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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 22:17

Cambuslang beat OLM in a very one-sided encounter

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Cambuslang beat OLM in a one-sided match which saw Derek Logie score a very good hat-trick. All the goals in the game were incredibly well taken.

Goals from Declan McMahon and Jamie McGuinness helped Cambuslang to victory.

The game started with both teams you could see were going for the victory but no one was really getting hold on the game then Cambuslang really started to take a hold of the game.

Cambuslang first real chance came from a set piece which was well whipped in from Logie but it was straight at the keeper.

Cambuslang’s next chance came through Logie again as his cross was whipped in with pace fell straight to Seamus Fraser but his shot was dragged wide. This was very good build up play but they were just missing the cutting edge in the final third.

But the goal did come after 17 minutes when a mazy run from McMahon split the defence then he was able to stick into the top corner with a cultured finish.

It could very easily have been two soon after when a one two between McMahon and McGuinness led to McGuinness having a great attempt to score but his tame shot was straight at the keeper.

Two goals in the final few minutes helped Rossvale United overcome Barrhead in the Paisley & Johnstone District division one.
 
Callum McComb had put the visitors off to a flyer early on with 15 minutes gone giving his side the lead.
 
Johnathon Hogg soon doubled their lead, scoring after 24 minutes giving Rossvale a firmer grip on the game.
 
It only took eight minutes for Barrhead to pull one back and cut the deficit in two as the sides went in at half time with the away side in front by two goals to one.
Sunday, 02 July 2017 16:06

Southside Stars claim the ERSDA league

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Southside Stars Under 13s remarkably collected the ERSDA trophy in only their first season in existence. The stars didn’t even concede defeat during their league campaign. The Stars won everything in front of them in their first year as team and coach Tommy Steele said this about how proud he was of his team: “This was our first season as a club. We only founded a year and a half ago so I couldn’t have even imagined winning the league. I was just going to be happy with the top 4 as that was our aim before the season so to win the league and the domestic cup is unbelievable.”
 
When asked about his favourite moment of his sides 16/17 campaign he said: “It wasn’t even winning the league or the cup it was that we were in a tournament there with all the top teams in Paisley and we won the tournament so for me I got more satisfaction out of that as we were playing the top teams. The league was exciting as we had to play Palace Park in the final game so it was a bit nerve wracking but it was good when the boys actually won it to see them enjoy themselves,”
 
Southside Stars had many highs throughout the seasons but still endured challenges. Asked about his biggest challenge Steele said this about his biggest obstacle he said: “It was trying to get the new boys embedded into the team. Because it was the first season and trying to find out what position suited each person. But apart from that it went smoothly with no major problems”
 
To nail down what the get to success was for a season can be tricky, Steele said: “I just feel like the boys worked well together. I done all of the secretary stuff all the organising. The three coaches also Phillip, Kev, Robert Mulan and David Fraser. David is the young coach he is learning from the others so they all worked well together. Between us all we all played our roles well which made it easier."
 
After debuting with perfect season, Steele still has high aspirations for the next season. “We have moved up to a harder league to the paisley district league which is more teams round our level with one of the teams St peters winning the Scottish cup and finishing high in their league. The plan is to test ourselves in that league with a few new boys. We are also starting a new team we are taking one team to the district league and leaving the other in the ERSDA league.”
 
Steele made some final comments about his team: "It is good now we have a development set up as the boys can have a season to develop to try and work their way up to the district league which is going to be a higher standard. There was no better feeling however than seeing the boys lifting the trophy and just enjoying themselves."
 

A towering header from Logan Dempsey led Erskine YFC to glory in the final of their home tournament, in a closely fought match with Glenbrae Colts. After narrowly missing out on lifting the Paisley & Johnstone Districrt YFL Division Two crown, Erskine arrived at Park Mains HS desperate for silverware. Colts, from the division below, put up a good fight but in the end one could reflect on a deserved victory for the boys in red and yellow.

Despite boasting much of the possession in the opening 25 minutes, Erskine struggled to create much in the final third. Both teams failed to string more than a few passes together at a time, with the game very much taking on the moniker of a 'midfield battle'. It ended up being the underdogs who fashioned the first shot at goal when Jacob Devine sprinted in behind the Erskine defence. From 15 yards out he hit the bouncing ball on the half volley with his left foot but he connected perhaps too strongly, and watched the ball sail high and wide.

At the other end, it was Devine's opposite number, Ross Birch, who was tasked with finding the space in behind. The striker was just growing into the game at the point where he had a goal ruled out for offside; the balls over the top from the supply men behind him would become a persistent problem for the Colts back line.

The game really started to liven up after that disallowed goal, especially for the home side. Glenbrae began to defend with a bit more urgency and were quick to try and counter attack, but they lost their way as soon as they approached the Erskine box on multiple occasions. Winger Evan Meyer McDonagh passed up a golden chance to put the home side ahead when the ball fell to him from a cutback five yards out, but he scuffed his shot and the keeper was in no danger. Cameron Kerr then tried a volley from similar range as Devine's early effort at the other end, but he too was off target.

With five minutes until the whistle, Erskine upped the pressure again. Ciaran Doherty went close when he hit the post from 10 yards out when he moved onto McDonagh's cross, and then Kerr had a shot from distance saved following a dribble through the middle of the Glenbrae defence. Kerr produced the next effort too, but he slashed this one wide from inside the box following a quick counter attack on the left.

Monday, 05 June 2017 16:25

St Cadocs edge thriller to win West Region Cup

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After a truly epic final, St Cadocs were the ones celebrating after coming from 2-0 down to win 4-2. 

Apart from the first goal, it was a very quiet first half with both teams doing a very good job in defence.

The first chance for Rutherglen came on the third minute after a short corner from Patrick Canning found Mikey McWilliams on the edge of the box who drilled in a low and hard shot forcing St Cadocs keeper Kalvin Graham to make a sharp save to his left. 

A few minutes later Adam Stoddart was brought down by Luke Kelly outside the box. However, Kieran Boubekri couldn’t keep his shot on target. 

Both teams number three’s (Luke McBeth and Canning) were vital to their respective teams as their crosses in the box often caused mayhem for defenders. 

This was almost the case on the seventeenth minute when Canning crossed in from midfield, but Mark Taylor header over for Rutherglen. 

Just before the half hour mark, some good build up play by St Cadocs was unlucky not to get a goal as a free kick from Michael Blues was crossed into McBeth who headed onto Steven Robertson, but his shot flew just wide. 

Four minutes later, Rutherglen looked certain to take the lead when Matthew McGibbon was through on goal with only the keeper to beat. However, Graham managed to stop the chipped shot and a follow up shot was blocked by St Cadocs defender John Masterson.

Following this it was St Cadocs turn to be one on one with the keeper as Callum MacDonald gave Ronan Gillies the chance to put his side in the lead. However, despite beating David Farrell in goals, his shot bounced off the right-hand post. Gillies did well to chase the ball down and provide a pass through to Stoddart, but his shot was well saved by the Rutherglen keeper. 

With just three minutes of the half remaining you could tell that the game had sprung into life. Some more great build-up play from St Cadocs involving Steven Robertson, Boubekri and Gilles and shot from Robertson was unfortunate not to end in a goal. 

The deadlock was finally broken on the stroke of half time with a ball straight down the middle caught the St Cadocs defence off guard and allowed Mitchell MacDonald to lob the keeper and header into the net. 

 

Glenvale must have prepared for this West Region Cup final by collectively watching Real Madrid’s 4-1 demolition of Juventus in the Champions League final the night previous. The Paisley side ran out 5-0 winners and proved to be a class above Airdrieonians, and they too had a talismanf figure to thank for a brace, in the form of Brian Connor.

In contrast to the mild Cardiff evening football’s current elite battled under, this clash of western Scotland’s finest youths was a duel in the sun, and its rays split through the clouds like Glenvale splitting open the Airdrie defence in the first minute.

The Lanarkshire outfit kicked off but surrendered possession far too easily and their opponents duly pounced. Cameron Crooks spotted the run of his strike partner 25 yards from goal, sticking the ball in between the full back Callum Guthrie and centre half Taylor Lindsay to the path of Connor.

The quick-footed forward nipped in front the on-rushing Jay McCarron in goal to poke the ball into the net. Vale couldn’t have asked for a better start but within another two minutes they were very nearly two goals to the good; Connor shuffled the ball out from under his feet at the left corner of the box and evaded the challenges of three defenders, only to drag his shot wide of the near post.

Airdrie’s first chance came through a decent bit of link up play between Blair Cole and Kai McKillop, and if not for a bit of undue hesitation by McKillop they could have equalised.

Cole ran at the middle of the Glenvale defence, delaying his pass as McKillop curved his run on the outside, before slipping him in at the last second as he approached the box.

McKillop’s first touch set up the space for a shot but he elected to cut back, and the Glenvale defence piled bodies back to thwart the route to goal. McKillop passed the buck to his team-mate but Cole had his shot blocked, and then the responsibilities lay with McKilop again.

This time he did pull the trigger and the Airdrie fans came off their seats in expectation as the powerful shot zeroed in on goal, but Aidan McMahon produced a great save from the point-blank range.

The game entered a lull for the next ten minutes, with neither side threatening each other’s goal. When Glenvale’s Cameron Crooks won a free kick in a dangerous area just to the left hand side of the box, Declan Curran stepped up and arrowed the ball towards the far top corner with his laces but it narrowly skimmed the top of the bar and that was the closest anyone came to scoring.

Kyle McLaughlin had two pot shots from distance saved comfortably by McCarron while at the other end, McMahon had to be alert to be equal to Callum Drummond’s low shot, with the tall forward drilling it to the near post.

Glenvale showed their cutting edge again on the stroke of half time and it was that man Connor again fulfilling the goalscoring duties. Again it was Crooks who played him through and it was in a similar position to his first, about 20 yards out.

This time McCarron opted to stay on his line initially but as Connor dinked the ball over the foot of Skiffington with his first touch and bore down on goal, eventually the keeper had to make a decision. He slid out at Connor’s feet but the Vale hero coolly and effortlessly swerved around him and tucked the ball into the net with his left foot.

Monday, 05 June 2017 15:34

Barrhead seal double with hard-fought win

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Barrhead added to their Scottish Cup win by overcoming league winners Drumsagard in a hotly-contested West Region Cup final.

Drumsagard kicked off in Springburn and managed to take the lead after just three minutes of play, following a well-rehearsed set piece.

Left winger Dylan Campbell took an inward-swinging corner from the left corner that was met by the head of centre back Ben Duncan. Duncan headed the ball across the box to striker Cole McKinnon, who struck a powerful volley from the centre of the box, giving Barrhead keeper Noah Campbell little chance of saving it.

Drumsagard were unable to savour their lead for very long however, with Barrhead finding an equaliser just three minutes later.

Right winger Vincent Scott broke down the right and fired a low shot at the Drumsagard goal, but Barrhead goalie Annan Lung was able to parry the shot to his right. Striker Paul O’Hare was waiting for the ball at the far post, and showed good composure by taking a touch before slotting the ball home.

Drumsagard continued to threaten from set pieces, going close with another corner. Duncan took a corner from the right and fired a high ball into the box that looked like it could go in the net. Campbell got a hand to the ball but Matthew Sorley did well to head it off the line.

Drumsagard continued to press for a goal to take the lead and looked the more likely team to score, showcasing some slick, clever passing in the final third.

McKinnon soon got his and his team’s second resulting from a corner. Duncan hit a high cross towards the back post from the right side where McKinnon was waiting, and the striker rose well to nod the ball into the back of the net.

Barrhead responded well to the goal by scoring an equaliser shortly afterwards. O’Hare did well to rob Drumsagard left back Lewis Gray of the ball, then drove towards the box, beating another Drumsagard defender in the process. The forward cut inside at the edge of the box and rifled in a powerful shot to the right of the goal.

McKinnon then came close to sealing a hat-trick when he got on the end of a long ball into the Barrhead box. McKinnon did well to turn his defender and get a shot away, but his shot rolled just wide of the far post.

Drumsagard then came close from another corner from the left. Campbell hit the ball into the box and it eventually fell to the feet of Kyle MacDonald about 12 yards from goal. MacDonald fired a shot at the bottom left corner but was denied by Vincent Scott who was waiting by the post.

Barrhead pressed hard for an advantage before half-time but struggled to create clear-cut chances. The ref soon blew his whistle and both teams left the pitch with two goals apiece.

Harmony Row Under 17s produced a spectacular performance to defeat Hillwood 4-2 to lift the West Region Cup final on Saturday at Petershill Park.

They produced a powerful performance throughout this cup final, with only a thunderstorm after the hour mark halting their efficient performance.

It was typified by the energy shown by Harmony's Thomas Seagrave up front, who dazzled with his direct running and clever link-up play in the final third that really set the catalyst for a terrific team performance.

However, despite that, they failed to turn up in the first few minutes and were ruthlessly punished.

Thomas Harty was sent clean through on goal through the middle of the Harmony backline and tucked a superb finish away when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Credit must go to HR for how they responded, as they refused to allow the goal to unsettle their rhythm on the ball. Some of the football they played in the midfield was impressive, as Charlie Freedman and Kenny Duffy in particular were really grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck.

Yet for all of HR’s composure in the midfield, at times it wasn’t there defensively. In the first 20 minutes they lost the ball in their own defensive third through a lack of composure and it threatened to cost them on a couple of occasions. However you must credit Hillwood for their strong pressing in the final third, and they made a game of it throughout the contest regardless of times when it threatened to run away from them.

Harmony soon got their act together defensively though, and started to combine extremely well in the final third.

An acrobatic effort from Seagrave went well over before Duffy blasted well over for HR as they turned the screw.

A clever passing move again got into the Hillwood final third, but Seagrave’s tame effort was easily saved by the goalkeeper.

Freedman was controlling the midfield in the middle, whilst Seagrave continued to cause Hillwood no end of problems with his endless energy.

Hillwood were getting occasional joy down both flanks, but despite some terrific crosses from Harty and Kyle McAvoy, there were no takers all too often.

The equaliser had always looked likely as the half wore on, and it deservedly came.

Just moments after Ross MacKenzie had nodded wide after some nervous goalkeeping from Hillwood, a long ball was sent in Seagrave’s direction, who nodded down for Chrissy Drennan to run on to and dispatch beyond the Hillwood goalkeeper.

Harmony Row continued to dominate towards the end of the half, winning all the aerial duels in the midfield.

Seagrave continued to be a menace in the final third, and he breezed away down the left on two occasions – one being touched goal-bound by a Hillwood defender before being sensationally clawed away by Daniel Lockie.

Hampden Weir became the fourth team in the Paisley, Johnstone and District First Division to win a trophy this season after defeating league champions Giffnock North United 4-0 in the final of the West Regional Cup.

After a scrappy first half, the Newlands side ran riot in the final 15 minutes, scoring four to lift the trophy.

Zach Mauchlin got the crucial first goal from the spot after 56 minutes, before a double from Reece Hanley and a brilliant solo effort from John Dempster rounded off a perfect morning for Hampden.

The clubs had shared a win-a-piece in the league this season, and the first half reflected two good teams cancelling each other out. However, both would miss a gilt-edged chance to score.

First, after just 3 minutes, Hampden striker Damian Wojtowicz showed great pace to latch onto a through ball, but Giffnock keeper Kai McFarlane came off his line well to block his shot.

Wojtowicz was involved again moments later when he beat his man on the right hand side and drove the ball across goal, but full-back Dylan Speirs couldn’t find the finishing touch at the back post.

It was then Giffnock’s turn to come close after 17 minutes. James Hazlett showed great awareness to take the ball off the toes of the defence and slip in Craig Taylor, but the striker dragged his shot wide from 12 yards.

Neither team could get control of the game with both defences proving tough to crack and the midfield area often being by-passed.

A terrific free-kick from Hampden’s Liam Nisbet which skimmed the roof of the net was the sole highlight in the second quarter of the game.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 08:03

Duncan impresses in Drumsagard cup win

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Drumsagard turned on the style in the second half of their cup final with Haldane United, eventually running out deserved 4-1 winners. Left fullback Ben Duncan was the star of the show for Drumsagard as he scored two and set up another in an outstanding performance. Cole McKinnon and Kyle MacDonald grabbed the other two Drumsagard goals while Dylan McDonough scored the only goal for Haldane with a wonder strike that would have deserved to win any other cup final.

An even start to the game saw both sides having spells of early pressure without being able to find the net. Cameron Jamieson and Cameron Lakin were both in the right place at the right time with timely interventions to prevent Drumsagard, while up the other end for Haldane Jordan MacDonald and Craig Mooney both shot wide.

The opening goal was made in the Drumsagard defence as Jay Keenan went on a mazy run down the left flank culminating in a shot well-blocked by a Haldane defender on the line only for Duncan to slot it home.

With temperatures soaring around Scotland, water breaks were a necessity to keep the players hydrated but Haldane’s McDonough was taking the conditions in his stride, a powerful driving run from his own half saw him skip past three opponents before Keenan managed to get a foot in.

It was a sign of the talent of McDonough however and he showcased it moments later in the best possible way. Under close attention from his marker, he collected a high ball on his chest, knocked it over the defender, then unleashed an unstoppable volley over Annan Lung in the Drumsagard goal. With shades of James Rodriguez in the 2014 World Cup, it was a special moment.

They couldn’t build on the equaliser however and were quite fortunate to make it in at half time still level as McKinnon twice headed by from good positions for Drumsagard.

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