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Edinburgh City Star Black clawed themselves out of a two goal deficit to defeat Inverurie Locos 5-2, after extra time, in the third round of the Scottish Youth Cup. A hat-trick from Kieran Richmond helped the capital side progress against their Aberdeenshire opponents, who had looked favourites with fifteen minutes to go.

A strong wind blowing directly at the eastern goal dictated the early tone, with Locos high press quickly forcing Star to hit high into the gusts and not getting far. Yet against the run of play, thirteen minutes in, Edinburgh created the first chance: Richmond looping a header from a long cross, palmed by Jamie Butler to the top of the bar.

Territorial advantage allowed Inverurie’s left wingback Owen Duffy to play forward, and he dragged an effort centimetres wide. However, the game’s heat began to be generated not from chances, but some aggressive challenges that might politely have been described as ‘cup-tie football’.

Edinburgh’s primary weapon was breaking beyond Inverurie’s high line, and ten minutes before the interval both Owen McGreevy and Richmond got clear enough to prod the ball beyond the on-rushing Butler. In both cases, defenders mopped up the danger, but the opportunities foreshadowed later issues.

As the half ticked down Duffy hit the side netting from six yards after Mitchell had pounced on loose play. Then, right as the clock nudged 45, the game got a goal. A Locos corner from the right bounced in Star’s box, and Mitchell teed up a hard volley that blew through the crowd and into the net. At 1-0, everything was set for a feisty second half.

It was the home side that put their name firmly into the hat for the fourth round draw, as they ran out 2-0 winners against Syngenta Juveniles, with Joseph McGinnes scoring from the spot, and Charlie Grant scoring late on to secure the win. Their workman-like performance pushed them over the line, fighting right until the end to get through to the next round.

Blue skies created the perfect setting for a Scottish cup tie and it was the home side that began the brighter, with two half chances, one from a corner which was dealt with by the Syngenta keeper, and another which was whistled over the bar by Joseph McGinnes.

In the 14th minute, Cameron Orrock in the Syngenta goal was forced into action once again, parrying the ball out for a corner, from Ally Birk’s audacious overhead kick from just outside the box.

Syngenta Juveniles were put under the cosh, with Edinburgh piling it on with attack after attack. City’s midfield dominated the field, with Billy Birks breaking up several counter attacking attempts by the away side. It was McGinnes however, who once again found himself free 20 yards out, who came closest to scoring in that passage of play, as his shot went narrowly wide.

Just before half time, Edinburgh City were awarded a penalty, after Billy Birks was brought down inside the box. McGinnes converted cooly, to Orrock’s right, breaking the deadlock, and giving City the lead.  


Saturday, 03 November 2018 12:32

Glenburn outclass Motherwell in Scottish Cup tie

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Glenburn made the trip to King George Park in Wishaw to play Motherwell in the third round of the Scottish Cup. 

Both teams struggled in the early stages to get used to get the conditions, with the wind and rain playing its part to hinder the players, but it didn't take long to liven up. 

Alex Stanborough had the first big chance of the match as he was played clean through on goal, with the Motherwell defence nowhere to be seen, but his effort was well saved by the 'keeper.

Only minutes later Glenburn took a deserved lead and it was a fantastic goal to break the deadlock. Ted Munro picked the ball up on the halfway line and he beat three players before cutting inside and finishing really well past the goalkeeper after ten minutes.

It was a fantastic start to the game and Motherwell were playing their part as they looked for an equaliser but it was Glenburn who doubled their lead only minutes after scoring their first. 

Mathew Alexander's corner picked out Jack Morrison perfectly and his header floated into the opposite corner with the goalkeeper scrambling to give the away side an early two goal advantage. 

Glenburn were the better side and they were continuing to create the better chances, winning consecutive corners and coming close to adding to their tally but Motherwell were still battling to get back into the game.

Cameron Jess had another good chance for the team from Prestwick but his strike from a tight angle was well saved. 

Motherwell had an impressive spell of pressure on the Glenburn goal towards the end of the first half, but they couldn’t quite pull a goal back before halftime.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 20:37

Amazing Accies Progress After Penalty Shootout Drama

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Hamilton Accies U19's booked their place in the next round of the UEFA Youth League with a Ross Connelly inspired penalty shootout win over Swiss side FC Basel.

A 95th minute goal from Sean Slaven saved Accies from defeat, after it looked likely that Basel would progress on away goals, thanks to strikes from Tician Tushi and Leanardo Gaudiano.

Connelly made himself a hero in the penalty shootout, saving three Basel penalties to ensure an historic victory for Jason Scotland's side. 
Accies started brightly and were presented their first opportunity within the first ten minutes. Charlie Reilly's cross into the box was headed goal-wards by Adam Douglas, but it was a comfortable save for Niklas Steffen. Basel had their first chance soon after, Tushi's header from a Basel corner creeping past the left hand post. 
On the 16th minute Andrew Winter made himself an Accies hero. He won the ball in midfield and rifled a stunning strike into the bottom left hand corner of Steffen's goal to send Accies into the lead.
Accies were nearly caught sleeping soon after their opening goal. Leonardo Gubinelli managed to get free at the back post and fired a shot that was well saved by Accies keeper Connelly.
Basel striker Tushi levelled things up after 34 minutes, Connelly spilling a Basel cross into the path of Tushi who tapped it into an empty net to level things up on the night.  
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 12:23

Hibs on the edge of success after top two draw

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Hibs Under 23s moved to within a fingerbreadth of the Division 1 South title after a 2-2 draw with nearest rival Celtic. Two equalisers and a strong second half garnered the point that means the final game of the season will require a 3-point and 24-goal swing to deny the Edinburgh club glory.

However, this was not an easy game in Ormiston. Celtic had inflicted Hibs’ only defeats this season - once in the league, and again in the cup - and were nearly ahead in the third minute when Shannon Nagle headed Darcy Molley’s right wing corner. Keeper Alicia Yates dived to her right to parry.  

Hibs duly responded as Holly Aitchison floated a corner against the top of the Celtic bar and the left wing Ellie Jai Reid curled a shot just beyond the right post. Yet the visitors were soon ahead, in the 18th minute, via a familiar move. After Jodie Bell’s shot had been deflected wide, Molley lofted in the corner and Nagle headed. This time Yates was unsighted and the ball was in the bottom left corner.

That lead was short-lived. In the 25th minute Reid played Kirsty Morrison to the left byline. The congregation of keeper, defender and striker at the near post could only slow the driven cross, with the ball politely rolling on. Cari Johnston followed in to thump the ball into the empty net.

An even game and an even scoreline, with the title on the line, matters were getting tenser. Celtic exerted pressure on the Hibs left back area, with Emily Shearer having one cross desperately blocked and Rebecca McAllister striking straight at Yates. Yates also pipped Megan Wands to a dangerous pass, the ball rebounding off the striker for a goal kick.

Hibs were not to survive. Bell was tugged away from a through-ball, giving Celtic a free-kick on the edge of the box. Molley’s clipped strike was almost slow-motion, hitting the underside of the bar, and as the world waited Bell put the ball over the line from a yard with the last kick of the half.

Dryburgh Athletic put in a wonderful performance against Murieston United to secure their place in the SWF Scottish Cup final.

Dryburgh came into this game on the back of another impressive victory over Raith Rovers in the quarter-finals whilst Murieston had defeated Bonnyrigg rose to progress to the semi-finals.

Both teams looked to attack the game and it was Murieston who looked the more likely to score in the opening stages, spurning a few half chances as the Dryburgh defence stood firm. Dryburgh had the first big chance of the game, Katie Shaw seeing her shot heading towards the bottom left corner well saved by Murieston keeper Alice Cowley.

The next big chance came from Murieston, Shannyn Masterson seeing her free kick hit the underside of the bar after an excellent header from Dryburgh defender Ellie Cook prevented the ball traveling into the top corner.

Glasgow City cruised into the final of the SWF Scottish Cup with a professional performance over a resilient Hibs side.

City had already won the league cup in May and were looking to make it to a second cup final in four months. Hibs themselves were keen to make the final and looked up for the challenge City presented.

City had started the better side and looked more comfortable with the occasion, with Hannah Scott coming close after a defensive mix up allowed her to get a shot on target.

18 minutes in and City had their first of the afternoon, Scott making no mistake this time around as she fired low into the bottom left from 10 yards out. 

Hibs seemed to bounce back from this and were beginning to put the pressure on City. City defender Abbie Warren put in a brilliant last ditch tackle to prevent Eve McFadden getting a shot on goal.

Sunday, 30 September 2018 11:11

Spartans move past Edinburgh City to hit round three

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On a day of typical Scottish autumnal winds, Spartans Youth progressed to the third round of the inspiresport Scottish Youth Cup with a 3-1 victory over Edinburgh City. Utilising a passing game that often and impressively moved the ball with one touch football, the away team managed to conquer both their opponents and the conditions.

The opening exchanges offered promise for both teams, with Spartans going close and then Edinburgh City closer. First Keir Russell’s deflected shot wrong-footed Edinburgh City's keeper Ross Wallace but avoided the net, before a loose ball in the eigth minute was seized upon by Liam Livingstone. He rolled Jose Benito in behind the back line but, from left of centre, his shot struck only the right post.

Parity was broken in the 16th minute, and came via a less common ‘underlap’. Christopher Cameron played the ball to Jack Ewing on the right touchline, who returned it inside for Cameron’s continued run. With the defence stretched, Cameron cut the ball back to Jack Crombie who neatly put the ball just inside the far left post.

Crombie nearly added a second two minutes later after a deft passing triangle on the D set him free, only to loft just over. Yet City’s response was strong. Just a minute later Benito caught a Charlie Malone cross from the right with a volley of great technique that went fractionally wide, before immediately blocking a Josh Scoon clearance and watching the ball rebound unfortunately over.

From there, however, Spartans began to exert control. A move between Ewing, Kieran McCallum and Joseph Evenden forced Jack Perris into a superb last-ditch last-man tackle. Evenden then knocked Kornel Durda’s cross onto the top of the bar. And, finally, in the 28th minute, the resistance fell. A quality passing move through the centre concluded with exchanges between Russell and Evenden setting McCallum clear to roll in for 2-0.

The last moments of the half almost gave Edinburgh City some reward as Dalziel Cron got onto a Ross Watson cross that had evaded all other feet. Cron's effort went back across the keeper but did not beat the clearing man on the line. Surviving that meant half-time arrived with Spartans established favourites.

Sunday, 16 September 2018 14:02

Goals galore as Albion Rovers defeat Rossvale

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Albion Rovers defeated Rossvale Rovers 7-4 in an intense Scottish Cup 2nd Round tie. Four goals from Luke Barclay and other goals from Declan Lochran, Aaron Sweeney and Harris Heath sealed the win for Rovers. Rossvale's goals came from Darrell Eadie, Lewis Stewart, Ben Hamilton and Kian Royle, but on the day, Albion were too strong for Rossvale.

Albion opened the scoring on six minutes from the penalty spot. A long ball into the box by Declan Lochran was dropped by Rossvale keeper Aidan Mulholland, who then pulled down Aaron Sweeney as he was about to put the ball into an open goal, leaving the referee no option but to point to the spot. Luke Barclay stepped up and sent Mulholland the wrong way.

Rossvale then had their first chance. Good work from Lewis Stewart on the right to press the Albion defence and win the ball. He then found the space on the wing to cross into the box for Darrell Eadie whose first-time shot was well saved at point blank range by Alistair McMillan in the Albion goal.

Albion then had a chance to make it 2-0. A lovely through ball by Aidan McCarthy into the Rossvale penalty area caused a defensive mix-up at the back, which led to Albion being awarded an indirect-free kick. From the resulting free-kick, Sean Holmes laid the ball back to Luke Barclay, who struck an effort through the wall which was well saved by Aidan Mulholland.

Rossvale then levelled the scoring in the 21st minute. Cameron McKay played a ball into Kyle Martin who had the space and played a great ball into Darrell Eadie, who took one touch and dispatched the ball into the corner of the net.

Albion were back ahead just two minutes later. A corner from Harris Heath was knocked on at the front post by Barclay which was not dealt with by Rossvale and the ball fell to Declan Lochran who restored his sides lead with a cool finish from close range.

Their lead was then doubled on the 25th minute. Harris Heath again heavily involved. He found Barclay on the edge of the box who controlled the ball and carried it into the area before smashing a shot past Mulholland into the corner leaving him no chance.

Rossvale grabbed a lifeline just before half time. They were awarded a free-kick 30 yards from goal, which Lewis Stewart stepped up to take and his effort sailed over McMillan. A fantastic goal which put Rossvale right back into the tie.

Sunday, 02 September 2018 17:02

Hearts and Rangers get point across in tough draw

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Hearts and Rangers were even in Edinburgh in a goalless match that saw plenty of the midfield, occasional bite, and few chances.

Bar an early Hearts shot drifting left, the opening exchanges were mild. Hope for the hosts came in the skilled touches and turns of Jennifer Margaret Dodds and the presence of strike partner Emma McFadyen, while Rangers’ effort to locate their opponent’s vulnerability by rotating the ball through midfield was admirable. Yet by the 15th minute there had been no further strikes at goal as both defences pushed play into the middle 30 metres of the park.

A thaw in that defensive dominance began to appear as the half evolved, with Hearts the first to threaten just before the 20 minute mark. McFadyen floated a lob wide right after miscommunication in the Rangers back line, and a minute later a challenge between Dodds and Rangers keeper Chloe Rae required a clearance from behind the Glaswegians’ number one. With Hearts pushing forward, Rangers went long, and Leah Mulrine almost reached captain Ellie Macdonald’s lofted pass.

Nonetheless, it was the home side for whom the chances were beginning to fall, and when Dodds emerged from some touchline tackling in the 27th minute she was free of the fullback on the right and able to cross. McFadyen’s header went past Rae but also the post.

Rangers’ ship steadied and the half subsequently fell into another midfield battle. The first signs of needle crept in as space diminished, and it was unsurprising that the final chance of the half came from pressing rather than passing, with Rangers almost undoing themselves from their own goal kick but McFadyen hitting wide.