FC Argyle won the Hall Cup Final in convincing fashion against SAFL Division 1 rivals Carlton YMCA AFC at New McKenna Park on April 29, 2016, writes Tom Scott.
Argyle, who finished the season in fourth-top place (Port Glasgow AFC were crowned Champions), defeated Carlton 3-0.
In the Semi-Finals, Carlton beat Paisley AFC 2-0 at Lochinch, while Scotstoun 3G hosted FC Argyle edging out East Kilbride YMCA AFC 3-2.
Newcomers Arthurlie Amateurs could debut in the SAFL Centenary Cup next month with local derbies if current Scottish Government restrictions are not increased.
Top-table chiefs have wisely opted to cut down on excessive match travel for clubs in membership of the Scottish Amateur Football League and a look at the opening two weeks’ fixture list shows great potential.
Arthurlie v Carlton YMCA
Baljaffray v Easthall Star
Busby v Motherwell Thistle
Campbeltown Pupils v Lochgilphead Red Star
Cardross v Dunoon
Duncanrig v Strathaven
Glyhill Moorcroft v St Convals
Inverclyde v Parkhall
Kings Park Rangers v Hillington
Neilston v Glenburn
Port Glasgow v Port Glasgow OBU
Rutherglen v Claremont
Arthurlie v St Convals
Baljaffray v Kings Park Rangers
Busby v Rutherglen
Duncanrig v Claremont
Glenburn v Carlton YMCA
Glyhill Moorcroft v Neilston
Goldenhill v Easthall Star
Hillingdon v Castlemilk
Inverclyde v Port Glasgow
Lochgilphead Red Star v Campbeltown Pupils
Motherwell Thistle v Strathaven
Parkhall v Cardross
Port Glasgow OBU v Dunoon
Scottish Amateur Football League chiefs are helping member clubs cut down on unwanted travel problems when the Centenary Cup kicks-off their new season on October 10.
Hopefully current Scottish Government restrictions will not have changed again and allow Team Managers to prepare their squads in five areas instead of clubs travelling all over Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
I understand the plan involves teams playing each other home and away in the opening round and, even allowing for bad weather, the fixture list would run into December.
Looking ahead into January and depending on the updated Covid-19 situation the three-divisional domestic structure would commence, and hopefully the hugely popular Jimmy Marshall Trophy can also take place. Arthurlie and Baljaffray Amateurs are newcomers to the SAFL, and as luck would have it, the pair have home games in the First Round fixture list on October 10.
The Barrhead club host Carlton YMCA, while Baljaffray, also from Premier Division Two, welcome high-flying and hugely experienced visitors Easthall Star.
In the Argyle area, two local derbies catch the eye. Campbeltown Pupils v Lochgilphead Red Star and Cardross v Dunoon.
Port Glasgow Amateurs and Port Glasgow OBU will be eager to claim Inverclyde bragging rights for at least 24 hours. while closer to Glasgow I reckon there will be a few goals when Kings Park Rangers entertain Hillington in a top-flight Premier clash.
Photograph Courtesy Of Carlton YMCA AFC
Carlton YMCA held their 19th Annual Sportsmans Dinner back in early March just before the lockdown at The Simple Digital Arena (New St Mirren Park). Around 200 people attended this fundraising event, the beneficiaries being Accord Hospice and Carlton YMCA. All guests were presented with a three course meal, raffles, bingo, auction and entertainment from invited guest speakers John McKelvie, Eric Davidson & Tam McManus.
Also in attendance was Mrs Margaret Douglas, wife of the late Stewart Douglas (Carlton YMCA founder). A wonderful evening was had by all and Carlton YMCA are delighted to pass a cheque over to Accord Hospice, through David McFadden who is the chief fund raiser at the Hospice, for £4,000 to aid their fundraising. Over the last 19 years more than £60,000 has been raised for the Hospice through this annual event. Carlton YMCA play amateur football in The Scottish Amateur Football League and are based at The Kibble Centre in Paisley.