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On one of the biggest days in the club’s history, St Andrews BC upset the odds to beat Giffnock North United in the Scottish Youth FA Cup Semi-Final. A delightful double in the second half from skipper Gavin Houten was enough to edge the Saints into the final.

The two sides met at New Tinto Park, both with considerable crowds behind them to try and cheer them onto the Scottish Cup Final at the Excelsior Stadium in May. Coming into the match Giffnock North were the favourites, currently sitting 2nd in the Paisley and District Youth Football League. On the other hand, St Andrews sit in 4th and had lost twice already to Giffnock North this season, one of these being in the Gilbert Baird cup losing a dramatic game 6-5.

St Andrews kicked off the semi-final in a wet Govan and were immediately subjected to a high press by Giffnock North. The first chance of the game fell to the favourites after a deflection in the ninth minute found Giffnock North’s Jamie McDermott on the edge of the box. The striker attempted a half volley but it flew over the bar, failing to test Ross Duncan in the Saints goal.

The Saints first chance of the game came seven minutes later, with Aidan Blaney flicking the ball towards Lewis Darroch who raced goalward against Giffnock North’s Aiden McLaughlin. The tricky striker managed to create a bit of space away from the centre half at the edge of the box, but he slipped whilst taking the shot and dragged it well wide of the left hand post.

In the 18th minute the Saints had another chance, but the wet conditions were proving to be difficult and Joe Morgan also slipped whilst taking a shot on the edge of the box, meaning it also did not trouble Giffnock North’s Kai McFarlane.

A minute later though he was worried when Morgan fed the ball to Gavin Houten, with the striker picking up the ball and showing electrifying pace to burst in the box. Somehow though, after an almighty scramble and a combination of McFarlane and his defence, they managed to stop the striker from scoring.

They were not so lucky in the 30th minute however when more confusion in the box led to the opener for the Saints. A floated in free-kick caused chaos in the Giffnock North box with several shots being blocked before the ball fell to Morgan who prodded it into the back of the net. Captain Houten ran to the bench to celebrate as his side ended the first half 1-0 up.

Johnstone Burgh knocked Rutherglen Glencairn out of the cup for the second time this season to progress into the semi-final of the LSK West of Scotland Cup.

An early first half goal was enough for Burgh to see off Glencairn in a feisty affair, with over 20 fouls being awarded. Going into the game Rutherglen were the favourites having beaten Burgh twice in the league already this season, 6-1 at home and 4-1 away in the most recent fixture between the two West of Scotland 21s Premier League sides.

Despite this it was the home side that got off to the brighter start, with the first chance of the game falling their way in the 5th minute. Cammy Armstrong jinking past the Rutherglen defence to burst into the right-hand side of the box. He then unleashed a powerful near post drive, but it was well saved by Chris Truesdale.

Two minutes later, Rutherglen responded with their first chance of the match. A floated in free-kick found the head of Harry Mitchell who flicked it goalward, but it was well gathered by Jack Dunlop. Despite this chance Burgh continued to dominate proceedings and they took the lead in the 21st minute.  

Jack McDougal ventured forward from right back to pick up the ball on the right wing and powered forward. He then delivered a superb cross into the middle to his fellow full back, Paul O’Brien, who was arriving at the back post. The left back then tapped the ball into the back of the net past a stranded Truesdale to spark scenes of celebration on and off the pitch.

Rutherglen then immediately tried to respond eight minutes later when Mitchell found Michael Lone on the edge of the box, but his deflected shot was easily saved by Dunlop. Tempers then began to flare and an altercation between Rutherglen’s Tommy Lone and Burgh’s Armstrong caused both players to receive a yellow card. The game then continued in the same feisty fashion before the referee blew for half time, with Burgh leading 1-0.

 

 

A dominant display from City of Glasgow College ensured they took the BUCS Scottish 5A title with a resounding 5-0 win over Glasgow Caledonian University.

An unfortunate James Turnbull own goal was added to by a brace from James Martin and a James Wilson strike before the break. Substitute Chris Russell put the icing on the cake with a second-half fifth to round off a powerful display from City of Glasgow, who have now scored 15 goals in their last three games.

The tone was set early on, with Martin in particular causing mayhem with his directness and pace in-behind the Caley defence. It was Martin who had the first effort of the game as he cut in from the right, before lashing a low effort wide.

COG were pushing forward at every opportunity as they looked to hit the front. Martin won a couple of free-kicks around the penalty area, again won through his pacey runs. Both free-kicks came close, with the first clipping the outside of the post before the second was curled just over the bar.

A deep corner from COG nearly crept in, but Michael Linton was there to clear it off the line.

It took another corner to give COG the lead. A deep cross seemed to cause chaos in the Caledonian box. A scramash ensued that saw the ball rattle off the unfortunate Turnbull and into the net, giving COG the lead they deserved.

It took Caledonian around 25 minutes before they had their first effort on goal. It came from a free-kick won through Scott Bruce's pace. The resultant cross was deflected into the path of Cal Craigie, whose low effort was easily held by the composed Cameron Godfrey.

The slight scare seemed to spark Martin back into life for COG, and his sheer pace broke in behind Caley on another two occasions within a minute. The first saw him cut inside and curl just past the post, before he again broke through and slotted past Nathan McKenna for 2-0.

The second goal sparked some positive play from Glasgow Caledonian, but they were up against a stout COG defence, protected extremely well by Mazime Neossi that refused the university side any opportunities to break through them.

And it was soon 3-0. A lovely move involving Cammy McIntosh and Martin saw the former cross perfectly for the latter to bury first-time into the bottom right-hand corner.

Wilson rounded off a sensational first-half for COG with a clean strike from 25 yards that McKenna failed to deal with, with the goalkeeper unfortunately parrying it into his own net.

Luke Hamilton scores the winning penalty as Eastwood win 4-3 on penalties in an incredibly tense game of football.

An early goal from Chris Leask gave Eastwood a well deserved lead but Barrhead fought back into the game first with a missed penalty from Jamie Cochran but early in the second half Lucas O'Neil got Barrhead back into the game.

The first chance of the game fell to Barrhead and it came after great footwork from O'Neil but it was well saved from Ryan Truesdale. 

But the best chance of the game so far came from Ross Geddes but his hot was well cleared off the line by David Munn, who himself had a very good match.

Eastwood then took the lead after Leask shot from the edge of the box it looked like it was going to fly in but it deflected in off of Gary Reynolds and it wrong footed the keeper and it went in past him.

Soon after wards though Barrhead had a great chance after Truesdale brought down Cochran in the box but the penalty was subsequently saved and even though that penalty was missed it gave Barrhead a lot of confidence knowing that they were able to get chances against an extremely strong opponent in Eastwood. 

And that showed as Barrhead were on the front foot for the majority of the first half but they didn't create a lot of chances but they were able to pin Eastwood into their own half.

2nd and 6th in the league met in the first round of the Archie Sharkie Memorial Cup at Toryglen Football centre on Saturday in what would prove to be an enthralling encounter. 
 
The away team started off the better with three consecutive corners but Knightswood managed to stay strong and survived.
 
Knightswood slowly began to dominate the game and took the lead after only six minutes. A defensive mix-up from the away side resulted in Dyral McMillian having the simple task of tapping into the back of the net.
 
The home team were the better side, and Daniel Fiado was impressing early on with his skill and dribbling ability to beat the Arthurlie defence several times. 
 
Although Knightswood were on top, it was a defensive lapse that allowed Arthurlie to equalise. Some slack defending allowed Connor Black to score with Kyle Gray in goal left helpless after 15 minutes.
 
Black almost doubled his tally for the day only 5 minutes later with a great strike from 20 yards that needed a good save from Gray.
 
Knightswood regained the lead after 21 minutes. This was a brilliant goal that started with some fantastic work on the right hand side from Fiado to get by his man, and he delivered a great ball in for Ben Jenkins who finished smartly. 
 
Despite losing a goal so soon after drawing level, the away team were more than holding their own and were creating chances it what was an exciting game.
 
The away team managed to grab a deserved equaliser after 35 minutes, with Laurence Jeffrey getting his name on the score sheet. Knightswood were adamant that there was a handball in the build up but the referee was having none of it. They switched off and Jeffrey was able to sneak in to finish over the goalkeeper and make it 2-2.
 
Arthurlie could have taken the lead just before halftime if it wasn't for a wonderful goal saving tackle from Steven Irvine, as 3 opposing players were closing in on goal.
 

This proved to be even more crucial as Knightswood took the lead for a third time just before halftime as Scott Simpson was able to run clean through on goal. and he seemed like he had all the time in world to calmly finish past the goalkeeper to make it 3-2 at the break. 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:23

McGrattan treble seals victory for Thistle

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A hat trick from James McGrattan was the difference as Hillwood Thistle coasted past Stamperland at Hillwood Park in the Paisley Johnstone & District YFL.

The home side started on the front foot with a goal from Aidan Macaskill on the 27th minute and had their keeper, Babakuhi, to thank for keeping the margin as it was going into the second half.

Cumbernauld United blew Motherwell away in a league match at Muirhouse on Guy Fawkes day.

It may have been the 5th of November but you could be forgiven for thinking it was the middle of Spring due to the crisp, clear weather conditions as the match kicked off. Like the sky, Cumbernauld were kitted out in light blue shirts and Motherwell sported their famous claret with amber trimmings.

The pitch at Muirhouse looked suspect and cut up in places but it didn't hamper the away side as they looked dangerous from the get-go. An early searching ball landed to the feet of Dylan McSharry and his snap-shot was comfortably saved by Ryan Kane in the Motherwell goal.

Cumbernauld continued to apply the pressure in the first five minutes and Murray Penman cut in from the right wing before hitting the deck in the box in front of a Well defender. The attacker's appeal for a penalty fell on the deaf ears of the referee.

The early exchanges of the match played out with Motherwell standing up to the early onslaught from United but there were no clear cut chances for either side. Like a bonfire on a cold winter night, the match was a slow burner.

Craig Scott limped off with an injury on the 18th minute to be replaced by Akeem Kareem for Motherwell. Immediately after the substitution Well had their best chance of the half to go ahead when a header from Adrian Cuevas bounced off the chest of a Cumbernauld defender on the line and was subsequently cleared.

A neat passage of play from United in midfield ended in a through ball to Josh Burn inside the box who poked his shot high and wide over the bar under pressure from the defender.

On the 27th minute Cumbernauld made a switch and brought off Dylan McSharry, their number 7, for another player wearing number 7.

There was potential for some early fireworks when Cuevas put in a crunching tackle through the shin of Kyle Brown but the referee didn't see fit to reach for his pocket despite calls from the away dugout.

It wasn't to be the last time United would call the referees decision making into question. Kane had his kick out latched onto by Jack Wilkie who headed into the pathway of number 7 who burst down the right wing. His cross come shot was fumbled by Kane on the line and Cumbernauld were claiming the ball had crossed over before the Motherwell defence cleared the danger. 

The game was starting to show some potential as a spectacle at this stage and it seemed like it needed a goal to spark it into life. The fuse was finally lit on the 37th minute when Cumbernauld won a penalty. Wilkie took a deft touch in the box before being swiped out the game by Kane who came rushing off his line.

Wilkie stepped up to take the kick and jetted the ball into the bottom left corner past the goalkeeper who dived in the wrong direction. The ball was still in the back of the net as United decided to hook their number 21 and bring on Jordan McDonald.

Burn demonstrated excellent vision to pick out Gregor Johnston whose shot on goal was thwarted by Kane in what was to be the last significant chance of the first half for United.

Sunday, 22 October 2017 22:05

Hamilton sink Colts thanks to Purdie double

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A double from Christopher Purdie proved to be the difference as Hamilton Accies defeated Cumbernauld Colts in a fiery league meeting at the Ravenscraig.

Cumbernauld kicked off the match and took the first opportunity to try and test the opposition goalkeeper but the strike from Peter Gribbin went wide of the keeper's right post.

There was more to see in terms of a physical contest between the two teams than concrete chances on goal as the early stages of the match unfolded. Possession was evenly shared between both sides and any shots on goal were doing little to test either goalkeeper.

Hamilton were finding more success when they worked the ball from the back, keeping it on the deck rather than playing the long ball. The home side were growing in possession in the final third but each cross into the box was overcooked and missing Stuart McIntyre in the centre of the box.

Cumbernauld made an early substitution on the 16th minute bringing on Andrew Smart for Kieran O'Neill.

Accies had an opportunity when Robert Griffiths burst up the pitch and evaded a slide tackle from the Cumbernauld defender before latching the ball onto Gribbin who was central outside the box. Gribbin had time to tee himself up but his shot missed the target.

The gritty nature of the match began to take its toll when Connor Smith went off injured for Hamilton however he recovered and came back on three minutes later.

Despite being momentarily down to ten men, Accies had an opportunity to take the lead when Purdie won the ball on the edge of the D and curled in a strike that rattled off the topside of the bar and went out of play.

Cumbernauld had a look in when they played a short free kick into the path of Mikey Downs who beat his man and cut inside to strike the ball wide of the keepers right post.

McIntyre got on the end of a cross from Robert Griffiths on the half hour mark but the effort looped over the bar as Ben Punter remained largely untested in the Cumbernauld goal.

With a third of the game gone it was proving to be a tough physical contest with individual battles taking place all over the pitch. Both teams were holding their own even though there was a lack of end product on show at this stage.

Kieran O'Neill had to replace Liam O'Connor for Cumbernauld who picked up a knock. Tensions were rising in the match and the referee had his work cut out diffusing a few potentially hostile situations.

Accies finally found some joy from the right wing on the 38th minute as Lewis Mooney whipped in a perfect cross to the head of McIntyre who glanced the ball over the helpless Punter in goal. The ball nestled into the top left corner as Hamilton took the lead.

Colts would have their chance to reply and they were awarded a penalty just before half time after the Cumbernauld striker was brought down in the area. Downs stepped up to slot the ball home from 12 yards out and bring the game back to a level pegging going into the second period.

Monday, 16 October 2017 14:42

Ten man Linwood Rescue Late Draw

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Two late goals earned Linwood Rangers 2001 a hard fought draw over Erskine YFC 2001 despite having a man sent off in the second half.

Erskine where already a goal in front when Linwood’s Mark McClune was sent off for a second bookable offence. Erskine doubled their lead on the 80th minute but late goals from Sean Traynor and Mikey Gallagher were enough to ensure the points were shared.

There was seven points separating the sides before Saturday’s game. The match at the Johnstone Sports Hub was Linwood’s second home game in succession after a goalless draw with Renfrew the previous week.

The hosts lined up: Lambie, Hendry, McClune, Black, Inglis, Traynor, Husbands, Gallacher, Walton, McLaughlin, Kelly. Subs: Gallager and McKelvie.

It was the perfect start for the visitors as Erskine took the lead inside the first minute. Clearly not the start that Linwood would have been hoping for as they were now chasing the game from the off. 

Queen's Park secured a vital three points in the Glasgow Cup with a gritty team performance against an unlucky Partick side. It was a miserable evening at Lochinch with both teams desperate to bounce back from their setbacks in the last round against the old firm, Queen’s Park being thumped 8-0 at the hands of Rangers and Partick being defeated 4-3 in a tight affair at Lennoxtown against Celtic.
 
The game began at a very high tempo with slick passing from both teams. However, there was no real end product for either team. The only real chances fell to Queens Park defender Nicholas McAllister who headed wide from a corner before Partick’s Aidan Fitzpatrick had his effort saved at the front post by Queen’s Park stopper Luke Paul, after showing good skill to get by his marker on the left hand side.
 
It became a scrappy affair with both teams not really being able to get any decent spells of possession, both defences holding firm when any attacks came their way. However, one minute from the break, Ian last was presented with the best chance of the match to put Partick ahead. Jordan Kemoe with a lovely through ball to Last who could only guide it off the post.
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