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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 21:22

Largs Colts U13's video - 'The season so far'

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Largs Colts 2002's have created their own video which reviews the season so far.


Carrick Colts
Valspar FC
Under 15's, West of Scotland League
15 November 2014
On a cold frosty morning, Valspar traveled down to Maybole to play Carrick. Valspar were looking to extend their lead at the top of the table to six points, where as Carrick were looking to move into the middle of the table. 
Carrick made a strong start with a chance coming their way within the first few minutes, which was not converted into a goal.
Valspar took about 10 minutes to get going but once they did they were on top. A ball came in from the left for Brendan lynch to score a header, 1-0 valspar. 
Five minutes went past and Valspar had a free kick on the edge of the box. Lee young stepped up and smashed the ball into the top corner, an excellent free kick, extending Valspar's advantage. 
Valspar were no dominating play, Scott Oniel picked up the ball at the half way line and showed some great pace to get to the opposition box, where he bent the ball in to top corner, making the score line 3-0.
The games fourth and Valspar's fourth came from a corner. The ball fell to Jamie Macleod after a miscued clearence landed straight to him, where he slotted the ball home.
Half Time : Carrick 0-4 Valspar 
The second half started and Valspar started off the way they finished in the first half. Valspar were on the attack a lot, but Carrick were defending well, keeping Valspar at bay, until the ball fell to Gavin Scott on inside the area, where he fired home. 
The game slowed down for the next twenty minutes or so, until Carrick got a free kick on the edge of the box, which forced a great save from Valspar keeper Danny Gray. 
With ten minutes left, Oliver Wilson picked up the ball and played a excellent forty yard pass to give Cammy Gilmour an opportunity to grab Valspar another goal, the Carrick keeper came out to narrow the angle, but Gilmour managed to hit the ball round the advancing keeper, making it 6-0.
With five minutes left on the clock, a blocked shot fell to Lucas Elliot who slotted home nicely. 
With the full time whistle edging closer, Valspar grabbed themselves another goal, after Byron Dempsey rose in the air, meeting a cross and he made no mistake in heading the ball home.
The referee blew the whistle for full time, signalling the end of the match.
Full Time : Carrick 0-8 Valspar 


Glenafton Athletic
Ayr Craigie
Under 15 CAYF League
08 November 2014
Before the game started all the boys from both teams, along with match officials, Coaches and parents, observed a two minute applause. This was in respect for all our fallen military heros for Remembrance Sunday. 
Both teams started brightly with Glenafton coming close in the opening exchanges, striking the Ayr Craigie bar.
Craigie made the breakthrough midway through the first half, with Jordan Fillipi scoring low into the left hand corner from just outside the area. This was a surprise after the Glenafton keeper who was on fire, could not seem to be beaten in goal.
This remained the score till the end of the first half. 
Half Time : Glenafton 0-1 Ayr Craigie
Glenafton started the second half very strongly, pressing the Ayr Craigie defence back deep in their half.
The Glenafton pressure finally paid off when they equalised with a fantastic twenty five yard drive, which gave the Ayr Craigie keeper no chance.
Craigie pressed forward to score a goal worthy of winning any game, when Steven Dempsey beat four players to bend a twenty yard strike into the top corner.
Both teams deserve great praise for such a fantastic game, which show cased excellent football which was a treat to the eye.
Full Time : Glenafton 1-2 Ayr Craigie


Bellfield Royals
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
DFDL Under 16 League
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
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.
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