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The youth representatives of Celtic and PSG traded blows in a scintillating match which saw five goals, a missed penalty and 22 of the finest young players in Europe as both teams kicked off their UEFA Youth League campaigns.

Both clubs have heavily benefited from their youth academies in recent years with PSG producing the like of Champions League winner Nicolas Anelka and Celtic seeing Kieran Tierney and Shaun Maloney come through their ranks so this was a fantastic opportunity to see the beginnings of a fantastic career for some of these players, and what better place to showcase your talents than in the UEFA Youth League.

Celtic had the better of the opening exchanges as their electric football, usually spearheaded by Calvin Miller, Ewan Henderson and especially Michael Johnston, who impressed throughout the 90 minutes, ripped apart PSG’s back four. Beautiful link up play by Millerand Johnston didn’t give PSG a moment to compose themselves as they were forced into many clumsy challenges gifting Celtic free-kicks in dangerous areas but the home team failed to make anything of these set piece opportunities with McInroy, Hendry and Hill all chancing their arm but ultimately not having enough dip and swerve to give their team an early lead.

Celtic did put themselves in front on the 12th minutes, though, when Henderson won the ball on the edge of PSG’s box, he then fed the ball to Jack Aitchison whose mazy run to the byline was too much for Moussa Sissako who swiped away Aitchison’s feet giving Celtic a spot-kick opportunity in the process. Sissako was making his UEFA Youth League debut but was thrown in at the deep end as his opposite attacker turned Sissako inside out causing the 16-year-old to bring down the striker. Regan Hendry calmly struck the ball into the bottom right corner to give Celtic the lead, much to Sissako’s disappointment.

Despite taking the lead and controlling the early play, Celtic knew that PSG were not the team to be soft with as they have the potential to turn a game in an instant, so the boys in green charged up the pitch trying to add a second. Calvin Miller once again won the ball high up the pitch and drilled the ball across the box narrowly outwith the reach of the sliding Aitchison.

PSG had been building well in the first half hour with good interplay between Bernede, Moussa Diaby and Alec Georgen but whenever they found themselves in the final third, their attacks seemed to peter out with Meterhan Guclu being transparent in the game thus far. Bernede and Georgen were two bright lights for PSG throughout the match and the experience was there to see as both players had been in the 2016 UEFA Youth League runners up team, Georgen also won the UEFA European Under-17 Championship with France in 2015 and has already appeared for the PSG senior team. The captain is looking like one of the best up and coming fullbacks in Europe.

Georgen had a big hand in PSG’s equaliser as he was played down the right by Diaby where he chipped a ball to the penalty spot for Guclu to direct a beautiful header against the left post and in. The goal really came out of nowhere but this highlighted the quality PSG have even when they seem down.

PSG really got the wind in their sails after the goal which meant that the half-time whistle couldn’t come quick enough for Celtic as they looked to regroup and dominate the opening minutes of the second half.

Sunday, 10 September 2017 22:54

Rovers dump Dees out of Youth Cup

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Yaw Osei’s double knocked Dundee out of the Youth Cup. The Raith striker scored twice in a first half that saw Matty Henvey score Dundee’s goal from the penalty spot.

Dundee were seeing most of the ball in the opening stages, but it was Raith who struck first through Yaw Osei.

A Dundee corner was dealt with by the Raith defence, and when Jack Smith sent a long ball over the top, there was only ever going to be one outcome as Osei raced clear and stabbed the ball into the bottom corner.

Despite their dominance of the ball, Dundee were failing to trouble the Raith backline. A free kick was misjudged by the Dundee defence, allowing Jack Smith a shot at goal. Fortunately for the Dark Blues, his snapshot was straight at Kyle Gourlay.

Cammy Mooney nearly brought Dundee level as his over hit cross was pushed over by the back-peddling Rory Brian. There was nothing the Raith stopper could do five minutes before the break, as Matty Henvey brought Dundee level.

Jordan Piggott went down inside the box, and Henvey blasted the resulting penalty into the bottom left corner.

With the referee ready to blow the half time whistle, Raith went in front again. Osei stood up Piggott, sent him the wrong way with a clever dummy, and placed a low shot across Gourlay into the corner.

Saturday, 09 September 2017 21:21

Baljaffray revel in Scottish Cup upset against St Convals

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Not quite a tale of David and Goliath, however some instinctive finishing and resolute defending provided Baljaffray Utd with a shock 3-2 victory over favourites St Convals YFC.

A game of two halves; PJDYFL Division Three side Baljaffray took a two goal lead in the first half, before St Convals - a Division Two team - clawed their way back into the game to set up extra time where Baljaffray scored the winner to proceed to the second round.

On a gloriously sunny September Saturday, it was a perfect afternoon for the first round of the Scottish Cup. 

Additionally, with both sides winning comfortably on their last outings, it had the makings of a good game of football, and the boys didn’t disappoint.

It was St Convals who carved the first chance of the match, when a corner came in which Robert Caldwell met with a bullet header, but luckily for Baljaffray they had someone on the post to hook clear.

However, a few minutes later, Baljaffray took the early ascendency. Straight from a throw in on the right, the ball found Cameron Dodds inside the Saints box - he took a touch and laid it back to number 15 Robert Morgan, who rifled the ball into the roof of the net to give his side a dream start.

Saints most certainly didn’t panic despite the early setback, although it was evident their boys were growing frustrated as they struggled to get a foothold of the game and retain possession.

They did create another golden opportunity with 20 minutes gone though. Gavin McKay ran down left hand side of the box before turning and cutting the ball back to Rhys Weir whose powerful shot inside the area swerved just wide.

As the half wore on, Baljaffray were awarded a free kick for a silly foul from Saints defender Kyle McKendrick on the right wing. Morgan delivered an enticing cross into the six-yard box for the unmarked Adam Lyall to double the underdog’s lead. 

Poor defending from the St Convals backline and ‘keeper who missed the ball, but take nothing away from the terrific ball from Morgan, who was superb throughout.

The referee signalled for half time shortly after, with the Bearsden side well worth their lead by capitalising on errors made by the home team.

A double from Rhiannon McLeod helped Cumbernauld Colts comeback to send the Colts into the semi final in a very good performance against Pollok United. Pollok's game plan from the start was to soak up the pressure and try to hit them on the counter attack and to some extent it worked but Cumbernauld Colts had too much quality in the end.
You could see from the outset that Colts were right up for this. They were hunting for the ball in packs, pressing high up the pitch to receive the ball and they were giving Pollok very little time on the ball.
The first chance did come from the Colts when Leona Jaap went on a mazy run down the right-hand side but it was well defended. Again, the defence couldn’t handle the pace of Jaap as she ran through the two centre halves again but the keeper saved well from the shot.
The first proper clear cut chance came against the run of play as it went to Pollok. A poor back pass from Teoni Kemmett put Kim McCole through on goal but the keeper was quick off her line to save the shot.
McLeod had her first chance of the game when she hit a long shot and that was spilled by the keeper but she recovered well. The resulting corner came to nothing.
Soon afterwards there was a defensive calamity for Pollok as the ball fell to the feet of Lauren Smith who unluckily hit the post. Another great chance for Colts went begging. And they would live to regret that as Pollok took the lead through McCole after a perfectly timed through ball from Keri-Rose McCracken sent McCole through to chip the ball into the top right and corner to give Pollok the lead against the run of play.
But Colts replied almost straight away through McLeod after a corner was whipped in with pace and it led to a pinball in the box and the ball falling to McLeod in the box and she hit it into the bottom corner on the stroke of half time to put the teams in level.
Monday, 04 September 2017 22:50

Milton Blue smash six past EKYC

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Milton Blue got their Scottish Cup campaign off to a flying start at Ballerup as they eased past EKYC to a 6-0 victory in what was a particularly one-sided match.
Milton were dominant from the start as they created their first chance within the first five minutes as Paul O’Hara crossed the ball in from the left which caused chaos in the EKYC defence as it fell to Blue's forward Andrew Cruse whose effort on goal was blocked.
Milton’s pressure continued throughout the first ten minutes, as EKYC struggled to get out of their own half for much of it. This can be credited to Milton centre back and captain Josh Moore, who fulfilled his role and controlled the defence well throughout the game.
Shortly after, Milton deservedly took the lead as Blues winger Liam Bone bombed down the right wing and played a pinpoint cross to David Scott who converted from close range.
Milton did not take long to extend their lead, as they pounced on EKYC straight from kick off, which lead to Cruse breaking through on goal and slotting past EKYC keeper Francis Byrne.
After 20 minutes Milton looked comfortably in the driving seat, as they continued to put the EKYC defence under pressure. O’Hara posed a constant threat to the EKYC defence, as his effort on goal was cleared off the line by EK defender Scott Nugent. This however did not deter O’Hara as he played an important part in Milton’s third goal, as he put in a cross from an initially cleared corner, which fell to Bone who had an easy tap in.
Sunday, 03 September 2017 22:39

Rangers first half goal-fest stuns Hamilton

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A blistering first 15 minutes seen Rangers stun Hamilton and secure their spot in the next stage of the Scottish Youth Cup.

Both teams were coming into the game with convincing victories in the previous round, Hamilton winning 8-1 and Rangers winning 9-1.

The goals in this game started almost instantaneously with Rangers taking the lead within 3 minutes after Hannah Robinson was able to slip through Reanna Bates who was there to roll the ball into the bottom corner.

However, within 15 minutes, Rangers were 6 goals to the good with Rosie McQuillan putting away 3, Bates adding another goal to her name, however the pick of the goals came in the form of O'Brien's goal when she showed some lovely skill in the middle of the park before rifling home from 25 yards out.

Rangers were showing their goal scoring form that they showed in the last game and on the stroke of half-time after McQuillan completed a mazy run and put it back for Christie, who putt it away to make it 7-0.

A thrilling Scottish Cup first round clash between EK Burgh and Bonnybridge YFC took place at the Jock Stein Centre in Hamilton, with EK running out winners in a 7-6 goal-fest.

With the game level at 5-5 heading into the final 15 minutes, two quick-fire goals from EK put them in control before a late consolation gave BonnyBridge hope at the death.

Hat-tricks for either side through Alex Fish and Ross Buchanan was only part of the story in a ding-dong encounter that looked as though it was getting away from EK for large spells.

Both sides cancelled each other out well in the opening 10 minutes, but it was Bonnybridge that stormed into life in the first half with three quick-fire goals.

Elliot Bullough's deep free-kick was missed by the EK defence, with Neil Mackie waiting at the back post to nod home.

EK were then getting caught out too often through the impressive movement of Buchanan, who constantly got in behind on a number of occasions.

The striker bagged a brace in three minutes as he lashed home a high effort into the net when one-on-one, before cooly sliding another shot past Matthew Todd for 3-0.

EK hit right back. A deep cross from a Luke McNeill free-kick was nodded back across goal by Murray McLoy. Fish was waiting to pounce with a clinical right-footed effort that found the bottom left-hand corner.

The goal brought about a short period of pressure from EK. Fish was working well up front and trying to make moves. He nearly got in between the defence and goalkeeper before sliding at the final moment, whilst Adam Wilson had a header well blocked by Josh Rankin.

Buchanan continued to look menacing on the counter for BonnyBridge despite the EK resurgence. He again got the run on the Burgh defence before lashing wide, with his movement continuing to cause EK all sorts of problems.

Frustratingly for EK, they lost another goal from a free-kick to the back post. This time Danny Noble rose to put Bonnybridge three ahead once again.

Yet EK refused to go in at the break with that deficit, and Fish was alert to latch onto a loose ball, run in and dink a lovely finish over Nathan Cowan to reduce Bonnybridge's lead to two before the break.

It was a warm late-summers morning at Meadowmill which would host a Scottish Cup Quarter-Final between Hibs and Central Girls.
Three goals in the space of five minutes at the start of the second half was enough for Hibs to seal their place in the last four of the Scottish Cup with a win over their opponents from the Forth Valley.
The first chance of the game came for Central with 11 minutes on the clock when Kate Nicholson's free kick from the wide left came off the top of the crossbar and behind for a goal kick.
18 minutes gone, Hibs' Carys Grieve was brought down on the left hand side of the penalty area by a hanging left leg.  Amy Hay's initial effort was saved by Central keeper Rebecca Stevenson, but the loose ball fell into Hay's path who gave Hibs the lead with the rebound.
Caley Gibb would then test Stevenson again a few minutes later with a powerful strike from well outside the area, which was gathered at the second time of asking by the keeper.
Hibs had been trying to play out from the back in the early stages, they were almost caught out by Emma Kennedy's interception, but the striker couldn't beat the goalkeeper from inside the area.
On 31 minutes, the referee awarded a free kick just outside the box to the away side for a handball, although the Hibs clearly felt it was harsh. Elvie Mclean stepped up and brought her side back level as her free kick evaded the wall and goalkeeper, a few minutes before the break.
Wishaw came into the match after a slow start in the league, with a 3-1 defeat to Mossend and 0-0 draw with EKYM. However they would be hoping to build on their cup success from last season, when they reached the semi final of the league cup and regional cup.
Camelon Juniors have had a mixed start to their season, winning one and losing two. 
Wishaw started off much brighter than their Falkirk opponents, as defender Adam McCrae had a header from a corner brilliantly saved by Matthew Gearon in the Camelon goal after only three minutes. Adam Walker also had a good chance for Wishaw to take the lead but his effort when just wide only moments later.
Adam Lynch finally gave the away side the lead after five minutes, as the striker was played through on goal and beat the Camelon goalkeeper to the ball. He had the simply task of then finishing into an empty net to give his team a deserved lead.
Camelon slowly began to come back into the match and won a couple of free kicks but nothing came of them, with the Wishaw defence standing firm. 
Camelon had a great chance to equalise after15 minutes with their first real chance of the game, as Taylor Platt couldn't finish from only six yards out as Liam Sneddon made a fantastic block to deny him. Camelon Juniors were  however growing back into the game.
The Falkirk side continued to put the pressure on the away side, and their good work eventually paid off after 25 minutes as they scored a deserved equaliser. Lewis Newlands done brilliantly as he was played through on the left side of the goal, as he dragged the ball back to beat the onrushing defender Lee Duff. He was then able to pick his spot and beat Ross Davie in goal.
Wishaw just couldn't get a foothold in the game, with the home team winning the majority of the second balls and winning corners regularly. The pressure would tell as they went in front only ten minutes after equalising.
Newlands got his second goal of the game and this was arguably better than his first, after finding a huge amount of space on the left side again. He kept his cool to finish smartly past the goalkeeper with only ten minutes of the first half remaining.
Camelon looked dangerous and the most likely to score again, as they went into half time with a deserved lead. 
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 21:16

Lambert seals derby win for Dees

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Jack Lambert's sixth minute goal secured a Dundee victory over Dundee United. The midfielder’s goal ensured it was the Dees who had the bragging rights at the end of a hotly contested derby match.

Randy Wolters started for Dundee alongside two young trialists, and the Dutchman played a key role in the opening goal.

His cut back was met by Matty Henvey, who saw his shot saved by Josh Donaldson. The ball fell for Jack Lambert, who fired the ball past Donaldson from close range.

Dundee were bossing the game in the opening stages, and saw Jesse Curran and Wolters both passed up good opportunities.

United had offered little in an attacking sense, but were doing well to disrupt Dundee’s rhythm. Both sets of players were flying into tackles, which often disrupted the flow of the game.

Lambert sent Ian Smith in behind the United backline, but his effort curled harmlessly past the post, before Curran sliced a shot wide following a surging run from right back.

With half time approaching, United were nearly gifted an equaliser. Declan Glass stole the ball from Calum Ferrie, but the Dundee keeper managed to smother the ball without fouling the United forward.

Lewis Spence joined Jordan Piggott and Glass in the referee’s notebook when he flew in to a crunching tackle on Harvey Dailly. The Dundee man was lucky to escape with just a yellow card.

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