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Sunday, 07 October 2018 20:24

Clinical Motherwell book Cup Final spot

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Motherwell FCCT earned a place in the CSFA A League Cup final with a well-deserved 3-0 victory over Gartcairn FA at Gartcairn Park, Airdrie. First half goals from Kirk McKnight and Reece O'Neil put the visitors in control before Nathan Brown scored a third late on to ensure the win.

Motherwell opened the scoring with four minutes on the clock. A free-kick just inside the Gartcairn half was floated in by Reece O'Neil, which was met by Kirk McKnight who from eight yards out flicked a header into the corner, past Jay Kennedy in the Gartcairn goal to give Motherwell an early lead.

Just a few minutes later, Gartcairn almost levelled proceedings. A corner was whipped in by Patrick Meechan into a crowded penalty area and sent goalward with a powerful header, but the effort was brilliantly blocked on the line and sent away from goal. 

The visitors were in on goal with a chance for 2-0. Good work by Hugo Brown on the right-wing who clipped a ball over the defence for Nathan Brown who collected the ball and flicked it over his marker and found himself one-on-one with Kennedy in the Gartcairn goal. Brown unleashed a shot headed for the near post, but Kennedy produced a great save to keep the score at 1-0.

Gartcairn then fashioned a half-chance. A mix-up in the Motherwell defence caused by good pressing from Aidan Wilson and Jonathon McFegan saw Wilson pick up on a loose pass directed for the Motherwell keeper but the striker was forced wide and Wilson collected the ball outside the box on the by-line when he cut the ball back for McFegan in the area who was closed down and scuffed his effort over the bar, a let off for Motherwell.

Motherwell then doubled their advantage on 35 minutes. A short corner taken by Lewis Simpson to the edge of the box for Hugo Brown who shaped to shoot but played a smart pass to his right for Reece O'Neil, who hit a first-time effort from outside the box towards goal which travelled through a crowd of bodies and squirmed under Gartcairn keeper Jay Kennedy.

Motherwell had the better of the chances in the first half and deserved their lead going into the break.

Jerviston faced AC Rovers in this League Cup semi-final, played at King George V Park in Wishaw.

Both teams were desperate for a fast start as this was a great opportunity to reach a cup final so early in the season, however the initial stages consisted of both trying to adapt to the pitch and conditions, with a few slipping and sliding on the surface.

Jerviston started off the better and could have had several chances at goal had it not been for a great interception by the AC Rovers defence and a close offside call. 

Jack Cairns had the first good chance of the match for AC, when the ball sat up invitingly for him but his volley went just wide with Dominic Leary helpless.

This chance sparked AC Rovers into life and they began to pass the ball about well, with their captain Connor Moir in particular impressing with his dribbling and passing ability. 

Tony Mullen had the best chance of the first half for Jerviston and it was a brilliant opportunity to take the lead, but a great last ditch tackle from Isaac McCulloch saved his team. 

Both sides continued to struggle to create clear cut chances in what was proving to be a tight semi-final match.

Sunday, 30 September 2018 21:36

Colts strike early to see off Hamilton

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Two goals in three first half minutes from Scott Ross were enough to lead Cumbernauld Colts to victory over Hamilton Accies BC, despite a late David Buchanan penalty for the away side in a tightly contested CSFA A League clash.

Colts started the brighter and made their pressure count with five minutes on the clock. A corner by Daniel McKendrick wasn't fully cleared by the Hamilton defence and Scott Ross capitalised and fired the ball home to give his side an early lead.

Colts then doubled their advantage just three minutes later. Another McKendrick corner fell to the feet of Ross who did well to control the ball in a crowded penalty area and got his shot off, which was superbly tipped onto the bar by Hamilton keeper Dylan Quinn, unfortunately for him the ball still found its way into the net.

Hamilton were pushing to get into the game and their first chance came from a set-piece 25-yards from goal. Leo Hannah stepped up, but his effort whistled over the crossbar.

The home side then had a chance to make it 3-0 from the penalty spot on 17 minutes. Great work on the left wing by Bradley Benton to play a through ball into the penalty area for the on running Cameron Smyth who was brought down before he could get a shot on goal. Scott Ross stepped up with an opportunity for his hat-trick, but he was denied by Quinn, down to his left-hand side the keeper produced a fantastic save to keep his side in the game.

Colts were pushing for a third goal before half time. Great work in midfield from Kyle Stuart as he held off his marker and played a great pass through for Pierce Egan, who darted through on goal, but he was well closed down Quinn who closed the angle and made a great save.

Hamilton were finishing the first half well and pushing for a way back into the match, but Colts' centre-back pairing of Angus Paterson and Samuel McLaren were very organised in keeping Hamilton at bay.

Saturday, 08 September 2018 12:32

Colts and Knightswood in six goal thriller

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Cumbernauld Colts and Knightswood played out an enthralling 3-3 draw in this CSFA League clash. 

An opening goal from Lee McGill put the Colts 1-0 up before Corey O'Donnell scored a quickfire double to put Knightswood 2-1 at half time. Colts scored an equaliser through Kieran Hall just after half time, again, that was cancelled out by Knightswood, Sean Keegan's goal looked to have won the game for his side before Colts grabbed a late equaliser through Kevin Williamson.

Both sides started quickly and created early chances in the first 10 minutes.

The first chance of the game came for Knightswood. Good work from Sean Keegan in the middle of the park allowed him to spread the ball wide to Shaun Gallaher on the right-hand side who took on his man and got to the by-line and crossed in for Corey O'Donnell whose header was straight at Finlay Adger in the Cumbernauld Colts goal.

Colts then had a chance of their own. A ball not fully cleared by the Knightswood defence saw Kieran Hall put through 1-on-1 with Knightswood keeper Paul Gallaher, Hall put his shot under the keeper which was headed for goal, but his effort was cleared off the line by Tariq Lgried.

Knightswood had a great opportunity to open the scoring. O'Donnell collected the ball inside the Colts half and drove at the defence, took the ball past two defenders on the edge of the box and cut the ball back to the penalty spot to the unmarked Liam MacNamee who scuffed a shot which fell into the arms of Adger.

The deadlock was broken on 14 minutes by Lee McGill for Colts. A good pass by Aiden McDade found Kieran Hall on the edge of the box who spotted the run of McGill who collected the ball in the box and finished well over Gallaher.

Knightswood levelled 6 minutes later. The attack started from Gallaher who sent a punt upfield for MacNamee on the left wing who played a ball down the line for O'Donnell who carried the ball into the box, held off his marker and put a fantastic left footed shot across Adger into the net at the far post. A great finish by the striker.

O'Donnell grabbed his and his team's second on 27 minutes. A corner sent in by Sean Keegan found O'Donnell in the box who controlled the ball and smashed it into the roof of the net to put Knightswood 2-1 up.

There could have been a third for Knightswood before half time. Keegan picked up the ball in the middle of the park and played a great pass into the box for Gallaher who had made a run from the right wing and found himself in on goal, but his shot was well saved by Adger.

Colts could have levelled on the stroke of half time. McDade floated a ball out to Kheran McLarne on the right-hand side who played a first time headed pass into Hall in the box whose shot hit the outside of the post.

Saturday, 01 September 2018 13:55

Camelon too strong for Kilsyth

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Two goals in each half for Camelon Juniors saw them defeat Kilsyth Athletic 4-0 in this CSFA 'A' Division League match.

First half goals from Connor Armstrong and Charlie Lansdown in the space of two minutes put them in the lead at half time. Lewis Hall and Ryan Shearer's goals in the second half rounded off the scoring on a good outing for Camelon.

The game started in a scrappy manner with both teams trying to keep a hold of the ball.

The first chance in the game came for Camelon. Thomas Hodgkins collected the ball on the half way line and floated the ball over the Kilsyth defence to Kai Flynn who's cross from the right found Charlie Lansdown on the edge of the box who's shot at goal was arrowed for the bottom left corner but a great save from Kaiden Ashmall in the Kilsyth goal kept the score at 0-0.

Kilsyth then had a half-chance of their own. A nice 1-2 on the left between Blair Buchanan and Sean Murray, gave Murray the space to play the ball out to Brandon Burns on the wing, who put a dangerous cross in which had to be cleared by the Camelon defence.

Camelon opened the scoring 10 minutes before half-time. Great work on the edge of the box by Felix Hall who avoided challenges from the Kilsyth defence and played the ball into Connor Armstrong who smashed the ball into the back of the net at the keepers near post.

Only a minute later, Camelon were 2-0 up. Kilsyth failed to clear, and Kai Flynn was on the edge of the box to collect the ball and play a pass into the box for Charlie Lansdown who put the ball past the outrushing Ashmall.

A feisty Central Region Cup final between Hamilton Accies and North Motherwell Boys Club ended in a hard-fought 2-1 win for Motherwell in a heated clash that threatened to spill over in the second half.

It all looked rosy for Motherwell heading into the break after Hayden Cogan fired them into the lead. However, Kai Kirkpatrick notched a fantastic equaliser for Accies in the second half before being sent off for a late challenge with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Motherwell used the one-man advantage to terrific effect, and grabbed a winner through the tireless Dylan Davidson with just over 10 minutes remaining - sending the Motherwell fans into raptures.

Accies actually started the brighter side in the first 5-10 minutes. Kirkpatrick and Reece Reddiex were lively without really creating too much, and Hamilton had a positive vibe about them.

It was Motherwell who created the first opportunity though, as Lewis Falconer's cross into the box was flicked straight to Jake Inglis, who rifled over the bar with a snapshot.

There was an impressive display of passing football from either side in this one, bringing a fresh and very welcome style of football to the contest. Other than the odd loose ball, both sides were hanging onto the ball well when they had it, and it made for an intriguing contest.

Some lovely, passing play saw Rory Fitzpatrick lay off the powerful Lewis Blane. However, despite having a sight of goal for a second, his shot was quickly blocked.

Motherwell started to get used to the balls coming into Fitzpatrick and Reddiex, with Kieran McMahon and Sean Reid not giving Accies a moment on the ball in the final third after the 15 minute mark.

The game then broke into life. A clever run forward from Reddiex saw the ball break to Ross Ruckett. A terrific chance opened up for him, but he could only fire it over with a wasted effort.

Up the other end though and Motherwell stormed into a 25th-minute lead. Ross Brownlee controlled down the left and played a forward pass to Cogan. There didn't look to be too much on for Cogan, but he seamlessly drifted through several players before rifling an effort over Nicholas McNab and into the net.

Accies struggled for a meaningful response, but the opener didn't stop them playing their passing game. Kirkpatrick fired an effort straight at Stuart Robertson as they continued to move it with confidence.

However, the game was largely where Motherwell would've wanted it. They were in control of proceedings without being dominant. A terrific ball from Anton McQuade through to Davidson saw him fire an effort that had to be parried round.

Despite not creating too much before the break, Hamilton should've been level. Kirkpatrick sent a terrific cross into the area for Shea Lafferty who had peeled off his man. Lafferty, though, could only nod straight at Robertson, who reacted superbly to divert it away and keep Motherwell ahead heading into the break.

Declan Duffy was the hero as the St Ambrose keeper saved multiple penalties to ensure St Ambrose won the Scottish schools league cup 4-2 on penalties against an unlucky Uddingston Grammar.

A dramatic penalty shootout saw Ben O'Brien put his spot kick in the bottom left hand corner to win the cup for St Ambrose after it finished 1-1 after full time. 

Uddingston however were the team to go in front after four minutes, Aaron Davies getting in behind the St Ambrose defence and coolly lifting it over the keeper to give Uddingston an early lead. St Ambrose had a few half chances throughout the half, Eli Simpson and O’Brien looking particularly dangerous down the middle.

Despite their pressing and hard work up front, the Uddingston defence stood firm and were able to withstand the pressure as they went into the break in the lead.

Saturday, 02 June 2018 23:11

Gartcairn leave it late to secure County Cup

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Gartcairn secured the treble as they overcame a nine-man Kirkfield United in the blistering sun at the Falkirk stadium.

The heat was definitely on for both sides as Kirkfield looked for revenge on Gartcairn having been beaten by them six days previous in the league cup final. Gartcairn were on the hunt for a domestic treble and two Craig Cummings goal inspired Gartcairn to do so.

It was a slow start to the game. Both teams trying to adapt to the conditions and making sure not to over exert themselves.

The only real chance fell to Jason Stevenson as he raced through one-on-one with Kirkfield Goalkeeper Tom Crawford. Gartcairn were first to score, Cummings getting the first of his brace in the 28th minute after some lovely build up play by Gartcairn put him through one on one with Crawford and he made no mistake in finding the net. Sam Anderson was desperate to level the score, making a fantastic box to box run, but he could only sting the palms of Drew Gorrie.

Kirkfield levelled just before the break. A corner from the left hand side caused havoc in the box and Gorrie couldn’t claim it, allowing Finlay Patrick to burst the empty net to give Kirkfield a huge boost going into the break.

Calderglen eased their way into the final of the Lanarkshire cup with an impressive performance in front of goal against Dalziel.

Four goals from James Scott inspired Calderglen to an emphatic victory despite the best efforts of Dalziel hitman Nathan Brown who converted a hat-trick for his side.

Calderglen were looking to put the Monday blues behind them after a Scottish cup semi-final exit two days previous, whereas Dalziel had ideas of their own to make the final.

Dalziel took the lead within seven minutes, Brown getting the first of his goals after a powerful run resulting in his shot going under the unfortunate Calderglen keeper Callum McGhie.

Calderglen slowly fought their way back into the game and eight minutes later they were level. William Dawson’s effort went through the hands of Dalziel keeper Alistair Rankin and into the net to level the scoring.

It was end to end stuff, both sides looking not to crack under the pressure of the occasion. A penalty was awarded to Calderglen in the 22nd minute after Sam Morrow was clipped.  Dawson confidently strolled up and fired it home from 12 yards to put his side in the lead.

All Saints were the deserved winners in this hot-headed Glasgow Schools Cup Final. A dominating performance in the midfield from Nathan Fell secured the trophy, with the tough-tackling captain scoring two and setting up another.

It started scrappily at a sun-soaked Loreto. Tackles and aerial challenges were flying in and it wasn’t long until one header resulted in a goal. All Saints skipper Fell bulleted a long throw into the box, and Merci Ngoy was on-hand at the front post to nod in the opening goal after only 14 minutes.

Holyrood almost hit straight back. Anton Neely’s free-kick caused the All Saints goalie trouble, and the ball bounced high around the six-yard line. Dan Martins rose a leg, and the referee gave a penalty for high feet. Neely stepped up again, and hit his penalty low to the left, but keeper McClellan was fully behind it and kept the Saints ahead.

One or two chances were exchanged with Merci Ngoy and Fell again testing the Holyrood keeper, but there was nothing Aaron McKissock could do to keep Fell’s next shot out. 

The referee played a good advantage in midfield, allowing Scotland Schoolboys’ star Fell to control the ball, knock it past his man and curve a shot into the bottom corner with the outside of his left foot. It was a sublime piece of skill, and it doubled All Saints lead on the half-hour mark. 

But, Holyrood were able to hit back just before half-time. Ikenna Anunobi broke through after a great ball from Shakhar Kamal and won a corner. Centre-half Danny McGeever lept through the air and powered a bullet header into the net. 2-1 going into the break.

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