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Dunbeth FC Yellow vs Central Boys FA U14

The title race is hotting up in the CSFA B League this weekend as the top two face off in a crucial match for both teams.

Central Boys FA have had a season to remember, sitting at the top of the table with a perfect 11 wins from 11 games. That form has seen them take a six point lead at the top ahead of their opponents this weekend, Dunbeth FC Yellow.

The Yellows have also had an impressive season so far and are still very much in the title race, despite the six point gap and the fact that they have played one game more. A win this weekend would prove themselves as genuine contenders whilst simultaneously putting pressure on Central.

It will certainly be interesting to see how this one goes, especially with other teams still looking to muscle in towards top spot.

Lenzie YC vs Stenhousemuir FC Community U15

Stenhousemuir will be hoping to pull of a terrific result by beating league leaders Lenzie at the weekend.

Lenzie have been in fine form all season, and rightfully find themselves at the top of the league with just one loss to their record. They sit five points ahead of their second placed opponents this weekend, having played two games less.

Stenhousemuir have also had a very impressive season and will feel themselves more than capable of taking points off of the league leaders. They will also be keen to avenge their 8-3 defeat to Lenzie back in October.

A defeat for Lenzie would open the door for others, such as Balloch Eastfield and West Park United White, to put pressure on the leaders and utilise their games in hand to full effect.

North Motherwell BC vs Mossend FC U15

Another top two showdown in the CSFA sees North Motherwell and Mossend battle in the D League.

Both of these sides remain undefeated in the league and you feel something has to give if the title has to be decided. Both of these teams have been in tremendous form and deservedly occupy the top two spots.

Mossend hold top spot for now, sitting four points ahead of their opponents having played two games more and if their last encounter is anything to go by, a thrilling 3-3 draw, this has all the making to be a classic.

EKFC Blue vs Wishaw WW U17

Just five points separate the top five in the CSFA U17’s A League, and the top two in the division face off this weekend.

EKFC Blue hold the top spot in the league for now, two points ahead of their opponents this weekend having played three games more. East Kilbride have only lost three games this season however and will be keen to stay at the top.

Wishaw will be encouraged by their progress this season, and find themselves in the title race based on merit. With just two defeats to their name they will be encouraged to take on the league leaders this weekend.

With the league so tight at the top, any game between those involved in the chase has more meaning. Let’s hope these two live up to the occasion and put on a great game.

Cambusnethan Talbot vs Blantyre Victoria U13

These two sit on even footing in the CLYFA A Division as far as points are concerned so a barnstorming match is expected as the top two go head-to-head.

Blantyre hold top spot for now and have a perfect record in the league, securing six wins out of six in the league. Another win here would provide a massive mental boost as they continue their march towards the league title.

Cambusnethan on the other hand will be looking to make up ground. They remain on the even footing in terms of points, but having played one game more they will be looking for a win to take the pressure off of themselves as they seek to steady the ship of their title challenge.

It will certainly be interesting to see who comes out on top in this one.

(Photos courtesy of Ian Steele Photography)
Former Hamilton Accies Women's player Rachel Howie has left the club after nine years of playing. Now the 19-year-old is back playing again, this time at Gartcairn Women FC.
We caught up with Rachel prior to that move for a quick Q&A about her career so far:
Q: What age did you join Hamilton Accies?

RH: I joined Hamilton on my ninth birthday

Q: Has anyone else in your family went professional or been professional before you?

RH: My whole family enjoy football and have all played sports but no one has ever went professional with it

Q:When did you realise football was more than just a passion?

R: I always loved football. My grandad has taken me to games for longer than I can remember. It’s always been a passion I guess, there’s nothing I like more than playing football.

Q: How did you get scouted for Hamilton Accies?

RH: I used to play in school competitions with my primary and my friend at the time suggested that I should come along and play for hamilton. A few weeks later I went to training and joined in with the U9's team. I joined on my birthday so my family bought me new football boots and sports stuff, it was really special!
Q: Did it take you a long time to decide to join the club?

RH: Not at all, I loved it from the first session and couldn’t wait to go back
Q: What was your first appearance with the club?

RH: (If your talking about first team appearance then) I made my first appearance in July 2015 against Glasgow City at Airdrie stadium. It was an unreal experience playing against internationalists at the age of 15. Even though the result didn’t go our way, it was great to get minutes in that kind of environment
Q: Most memorable moment?

RH: Probably going to Alkmaar and Amsterdam with the U17’s team. It was a great experience to play against different clubs in a different climate, it really tested us.
Q: What were your reasons for leaving?

RH: Unfortunately the 23’s league folded. When this happened I knew I would either need to leave or try earn a place in the first team. I wanted to stay at Hamilton more than anything but sadly it wasn’t meant to be and I wish all the girls and coaching staff the best of luck for next season!
Q: If there is one lesson you have learnt over your ten years at the club what would it be?

RH: I guess I’ve learned not to take anything for granted. I didn’t think I’d be at Hamilton for my whole career but I also didn’t think I’d be leaving as soon as this. I love the club and all the girls so it’s sad that I won’t be able to play with them all again next season as we had a really good bond.
Q: Did you have a strong relationship with your team and were you nervous at the beginning?

RH: I feel like I’ve had a really good connection with all the girls I’ve played with. Especially over the last few years moving up to play senior football, I feel we’ve all really came together and became close friends. I also had a good relationship with the first team which made it easier going up and training with them.
Q: Biggest achievement at the club?

RH: Probably winning my first individual award this year, that’s my first award for Hamilton. It meant a lot as I knew it could be my last time with all the girls so that topped off a good night.

Q: What are you going on to do now that you have left?

RH: I’ve had interest from a few clubs so I’ll probably go and train with them in January and see where that takes me. I just want to be back playing football as soon as possible.
Q: It must take dedication and drive to be at a club for more than 10 years, what have you loved the most?

RH: I loved everything about Hamilton, my team mates and all the coaches. It was such a special club to be apart of for so long and I wish them every success in the future. Hopefully I might even be back one day, you never know where football can take you.
Tuesday, 04 February 2020 14:15

Central Region Round Up - 1/2 February 2020

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ES Galaxy kept their undefeated record in the CSFA A League intact after their 7-1 victory away to Cumbernauld Colts. Galaxy remain two points behind second placed Gairdoch United, and are 10 points behind leaders Rossvale Inter with five games in hand. There was also a narrow 1-0 win for Milton over West Park United Sky to keep themselves in the chase for top spot.

Mossend consolidated their place at the top of the B League table with an impressive 8-3 win over Albion Rovers ITC. Mossend remain undefeated in the league and hold a 13 point lead over second placed Steins Thistle. Mossend will be wary of those behind them as there are quite a few teams with games still to play in the league.

In the LFDA U13s League, Mill United earned an impressive 5-1 win away to Yett Farm to move further ahead at the top of the league table. They sit four points clear at the top ahead of second placed Holytown Colts, who have four games in hand. 


Airdrieonians Real BC and Clarkston Athletic are still running each other close at the top of the CSFA A League following last weekend’s results. Airdrieonians scored a comfortable 5-0 win over Larbert, whilst Clarkston Athletic eased to a 5-1 victory away to Kilsyth Amateur Juniors. Airdrieonians remain five points ahead of Clarkston, with Athletic still to play a game in hand.

Central Boys FA claimed top spot in the B League last weekend with a convincing 8-0 win away to Balloch Eastfield. Central earned the spot after previous leaders EDFC weren’t in action on Saturday. Central Boys are two points clear at the top with a game in hand.

In the C League, Cumbernauld Colts Blue picked up a vital victory in the title race as they secured a 3-0 win away to league leaders West Park United Sky. Colts closed the gap at the top to three points and have two games in hand. The loss was West Park United Sky’s first of the league season. Rossvale United also picked up a big win to keep close to the leading pack with a 5-2 win over Stenhousemuir FC Community.

And in the D League Camelon Juniors moved up to second place and to within three points of the top of the table with a big win away to Motherwell FC CT. Leaders Garrell United however, still have one game in hand. 


There were wins for all of the top three in the CSFA A League last weekend as the title race continued to hot up. Leaders Maryhill BC fought off a brave Dunbeth FC side 3-1, Professional Football Academy maintained their unbeaten league campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory over Milton FC and Scotland BC Purple played out an entertaining 5-2 win against Burnbank FC. There is just four points between the three sides at the top of the table.

Grahamston FC, second place in the C League, will be encouraged after leaders Seafar Villa Cumbernauld dropped points at the weekend after a thrilling 4-4 draw against Cumbernauld Colts. The tie did increase Villa’s lead at the top to nine points, however Grahamston still have two games in hand.

In the D League Mossend increased their lead at the top of the division with a comfortable 5-1 win at home to Moorlands. The win moves them four points clear of second placed North Motherwell BC, who did not play at the weekend, although Mossend have played two games more so far.

Drumsagard took advantage of Aston Villa BC’s slip up in the LFDA A Section to take top spot from their title rivals. Drumsagard managed an emphatic victory over Strathaven Dynamo, whilst Villa could only manage a 1-1 draw against EK Caledonian Thistle. Drumsagard take a two point lead at the top, with two games in hand.

In the B Section, leaders Eddlewood Red were held to a goalless draw by Holytown Colts.


Burnbank FC took advantage of their game in hand to close the gap at the top of the CSFA A League to just one point after their narrow 3-2 victory over Kilsyth Athletic. The win sets up what looks to be a two horse race between Burnbank and leaders Gartcairn for the title.

West Park United Gold moved further clear at the top of the B League table, thanks to an impressive 4-0 win away to Milton Rovers. They are being closely followed by Jerviston FC, who secured a 2-1 victory over Steins Thistle, and Maddiston Minis, who were not in action last weekend.

Clackmannan Community Rovers closed the gap on C League leaders Blantyre Victoria Blue with a good 5-2 win over Strathaven Dynamo. West Park UNited Navy also closed the gap with a 4-2 win away to Bo’ness United. Blantyre still maintain a five point lead at the top of the table.

Notre Dame Navy missed an opportunity to put some distance between themselves and second placed FC Kirkwood by dropping points in a 2-2 draw at home to Rosebank United. The slip up allowed Albion Rovers ITC to pull themselves closer to the top with a 4-2 win over Rossvale Madrid.


Falkirk FCF Blue maintained their 100% record at the top of the CSFA A League table with a 3-1 win away to Gartcairn FA. The win moves the Bairns into third place, just three points behind leaders Wishaw WW with three games in hand. Clyde SOF also moved within touching distance of Wishaw after an emphatic win over Bridgend BC.

In the B League Dalziel BC’s lead at the top of the table grew with a convincing 5-0 win at home to Seafar Villa Cumbernauld. Dalziel now hold a five point lead at the top ahead of second placed Dunblane SC. Elsewhere in the division, Sauchie Juniors earned their first league win of the season after an impressive performance in their 3-1 win against Stirling Albion JA.

Blantyre SA Black moved to within eight points of LFDA U17s League leaders Claremont with their big win over Dalziel Black. Blantyre still have one game in hand over the table toppers to play.


In the CSFA A League, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy and Glenvale AFC continued to battle with each other at the top of the table with convincing wins. Kirkintilloch stayed in top spot with a stunning 8-0 win over Cambuslang Rangers, whilst Scottish Cup champions Glenvale kept pace with a 7-1 win away to Rossvale FC Thistle. Just six points separate the two, with Glenvale having two games in hand, and with Clydebank also in the mix, this league is set to go down to the wire.

Milton increased their advantage at the top of the table, but were made to really work for the result after securing a 2-1 win over a motivated Lomond FC. Stenhousemuir FC Community closed the gap at the top with a 3-1 win over Dunblane SC. Milton move five points clear ahead of Third Lanark and six ahead of Stenhousemuir.

Bo’ness united continued their dominance at the top of the C League with a convincing win over struggling North Kelvin United. The win, along with Rangers Sabc’s 6-3 win over Bridge of Allan, maintains their 11 point lead at the top.

Camelon Juniors' Under 20's Development squad has earned Club Academy Scotland status after a recent audit. The accreditation makes Juniors' only the second side outside the SPFL, along with Spartans, to achieve this status.
Club Academy Scotland is Scottish FA's structure that defines, operates and partially funds the Academy system in Scotland and governs the development of players from the ages of 11 to 18.
The club has been working towards this for the past 18 months when secretary Allan Morrison began helping the club work towards their goal.
In a statement on their website, Camelon Juniors said, "CJFC have taken time to build the U20's Development Squad over the last 18 months to become one of the best local development teams in the area.
"This is a squad where boys can come to further their footballing opportunities under the umbrella of the Lowland and East of Scotland Football Associations.  The CAS Lite endorsement goes a long way to establishing the criteria that the Club will follow to ensure that any player coming through our player pathway to U20's development level are nurtured to move into adult football.
"Over the next two to three years, we have some fantastic young players in our other Academy teams that will get to play at the standard the U20's provide competitively, to continue their pathway within a development environment.
"Camelon U20's will always try to improve and provide a strong development pathway for what is currently one of the youngest U20's teams in the league set-up."
Coach Thomas Brighton reckons his young Syngenta Juveniles team will learn a lot from their trip to the UK International Cup next year.
The 2011 squad are off to St George’s Park at the start of May, where they’ll be part of a 100-team tournament vying to be crowned UK International Cup champions.
And Brighton believes it’s an invaluable opportunity for his side: “The boys are all excited to attend the tournament and are looking forward to playing against teams from different cultures and backgrounds from all over Britain and Europe,” he said. “We believe it will be a good chance for our boys to gain valuable life experience, whilst playing football in a challenging environment and at a well-established venue.”
Syngenta are a team that have taken part in plenty of competitions in Scotland and are looking forward to meeting the challenge that awaits them down south. As Brighton explains, the number of matches in a short period of time and the unknown opposition they’ll be up against could test the squad:
“As a team we have experienced many tournaments, although predominantly at locations in close proximity to where we are based. This will be the first tournament where we will have lots of matches spread over two days and it may prove extra challenging for the boys.
“By coming up against different teams with different coaching styles this will be a challenge for both the boys and coaches.
“All of these challenges will help to assist with our ongoing development.”
And it’s not just the boys who’ll take a lot from the experience; travelling down to the state-of-the-art St George’s Park facilities - which features 12 world-class training pitches and plays host to all 28 England international teams - is something even the adults are excited for. Brighton said:
“Us coaches are looking forward to being a small part of the UK Cup 2020 and having the chance to play at and visit a great footballing theatre with lots of other football minded people.”
Syngenta are a club used to success. In fact, at the Easter tournaments this year their 2004 side returned from Holland victorious.
Can the 2011 side emulate their achievement? Brighton is just hopeful his side enjoy the experience:
“In regard to how we do in the tournament our primary goal is to enjoy ourselves,” he said. “To play with a smile on our faces; be respectful to all other players, coaches and watching family members; and to try and play football in the correct manner.
“Regarding winning the tournament – we’re from Scotland, so we’re just happy to have made it to a major tournament for once!”
If your side fancies joining Syngenta at the UK International Cup next year, then visit https://www.eurotournaments.co.uk/uk for more information and details on how to get involved.
Friday, 28 June 2019 12:05

New Club "LK Galaxy FC" officially launched

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June saw the launch of a new Grangemouth based grassroots sports club, LK Galaxy, a club that will look to combine the professionalism of the past and the contemporary values needed for the future. 

The club was formed by a set of administrators and coaches who have over 25 years’ experience running and coaching in both the grassroots and professional game. 

With a new modern constitution which places the focus will be on allowing the players, coaches and parents to take an active role in the development of the club both on and off the pitch.

Based in Polmont at Galaxy Little Kerse which is referred to as “Home of Community Football” and one of Scotland’s largest football centres, LK Galaxy will hope to support six different squads with up to 100 players taking part. 

Initial age groups have been confirmed as: U21s, U17s, U16s, U13s and 2008s. The club is also keen to develop in line with interest from other age groups, with already a registered amount of interest in 2014s and 2013s.

The club plans to lead with modern values that place transparency at the top of the list for parents and coaches. A spokesman for LK Galaxy FC commented on these values, saying, “We’ve all been in the game a long time and we see around how much harder it is to run clubs at grassroots. Legislation, compliance and funding are all getting more difficult to manage. Everything needs to be out in the open in open forums and a there’s a chance for all to contribute. Regular parent communication will be key”

A forthcoming LKTV channel is already in the planning and receiving lots of interest from media students to launch as part of the 2019/2020 season. 

Laying out their mission statement, the LK Galaxy spokesperson said, “We want to be a club that welcomes all standards of player, we don’t want to be known for being elitist. Players grow and develop at different paces; we need to respect that, and we have no intention to reject or allow players to move on due to size and standard”.

You can keep up to date on the plans for their future developments via their Facebook page @LKGalaxyFC and can also get in touch if interested in sponsorship, coach or player involvement or anything else via their email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This weekend sees cup final action as the Forth Valley FDA host their finals this weekend. Five enticing ties to look forward to and YFS is proud to be filming all of them! Here is how the weekend shapes up.
Braehead FC vs Dunbeth FC U14 - FVFDA Challenge Cup Final
The first final of the weekend sees unbeaten Dunbeth take on second placed Braehead. Braehead have played well on their way to the final, getting past Alloa Saints, Riverside FC and Stenhousemuir FC Community.
Dunbeth beat Auchterarder Juniors, Grahamston and Stirling Albion Junior Academy to book their place in the final. Hopefully we should get a great game of football when the two meet on Saturday.
Strathkendrick vs Milton U16's - FVFDA Donnie McColl Cup Final
The U16's final sees second take on third as Strathkendrick take on Milton FC. Strathkendrick booked their place in the final by beating Sauchie Juniors and Stenhousemuir FC Community.
Milton earned their spot by beating Bonnybridge Youth and Syngenta Juveniles. Let's hope the league positions of both sides equate to an even game on Saturday.
Dunbeth FC vs Dunipace Juniors U13's - FVFDA PE5 Sports Tour Cup Final
Dunbeth will be making their second appearance this weekend, this time at U13 level as they take on Dunipace Juniors. Dunbeth made their way to the final in high-scoring fashion, playing out goalfests against Carse Thislte, Dunblane SC United and Wasps CC.
Dunipace on the other hand had an easier route to the final, with two walkovers, before putting in an immense performance to beat league leaders Milton FC in the semi-finals.
Milton FC vs Alloa Rovers U15's - FVFDA Challenge Cup Final
Milton will also be making a secon appearance in these finals as their U15's contest the final against Alloa Rovers. They required two penalty shootout wins to earn their place, beating Dunipace Juniors and Stirling Albion Junior Academy as well as overcoming Dunblane SC
Alloa Rovers also need two spot-kick victories to make the final with wins over Boness United and Wasp CC, as well as a win over Auchterarder CFC.
Bonnybridge Youth vs Stenhousemuir FC Community - FVFDA Challenge Cup Final
The last game of the FVFDA finals sees Bonnybridge Youth and Stenhousemuir Community face each other at U19 level. Bonnybridge had a bye into the semi-finals, where they beat Milton 2-0.
Stenhousemuir booked their place with victories over Syngenta Juveniles, Boness United and Cowie United to set up what should be an entertaining way to round off the finals.
You can pre-order DVD's for the matches here @ https://yfs.news/FVFDAFinals2019
Mill United Colts will be out for revenge on Sunday as they look to avenge a group stage defeat to Motherwell Phoenix as the two meet once again, this time at Ochilview Park, Stenhousemuir in the Central Scotland FA D League Cup Final.
Phoenix came out on top when the two met back in August with a 3-0 win and will be looking to repeat that feat on Sunday.
Mill United Colts come into the game on good form, winning three of their four games in the group stages and have made a good start to the D League, currently sitting in fourth place.
Colts were narrowly knocked out of the Scottish Cup courtesy of a 1-0 defeat away to C League side Larkhall Thistle.
Motherwell Phoenix have had a mixed start to the 2018/19 campaign. a 100% record in the group stages set them up well, though they have had a mixed league campaign, finding themselves in eighth place.
They did well to reach the second round of the Scottish Cup, before they came up against a strong Mill United side and were knocked out of the competition.
Here are each sides route to the final:
Mill United Colts
Group Stage
Mill United Colts were drawn into group two in the League Cup, alongside Strathaven Dynamo Colts, FC Kirkwood, Bargeddie Colts Airdrie and their opponents on Sunday, Motherwell Phoenix.
First up was a home tie against Strathaven Dynamo Colts. United got their cup campaign off to the perfect start with a dominating performance that saw them pick up a double-digit victory.
Next up was an away tie to FC Kirkwood. A closer game in this one but a match that United came through well. A 5-2 triumph made it two wins from two.
Colts suffered their first and only defeat of the tournament to fellow finalists Motherwell Phoenix at home. The away side left with a well earned 3-0 victory.
Qualification for the semi-finals was secured in their final group game. A wonderful 6-0 victory away to Bargeddie Colts Airdrie provided them with a great amount of confidence heading into the semis.
Mill were handed a potentially tricky tie in the semis, with a trip to face Dunbeth Black. The journey did not appear to affect United however and booked their place in the final by virtue of a 6-1 victory in Coatbridge.
Motherwell Phoenix
Group Stage
First up for Phoenix was a trip to face Strathaven Dynamo Colts. Much like their fellow finalists, Motherwell secured a very impressive double-digits victory, blowing Strathaven away with their attacking play.
Just three days later, they were back out again to face FC Kirkwood. Showing no sign of fatigue, they powered past them, putting in a terrific performance to win 8-1.
Two days after that, they were in action once again, this time hosting Bargeddie Colts Airdrie. Many teams would have buckled playing so many games with little time to rest, however Phoenix showed their endurance, putting six past Bargeddie and keeping a clean sheet in the process.
Finally, a trip to face Mill United Colts. A 3-0 win secured top spot and a 100% record in the competition.
Kildrum United were the only team standing in the way of Motherwell Phoenix and a place at Ochilview. A professional performance and a 3-0 triumph set up their date with destiny on Sunday.
On paper, if you look solely at the league standings, Mill United Colts would be considered favourites. On top of that they will be keen to grasp their opportunity at revenge for their loss to Phoenix in the group stages. However, Motherwell Phoenix are a better team than their league position shows and have demonstrated their ability to go toe-to-toe with the best teams in the CSFA D League.
Both will surely enjoy their cup final day and should put on a terrific show for the spectators.
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The first of two cup finals on the 2nd December sees two of the CSFA C League's high-flyers clash in what is sure to be a intruiging and closely contested clash. Both sides qualified from the same group to reach the semi-finals of the competition and when the two faced each other in the group, they played out a 2-2 draw.
The two have also faced off in league action, with both putting on a terrific show in a 4-4 draw. It seems as though there will be no shortage of goals when the two meet again at Ochilview on Sunday.
Clyde SOF currently sit in third place in the CSFA C League, having played seven games, winning four, drawing two and losing just one against league leaders West Park United Gold.
Clyde performed well in the Scottish Cup this season, reaching the second round of the competition before being knocked out by LFDA B League side Clremont via a penalty shootout.and won four of their five games in the group stage.
Condorrat BC have enjoyed a good start to the season as well. They currently occupy second place in the C League, having played eight games, winning five, drawing one and losing two.
They qualified for the semi-finals by finishing second in their group, just one point behind their opponents this weekend.
Here is how both teams made it to the final:
Clyde SOF
Group Stage
The draw for the group stage of the C League Cup saw Clyde SOF drawn with Craigburn BC, Rosebank United, North Motherwell BC, Larkhall Thistle and Condorrat BC. First up was a home tie against a tough North Motherwell BC side. A 4-2 win was a good confidence booster ahead of the rest of their group matches.
Next up was Larkhall Thistle away from home. The journey did not seem to have a great effect on their performance and they ran out convincing 5-2 winners.
Another away tie was difficult enough, but against Condorrat the task was made even harder. Clyde turned in a very impressive performance to leave with a 2-2 stalemate.
Back at home and next up was a struggling Rosebank United side. Clyde made their superiority count and ran away with a spectacular 8-0 triumph.
Finally, it was another away tie, this time against Craigburn and Clyde made it two wins out of three away from home in the competition, leaving with a 4-2 win and  finl position at the top of the group.
Clyde's reward for topping the group was to be their toughest test as they were put up against West Park United Gold for a place at Ochilview. A stunning back and forth game saw Clyde come out on top 5-4 winners. A well deserved victory for well deserved finalists.
Condorrat BC
Group Stage
First up for Condorrat was a home mtch against Rosebank United and they showed their strength early on, running away with an 8-0 victory.
Their first away day took them to Lanarkshire to face North Motherwell BC. An even contest against a formidable team ensued and Condorrat had to be satisfied with a 3-3 draw.
Next up was a 2-2 draw with Clyde SOF. Condorrat would surely have been frustrated not to hve made home advantage count on the day.
However, they were back to winning wys in their next match, this time away to Craigburn BC. A 6-3 win left Condorrat with a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.
To round off the group, Condorrat welcomed Larkhall Thistle, knowing that a win was needed to qualify. They certainly did not crumble under the pressure and produced a 4-2 triumph to advance.
The semi-final paired Condorrat against Rossvale FC Barca. Rossvale advanced as group winners and had beaten Condorrat just one week prior to their cup meetinf. Revenge was certainly on the mind and they earned it and then some, reaching double digits and booking their place at Ochilview.
If these sides previous meetings are anything to go by then expect a high-scoring and evenly matched contest this weekend. Both sides will still be in the hunt for league silverware after this match, but bragging rights, as well as the C League Cup are definitely up for grabs in this one.
Two games so far and two draws. There will have to be a winner on Sunday.
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Gairdoch United and Dunbeth FC will get the Central Scotland FA League Cup finals underway tonight at Ochilview Park, Stenhousemuir, when they both compete for the B League trophy.
Both teams have had decent starts to their 2018/19 campaigns so far and all indictions point to this one being a great final.
Gairdoch United currently sit in seventh place in the CSFA B League, having played six games, winning four, drawing one and losing one to current league leaders, West Park United Gold.
United bowed out of the Scottish Cup in the second round, performing well against a tough LFDA A League side in Milton Rovers, though eventually leaving the competition after a 4-2 defeat. They have performed well in the League Cup as well, winning all but one of their group games, drawing one against West Park United Navy.
Dunbeth have had a very good start to the season and have maintained a 100% record in the B League. Their seven wins from seven games see them occupy second place, just one point behind leaders West Park United Gold, with two games in hand.
A dissapointing Scottish Cup campaign ended with a first round defeat at the hands of CSFA A League side Moorlands FC. A narrow 3-1 defeat to the tem currently sitting in third place in the A League is no embarrassment however, and they have performed spectacularly in the League Cup, with a 100% record in their group and a big win in the semi-final against Clyde FC Community.
Here is each sides route to the final:
Gairdoch United
Group Stage
Gairdoch were handed a very tough draw in the group stages, having to battle it out with West Park United Navy, Lenzie YC and ES Galaxy. Only top spot would be enough to qualify from the group and reach the semi-finals, making a challenging task even more difficult.
First up was a home tie against West Park United Navy. Navy have performed very well in the B League, currently sitting in third place. A hard-fought 2-2 draw was a great way to start the campaign and a definite confidence booster ahead of their remaining two games in the group.
Next up was a potentially tricky away tie to ES Galaxy. A tough test, but one that United came through with flying colours, securing a 3-0 win and setting them up well for qualification.
Knowing that a win against Lenzie at home would secure a semi-final place, the pressure was on for Gairdoch to perfor. Once again, they passed that test, earning another 3-0 win.
They were made to work for their place in tonight's final. They were given a home tie against Scotland BC Red and needed extra-time to book their place at Ochilview. Eventually coming through 3-1, they are sure to battle hard for their first chance at silverware.
Dunbeth FC
Group Stage
Dunbeth were handed a potentially difficult group, though maybe one they would've expected to qualify from, something they did comfortably. EDFC, Cumbernauld Colts Blue and Hamilton Accies BC provided the opposition.
Up first for Dunbeth was a trip to face EDFC. EDFC have struggled so far this season in the B League and that translated onto the pitch. A 3-0 win for Dunbeth set them on the path for qualification.
Next up was another away tie, this time at the now folded Cumbernauld Colts Blue. Dunbeth were certainly not put off at the prospect of another away tie and left with an impressive 5-1 victory.
With qualification essentially secured, Dunbeth could go into their last game, a home meeting against Hamilton Accies BC, under no pressure. They certainly showed their confidence with a convincing 6-2 win.
Three wins from three in the group set up a semi-final clash against Clyde FC Community. Unbeaten in the league and with a 100% record behind them, they stormed to a big victory to set up their final clash with Gairdoch at Ochilview.
A great match is certainly in store between two teams high on confidence. Gairdoch go into the match knowing they are in for a tough match, but confidence will be high given they have gone toe-to-toe with some good teams already, whilst Dunbeth will be keen to keep their 100% domestic record intact.
Expect a classic at Ochilview!
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