Castlemilk Aim To Continue Good Form

Castlemilk OBC Midfielder/ Captain Andrew Gilmartin hopes the Scottish Amateur Football League club can continue good pre-season trend upon their next test, writes Tom Scott.

A week ago, at Toryglen Sports Centre, Castlemilk OBC recorded a 5-2 win against Campsie Minerva.

Goals 2x McGuigan, 1x Ridge, 1x O’Raw, and 1x Connelly.

Assists 2x Gilmartin, 1x Ridge, 1x Coll and 1x McLellan.

Penalty save from Goalkeeper Goldfarb

Managers Man of The Match – McGuigan.

Castlemilk OBC Starting Line-Up:

Goldfarb, McLellan, Brown(C), Ridge, Bill, O’Raw, McWilliams, Gilmartin, O’Brien, Connelly, McGuigan.

Andrew contacted myself and said:

“Another good run out for the boys prior to our Centenary Cup fixtures starting on the 14th of August.”

“We now look forward to an away fixture against a very strong Giffnock North side.”

“We are on the lookout for midweek friendly matches – Home or Away – as we approach the start of the Cup fixtures.”

“If any teams are available, please contact us directly via twitter.”

“We are also looking to bring in a few new faces (preferably a striker or a centre half) to improve the side after a decent run in the previous Cup competition.”

Bellgrove Boss Hails First Win Of New Season

Gaffer Stevie McCallum Senior hailed the Bellgrove Amateurs F.C. squad after securing their first victory of the new Football Central Division B campaign, writes Tom Scott.

Bellgrove Amateurs FC 2, Muirend 1.

He said “Great effort from every one of my lads – 6 goalkeepers were contacted. None were available. Declan Cook stepped up and took the gloves,”

“We had a strong squad and the lads were led superbly by Lee Muir.”

“Surrounded by his team mates, we took on a great Muirend side. The boys were excellent, and at the water break, we were doing okay.”

“We had opened our account on the goalscoring front.”

“Andrew O’Brien put a cross in even Ronaldo would’ve been proud of. It was followed in and our lad Sean McCarroll rose like a gazelle and met it sweetly. He powered a header at 4.11pm, and I think the nets were still rustling by the ball.”

Scoreline 1-0.

“We were in new territory being in front after not scoring in 187 minutes the last 2 weeks.”

“We started to move the ball into dangerous spaces for our lads to get on, forced into a change, and our boy got on and made a big impact.”

“We created so many opportunties of half chances, but Muirend’s goalkeeper was quality-band.”

“We just went to sleep , and Muirend punished us, with good work down the left.”

Half-Time Scoreline 1-1.

Second Half:

“We looked lazy a bit but we pressed and pushed and demanded the ball, in numbers, in dangerous places of Muirend’s defence.”

“Lads were more solid shape setting up, and with Richard Smith moving to full back, Steven Robb was moving into advance spaces at will, and could have scored a hat trick.”

“We got a break, when for the 3rd week in a row, after great tenacity from Andrew O’Brien (left mid), we were awarded a penalty.”

“Our captain had arranged with his strike partner, Mark, he was on them, and he smashed it past the keeper.”

Scoreline 2-1.

“We created so much in the centre with our 3 boys, but Barry Dee had been scrapping and battling in there.”

“He created so many passes for us in advanced spaces that we knew a 3rd was coming.”

“Sean McCarroll had been close with a few shots, but he picked ball up. Lee Muir moved forward, taking 2 Muirend defenders. Sean took 1 more touch and unleashed a ferocious right foot drive on target – through the goalkeeper’s hands who was on his line.”

“Hit the net behind the bar, bounced 2 yards behind the keeper, and the line and back spinned out. Ref played on.”

“We kept working and trusting each other, and got over the line.”

“First victory – start of our season, great effort, tireless effort, and good balance.”

“Cmonnnn the Grove!”

Goalscorers: Sean McCarroll and Mark McHugh.

Man of the Match: Barry Dunsmuir.

Managers Man of the Match: Stevie Turnbull.

Ambitious Pitch Project At Troon

Work is well under way with an ambitious and costly pitch renovation project to refurbish the home ground of Troon Dundonald F.C., writes Tom Scott.

I understand The Ayrshire Amateur League Premier Division club have secured a 25-year-old lease on the facility, and looking further ahead Dundonald would also seek to carry out extensive work on their changing facilities.

Scottish Amateur Football Association President Mr Stuart Urquhart, who also holds the same position with Troon Dundonald, was very open in our talk, and said “Grants from three sources total a six-figure sum.”

“The ground was previously used back in 1986.”

“Work has started and I think we would probably be looking to play there again in for season 2022-2023.”

I understand Troon have been busy bringing in new signings – at least six.

Busy Times At Haghill St Roch

After many months of inactivity, Haghill St Roch’s have revealed there has been plenty going on within their North Glasgow set-up writes Tom Scott.

Paul Hughes said “For the new season, Haghill St Roch’s will only have one team participating in the SSMAFL Premier Division.”

“We didn’t have the demands for two, and decided early on to scrap the idea of a B Team within the Development Section of the Strathclyde Saturday Morning League.”

“Myself and Joseph Gordon will be in charge of the Premier team going into the season.”

Over the course of the year, we have been working closely with the Bluevale Community Club and through the Club have secured the use of the Whitehill 4G Park (Dennistoun) for Thursday training.”

“Part of our focus in helping the Club was to provide training and support for their youth team (Denniston Villa). It means that Gary at the Villa can bring in players for training, and the kids and their parents don’t need to worry about the cost, as we have covered that for the foreseeable future.”

“Whilst in discussions with Kenny at Bluevale about other team involvement, it was decided that a new Over 35s team would be formed.”

“Most of the old Haghill boys had discussed this previously so we thought no time like the present and as we had the tie in, we decided the team would be called Bluevale Community Club Over 35s, and duly entered the Football Central Over 35s League, where we have taken a place in Division 2B.”

“Our aim for the team is 1: to compete well within the League and 2: to make football available to older guys that maybe still have the hunger for football, but can’t compete at the Amateur level anymore.”

“The League started with a 4- 1 win versus Clyde Thistle goals from Steven Moore, Shug Mills, Kevin McManus and Nicky Feeney.”

“Games are played fortnightly.”

This month the set-up secured Monday night training within the Bluevale State of the Art Gym, which will see the players have a fitness class provided all for what they can afford through the Club’s Honesty Box.

Paul Hughes was delighted to add: “We think this will provide better fitness and well-being for the players over the months of the season, and also let us promote the Club through word of mouth, and Social Media Platforms.”

“All in all, it’s been a busy few months trying to get things in place.”

“We keep moving forward and hope with the help of the boys in the two teams, we can build into the season.”

“There is talk of other tie in possibilities through the Bluevale Club for more teams.”

Rhu Amateur F.C.: Looking The Part

Ahead of a very special season, there is no doubt Rhu Amateur F.C. will look the part – even before they kick a competitive football, writes Tom Scott.

I have had the honour of revealing their new red rig-out to celebrate 125 glorious years, and a new all-black away kit.

Many thanks again to Ali Maule for releasing the photographs.

Pictured left to right are: Kyle Sharkey, Ali Maule and Adam Sharkey.

St Joseph’s AFC Training Kit

St Joe’s Receive Training Kit From Scotland Star John McGinn has given St Joseph’s AFC a huge boost by sponsoring their training kit, writes Tom Scott.

McGinn and his family know the Clydebank-based club well – even taking opportunities to watch them playing previously in the Scottish Amateur Football League, and now in the Caledonian League when schedules permit.

The Scotland star decided to help them, and maintain high standards by offering them training kit sponsorship, which officials were delighted to accept.

Said St Joe’s Manager Adjie MacColl “It was a tremendous gesture by John McGinn. We can’t thank him enough.”

Many thanks to Mr John Gibbons at St Joseph’s AFC for supplying the photograph.

Headline Makers Revisited: Glasgow Sunday AFL (Season 2008-2009)

I conclude my Series with the Consolation Scoreboard Sports Trophy from season 2008-2009, writes Tom Scott.

Four Quarter-Finals produced 23 goals in a tournament which featured Clubs in the Glasgow Sunday AFL.

Rutherglen Vultures edged out Millbrae 5-4, while Vale of Leven beat Tullichewan 5-3.

There were identical 2-1 winning score lines for JML Accies and Budhill against The Ritz and Renton respectively.

Moving on, a goal in each half enabled Budhill to knock-out Vale of Leven in the Semi-Finals. Rutherglen Vultures overcame JML Accies 4-2.