Excitement Builds In Premier Spring Cup

Delays due to travel bans have been put aside
– thank goodness – and the Greater Glasgow Premier AFL – organised FN TeamWear – sponsored Spring Cup has hit the Semi-Finals, writes Tom Scott.

In the Quarter-Final Place Play-Off, GSC Amateurs and Houston United finished 2-2. GSC won 5-4 on penalties.

Quarter-Final Results:

EK YM 3, Carluke Thistle 3 AET.

Carluke won 6-5 on penalties.

St Patricks FP AFC 2, Newshot 3.

Vale of Leven AFC 4, West Cliff 2.

Today (Saturday, June 12)

Glenvale AFC meet GSC Amateurs in the remaining Quarter-Final.

Semi-Finals: Tuesday, June 15

Glenvale or GSC Amateurs v Carluke Thistle.

Wednesday, June 16.

Vale of Leven AFC v Newshot.

Final is scheduled for June 26

* No Match Reports/ Goal scorers were submitted for publication by Clubs this week. Hopefully, Managers/ Coaches will respond and supply Semi-Final details in full.

All The Latest Cup Action: Results Special

Here is my latest Cup Round- Up (Results) from different League bodies, writes Tom Scott.

Once again, if YOUR CLUB can produce a Match Report and forward via Email, you can see your efforts on Scottish Amateur Football News.

FN TEAMWEAR SPRING CUP: GREATER GLASGOW PREMIER AFL Clubs.

Once again hit by travel rules, but GLENVALE won the Paisley encounter against FERGUSLIE STAR (1-0) in Section 4.

Section 3 – Houston United 4, Calderglen 1. St Pat’s FP 5, Belleaire 0.

I have noted tomorrow (June 5) there is a cracking fixture in Section 8, when Craigneuk meet Carluke Thistle.

If anyone in the cam(s) cares to send me an email with a MATCH REPOT I will gladly feature.

CENTRAL SCOTTISH LEAGUE:

Premier Division – Drumchapel 4, Campsie Minerva 1, Wishaw HS FP AFC 1, Bannockburn 2, Harestanes 0, Eastfield 1.

CALEDONIAN LEAGUE: WILLIAM TURNER CHALLENGE CUP:

Group 1 – St Mungo’s 1, Milngavie Wanderers 1.

Group 2 – Rhu Amateur 1, St Joseph’s AFC 5, Thorn Athletic 0, Dumbarton Academy FP AFC 1.

Group 3 – Callander 0, Dunblane Soccer Academy 2.

Group 4 – Eaglesham 0, EK Y FC 1, Giffnock North 1, Dalziel HSFP 2.

Helensburgh v Oban Saints GG (Match Report)

Saturday 29th May 2021
Greater Glasgow Premier Amateur Football League Spring Cup Section One
Helensburgh 0 – 10 Oban Saints GG
Hermitage Academy
Cardross Road
Helensburgh
G84 7LA
Kick Off 2.00pm
Referee Mr Michael Murray

Oban Saints Greater Glasgow Premier Amateur Football League team rounded off their Spring Cup campaign in style with an emphatic ten-nil victory over an experimental Helensburgh side at Hermitage Academy last Saturday afternoon. Defeats to South Lochaber Thistle and Vale of Leven in their previous Group One matches had already ended Saints GG’s interest in the competition however Manager Donald Black was keen to see his charges bow out in style and named a strong blend of youth and experience for the final match.

A hat-trick before the half hour mark from striker Keir Maclean gave Saints a solid platform to build on with central defender Nathan Allan completing the first half scoring. Second half substitute Kyle Cooper also netted three times before Gavin Forgrieve and a brace from veteran defender Alex Craik rounded off a convincing victory for Saints.

Saints lined up with Murdo MacKenzie in goal behind a back three of Alex Craik, Captain Kenneth Black and Nathan Allan. Across the midfield were Craig Livingstone, Louis MacFarlane, Gavin Forgrieve, Martin Bonar and Ruaridh Horne with Robert Johnstone and Keir Maclean up front. On the bench were Kyle Cooper, Thomas McCrindle and Gary MacCuish.

In warm sunshine on the Hermitage Academy 4G surface it was almost a perfect start for Saints when in just the second minute Gavin Forgrieve picked out what looked to be a well timed run from Keir Maclean only for Referee Michael Murray to give a hotly contested offside decision in favour of the home side.
Helensburgh didn’t wait around to debate the decision and moved swiftly to the other end where Murdo MacKenzie was tested for the first time holding a Jamie Halliday shot from eighteen yards low down to his right.

There was a far more agreeable decision from the man in the middle in the fourth minute when Forgrieve found an onside Keir Maclean who raced through the inside left channel and placed the ball across Helensburgh keeper Darren Reid and into the bottom corner to open the scoring.

Further controversy followed in the twenty second minute when Alex Craik climbed well to win a classic downward header from a Gavin Forgrieve corner kick which landed over the goal-line before being collected by the goalkeeper. To Craik’s extreme frustration the Mr Murray was unsighted and unable to award the “goal”.

The sense of frustration was soon forgotten however when sixty seconds later Forgrieve once again opened up the home defence with a slide rule pass for Keir Maclean who gleefully accepted the opportunity to double the Saints advantage.

Having never even met before the match far less played together, Martin Bonar and young Louis MacFarlane were forming a solid midfield partnership giving colleague Gavin Forgrieve space to measure his passes for front two Keir Maclean and Robbie Johnstone.

Forgrieve picked out Maclean again in the twenty fifth minute only for the Referee Murray to deny the Saints striker his hat-trick with another tight offside call.

Maclean however didn’t have too much longer to wait to complete his treble with Forgrieve once again the Architect. The striker skipped away from the Helensburgh defence in the twenty eighth minute before rounding the keeper and rolling the ball into the unguarded net.

A previously well hidden sense of adventure from Nathan Allan took the young central defender deep into the opposition half in the thirty first minute where he was played in on goal by Ruaridh Horne, himself playing in an unaccustomed left wing back role. Showing all the composure of a striker Allan steered the ball low past the advancing keeper and into the bottom corner to round off the first half scoring.

Saints GG Manager Donald Black made a double half-time substitution withdrawing Keir Maclean and Louis MacFarlane and replacing them with Kyle Cooper and Gary MacCuish.

The hosts changed things around themselves at the interval, pushing David Wikis into attack and made a promising start to the second half coming close with a George McConnell header from a right wing corner kick which flashed wide of Murdo MacKenzie’s right hand post.

Scorer of the fourth goal Nathan Allan turned provider for the fifth making a rampaging run up the left wing to get on the end of a Kenneth Black long pass. Allan’s cut-back from the bye-line was cushioned into the path of Kyle Cooper by Gavin Forgrieve for the young substitute to open his account.

In a surprising change for the closing half hour veteran defender Alex Craik was pushed up front to partner Cooper after promising youngster Thomas McCrindle had replaced the hard working Robert Johnstone. The new strike partnership soon bore fruit with Cooper latching onto another Gavin Forgrieve through ball and rounding the keeper before squaring to Craik for an easy tap-in for goal number six.

Saints continued to open up the beleaguered home defence and Gavin Forgrieve deservedly added a goal of his own to his tally of assists with a seventieth minute shot from the edge of the home box which took a slight deflection on it’s way past Helensburgh keeper Darren Reid.
In the seventy second minute Kyle Cooper tee’d up Craik to complete his brace from close range before Cooper was denied his own second goal by the feet of the Helensburgh keeper.

Craik then repaid the compliment setting up Cooper for goal number nine with fifteen minutes remaining.

The heat was understandably slowing the pace of the game but Saints were still able to find the gaps in the Helensburgh defence and, predictably, it was Gavin Forgrieve who threaded the ball through for Kyle Cooper to complete his hat-trick in the eighty first minute.

The home side were denied a consolation goal when Murdo MacKenzie capped a solid performance by springing high to his left to acrobatically finger tip a thirty six yard David Wikis free-kick over his crossbar.

MacKenzie’s opposite number Darren Reid also ended his afternoon on a more positive note thwarting first Martin Bonar and finally Kyle Cooper when the young striker could only flick a delightful cross from Thomas McCrindle into the grateful arms of the well positioned goalkeeper.

The convincing victory, albeit against a Helensburgh side containing a number of previously untried youngsters, gives the Saints second string a much needed shot in the arm going into yet another fixture hiatus.

Oban Saints GG will continue their preparations for the new Greater Glasgow Premier Amateur Football League season with regular training sessions with Manager Donald Black and Coach Brian Forgrieve hopeful of confirming some pre-season friendly dates in the near future.

Special Thanks to Derek Black of Oban Saints for Report and Photographs

Greater Glasgow Premier AFL: The Spring Cup (Sponsored by FN Teamwear)

Ony four results from Saturday, May 29, programme as once again many of the competing Clubs were hit with the Scottish Government- Glasgow City travel ban, writes Tom Scott.

Section 1 – Helensburgh 0, Oban Saints 10.

Section 3 – Belleaire 2, Kilbarchan Thistle 0,

Calderglen 3, St Pat’s FP 3.

Section 4 – Langcraigs 0, Newshot 2.

Normally, there would be Sections 1 to 8 playing competitively.

Greater Glasgow Fixtures Hit By Travel Ban – Again!

The third batch of fixtures involving Clubs in the Greater Glasgow Premier AFL – playing Section games for the sponsored FN Teamwear Spring Cup – was again badly disrupted in mid week,writes Tom Scott.

Only four games could be played.

Section 2
Colquhoun United 1, Westcliff 2.

Section 3
Kilbarchan Thistle 2, Calderglen 2.
St Pat’s 2, Houston United 4.

Section 4
Ferguslie Star 2, Newshot 5.

If any Greater Glasgow Premier AFL Clubs would care to furnish me with results, reports or goalscorers, we can share them with Scottish Amateur Football News readers.

Please send the information via our email.

OBAN SAINTS AFC (GGPAFL): Report and Photographs

Many thanks once again to DEREK BLACK for his comprehensive coverage of the game between Oban Saints AFC and South Lochaber Thistle, writes Tom Scott.

Wednesday 19th May 2021
Greater Glasgow Premier Amateur Football League Spring Cup Section One
Oban Saints GG 3 – 5 South Lochaber Thistle
Oban Community Sports Field (3G)
Soroba Road
Oban
Argyll
PA34 4JB
Kick Off 7.00pm
Referee Mr Martin Rae

Oban Saints Greater Glasgow Premier Amateur Football League side launched their Spring Cup campaign with a 7pm kick off against Division One outfit South Lochaber Thistle at Oban High School last Wednesday evening.

In a high scoring encounter the young Saints acquitted themselves well in patches against their more experienced opponents however the top flight Lochaber side were ultimately comfortable and deserved winners.

Saints lined up in their new all red kit kindly sponsored by D&K Lafferty Contractors with Murdo MacKenzie in goal behind a back four of Craig Livingstone, Aiden Campbell, Alex Craik and Captain Kenneth Black. Cammy Clark and Louis MacFarlane anchored the midfield with the more advanced trio of Aaron McKay, Gavin Forgrieve and Robert Johnstone supporting central striker Cammy Hill. On the bench were Nathan Allan, Alan Buchanan, Fraser MacFarlane, Keir MacLean and Andrew Moore.

Before the action got underway Referee Martin Rae lead both sides in a silence of remembrance for the late Tam Maitland, father of Saints Scottish Amateur International Scott Maitland and a stalwart supporter of the Club.

After both goalkeepers had made good early saves midfielder David Forbes opened the scoring for the visitors in the twentieth minute with a cushioned volley into the top corner after Alex Craik had headed out a Martin Munro free-kick from the right.

The talismanic Munro was a constant threat and veteran Saints defender Alex Craik had to use all of his experience to marshal his defence through a difficult first half where the visitors held the upper hand for the most part.

It wasn’t however all one way traffic and rampaging runs on the right from Robbie Johnstone twice narrowly failed to find the feet of striker Cammy Hill with cutbacks from the bye-line.

When Johnstone eventually managed to pick out Hill in the thirty sixth minute after good work from Forgrieve and McKay the Thistle keeper denied the big Saints striker with a smart save low to his left.

Three goals in a devastating ten minute spell at the start of the second half effectively clinched the tie for the visitors with thirty five minutes still to play.

Manager Donald Black made his first changes on the hour mark with Fraser MacFarlane and Keir MacLean replacing Cammy Clark and Cammy Hill.


Despite the four goal deficit the young Saints side refused to let their heads drop and found a way back into the game in the sixty fourth minute when Alex Craik climbed well at the back post to head a Gavin Forgrieve corner kick crashing into the top corner of the net.

Further personnel changes followed with Nathan Allan, Alan Buchanan and Andy Moore replacing Kenneth Black, Aaron McKay and Craig Livingstone respectively.

With just three minutes of the ninety remaining Saints were handed the opportunity to half the deficit when Fraser MacFarlane was tripped in the Thistle box. Never short of confidence the diminutive Saints striker grabbed the ball and placed his sweetly struck spot kick well out of reach of the Thistle keeper.

Regrettably for Saints the visitors, who had rarely been seen as an attacking threat since their blistering start to the second half, restored their three goal cushion just sixty seconds later cruelly punishing a mix-up in the Saints defence.

Keir Maclean immediately grabbed another goal back for Saints latching onto a Gavin Forgrieve through ball and lobbing the keeper from thirty yards to give Saints a glimmer of hope of snatching an unlikely draw.

Maclean and MacFarlane both had chances to add to their respective tallies in the four minutes of time added on by Referee Martin Rae but found the Thistle number one equal to the task ensuring victory for the South Lochaber men.

Postponements Dominate Sponsored Spring Cup

The Scottish Government travel ban hit the second batch of Club fixtures in the sponsored FN Teamwear- Spring Cup last weekend, writes Tom Scott.

The Greater Glasgow Premier AFL-organised tournament has Sections 1 to 8 and is packed with quality teams, but many have been unable to kick a competitive football.

Vale of Leven are flying high in Section 1 with wins against Helensburgh (5-2) and Saturday’s 3-2 thriller at Oban Saints.

A rearranged game in Section 2 saw Westcliff beat The Lovat Arms 9-0.

Other results I have were as follows:

Section 3 – Calderglen 2, Belleaire 1; Houston 1, Kilbarchan 3.

Section 4 – Fergsulie Star 3, Langcraigs 0; Glenvale 1, Newshot 0.

Section 7 – Eaglesham 1, EK YM 6.

Section 8 – Craigneuk 4, Kirkfield United 4.

I understand a number of games scheduled for this midweek, May 26, have already been postponed.

Calling ALL Greater Glasgow Premier AFL Clubs.

Send me an email with your results, a small report and full name goalscorers for inclusion at Scottish Amateur Football News.

Travel Bans Hit Spring Cup Fixtures

The on-going Scottish Government travel ban has disrupted fixtures involving Greater Glasgow Premier AFL Clubs, writes Tom Scott.

The first batch of evening games in the sponsored FN Teamwear Spring Cup – involving Sections 1 to 8 – had to be shelved.

Results I have are as follows:

Section 1 – Helensburgh 2, Vale of Leven 5; South Lochaber 3, Oban Saints 5.

Section 3 – Kilbarchan 4, St Pats FP 5; Belleaire 3, Houston United 3.

Section 4 – Langcraigs 2, Glenvale 2.

Section 7 – EK YM AFC 5, GSC Ams Red 2.

Section 8 – Kirkfield United 0, Carluke Thistle3.

Chief Writer Tom Scott is inviting Greater Glasgow Premier Clubs to submit final scores, goal scorers and match report via our News Email.