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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 14:42

SFA Youth Cup 2018/19 - Third round draw

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The draw for the third round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup was made earlier today at Hampden Park and has drawn up a few very interesting ties.
 
Last season's competition was certainly intruiging with Hibernian ultimately being crowned champions after a thrilling final against Aberdeen. They enter the side in this round and have been given a home tie against Stirling Albion, who also enter the competition in this round.
 
Aberdeen will be thankful that they have a relatively short distance to travel for their game against Inverurie Loco Works, who eased into the third round with a 6-1 win against Keith.
 
The full draw is as follows:
 
 
Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs Hamilton Academical

Rangers vs East Kilbride

Queen of the South vs Dundee United

Montrose vs Greenock Morton

St Johnstone vs Motherwell

Dundee vs Tynecastle

Camelon Juniors vs Kilmarnock

Inverurie Loco Works vs Aberdeen

Haddington Athletic vs Lossiemouth

Hibernian vs Stirling Albion

Heart of Midlothian vs St Mirren

Deveronvale vs Ross County

Fraserburgh vs Queen’s Park

Celtic vs Spartans

Kelty Hearts vs Cove Rangers

Clachnacuddin vs Buckie Thistle or Turriff United

 

All ties will be played on Friday 9th November. Buckie Thistle and Turriff United will play their tie on the 10th October.

Thursday, 27 September 2018 12:17

SWF Youth Scottish Cup Semi-Final Previews

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It’s SWF Youth Cup semi-final time this weekend, and with six hugely exciting matches to come, YFS looks at what’s in store as we prepare to find out who’ll be booking their place in November’s finals at Oriam National Performance Centre in Edinburgh.  

At U13’s level, we should be in for two cracking cup ties as Donside Girls take on Kilmarnock Whites and Musselburgh Windsor play Kilmarnock Blues. All four teams have scored bags of goals on their way to the semi-finals, so high scoring matches should be on the cards.

Donside Girls, who currently sit joint top of the North Kim Little League, followed up their 6-0 third round victory over Hearts Development with a 3-2 quarter-final win against Central Girls Legends earlier this month. They take on a Kilmarnock Whites side that has scored 40 goals in five games this competition – including hitting Letham for ten in the preliminary round back in March.

Musselburgh Windsor, who won 3-1 away at Celtic in the third round and beat Boroughmuir Thistle Purples 8-4 in the quarter-finals, will be up against a Kilmarnock Blues team with a perfect three wins from three in their league campaign, and who saw off Lanarkshire Hibernian 4-1 in the last round.

Old rivals Celtic and Rangers clash in the first of the U15’s semi-finals. Both teams have enjoyed strong runs to this stage of the competition; for Celtic, back-to-back 9-0 wins over Falkirk and Stonehaven in the second and third rounds was followed by a 3-0 quarter-final victory over Jeanfield Swifts. Rangers meanwhile put in dominant displays against Aberdeen and Hamilton in the first two rounds – winning 5-0 and 8-0 – before seeing off Central Girls in the third round and edging a tight quarter final with current Performance League leaders Glasgow City 2-1.

In the second semi-final Hibs face a Kilmarnock side that have gotten stronger as the tournament has progressed; they survived a penalty shoot-out with Boroughmuir Thistle Whites in the second round before beating Blackburn Utd 5-1 and Hibernian Development 5-2 en route to the semi-finals. For Hibs, it’s been steady going. They haven’t hit the heights of any of the other semi-finalists yet, but they’re still to concede a goal in the competition – 3-0 wins have carried them this far. It was Hibs who prevailed in the last meeting between the two sides – 3-2 at Grange Academy in the Performance League at the start of August – but with a place in the cup final on the line, who will be celebrating come Sunday evening?

The leaders of the East/North League meet the leaders of the Joelle Murray League in the second of the U17’s semi-finals as Dryburgh Athletic take on Murieston Utd. Both teams have been dominant in their league campaigns and have carried that into the Cup; Dryburgh have scored 22 goals in their three matches in the competition so far, including a 10-1 victory over Montrose and a 9-0 quarter-final triumph over Raith Rovers. For Muiriston, a 6-1 victory away at Westdyke and a 5-0 win over Bonnyrigg Rose saw them march into the semi-finals. With such free-scoring teams coming head-to-head, fans in attendance should be in for a treat.

Before that, Hibs take on Glasgow City in what should be another exciting semi-final. City have seen off both Celtic and Rangers – away from home, no less - on their way to a clash with Hibs, and will hope the competitive nature of their two matches so far will have them feeling sharp for what will be another tough game. For the Hibees, it’s a different story altogether; bizarrely, due to withdrawals they’ve actually reached the semi’s without playing a game. Will this count against them when it comes time to test themselves against an opponent as tough as Glasgow City? All we know for certain is that it will be an exciting weekend of SWF Cup action.  

 

 

Saturday 29th September

Musselburgh Windsor vs Kilmarnock Blues (13G)

Toryglen, Glasgow

Kick-off: 2:00pm

 

Donside Girls vs Kilmarnock Whites (13G)

Toryglen, Glasgow

Kick-off: 2:00pm

 

 

Sunday 30th September

 

Rangers vs Celtic (15G)

Toryglen, Glasgow

Kick-off: 1:30pm

 

Kilmarnock vs Hibernian (15G)

Toryglen, Glasgow

Kick-off: 4:00pm

 

Glasgow City vs Hibernian (17G)

Ravenscraig, Motherwell

Kick-off: 2:00pm

 

Murieston United vs Dryburgh Athletic (17G)

Ravenscraig, Motherwell

Kick-off: 4:00pm   

Friday, 21 September 2018 18:02

SWF: U15-U19 League Round-Up

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In part two of our look at the standings in the girls’ game, YFS looks at the who’s topping the table in the rest of the SWF Youth Leagues.

In the U19 National Performance League, only two points separate leaders Celtic – on 24 points - from second placed Hibs on 22 points. After nine games, they’ve opened up a healthy lead from third placed Glasgow City, and it’s looking like the meeting between the two at Ainslie Park at the end of the month could decide whether the title heads east or west.

It’s equally tight in the U15 National Performance League, where Glasgow City currently have a four-point lead over Hibs in second and Celtic in third, however the Hoops have four games in hand over their two title rivals. Having only failed to win one of their eight games this season (a 2-2 draw with Central Girls in August), Celtic will feel confident they can claw back the points over the next month or so.

There’s also plenty of drama across the various U17 divisions. In the East/North League, Dryburgh Athletic and Dunfermline Athletic are engaged in a tussle at the top: With twelve games played, Dryburgh lead Dunfermline by three points, with their 2-1 victory in the fixture between the two back in August currently the difference maker.

In the South-East Joelle Murray League, Murieston Utd have opened up a healthy gap to second place Broxburn Athletic Colts; their 37 points is twelve more than their closest challenger – although Broxburn have two games in hand.

At Under-15 level, Forfar Farmington Falcons have taken the East League by storm; they’ve won all 13 of their games so far and only Dryburgh – with 33 points after 14 games – and East Fife Girls – with 32 points after 14 – have managed to keep in touch.

It’s a similar story in the North League. Deveronvale Girls have won all 14 of their matches and are marching towards the title. Colony Park, on 29 points after 15 games, are their nearest challenger.

In the Christie Murray League, it’s too early to tell who the favourites are to lift the title in November, but Hamilton have started well; they top the table with 13 points from their opening five matches. Just behind them are Pollock Utd, who have a maximum nine points from three games so far.

The Lee Alexander League is not long underway either, with Giffnock currently top of the league with three wins from three.

Things are looking much clearer in the South-East Frankie Brown league: Lanarkshire Hibernian and Musselburgh Windsor are way out in front. Hibs top the league with 48 points after 18 games, but Musselburgh – who are three points behind – have a game in hand. They’re both well clear of Blackburn Utd in third, who have 25 points.

Finally, Blackburn Utd Development top the South-East Kirsty Smith League. With 34 points after 13 games, they’re comfortably clear of East Lothian Ravens in second, who have 38 points having played a game more. However, In third are Spartans who are currently ten points behind Blackburn, but with four games in hand, they’ll fancy their chances of making-up the difference.

Friday, 21 September 2018 16:36

SWF: U13's League Round-Up

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With the girls’ football season already well underway, YFS is taking the opportunity to examine how things stand at the top of the tables across the country.

In this first of two parts, we take a closer look at the U13s leagues to find out who stands in poll position to clinch the title at the end of the year.

In the Becky Flaherty League, Colony Park have sown up the title with an emphatic fourteen wins from fourteen games so far. Their current goal difference of +91 emphasises their dominance over the other nine teams in the division.

Elsewhere up north, things are a lot tighter in the Kim Little League where Aberdeen 13s and Donside Girls lead the way with identical records after sixteen games (played 16, won 13, drawn 2, lost 1). With just a few games remaining this season, the meeting of the two sides on October 6 may prove to be a league decider.

In the South-East Kim Little League, things are almost as tight: Hibs sit a point clear of Bonnyrigg Rose and Hearts – but Bonnyrigg have a game in hand. It looks like we’re approaching a critical period of the season; starting September 28, three match days in row will see the top three face off against each other in their various combinations.  

Meanwhile, the Fiona Brown League still has a long way to go, but Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers have set the early pace with a perfect four wins from four, narrowly ahead of Milton and Bedley CFC, who are both sitting on nine points.

There’s also a long way to go before things are decided in the Fife League. Lomond Colts currently sit top of the table with four wins and a draw from their opening five games, a point ahead of East Fife 13s and two ahead of Bayside Braves in third having played a game more than both. With the Colts and the Braves meeting this weekend, and East Fife travelling to the Colts on the final day of the season, there could be plenty of twists and turns before the race is over.

A league that could be coming to an end soon is Tayside League 1. Jeanfield Swift 13s sit three points ahead of Montrose Youth with just two matches remaining, meaning they could clinch the title this weekend if they beat Montrose Youth Vics and Montrose Youth can’t match their result against Blairgowrie & Rattray Girls.

In Tayside League 2 things are less straightforward. After five games DUSC 13’s sit on 12 points, two ahead of Jeanfield Swifts 12’s in second. Lurking just behind them is Scone Thistle, who have a maximum nine points after three games – including inflicting DUSC’s only defeat on the opening day of the season.

In the East Regional League, three teams currently have 100% records: Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Yellows after four games, Forfar Farmington after three games and Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Strollers after two games. There’s a long way to go, but it already looks like they will be the three battling it out for the title. With Forfar playing the Yellows tomorrow, it could be a big weekend in the title race.

Two teams have made a perfect start in the Erin Cuthbert League: EKFC have won their opening five, whilst Bonnyton Thistle Blacks have won their opening four. There’s still a lot of football to be played this season, but the meeting between the two sides on October 13 has all the makings of a massive game.

There’s a three-way tie at the top of the South-East Lizzie Arnot League. Hibs Development side, Murieston Utd and Blackburn Utd all have twelve points – but only Murieston have a perfect record. They’re the only team to beat Hibs so far this season, defeating them 4-3 at the start of the month in what may prove to be crucial result.

No team has managed to break away from the pack in the Jenny Beattie League: Giffnock and St Mirren Youth are both on ten points after five games, whilst Morton have the same points despite having played a game less. St Mirren play Giffnock tomorrow, giving one team the opportunity to put some distance between themselves and a close rival.

Hibernian 11’s have a slim advantage in the South-East Hayley Lauder League, a division where the top three are separated by just two points and only second place Broxburn Athletic Colts, with two wins and two draws, are undefeated.

Glasgow City Black have made a blistering start in the Chloe Arthur League; their four wins from four and +30 goal difference has them top of the table, but Dumbarton Utd – who’ve played a game more – and Thistle Weir are keeping pace. Both sit two points off the top having made impressive starts to the campaign.

In the SW/W/C League, Celtic 13’s and Kilmarnock Blues both have nine points from three matches. Joining them at the top of the pile is Gartcairn Blues, who also have nine points but have played two games more. There’s a long way to go but the meeting between Killie and Celtic on October 27 could have massive title implications.

Finally, Threave Rovers have some breathing space at the top of the Kirsty Howatt League. Their nineteen points from seven games has given them a four-point cushion to second place St Cuthbert Wanderers, who have fifteen points having played a game less.

Monday, 10 September 2018 16:58

SWF Youth Cup - U17's Semi-Final draw

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Glasgow City and Hibernian will clash once again as they were drawn against each other in the semi-finals of the SWF U17's Youth Cup.
 
The other semi-final sees Murieston United take on SWF East Region League Cup champions Dryburgh Athletic.
 
The full draw is as follows:
 
 
Glasgow City vs Hibernian
 
Murieston United vs Dryburgh Athletic
 
 
Hibernian were given a bye into the semi-finals as Hutchison Vale were withdrawn, while Glasgow City, Murieston United and Dryburgh Athletic beat Rangers, Bonnyrigg Rose and Raith Rovers respectively.
 
Both ties will be played on 30th September at a neutral location
Monday, 10 September 2018 16:43

SWF Youth Cup - U15's Semi-Final draw

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The draw for the semi-final of the SWF U15's Youth Cup has drawn up an Old Firm derby, as Rangers and Celtic are set to do battle.
 
That means that Kilmarnock will face off against Hibernian for a place in November's final
 
The full draw is as follows:
 
 
Rangers vs Celtic
 
Kilmarnock vs Hibernian
 
 
Rangers and Celtic will go into their match together having beaten Glasgow City and Jeanfield Swifts in the quarter-finals respectively. Kilmarnock beat Hibernian Development to set up their semi-final match with Hibernian, who came through as 3-0 winners against Deveronvale.
 
Both ties will take place on 30th September at a neutral location.
Monday, 10 September 2018 16:15

SWF Youth Cup - U13's Semi-Final draw

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Both Kilmarnock sides were kept apart in the draw for the semi-finals of the SWF Scottish Youth Cup.
 
Kilmarnock Blues travel to face Musselburgh Windsor, with Kilmarnock Whites set to face Donside Girls, with both matches being played at neutral venues.
 
The full draw is as follows:
 
 
Musselburgh Windsor vs Kilmarnock Blues
 
Donside Girls vs Kilmarnock Whites
 
 
Kilmarnock Blues and Kilmarnock Whites made the draw courtesy of wins against Lanarkshire Hibs and Queen of the South Whites respectively, whislt Donside Girls beat Central Girls Legends and Musselburgh Windsor beat Boroughmuir Thistle Purples.
 
Both ties will be played on the 30th September
Thursday, 06 September 2018 17:30

SWF Youth Cup 2018 - Quarter final results roundup

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The SWF Scottish Youth Cup has ten mouth watering ties in store this weekend, across three age groups. Here's the latest results:
 
Under 13s
Donside Girls v Central Girls Legends (Sunday)
Kilmarnock Blues 4-1 Lanarkshire Hibernian
Kilmarnock Whites 5-3 Queen of the South Whites
Musselburgh Windsor 8-4 Boroughmuir Thistle Purples
 
Under 15s
Celtic 3-0 Jeanfield Swifts
Hibernian 3-0 Deveronvale Girls
Hibernian 15s Development 2-5 Kilmarnock
Rangers 2-1 Glasgow City
 
Under 17s
Hutchison Vale v Hibernian
Murieston United v Bonnyrigg Rose 
(Glasgow City and Dryburgh Athletic have already reached the semi-finals)
 
The Scottish Lowland Football League & East of Scotland U20s is set for an expansion which will change the landscape of the top end of youth football in Scotland dramatically. The influx of Scottish Junior FA sides joining the Scottish FA pyramid in 2018/19 has filtered down to youth level and as a result twenty-eight teams are set to compete in the revamped competition.
 
The East of Scotland's youth setup has been around since the early noughties, before the idea of the Lowland League had even been tabled. At that point it was at the Under 19 age group and in its early years it struggled to attract teams to make the jump from juvenile football to the senior game. In the first decade of its existence it wasn't uncommon to see four or five teams competing.

However, in the last few seasons the competition has moved from strength to strength. Last season saw a record number of teams competiing, with fifteen involved from the season's outset. However that record number has been shattered by this season's expansion.
 
Thirteen of last season's teams will compete once again. They are: Bonnyton Thistle, BSC Glasgow, Cumbernauld Colts, Edinburgh City, Edinburgh University, Edusport Academy, Heriot-Watt University, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, Mid Annandale, Spartans, Stirling University, Tynecastle and Whitehill Welfare. Dropping out are Burntisland Shipyard and Selkirk. 
 
Former champions Preston Athletic return after a year out, whereas long time senior side Gala Fairydean will be involved at this level for the first time. Last season's East of Scotland League winners at senior level, Kelty Hearts, also join the party.
 
The remaining twelve  teams come from sides who will be playing in the East of Scotland FA for the first time: Blackburn United, Camelon Juniors, Dalkeith Thistle, Dunipace Juniors, Edinburgh United, Haddington Athletic, Hill of Beath Hawthorn, Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts, Musselburgh Athletic, Newtongrange Star, Sauchie Juniors and Tranent Juniors.
 
The format will be two sections of fourteen, with the winner of each playing off (in a one off game) to determine the league champion. This will be added to by several cup competitions and the perk of competing in the Scottish Youth FA Cup. The conference sections are as follows:

Conference A
Bonnyton Thistle
Camelon Juniors
Cumbernauld Colts
Dunipace Juniors
Edinburgh University
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Heriot-Watt University
Hill of Beath Hawthorn
Kelty Hearts
Newtongrange Star
Preston Athletic
Sauchie Juniors
Tynecastle FC
Whitehill Welfare

Conference B
Blackburn United
BSC Glasgow
Dalkeith Thistle
Edinburgh City
Edinburgh United
Edusport Academy
Haddington Athletic
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
Mid Annandale FC
Musselburgh Athletic
Spartans FC
Tranent Juniors
University of Stirling
 
 
The draw for the SWF Youth Cup Under 13's Quarter Finals was made yesterday at Arbroath Abbey in the East Region. 
 
Presenting the draw was SWF Club and Competitions Officer, Lorna Cameron, and conducting the draw was Scottish FA East Region’s Girl’s & Women’s Club Development Officer, Sam Milne, and Angus Alive Football Development Officer, Ross Smith.
 
The full draw is as follows:
 
 
Dryburgh Athletic v Raith Rovers
Murieston United v Bonnyrigg Rose
Hutchison Vale v Hibernian
Rangers v Glasgow City FC
 
 
 
All the ties are local affairs, with no team having to leave their respective regions for their matches. Last season's finalists Glasgow City, just off the back of avenging their defeat against champions Celtic in last year's showpiece event, take on the other side of the Old Firm in Rangers, whilst there is an intruiging Edinburgh derby on show between Hutchison Vale and Hibernian.
 
All tie will be played on the weekend of 8/9th September