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As part of the start of celebrating ten years since Boroughmuir Thistle FC was formed, the club is holding an U13 girls football festival at their home at Meggetland Sport Complex EH14 1AS on Sunday 26th February 2017.
 
Four teams from Thistle will be attending the festival and for the second year running they will be entering four U13 teams in to the SWF regional leagues.
“This almost more than anything represents the progress we have made in ten years” says club secretary Chris Findlay. “When we started, with the invaluable help of now Scottish FA Regional Manager David Drummond, there were only two U13 girls’ teams in Edinburgh. Now not only do we supply four (and three at U11) our pathway provided more players to the U14 Regional Squads this year than any other club.”
 
Refreshingly the club operates a “coach not approach” philosophy and still draws the majority of its players from the four local primary school teams that helped create the club.
For players, at minimum, every age group is trained at least once a week by a UEFA level C coach or higher. By providing this professional nurturing environment together with terrific volunteers on and off the pitch, Boroughmuir Thistle, the largest girls and women’s club in the region, is clearly a fantastic destination for girls in Edinburgh to play football.
 
Reaccredited the SFA Community Quality Mark recently, the one female only club in the South East to hold it, the club is also proud that it has uniquely provided an unbroken pathway for girls from u9 to adult over the last ten years. This is a great reassurance for any potential new player.
 
The club has provided players at every representative National level from Under 15 to A squad and works assiduously with players, their parents and National staff to create a balanced holistic individual development pathway for players committed to playing at the very top level.
In their first team year this year they have Hannah Michie and Caitlin Shaw who at ten and eight years old, attended the first ever training session and they are now playing with former Scottish Internationalist Kelly Menzies who first joined us the club as part of its successful SWPL team.
 
The club gave Chris Roberts, now Hibs Ladies Head Coach, his first job in women’s club football and one of their feeder primaries provided Willie Kirk (now head coach at Bristol City LFC in the professional English WSL 1) with the opportunity to coach his first sessions of female football.
 
The festival on Sunday runs from 9am to 1pm with four pitches running, refreshments stall with hot drinks, a barbecue and home baking. The festival is followed at 1:15pm by the first team’s first league game of the season at home to Glasgow City Development.
 
For further information on how to join Boroughmuir Thistle FC visit their website: www.boroughmuirfc.com..
 
Last Saturday saw Easter Road, home of Hibernian FC, host this year’s annual Scottish FA South East Region Quality Mark Awards ceremony, where 24 clubs were honoured for their candid work throughout the last year.
The four available awards -  Standard, Development, Community or Legacy – are awarded based on the clubs’ efforts to contribute to the grassroots game. The Scottish FA Quality Mark awards aims to recognise the difference made by clubs and coaches to develop local players, as well as acknowledging the difference made to their local community. 
 
The first set of awards – the Standard award – were presented by a group of people who know Easter Road Stadium very well, as South East Regional manager David Drummond was joined by Skol-cup winning former Hibernian striker Keith Wright, and Hibernian Ladies captain Joelle Murray. 
 
Before the Legacy Award was awarded, Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie was on hand to address the room, acknowledging the unique work put in by coaches and parents throughout the grassroots game. After the speech, Petrie joined Drummond to hand the Legacy award to Linlithgow Rose, for their exceptional contribution to grassroots football over the last year. 
 
Just before the event finished, a short documentary was screened highlighting the work done by the Heart of Midlothian Youth Academy and Tranent Colts, as they travelled to Rwanda in June last year to run a development programme for the local community. The trip aimed to strengthen the relationship between the two countries, and to help the local children and coaches to learn more about coaching the game. 
 
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Club Development Manager Tony Begg said: “I think it’s really important that we recognise all of the volunteers, players and coaches who put thousands of hours a year into supporting not just young people, but everybody who wants to be able to play the game.”
 
“As volunteers they don’t get paid, so it’s really important for at least once a year to say ‘thank you’ to them all.”
 
“The Quality Mark has given us a way to engage with clubs and a starting point to talk to them. What we’re finding now is that the Quality Mark puts the foundations in for the clubs, giving them a solid base. That allows us to start conversations about how to develop clubs, how to work out a plan and to help us reach that plan with them.”
 
The clubs recognised were:
 
Standard Award
North Berwick Colts
Longniddry Villa
Cramond FC
Craigroyston CYFC
AC Oxgangs
Whitehall Welfare Colts
Selkirk FC
Kelso FC
Eyemouth FC
Leithen Vale FC
Peebles FC
Ancrum FC
Bathgate Thistle CFC
 
Development Award
Polbeth United CFC
Redhall Star YFC
Portobello CFA
Armiston Rangers CFC
Gala Fairydean Rovers
 
Community Award
Dunbar United Colts
Musselburgh Windsor
Salvesen CFC
Currie Star FC
Boroughmuir Thistle
 
Legacy Award
Linlithgow Rose CFC
Friday, 16 December 2016 20:06

Five star Dunbar see off Currie challenge

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Fixture: Dunbar United Colts v Currie Star U15
Competition: South East Region YFL D2
Venue: Hallhill, Dunbar
Date: 11/12/16
 
Dunbar hosted a league fixture at Hallhill for the first time since late August.  They were looking to build on a superb win last weekend at the league leaders and put to bed a blip in form through November.
 
Paulin for Gallagher was the only change to last week’s starting XI although Paulin was nursing a heavy cold. 
 
It was a slow, subdued start to the game with Dunbar bossing territory and possession.  They took an early stranglehold of the midfield with Twist and Sutherland developing an excellent working relationship in the middle of the park.  Despite dominating control of the ball, Dunbar did not forge any clear-cut opportunities.  For their part, Currie Star looked a far stronger team than last season, both physically at the back and they looked neat and tidy in possession. 
 
Cooper and Hood were getting some joy down the left and Knox was full of running on the right but it was 18 minutes before Dunbar registered a shot on target.  A free kick from wide on the right was hit superbly by Hood.  Similar to his hit against Bonnyrigg Rose Pumas a few weeks ago, it was hit with accuracy and power, bending in at the last second but unluckily finding the top corner stanchion and bouncing clear. 
 
Paulin was trying his best in attack but was forced off the park with his heavy cold hampering his running and breathing.  Knox switched into the attack and the neat and tidy midfielder Gallagher donned his boots, left his laces untied and took to the park. 
 
Currie Star briefly threatened the Dunbar defence but found a formidable unit in Ford, Smillie, Pickles and Hood.  Purves wasn’t called into action much but was showing great footwork and linked with his full backs well.
 
With 25 minutes gone, Dunbar took the lead.  The goal was created by Hood’s work down the left as he supported Cooper in attack.  His strong running and ball into the box found the defender and keeper struggling to deal with it.  Mclean showed them what to do and volleyed in his 10th goal of the season, already eclipsing last year’s total. He really has become Dunbar’s Mr. Consistent this season. 
 
Sutherland was again instrumental in all that was good for Dunbar and he was keen to make use of a tail wind, desperately trying to forge an opportunity to bring the ball on to his left foot and take a strike on goal. 
 
With the half drawing to a close, Currie Star did have a chance to shoot at goal with a central free kick 25 yards from goal.  Purves watched as it sailed high and wide.  Their supporters were briefly excited when a mix-up between Pickles and Purves saw the Star striker nip in but he was well off-target with his long-range effort.
 
Half Time: Dunbar United Colts 1-0 Currie Star
 
Dunbar nursed Sutherland through the half time interval with the midfielder complaining of pain in his knee. 
 
They certainly got the second half off to a more energetic start with Knox showing up well and full of running down the right.  Dunbar were playing into the breeze but Smillie and Pickles looked on top form.  Indeed, the full-backs Hood and Ford began to venture further forward in an effort to close out the game.  Twist took a heavy knock and so Dunbar gave a debut to Williamson.  Mclean dropped into a deeper holding role with Williamson supporting Knox in attack.  His very first touch of the ball was a decent one and his left foot hit beat the goal keeper but the crossbar saved the Currie Star number 1 for the second time in the game. 
 
The longer the game went on, the more Currie Star looked like forging opportunities.  They won a series of corners, all of which were dealt with by Ford at the near post. 
 
The game turned in the space of a few minutes.  Currie Star shot from range and the ball took a wicked bounce just in front of keeper Purves who was mid-dive at the time.  He showed great reflexes to move his hand and produce a real quality save.  Shortly after and Currie Star had a free-kick from the left edge of the box.  They crossed it in but Pickles emerged with the ball and rather than launching it, took the ball for a run. He rode one tackle as he broke forward before finding Knox down the right in full flow.  Knox gathered, looked up and saw Williamson peeling off his marker.  A great cross over saw the debutant with a lot still to do but his first touch saw him bring the ball down superbly before firing the second touch into the far bottom corner.
 
They very nearly made it 3-0 minutes later with Williamson crossing in and Gallagher unlucky to see his goal-bound effort cleared from the line.
 
Dunbar rang the changes here with Gallagher, Cooper and Mclean all tiring.  Brunton, Hall and Rutherford all came on to re-energise the team.
 
The substitutions were exactly the injection of energy the home side needed.  Rutherford was employed down the left and his first contribution saw him taking on two defenders, breaking into the box and fire narrowly wide.
 
Currie Star still had time to break and the striker’s effort beat Purves but for the second week in a row, Pickles helped out his team-mate as he appeared out of nowhere to clear.
 
Rutherford looked a real nuisance for the tiring Star defence and he did find himself on the score sheet.  Some real perseverance and energy saw him break through some tackling and he showed great composure to open his account for Dunbar with a very neat finish.  His work wasn’t done and Williamson took the ball before playing Rutherford through who again showed he knows his way to goal to net his second of the game.  From a shaky 1-0 lead just 5 minutes before, Dunbar had weathered the storm and moved through the gears.  With the last move of the game, a nice 1-2 move saw the visitors rewarded with a well-taken consolation goal. 
 
Full Time: Dunbar United Colts 5-1 Currie Star
 
One more game in 2016 for the Dunbar team sees the Seasiders make the journey up the A1 to county opposition Musselburgh Athletic Whites who seem to be a far different side to the team that Dunbar beat just back in August and will present a formidable challenge. 
 
 
On sunday in the U13 Ken Ritchie Cup, Edinburgh City Gair (who sit second bottom in the league table) beat their Divison 1 Section B rivals Gala Fairydean Rovers 5-1. Gala sit one place ahead of City in the league table but City were comfortable winners and progress to the next stage of the cup.
 
Elsewhere at U13s Penicuik Athletic YFC Blues could not provide an upset against Hutchison Vale  in the Peter O'Neill Cup with Hutchie continuing there impressive form, where they have won 6 out 6 games in the league, by winning 9-0 against a team which sit seventh in the Divison 1 (Section B). 
 
In the U13 Edinburgh Cup Tranent Colts ran out 8-2 winners against North Merchiston FC. Tranent Colts who are in second place in Divison 1 (Section B) ran riot against a North Merchiston team who sit bottom of Divison 1 (Section A).
 
In the the U14 Kenny Mclean cup Portobello CF Aand Currie FC battled out a nine goal thriller with Divison 2 team Portobello coming out on top to win 6-3 against a team who sit in second place in Division 3, five points off top spot with 4 games in hand on the leaders. 
 
In the U14s Divison 1 it was first aginst fifth with Hutchison Vale playing Bonnyrigg Rose. Hutchie won 2-1 with the result sending them 4 points clear of Edinburgh City Blacks, who have two games in hand over them.
 
In the U15s Divison 2 North Merchiston, who currently sit top of the table, beat third placed Edinburgh South FC 6-4 to go two points clear of them and Edinburgh City. City have only played 8, whereas North Merchiston have played 9.
 
In the Federation of Hearts Supporters cup at U15s Musselburgh Athletic Whites and Gala Fairydean Rovers both won 8-1. Gala, who are second bottom in the first divison, beat Dunbar United Colts who are in sixth place in Division 2. Musselburgh Athletic Whites who are one place behind Dunbar United Colts in Divison 2 beat Earlston Ryhmers who are second bottom of the third division. 
It was a busy weekend for the Under 16's age group which saw plenty of goals and a few good results for some teams. In the Colin Greenhill Memorial Cup Spartans FC Youth, Edinburgh City Real, Portobello CFA and Tynecastle FC alll comfortably made it through into the quarter finals. The biggest result of these four wins came from joint league leaders Tynecastle who beat Leith Athletic by five goals to one. 
 
In the U16's Jackie Faichney Memorial Cup Hutchison Vale FC, Currie Star FC, Edinburgh City and Musselburgh Young Stars all won their games. Edinburgh City beat local rivals Salvesen 5-1, this result means that they will either face Dunbar United Colts or Spartans Reds in the quarter finals. The quarter finals could also see a clash between the two main title challengers, Tynecastle and Portobello
 
Division 1 saw strugglers AC Oxgangs get beat by Edinburgh City Whites 6-2. This result means that Edinburgh City Whites push up to sixth in the division 1 table whilst Oxgangs remain pointless in the league standings. In division 2, Hutchison Vale Colts, Easthouses and Hilfield FC managed to thrash their opponents in convincing style to climb the table even further. In division 3 the tightest game of the weekend was between Gala Fairaydean Rovers and Gorebridge United which ended up finishing 3-2.
 
In the U17's Craig Gowans Memorial Cup Tynecastle FC, Fauldhouse United, Musselburgh Windsor Blues, Cramond FC and Dalkeith Thistle all surpassed their opponents and booked their way into the quarter finals of the cup. One of the stand-out games was the tie between Tynecastle FC and Tynecaste Colts FC however Tynecastle FC claimed the bragging rights by winning 2-1 after extra time. 
 
The U17's league games saw most teams narrowly win as in division 1 Hutchison Vale defeated Bonnyrigg Thistle by just one goal to nothing. Division 2 saw Edinbugh City also just win 1-0 against opponents Peebles FC. One match that wasn't tight however happened to be between Spartans Reds and Currie Star FC, the resul finished in a 7-1 thumping. This result comes as a shock as Currie Star were doing well around the middle of the table until Sundays poor performance.
 
In the u19's Federation of Hibs Supporters Cup Broxburn Athletic Colts, Spartans FC Reds, Cockenzie Star, Dunbar United Colts, Leith Athletic FC, Edinburgh FC and Beechwood FC all successfully got through their ties and are now into the quarter finals of that cup. Leith Athletic pulled off a fantastic result against Tynecastle as they won that match 8-3. This could knock the confidence out of the Tynecastle side as they are already ten points behind Leith Athletic in the league.
 
In the u19's divsion 1 Musselburgh Windsor convincingly pushed aside opponents AC Oxgangs Blacks. The result finished 4-1 to Windsor and now sees them jump to sixth place in the table whilst Oxgangs stay one position above the bottom side Edinburgh City. Sunday was not the best of days for Oxgangs as their second division team also lost another match against Dalkeith Thistle. The weekends biggest game was when Bonnyrigg Rose beat Calvary Park 2-1. This victory ensures that Bonnyrigg go into second spot whilst Calvary Park stay just behind them in third. 
 
In the Under 21s league, Murieston United managed a win against third placed Leith Athletic. This result is crucial to Murieston as now they have move into second place. The other game played out in the league saw Craigshill score more than a handfullof goals as they thumped Easthouses FC 9-0.
 
Musselburgh Windsor won comfortably 4-0 in the South East Region Cup against Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic who are top of the league. This result may give Musselburgh a massive confidence booster when going into the next round of the cup knowing that they have beaten the league leaders. In the Stewart Brown Memorial Cup Linlithgow Thistle were knocked out of the first round by West Calder Juniors who won 3-1. Newcraighall Leith Vics scraped their way into the second round of the William Bauld Cup as they narrowly beat Newtongrange Star Academy 2-1. 
 
Referees don't have it easy, that's for sure. Many say 'it's the hardest job the world, you wouldn't catch me doing it'. Despite that, one referee will be officiating games this season, without taking a penny of payment - all in the name of charity.  
 
A story on the South East Region YFA website reads:
 
We've had a request from one of our referees, Billy Connor (pictured above, refereeing the 2011 Scottish Cup final between Banks O'Dee & Goldenhill BC), who is donating all his fees for refereeing this season to MacMillan Cancer. Billy's great friend and his bestman at his wedding Jimmy Reynolds sadly passed away and Billy has deceided to donate his fees on Jimmys behalf. Heres a copy of the short note Billy sent to us. 
 
Hi Guys just wondering if you could put a link up on the SERYFA website for me raising funds for Macmillan cancer care. I have given my fees I get on a Saturday for refereeing since the start of January right up to the end of December for a full year of fees towards Macmillan Cancer on behalf of Jimmy Reynolds who was my best man at my wedding a few years ago and a very dear friend.
 
YFS applauds Billy for this fantastic gesture. With a few months to go, you can help Billy with his fundraising. Click here to make a donation through his JustGiving page.
 
Edinburgh South Community Football Club have initiated a competition in which they have asked the community to design a new badge for the club.
 
The competition is simply for anyone to create a new badge for the club and the winner will receive £75.00 of Football Nation vouchers to spend as they please. The decision to go ahead with designing a new identity comes following the announcement that Edinburgh South FC and Fernieside FC will be merging to form one club over the summer of 2016.
 
Joe Sneddon the social media officer at Edinburgh South CFC explained why he felt opening the competition to the public was the best idea.
 
“We are running the competition as we have recently agreed the amalgamation of Edinburgh south FC and Ferniside FC, Both clubs realised that it would benefit the community a lot more if we worked together and combined our resources creating a better football environment and prominent club within the south of Edinburgh.
 
“The new name for the club going forward is Edinburgh South Community Football Club and as such we feel the need to create a new badge not only to mark our identity but also to mark the point where both Edinburgh South FC and Ferniside FC became one and the history of both clubs intertwined.
 
“We feel the best way to create the new badge would be to involve the local community and open up the design of the badge to the public. There are a lot of creative ideas out there and we want to engage them as much as possible and make sure the youth of Edinburgh have their say as we are after all a community club.”
 
Edinburgh South CFC say that the competition will run until Sunday the 24th July 2016, so you better get your entries sent away as time is of the essence.
 
Interested in entering the competition to design a new badge for Edinburgh South CFC? All entries should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via Facebook on Edinburgh South CFC’s page. 
Friday, 24 June 2016 06:38

Watch: James Young HS v Royal HS U18s

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Video highlights from the Lothian Schools FA Cup final at Spartans Academy. Full match DVD from the game available here.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:59

Watch: Bonnyrigg Rose 'A' v Leith Athletic U21s

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Highlights from the South East Region Cup final at New Countess Park, Dunbar.

Highlights from the U20 Lowland League Knockout Cup semi final tie at Saughton Sports Complex, courtesy of Gary Fox.

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