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Glasgow Schools FA roundup - 18th February 2014

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Glasgow Schools teams had a massive week of cup fixtures last week most being Scottish Cup action and even the Glasgow Schools team making the semi finals of the National Trophy with a convincing 4-1 win over Fife Schools.
The biggest match and undoubtedly the pick of the ties from the Scottish Cup draw was at Under 16's level were last years Scottish and Brittish champs Bannerman (pictured right, with last year's Under 15 shield at Tynecastle Stadium) took on a good Woodmill side who made the semis last year. The team from Dunfermline weren't ready to lie down but were eventually beaten on penalties by Bannerman who now move in to the quarter's to defend their crown.
At other age groups Glasgow School's had massive representation as well, at Under 18's Springburn Academy cruised into the semi's with a 4-0 win and at the same age group St Paul's High School joined Springburn in the semis with a win over Glenrothes High School.
Holyrood Secondary's under 15's team made the quarter finals as well scrapping a 2-1 win over Kirkcaldy High and the last Glasgow schools team to progress was yet another Bannerman team this time their 13's with a 5-3 over John Ogilvie.
Domestically there is still a lot to play for as well with every age group having three separate league sections apart from the Under 18's which has 5 sections. Although people may think Bannerman Under 16's are top dogs at their age group defending their trophy must be hard and its showing as the school team from Ballieston sit third in their league section behind local rivals St Andrew's and Stonelaw saying that one win would take the British champs to the top where most people would already guess they would be.
At under 13's there are a few teams still with 100% records in their section in fact every section has one team who has still yet to be beaten, Division 5A has Bannerman who have played 5 and won 5, Division 5B has Our Lady St Patrick's who have an impressive 21 points from 7 games in their section and lastly we have Holyrood and Bishopbriggs who have both won all three games in Division 5C however something will have to give because in two weeks time both teams face off against each other.
In the Under 18's age group this coming week is a massive fixture it could be called the "El Classico of the Eastend" as St Andrews Secondary take on their fierce rivals Eastbank Academy in Division 1B. St Andrews sit just one point ahead of the so called enemy but are still feeling the effects from the last time these two team's met were a weakened St Andrew's side were embarrassed by Eastbank who won the match 10-3 at their home ground. This time round St Andrew's will most certainly be looking for revenge and anyone at a loose end this coming Monday should certainly get themselves along to Eastbank for the big derby match.
Paul Scollin the St Andrew's Under 18's coach and also the vice president of the Glasgow Schools FA said: " We didn't do ourselves justice last time out so we will certainly be looking for a wee bit of revenge we have lost a few boys who have now left school but I still feel we are better than before and we are going in to this game to show what we can do."

Forde McGhee | YFS West Region Journalist
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