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A record number of teams will descent on Blairmount Park, Newton Stewart, for this weekend's Galloway Football Fair. Played on a 3G surface for the first time, teams are being welcomed from Northern Ireland and Ayrshire, in addition to a wide selection from across the Dumfries and Galloway region.
Robert Wilson of YFS Radio caught up with two of the organisers, before the event. Listen to the interviews below:
John McNaught interview:
Alexander Whiteside interview:


Tass Thistle Colts
KSC Colts
Under-13 CAYFA
29 April 2014
An absolutely fantastic performance against a vastly improved Tass Thistle Colts. This result more or less guaranteed our place in the top league next season.
The wind conditions did not help but both teams had to adapt. Colts were the more dominant team for the first 15 minutes with the wind at their backs but it was Tass that took the lead with a fantastic piece of skill and finish from their forward.
From the restart, Colts began to dominate again and equalized with a route one clearance which was finished by young Kyle Anderson.
Again straight from the restart, Colts won the ball back and when trialist Sean Harvey broke away and struck the post with his shot. Midfielder Wullie Nelson followed up to slot home 2-1 Colts at Half Time.
Half Time: Tass Thistle Colts 1-2 KSC Colts
Second Half began with Colts playing into the wind. They found themselves in a great position when they were awarded a penalty. Wullie Nelson stepped up to slot home 3-1 Colts.
With Colts starting to struggle against the wind Tass scored with 2 long range strikes to even the score  at 3-3 with 10 mins to go.
This Colts team, who never give up and never know when they are beaten, went up the park and scored a fantastic winner through big David Griffins. He collected the ball just inside the Tass half,  got to the bye line and scored from the tightest of angles an excellent goal to win any game.
Full Time: Tass Thistle Colts 3-4 KSC Colts
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:14

Hurlford come from behind to beat Crosshouse

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Hurlford BC
Crosshouse Athletic
Under-13 CAYFA
06 April 2014
Hurlford Boys Club hosted Crosshouse Athletic on Sunday in a top of the table clash in the CAYFA under 13 league. 
An excellent Crosshouse team were looking to remain unbeaten in the league while a dogged Hurlford team were looking to avenge the recent heavy defeat in the cup to Crosshouse. Crosshouse won the toss and decided to play with the strong wind at their backs although if truth be told both teams struggled with the wind either with or against.
Crosshouse started well and moved the ball about the park with ease however it was clear Hurlford had no intention of sitting back and letting them get their own way and chased and harried Crosshouse all over the park. There were very few clear cut chances until the Crosshouse left winger cut inside and unleashed a thunderous shoot towards the Hurlford goal the shot looked to be dipping under the bar but the Hurlford goalkeeper somehow managed to adjust his feet and dig the ball out from underneath the bar to make a fine save however the Crosshouse striker was quickest to react and manage to knock in the rebound to give Crosshouse a 1-0 half time lead.
Half Time: Hurlford BC 0-1 Crosshouse Athletic
The second half went from end to end without to many clear cut chances however the Hurlford goalkeeper was slightly the busier of the two. As the half went on Hurlford started to get more and more into the match and were awarded a penalty after a Crosshouse player handled in the box. The Hurlford captain stepped up and dispatched the penalty with the minimum of fuss to the keepers right. 
The Hurlford equaliser seemed to drain some of the Crosshouse believe this gave Hurlford the encouragement they needed to chase the winner which they delivered with 5 minutes to go through great link up play between the two Hurlford strikers who cut through the Crosshouse defence to slide the ball in from close range.
The match was a great advert for boys football with both teams playing hard but fair and finishing the match with hand shakes between players and coaches. The result will see the chase for the CAYFA under 13 league title go to the wire between 3 or 4 excellent teams.
Full Time: Hurlford BC 2-1 Crosshouse Athletic


Prestayr Thistle FC
KSC Pheonix
Under-15 David McNaught Cup
29 March 2014
The match started fairly even in this David McNaught cup tie, however after patient build up play around the 10 minute mark Phoenix had their coaches brimming with pride, Barcaesque is the only way to explain the sublime passing phase which lead to the first goal.

With the ball cooly pulled out of the air on the halfway line by Phoenix's Influential winger come striker for the day Ryan Strain he cooly threaded the ball throughout to his strike partner Jamie Lyndsey who again as he has done so many times the last few weeks picked out the onward running Phoenix wide boy Morgan Loudon who cooly took the ball in his stride, with his first touch teeing him up to calmly slot the ball under the descending Prestayr number 1 Ewan Smith, a real classy move from front to back proper text book.

With Loudon hungry for more it wouldn't be long before he was latching onto another ball threaded through the Prestayr rearguard, this time Strain being the provider.

At 2-0 there looked no way back KSC were dominating the play, however one high ball over the top did nearly catch out the Phoenix back line, however the referee was well positioned to call the off side.

A few moments later another attack was on with the ball played down the Phoenix right, the Phoenix fullback provided a high ferocious ball into the box with the Prestayr centre back the odds on winner for clearing however up jumps KSCs number 9 Ryan Strain with a sublime glancing header into the far top right corner, a great individual goal which had the side lines in praise.

Phoenix continued used to press for another before the break, next up was Lafferty who was harshly pulled back by Prestayrs Captain who evidently nearly ripped the sleeve of his jersey off, this moment of madness would see Prestayrs Captain booked and rightly so..
Half Time: Prestayr Thistle 0-3 KSC Pheonix
The first 5 minutes of the second half saw Phoenix start as they'd finished the first half, again it was Phoenix play maker Josh Lafferty who weaved himself into the box, the result he was brought to ground with a swift sweep of his legs by the fullback, a cert of a penalty however much to every ones disbelief the Phoenix number 11 saw himself in the book for diving, quite incredible, even the coaching staff on the adjacent pitch were laughing at this decision, quite incredible!

This booking would see a ten minute slump from Phoenix, and as a result they would see themselves punished at the other end, this time a penalty for the home side. It must be said yes it was a penalty however very soft in comparison the earlier shout.

Prestayr would take advantage from their spot kick and saw a small window to claw themselves back into the match, 3-1 game on. With the next goal vital we would have to wait until the last 8 minutes, with Phoenix looking happy to see the game out they made all five substitutions with only one of them enforced due to a suspected fractured wrist of Lewis Gardiner, who it must be said showed great commitment in seeing the first half out with his injury.

Prestayr opted for three at the back in order to try and get their second of the match, however the Phoenix rearguard stood tall and proved an extremely challenging wall to breach.

As a result Phoenix found the space on the break with a neat ball through the middle by Logan Craig picked out Lafferty who riffled a shot from 20 Yards into the top right corner 4-1 and game by you felt, however there was to be further drama, this time with Phoenix centre back Logan Craig driving into the box only to be tripped as he pulled the trigger, again another soft penalty in comparison to the earlier incident. However up stepped Loudon for his hattrick, not the coolest of penalties however a hattrick nonetheless.

With only minutes remaining Prestayr to their credit continued to see it out competitively with the last phase of play resulting in another soft penalty, up stepped the same player who bagged the first for the home side, however despite executing with power Phoenix number 1 Murray Grayston tipped over the bar! a fine save by the keeper. 
Full Time: Prestayr Thistle 1-5 KSC Pheonix
Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:34

Two out of two for KSC in McNaught Cup

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KSC Pheonix
Irvine Thistle
U15's David McNaught Cup - Group 1
27 March 2014
This fixture would see these two teams paired again for the second time this season despite playing in different divisions. The last encounter only a fortnight earlier saw a well under par Phoenix side stumble against their lower league opposition.
With the incentive there for the visitors could they take advantage over their ayrshire neighbours again for the second time in quick succession.
The last encounter saw Thistle capitalise on Phoenix's under par performance with a 2-1 victory in this years supplementary cup, however who would come up trumps today.
In what can only be described as a one sided match KSC Phoenix dominated from start to finish, Thistle did have there moments where an equaliser at 1-0 looked imminent however Phoenix held out before killing Irvine's hopes of a leveller in the dying minutes with a great counter attaching goal.
The match itself started of at a frantic pace with Thistle immediately on the back foot, ten minutes in and KSC were on their sixth corner of the match, however despite all the training ground practice at corners the ball ended up in the net straight from the kick by an audacious shot come cross by Phoenix wide boy Morgan Loudon, with Loudon claiming the goal as an accurate shot his team mates weren't so convinced. However Loudon was off in his customary celebratory run after bagging his wonder strike!
As the half wore on KSC continued to dominate with only some robust defending by Thistles rearguard keeping the score at 1-0, the occasional attack from Thistle came down their left side with Adam Boyd proving a handful for Phoenix's Craig Maxwell however the Phoenix fullback stood his ground well against thistles industrious winger.
Half Time: KSC 1-0 Irvine Thistle
Second half of this Davy McNaught cup tie started much like the first, however for a period in the second half perhaps Thistle felt they'd maybe done enough to pull level. One attacking phase led to a goal line clearance onto the bar with Irvine protesting the ball had crossed the line however the ref waived away their claims. 
This proved to be a mini catalyst with a few nervy moments for Phoenix's rearguard, however like any team in search of a leveller they leave themselves open to the counter and that's exactly what happened with Phoenix number 10 Josh Lafferty controlling the ball at the halfway line and driving into the area, quick feet saw him looses his man as he slid the ball back across the 6 yard box for an easy tap in by his strike colleague John Jamieson.
Full Time: KSC 2-0 Irvine Thistle


Stewarton Annick FC
 Valspar FC
U15's David McNaught Cup
20 March 2014
Following two narrow defeats to Stewarton previosuly, we were looking for some revenge this time.
We started the game very positive and took the game to Stewarton in the first half,the wind was a challenge but Valspar played some good passing flowing football creating some good chances early on, after 25 minutes the goal finally came after a lovely passing move with Ryan McCrone and Calum Walker which ended up with Calum calmly sliding the ball under the goalkeeper with his left foot from just inside the box.
Vaslpar had another couple of chances that went close from our strikers but against the run of play Stewarton equalised five minutes before half time.
Half Time: Valspar 1-1 Stewarton
The second half we tired and with three of the boys playing with the regional squad the night previous Stewarton came back into the game, for most of the early part of the half they had the better possession and played the better football , but defensively we were excellent both Lewis Hannah and Jack Haldin made some great challenges and goal saving clearances keeping us in the game.
After some changes we started to get more into their final third and when winning a corner from the right Calum Walker swung in a lovely in swinging cross which was met by Jack Haldin glances the ball into the top corner.
The last 15 minutes seemed to be a lot longer but we kept our defence unit tight and with some great forward play from Ross Connelly this kept us a threat when we went forward into the opposition half again having some chances to finish the game.
A good win and a well earned victory well deserved for our first half display and defensive performance.
Full Time: Valspar 2-1 Stewarton


KSC Pheonix
Caledonian Youth
U15's David McNaught Cup - Group 1
17 March 2014
With both sides having several key players playing for the South West Region the night before, there was to be no hangovers had within the Ranks as all players made their domestic clubs fixture after only a few hours rest.

Caley Youth opted to rest two of their regional boys from their starting line up perhaps given the short space between matches, however Phoenix saw their three as integral to the result they had hoped for.

This match really got of to a flyer with Caley Youth bringing the match to the home side in the opening 10 minutes, in fact the match up until this point was practically being played in the home sides half, surely there was no way Caley could sustain this tempo! thankfully for Phoenix they could not and as a result as we reached the midway point of the half KSC had stretched in front in terms of possession and goals. The first of which was result of some meet play down the left flank as the ball was flashed across the Caley penalty area by KSC number 10 Jamie Lyndsey, his in rushing strike partner made enough of a nuisance  of himself to get between the out coming keeper and his centre back, the result was a freak own goal as the ball cannoned of the keeper onto the defender and back toward goal and into the net.

This goal seemed to deflate Caley despite their early pressure, however KSC were pressing further and further in search of another goal, and they didn't have to long to wait. On 25 minutes a corner straight from the training field had Caley in total disarray, the result a bullet header high into the net by Phoenix vice captain Logan Craig leaving Caleys Kyle McLymont with no chance.

Next up was the influential Phoenix number 9 Ryan Strain, again after some neat link up play down the right wing Strain burst into the box however as he jinked his way through the Caley rear guard Dylan Robb would be the culprit as he whipped his legs away before pulling the trigger, no mistake a clear penalty, up stepped Mr Phoenix AKA Jack Ryan to cooly smash the ball in from the wee white spot 3-0 Phoenix!

With only a few minutes elapsed since number three went in KSCs Morgan Loudon wanted in on the act, after out muscling his man on the edge of the area he unleashed a ferocious shot high into the net. This match was turning into a white wash, surely there was no way back for Caley.

Caley would end the half snatching a consolation goal courtesy of the KSC keeper opting to juggle a tame ball into his own net.

Half Time: KSC Phoenix 4-1 Caley Youth

Like the first half Caley youth were to start the second period on the front foot, the result another quick goal consequence of a ball fired low into a crowded box, with everyone caught out the ball flew past the helpless KSC Keeper low into his far right. 4-2 game on, Caley continued to press and around the 65 minute mark they would etch a step closer to their cup rivals, another calamity at the back saw an over crowded box with a ball fired in high past the keeper from Caleys Morgan Bird.

Despite this resurgence from Caley KSC were still pressing at the other end, however after some neat outfield play the final ball was starting to allude them, perhaps weary legs now starting to show after the previous nights excretions or maybe not! at 4-3 the next goal was as crucial as ever, Caley were going for it and Phoenix were likewise. As the match came to a close KSC freshened up the frontline sending on John Jamieson, with the result practically instant as the Phoenix forward met a low cross into the box from Phoenix Captain Jay Anderson stabbing the ball home from 6 yards to finally nail the match.

There was few notes of action in the remaining seconds before the ref blew for full time.

An entertaining match in the David McNaught sponsors cup none the less, in the end KSC were well worthy winners despite allowing the visitors back into the match at 4-0 down. 

Credit to Caley who kept on going to the end despite going 4 down in the first half.

KSC Star Players Jack Ryan and Morgan Loudon both on the score sheet and both dictated play in their own areas of the park.

Caley Youth Star Player no 17 James McIntosh, his pace caused the Phoenix rear guard problems all day, ran himself out in first half and perhaps unlucky not to of had more support in the first period as he looked more of a threat when a second striker was introduced in the second half. 
Full Time: KSC Phoenix 5-3 Caley Youth
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 21:27

Valspar edge Ayr Boswell in nine goal thriller

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Valspar FC
Ayr Boswell
U14's West of Scotland YFL
05 March 2014
KGV playing fields playing fields was the venue for the much anticipated local derby between  Valspar and Ayr Boswell. Boswell are the reigning league champions with Valspar finishing runner  up. Between them the two teams won six trophies in their inaugural 11 a side campaign and have  had 12 players selected for the South West Region development squad.
Boswell are on a high from a recent comfortable win over their local rivals in the cup and after securing a place in the Scottish cup  semi finals. Valspar found themselves in a team rebuilding process having lost players to Kilmarnock and St Mirren. Both teams were hoping to put pressure on league leaders Crosshouse. Boswell lined up with a 442 formation with Valspar employing an attacking 433.
The match kicked off in glorious sunshine with Valspar immediately taking the game to their local  rivals. Before the game settled down Boswell found themselves facing a two goal deficit. On both  occasions it was the diminutive striker Ross Clark who provided the goals. The first came from a  neat one two passing movement between Jack Broun and Jamie Macleod which saw the latter  thread a neat ball through the defensive gap, which Clark latched onto and fired an unstoppable left foot shot past the helpless keeper M taggert.
Not long after Clark found himself with another chance after a mazy run by Lucas Elliot and calmly poked the ball home to put Valspar 2 up.
Boswell are renowned for their never say die attitude and soon got into the game. After pressure  down the right wing from Goudie they forced a corner. The resultant corner was expertly put away from the towering Robbie Meikle.
The game saw Boswell force another corner, which was once again dispatched by Meikle. Boswell were using their height advantage to full effect and Boswell were back on level terms. Game on.
Boswell did not have long to enjoy parirty. A long throw in from Valspar’s Lee Young from deep in  the Boswell half cleared the defence and who else but the livewire Ross Clark was waiting to pounce. One touch to control and one to score and Valspar had restored their lead and given him a hat trick.
Valspar’s Macleod provided some neat footwork and close ball skills 30 yard from goal which  resulted in a lunge from Boswell defender Lee Barrett. The resultant free kick from O’Neil was cleared by Taylor but the rebounding shot was well saved by the keeper. Todd of Boswell had found himself through on goal but his shot was well saved by Caniffe before the referee had adjudged Todd Offside.
The game flowed end to end and the next piece of action saw a free kick awarded to Boswell out  near the corner flag. Once again Boswell showed how clinical they are at set pieces with Jack Taylor popping up to put the ball away past the Valspar keeper from the ensuing scramble.
Once again Valspar hit back quickly. The ever dangerous Clark found space again and his cut back was met at the back post by Cameron Gilmour to restore Valspar’s lead which would see them go into the break 4-3 up.
Half Time: Valspar 4-3 Ayr Boswell
The play resumed as before with no quarter given. A quick breakaway from Robbie Meikle found him taking the ball down the right wing but as he appeared to run out of space he manufactured a cross that found its way over the goalkeeper and into the net completing his hat trick... Boswell were back on level terms again.
Boswell were hampered by an injury to the speedy, dangerous wide player Goudie which saw him being replaced. Hopefully it is not too serious as Boswell will not want to miss his attacking threat for the rest of the season.
The ever dangerous Clark found space again and his cut back was met at the back post by Cameron Gilmour to restore Valspar’s lead. 
Valspar were applying the pressure now. Some neat work from Clark on the right took him to the bye line and from his cutback the oncoming Scott O’Neil was unlucky to place his shot just past the post.
The Valspar defence was posted missing a couple of times as fullback Dempsey pushed up the park and Aaron Sawyer now on the right nearly capitalised. The speedy winger was left unmarked and as a defender came over to cover his progress down the wing he was unlucky just to overrun the ball  out the park.
A free kick to Valspar out wide was taken short, and when the ball came into the box the defenders clearance was blocked by the hard working Gilmour which fortunately for him and not so the defenders found its way into the net. 5-4 Valspar.
Valspar were looking to kill the game off. Fullback Brendan Lynch had found himself getting further and further up the pitch forcing the Boswell rearguard on more than one occasion into committing  fouls. In one instance he skipped past Jordan Bell in midfield and drove into the box. Ryan White made a covering sliding tackle and the ref waved away loud appeals for a penalty. Lynch did not stop though; he quickly got up, dragged the ball onto his right foot and got his shot away which was wellsaved by keeper David Hill.
Boswell were chasing the game and were hitting the ball long to the two tall target men Robbie Meikle and Gavin Todd but to little avail as they were being well marshalled by centre backs Gordon and Young.
Valspar were taking control of the game and were having more possession of the ball. Their three centre midfielder of Broun, Macleod and Elliott were not panicking and were content to pass it about amongst themselves till an opportunity came to find their strikers.
Into the last five minutes and Boswell pushed for an equaliser their closest effort coming from Ryan White who popped up from left back and saw his left foot effort from outside the box flash past the post.
The referee brought the pulsating game to an end. Valspar had held on to a deserved 5-4 victory. They had controlled the middle of the park and with the lethal Clark on fire with the help of Gilmour’s brace they had too much on the day for Boswell.
Boswell was restricted to relying on set pieces and cross balls to provide their chances. Both teams have much to play for and no doubt will continue their healthy rivalry.
Valspar - Caniffe, Lynch, Gordon, Young, Dempsey, Broun, Elliott, Macleod, O’Neil, Gilmour, Clark, Beaucamp, Macphee
Boswell - Mctaggert, Barett,Taylor ,Lamont, Reid, Goudie, Sawyer, Robson, Macnae,Todd, Meikle, Bell, White, Hill
Full Time: Valspar 5-4 Ayr Boswell
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 02:17

Galloway Football Fair open for entries

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The details have been announced for this year's Galloway Football Fair - a festival held in partnership between Galloway Thistle YFC and Newton Stewart FC. 
The event takes place on Saturday 3rd May and Sunday 4th May 2014, hosted at Blairmount Park, Newton Stewart. It caters for teams across a wide range of Fun Fours and Soccer Sevens age groups.
Applications are being invited from teams born 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. 
The 2006 and 2007 age groups participate on the Saturday at Fun Fours, joined by the youngest Soccer Sevens age group - the 2005s. The 2002, 2003 and 2004 age groups take centre stage on the Sunday.
To download an application form click here.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 02:00

Irvine Thistle in narrow derby win over Girdle Toll

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Irvine Thistle
Girdle Toll YFC
U15's Central Ayrshire YFA
26 February 2014
Due to the weather the game was played on astro turf but this did not deter the quality of football played by the two teams.
Girdle toll started strongly however Irvine thistle withheld the pressure and starting to take control with some quick passing and movement took the lead with a superb lob by Ryan Howat and deservedly scored their second with a flowing move starting with Irvine captain Sam Auld and with the ball finding Liam McKie on the edge of the box he volleyed it into the bottom left corner of the net with the Girdle keeper motionless. 
Half Time: Irvine Thistle 2-0 Girdle Toll YFC
The 2nd half kicked off frantically and Girdle Toll scored a deserved goal, however Irvine thistle pressed once more and straight from a corner Liam McKie scored a superb 3rd goal for Irvine.
Girdle now made changes and this led to a goal. Girdle were enjoying much more of the play now as they pressed for an equaliser. Cameron Easton the Irvine keeper had little saves to make though and Irvine held on to move 10 points in front of their local rivals.
A man of the match performance from captain Sam Auld who was tireless in his work and motivation all game. Praise to both teams who played out the game as a derby should be played in what was difficult conditions. 
Full Time: Irvine Thistle 3-2 Girdle Toll YFC