Club night 29/10/18

The league is now well underway and the table can be viewed here. The first round of league matches will count towards National Championship qualification where the top four placed players will compete against the Dundee United TFC top four. Tonight Baver Bari, Willie Fleming and John Halpin played against each other. Halpin came off best with a four point haul. Fleming will feel that he could have had a lot more than the two points he gained, late equalisers by both Halpin and Bari depriving him of a better points tally. Halpin edged out Bari by 3-2 after Bari had twice come from behind.

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Club night 18/6/18

This was John Mathieson’s night as he played in each of the threes matches which took place. He played well in each of them. Against Baver Bari in the Glasgow league he came from two goals down to win win 3-2. In the SPSL he recorded a great result against Tom Burns, this time a late equaliser earning him the draw. But in the Glasgow Cup quarter final he lost by the only goal of the game to Dave Gladman. Mathieson’s play in the match should surely have been worth a replay.

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SPSL

Burns 3 3 Mathieson

 

Glasgow League

Mathieson 3 2 Bari

 

Glasgow Cup Quarter-final

Gladman 1 0 Mathieson

 

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Club night 4/6/18

Tonight was mostly devoted to SPSL matches. Malcolm Lees collected six points with wins over Dave Houston and John Mathieson. This moved him into third place in the National League. Baver Bari continued his good form with a 1-0 win against John Mathieson. Mathieson did pick up three points, however, with victory over Dave Houston.

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In the Woodend Handicap Cup, Houston earned a replay against Tom Burns. Starting two goals ahead Houston managed to limit Burns to two strikes.

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Houston also played in the Glasgow League against Dave Gladman. It was an all flats affair and only one goal was scored. Houston dominated most of the match but he just couldn’t score. It took some time for Gladman to adjust to the flat game but a lovely spin flick set up a shooting chance which he dispatched into the far corner.

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SPSL

Lees 2 0 Houston
Lees 3 0 Mathieson
Mathieson 1 0 Houston
Bari 1 0 Houston

 

Woodend Handicap Cup

Burns 2 2 Houston

 

Glasgow League

Gladman 1 0 Houston

 

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Club night 28/5/18

With the league almost due for completion eighteen home SPSL matches remained outstanding. This was reduced to sixteen tonight with Malcolm Lees playing Tom Burns and Dave Gladman. In the second half Lees cancelled out Burns’ half lead but when it looked as if the match would end in a draw, Burns found a winner in the final minute. The other match was also closely fought but Dave Gladman was unable to take the chances he created and Lees ran out 2-0 winner. Burns now lies second in the National League with Lees fourth and Gladman eighth.

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Both Glasgow league matches played involved Baver Bari who continued his good run of form with draws against Dave Gladman and Tom Burns. Bari raced to a 2-0 lead over Gladman at half-time but Gladman was able to claw back his opponent to earn a point. Bari also led against Burns but had to settle for a draw. These dropped points for Burns means that Willie Fleming could draw level if he wins his games in hand but Burns far superior goal difference is worth an extra point. Burns will have to drop points in his final game against Dave Houston if Fleming is to have any chance of claiming the title.

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In the Woodend Handicap Cup Dave Gladman and Brian Spoors played their first round replay. At half-time Dave Gladman only had one goal to show for his efforts. He had peppered the Spoors’ goal but a combination of goalkeeper heroics and poor finishing kept the score down. In the second period Spoors kept better possession of the ball and Gladman’s opportunities were fewer. His three additional goals were well short of the required number.

SPSL

Lees 1 2 Burns
Gladman 0 2 Lees

Glasgow League

Bari 2 2 Gladman
Burns 2 2 Bari

Woodend Handicap Cup

Gladman 4 7 Spoors

 

 

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Club night 21/5/18

Fraser McKenzie returned to league action tonight. He played well in all three of his matches but in the end had only one point to show for his efforts. That point came in a 1-1 draw with John Halpin. McKenzie had to withstand sustained Halpin pressure in the latter stages of the match. Halpin laid seige on the McKenzie goal as he forced corners and throw-ins, but he couldn’t find the breakthrough which would have given him victory. Next up for McKenzie was Tom Burns. Burns had put himself in position where winning his remaining three matches would give him the title but any slip up would let Willie Fleming back in. Burns really had to work hard to get victory and it took two very high quality goals to subdue the McKenzie resistance. McKenzie had opportunities himself to score, particularly in the first half, but he failed to take them. McKenzie performed even better against Dave Gladman but again came away with nothing. Gladman, renowned for keeping possession for long periods was matched in this game by the young McKenzie. It was five minutes into the game before Gladman got his first touch of the ball. For all that it was Gladman who created the most clear-cut chances and it was Gladman who scored the only goal of the game with a quick movement into the shooting area and shooting on the run.

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The draw was made for the Woodend Handicap Cup and the first match saw Brian Spoors make his competitive debut. Dave Gladman started seven goals behind and by half-time had only managed two strikes. Spoors had one good opportunity in the first period but failed to connect in front of goal. Gladman was more controlled and incisive in the second half and drew level at 7-7 with about three minutes remaining. Some Spoors’ goalkeeping heroics, however, prevented any further scoring and a replay was the outcome.

Glasgow League

Halpin 1 1 F McKenzie
Burns 2 0 F McKenzie
Gladman 1 0 F McKenzie

Woodend Handicap Cup

Gladman 7 7 Spoors

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Club night 14/5/18

The first Association Cup quarter-final was played and it was Willie Fleming who booked his place in the semi-final with a 2-1 win over Baver Bari. In truth this was a close-fought match which could have gone either way. Fleming took the lead only to be pegged back before half-time. Fleming’s winning goal came well into the second half, so inflicting Bari’s first defeat in seven matches.

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Three SPSL matches followed. Baver Bari and Dave Gladman fought out a 0-0 draw. Match onlookers thought that Gladman had found the back of the net with a powerful strike but the referee did not agree. Tom Burns edged past John Halpin by 1-0. Halpin had more possession in the game but could not penetrate the Burns’ defence. Halpin had better luck against Willie Fleming, recording a 2-0 victory which moves him above Dave Gladman into seventh place.

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The club was pleased to welcome top English player, Chris Thomas to Woodend. Barry Corr, Tom Burns, Willie Fleming and Dave Gladman took it in turns to receive a table soccer lesson.

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Association Cup

Fleming 2 1 Bari

SPSL

Gladman 0 0 Bari
Burns 1 0 Halpin
Halpin 2 0 Fleming

 

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Club night 23/4/18

The first round of the Association Cup kicked off tonight but both matches ended in stalemate. Dave Gladman took the lead against Baver Bari but Bari was able to equalise. Both players had opportunities to score a winner but in the end they will have to do it all again. John Halpin and John Mathieson produced the same scoreline in their encounter with Mathieson going ahead only to be pulled back in the second half. Tom Burns awaits the winner.

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The league title has shaped up to be a contest between Tom Burns and Willie Fleming. Tonight’s results shifted the odds towards Burns. Burns had been disappointed in his last league match when he lost unexpectedly to Baver Bari but he got back on track with two wins, one a comfortable 3-0 win over John Mathieson and the other a more difficult victory over John Halpin. There was doubt over the outcome right up until the final minute when Burns scored his second. It was Willie Fleming’s turn for disappointment when he could only draw against Halpin and Bari. Twice Fleming had to come back against Bari to secure a draw. Burns is now back in the driving seat and having Fleming played twice he is back as title favourite.

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Association Cup

Gladman 1 1 Bari
Halpin 1 1 Mathieson

Glasgow League

Burns 3 0 Mathieson
Fleming 1 1 Halpin
Bari 2 2 Fleming
Halpin 0 2 Burns

 

 

 

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Club night 16/4/18

Only three matches were played tonight , all in the Glasgow league. Willie Fleming moved to one point behind Tom Burns at the top of the league with a comfortable 3-0 victory over John Mathieson. Fleming has a game in hand over Burns.

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After eight league matches Dave Houston has yet to score a goal. Nevertheless he has managed to accumulate five points. His latest 0-0 draw was against Dave Gladman. Gladman had most of the play but wayward shooting cost him the points. Houston lost his other match to a late Baver Bari winner. This was only Houston’s third goal conceded, the others being to Colin Berry and John Halpin. Bari, however, moved two places up the league to fifth as he celebrated two consecutive wins.

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Glasgow League

Bari 1 0 Houston
Fleming 3 0 Mathieson
Gladman 0 0 Houston

 

 

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Club night 9/2/18

It is with regret that we report that Barry Corr and Malcolm Lees have withdrawn from the Glasgow league. The league table has been updated accordingly. It looks at present as if Tom Burns and Willie Fleming will battle it out for the league title. Burns leads by four points but Fleming has two games in hand.

Two league matches were played tonight and the first was quite a shock as Tom Burns lost to Baver Bari. Burns usually has no difficulty in this fixture but Bari, when he is fully focussed can be a very difficult opponent. Burns did have enough chances to win but Bari did play very well. The result does give Willie Fleming the chance to go back to the top of the league if he wins his games in hand. Also in the league Dave Gladman edged out Colin Berry 1-0. Berry missed a glorious opportunity to take the lead in this match when Gladman’s keeper failed to clear but with the goal gaping Berry shot wide.

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Gladman’s spare goalkeeper was not so lucky in his SPSL match against Tom Burns. After Gladman’s failure to force a throw, Burns was able to loop a shot off a defender into the empty net. This came after a goal-less first half when Gladman was unable to convert his dominance into a goal. After going ahead Burns was able to seal victory with an unlikely acute angled shot. Willie Fleming’s good Glasgow league form has not been replicated in the SPSL but tonight he was able to record a fine 2-1 victory over Malcolm Lees.

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Willie Fleming and Colin Berry will have to repeat their Glasgow Cup Quarter-Final after a goal-less draw. There was some controversy after Fleming felt certain he had scored with a powerful drive, the ball rebounding out of the goal. The referee, however was not so certain.

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Glasgow League

Bari 1 0 Burns
Gladman 1 0 Berry

 

Glasgow Cup

Fleming 0 0 Berry

 

SPSL

Lees 1 2 Fleming
Burns 2 0 Gladman

 

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Club night 2/4/18

The final Group A Glasgow Cup match took place with Tom Burns defeating Baver Bari by two goals to one. Bari opened the scoring with a somewhat controversial goal where Burns was convinced his opponent’s attacker had hit a defender before the ball. Burns, however, went on to score two second half goals to secure victory. Burns won the group with Dave Gladman second. Bari, Colin Berry and Dave Houston all finished with three points but Bari and Berry took third and fouth places to qualify on goal difference.

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In Group B, John Halpin and John Mathieson fought out a goal-less draw. Willie Fleming has won the group but the other placings are yet to be decided.

One league match was played where John Mathieson defeated Baver Bari 3-1. Mathieson had the perfect first half, racing to a 3-0 lead. Bari came back in the second period but his dominance only resulted in one goal. The win takes Mathieson off the foot of the table. At the top Tom Burns leads Willie Fleming by two points but Fleming has a game in hand.

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Glasgow Cup

Burns 2 1 Bari
Mathieson 0 0 Halpin

 

League

Mathieson 3 1 Bari