Around The Amateur Football Scene (02/07/2021)

Chief Writer Tom Scott takes another look at some news from around the Amateur Football scene.

IslandSlice have sponsored new strips at Bellahouston AFC.

Polbeth Amateur FC are on the look-out for players, plus an additional coach to join their staff.

West Park United- Amateurs are set for friendly against William Turner Challenge Cup winners Glasgow Harp. Goals from Ross McArthur and Andrew McLay gave Harp a 2-1 win over Dumbarton Academy FP AFC.

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William Turner Challenge Cup Final: Report and Photographs

On behalf of Scottish Amateur Football News, can I thank – not for the first time – Mr Robert Porter for taking the time to prepare and forward a report/ photographs from the William Turner Challenge Cup Final, writes Tom Scott.

Match Report

A strong first half performance from Glasgow Harp saw them gain a two goal half time advantage. Dumbarton Accies scored early in the second half but couldn’t find an equaliser, which saw Glasgow Harp win the cup.

Harp started the match in the ascendency, Gary Tussler and Patrick Walker exchanged nicely but Walkers volleyed shot went over Accies bar.

Accies responded and after 10 minutes, Scott Cowan, Andrew MacDonald and Andrew Burton exchanged, with Burton eventually shooting going wide of the target.

On the quarter hour Harp took the lead.

Accies conceded a free kick on the edge of their box. A short free kick was passed to Ross McArthur whose thunderous shot flashed over the Accies wall and into the top left hand corner of the net. This was a fine finish.

Harp went two goals up within a couple of minutes. A corner was swung into Accies box, which reached Andrew McLay who reacted quickly to stab the ball into the net.

A good move just after the half half between Andrew Burton and David Brannagan saw Brannagan’s effort bravely blocked.

Glasgow Harp then saw efforts from Andrew McLay and Martin Laing go unrewarded.

Accies in response saw efforts from Andrew Burton and Scott Cowan go similarly unrewarded.

Half time 0:2

Accies dragged themselves back into the match on fifty minutes. A corner was swung into the Harp box. After a scramble, Andrew MacDonald swivelled inside the 6 yard box to force the ball into the Harp net.

Accies pressed on and saw a Scott Cowan shot saved. Shortly afterwards David Brannagan saw an effort go over the Harp bar.

The nearest Accies came to equalising came when a Scott Cowan header reached Alan Sweeney. The midfielder then saw his shot go narrowly wide with Harp keeper Stevie Johnstone beaten.

Accies pressed forward but saw the experienced Johnstone deal well with various dangerous crosses into the box.

Harp were now playing on the counter attack and could have secured the win when Andrew McLay dragged a shot wide.

Various other opportunities came Harp way when they moved the ball quickly.

Full time 1:2

Congratulations to Glasgow Harp on their success.

Dumbarton Academy FP AFC

Andrew Campbell, Sam Degg, Josh Degg, Kenny Wilson, Andrew MacNally, Jack Buchanan (capt), Andrew MacDonald, David Brannagan, Scott Cowan, Andrew Burton, Alan Sweeney

Subs: David Allan, Ryan Banks, David Goodwin, Colin MacPhee, Logan Park

Glasgow Harp AFC

Stephen Johnstone, Jonathan Burns, Alexander Amos, Ross John Harry McArthur, Jonathan Gordon, Andrew McLay, David McArthur, Stuart Nicoll, Gary Tussler, Patrick Walker, David Matthews,

Subs: George Bamersby, Craig Scott, Gordon Hanley, Martin Laing, James Forrest

Match Officials


James Gallacher, John Campbell, Paul Elliott, Tam Gilchrist

Man of the Match
Glasgow Harp number 9 – Andrew McLay

Around The Amateur Football Scene (17/06/2021)

Glasgow Harp are looking to bring an experienced goalkeeper into their squad, writes Tom Scott.

The Premier Division club have top-class facilities at their Bishopbriggs-based set-up. Please register interest via their Social Media Pages.

FC Southside United are aiming to bring in some new signings (all positions). Call Brian Dornan at 07308464930.

Dennistoun Thistle, who play in the Churches League, have been looking for a Coach to join their set-up.

Vale of Leven AFC Manager/ Secretary Chris Anderson is hoping to release details of a new sponsor very soon, and we will be delighted to feature the deal at Scottish Amateur Football News.

Cambria AFC have been looking for a new Manager after Craig Ritchie stepped down – having given the Stepps Club tremendous service.

Musselburgh Windsor are looking to complete their Pre- Season schedule with friendlies on 7th and 14th August.

Rosehill Thistle have a number of dates available for friendlies next month – including 10th, 17th and 24th July. Home or Away opponents on a Saturday Morning.

The Glasgow District SML have secured a sponsorship deal with Chris House, who will promote the Premier and 1st Divisions.

YOUR CLUB could feature in my weekly Round-Up. Please email me directly with your information.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (15/06/2021)

Glasgow Harp are looking to bring an experienced goalkeeper into their squad, writes Tom Scott. The Premier Division club have top-class facilities at their Bishopbriggs-based set-up. Please register interest via their Social Media Pages.

FC Southside United are recruiting players for all positions.

Dennistoun Thistle, who play in the Churches League, have been looking for a Coach to join their set-up.

Vale of Leven AFC Manager/ Secretary Chris Anderson is hoping to release details of a new sponsor very soon, and we will be delighted to feature the deal at Scottish Amateur Football News.

Cambria AFC are looking for a new Manager after Craig Ritchie stepped down – having given the Stepps club tremendous service.

Musselburgh Windsor are looking to complete their Pre- Season schedule with friendlies on 7th and 14th August.

Rosehill Thistle have a number of dates available for friendlies next month – including 10th, 17th and 24th July. Home or Away opponents on a Saturday Morning.

YOUR CLUB could feature in my weekly Round-Up. Please email me directly with your information.

Headline Makers Revisited : Season 2013-2014

Oban Saints recorded an unbeaten domestic title success in 2013-2014, writes Tom Scott.

Saints played in the Scottish Amateur Football League.

Glasgow Harp claimed top-flight success in the Caledonian League.

Bowhill Rovers came out top of the Kingdom Caledonian, Letham (Perthshire AFA) and Riverside (Midlands).

Was YOUR CLUB celebrating a League or Cup success years ago? Contact Tom Scott directly.

Glasgow Harp Boosted By New Goals Donation

Two anonymous sponsors have given Caledonian League Premier Division big-guns a boost by donating a brand-new set of goals writes Tom Scott.

Manager Michael Lee has thanked the generous individuals who made this possible, and he added: “They really do look the part.”

“Absolutely delighted with the purchase of our new goals.”

It is all happening at the trim Allan Glens Sports Club venue, Bishopbriggs.

Back in February, I announced Glasgow Harp had taken delivery of a VEO Camera – portable recording solution – which enables the Management to record and analyse matches and training sessions.

And in further news today Michael Lee added: “We made changing room Improvements during the first lockdown.”

“This shows we are improving facilities and equipment whilst off the park.”

Headline Makers Revisited: Caledonian AFL (Season 2006-2007)

Dalziel HSFP were crowned Caledonian League Premier Division champions in season 2006-2007, writes Tom Scott.

Bannockburn were runners-up.

Milton AFC were Division One winners, with East Kilbride YMCA in second place.

Newton Mearns Rovers took the Division Two Championship ahead of Bearsden.

Doune Castle won the Bedroom Planet East of Scotland Cup.

Glasgow Harp lifted the Douglas Smith League Cup, and Balmore AFC secured the Queen’s Park Challenge Cup.