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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.
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.
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.
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.
Calderbraes Under 19s powered to an impressive 4-1 win away to Albion Rovers Under 19s on Saturday.
The home side came into the game on the back of a mixed start to the season after a 2-1 home defeat to Finnart one week previous. Calderbraes however were in a fine run of form heading into the clash, having won three of their last four games in the league.
The visitors stormed into an early 2-0 lead within the first 10 minutes. Craig Burton slotted home a penalty in the first minute before Ross Marchant doubled their advantage just three minutes later.
Rovers pulled one back just six minutes later, but Calderbraes held their advantage until the break.
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.
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.
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.
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.