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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 14:31

Caledonian Youth Club enjoy Quality Mark success

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35 clubs were honoured at the Scottish FA South West’s annual Quality Mark Awards event - recently hosted at The Park Hotel, next to Kilmarnock FC’s Rugby Park. One of the teams delighted to be accepting an award were Caledonian YC.
Vice Chairman and coach of Caledonian United Under 16s, Bobby McCulloch, described the club saying: “At Caledonian YC we believe in the complete player pathway. This means the boys coming in at five all the way through to Under 17s and adult football. We also have girls’ teams competing at 7-a-side and also 11-a-side.” 
With their facilities at Prestwick, several 7-a-side and 11-a-side pitches, one 3G training pitch and a club house, they have a great base for a club that can only expand in the future. 
“We see the club as a beacon of the community” said Bobby. 
“Right now we have around 220-250 players registered throughout the age groups.” 
“With the help of the Quality Mark programme we are hoping to move the club forward by adding a social club to the clubhouse and building our own 3G 11-a-side park within the next five to ten years.” 
“We also hope to own our grounds. We are presently in discussion with the local council, to try and do exactly that.”
When asked why the Quality Mark is important to the club he said: “It’s brilliant, the fact that you get the backing from the Scottish FA. Guys like John Brown, David Sheldon and Tommy Tait coming in and helping us. All the guys up there, they couldn’t be more helpful.”
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:52

Bonnyton battle back to book place in the final

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Fixture: Glenafton v Bonnyton Thistle
Competition: Under 16's Supplementary Cup Semi Final
Date: 22/02/15
On a blustery cold day on a tricky pitch Glenafton decided to use the fierce wind in the first half.
This helped them put Bonnyton under pressure early on but a stubborn, well organised Bonnyton were hard to crack and were coping well against the wind but.
However, Glenafton opened the scoring when a through ball found the striker, his shot was well saved and broke to another Glenafton player, his shot was blocked on the line and at the third attempt the ball was knocked in.
The rest of the half had very few chances as the sides battled against the elements.
Half Time : Glenafton 1-0 Bonnyton Thistle
The second half was all towards the Glenafton goal and Bonnyton with the wind at their backs got back into the game when Jonny struck home a fantastic free kick to make it 1-1.
The momentum was now with Bonnyton and Jonny made it 2-1 with a good run and and an equally good finish.
Bonnyton had chances to finish the game but didn't do so until nine minutes from the end when Jamie made it 3-1 with a fine finish.
Well done to both teams who put on a great show in such poor conditions, a great advert for youth football. 
Full Time : Glenafton 1-3 Bonnyton Thistle

Fixture: Largs Colts v Crosshouse BC
Competition: CAYFA Under 13's League
Date: 22/02/15
Unsurprisingly Colts kept the same line up as the team that defeated Bonnyton last week. With Irwin in goal and a back three of Barbour, Weir and Loudon.  In central mid was R.Coupar with MacNeil and Wilson supporting and J.Coupar and McTaggart on the right and left wings. Up top for Largs were Dalglish and Brown, with Smith, Kavak and Florence on the bench. 
Colts were under pressure early on with keeper Irwin called into action within a minute saving from a Crosshouse corner. Largs then broke away with Dalglish laying the ball off for J.Coupar to strike it only for the ball to hit Colts striker Brown before being cleared. 
Both teams were playing some excellent passing football despite the terrible conditions. Crosshouse then had a period of pressure with corners which were scrambled clear by Colts. 
On 11 minutes Irwin made an excellent save as Crosshouse tried to get the opener. Dalglish had to leave the field early with an injury being replaced by Smith in a straight swap. 
On 18 minutes Brown played an excellent ball for Smith, the ball was laid back to McTaggart to strike, though the keeper saved well. 
Colts were starting to see more of the ball and when a thrown in found its way to McTaggart he struck it with power into the right corner of the goal for Largs to lead. 
A few minutes later McTaggart shifted the ball to his right foot and tried again from distance though it was taken well by the keeper. As half time approached Colts lost a soft goal. The chance was there to lay the ball back to the keeper though the striker was able to get in and finished well for Crosshouse to get a deserved equaliser.
Half Time : Largs Colts 1-1 Crosshouse 
At half time Florence replaced J.Coupar who had done well. Largs had an early corner which found the head of MacNeil though he was not able to get the direction on it and it was cleared. Crosshouse were again well in the game and Colts had to dig in to keep the scores level. 
On 45 minutes MacNeil again got to a corner with the ball falling to Brown to head it goalwards though again the keeper gathered. 
On 51 minutes Smith took the ball well as the keeper rushed out. The big striker then looked to find his strike partner when a direct shot may have paid dividends and the chance was gone. 
Colts then gambled to look to win the game with Weir moved up front with his pace and Smith moved back into defence. 
In 60 minutes some good football by Colts setup a chance for Kavak, who had replaced Brown, but his shot went wide of the right post. 
Just two minutes later Largs were caught out through the middle when a through ball, which looked offside, was finished well to give the visitors the lead. Colts kept going and MacNeil had a chance from a free kick well within his range though the keeper saved at the second attempt.  
MacNeil then setup R.Coupar for a shot which was saved. Smith also had a shot on target as Largs piled on the pressure in search of the equaliser. 
A last minute corner saw keeper Irwin go up though with no joy. Irwin made it back safely to his goal before another breakway in the dying seconds resulted in a fine finish from Crosshouse and a 3-1 scoreline. 
Full Time : Largs Colts 1-3 Crosshouse
This game could have gone either way and in chasing a victory Colts lost two well taken goals through the middle. Credit to the visitors who have a good blend of height, strength, pace & skill and played some good football throughout. 
Colts had previously defeated Crosshouse twice in the league and Cup and can have no complaints on the day. A number of the Colts players had an off day though that could not be said for keeper Irwin who was not at fault for any of the goals and once again was excellent in distribution. On that basis Irwin was a well-deserved Colts Man of the Match.
A worth mention for the opposition players and coaches were excellent throughout in terms of football and sportsmanship.
A special thanks to our Match Sponsors for this game, McTaggart Construction.
John Robertson of Live Fitness put Bonnyton Thistle Under 19's through their paces in a recent session. Watch the video feature below:
Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:38

Kilwinning's work in community recognised at awards

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Kilwinning Sports Club has been recognised for its excellent work after being awarded Legacy status at the recent Scottish FA South West Region Quality Mark Awards. 
Long serving club chairman, Jim McCubbin was on hand to collect the award and dedicated the victory to the entire community. He said “We are very proud to receive the award and it would not have been possible without the great volunteers that help run events. Everyone from the local council to the Scottish FA has helped us receive this award.”
Kilwinning’s rise through the Scottish FA’s Quality Mark Scheme could be seen as a miracle.  Jim McCubbin and his friend Jim Hodge (club director) helped open Kilwinning Sports Club in 2000. The facility was a disused pavilion with a pitch and no floodlights. Sixteen footballers were part of the original club and now fifteen years later there are 27 teams, which accommodate under 6’s all the way up to over 50’s. 
The new state of the art facilities at Kilwinning is just one of a number of reasons why the sports club have been recognised by the Scottish FA. When Mr McCubbin founded the club all those years ago, he could not have dreamed how different it would look today. 
With support from sportscotland and North Ayrshire Council, the two Jim’s were able to sustain and develop a facility and sports club that can now be seen as an inspiration for any small Scottish sports community. Facilities now include all weather pitches and a gym with expert assistance on hand for visitors.
Kilwinning have continued to work with the Scottish FA and have some of the best community workers to aid the process. Jim McCubbin was quick to praise the impact they’ve has had on the sports club saying, “The support from the Scottish FA has been outstanding. Giving us the guidelines on how to run has enabled us to achieve the Quality Mark.”

Fixture: Largs Colts v Bonnyton Thistle
Competition: Under 13's Central Ayrshire YFL
Date: 15/02/15
On Sunday morning Bonnyton travelled to Largs in high spirits after last weekends tremendous victory, the hosts Largs were sitting near the top of the table and eagerly anticipated the arrival of Bonnyton.
As the game kicked of it became clear that the home side were well on top making the visitors chase shadows at times, it wasn't long before the home side took the lead through some wonderful passing and a delightful finish to put Largs 1-0 ahead.
As the game continued, so did Largs eagerness to get forward and get another goal and shortly before the break the second goal came.
Half Time : Largs Colts 2-0 Bonnyton Thistle
As the second half started the pattern remained the same as Largs saw more possession of the ball than the visitors, with some delightful one-two passing and moving.
The third goal duly arrived midway through the second half with a lovely finish into the roof of the net.
Not long before the final whistle Largs made it 4-0, sealing victory for the home side.
At the final whistle Bonnyton manager Kenny Henderson was the first to admit his side lost to the better team and congratulated Largs in a comprehensive victory.
Full Time : Largs Colts 4-0 Bonnyton Thistle
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 12:43

Ayr Boswell three to the good agaisnt Galston

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Fixture: Ayr Boswell v Galston YFC
Competition: Under 15's WOSYFL "A" League
Date: 14/02/2015
Ayr Boswell started the game in there usual quick manner an would have taken an early lead barring a wonderful save by the Galston goalkeeper after a good run and strike by Arran Sawyer. 
Galston were more than holding there own and although Boswell was having more of the play they were finding the Galston midfield an defence hard to breakdown and on two occasions Galston hit Boswell with some fine counter attacking football and had both chances cleared of the line by Lee Barratt which kept the scoreline at 0-0 at the end of the first half.
Half Time : Ayr Boswell 0-0 Galston YFC
The second half started with Boswell kicking off an going on the attack and pinning Galston back deep into their own half. 
Then the breakthrough came when a cross, come shoot was hit by Euan Muir which totally bamboozled the Galston goalkeeper just dropping over his head into the back of the net.
Both teams made a few substitutes and it was a Boswell substitute Kieran Goudie that added the second stealing in at the back post for a tap in. 
Galston were now finding the going hard as Boswell were starting to control the game, the third goal came from a bit of quick thinking with Ross Copeland taking a quick free kick and Euan Muir grabbing his second with a fine header and effectively killing the game off.
Galston never gave up and were rewarded with a goal five minutes from time after a good passage of play. 
Full Time : Ayr Boswell 3-1 Galston YFC
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:38

Valspar and Glenburn take a share of the points

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Fixture: Valspar v Glenburn MW
Competition: Under 14's WOSYFL
Date: 14/02/15
Valspar started strongly and the first chances fell to them, in the opening 10 minutes they could easily have been 3 up when their number 12 squandered two great chances and number eleven crossed a great ball from the left with no takers with the Glenburn defence posted missing. 
Against the run of play in the 11th minute Glenburn broke up the park and pressed the Valspar defence for the first time in the game and were rewarded when Kieren Milligan got on to the end of a cross and slipped the ball past the Valspar keeper. 
Valspar hit back and created some more good chances, none better than when their number eight was put clear but slipped the ball past the post with the Glenburn defence at 6's and 7's. 
Valspar were eventually rewarded in the 36 minute when they were awarded a free kick on the left hand side of the eighteen yard box. The resultant free kick was chipped into the box and their no 8, Josh Rennie was first to react to slip the ball past the Glenburn keeper, Murdoch, with the Glenburn team and sidelines claiming offside, but the referee awarded the goal.
Half Time : Valspar 1-1 Glenburn MW
The second half saw a better performance from Glenburn and they created some chances, but Valspar were always dangerous on the break. 
With only a couple of minutes of the game remaining Valspar had what looked like the best chance to win the game when their forward was put through with only the Glenburn keeper to beat, but again the golden chance was missed as the ball was pulled wide of the post. 
However the game wasn't over as Glenburn broke upfield and Adam Park was put clear with a great chance to win the game for Glenburn, but was thwarted by a great parry from the Valspar keeper, with the ball breaking to Glenburn's Liam Alaxander who saw his snap shot saved by the Valspar keeper who tipped the ball round the post for a corner, but the final whistle was blown to end the game at 1-1. 
Valspar will be disappointed at not winning and getting three points closer to league leaders Glenburn, as on the day they were the better team, but Glenburn showed some great resiliance and in the end could have stolen the three points.
Full Time : Valspar 1-1 Glenburn MW

Fixture: Stewarton Annick v Glenburn MW
Competition: Under 15's WOSYFL "B" League
Date: 14/02/15
There were perfect conditions for a decent game of football on Saturday.
Glenburn came out the traps flying and were rewarded a penalty after only twenty seven secs, after Luke Watson got upended.
Andy Martin stepped up but the Stewarton goaly made a tremendous block to keep the score level. But he made amends in the seventh min when a lovely through ball from Blair McMeechan, was clinically dispatched by top scorer Martin.
The game was a tremendous advertisement for youth football with two teams getting the ball down and trying to pass and move.
Stewarton clawed there way into the game on the half hour mark when a stonewall penalty was awarded and Stevenson duly buried with aplomb.
Half Time : Stewarton Annick 1-1 Glenburn MW
Stewarton, with their tails up were looking for a second, as they had the upper hand for the next twenty minutes but couldn't break down a resolute defense and goalkeeper.
A few tactical alterations by both teams were done to try and manufacture a victory.
And this happened for Glenburn on the seventy eighth minute after a goalmouth scramble, predator Declan Holland, was at the right place, right time to give the league leaders another valuable three points.
This result puts Glenburn eight points clear now at the top of the table.
Full Time : Stewarton Annick 1-2 Glenburn MW
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 13:37

South West region welcomes UEFA study group

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Initiatives from throughout Scotland’s grassroots football programmes took centre stage last week as a UEFA study group visited Ayrshire.
The group, comprising of visitors from Slovenia, Hungary, Cyprus, Serbia, Poland, Ireland and Germany, were welcomed by Scottish FA Chief Executive Stewart Regan and paid a visit to Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park to hear about the strides being made within our national game. 
Delegates were able to share their own individual national experiences and ideas about the game’s wider social responsibility. 
They also paid a visit to Auchenharvie Academy in Stevenson to hear from two pupils who have directly benefited from the Schools for Football initiative – where the motto is “person first, player second”.
Former Kilmarnock star Garry Hay, who works with the programme, says the benefits went both ways.
He said: “The kids we have come across have been fantastic. It has been very rewarding helping young people become better people, as well as getting them involved in football.
“It has been really interesting to hear from the other countries and what they’re doing in their own grassroots game. It’s about sharing ideas, and hopefully there are things the other countries can pick up on. We’re certainly picking things up from them.”
The study group also heard from Corrie Campbell and Shirley Martin, Girls & Women’s Club Development Officers from the Scottish FA West and South West regions respectively. They talked about the growth achieved in football participation across the board. The achievement of targets in participation and retention of players through sustainable clubs was also highlighted.
The group then went on to Kilwinning Sports Club to hear about their strides towards meeting the UEFA Grassroots Charter. Willi Hink, Director of Football Development at the German Football Association, was impressed with what he seen during his week in Scotland.
He said: “Football has a unique role to play. It is a wonderful sport but which also contributes to social development. This is one of its big selling arguments.”
“In Germany we have set very high standards at club and national level. The challenge is maintaining those and also in improving things at grassroots level. I see many of the ideas we have in Germany being put into practice in Scotland and hopefully the group can go back to their own countries and apply these same standards.”
“Scotland has a great tradition in grassroots development through the work of Andy Roxburgh and Jim Fleeting and this is something from which the other countries this week can learn and apply.”