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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:01

Glasgow University clinch the BUCS 2A League

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With many of the leagues in the British Universities & Colleges Sport Tournament (BUSC) being won. We caught up with the winners of the 2A league, Glasgow University.
 
The teamwork and calm under pressure were a huge part of the team’s success. Ben Fulton, the goalkeeper said “Team ethic to never give up highlighted with late goals against Aberdeen and St Andrews, plus desire and resilience against Aberdeen at home allowed us to clinch this league.” Glasgow played Aberdeen away from home and were 2-1 down with ten minutes left until full time. They were able to score 2 goals before the final whistle blew in order to claw back a 3-2 victory that was vital in keeping them in the title race.
 
Although the game takes a physical toll over the players, the biggest challenge for Glasgow was staying mentally strong during the closing games of the league. Ben commented “The last 3 games were the most intense, knowing what we had to do to win the league was a lot of pressure. The mentality to stay strong and ensure we done our jobs to guarantee our success was our biggest challenge. Being able to come back from close games and being able to hold against Aberdeen at home with ten men showed us that we were capable of going all the way.”
 
Glasgow haven’t always had the success they had this season, last season they finished 3rd in the same league. They were able to drive themselves to do better and used last year’s 3rd place finish as motivation to do better. Ben said “Togetherness of the squad and fighting as a team in order to win no matter what, in several matches we were just able to pull out the points we needed”
 
It isn’t all work and no play for Glasgow, Ben commented “My favourite moment of the season had to be Eamon Nugent Double’s sublime knee slide celebration after scoring the 3-2 winner away to Aberdeen.” They team spirit must have been a huge factor in contributing to this win.
 
With their promotion into the 1A Division, Ben is happy to be back on top. “After a few seasons of narrowly missing out on promotion, the boys are excited to be back in the 1A.”
 
Maybe Glasgow will strike gold in the 1A division and find themselves at the top of that league next season. 
 
 
 
Under 13s
Portobello CFA 4-5 Syngenta Juveniles FC
St Peters FC v Larkhall Thistle AFC Blue (26/03/17)
 
Under 14s
Banks O'Dee Albion 3-1 Drumsagard FAC
Leith Athletic FC p-p Barrhead YFC (New date: 26/03/17)
 
Under 15s
Glenvale AFC 3-0 Blantyre SA Black
Jimmy Johnstone Academy v Spartans FC Youth (26/03/17)
 
Under 16s
Rangers SABC v Lewis United Youth (26/03/17)
Portobello CFA v Tynecastle FC (26/03/17)
 
Under 17s
Harmony Row YC 1-2 Syngenta Juveniles
Giffnock SC Thistle v Banks O'Dee Albion (26/03/17)
 
Under 19s
Hillwood BC 1-2 Airdrie United
Beith Juniors FC v Clydebank FC (02/04/17)
 
Under 21s
Barrhead YFC v Antonine FC (02/04/17)
Rutherglen Glencairn JFC v Tower Hearts FC (09/04/17)
Thursday, 16 March 2017 09:29

SSS College Cup - quarter final draw 2016/17

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The draw is now complete for the quarter finals of the Scottish Student Sport College Cup, following UHI's exciting last 16 victory over NESCOL. The draw is as follows:
 
Glasgow Kelvin College v New College Lanarkshire
City of Glasgow College v Ayrshire College
Dundee & Angus College v West Lothian College
Edinburgh College v University of Highlands & Islands
 
Ties will be played on Wednesday 22nd/29th March. This is followed by semi finals taking place on Wednesday 19th/26th April and the final on 3rd May at Oriam.
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 14:04

Preparations underway ahead of Centenary Shield

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Preparations for this year’s edition of the Centenary Shield are well underway for the Scotland Schoolboys Under 18s ahead of the tournament kicking off next month.

The yearly competition, which takes place between 3rd March and 6th April, is currently held by last year’s winners England. They have had the final say in much of the recent tournaments, winning four of the last six Centenary Shields, with the exceptions being Ireland in 2015 and Northern Ireland in 2013.

Set up in 1973 by the Scottish FA to commemorate their centenary year, the competition was last won outright by the Scots in 2000, whilst they also become joint winners with Northern Ireland in 2011. Scotland have also won the competition on three previous occasions prior to 2000.

Scotland have so far played a series of friendlies in the last few months to get up to speed and gel as a side, the first of them coming against Alloa back in December at Toryglen, in a tight affair which finished 1-1.

Soon after, early February rolled around and Scotland faced Australia in their first international friendly, at New Western Park. This friendly was considerably more exciting than the last, as the two sides played out a 3-3 thriller in Renfrew. Scotland’s goals that day came courtesy of Luc Bollan and Ciaran Dunne, who scored the second of his double with a penalty, deep into injury-time.

Later in the month Scotland played their penultimate friendly before kicking the tournament off against England on the 5th March, as they ran out convincing winners in a 5-0 demolition of Sporting Futures USA. In their first win since playing together, Scotland had four different goalscorers on the day, with Dunne, Sweeney, Ballantyne and Brown contributing to the healthy and much-needed win.

With a final friendly to follow on 21st February against Stirling University, Scotland will be full of confidence heading into their opening game of the tournament at Cappielowe, as they seek to beat ‘The Auld Enemy’ for the first time since 2011; on that occasion, they ran out 1-0 winners in Inverness.

After the opening contest against England, Scotland then travel to Bala on 17th March to face a Welsh side who they have toppled in two of their last three meetings, winning 5-1 and 2-1 respectively. However, the Welsh won the last meeting of the two, last year in Inverurie, running out victors by the solitary goal.

Scotland wrap up the tournament with ties against Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, travelling to Belfast on the 31st of March, before hosting the latter in Stirling a week later, the final match of the tournament.

The vast majority of Scotland’s side all hail from different schools from across Scotland, varying from Dundee to Glasgow and Stranraer to Dunblane. Stewart Melville’s College in Edinburgh is the one of the only places to boast two players, those being Cieran Dunne and Nathan Brown, both goalscorers in recent friendlies. The other school which contains more than one player is Graeme High School in Falkirk, where Ross Connelly and Kyle Banner both attend.  

Kieran Sweeney is undoubtedly one of the main goal threats for the Scots. The striker, who attends St.Kentigern's Academy in Blackburn, has found the back of the net on three occasions thus far for his side in friendlies, with a brace against Sporting Futures USA to add to his equaliser against Alloa at the back end of last year.

Cieran Dunne is also tied with Sweeney for most goals in friendlies up until now. The Stewart Melville’s College student bagged a double against Australia at the start of the month, as well as opening the scoring in the rout against Sports Futures a few weeks later.

Scotland may head into the competition as underdogs, but if they display some of the quality already shown in recently friendlies then they may stand a chance of breaking their drought.

The Scotland squad for the 2017 Centenary Shield is as follows:

Cameron Ballantyne (The Glasgow Academy)
Kyle Banner (Graeme HS, Falkirk) 
Luc Bollan (Monifieth HS)
Adam Brown (Grove Academy, Dundee)
Nathan Brown (Stewart Melville’s College, Edinburgh)
Robbie Bruce (Buckie HS)
Jamie Chapman (Edinburgh College)
Ross Donnelly (Graeme HS)
Cieran Dunne (Stewart Melville’s College)
Ronan Fallens (St. Modans HS, Stirling)
Declan Glass (Ross HS, Tranent)
Josh Kelly (Trinity HS, Rutherglen)
Adam Kirkwood (Stranraer Academy)
Calvin McGrory (Eastwood HS, Newton Mearns)
Euan O’Reilly ( C.S. Auchterarder)
Matthew Reilly (St. Ninian’s HS, Giffnock)
George Stanger (Dublane HS)
Kieran Sweeney (St. Kentigurn’s Academy, Blackburn)

 

Monday, 13 February 2017 17:13

SYFA Cup 2016/17 - U21 Semi Final Draw

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The draw for the Semi-Finals of the U21 Scottish Youth FA Cup is as follows:
 
Barrhead YFC v Antonine FC
Rutherglen Glencairn JFC v Johnstone Burgh BC/Tower Hearts FC
 
These ties will take place on a Sunday during March.
Monday, 13 February 2017 17:10

SYFA Cup 2016/17 - U19 Semi Final Draw

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The draw for the Semi-Finals of the U19 Scottish Youth FA Cup is as follows:
 
Hillwood BC v Airdrie United
Beith Juniors FC v Clydebank FC
 
These ties will take place on a Sunday during March.
Monday, 13 February 2017 16:48

SYFA Cup 2016/17 - U17 Semi Final Draw

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The draw for the Semi-Finals of the U17 Scottish Youth FA Cup is as follows:
 
Harmony Row YC v Syngenta Juveniles
Giffnock SC Thistle v Banks O'Dee Albion
 
These ties will take place on a Sunday during March.
Monday, 13 February 2017 16:47

SYFA Cup 2016/17 - U16 Semi Final Draw

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The draw for the Semi-Finals of the U16 Scottish Youth FA Cup is as follows
 
Rangers SABC v Lewis United Youth
Portobello CFA v Tynecastle FC
 
These ties will take place on a Sunday during March.
Monday, 13 February 2017 16:46

SYFA Cup 2016/17 - U15 Semi Final Draw

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The draw for the Semi-Finals of the U15 Scottish Youth FA Cup is as follows:
 
Glenvale AFC v Blantyre SA Black
Jimmy Johnstone Academy v Tynecastle FC/Spartans FC Youth
 
These ties will take place on a Sunday during March.
Monday, 13 February 2017 16:45

SYFA Cup 2016/17 - U14 Semi Final Draw

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The draw for the Semi-Finals of the U14 Scottish Youth FA Cup is as follows:
 
Banks O'Dee Albion v Drumsagard FAC
Leith Athletic FC v Barrhead YFC
 
These ties will take place on a Sunday during March.
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