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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 16:06

Docherty magic seals Sauchie Juniors victory

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Erskine YFC
 vs
Sauchie Juniors
 
 
 
U21's West of Scotland YFL
 
18 March 2014
 
 
 
The visitors came into this playing catch up on league games and picking up a big three points in very windy conditions as they tried to get back in the title hunt.
 
Erskine have proven themselves to be no mugs in recent matches taking points off the so called bigger teams in the league and they took adcantage of this scrappy afair going into the interval 1-0 up despite Sauchie having the best chances.
 
Half Time: Erskine 1-0 Sauchie Juniors
 
The second half proved less tricky for the away team playing with the wind rather than against it. Sauchie were knocking on the door and were beginning to get frustrated as chances were being spurned.
 
On 70 minutes however the impressive Jack Docherty levelled nodding in from 6 yards after an inviting cross from stand in full back Ben Hollywood.
 
With Sauchie on top, the game looked like ending in a draw until midfield magician Docherty pulled a rabbit out of the hat in the dying minutes unleashing a 35-yard reeker past the flailing keeper and into the net.
 
A good result on a day when both the weather and surface tried it's best to ruin the game.
 
Full Time: Erskine 1-2 Sauchie Juniors
 
 
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 12:05

Maryhill Juniors narrowly defeat Beith

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Maryhill Juniors FC
 vs
Beith BC
 
 
 
U15's Paisley Johnstone & District DFL 
 
18 March 2014
 
 
 
After 12 weeks of no competitive matches,this was our chance to get some points on the table and start pushing for the league title.
 
After a scrappy start Maryhill created the better of the chances with Connor Mallis and Paddy Baird failing to put away two each one on ones with the keeper with both firing narrowly wide. John Cassidy failed to connect with a well drilled corner and Maryhill had passed up another chance to take the lead. 
 
For the 2nd week running Maryhill were denied a stone wall penalty, good running by Ewan McArthur driving into the box which seemed him tripped up after he moved the ball passed the Beith defender but the referee waived away any claims from what seemed clear cut. 
 
With Beith's first chance of the half, with 43 minutes on the stopwatch Beiths forward raced clear of the Maryhill defence into the box and was taken out by goalkeeper Jack Latto, even though the Beith player was going away from goal and John Cassidy got back behind Jack the referee showed jack the red card and awarded Beith a penatly.
 
Thomas Elliot came on in goal and his first touch was to pick the ball out the net as Beith's number 9 slotted the ball home
 
Amazingly with 47mins on the stopwatch Paddy Baird attacked the right back into the box resulting in him being fouled and a penalty was given. Connor Mallis raced to take the ball and the responsibility, slotting the ball into the bottom left corner.
 
With 48 minutes on the stopwatch the referee finally brought an eventful first half to an end.
 
Half Time: Maryhill Juniors 1-1 Beith BC
 
With Donnie (manager) playing his team like one of the boys playing FIFA 14 he set about the Maryhill formation sacrificing a defender(Ewan McLeod) to leave two up front. Reegan Shearer came on for Paddy and Declan Allen came on for Scott Stephenson.
 
And it was Dec who made an impact with a couple of goods runs through the heart of the Beith team but to no end product.
 
After 59 minutes, Dec had the ball in the back of the net after a great cross from the right by Reegan Shearer to find Dec at the back post to volley home only for the referee to cut short Maryhill's celebrations. With his offside decision much to the despair of the Maryhill management team.
 
The fighting spirit in the Maryhill team saw us create chance after chance, but the Beith's number 1 was in fine form. With Maryhill's dominance, we looked like winning this game and on 77 minutes that chance came.
 
With a long clearance forward, Reegan Shearer raced in on the keeper, with the defender catching him Reegan checked back left before sliding the ball coolly with his left foot under the keeper and into the net to loud roars from the ever encouraging Maryhill Side of the pitch.
 
With 43 minutes of the 2nd half played the referee blew for full-time and a deserved 3 points were Maryhill's.
 
Men of Match where John Cassidy and Josh Brown who where both outstanding.
 
Full Time: Maryhill Juniors 2-1 Beith BC
 
 

 

Glenvale FC
 vs
Johnstone Burgh BC
 
 
 
U19's Paisley Johnstone & District YFL
 
18 March 2014
 
 
 
For the first time in over two months Johnstone Burgh 19s had their full squad available for selection and the pay off was an impressive league performance at the home of old rivals Glenvale; with the Johnstone side racking up the biggest scoreline in this seasons PJD YFL first division by recording an 8-1 win. 
 
With Burgh at full strength and fired up to play for their places in next weekends League Cup Semi Final the players were fast out of the traps and set about causing Glenvale major problems right from the off. 
 
Despite playing into a strong wind, the speed of passing and movement from the Burgh midfield and frontline allowed them to get at the heart of the Ferguslie Park based sides defence several times in the early part of the game and they were soon rewarded with a goal after just 8 mins when striker Craig Buchanan lobbed the keeper and as the Vale defence sprinted back his strike partner Lewis MacDonald followed in to make sure of the opener by volleying the ball into the empty net. 
 
5 minutes later Burgh had doubled their lead when after good work from Paul Robertson a cross was swung into the Vale box which beat their defenders and found Andrew Skinner at the back who cleverly switched the ball to his right foot before striking a powerful shot past the keeper into the far corner. 
 
Half time: Glenvale 0-2 Johnstone Burgh
 
The second half started with Johnstone Burgh continuing to dominate and with their defence never troubled full backs Kennedy and Cairns were able to get forward at will and support the attack. Ryan Ralston had been dominating in midfield and Buchanan, MacDonald and Skinner were causing no end of problems for the Vale defence. 
 
With the wind behind them now it wasn't long before numbers 3 and 4 were added when MacDonald and Buchanan both finished off fine passing moves. 
 
The Johnstone side started to introduce fresh legs on the hour mark and the problems only increased for a now deflated Glenvale side. Calum Craig struck the goal of the game and number 5 with a 30 yard shot rising into the top corner.
 
Recent Vale signing Target and new Burgh recruit Ryan Collins was starting to cause them problems with his runs from deep, first setting Buchanan up for his second goal before notching cleverly himself after a skilful dribble into the box. 
 
Buchanan finished off a great days work by netting a fine individual effort for number 8 and his own hat trick. 
 
Glenvale were rewarded with a late consolation goal 8 minutes from time when their substitute striker finished with a side foot from inside the box. 
 
Burgh had outstanding performances from every player to set them up nicely for this weekends keenly anticipated Semi Final tie with league title holders Gleniffer Thistle. Glenvale players gave their all but met an on form Johnstone Burgh side who were just too good for them on the day. 
 
Man of the match was Burgh's Craig Buchanan with a fine hat trick.
 
Full Time: Glenvale 1-8 Johnstone Burgh
 
 

 

Burntisland Shipyard
 vs
Milngavie Wanderers
 
 
 
U15's Friendly
Recreation Park
17 March 2014
 
 
 
Milngavie Team: Jason McCartney, Rory McInnes © (66'), Robbie Donaldson, Scott Clark (71'), Ross Elliot, Kyle Campbell, Jack Carson, Kalvin Warren, Ben Jenkins (58'), James Logan (53'), James Macmillan, Aran McDonald
 
MOTM: SCOTT CLARK
 
Newly crowned GADYFL 2014 champions, Milngavie Wanderers headed east today to take on a Burntisland team who they may well be facing at their Champions League tournament in June and came away with a well deserved 4-1 win.  The Fife champions' half time lead was cancelled out by James Logan from close range before three equally stunning strikes from Ben Jenkins, Rory McInnes and debutant Scott Clark put distance between the teams.
 
The game started slowly with the uneven pitch making free flowing football difficult and the highlight of the opening half an hour was probably a disallowed goal by James Macmillan who curled a superb half volley into the top corner from all of 25 yards but the referee had already blown for a foul on his strike partner James Logan.  Kalvin Warren tamely put the free kick right into the keeper's grasp.
 
The two forwards combined on 17 minutes as Milngavie launched a counter attack from a Shipyard corner, culminating in Logan cutting the ball back to Kalvin Warren who blazed over the bar.  Macmillan than had a go himself from Ben Jenkins' cutback a minute later but his effort from all of two yards was somehow kept out.
 
Despite these chances, it was the hosts who went ahead as Milngavie failed to deal with a corner into the six yard and despite a fine close range save from Jason McCartney, the ball sneaked over the line.
 
They almost responded minutes later with a set piece goal of their own when Warren's ball to the back post was powerfully met by the head of Scott Clark but it, along with his follow up effort, was blocked.
 
Half Time: Burntisland Shipyard 1-0 Milngavie Wanderers
 
The lead didn't last long into the second period though as Milngavie seized control of the game, levelling only eight minutes after the restart: Aran McDonald persevered on the right hand side and eventually drilled a ball across the face of goal which looked to be easy pickings for the keeper but a bobble took it past him and into
the path of James Logan who gratefully stroked the ball home.  He nearly had a second two minutes later but his shot following a strong run by Rory McInnes was well held.
 
The second did arrive though and in some style on 58 minutes: Jack Carson battled away to win the ball on the edge of the box and it broke kindly for Ben Jenkins who smashed a superb volley right into the postage stamp of the net.
 
Football's nature as a sport of fine margins was then evident on 66 minutes:  Burntisland looked certain to level as the ball broke to the striker 10 yards out but McCartney made a wonderful save with his feet. From there, Milngavie broke and McDonald did well to pick out Rory McInnes on the edge of the box and he sent another scintillating half volley into the opposite top corner as the Glasgow champions went from the brink of being pegged back to a two goal cushion within thirty seconds thanks to two individual flashes of brilliance at bothends of the park.
 
The spectacular scoring was not concluded there though as ten minutes from the end, Scott Clark rounded off a man of the match performance on his debut with possibly the pick of the bunch as he evaded his marker to sensationally slam home a volley from Warren's corner, past the static keeper and man on the post.
 
Full Time: Burntisland Shipyard 1-4 Milngavie Wanderers
 
Milngavie picked up where they left off last week with what proved to be a convincing win against a strong Burntisland team who look set to retain their Fife league title this season.  Despite a number of call-offs, the boys reacted well and the new boys fitted in like they had been here for years.  
 
Scott Clark was voted man of the match on his first appearance for the club but there were strong performances also from Robbie Donaldson who was commanding and composed at the back and Rory McInnes who was his usual energetic self, also chipping in with a fine goal.
 
With only two games left of the league campaign, the Wanderers are in friendly action again next week as they take on Paisley and District side Giffnock in Muirend.
 
 
Monday, 17 March 2014 13:09

SWF West Region fixtures - 22nd/23rd Feb 2014

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13s (to be played 22.3.14)
Paisley Saints v Glenvale
Queen of the South v Johnstone Burgh
Morton Community v Glennifer Thistle
Glasgow Girls v Glasgow City
Erskine Youth v Pollok United
Celtic v Giffnock SC
 
15s (to be played 22.3.14)
Celtic 15s v Glasgow City
Celtic 14s v Rangers
 
17s (to be played 23.3.14)
Celtic v Hibs
Rangers v Glasgow City
Glasgow & District YFL
 
UNDER 13
Giffnock 2 v 1 Finnart
Cardonald Th 1 v 5 Celtic BC
Busby Am ‘B’ 9 v 0 Thistle BC
Dumbarton Utd 3 v 0 Clyde FC
Busby Am  ‘A’ 9 v 0 North Glasgow
 
UNDER 14
Deans Th 0 v 4 Bellfield
Dunoon 1 v 6 Celtic BC
Muirton 1 v 0 Drumchapel Am
Cali Th 2 v 9 Finnart
Kelvindale Th 7 v 3 Castlemilk BC
 
UNDER 15
Old Firm A 2 v 5 Rangers SABC
East End Phoenix 1 v 7 Pollok Utd
Busby Am 0 v 2 Knightswood BC
 
UNDER 16
Pollok Utd 3 v 7 Baillieston Jnr
Old Firm A 2 v 5 Westerton
Andalus 0 v 3 Celtic BC
 
UNDER 17
MYF 0 v 9 Lenzie YC
Summerston 1 v 7 Celtic Youth
Camlachie 3 v 4 Busby Am 
 
UNDER 19 (Div 1)
Harmony Row 5 v 0 Pt Glasgow
Kilpatrick 2 v 1 Rossvale BC
Easthall Star 4 v 1 Glentyan Thistle
 
UNDER 19 (Div 2)
Drumchapel Am 4 v 1 Easthall FC
Rossvale Milan 2 v 0 Rossvale Madrid
Third Lanark 1 v 4 EKFC ‘Blue’
Busby Am 2 v 1 Crookston
Dunoon 2 v 1 Glasgow Thistle
Vale of Clyde 4 v 1 Kings Park
 
SYFA West Region Cup
 
UNDER 13
East End Utd 2 v 1 Rangers SABC
Clydebank Colts 3 v 3 (4-2 pen) Westerton
 
UNDER 14
Rangers SABC 0 v 9 Rossvale BC
Celtic Jnrs 1 v 1 (3-2 pen) Harmony Row
 
UNDER 15
Gourock 3 v 6 Airdrie Utd
 
UNDER 16
Jim Johnstone 2 v 0 Rangers SABC
 
UNDER 17
Clydebank Utd 2 v 1 Arthurlie Jnrs
 
UNDER 19
Barrhead 2 v 1 Maryhill Jnrs
Cardonald Th 3 v 3 (8-7 pen) Clydebank FC
GSC Swifts 2 v 3 Baillieston Jnrs
 
TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup
 
Semi-Finals
Musselburgh Windsor 0 v 5 Rossvale Thistle
Syngenta Juveniles 1 v 3 Antonine FC

 

Campsie Black Watch
 vs
Rossvale
 
 
 
U21's West of Scotland YFL
Markland Astro
16 March 2014
 
 
 
Campsie once again had to take their home game away from the waterlogged Station Road and travel the few miles to Merkland Astro grass in Kirkintilloch to take on local rivals Rossvale.
 
The game was played at a good tempo from the start but the high winds were not helping the quality of play , however the game marched on and it was to be Campsie who were to have the first chance on goal when Steven Aitken burst through only to shoot wide.
 
On the 7th minute Jordan Mcguire picked up a ball in midfield and played it to Aitken who then passed it back to Mcguire who beat two players then gave it back to Aitken who drove the ball low into the net to open the scoring. 
 
Rossvale struck back on the 15 minute mark when their striker chipped Storey as he was coming out to meet the ball 1-1.
 
The play was mostly Rossvale now and they were starting to dominate all areas of the pitch so Campsie knew they were going to have a game on their hands, and just before half time it looked as if Campsie would take the lead when Mcguire sent in a fierce shot which looked goalbound but the big Rossvale keeper managed to  knock it over the bar.
 
Half Time: Campsie Black Watch 1-1 Rossvale
 
The game was still going the Rossvale way and  on the 52nd minute Rossvale   were awarded a penalty which they converted to make the score 1-2 to Rossvale
 
Rossvale now had the bit between their teeth and were showing more determination and more desire in all areas of the pitch and were making Campsie look second best .
 
But on the 72nd minute Campsie were also awarded a penalty  and up stepped the Captain Nicky Prentice to calmly knock the ball past the Rossvale keeper to make the score 2-2 .
 
This had the desired effect on Campsie and they started to fight more for the ball and show a bit more determination but the wind was to be knocked out of their sails when Rossvale went 2-3 up and this looked as if this would be the final score although Campsie did have a few chances but could not put them away until Prentice swung in a corner late in the game and was met by the head of the big striker Cassidy who made no mistake and brought the game to an end 3-3.
 
Campsie should consider themselves lucky to get a point from the game but if they had shown the determination and fight at the start of the game that they showed at the end of the game then I think it could have been a very different result
 
Campsie will play Mill united in the Semi Final of the Scottish cup on Sunday23rd March at Adamslie Park Kirkintilloch 1pm kick off.
 
Full Time: Campsie Black Watch 3-3 Rossvale
 
 
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 15:03

West Park cruise past Harmony Row

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West Park United 
 vs
Harmony Row
 
 
 
U19's Glasgow & District YFL
 
11 March 2014
 
 
 
West Park v Harmony Row was always going to be difficult as they always have a decent team. We were depleted with 5 boys out so we were a little fearful but to be fair we came flying out the traps and in the first minute Steffan Graham scores a wonder strike volley into top right hand corner from 25 yards.
 
That settled us we were now pressing Row attack after attack, leading to a free kick 20 yards out for Dylan Kennedy to drill it into bottom left corner. Row were trying to get into the game and were dealt the killer blow 35 minutes in when a free kick was met by Park big centre back Stevie Kerr.
 
The second half was about Park not conceding and it was difficult as Row were flinging everything at Park, but a couple a great saves from keeper Mcbain kept it cleansheet. A great Team goal from Park with some excellent intricate passes cutting Row up for striker Johnny Reynolds to slot a nice left foot shot past the row keeper.
 
Two teams played good football and tried to do the right things, great game.
 
Full Time: West Park United 4-0 Harmony Row
 
 
Monday, 10 March 2014 00:00

Gourock get a share of the spoils

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Barrhead YFC
 vs
Gourock YAC
 
 
 
U19's Paisley, Johnstone & District YFL
Cowan Park
11 March 2014
 
 
 
The usual windy conditions at Cowan Park spoiled what is always an exciting game between these two teams with the YAC coming away with a share of the points.
 
Gourock took the lead when McGrath latched onto a mix up in the defence to set up Houlihan who finished well from the edge of the box.
 
Barrhead got back in the game when they managed to score as Gourock looked for a clear foul on Taylor in the centre circle.
 
The second half matched the first with great work rate strengh and determination from both sides with both keepers producing some fine stops but Gourock took the lead again with Taylor forcing home from a Houlihan corner.
 
Gourock again had a few chances to tie the game up with Mcgrath and Mclarty having good opportunities but blazing over.
 
Barrhead never gave up and got there rewards finishing off a good bit of skill at the back post.
 
Controversy always plays a part in these games and with minutes left the YAC centre half missed timed a tackle on the clear on goal Barrhead striker. The ref called it right with a straight red card and didnt buckle under the pressure from Barrhead with a free kick awarded just outside the box which the YAC boys were glad hit the wall and finished the game 
 
Gourock man of the match went to Michael Houlihan
 
Full Time: Barrhead 2-2 Gourock YAC
 
 
This has been a season with many ups and downs - there was evident disappointment and a lot of soul searching following our early exits from both the Scottish and Regional Cups but this cannot take away from another triumphant league campaign, achieved (so far) without defeat going into the final couple of games.
 
Despite some teething problems, in the league at least, the Wanderers have taken almost an entirely new squad and carried on their previous success.
 
There have been a number of individual stand outs too:  Joe Slee and Kalvin Warren, formely of league rivals Arsenal BC (RIP) have banged in 73 goals between them in all competitions;

Rory McInnes, with the club since the beginning, has been a revelation at right back, making the position his own at the Loch Lomond Festival in the Summer and not budging ever since.  Hish highlight was probably a stunning hat-trick against Callander Thistle in the Scottish Cup third round.

Also at the back, Josh Shovlin has been a rock again along with his alternating defensive partners in James Logan and Aidan Young.  Behind them, goalkeeper Ross Fisher maybe hasn't had as much to do as he did with former club Finnart but he has excelled when called upon.

In the middle of the park, skipper Jack Carson has kept his side quietly ticking along with come crucial interventions and passes as well as chipping in with some vital goals: most notably his late double away to Busby to secure a 3-1 win.

Another long-serving player, Ben Jenkins has been his tricky self throughout and at the other end, mid-season arrivals James Macmillan, Aran McDonald and Robbie Donaldson have slotted in well:  Macmillan and McDonald scoring an impressive 28 goals between them since joining in November while Donaldson has become a first team regular, impressing all over the park.
 
Alberto Vezza, a late arrival at the tail end of last season, has been a stand out at times also, operating behind the striker, chipping in with 25 goals, most memorably, a
wonderful hat-trick in a vital 4-3 win over Airdrie.

Nathan Carmichael has also had a stellar season which has unfortunately been interrupted through injury although he still has five goals and a Scotland call up to his name, representing the national team with his team-mates James Logan, Ross Fisher and Joe Slee.
 
Kyle Campbell has also been his usual bag of tricks with his highlight being a game changing performance in the final of the Loch Lomond festival, coming off the bench to set up two goals in a 4-1 win over Coltswood Colts.
 
Last but not least, another new boy Scott Hutton, started the season at the centre of the park and after missing a couple of weeks due to a heel injury, returned as a left back where he has since excelled, bombing up and down the wing with regularity and providing no end of dangerous balls into the box.

Wanderers now only have a maximum of two league games left this season where they will aim to maintain their unbeaten record but that is not the end of their season:  they will have the opportunity to defend their league cup crown which they have also won twice before.  On top of that, June will bring about the third instalment of the club's Scottish Youth Champions league at Inverclyde which promises to be the best yet, drawing eight league champions from across the country!
 
Here's to a strong end to this season and to a successful 2014/15!