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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:47

Scottish FA Youth Cup 2017/18 - Round 3 draw

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The draw has been made for the third round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup - presenting a number of intriguing ties.
 
Holders Celtic visit Alloa. Three non league sides have been matched with top tier opposition - Edusport Academy take on Aberdeen, Burntisland Shipyard visit Motherwell and Fraserburgh head to Ross County. The remaining Highland and Lowland League sides all take on SPFL Development League East and West sides, meaning there is no guaranteed non-league representation in round four, but eight opportunities for upsets. In their first season not participating in the SPFL Development League, Rangers will be up against local rivals Partick Thistle.
 
Ties will be played by October 29th. The full draw is as follows:
 
Alloa Athletic v Celtic FC
Dunfermline Athletic v St Mirren
Edusport Academy v Aberdeen FC
Greenock Morton v Turriff United
Hamilton Accies v Falkirk FC
Heart of Midlothian v Ayr United
Hibernian FC v East Kilbride FC
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Stirling University
Inverurie Loco Works v Raith Rovers
Motherwell FC v Burntisland Shipyard
Queen of the South v Stranraer FC
Rangers FC v Partick Thistle
Ross County v Fraserburgh FC
Spartans FC v Kilmarnock FC
Stirling Albion v Cumbernauld Colts
St Johnstone v Dundee United
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 08:32

SFA Youth Cup 2017/18 - Round Two Results

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North Section
Turriff United v Lossiemouth (Sun 8th Oct)
Deveronvale FC 0-12 Ross County
Inverurie Loco Works 3-0 Montrose FC
Forfar Athletic 1-3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (AET)
Fraserburgh FC 3-0 Clachnacuddin
 
Central Section
Albion Rovers v Alloa Athletic (TBC)
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 0-4 Stirling Albion
Whitehill Welfare 0-4 East Kilbride
Edusport Academy 1-0 BSC Glasgow
Burntisland Shipyard 3-2 Livingston FC
Hamilton Academical 4-2 Queen's Park (AET)
Tynecastle FC 1-4 Cumbernauld Colts
Berwick Rangers 1-2 University of Stirling
St Mirren 4-0 Heriot Watt University
Edinburgh City 0-1 Raith Rovers
 
Southern Section
Stranraer FC 2-0 Selkirk FC
Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:38

SWF Youth Cup 2017 - Semi final results

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Results roundup

On Sunday 24th September, the SWF Scottish Youth Cup semi finals came to Ainslie Park, the home of Spartans FC. Six matches provided an incredible 35 goals in a day of football to remember. The results were as follows (full coveage to follow):
 
13's 
 
Cumbernauld Colts Yellow 0-7 Glasgow Girls
Report | Photos | Video

Motherwell FC Claret 6-3 Bayside Blacks
Report | Photos | Video
 
15's
 
Rangers FC 2-4 Hearts Girls (AET)
Report | Photos | Video

Celtic FC 2-5 Hibernian FC (AET)
Report | Photos | Video
 
17's 
 
Celtic FC 2-0 Central Girls FA
Report | Photos | Video

Glasgow City 3-1 Forfar Farmington
Report | Photos | Video

The Finals
The finals will take place on Sunday 12th November and for the first time, will be held at the indoor arena at Oriam. Three fascinating ties await, with the 13's set to provide a first time winner, an Edinburgh derby and a battle between two familiar foes. The ties are as follows:
 
13's: Glasgow Girls v Bayside Blacks
15's: Hibernian Fc v Hearts Girls
17's: Celtic FC v Glasgow City

Semi Final Match DVDs
All semi-final matches are available on DVD. They can be purchased at an early bird rate until Thursday 28th September by clicking here.
 
Thursday, 07 September 2017 15:17

SWF Youth Cup Semi Final Draw 2017

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Today at Stirling Castle, the draw was made for the final four stage of the girls' Scottish Cup, with eleven different clubs across three age groups in the hat. It was also confirmed that all ties are to be played on Sunday 24th September at Spartans Academy, Edinburgh.
 
The draw is as follows:
 
13s
Cumbernauld Colts Yellows v Glasgow Girls 12s
Motherwell Claret v Bayide Blacks 
 
15s
Rangers FC v Hearts Girls
Celtic FC v Hibernian Girls
 
17s
Glasgow City v Forfar Farmington
Celtic FC v Central Girls FA
 
To watch the draw in full on video, click here.
Monday, 04 September 2017 12:10

SWF Youth Cup 2017 - Quarter Final Results

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The girls Scottish Cup quarter finals took place over the weekend of 2nd & 3rd September. All twelve ties were settled, with no less than eleven different clubs now represented in the semi-finals across the age groups. The results were as follows:
 
13s
Pollok United 1-3 Cumbernauld Colts Yellow
Glasgow Girls 12s 4-1 Hearts Maroons | Photos
Motherwell Claret 3-2 Central Girls 12s
Bayside Blacks 1-0 Bedlay CFC
 
15s
Celtic FC 5-0 Rutherglen Girls
Hamilton Accies 2-7 Rangers FC | Report
Aberdeen FCL 0-1 Hearts (AET)
Hibernian 4-1 Central Girls FA | Report
 
17s
Central Girls 9-1 Montrose Youth
Glasgow City - Glasgow Girls (Glasgow City walkover)
Hamilton Accies 1-4 Celtic FC | Photos
Forfar Farmington 2-2 Rangers FC (Forfar win 5-4 on pens)
 
The draw for the semi finals will take place on Thursday 7th September.
Thursday, 17 August 2017 08:57

Scottish FA Youth Cup 2017/18 - Round 1 & 2 draw

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The draw has been made for this season's Scottish FA Youth Cup early rounds. A number of Lowland League and Highland League sides have been given the opportunity to knock out SPFL opposition. The full draw is as follows:
 
North Section
 
First Round:
Inverurie Loco Works v Nairn County
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Banks O’ Dee
Deveronvale v Formartine United
Lossiemouth v Keith
Ross County v Elgin City
Byes: Montrose, Clachnacuddin, Forfar Athletic, Fraserburgh, Turriff United.
 
Second Round:
Turriff United v Lossiemouth or Keith
Deveronvale or Formartine United v Ross County or Elgin City
Inverurie Loco Works or Nairn County v Montrose
Forfar Athletic v Inverness Caledonian Thistle or Banks O’ Dee
Fraserburgh v Clachnacuddin
 
Central Section
 
First Round:
Albion Rovers v Clyde
Cowdenbeath v Whitehill Welfare
Dundee v Raith Rovers
East Kilbride v Airdrieonians
Byes: St. Mirren, Burntisland Shipyard, Alloa Athletic, Hamilton Academical, Queen’s Park, Heriot Watt University, Tynecastle, Livingston, BSC Glasgow, Edusport Academy, Berwick Rangers, Stirling Albion, University of Stirling, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, Edinburgh City, Cumbernauld Colts.
 
Second Round:
Albion Rovers or Clyde v Alloa Athletic
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale v Stirling Albion
Cowdenbeath or Whitehill Welfare v East Kilbride or Airdrieonians
Edusport Academy v BSC Glasgow
Burntisland Shipyard v Livingston
Hamilton Academical v Queen’s Park
Tynecastle v Cumbernauld Colts
Berwick Rangers v University of Stirling
St. Mirren v Heriot Watt University
Edinburgh City v Dundee or Raith Rovers
 
Southern Section
 
First Round:
Stranraer v Mid-Annandale, Bonnyton Thistle v Selkirk.
 
Second Round:
Stranraer or Mid-Annandale v Bonnyton Thistle or Selkirk
 
All First Round ties to be played on or before Sunday, 3 September. All Second Round ties to be played on or before Sunday, 1 October.
 
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 22:38

SPFL Development League 2017-18 Preview

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The 2017–18 SPFL Development League season kicks off in earnest exactly four short weeks from now and here at YFS we’re taking a look at the season ahead. We’ll round up the latest news, cast our eyes over the recently released fixture list and highlight the most enticing match-ups, and provide insight on some of the most exciting up-and-coming stars to watch this season. You can also check out our preview of the Irn Bru Cup draw, featuring Scottish Premiership ‘colt’ teams, here: http://www.youthfootballscotland.co.uk/component/k2/item/19680-irn-bru-cup-2017-18-preview.html
 
The shape of the league will be different to last year, as three clubs made the controversial decision to quit the Under 20s set-up. Rangers were the first high-profile side to do so and will instead embark on a year-long programme playing against teams from south of the border and across Europe. Inverness Caledonian Thistle also left the league along with Dunfermline Athletic. Rangers finished sixth last season, whilst Caley were second-bottom and Dunfermline placed tenth.
 
Inverness Caley’s Highland rivals – and last year’s champions – Ross County, will open the season with a trip across the A96 to play Aberdeen in what also looks look the most interesting encounter of the opening round of fixtures. County won both ties between the sides last year but key players from the league-winning side, including top scorer Greg Morrison, have stepped up to the first team.
 
Hamilton Accies, runners up last season, face St Johnstone while third-placed Celtic, who finished with the best goal difference in the league in 2016-17, travel to Falkirk.
 
The second round of fixtures plays host to two big city derbies, the first Edinburgh derby of the season, and the Dundee derby. Hibs, who’ll be without the league’s top scorer last year in Oli Shaw who moves up to the senior team, welcome city rivals Hearts and the Dundee sides lock horns with United taking up the away dressing room first. The return fixtures are February 13 for the Dundee derby and March 27 for the Edinburgh derby.
 
Accies and Motherwell were the highest and third-highest scoring teams in the Development League last season, and the Lanarkshire sides’ first meeting is on October 3 at Motherwell, with the return match played on the penultimate week of scheduled fixtures.
 
SPFL Development League opening fixtures, to be played Tuesday August 22, 2017:
 
Aberdeen v Ross County
Dundee United v Motherwell
Falkirk v Celtic
Hamilton Accies v St Johnstone
Hearts v Dundee
Kilmarnock v Hibernian
Partick Thistle v St Mirren
 
But that’s enough about the teams themselves and we’ll now turn our attention to the players. The Development League’s modus operandi is to promote players to the first team, so who will be the ones to watch this season? 
 
Ieuan Williams of the Dunfermline Press believes it’s too soon for Ross County duo Ross MacIver and Davis Keillor-Dunn to break into the first team just now, but that should not be taken as a slight on the pair. “Another season in development under Stuart Kettlewell's guidance can only aid their cause if they manage to break into the senior squad. Both are comfortable with the ball at their feet and beating their man, and while Keillor-Dunn is a more natural winger, MacIver is versatile, adept at playing on the flanks or through the middle when required.”
 
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Kieran Green has taken charge of many Academy matches during his time as an SFA-licensed referee, and thinks highly of two attacking midfielders, Dundee United’s Declan Glass (photo, right) and Harry Cochrane of  Hearts. On the former, he said: “He’s a player I have refereed in school games and a couple of Club Academy games also. Technically gifted with the ball at his feet, and a player with a tremendous attitude and personality on the pitch. He will go far in the game.” Speaking about Cochrane, he said: “His playing style is a true number 10, in the hole. He’s very physically mature for his age.” 
 
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Ronnie Charters, sports reporter with Radio Clyde, reckons Ronan Hughes of Hamilton Accies and Celtic’s Michael Johnston are must-watch talents. 
“The Accies have a reputation for producing top young talent, none more so than the two James’s - McArthur and McCarthy - in the last decade. Ronan Hughes is the latest teenage prospect exciting the coaching staff at New Douglas Park. Martin Canning has high hopes for the gifted playmaker who’s came right through the ranks from the Accies’ Under 11 side but is keen to see him continue his development at Under 20 level.
“When you think of a Johnstone playing on the wing for Celtic, many will think of Jinky. But Celtic could have a new lord of the wing. Michael Johnston is fast becoming one of the hottest talents in Britain and recent performances saw him linked with Premier League Champions Chelsea. Johnston put in an impressive performance to help the Hoops' Under 20s secure a Scottish Youth Cup triumph over arch rivals Rangers last month.”
Callum Scott of the Burst Baw Scottish Football Podcast has high hopes for Kilmarnock FC starlet Innes Cameron. He said: "The striker has already been dubbed as the next big thing to come out of the Killie youth academy by manager Lee McCulloch, and it comes as no real surprise. The teenager was one of the many bright sparks to shine for Scot Gemmill’s Under 17s at this year’s European Championships in Croatia, bagging a vital goal against the Faroe Islands. The frontman was also subject to an approach from English Championship club Derby in the summer, the fee believed to be £200,000, but Kilmarnock were able to hold onto their youth prodigy, and Rugby Park is the best place for Cameron to be at this stage in his career."
 
And a final thought from me on Celtic’s Jack Aitchison. Aitchison is a name known to more than just Celtic fans, thanks to the fact the 17-year-old has already made the first team appearances in the league for the Hoops and has an impressive record at international level with Scotland. But it’s only this season where he’ll officially make the step up from Under 17 to Under 20 football, but there’s nothing standing in the way of the forward firing his way to the top of the scoring charts - and into Brendan Rodgers' thoughts once again.

 
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 21:39

Irn Bru Cup 2017-18 Preview

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The draw for the Irn Bru Cup first round has been confirmed, with the Scottish Premiership colt teams returning for their second year in the competition and here at YFS we’re taking a look at the competition in greater depth, casting our eye over the exciting fixtures from the opening round.
 
The new format for the tournament was introduced last season, with the winners of the first round also being joined in the second by clubs from Wales, Northern and the Republic of Ireland, whose sides are making their debut in the competition this season.
 
The eye-catching tie of the round is an all-colt clash between Aberdeen and St Johnstone, who suffered second and first-round exists last year respectively.
Celtic will look to impress once again as they start off with an away match against Annan Athletic, whilst Old Firm rivals Rangers face a tough challenge away to Championship side Dumbarton.
 
Elsewhere - Motherwell, Hamilton, Partick Thistle, and Kilmarnock have all bagged home ties in the opening round in the South section of the draw, with Aberdeen, Dundee, Ross County and Hibernian likewise in the northern section. 
 
However, Hearts face a trip to Formartine United – their third consecutive away game in Irn Bru cup games having yet to draw a home tie.
 
The introduction of colt teams was widely praised over the past year, with Celtic going the furthest as they reached the third round only to be put out in a 5-1 defeat to Livingston.
 
It was generally a tournament to forget for many colt teams last season however, with Ross County, Inverness, Dundee, and Kilmarnock failing to get past the opening stage. The rest of the Premiership clubs, besides Celtic, fell in the second round.
 
Whilst many of the colt sides will be looking to improve on last season, Dundee United will be looking to mount a successful title defence after the playoff defeat left them out of the Premiership for another year.
 
Linfield and Crusaders will join from Northern Ireland this season, whilst Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers will enter from the Republic of Ireland. The New Saints will make their return to the competition from Wales after reaching the semi-final in an impressive showing last campaign, and they’ll be joined by Connah’s Quay Nomads.
 
All ties are set to take place on August 15/16.
 
North Section
 
Tuesday August 15
 
Aberdeen Colts v St Johnstone Colts 
Buckie Thistle v Brechin City 
Dundee United v Cowdenbeath 
Dunfermline Athletic v Arbroath 
East Fife v Peterhead 
Formartine United v Heart of Midlothian Colts 
Hibernian Colts v Elgin City 
Raith Rovers v Brora Rangers 
Ross County Colts v Forfar Athletic 
Stenhousemuir v Cove Rangers 
Stirling Albion v Montrose 
 
Wednesday August 16
 
Dundee Colts v Alloa Athletic 
 
South Section
 
Tuesday August 15
 
Albion Rovers v Spartans 
Clyde v Stranraer 
Hamilton Academical Colts v Edinburgh City 
Kilmarnock Colts v Berwick Rangers 
Morton v Livingston 
Partick Thistle Colts v Stirling University 
Queen of the South v Airdrieonians 
St Mirren v East Kilbride 
 
Wednesday August 16
 
Annan Athletic v Celtic Colts 
 
The East of Scotland FA/Scottish Lowland Football League Under 20 setup is bracing itself for its biggest season yet, after a summer expansion. Joining the setup for the first time are Mid Annandale, Bonnyton Thistle and Burntisland Shipyard. Mid Annandale are an established South of Scotland League team at senior level, whereas Bonnyton are due to make their bow this year in the same competition. Burntisland Shipyard's first team play in the East of Scotland League. All three clubs have been strong performers in the SYFA ranks in recent years, with Mid Annandale sweeping the board in the D&GYFDA Under 17 age group, Bonnyton racking up a number of Scottish Cup successes and Burntisland excelling in the AFYFC.
 
Also returning this year after an absence is Selkirk, whereas last year's champions East Kilbride make the exciting upwards move to the SPFL Development League West. The draw for the Knockout Cup has been made, and is as follows:
 
First Round
 
Preston Athletic v Spartans
Edinburgh University v Mid Annandale
​BSC Glasgow v Selkirk
Edusport Academy v Cumbernauld Colts
Lothian Thistle HV v Bonnyton Thistle
Whitehill Welfare v Heriot Watt University
Edinburgh City v Tynecastle
Burntisland Shipyard v Stirling University
 
​Quarter Finals
 
Whitehill Welfare or Heriot Watt University v BSC Glasgow or Selkirk
Edinburgh University or Mid Annandale v Lothian Thistle HV or Bonnyton Thistle
Preston Athletic or Spartans v Burntisland Shipyard or Stirling University
Edinburgh City or Tynecastle v Edusport Academy or Cumbernauld Colts
 
​Semi Finals
 
Preston Athletic or Spartans or Burntisland Shipyard or Stirling University v Whitehill Welfare or Heriot Watt University or BSC Glasgow or Selkirk
Edinburgh City or Tynecastle or Edusport Academy or Cumbernauld Colts v Edinburgh University or Mid Annandale or Lothian Thistle HV or Bonnyton Thistle
Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:25

SWF Youth Cup 1/4 Final Draw 2017 - 17s

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The draw for the SWF 17s Youth Cup 1/4 Final is as follows:
 
Central Girls v Montrose Youth
Glasgow City v Glasgow Girls
Hamilton Accies v Celtic 17s
Forfar Farmington v Rangers FC
 
All ties will be played on, or before, Sunday 3rd September 2017.
 
To watch the draw as it took place Click here.
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