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Monday, 20 April 2015 17:58 Written by YFS Editor 1
St Peters FC 1999's are pleased to announce that we are hosting a charity game in memory of Eilish Herron.
The club said: "The EH17 Charity Game will take place at Arthurlie's, Dunterlie Stadium on Sunday 24 May against a PJDYFL select with a 1pm kick off. All funds raised will go to The Brightest Star charity in Eilish's name.
"We hope you will encourage as many friends and family to come along and support a great cause and remember a very special young lady."
Donations can be made by clicking here. The squads for the match can be found below:
Selected highlights from the PJ&DYFL match at St James' Park, Paisley.
Linwood Rangers 2004's enjoyed their Easter Trip to Manchester at the weekend. The boys left Paisley on Friday lunchtime, spending the night in the hotel before travelling to Monton on Saturday morning to face local side AFC Monton.
They then travelled to Liverpool to take in the Everton vs Southampton EPL game at Goodison Park before returning to Manchester.
On Sunday they had a training session taken by a St Mirren youth coach, who had accompanied them on the trip before travelling home Sunday night. A great time had by all the boys and they are looking forward to next trip away.
Fixture: Eastwood Juveniles Red v Langcraigs FC Blue
Competition: U19's PJDYFL Division 2
After a convincing win last week Eastwood were looking for another crucial three points in this relegation crunch match against Langcraigs.
Euan Kyle was smartly off his line to hack clear as the Paisley visitors had the first attack of the game, before Craig Nicolson shot well wide after creating space for himself outside the box.
With the wind in their favour, two well delivered Darren Law free kicks were inches away from being headed in by Eastwood forwards, athough in between it took a superb fingertip save from Euan Kyle to keep his team on level terms, as he clawed away a close range header.
As usual Rhys Thomson was constantly getting on the ball to make things happen, and he was to link with Lewis Andrews to carve out the opening goal. It was top scorer Law, who was to race through and finish with a cool chipped finish over the keeper as he netted for the fouth successive game.
Just as they seemed set to go on and dominate this encounter, the home team were shocked by a visitors equaliser. A slack pass from David McCallum was see possession gained by the men in blue and despite Kyle getting fingers on the ensuing shot from just inside the box, the ball crept into the net.
McCallum was then desperately unlucky not to give his team the lead again, as he and Martin Lyttle pounced on an inswinging Law corner from the left, the ball agonisingly hitting the post and bouncing to safety.
The midfield guile of Andrews and Nicolson was ensuring complete control of this area as the first half drew to a close, with the home team again inches away from a superb goal just on half time.
Law held the ball up on the half way line before releasing Thomson, and then meeting the return ball with a side foot volley inches wide after his strike partner had carried the ball to the edge of the penalty box.
Half Time : Eastwood Juveniles Red 1-1 Langcraigs FC Blue
A sweeping team move that began with Michael Orsi on the left and ended with Law sending a cross come shot over from the angle of the box was to underline the home teams dominance as the second half started.
David Milton was in commanding form, as he and McCallum mopped up rare Langcraigs attacks with authority, indeed the home captain was hauled to the ground as he instigated a home attack which lead to a visitors booking.
Law was to waste a free kick that was well placed at the edge of the box,however his corner deliveries were much more threatening although the visitors backline deserved credit for staying strong under a constant barrage of home pressure.
A fine run on the right from Milton saw him whip in a superb cross that found no takers,and with even full backs Ian Cant and Martin Lyttle finding the time to power forward to the edge of the visitors box, a second goal looked likely to arrive at any time.
The skilful Josh Dowie had by now been replaced by Chris Naddell on the right, but it was from the left that the home team again came close to scoring. Nicolson cut in on his right foot, and his fierce shot was deflected inches past the upright by a visiting defender with Andrews waiting to pounce.
Langcraigs were still looking to hit on the counter with Kyle diving to his right to make a fine stop, but with Stewart Clarkson at the heart of the play the chances were continuing to come at the other end.
Clarkson himself unleashed a fierce shot that produced a superb parry from the keeper, before Law worked a one two with Thomson before lofting the ball over the keeper, and unfortunately for Eastwood the crossbar as well.
There was almost a sense of inevability that the Paisley team would break against the run of play and steal the points, and with just two minutes remaining they did just that. A slick pass through the middle sent the forward into the box, and he was able to slide a fine finish past Kyle to earn his team all three points.
Full Time : Eastwood Juveniles Red 1-2 Langcraigs FC Blue
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:31 Written by St Peters
Fixture: St Peters FC v Westerton
Competition: U14's West Region Cup
Venue: Ralston Sports Centre
This 2001 West Region cup tie played on Astro Grass at Ralston Sports Centre, Paisley allowed both teams to play some good quality football on the 4G surface.
Westerton started brightly with the midfield dominating the game and deservedly went ahead midway through the first half with a great strike from fully 25 yards out.
St Peter's started to show signs of getting back into the game and were denied on several occasions by a great performance from the Westerton goalkeeper.
However, St. Peter's got the equaliser their play deserved when from a cut back and a great touch, the St Peters wide midfielder fired high into the net to make it all square at half time.
Half Time : St Peters FC 1-1 Westerton
St Peter's had to come from behind again early in the 2nd half after Westerton scored a great chipped goal.
It was then St Peter's turn to take the lead and scored three really good goals in quick succession, one a great run and finish followed by a powerful header from a corner and the St Peter's striker making it 4-2 slotting home after being through one on one with the keeper.
However, great spirit shown by Westerton resulted in a 30 yard free kick proving too much to handle for the St Peters goalkeeper making it 4-3 and game on in the last 10 minutes.
Chances came at both ends in the closing stages but the match finished 4-3 to St Peters who move into the Quarter Finals.
Full Time : St Peters FC 4-3 Westerton
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:46 Written by Broomhill SC
Fixture: Broomhill SC v Celtic BC
Competition: Under 14's West Region Cup
Both these teams were drawn together in a Cup Competition for the second time this season with Celtic looking to gain revenge from their Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Broomhill.
Both teams started strongly with Broomhill eventually taking control of large parts of the first half with the Celtic keeper making an outstanding save from the BSC left back Ewan Stewart from long range.
Broomhill continued to press forward and Gio Vezza had two chances to put the home team in front from corners, but these were well defended by the away team.
Calum Hughes and Logan McCarthy were taking grip of the midfield area and eventually, midway through the first half, some great wing play by James Littlejohn, sent Chris Melville down the right who crossed for Mitchell Donohoe to tap the ball into the net from close range.
Half Time: Broomhill SC 1-0 Celtic BC
Both teams started the second half brightly but again Broomhill took control and their persistence paid off when a great run and cross from Jack Muir crossed for striker Daniel McGarrie to head home.
As the game headed to the end Celtic started to push players forward in search of a goal and were unlucky in the last 10 minutes to see no rewards for their efforts.
Full Time: Broomhill SC 2-0 Celtic BC
View selected highlights from the West Region Cup tie at Toryglen Football Centre, courtesy of St Mirren YFC.
Article by Sam Jenkinson and photos courtesy of Zoe Birkbeck
As the opportunity to hear public opinions on the Victoria Park bid nears it’s final days, Broomhill Sports Club insist that a successful reinstating of the sports pitches would boost their youth development success, and offer a “fun… and positive experience” for kids.
The club, currently representing over 750 players in the west end area, have proposed the building of a state of the art astro turf pitch and training facilities, which looks to ensure a guaranteed pitch for the young children involved with the club to use.
Back in 2009, BSC first welcomed the beginning of Saturday morning football sessions for children in Primary 1 to 3. Consisting of 4 versus 4 small sided games and primarily organised by parents and volunteers, these sessions took place rain or shine on the blaise pitches at Victoria Park before moving onto the nearby grass area.
Almost six years later, that hard work and dedication has shown through BSC’s 2001 team, who recently stormed into the Scottish Cup semi-finals with a 5-0 win over Barrhead. No fewer than 11 of the squad began their journey at the 4v4s, with another six moving on from the club to play at pro-youth level.
Parent-volunteer Peter Winckles, who helped organise the very first sessions, felt starting from an early age has played a huge part in the success of the squad. “We began doing seven a side training for half an hour for the older ones, to help with the transition from 4s to 7s… You can see the benefits the early training had now that the boys are transitioning into 11 a side.”
“You see the advanced touch and awareness in the ones that have trained from five years old. That’s something you can only pick up from playing in matches.”
Winkles, whose son is still involved with the club, also pointed out the benefits of the experience outside of football.
“They’ve all had fun, it’s a positive experience for them, and there’s also the social aspect. Through the 4v4s, they were able to meet kids from other schools and many of them formed relationships that are still there now."
BSC coach Peter Vezza, whose son Geo is a member of the successful 2001 squad, could only praise the small sided game training. “Starting football early with the 4v4s has had a very big bearing on the success of the team this season. It’s where the boys got their interest in football, turning up to play at Victoria Park, that was the start of their development!”
Vezza, and everyone involved in the 4v4s and 2001 side, are looking to back the Victoria Park bid in the hopes to ensure the best possible opportunity for Glasgow’s next sport-loving generation.
“The opportunity to train and play on a proper high tech surface rather than a bumpy blaise park gives young players the best chance to improve their technical ability,” commented Winckles.
“Every year there is a massive influx of kids who want to run around, be active, and play sport, and the 4v4s provides that.”
Callum Hughes, a member of the 2001 side and recently selected for the 2001 SYFA development squad, agrees that participation in 4v4s will be incredibly important for the future BSC players. “It (4v4s) was brilliant because it gave you an excuse to just go out and play games against your friends and enjoy yourself. I’ll always remember nutmegging James… I’m sure he won’t forget that either!”
Hughes was also quick to credit his early participation with teaching him vital skills that have helped as he’s continued to grow as a player.
“It taught me a lot. From a young age, I learned to be calm on the ball and during any decision-making… I think I still benefit from that now.”
The proposal, which closes on the 13th of March, is available to read at the following link - http://www.broomhillsportsclub.org.uk/VP-Proposal-Sept-2014.pdf
You can have your say by submitting a response here – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VictoriaParkBlaesPitches
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 14:14 Written by Maryhill Juniors
Fixture: Maryhill Juniors v St Peters
Competition: Under 16's PJDYFL Division 1
Maryhill Juniors fine strike to take the lead and a couple of important saves saw from their keeper saw them out battle their opponents St. Peters in a tough fought 1-1 draw between two sides situated at the top of the Paisley Johnston and District, Division 1.
Maryhill started the better, pressing St. Peter's back at every opportunity as a couple of clipped balls over the top put in striker Aidan lynch but strong defending cancelled out any threats.
Again the St. Peter's rear guard were put under pressure when a long free kick from John Cassidy had to be touched over the bar after an awkward bounce in the box.
The first real chance of the game fell to another Maryhill striker Reegan Shearer who blasted his shot over from a corner kick.
But, the striker didn't have long to wait before breaking the dead lock from another corner after a great move, St. Peter's failed to clear and the ball fell to Reegan Shearer on his favourite left foot, only for the strikers shot to come back off the left hand post where again the defence failed to clear as it fell to Shearer once again who flicked with his left onto his right unleashing an unstoppable volley high past the helpless keeper into the back of the net much to the delight of the home support that stretched the almost the length of pitch.
Maryhill continued to press looking for a second but the St. Peter's frontline still carried a threat as it proved on the half hour mark as the Maryhill defence switched off at a quickly taken throw in allowing the St. Peter's forward to finish under the Maryhill keeper from close range. 1-1.
St. Peter's goal gave them a lift and it took a goal saving block from Maryhill's Jack King and a great save from keeper Calum Clark, who would go on to make a couple of equally important saves in the second half from preventing St. Peter's from taking a lead into halftime.
Half Time : Maryhill Juniors 1-1 St Peters
The second half started with Maryhill going looking for their second goal as they created chances with Shearer coming closest, heading over from six yards.
As the game went on both defences stood strong, Maryhill's the more as the action all seemed to be in the St Peter's half, but with no more goals scored the hard fought tough tackling, end to end game played between two quality sides ended all square.
Full Time : Maryhill Juniors 1-1 St Peters
Fixture: Hampden BC v Broomhill BC
Competition: Under 14's David Mushet Cup
The David Mushet League Cup tie between Hampden Boys Club and Broomhill BC was decided by a last minute penalty at Barlia pitches in Castlemilk on Saturday.
The match, which was badly effected by a strong left to right wind throughout, took time to settle down into a rhythm but it was 3rd division Broomhill who seized the early initiative with their 2 pacey strikers causing the Hampden defence numerous problems.
However, Hampden grew into the match and looked dangerous as Jay Donnelly, James MacDonald and top scorer Danny Metford all came close with shots from distance but were unable to find a way past the Broomhill keeper.
It was of no surprise on 20 minutes when Hampden took the lead. The ball broke to influential captain Ryan Mooney in midfield and he carried the ball forward before releasing a pass to James MacDonald who made no mistake as he fired low into the net.
Broomhill responded positively and only an outstanding save from Hampden keeper Blair Stewart prevented an equalizing goal.
The equalizer did come though on the stroke of half time and it was no more than Broomhill deserved. There was however a stroke of luck about the goal as an in swinging corner from the left caught the wind and dropped into the net.
Half Time : Hampden BC 1-1 Broomhill BC
The second half was a bit of a scrappy affair as the high winds affected both teams.
Hampden continued to press for a 2nd goal to prevent the tie having to be settled by the dreaded penalty kicks but attempts by Mooney, Metford and MacDonald were all saved by the impressive Broomhill keeper.
Broomhill seemed happy as the half went on to play on the counter attack but goalkeeper Stewart was untroubled as their attackers were unable to breech the Hampden central defence of Sean Smith and Ryan Whiteside.
The winning goal did eventually come but Hampden had to wait until the final minute of the match. Striker Danny Metford, who was unlucky not to score during the match, cut in from the left and was fouled inside the box as he made his way towards goal. The referee had no hesitation as he pointed to the spot. It was left to Hampden captain Ryan Mooney to fire his team into the next round.
The match was very competitive and Broomhill can consider themselves unlucky not to at least take the tie to penalties against a team 2 divisions higher than them. Hampden will now face either St Cadocs or Stamperland in the next round.
Full Time : Hampden BC 2-1 Broomhill BC
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 10:43 Written by Campsie Black Watch
Fixture: Campsie Black Watch v Baillieston Juniors
Competition: Under 21's West of Scotland YFL
The weather again was to play a big part in Campsie playing away from Station Road this time it was to be at the 3G at Lenzie Academy.
The first half of the game was played at breakneck speed with both teams making few chances but Campsie looked to have the upper hand and on the thirty fifth minute after a ball was played through to Jordan Mcgrotty who took the ball down well, turning before driving into the box, where he was impeded but managed to stay on his feet, before cooly striking past the Baillieston keeper.
the rest of the first half was played out with no more goals or any real chances of note.
Half Time : Campsie Black Watch 1-0 Baillieston Juniors
The second half had only reached fifty minutes when Wright tried to clear the ball in his area but missed it completely and this allowed Baillieston to take advantage and level the scoring.
Ten minutes later Campsie subbed Mcluskey for Reid which seemed to make a difference down the right wing but he did not get enough service.
Seventy minutes on the clock and Baillieston went ahead when again Campsie made a defensive error and Baillieston made them pay.
Welsh was brought back on after being subbed earlier with a cut to the knee and this seemed to settle Campsie again but when Baillieston pushed forward in the seventy ninth minute again Campsie`s defence was at fault and again Baillieston took full advantage to score their third.
This seemed to unsettle Campsie and they could not get back into the game and before they knew it they were 1-4 down when Baillieston struck again.
To Campsie`s credit they kept working away and just before full time the striker Mcgrotty hit a great right footed shot from well out that the keeper failed to stop
Full Time : Campsie Black Watch 2-4 Baillieston Juniors
Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:22 Written by Euan Strathearn
Glasgow East BC have been awarded Quality Mark status during the recent Scottish FA West Region Quality Mark Awards, for their efforts in increasing participation in football and development amongst young players.
The community run club formed last summer in the East End of Glasgow, starting with only nine players and one team.
Almost one year later though, the story at Glasgow East is somewhat different; the club now caters for upwards of sixty-five young players in five different teams.
Brian McGill is the club’s president, chairman and manager of the Under 16 team. McGill along with vice president Pat Twigg both coach at the local primary school St Thomas’ and are keen for kids of any level to get involved.
McGill said, “We’re also now bringing on a lot more developmental squads, we’re allowing kids to come just in order to train they don’t necessarily have to come in to play, it is just mainly to keep kids off the streets and keep them away from the bad things we know that can happen in this area which has been kind of plagued in recent years.”
Under Brian and Pat’s stewardship, Glasgow East has met the Scottish FA’s criteria for the quality mark which is aimed at improving or supporting management, development structures, administration, planning and welfare.
Brian appreciates the big part the Scottish FA have played in aiding the development of Glasgow East.
“The Scottish FA has been very helpful in terms of they’ve given us funding we’ve received equipment, they’ve helped us with regards to the facility, helping out with costs, putting us on coaching courses –very helpful from start to finish.”
The benefits of being involved at Glasgow East are evident in the young players themselves; developing skills useful for life in football and outside.
Jack Stuart, who plays centre half for the under 16s team said: “The main thing is having fun with your team mates and playing football which I love.”
Jack’s team started the season badly but have now found their feet. He is quick to recognise what the club has done for him, saying: “I’ve become fitter and as a person I’ve learned life skills from my coaches and other people around me.”
The kids are certainly kept busy training twice a week with competitive fixtures taking place at the weekend and McGill is keen for more kids to benefit in the way Jack has. He said: “The aspirations for the club and future are to grow year on year. Obviously we want to have as many kids as possible represent the club. The main aim is within a timescale is to have a football academy which the local community can be proud of and that kids can continually enjoy coming and being part of a structured tolerant environment.”
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 14:34 Written by Linwood Rangers
Fixture: Linwood Rangers v Westerton United
Competition: Under 15's PJDYFL Division 1
An incredible turn around saw Linwood Rangers U15s turn around a three goal first half defect to earn a draw against Westerton Untied. Three goals in the first half looked to be enough for Westerton to take the points home, but Linwood responded in splendid fashion and matched Westerton’s scoring feat in the second half.
Linwood Rangers had the best of the early chances with Jonathan Lee blasting a long range effort over the bar. Steven Wilson did the hard work for his striking partner Ali Lee who had his effort saved from Matthew McAlpine.
Westerton number nine Ruairidh Sorbie’s pace was causing problems for the Linwood back line, Sorbie had Westeron’s first real chance when he rushed on to a flick on from a long free kick and produced a good save from Irwin Gray. From the resulting corner, Calum Smith found space in the box to fire home a powerful header and put Westerton one up.
Westerton grew in confidence with the goal and were able to double their lead through Sorbie. The speedy striker picked up a pass on the edge of the box from David Johnstone and with a beautiful touched turned his man and finished the ball under the on-coming ‘keeper. An excellent move from Westerton.
It was then the turn of Jack McNulty to show his pace and skill. McNulty ran through the Linwood defence and took the balls away from the ‘keeper to knock the ball into an empty net for Westerton’s third. The score may not have been reflective of the play but it certainly showed Westerton’s clinical nature and efficiency in front of goal.
Steven Wilson and Ali Lee were once again sharing chances as they tried to get their team back into the game. Jack McNulty was also unlucky not to add a fourth after having a chance similar to his goal. It remained 3-0 at the break.
Half Time : Linwood Rangers 0-3 Westerton United
The fight back started for Linwood Rangers through Steven Wilson. A low cross bobbled around the box before landing at the feet of Wilson who turned his man and unleashed a powerful shot from close range to score and get his team back in the game.
Linwood’s corners and crosses were causing problems for Westerton and it was because of the fine form of Matthew McAlpine that Westerton were holding their leading as he produced a wonderful double save from Max Bridgewater and Euan Kyle. McAlpine also had to be quick off his line to deny two one-on-one chances with Steven Wilson and then Euan Kyle.
In a half were chances were scarce for Westerton, Ruairidh Sorbie, Westerton’s star man, had a chance to put the game beyond doubt. Sorbie held his run to beat the offside trap before rounding the ‘keeper and just as he thought he scored, Jonathan Lee got back to clear the ball just before it crossed the line.
Cieran McKenna’s powerful drilled corners were causing problems and he was unlucky not to score direct from one. It was a McKenna corner that led to Linwood’s second goal. Low and hard across the deck it evaded everyone except Ryan Steele who was waiting at the back post all alone to score.
The equaliser came almost immediately after the start of play and it was a screamer. Reece Gallagher struck the ball from all of 30 yards and his effort dipped underneath the bar giving McAlpine no chance in goals.
Linwood looked the most likely to grab the winner at this point but most of their chances were coming from long range, first from Max Bridgewater then Ciaran McPherson. The final chance fell to Cieran McKenna but he was never balanced and his shot from the edge of the box went helplessly wide.
Full Time : Linwood Rangers 3-3 Westerton United
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 13:30 Written by James Owens
Following months of hard work behind the scenes Houston United Football Club were recognised at the Scottish FA West Region Quality Mark Awards. The Renfrewshire club received the Standard Award, their first rung on the Quality Mark ladder.
The Standard Award ensures that basic club operating standards are in place. The awards recognise pro-active clubs and schools working to increase youth and community participation. Louis Jeffrey, Houston United Chairman and Head Coach of the 2003 year group, praised the effort of his club and those who have helped them achieve this award.
Speaking to the Scottish FA, Jeffrey said: “The work began 18 months ago when we knew we were due a re-accreditation, with planning and testing ourselves against the standards set by the Scottish FA. At that time there were a number of areas in which we fell short.
"The last 18 months has been about working hard to get people on the right courses, to improve education standards, to test ourselves in relation to our player protection qualities and methods. I’m glad to say we got their eventually but with a lot of hard work.”
Head Coach of the 2006 age group, Andy Barclay, echoed those sentiments.
Barclay said: “Houston United is a community run club within Houston and the surrounding areas.”
He also applauded the progress that the club has made to achieve this award.
“We’ve done a lot of work in coach education, first aid and child protection, rather than having one or two qualified coaches", he said.
"This has brought all of our coaches up to a far higher level of coaching experience.”
Jeffrey said: “Without the Scottish FA we wouldn’t have achieved the Quality Mark. It was with their help and guidance that we knew what standards we wanted to achieve.
“We’ve achieved (this award) in a more inclusive way involving a broad range of players, a broad range of skills and they’ve all been welcomed into the club in the best possible fashion.”