duddy onto the head of Jerviston Fc's Nathan McConnell who directed the ball into the keepers right hand post. 1-0 Jerviston
 
The second goal came after further pressure from Jerviston resulting in a through ball leaving a 50-50 challenge with Jervistons Matthew Sinclair and the Crosshouse goalkeeper bravely diving to the advancing players feet but just missing out on the tackle and receiving a sore one as a result. The ball broke kindly to Kian Marshall who calmly slotted away for his first.
 
Crosshouse continued to try and press Jerviston up the pitch and the excellent distribution from the keeper helped then put pressure on Jerviston on a number of occasions.
 
Jerviston's third came from a great through ball from midfielder Dean Bell and a fantastic sole effort from the big centre forward Kian Marshall that seen him take on two Crosshouse Players and calmly slot past the advancing goalkeeper.
 
Although going 3 down Crosshouse didn't give up and had their best passage of play in the last part of the 1st Half with numerous corners, a penalty claim and a direct freekick just over the bar.
 
Half time: Jerviston FC u13s 3-0 Crosshouse Athletic
 
Crosshouse obviously had a good team talk at half time as they came out fighting in the second half and worked hard to try and gain the upper hand with play going end to end.
 
it took almost 20 minutes before Jerviston got their third goal which came from a good corner kick that was cleared by the Crosshouse defenders only to the edge of the box where Robbie Duddy took a great first touch and hit a sweet volley which took a wicked deflection which left the keeper the no chance.
 
Jerviston had the upper hand by this point and if it wasn't for some great defending and the fantastic reflexes of the Crosshouse keeper they could have had a couple more.
 
With the game fizzing out Jerviston got their 5th and final goal from a great passage of play and through ball to substitute forward Max Baird who was on the pitch a matter of minutes and made a great strike from just outside the box across the goalkeeper into his bottom righthand corner.
 
Full time: Jerviston FC 5-0 Crosshouse Athletic
 
Good luck to both teams for the rest of the season and to Jerviston for the next round of the Cup. 
 
 
Sunday, 27 October 2013 23:45

Lions run rampant over Culter

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Culter BC
 vs
St Johns Lions
 
 
 
U14's Trans World Soccer Scottish Cup R3
 
26 October 2013
 
 
 
St Johns Lions progressed in the Scottish Cup after a strong away win against Culter BC.
 
It was the home team Culter BC scored the first goal from a strong run through the middle of the park.
 
St Johns Lions regrouped and scored two good team goals before half time.

Culter started strongly in the second half before the Kirkcaldy team scored the third goal. St Johns Lions’ 4th goal was also a good team goal and effectively won the game. Both teams played in a good competitive spirit.
 
Full time: Culter BC 1-4 St Johns Lions
 
 

 

Falkirk Whites
 vs
Kennoway United
 
 
 
U15's Trans World Soccer Scottish Cup R3
 
27 October 2013
 
 
 
A mid-day kick off saw Falkirk host Kennoway in the Scottish Cup.

From the start Falkirk pressed well and tested the keeper with a low cross patches of the game looked good for Falkirk when on the 25 minutes Falkirk won a corner they used the short corner technique which Kieran Mcallum hit the cross bar with his shot .

With time passing Falkirk won a free kick 35 yards out. Falkirk’s Callum stood over it but ballooned it over the bar into the stand . Kennoway had a chance when the ball fell nicely for Reece who chipped the keeper but a great clearance from Scott black

Near then end of the half Falkirk had two good chances when Ross Allan swung a cross over to Jake Mc who volleyed it over the bar. Two minutes later Jake played a through ball to Callum, who placed it passed the post in the last minute of the half, Kyle McLung made a forward run and chipped it over the keeper but by the post.

Half time: Falkirk Whites 0-0 Kennoway United

At the start of the second half both midfields were strong when on the 45 minutes Kennoway won a corner, it was a good delivery that could not be cleared when Kennoway, no 10 done an overhead kick in to the roof of the net. Kennoway 1-0 Falkirk (45).

Falkirk were looking weak when on the 60 minutes another cross came in and another goal for Kennoway with a screamer of a volley 2-0 Kennoway (60).

The game settled down looking like a comfortable win for the fifers when all of a sudden Falkirk’s Jake ran through the heart of midfield and hit a unstoppable shot in to the top corner giving Falkirk a life line.

In the dying moments Falkirk mover Robbie Young up front . A teasing ball from Falkirks Kieran Mcallum met Robbie who was clear through on goal to tap it by the keeper for the equaliser in the last two minutes.

Full time: Falkirk Whites 2-2 Kennoway United
 
As extra time started both teams looked tired with some pressure from Kennoway most likely to score with a few good shots .

In the last six minutes Falkirk found themselves on the counter attack when another good ball found Robbie who put it past the goalie again for what had to be the winning goal. His team mates went mental taking him to the ground Falkirk 3-2 Kennoway (94).

Falkirk went into defense mode with almost everyone back defending Kennoway could not create another chance.

Final score: Falkirk Whites 2-2 Kennoway United (3-2 AET)
 
 
Sunday, 27 October 2013 22:51

Milton move into fourth round of Scottish

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Milton Rovers
 vs
Galston YFC
 
 
 
U14's Trans World Soccer Scottish Cup R3
 
27 October 2013
 
 
 
This is what cup games are all about; it certainly was a game of passion and skill in poor weather conditions.

Galston got off to the perfect start by taking a 2-0 lead before Milton got a goal back by josh Bell just before half time.

Both teams came out for the second half and produced a some great football. The Milton defence went to sleep and conceded a third goal to which seemed to spark Milton back into life.

Milton scored two fantastic goals to pull them level and it was game on. With ten minutes to go the goal of the match was scored by Reece Palmer who picked the ball up at the half way line and went on a maestro run and beat the keeper with a unstoppable shot putting Milton in the lead for the first time.

Almost straight from centre Milton pushed forward and got the fifth goal from Owen Foster to kill off any hope of a Galston come back.

Congratulations to both teams for a fantastic cup game.
 
Full time: Milton Rovers 5-3 Galston YFC
 
 
Sunday, 27 October 2013 22:27

Broxburn through in Scottish after Abernethy win

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Abernethy YFC
 vs
Broxburn Athletic Colts
 
 
 
U14's Trans World Soccer Scottish Cup R3
 
26 October 2013
 
 
 
Broxburn made the trip up to Abernethy in good spirits, having hired a bus to try and get the boys united in what they expected to be a tough encounter in the Scottish Cup. By this round where the draw opens up to play anyone, they faced the prospect of being paired with a team who we knew nothing about, however fortune had it that we were facing a team who they had played in a charity tournament last year - The Alexis Rose Trust for Meningitis, which meant they had a slight knowledge of our opponents.
 
The game itself started with both teams hesitant to take control of it, each side taking it in turns to feel each other out with regards to pace up front and at the back. While Broxburn felt they should have been playing much better they found themselves 1 then 2 goals up in quick succession, while the coaches tried and tried to get the message across to the players to settle down and become composed on the ball it never really materialised for the Broxburn side. Even after going 3 up before half time we never seemed to settle the team down from the away side, with Abernethy causing problems on the counter.
 
Half time: Abernethy YFC 0-3 Broxburn Athletic Colts
 
At half time Broxburn tried to get the message across to the players that with a little bit of composure and intelligence they could do so much better in the 2nd half hoping that they would take it on board, however the home side had different ideas and were much sharper in the 2nd half - probably after getting a stern telling off from their coaches! Broxburn found themselves getting deeper and being caught on the backfoot more than once which meant players and coaches from the Broxburn side were getting frustrated.
 
Credit to Abernethy who were pushing players up front and taking risks at the back - something that was noticed by Broxburn, and while they tried to be more attacking by pushing extra players up front to counter Abernethy's efforts Broxburn found themselves open to more and more attacks. The hosts got themselves a goal back midway through the 2nd half which by then meant we were close to having a heart attack if we'd have lost another. Thankfully Broxburn had enough in the locker to see the game out.
 
On reflection, after going 3 goals up in the first half Broxburn felt they should have went on to win the game comfortably, but tremendous credit should go to Abernethy who were no doubt sent out to win the 2nd half - which they did, and shows a good amount of character of the boys involved from both teams. Post-match the team, officials and spectators of the home side provided some fantastic hospitality for us and made Broxburn feel very welcome throughout and was thoroughly appreciated by all from the visitors!

Full time: Abernethy YFC 1-3 Broxburn Athletic Colts
 
 

 

Moorlands BC
 vs
EK Hotspur
 
 
 
U16's Trans World Scottish Cup R3
 
27 October 2013
 
 
 
In what was a strong strong second half showing, Moorlands secure their place in the next round of the Scottish Cup
 
With overhead conditions difficult, neither side found any real rhythm in the first half and clear-cut chances were at a premium.

Moorlands did get the ball in the home net only for the goal to be disallowed for offside and so the match remained scoreless at half-time.
 
Three minutes into the second period, the visitors made the breakthrough with a delightful goal. Skipper Mark McNulty strode forward from 25 yards and unleashed a peach of a shot high into the Hotspurs’ net. 
 
Ten minutes later, Moorlands doubled their advantage when centre-back Michael Clarke headed home from a corner.
 
Dean Robertson then added a third but EK answered shortly afterwards with a superb curling free-kick.
 
With ten minutes to go however, the tie was sealed as substitute Robbie Stewart pounced on a loose ball to complete the scoring.
 
Full time: Moorlands BC 4-1 EK Hotspur
 
Ross Tochel was the Moorlands Player of the Day. 
 
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