Club Night 22/1/18

Only 3 matches played tonight and all were in the Glasgow Cup. In Group A Tom Burns looks likely to finish top after a 3-1 win over Dave Gladman. Burns took the lead in the first half only for Gladman to equalise just before the break. Burns got back in front in the second period and as Gladman committed players forward Burns sealed the victory with a third. Gladman is favourite to finish second but his final match is against Dave Houston who has proved a difficult opponent for Gladman in recent games.

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The other 2 matches were both in Group B and both involved Malcolm Lees. Lees made a strong start to the season in the SPSL but has struggled to find his form in more recent matches and so it proved tonight. He suffered two 2-1 defeats against first, Willie Fleming and then John Halpin. Both opponents were well worthy of their victories and for John Halpin it was his second win over Lees in a row. All three players are likely to progress from the group but the final order is unlikely to be what would have been predicted.

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Glasgow Cup

Burns 3 1 Gladman
Lees 1 2 Fleming
Halpin 2 1 Lees

 

 

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Club night 15/1/18

It has been a slow start to 2018 with 4 players turning op on January 8 and then only 3 attending on January 15.

On the 8th two league matches were played. Dave Gladman defeated Barry Corr 1-0 whilst John Halpin edged out Baver Bari 2-1. Both were close matches and each could have gone either way.

On the 15th two matches from Group A of the Glasgow Cup were played. Tom Burns and Dave Gladman, finalists last season, both recorded their second win in the tournament, each time at the expense of Colin Berry. Burns took an early lead only for Berry to level the match a minute later. But barely had Burns kicked off when, much to Berry’s chagrin, Burns re-took the lead. It was well into the second half before Burns scored again and put the match beyond Berry. Berry had a closer encounter with Gladman. Also 3-1 down in the second half, Berry pulled it back to 3-2 with two and a half minutes remaining. From the kick-off Gladman was able to retain possession until the final whistle.

League

Gladman 1 0 Corr
Halpin 2 1 Bari

 

Glasgow Cup

Burns 3 1 Berry
Gladman 3 2 Berry

 

 

Club night 18/12/17

The first half of the SPSL Glasgow home fixtures is now almost complete with 33 of the 35 matches played. Match 33 saw Barry Corr just edge out Baver Bari by 3 goals to 2. Twice Corr took the lead and twice he was pulled back before he scored the all important winner late in the game. Corr has won 6 of his 7 matches and could be set for a high finish in the league.

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Three Glasgow Cup matches were played. In Group A Dave Gladman defeated Baver Bari 1-0. Bari had previously beaten Gladman in the league and the SPSL. It could easily have been a hat-trick of wins and although Gladman dominated play and had many more chances, Bari had the opportunities to score. Fraser McKenzie played two Group B matches. In the first he was well beaten by John Halpin but then had a good draw against Willie Fleming.

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Willie Fleming had better joy in the league with a narrow victory over Barry Corr. It was a reversal of their SPSL encounter. But this win moves Fleming level on points with Tom Burns at the top of the league. Fleming’s goal difference is poorer but he does have 2 games in hand. Also in the league Fraser McKenzie improved on his cup performances with victory over Baver Bari in a very close match. Bari had an unlucky evening, suffering three defeats all of which could easily have had a different outcome.

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Glasgow Cup

Gladman 1 0 Bari
F McKenzie 0 3 Halpin
Fleming 1 1 F McKenzie

League

Corr 1 2 Fleming
Bari 2 3 F McKenzie

SPSL

Corr 3 2 Bari

 

 

Club night 11/12/17

It was a good night for Willie Fleming with two victories over Dave Gladman and John Halpin. Both victories were well merited. Against Gladman he took an early lead after winning a free-kick on the right hand side. The shot was expertly chipped into the far corner. Fleming held possession well for the rest of the half. Gladman came more into the match in the second period but failed to take advantage of promising positions. As Gladman pushed forward Fleming was able to seal victory with a late second goal. Fleming needed only a single goal to defeat John Halpin. Again Fleming had good possession and allowed Halpin few opportunities. Fleming now moves into second position, three points behind Tom Burns but with three games in hand.

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It was a night of mixed fortunes for Dave Houston. In the SPSL he managed a 1-0 victory over John Halpin. Houston was able to play the game at his pace with Halpin never really achieving any flow to his game. Houston now moves into ninth place with 18 points from 12 matches.

Houston, however, did not fare so well in his second match, a Glasgow Cup group match against Tom Burns. In their previous encounter in the league Houston had held Burns to a 0-0 draw but this time Burns scored an early goal. Houston had a glorious opportunity to level after the Burns’ goalkeeper had completely missed a clearance but Houston could only hit the outside of the post. After this Burns dominated and ran out 5-0 winner.

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League

Fleming 2 0 Gladman
Halpin 0 1 Fleming

 

Glasgow Cup

Burns 5 0 Houston

 

SPSL

Houston 1 0 Halpin

 

SPSL 2017/18
PLD W D L F A GD PTS
 1 BENNETT 13 13 0  0 62   6 56 39
 2 LEES 18 12 2  4 42 14 28 38
 3 CONWAY 15  9 4  2 25   8 17 31
 4 BESKABY 14  9 3  2 31 11 20 30
 5 BURNS 12  8 3  1 26   4 22 27
 6 HALPIN 15  6 3  6 11 16  -5 21
 7 GLADMAN 20  5 5 10 16 22  -6 20
 8 CHRISTIE   8  6 1  1 20   6  14 19
 9 HOUSTON 12  6 0  6 11 13  -2 18
10 CORR   6  5 0  1 15   2  13 15
11 MATHIESON 20  4 3 13 15 41 -26 15
12 BAXTER 11  3 1  7 15 31 -16 10
13 FLEMING   8  2 2  4   5 17 -12   8
14 BARI 12  2 2  8 14 37 -23   8
15 MINTY 15  1 2 12   7 44 -37   5
16 THOM 15  0 1 14   2 45 -43   1

 

 

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Club night 4/12/17

For the last couple of seasons the league has been dominated by Tom Burns and Malcolm Lees. In the whole of the last campaign Burns lost only 9 points and Lees 12. Already this season Burns has dropped 8 and Lees 7. Worryingly for Lees, he has lost those points in his first three matches, all played tonight. In his first match he drew with Dave Gladman. After taking the lead Lees conceded an equaliser after only a minute or two. Lees failed to beat Gladman last year and indeed lost one league match. Lees also drew one and lost one against Burns and in their meeting tonight neither player could find the net. Few chances were made in a match strewn with errors. John Halpin has been getting closer to Lees in recent matches but finally he managed to make the breakthrough. Halpin dominated the match and thoroughly deserved his 1-0 victory.

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Halpin didn’t carry his form aganst Lees into his match against Gladman. Getting the first goal was crucial and although Halpin did have opportunities it was Gladman who added to the scoreline. Gladman had earlier lost out 3-1 to Burns. Burns opened the scoring but Gladman immediately hit back for a 1-1 half-time scoreline. In the second period Burns pushed forward looking for victory. Gladman spurned opportunities to exploit the gaps in the Burns’ defence and eventually Burns’ attacking intent paid off.

League

Burns 0 0 Lees
Gladman 1 1 Lees
Halpin 1 0 Lees
Burns 3 1 Gladman
Halpin 0 2 Gladman

 

 

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Club night 26/6/17

Only two matches were played this evening. Baver Bari completed his league programme with a match against Barry Corr, Bari v Barry as it were.This game see-sawed from beginning to end. Corr started well but it was Bari who went ahead. Not for long though as Corr levelled shortly after and then a crisp finish put him ahead before the interval. The second half was more of the same but although Corr was more dominant it was Bari who equalised with a well taken shot. Corr took the lead again only for Bari to draw level again. It looked like a draw but Corr dug deep and rattled home a beauty from long range to seal the points.

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Next followed an Association Cup semi-final encounter between Tom Burns and John Halpin. This game turned out to be a rip roaring affair. Much like the previous game it swung from end to end with Burns probably creating more chances. Halpin went ahead with a fine strike, his first serious effort. Burns was slightly rattled  but equalised within 20 seconds. That ended the first half scoring. On to the second half and Halpin again took the lead. This might have looked like loose defending by Burns but some of his blocking was outstanding, regularly taking out two men with one block. Again he equalised within a couple of minutes, much to Halpin’s dismay. But Halpin wasn’t finished yet and with a minute remaining hit a screamer on the the run, putting him ahead for a third time. Time was running out and Burns’ grip on the trophy was slipping away but with only 30 seconds remaining and knowing it was problaby his last chance a Burns’ trademark distance shot flew into the roof of Halpin’s net. Even then Halpin managed to get through again but with the clock ticking he missed the ball and it was all over. They will have to do it all again. Halpin has come a long way in a short time and is now a serious contender for the club’s major trophies. Treat him lightly at your peril!

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Club night 19/6/17

Two of the club’s three cup competitions were completed tonight. In the remaining semi-final of the Woodend Handicap Cup Ronnie McKenzie faced Dave Gladman, neither player starting with an advantage. With only seconds of the first half remaining Gladman carelessly lost possession when not standing behind his goal. With no hesitation McKenzie blasted the ball into the open goal from an acute angle. Throughout the game Gladman had enough chances to win the game but his efforts were not good enough until a player from distance was able to hit home from around the edge of the box. There was no further scoring, nor was there during extra-time and so the match went to shots. Gladman had been successful in his three previous shoot-outs but not tonight as he failed to score a single goal. Two goals for McKenzie took him into the final and a match up with John Halpin.

McKenzie had little time to plan tactics for the final as he went straight from semi-final to final. Halpin was the cup holder and indeed this was his third final in a row, having lost to Baver Bari two years ago. Halpin has a great affinity to this competition and with neither player starting with an advantage he was the more comfortable player from the start. A goal in each half was enough to retain the cup. Congratulations to Halpin who started with a lower handicap than last season but was still able to win. Perhaps this second victory should result in his next year’s handicap being reduced even further. McKenzie has had a good season with a strong performance in the league but he will be disappointed in missing this opportunity to win his first GTSA competition.

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The Glasgow Cup ranks just behind the Association Cup in prestige but Tom Burns took both trophies last season. Dave Gladman was last in the Glasgow Cup final in 2009 when he lost out to Andrea Andreoni. Both Burns and Gladman had contested the Association Cup final two years ago in a rather one-sided affair which Burns won 4-1. Tonight’s final was much closer and was only decided with about two minutes remaining when Burns scored the first of his two goals. This was an acute angled lob off a defender into the far corner of the net. Gladman’s usual tactic against Burns is to play methodically and hold possession to frustrate his opponent. There wasn’t much evidence of that tonight and Gladman’s more open play often ended prematurely with loss of possession. As a result Burns had a greater share of possession and more efforts on goal but was frustrated this time by the Gladman keeper and some wayward shooting. Gladman did have the chances to win this match, twice hitting the post in the first half and further close attempts in the second. He will be disappointed too that he failed to capitalise on promising positions against an open Burns’ defence. Burns’ second goal came in the dying seconds when he broke from defence to cut through the thin Gladman back-line. Congratulations therefore go to Burns who retains the trophy and now has the possibility of the treble by adding the Association Cup. First he must beat the other cup holder, John Halpin, in the semi-final.

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Malcolm Lees and Dave Houston had to face each other twice, first in the Association Cup and then in the league. The cup match was a first round relpay. Both matches ended with the same scoreline, 1-0 to Lees. Houston matched up well in these matches and made Lees work hard for the results. But Houston’s failing all season has been lack of goals and that was repeated tonight. Lees finishes three points behind Burns in the league and will face Fraser McKenzie in the next round of the cup.

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Permission was given to Fraser McKenzie and Colin Berry to play their outsatanding league match at home. It was a hard fought match with neither player securing any real clear-cut chances. Young McKenzie (posting a note of intention for next season) did have the ball in the net right on the bell at half-time but the referee disallowed it as a late goal.

League

Lees 1 0 Houston
Berry 0 0 F McKenzie

 

Woodend Handicap Cup

Semi-final

Gladman 1 1 R McKenzie

R McKenzie wins 2-0 on shots

Final

Halpin 2 0 R McKenzie

 

Association Cup first round replay

Lees 1 0 Houston

 

Glasgow Cup Final

Burns 2 0 Gladman

 

 

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Club night 12/6/17

The league title has been decided but players are keen to finish their matches and increase their points total. Indeed this was one of the best attended nights of the season with eleven members present. There is still a battle for third place with Willie Fleming and Ronnie McKenzie the main contenders. It was as you were for both players tonight as each fought out a draw. Willie Fleming dropped points to Dave Gladman in a match that Fleming will feel he ought to have won. After a goal-less first half Gladman took the lead, a little against the run of play. There was no denying, however, that it was a fine finish. Fleming equalised when Gladman lost possession and then won a free-kick right on the shooting line. He took too long in setting up a shot and the whistle went before he was able to shoot and score. In any case it was his fourth flick. Ronnie McKenzie meanwhile was only able to draw with Dave Houston. This was Houston’s fifth 0-0 draw and his tenth draw overall.

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Colin Berry added four points to his total by defeating Fraser McKenzie 2-0 and then drawing with Dave Houston. No goals were scored in a match of few opportunities.

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Third place will be decided when Willie Fleming and Ronnie McKenzie meet in their final league match but tonight we had a rehearsal when the two players met in the quarter-final of the Handicap Cup. McKenzie started the match with a one-goal advantage and with each player scoring once that advantage was to take McKenzie into the semi-final. There he will play Dave Gladman.

In the other remaining Handicap Cup quarter-final Fraser McKenzie took on Dave Houston with no handicap for either player. Houston had a lot of possession and attack but he couldn’t convert it into goals. McKenzie was much more clinical and ran out 3-0 winner. It was straight into the semi-final for McKenzie against John Halpin who began one goal behind. Halpin is the cup holder and he is determined not to give up that crown. He did what was necessary and scored the two goals which put him in the final once again.

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In the Association Cup Malcolm Lees and Dave Houston will have to do it all again after both players failed to find the net in another 0-0 draw involving Houston.

 

League

Berry 2 0 F McKenzie
R McKenzie 0 0 Houston
Gladman 1 1 Fleming
Houston 0 0 Berry

 

Woodend Handicap Cup Quarter-finals

R McKenzie 2 1 Fleming
F McKenzie 3 0 Houston

Woodend Handicap Cup Semi-final

Halpin 2 1 F McKenzie

 

Association Cup

Lees 0 0 Houston

 

 

 

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Club night 29/5/17

Tom Burns has won back the league title from Malcolm Lees. It took him until his last league match to achieve it. He knew that a draw against Barry Corr would be sufficient but a defeat would leave the door open for Lees. Twice Corr took the lead in this match but Burns was determined to deliver the title and twice he levelled. A third goal meant that he finished his campaign on a winning note. The League Championship title is now back in Burns’ hands two years after just edging out Dave Butler. The crucial difference was the second head to head encounter between the two rivals when Burns was the victor. Burns’ goal difference was marginally better but all else was equal. Both players had three draws and both lost to Dave Gladman. It was an exciting campaign which went right to almost the last match. Congratulations to Burns!

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Elsewhere in the league Fraser McKenzie picked up 5 points with a surprise 1-0 win John Halpin and 2 draws, one against Ronnie McKenzie and the other against John Mathieson. Ronnie McKenzie’s draw was a blow to his hopes of finishing third but a key game will be his remaining encounter with Willie Fleming. Colin Berry edged out John Mathieson. With three very winnable games to go Berry hopes for a strong finish to his campaign.

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In the Association Cup two players reached the semi-finals. Tom Burns overcame Baver Bari and John Halpin put out Colin Berry. Bari opened the scoring against Burns and performed well but Burns scored his goals at crucial times and deserved to advance.

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Willie Fleming and Dave Gladman played out their Glasgow Cup semi-final replay. The first half was goal-less with Gladman having more of the chances but it was mid-way into the second half when Gladman took the lead. He was not able to hold that lead and when, two minutes from the end, he carelessly lost possession in his own half Fleming pounced and levelled the match. The game entered extra-time with the possibility of a golden goal. Fleming had the better of this period but he couldn’t find the net. He couldn’t find the net either when they went to shots to decide the match. Gladman scored twice and earned a place in the final against Tom Burns.

League

Burns 3 2 Corr
F McKenzie 1 0 Halpin
Mathieson 0 1 Berry
R McKenzie 3 3 F McKenzie
F McKenzie 1 1 Mathieson

 

Association Cup

Bari 1 3 Burns
Berry 1 2 Halpin

 

Glasgow Cup

Gladman 1 1 Fleming

Gladman wins 2-0 on shots

 

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Club night 1/5/17

With a lot at stake, the top of the league clash between Tom Burns and Malcolm Lees was a slightly nervous display. A few uncharacteristic mistakes were in evidence but as the game settled down both players started to create a few chances. The Lees keeper had to produce a couple of saves and Burns had to scoop the ball off his own goal-line. Eventually, just before halftime the deadlock was broken when Burns scored with a deflected shot. Only one minute into the second half Lees was level, again with a deflected goal. But another minute later Burns restored his lead, for the third time a deflected goal. That was the end of the scoring. Burns is now very strong favourite to take the title. He has one game remaining, albeit a difficult one agaainst Barry Corr. A draw will suffice. Lees must hope Burns loses to Corr whilst he wins his remaining two matches with a combined margin of 6 goals.

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John Mathieson and Ronnie McKenzie played their first round Association Cup match. Mathieson had a fair amount of possession in this game but much of it in his own half. It was McKenzie, however, who created the chances and converted three of them. Mathieson is still lacking experience but he has become much more competitive during the course of the season. He will hope that that progression continues next season.

League

Burns 2 1 Lees

 

Association Cup

Mathieson 0 3 R McKenzie

 

 

 

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