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Monday, 10 September 2018 16:58

SWF Youth Cup - U17's Semi-Final draw

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Glasgow City and Hibernian will clash once again as they were drawn against each other in the semi-finals of the SWF U17's Youth Cup.
 
The other semi-final sees Murieston United take on SWF East Region League Cup champions Dryburgh Athletic.
 
The full draw is as follows:
 
 
Glasgow City vs Hibernian
 
Murieston United vs Dryburgh Athletic
 
 
Hibernian were given a bye into the semi-finals as Hutchison Vale were withdrawn, while Glasgow City, Murieston United and Dryburgh Athletic beat Rangers, Bonnyrigg Rose and Raith Rovers respectively.
 
Both ties will be played on 30th September at a neutral location
Monday, 10 September 2018 16:43

SWF Youth Cup - U15's Semi-Final draw

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The draw for the semi-final of the SWF U15's Youth Cup has drawn up an Old Firm derby, as Rangers and Celtic are set to do battle.
 
That means that Kilmarnock will face off against Hibernian for a place in November's final
 
The full draw is as follows:
 
 
Rangers vs Celtic
 
Kilmarnock vs Hibernian
 
 
Rangers and Celtic will go into their match together having beaten Glasgow City and Jeanfield Swifts in the quarter-finals respectively. Kilmarnock beat Hibernian Development to set up their semi-final match with Hibernian, who came through as 3-0 winners against Deveronvale.
 
Both ties will take place on 30th September at a neutral location.
Monday, 10 September 2018 16:15

SWF Youth Cup - U13's Semi-Final draw

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Both Kilmarnock sides were kept apart in the draw for the semi-finals of the SWF Scottish Youth Cup.
 
Kilmarnock Blues travel to face Musselburgh Windsor, with Kilmarnock Whites set to face Donside Girls, with both matches being played at neutral venues.
 
The full draw is as follows:
 
 
Musselburgh Windsor vs Kilmarnock Blues
 
Donside Girls vs Kilmarnock Whites
 
 
Kilmarnock Blues and Kilmarnock Whites made the draw courtesy of wins against Lanarkshire Hibs and Queen of the South Whites respectively, whislt Donside Girls beat Central Girls Legends and Musselburgh Windsor beat Boroughmuir Thistle Purples.
 
Both ties will be played on the 30th September
Thursday, 06 September 2018 17:30

SWF Youth Cup 2018 - Quarter final results roundup

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The SWF Scottish Youth Cup has ten mouth watering ties in store this weekend, across three age groups. Here's the latest results:
 
Under 13s
Donside Girls v Central Girls Legends (Sunday)
Kilmarnock Blues 4-1 Lanarkshire Hibernian
Kilmarnock Whites 5-3 Queen of the South Whites
Musselburgh Windsor 8-4 Boroughmuir Thistle Purples
 
Under 15s
Celtic 3-0 Jeanfield Swifts
Hibernian 3-0 Deveronvale Girls
Hibernian 15s Development 2-5 Kilmarnock
Rangers 2-1 Glasgow City
 
Under 17s
Hutchison Vale v Hibernian
Murieston United v Bonnyrigg Rose 
(Glasgow City and Dryburgh Athletic have already reached the semi-finals)
 
The Scottish Lowland Football League & East of Scotland U20s is set for an expansion which will change the landscape of the top end of youth football in Scotland dramatically. The influx of Scottish Junior FA sides joining the Scottish FA pyramid in 2018/19 has filtered down to youth level and as a result twenty-eight teams are set to compete in the revamped competition.
 
The East of Scotland's youth setup has been around since the early noughties, before the idea of the Lowland League had even been tabled. At that point it was at the Under 19 age group and in its early years it struggled to attract teams to make the jump from juvenile football to the senior game. In the first decade of its existence it wasn't uncommon to see four or five teams competing.

However, in the last few seasons the competition has moved from strength to strength. Last season saw a record number of teams competiing, with fifteen involved from the season's outset. However that record number has been shattered by this season's expansion.
 
Thirteen of last season's teams will compete once again. They are: Bonnyton Thistle, BSC Glasgow, Cumbernauld Colts, Edinburgh City, Edinburgh University, Edusport Academy, Heriot-Watt University, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, Mid Annandale, Spartans, Stirling University, Tynecastle and Whitehill Welfare. Dropping out are Burntisland Shipyard and Selkirk. 
 
Former champions Preston Athletic return after a year out, whereas long time senior side Gala Fairydean will be involved at this level for the first time. Last season's East of Scotland League winners at senior level, Kelty Hearts, also join the party.
 
The remaining twelve  teams come from sides who will be playing in the East of Scotland FA for the first time: Blackburn United, Camelon Juniors, Dalkeith Thistle, Dunipace Juniors, Edinburgh United, Haddington Athletic, Hill of Beath Hawthorn, Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts, Musselburgh Athletic, Newtongrange Star, Sauchie Juniors and Tranent Juniors.
 
The format will be two sections of fourteen, with the winner of each playing off (in a one off game) to determine the league champion. This will be added to by several cup competitions and the perk of competing in the Scottish Youth FA Cup. The conference sections are as follows:

Conference A
Bonnyton Thistle
Camelon Juniors
Cumbernauld Colts
Dunipace Juniors
Edinburgh University
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Heriot-Watt University
Hill of Beath Hawthorn
Kelty Hearts
Newtongrange Star
Preston Athletic
Sauchie Juniors
Tynecastle FC
Whitehill Welfare

Conference B
Blackburn United
BSC Glasgow
Dalkeith Thistle
Edinburgh City
Edinburgh United
Edusport Academy
Haddington Athletic
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
Mid Annandale FC
Musselburgh Athletic
Spartans FC
Tranent Juniors
University of Stirling
 
 
The draw for the SWF Youth Cup Under 13's Quarter Finals was made yesterday at Arbroath Abbey in the East Region. 
 
Presenting the draw was SWF Club and Competitions Officer, Lorna Cameron, and conducting the draw was Scottish FA East Region’s Girl’s & Women’s Club Development Officer, Sam Milne, and Angus Alive Football Development Officer, Ross Smith.
 
The full draw is as follows:
 
 
Dryburgh Athletic v Raith Rovers
Murieston United v Bonnyrigg Rose
Hutchison Vale v Hibernian
Rangers v Glasgow City FC
 
 
 
All the ties are local affairs, with no team having to leave their respective regions for their matches. Last season's finalists Glasgow City, just off the back of avenging their defeat against champions Celtic in last year's showpiece event, take on the other side of the Old Firm in Rangers, whilst there is an intruiging Edinburgh derby on show between Hutchison Vale and Hibernian.
 
All tie will be played on the weekend of 8/9th September
 
The draw for the SWF Youth Cup Under 15's Quarter Finals was made yesterday at Arbroath Abbey in the East Region. 
 
Presenting the draw was SWF Club and Competitions Officer, Lorna Cameron, and conducting the draw was Scottish FA East Region’s Girl’s & Women’s Club Development Officer, Sam Milne, and Angus Alive Football Development Officer, Ross Smith.
 
The full draw is as follows:
 
 
Rangers vs Glasgow City Orange
 
Hibernian Development vs Kilmarnock
 
Hibernian vs Deveronvale
 
Celtic vs Jeanfield Swifts/Hearts
 
 
Champions Hibernian will be looking forward to the opportunity to defend their title and will be happy with a home draw against Deveronvale. Celtic will need to await the winners of the third round tie between Jeanfield Swifts and Hearts after their initial encounter was abandoned due to an injury sustained by the Hearts goalkeeper.
 
All ties will be played on the weekend of 8/9th September
 
The draw for the SWF Youth Cup Under 13's Quarter Finals was made yesterday at Arbroath Abbey in the East Region. 
 
Presenting the draw was SWF Club and Competitions Officer, Lorna Cameron, and conducting the draw was Scottish FA East Region’s Girl’s & Women’s Club Development Officer, Sam Milne, and Angus Alive Football Development Officer, Ross Smith.
 
The full draw is as follows:
 
 

Kilmarnock Whites vs Queen of the South Whites

Musselburgh Windsor vs Boroughmuir Thistle Purples

Donside Girls vs Central Girls Legends

Kilmarnock Blues vs Lanarkshire Hibs

 

Plenty of eyes will be on the match between Musselburgh Windsor and Boroughmuir Thistle Purples. Windsor won the South East Region trophy with a win over Boroughmuir Thistle Whites earlier this month, so it is fair to say that the Purples will be looking to avenge their Whites teammates.

All ties will be played on the weekend of 8/9 September

 

 
This weekend is a date with destiny. Heroes will be born, history will be made, lives will be changed. They're ready, are you? Welcome to the YFS inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup final coverage centre. On this page you can follow the action from each of the matches.
 
Cove YFC v Hutchison Vale U13s (Sunday, 2pm)
Preview 1 | Preview 2 | Preview 3 | Match Report | Photo Gallery
 
St Andrew's BC v Spartans FC U14
Preview 1 | Preview 2 | Preview 3 | Match Report | Photo Gallery | Cup Lift
 
Falkirk FCF v Longniddry Villa U15 (Sunday, 5pm) 
Preview 1 | Preview 2 | Preview 3 | Match Report | Photo Gallery 
 
Glenvale AFC v Spartans FC U16
Preview 1 | Preview 2 | Match Report | Photo Gallery | Cup Lift
 
East Kilbride FC Blue v Hurlford BC U17 (Sunday, 10:30am)
Preview 1 | Preview 2 | Preview 3 | Match Report | Photo Gallery | Cup Lift
 
St Cadocs YC United v Syngenta Juveniles U19
 
Arthurlie Juniors v Tower Hearts U21
Preview 1 | Preview 2 | Preview 3 | Match Report | Photo Gallery
 
The fourth season of the SPFL Development League is now in the history books and it was a great advert for the youth game in this country.
 
Ultimately it was Hibernian who would lift the league title at the end of the season and rightfully so. The Hibees finished the season six points ahead of their nearest challengers Dundee, winning 19 games in the process, losing just five.
 
Their title win was secured on the 17th of April after Dundee were unable to take the league to the final game of the season, losing their match against Hearts to hand the trophy to the other Edinburgh side.
 
This season saw reduced participation in the league. Rangers withdrew from the competition in favour of playing in glamour friendlies against youth teams from across Europe, including Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Benfica, whilst Dunfermline Athletic and Inverness Caledonian Thistle withdrew in preparation for the new reserve league to be set up as per the proposals made under ‘Project Brave.’
 
The season saw a tremendous display of youth talent from every club in the league, so let’s review each side’s campaign in the SPFL Development League.
 
 
Hibernian
Last Season: 4th
This Season: 1st
 
Hibernian were worthy winners of the league and will have a number of players to thank for their success. One key name will be striker Oli Shaw, who has broken into the first team as of late and topped the Development League scoring charts for the second season in a row.
 
 
Dundee
Last Season: 15th
This Season: 2nd
 
The Dee will be disappointed that they couldn’t end the season on a high but they will be proud of what they achieved this season. A vast improvement on last season and a few players have made the step into the first team including Kerr Waddell, Matthew Henvey and Cedwyn Scott.
 
 
Hearts
Last Season: 11th
This Season: 3rd
 
Another team that made a vast improvement from last season was Hearts. The Tynecastle side have been making a habit of nurturing young talent for their first team and made a late surge to capture third place.
 
 
Aberdeen
Last Season: 9th
This Season: 4th
 
Key defeats towards the end of the season ended up derailing the Dons’ title charge, namely against Dundee and Hibernian and eventually ended up 12 points of the pace. A little disappointing considering the Pittodrie side made a great start to the season and had the potential to really challenge at the top. Also made the SFA Youth Cup Final but lost to Hibs at Hampden.
 
 
Motherwell
Last Season: 5th
This Season: 5th
 
Another good season for the Well. No improvement in terms of league position but have picked up some very impressive results. A league double against Celtic is no easy feat as well, but was achieved by the Lanarkshire side.
 
 
Celtic
Last Season: 3rd
This Season: 6th
 
Celtic began this season on the back foot, having to play a number of games in the Youth Champions League and quickly needed to get up to speed. Unfortunately, while they put in many commendable performances, the fixture list was always against them and they underperformed.
 
 
Ross County
Last Season: 1st
This Season: 7th
 
Last season was a massive success for the highland side but less can be said for this campaign. The Dingwall side finished 26 points worse off from last season. Of course it must be mentioned that they have played six fewer games this season but considering last season’s title win many would have been hoping that County would put up another title challenge.
 
 
Hamilton Academical
Last Season: 2nd
This Season: 8th
 
Hamilton were made to pay for a very slow start to the season but eventually managed to save themselves a respectable mid-table spot. Accies have always placed a very heavy emphasis on youth development and we will perhaps see some of the players used in this campaign in the Scottish Premiership next season.
 
 
Dundee United
Last Season: 14th
This Season: 9th
 
A minor improvement from the tangerine side of the City of Discovery. They finished two points worse off from last season but also played six fewer matches so have definitely made strides forward in terms of youth development.
 
 
St Mirren
Last Season: 13th
This Season: 10th
 
The Buddies are another team that like to put an emphasis on youth development, with the likes of Kenny McLean, John McGinn, Stephan Mallan and Lewis Morgan coming through the academy. Minor improvement from last season but will be hoping for better.
 
 
St Johnstone
Last Season: 17th
This Season: 11th
 
St Johnstone endured a difficult campaign last season and only marginally improved this time around. They managed to secure seven wins this season, two more than the previous campaign but many with an allegiance to the Perthshire side would have been hoping for a drastic improvement on last time.
 
 
Partick Thistle
Last Season: 8th
This Season: 12th
 
The Jags threatened to break into the top five last season, but this season struggled to stay clear of bottom spot. Definitely not a season to remember for the Glasgow side.
 
 
Kilmarnock
Last Season: 12th
This Season: 13th
 
Killie had a better time in the youth cup than they did in the league this season. No team can really recall a successful season after finishing second from bottom, but the Ayrshire team did manage to make the semi-finals of the youth cup where they were knocked out by Aberdeen.
 
 
Falkirk
Last Season: 7th
This Season: 14th
 
The Bairns really struggled in the Development League this season and have the unwanted moniker of finishing last, losing 17 games and winning just five. After the club’s decision to withdraw funding for the Forth Valley Academy, it will surely be a while until things stabilise.
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