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Tuesday, 22 October 2013 17:50

SFA Youth Cup 2013/14 - Round 4 draw

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Following the weekend of Round 3 ties (click here for results), the U20 SFA Youth Cup fourth fourth draw has been made for the SFA Youth Cup. Eighteen teams remain, with third round matches still to be contested between Formartine United & Arbroath and Celtic & Stenhousemuir. 
Remaining in contention are the youth outfits of seven SFPL Premiership clubs, ten SFPL lower league clubs and Formartine United representing the Highland Football League.
Fourth round draw:
Rangers FC v Hibernian FC
Queen’s Park v Queen of the South 
Kilmarnock FC v Motherwell FC
Raith Rovers v St. Mirren 
Heart of Midlothian v Formartine United or Arbroath 
Greenock Morton v Ayr United 
St. Johnstone v Celtic or Stenhousemuir 
Dunfermline Athletic v Cowdenbeath
Ties will be played on Sunday 24th November.
Dates for the remaining rounds are as follows:
Fifth Round - Sunday 23rd February
Semi Finals - Sunday 23rd March
Final - Date and Venue TBC 
Sunday, 20 October 2013 22:02

SFA Youth Cup - Round 3 results roundup

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Fourteen of the sixteen SFA Youth Cup third round ties were played on Sunday 20th October. The results were as follows:
Celtic FC P-P Stenhousemuir FC (to be played 30th October)
Cove Rangers 1-3 Cowdenbeath FC
Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 Dundee United
Falkirk FC 1-3 Raith Rovers
Formartine United P-P Arbroath FC (to be played 27th October)
Greenock Morton 2-0 Fraserburgh
Hamilton Academical 2-4 Heart of Midlothian
Hibernian 5-1 Ross County
Kilmarnock FC 3-0 Aberdeen FC
Livingston 0-1 Ayr United
Montrose FC 0-4 Motherwell FC (pictured, right)
Queen of the South 4-1 Annan Athletic
Queen’s Park 2-2 Inverness CT (Queens Park win 4-1 on penalties)
Rangers FC 6-0 Dumbarton FC
St Johnstone 3-0 Stirling Albion
St Mirren 2-1 Partick Thistle
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 15:03

SYFA Challenge Cup - Third Round Draw

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The Scottish Youth FA have drawn the third  round of the Trans World Soccer SYFA Challenge Cup for 2013/14. Games will be played the weekend of the 26/27th October 2013. You can access the draw by clicking on the links below:


Blantyre BC
Jimmy Johnstone Academy
U15's Trans World Soccer SYFA Cup R2
09 October 2013
Blantyre recorded another Scottish Cup victory with a dramatic 3-2 win over Jimmy Johnstone Academy Under 15s. Having gone 2 goals down within 15 minutes, this was an uphill battle for the home side, who are unbeaten in an impressive start to their season. 
It took some time for the Yellows to adjust to the visitors' flexible use of an extra man in midfield and it was this numerical advantage in the centre that resulted in the first goal. The whites over-ran the midfield and shot past Jason in the Blantyre goal. A disappointing start which was to get even worse just minutes later when Jimmy Johnstone Academy struck again after some hesitancy at the back from the Boys' Club. Blantyre 0 - 2 Jimmy Johnstone Academy. 
The visitors looked strong and determined to win as Blantyre struggled to find a shape that suited the opposition. The 2nd goal acted as a sharp kick in the tail, though, and the ever able Luke "Funky" McKibbin marked the drifting number 4 for the Academy, whose flexible role in the team was causing the home side so many problems. This gained Blantyre more control on the game and resulted in periods of sustained pressure. This paid off when Lee Brown fired home to bring his side right back into the game. Blantyre 1 - 2 Jimmy Johnstone Academy. 
The rest of the half was dominated by Blantyre, with the midfield finally gaining control of the match. Michael McGinty was a constant menace on the left and Robbie worked extremely hard to control the right flank. James O'Donnelly and Callum Munro were now dominating the middle in a way they had struggled to do in the early minutes of the game and were now central to the Yellows dictating play. The back 4 were now looking solid, Reiss Mulvanney and Ryan McGuinness impressive in the centre with Luke McPartlane and Dylan McStravock assured at full back. 
It was the impressive Lee who, again, was to find the net to deservedly take the home team level with 10 minutes remaining of the first half. Blantyre 2 - 2 Jimmy Johnstone Academy. The dominance continued as the visitors struggled to come to terms with what was happening. Blantyre continued to create chances and could have snatched another couple of goals. The half time whistle was as much a disappointment to Blantyre as it was a relief to the Academy.
Half time: Blantyre BC 2-2 Jimmy Johnstone Academy 
The second half was a real contest of determination, heart and desire to win. Both sides emerged from the changing rooms with a place in the next round on their radars, making the remainder of the game a tense and competitive affair. Chances were created at both ends, with the home side having the more clear cut opportunities. Most notable were Lee's chance that clipped the bar and Ryan's "10 bob heid" header from James' corner. Lee did put the Yellows ahead midway through the second half to complete his hat trick and to finish the scoring. Blantyre 3 - 2 Jimmy Johnstone Academy. 
The game continued to be hard fought, but concluded to great rejoicing after 6 minutes of stoppage time.
Full time: Blantyre BC  3-2 Jimmy Johnstone Academy
Jimmy Johnstone Academy are an impressive side who must have felt they had the job done after only 10 minutes of their trip to Blantyre, however, that did not take account of the fighting spirit of the Boys Club who do not ever accept defeat. Lesser sides would have folded after losing two early goals to a side as strong as Jinky's Academy. Blantyre Boys Club did not and confidently await the draw for the next round of the national cup competition.