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(above picture Clydebank FC - 2016/17 semi-final)
 
The Scottish Youth Cup draw for the U19s quarter final was made today at Hampden Park. All eyes will be on whether champions Clydebank FC will be able to make it into round 6. They will face an away tie at either Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers or Giffnock SC Lazio but will need to get past Abernethy first.
 
Syngenta Juveniles vs Glenrothes Strollers
Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers/Giffnock SC Lazio vs Clydebank FC/Abernathy YFC
Hermes Youth/St Andrews BC vs Annbank Utd/Airdrie Utd
St Cadocs Youth Club Utd vs Jerviston FC/East Kilbride FC Gold
 
The ties will be played on the 27/28th January.
 
(above picture Hurlford BC)
 
 
The Scottish Youth Cup draw for the U17s quarter final was made today at Hampden Park. The tie of the round surely has to be the local derby between Jerviston and Mossend. The two rivls will surely relish the opportunity to face each other in the cup, something which will surely make for an entertaining tie.
 
 
Drumsagard Football Academy Club vs Edinburgh City Whites
Hurlford BC/Kirkfield United vs Westdyke Community Club/ Banks o'Dee Albion
Jerviston FC vs Mossend FC
Hutchison Vale vs Hill of Beath Hawthorn/East Kilbride FC Blue
 
 
The ties will be played on the 27/28th January
 

 
 
(above picture St. Andrews BC vs Prestwick CFC - round 5)
 
 
The Scottish Youth Cup draw for the U16s quarter final was made today at Hampden Park. The eye-catching match here will likely be the East vs West match between Glenvale and Tynecastle. The fact that these two sides rarely meet will definitely make for and unpredictable and exciting match.
 
 
St Andrews BC vs Harmony Row Youth Club
Spartans FC Youth vs Bathgate Thistle/Airdrieonians FCBC
Glenvale AFC vs Tynecastle FC
Hillwood BC vs Mill United

 
The ties will be played on the 27/28th January
 
 
 
(above picture Kennoway United - round 3)
 
 
The Scottish Youth Cup draw for the U15s quarter final was made today at Hampden Park. The potential of an Edinburgh derby between Tynecastle and Musselburgh Windsor will excite many. Derbies are always entertaining fixtures and teh added incentive of a semi-final spot should make for a wonderful game.
 
 
Pitfour FC/Barrhead vs Falkirk FC Blue/Spartans FC Youth Reds
Tynecastle FC vs Musselburgh Windsor/ Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Whites
Kennoway United vs Johnstone Burgh FC
Celtic BC/North Motherwell BC vs Bellfield Royals/Longniddry Villa
 
 
 
The ties will be played on the 27/28th January
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:24

Scottish Youth FA Cup - U14 R6 draw 2017/18

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(above picture Spartans Youth - round 3)
 
The Scottish Youth Cup draw for the U14s round of 16 was made today at Hampden Park. There are still plenty of ties to play but the prospect of a Cumbernauld derby between Cumbernauld Colts and Carbrain will definitely be one to keep an eye out for. It won't be easy though as the Colts still need to get past West End FC.
 
Giffnock North BC Utd vs Jerviston FC/Drumsagard FAC
Giffnock SC Red/Southside Star vs Spartans Youth FC
Westdyke Community Club vs Crosshouse BC/Mill United
Maddiston Minis/Musselburgh Windsor Blue vs Drumchapel Amateurs
West End FC/Cumbernauld Colts vs Carbrain BC
Palace Park Unity vs Musselburgh Windsor FC
Dean Thistle/Rossvale FC Inter vs Formartine Utd Youth/Bellshill BC
St Andrews BC vs Spartans FC Youth White/Hutchison Vale Colts
 
The ties will be played on the 27/28th January
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:33

Scottish Youth FA Cup - U13 R6 draw 2017/18

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(above picture of Kirkfield United vs Carbrain Boys Club - round 3)
 
The Scottish Youth FA Cup draw for the U13s round of 16 was made today at Hampden Park. Due to the number of postponements, many teams will have to wait to find out their opposition. However, there is the prospect of a a derby in the quarter finals with Banks O'Dee Albion and Cove Boys Club on potential collision course. The full draw is as follows:
 
Banks O’Dee Albion/Heston Rovers vs Cove Boys Club/Erskine YFC
Dyce Boys Club/Ellon Meadows vs Johnstone Burgh FC
Hutchison Vale/Stenhousmuir Boys Club vs Eddlewood Boys Club
Kirkfield United/Falkirk Football Community Academy vs Bargeddie Colts Whites
Grassroots Development Coaching vs Lasswade Thistle Reds/Oban Saints
Glenbrae Colts vs Bathgate Thistle Whites/Celtic Boys Club
Deveronvale YFC vs Ferry Athletic/Fairmuir BC
Lenzie Youth Club/Kerse United vs Edinburgh City/Hamilton Accies Community Trust
 
The ties will be played on the 27/28th January 2018.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:51

Future is bright at Hearts as young stars shine

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It has been a rather uninspiring campaign for Hearts so far this season. The Jambos have been lacklustre and are definitely lower down the table than they would have liked, but if there is one positive that they can take from the season so far it is that the future is most certainly bright at Tynecastle.
 
Last night a Hearts team consisting of three teenagers, two of which were 16-years-old, took on a Dundee side that had recently chalked up impresive victories over Rangers and Ross County and beat them comfortably.
 
The star of the show without a doubt was debutant Anthony McDonald, who picked up two assists and the man of the match award in what will certainly be one of his most memorable matches to date.
 
The other two involved, 19-year-old Jordan Moore and 16-year-old Harry Cochrane also looked assured and confident, something not commonly found in players so young, and it has been a great source of joy for Hearts boss Craig Levein.
 
“The kids are good players, but I am surprised Anthony and Harry are involved at such a young age, Lewis too." said the Jambos coach.

“I believe in these boys and so do the rest of the first team. They train with the first team every day, so it’s not as though they have been parachuted in from nowhere.

“The boys have been training with us from last summer, and the senior players know and trust them.

“They have surprised me a bit in the sense that they are playing at this age. I didn’t expect them to befirst-team players. It was a good night for them and the rest of the team.”

Sometimes it can be seen as a huge risk to play such young and inexperienced players in the Premiership, but Levein had no such concerns when asked about the potential risk involved.  

When asked if he was taking a risk, he replied, “Not if you watch him in the training every day it wasn’t.

“With Jamie Walker being out we don’t have anyone else like Anthony. He and Harry are stand outs at their age groups.”

It remains to be seen just how far these boys will go in the game, but if early indications are anything to go by, it certainly seems as though there is plenty to be optimistic about at Tynecastle Park.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:55

SPFL Development League Round-Up - 4/5 December

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Falkirk 0-2 St. Johnstone
 
St. Johnstone leapfrogged opponents Falkirk after an impressive 2-0 victory at the Falkirk Stadium.
 
The Saints took an early lead in the fourth minute when Ally McCann gave himself the perfect birthday present when his shot deflected past goalkeeper Brett Young and into the back of the net.
 
The Bairns were almost level immediately when Mark Finlayson's effort rattled the crossbar before Saints broke and hit a crossbar of their own through Craig Thomson.
 
The Perth side had to wait until the 67th minute to seal all three points when Shaun Struthers finished off a quick break for his side. Falkirk's misery was completed 15 minutes from time when Cieren Dunne was given his marching orders for a high challenge.
 
 
Aberdeen 6-3 Partick Thistle
 
A goalfest of a second-half saw Aberdeen emerge victorious as they saw off Partick Thistle 6-3 at Station Park.
 
Toby Wells opened the scoring with a great free-kick before the Dons were brought back by Callum Wilson.
 
Sam Roscoe scored early on in the second half to restore Aberdeen's lead. Seb Ross extended that lead with two quickfire goals close to the hour mark, with Aiden Fitzpatrick giving the Jags hope on the 74th minute but just a couple of minutes later Ross had his hat-trick.
 
Wilson grabbed his second of the game and Thistle's third four minutes from time, but almost straight from the kick off Ross added an astonishing fourth goal of the game to secure the points for Dons and keep up the pressure on Hibernian in top spot.
 
 
Dundee United 0-3 Hamilton Accies
 
Dundee United remain bottom of the SPFL Development League after a 3-0 home defeat to in-form Hamilton Accies.
 
It took till seven minutes into the second half for the scoring to open, with Taylor Wilson tapping Lewis Fergsuon's knock down into an empty net.
 
Accies had a second just after the hour mark when a mistake from United 'keeper Josh Donaldson saw his kick out fall straight to Lewis Cunningham, who rounded the 'keeper to slot home.
 
Accies finished the scoring through Cunningham effort that bounced over Donaldson and into the net.
 
 
Hibernian 2-1 Kilmarnock
 
Hibernian maintained their place at the top of the SPFL Development League table with a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock at Oriam Performance Centre.
 
The Edinburgh side took the lead a minute before half-time when Adam Watson's corner was firmly headed into the back of the net by Ryan Porteous.
 
Kilmarnock fought back however and looked to have earned a well-deserved point when Daniel Higgins fired home with just eight minutes to go.
 
But it wasn't to be and Hibernian showed why they are top of the league when Deivydas Matulevicius flicked a long ball into the path of Jamie Gullan a minute later to calmly place it past Killie 'keeper Ross Millar for the win.
 
 
Ross County 1-4 Dundee
 
Dundee kept themselves within touching distance of the league leaders with an impressive 4-1 victory away to Ross County
 
The Dee took the lead on the 25th minute when a corner fell to Mtthew Henvey 15 yards out to drill home, however County were level on the stroke of half-time thanks to a header from Ross MacIver.
 
Henvey restored Dundee's lead after 65 minutes, capitlising on a mistake in the County defence to slot into an empty net.
 
Two goals in five minutes from Max Anderson and John Smith sealed the win for the Tayside team.
 
 
St. Mirren 0-1 Motherwell
 
Motherwell were the team to leave the Paisley 2021 Stadium with all three points after a narrow victory against St. Mirren
 
Deimantas Petravicius nearly put the Well in front in the first half when he broke one-on-one but his heavy touch gave Saints 'keeper Ross Stewart just enough of a chance to sweep up the ball.
 
Saints nearly had the lead after 77 minutes when Connor O'Keefe produced a stunning save from PJ Morrison.
 
But the Steelmen secured the points when Petravicius was brought down in the box with seven minutes to go. The Lithuanian got to his feet and fired into the top corner to secure the points for the Lanarkshire side.
Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:25

SPFL Development League Round-Up - 28/29 November

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St. Johnstone 1-3 Celtic
 
Celtic returned to Development League action on Wednesday with a 3-1 win at St. Johnstone to maintain their 100% start to the league season.
 
The Hoops opened the scoring through Ewan Henderson who finished off a slick move to fire into the top corner from 20-yards out.
 
The Saints were level just three minutes into the second half when Shaun Struthers nodded home from a free-kick, but Celtic had the lead again 20 minutes later through Grant Savoury.
 
Two minutes after that, Celtic sealed the points with a stunning long-range strike from Liam Henderson, leaving Saints ‘keeper Ben Mackenzie no chance.
 
 
Hamilton Accies 1-0 Aberdeen
 
Hamilton continued their impressive run of form with a 1-0 victory over league leaders Aberdeen at the Superseal Stadium and end the Dons five-game winning streak in the league.
 
The Accies started brightly against a young Aberdeen side but their best opportunity came just before the interval when Shaun Want headed a Steven Boyd cross just wide of the goal.
 
It wasn’t until the 56th minute when Accies took the lead through a Ross Cunningham shot from 10-yards, which was deflected by Harlain Mbayo past Archie Mair into the net.
 
Aberdeen nearly had an equaliser in the 89th minute when Sean Linden went through on goal only to have his shot blocked by ‘keeper Darren Jamieson.
 
 
Kilmarnock 1-1 Ross County
 
Struggling Kilmarnock secured a well fought point at home to Ross County.
 
Thomas Mikkelsen opened the scoring for County after combining well with Billy McKay to slide the ball underneath ‘keeper Ross Miller.
 
Killie dominated the match for the remainder of the first half, with Dom Thomas coming close to an equaliser, only to see his shot come off the woodwork.
 
Killie did eventually have their equaliser deep into the second half when Dan Scally nodded home Calum Waters’ cross to gain a valuable point.
 
 
Motherwell 1-2 Hibernian
 
Hibernian reclaimed the top spot on the SPFL Development League table with a good win away to Motherwell.
 
Motherwell opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Alfie Agyeman was brought down by Hibs ‘keeper Maciej Dabrowski. Ross Maclean stepped up for the young Steelmen to convert.
 
Hibernian equalised on the stroke of half-time when Oli Shaw won the ball and sent a terrific cross in towards Jamie Gullan who tapped home.
 
The Edinburgh side had their winning goal five minutes from when Innes Murray surged down the left wing to cut back for Shaw who blasted his shot past PJ Morrison in the Motherwell goal.
 
 
Partick Thistle 4-1 Dundee United
 
Partick Thistle climbed to 6th place in the Development League table with a stunning 4-1 victory at home to Dundee United.
 
The Jags were ahead on the half-hour mark through Josh Donaldson who reacted quickest to turn in Neil McLaughlin’s woodwork-stricken penalty.
 
The Terrors fell further behind on 69 minutes when McLaughlin stroked home from 12 yards, but United had one back two minutes later through Matty Smith.
 
But the comeback was off when Jamie Stokes added a third, before Callum Wilson finished the scoring with a penalty five minutes from time.
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 09:36

ANALYSIS REPORT: Morton v St Mirren (U20s)

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Morton beat fierce rivals St Mirren to secure their passage to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup on Sunday in a hotly-contested game.

Morton manager Darren Barr made one change from the team that beat Turriff United 3-0 in the previous round, with Ben Eardley replacing Cameron Hayes in the starting lineup. Mitchell Duffy moved to left-back, with Eardley starting on the left wing.

The hosts lined up in a 4-4-2 with Jack Purdue and Ben Armour leading the line. St Mirren, meanwhile, lined up in a 4-2-3-1 – Sam Jamieson was the lone forward while in central midfield, Conor McBrearty and Cameron MacPherson took turns holding in front of the defence and pushing up the park with one always remaining back.

Morton took the lead after just five minutes when Eardley converted a rebound from Ruaridh Langan’s penalty. With an early lead secured the home side sat back a little, allowing the St Mirren forwards to press the Morton defence relentlessly, giving them no time on the ball.

The Saints front line was very fluid, with their front five players often swapping roles in an effort to disrupt the Morton defence. The Ton stuck to their rigid system, keeping the pitch narrow and leaving little space through the middle for the visitors to exploit.

St Mirren pushed their full-backs up to overlap the midfield in an attempt to find space and were fairly successful. Because they were trailing St Mirren were forced to play a high back line, resulting in the Morton defence playing long balls forward for Armour and Purdue to chase in an attempt to stretch the Saints defence.

For the home side, right-winger David Anderson largely remained in midfield, leaving the task of supporting the strikers to Eardley on the left.

Morton were happy to allow their rivals to push up the park so they could hit them on the counter and this approach paid off after around half an hour of play. Armour was found with a defence-splitting through ball and calmly slotted the ball home to double Morton’s advantage.

McBrearty and MacPherson took turns sitting in front of the St Mirren defence, allowing the rest of the midfield to push forward and support Jamieson up front.

Both sides struggled to retain possession with the tackles flying in all over the pitch. For the last 10 minutes of the half the Paisley side move to 4-1-2-2-1, raising the tempo and intensity in a bid to pull one back before the break but to no avail.

The Saints came flying out of the traps in the second half, desperate to get the goal that would bring them back into the game. They lined up in a 4-2-3-1 in an effort to unlock the Morton defence and created a few decent chances, but were unable to find the net.

By this point the visitors had lost their discipline and flew into a number of increasingly rash tackles. Morton were more than happy to cede possession and play on the counter, and soon grabbed a third in this manner to kill the game.

A minute after the goal, life got even harder for St Mirren after Robbie Leitch was sent off, reducing them to ten men. Unfortunately for the Buddies, it wouldn’t be their last dismissal of the afternoon.

St Mirren played with a 4-3-2, giving themselves options in attack at the expense of having numbers in midfield. To their credit, they managed to pull one back with around ten minutes to go but it wasn’t enough to pull them back into the game.

There was still time for Cameron MacPherson and Evan Horne to get sent off, giving the away side no chance of getting back into the contest as they finished the match with just eight men on the pitch.

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