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Glasgow & District YFL
Rangers SABC 6 v 0 Busby Am ‘B’
Hampden BC 1 v 4 Celtic BC
Celtic BC 7 v 1 Bellfield
Castlemilk 0 v 1 Finnart
Ardeer This 1 v 4 Drumchapel Am                    
Westerton 4 v 4 Harmony Row
UNDER 19 (Div 1)
Harmony Row 2 v 2 Maryhill Jnrs
Pt Glasgow 2 v 5 St Mirren
West Park 4 v 2 EKFC ‘Gold’
Lenzie YC 2 v 1 Glentyan Thistle
UNDER 19 (Div 2)
Vale of Clyde 5 v 4 West Park Utd
Rossvale Milan 9 v 1 Crookston
Easthall 0 v 1 Third Lanark
Kings Park 4 v 1 Busby Am
SYFA West Regional Cup
Pirie Park 3 v 6 Rangers SABC
Celtic BC 8 v 1 Milngavie Wand
Knightswood BC 2 v 8 Airdrie BC
Clydebank Utd 6 v 1 Lancraigs
Busby Am 1 v 7 Celtic Youth
Camlachie 1 v 0 Bute Youth
Lenzie YC 1 v 0 Celtic BC
St Mirren 0 v 1 Quarriers
Dunoon 0 v 1 Cardonald This
Monday, 20 January 2014 12:36

Gourock win in style against Glenvale

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Gourock YAC
Glenvale FC
Under 19 PJ&DYFL
18 January 2014

Click here for photo gallery, courtesy of Stephen Porteous.

Gourock returned to winning ways with a comprehensive victory over Paisley side Glenvale.

The away side started brightly and tested the Gourock rearguard with a series of diagonal balls in an attempt to get in behind but the hosts stood firm. When Gourock stepped up they managed to cause the visitors problems using the flanks.

It was no surprise when David Piggott put Gourock ahead finishing off a cross from the left wing.

Shortly after Robert Hall fired in a left foot shot to double the advantage. 

Half Time: Gourouck YAC 3-0 Glenvale FC

The home side took until midway through the 2nd half to finish the game as a contest when Nick Jack controlled a lob from a free kick and swivelled to put his shot beyond the keeper.

Further goals came when Paul Morrison was on hand to finish well when Glenvale half-cleared an attack then Robert Hall added another to his and the teams tally coming in off the wing to put a shot beyond the reaches of the visiting keeper.

A good team performance from Gourock gave them the points and a clean sheet in this PJ&DYFL fixture.

Full Time: Gourock YAC 5-0 Glenvale FC

Monday, 20 January 2014 11:41

Celtic BC hold Milngavie Wanderers to draw

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Celtic BC
Milngavie Wanderers
Under 15s GADYFL
Tannochside Primary
19 January 2014

Click here for photo gallery, courtesy of Lesley Bradley.


Author: Paul Regan


Milngavie's 100% league record this season came to an end as they came behind to salvage a draw against a much improved Celtic side but they remain firmly in the driving seat as far as the title race goes. Celtic dominated the first half, going ahead ten minutes in through Paul Rankin and they could have had more were it not for some top class goalkeeping from Ross Fisher.  As the second half progressed though, Milngavie came into the game and put Celtic on the back foot, equalising spectacularly through Ben Jenkins and having a goal from Kalvin Warren disallowed despite it looking to have crossed the line as time ebbed away.

Wanderers had the first sight of goal eight minutes in when the ball broke to Warren inside the box but his shot was smothered by goalkeeper Daniel Farrel and from then on Celtic seized the game, taking the lead just two minutes later when Paul Rankin was afforded too much space to burst forward from midfield and slide the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Chance after chance then fell the way of Celtic as two speculative shots from distance almost crept in: the first hit the post and the second was palmed over the bar by Ross Fisher who then made another wonderful save to tip a goal-bound half volley over the bar on twenty minutes.

Nathan Carmichael's tame effort from distance for the visitors was then held before Alberto Vezza was hacked down on the edge of the box: Kalvin Warren stepped up to take the free kick but it was well held by Farrel.  He got another chance minutes later when Vezza was again brought down but his technique from last week had deserted him and he blazed way over.

Warren was looking the most likely of anyone to find an equaliser and he had another effort tipped round the post by Farrel on the half hour mark.  Josh Shovlin was then caught in possession at the other end of the park allowing Dylan McKinnon a run at goal but his effort was again, well kept out by Fisher.

The final chance of the half fell the way of the Wanderers though when with seconds remaining, Carmichael burst down the left flank to deliver into the box where James Macmillan was waiting but he could only head wide of the post.  Despite that, the half time whistle was met with a sigh of relief by many in dark blue as they went into the break after a half in which they had given a poor account of themselves overall.

Half Time: Celtic BC 1 - 0 Milngavie Wanderers

What followed the half time whistle was at times, a role reversal, as Milngavie dominated proceedings for the most part and Warren again had the first chance, playing a one-two with Vezza before advancing into the box before eventually skewing his shot over the bar.
He then won a free-kick on 56 minutes and stepped aside to allow Aidan Young to hit it who was inches away from his first goal of the season as his effort cracked off the crossbar.
The equaliser was inevitable though and it came with one superb swing of the left boot of substitute Ben Jenkins: a long ball forward had Farrell in the Celtic goal rushing out to meet it but his clearance was poor, leaving him stranded outside his penalty box as the ball broke to Jenkins thirty yards from goal and he made no mistake, sending a first time effort into the net over the retreating keeper's head.
The champions' tails were well and truly up now as they went in search of an equaliser: Warren had another shot held on 70 minutes and he though he had won it for his side a minute from the end.  His shot at goal was straight at the keeper but was fumbled by Farrell and it looked to have crossed the line before it was parried away into the path of the onrushing Vezza who drew a fine point blank save from Farrell inside the six yard box.
The pressure couldn't bring about a winning goal though but on reflection, in this game of two halves, a draw was a fair result with Celtic looking very dangerous in the first half before swapping roles with Milngavie in the second. The teams will do it all again next week as they meet each other again at Tannochside for the second round of the Regional Cup.
Full Time: Celtic BC 1 - 1 Milngavie Wanderers
Glasgow & District YFL
Giffnock 0 v 6 Busby Am ‘B’
Dumbarton Utd 7 v 0 North Glasgow Utd
Drumchapel Am 8 v 1 Castlemilk BC
Celtic BC 1 v 1 Milngavie Wand
Airdrie BC 9 v 0 Southside
Knightswood 9 v 0 East End P
Rangers SABC 8 v 2 Old Firm Alliance
Lenzie YC 9 v 1 Summerston
Celtic Youth 1 v 5 Antonine
Clydebank Utd 4 v 1 Busby Am
UNDER 19 (Div 1)
Pt Glasgow 6 v 2 Lenzie YC
Harmony Row 2 v 2 Rossvale BC
UNDER 19 (Div 2)
Milngavie BC 5 v 3 Easthall FC
SYFA West Region Cup
Hampden BC 6 v 1 Pollok Utd
Cardonald This 1 v 3 St Mirren YFC
Celtic BC          11 v 0 Gleniffer This
Renfrew 1 v 6 Busby Am ‘A’
Drumsgard 0 v 16 Rangers SABC
Dunoon 0 v 1 Broomhill
Muirton BC 0 v 6 Park Villa
Bellfield 2 v 1 GSC Thistle
Old Firm Allian 0 v 7 Celtic BC
Baillieston Jnrs 5 v 0 Cambuslang
Rossvale This         11 v 1 Broomhill
Westerton          10 v 3 Mossvale St James
Harmony Row 4 v 0 Antonine
Rangers SABC 4 v 0 Johnstone Burgh
Rossvale Milan 0 v 0 (3-0 pens) Gleniffer This
Rangers SABC 1 v 0 Rossvale Madrid
Glencairn 1 v 4 KSC Caley
Barrhead 4 v 1 Kilpatrick
Maryhill Jnrs 2 v 2 (7-6 pen) West Park Utd
Argyle Ath 0 v 2 Drumchapel Ams
Clydebank 6 v 1 Glentyan This
Baillieston Jnr 4 v 1 EKFC ‘Gold’
St Mirren 0 v 1 Johnstone Burgh
It famously eluded the great Stanley Matthews twice before he crafted his own little piece of history in 1953 and was notoriously the one trophy that the great Brian Clough never managed to hold aloft despite coming agonisingly close in 1991, the national cup in any competition is always the premier knock out event and has provided some of the most romantic moments in football history.
Unfortunately for Rutherglen Glencairn goalkeeper Laith Al Naeme he shares the rarefied air with some of footballs greatest names having not yet fulfilled his dream of lifting the SYFA Challenge Cup, something he would have achieved last season at Campsie Black Watch before a mid-season transfer saw him attain league success instead. Speaking recently he explained how he became involved in the sport, his fondest memories and what he hopes to achieve in his final two years at youth level.
“I’ve loved football ever since I was in primary school and grew up idolizing the Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar as I saw a lot of similarities between us; we’re both not very tall, both left footed and I see my shot stopping as one of his and my strongest features so that’s the style I try and emulate when I play.”
“My family were a big inspiration growing up as my father featured for the Iraq under-21 team as a young man but was forced to give up the game when he moved to Britain in order to become a doctor and I still send pictures to my great uncle in Iraq who was the national team goalkeeper in the 1950’s”
Transferring from an established youth set-up like Campsie Black Watch to a team that had only existed for a few seasons it was always going to have its risks and many people doubted the wisdom of such a move but the intelligence of Laith’s decision was confirmed with three pieces of silverware eventually adorning the Glencairn trophy cabinet at the end of the season and the goalie admits it was nice to prove people wrong.
“Although disappointed not to win the SYFA cup last season was still the most exciting of my career as I joined Glencairn from my boyhood club and we took the title race down to the wire, needing only a draw to win against nearest rivals Knightswood in our final game. It had special resonance for me as I’d broken my thumb saving a penalty in a league decider the previous season before eventually losing so I knew what it felt like to put your body on the line and still leave empty handed.”
“In the end we fell 2-1 behind heading into the 90th minute and the opposition fans had already started celebrating which put us under a lot of pressure but I managed to gain possession in injury time before sending a long ball down the pitch for one final effort and with the last kick of the ball our striker sent an unstoppable effort goal wards to equalise at the death; securing the title and my first ever league winners medal in dramatic fashion.”
Coming through the ranks with such a strong outfit is always going to have its advantages but unfortunately where goalkeepers are concerned there can be only one and sometimes you have to move on to find a place of your own. 
“I think [current Campsie goalkeeper] Martin Storey is very good but when I moved up from under-19 to under-21 I felt I had a real chance to establish myself as the number one. Unfortunately for me the coaches were happy to retain him as their first choice and, with both of us set to play at that level for the same length of time, I had to look elsewhere for first team football.”
“As a player I’m driven by confidence and when I’m in the right mind-set I feel I’m unstoppable so moving to Glencairn was the best possible move I could have made as not playing week in week out was beginning to affect my attitude. My biggest dream before leaving this level of football is to win the national cup and I could have done that at Campsie if I’d stayed but I want to achieve it as part of the starting 11.”
Fitting straight into a new set up so quickly shows the kind of person Laith is and he’s incredibly grateful that his new team mates are so willing to accept him into the fold, especially considering that as well as a new recruit he’s also a devout Muslim and has to balance the respective demands of his sport and his religion. It’s an issue that is becoming more prevalent at the highest levels of the game following an influx of players of African origin like Demba Ba, Mohammed Diame and Yaya Toure.
“One of the most testing parts about being a Muslim footballer is Ramadan, having to combine fasting with both playing and training, however this season my coaches were incredibly understanding and let me go at my own pace whilst doing everything they could to help me. Fortunately being a goalkeeper Ramadan isn’t quite as tough on me as it could be but I’ll admit playing pre-season tournaments during long, hot summer days does take a lot out of you!”
“I don’t have any issues regarding my religion with my teammates although I will admit that until a few years ago it wasn’t something I’d be keen to bring up as I’m a Glasgow boy and it’s not something that occurs very often in football circles. However the boys here have been great and always keep me well stocked on Red Bull when we go out together to the social club.”
Having waved goodbye national glory this season following a dramatic turnaround against Tower Hearts that saw his side go from 2-1 up with twenty minutes remaining to 4-2 behind at the final whistle focus will now turn to improving league form and competing in various regional tournaments. There are still trophies to be lifted this campaign and Laith obviously hopes his side will win as many as possible but the biggest of them all will have to wait for next year when he’ll have one final chance to realise his dream.
Monday, 13 January 2014 11:35

Milngavie maintain winning streak

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Milngavie Wanderers
Ralston 3G
12 January 2014
Milngavie Wanderers picked up where they left off as the league season entered 2014 with a convincing 6-1 win over Busby.  Today's opponents came within minutes of being the first team to take points off the champions this season back in November when a late double
from Jack Carson saved the day but it was a different story this time.  Kalvin Warren hit a superb hat-trick while there was a goal apiece for Ben Jenkins, Joe Slee and Alberto Vezza who was instrumental throughout as he deputised for the injured Rory McInnes at right wing back, winning two free kicks which were superbly dispatched by Warren and Slee as well as the penalty with which Warren rounded off his hat-trick.

Wanderers attacked straight from the get go and from a first minute corner the ball came to James Logan on the edge of the box who laid off Joe Slee but he dragged his effort wide.  The opener came after only eight minutes though when Nathan Carmichael played in Kalvin
Warren who superbly lobbed the keeper from the edge of the box.

He nearly had a second a minute later but the keeper was equal to it, holding on to his header from Ben Jenkins' corner kick.  Busby weren't out of it though and curled a good effort just wide of the post on eleven minutes before equalising a minute before half time as
the striker poked the ball under Ross Fisher on the counter attack.

They weren't on level terms for long though and when Alberto Vezza was hacked down on the edge of the box, Warren put his team back in front with the last kick of the half, curling a superb free kick over the wall and into the top corner past the stranded keeper.
Half Time: Milngavie Wanderers 2 - 1  Busby
Ben Jenkins had a couple of chances to double the lead within ten minutes of the restart: first his right footed effort was blocked on 44 minutes before his shot from Warren's cutback was held five minutes later.

There was a scare on 58 minutes when the Busby forward seemed to have rounded Fisher to present himself with an empty net but the Milngavie stopper recovered to pull off a superb stop and maintain his side's advantage.

That save was to prove vital as sixty seconds later, Vezza was fouled in the box just as he was pulling the trigger at the end of another jinking run.  The referee pointed to the spot and Warren stepped up to stroke the ball home for his hat-trick.

Another great run from Vezza on 66 minutes led to another foul and another free kick:  this time Joe Slee stepped up to thump a wonderful dipping effort into the top corner from 25 yards.

Vezza was getting forward more regularly now and looked to have got himself on the score sheet on 68 minutes, lobbing the keeper with a volley from the corner of the box but it somehow bounced onto the crossbar twice before being cleared. 

Busby then went up and drew another fine save from Fisher which again precipitated a goal for the hosts:  Kyle Campbell released Aran McDonald wide on the right and his fine cross into the danger area was flicked into the net by Ben Jenkins who finally got his goal.

McDonald looked keen to turn provider to scorer and had an effort held on 70 minutes before forcing a fine point blank save from the keeper as he followed up Warren's parried effort.

The scoring was rounded off three minutes from time as Alberto Vezza got the goal his contribution merited, collecting Aidan Young's long ball forward and rounding the keeper before slamming the ball home.

With that, Milngavie Wanderers maintain their 100% record after 11 league games this season as well as their 9 point lead at the top of the table.  They can now look forward to two games in a row against second placed Celtic BC in the league and the regional cup second
round respectively. 
Full Time: Milngavie Wanderers 6 - 1 Busby
North Glasgow Utd 5 v 2 Finnart
+Rangers SABC 8 v 0 Busby Am ‘A’
+Hampden BC 8 v 1 Giffnock
Cardonald This 0 v 5 Dumbarton Utd
Celtic BC 3 v 0 Busby Am ‘B’
Clyde BC OFF Thistle BC
Celtic BC 7 v 1 Kelvindale
Dunoon BC 9 v 2 Muirton
Rangers SABC 4 v 0 Ardeer Thistle
Castlemilk 2 v 9 Celtic Jnrs
Drumchapel Am 9 v 0 Caly Thistle
Finnart OFF Deans Thistle
Bellfield BC (Spare)
Milngavie Wan 6 v 1 Busby Am
Celtic BC 8 v 1 Old Firm Alliance
Southside 0 v 9 Airdrie BC
Fulham BC 2 v 3 Knightswood
Pollok Utd OFF Rangers SABC
East End Phoenix (Spare)
Celtic BC 4 v 1 Baillieston Jnrs
Rossvale Thistle 2 v 3 Harmony Row
Andalus 0 v 3 Old Firm Alliance
Westerton 4 v 2 Rangers SABC
Pollok Utd OFF Jim Johnstone
Clydebank Utd 6 v 2 Camlachie
Celtic Youth 3 v 5 Rossvale BC
Busby Am OFF Summerston
St Mirren OFF Antonine
UNDER 19 (Div 1)
Harmony Row 1 v 3 St Mirren
EKFC ‘Gold’ 2 v 1 Baillieston Jnrs
Easthall Star 4 v 1 Clydebank 
West Park Utd 3 v 0 Port Glasgow
Rossvale BC 6 v 2 Glentyan Thistle
Kilpatrick BC 2 v 1 Maryhill Jnrs
Lenzie YC OFF Cardonald This
UNDER 19 (Div 2)
Drumchapel Am 4 v 2 Argyle Ath
Glencairn 2 v 1 Milngavie BC
Easthall BC 2 v 3 Rossvale Madrid
EKFC ‘Blue’ 3 v 4 West Park Utd
Kings Park 1 v 2 Rossvale Milan
+Dunoon 8 v 2 Busby Am
+Vale of Clyde OFF Glasgow Thistle
Crookston OFF Third Lanark
Thursday, 09 January 2014 14:33

Wanderers in good shape after break

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Cumbernauld Colts
Milngavie Wanderers
U15's Friendly Match
Broadwood Stadium
05 January 2014
Milngavie Wanderers got 2014 off to a great start with a hard-fought 2-0 victory against Cumbernauld Colts. Despite a sluggish start, they came into the game and took full advantage of the huge park at Colts' wonderful Broadwood facility. Two goals from captain Jack Carson both set up by Aran McDonald were enough to see off their Cumbernauld & Kilsyth League opponents.
Playing 3x 30 minute periods, the game got off to a slow start, understandable given that both teams had just returned from the festive break. Colts looked the sharper though in the first period but failed to test Ross Fisher in the away goal. It took ten minutes for Milngavie to fashion their first half chance when Alberto Vezza played a great through ball into the path of Joe Slee in the box but the big home keeper was quick to react and reached the ball first to clear the danger.
Vezza was involved in most of the play during the first period at both ends of the park. On 20 minutes he cleared a Colts goal bound effort off the line with his head before firing a great shot inches over the bar from outside the area at the other end.
End of first period: Cumbernauld Colts 0-0 Milngavie Wanderers
Wanderers were getting closer to breaking the deadlock with Rory McInnes firing wide from just inside the box ten minutes after the restart before the opening goal came on 42 minutes. Another fine corner kick from Kalvin Warren was deflected into the path of Jack Carson by Aran McDonald and the skipper made no mistake as he swivelled to hook the ball high into the net.
The rest of the third petered out with Kalvin Warren's effort from the edge of the D being the only chance of note before the whistle went again.
End of second period: Cumbernauld Colts 0-1 Milngavie Wanderers 
The Glasgow champions were chasing that killer second goal and it looked like it had arrived on 72 minutes when good work from Kyle Campbell culminated in him laying the ball off to Vezza twenty yards from goal – his wonderful curling effort was destined for the bottom corner but for a superb piece of goalkeeping by the home stopper to tip it by the post at full stretch.
There was nothing he could do a minute later though when Carson doubled both his and his team's tally as McDonald laid him off again to rifle the ball home first time from the edge of the box for his sixth goal of the season.
The goal fired up Wanderers in pursuit of more while effectively killing off the challenge of Colts. If not for the home keeper, Wanderers could have scored three in the three minutes that followed Carson's goal. First, Warren played a delightful, dinked through ball to Vezza who took a touch inside the box before drilling the ball towards goal but it was smothered by the keeper who was then quick to close down McDonald when he was put through on goal by Joe Slee. Kyle Campbell then had a shot saved as Colts hung on.
Vezza then saw another effort held and Kyle Campbell's shot from Slee's cutback was blocked as Milngavie saw the game out comfortably to get a big year off to the perfect start.
Full Time: Cumbernauld Colts 0-2 Milngavie Wanderers
Ross Fisher, Rory McInnes, Jack Carson (c) (42', 73'), James Logan, Kalvin Warren, Scott Hutton, Aidan Young, Alberto Vezza, Joe Slee, Ben Jenkins, James Macmillan
Aran McDonald, Josh Shovlin, Kyle Campbell, Nathan Carmichael
MOTM: Jack Carson
The Wanderers are still in the hunt for five trophies in the second half of the season: they sit 9 points clear at the top of the Glasgow and District League for which the League Cup will also be available; the second round of the West Regional Cup is at the end of this month against Celtic BC while there is also the small matter of the Blackpool Cup in April and the club's own Scottish Youth Champions League event in June.
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 23:06

Mid Season Interview: Sean Murray of Vale of Clyde

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1. Name: 
Sean Murray
2. Team and age group:
Vale of Clyde Under 19's
3. Sum up your season so far in one sentence:
My season personally has been stop start because of injury I haven't been able to get a decent run of form.
4. What has been the low point?:
For me it has to be getting injured in the first game of the season which is always a hard one to take.
5. What has been the high point?:
Being awarded man of the match against Crookston, only game I feel I've played anywhere near the way I can or the teams last minute winner against rivals busby.
6. Which player from your squad has improved the most from the previous season?:
Both James Milne and Darren Hunter have improved  lot.
7. What are your team's goals for the second half of 2013/14?:
Continue to improve on the start we've made and hopefully win the league and promotion.
8. What are your personal goals for football in the calendar year 2014?:
Get back to my best and perform the way I know I can.
1. Name: 
Callum Macauley
2. Team and age group:
Gleniffer Thistle Under 15's
3. Sum up your season so far in one sentence:
Our season has had its fair share of ups and downs!
4. What has been the low point?:
For me personally, when I scored an own goal.
5. What has been the high point?:
For me personally, when I scored my first goal - it was a good volley.
6. Which player from your squad has improved the most from the previous season?:
This is my first season with the club.
7. What are your team's goals for the second half of 2013/14?:
As a team we would like to be a lot fitter and put in stronger performances week in, week out.
8. What are your personal goals for football in the calendar year 2014?:
To score my goals, help my team out and try my best at all times.