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Monday, 25 November 2013 16:12

Cloud 9 for Lenzie

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Kirkintilloch HS
Lenzie Academy
EDC U16 Schools League
24 November 2013
Lenzie consolidated their place at the top of the table with a convincing performance.

However both sides deserve credit for trying to play football in difficult overhead conditions.

The visitors enjoyed an ideal start in only three minutes when Ewan Macpherson cut the ball back for Callum Groom to score.

Lenzie were on target twice more before half-time, both goals coming from Greg Burns..
Half Time: Kirkitilloch HS 0-3 Lenzie Academy

After the break, Burns completed his hat-trick with a well-placed effort and the midfielder then proceeded to score the goal of the match.

From his own half, he weaved his way through the Kirkintilloch defence before firing home his fourth of the day.

Striker Macpherson then weighed in with a double and another brace, from attacking full-back Jonnie Walker, completed the scoring.
Full Time: Kirkintilloch HS 0-9 Lenzie Academy
West Park United Under 16's rflect on their Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup victory, away to Stewarton Annick. Video interview conducted by Billy White of the YFS Photography Team.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 00:00

My Youth Career: Scott Ferguson

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A lot of Clyde fans would have been happy recently as young starlet Scott Ferguson signed a two year contract with the club as part of the Bully Wee's new player investment scheme. It wasn't just the fans who were happy about the eighteen year old's signing, Club director Bobby Gracey said: "The club has been in discussion with external investors who have now agreed to secure the services of Scott Ferguson as part of the player investment scheme. It is a fantastic signing for the club. I'm sure every supporter agrees that Scott has been outstanding since making the step up from our Under 19s. This deal demonstrates our faith in 'Fergie' and acts as example to all the other talented youngsters in Clyde FC’s Academy in terms of what can be achieved."
Ferguson is described as a winger who likes to take men on and is an exciting player to watch already at such a young age the boy from Belshill has made an impact in the Clyde first team making 8 appearances, coming off the bench 4 times and netting 2 goals in such short time.
Recently I got the chance to catch up with Scott and ask him about his youth career:
Q: Which Clubs did you play for in your youth career, before Clyde?
A: I played for Rangers for 5 or 6 years.
Q: Who have been some of the best players you have played with and against so far?
A: Played with Kieran McDonald, Jamie Barclay and John Sweeney. Played against Blair Spittal, Ross Tokley and Paul McMillan.
Q: Who is your favorite pro footballer at the moment?
A: It has to be Lionel Messi, without a doubt.
Q: If you could give advice to young footballer's, what would it be?
A: Have great attitude. Attitude is everything and if a player believes in their ability it can shine through.
Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:14

Lenzie Academy push for victory

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Turnbull High School
Lenzie Academy
U16's Schools
04 November 2013
Lenzie put on a classic display of counter-attacking to take all three points from Bishopbriggs.

The home side enjoyed the majority of first-half possession but found the Lenzie defence, well-marshalled by skipper Jonnie Walker, in uncharitable mode.

It was the visitors who drew first blood, five minutes before half-time. Ben Graham seized on a loose ball down the right and drilled a perfect pass across to Callum Groom who fired his team ahead.
Half Time: Turnbull HS 0-1 Lenzie Academy
Turnbull re-jigged after the interval, with the talented Bradley Nicklin dropping back into midfield to cause Lenzie problems with his probing runs. 

However a breakaway brought a second goal for the Navy Blues. Midfield powerhouse Stuart Goodfellow sent a long ball downfield and striker Lewis Beveridge showed great determination to nick it past the onrushing Turnbull ‘keeper before shooting home.

Despite the set-back, Turnbull proceeded to take the game to Lenzie again and visiting ‘keeper Carlos Christie had to be at his shot-stopping best to keep his goal intact.

Eventually though, the home side’s pressure paid off when Ryan Flanagan found a way through to make it 2-1.

With the game now on a knife-edge, the next goal was always going to be crucial and it proved to be something special.

Lenzie were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out and Player of the Day Goodfellow ran up to strike a howitzer of a drive past the helpless home goalie, before being mobbed by his delighted team-mates.

A late second for Turnbull made for a nervy last few minutes but Lenzie held on to claim victory. 
Full Time: Turnbull HS 2-3 Lenzie Academy
Monday, 04 November 2013 15:32

Lenzie record magnificent cup comeback

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Lenzie YFC
U13's Scottish Cup Rnd 3
03 November 2013
Lenzie made the long journey to Forfar to face local league leaders Kirriemuir, a last minute pitch inspection saw the game go ahead and a large support saw a superb game, the local side scored 4 goals in a frantic first half with Murray getting the Lenzie goal.
Half Time: Kirriemuir 4-1 Lenzie YFC
The second half saw Lenzie shoot down hill and goals by Captain Andrew Dudman another by Murray & a penalty by Joe Thomson saw the LYC draw level and with a minute left on the clock a piece of Magic on the edge of the box saw Alex McDonach drill a left footed shot low past the home keeper for a remarkable come back and send Lenzie into round 4. 
Full Time: Kirriemuir YC 4-5 Lenzie YFC


Falkirk FC Girls
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
15s League
02 November 2013
 Falkirk FC 15's secured the league title today with a comfortable victory over Bonnyrigg Rose. The maths were simple the girls win the game the league title was coming to Falkirk.

The game started off well and the early pressure was creating good chances however missed target or the keeper was on hand to mop up easily this was the way of things for the first 15mins or so, however the goal looked to be coming and when KerryAnne ghosted through the defence and squared the ball to Sam her shot was net bound from impact, a deserved lead. When KerryAnne received the ball at the edge of the box she skipped past the defence and placed the ball past the keeper to double the girls lead.
Half time: Falkirk FC Girls 2-0 Bonnyrigg Rose FC

The second half saw an improved display by the Bairns and chances were coming thick and fast, it was the impressive Rose keeper who was to keep them in the game, however Kim was to get on the scoreline when she drove high over the keeper for Falkirk's third leaving the keeper no chance. It may have been Sunshine on Leith, however it was torrential at Westfield however that wasn't going to dampen the girls spirits and when Fern crossed in for KerryAnne's second from a close range header, it was a matter of how many, Leah was to see her deflected shot from the edge of the box sneak in a back post and minutes later a shot over the advancing keeper was to give Leah her 2nd and the teams 6th, Fern was at last to get on the scoresheet with a shot under the keeper from close range, this all set up the climax of the game for captain Jess to score the teams 8th with her last touch at 15's, her next job was to raise the League Championship Trophy for Falkirk's biggest 11 a side trophy to date.

Full time: Falkirk FC Girls 8-0 Bonnyrigg Rose FC

Falkirk will look back on an excellent season and although the girls needed to wait until the last game of the season, it was fitting that they were to win it. As the best defence and strikeforce in the league the purists will agree with the final league table with the Falkirk Bairns on 1st place.

There have been many highlights over the season and without doubt the memories of this seasons campaign will remain with all who were involved for a very long time, the late goal against Dunfermilne, the victory away to Hibs, the tight game at Murieston, that said the games where Falkirk were dominant were many, the team stayed as a team and the focus of winning the league never left them.
A word to the opposition, in particular Hibs and Spartans the 3 teams would have been worthy league winners, however Falkirk had something extra when it was needed, for second place Hibs and Spartans face each other twice in the next week in what will be competitive games we wish them both the best of luck. Not to forget to wish Hibs all the best in their Scottish Cup final appearance next weekend, a venue to be shared with our u13's four of which featured today.

FFC Squad: Sophie Laird, Rachel Vickerman, Abbie Trotter, Carly Lauder, Jess Murphy, Sam Kerr, Carrie Stodard, Ellie Kane, Fern Newbigging, KerryAnne Charles, Ciara Donaldson, Erin Shepherd-Rogers, Lauren Bruce, Kim McAlpine, Megan Gallagher, Lindsey Blues, Leah Eddie, Natalie Wilson, Demi McPhail, Kerry Munro. 
Falkirk FC Girls Under 15's league champions
Monday, 28 October 2013 10:39

Syngenta Colts Juveniles progress to next round

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Syngenta Colts Juveniles
Fairmuir BC
U14's Scottish Cup Round 3
26 October 2013
An eagerly awaited Scottish Cup tie for both sides took place on Sat 26th Oct.
Despite early pressure from the home side, Fairmuir were first to score when a 20 yard curling shot deceived the Syngenta keeper and ended in the bottom corner after 10 minutes.
Syngenta continued to enjoy the bulk of possession and following several missed chances were rewarded with an equalizer 5 minutes before half time.
Half Time: Syngenta Colts Juveniles 1-1 Fairmuir BC
The second half started with Syngenta taking a 2-1 lead when there centre forward fired in from 20 yards.
Syngenta continued to be the team on top and it was a matter of time before goal 3 arrived. A long ball down the left deceived the Fairmuir goal keeper to leave the Syngenta left winger to slot home from 18 yards. Continual Syngenta pressure ensured the 4th was not long to wait for, following good saves and blocks the ball fell to the Syngenta midfielder on the edge if the box to fire home.
Now 4-1 up Syngenta made several substitutions which allowed Fairmuir to gain better ball possession, resulting in a good solo goal by the tall Fairmuir forward.
Full Time: Syngenta Colts Juveniles 4-2 Fairmuir BC
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 12:55

My Youth Career: Liam Coogans

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Liam Coogans is one of the hottest young prospects at Airdrieonians. Since making his debut back in March 2013, Coogans has made a huge impact at a young age of sixteen already having made nineteen appearances for the Diamonds - netting three goals in that time. During last summer there was even talk comparing him to Tony Watt and speculation that Celtic youth boss Chris McCart was running his eye over the sixteen year old and was impressed with what he seen. 
For now though Coogans is staying with Airdrieonians and is part of there new Youth Development Pathway apprenticeship scheeme. Along with four other players from Airdrieonians, Coogans is on a two year full time contract which will see him train with French side Edusport Academy.
Airdrieonians director Chris Ewing, owner of Edusport Academy said "We're delighted to welcome the boys into the Edusport Academy.
"The players will benefit from fantastic facilities and top UEFA Coaching on a daily basis, which will undoubtedly help their development. Being part of the Academy will also enable the players to develop a 'full time' professional mentality.
Recently I had the chance to have a quick chat with Coogans and ask him a few questions about his youth career and how he is enjoying his new full time role at the club.
Which Clubs did you play for in your youth career before Airdrie?
Before Airdrie I played for  Aston Villa BC, Blantyre Victoria, EKFC Gold and also had trials for Hibs, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen.
Who have been some of the best players you have played with and against so far?
With there is a few. Playing alongside, I would say Paddy Boyle, Martin Hardie and David Sinclair. Against it has to be Lee Wallace or Lee McCulloch from Rangers.
Who has been your favorite coach to play under?
Jimmy Boyle because he gave me my chance in first team and had the faith in me, I would like to thank Jimmy for everything he has done for me.
Who is your favorite pro footballer at the moment?
Wayne Rooney.
How do you thing you have developed since joining Airdrieonians?
I feel I have became a better all round better player since I've joined Airdrie by getting more experience after moving up from Under 17's to first team. Also due to Jimmy Boyle's coaching, management and advice and when I moved up to 19s the manger Stevie Findlay was great with me so I have a lot to thank him for as well.
Your also part of Airdrie's new Youth Development Pathway scheme which means you are full time with the Club, how are you enjoying that and have you started training with the French side EDU sport yet and if so how are you finding that?
 I have been training with the Edusport for six weeks now. I feel it has helped me with my fitness and it's a great chance for me. The coaching staff have be terrific , giving me advice and I have been very impressed by training and also the standard of facilities.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 16:25

Milton Rovers continue fine form with a win

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Milton Rovers 2000's
Mill United
LDFA U14's Section C
John Cumming Centre
13 October 2013
Milton Rovers continued their League Campaign with a home game against Mill United.
The opening exchanges were clear that it was going to be a midfield battle with both teams contesting every ball. The hosts took the lead when a great threw ball sent Owen Foster down the right who looked up and send a great ball into the box which the Mill keeper failed to hold, the ball fell to Reece Hamilton who smashed the ball into the net. Just what the coaches had asked for before the game that they get on the ascendancy and get a lead.
The boys went close to increasing the lead with some great balls from the midfield onto Josh and Owen just failing to get on the end of them. James Maxwell then went close with a free kick from outside the box. An injury to the usually influential Michael Stevenson forced him off to be replaced by Ryan Boyd who quickly settled into the right midfield role.
The Rovers got a second right on halftime when Euan Scott played a terrific defence splitting pass for Josh bell to run onto and place a shot past the Mill Keeper. 
Half Time: Milton Rovers 2-0 Mill United
The second half started with the boys again on the ascendancy although with an injury to Cammy Fyfe who was outstanding at the back was replaced with Scott Rafferty who slotted in at the back with Callum Clarke.
Mill United got back into the game when some slack defending on the left allowed them to get one back, game on.
The boys seemed to up their game and with Reece Palmer, Ryan Boyd and Euan Scott now starting to get a grip of the midfield and the influential pair of Josh Bell and Owen causing problems with their power and pace and were getting fouled at will.
Rovers then got the third when they won a free kick on the left side of the park which Euan Scott took and sent a long and deep ball into the danger area for Owen Foster to let it drop over his shoulder and steered it into the net.
The Rover's injury problems continued with Callum Clarke pulling up with a groin injury and being replaced by Cammy Fyfe. Declan Wallace and Craig Wilson then replaced Jamie McAdam and Reece Hamilton giving them a rest, the game wasn't finished there with the referee speaking to the Mill coach on the side lines, which seemed to spur on the Mill Players who won a corner on the right which was converted by the defender to set up the Grand stand finish.
The Rovers had other ideas about that when a great run from Euan Scott who danced through defenders and sent a terrific shot goal ward only for the Mill Keeper to fly through the air and turn it wide for a corner. The boys were then looking to put the game out of reach when a great ball from Reece Palmer send Declan Wallace through the middle who in turn slotted it past the Mill Keeper making it 4-2 and game over. There were some great individual performances today with the full squad being called upon to do the business due to injuries to some key players during the game.
Full Time: Milton Rovers 4-2 Mill United
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 21:24

Moorlands hit form to knock out Syngenta

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Moorlands FC
Syngenta Juveniles
U16 Kevin Horner Cup - R1
Hamilton Palace
06 October 2013
Moorlands put on their finest performance of the season on the excellent 3G surface at at Hamilton Palace.
After an even opening period, the Uddingston side settled into their passing game and began to look the more likely to score.
It was midfielder Mark McNulty who made the breakthrough around the half hour when he took advantage of a miscued clearance to put his side 1-0 up.
Three minutes later however, the visitors were level when their striker cut in from wide to fire a sensational speculative drive past Lloyd Fallon.
Moorlands regained their grip on the game just before the break. Alex Foy sent a delightful chip through to Ross Tochel who chested down before slamming home.
The home side's ascendency continued into the second half and after Dean Robertson was felled in the box, Robert Dimmer coolly converted to make it 3-1.
Any prospect of a Syngenta comeback was dashed by Barry McGuire who completed the scoring and sealed his team's place in the next round.
Full Time: Moorlands FC 4-1 Syngenta Juveniles
Moorlands FC Player of the Day: Mark McNulty
Moorlands FC Squad: Ross Tochel, Aiden McGhee, Alexander Foy, Logan Jackson, Lloyd Fallon, Paul Mockus, Aiden McElhinney, Zak McFadyen, Michael Clarke, Robbie Stewart, Dean Robertson, Mark McNulty, Aaron Gray, Robert Dimmer, Barry Maguire, Jonnie Walker, Tom Elliott.