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Tuesday, 29 October 2013 17:33

Stewarton edge tight game in Lady Darling Cup

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Stewarton Annick
 vs
Castlemilk BC
 
 
 
U21 Lady Darling Cup
 
27 October 2013
 
 
 
Stewarton, who are lying bottom of the league table on goal difference, hosted Castlemilk, five places ahead of their hosts, in the Lady Darling Cup. The cup is open to clubs who were knocked out of the Scottish Cup in the opening rounds. Stewarton also had revenge on their minds as they were beaten 7-0 away from home in the league fixture, albeit when they had a depleted squad. 

The hosts started the opening half the better as they had the wind behind. They were set up well and did not allow Castlemilk to play the football that had beaten them easily in their previous meeting. 

Stewarton found themselves in good positions in the final third but could not get any real shots away. They also looked susceptible to swift counter attacks from their guests but Castlemilk could not trouble Stewarton’s keeper Jason Tollan.

The referee was central to the match and had some work to do midway through the first half. One of Castlemilk’s coaches was sent off after he voiced his argument towards a decision for a free kick to Stewarton. The referee felt he was too aggressive in his complaints and made the decision to send the coach away from pitch side.

Shortly after the sending off, Annick were able to take the lead. Central midfielder Taylor McGuiness’ corner from the left hand side was driven into the penalty area. The cross was missed by everyone but Mark Askew was alive enough to side foot the ball into the corner from six yards out. 

After the goal, Stewarton continued to look the better. They could create half chances but were unable to trouble Castlemilk’s keeper. As before, the hosts continued to look fragile when Castlemilk broke with pace and power. 

At half time, Stewarton went in 1-0. They deserved their lead and looked the better side despite the fact that there were very few chances for either side in the first forty-five. 
 
Half Time: Stewarton Annick 1-0 Castlemilk B.C. 

As the sides changed ends the flow of the match changed. Castlemilk were in the ascendency for the majority of the half but looked, as Stewarton did in the first half, like a swift counter could do harm. 

The away side were having joy when they used the pace of their wingers and could get the ball in behind the Stewarton full backs. Castlemilk had numerous opportunities to get shots away but alot of the time they were crowded out as the attacker was pushed into the defensive midfielders who were strong in the tackle throughout the match. 

As Stewarton tired Castlemilk were finding more space on the park as the hosts’ pressing dropped off slightly. They were given the chances to find their equaliser through a string of free kicks given away by Stewarton. The most notable chance came from a cross from just inside the Stewarton half. The ball was played into the Stewarton area and a looped header was put just over the bar with the keeper beaten. 

As we entered the final ten minutes Stewarton were under alot of pressure and made a couple of changes which helped the side press higher up the park. 

The referee had more work to do as Castlemilk finished the side a coach and a player light. The referee got in the way of a quick throw from the visitors which was not the first time in the game the away side felt the referee had stopped one of their attacks. Castlemilk’s right back had some words to say to the referee who felt he had over stepped the mark and gave the defender a straight red. 

With the man extra Stewarton were able to see out the remaining few minutes as they kept the ball well. 

The final result was 1-0 to Stewarton Annick. They were very good in the opening period and deserved their lead at the halfway mark. Castlemilk stepped up in the second half and could, probably should, have atleast equalised
 
Full Time: Stewarton Annick 1-0 Castlemilk B.C. 
 
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 17:18

TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - Round 4 Draw 2013/14

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The Scottish Youth FA have drawn the fourth round of the Trans World Soccer SYFA Challenge Cup for 2013/14. Games will be played the weekend of the 16th/17th November 2013. You can access the draw by clicking on the link below:
 
 
 
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:51

Second division Currie Star keep cup dream alive

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Currie Star
 vs
Rangers SABC
 
 
 
U16's Scottish Cup Rnd 3
 
27 October 2013
 
 
 
An excellent performance from Currie Star from the second division saw them progress to the next round of the Scottish Cup, defeating Rangers SABC who play in the first division in Glasgow, by four goals to one.
Rangers took the lead after three minutes with a free kick from 30 yards but it was short lived after Currie drew level with a free kick from the edge of the box which was drilled home by their number nine, Mark McGovern. With two minutes remaining of the 1st half, Currie went 2-1 in front with Marc McCall getting on the score sheet. 
 
Half Time: Currie Star 2-1 Rangers SABC
 
The second half saw Rangers reduced to ten men after one of their players received a double red card. He was shortly followed by their coach who was also shown his marching orders.
Currie Star continued to dominate proceedings and went further ahead with a fine individual goal from McGovern. With 10 minutes remaining, Currie Star scored their fourth as McGovern completed his hat-trick. 
 
Full Time: Currie Star 4-1 Rangers SABC
 
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:40

Musselburgh Windsor win clash of champions

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Musselburgh Windsor
 vs
Huntly FC
 
 
 
U19's Scottish Cup Rnd 3
 
27 October 2013
 
 
 
Today's 3rd round Scottish Cup tie saw Musselburgh Windsor U19's welcome Huntly FC to Pinkie. This was going to be an intriguing game as last season’s League Champions from the North visited the League Champions from the South East. 

Despite a bus journey of several hours the Huntly lads started the game brightly and matched the Windsor's high tempo passing game. Early indications were this game was going to be a tight affair. Both defences held firm in the opening exchanges as chances were limited. 

The Windsor looked the more composed on the ball and looked the likelier to open the scoring. However, Huntly's first effort on goal almost nestled in the top corner, when one of their strikers volleyed a great shot on the spin from 25 yards, only to see it whiz passed the post. 

Windsor responded with a succession of corners but couldn't get the killer touch with Swinney coming closest with a header at the back post saved by the keeper. 

Both teams welcomed the half time whistle, and a well-deserved break, as the game was heavily contested in all areas. Musselburgh edged it in the first half and would look to use the wind to their advantage in the second. 
 
Half Time: Musselburgh Windsor 0-0 Huntly FC
 
As expected, the Windsor started the second half strongest, with a now strong wind helping them pin Huntly back. 

Despite their opening 10 minutes of pressure, they still couldn't find the breakthrough as Huntly's defence held firm. Their teammates took inspiration from the back four's display and went on to enjoy their best spell of the game. 

For a 20 minute period Huntly had knocked the Windsor off their stride and looked like they might open the scoring. This time it was the Windsor's back four who held firm. 

Midway through the 2nd half you could sense that only one goal would settle this game as both teams battled for the winner. 

Scott-Learmonth's shot from distance brought out a good stop from Huntly's keeper, as he palmed it over. The resulting corner saw Stewart unlucky not to score as he rose highest in the box. 

Inside the final ten minutes and the tension began to rise. Windsor attacked and won a corner out wide left. McIntyre's quick short corner caught Huntly cold. He found Scott-Learmonth at the corner of the 18yd box. He looked up and curled an exquisite shot into the far top corner, sparking the celebrations on the Windsor touchline. 

The remaining minutes were very tense as Huntly looked to battle back into the game and the Windsor looked to see it out. Despite a valiant effort from Huntly the ref brought this very entertaining game to a climax. 

The manner in which both teams embraced each other at the end said it all. It was noticeable a great deal of respect was earned by both teams today. The spirit of the Scottish Cup was evident at its best today. 

A very tight encounter decided by an excellent strike, overall Musselburgh Windsor deserved the victory given they troubled Huntly's defence more. However, it was one of those games that could've went either way.  
 
Full Time: Musselburgh Windsor 1-0 Huntly FC
 
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:28

Edina coast into last 32

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Dundee West
 vs
Edina Hibs CFC
 
 
 
U13's Scottish Cup Rnd 3
 
27 October 2013
 
 
 
Edina Hibs CFC under 13s made the trip up to Dundee to face a buoyant Dundee West FC who were undefeated in all competitions this season. 

Straight from the first whistle the away side had the boys from Dundee on the back foot after some great passing moves on an awkward surface. Edina looked to get their noses in front creating four excellent chances in the first 15 minutes however a combination of some poor finishing and last ditch clearances kept the score at 0-0.

When Dundee were starting to make inroads into the game Edina swept forward winning their second corner. Nicky Aitchison sent in a great delivery for the excellent Jordan Keenan to power home a header at the back post to put the Edinburgh side ahead.

This stirred the West into action a good move down the right hand side ended with a free kick to the Hosts. The resulting free kick hammered he bar from 25 yards but the Dundee striker reacted the quickest to fire the ball into the net. The next 10 minutes seen Edina move up a gear and hit West with 5 goals, the pick of the bunch was a great flowing move finished off by Leno Degaetano placing the ball into the far corner giving the Dundee ‘keeper no chance.
 
Half Time: Dundee West 1-6 Edina Hibs CFC
 
The second half started with West pressing quicker over the park but still finding it difficult to create any openings against a dominant Edina rear-guard well marshalled by Jordan Keenan and Jonathon Sedstrem. 

Edina were in seventh heaven when Owen Bryce was put through on goal and showed tremendous composure to sweep the ball past the on rushing Dundee keeper. Edina brought on 5 substitutes with Jay Thomson missing a chance after another flowing Edina move.
 
Liam Edmonston powered home his hattrick and Edina's 8th before Dundee scored a deserved 2nd from a powerful free-kick into the top Corner from the edge of the Edina box.
The whistle blew with Edina progressing into the fourth round.
 
Full Time: Dundee West 2-8 Edina Hibs CFC
 
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:24

Windsor continue unbeaten run in style

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Mussleburgh Windsor
 vs
Fairmuir BC
 
 
 
U13's Scottish Cup Rnd 3
 
27 October 2013
 
 
 
Fairmuir travelled from Dundee to face a Musselburgh Windsor team on a long unbeaten run. With both teams going well in their respective leagues a close game was anticipated. 

There was a strong breeze blowing down the pitch in Fairmuir's favour at the kick off but both teams settled in well to the game. Fairmuir began to dictate the game with Kieran McWilliam controlling the middle of the park. However, despite their pressure, they didn't really trouble Greg Fisher in the Windsor goal. 

Windsor took the lead after 19 minutes when good work on the right between Ollie Short and Robbie Martin allowed Harry Hood to play Windsor striker William Aitken through on goal. As Fairmuir keeper Connor Reilly closed down Aitken he calmly lobbed the ball over the keeper into the net. 

This goal settled Windsor and they began to exert pressure on the Fairmuir goal. Goalkeeper Reilly had an unbelievable save from a 10 yard shot from Windsor's James Malcolm, turning the ball round the post. He repeated this from another Malcolm shot, this time a free kick, 5 minutes later. 

Fairmuir then took control of the game again and pressed Windsor back in the last 10 minutes of the half. But despite a flurry of corners and a three-times-taken indirect free kick in the Windsor penalty box, were unable to make any headway. 
 
Half Time: Musselburgh Windsor 1-0 Fairmuir
 
With Windsor having the benefit of the strong breeze in the second half they started well and were soon pressing for a second goal. Robbie Martin in particular was having great success down the right wing. Windsors second came 10 minutes into the half. A great corner from Marc Forsyth flashed across the goal and was bundled into the goal by Hood. 

Windsor were beginning to find gaps in the Fairmuir defence now and Reilly was called into action more often. He then repeated his first have wonder save, this time from Windsor striker Aitken, which would've probably killed the game. 

Windsor's third was not long after when Cameron Laidlaw beat the defender to the loose ball after good work from Ethan Williams. 

Despite being 3 goals down, Fairmuir were still mounting attacks to try and get back into the game. Their efforts were rewarded 10 minutes from time when Windsor couldn't clear the ball from their six yard box and after two blocks, Fairmuir's Liam McCord smashed a shot into the Windsor goal. 

However, despite some late pressure from Fairmuir, the Windsor saw out the rest of the game for a good 3-1 win. 

Both teams deserve tremendous credit for playing out a good game in tricky conditions. The atmosphere was a credit to youth football and was oplayed in a very sporting manner throughout. 
 
Full Time: Musselburgh Windsor 3-1 Fairmuir
 

 

Dryburgh Athletic
 vs
Spartans Reds
 
 
 
U15's Scottish Cup Rnd 3
 
27 October 2013
 
 
 
Last year’s beaten semi-finalists travelled to Dundee to face Dryburgh in the Scottish Cup for a match against Dundee's finest. Dryburgh had amazingly been unbeaten since the two teams faced each other in the 5th round of the competition last year. 

Conditions were less than perfect as the teams kicked off. Howling wind and a heavy pitch made it difficult for either team to get into any sort of rhythm. Dryburgh, intent on revenge, pushed hard at Spartans but the centre defensive partnership of Oran Hosey and Ross Thomson held firm and limited the home teams’ chances. One shot from Dryburgh trickled agonisingly wide of Jamie Mitchells post with inches to spare bringing gasps from the home crowd. 

After weathering the early storm Spartans began to get more involved in the game and grow in confidence. The breakthrough came approximately 10 minutes from half time as neat passing in midfield resulted in a through ball from Kieran Pirie that set Matt Brady on his way. Poised to shoot, Brady was upended by the last defender. Matt picked himself up to despatch the penalty into the bottom left hand corner to the delight of the travelling support. 
 
Half Time: Dryburgh Athletic 0-1 Spartans Reds
 
The second half saw Spartans play against the wind and this forced them to try and keep the play short and neat, which in turn allowed them to dictate more of the play. 10 minutes into the second half good play was rewarded when 'Ogi' Yilidirim laid on Brady who shot from the edge of the box to double the visitors lead.
 
Minutes later Brady completed a hat trick with another penalty. Breaking into the box he rode one penalty tackle only to be brought down by the keeper as he attempted to round him. He coolly picked himself up and effectively settled the tie with a shot high into the net. 

Dryburgh worked hard to get something and were rewarded when there forward nicked in between the Spartans defenders to slot past an on rushing Mitchell in the Spartans goals. 

Spartans saw out the final 15 minutes with some smart play but were delighted when the final whistle blew and the victory was secured.
 
Full Time: Dryburgh Athletic 1-3 Spartans Reds
 
Monday, 28 October 2013 15:33

Gala victorious in 8 goal cup thriller

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Gala Fairydean Rovers
 vs
Rannoch Rovers
 
 
 
U13's Scottish Cup Rnd 3
 
27 October 2013
 
 
 
GALA entertained Rannoch Rovers from Coatbridge in the third round of the Scottish Cup at the 3G Arena on Sunday.

It proved to be an action-packed match with the home side winning 5-3 after extra time in front of a large crowd.

Goals from Patrick Carlin saw Gala take a 2-0 lead but if it hadn't been for an outstanding save by keeper Aiden Black prior to half time the score could have been closer.
 
Half Time: Gala Fairydean Rovers 2-0 Rannoch Rovers
 
The second half saw a brave comeback from Rannoch and midway through the second half the teams were all square.
 
A third goal was slotted away by Carlin after a tremendous through ball by Josh Lamb but a last minute goal from Rannoch took the game to extra time.
 
Full Time: Gala Fairydean Rovers 3-3 Rannoch Rovers
 
Extra time saw Gala play a little more settled than they had been playing at points  and goals from Carlin and Daniel Cairney clinched Gala's place in the draw for round four of the Scottish Cup.
 
Full Time in Extra Time: Gala Fairydean Rovers 5-3 Rannoch Rovers
 
Monday, 28 October 2013 15:06

Campsie hit six in last 16

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Campsie Black Watch
 vs
Leith Athletic
 
 
 
U21's Scottish Cup Round 3
Merkland Astro Turf
27 October 2013
 
 
 
The game could not be played at Station Road as the council had put the pitch off on Friday so it had to be moved to Merkland Astro Turf.

This we thought would suit Leith more than us as they play all their home games on astro turf and also train twice a week on it, however this was not to be the case. 

Campsie started the more positive knocking the ball about as well as I’ve seen on astro and it was only 5 minutes on the clock when Leith made a pass back which the goalkeeper lifted, the indirect free kick could not have been any more than 3 yards from goal so Leith set up a full wall that took up the whole of the goal line but as the free kick was passed to McWilliams to hit the wall broke and McWilliams fierce shot hit the back of the net for the opener.
After some good football from both teams, McGuire burst from midfield and chipped the keeper who could only watch as the ball sailed into goal to double Campsie’s lead. 

Two minutes later up stepped Cassidy who picked up a pass from Elliot and made no mistake finishing the move off for three nil. 

Campsie were well on top now and when a corner was swung in to the back post to be met by Hamill it looked odds on he was going to score only for the ball to come back off the post but Prentice was there to clean up 4-0 and half time. 
 
Half Time: Campsie Black Watch 4-0 Leith Athletic

The second half was much the same as the first with good football being played by both teams but with Campsie the more dangerous of the two.

Murney had a good shot saved in the 48th minute but that man Cassidy was there to slot the ball home again to make the score five nil.

But the best was yet to come when in the 64th minute McWilliams found himself through on goal and hit a 25 yard screamer high into the net to make the final score Campsie Black Watch 6, Leith Athletic 0 which means Campsie are into the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup.
 
Full Time: Campsie Black Watch 6-0 Leith Athletic
 
Monday, 28 October 2013 15:02

Colony Locos ease into fourth round

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Colony Locos
 vs
Kennoway United
 
 
 
U19's Scottish Cup Round 3
Gairock Sports Centre
27 October 2013
 
 
 
Colony Locos took on Kennoway United in the third round of the Scottish Cup at the Garioch Sports Centre. 

The visitors didn't get off to the best of starts. Kennoway had to make a last minute change to their line up after one of their players picked up an injury in the warm up. Despite this it was the visitors who started the strongest. Colony did however deal with their direct approach and soon settled into the game. 

Colony were settled into their passing game and were soon using the width of the pitch to their advantage. First Lawrence down the left and then Turriff down the right were causing Kennoway problems. It was from this wide position that Colony fashioned the first goal. Some good link up play from Duguid opened Kennoway up and the cross was well turned in by Wood.

Colony Locos continued to keep possession and restricted their opponents to long direct balls which the dealt with well. Again some strong wide play and link up put Wood through wide. As he turned to put the cross in the ball floated over the keeper and into the back of the net. 2-0.
 
Half Time: Colony Locos 2-0 Kennoway United

Kennoway had to make a few changes after more injuries occurred. However again they started the strongest in the second half. But again the Colony defence held strong. 

Colony then broke down the right and a ball in from Turriff was turned into the net by Lawrence. It was a scrappy goal but important for Colony to get it and it seemed to break the resistance of the away side. 

Colony make several changes and the rhythm of the game broke down and they couldn't get the flowing football going again. 

Kennoway made their final change and this sparked them into life again. They brought 2 good saves from Garrow in goal. 
 
Then a bizarre own goal finished the game as a contest. The left full back was close down and found himself with no options so passed back to the keeper from half way. He over hit it and the ball raced past the keeper into the net.
 
Full Time: Colony Locos 4-0 Kennoway United