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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 12:07 Written by Forde McGhee
Glasgow East continued their league title push against Gleniffer Thistle, with an away tie being played at home due to unforeseen circumstances, the Glasgow East boys knowing a win was vital to keep up their lead at the top of the league and hunt for promotion .
The game started at a very slow pace, with both teams taking their time to settle into the conditions that were surrounding them weather wise. Glasgow East were the ones who upped the tempo but and it paid off when they took the lead when striker Jayme Thomson hit a shot from 18 yards that the Gleniffer goalkeeper fumbled into the back of the net to make it 1-0 Glasgow East. Two minutes later and it was the team at the top who struck again, Cal MacLean playing in Robbie Copland down the right hand channel, who took his time before finishing into the far corner.
Glennifer tried to create chances themselves but it seemed everything they tried was just coming straight back down their throat's and this early in the game they seemed to be struggling to find ideas to unlock what already looked a solid Glasgow East defence. Sean Twigg in the Glasgow goal was finally tested not once but twice but the home sides goalie showed his class pulling off two brilliant saves to keep his side ahead.
With 5 minutes of the half remaining the man in form, Jayme Thomson raced clear to slot home his second of the afternoon, it was a long way back for the visiting team who went in to the break 3-0 down to the league leader and having only two shots in the whole of the opening period.
Saturday, 15 March 2014 15:01 Written by
Today's game at an ice cold Cowan Park between St Peters Red U15 and Barrhead YFC Colts U15 was an entertaining, bottom of the table clash in the PJDYFL 1999'S Division 1. It was St Peters who took the three points agents a hardworking Barrhead side.
It was Barrhead who got us underway, and within moments of the kick-off found themselves with the first chance of the game when Ewan Keir used his skill to turn the defender and have a long shot, which rattled the bar and went over.
Barrhead were first to find the net, but unfortunately for them, their own net as a bounce ball caused confusion at the back of the Colts defence, which lead to a botched clearance which lobbed the keeper giving St Peters an early lead through the own goal. St Peters 1-0 Barrhead.
It wouldn't be too long until the score was level again as Barrhead found themselves with a second corner after an unsuccessful first, which was delivered to the near post and found the head Stephen Sweeny who headed it past the out-rushing saints keeper to make it one each. St Peters 1-1 Barrhead.
Barrhead looked to take the lead for the first time of the game, when Josh McCall's shot was blocked and fell conveniently to Jordan Loriner, who had a shot on goal but Saints keeper Jack Wright managed to push it away from danger. The Saints then went up the other end of the park and scored to regain their lead. A defence splitting ball found it's way to Paul Brown who poked the ball passed the Barrhead keeper Josh Gair. St Peters 2-1 Barrhead.
It wouldn't be long until the Colts net rustled again when St Peters' Ross Mundy took a corner in his stride and drilled the ball into the corner of the net to put his side two goals in front. St Peters 3-1 Barrhead.
The next period of action was mostly St Peters with chances, the most threatening of which was a log shot from Mundy which went just wide of the goal, also during this period, saints' Sean Clifford picked up a yellow card.
After this period of pressure from St Peters, the game settled into a good spell in the middle of the park with a lot of strong play and tackles. The most notable moment of this spell was Barrhead's Edward Mundemba's wonderful series of perfectly timed challenges in which each time won the ball back for his team.
The last chance of the game fell to Barrhead as they were awarded a free kick that was put into the back post by Jordan Loriner, finding the head of Stephen Sweeny, who headed the ball wide.
University of Strathclyde's first team wrapped up the title in the best fashion beating second placed Glasgow Caledonian 4-0 at their home park at Stepps playing fields.
An early goal gave Strathclyde huge confidence and from there on they just go better and better, you could tell this was a team on for and they celebrated like true champions at the end of the game.
The soon to be league winners came out the traps flying opening the scoring within the first ten minutes when a great mazey run fro Brandon Longcake resulted in the big forward firing a shot past the keeper from the edge of the box.
Caledonian started to let some refereeing descions get to them and failed to concentrate on getting level. The game was halted for a few stoppages of time as the match official had to have words with a few of the away players and even had to end up booking one.
The visitors still tried to attack despite seeming to lose a bit of discipline, they created half chances here and there but it all came to nothing.
Caley's failure to draw level cost them as just before the half ended Strathclyde doubled their lead going in to the break. Some great work down the right ended up in a great cross going in and Blair Shearer catching his attempt on the half volley to direct it towards goal and beyond the goalkeeper.
BONNYTON Thistle needed late goals to defeat a hard-working Giffnock SC Thistle team on Saturday who had gone down to ten men in the first half.
Goals from Sam McCloskey and Andy Hunter won sealed the match for the hosts who found it difficult to penetrate a Giffnock side who equalised through Blair Lyons after Ian Paterson put Bonnyton ahead.
The game kicked off in blustery conditions and the weather only worsened towards the end of the game. This perhaps reduced the amount of real quality football on show than we would have expected from these two clubs but nonetheless we were treated to an exciting spectacle from the off.
Giffnock came out of the blocks to press the hosts and their efforts landed them the first opening of the match on five minutes but Connor Daniels couldn’t capitalise on Bonnyton giving the ball away in defence. Daniels had two pops at goal but both were blocked by defenders.
Moments later Daniels almost made it third-time lucky, this time from a free kick 20 yards out but it smacked off the bar before being cleared from danger.
Giffnock made it hard for Bonnyton to initiate any flowing moves but on 11 minutes Chris Kelly wiggled his way past two defenders at the left by-line after getting on the end of a through ball from the middle and then cut the ball back from inside the 18 yard box for Steven McCarrison. The striker fired a shot at goal from the penalty spot but his shot was blocked for a corner. However, the danger wasn’t over for Giffnock.
From the ensuing corner, an enticing ball in between the defenders and goalkeeper caused confusion in the Giffnock defence and no-one could match the height Ian Paterson achieved on his jump and he nodded the ball into the net past the helpless Stephen McPhee.
Despite only being just under 15 minutes into the match it could be argued that, in terms of chances, Giffnock didn’t deserve to be behind, although Bonnyton had controlled more of the possession.
With that in mind the visitors manufactured the next chance of the game just before the 20-minute mark. James Duncan picked the ball up from outside the area and shot from 18 yards with the outside of his boot but Scott Purdie made a good save for the home side to keep a clean sheet – for now.
Purdie was left defenceless as Giffnock equalised after Bonnyton again lost possession in their own half. Matthew Doherty won the ball and played a good through pass in between the Bonnyton full back and centre half for Lyons to pounce onto. The move was perfectly timed and Lyons took one touch before lobbing the bouncing ball over the keeper with aplomb from just inside the penalty area.
This gave Giffnock some confidence and they further began to impose their physicality and high pressing on Bonnyton.
This didn’t dissuade the home side from trying to unlock Giffnock and indeed they were unlucky not to go ahead on 29 minutes. McPhee made the first of a number of great saves he would later pull off as he denied McCarrison at the near post following a throw in, parrying superbly.
Five minutes later Lyons was almost able to lob Purdie, this time coming from the right channel as opposed to the left, after he was put through one-v-one. He skewed this effort wide of the goal from the corner of the box and left the scores level – as it would remain until half time, despite Oliver Lincoln having another go for Giffnock at Purdie before McPhee made another great save as he denied Ryan Golightly. McPhee also denied ex-Rangers striker Paul Kane wit a great save of the forward's left boot.
While Bonnyton weren't playing superbly - if it wasn't for McPhee it could have been 3-1 or 4-1 by now.
Just before half time Giffnock had a man sent off by the referee for what appeared to be an off-the-ball incident.
Monday, 10 March 2014 23:07 Written by Forde McGhee
Rutherglen Glencairn and Third Lanark shared a point each in a ten goal thriller contested in the Glasgow and District Division 2, this could be classed as a local derby and both sides treating it as such with no love lost and plenty of fierce battles. Third Lanark knew Glencairn could be a threat even though they had been inconsistent of late but the Third's knew they couldn't slip up if they wanted to stay hot on the tail's of the top two Drumchapel and Vale of Clyde, with new Vale of Clyde had demolished Easthall 9-1 just before the game Third's were under pressure to perform.
Third's started off the game the more lively attacking Glens down both flanks and getting some joy at that, the midfield battle looked as if it would key in this game in the early stages and both sets of players contested.
It was Third Lanark who broke the deadlock when a perfectly floated corner was turned in at the front post in a scramble to the ball by a couple of players, it was clear Glens weren't organised enough from the set peice and it cost them dearly.
If the poor defending from a corner wasn't bad enough for Glens they then stood off Thirds midfielder Ross Greening and watched him rocket a shot up in to the top corner of the net leaving the keeper with no chance at all, Greening's fantastic strike doubled the away side's lead and gave a massive blow to the Glens defence.
After going two down Rutherglen then started to fight back and it got a little heated as some late tackles were flying in from both sets of players and there was a couple of yellow cards for descent, Glens knew the away team looked shaken from all the commotion and took advantage pulling a goal back, some good football led to Connor McCole firing home.
Thid Lanark looked to be a bit uneasy after conceding the goal, some players heads went down and it was made much worse when Glens captain James Mallon was brung down inside the box and a penalty was awarded to the Glens, it was the skipper Mallon himself who stepped up to hit it and he put his side level with a well taken spot kick.
Monday, 10 March 2014 01:55 Written by
Pollok United kicked off this Glasgow & District League game knowing that a win would be the first meted out to Milngavie for the entirety of the season; but also that a loss would hand their in-form opponents the league title.
Despite the high stakes, both teams opened the game without any obvious signs of nervousness. Milngavie’s defence demonstrated early on that they would be tough to beat, collecting balls confidently from the air and stringing together passes deep within their own half. Eight minutes passed before any flaw in their cover could be spotted, as Pollok’s Brogan Murphy breaking through his opponents’ back line in an attempt to latch onto a through ball. Ultimately, he was jostled out of possession and the ball rolled harmlessly for a goal kick.
The game’s first quarter was a tale of two number sevens: for Milngavie, Robbie Donaldson was dynamic and dangerous on the right wing, while United’s Lewis MacLeod was instrumental in most of his side’s more fruitful attacks. Both controlled play and provided ample service for their teammates in forward positions. Donaldson would have the favour returned by Wanderers’ Kyle Campbell, who displayed great flair in attacking possession (not least in the 13th minute, when he beat two defenders with an impressive backheeled pass).
Milngavie had been threatening, and turned promise into a goal in the 27th minute. Striker Kalvin Warren was on hand to pick up on Ben Jenkins' long cross into the penalty area, tipping the ball into the right-hand side of the net with an accurate header. 1-0 to Milngavie.
The home side looked to have the bit between their teeth after going ahead, and the delivery from the left wing remained top notch. Their failure to capitalise further can largely be put down to the performances of Amir Khan, who proved to be an imperious defensive marker who never let a forward get away for long, and Scott Dryden, who pulled off some quality saves to keep his side in the game. Defensive duties can be a thankless task – especially in a losing side – but those two deserve great credit for putting in professional shifts against tough challenges.
United’s mental toughness would be rewarded near the death of the first half. Brogan Murphy flicked a ball over his marker at the edge of Milngavie’s penalty area, and without another controlling touch launched an over-head kick above the ‘keeper and into the opposite side of the net for the equaliser. Jason McCartney – an otherwise highly capable presence in the Wanderers’ goal – was blameless against a piece of individual inspiration that there was simply no accounting for.
Monday, 03 March 2014 20:28 Written by Forde McGhee
Vale of Clyde kept their lead at the top of the GADYFL this weekend with a 6-0 over a good EKFC Blue side. Vale only showed up to the game with a squad of 12 and without manager James Wilson, but still managed to pull of a fantastic win thanks to five goals from Kieran McDonald under self proclaimed Davie "better than Mourhino" Hadden. EK came in to this game being one of the leagues most inconsistent teams giving the bigger teams a game yet dropping points against the lower ranked clubs, quality was no problem in the Kilby squad it was just whether they had it on the day.
The first ten minutes of the game Kilby looked the most confident playing numerous balls over the top testing Vale central defender Connor Smith and Conor McDowall who both dealt with the aerial threats with ease as the opening stages was dominated with shouts of "Connor/Conor's ball".
Vale made the break through however and any regular at one of their games would have put their mortgage on it being this man, a ball in behind the two centre backs set free Kieran McDonald who burst away with lightening pace to then slot past the keeper and put the home side ahead, shortly after McDonald grabbed his and Vales second with another great finish.
Kilby knew the next goal was crucial as another Vale goal could kill this first half and maybe the game off, they pressed up high trying to play some passing football, they were rewarded when a ball in behind Vales left back let Euan Cameron in on goal but the Kilby players attempt was rattled wide.
Shortly after Vale added their third and no it wasn't McDonald again this time it was his strike partner Chrissy Eadie who volleyed home fantastically as a great long free kick from Conor McDowall floated perfect for the Vale forward who showed great technique to volley past the keeper.
Vale's striker's were doing their job and so were the rest of their team mates as the midfield were content to keep the ball and let EK chase out till half time, before the half ended though there was still something yet to be added to the game and it was another goal by McDonald who had now completed his hat trick in the first 45 minutes.
It was a massive weekend in the Paisley and District Under 15's Division 3 as league leaders Glasgow East took on probably their biggest title rivals Port Glasgow who although were sitting fourth still had a great record and few games in hand over the teams sitting above them, Glasgow East had the home advantage but you could also sense before the match that Port were out to prove it wasn't a one horse race for the title.
The visitors started as they meant to go on attacking the Glasgow East defence with pace, Glasgow East didn't start as brightly as they would have hoped and this most certainly went on to cost them as before they could bat and eye lid Port were not one but two up. The away side's first goal was spectacularly scored from a corner, Stuart Barnes ball was whipped in close to the keeper and without a single touch ended up in the back of the net. Shortly after Paul Payne doubled his sides lead with a tap in at the back post as the keeper was still not up from a previous shot.
Glasgow East knew that the start they had produced was far from what they were capable of and started to try get in to the game, the East side were passing the ball about with ease and it was so rare to see a team so young play one and to touch football but it was great to watch and even better for them it got them back in the game when Robbie Copland caught his volley perfect and fired it past the goalie to pull a goal back for his side.
It is always unusual to see a corner being scored in a game but two? That's unheard of but not today as Glasgow East's Liam White curled his corner in and a misunderstanding at the front post lead to the corner being scored pulling the score level again just before the break.
It looked like both teams would be going in at half time with two goals but after a fantastic come back to bring it back to 2-2 big Glasgow East striker Jayme Thomson thought he would make it even better and put the side who were once 20 goals down a goal up going in to half time as the big target man finished in real style.
On a Sunday that saw other games cancelled Rangers SABC took on Pollok United in the GYDFL, the wind was howling as both sides warmed up. A scrappy start had both teams going for every shred of possession right from the whistle. Pollok’s William Kernaham looked tough in the centre, but Rangers’ pace was allowing them to stay competitive.
Rangers looked deadly early on as Scot Brodie’s header ran through to Aiden McClean but the Pollok defence saw it out with ease. The game was still unsettled, with the wind foiling most efforts – Rangers began working their way into controlling the game with some lovely short passing. Ryan Gaulbert managed to steal possession back for Pollok and almost got 1v1, but Kyle Stevenson came out quick to see the ball cleared.
Brodie collected it in the midfield shortly after and took on his man before laying off Robert Palmer who was denied by the gloves of Barry Lunt.
A Rangers shy however found McLean who cut inside and picked out Timothy Chiwaula in the 6 yard box. Chiwaula turned and calmly placed it into the corner with his right foot with finesse to put Rangers 1-0 up 7 minutes in despite the keeper’s touch.
Rangers ramped up the pressure but Pollok’s defending was firm, with Jamie Mcintyre and Jordan Lavery seeing off most dangerous passes, but a through ball allowed Chiwaula back in whose shot was way off target when he looked like he should have doubled his tally.
Robert Palmer had a great moment, sliding in to win a solid challenge that bought Rangers forward before surging forward for a great overlap, he found Chiwaula though he was unable to convert the cross.
Rangers broke time and again, but McLean and Chiwaula were denied by Lunt time and again. The goalkeeper was playing a blinder and was nigh unbeatable one on one. At this point the Rangers coaches must have been wondering what it would take to get a second.
Rangers weren’t letting Pollok get a touch at this point, they moved the ball from front to back and left to right with ease though they struggled to break down the Pollok defence. Palmer linked up well with Liam Weir who played in McLean for a lovely one two with Chiwaula. McLean found space and was looking for the bottom corner but it was just centimetres wide to the groans of his coaches.
Rangers continued to dictate the game and found a lot of joy from the left. Scot Brodie collected a deflected cross just behind the penalty spot takes on touch and fires away. The wind claimed and already lovely shot, carrying it straight to the top corner. Barry Lunt couldn’t have done anything about it and Rangers were 2-0 after 15 minutes.
Pollok tried to answer back as Gaulbert took on two men on the left, though his cross went nowhere. The brief spell of pressure unsettled the Gers but the next counter attack won a corner. From which Lunt denied Calvin Gilchrist, before the rebound from Chiwaula hit home. Chiwaula got his second by showing of his quick reactions and striker’s instinct – coming alive to feed off the scraps and send Rangers closer to victory.
Chiwaula made a lovely horizontal run managing to stay onside to collect Craig Kerr’s pass, not many defenders would be able to track such a run and Chiwaula almost got his hat trick despite having to take the shot first time and at an awkward angle.
Barry Lunt continued to deny Rangers more goals, but Rangers just kept coming and it looked like more goals would follow. Pollok managed to get a bit of offense on their right despite Rangers’ dominance there, number 9 (name missing on team sheet) trying to get the ball in over the incoming slide tackle, but Stevenson pounced on the easy catch to keep his clean sheet.
A nice overlap out on the right flank set Rangers’ Palmer 1v1 with the goalkeeper and with 10 yards of space against the oncoming Lunt he cheekily lobbed the keeper with precision to put Rangers 4-0 to the good about 32 minutes in.
Rangers then added another in the dying minutes of the half as Brodie was third time lucky during a goal mouth scramble. A Rangers corner first fell to Gilchrist and Chiwaula who were both denied by Lunt. ,only for Brodie to hit a first time volley that rattled the bar on its way into the net to make it 5-0. Rangers didn’t settle there, trying to get number 6 before the break, but mercifully the referee blew for half time.
Gleniffer Thistle made the trip south to Kilmarnock to take on league-leaders Bonnyton Thistle in this 'Thistle derby' and Paisley & Johnstone District League clash. The mid-tablers were looking to recover form a heavy defeat to Glenvale while the hosts were keen to keep their title bid on track and scoop a double over their opponents after winning the first game 4-2. This game would again be decided by two goals but this time by the score of 2-0, with blustery and cold conditions playing their part in disrupting the flow of a game played between two hard-working sides.
Gleniffer came closest to opening the scoring in the first 15 minutes when Jack Murphy of Gleniffer’s right-footed free kick on the edge of the box smacked the bar, much to the agony of the men in orange and black.
The teams were fairly evenly matched early on and were perhaps levelled by the troublesome conditions as the wind swirled around the Grange Academy pitch. Both sides struggled to find that crucial pass in the final third or a clinical finish to a cross and therefore there was little goalmouth action of note. Gleniffer looked dangerous through the middle while Bonnyton’s left side of Andy Hunter and Sam McCloskey were linking up particularly well.
And it was one half of that duo that almost opened the scoring for the home side when McCloskey saw his shot from just inside the box saved on 36 minutes. The Bonnyton winger received the ball wide on the left from the middle of the park and took a touch past his man and into the box. From the corner of the box he angled his shot low and drove the ball across goal but the effort was well stopped by the Gleniffer keeper.
Bonnyton were beginning to enjoy a little bit more possession as the half went on but weren't causing the visitors an abundance of trouble in the final third despite efforts from Steven Hill, Kris Chisholm and Ian Paterson. Gleniffer were defending well and attempting to move the ball from the back and start counter attacks when they could but Kieran McCrum and co. stood firm at the back for the most part and avoided any major scares; ultimately doing just enough to keep the score at 0-0.
Monday, 03 February 2014 13:36 Written by Forde McGhee
Tower Hearts showed great fight and determination this weekend to book themselves a semi final spot in the TWS Scottish Cup with a 2-1 win over Johnstone Burgh who took Tower the whole way but just managed to lose out after a Graham Boyd winner ended their final four dreams.
The game started off at a high pace which was expected from most watching knowing both sides wouldn't lie down. An early goal could be crucial to calm the nerves of either set of players but with the surface being slidy it took most players time to adjust as some passes were being over hit.
The slippy surface was also making it hard for players especially defenders to time tackles to perfection and this was the cause of the first goal in the game, a silly tackle from a Burgh player outside the box gave Tower the chance to test the away sides goalkeeper, Jamie Boyle stepped up and smashed his attempt through the wall and with a slight deflection the ball ended up in the Johnstone Burgh net giving the host's a very important lead in this semi final tie.
Moments later there was a penalty shout from the home side as a fantastic long ball from the back played through big Tower forward Graham Boyd who's touch lead him to collide with the Burgh keeper who was deemed by the referee to have won the ball.
From the very start of the game the height of big Johnstone Burgh captain Dale Sloan looked dangerous especially from set pieces and this was how the visitors got a goal back. A great free kick from the left hand side was whipped in with pace and not defended properly by Tower this lead to Sloan knocking home at the back post to make the scores level again.
Not long after Sloan's goal he nearly had a second as again Tower Hearts failed to defend a corner properly giving the big Burgh captain the chance to smash home at the back post but Tower keeper Daryll Jones came to rescue diving down to save well with his feet.
Just on half time Tower must have been thinking what have they done to deserve such bad long as a great ball from the left ended in a very scrappy goal line clearance then Graham Boyd smashing the post seconds later, the home side must have felt they could have been ahead at the break but it was all square at Shettelston Juniors.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:41 Written by Forde McGhee
Ballieston went in to their Regional Cup clash with EKFC Gold knowing they could take the East Kilbride club the whole way after narrowly being defeated by them late on in the 2-1 league encounter the week before. An early lead and some poor defending from the Gold's gave Ballieston hope that they could book their place in the next round and the ruthless home side did that defeating their rivals 4-1 in the end.
Ballieston came out the traps flying and took a very early lead when a ball across goal which was defended poorly by EK resulted in the cross being met by Ballie forward Stephen Paterson who turned it in to the back of the net to break the deadlock early on in this highly awaited cup tie.
After that wake up call EK Gold started to try and play some of the great passing football they are well known for but it just wasn't their day as silly error's were costing the Gold's possession of the ball and that is usually when they are most dangerous.
The visitors did however come close to pulling a goal back when Ryan McEwan picked out a great run from Steven Oates who then raced through on goal but blasted his shot wide of the right hand post and out for a goal kick.
The battle in the middle of the park was being hugely contested by both sides at this halfway point in the first half but while both sides were focusing on trying to control the middle of the park the home team added another to their tally this time through a fantastic strike from the edge of the box coming from Nicky Fraser.
The Gold's were looking to hold out to half time as nothing was seeming to go right for them in this first half and you could see frustration was starting to get to them but just as they were trying to see out the last couple of minutes Ballieston chipped in and made their half time team talk even worse when they added a third with Stephen Paterson finishing well to grab his second on the day.
Saturday, 18 January 2014 15:34 Written by Darren Carrigan
In the Paisley Johnstone & District YFL, Croftfoot United Blues took on Clarkston at Toryglen and as soon as the whistle went Logan McAllum ran down the left and found Lewis Willoghby who slotted it away with his right into the corner to put the home side one goal up in under a minute.
Clarkston’s Alexander Mundy looked hungry right from the offset, chasing down a slow back pass and almost setting the game back to square one, but Ross Lockhart’s gloves collected it with ease.
It wasn’t long before the second goal, as McCallum gets a goal of his own with abeautiful first time shot that found the net off of a nice move. Croftfoot were flying with two goals in under five minutes.
Clarkston looked shell shocked but Mundy was still working hard and causing problem. Most importantly chasing a long ball against Junior Kalokoh and it fell to a one on one against Lockhart who made a great save to keep his clean sheet. Kalokoh was on hand to clean up the scarps despite heavy pressure.
It fell to Willoughby who saw the run from James McDonald. He delivered a lovely diagonal that cut right though the defense and leaves McDonald with plenty of space 18 yards from goal where he buried the shot with ease. Six minutes in Croftfoot had already went three goals ahead and showed no signs of stopping.
The early storm continued, with Shawn Cunnigham taking on two defenders before showing the fans his quality – a brilliant left foot shot buried into the top corner made it four goals to the good on 8 minutes.
It seemed like the initial barrage had died off and play was becoming much mor ebalanced, but then the hosts made it five, through McDonald. He shook his marker with some tremendous off the ball movement and when Cunningham picked him out he didn’t let the chance go by, a textbook play and a textbook goal.
The Croftfoot boys were playing lovely football and were picking apart Clarkston with apparent ease, Euan Cosgrove and Saul Kiloh were doing well at left back and left mid – but that seemed to be the only place where Clarkston had any joy defensively in the opening.
Clarkston looked to answer back through Evander Duncan, Kiloh finding him with a clever switch. But his shot was cut out with authority when Kyle Hamilton put an end to the chance with his first touch of the ball.
Clarkston took heart from the half chances and began to show some fight, with Kiloh working hard to give Mundy opportunities to use his pace it seemed that Clarkston were finally finding their feet within the tie.
A nice one two from Cunnigham and Patrick Stewart showed that the leaders were not easing up. Setting up a lovely move that stretched the defence to limit, although the Clarkston back four were out to show what they could do.
Kiloh then showed what Clarkston could do in the final third, in a display of strength he held of and beat three defenders with raw power before slipping a ball through to Mundy who showed an abundance of composure to beat the keeper despite the pressure.
Finally on the score sheet the Clarkston boys took the game to their hosts, a free kick in the midfield lobbed over to Kiloh who rattles the upright with a half volley that was just too high for Lockhart’s fingertips.
Mundy took advantage of the momentum shift, chasing a powerful clearance form his own defence he outpaced Kalokoh and despite the defender getting a touch manage to poke it past the oncoming Lockhart to grab his second of the day on the 33rd minute.
BONNYTON Thistle under 19s emerged victorious in the Under 19s Paisley and Johnstone District League Cup with a 3-0 win over KSC Caley Thistle, winners of the under 17 league in Central Ayrshire Youth Football Association last year. Thistle, last year’s runners-up in the Glasgow and District YFL, all but killed the game by going two ahead early on before adding a third late on.
The game was played under extremely mild conditions but that did not halt either team from attacking early on in the opening exchanges. Thistle were the first to take advantage of their threat, on 14 minutes when attacker Sean Mears picked the ball up in the centre circle. The tricky forward jinked his way past three Caley players on his run through the middle before he played it to Sam McCloskey who neatly slipped in Steven Hill inside him. From just inside the box Hill’s first time shot with his instep nestled perfectly in the corner of the net, beating helpless goalkeeper Love to his left.
The away side were clearly disappointed to lose a goal so early on and went into their shells, much to Bonnyton’s advantage. Two minutes later, striker Steven McCarrison broke free on the left hand side and played a through ball along the ground for the advancing Mears who gunned in and hit the shot first time from 16 yards out and watched the ball ping into the bottom left hand corner with his team mates.
For the next ten minutes there were no real chances of note as the rhythm and tempo of Bonnyton’s early play faded away while the sting came out of KSC Caley’s early challenge. Bonnyton still had most of possession despite Caley looking dangerous on the few occasions they moved forward down the wings.
After half an hour, Caley were still waiing for this first shot on target. While the away team had worked the ball into the box on several occasions, and won multiple corners, the crucial clinical touch was lacking. John Pirie attempted to right this on his own with a long range shot but it was to no avail.
The teams began to find their stride slightly as the half drew to a close, with Kieran McCrum almost latching onto a Hill cross from the right after surging forward from defence and moments later Pirie once again managed to find space outside the Bonnyton box as he got in between the centre halves but his left-footed shot from the 18 yard line drifted a couple of yards too high.
Both teams had another chance each in the dying embers of a fairly lacklustre first half. Andy Hunter drilled a cross in from the left to the front post to the feet of McCarrison on the corner of the six yard box, but the ex-Ayr United man’s turning shot was blocked by the keeper. At the other end, Mason Boyd found himself with a bit of room to work with on the left after getting into a good position 20 yards out and he stepped into the box and hit a curling shot towards goal, only for Purdie to grab it out the air.