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Saturday, 22 February 2014 04:30

Milngavie welcome special guest

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Milngavie Wanderers had a special guest popping along to their training at Boclair Academy on Monday 17th September in the form of Rangers goalkeepr Steve Simonsen.
Steve stays in the nearby Bearsden Travel Lodge when in Scotland and when asked by Milngavie goalkeeping coach Joey Muir via Twitter if he would be interested in coming along to work with our keeper, he was more than happy to oblige.
He put our keeper, Ross Fisher, West Region and Scotland National team number one as well as a dyed in the wool Rangers fan, through his paces with a number of drills he has used over his long career which has included stints in the Barclays Premier League with Everton and Stoke.
He also took time to hold a brief question and answer session with the rest of the squad where we discovered he is in the habit of signing autographs to the name John Bishop owing to us resemblance to the Scouse comedian.  An absolute gentleman all round and was a pleasure to have him for the evening.  He is welcome back anytime.
Friday, 21 February 2014 02:45

SYFA West squad braced for campaign kick off

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SYFA West 99s Development Squad begin their competitive campaign for 2014 tomorrow night with the Inter-Regional Cup clash against Central at Harmony Row, Glasgow, 7.30pm kick-off. They start the campaign hoping to go one better than last year's West squad (pictured, right), who fell at the final hurdle to the South East in 2012/13.
The coaches have named the 16-man squad for the opener and it is as follows: 
GOALKEEPERS: Ross Fisher (Milngavie Wanderers), Ryan McLaren (St Peter's BC)
DEFENDERS: Nathan Carmichael (Milngavie Wanderers), Niall Herron (St Peter's BC captain), Kalvin Warren (Milngavie Wanderers), Mark Seggie (St Peter's BC), James Logan (Milngavie Wanderers), Fraser Cooper (Celtic BC)
MIDFIELDERS: Tony Coutts (Celtic BC), Fraser Burns (St Peter's BC), Connor Baird (Fulham BC), Marc Walker (Tass Thistle), Nathan McGarvey (Celtic BC)
FORWARDS: Jack Purdue (Gourock YAC), Mark Taylor (Fulham BC), Connor Nelson (Busby BC)
Head Coach Iain King said: "This is the first big test for the group but they showed up really well in the 9-3 friendly win over Strathaven Dyanmo 98s in the tune-up game.
"We still have Michael McLaughlin, David Gibbons and Joe Slee to come into the reckoning from the Denmark Cup winners of last summer and they will be in the 16 for Game Two against South West on Friday March 14 alongside the new boys in the squad.
"There is always a tinge of regret when you lose an influential player like Louis Fisher to pro youth at Motherwell but that's why we have Development Squads.
"He was our pick for captain initially before his move now his clubmate Niall Herron will get the armband after showing great leadership qualities in the group already.
"This a new team trying to build on a hugely successful side from last year so we are really keen to see how they work together tomorrow night."


Milngavie Wanderers
Fulham BC
U15s Glasgow & District YFL
Seedhill 3G, Paisley
20 February 2014
Milngavie moved to within six points of the league title with a 3-0 win over Fulham although the performance was not quite as the scoreline suggested with the hosts failing to create many chances inside the penalty area and lacking a bit of urgency at times.
Aran McDonald opened the scoring in the first half in probably the first move where the space on the left hand side was exploited before Nathan Carmichael and Kalvin Warren added to the scoreline in the second half.

Wanderers attacked from the off and the first chance fell to Alberto Vezza whose right-footed volley from outside the box was comfortably held by the keeper and this was a sign of things to come as the champions struggled to work the ball into the box, relying almost exclusively on shots from distance to test the keeper. Before the first ten minutes was out, Kalvin Warren, Jack Carson and Aran McDonald had all tried their luck but to no avail.

The deadlock looked to have been broken on 13 minutes when Robbie Donaldson collected a short corner and drilled the ball low into the six yards box but the keeper somehow stopped the ricochet from going over the line. From another short corner two minutes later Ben Jenkins cross come shot rebounded off the cross bar.

Finally though, Milngavie eventually worked the ball into space on the left hand side after 26 minutes and Jenkins did well to beat his man before dinking an inviting ball into the six yard box where McDonald was waiting to nod home for 1-0.

Jenkins then sent a near identical ball to the penalty spot five minutes later where it was well volleyed home by Vezza but the referee gave a goal kick, feeling the ball had went out before Jenkins delivered.

Fulham also had the ball in the net before half time but it was adjudged to be offside.
Half Time: Milngavie Wanderers 1-0 Fulham BC

Chances were few and far between for both sides as the second period got under-way: ten minutes in, Jenkins delivered a corner into the box where Vezza rose to meet it but it ended up with Donaldson wide on the right who delivered again to Vezza who this time powered his header over.

Fifteen minutes later, McDonald played a great cross to substitute Nathan Carmichael who almost rounded the goalkeeper but he done well to smother it and snuff out the danger.

A minute later the ball was put in the back of the net by James Macmillan but he had strayed offside after Rory McInnes' cross. The all important second goal finally arrived though on 27 minutes when Warren's cross from the left was stabbed home at the near post by Carmichael for his first goal since November.

Four minutes later though, Fulham were almost gifted a route back into the game as Owen Borg found himself through on goal inside the box but Ross Fisher reacted superbly to dive low to his right and hold the ball. 

Five minutes later, Carson headed a Carmichael free-kick wide before the scoring was rounded off a minute from time: Joe Slee laid the ball off to Kalvin Warren 25 yards from goal and he curled a superb effort beyond the keeper and into the top corner.

Ross Fisher (C), Rory McInnes, James Logan, Aidan Young, Ben Jenkins, Robbie Donaldson, Jack Carson, Kalvin Warren (79'), Joe Slee, Alberto Vezza, Aran McDonald (26')

Nathan Carmichael(67'), James Macmillan, Kyle Campbell, Scott Hutton, Josh Shovlin 
Full Time: Milngavie Wanderers 3-0 Fulham BC
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 17:56

East Kilbride take three-points on travels

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Arsenal BC
West of Scotland 21's YFL
Milton, Glasgow
19 February 2014
A strong driving wind would dictate how this game would be played out.
Arsenal started with the strong wind in their favour, opting to test the EK Keeper Ross Calder with the long ball game. The first 15 minutes would be Arsenal forcing long balls into the box, with many corners and a high amount of possesion, Calder was producing many crucial saves. 
However EK were intent on playing the ball on the deck with the wind against and this led to the first goal. The ball being played out from defence to then find Scott Gillespie wide on the left. His weighted cut back found Ross Bryden on the edge of the box and a sweet half volley flew into the back of the net, his 22nd of the season.
This settled EK. Craig Tocher sprinted away from the Arsenal defence producing a good save from the Arsenal keeper. However he couldn't hold it, Bryden was there for the tap in to make it 2-0.
EK continued to have their greater share of the ball and a third followed, a fine individual goal by James Murphy. He went on a run, beating two Arsenal defenders, before lofting the ball over the Arsenal keeper. 
Half Time: Arsenal BC 0-3 EKFC
The second half saw the wind having die down a little and Arsenal came out of the traps intent on getting back into the game. It wasn't long before that happened a ball breaking to the Arsenal midfielder who placed the ball beyond the EK keeper.
Arsenal then again had periods of possesion but without testing the EK defence.
Tocher had a great chance to finish the game off with a one on one with the advancing Arsenal keeper. Unfortunately for him the keeper produced a good save to keep the score at 3-1.
Arsenal then went up the park and scored a second. It was backs to the wall for EK then until the end of the game with Arsenal having plenty of the ball but without really testing the EK keeper.
EK replied during this period with some long drives from Murphy, Gillespie and Scott Young but in the end EKFC managed to hold out for the win. A fine game played in good spirits with some great football on display. 
Full Time: Arsenal BC 2-3 EKFC
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 06:34

Campsie Black Watch U21's: Season Update

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The Pain Of Scottish Cup Final DefeatCampsie Black Watch FC U21s are a team well know through-out Scotland for numerous reasons, but most notably their rich history and continued success. Jim Shanks part of the management team outlined to me, with the establishment in its 71st year as a juvenile football club, what he thinks makes this team so special.
“I think the reason that Campsie has had such a long success is mostly down to the committee and the staff at Campsie, and of course picking the right players for the job.”
“Gerry Marley has been with the club for over 60 years and has tremendous success both here and abroad. And he himself was recognised for his commitment to sport when he was awarded the MBE.”
“This season if we get to the Scottish Cup final we will be playing for a record 11th win. The players are all very proud to be associated with this great club and it shows in their play on the field.”
And the 11th win remains on the cards. The reigning champs won’t give up the trophy easily as they know more than anyone what it means and takes to win it. Two successive defeats in the final back in 2010/2011 and 2011/2012, it was a case of third time lucky when they defeated Knightswood last season.
Campsie will be expected to reach the final for the fourth successive time. They face Mill United in the Semi-Final, a side lying 3rd in the Second Division of the West of Scotland 21’s. With Campsie top of the Premier League, they are 29 places above them. But, with Mill United having just entered from the Lanarkshire League though, these stats might be misleading. It’s also expected as that’s simply the pressure that follows a side of this calibre.
It doesn’t stop there either. The team are still on course for a quadruple. In Round 3 of the West of Scotland Cup and in the Quarter-Final of the Golden Goals Tournament. It’s clear Campsie want success.
“We as a club are aiming for success in all competitions; Gerry would have it no other way and still plays a very active part in the running of the club.”
“A special mention must also go to Allan Differ who is the present Manager of the club and does a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes as well as sponsoring the club along with his wife Pauline who is the owner of Birdston Luxury Kennels who sponsor the major tournaments in the league.”
It would be nice to give those who read this the recipe for club and team success, but I feel it was summarised nicely by Jim himself saying, “Along with all the players and staff at the club it makes for a winning combination.”
“But, it would also be a great help to the club if they could get more games played at Station Road. It’s our home park, but due to poor drainage and lack of funding to repair damages, Campsie are constantly on the move playing wherever they can. If anyone would be willing to sponsor the club and help us repair the park we would love for them to get in contact.”
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 22:47

Glasgow Schools FA roundup - 18th February 2014

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Glasgow Schools teams had a massive week of cup fixtures last week most being Scottish Cup action and even the Glasgow Schools team making the semi finals of the National Trophy with a convincing 4-1 win over Fife Schools.
The biggest match and undoubtedly the pick of the ties from the Scottish Cup draw was at Under 16's level were last years Scottish and Brittish champs Bannerman (pictured right, with last year's Under 15 shield at Tynecastle Stadium) took on a good Woodmill side who made the semis last year. The team from Dunfermline weren't ready to lie down but were eventually beaten on penalties by Bannerman who now move in to the quarter's to defend their crown.
At other age groups Glasgow School's had massive representation as well, at Under 18's Springburn Academy cruised into the semi's with a 4-0 win and at the same age group St Paul's High School joined Springburn in the semis with a win over Glenrothes High School.
Holyrood Secondary's under 15's team made the quarter finals as well scrapping a 2-1 win over Kirkcaldy High and the last Glasgow schools team to progress was yet another Bannerman team this time their 13's with a 5-3 over John Ogilvie.
Domestically there is still a lot to play for as well with every age group having three separate league sections apart from the Under 18's which has 5 sections. Although people may think Bannerman Under 16's are top dogs at their age group defending their trophy must be hard and its showing as the school team from Ballieston sit third in their league section behind local rivals St Andrew's and Stonelaw saying that one win would take the British champs to the top where most people would already guess they would be.
At under 13's there are a few teams still with 100% records in their section in fact every section has one team who has still yet to be beaten, Division 5A has Bannerman who have played 5 and won 5, Division 5B has Our Lady St Patrick's who have an impressive 21 points from 7 games in their section and lastly we have Holyrood and Bishopbriggs who have both won all three games in Division 5C however something will have to give because in two weeks time both teams face off against each other.
In the Under 18's age group this coming week is a massive fixture it could be called the "El Classico of the Eastend" as St Andrews Secondary take on their fierce rivals Eastbank Academy in Division 1B. St Andrews sit just one point ahead of the so called enemy but are still feeling the effects from the last time these two team's met were a weakened St Andrew's side were embarrassed by Eastbank who won the match 10-3 at their home ground. This time round St Andrew's will most certainly be looking for revenge and anyone at a loose end this coming Monday should certainly get themselves along to Eastbank for the big derby match.
Paul Scollin the St Andrew's Under 18's coach and also the vice president of the Glasgow Schools FA said: " We didn't do ourselves justice last time out so we will certainly be looking for a wee bit of revenge we have lost a few boys who have now left school but I still feel we are better than before and we are going in to this game to show what we can do."
Thistle BC 0 v 9 Clyde BC
North Glasgow Utd 3 v 7 Giffnock
Castlemilk 0 v 4 Dunoon
Cali Thistle 1 v 9 Drumchapel Utd
Ardeer Thistle 0 v 5 Celtic BC
Muirton 2 v 2 Dean Thistle
Milngavie Wanderers 3 v 0 Fulham BC
Pollok Utd 3 v 2 Andalus
Rossvale BC 7 v 2 MYF
UNDER 19 Div 1
EKFC ‘Gold’ 9 v 1 Lenzie YC
Harmony Row 5 v 1 Glentyan Thistle
St Mirren 9 v 1 Port Glasgow
UNDER 19 Div 2
Glasgow Thistle 2 v 5 Dunoon
Glencairn 1 v 9 Kings Park
Vale of Clyde 5 v 3 Crookston
Argyle Ath 1 v 1 EKFC ‘Blue’
Third Lanark 1 v 3 Easthall FC
Busby Am 1 v 1 Milngavie
Quarter Finals
Baillieston Jnrs 5 v 2 North Merchiston
St Mirren 0 v 2 Hampden BC
Celtic BC 1 v 2 East End Utd
Everton BC 0 v 1 Rangers SABC
Celtic Jnr 6 v 1 Houston
Rangers SABC 4 v 4 (4-5 pen) Alba Thistle
Airdrie 4 v 0 Giffnock Milan
Pollok Utd 2 v 8 St Peters
East End Utd 1 v 2 Harmony Row
Eastwood 1 v 3 Rangers SABC
Rossvale Thistle 2 v 2 (5-4 pen) Westerton
Antonine 4 v 1 East End Utd
Clydebank Utd 2 v 2 (6-5 pen) Lenzie YC
Celtic Youth 3 v 4 Arthurlie
Giffnock Juventus 2 v 2 (3-0 pen) Camlachie
Rossvale Milan 0 v 7 Bonnyton Thistle
Drumchapel Am 2 v 3 Cardonald This
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:52

Lenzie take maximum points against Mossend

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Mossend FC
Lenzie YC
U15's Lanarkshire FDA
Matt Busby Complex, Bellshill
11 February 2014
A blustery day at the Matt Busby complex in Bellshill was the venue for this league match.

Lenzie, for the second week in a row, were slow out of the blocks and, whether it was the early Sunday morning kick off time or not, they made heavy weather of this for the first 30 minutes of the game.
Lenzie did not create many chances and those that they did get were not taken. It was therefore no surprise in 13 minutes when Calum Docherty brought down the striker as he met a corner and gave away penalty. Despite a brave attempt by Ross Williamson in goal the ball was placed neatly out of reach in the corner by Craig Lees to make the score 1-0 for Mossend.

Lenzie tried to rally but found the going tough. They were imposing themselves much more as the game progressed and on 30 minutes a corner taken by Scott McNairn was hit to the far post where McCreath rose majestically to head it into the net. 1-1.
Half Time: Mossend FC 1-1 Lenzie YC
Lenzie started the second half much better and started, as in previous games, to control the game, although Williamson kept the Lenzie goal tight with some great saves.

In 54 minutes a wonderfully worked goal put Lenzie ahead. McNairn picked up the ball in defence and drove up the wing to cut it into McCreath in midfield. He carried the ball into the Mossend half and played a one two with Erwin before hitting a high looping shot from 25 yards past the keeper into the net.

Mossend won a freekick in the middle of the park and with a very strong wind behind him Donnelly unleashed a ferocious shot towards Williamson in the Lenzie goal. He leapt high to his right and used both hands to turn the ball over the bar. This was a truly remarkable save and kept Lenzie in front.

5 minutes later and it was McNairns turn for a freekick when Cammy Smith was fouled about 25 yards out and in the middle of the park. He shot into the wind and the helpless Cox could do nothing to stop the ball going into the net.

Mossend faded for the last 10 minutes and Smith went on a great run to shoot for goal, only to see his shot hit the right hand post trundle along the goal line and hit the left hand post before coming back into the arms of a grateful keeper.
Full Time: Mossend FC 1-3 Lenzie YC
Monday, 10 February 2014 23:49

Erskine go top with victory

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Erskine YC
Johnstone Burgh BC
U15's PJDYFL Division 2
10 February 2014
After this results the Skynedogs went top of the League for the first time and when our march to a potentially glorious finish to the season, really began.

Johnstoneburgh were our opponents today and having beaten them already this season, we were confident that we could get the 3 points we knew and hoped would lead us to being top of the league come the end of the 80 minutes.

With Shaun suffering a freak injury at training on Thursday and Adam being unavailable, we had 15 players in the matchday squad.
For today's' team we went with Mikey in goals, the familiar back 3 of Dec, Dazza and Kyle, middle 5 of Kyle, Logan B, George, Craig and Keato, with Ryan and Matty upfront. Logan D, Asha, Lewis and Mikey were unfortunate to be on bench.

In terms of the match itself, it was a bit of a damp squib and we ground out the victory rather than playing the easy on the eye fast and flowing football that has got us in to the positive position we are in, in the league.
We went 1-0 down when former Parkmoor player Nathan scored with a fluke which looped up and over Mikey, with what was their first real foray into our penalty area.
Whilst we were having the lion share of possession we weren't penetrative enough and our final ball wasn't coming off as much as we would like.
We equalised through Craig who after a great through ball by Matty, kept his cool and fired the ball into the corner off the net.  
Half Time: Erskine YC 1-1 Johnstone Burgh BC
The second half was a little better, whilst not being outstanding, we were efficient enough and finally met our goal.
The winner came through Kyle Harley who managed to run from wide right, across the pitch and into the area, when it looked as though he had over run it and could have passed the ball to Asha, he somehow got a shot off and it evaded the keeper and went into the net.

2-1 was how it finished and although not spectacular, we did the job we needed to do and as such we now sit proudly top of League Division 2.
Although still a long way to go, it is an achievement and one which we want to, and hope, to build from. 
Full Time: Erskine YC 2-1 Johnston Burgh BC


Airdrie United BC
Milngavie Wanderers
U15's Glasgow & District YFL
Caldervale High School, Airdrie
09 February 2014
Milngavie Wanderers took a huge step towards their third consecutive league title after a hard fought win over second placed Airdrie to move within three victories of the crown. 
Alberto Vezza stole the show with a fine hat-trick after Kalvin Warren had drawn the Wanderers level with a well-taken free kick to cancel out the home side's early opener.

Airdrie came flying out the traps, looking hungrier all over the park and they were rewarded after less than a minute when a great shot from them dipped beyond Ross Fisher and into the net for 1-0.

Milngavie were slow to respond and Airdrie were looking more likely to double their lead than the visitors were to equalise. Fisher was called into action soon after, getting down low to palm a fierce effort away from goal before quickly getting up to smother the ball before a red shirt could reach the rebound.

James Logan then headed a Joe Slee free-kick over the bar before a touch of class drew Milngavie level on 21 minutes:  Slee was brought down thirty yards from goal on the right hand side and Kalvin Warren sent the resulting free-kick crashing into the net off the underside of the bar.

Milngavie were now on the ascendency and got their noses in front six minutes later when Robbie Donaldson played in Alberto Vezza who evaded one challenge on the edge of the box before advancing and poking the ball beyond the onrushing goalkeeper.

Five minutes later, the lead was doubled when Warren's left-footed shot from outside the box was parried by the keeper but only as far as Vezza who calmly rolled the rebound home from a tight angle with his weaker right foot.

In the dying minutes of the half, Warren sent another free-kick wide and Slee blasted one over before the whistle went to bring the first 40 minutes to an end.
Half Time: Airdrie United 1-3 Milngavie Wanderers
The second half was a far cagier affair with neither team really creating many clear cut chances but it was the Wanderers who extended their lead midway through:  Warren floated a great free-kick to the back post where Vezza somehow out-leapt his considerably taller marker to power a fine header past the goalkeeper to round off his hat-trick.

He nearly had a fourth on 65 minutes but after a good touch 18 yards from goal he sent his effort high and wide before Slee saw his one on one effort touched round the post by the keeper with no resulting corner.

Airdrie were not lying down and meekly accepting their fate though and Fisher somehow managed to grab hold of the ball after a scramble in the six yard box before his side gave them a route back into the game. 
Five minutes from time, after giving the ball away softly on the left, a foolish foul was conceded.  From the free-kick another scramble emerged and this time the Diamonds made no mistake and the ball ended up in the net.

The momentum was now well and truly with the home side and from a corner they got another goal back minutes from the end but that was where the scoring ended as the whistle went to the evident relief of the boys in blue who knew they had just opened up an eleven point lead at the top of the table having now played all their scheduled matches against their nearest rivals. 
Full Time: Aidrie United 3-4 Milngavie Wanderers