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Fixture: Greystone Rovers vs Terregles FC U17s
Competition: Ryedale Cup - Final
Venue: David Keswick Centre, Dumfries
Date: 03/04/15
A decent crowd turned out at the David Keswick centre in Dumfries for what promised to be a closely fought game between two evenly matched sides. Before tonight's game both teams were unbeaten all season, with their league clash ending in a draw, but there had to be a winner tonight.
The match started at a ferocious pace with both teams really up for the occasion. Greystone had the best of the early chances, going close a few times. The best of their chances came from an indirect free-kick for a pass back inside the box, which Terregles managed to scramble clear of the goal.
As half time approached both teams were effectively cancelling each other out in the middle of the park.
Half Time: Greystone Rovers 0-0 Terregles FC
Not long into the second half and Greystone had a great chance to open the scoring. The ball broke to Liam Watson inside the Terregles half and he drove into the box, only to have his strike pushed over the bar from a fantastic save by Calvin Cunningham.
This seemed to spur Terregles into action and as they pushed up the park the ball found Ross Young on the left hand side of the box, he jinked through the Greystone defence and slotted home with his right foot - Terregles were a goal to the good.
The blues now had their tails up and their pressure paid off with a corner kick on the left. Euan Francis knocked the corner towards the back post where Tommy Goss rose to meet it, and head in Terregles' second.
Terregles held on to their 2-0 lead to lift the cup at the end of the game.
This was an excellent advert for youth football in the region, and with both teams still neck and neck in the league, and still in the Palmerston Cup, there promises to be some great games ahead.
Full Time: Greystone Rovers 0-2 Terregles FC
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 14:21

Tait leaving Caledonian YC in good stead

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Soon to move on from his 6 month posting as McDonald’s Club Coach Officer at Caledonian Youth FC, Tommy Tait is delighted at what he has been able to achieve in the role:
“Ultimately my role is to help ensure young players in the South West get the best possible coaching and most importantly enjoy their participation in the game.”
“It’s all about providing reassurance and mentoring existing coaches at all levels, giving feedback and advice, but it is very much a two way street and about sharing ideas going forward. “
“In my 6 months it has been great to see all the coaches embracing all of this. At Caledonian they have taken a lot from our PCS workshops, and laying down an ethos for the club going forward.”
“The SFA have also been very supportive, providing coach briefing days at Toryglen, and David Sheldon and Craig Hamilton at SFA South West have always been on hand for advice.”
SFA South West Football Development Officer David Sheldon says the Club Coach Officers have a valuable role to play in the development of the grassroots game:
“Tommy and all the CCOs have been really enjoyable to work with. They have been very enthusiastic to develop the game and do their part for the education and improvement of coaches and players within the clubs they are working with.”
“The coaches have really bought into what the CCOs are doing in terms of the importance of coach preparation, club ethos and creating a better environment for the players”
Looking to the future Tait believes he is leaving Caledonian in good stead:
“In my time there I have worked closely with the Club Coach Co-Ordinator, who carries on the club ethos and curriculum we have established. So there is very much a firm legacy in place for the future.”
“It was also great to see the progress Caledonian is making on all fronts recognised at the recent Quality Mark awards.”
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 10:35

Dreghorn 05's give back to the community

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Dreghorn YFC 2005’s have donated a fantastic £100 to Ayrshire cancer support after a successful fundraiser for their upcoming trip to Blackpool.
Colin Ross, coach of the team said “Dreghorn 2005's have been running for four years and have established themselves as well respected group playing in the Central Ayrshire league. The boys are a tremendous bunch who work hard and try to play their best football week in, week out.
“This year the coaches decided to reward their hard work by entering the Blackpool Cup on the Easter weekend. To do this everyone has been fund raising for the past year to get the amount required.  
“We had our last fundraiser a couple of weeks ago and this went really well, so it was decided amongst the coaches and the players that we would donate some of the money raised into the community.
“Ayrshire cancer support is a fantastic charity that does great work and we all agreed this would be where we donated the money.” 
Colin concluded by saying, “In times when raising money for youth teams is hard, we think it's a great gesture from the wee ones and felt they deserved a wee bit of recognition.”

Fixture: Largs Colts v Valspar
Competition: U16's CAYFA League
Date: 29/03/15
Playing on a fantastic surface and venue Valspar were determined to get back to winning ways following last weeks defeat, the game started with Valspar taking the game to Largs in the early stages and playing some good football from back to front, Largs were stubborn and hard to break down but the breakthrough came when some good work on the left from Euan Anderson and Calum Walker resulted in a cross to the back post which was controlled and finished by Declan Hughes 
Largs were playing the ball long looking for the flick on from their tall centre midfielder but the Valspar defence was resolute and dealt with everything coming their way, the second goal came from a through ball to Declan Hughes who scored his second of the day beating the Largs offside trap and finishing low into the corner.
Valspar were now in control and pushing on down both flanks and controlling the game in midfield the third goal came again from Declan Hughes who completed his first half hat trick with an excellent finish through a crowded goal mouth 
The second half seen Valspar make five changes and again were dominant in possession, Largs were closing down quicker and were much harder to breakdown, the last goal came from another corner, Ryan McCrone followed up from a headed attempt on goal which came back to him and he calmly steered the ball into t top corner with a close range left footed shot
A good solid team performance from Valspar keeping them in second place, two points behind the top spot.
Full Time : Largs Colts 0-4 Valspar

Fixture: Prestwick CFC v Coylton
Competition: Under 13's WOSYF League
Date: 28/03/15
Within the first 2 minutes Prestwick CFC were one up due to a sublime free kick from Marc Mulgrew. The Coylton keeper was unlucky not to stop the ball going in as he managed to get his fingers to the effort, though the ball was struck so well and continued its way to the back of the net.
Pressure continued from both teams and finally Coylton were back in the game with a well struck shot from outside the box which ended in the top corner of the net. 
It was game on and within a couple of minutes Coylton gained goal number two. Another shot from just outside the box was stopped by the Prestwick goalie, however the ball took a dodgey bounce before hitting off the goalie and rollign in. 
Coylton were looking for another and a carefully hit shot at a low angle nearly found the back of the net, but the keeper managed to get a foot to it to knock it out for a corner. 
Half Time : Prestwick CFC 1-2 Coylton
The second half restarted and immediately Prestwick piled the pressure on Coylton.
They were rewarded with Ryan McArthur making a pass back to Russel Connor who smashed the ball straight into the net from outside the box. 
Five minutes later McArthur was back in action again, this time sliding a pass through to Blair McCallum who calmly chipped the approaching Coylton keeper. 
Prestwick continued to gain further momentum and McArthur was in the thick of it again. Picking up a pass from Euan McCluckie he neatly slotted the ball past the Coylton keeper into the net. 
Prestwick weren't stopping and Coylton tried their best to get back in the action and tried to get the ball back into the Prestwick half. 
Coylton created a great chance racing towards goal though the Prestwick keeper picking up on the opportunity raced out from his box and slid through on the approaching striker, managing to contact with the ball and clearing to his team mate. 
Once again Prestwick were back in the Coylton half with the ball going out for a Prestwick corner. McArthur took the corner knocking the ball towards goal, the ball bounced as it came in and Glen Smith threw himself low towards the ball heading it beyond the keeper into the net. 
It was 5-2 Prestwick and the game still had a bit to run. As if McArthur hadn’t done enough damage already here he was again picking up a pass from McCluckie, before unleashing a shot which evaded a number of players before nestling in the back of the net.
Full Time : Prestwick CFC 6-2 Coylton
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:50

Largs come out on top in game of two halves

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Fixture: Largs Spartans v Irvine Victoria
Competition: Liz Oglivie Challenge Cup
Date: 28/03/15
On a windy day for a game of football at Barrfields, Largs Spartans welcomed Irvine Victoria in the first round of the Challenge cup. The sides have met twice before this season and the visitors had won both by a single goal. 
However after a strong display in the draw with Tass last week, the home side were feeling very confident going into the match.
Playing in to what was a very strong wind in the first half, Largs spent most of their time defending, but defending well. 
Victoria were limited to the odd half chance and again the back four of Bone, Herrero-Redden, Stewart & Clive were solid. Griffins was causing havoc with his strong running and when he was set up by Allen he was unlucky not to score, shooting just wide.
Victoria did however take the lead after 20 minutes when a long shot found its way past Kane. Victoria continued to push and a mixture of good defending and poor finishing kept the score at 0-1 at the break.
Half Time : Largs Spartans 0-1 Irvine Victoria
Into the second half and it was all Largs. McShane came on for Mills to give some support to Griffins up front. He held the ball up well, and the game was all being played in the Victoria half.  
Herrero-Redden was having another good game in the centre of defense with his pace at the back sweeping up any danger. Indeed it was from his clearance that the ball broke through to Griffins who simply passed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner to level the game. 
Vics weren’t really in the second half and Spartans continued to push for the winner. And it eventually came with a lovely strike from Herrero-Redden. Victoria cleared a cross from Allen and from a full 30 yards out, Herrero-Redden caught it perfectly and although the keeper got a touch to it he couldn’t keep it out. 
10 to go and Victoria did all they could to put this game into extra time but Docherty & Bainbridge were working hard in midfiled to close them down. 
The full time whistle went and Largs go through to the next round. Another great game between two evenly matched teams but Largs just edged it this time.
This month’s Match balls are again sponsored by Mills Milk and are much appreciated by all at Largs Spartans.
Full Time : Largs Spartans 2-1 Irvine Victoria
Monday, 30 March 2015 15:14

Glenburn earn three valuable points against

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Fixture: Glenburn MW v Stewarton Annick
Competition: U15's WOSYF "B" League
Date: 28/03/15
Glenburn MW claimed another three valuable points after a tough encounter with Stewarton Annick.
Glenburn got out the traps flying and opened the scoring after 88 secs, after neat interchange passing between Ben Coughtrie, Louis Mcguire and Andy Martin was cooly finished by Blair McMeechan, 1-0.
Stewarton threatened at times with a strong wind at their back, they rattled the post and missed a couple of half chances.
Half Time : Glenburn MW 1-0 Stewarton Annick
A few changes to try and inject urgency at the interval were made, and with the wind at there back, Glenburn were comfortable with their passing and movement. 
In the 55th minute a wicked in-swinging corner from Lewis Grant was knocked home by the Stewarton full back, 2-0.
There was to be no further scoring in the match as Glenburn kept another clean sheet, a very pleasing aspect. 
Full Time : Glenburn MW 2-0 Stewarton Annick

Fixture: Prestwick CFC v Valspar
Competition: U14's WOSYF League
Venue: The Oval
Date: 28/03/15
Prestwick 14's ran out deserved winners in very testing windy conditions at the Oval on saturday.  
Playing into a very strong wind Prestwick took the game to Valspar with some very neat passing football and the first real chance of the game fell to prestwick's Jack Anderson who raced through on goal and with the advancing keeper to beat his lobbed shot just crept over the bar.  
It was then Valspar's turn to press with the wind advantage and they forced a few corners which were well defended by the prestwick defence.  
Prestwick took the lead after a great passing move from midfield  and a cross from Aidan O'Neill was volleyed into the net by Jack Anderson.  
Chances were coming thick and fast for prestwick and the lead should have been increased when Josh Alexander lost his footing as he was about to score and then Anderson tried another lob which went just wide.  
Prestwick increased their lead just before half time with another fine strike from Anderson.
The second half was much of the same although Valspar had a very good 10 min spell where they threaten down the right hand side this eventually culminated in a goal from their striker Robbie Hannah.  
Prestwick continued to press and missed a hatful of chances to increase their lead and put the game safe.  
Half time sub Paul O'Neil completed some suastained pressure from prestwick with a cute finish from the edge of the box with 10 mins to go and prestwick managed to see the remainder of the game out for an important victory.
Full Time : Prestwick CFC 1-3 Valspar

Fixture: Prestwick CFC v Ayr Boswell Colts
Competition: Under 13's WOSYF League
Date: 21/03/15
This was a good, competitive game playing and refereed in a positive manner.  
The first 20 minutes were evenly matched with both team playing well and creating chances, Ayr Boswell took the lead with a scrappy goal knocked over the line by an alert Daniel Mckenzie.  
Ayr Boswell were awarded a penalty 2 minutes later when joe grieve was fouled when running in on goal. The penalty was tucked away well by Cameron McIntyre. Prestwick  had a few chances before the break coming from corners but the half ended 2-0 to Ayr Boswell Colts. 
The second half started the way the first half did with both teams playing well and creating chances. 
Prestwick got a goal back half way through the second half after the ref penalised Ewan Courtney for the ball hitting his hand in the box. The penalty was very well taken by Prestwick and it was game on.  
Ayr Boswell responded well after the Prestwick goal and pushed to regain their 2 goal lead, which they got 2 minutes later when Cailum Donnelly smashed the ball into the next from 6 yards after.  
Harry Findlay, the Boswell goal keeper, had a few good saves in the match and saved superbly from a well struck Prestwick free kick to keep the score at 3-1. 
The game finished 3-1 to Ayr Boswell Colts, it was an excellent game played well by 2 good teams. 
Full Time : Prestwick CFC 1-3 Ayr Boswell Colts
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:36

Glenburn sitting pretty after win over Glenafton

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Fixture: Glenafton v Glenburn MW
Competition: Under 15's WOSYFL "B" League
Date: 14/03/15
It was perfect conditions for this league encounter between top v bottom.
Glenafton pressed early with some neat one-two's but to no avail. Glenburn slowly crepted into the game and after 13 mins a searching run and cross by Blair McMeechan was knocked back into the path of Louis McGuire who unleashed a piledriver into the top corner to put Glenburn 1-0 up. 
Swanston and McMeechan continued to torment the Afton back 4, and Kyle Swanston should've put Welfare 2/0 up but he narrowly put a chance sliding past.
Half Time : Glenafton 0-1 Glenburn MW
It was the same story in the second half with Glenburn having alot of possession but not being clinical enough in front of goal.
On the 55th minute mark, a delightful through ball from debutant Lewis Grant was cooly finished by Blair McMeechan, 2-0.
And 7 minutes later a quick throw in from Griffin to top scorer Andy Martin, who beat 2 men and slotted into the bottom corner, 3-0.
Glenafton were neat and tidy in the passing at times and had a couple of half chances but just couldn't finish.
A comfortable win for Glenburn as they maintain there top spot in the league.
Full Time : Glenafton 0-3 Glenburn MW