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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

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 20:32

St Peter's stun St Cadoc's in 5 goal thriller

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A dramatic final couple of minutes gave St Peter’s the win in the Gilbert League Cup against St Cadoc’s as St Peter’s took their undefeated streak to eleven games.
The earlier meeting was a close encounter with the game finishing 3-2 to St Peters and they have not looked back since, drawing only once in the league, and winning their last six on the bounce scoring a remarkable forty three goals in that time.
Saint Peter’s were presented their first chance of the game within the first five minutes, Lewis lifting his shot over the St Cadoc’s keeper and just wide.
There were no real chances after this until St Cadoc’s were presented a wonderful opportunity from a corner which was headed over the bar. A few minutes after this St Cadoc’s were awarded a penalty. The penalty was stopped by Keeper Jacob, however the rebound was put away and St Cadoc’s were one up on the twenty seventh minute.
They were not threatened by the opposition for the remainder of the half and looked like the team in control going into half time.
Sunday, 29 October 2017 16:02

Aston Villa and Wishaw battle out exciting draw

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Both teams began the match in need of a victory, as they sat mid-table. Wishaw had seven points from six matches played, and Aston Villa had managed just one win this season albeit from only three games.
Wishaw started the match the much better team and took an early lead through Adam Lynch after 3 minutes, which came from a great corner delivered by Adam McCrae.
Only minutes later, McCrae should then have made it two with a simple finish but his shot was inadvertently cleared off the line by his own player Mark Cairns following another corner.
The away side were the far better team throughout the opening 20 minutes, dominating possession and the game could easily have been out of sight for them. They would soon regret not taking their chances.
Aston Villa finished managed to create some pressure on the Wishaw defence, and with their first real opportunity of the game Aidan Jenkins grabbed an equaliser after 22 minutes with a good finish from a tight angle.
This really put Wishaw on the back foot and the home team grew into the game, creating chances and becoming the much better side.
They had a wonderful chance to take the lead after 35 minutes, when Sean Stewart went clean through on the left hand side of goal but put his shot wide with Ross Davie in goal scrambling across. The home team were cranking up the pressure on the away goal. 
Jenkins looked to add to his tally just before half time with an ambitious effort from 25 yards out that smashed against the cross bar with the Wishaw goalkeeper well beaten. This meant the match would be 1-1 at halftime. 

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.

Sunday, 22 October 2017 22:49

North battle to victory against Colts

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North Motherwell secured a vital three points in the CSFA C League against a gritty Mill Utd Colts side.
The game started in torrential rain as both sides looked to move up the table after finding themselves near the foot of the table in the opening few games of the season.
North were presented with a massive opportunity within the opening minute of the game, James Carrigan being gifted a free header in the Colts six yard box, but could only head straight at Colts stopper Ronan Gemmell.
The opening stages were cagey but it was to be Colts to strike first. Luke Magee racing through on goal, having his shot spilled into the path of Daniel Devanney, who stroked the ball into an empty net to make it 1-0 Colts.
The tone was set. North being dominant in their possession but Colts looking like scoring every time they went on the counter attack, especially Magee who was causing havoc for Colts, constantly breaching the defensive line and creating a glorious chance for himself. With a surging run he could only fire his shot straight at Andrew Clark in the North goal.
However, it was North who were to score next. Arron Wylie with a magnificent run down the left hand side slotted it to Carrigan who made no mistake this time with his effort, his shot coming off the bar and in to draw his side level.
Defender Ben Vinnicombe was having a superb game in the North defence, making two vital challenges to prevent Colts creating potentially goal scoring opportunities. There was to be one more chance however  before the half closed, Colts having a corner turn into a goalmouth scrap before eventually being cleared off the line.

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.

Monday, 02 October 2017 21:33

Blantyre storm to victory against Wishaw Wycombe

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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.  

Sunday, 01 October 2017 23:46

Connelly is the star as Colts run riot

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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.