YFS

Home My YFS
Central Region

Central Region (545)

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 16:07

Cleland survive the storm to progress to the semi's

Written by

Fixture: Kirkintilloch Rob Roy v Cleland Boys Club
Competition: Jackie Morton Memorial Cup 1/4 Final
Date: Saturday 19th December 2015
 
With the weather conditions providing a challenge for both sides, chances were at a premium as Cleland progressed to the Semi Final of the Janice Morton Memorial Cup with a 1-0 victory at Kirkintilloch Rob Roy.
 
Cleland were up against it before the game even started as with only thirteen players available, 2 of them were carrying injuries. Against all the odds the boys rose to the challenge to overcome a very good Kirkintilloch Rob Roy side.

The game started slowly with Rob Roy taking advantage of the wind and controlling the game early on. They were firing shots from distance that were testing Cleland keeper Craig Harvie but he was more than equal to them on many occasions.
 
As the half went on Cleland defended well against the fierce wind but nearly feel a god behind if it weren't for the crossbar coming to the rescue. Straight up the other end it was the visitors turn to hit the woodwork as Dominic Small hit the post from a great move. Connor Phairs and Greg Taylor also went close for the village men as the half ended a stalemate.
 
Half Time: Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 0-0 Cleland Boys Club

The second half began with Rob Roy on the front foot, but the Cleland back line of Jamie McNab, David Fagan, Declan Bell and Marc Cutler stood firm to protect their clean sheet.
 
The Cleland defenders eventually were given some rest bite as the visitors took the lead. Great trickery from Cleland's left winger Aiden Rooney, allowed him to drive into the box and square the ball for poacher Connor Phairs to stab the ball home and send the men from the village into dreamland.

The Cleland tails were up, and efforts from Rooney almost gave them a two goal cushion with limited time left in the game.
 
Rob Roy at this point had been nullified by the Cleland back line as the visitors created more chances. Good interplay between Connor Phairs and Reece Watson resulted in a header from Rooney that looked net bound  but only for the Rob Roy keeper to somehow pull off a world class save to prevent his side from going two nil down.
 
The energy levels were running low and eventually the referee signalled the end of the game to send the Cleland boys into raptures.
 
Full Time: Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 0-1 Cleland Boys Club
 
Cleland now face a trip to Rossvale Milan in the semi final. With the confidence booming from this victory, the belief is there and the final is in the sights.
 
 
 
 
• Bellshill club Mossend FC raise funds to build wells and supply football kits to people and Pakistan and Malawi. 
• They are also holding sessions in conjunction with Show Racism the Red Card. 
• Interview: Club Development Officer and Publicity Secretary Russell Sanderson
 
Bellshill, birthplace of legendary Manchester United manager Matt Busby and ex-Celtic captain and Lisbon Lion Billy McNeill, was once renowned as the home of some of the greats of Scottish football. But now, Mossend FC is putting the North Lanarkshire town back on the map with its pioneering, pro-active stance against discrimination and disadvantage.
 
In recent years, the club has worked relentlessly to eradicate prejudice and intolerance by bringing together local young people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds.
 
Since working with a local mosque to encourage young players with a Muslim background to get involved with the club, Mossend’s charitable and community outreach programme has snowballed, taking their fight against injustice as far afield as Pakistan and Malawi. 
 
Club Development Officer and Publicity Secretary Russell Sanderson takes up the story. “We heard there were a lot of local children who were going to school, going to the local mosque and then going to football training, but training by themselves. What we wanted to do was to get them involved with us as the local football club.”
 
And so, they began holding training sessions aimed at local ethnic minority children which now hosts over 80 kids. The club now has plans to reach out to the local Polish community too.  
 
Mossend’s close association with Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) began when an ugly racist incident occurred at one of their games. Sanderson felt the club had to confront the issue. 
 
“It didn’t sit right with me, although the incident was dealt with at the time. Academy Director Paul McDonald and I approached SRTRC and arranged to hold an anti-discrimination workshop with our kids. The impact was immediate,” he said.
 
“Discrimination is completely unacceptable in society, never mind football. It is about educating young people, exposing stereotypes and prejudice.
 
“Our involvement is long term and we’re fully committed to the project of getting as many local people involved with the club no matter what race, religion or background.”
 
As the club’s horizons expanded, officials decided to partner with the Well Foundation, a Bellshill-based charity which builds wells and installs hand pumps to provide safe water to the world’s poorest and most isolated people. Players and parents raised funds to build two wells – to be named after the club – in deprived communities in Sindh province, Pakistan, where 50 degree heat and lethal droughts are common.  
 
“Mossend FC know that there are countries in the world that are living in abject poverty with no access to fresh, clean water. When we spoke to the Well Foundation we wanted to try and do what we could to help.
 
“It was brilliant to see the reaction and how much the kids bought into this.”
 
In addition, the club has also donated kit and equipment to impoverished children in Pakistan and Malawi. 
 
“I have passed some kits to Fahim Baqir [Chair of the Well Foundation] to get to Pakistan. Fahim is also travelling to Malawi to help reconstruct a school and he will take some more kits with him for the kids there. We see this as an incredible opportunity to use football to bring some happiness to kids in these countries.”
Saturday, 05 December 2015 19:10

Lewis in Lisbon: Airdrie kid gets Benfica invite

Written by
 
 
• U15 Airdrieonians player one of 14 invited to global training camp. 
• A month of professional training at the Portuguese club’s state of the art facilities. 
• Interview with: Lewis Gracie
 
Under 15's Airdrieonians striker Lewis Gracie has recently returned from Lisbon where he was one of only 14 players from around the world to be given the opportunity to train for a month at Benfica's world renowned training facility.
 
Lewis said, "I was really excited at the opportunity and couldn't wait to get over there and get started." Now he is back and has told us all about his once in a lifetime experience.
 
During his time at the training camp Lewis was put through his paces by top Benfica coaches along with 14 other boys who were from countries such as South Africa, Greece, Zambia, USA and Brazil. Lewis told us all about the facilities at Benfica and how overwhelmed and impressed he was by it all.
 
"The training facilities were brilliant, like nothing I have ever seen before," he said. They have an indoor pitch, eight outdoor pitches and a gym equipped with all kinds of machines for building fitness and strength. They have a 360 degree dome which is one of only two in the world. This is used to help with touch/control and identifying passes.
 
"The training was much more intense than any training I've had in Scotland," Lewis told us. "This encouraged us to become quicker sharper players and develop a better football mind."
 
He also could not help but talk about the much better weather he experienced in Portugal. "It was good to train in the sunshine for a change" he said. "Sometimes the heat made it harder though as we got tired quicker."
 
He was well prepared for the conditions though as he was invited into first team training before he left by boss Gary Bollan and striker Bryan Prunty who presented him with a boot bag and a beach towel kindly supplied by the Airdrieonians Supporters Trust to show the fans were right behind him in his adventure.
 
Lewis also engrossed himself in the culture while he was there. He had Portuguese language lessons between tactical and technical training sessions. He also learned how to live the footballer’s lifestyle, aside from the fast cars and women. "We ate like professional footballers for a month and learned the importance of a healthy balanced diet to help develop our physical and mental wellbeing as athletes."
 
Lewis will look back fondly upon his endeavours and will take many things out of it. "The trip was of great benefit to my physical and development as a player and a person" he said. "I have come back a much sharper player, more focuses and with improved strength and fitness. I am able to play and understand positions around the park.
Saturday, 05 December 2015 19:05

Cumbernauld Colts reflect on memorable 2015

Written by
 
 
• 500+ youth players across the age groups, split between boys and girls. 
• First team making great strides in the senior game. 
• Interview with: Arthur Stackpool
 
The 24th of October marked an historic day for everyone associated with Cumbernauld Colts FC, with the club’s recently formed senior team participating in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup for the first time. An impressive 2-0 home victory over seasoned Cup campaigners Auchinlek Talbot saw the team write yet another chapter in the club’s remarkable history, booking their place in the third round of the Scottish Cup against SPFL League Two side Stirling Albion. The tie against Albion proved a bridge too far, but it didn’t take anything away from a fantastic achievement by a club that is going places.
 
This latest Cup victory was the icing on the cake for a triumphant Cumbernauld Colts, who have enjoyed a hugely successful 2015. This will go down in history as the year the club took its first step in to the world of senior professional football, being awarded full membership of the Scottish FA and having their senior team admitted to the SLFL (Lowland League) for the 2015/16 campaign.
 
It is a huge achievement, and is made all the more poignant if you consider the incredible journey the club has embarked on since its foundation in 1969, competing solely at youth level, through to present day with more than 500 players competing at all levels of the Scottish game.
 
Arthur Stackpool, 1998s Coach and Club Media Officer, is understandably immensely proud of reaching this milestone. “This was a remarkable achievement considering we hadn’t even thought about this step as recently as February this year", he said. "The current senior squad has only been playing together since July, so from the outset it has always been about establishing ourselves in the League. Everything else has been a bonus! We still have to “pinch” ourselves every time we see our name on Sky Sports or the BBC!”
 
Hardly surprising then, that the senior team have been the recipients of much media attention lately. However, plaudits must also go to the coaches and staff who constantly work to create a solid infrastructure at Cumbernauld to allow for player development.
 
Great strides have been made across the board in 2015. In particular, both children’s training academies are going great guns, with new small sided game sections being created all the time. In fact, focus has already turned to the next intake of youngsters in Easter 2016.
 
The U20's development team, that was established to work in conjunction with the senior squad, have also enjoyed a particular measure of success in recent times. The boys have been competing well against other Lowland League development sides, and have progressed into the last 16 of the Scottish FA Youth Cup.
 
The pinnacle of senior football has only galvanised the youth setup further. Colts boast boys and girls teams at every age group, ranging from mini kickers through to fours, sevens and elevens. The 13’s girls’ recently celebrated a championship win, to bolt onto the trophy laden 2014/15 SYFA campaign across the age groups. However, the focus is still firmly on development at the younger age groups. A recipe for success, on and off the field.
 
Saturday, 05 December 2015 18:26

Sir Alex backs Dunblane Soccer Club's 3G pitch dream

Written by
Former Manchester United and Aberdeen manager Sir Alex Ferguson has thrown his support behind Judy Murray's proposals for a state-of-the-art sporting complex which would give Dunblane Soccer Club a brand new 3G home. 
 
Ferguson, who began his illustrious career in football as a young player at Harmony Row YC in Glasgow, whose own ground is now named after the club's most famous son, has written to Stirling Council's Provost Michael Robbins calling on local councillors to approve plans to construct new indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a golf course and all-weather astroturf football pitch at the Park of Keir site between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan.
 
A meeting of the council's planning board will consider the proposals, drawn up by Judy Murray, mother of world-class tennis stars, recent Davis Cup champions and local heroes Andy and Jamie, and Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie, on Tuesday the 8th of December.
 
The plans, to which some locals have objected for its intrusion upon the nearby countryside, also include housing and a hotel. For supporters, however, not least Dunblane SC and their powerful ally Ferguson, the potential development represents a unique opportunity to transform the provision and quality of sporting facilities in the area.
 
In his letter to Provost Robbins, Ferguson expressed his "strong support" for the plans, writing: "Dunblane Soccer Club already plays a huge role in the lives of almost three hundered young people, but despite that the club has no home ground and has constantly struggled to find local pitches to use. Surely the club deserves its own home and a new all-weather pitch as proposed at Park of Keir."
 
Like many clubs throughout Scotland, especially at this time of year, Dunblane SC has faced extreme difficulty in ensuring scheduled matches go ahead on notoriously waterlogged surfaces, including at the town's Laighhills park. This weekend all Forth Valley FDA matches were postponed due to the bad weather.
 
Noting the tennis and golfing components to the plans, which developers argue will help breed the next generation of Scottish sporting stars close to the hometown of Scotland's two Wimbledon champions, Ferguson added: "The Stirling area will have its very own world-class 'golden triangle' of new sports facilities at Park of Keir that can help give future generations their own lifelong love of sport.
 
"I do hope that Stirling Council will take the right decision for the right reason."

 
Fixture: West Park United v Sauchie Juniors U13
Competition: Central Region Cup U13's - Round 2
Venue: Turnbull High, Bishopbriggs
Date: Saturday 28th November 2015
 
West Park welcomed Sauchie Juniors FC from Stirling to Bishopbriggs for their Round 2 match in the Central Regional Cup. As is becoming normal these days, the weather was once again atrocious with driving rain throughout the match to ensure no player, coach or spectator would be dry at the end of this match.
 
Once again, West Park were quick to get into their stride and did not stand back and admire their visitors. West Park scored two quick-fire goals in the first 5 minutes of the match to take control early on. The first arrived from Dean Mooney with a good finish inside the box with Rhys McNamee scoring the second by ensuring he was first to an in-swinging corner and slotting past the goalkeeper. 
 
It was pleasing to see good football being played by West Park in the conditions, and they continually tried to play the ball on the deck from the back, with good linking up from with midfield. This play started to open up the Sauchie defence with their mixed passing game. The home side won a free kick on the edge of the box which was taken by Ben Kennedy. With his trusty left-foot, he venomously struck the ball towards goal, it crashed the underside of the crossbar and bounced over the line to make it 3-0 to West Park. 
 
Sauchie tried to fight their way back into the game, and pulled one back with a good finish past the on rushing Ewan Murray in goals after a through ball played through the West Park defence.
 
However, this was only a temporary blip for West Park, and they rapidly re-took control of the match with Dean scoring his second of the game with a fantastic strike into the top corner. The flick to play him in by Jamie Etherson was world class!
 
Dean’s hat-trick was achieved after good work by Cameron Dutton harrying the Sauchie defence, winning possession and playing a quick square ball in the box for Dean. He didn't need asking twice as his first time shot was sweeped into the corner of the net.
 
The first half scoring was rounded off with another superb example of team play, with Cameron playing captain Ryan Todd into space down the right wing, who then made a great pass for Dean to slot into the opposite corner, giving the goalkeeper no chance.
 
Half Time:  West Park United 6-1 Sauchie Juniors
 
With the game going well in West Parks favour, the coaches decided to freshen up the line-up and made a few substitutions at half-time so players all had an opportunity to play and not waiting about in the bad weather. The home side resumed where they left off and were again on the score-sheet early in the second half. Kian Havlin notched his first goal of the season by latching onto a through ball, taking a good first touch and slotting into the corner.
 
Ryan Todd added to his good run of form by scoring from another long distance strike, and Cameron then got himself on the score sheet by reacting first to a loose ball after a free kick was blocked in the box.
 
In the closing stages, West Park confirmed the superiority with Ewan Collins scoring from left back by placing a shot high in the net with a well struck shot, Dean added his 5th of the game with a thunderous free kick from the edge of the box and Ryan scored after a wonderful solo run from midfield beating at least 7 players, to notch his 2nd of the game.
 
Full Time: West Park 9-1 Sauchie Juniors
 
This was another strong win for West Park and stormed into the 3rd round in stormy conditions.  The game had flash points throughout and the referee had some tough decisions to make but overall, it was West Park’s day once again.
 
Next game up is the delayed Scottish Cup 3rd round match away to Celtic Boys Club, so the boys will need to keep up their hard work and continue to play their own game to ensure they do their utmost to hopefully take their place in the 4th round.
 
 
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 19:29

Perfect Dunbeth and Dunipace set the pace

Written by
A strong start to the season is vital for any team hoping to make a push for a league title. Remaining unbeaten during the opening stages of a campaign can provide players with valuable confidence and a sense of invincibility which can prove to be the edge in games against potential title challengers. The longer the run lasts, the harder it becomes to stop.
 
Two teams which are oozing confidence after their perfect starts to the current campaign are Dunbeth FC and Dunipace Juniors U13's.
 
Dunbeth currently sit three points clear of Dunipace at the top of the FVFDA Under 13s table having played one game more than their title rivals. Both teams have started their campaigns in scintillating form with each side putting 10 goals or more past their opponents in four of their respective games to date.
 
Despite the league table telling a story of complete dominance, Dunbeth haven’t avoided a scare or two during their ascent to the top of the table. Close-fought matches against Dunblane Soccer Club and Hillfoots Community Club, 6-5 and 3-2 victories for Dunbeth respectively, have shown that the current league leaders can be pushed to the limit.
 
However, it could be argued that being able to scrape narrow victories against incredibly game opponents is a quality typically possessed by champions.
 
On the other hand, Dunipace have enjoyed a more straight-forward start to the season. Having beaten each of their opponents so far by no less than four goals, no team has been able to truly threaten their 100% record. There is no doubt that Dunipace’s start will give them immense confidence going into the festive period, but some may argue that they haven’t yet been tested to the same extent as their Dunbeth.
 
Dunbeth have dominated most of their games but have also shown the character, grit and tenacity to come out victorious in two tight games against tough opponents, showing that they have all the tools necessary to become champions. Dunipace, however, haven’t had the opportunity to show these characteristics, such has been their dominance so far this season.
 
This leaves questions unanswered about their title credentials until the day comes when they face a side which threatens to do what no team has come close to doing this season and beat them. If form is anything to go by, this day may not come until the two pace-setters eventually meet for the first time.
 
Alternatively, Hillfoots Community Club could also pose a serious threat to Dunipace’s perfect record. Having come so close to taking points from their early season encounter with Dunbeth and with an otherwise perfect record, Hillfoots have shown that they can be a match for the very best which the league has to offer.
 
However, there is no way of guaranteeing when these top of the table clashes may take place. Frozen and waterlogged pitches typically accompany the Scottish winter and plague football fixture lists for weeks on end resulting in widespread postponements all across the country. Consequently, it may be a while before either teams’ 100% record is lost.
Cumbernauld Colts FC hope to end a momentous year in style as their senior team take on Stirling Albion in the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup tonight, with the prospect of a home tie against Inverness CT on the horizon for the victors.
 
The 24th of October marked an historic day for everyone associated with Cumbernauld Colts FC, with the club’s recently formed senior team participating in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup for the first time. An impressive 2-0 home victory over seasoned Cup campaigners Auchinlek Talbot saw the team write yet another chapter in the club’s remarkable history, booking their place in the third round of the competition to set up an away tie against Scottish League Two side Stirling Albion.
 
This latest Cup victory was the icing on the cake for a triumphant Cumbernauld Colts, who have enjoyed a hugely successful 2015. This will go down in history as the year the club took its first step in to the world of senior professional football: being awarded full membership of the Scottish FA and having their senior team admitted to the SLFL (Lowland League) for the 2015/16 campaign.
 
It is a huge achievement, and is made all the more poignant if you consider the incredible journey the club has embarked on since its foundation in 1969, competing solely at youth level, through to present day with more than 500 players competing at all levels of the Scottish game.
 
Arthur Stackpool, 1998s Coach and Club Media Officer, is understandably immensely proud of reaching this milestone. “This was a remarkable achievement considering we hadn’t even thought about this step as recently as February this year" he said. "The current senior squad has only been playing together since July, so from the outset it has always been about establishing ourselves in the League. Everything else has been a bonus! We still have to “pinch” ourselves every time we see our name on Sky Sports or the BBC!”
 
Hardly surprising then, that the senior team have been the recipients of much media attention lately. However, plaudits must also go to the coaches and staff who constantly work to create a solid infrastructure at Cumbernauld to allow for player development. Great strides have been made across the board in 2015. In particular, both children’s training academies are going great guns, with new small sided game sections being created all the time. In fact, focus has already turned to the next intake of youngsters in Easter 2016.
 
The U20's development team, that was established to work in conjunction with the senior squad, have also enjoyed a particular measure of success in recent times. The boys have been competing well against other Lowland League development sides, and have progressed into the last 16 of the Scottish FA Youth Cup.
 
For the next few days however, the spot light will be firmly focussed on the Colts senior team once more. The eagerly anticipated Cup tie against Stirling was scheduled to be played at the Forthbank stadium on Saturday past; however, the abysmal Scottish weather had its say, with the game being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
 
 
Weather permitting, the game has been rescheduled for this evening, with a 19.45 kick off. Stirling Albion have been Tweeting regular updates about the state of the Forthbank  pitch since Saturday and their ground staff have pulled out all the stops to ensure the fixture goes ahead as planned.
 
The rain has done little to dampen players and fans enthusiasm for the big occasion. The romance of the Scottish Cup has prevailed. Arthur Stackpool for one is relishing the challenge, saying, “It will be a huge occasion and will do much to enhance the club’s profile. Auchinleck Talbot provided us with a different challenge to our first round tie against Glasgow University in that we were very much the underdogs. The big crowd provided us with a great atmosphere and coupled with another fine performance made for another memorable day in our history. Our away game to Stirling Albion sees us having to step up yet another level. Being realistic you have got to think it might be a step too far, all things considered. 
 
"That said, it will be 11 vs 11 on the day and I’m sure that if we play to our potential, Stirling Albion will know they have a tough game ahead. We are also unbeaten away from home!”
 
He has a point; form would suggest that Colts should be going in to this tie with a great deal of confidence. They currently sit fifth out of 15 in the Lowland League and remain unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions.
 
Whatever tonight’s outcome, no-one can deny that this has been a truly unforgettable  year for Cumbernauld Colts, and I, for one, can’t wait to read the next chapter of their story.

 
Fixture: West Park United v Rosebank United U13's
Competition: Central League U13
Venue: Turnbull High, Bishopbriggs
Date: Saturday 21st November 2015
 
As West Park United are still waiting to find out their Scottish Youth FA Cup 3rd round opponents, they continued their Central League campaign against local rivals Rosebank United from Kirkintilloch.  Matches between the two teams so far this season have been evenly split with Rosebank winning in the early season League Cup group stages with West Park triumphing away in the league a few weeks ago. A closely fought encounter was expected in their league face-off this time.
 
West Park were quick off the blocks in this game however and took control of the match early with Cameron Dutton putting West Park ahead by slotting home a loose ball in the box before the defenders could react with the game only a few minutes old.
 
Dean Mooney doubled West Park's lead with an exceptional finish over the keeper which clipped the underside of the bar in the process, after he found himself running onto a terrific through ball that sliced open the Rosebank defence like a hot knife through butter. 
 
West Park continued to create chances for themselves with precise passing and supporting off the ball runs and continued to press their opponents, restricting any free space and the defence standing firm to any Rosebank attacks.
 
Cameron added his second from the penalty spot after being fouled,  with Dean then following that by also notching his second with a precise finish off the inside of the far post.
 
The yardstick for attackers was achieved just before half time when Dean achieved his hat-trick from the penalty spot after he was brought down by the last defender from behind as he bore down on goal, with the referee deciding not to punish the defender further by not showing a card.
 
Half Time: West Park 5-0 Rosebank
 
The team talk was straight forward with the coaches praising their 1st half performance and challenging the boys to continue their hard work, keep the ball moving, and take their opportunities as they arose. The boys were resolute to press home their advantage on the day and ran out for the second half in a determined mood.
 
It wasn’t long before West Park extended their lead with skipper Ryan Todd scoring his first after a lung-bursting run from midfield, with a sublime near post finish. Todd then followed this by setting up the next goal with a great square ball from the touchline for Rhys McNamee to tap home from close range.
 
Ryan went on to complete his own hat-trick with another couple of great runs and finishes to further extend West Park’s lead by scoring the 8th and 9th goals of the game.
 
Despite the gulf in score, West Park continued to press home their superiority and continually created chances with some great goalkeeping and poor finishing keeping the score down. The West Park defence were eager to keep a clean sheet and protected their goal with Jack Tweedie winning nearly every high ball all day and Anthony Dolci clearing up any loose balls that made it through. The full backs supported both defence and attack with forays up and down the channels.
 
West Park closed out their scoring with Matthew Archer driving in on goal after collecting another great defence splitting pass from midfield and slotting under the goalkeeper.
 
The only downside on West Park’s dominant performance on the day was losing a goal in the closing stages and allowed Rosebank to score a consolation but this didn’t dampen the spirits of the boys at the final whistle.
 
All in all, it was a professional performance from the West Park team ensuring their league campaign continued strongly and it was exciting to watch the whole team playing with such confidence and strong attacking and defensive play.
 
Full Time:  West Park 9-1 Rosebank
 
 
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 12:13

JBM ooze class as they jump to top spot

Written by

 
Fixture: Jim Baxter Memorial v Campsie Boys Club U16
Competition: Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL U16 B Division
Venue: Broadwood Stadium
Date: Sunday 22nd November 2015
 
This weekend seen the clash of 1st versus 2nd in the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL. Campsie BC travelled to face Jim Baxter Memorial with both teams level on points at the top of the table, Campsie just sitting pretty at the top on goal difference. The importance of a victory for both teams was vital as the psychological edge may play a factor towards nitty gritty end to the campaign.
 
JBM had a debut in the dugout with the addition to their coaching team of Gordon Gray taking his place beside Willie and Rab.
 
The game kicked off and it was clear to see that JBM were up for the game, and had their eyes on all 3 points. In the first minute of the match, JBM attacked on the left hand side and as the ball was played forward by Mitchell to Dalziel, The latter then won a corner on the far side, and the set piece specialist delivered a pin point ball that found McChesney who headed towards goal. The Campsie keeper initially saved the effort, but Hughes has the desire and hunger to get in there and fire the ball into the back of the net to break the deadlock. This settled any nerves the home side may of had, and from that minute to the last the JBM players showed their dominance and stamped their full authority on this game.
 
JBM won the ball straight from the kick off and started to rebuild the play. A long ball found winger Dalziel and as he bared down on goals he left the defenders of Campsie in his wake. However, the only way to stop the man in form was to foul him, and the big Campsie defender lucky not to receive a sanction. Dalziel gave himself a shake, regained his composure and placed the ball down as the keeper set up his wall. People talk about your Messi’s and your Ronaldo free kicks, and this was right up there in terms of quality. Dalziel struck the ball with so much power and accuracy it flew past the despairing dive of the Campsie keeper as it rippled the net to double JBM's lead.
 
JBM didn't give Campsie many chances at all, but the home side were almost dealt a blow as the Campsie number 7 unleashed a fierce shot from fully 30 yards out that smacked the underside of the crossbar and was then cleared to safety.
 
This shook JBM back into life, and they gave themselves some more breathing space just before the break as they scored goal number 3 of the afternoon. Mitchell drove at the Campsie full back, and as he powered into the box, he rolled the ball across to McChesney as he slotted the ball home from 10 yards out.
 
Half Time: Jim Baxter Memorial 3-0 Campsie Boys Club
 
Despite the 3-0 lead, the JBM coaches reminded the players at half time that this match wasn't over yet, so slacking off was not an option. 4 changes at half time for the home side with Malone, Davenport, McSharry and Swan replacing Dalziel, Macrae, Mitchell and Sanderson. Immediately the changes paid dividends for JBM as Malone was fouled in the box, and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. McChesney stepped up and with composure and slotted the ball neatly again past the despairing dive of the Campsie keeper to make it 4-0.
 
Campsie were reduced to 10 men midway through the second half for letting the referee know exactly what he thought of some of his decisions. JBM took full advantage of this and McSharry, who gave the left back of Campsie a torrid time from the minute he came on, delivered an excellent ball into the box which allowed McChesney to easily slot home for his hat-trick, and to give JBM a comfortable 5-0 lead.
 
JBM had this game well in control as they Dalziel added a 6th for the home side when he raced onto a poor clearance from the Campsie defender, and finished well into the bottom corner.
 
The visitors did however manage to grab a consolation goal which was unfortunate for Sanderson in the JBM goal not to get his clean sheet, as he had again proved what a top quality keeper he is with a number of saves in the game. The Campsie number 7 had given JBM a warning in the first half when he smacked the crossbar. This time his effort flew into the top corner. Great strike.
 
Full Time: Jim Baxter Memorial 6-1 Campsie Boys Club
 
A stellar performance from Jim Baxter Memorial who now sit 3 points clear at the top of the table, and deservedly so!