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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Derry Open 2018

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This tournament took place over the weekend of 5/6 May. Twenty four players took part in the individual tournament on the Saturday and teams from Derry (2), Glasgow, London Road and Wolverhampton competed on the Sunday. On Saturday Tom Burns, Willie Fleming and Malcolm Lees all qualified out of their groups. In the second round the 12 qualifiers were drawn into 4 groups of three. Almost against the laws of probability all the Glasgow players ended up in the same group. It was Tom Burns who progressed to the semi-finals where he lost to Mark Farrell (White Star and Ireland) by 1-0. In the final Farrell played Derry’s Kenny Beggs. After a 1-1 draw after extra-time, the match went to shots where Beggs was victorious 2-1.

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There was better fortune for the Glasgow players in Sunday’s team event. They won all four matches to take the trophy and match their success at London Road in September. Derry marked their improvement by finishing runners-up.

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Many thanks are due to Martinog Bradley and his team at Derry City TFC for their organisation of an excellent and enjoyable tournament.

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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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Association Cup Draw

The draw was made for this season’s Association Cup:

Round 1

Bari v Gladman
Halpin v Mathieson

Quarter-Finals

Houston v F McKenzie
Fleming v Bari/Gladman
Halpin/Mathieson v Burns
Corr v Berry

 

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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

 

 

Scottish Grand Prix 2018

The event took place over the weekend 10/11 February 2018 at the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew. Players from eight countries took part in the individual events on the Saturday. Sergio Ramos of Portugal was victorious over England’s Chris Thomas in the final of the Open. The Veteran competition was won by Spain’s Antonio Montano defeating old rival Daniael Scheen of Belgium. This was Scheen’s second successive final loss in the GP. Daniel Scheen’s son Noe won the final of the Under-19 with victory over Thomas Price of England whilst Thomas won the Under-15 title by beating Ruby Mathews of Wales.

The WASPA Plate was won by Brian Daley (England) who overcame Martin Bellefontaine (England) in the final.

Full results can be viewed here.

Pictures form the Saturday:

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On the Sunday the team competition was won by Tiburones of Spain who defeated Royal 78 Kaisermuhlen of Austria in the final.

The Plate was won by Dundee United A team.

Pictures from Sunday:

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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