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Tuesday, 17 February 2015 13:29

Hampden Boys Club achieve Quality Mark

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Hampden Boys Club have been awarded the Quality Mark Club status during a recent Scottish FA West Region Quality Mark Awards.
 
The club, serving players from the King’s Park & Toryglen areas and beyond, picked up the award for an outstanding commitment to ensuring their coaches were fully qualified, with some going the extra mile and obtaining badges above the level they were expected to.
 
The club is now in its 10th year, operating with under 8s to under 17s, catering for 120 players and using the playing and training facilities at Toryglen.
 
George Gilmour, coach for Hampden BC’s Under 13 side and Quality Mark Coordinator for the club recognised the assistance of the Scottish FA in obtaining the award.
 
He said: “The SFA have been great, we’ve worked very closely with Stuart Smith, our Regional Development Officer, and he’s given us a lot of help every step of the way.”
 
“We would now like to fill the gaps in the age groups that we don’t have at the club and try to bring through the future footballing staff at Hampden BC.”
 
Broomhill SC are appealing to have the pitches at Victoria Park saved and refurbished after plans appeared to possibly turn the land into an Orchard.
 
The club has until 27th of February to convince the Council that they should be allowed to build new football pitches.
 
To make this happen, they are calling on your support by completing the council survey. Click on either links below to do this. 
 
 
The club are also encouraging people to share this message and to ask at least three other people you know to back the club and complete the survey.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 13:59

YFS TV: Broomhill SC v Barrhead YFC U14's

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The following video is not a highlights package from the whole match. Therefore, not all goals and incidents are included in the final edit.
 
Footage courtesy of BroPros Studios
 
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:57

Bankies blow away the Gunners

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Fixture: Clydebank v Arsenal 
Competition: Under 19's TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup
Venue: Clydebank High School
Date: 08/02/15
 
The game started on an even keel with both teams exchanging chances. The first goal came after loads of pressure from the bankies. As the ball was played down the right hand side and Kevin McNaught finished neatly from a tight angle. 
 
From then on in the half Arsenal had control of possession and were playing good football, but were unable to finish the chances that they had. The pick of the chances fell to Kane O'Neil who's well worked shot flashed just wide of goal. 
 
Half Time : Clydebank 1-0 Arsenal BC 
 
At half time Ross Smith of Clydebank was swapped with Sean Stewart.
 
The second half started off in a flash, a deflected shot went out for a corner. Fraser Reid's corner caused chaos in the six yard box but Jamie Grimes headed the ball home to give Clydebank a two goal lead. 
 
Soon after these sub there was a chance for Arsenal but they couldn't get the ball over the line with tenacious Clydebank keeping there lead in tact. 
 
Heading into the final 20 Minutes the Bankies extended their lead. Sub Stewart was running through on goal and was clear through if he wasnt cynically brought down by Ian Seymour this leaving the ref with no other decision than to send the Arsenal man off. The penalty was taken by the sub and he dispatched off it too make it 3-0 clydebank. 
 
The Bankies had a chance to extend their lead on the 78th minute but Cameron Morgan blasted over from six yards. 
 
Arsenal did have the ball in the back of the net after David Coyle headed the ball home but he was ruled offside. He was then shown a second yellow card for descent. 
 
Full Time : Clydebank 3-0 Arsenal BC
 
 
Friday, 16 January 2015 11:19

Q&A with Rossvale Chairperson Ian Grey

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Tell our audience a little bit about yourself.
 
My name is Ian Grey, and I am the Club Chairperson of Rossvale Football Club. I have been with the Club from the very beginning in 1976, playing in the very first game. I was eight years old at the time, and now I am 46. 
 
I also work in Residential Childcare for the last 20 years, so everything I do is very child centred. I took over the Chairpersons role from my father. I have some OCD which means I am very driven to do things the way I want them, and fortunate to have many people around the Club who are very similar. 
 
I give between 30-40 hours a week to running the club, and willing to do everything from top to bottom and I enjoy the process. I am happiest when I am setting up a new project and love the challenge of it, to prove I can make it a success. I badger people to help and to support the Club, and that has paid off with a new development at Huntershill Playing Fields. I am very ambitious, whilst trying to include everyone.
 
So how did the idea of Rossvale come about?
 
Rossvale was born out of a number of kids getting together and playing football from Woodhill Primary School in a public park. From that point my dad, who was a qualified youth leader, decided to organise something on a weekly basis for the kids in a structured safe environment. From that one team in 1976, it has now grown into what it is. 
 
The Club ran with five or six teams for the first half of its existence, until I made the decision to run an academy involving five and six year olds which was laughed at by numerous people. The academy propelled the club, overtaking others. The academy is now the main foundation of our Club, and just recently added a new futsal section for four year olds.
 
So how many players do you have in total, counting boys and girls?
 
Currently the club has about 600 players, 120 officials and about 60 teams. Our players range from four years of age up to over 35’s. We have added a semi professional team in the last three years, and at the present time are doing reasonably well. We have further ambitions to add walking football, over 50’s football and numerous other projects to fulfil our SFA Quality Mark Legacy Level.
 
Could you tell us a success story over the time Rossvale has existed?
 
Rossvale has won the Scottish Cup four times, and as recently as last year. We have now about a dozen players who have represented the Club at international youth level, and currently in excess of 100 players in the current pro youth set up, with a few making it into the senior game. 
 
However, the greatest success is the amount of kids we have kept off the streets on a week to week basis, running into thousands over our history. Many of our players have developed long term relationships, with some in excess of 30 years, which should be the mainstay of every club to ensure kids enjoy themselves, build strong wider relationships and become better people
 
So I understand you have some new plans for the girls side of the club? 
 
We are keen to develop our girls section to match the level the boys department has become. The club believes that we should be able to create an equitable academy to the girls and allow them the same as we offer the boys, with the long term plan of putting a women’s team in place. We believe that this requires us to put a strong foundation in place and we need to bring in girls born between the years 2000 and 2009. 
 
We want to build an environment where players are ambitious, to be better players and better people. We need more players and more organised ambitious people to come on board, who want to make this work, both at competitive and community, all inclusive.
This year’s Scottish Cup Quarter final draw for the 2001's has seen East End United Boys Club paired with Newcraighall Leith Vic's, whilst most teams would be googling leagues and previous results to see who each other are, these two clubs have been friends for two years after the Vic's came through to watch East End play against their Scottish cup opponents Harmony Row in a league game and ended up arranging a friendly for the following Wednesday night.
 
Shaun McWaters East End manager "We have a great relationship with Vics we've played them twice and will continue to play each other pre-season no matter who goes through to the next round, we played Edinburgh City in a previous round and I was on the phone to ask John (the Vics manager) how they set up and what they were like. He phoned me ten minutes after the quarter final draw was up online and agreed this should be a cracking cup tie. We are at home and feeling confident the boys have what it takes to reach the next round."
 
Both these sides mirrored each other's honours last season winning their domestic leagues, league cups and respected South East and West Regional Cup's. 
 
East End captain Ally Taylor knows his team have a tough game "We played them pre-season and it was a tight game, all the boys are up for it and looking forward to it, last season we had a terrific season and to win what we did in our first competitive year was great, so far this season our form has been good in all competition." 
 
The Scottish cup results have went like so for the under fourteen's : Cardonald Thistle 9-0 (Away), Clyde FC Community 9-0 (Home), Deveronvale 9-2 (Home), Edinburgh City Real 3-1 (away). In the top division of the Paisley Johnstone & District league Youth Football League it's been an impressive eleven straight wins out of eleven for East End, with the defence of the League Cup and the West Region Cup starting soon.
 
It is indeed a massive six months ahead for this squad of young developing players and it's great credit to the boys that Rangers, Celtic, Greenock Morton, Kilmarnock, Airdrieonians, Stirling Albion, Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Everton have all had a look with scouts watching them play several times. Coaches and parents are working with these clubs to help the boys make training at a high level, at least once a week to ensure the boys may follow in the footsteps of ex East End players like David Barron (St Mirren), Nicky Low and Michael Paton (Aberdeen) and the latest player Alex McWaters who is currently with Greenock Morton.
 
The under nineteen's have also reached this stage of the competetion and have a home tie v Gartcairn Football Academy, United have been excellent in their cup run and league so far with most of the players in the squad being at their first year of under nineteen's in a very tough PJDYFL Division one. 
 
David Stewart United u19's coach "We don't know a lot about Gartcairn, only that they are playing in a good standard of league with decent results so far in the first half of the season, we expect a hard game. But, we also have a decent side here and the boys won the West Region Cup two years ago and the League Cup last year so hopefully they can progress into the semi finals of the national cup this year."
 
The Scottish cup results have went like so for the under nineteen's : Giffnock SC Milan 7-1 (Away), Gourock YAC 4-1 (Home), Dee Club 6-1 (Home), Port Glasgow Juniors 5-2 (Away). The side currently sit third in the Division one of the PJDYFL league and hopefully they can do well in the League Cup and West Region Cup.
 
The club which was formed in 1982 and has gone through a huge transition period over the past seven years with access to Inverclyde Council/Inverclyde Leisure' excellent 3G park at Lady Octavia for training and matches (the older generation will remember the yellow gravel park at Lady Octavia and the even older generation will remember the black ash), recently the club acquired a long term lease for the old council garage building at the side of the sports centre thanks to sports funding from Inverclyde Council, this has been converted into two changing rooms with storage space for equipment.
 
John Docherty an East End United Boys Club founder member "The club has come a long way in thirty years the facilities we have for the boys these days is excellent add to that the generosity of local sponsors for strips and training kit, it’s really pleasing to see every boy dressed the same in club colours at training nights.The new dressing rooms are excellent and let's us have a base to work from now. Our youth academy is doing well and have over 100 primary school age players under the stewardship of Alex McWaters Snr and his coaches, the under fourteen's and nineteen's teams have done really well and this is furthest any East End team has got in this competition, but let's hope it's our day and both teams get into the next round draw. I would like to thank on behalf of everyone at East End United Boys Club, Aubrey Fawcett chief executive at Riverside Inverclyde, Counsellor Michael McCormick, Provest Robert Moran Inverclyde Council, Inverclyde leisure and the staff at Lady Octavia sports centre for all of their support."
 
The quarter final ties are to be played at Lady Octavia on 31st of January with a 12pm kick off for the under fourteens and the under nineeten's time to be confirmed.
 
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 14:55

Giffnock SC blow away Westerton in blowy conditions

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Giffnock SC
 vs
Westerton United
 
 
 
Under 13's PJDYFL Division 1
 
10 January 2015
 
 
 
The long wait is over, Giffnock Soccer Centre made their long awaited return to competitive action on Saturdat against Westerton United at Williamwood High School in what can only be described as horrendous weather conditions.
 
Having played a few friendlies over the festive period including a savage beating at the hands of the Coaches & Parents (Sorry boys couldn't resist) and two impressive victories over Airdrieonians and East Kilbride the boys were raring to go. 
 
The boys started the match in a 4-5-1 formation and suprisingly chose to play against the wind in the first half.
 
Snow, wind and freezing conditions greeted the boys as the game kicked off and the weather was to remain like this for the duration of the game. 
 
Eight minutes in and Giffnock grabbed the lead, a through ball found J. Shields at the edge of the box, the midfielder did well to skip past his marker and find M. Connolly inside the box, the striker took one touch and cooly slotted the ball low into the net for the opener, 1-0.
 
On thirty five minutes it was two, good link up play down the left involving J. Shields & E. Ross resulting a great through ball by Euan to the feet of M. Connolly who unselfishly squared the ball to J.Reid for the easy finish at the back post. There was to be no more scoring in the first half.
 
Half Time : Giffnock SC 2 Westerton Utd 0
 
Giffnock had the howling wind behind them in the second half and looked to press home their good first half performance by grabbing a few more goals to end the match as a contest. 
 
Forty three minutes in and it was 3-0, a brilliant counter attack from a Westerton corner saw E.Ross play a defense splitting pass to the onrushing F. Slade who sprinted clear of the defender and passed the ball into the net. 
 
Slade was to grab a quick fire double on fifty four minutes when a wonderful cross from J. Reid was met at the near post by the hitman with a deft glancing header into the net.
 
The game was over now as a contest and Giffnock were hungry for more.
 
Sixty minutes in and it was number five, a brilliant cross in from the left by J. Shields found J. Adair at the back post who cushioned a beautiful right foot finish past the keeper for his now customery goal. 
 
Two minutes later and Giffnock grabbed their sixth of the day, a nice through ball by M. Connolly released J. Adair who's effort was well saved by the Westerton Goalie but C. Smith was on hand to bravely turn the ball home at the back post. 
 
The scoring for the day was completed on sixty minutes when a poor throw by the Westerton keeper was intercepted by E. Ross who lashed the ball home from the edge of the box for number seven.
 
Full Time : Giffnock SC 7-0 Westerton United
 
 
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 21:06

Arsenal in seventh heaven against Easthall

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Arsenal BC
 vs
Easthall FC
 
 
 
Under 19's G&DYFL
 
10 January 2015
 
 
 
This was the first game back after the Christmas break and both sides were looking for their first win of the new year.
 
Easthall started strong applying pressure to the Arsenal goal and forced a good save from Collinson when their striker nipped down the left hand side only to see his shot well saved. 
 
Arsenal then took the lead when when McPherson's cut back found Coyle who sided footed home to make it 1-0. 
 
It was 2-0 after thirty minutes when Guthrie broke through and Cooley placed the ball under the advancing keeper. He had only been on the park less than a minute. 
 
However, Easthall never have up and pulled a goal back 10 minutes before half time when they scored a magnificent 25 yard free-kick, cross bar and in. 
 
After forty minutes it was 2-2, this time a long ball flicked on and the striker was first to react to prod the ball home.
 
Half Time : Arsenal BC 2-2 Easthall FC
 
Second half started well for Arsenal with Callaghan hitting the bar and then Coyle converting another chance to make it 3-2. 
 
Soon after it was 4-2 this time Callaghan getting free in the box to smash home.  
 
Easthall persisted to attack and created a few chances themselves, finding themselves unlucky not to pull a goal back. 
 
The game was then put out of sight when McPherson went though to calmly finish and make it 5-2. 
 
Jamie McKay then scored a well deserved goal when he showed great control inside the box to swivel away from his marker and pass it by the keeper.
 
Arsenal finally wrapped up the points in the nintieth minute when Mcpherson smashed in his second if the game. 
 
Full Time : Arsenal BC 7-2 Easthall FC
 
 
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 16:23

Drumsagard defeat Drumchapel in dingy conditions

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Drumsagard FAC
 vs
Drumchapel Amateurs
 
 
 
Under 15's G&DYFL
 
10 January 2015
 
 
 
With the game surviving the weather both teams took to the park in conditions that wouldn't look out of place in an arctic documentary.
 
Drumchapel  had deservedly taken all 3 points in the previous league game between the two sides and were looking to maintain their position at the top of the league while Drumsagard knew only a win would maintain their title aspirations.
 
Drumsagard started the brighter of the two and controlled the game in the early stages in fact it was nearly twenty minutes in before Drumchapel made any inrodes into Drumsagard territory.
 
With the conditions worsening and both teams cancelling each other it the game needed a bit of magic to spark it back to life but boy did we get just that, Brian McLean won possession in midfield for Drumsagard and out the blue unleashed a left foot rocket into the top corner that if the YFS cameras had been there it would have 100% been voted goal of the season.
 
Drumsagard then regained the initiative and should have added to their lead before half time but they couldn't take their chances.
 
Half Time: Drumsagard FAC 1-0 Drumchapel Amateurs  
 
After a quick turnaround the second half was all Drumsagard although Drumchapel will be kicking themselves when their centre forward missed a header from close range that may just have got them back into the game. 
 
Shortly after that miss Drumsagard effectively killed the game as they went 2-0 up, Joe Dickson broke free from the Drumchapel back line and ran towards goal before unselfishly squaring the ball to Lewis Ryan who calmly slotted home unmarked.
 
The game then pettered out with both teams just wanting to hear the final whistle and get indoors to defrost but Drumchapel gave themselves a glimmer of hope when they scored deep into storage time with a cracking goal but it was to little to late as Drumsagard held on.
 
A fantastic game in horrendous conditions and congratulations to both teams for playing the game in a very sporting manner.
 
Half Time: Drumsagard FAC 2-1 Drumchapel Amateurs 
 
 
 

 

Kirkintilloch High School
 vs
Lenzie Academy
 
 
 
EDC Seniors League
Venue
28 November 2014
 
 
 
A keenly-contested local derby ended in victory for the visitors.
 
Kirkintilloch started brightly enough but it was Lenzie who drew first blood on the ten-minute mark.
 
Callum Dely fed Greg Burns and the winger shot deftly into the far corner of the net to give his team the lead.
 
The home side bounced back and Lenzie ‘keeper Carlos Christie had to be on his toes to save a snap-shot from 20 yards.
 
With Kirkintilloch on the ascendency, an equaliser looked possible but the next goal was to come at the other end.
 
On the stroke of half-time, Lenzie full-back Jonnie Walker sent a free-kick into the box which eluded the entire Kirkintilloch defence and finished in the net.
 
Half-time: Kirkintilloch HS 0-2 Lenzie Academy 
 
The second-half was hard-fought but Lenzie continued to defend well as a team and offered little in the way of clear-cut chances.
 
Minutes before time, “a stramash” (as the great Arthur Montford would have said) developed in the visitors' box, but Christie collected bravely to keep his goal intact.
 
Full Time : Kirkintilloch HS 0-2 Lenzie Academy