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Bellfield Royals
 vs
Ochiltree Youth
 
 
 
U17 CAYFA League
 
08 November 2014
 
 
 
Bellfield Royals hosted Ochiltree Youth' with both teams coming into the match looking to get maximum points, especially Ochiltree who had lost their last two league fixtures. 
 
Bellfield got the game underway and very shortly after the kick off Ochiltree pressed deep into the Bellfield half and took the lead through their number nine, making the score 1-0 to the away side.
 
Bellfield didn't let their heads drop and went in search of an equaliser, which eventually came through an unfortunate mistake from the Ochiltree goalkeeper.
 
The score line stayed the same for the reaminder of the half with the score line at 1-1.
 
Half Time : Bellfield Royals 1-1 Ochiltree Youth
 
The second half started the same as the first half had started, with Ochiltree pressing Bellfield high.
 
The Ochiltree pressure paid off as they bagged themselves two goals within quick succession, their goals came from their number nine and number two.
 
Bellfield were searching for a lifeline and this lifeline came as they managed to earn themselves a penalty, which was cooly slotted away to make the score 3-2.
 
The last eight minutes of the game Bellfield tried to press to level the scoreline but the Ochiltree defence stood strong and saw the game out.
 
This was a very well contested match from both sides who played some very neat football at times.
 
Full Time : Bellfield Royals 2-3 Ochiltree Youth
 
 
 
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 14:54

Antonine breeze past Blairdadie in league match

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Antonine BC
 vs
Blairdadie
 
 
 
DFDL Under 16 League
Mountblow
28 October 2014
 
 
 
Antonine welcomed local rivals Blairdardie to a rain sodden Mountblow in the league. For the first time this season, Antonine had a full squad available for selection.
 
The game got underway, with Antonine starting on the front foot pushing their opponents back but without creating any real chances
 
Against the run of play, the first chance fell to the visitors. As a cross/shot was heading for the top corner but Andy Carroll in the Antonine goal, tipped the ball onto the crossbar, a great save from the keeper.
 
Antonine then began to take command of the game after this early scare, seeing a lot more possession of the ball and looking dangerous going forward. 
 
Fraser James beat the offside trap, only to see his shot go wide of the target. 
 
Then, Danny Hamilton's well struck free kick which looked to be net bound, was deflected wide of the target.
 
Boyle then had an effort blocked by the away keeper, very well down to his right and Blairdadie cleared the danger. 
 
Half time arrived with the scoreline at 0-0. However, Antonine may have felt that they should have been a couple up by now. But, Blairdadie were unlucky not to have a goal as well. 
 
Half Time: Antonine BC 0-0 Blairdadie
 
Antonine came flying out of the traps in the second half, after a rollicking at half time from their coach. They lifted the pace and tempo of their game. Passing was a lot more accurate and with more meaning. 
 
Antonine went very close after a corner found Kelly at the back post, who was waiting to knock the ball home. But, his effort rebounded off the post. 
 
Five minutes into the second half, a cross from Hamilton was met by a volley from Hutton, which flew into the back of the Blairdadie net. 
 
A brilliantly worked move ended in James unleashing a magnificent volley, which flew just past the post. This very well could have been goal of the season contender if it flew past the correct side of the post after such good teamwork was met by an excellent strike.
 
However, minutes later James bagged himself a goal and his sides second after he slotted home from close range to put Antonine 2-0 up.
 
Blairdadie got themselves right back into the game, after a corner was awarded despite the protests of the Antonine players. From this, the Blairdadie striker finished from close range. 
 
With fifeteen minutes remaining, Atonine extended their lead as Kelly was on hand to put the ball in from a rebound after a decent save from the Blairdadie keeper.
 
Hamilton then sealed the match after he went on a mazy run, down the right flank, cutting into the box, beforing firing the ball into the corner past the keeper. 
 
Despite the amount of missed chances, this was a solid performance from the Antonine team. 
 
Full Time: Antonine BC 4-1 Blairdadie
 
 
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 15:56

Irvine Meadow U16s narrowly defeat Girdle Toll

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Girdie Toll YFC
 vs
Irvine Meadow Youth
 
 
 
Kilwinning Sports Club
 
07 September 2014
 
 
 
This was a tight fought local derby match which saw two very strong sides in the South West region come together.
 
The first 10-15 minutes saw a very even match with very few clear cut chances being made.
 
Meadow eventually broke the deadlock through a header at the back post from Jack Rodden to make it 1-0 to the away side. 
 
Girdle came back in to the game and scored after their midfielder broke free and fired a shot in from 22 yards out, which bounced away from Meadow’s make shift goalkeeper, Ben Cunningham and managed to just creep into the corner of the net to end the first half.
 
Half Time: Girdie Toll YFC 1-1 Irvine Meadow Youth
 
The second half started similar to the first half with chances being few and far between until a long Girdle clearance was poorly dealt with by the Meadow defence.
 
Meadow had 2 or 3 free attempts to clear the ball before the Girdle forward managed to force the ball home from 5 yards out to give Girdle a 2-1 lead after 55 minutes.
 
Meadow made a couple of subs and changed their formation playing 3 up front to try and force the issue with Kieran Struthers and Cammy Inglis coming on. 
 
Immediately the game swung when Billy Milne sped past 2 Girdle defenders on the right wing before cutting inside and driving past the Girdle keeper at the near post to make it 2-2 with 13 minutes left.
 
Meadow continued to pile on the pressure resulting in three or four corners and three free kicks on the edge of the box. 
 
It was only five minutes later when Meadow took the lead when Sam Auld brilliantly slid in and forced home a corner from seven yards out after three previous Meadow players attempts were blocked inside the six yard box from the Girdle defence. 
 
This was to end the scoring 3-2 to Irvine Meadow in a close fought match with the three points going to the away side, and helps keep their 100% league record intact. 
 
Full Time: Girdie Toll YFC 2-3 Irvine Meadow Youth
 
 
Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club currently offer a relatively new and unique initiative to young people who are keen and passionate about becoming a referee within Scotland. Programmes of this type are few and far between throughout Scotland, and Linlithgow Rose can be seen as pioneers of this new approach to introducing young people into wider participation within football.
 
The programme offers an alternative route into football or the starting point to a life as a referee, allowing them to learn the game correctly and giving them an opportunity to further their careers.  It also provides kids with an extra opportunity within Scottish football to utilize programmes of this kind as another way of tapping into their passion for football.  
 
Linlithgow Rose encourage participants of the programme to learn their trade in soccer sevens whilst discovering the credentials a referee is required to have and then to go on and take the referee exam. This then allows them to graduate and develop into a fully qualified referee.  
 
Personal skills are also developed whilst being involved within the programme as the young kids receive confidence and encouragement in abundance. The initiative unarguably goes a long way to help building self-confidence, self-motivation, self-esteem and plenty of respect. 
 
The programme is now moving into its third full year and has proved to work wonders on two fronts for Linlithgow Rose. Not only did it offer the participants some education, and help get them interested in football, but it also solved the issue of finding referee’s to cover their seven-a-side home games. 
 
The refereeing initiative has been seen as a major success story within Linlithgow Rose CFC due to the fact 16 people in total have now graduated from the programme.
 
Club president, Billy McAdam said, “It has been one of the biggest successes during my time as club president and was made possible by all the backing I had. It is very easy just to concentrate on the playing side of things, but as a community club we have a responsibility to look beyond the playing fields and we feel this is what this programme achieves and supports the surrounding community. 
 
“The programme is also teaching these young kids at the age of 16 the importance of earning some money through hard work and giving themselves self-confidence at the same time.
 
“We like to see ourselves as a forward thinking club and if other clubs want to introduce something like this then I would thoroughly encourage them to do so.
 
“The most important word within our name is not ‘football’, it’s not ‘Linlithgow Rose’ it’s ‘Community’ and we have to do as much as we possibly can for everybody within our local community and this programme offers that to youngsters.”
 
The programme that was set up to simply fill a gap due to the lack of referees, will now always run and for as long as possible. It has evolved and grown into a vital component of the club providing that crucial link between the football club and the people of Linlithgow. 
 
Due to the overwhelming success of the initiative, Linlithgow Rose are looking to expand and move forward using other areas such as coaching and first-aid, again both other possible routes into the Scottish game. If these reach anywhere as near the levels of success the refereeing programme has exhibited then they will also undoubtedly prove to be useful commodities for the community, club and Scottish football at large.
 
David Drummond, the South East Regional Manager at the Scottish FA, said: “This project is yet another example of where Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club continue to raise the bar.  As one of only three Legacy Awarded Quality Mark clubs in the South East region, yet again the club are delivering on initiatives that cater for more than just footballers.  
 
"With the number of players continuing to grow across Scotland, it is imperative that we have enough referees to take charge of all this new activity.  This initiative will not only provide alternative activity for their members, but they are also addressing the issue of having enough qualified referees to officiate matches for generations to come".
 
 
While football fans across the country are looking to see how their club will fare this season, at Kilmarnock FC the biggest change has been at pitch level. Gone is the previous grass turf and in its place, a brand new 3G pitch which is transforming the club for the better.
 
Paul Di Giacomo, Kilmarnock FC Community Engagement Manager said, “I first heard about the plans before Christmas last year and all the staff agreed this was a great idea. From that point until the announcement in June there was lots of consultation, from the Chairman and all the way down to the staff.”
 
Rugby Park is now a facility that can be used seven days a week and the benefits are clear, even in the short few weeks it has been available for use. Paul said, “Previously the first team had trained in Glasgow and it’s not great to be an Ayrshire based club that has to train outwith the local area. It was also hard sometimes to get the players to engage locally as they’d have to travel from Glasgow to Kilmarnock after training.
 
“Since the new pitch has been in place this has totally changed. We have the first team using the pitch during the day and manager, Allan Johnston, can now be based entirely in his office at the stadium. We also hope to hold some open training sessions for fans in the future as part of working to a new level of engagement.”
 
Not only has the first team benefited, but Kilmarnock’s community projects and youth teams are also using the new pitch. Paul said “Our youth and community sections were either spending money on facilities or leasing. Now our community projects have access to the pitch in the afternoons and our youth teams are on in the evenings.
 
“The new pitch has meant the whole club is more engaged and Rugby Park now feels like a hive of activity. We have between 200 and 300 kids using the pitch on a daily basis and if you include parents and guardians coming along, that’s a large number of people being in and around the club.”
 
While the early response from the local area has been positive, Paul admits that the club isn't resting on their laurels, saying “It’s still early doors. We’ve been happy with the buzz and the positive feedback, but we still want to do more and to keep the community coming back to the club.”
 
The funding for the project was provided by Billy Bowie Special Projects Limited. Billy Bowie stated previously, "I'm fully committed to making this project happen as soon as possible in order to make Rugby Park the focus of all of the club's activities. ‎This will transform the way the stadium is utilised in future and will be of real benefit to everyone associated with the club."
 
The benefits have certainly been clear so far, as the club has been transformed into one that is right at the heart of the community. Paul concluded by saying, “I certainly believe we will be reaping the benefits of the new pitch in a years’ time and personally I believe most clubs will follow suit in the future.”
 
Thursday, 28 August 2014 15:05

Cumnock player pathway brings community together

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With four Scottish Junior Cup finals and two wins, in addition to 12 seasons in the West Region Super League Premier Division, The Nock are a household name in semi-pro football.
 
Cumnock has also in recent years had youth teams to be proud of. Only a few years ago, their under 16 side were lifting a trophy at Dam Park in Ayr after beating Bellfield Royals 4-1. 
 
Yet, there had never been a concrete connection between any of the youth set-ups and the junior side.
 
It didn’t take long for the local community to realise that and a couple of years ago a group of loyal supporters of the junior side noticed the lack of link between the boys club and adult game.
 
This group took it upon themselves to look into the youth sides in the area and see how they could fill the gaps.
 
With those simple thoughts, the Cumnock Juniors Community Enterprise project began to bubble into life.
 
And with typical Ayrshire spirit, determination and ingenuity added to the pot – the project has blossomed into a thriving community venture.
 
The club went about achieving Scottish FA Quality Mark status by following the organisation’s pathway. They have also gained recognition as a disability inclusive club, thanks to the two coaches they have on hand who are appropriately qualified to train the ‘Cumnock Megastars’.
 
“It benefits them and it benefits us” said secretary Eric Bennett. Mr Bennett also added that the project intends to keep working “hand in glove with the Scottish FA” in order to reach its goals.
 
Cumnock Juniors now has three official youth teams at Under 13s, 14s and 19s. Moreover there are now over 50 girls playing under the same umbrella and now registered with Scottish Women’s Football, thanks to quick-thinking in getting the girls’ team sorted out, so Mr Bennett put it.
 
In the process the club has become a registered Scottish charity to aid with funding to ensure the project can go from strength to strength. They have received money from the Scottish Government to help and a £50,000 grant from the Cumnock and Doon Valley Minerals Trust.
 
The club have appointed volunteer Scott Guy to take control of the continuing developments. Bennett said it was his job to steer the club to reaching their six-month target of having all 16 coaches attain the correct coaching qualifications as well as keeping team numbers increasing.
 
The group is in the midst of trying to install a new 3G playing surface to allow for all-weather and year-round use. The club are working in collaboration with Cumnock RFC (Rugby Football Club) to secure the new pitch, further increasing participation in sport as a whole.
 
Bennett stated: “Within a year we hope to have programmes running efficiently on our new 3G facility.”
 
With the implementation of a year-round playing surface for boys, girls and adults of abilities to use – for football and for rugby – the Cumnock Community Enterprise team will leave a legacy for generations to come.
 
Bennett said that “Community, sport and fitness are three words that sum up our aims. These emphasise our commitment to community wellbeing, through improving sporting opportunities and fitness for all.”
 
Newly appointed Scottish FA South West Club Development Manager, David Sheldon, said: ''We are delighted with the progress being made by Cumnock Juniors Community Enterprise and I look forward to working with the club to continue moving forward.”
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:58

Meet the team: KSC Kilwinning Thistle U13's

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Written by: Tommy Leckie (Coach)
 
Date Established: 01/06/2014
The League you're participating in: Central Ayrshire YFA
Home Pitch Location: Kilwinning Community Sports Club 
 
Coaching Staff: Chris Wallace, Tommy Leckie, Chris Eagleson, Walter Anderson
 
Squad List: Jack Mclaughlin, Brandon Leckie, Sean Speirs, Jack Wallace, Harry Eagleson, Ryan Olsen, Scott Mckee, Cal Millar McEwan, Campbell Reid, Liam Howe, Ryan Norwood, Donald Bell, Jamie Mcfarlane, Jack McLuckie, Kyle Horn, Jojo Horn, Brandyn McComb
 
What are your hopes for this season (14/15)?: Mid Table
 
What is the mood in the camp ahead of the new season?: Excited for the squad in their first season together
 
What is your footballing 'philosophy'?: Team work, hard work and determinaton gets results
 
Do you know much about your opponents? If so, what do you make of them?: Most of the teams in the league have been together throughout the 7-a-sides and are all good teams.
 
Your sponsors: RAF Careers
 
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 16:58

Meet the team: Largs Colts U13's

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Written by: Campbell Coupar (Coach/Secretary)
 
Date Established: 2012
The League you're participating in: Central Ayrshire YFA
Home Pitch: Barrfields, Brisbane Road and Inverclyde Sports Centre, Burnside Road
 
Coaching Staff: 
Morris McTaggart (Head coach) 
Andy Smith (Coach) 
Campbell Coupar (Coach & Secretary)
 
Squad List: Jonathan Irwin, Rudi Carrino, Declan Barbour, Kian Murdoch, Dylan Smith, Callum Wilson, Robbie Coupar, Lewis Dalglish, Kieran MacNeil, Glen McTaggart, Dylan Weir, Jamie Coupar, Liam Duddy, Lewis Florence, Paul Lidbury, Adam Brown, Owen Cullen, Kieran Kavak, Craig Loudon.
 
How did your team get on last season (13/14)?: Largs Colts 2002 had two seven a side teams in CAYFA leagues. One team was stronger than the other and generally the results were positive with the stronger 7 only losing both games to one club. The players developed skills and fitness during the season and have been working on the transition from 7's to 11's in recent months.
 
What are your hopes for this season (14/15)?: First and foremost it is for the players to improve individually and for the team to develop into a highly competitive outfit. As for more precise targets, in the league the aim is to finish in the top 5, with a stretch target to make the top 3. Getting a good run in the cups would also be great for the players and for the club. There is a great togetherness amongst the players which we want to build and foster, both on and off the pitch.
 
What is the mood in the camp ahead of the new season?: The mood within the camp one of excitement and expectation. Pre-season has been building nicely and although results have been mixed, performances are improving both individually and collectively. Given it is holiday season it is difficult to get continuity in line up and playing style. Getting a good start in the league is important and the training is geared towards getting the team ready for that first game.
 
Has there been any 'Summer Transfers': Recent newcomers include 'keeper Jonathan Irwin and prior to that a few players from Ardgowan including MacNeil, Weir, Loudon and Brown. 
 
What is your footballing 'philosophy'?: Our football philosophy is about possession, passing and pressing. Working together as a team with focus on team ethics and doing the simple thing at all times. Respect for everyone is paramount, respect for your team mates, the opposition, referee and coaches.
 
Biggest Achievement to Date?: No single item, only to say that the team has come on tremendously in a short space of time. From losing games to teams by double digits to winning comfortably against the same outfit in less than a year. Largs Colts 2002's are now asked to play against the top outfits in Ayrshire, a clear sign we have developed into a team respected by others in the game.
 
Do you know much about your opponents? If so, what do you make of them?: Largs Colts have played a number of our CAYFA teams and respect each of them. Tass are arguably the team to beat and despite defeats to Tass at 11's, Colts are confident they can compete at that level.
 
Your Sponsors: McTaggart Construction are great sponsors of Largs Colts 2002 as are Tom Smith (WK) Ltd Plumbing and Heating.
Last weekend Kilwinning Community Sports Club (KCSC) hosted their first ever 2 day Festival of Football. Hopefully this festival will become part of the football calendar and is considered a great way to start the season.  
 
The festival for KSCS is at the very heart of the community.  The organising committee believe that this festival will bring together players, families, and members of the community to enjoy the sporting achievements of our young people.” 
 
This year’s festival was particularly challenging as not only was this our first festival but the main co-ordinator for the event Craig Burns of KSC Tigers, suffered a heart attack 10 days before the event. Although all our thoughts were with Craig, we pulled together as a committee to absorb Craig’s workload. Craig is now on the road to recovery thankfully.  
 
Over the two days we hosted 104 teams from age groups 2001 thru to 2008. Teams involved came from as far as Blackburn, West Lothian, East Kilbride and Giffnock. The 2001 & 2002 teams played in two group stages of 4 teams on Saturday and on Sunday competed for the semi-final and final. There was also 3rd/4th play- off matches. The 2001 age group played for the Chameleon Graphics Shield and the 2002 age group played for the Ian Cashmore Trophy. The Ian Cashmore Trophy was in memory of a dear friend who passed away this year. Ian was a founder member of KCSC in 2000 and was a successful coach within the club. Ian was a hugely successful professional player with Ayr United and Berwick Rangers but sadly a freak accident at training left Ian confined to a wheelchair. 
 
On the Saturday we also had our 2003 thru 2005 teams playing in Group games with each team playing 5 games in total. On the Sunday we welcomed the 2006 thru 2008 teams. Everyone on both days received a participation medal with each team receiving a KCSC pennant.
 
This year’s event was a huge success and not just due to committee, young people, dedicated coaches and parent volunteers of KCSC because without them none of this the large turnout of teams. “When you see the children at the end of the day smiling and happy it makes all the effort worthwhile” said Youth Chairman Stevie Anderson. We had extremely adverse weather throughout the two days with torrential rain forcing the final group games to be abandoned. Fortunately KSCS have two first class show parks and a magnificent 3G Astro pitch which we were able to utilise to complete the group games. Thankfully the sun eventually shone on us to complete our festival.
 
In the 2001 Final Bonnyton Thistle beat Glenburn MW 1-0 in a great advert for boys’ football. In the 2002 Final, AC Irvine just edged out GSC Giffnock 4-2. The finals were attended by Kilmarnock FC players Robbie Muirhead & Greg Kiltie.
 
Also on both days we had side shows which included David Mennie, Professional Football Freestyler. Beat the Goalie with Ross Stewart, son of ex Rangers goalkeeper Jim, a very busy Hot Shot area, Face Painting amongst other things. Unfortunately due to the adverse weather conditions the Bouncy Castle and Zorb Football was cancelled at the last minute.
 
We would like to thank all the volunteers on the day including our office staff who were keeping the results and league tables up to date. Huge thanks also to our grounds man Michael Morgan who miraculously made our show parks available. Thanks also to the 5 referees who worked tirelessly throughout the two days.
Stevie Anderson concluded, saying “I would like to thank the would be possible.” I would also like to thank all the teams that visited our magnificent facilities in dreadful weather conditions. I hope we will see you all again in 2015.
 
We are planning to continue to host this event on an annual basis. Next week the committee are going to sit down to have a wash up meeting to see what went well and what we could improve on to make this a “Not to be missed” football event.  
 
Monday, 28 July 2014 12:03

South West Summer Club Day: Coverage Centre

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TV Footage
 
 
 
Photo Galleries
 
 
Radio Interviews
 
David Cosson: Team Secretary, Crosshourse Athletic U13's
 
Greg Johnson: Coach, Stewarton Annick U13's
 
Stewarton Annick U13's - Soccer AM Team Mates
 
Tommy Burns: Coach, Kilbirnie CFC U12's