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A wonderful, four-goal performance saw St Peter’s BC U16s win the Paisley Johnstone and District YFL Cup over Hillwood BC. Thomas Cruden opened the scoring just before half time and a further three goals would come in the second half to give St Peter’s a commanding win. 

The opening exchanges were tight with real chances few and far between, St Peter’s possibly looking the most likely to score. A good bit of play from Jay Little allowed Blair Grey to get in a cross for Cruden but his shot was eventually blocked and cleared. 

A couple of crosses from Little almost set up the opening goal for St Peter’s as his team were having a lot of joy from the wings. First, a cross met on the head by Steven Ferguson was well saved by Kyle Furphy. Another Little cross was again intended for the head of Ferguson but it was just over his head when any sort of contact would have most likely resulted in a goal. 

A corner by Lewis McCracken almost resulted in an unlikely goal for Hillwood as Josh Smith’s towering header went narrowly over the bar. 

Little again was causing lots of trouble from the wing. His cross this time was cleared only as far as Jack McWilliam whose shot was deflected narrowly wide. Again St Peter’s came forward this time through Louis Fisher. The battling midfielder fought to the by-line and his cross was flicked on at the front post by Cruden but his effort went barely over the bar. 

A couple of chances from Hillwood showed St Peter’s that they were still in this game. A long shot from Donaghy tested Ryan McLaren in goal but he was equal to it. Then a well-delivered corner by Ross Alexander was headed just wide by Chris Schneider. 

With a minute left on the clock St Peter’s finally found the breakthrough. Cruden was presented the ball at the edge of the box and after beating his man he made no mistake in firing a powerful shot past the helpless Furphy. 

Donaghy came painfully close to instantly levelling the score. His curling effort from the edge of the box went no more than an inch past the post.

East End United Under 14s completed the league and cup double as they saw off Giffnock SC Napoli by two goals to nil in the Paisley Johnstone and District YFL Cup Final. Second half goals from Josh Lafferty and Alistair Taylor were enough to give East End the win in a match they bossed from start to finish. 

The early exchanges were tight as Taylor and Kenny Scullion were trying to give East End an edge with clever link-up play down the right wing. At the other end, Dominic McLaughlin had a driven long free kick saved and held by Cameron Wishart. 

An East End corner from Taylor caused a stramash in the box but Giffnock were able to clear. Another East End corner, this time from Shaun Rodgers was met by the head of Lee Govan but he saw his effort go just over the bar. 

Taylor presented  Lafferty with a great chance for the opening goal. Taylor beat two men before cutting inside, his cross was met on the volley by Lafferty but his shot hit the side netting. It was then Daniel Ferguson’s turn to cut inside for East End as he laid off Jack Lindsay but his shot went wide. 

As East End started to take a hold of the game Marc Risi almost gave Giffnock and unlikely lead. A long free kick McLaughlin was cleared only as far as Risi on the edge of the box. He pulled off a decent shot but it was well saved by Wishart in goal. 

An excellent crossfield pass from Ferguson picked out Scullion who cut inside but his shot could only find the side netting. East End created a lot of chances but too often failed to test goalkeeper Adam Haynes. 

As the seconds counted down in the half, a dipping free kick from McLaughlin almost got the better of Wishart who managed to rearrange his feet in time to kick the ball clear for a corner. It would finish all square at the break 

As the sun split the West Coast sky, Hamilton Academical Inverclyde FC and Bonnyton Thistle FC took to the pitch for the Elizabeth Canning League Cup Final, looking to channel their league and national cup disappointments into a positive performance that would lead to cup glory.

In a close game where both sides struggled to dominate for long spells it was the boys in red and white who came through victorious after a quick double-goal salvo in the second half put them narrowly out of reach of the Ayrshire men who rallied towards the end but found themselves continually frustrated by the Hamilton keeper.

Hamilton started the brighter of the two sides, putting pressure on the Thistle goal with two early corners. The first, from the left side, was swerved in towards goal and was met by the head of Dylan Blair who rose highest at the penalty spot and bulleted a header in the direction of the net. Bonnyton’s goalkeeper Craig Speirs was forced into a terrific save to deny the Accies striker and the flare of the match was immediately lit.

Another free header for Hamilton came five minutes later and again it was Blair on the end of it, almost sneaking in under the bar from a right-sided cross.

Both of those chances came either side of a Bonnyton breakaway that could have put the Kilmarnock squad ahead.

A counterattack down the left wing instigated by full back Andy Hunter and midfielder Murray MacKintosh, with the latter beating his man on the edge of the area and finding a gap to cross for Stevie McCarrison, who was arriving in the six-yard box. The striker evaded the closest defender by juggling the ball away from his outstretched leg but when it came to beating the Hamilton goalie Calum McMaster his half-volley just was not powerful enough and the keeper managed to dive down to the left and grasp it.

Hamilton continued to press early on and carved Bonnyton open on the 12-minute mark after winning the ball midway inside in their opponent’s half. Blair was again able to find the ball, this time with it on the deck, and he cut inside from the left and drilled a shot low at the bottom corner but Speirs turned it wide. From the resulting corner Accies worked it short and Aiden Devine’s right-footed cross from the left wing almost crept in, if it was not for a Bonnyton defender thwarting it on the line at the near post amongst a melee of players.

Back up the other end, McCarrison and McMaster continued their battle of wits. The pacy striker raced onto a through ball and found himself one-on-one with the goalie as he entered the penalty area. The two squared up and it was McMaster who came out on top again, diving at the feet of McCarrison as he tried to nip the ball to the keeper’s left.

Nine minutes later the two were at it again, with McCarrison presented with an opening similar to the first duel. Declan Adam worked the ball to the left from the centre circle and set winger Brandon McEvoy racing down the left wing. He jinked his way past his marker and from the by-line squeezed the ball back to the incoming striker. The ball trickled across the face of goal but with McCarrison under duress from the Accies defence he was not able to muster the required power to beat McMaster who once again dived on the ball and kept his clean sheet intact.

Far from being disheartened by the stellar play of McMaster, Thistle continued to push for the opener. They remained the more in-control side when in possession with MacKintosh being the main playmaker. Jordan Greenlees broke free from right full back a couple of times down the right side but Owen Connelly did well to marshal him from the opposite full-back position.

As the first-half clock ticked into the last 10 minutes, Hamilton came agonisingly low to cracking the deadline – quite literally. Two long-range shots from Blair and Chris Burns smacked the crossbar a minute after the other with the two right-footers unleashing almost fatal fire on the Bonnyton goal. Despite being peppered Speirs remained on his toes and looked to have the second of the shots covered, but the defence were quite clearly rocked.

A hotly anticipated game was in store for everyone who attended this thrilling derby match. Antonine where looking for revenge after a 4-0 beating just three days earlier from the same side they would face today.

Antonine seemed determined to deny Drumchapel the double after their win midweek gave them the upper hand in the league and the game started with a flurry of half chances. The best of the early chances fell to Antonine after Daniel Hamilton's free kick was magnificantly saved by goalkeeper Jack Hamilton.

Eventually the early pressure paid off as Owen Gallacher's cleaver ball in behind was impeccably finished by Adam Boyle for his 30th of the season and possibly one of his best goals.

Drumchapel's best chance to equalise was denied brilliantly by Andy Carroll who produced an excellent double save from Calvin Bland's effort, who then put his rebound over the bar. 

St Ninians HS cruised by Linwood HS  to win the U16s Paisley Schools Cup Final. With St Ninians having wrapped up the league title at the weekend and Linwood only playing two previous games the entire season, St Ninians were considered heavy favourites. They lived up to it with a plethora of goals and a dominating performance. 

It took St Ninians only 10 minutes to open the scoring. A corner taken by Rocco Innes was met by the free header of Michael Blues who made no mistake. 

St Ninians often used the wings as their main method of attack and it was from there that the second goal came. Elliot Graham cut inside the box and he crossed the ball right the head of Blues who scored his second goal with another header. 

From there, it looked like the floodgates were about to open and they did. Another corner this time by Ross McDonald was scored by Graham as the provider became the scorer. The trend continued as McDonald got the fourth. The ball broke to the number seven on the edge of the box and his low, bobbling shot nestled in the bottom right corner of the net. 

The first half scoring was rounded off by Blues who completed his hat-trick. A perfectly weighted ball by Lee Connelly was picked up by Blues who rounded the keeper and finished into the empty net.

Although the difference in quality of the two teams was very evident, it did not take away from the quality of play by St Ninians and their attitude to the game. To be fair to Linwood, at no point did they appear to give up as the game was all but over as a contest way before the end of the half. 

Lourdes High School claimed their first Glasgow Cup since 1973 after beating St. Peter the Apostle High School in a close final. Goals from Lewis McCracken, Abdul Yusuf and Mitchell McDonald secured them a hard fought win, after St. Peters put up a tough fight to give everyone watching a thrilling mornings entertainment.

The first half started slow with two chances falling to both sides. Connor Higgins had the chance of the half after Daniel Hamilton's searching ball forward found Tony Gallagher who squared it for Higgins but he could not sort his feet out in time and blasted high over.

The Clydebank side kept their head up and Owen Gallagher had a half chance from a Dominic Cairney cross. He could only glance the header wide of the goal. Lourdes also had chances and the pick of them fell to Lewis McCraken who hit the post and can count himself unlucky not to put his side in the lead. 

Clarkston were 5-1 winners over Johnstone Burgh at Huntly on Saturday. Two goals from Justin Maguire and one each from Brian Shimwa, Ivor Woodward and Paul Caruthers saw the boys in orange notch another impressive win in the PJDYFL Division Two Cup. Harry Orr scored what proved to be a consolation for Burgh in the second half.

Clarkston wasted no time in getting ahead; their opener coming after just three minutes. Shimwa’s excellent delivery from a corner on the left was nodded on by Euan Forbes and lashed into the roof of the net from close range by Maguire.  

Johnstone tried to immediately hit back and won a free-kick out on the right. Tom Reid’s curling delivery looked inviting but was smothered by Clarkston’s alert keeper Aidan Winning.

Clarkston then added to their lead as the creator turned provider. Shimwa received the ball on the edge of the box and produced a beautifully accurate finish, low into the bottom-right.

Just three minutes later it was 3-0. Clarkston were proving ruthless in front of goal and this time Woodward was the scorer, the number two hitting a left footed finish just out of reach of Burgh keeper Fraser Kinnaird.

Clarkston then thought they’d bagged another through Jamie McCullum; the number six darted onto a through pass, rounded the keeper and finished into the bottom corner. Unfortunately for McCullum, the referee had blown for offside.

Clarkston had another opportunity through Cameron Thompson. Shimwa’s free-kick from out wide was cleared by Johnstone Burgh. The boys in orange recycled their possession and Liam Hughes found an opening for Thompson, who finished just wide.

Clarkston were proving deadly from set-pieces as their fourth goal came from another free-kick. From just outside the centre-circle Declan McLaughlin floated a ball in which was flicked on by Forbes. Maguire took the ball in his stride before delicately chipping it over Kinnaird.

Chances then came for both teams. Caruthers came on as a substitute and immediately made an impact as the right winger struck the Johnstone crossbar from 20 yards. Then a quick Burgh counter-attack saw Hughes nervously clear just wide of his own goal. 

St Peters claimed a hard-fought victory over Hermitage Academy to book their place in the RS McColl Cup final.  Goals from Tony Gallacher, Connor Higgins (2) and Adam Boyle gave the Clydebank side the victory as they showed their true capability towards the end of the game.
The game got off to a slow start and it took 27 minutes for the first real chance of the game to come after Daniel Hamilton's cross was met by the head of Connor Higgins who could only divert it wide.
The home side took the lead after Tony Gallacher finished off a mazy run with just five minutes to go until half time.
It was a scrappy first half that fell St Peters way after a shaky start with everyone on the touchline looking for more from a close game.

A late goal, two minutes from time earned Giffnock SC Thistle a draw with Linwood Rangers in an enthralling league tie.  Giffnock had originally taken the lead through striker Jeremiah Otonti. Linwood responded with two goals either side of the half through Max Bridgewater and Steven Wilson to take the lead. A second goal from Wilson looked to have given Linwood the win but late goals from Ryan Donnelly and Otonti earned Giffnock a share of the spoils. 

It was Linwood who settled the quickest in the early exchanges. Euan King played through Ciaran McPherson but his shot from just inside the box went wide. 

The opening goal came nine minutes into the game and there was more than air of good fortune about it. Jeremiah Otonti’s presence in the box caused havoc for Linwood and when the defence desperately tried to clear the danger the ball smashed off the strikers knee and off the post, into the goal. Goalkeeper Gary Russel had no chance as Otonti was rewarded for his harrying of the defence. 

Despite the goal Linwood still remained the team in the ascendency. Euan King collected the ball in the Giffnock box and took out three defenders, but was denied a goal by Liam Gray who dived at King’s feet to deny him the chance. 

Steven Wilson then ran through the Giffnock defence to the byline before cutting back an enticing ball across the goal. However, the ball was just out of reach of the oncoming attackers and Giffnock cleared. 

It was then the turn of Tony Gallacher to run to the byline, this time looking for Wilson on the cutback. Again for Linwood though the ball was agonisingly just out of reach. 

A couple of corners from Bill McIntosh were met well in the air by Max Bridgewater and Steven Wilson. On both occasions they watched their attempts go wide. 

It was a corner that led to the equaliser. McIntosh this time choosing to play it low and hard to the front post and Max Bridgewater was there to put it in. More than a slight suspicion of an own goal but Bridgewater was happy enough to claim it. 

Linwood almost took the lead through another corner this time taken by Cieran McKenna. The inswinging delivery took the ‘keeper out of the equation and just when it looked like Max Bridgewater was about to head home his second, Owen Murphy raised highest to make an excellent clearance. 

Giffnock played their best football in the later stages of the half as they looked to retake the lead. Matthew Forbes play for the wing was causing problems and as he cut the ball back to Ryan Donnelly he looked to have possibly been upended in the box. However, his appeal for a penalty fell on death ears. 

Jeremiah Otonti got on the end of a long ball to go through 1 on 1 with Gary Russel. It was the ‘keeper who won this dual saving Otonti’s low and hard shot. Russel was on top form again to deny Ryan Donnelly who saw his long shot tipped onto the underside of the bar and out. Russel getting the slightest finger tips to the ball to keep his side level at the break. 

A breath-taking top-of-the-table encounter at Glasgow Green saw Rossvale Boys Club edge out Hampden Boys Club 3-2 thanks to a dramatic late winner by Levi McIntosh in the Under 13's Glasgow and District Youth Football League.  
Both teams contributed to an excellent game that maintained a high tempo throughout with plenty of passion on display. 
Hampden started the brighter, taking the lead very early on in fine fashion when Shay O'Donnell surged forward on the left flank going past his marker, then fizzed the ball across goal which was side-footed home by Greg Foster.  
The home side took control, looking the more likely to find the next goal and went close when Jack Auld was one-on-one with Josh Ashburn but the goalkeeper made himself big and tipped the striker's effort wide. Another chance presented itself for Hampden moments later from a corner but again the finishing touch couldn't be applied. 
At the other end, Rossvale forward Jack Morrison showed some nice touches to link up with his team-mates, allowing his team to gain some possession and make their way up the pitch. On a couple of occasions the visitors tried to release the ball early to Morrison and midway through the first half it paid off when he was sent racing through on goal with only the keeper to beat and he coolly slotted the ball past Rio Gilmour.  
Hampden had the better of the first half with Auld in particular causing problems with his pace and movement. He created a chance for himself, making his way into the penalty area after a quality turn but again was denied by Ashburn who expertly palmed away his well-struck effort. Hampden continued to apply pressure and were rewarded with a goal from Lewis Young who tucked the ball into the far corner after a scramble in the box.  
Back came Rossvale though, determined to get back on level terms and they nearly did through Grant Johnstone who rounded Gilmour but as the attacker looked to slot the ball home, Gilmour made an excellent recovery to parry the ball away with one hand.  
Auld and Ashburn were the half's star performers and their personal duel continued with the former trying his luck from the edge of the box, the ball looked destined for the roof of the net but somehow Ashburn kept it out once more.