Looking back on their 2012-2013 Jimmy Marshall Cup campaign, Hillington AFC demonstrated their prowess when they were confronted with penalty-kick shoot-outs – winning in three successive rounds – Including the Final against Oban Saints, writes Tom Scott.
Two divisions separated the pair. Oban had finished third top of the Premier set-up won by Postal United.
Hillington were Premier 2 runners-up (only four points adrift) behind Champions Campbeltown Pupils, who put 13 wins and 5 draws together over 18 games.
On the subject of penalty-kicks, Hillington and Quarter-Finalists Aitkenhead Thistle shared six goals, and the former won 5-3 on spot-kicks.
The Semi-Final, ironically against Campbeltown, finished 1-1, but again Hillington players held their nerve with penalties to go through 3-2.
Somervell Park hosted a goalless Final with Oban Saints, and remarkably the dreaded penalty-kick ordeal surfaced again, but Hillington AFC responded brilliantly 5-4 and collected the silverware.
SAFN Chief Writer Tom Scott takes his first look of the week at what is happening around some Clubs.
Giffnock Soccer Centre Over-35s will commence their “Virtual Training” and schedules will be sent out weekly for everyone to participate in.
Tollcross Thistle AFC have confirmed a Jackpot of £6400 for the latest Last Man Standing Competition. Absolutely outstanding effort.
The best of luck to everyone.
Scott McSharry (Hillington AFC) is carrying out 5k work on a daily basis during March to raise money for Radio Clyde’s Cash For Kids.
Overlee Colts FC, who play in the Football Central Sunday AFL (Central Division), have received new kits sponsored by Contract Building Services Ltd, and supplied through TTL Ltd.
Chief Writer Tom Scott has a weekend look at news from around Scottish Amateur clubs.
Rossvale Kelvinbridge AFC have thanked one of the local businesses who still find time to offer support during these tough times – Andrew Smith’s DRAIN FIX SOLUTIONS.
Former Hillington AFC striker Scott Gold scored twice for his new team, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, In a 4-2 win against Bonnyton Thistle.
West Hamilton AFC will have sponsors Lochlie Construction on the front of their kit, which was supplied by Appin Sports.
Mr David Ireland has won the Wallyford Bluebell FC Last Man Standing 5. 0. Competition. The LEAFL Sunday Afternoon League club wish to express their thanks to all who contributed.
Lochgilphead Red Star AFC are set to receive a new strip from sponsors RJD BRICKWORK.
Kilbride Thistle AFC will draw their Christmas Bonus Ball on Saturday, December 19. The lucky winner will collect a considerable three-figure cash sum. I understand six other numbers drawn will be suitably rewarded, too.
Mauchline United AFC have a batch of Bobble Hats for sale in time for Christmas Morning.
Maryhill Milan, who play in the GDSFC Only Sport Ltd Premiership. are seeking the support of their friends in and out of Amateur Football to help them raise money for the Radio Clyde’s Cash For Kids Appeal. Management and players are running a 10k on Sunday, December 20.
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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.