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Sunday, 03 March 2019 15:51

Wonder goal contributes to a Dunblane win

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For this league cup match; Dunblane were in impressive form as they managed to score four despite the terrible conditions the players had to contend with. The result ensured the home team continued to progress in the cup itself whereas Cumbernauld will feel like the scoreline did not tell an accurate story of the game itself. 

Cumbernauld were the first to show signs of life. A fantastic corner was played in by Josh Codona which was met by the head of Matthew Smith with a strong header which looked destined for the back of the net; were it not for a fantastic save by Robin Turnbull in the Dunblane goal. 

As the game began to slow down- Dunblane took advantage with some blistering pace on the left hand side. Euan Anderson sprinted past two as he aimed for the corner flag and played a whipped cross into the box. Whilst Cameron Friel managed to get a punch to the ball that ensured the incoming Stuart Thomson was denied- it fell to number eight, Edward Garcia-Clegg, who thundered it into the bottom right corner to ensure the hosts started off positively.

Dunblane maintained their high press over the following ten minutes as they won a free-kick inside the Cumbernauld half. Thomson hit a speculative shot that was collected by Friel between the sticks who pumped it long to Smith who was denied by another fantastic Turnbull save, this time one-on-one. 

Cumbernauld would come to regret the miss mere minutes later, on the 21st minute, as number seven for Dunblane, Sandy Buchanan, played a dangerous low ball into the opposition 18 yard box which was tapped home by the incoming Thomson.

Just before half time- Cumbernauld proved they weren't down and out yet however as Smith hit an effort from the edge of the box that was fumbled, but eventually claimed with composure, by the Dunblane Keeper.

The half ended with Dunblane two goals to the good.

West Park United took on Rossvale Rovers in a local derby at Bishopbriggs Academy in the Under 17's B League.

The early stages of the match saw the teams evenly poised with Rovers' Lewis Stewart coming closest as his free kick from 30 yards was saved. West Park were next to come close when Thomas Seaver dragged a one-on-one opportunity just wide of the goalkeeper's far post. However, the ball was played back into Seaver straight after by captain Lewis McKay and Seaver pounced on the opportunity from the edge of the six yard box to put West Park 1-0 up.

West Park continued to look strong after the opener and on the 23rd minute they would double their lead. A free kick in from Lewis McKay was met by Zak Cameron who hit the post, but the ball fell straight to Calum Smith who fired the rebound high into the net. It appeared that the floodgates were now open as it only took United two minutes before they scored again, with Jamie McKendry slotting home from close range after the ball was played in from a corner. 

Things could have looked a lot worse at half time for Rovers however goalkeeper Aidan Mulholland put in a few important saves to ensure that the team went in at half time still with a three goal deficit.

Monday, 18 February 2019 16:01

Cantera canter on to semi finals

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On a blustery day in Paisley Arhurlie Cantera met Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in the quarter finals of the Regional Under 19s Cup.

Both teams saw goals ruled out early on, Rob Roy being called offside whilst Cantera were judged to have ran the ball out of play, to which they were unhappy at the referee's decision. This was to be the best honest sniff at a goal we would see in what otherwise was a stalemate of a first half however, where Cantera were the stronger side they were kept at bay from a strong defensive partnership between Rob Roy's centre backs.

A speculative overhead kick from Cantera's Conor Bolger early on went wide, whilst a tame effort from a one-on-one situation by Rob Roy's Fraser Dawson was easily saved by the goalkeeper. 

The first half saw five minutes of time added on however after Rob Roy's Lloyd Aitken came off second best after putting in a fantastic crunching challenge whilst defending a Cantera attack. Unfortunately Aitken hurt his knee in the process and had to be replaced just before half time.

Goals from Sam Kerr and David Veitch gave Cumbernauld Colts a League Cup final victory over Bellshill Athletic.

A first half strike from Kerr sent Colts on their way, before a late Veitch penalty secured the victory, at a wet Ochilview park.

Cumbernauld had started well, testing Bellshill stopper Ben McDougall with a flurry of early efforts, but he was well up to the challenge. Both sides had to take time, and adapt to the conditions they were playing in, which lead to a tight contest in the opening half hour.

On the 33rd minute, McCaughey put Cumbernauld ahead. McDougal’s short pass from the back was intercepted by the Cumbernauld frontman, and he made no mistake, firing it into the bottom corner.

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 16:34

Dunbeth triumph in CSFA B League Cup final

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Dunbeth FC won the CSFA B League Cup with a 4-0 victory over Gairdoch United at Ochilview Stadium.

Two goals in either half saw Dunbeth ease to victory. A first half double from Adam McDonald, followed by a goal from Darrell Love and an own goal in the second half rounded off the scoring on a great night for Dunbeth.

The match had a very scrappy start, with both sides unable to get a foothold in the game.

It was Gairdoch who had the first chance. Josh Lynn drove forward with the ball from half way and played a ball through for Robbie Simpson, the striker took one touch in the box but was closed down well by Dunbeth keeper Rhys Hampsey.

However, it was Dunbeth who came into the game and had a chance of their own. A great cross from the right-hand side by Darrell Love found TJ Sharkey but his header back across goal couldn't find a Dunbeth attacker.

Dunbeth continued to press and had their goal in rather fortunate circumstances. Adam McDonald picked up the ball just outside the box and tried his luck with a shot on goal, his effort was parried into the net by Birnie to give Dunbeth the lead with 25 minutes gone.

Dunbeth had another chance. Love played a nice one-two with Adem Altingul as Love received the ball and raced through on goal, but his effort was thwarted by a great double save by Birnie.

However, Dunbeth netted a second on the stroke of half time, with an outstanding goal. Adam McDonald took a free-kick on from 35 yards out and smashed the ball into the top right corner giving the keeper no chance.


Saturday, 27 October 2018 13:48

Gairdoch edge out Pro Football Academy in tight game

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Professional Football Academy played host to Gairdoch United at Logan’s Road Park in this close and exciting encounter.

The game started at a fast pace as both teams were eager to get in front early and also to warm up on a chilly morning in Motherwell.

The first good chance fell to Professional Football Academy when Connor Swan found some space at the back post but his volleyed effort from a tight angle went just over the bar. 

The best chance of the first half fell to Scott Honeyman of Gairdoch. In the build up there was some excellent play on the left wing by Josh McCue and his cross was put it on a plate for Honeyman but his side-footed effort went just wide. 

The away side were able to create another good opportunity just before halftime and this time it was McCue with the opportunity to score himself but his shot from just inside the box was well saved by Aidan Glavin in the PFA goal.

Saturday, 27 October 2018 11:49

Five-star Condorrat triumph over West Park

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West Park United Gold hosted Condorrat BC in a CSFA C Division match in a repeat of last season’s D Division League Cup Final.

The game started with Condorrat on the front foot and creating early chances, one of which they converted on six minutes. Great work in the midfield by Reece Deans, who held off defenders to pass the ball across for Reece Robertson to play an inch perfect pass through the West Park backline for Dylan Elliot in the penalty area who took one touch and smashed the ball into the far corner to give the away side an early lead.

Condorrat continued to press their opponents and doubled their lead with 12 minutes on the clock. A short corner found Dylan Elliot on the right wing, who had space to deliver a cross with great pace in towards the six-yard box which found Robert McMahon who smashed the ball into the net giving West Park 'keeper Jordan McKenzie no chance.

The visitors almost made it 3-0 after great running by Reece Robertson who chased what looked like a lost cause to gain possession on the left wing, he had time to look up and send his cross into the box which Jordan McKenzie got a hand on but the ball fell to Reece Deans who forced McKenzie into a great double save from close range.

West Park then had their first chance of the game. A sweeping move led by Adam Gribben who carried the ball past defenders on the left wing before making a great switch of play for Aidan Reid on the edge of the area, who darted into the box, but as he was about to pull the trigger, his chance was thwarted by a combination of Brady Differ and Leon Gillies who managed to clear the danger.

Condorrat threatened again, first through Robert McMahon. The forward collected the ball from a throw in and drove at the heart of the West Park defence, played a 1-2 with Reece Deans and then unleashed a shot from the edge of the area which McKenzie was equal to as he tipped the effort over the bar. Reece Robertson then tried his luck with an outside of the foot effort from the edge of the area which whistled past the post.

Five minutes before half-time, Condorrat had their third. An amazing individual goal by Dylan Ross. The Condorrat front-man dispossessed the West Park midfield and from there went on a solo-run, who breezed past the West Park defence, leaving three defenders in his wake, advancing into the penalty area before slotting the ball into the far corner to put the visitors 3-0 up.

It could've been four for Condorrat on the brink of half-time. A corner delivered by Dylan Elliot found Reece Deans who turned the ball goalward, but his effort was cleared off the line by Patrick Gallacher as the referee blew for half time.

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.

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