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Ashfield Whites pulled off a remarkable comeback after being down to 10 men and 7-2 down at half time to draw 8 all with East Kilbride Caledonian Thistle FC Reds in the Glasgow and District Youth Football League Division 2 . 

The home side were looking to bounce back from a 5-3 loss against Glasgow Boys FC and started the game off brightly hitting the crossbar and having a ball cleared off the line in the opening minutes. However, despite their promising start it was EK took the lead in the 8th minute when Johnny MacKessy arrived late into the left hand side of the box to tap the ball into the net.It only took another four minutes for EK to then double their lead when Lewis Burns raced through one on one with Llyod Ruby and expertly lobbed the on-rushing goalkeeper. 

Tempers then boiled over a minute later when Connor Johnston saw a straight red for an alleged attempted punch at an EK player. The numerical advantage paid off for EK and in the 18th minute Sam Lester showed quick feet to engineer himself space inside the box and blast into the bottom corner. 

Two minutes later, EK struck again , with Kyle Burns powering forward down the right wing and slotting the ball into the bottom left hand corner to put his side 4 nil up. In the 23rd minute, Lewis Burns added to his earlier goal with another fantastic lob over Ruby with the ball gracefully dropping into the top corner  . Just as the game was looking like a rout Dillon McGregor restored some pride to the home side in the 25th minute weaving in and out of the EK defence before slamming the ball into the bottom left hand corner.

The Ashfield joy was only brief with Lewis Burns completing his hat-trick a minute later when he ran through on goal and flicked the ball goal wards with too much power for Ruby to keep out. The last action of the half saw Ashfield again reduce the deficit in the 30th minute , with Aidan Shields dispossessing  EK goalkeeper James Knight and then rounding him to fire the ball into an open goal. 

 

  

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 10:58

Celtic hit seven past Kilbowie Union

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Celtic Boys Club strolled to a 7-1 win over Kilbowie Union thanks to a fantastic performance from their left winger Anthony McLauchlin.

The youngster scored two brilliant individual goals for the Bhoys and pulled the strings whenever he was on the park, inspiring his team to victory.

Celtic kicked off at Bothwellhaugh and dominated the early exchanges. The first real chance of the match fell to McLaughlin after he sprinted down the left wing. He fired a left-footed shot at the near post but saw his effort run wide.

Just a minute later, Union goalie Connor Keaney pulled off an impressive double save to keep the scores level. Celtic forward Liam Woods broke down the left and fired at goal, but Keaney was equal to it and parried the ball away.

Striker Alan Mackie was waiting in the box and collected the ball with his back to goal. He pivoted and fired from close range, but Keaney once again blocked the attempt on goal.

Kilbowie then took the lead in spectacular fashion. The ball moved around the Celtic box before falling to Union forward Ben Vine at the edge of the box. Vine hit a looping half-volley that gave Celtic keeper Nathan Caldwell no chance before dipping just under the bar.

Celtic kept their high level of performance going and were unfazed being a goal down. They created chance after chance, yet the ball somehow stayed out of the Kilbowie net.

Stuart Tollet came close for the Hoops after being played through for a one-on-one by Woods. The striker rolled the ball past the onrushing Keaney but the ball struck the right-hand post and rolled slowly out. Tollet got to the ball first and shot again from a very tight angle, but the ball rolled across the goal line and out for a goal kick.

Celtic kept pushing for an equaliser but to no avail. McLaughlin looked dangerous every time he got the ball; bamboozling defenders with his neat footwork while creating chances for his teammates.

McLaughlin got the assist when Celtic found the net shortly before half-time. The winger sprinted down the left and played in Woods, who calmly rolled the ball past Keaney’s inside post.

The referee soon blew for half-time with the scores at one apiece, despite Celtic’s dominance.

Monday, 18 September 2017 22:25

Top class Mossend hit top form against Calderbraes

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An injury hit Calderbraes just couldn’t handle Mossend as they romped to what turned out be an easy victory for Mossend in the Inspiresport Scottish Youth Cup.

This was the first competitive match between the two sides but Mossend were already at an advantage with Braes being reduced to 11 players and having no goalkeeper in their squad before the game had even started.

It was a scrappy affair early on with no real chances for either team with Mossend having most of the ball and Braes scrapping to get it back.

14 minutes into the game however Mossend winger Jack Gibson made a mazy run past several Braes players and slipped through Connor McQueen who fired high into stand-in keeper Paddy McVicar’s net.

The game got even worse for Braes 6 minutes later when Aidan McRobert, who had made a promising start to the game, lashed out and kicked Aidan Clements after a 50-50 tackle with the defender.

From here it was a backs to the wall job for Braes, McVicar doing his bit to keep the score down with a fantastic save from Jack Docherty’s low 6 yard drive.

From the resulting corner however Mossend doubled their lead, Docherty this time getting the better of McVicar putting a header through his legs from a cross ball that was delivered by Aaron Minto. It was cruise control for Mossend from here on in and it was 3 before the break, Gibbon’s corner reaching Docherty again whose shot deflected off Braes full Back Declan “Wishy” Kerr’s foot into the net. 

It was a highly competitive game as Motherwell FC CT hosted Holytown Colts FC in the second round of the Scottish Cup, as both teams looked to ensure their place in the next round.

However, there could only be one and Motherwell came out on top with an extra - time winner from Lewis Simpson which sealed his teams place in the third round.

Motherwell started the strongest of the two sides, taking the lead within the first ten minutes. Simpson, who was at the heart of many of his teams chances, had his initial shot blocked just on the edge of the eighteen - yard box. However, the ball fell invitingly to Ben Fitton, who curled the ball into the far corner from the left of the box.

Motherwell continued their dominance throughout the first - half, enjoying most of possession and creating the better chances. They almost doubled their lead at the half hour mark, when Simpson almost completed an impressive run with a goal, as he strolled past two of the Holytown defenders like they weren't even there.

However, he was matched by Holytown keeper Robin Dingwall who met Simpson on the edge of the box and smothered the ball gratefully.

It was very much a battle of the midfields in the first half, as Motherwell centre - midfielder and captain Kirk McKnight ran the show alongside his partner Nathan Gardner, as the two covered the entire pitch in the first - half alone, acting as the engine for this solid Motherwell side.

However, Holytown forced themselves back into the game just before half - time through a piece of individual brilliance from striker Shaun Ward who had been isolated for much of the first half. The ball fell to Ward from around 25 - yards out, he danced through the challenges of two oncoming Motherwell defenders before smashing the ball into the top right corner.

EKRR Youth came into the match in good form, as they sat top of the table with three wins from three games but they did lose a Scottish cup tie 6-1 to Drumsagard.
 
Wishaw only had four points to show from their first three league games but did win their last game 2-1 against Hamilton Thistle, so a tight match was expected. 
 
The home side started off the stronger and should really have taken the lead as early as three minutes in. Ross Davie in the Wishaw goal missed the ball and Steven Richard had the goal at his mercy but somehow hit the crossbar when it seemed easier to score. 
 
Cole Esson had Wishaw's first shot on target a few minutes later after some good build up but it was a comfortable save for Nathan McCrohon in goal for EKRR.
 
The match was fairly even in the opening stages as both teams sized each other up and were desperate to get a foot hold in the game. Adam Walker had another long range shot for Wishaw that was again saved comfortably by the goalkeeper.
 
Wishaw were the slightly better team in the first twenty minutes, dominating possession but couldn't create any clear cut chances. 
 
Grant Sneddon was particularly impressive in midfield for EKRR, winning almost every header in the middle of the park. This resulted in a good opportunity again for Richard but his shot spun just wide of the Wishaw post after a good block from defender Mark Cairns.
 
The away side were restricted to efforts from outside the box and were struggling to break down the home team. After 25 minutes Esson had another strike from outside the box but it was an easy save for the McCrohon.
 
Both sides in fact were struggling to create clear cut chances, and maybe a goal was needed to spark each teams attacking players. It was the home side who were to break the deadlock.
 
EKRR took the lead after 36 minutes played. The ball was played through to Gregor Neilson just on the edge of the box and he finished terrifically past the Wishaw goalkeeper on the half volley giving Davie in goal no chance.
 
EKRR gained confidence from the goal and Dylan Price's great effort from 20 yards out went inches over the bar with the Wishaw goalkeeper scrambling.
 
The away side were still battling and it was a really tight contest. Wishaw won a free kick just before half time but Adam Lynch's effort went straight to the goal keeper. 
Saturday, 16 September 2017 11:54

Airdrie hit eight past Syngenta

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Airdrie Utd faced Syngenta Juveniles at Airdrie Sports Centre, only a few weeks after playing them in a thrilling cup tie that finished 5-5. If this game was half as exciting as that one, it would be one to remember.
 
Airdrie came into the match off the back of two defeats, after going through their league cup group campaign undefeated. Syngenta would be confident of defeating their opponents, as they were 4-0 up after only 20 minutes in the previous encounter. 
 
The home side started the brightest and should have taken the lead after only three minutes. Dominik Kaska had a free header inside the six yard box from a corner but his effort at goal was brilliantly cleared off the line by a combination of Harry Thomson and the Syngenta Goalkeeper Robbie Love.
 
Airdrie were the dominate side all over the pitch in the opening stages, and Cameron Stuart had an effort at goal that went just over.
 
Airdrie took a deserved lead only eight minutes in. Jordan McPharland's cross (or maybe it was a shot only he knows!) ended up in the back of the Syngenta net with the goalkeeper helpless.
 
Syngenta were really struggling to get a foothold in the game, and it was only a matter of time before Airdrie doubled their lead. Liam McMeekin finished well past Love in goal after a nice move with 15 minutes on the clock.   
 
A highlight of the first half was a great piece of skill from Christopher McGhee for Airdrie, as he beat his marker easily before and almost created a third for McMeekin.
 
Airdrie continued to be on top throughout the first half an hour, and could have easily made it three after 26 minutes but McMeekin wasn't as composed as he was with his first goal and his effort went just wide of the post. 
 
John Hamilton then had another chance for the home side to pull clear of their opponent and he would have felt that he should have scored having been played through but his shot went inches wide of the post. 
 
Sygenta were really holding on however with their first notable chance of the game, they were extremely unlucky not to score. Thomson picked the ball up on the edge of the box and his left footed strike from almost 25 yards out smashed off the cross bar and Airdrie were able to clear.
 
Stuart eventually made it three for Airdrie on the stroke of half time but Syngenta will feel it was a soft goal to concede. Stuart's fired low shot from a free kick under the wall to put his side 3-0 up at half time. 

Pro Football Academy continued their impressive start to the season, making it three wins out of four games as star striker Connor Swan led his team in a dominant display against Kirkwood.

Pro Football Academy started the stronger of the two sides, as they piled the pressure on the Kirkwood defence. They took the lead in the first ten minutes as centre back Cian Murphy played a straight ball from the half way line which sliced open the Kirkwood defence, allowing Barry Lee Rowlands to break through on goal and put the ball past the Kirkwood keeper Niall Sharkey.

Kirkwood's defence never got a moment to rest throughout the first half as Pro Football Academy's attack was relentless, with another chance coming shortly after their first goal as Alexander McKay floated the ball from the left into the path of Swan, who tried to catch the keeper off his line with a chip from just outside the box but put too much on it as it went just over the bar.

Swan was the star man for Pro Football Academy, playing a big part in his team's second goal as he played the ball in from the left to Roman Martin's feet, leading him to putting the ball in the bottom right corner.

Two quick fire goals from Pro Football Academy extended their lead to four after 25 minutes, with McKay getting his first goal of the game while Martin put his tally up to two.

Another Pro Football Academy goal came shortly after, as McKay won the ball on the half way line, before lofting a perfectly waited ball to Swan who had the easy job of putting the ball past Sharkey.

Swan doubled his tally shortly after by latching onto a loose backpass from the Kirkwood midfield, before rounding the keeper and putting the ball into an empty net.

Pro Football Academy got their seventh just before half time, as Sharkey was forced to bring down Anton Kelly who broke through on goal, leading to a penalty which Kelly tucked away in the bottom left corner with ease.  

Sunday, 10 September 2017 20:46

Accies Cruise to Victory against EKFC Reds

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A strong team performance from Accies seen them come away with all 3 points away from home against EKFC Reds. Accies came into the game top of the table with 4 wins from 5 and kept up their impressive form against EK who had won 1 and lost 1.

It was a scrappy affair in the opening stages with the best chance coming from Accies Stuart McIntyre who put a header narrowly wide. The Deadlock was broken on the 17th minute with Cameron Stewart getting on the end of a loose ball to coolly place it in the bottom corner to make it 1-0 Accies.

Not long after this on the 19th minute Accies doubled their lead with Jonathon Banks getting on the end of a long ball rolling it into an empty net after the Goalkeeper slipped when coming to collect the ball.

This gave EK a wakeup call, growing into the game more and more having multiple opportunities including Kieran McGuire’s effort being superbly stopped by Craig Murdoch in the Accies goal.

But, their hard work was undone after a dip of the shoulder from McIntyre allowed him in behind to fire home and make the game seem beyond EK before half time. 

Baillie Hunter had about six or seven EK players in his back pocket as his fast direct football left the opposition stunned in the headlights. Hunter had been previously of St. Mirren and was only just recovering from a long time out with a broken leg but you couldn’t tell as his magnificent performance lifted the entire team.

The second half for Drumsagard was straight from the training ground as their pre-season work on possession based direct play with neat one-touch passes clearly paid off. Their forwards scored three in the second 45 but if they’d been a little more clinical it could have ended up being in double figures.

Despite the final scoreline, the first chance actually fell to East Kilbride as an initial high press forced Calyn Gerraghty to misplace a sideways pass, allowing Zak Maher to have a shot from a tight angle on the left straight into the hands of Paul Everett.

This high press continued for the first seven minutes as Anson Lung and Gary Clark looked tetchy at the back during the opening developments, failing to deal with the EK forwards when they pressured them into stray passes and unkempt clearances.

This good work halted, though, on seven minutes as a long throw on the right was launched into the EK box and Gerraghty bravely nodded the ball home to make it 1-0. The EK confidence absolutely drained away following the goal as Drumsagard started their dominance as they meant to go on with beautiful interplay through the middle of the park involving Jay Nelson, Aaron Lonie and the aforementioned Hunter who had a big hand in the second goal.

Hunter had attempted a few direct through balls before one satisfyingly connected with Fraser Scott on 15 minutes, finding him in a crowded penalty box, but the forward stayed calm to stroke the ball into Kyle Brooks’ near post.

The game then calmed down for 20 minutes as Drumsagard were happy to hold on to the ball without much urgency of trying to find an opening, this allowed the back four, who had previously been shaky at best, to really come into the game and keep the EK forwards at bay. Drumsagard weren’t going to settle on a 2-0 lead for long, though, as Nelson turned it up a gear and played in Ronan Gillon who finished in identical fashion to the second goal.

3-0 with only a minute left until half time, this is easy, right? Wrong. Grant Sneddon was one of the few EK players trying to go forward with purpose and he got his reward on the stroke of half time when he was clattered in the box by Anson Lung.

The forward stepped up to take it himself and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way with a high shot into the left of the net. 3-1. Comeback on?

Dalziel BC continued their impressive start to the new season with a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Strathaven Dynamos. Goals from Joshua Brodie, Adam Barton, Joseph McNally, Luke Dickson and a Scott Livingstone double resulted in an easy day’s work for the travelling side.

Strathaven were up against it right from the off, and should have been behind after just a couple of minutes when Mark Walker headed wide from an Andrew Grant cross. A well-timed tackle from William Poulton then prevented Scott Livingstone getting through on the Strathaven goal.

Joshua Brodie opened the scoring for Dalziel in the 12th minute, his low drive finding the back of the net via a combination of the post and Strathaven goalkeeper Ross Dyet. Some good defending from Gregor Mitchell and Elliott Sorbie stopped the score line going up too quickly, with the latter deflecting a Brandon McKenzie shot behind for a corner.

With Strathaven struggling to get out of their own half, Dalziel continued to pile on the pressure and Strathaven debutant Harrison Ewart produced a goal saving tackle after a long ball caused havoc in the home side’s penalty area. However, Dalziel’s persistence was rewarded when Brodie found Livingstone with a lobbed pass, who duly turned and finished coolly past Dyet.

Livingstone doubled his tally soon after, a sublime lob nestling in the bottom corner of the net after good work from Barton. In a half where Strathaven failed to register a single shot on goal, Livingstone was cruelly denied a hattrick when he cannoned a header off the crossbar from a corner.

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