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Toryglens indoor facility was the superb venue for the inaugural Anthea Paton friendship cup and along with the hosts Houston Utd, Johnstone Burgh, Renfrew FC and Glenvale were all represented by their 2001 squads. 
The round robin format was followed by a 3rd/4th play off and then the final. All teams finished the round robin with at least one victory and no one was undefeated in what proved to be a very competitive and close afternoon of entertaining football. The football on display was of a very high standard and even though every game was important, the fact that there was no yellow cards or anything close to a caution during the 8 closely fought battles is a tribute to the sportsmanship shown by the players, officials and fans from all teams.
At the end of the round robin the playoff was competed by Renfrew FC and Glenvale with the Renfrew team coming out on top after another close match. The final between Houston Utd and Johnstone Burgh was fittingly won by the boys from Houston, captained by Scott Paton whos mother Anthea passed away last year.
As a lasting memorial to Anthea the Houston Inn, who sponsor the Houston club, kindly donated a cup for the tournament and held after match hospitality that was enjoyed by representatives from all the clubs who took part on the day.
Not only did the boys all benefit from the facilities and football during the day, the St Vincent Hospice also benefited with over £1,000 raised and donated on behalf of the Paton family.
The tournament provided a lasting memorial for Anthea, a superb experience for the players who took part and a substantial donation to a charity close to the Paton family's heart.
Houston Utd would like to thank, on behalf of the Paton family, all those who donated prizes, those who donated to the raffle etc, the match officials and all players, officials and fans of the teams who helped make it a special occasion.
Westerton 3 v 2 Celtic BC
Cardonald Th 0 v 2 Busby Am ‘B’
Busby Am ‘ A’ v Rangers SABC
Rangers SABC 4 v 1 Muirton
Drumchapel Am 3 v 3 Dean Thistle
Celtic Jnr 6 v 0 Bellfield
Ardeer Thistle 0 v 3 Castlemilk
Cali Thistle 0 v 3 Celtic BC
Finnart v Rangers SABC
Celtic Jnrs 3 v 0 Cali Thistle
Celtic BC 4 v 4 Airdrie
Rangers SABC 1 v 3 Knightswood
Pollok Utd 2 v 1 Busby Am
Milngavie Wanderers v Rangers SABC
Baillieston Jnr 1 v 5 Harmony Row
Rossvale Thistle 3 v 1 Rangers SABC
Pollok Utd 4 v 1 Andulas
Westerton 4 v 0 Celtic BC
Jim Johnstone v Harmony Row
Baillieston Jnrs v Pollok Utd
Andalus v Rossvale Thistle
Westerton v Celtic BC
Rangers SABC 3 v 0 Old Firm A
Rossvale BC 8 v 0 MYF
Celtic Youth 1 v 5 Antonine
Clydebank 9 v 1 Busby Am
Summerston OFF Camlachie
Busby Am v Camlachie
Antonine v MYF
Summerston v Antonine
UNDER 19 (Div 1)
EKFC ‘Gold’ 0 v 2 Easthall Star
Glentyan Thistle 0 v 2 Cardonald Thistle
Lenzie YC 0 v 3 St Mirren
Clydebank FC 0 v 3 West Park Utd
Maryhill Jnrs 3 v 4 Harmony Row
Baillieston Jnrs OFF Pt Glasgow
Harmony Row v EKFC ‘Gold’
Easthall Star v Lenzie YC
Baillieston Jnrs v Cardonald Thistle
UNDER 19 (Div 2)
Dunoon 3 v 0 Vale of Clyde
Rossvale Milan 3 v 3 Drumchapel Am
Third Lanark 3 v 2 Glasgow Thistle
Milngavie FC 8 v 3 Crookston
Rossvale Madrid 5 v 2 Glencairn
EKFC ‘Blue’ OFF Easthall FC
Busby Am OFF Argyle Athletic
Glencairn v Easthall FC
Third Lanark v Rossvale Milan
Glasgow Thistle v Vale of Clyde
Saturday, 10 May 2014 16:54

What's the Storey, Campsie glory?

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Author: Niall Murray
For most players reaching a Scottish Cup final is the highlight of their career, but for one goalkeeper it seems to be an annual event.
Campsie Black Watch goalkeeper Martin Storey, 20, will play in his fourth consecutive under 21s Scottish Cup final when he walks out onto the pitch at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium in May.
This is the shot-stopper’s fourth season with the club and during that time he has tasted both cup success and defeat. 
Campsie suffered final heartbreak in 2010/11 when they narrowly lost 2-1 to Celtic Boys Club (pictured, below left) and again in 2011/12 when they were beaten 3-2 by Harmony Row.
However, they defeated Knightswood 3-2 after extra time (pictured, right) in a dramatic match last season to finally clinch the cup.
Speaking to him at the club’s Station Road facilities in Lennoxtown, Martin feels last season’s Scottish Cup victory will stand his side in good stead for this year’s final. 
“It was an unreal feeling losing that Scottish Cup, there is nothing worse, but getting over that hump of losing 2 Scottish finals in a row and getting over the hurdle last year with that team was brilliant. We couldn’t have done it in a better way, and we hadn’t won it in 10 years. After losing it twice winning is unreal; the best feeling ever.”
He added: “Knowing how to win is massive and the cup is something every under 21s player wants to win. As our manager Allan would say; it’s the Holy Grail to win the Scottish Cup.”
Black Watch will go into the match as favourites given they are the current holders and have also beaten their opponents Goldenhill during both their league meetings this season. The team also currently sit top of the West of Scotland 21s Youth Football League with two games in hand and Martin is certain they can retain their Scottish Cup. 
“I’m 100 per cent confident of a victory in this match. Having beaten them [Goldenhill] twice, we know what we are up against. They are good team. The games we have played against them were tough games but we beat them 4-1 both times.”
However he is aware that the form book goes out of the window when it comes to a cup final and that nothing can be taken for granted in a one off game.
“We have taken points off a lot of teams this year but it doesn’t matter as a final is a final; obviously Celtic in the first year were below us and then beat us. You never know what to expect and it all depends how you play on the day,” said Martin.
The goalkeeper puts the club’s ongoing success down to the management team and in particular how the squad are trained. 
Martin was quick to point out that the coaches at the club play a pivotal role: 
“The coaches are brilliant; they put the effort in and train the boys hard. The boys also put the effort in and it definitely shows when it comes down to it on a Saturday and the attitude going into every game is always brilliant from the boys. It all starts from the training.”
There are a few players in the Campsie ranks who like Martin were part of last season’s cup winning side. That said the majority of the squad have never played in a final before, meaning players like Martin are vitally important. 
“There are only a few of the boys who have played in two or three Scottish Cups, some of the boys haven’t played in a final yet so it is good having experience in the team. The training leading up to the final is also important; having all the boys ready and having them know what to expect on the day. It’s all about how you perform on the day,” said Martin.
Rebuilding a successful side year after year is made significantly more difficult as players who are no longer eligible in the under 21s age group move on at the end of each season. Nevertheless, Campsie have impressively managed to sustain their success for four consecutive seasons. 
Martin said: “There are players leaving, it is always mixed every year. There will be a few boys moving on, some of my best mates in the team are moving on. But Allan is always brilliant at getting players in for the next season. After being in three finals in a row you would never think you would be out there for a fourth time, but here we are again.”
He added: “This season we have everything to play for because we have only been knocked out of one cup.”
However, a fourth final and a second potential Scottish Cup victory is still not enough for Martin as he eyes a fifth final and further success next year in what will be his last season for the team. 
He said: “I’ve still got one more year left at under 21s so hopefully it will be five times lucky.”  
It seems the only potential worry for Martin before the final is a foot injury, which he picked up during the teams semi-final extra time victory over Mill United. 
He said: “It was during the semi-final and the ball was put over the top and I was one on one with the striker. When I went out to kick it the guy left his foot in. I have kicked him straight in the bottom of the foot. It’s just bruised up but I am back at training now.”
Campsie Black Watch play Goldenhill Boys Club on 11 May at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie.
Sunday 11th May will see Rangers SABC take on Edina Hibs at Airdrieonian's Excelsior Stadium, for the honour of being crowned national champions. A video has been produced to look back on Rangers' journey to the final and wish the young players good luck for the big day. You can watch it below:


Bishopton YF
Eastwood Juveniles
Under-17 PJDYFL
03 May 2014
A win in Paisley would finally clinch the league title for Eastwood as they faced an inform Bishopton.
In perfect conditions for football it was the home team who were quickest out the traps, and they missed a glorious chance to score after just two minutes. Good play on the left led to the ball deflecting off David McCallum to present a forward with a simple chance that he fired wide from close range.
Goalkeeper Reuben Stuart had already been forced to come quickly from his line to avert danger and the big keeper was to be stretched further shortly afterwards. A thunderous drive from just outside the box was destined for the top corner until he flicked up a wrist to divert the ball over,then confidently held a header from the resultant corner.
As another Bishopton attempt went inches too high of the target it was hard to see which team was going for the title as the  visitors were struggling to find any rhythm or urgency in their play. 
A Stewart Clarkson corner that was half cleared at the near post, was then driven back in by the winger and somehow scrambled away by the home defence just as Lewis Andrews looked set to stab home the opener.
A fine ball in from the left from Rhys Thomson after skilful work from Matt MacDonald saw Darren Law then Clarkson inches away from making proper contact. With one or two positonal changes made from the bench Eastwood were now much more in the game, and after a decent home attempt that went just wide of the right hand post the league leaders were to grab the lead.
A long free kick from captain David Milton just inside his own half was fumbled by the keeper to present Law with the chance to end his barren run as he calmly tucked the ball into the corner of the net.
It was then a defenders contribution that proved crucial at the other end.A header from a corner looked bound for goal until a superb goaline clearance from Martin Lyttle kept the ball from crossing the line. 
Lewis Andrews was to volley well over from distance and MacDonald and Law really should have got their shots on target when well placed in the box in the same attack.
The half ended with a couple of fine runs forward from Ian Cant to take pressure off his defence. 
Half Time: Bishopton 0-1 Eastwood Juveniles
As in the first half it was the home team who made the better start. Again Stuart was to make a wonder save to keep his team ahead, and again Lyttle was to clear off the line from the corner that followed.
So it was slightly against the run of play that Eastwood then extended their advantage. A quick Fabio Del Duca throw meant Thomson was onside, and the powerful forward was to show great composure to steady himself and then fire accross the keeper into the net.
Good control from Law after a pass from Andrews, saw him force the keeper into a full length save to his right to claw the ball behind. Laws' bending corner to the back post was met by the head of Andrews who somehow saw his effort clip the bar and go over.
The home team were to haul themselves right back into the game after defensive slackness led to a cross ball being handled by David Milton for a penalty. A confident Ross Sorley tucked the spot kick home, and it was fine defending from centre half David McCallum that stopped Bishopton then scoring a second. 
Rhys Thomsons' header was just inches too high and the introduction of Reiss Cridge and Robert Karppa was definately helping the away side look more of a threat. 
However despite being on the attack the league leaders were rocked by a breakaway goal, as slackness in both full back positions ended up with a fine curling shot beyond the reach of Stuart. 
This was turning into yet another dramatic game in Eastwoods' season, and their long unbeaten run looked set to be ended with a superb Bishopton goal with under five minutes remaining. A thunderous left footed volley from 25yards dipped in off the bar to seemingly seal the points for Bishopton. 
When a fine ball down the line by Ross McKenzie led to a corner that was put behind by Simon Beck it looked all over, but there was to be drama in the final minute. A long Del Duca throw was to be bravely headed home by Rhys Thomson, as for the second time this season his late, late contribution preserved his sides unbeaten run and keeps alive their title dreams.
Full Time: Bishopton 3-3 Eastwood Juveniles
Monday, 05 May 2014 15:40

EKFC 1998's in bid for the top

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EKFC this week unveiled ambitious plans to restructure the 1998 Golds team at the end of the season, which will see a move into the Glasgow & District League.
Based at the state-of-the-art K-Park Training Academy in East Kilbride, a series of trial and development games are planned for early in June in order to assemble a strong 1998 squad for next season.
Current Kilby 1996 Gold assistant coach Graeme Mullin will take over as Head Coach of the 1998 Golds to create an Under-17 team capable next season of competing at the very top end of SYFA competition.  Successful players at the club will also have the opportunity to progress into senior football, with EKFC’s senior side aiming for promotion to the SPFL as part of the newly formed pyramid system in the Professional game.
Mullin, who is currently completing the UEFA “B” Coaching Licence stated, “We embarked on this same exercise two-years ago to strengthen the 1996 Golds with a view to producing players for our senior side, and have been hugely successfully so far, with FOUR lads already making it into our Lowland League team, and the 1996 Gold team performing to a very high
EKFC now offers a clear pathway for young players to progress into senior football, and our K-Park facility offers the very best environment for players to develop.  We hope to demonstrate that we have the facilities, coaching expertise, and pathway into senior football which will be very attractive to ambitious young players, and we are really excited about the potential.”
Anyone interested in joining the club and being part of this new chaptershould contact Graeme Mullin on 0776 220 2053 for further details of the recruitment process, planned for early June.


Drumchapel United
Under-15 DFDL
Donald Dewer Centre
04 May 2014
Antonine travelled the short distance to the donald dewar centre for this vital dfdl league game. They still had a handful of players out as the squad became stretched.the game started evenly as both teams cancelled each other out, but in the 15th minute a long ball caught out the antonine back line+the drum striker calmly slotted home past Mikey Doak to open the scoring.
This jolted antonine into life and a flowing move involving Steven Maciver, Owen Gallacher, Caleab Elliot resulted in adam boyle going 1 on 1 with the keeper, but the keeper saved well. 
On the 25 minute mark a flowing move involving Calum Maxwell and Fraser James let Boyle cut in from the left but he fired wide.
On 30 mins Boyle was clipped as he went into the box and a penalty was awarded but Antonines penalty woes continued as Dean Miller's effort was saved by the keeper and the rebound was put wide.
Drum then had a chance but Doak produced a great save to keep it 1-0..
Half Time: Drumchapel United 1-0 Antonine
The 2nd half started with Antonine pressing for an equaliser with Boyle and Elliot both coming close.
Brendan kelly then lost the ball on the halfway line and as last man the drum striker ran on and made it 2-0.
Antonine came back into it again and with 25 mins to go, they got a 2nd penalty when Fraser James was bundled over in the box and Owen Gallacher stepped up to wrongfoot the keeper but agonisingly put it the wrong side of the post! This is antonines 4th spot kick miss in a row.
Dom Cairney then had to go off injured after a late high tackle that surprisingly only merited a yellow card.
The drum keeper then had a couple of saves from Boyle.
With 15 to go Antonine never cleared a corner and the drum defender mishit the ball and luckily for him it went in.
Danny Hamilton then fired a free kick over the bar and Boyle as he was going through was pulled back by the already booked defender but the ref turned a blind eye to it.
With 10 to go darren wallace played in boyle who slotted home with his 22nd goal of the season.
As antonine piled forward trying to get at least a point boyle had a couple of chance saved and Elliot fired just wide. At the start of injury time, Fraser James got it back to 2-3 with a shot from an acute angle.
Unfortunately Antonine couldn't fashion out an equaliser lost their 1st league game of the season. A poor day for Antonine where defensive slackness and poor finishing cost them!
Full Time: Drumchapel United 3-2 Antonine


St Peters BC
Milngavie Wanderers
05 May 2014
It was a clash of the champions today as the Glasgow and District League winners Milngave Wanderers, met the recently crowned Paisley and District winners and regional cup holders/2014 finalists St Peters BC. Hot on the heels of securing their second consecutive title in stunning fashion on Thursday with a 10-1 win over second placed Celtic GW, St Peters were riding high and keen to put an end to Milngavie's current good run in friendly matches which had seen them beat fellow Paisley sides Celtic and Hillwood in recent weeks.  
Wanderers came out the traps quickly and had a half chance after only two minutes: Nathan Carmichael hit the byline on the right hand side and swung a ball to the back post but Aran McDonald mishit his volley and the attack broke down. 
Despite that positive start it was St Peters who took the lead three minutes later: a long punt up the park from keeper Ryan McLaren (penalty shoot-out hero from his side's semi-final victory against the Wanderers in last year's Champions League) got caught in the wind and soared over the heads of the Milngavie defence. Jason McCartney in the away goal could only clear it to the edge of the box where the ball was tapped into the unguarded net. 
The boys in blue didn't allow that to break their stride though and remained the dominant side as they looked to get back into the game quickly. Three minutes after conceding, they were almost level: Alberto Vezza nodded the ball onto McDonald whose shot was saved before Vezza's rebound was blocked. 
That same combination then got Milngavie level on twelve minutes as they went from a goal behind to two in front in a whirlwind three minutes spell. Again, McDonald's save was only parried by McLaren on twelve minutes and it fell invitingly to Vezza who chested it over the line from little more than a yard out. 
A minute later, McDonald got one of his own, breaking with pace down the left hand side to leave the full back for dead before side footing into the far corner. Incredibly, the lead was then doubled after another sixty seconds: Rory McInnes' long free kick into the box found itself in the path of left back Ross Elliot who volleyed the ball over McLaren and into the net. 
With that, Milngavie were cruising but some defensive hesitation gave the hosts a route back into the match: the ball was allowed to bounce in the penalty box and was eventually volleyed into the bottom corner by the grateful attacker.
First Third: St Peters BC 2-3 Milngavie Wanderers
The rest of the game was a far cagier affair and the first chance of the second period was a speculative half-volley from distance for the Saints which substitute keeper Sean Soave elected to tip over the bar with a strong right hand. 
The rest of the attacking play though was again, towards the St Peters goal. Alberto Vezza went on a trademark dizzying run and was eventually brought down for a free kick: Scott Clark took it and his strong effort was well held by McLaren. 
They got their goal though a minute before the end of the third and it was well worth the wait: Aran McDonald picked the ball up just inside his own half and set off on a speedy gallop down the left hand side, into the box before somehow poking the ball into the far corner from an impossibly tight angle to re-establish his side's two goal buffer.
Second Third: St Peters BC 2-4 Milngavie Wanderers
The final third was a more open affair, without many clear cut chances for either team: It was however notable mostly for two penalties not given within seconds of each other around 15 minutes from full time. First Aran McDonald was sliced down in the box, sparking incredulity from the Milngavie touchline when it wasn't given. They calmed down though seconds after as the ball went up the other end and Robbie Donaldson brought down the St Peters attacker in the box – another stonewall spot kick but maybe in this case, two wrongs did make a right. The Saints attacker still managed to get a shot away, bringing out a good save from Soave. 
St Peters applied most of the late pressure as they desperately tried to regain a foothold in this game but it was to no avail with Milnagvie emerging triumphant for their first ever win against St Peters in three attempts. Considering the massive squad overhaul in recent weeks, this was a superb result against the current West Region champions who will aim to retain their title in June to cement their position as the region's top side for the past two seasons. It was the biggest indicator yet that this squad of boys is heading in the right direction as they look to finish a second consecutive league season unbeaten when they face Pollok tomorrow in their final match of the campaign. 
Full Time: St Peters BC 2-4 Milngavie Wanderers
Thistle v Rangers SABC M Connor
Muirton 0 v 2 Rangers SABC D McGaughey
Drumchapel Am 5 v 2 Bellfield M Daly
Celtic Jnrs 4 v 0 Ardeer Thistle P O’Donnell
Cali Thistle 2 v 9 Dunoon J Connolly
Finnart 7 v 0 Dean Thistle C McGarry
Cali Thistle UFF v Rangers SABC H Boswell
Hampden v Westerton ----------
Southside 3 v 0 East End Phoenix A Mclean
Knightswood 4 v 6 Celtic BC J McKelvie
Airdrie 9 v 2 Rangers SABC A Savarese
Pollok Utd OFF Busby Am S Munro
Baillieston Jnrs 1 v 4 Celtic BC K Pullan
Old Firm A 0 v 3 Rossvale Thistle A O’Neil
Rangers SABC v Pollok Utd T Ventre
Jim Johnstone v Andalus T Speake
Westerton 0 v 9 Harmony Row K Nolan
Pollok Utd 0 v 9 Rossvale Thistle
Harmony Row v Celtic BC P O’Donnell
Jim Johnstone v Rangers SABC S Munro
Rossvale Thistle v Westerton M Currie
Baillieston Jnrs v Pollok Utd D Jamison
Celtic BC v Pollok Utd A Campbell
Clydebank 9 v 0 MYF F Dubois
Antonine 6 v 2 Rossvale BC H Logan
Summerston 0 v 7 Camlachie J Connolly
Lenzie YC 5 v 2 Celtic Youth D Laverty
Camlachie v Antonine A Savarese
Rossvale BC v Busby Am B Martin
Summerston v Clydebank K Divers
Lenzie YC v Summerston J Dunn
Antonine v Clydebank J Thomson
UNDER 19 (Div 1)
Lenzie YC 0 v 3 EKFC ‘Gold’ J Dunn
Maryhill Jnrs 1 v 4 Glentyan Thistle D Laverty
Baillieston Jnrs 6 v 3 Kilpatrick J Doogan
Easthall Star 2 v 9 St Mirren S Livingston
Clydebank FC 9 v 1 Pt Glasgow J Bell
Cardonald Thistle 0 v 4 West Park
Lenzie YC 0 v 8 West Park
+Maryhill Jnrs 5 v 2 Baillieston
Harmony Row (Spare)
Easthall Star v EKFC ‘Gold’ C McTiernan
Baillieston Jnrs v Lenzie YC P O’Donnell
Clydebank FC v Glentyan Thistle J Thomson
UNDER 19 (Div 2)
Crookston 3 v 6 Dunoon K Murray
Argyle Athletic 0 v 2 Rossvale Milan C McTiernan
Rossvale Madrid 2 v 1 Milngavie BC T Ventre
EKFC ‘Blue’ 3 v 4 Third Lanark G Lyons
Glasgow Thistle 2 v 4 Easthall FC K Nolan
 Drumchapel Am 7 v 1 Busby Am S McLearie
Sunday, 04 May 2014 20:43

Campsie held by plucky Bonnyton

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Bonnyton Thistle
Campsie Black Watch
U21 West of Scotland YFL - Premier Division
03 May 2014
Campsie traveled to Kilmarnock for what was now a crucial game to win after their poor draw against Glencairn in midweek.
Campsie right from the kick off were making chance after chance but as usual they could not put the ball in the back of the net. 
They were the better team all over the park and the usual sucker punch happened on 35 minutes when Bonnyton went up the park and scored 1-0.
Half Time: Bonnyton Thistle 1-0 Campsie Black Watch
The second half saw campsie up the pace and were creating chance after chance and when a high ball came over the top to Hamill. He rose high in the air and headed back over the Bonnyton defence for Steven Aitken to turn and chase, and he made no mistake by blasting the ball into the net to make the score all square at 1-1.
Campsie now had the bit between their teeth and were creating chance after chance then on 62 minutes a Prentice free kick from way out on the far side was floated in to be met by the head of Chris Ketterer who made no mistake to put Campsie into the lead, 2-1 to the good.
This looked as if this was going to be the winning goal but all credit to Bonnyton they kept working away and their hard work was rewarded late on in the game when they won a cornerthat was swung into the box and Campsie failed to clear their lines and the ball was knocked into the net for an unforeseen draw.
Full Time: Bonnyton Thistle 2-2 Campsie Black Watch