Cup Finalists Recruiting Additional Coaches

Semsa FC Head Coach Andrew Shaw is aiming to recruit additional coaches to join him as they look forward to a potential Cup Final in the Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League, writes Tom Scott.

Although their domestic campaign had already been declared Null and Void due to the pandemic, League officials are still optimistic of rearranging three Finals – including the Only Sport Ltd sponsored Presidents Cup, where Semsa will go head-to-head with Port Glasgow Athletic.

Andrew revealed: “We have a variety of opportunities available.”

“I am looking to fill the coaching team. We’ve got the potential Cup Final once football restarts, and a very strong squad going into the season.”

“I just need to compliment that with good coaches.”

“I am on the UEFA B Licence, so it’s a chance to work with me.”

Semsa are aiming to run a practical session tonight (Wednesday, and have also been setting up Zoom Calls with the focus on player work-outs.

Cup Finalists Recruiting New Coaches

Semsa FC Head Coach Andrew Shaw is looking to recruit forward-thinking coaches to join him as they look forward to a potential Cup Final in the Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League, writes Tom Scott

Although their domestic campaign had already been declared Null and Void due to the pandemic, League officials are optimistic of rearranging three Finals – including the Only Sport Ltd sponsored Presidents Cup, where Semsa will go head-to-head with Port Glasgow Athletic.

Andrew revealed: “We have a variety of opportunities available.”

“I am looking to fill the coaching team. We’ve got the potential Cup Final once football restarts, and a very strong squad going into the season.”

“I just need to compliment that with good coaches. I am on the UEFA B Licence, so it’s a chance to work with me.”

Semsa, founded in 1990, train and play at Toryglen in Glasgow’s South Side.

Training is normally a Wednesday Evening, and games every Saturday Morning.

Establish contact with Andrew Shaw via their Twitter Page.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (27/01/2021)

Writer Tom Scott takes a midweek look at what has been happening around some clubs.

GSC Jordanhill AFC have created an online game(s) amongst their squad of players. Should help to relieve the total boredom of no footie!

Clubs in the Border AFA had hoped to run a mini tournament at some stage this month, but the idea was postponed due to continued restrictions.

Tass Thistle AFC have a few ideas happening in the background by way of preparation for a return to football. Like all clubs they are “champing at the bit to get back into it.” according to a Club Insider.

Although the SSMAFL season won’t commence, officials remain optimistic they may still be able to complete three Cup Competitions halted by Covid-19 last October.

Shawbridge meet Port Glasgow United in the Chairman’s Cup Final, and Semsa AFC play Port Glasgow Athletic for the President’s Cup.

Glasgow South AFC are through to the Final of the Strathclyde Cup, and await the winners of a second semi-final between East Dunbartonshire and Nicos.

Skye and Lochalsh AFA have an AGM coming up on 1st February.

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The Big Interviews – End Of Year Review – Liam McGeachy (Semsa AFC)

Chief Writer Tom Scott always welcomes the opportunity to speak and Interview players from within Scottish Amateur Football.

Here he has sought out the views of a team captain currently robbed of playing in a Cup Final due to Covid-19.

“Cup Final Delay Will Be Worth The Wait”

Semsa FC captain Liam McGeachy insists his team mates, and opponents Port Glasgow will still relish the prospect of playing in the SSMAFL President’s Cup final – even if the game will not now take place until well into the summer!

The planned October clash was postponed due to updated Covid-19 restrictions, but Liam still remains upbeat and has revealed “We all have a final to play. Personally, I can’t wait!”

Semsa, crowned SSMAFL Championship winners in 2017-2018, secured their big day out by defeating Real McCoy 7-2. Daniel Chalmers stole the Semi-Final show with a five-goal haul, alongside counters from Craig McDowall and Marc McGill.

The continued absence of Scottish Amateur Football has, not surprisingly, drawn plenty of criticism, and Liam told me: “It’s such a shame our game has been left behind.

“Many find football a good escape, mentally and physically, but understandably there are bigger things happening in the world. Hopefully, we will be back soon playing and coaching the game we all love.”

In November, Liam was the chief organiser behind a food-bag collection and donation to the Glasgow S.E. Foodbank – subsequently highlighted by myself at Scottish Amateur Football News – and the Semsa captain greatly appreciated our coverage.

“I follow the forums and social media, and I always look forward to reading all the articles / stories @AmmyFitbaNews” he added.

Victory Salute Support For Christmas Campaign

North Glasgow Victory officials have publicly thanked the support they received in being able to make a sizeable donation to Glasgow’s “Spirit of Christmas” campaign.

Helped by the amazing generosity of players, family, friends and not least club sponsors, DtL Creative,. NGV have collected an amazing £550, which will provide children with gifts and essentials this Christmas. Well done, everyone!

On the playing front, North Glasgow Victory were put through their paces pre-season, and provided plenty of potential in games against Semsa, Newlands and Dinamo Paisley FC.

However, the Scottish Government pulled the plug on amateur football, and their debut in the Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL on October 10.

Needless to say, VIctory and visitors Haghill- St Roch were eager to kick- off the sponsored Legends Bar Diner Development League with a win!

Now in Tier-4, there is always a concern clubs will lose their players or fold completely. NGV have had to adapt with virtual training and core work.

Geographical travel rules won’t stop until 11tb December at the earliest, but small (non-contact) groups have managed to keep their Firhill let going and help keep the floodlights on between various restrictions!

Cup Final Delay Will Be Worth The Wait

Semsa FC captain Liam McGeachy insists his team mates and opponents Port Glasgow will still relish the prospect of playing in the SSMAFL President’s Cup final – even if the game does not take place until well into the New Year!

The planned October clash was postponed due to updated Covid-19 restrictions, but Liam was still upbeat today and revealed “We all have a final to play. Personally, I can’t wait!”

Semsa, crowned SSMAFL Championship winners in 2017-2018, secured their big day out by defeating Real McCoy 7-2. Daniel Chalmers stole the Semi-Final show with a five-goal haul, alongside counters from Craig McDowall and Marc McGill.

The continued absence of Scottish Amateur Football in most Regions has drawn plenty of criticism, and Liam told me: “It’s such a shame our game has been left behind.”

“Many find football a good escape, mentally and physically, but understandably there are bigger things happening in the world. Hopefully, we will be back soon playing and coaching the game we all love.”

Liam was recently the chief organiser behind a food-bag collection and donation to the Glasgow S.E. Foodbank – subsequently highlighted by myself on Saturday Morning and the Semsa captain greatly appreciated our coverage.

“I follow the forums and social media, and I always look forward to reading all the articles/ stories @AmmyFitbaNews, he added.

Football Teams Up With Irish Dancing To Help Local Foodbank

Take the captain of a well-known Southside Amateur football team, add in the mixture of a nine-year-old highly respected and successful Irish Dance Academy from East Kilbride, put the word around that the local community could do with urgent help and what do you conjure up?…Answer: An incredible amount of  bags for the Glasgow S.E. Foodbank.

GREAT WORK FOR A GREAT CAUSE

Liam McGeachy decided that in the absence of his beloved Semsa AFC team, which he has already captained to the SSMAFL President’s Cup final but can’t play due to Covid-19, his free time should go towards a subject he knows very well.

He told me ” I just thought during this horrible time why not do something useful?”

“I combined Semsa with my wife’s Irish Dance School (Osbourne Dance Academy), based in a purpose-built studio in East Kilbride’s College Milton Estate.”

“My wife is called Jocelyn and she teaches with her two sisters, Jordan and Jodie. The set-up has age groups from 3-20 years, and due to the pandemic our Semsa training (over-18s ) has to take place through Zoom.”

“I wanted to combine the collection with my club and the dance school. Many other people have joined in to get as much food as possible (Liam kindly supplied the photograph) and donate it to my local Foodbank in the area I grew up.”

“Semsa AFC are based around the Southside and I grew up in Govanhill, where the Glasgow S.E. Foodbank is based. I decided, with the help of o lot of people, the donations should go there. It is not a well-off area, and has a lot of poverty.”

Headline Makers Revisited:New Influx Of Amateur SSMAFL Clubs (Summer 2016)

SAFN Writer Tom Scott investigates the ever-increasing number of clubs in membership of the Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Footballl League four years ago. YOUR CLUB could feature in his popular Series of Articles. Recapture a significant achievement for inclusion @AmmyFitbaNews by contacting Tom through the usual channels of communication. Please include your full name, Club position and a Contact number.

FOOTBALL in the sponsored Stax Trade Centre – sponsored SSMAFL structure was certainly booming for the 2016-2017 season. A new influx of clubs including two from Port Glasgow had boosted overall numbers to 43 split between three divisions.

Here is how the 2016-2017 campaign looked and four years on quite a few of those names still retain membership.

PREMIER DIVISION – AFC Ravenscraig, AS Airdrie, Bengal Lancers, Blochairn Star, Calderglen, Cambusnethan Talbot, Dennistoun Vale, East Dunbartonshire, Maryhill Blackstar, Renfrew, Semsa, Shawbridge, Tynecastle AFC and Windlaw.

DIVISION 1A – Bargeddie, Carluke, Clydebank, DTI, East Kilbride Accies, Glenwood, Holytown Colts, Kelvinbridge, Kirkintilloch Thistle, Manhattan Blacks, Motherwell C.T., Port Glasgow Celtic, Port Glasgow United, UB United, and Victoria Croftfoot.

DIVISION 1B – Barony of Blackhall, Barshaw, Bridgeton Vale, Chaplains, East Kilbride Thistle, Firhill United, Glasgow South, Petershall Villa, Plains, Quayside, Southside Whitecart, Tantallon, Uddingston Accies and Westercommon Star.

No Room For Error In Glasgow Cutting Edge Championship

Amateur football may be going through another Government restriction just now, but when clubs hopefully resume at the end of the month nothing less than a positive start will be good enough in the sponsored Cutting Edge Engravers Championship B Glasgow.

First-timers Glasgow Wellington and Vale of Clyde FC have already shown pre-season how well they are organised off the park, but can their respective squads step up to the plate once they cross the white lines? Only time will tell and they won’t be alone!

Here is the full list of clubs:

Glasgow

BLACKHILL BRAE, DORMY FOREST, GLASGOW WELLINGTON, HUNTERSHILL, KIRKINTILLOCH ROB ROY, REAL McCOY, SEMSA, SOUTHPARK and VALE OF CLYDE.

Ace Kearns: We Are Gutted Our Final Is Off!

Scottish Amateur Football News Exclusive

Ross Kearns has revealed his frustration over the latest 16 day Scottish Government restrictions to hit non-professional football – including the SSMAFL Chairmen’s Cup final at the home of Cambuslang Rangers this Saturday (12 noon).

Kearns bagged a double for Port Glasgow United FC in their 3-1 semi- final victory last weekend, while potential opponents Shawbridge AFC were crushing Stanley Athletic 8-0.

In another great exclusive Ross said: “Absolutely gutted, Tom. “Our guys loved the write-up @AmmyFitbaNews on our Semi-Final result the other day. The squad was looking forward to the test and occasion. Buzzing as it was the club’s first Final.

“I can’t believe football has been taken away again. Every time we move forward and follow the guidelines, they move the goalposts. It is never ending.”

Kearns has racked up experience in junior football with the likes of Greenock, Maryhill, Ardrossan, and Port Glasgow before joining United last October.

Ross revealed “The club has been going for 5 years. We normally play home games at Parklea, and train at the new Port Glasgow High School Campus.”

“We have been striving to make sure we are in the picture for trophies and league titles as well as getting great support from local businesses. We have new training gear, tracksuits and two new strips, so the club is really heading in the right direction. We hope to keep building on what would have been early season momentum.”

“On behalf of the club, can I also say we can’t thank local businesses and the community backing enough.”

United’s route to the final has also included wins over Gleniffer (5-0) and Real McCoy (5-4),

BREAKING NEWS….The President’s Cup Final, between Semsa AFC and Port Glasgow Athletic due at Vale of Clyde’s Fullarton Park, Tollcross, has also been postponed.