Club Night 17/2/20

On a wet and windy night only five players braved the conditions to play. Four cup matches were played.

First up was a preliminary round match in the Handicap Cup. Dave Gladman started a goal to the good against Dave Butler. Gladman’s strategy was clear from the start – keep possession. In the first half he did this pretty well, limiting Butler to one really good opportunity. Butler had much more of the ball in the second period and probably feels that he should have taken one of the two or three excellent chances he had. The Gladman goal survived, however, and he progresses to the next round where he will start his match against Brian Spoors with a four-goal deficit.

All the other matches were in the Glasgow Cup. Ryan McPhail played his first matches in Group A, against Dave Gladman and Baver Bari, players expected to finish in the top two places in the group. In the first match he demonstrated the improvement he has made in defensive skills losing only 1-0 to Baver Bari. In the second he proved that he knew something about attacking as well, taking a shock 2-0 half-time lead over Dave Gladman. Gladman is undefeated in league and cup this season and he was fresh from his Handicap Cup victory over Dave Butler. That record remains intact, however, as he scored two second half goals to secure a point which ensures that he finishes top of the group. McPhail, on the other hand, is starting to compete well and can be pleased with how his play is progressing.

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In Group B Dave Butler had a comfortable 3-0 win over Colin Berry. Butler scored in his first attack . Berry was never allowed to settle, his defence put under long periods of pressure for much of the game. After losing a goal so early he did well to resist the repeated waves of attack and limit Butler to two further goals. Butler moves to the top of Group B, ahead of Tom Burns on goal difference.

Handicap Cup

Preliminary Round

Gladman10Butler

Glasgow Cup

Bari10McPhail
Gladman22McPhail
Butler30Berry

Glasgow Cup results and tables can be viewed here.

Club Night 27/1/20

Eight games were played tonight, five in the league and three in the Glasgow Cup.

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In the league Dave Butler lost his 100% record after a no-scoring draw with Dave Gladman. Butler had much the better of the first half with Gladman failing to have even one shot on goal. The second period was more even but defences were still on top. Both players remain undefeated but Gladman has now had five consecutive draws. Butler’s draw allowed Tom Burns to go five points clear after defeating Dave Houston 3-0. Burns, however, has played three more games. Later Houston did get another point on the board. He led Baver Bari 1-0 at half-time but couldn’t hold on to that lead and conceded in the second period. Bari had earlier lost out to John Mathieson who is now only three points behind Bari but with four games in hand. Colin Berry continues to enjoy perhaps his best season, moving on to the eighteen point mark with a 3-0 win over Brian Spoors.

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In the Glasgow Cup, Tom Burns again lost out to Dave Butler. This time it was by a two goal margin, Butler scoring in each half. Also in group B, Dave Houston lost out narrowly to Colin Berry by 1-0. Houston had by far the greater number of chances in this match but could not convert any. In group A, Brian Spoors look the lead against John Mathieson. Mathieson eventually equalised but he spurned so many opportunities to win the game. It was an inspired performance by the Spoors’ goalkeeper. Mathieson will probably now have to settle for third place in the group.

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League

Butler00Gladman
Burns30Houston
Berry30Spoors
Bari12Mathieson
Bari11Houston

Glasgow Cup

Mathieson11Spoors
Houston01Berry
Butler20Burns

The League table can be viewed here.

Full Glasgow Cup results and tables can be viewed here.

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Club Night 20/1/20

It was another busy night al the Legion with fourteen players attending. In addition to the twelve league players the club also welcomed Barry Corr and Andy Shearer. Twelve league matches were played

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The key match was between leading players Tom Burns and Dave Butler. Burns started the stronger, forcing Butler on to the backfoot. A poor defensive block by Butler allowed Burns to opportunity to score and he did. Burns continued to dominate but could not find a second goal. Gradually Butler started to gain more possession and it was he who was looking the more impressive. This time it was Burns who made a blocking mistake and the score was level. Either player could have scored the winner but Butler was more dominant in the second half and it was he who found the goal. Butler went on to defeat Dave Houston 2-0, making it eight wins from eight matches. Burns later had a good win against John Halpin, keeping him three points clear of Butler but having played three more.

Fraser McKenzie returned to league action and proved he will be a difficult player to beat, conceding only two goals in defeating Brian Spoors and drawing with Baver Bari and Dave Gladman.

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Butler21Burns
McPhail04Mathieson
R McKenzie11Houston
F McKenzie11Bari
Halpin20Spoors
McPhail04Berry
Burns20Halpin
Butler20Houston
Gladman00F Mckenzie
R McKenzie11Mathieson
F McKenzie21Spoors
Houston00Halpin

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The league table can be viewed here.

National Championship Event 3

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GTSA’s Malcolm Lees has become the Scottish National Champion for season 2019/20. He fought off the challenges of Tom Burns and Steve Bennett to secure the title. The third and final championship event took place in Letham on Sunday 19 January.

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After two events Tom Burns led Malcolm Lees on goal difference but after three rounds of play in the third event Lees was now ahead, again on goal difference. As they started the final games Steve Bennett was also in a position to take the title. Bennett lined up against Lees, Burns against Andy Beskaby. To win Bennett needed to beat Lees and hope that Burns lost to Beskaby. Lees needed to beat Bennett and Burns needed to better Lees’ result. Everyone expected Bennett to defeat Lees, in which case Burns would only need a draw against Beskaby. Burns was definitely the favourite going into the final game.

Burns did get a draw against Beskaby, enough to put him ahead of Bennett. Burns went ahead but was pegged back. It was a close match and a fair result. It wasn’t a surprise when Lees took a first half lead against Bennett. He’d done that before. It’s just that he’d never kept that lead – ever. But today would be different. Bennett peppered the Lees goal with shots but could not make the breakthrough. Lees held on and the championship was his.

Final Table

.FAPts
Lees301427
Burns301525
Bennett43921
Bari214118
Bevilacqua181214
Gladman131713
Beskaby211111
Baxter727
Halpin657
Berry996
Mathieson376
Minty343
Thom593
Spoors9620
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Results from the day

Round 1.
Gladman01Burns
Spoors08Beskaby
Bennett100Bari
Lees21Bevilacqua
Round 2.
Bennett31Beskaby
Lees03Burns
Bevilacqua04Gladman
Spoors43Bari
Round 3.
Bennett41Burns
Beskaby01Gladman
Lees90Spoors
Bevilacqua01Bari
Round 4.
Bennett01Lees
Gladman13Bari
Burns11Beskaby
Spoors04Bevilacqua
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Club Night 13/1/20

Only two games were played this evening. Dave Butler continued his 100% record with a 2-0 victory over Brian Spoors. The winning margin could have been greater with Spoors’ goalkeeper performing heroically. Butler moves into second place in the league.

Dave Gladman remains unbeaten after a 1-1 draw with Baver Bari. Gladman’s opening five victories have been followed by three draws. Gladman had to work hard to salvage the draw after Bari had led for most of the match.

Butler20Spoors
Bari11Gladman

The league table can be viewed here.

Club Night 6/1/20

The first club night of 2020 saw four league games take place and also the welcome return of former club member, Andy Shearer (pictured below) on holiday from New Zealand. The league games saw Baver Baver try to gain revenge over Colin Berry for his previous last second defeat in their previous fixture. After an exciting end-to-end affair, it finished 1-1, with both goals coming in the first half. Either player could have won but some good Berry goalkeeping kept Bari from finding the winner.

Tom Burns then extended his pole position in the league with a win over Brian Spoors. Three goals in the first half ended any chance of an upset. The first alternative old firm derby for a few years between arch rivals Colin Berry and Ronnie McKenzie produced the major talking points of the night. The game started off at a frantic pace with Berry making his intentions clear by hitting both crossbar and post in the first ten minutes. Indeed it was Berry who landed the first blow with a well taken goal midway through the first half. Although Berry dominated the first half, it was McKenzie who took control of the second. With five minutes to go Berry failed to take a chance to make it 2-0. This was to prove costly as McKenzie scored with the last touch of the game. A speculative long shot took an eternity to find the back of the net. Even although the ball crossed the line well after the final whistle had gone, crucially, McKenzie had flicked before the buzzer had sounded. The players had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Berry has improved significantly this year and and is now just one point short of last season’s total.

The final game of the evening saw Burns and McKenzie play out a ding dong match with chances galore. It was McKenzie who got karma, losing a goal in the last thirty seconds to go down 1-0. His fine play, however, will surely produce more positive results as the season progresses.

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League

Berry11Bari
Burns40Spoors
Berry11McKenzie
Burns10McKenzie

The league table can be viewed here.

Club Night 16/12/19

Tom Burns was presented with the Glasgow Cup after last week’s victory over John Halpin.

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After the previous busy two meetings only four players were present tonight. John Mathieson and Brian Spoors had travelled to Edinburgh for the Capital Cup organised by the new Edinburgh club.

Two Glasgow Cup matches were played. In group A Dave Gladman defeated Baver Bari 2-0. Gladman led 1-0 at half-time. In the second period Bari pushed forward and there was some nervous defending by Gladman. Late in the game, however, Gladman broke forward and sealed the match with a second. He has now consolidated his position at the top of the group. In group B Tom Burns recorded his second win, beating Colin Berry. Berry started well but two Burns goals in the space of a minute mid-way through the first half won the game.

The club will now have a Christmas and New Year break. The next meeting will be on Monday 6 January.

Glasgow Cup

Group A

Gladman20Bari

Group B

Burns20Berry

All Glasgow Cup results can be viewed here.

Club Night 9/12/19

Tonight saw another good attendance of nine players. Nine matches were played, three in the league and the others in the Glasgow Cup.

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There was, however, one match outstanding from last season’s Glasgow Cup, the final itself. Tom Burns lined up against John Halpin. The key moments of this game were to occur in the final moments of each half. It was an excellent encounter between two well matched players. Halpin drew first blood when a missplaced Burns block allowed him a clear sight of goal and he made no mistake with a well struck shot. A lot of the action was taking place in Halpin’s defensive right and it was from here that Burns eventually broke through and scored. Halpin had a great opportunity to take the lead but he delayed too long lining up his shot and the half-time whistle went before he fired into the net. It would have been a great boost to take into the second half.

The players remained deadlocked and it looked as if we were heading for extra-time. Then Burns’ spare goalkeeper lost possession and Halpin elected to try and score with 5 flicks. Unfortunately he failed to notice that there was only one defender between Halpin’s attacker and the goal when the ball was played through. From the resultant offside free-kick Burns moved the ball quickly forward to exploit the gap in the left side of Halpin’s area. Halpin’s blocks weren’t good enough and Burns struck the killer blow. Halpin barely had time to kick off. Heartbreak for Halpin, bliss for Burns.

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This season’s Glasgow Cup also got underway with four matches in group A and one in group B. In group A, Baver Bari and Dave Gladman both had 2-0 wins over Brian Spoors whilst John Mathieson drew with Bari and Gladman. Spoors has become more competitive in his matches and shows much better possession of the ball but still needs to create more scoring opportunities. In group B, Tom Burns eased out Dave Houston with a goal in each half.

In the league Dave Butler continued his upward trajectory with two 3-0 victories. The first was an expected comfortable win over new player Ryan McPhail and the second against a more difficult opponent in John Halpin. Butler now sits third in the table just three points behind leader Tom Burns and having played two games fewer. Dave Houston recorded his first league win by beating Ryan McPhail, the only goal of the game coming in the second half.

Glasgow Cup Final (2018/19)

Burns21Halpin

Glasgow Cup (2019/20)

Group A

Bari20Spoors
Gladman11Mathieson
Mathieson00Bari
Spoors02Gladma

Group B

Burns20Houston

League

Butler30McPhail
Butler30Halpin
McPhail01Houston

The league table can be viewed here.

Club Night 2/12/19

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In what was the best attended club night for some years, twelve club members enjoyed a great night’s subbuteo. Tom Burns returned to the top of the league with two comfortable wins over Ryan McPhail and Colin Berry. A win for Dave Gladman would have kept him in number one spot but his match against Ronnie McKenzie ended in a 2-2 draw. Gladman had to twice come back from a goal down. McKenzie played impressively this evening displaying excellent possession play. Against Willie Fleming, McKenzie didn’t, however, have quite the finishing touch. The game finished 0-0 but Fleming conceded that McKenzie was unlucky not to take all three points. Goals came more easily for McKenzie in his 4-0 victory over Brian Spoors.

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Spoors did add another league point against Dave Houston, the match finishing 1-1. That was Houston’s first league point, having lost his other four matches. Houston does have a decent defensive record with all those matches having been lost by a single goal, the latest tonight to John Mathieson. Scoring goals remains his problem.

One player who doesn’t usually have a problem finding the net is Dave Butler and tonight he added five goals without reply, Colin Berry conceding three and John Mathieson two. Butler therefore maintained his 100% record after three matches, moved up to sixth place from which he is expected to climb in the coming weeks. Mathieson played a good match against Butler and felt perhaps he could have run the former Glasgow number one a bit closer.

The club welcomed the return to action of John Halpin who had missed the start of the season due to a hand operation. Halpin just managed to get past Ryan McPhail with a 1-0 win but was better pleased with a 3-1 defeat of Willie Fleming, who is struggling to find the form which won him the Association Cup. McPhail has only gained one point thus far but for a player new to the league he has been competitive in his matches and avoided heavy defeats.

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Berry03Butler
Burns51McPhail
Houston11Spoors
Butler20Mathieson
Fleming00McKenzie
Halpin10McPhail
McKenzie22Gladman
Berry04Burns
Houston01Mathieson
Fleming13Halpin
McKenzie40Spoors

The league table can be viewed here.

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National Championship Event 2

The second event of the National Championship took place in Letham on a cold Sunday 1st December. Steve Bennett returned to action, winning all four of his matches and moving straight up to third place in the National table. Tom Burns win over Malcolm Lees put him joint top of the table with Lees. Marco Bevilacqua surprised many with his third place finish on the day.

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Round 1
Lees10Baxter
Bennett100Spoors
Gladman00Bevilacqua
Minty12Bari
Thom04Burns
Round 2
Bennett31Burns
Bari05Lees
Gladman10Minty
Bevilacqua11Baxter
Thom43Spoors
Round 3
Bennett52Lees
Gladman13Burns
Thom12Bari
Bevilacqua10Minty
Baxter50Spoors
Round 4
Bennett83Bari
Lees14Burns
Bevilacqua30Thom
Baxter10Gladman
Minty20Spoors
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The National Table after 2 events:


F
A
Burns241018
Lees201018
Bennett26612
Bari142612
Bevilacqua13611
Baxter727
Beskaby1177
Halpin657
Gladman7137
Berry996
Mathieson376
Minty343
Thom593
Spoors6380
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