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Monday, 16 December 2013 16:05

Westpark turn it around to continue fine form

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Maryhill Juniors
Westpark United
15 December 2013
A game of two halves, Maryhill were the better team in the first half where the weather could only be described as dire. A defensive mistake led to the Maryhill striker Thomas Clark slotting home from 6 yards, but for all their pressure they could not add to the lead.
Half Time: Maryhill Juniors 1-0 Westpark United
The second half started after some constructive words to the Westpark team. Westpark started to get the ball down and pass which led to the equaliser. A lovely move which led to striker Stefan Graham bursting to the by-line and cutting a pinpoint pass across the 6 yard line to new boy Paul Coyle who scored his first goal for the club. With Westpark putting more pressure on the defence of Maryhill a corner resulted in centre half Ben Collins bulleting a header past Maryhill keeper Martin McCeachie to lead 2-1.
Both teams continued to play the game in a very good spirit. Two teams giving their all in a very good game despite the poor weather.
Full Time: Maryhill Juniors 1-2 Westpark United
North Glasgow Utd 0 v 9 Celtic BC
Rangers SABC 9 v 0 Thistle BC
Clyde BC 1 v 3 Dumbarton Utd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Busby Am ‘A’ 5 v 1 Cardonald This
Celtic BC 4 v 0 Dean Thistle
Castlemilk 9 v 2 Cali Thistle
Bellfield Royal 4 v 1 Kelvindale Thistle
Ardeer Thistle 0 v 9 Celtic Jnrs
Airdrie BC 3 v 4 Fulham 
Pollok Utd 2 v 4 Celtic BC
Milngavie Wand 6 v 0 Southside
Knightswood 5 v 1 Busby Am
East End Phoenix 0 v 9 Rangers SABC
Andalus 0 v 9   Rossvale Thistle
Pollok Utd 0 v 9 Harmony Row
Rangers SABC 2 v 1 Baillieston Jnr
Summerston 6 v 3 MYF
UNDER 19 (Div 1)
Cardonald Thistle 1 v 3 EKFC ‘Gold’
Kilpatrick BC 4 v 4 Easthall Star
Rossvale  BC 1 v 1 St Mirren
Clydebank 1 v 4 Harmony Row
Maryhill Jnrs 1 v 2 West Park Utd
UNDER 19 (Div 2)
West Park Utd 5 v 1 Glasgow Thistle
Kings Park 3 v 2 Third Lanark
Vale of Clyde 5 v 2 Busby Am
Argyle Ath 4 v 2 Rossvale Madrid
Dunoon 5 v 3 Easthall
Crookston 4 v 2 Glencairn
The switch from playing 7 a side up to playing 11's in a competitive league with teams you may never have faced before has always been a daunting challenge for young footballer's. The transaction is probably one of the biggest test's of character in youth football for young players along with the move from 17's to 19's and 19's to 21's. Some say that it some times can make or break a young person's footballing career.
Everybody can talk about the massive change from 7's to 11 a side and have their own personal opinion but in my mind the best way to find out how it really affects a club is to speak to someone involved and recently I caught up with Paul Pearston from Hapmden BC 13's who just a few month's back started playing 11's football competing in a very tough Glasgow and District under 13's league. Firstly I posed the question to Paul of how were the club on a whole coping with the massive leap.
"We are enjoying it, we like the competitive nature of the 11's game although it is a big step and personally I think that before the step to 11's they should move from 7's to 9 a side because the difference is really massive to be honest."
Paul shares that opinion with a lot of people who think 7's straight to 11's is to big a step up and feel that 9 a side should be brung in to break it up a bit, I also asked Paul how his players were coping with the change and if he could see any differences in them now they are playing 11's.
"Some of them are struggling a bit with some of the new things that are introduced in 11 a side for example the offside rule and even the goalkeeper with the goal size obviously being bigger but on a whole I think they are enjoying it. I think a lot of the boys like the competitive nature I can see they are all learning and bringing new things in to their games like positional sense etc. Its hard to start of with but I always said I'd give my boys a year then judge them on how they are doing."
As of now Paul's young Hampden team are doing well in the league with a few hard fought wins against Dumbarton, Cardonald and Clyde in recent times. The boys, like every other team new to 11's, will adapt to the game and all the differences and I'm sure they will be better from it. As for Paul he still has a good few months left before his years up and he can judge his players on how they have taken to the 11's game.
At times some people say that Glaswegians can be rough and quite heartless and that is a stereotype that all Scots are given all over the world but we are not all that bad and a team from the East End of Glasgow is going to prove that this weekend.
Glasgow East BC are hosting a charity match in aid of the Clutha Bar Tragedy which happened in Glasgow not too long ago, all money raised on the day will go to the fund to help the victims of the crash. The match itself will be the Glasgow East 1999's who are 12 wins from 12 in the PJDYFL taking on a team of parents and coaches who will be out to prove that the boy's they watch week in week out are actually beatable. The charity match will be held at the club's home park at Whitehill Secondary School with the game being a 10am kickoff, all players will be paying £5 to play and if anyone is wanting to go along and watch it's £1 entry fee again with all money going to charity. 

Bryan McGill coach of the Glasgow East 1999's and someone who helped organize the event said: 
"Obviously its important for our club to show our support for the victims as our mini bus driver is a regular drinker in there but we want to show how we come together as a club for our own when tragedy strikes".
Bryan and all the playing and coaching staff at Glasgow East BC urges anyone to come along it is all for a good cause, so if you are doing nothing on Saturday morning you should certainly get yourself out your bed all wrapped up and down to Whitehill Secondary, I know I will be!
Glagow & District YFL
Cardonald This 6 v 0 North Glasgow Utd
Celtic BC 1 v 3 Rangers SABC
Thistle BC 1 v 9 Busby Am ‘A’
Busby Am ‘B’ 1 v 4 Clyde BC
Giffnock 1 v 9 Dumbarton Utd
Dean Thistle 2 v 1 Castlemilk
Kelvindale This 5 v 1 Ardeer Thistle
Celtic Jnr 4 v 1 Drumchapel Am
Finnart 0 v 0 Bellfield
Celtic BC 1 v 0 Pollok Utd
Southside 4 v 1 Old Firm A
Milngavie Wand 9 v 0 East End Utd
Airdrie BC 4 v 0 Knightswood
Busby Am 2 v 5 Rangers SABC
Harmony Row 2 v 0 Rangers SABC
Baillieston 0 v 1 Jim Johnstone
Celtic BC 4 v 4 Westerton
Rossvale This 9 v 0 Andalus
Pollok Utd 2 v 2 Old Firm A
MYF 0 v 9 Camlachie
Clydebank Utd 9 v 0 St Mirren
Antonine 7 v 0 Rossvale BC
Busby Am 1 v 9 Lenzie YC
UNDER 19 (Div 1)
Glentyan Thistle 4 v 3 Maryhill Jnrs
Pt Glasgow BC 1 v 6 Rossvale BC
West Park Utd 1 v 0 Baillieston Jnrs
Clydebank 7 v 0 Lenzie YC
St Mirren 3 v 0 EKYC ‘Gold’
Harmony Row 4 v 2 Kilpatrick
UNDER 19 (Div 2)
Third Lanark 6 v 3 West Park Utd
Milngavie BC 2 v 6 Kings Park
Easthall 0 v 1 Argyle Ath
Glencairn 3 v 5 Dunoon
Crookston 3 v 2 EKFC ‘Blue’
Rossvale Milan 7 v 4 Vale of Clyde
Busby Am 2 v 3 Rossvale Madrid
Busby Am 0 v 4 Third Lanark
Saturday, 07 December 2013 14:31

GADYFL Under 19's Division two mid-season review

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This year's Glasgow and District under 19's division two is nearing its winter break and is almost halfway through its season so this would be a perfect time to review what's already happened so far and try and predict what has still to come from this very exciting and open championship race. With it being most, if not all, of these teams first year at nineteens it has been a huge step up for the players. A lot of the teams making up this year's 16 team league were part of last years under 17's second division the likes of Third Lanark, Easthall, Argyle Athletic, Glasgow Thistle and West Park which means these clubs know a bit more about each other than others when the league began.
Results wise this far no team has really stepped up and proved there the team to beat and are strong favorites, with all the teams at the top slipping about at some point so far. Sitting top right now are a very strong Drumchapel Amateurs side who may have been placed top dogs in this league by anyone who may have watched them beat the so called 'big teams' in last years GADYFL 17's division 1, although the Drum haven't been as dominant as maybe some would have thought having being defeated by another one of their title rivals Third Lanark and also dropping points away to Rossvale Milan who held them to a 0-0 draw.
There are many teams chasing Drumchapel at the top and hot on the their tails just 2 points behind are newly formed Vale of Clyde who have only kept one clean sheet the whole season and again have dropped a few points losing at home to Drumchapel and drawing with rivals Rutherglen Glencairn in an action packed 4-4 draw. Rutherglen Glencairn, West Park and Third Lanark are the other 3 strong title contenders at this halfway mark with all three sides picking up points along the way and also all sitting with two games in hand over the top two.
Surprise package West Park have been going about their business rather quietly and slowly moving up the table with one freak slip up away to Crookston who beat them 6-2 but still if West Park win both their games in hand they could leap frog above Vale of Clyde and in to 2nd only 1 point behind leaders Drumchapel.
In the second half of the season there are still some massive games to look forward to which could totally blow the title race upside down some of these games to look out for include Rutherglen Glencairn vs Drumchapel, Vale of Clyde vs Third Lanark and West Park vs Vale of Clyde. Already there has been so much drama in this league and if it carry's on we are guaranteed a title race that will definitely entertain us, who will be the team crowned champions in 2014 you ask? Your guess is as good as mine!
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:53

Second half blitz sees Milngavie defeat Moorlands

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Milngavie Wanderers
Moorlands BC
U15's Friendly
Seedhill, Paisley
01 December 2013
Milngavie Wanderers followed up their comfortable regional cup win vs Clydebank with another comfortable win over sterner opposition in Moorlands BC. The Uddingston team currently sit top of the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth League, above Wanderers' Scottish Cup conquerors Hamilton Accies and having only recently ended a 29 game unbeaten league run, promised to be tough opponents.
With an experimental line-up and formation, Milngavie were inches away from taking the lead after only 2 minutes. Ben Jenkins laid the ball off for James Macmillan whose first time effort cannoned off the bar with the keeper beaten. Five minutes later, the keeper almost handed Macmillan an opener after his attempted clearance ricocheted off the striker but it trickled wide of the post.
Moorlands first chance came on 13 minutes when a well struck free kick from distance was pushed away by Ross Fisher in the home goal who was back in more familiar territory after last week's foray up front.
Wanderers continued to dominate the play without creating many chances and the visitors only really looked dangerous from set pieces. Aidan Young's speculative effort from distance that sailed wide was the only incident of note as the half petered out.
Half time: Milngavie Wanderers 0–0 Moorlands BC
The stalemate didn't last long though as the home side went ahead just two minutes after the restart: Macmillan fed the ball through to half time sub Alberto Vezza and although he was tackled just before he could pull the trigger, the loose ball fell to fellow half time introduction Joe Slee who side footed beyond the keeper into the far
Good work on the left hand side between Slee and Scott Hutton saw the former tee up Jack Carson just inside the box and the skippers powerful volley was deflected out for a corner which came to nothing.
Five minutes later, the lead was doubled when Nathan Carmichael played a wonderful cross-field ball over the defence to Vezza who brought it under control and fired across the keeper for 2-0. Then within sixty seconds of that goal it was 3-0: Carson played a great through ball to Aran McDonald who calmly poked the ball home for his fourth goal in only three games for the club.
McDonald turned provider on 68 minutes, doing well to skip past the opposition left back and sending a ball into the box which eventually found Hutton at the back post but his right footed volley went over the bar. The scoring was then rounded off ten minutes from time when Slee set up Bailey Williams to score with his first touch since being reintroduced to the fray.
Full time: Milngavie Wanderers 4-0 Moorlands BC  
Milngavie squad: Ross Fisher, Rory McInnes, Jack Carson, Robbie Donaldson, Bailey Williams (70'), Scott Hutton, Aran McDonald (65'), Aidan Young, Ben Jenkins, Kyle Campbell, James Macmillan Alberto Vezza (64'), James Logan, Josh Shovlin, Nathan Carmichael, Joe Slee (42')
Glasgow & District YFL
Cardonald This 2 v 0 Giffnock
Celtic BC 6 v 1 Hampden
Dumbarton Utd 3 v 5 Westerton
Drumchapel Am 4 v 1 Muirton 
Dunoon 0 v 3 Finnart
Ardeer Thistle 1 v 3 Bellfield
Southside 0 v 3 Pollok Utd
Westerton 3 v 4 Rangers SABC
Harmony Row 4 v 2 Baillieston Jnrs
Andalus Ansar 0 v 9 Jim Johnston
St Mirren 1 v 1 Camlachie
Lenzie YC 9 v 0 MYF
Summerston 1 v 9 Celtic Youth
Rossvale BC
UNDER 19 (Div 1)
Lenzie YC 1 v 3 Harmony Row
Glentyan Thistle 2 v 2 Clydebank
Maryhill Jnr v Easthall Star
Cardonald This 1 v 4 St Mirren
Kilpatrick 5 v 1 Pt Glasgow
UNDER 19 (Div 2)
EKFC ‘Blue’ 5 v 2 Rossvale Milan
Busby Am 2 v 3 Glasgow Thistle
Drumchapel Am 4 v 2 Third Lanark
West Park Utd 3 v 1 Milngavie BC
Kings Park 1 v 1 Rossvale Madrid
Vale of Clyde 5 v 2 Easthall
Argyle Ath 3 v 2 Glencairn
Dunoon 3 v 3 Crookston
Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup
Largs 0 v 6 Rangers SABC
Celtic BC 9v 0 Grahamston
Lenzie YC 1 v 2 Celtic Youth
Rossvale Thistle 4 v 2 Tynecastle BC
Antonine 4 v 0 Southside
Clydebank Utd 1 v 3 Tynecastle BC
EKFC ‘Gold’ 3 v 1 Rossvale BC
West Park Utd 2 v 0 Hamilton Accies
Musselburgh 3 v 5 Baillieston Jnrs
SYFA West Region Cup
Busby Ams ‘B’ 2 v 3 St Cadocs
Houston 3 v 2 Clyde FC
Finnart 0 v 9 Clydebank Colts
Thistle BC 2 v 10 Linwood Rangers
Clydebank v North Glasgow Utd
Milngavie 3 v 7 Busby Am ‘A’
Everton 3 v 3 (4-3 pen) Castlemilk
Rangers SABC 6 v 1 Cantera
Dean Thistle 1 v 15 Beith Jnrs
Kelvindale 2 v 5 Houston
Barrhead 2 v 3 Celtic BC
Cardonald Th 0 v 9 Airdrie BC
Mearns Utd 1 v 5 Rangers SABC
Knightswood 6 v 0 Renfrew
Fulham 6 v 0 Old Firm Alliance
Busby Am 0 v 5 St Peters
Busby Am 7 v 1 Elderslie
Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:45

My Youth Career: Gary Teale

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Gary Teale is a well respected footballer who has made 13 caps for his country and played for many great clubs through out his time. Teale started his career in Scotland in 1995 with Clydebank before spending three years with Ayr United. He moved to England in 2001 when he signed for Wigan Athletic and played an important part in the Wigan side that rose from the third tier  to second  for the first time in the club's history and then went one step further to reach the top flight. Whilst at Wigan he started in the 2006 Football League Cup Final. 

Tealse then left for Championship side Derby County where he achieved promotion to the Premier League for the second time, although Teale was not a member of the matchday 16 for the 2007 Football League Championship play-off Final. During his time at Derby, he spent time on loan with Plymouth Argyle and Barnsley.After three years and over 100 appearances for the club, Teale left Derby in June 2010, signing for Sheffield Wednesday on a two-year deal. 
Gary is now with St Mirren and is enjoying life at the Paisley club, since joining the Buddies in 2011 Teale has made 58 appearances. It was at St Mirren's new 'St Mirren Dome' recently built just next to the club's stadium that I got the chance to catch up with Gary and ask him about his youth career at a Tesco Bank Football challenge for primary kids.
1. Which clubs did you play for in your youth career?
I started off at Westpark then moved on to Hillington where my dad was the coach and after that was when I moved to Clydebank.
2. Who have been the best players you have played with and against?
With has to be Leighton Baines without a doubt, even although he was still young at Wigan you could see he carried himself well and was going to make it big, as for against it is tough but I would have to say Ashley Cole or Patrice Evra for the obvious reasons.
3. Who has been the best coach you have worked with?
At club level it is Paul Jewell its easy to see why with all we achieved at Wigan getting them promoted etc and Walter Smith who I played with at Scotland and would always have loved to play under at club level.
4. If you could give any advice to young footballers today what would it be?
Just always practice, practice makes perfect if your dedicated then you have a chance, you may want to be out doing things your friends are doing but if you are dedicated and practice then you will make it.
Glasgow & District YFL 
Celtic BC 0 v 1 Westerton
Muirton 1 v 4 Celtic Jnrs
Baillieston Jnrs 1 v 1 Old Firm Alliance
Andalus Ansar 0 v 7 Westerton
Lenzie YC 6 v 5 Celtic Youth
UNDER 19 (Div 1)
Glentyan This 4 v 0 Easthall Star
Maryhill Jnrs 3 v 2 St Mirren
Cardonald Th 3 v 1 Pt Glasgow BC
Kilpatrick 2 v 6 West Park Utd
Rossvale BC 1 v 1 Harmony Row
UNDER 19 (Div 2)
Kings Park 4 v 2 Easthall FC
Vale of Clyde 4 v 4 Glencairn
Argyle Ath 3 v 1 Crookston
Dunoon 3 v 5 EKFC ‘Blue’
West Regional Cup
Cardonald Th 2 v 1 Johnstone Burgh
East End 2 v 1 Dumbarton Utd
Rangers SABC 8 v 0 Olm Ath
Giffnock 0 v 9 Barrhead
Croftfoot 0 v 2 Finnart
Dunoon 0 v 9 Broomhill
St Andrews 1 v 0 Drumchapel Am
Gourock 3 v 2 Celtic BC
Ardeer Thistle 0 v 5 Pollok Utd
Stamperland 0 v 1 Bellfield
Pollok Utd 9 v 0 East End Phoenix
Gourock 3 v 1 Southside
Milngavie Wand      14 v 0 Clydebank Utd