Headline Makers Revisited – Hares And St Pat’s Settle For Merkland Draw (October 2020)

Report and Photographs by MR JOHN RODGERS.

As the Central Scottish AFL attempt to play out the 2019-2020 season, the latest instalment was a Top of the Table clash between Harestanes and St Patricks FP at Merkland Astro. Both sides went hell for leather under the floodlights to gain 3 valuable points, but in the end the teams had to. settle with a 1-1 draw. Best described as a game of two halves, a rampant home side had the better of the first period and deserved their lead after some 35 minutes.

Harestanes AFC v St. Patrick’s FPs AFC

However, St Pats surged forward in the second half and got a deserved equaliser in the 68th minute, when McColl found the spot, when the ball fell kindly into his path inside the 18-yard box. Regardless of the result, it was a good watch with all the combatants giving their best in what was a competitive and exciting encounter, which makes the recent decision of the Sottish Government and Sports Scotland even more disappointing.

The Hares stay on top with the luxury of more goals scored counting (goal difference the same), though the visitors have a game in hand.

Kevin McElroy (St Pat’s) and Andrew Ward (Harestanes)

Thanks again, John.

Headline Makers Revisited – Harestanes AFC (Season 2004-2005)

Harestanes produced a superb performance to defeat high- flying Drumchapel in the final of the Cinema Cup, writes Tom Scott.

Drum had lifted the West of Scotland Cup, League Cup and Premier title, but Hares responded to the. challenge superbly and claimed their first silverware in two seasons.

Chances were made at both ends of the park early on. Harrison went close for Harestanes, and in reply Drumchapel saw a net-bound effort blocked by Gallacher.

Meechan crashed a great shot just widei. on 23 minutes, but two minutes later came the opener, when Harrison rose brilliantly to head home a Newall cross.

Harestanes started the second half in determined fashion, and their front-foot approach, which saw Keaveney and Marshall both go close, paid off in the 67th minute.

Meechan was brought down heading for goal. No disputing the penalty award, and he kept his composure before lashing the spot-kick high into the net.

Chasing the game, Drumchapel were killed off by a third goal, when Clark’s shot was reflected into the net 3-0 Full-Time.

Has YOUR CLUB an Achievement or Memory for the Series put together by Tom Scott? Why not contact him through our usual communication channels. Don’t forget to include your full name, club name and contact details/ mobile/ email.

Headline Makers Revisited – Famous Grouse Cup Scottish Amateur Cup 2001-2002

Most Amateur Footballl Clubs can only dream of reaching a Scottish Cup final and, no matter the result, enjoying their day out, writes Tom Scott.

When Harestanes AFC and Dumbarton Academy FP AFC contested the 2002 Hampden Park showdown, the pair had emerged from an initial entry of 539 clubs the previous October.

Without question playing at the National Stadium added prestige to the blue riband of Amateur Football.

Dumbarton, previous winners in 1971, were representing the Caledonian AFL, while Harestanes had emerged from the Central Scottish League.

Both Semi-Finals were tense affairs. Extra-time and penalties allowed the FP’s to edge past Balmore AFC, while their Kirkintilloch opponents came through 1-0 against Eastvale (Fife).

What I remember from the competition that season was the amount of games played by both clubs – not including the Semi- Finals and goals scored.

The Academy, despite receiving a first round bye, faced 10 (three replays) teams, and netted 30 times.

Harestanes had to negotiate a route past 9 teams, were involved in a Round 8 penalty shoot-out against Dalziel HSFP, and bagged 26 goals.

The Record Books show Harestanes would achieve their first- ever national trophy success in a six-goal encounter and they held onto the silverware at Hampden Park the following year.

A third Cup Final victory – placed alongside the Premier championship – in 2015 earned Harestanes AFC their place in history, when they entered the senior Scottish Cup and landed a home draw against Preliminary Round opponents Girvan FC.

With Merkland deemed unsuitable to use as a home venue, the eagerly awaited clash was switched to Kilsyth Rangers’ Duncansfield Park.

The BBC and national press were out in force looking for an upset, but Girvan had other ideas and won 3-0.

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Headline Makers Revisited (May, June, July 2015)

Harestanes won the Fosters Premier Division title ahead of Colville Park and Drumchapel, writes Tom Scott.

Aitkenhhead Thistle were crowned Division 1A Champions in the Foster’s Central Scottish AFL.

Steins Thistle AFC topped Division B.

In the Scottish Amateur Football League Thorn Athletic held off the challenge of St Joseph’s to clinch the Premier Division Championship.

South Camlachie defeated Ferguslie Star 4-3 in the Coronation Cup Final at Cambuslang Rangers’ ground.

Blochairn Star B duo Chris Barr and Scott McEwan agreed to join Petershill Juniors and Queen’s Park respectively.

Whitefield Rovers won the Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL championship. Tynecastle AFC lifted the Tommy Marshall Cup.

Firhill United won the President’s Cup.

Broomhouse goalkeeper Don Scott was named their Player of the Year. Ryan McMillan took the Player’s Player of the Year vote and David Quinn finished Top Goalscorer.

Headline Makers Revisited – Harestanes AFC (May 2005)

Harestanes produced a superb performance to defeat high-flying Drumchapel in the final of the Cinema Cup, writes Tom Scott. Drum had lifted the West of Scotland Cup, League Cup and Premier title, but Hares responded to the. challenge superbly and claimed their first silverware in two seasons.

Chances were made at both ends of the park early on. Harrison went close for Harestanes, and in reply Drumchapel saw a net-bound effort blocked by Gallacher. Meechan crashed a great shot just widei on 23 minutes, but two minutes later came the opener, when Harrison rose brilliantly to head home a Newall cross.

Harestanes started the second half in determined fashion, and their front-foot approach, which saw Keaveney and Marshall both go close, paid off in the 67th minute. Meechan was brought down heading for goal. No disputing the penalty award, and he kept his composure before lashing the spot-kick high into the net.

Chasing the game, Drumchapel were killed off by a third goal, when Clark’s shot was reflected into the net. 3-0 Full-Time.

Has YOUR CLUB an Achievement or Memory for the Series put together by Tom Scott? Why not contact him through our usual communication channels. Don’t forget to include your full name, club name and contact details/ mobile/ email.

Headline Makers Revisited (Harestanes Scottish Amateur Cup 2001-2002)

Most Amateur Football Clubs can only dream of reaching a Scottish Cup final and, no matter the result, enjoying their day out. When Harestanes AFC and Dumbarton Academy FP AFC contested the 2002 Hampden Park showdown, the pair had emerged from an initial entry of 539 clubs the previous October.

Without question playing at the National Stadium added prestige to the blue riband of Amateur Football. Dumbarton, previous winners in 1971, were representing the Caledonian AFL, while Harestanes had emerged from the Central Scottish League.

Both Semi-Finals were tense affairs. Extra-time and penalties allowed the FP’s to edge past Balmore AFC, while their Kirkintilloch opponents came through 1-0 against Eastvale (Fife).

What I remember from the competition that season was the amount of games played by both clubs, not including the Semi-Finals and goals scored.

The Academy, despite receiving a first round bye, faced 10 teams (three replays), and netted 30 times.

Harestanes had to negotiate a route past 9 teams, were involved in a Round 8 penalty shoot-out against Dalziel HSFP, and bagged 26 goals.

The Record Books show Harestanes would achieve their first – ever national trophy success in a six-goal encounter, and they held onto the silverware against Newmilns at Hampden Park the following year.

A third Cup Final victory – placed alongside the Premier championship – in 2015 earned Harestanes AFC their place in history, when they entered the senior Scottish Cup and landed a home draw against Preliminary Round opponents Girvan FC.

With Merkland deemed unsuitable to use as a home venue, the eagerly awaited clash was switched to Kilsyth Rangers’ Duncansfield Park.

The BBC and national press were out in force looking for an upset, but Girvan had other ideas and won 3-0.

YOUR CLUB could feature in the Series put together by Tom Scott. Make contact with him through our usual channels of communication. Don’t forget to include your name and Club, a Contact Number or even better an email address.

Dynamo and Thistle Kick-Off Central Scottish Re-Start

Castlemilk Dynamo and Steins Thistle Amateurs are back in action with the re-start of fixtures in the Spark of Genius Central Scottish League next Tuesday.

Much will depend on no additional Government restrictions being implemented from Monday, November 2, which would hammer provisional fixtures early next month. Championship, promotion and delegation issues have still to be brought to a conclusion from the 2019-2020 season cut short by the pandemic.

Here is a guide on what is planned up until October 31, and I have only focused for the time being on the Premiership, Division 1A and Division 1B.

I will review provisional Championship games later this week.

No spectators are allowed.

Tuesday, October 27
Division 1A – Castlemilk Dynamo v Steins
Division 1B – Lesmahagow v Cambusnethan Talbot

Wednesday, October 28
Premiership – Bannockburn v Fallin, Harestanes v Eastfield, Wishaw HSFP v Uddingston Anvil

Thursday, October 29
Premiership – Greenock HSFP v Drumchapel Amateurs

Saturday, October 31
Premiership – Drumchapel Amateurs v Bannockburn, Greenock HSFP v St Patricks, Fallin v Eastfield, Harestanes v Wishaw HSFP, Uddingston Anvil v Campsie Minerva
Division 1A – Gartcosh United v Bearsden; Castlemilk Dynamo v Third Lanark
Division 1B- Clydebank v Lesmahagow.

Four Dates Of Provisional Fixtures Issued By Central Scottish

Clubs in the Spark of Genius – sponsored Central Scottish Amateur Football League have received a boost with news of a provisional Fixtures list being issued over four dates.

Providing no additional Government restrictions are introduced, the plan is to commence match action on Tuesday, October 27.

Fixtures will involve the Premiership, Championship, Division 1 A and 1B.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, October 27 – Division 1 A
Castlemilk Dynamo v Steins Thistle

Tuesday, October 27 – Division 1 B
Lesmahagow v Cambusbarron Rovers

Wednesday, October 28 – Premiership
Bannockburn v Fallin
Harestanes v Eastfield

Thursday, October 29 – Premiership
Greenock HSFP v Drumchapel Amateurs
Wishaw HSFP v Uddingston Anvil

Saturday, October 31 – Premiership
Greenock HSFP v. St Patrick’s HSFP
Harestanes v Wishaw HSFP
Fallin v Eastfield
Uddingston Anvil v Campsie Minerva
Drumchapel Amateurs v Bannockburn

Saturday, October 31 – Division 1A
Bearsden v Gartcosh United
Castlemilk Dynamo v Third Lanark

Saturday, October 31 – Division 1B
Clydebank v Lesmahagow.

Saturday, October 31 – Championship
Cambusnethan Talbot v Steadfast K
Waterside v Arthurlie
Gourock v Garrowhill Thistle
BSC Glasgow v Colville Park E AFC

Hares and St Pat’s Settle For Merkland Draw

Report and Photographs by Mr John Rodgers

Harestanes AFC
St. Patrick’s FPs AFC

As the Central Scottish AFL play out the 2019-2020 season, the latest instalment was a Top of the Table clash between Harestanes and St Patricks FP at Merkland Astro. Both sides went hell for leather under the floodlights to gain 3 valuable points, but in the end the teams had to settle with a draw. Best described as a game of two halves,  a rampant home side had the better of the first period and deserved their lead after some 35 minutes.

However, St Pat’s surged forward in the 2nd half and got a deserved equaliser in the 68th minute ,when McColl found the spot, when the ball fell kindly into his path inside the 18-yard box. Regardless of the result it was a good watch with all the combatants giving their best in what was a competitive and exciting encounter, which makes the recent decision of the Scottish Government & Sports Scotland even more disappointing.

The Hares stay on top with the luxury of more goals scored counting (goal diff the same) though the  visitors have a game in hand.

Around The Amateur Footballl Scene (05/10/2020)

Around The Amateur Football Scene Scottish Amateur Football News Writer Tom Scott takes a Monday look at players and clubs who made the Weekend Headlines.

Samir Khan-Young scored twice and was deservedly named Man of the Match for St David’s in their 2-1 win over Hampden. Martin Duffy was voted Man of the Match in a 3-3 draw between Southside United and Southpark.

Star Man Scott Anderson bagged a hat-trick as Greenock Mount defeated Glasgow Elim 5-0. Chris Storey and Craig McWhinnie also netted.

Clinical finishing by Jaxon Wishart and Shaun Dunn (both doubles), helped Edinburgh Star topple Barca Milton 67 in a smashing six goal clash.

Oban Saints are promoted to the Spark of Genius Central Scottish Premier for season 2020-2021. MB United have joined the GDSFC set-up in Division 1 for the new season, which commences on Sunday, October 18.

Bannockburn defeated Harestanes 4-2 in their action-packed Saturday Afternoon League meeting. Scorers Ogilvie (2), Weir and McLellan.