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The City of Glasgow Cup saw another prestigious clash with Partick Thistle travelling to Milngavie to take on Rangers.
Rangers took the lead just before half time after sustaining pressure on the Thistle back four for much of the opening 45 but the boys from Firhill showed their grit to take their chances in the second half and endure a nervy last 10 minutes.
Rangers enjoyed most of the ball and had the opposition on the back foot but they lacked that killer instinct in the final third. Often, they would get into good positions but then choose the wrong pass, try a stupid potshot or have three players going for the same cross and ending up getting in each other’s way and this was clearly incensing the management team as they sensed this was the type of game where you had to take your chances as few would come in the freezing cold and persistent rain.
The left wing was clearly proving more fruitful for the Rangers attack with Zac Butterworth often linking up well and that is exactly where the first goal game from.
Butterworth picked up the ball on the left flank and used his blistering pace to dribble direct at the Partick defence who crumbled in his wake and allowed him to meet the byline. His chipped cross to the back post was met with pace by Ciarin Dickson who gave the boys in blue a deserved lead going in at the break.
Greenock United 2003’s retained fourth spot in the Dunbartonshire Football Development League despite dropping their first points of the season in a thrilling 4-4 draw with Ardencaple FC 2004’s.
Ardencaple went into the game on the back of a 3-3 league draw with Dumbarton Riverside 2004’s, while the away side were in high spirits following their 7-2 thrashing of Dumbarton United 2004’s in their previous league fixture. Greenock did, however, have a Regional Cup outing at the beginning of the month, progressing into the next round of the competition with a fine 5-2 victory over Dalziel Boys Club Blacks 2003’s.
The away side entered the match at Hermitage Academy as favourites, sitting five points ahead of their opponents in a highly competitive league table, and it was United who took the lead in just the 7th minute as forward Stephen Wishart found the net after he was found by defender Campbell. With just one change from their previous fixture - Aaron Gray replacing Jamie Sandford in defence – United were brimming with confidence, and found their second shortly after through Josh MacLean.
MacLean then turned provider for midfielder Nathan Tyrrell just a minute later, adding to his phenomenal four assists in the last league outing against Dumbarton. Just as the game seemed to be slipping from the grasp of the home side, they did manage to pull one back before half time with a well-taken free-kick, ending the half in a 3-1 lead for the away side.
10 man Bellshill snatched a late equaliser to steal all three points from Milton Rovers
It was a cold morning at St Ambrose as both teams went into the game on the back of 3-1 victories and looking to build on these results to continue moving up the table.
The game started off quickly as Milton winger Robert McAlonan went on a mazy run and played it to Ben Cochrane, who fired just wide.
They were only made to wait to the third minute for their goal however, after some great team play saw Connor McIntyre put it across to Nathan Fleming who had the simplest of tap ins to make it 1-0 Rovers.
Five minutes later however, Bellshill were on level terms. Milton were caught out trying to play out from the back, Ben Fisher intercepting a loose ball playing it to Cameron Burlington who made no mistake with the finish to level the game.
The game became a scrappy affair that was mainly played in midfield, Rovers trying to play some nice football with not much coming of it. Bellshill were also trying to get the ball on the floor but similarly to Milton, struggled to do anything in the final third. That was until the thirty third minute when Fisher again got behind the Milton high line and slotted it home to cap off an impressive first half for the midfielder
Pollok blitzed seven goals in the first half to set them on their way to a comfortable 9-0 victory over Cumbernauld United on Sunday morning.
The home side cruised to victory and had the ball in the opposition net after just five minutes.
Forward Cameron McNair received the ball on the edge of the box and thundered a confident left-footed shot into the net after turning his man superbly.
Pollok almost grabbed a second just two minutes later. Left-winger Declan Smith played in Nathan McGarvey for a one-on-one but Cumbernauld goalie Ross Higney rushed off his line to block well.
McNair then turned provider for Pollok’s second. After some quick passing from his side, McNair broke into the box on the right and fired a low cross across goal where Smith poked in at the far post.
Smith and McNair were causing the Cumbernauld defence all sorts of problems as they created chance after chance for the home side.
Five minutes later Smith grabbed his second and his team’s third. A superb driving run from right-back Luke Kelly took him to the edge of the box, where the ball eventually fell to the feet of Smith. The winger beat one defender then rifled in at the far post.
Higney then pulled off a fantastic save to deny Pollok’s Kyle McDonald. The striker hit a powerful shot from 25 yards but the keeper did superbly to tip the ball over the bar.
A delay of five minutes then took place after Higney went down following a collision. A lack of substitutes meant the keeper couldn’t be taken off but to his credit the keeper carried on.
Shortly afterwards, the floodgates opened for Pollok. McNair grabbed another from a corner, with the assist provided by Smith again. The winger hit a cross to the far post where McNair nodded in.
Pollok’s fifth came five minutes later. A wonderful move with many quick, first-touch passes eventually played in Smith, who squared the ball to right-winger Brandyn Milne. Milne then drove to the byline before cutting back to McDonald, whose thundered effort gave Higney no chance.
Pollok’s sixth was once again a result of some great combination play between Smith and McNair. Smith broke down the left wing and fired a low cross into the box, where McNair sealed his hat-trick by poking the ball home.
Unfortunately for Cumbernauld, there was still time for one more before the break. Left-back Patrick Canning sprinted down the touchline before cutting the ball back to McNair, who prodded in for Pollok’s seventh.
The referee then blew for half-time, much to the relief of the shell-shocked United team.
A last minute winner from Ciaran Gavin earned Port Glasgow all three points at Motherwell in a Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Division B bout that went right to the wire.
Port Glasgow had the first chance of the match within a minute when Josh Lafferty burst down the left wing and whipped in a cross to Ryan Phillips whose shot glanced past the face of the goal.
The visitors had another effort when they won a free kick on the right side. Reuben Ballingall swung in the cross which was half cleared and his rebounded strike was routinely saved by Jay Elliot in the Motherwell goal.
Motherwell had their first significant opportunity when Steven Reilly picked up possession outside the box, lobbed the ball up for himself and attempted a looping kick which Port keeper Lewis Lafferty managed to get a hand to.
Josh Lafferty continued to cause problems for Motherwell during the early exchanges as he marauded down the left flank unchallenged. He laid the ball on to Josh McAuslan on the corner of the box who blazed the ball over the bar as the away side turned the screw.
Port Glasgow were dominating proceedings, pressing higher up the pitch and holding a larger portion of the early chances on goal. Port could have taken the lead when a long kick out from Lewis Lafferty evaded the whole midfield and latched on to Josh Lafferty in a dangerous position. The striker got his shot off early encouraging a smart save from the Motherwell stopper.
Motherwell had resorted to shooting from distance when in possession at this stage and Jordan Wilson tested the goal from 25 yards out but the attack was well matched by Lewis Lafferty.
Josh Lafferty found himself one on one with the keeper when he ran on to a neat flick on but his attempt was parried away by Elliot. There was an almost identical opportunity moments later when the attacker lashed an attempt on goal but Elliot got down low and stretched to save with a strong right glove.
Port Glasgow kept knocking on the door without any success which was testament to the performance of Elliot in goals who was proving equal to any problem the visitors could muster. Port were enjoying a lot of possession in the final third but couldn't capitalise. To their credit, Motherwell were being street wise in defence by not taking any chances and evading the danger by clearing their lines nice and early.
Ballingall burst through the middle of the pitch but his early stab from outside the box was dealt with again by Elliot. Motherwell had the chance to put themselves in front from a corner when the ball landed to Blair White but he scooped the ball over the bar from close range.
The home side would take their chance soon after on the 40th minute when a searching clearance up the park found Matthew Cummings in the counter attack who laid it onto Andrew Wilson to his right. Wilson dashed into the box unchallenged and calmly passed it into the back of the net by the stranded goalkeeper.
Port Glasgow reacted immediately as Josh Brolly got on the end of a corner and his low drive had every right to burst the back of the net before it was met by the outstretched foot of Elliot who saved his side again.
The ref blew to signal the end of a first half where Port Glasgow had dominated possession but were unable to make the most of their chances. Motherwell had proven to be clinical when it mattered as well as resolute at the back and they took a well earned lead into the second period.
A hat-trick from Owen O’Neil inspired a hard working Blantyre to an impressive league win over Wishaw Wycombe
Blantyre always looked on the ascendancy as they battled through the terrible conditions the teams were forced to play in, as the wind and rain battered the players. Despite this it was a fast paced game to start with, going from one end to another.
The first opportunity was presented to O’Neil when Paul Anderson slipped him through only to be denied by a fantastic save by Wishaw stopper Adam McCrae’s foot before slicing another effort over the bar minutes later. It was Wishaw’s turn to attack with Liam Sneddon going close, his shot going just wide of the post. McCrae was having an excellent game this time denying Jack miller with a fantastic right handed save.
Just as Blantyre looked to be getting a grip on the game Wishaw were awarded a penalty in the 20th minute after Bartek Gronkowski was brought down in the box, which was then converted for Wishaw to put them in the lead. Six minutes later Blantyre were given a penalty after David Gold was fouled in a similar challenge to the Wishaw penalty incident. O’Neil missed the initial penalty but converted the rebound to make it 1-1.
Three minutes later it was Blantyre in the lead, Captain Zak Murdoch powering home a header from Anderson’s corner. Blantyre really got to grips from here and made it three before half time. Great play from Mark Bowie allowed him to get the ball to O’Neil who curled a sumptuous shot into the top corner four minutes from the break to put Blantyre in a comfortable position going into it 3-1 up.
Cumbernauld Colts got their first win of the season as they ran rampant against Falkirk FCF White, who are still looking for their first win.
Colts had their foot on the gas from the offset, enjoying most of the possession between the two sides as they tried to break down the Falkirk defence early on.
Striker Jamie Connelly spearheaded the Colts attack and was the danger man for majority of the game as he created two chances for himself early on, only to be denied by Falkirk keeper Iain Perry, who came to his sides rescue on several occasions.
Despite Perry's best efforts, Cumbernauld made the breakthrough inside twenty minutes as Marc Smith played a ball from the right into the box which fell to Jon Millerick, who tussled with the Falkirk defenders before stabbing the ball home from six - yards out.
Cumbernauld had the chance to double their lead shortly after as Smith played the ball through to Connelly, who blazed the ball over the bar from six - yards out.
Falkirk made Cumbernauld pay for squandering this chance as against the run of play, Falkirk managed to pull one back. Cumbernaulf played a high line for much of the first half, which Conor Little took advantage of as he broke through down the right wing, before lofting a perfectly waited ball to the back - post which Ewan Buchanan side footed into the bottom right corner.
The score didn't remain level for long thanks to Connelly. The Colts striker broke through on goal from a lofted ball over the top, despite missing a few chances earlier on, Connelly dispatched this one with ease, putting it through Perry's legs.
Within 5 minutes Cumbernauld were two goals up, Connellly managed to latch on to a through ball from Smith and dispatched his second in the same manner as his first.
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.
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.
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.