QUEENS PARK 6'S A WASHOUT
Yesterday saw FC ScotSpurs take part in the Queens Park 6's for the 6th consecutive year. An 8 man squad of Murdo McLean, Davie Wilson (Capt.), Gav McDonald, Sandy Quigley, Steven Hillhouse, Sean Stephen, Ally McIntosh and Sean Lightheart took to the pitch at GHA Rugby Club in Giffnock (Temporary home of the QP 6's whilst Lesser Hampden is out of use).
We started well with a 3-0 win over Shrewsbury Town in the group opener, thanks to a Steven Hillhouse Hat-Trick. Our second game, against Calders, saw us lose out 2-1 with Sandy Quigley scoring and a repeat scoreline against Troon in our third game with Ally McIntosh scoring our consolation. Our final group game was a 4-0 defeat from Nottingham Forest.
During our long wait for our first knock out game in the plate, we had a Friendly against Peterborough United, winning 1-0 with Sean Stephen the scorer.
We then finally faced JK Estonia in the Plate Semi Final, drawing 3-3 before bowing out on penalties. Sandy Quigley scored all three. An ultimately disappointing day in the torrential rain of the leafy Glasgow Suburbs.
DERBY DAY ENDS IN DEFEAT
FC ScotSpurs and Arsenal Scotland yesterday met for the first time, playing for The Scottish North London Cup, in aid Scottish Charity SAMH.
The game, at the fine Spartans Community Stadium at Ainslie Park in Edinburgh, was a tense close affair with the Gunners running out 3-2 winners thanks to a late winner after we had twice pegged them back. At half time the sides couldn't be split at 0-0 but the game burst into life in the second period with Arsenal taking the lead in the early minutes before great work in the box from Ray Bates was rewarded when Stevie Osborne smashed home his low cross.
The boys in Red however took the lead once more and with around 10 minutes remaining Sandy Quigley pulled us back level with a fantastic low range drive. At 2-2 it was probably a fair result and one that both teams would probably have accepted. The final say though went to Arsenal Scotland. A low and harmless free kick from out wide on the right evaded everybody and sneaked it's way into the corner with the otherwise outstanding Craig McKissock in our goal left helpless.
That was a fatal blow and left us with little time to get back into the game. Congratulations of course go to Arsenal Scotland, and we look forward to attempting to wrestle the Trophy from them next year.
It is estimated SAMH will benefit to the tune of £1200 so a massive thankyou to all involved from both sides, whether a player, supporter or someone who helped organise, it was all for a great cause.
TEAM - Craig McKissock, John Camilleri, Stevie Murrell, Paul Joyce, Sean Stephen, Stevie Osborne, Tommy Cheeseman, Ross McInnes (Capt.), Ray Bates, Steven Hillhouse and Gav McDonald.
SUBS - Used - Sandy Quigley, Davie Wilson, Sean Lightheart, Davey Bates. UNUSED - William Fernie (through injury)
SCORERS - Osborne and Quigley
RIPPED APART IN THE RAPLOCH
Earlier this evening we played Bo'ness side Athletic Gdyke at Raploch Community Campus in Stirling. We were never able to get going against a younger, fitter side and they ran out deserved 7-0 winners in one of our poorer displays for some time.
TEAM - Iain Soeder, John Camilleri, Davie Wilson, Stevie Murrell, James Smith, Steven Hillhouse, Ray Bates, Cal Kennedy, Gav McDonald, Sean Stephen and Gary Wallace.
SUBS - Chic, Murdo McLean, Tuncay Baysal
ROVERS HIT FOR TEN
Earlier today ScotSpurs travelled to Newton Mearns to play MacDonald Rovers and came away with an excellent 10-1 victory. Gav McDonald and Stevie Osborne both hit a treble and there was a double for Neil Thomson and singles for Paul Joyce and Steven Hillhouse.
TEAM - Graeme Laing, John Camilleri, Stevie Murrell, Paul Joyce, James Smith, Stevie Osborne, Ross McInnes, Calum Frame, Steven Hillhouse, Neil Thomson and Gav McDonald.
SUBS - Ally McIntosh and Steven Hamilton.
SCORERS - McDonald 3, Osborne 3, Thomson 2, Joyce and Hillhouse
Yesterday saw us come up against Hibs FFIT for the first time and in a decent match we ended up coming away with a comfortable 6-2 victory at The Spartans Community 3g. Sean Stephen set us on our way with his first goal for the team, with a tidy early finish. Soon it was 2-0 when Willie Fernie grabbed what was also his first goal for us and it seemed effectively over on 15 minutes when Gav McDonald drilled home a low shot after fantastic wing play from Stevie Osborne. Captain Ross McInnes made it 4-0 ten minutes later. Hibs pulled one back to make it 4-1 at the break.
The second half was an altogether calmer affair. Hibs netted again to make it 4-2 before Ray Bates made it 5 and then the scoring was done when Gav McDonald stroked home after a brilliant John Camilleri run and pass made a great scoring chance.
A good win and a good game against a good bunch of lads.
TEAM - Andy Millar, John Camilleri, Stevie Murrell, Paul Joyce, Tuncay Baysal, Stevie Osborne, Ray Bates, Ross McInnes (Capt.), Sean Stephen, Gav McDonald and Willie Fernie.
SUBS - Sean Camilleri and Steve Oliver
SCORERS - McDonald 2, Stephen, Fernie, McInnes, Bates
SCOTTISH NORTH LONDON CUP ANNOUNCED
FC ScotSpurs are delighted to announce that an invitation to Arsenal Scotland to play in a Charity Fundraising 'Scottish North London Cup' has been accepted and the game will take place on Saturday May 31st at Ainslie Park (The Spartans Community Stadium) in Edinburgh.
There are plan for a Ladies 5's and Junior 5's before the main event kicks off and a Social Event after all the football has finished. The day will see an as yet undecided mutually agreed Charity benefit. Arsenal Scotland, like ourselves, have members spread throughout the country.
The Spartans Stadium is a terrific venue for the game, with an enclosed playing area, an excellent covered stand with seating for around 500 fans and standing room for a couple of thousand more. Both teams will be looking for as much support as possible on the day and there will be a small charge for spectators, a Programme available, catering and hospitality facilities within the clubhouse for Supporters. All in all it promises to be an excellent day.
Any donations or offers of Match Sponsorship, enquiries about Programme advertising and Sponsorship etc would be most welcome and there will be a just giving page set up once the Charitable Cause has been agreed.
This game will see the Supporters Clubs meet for the first time, and although it goes without saying that it may be an emotional day in respect that its a game against Arsenal we have to remember that everyone on the pitch will have 'work on Monday morning' so as always we would expect our Players, Officials and Supporters to behave in an appropriate manner.
BRUNSWICK V SCOTSPURS
This coming Wednesday (Oct 23rd) FC ScotSpurs will arrive in Falkirk to take on local outfit Brunswick FC in a Friendly match at Mungos School with a 7.30pm kick off. The game comes a fortnight after our last outing against Beechwood Albion at Bannockburn.
There will be a few regulars missing with Stevie Murrell, William Fernie and John Camilleri out.
GOOD WIN IN GLASGOW
Yesterday saw us face Queens Park SFC at Holyrood School in Glasgow. This was our third 11's game against them in 2013 and once again there were plenty of goals, with ScotSpurs running out 7-2 winners (in May we lost 6-0 at the same venue whilst we were victorious 7-5 back in February across the road at Toryglen).
Despite losing the games first goal, we hit back to lead 3-2 at the break before dominating the second period on the tricky Holyrood surface.
After the game we were treated to some nice grub by our hosts in their pub, The Langside at Battlefield Cross, before watching Spurs draw 1-1 with Chelsea.
Thanks to Iain and his boys for the game and for their fine hospitality afterwards.
Team - William Fernie, Davey Bates, Paul Joyce, Davie Wilson, Tuncay Baysal, Ray Bates, Ian Thomas (C), Ally McIntosh, Steve Osborne, Sandy Quigley and Gav McDonald.
Subs - Sean Lightheart and Chris Laing
Scorers - Gav McDonald 2, Steve Osborne 2, Sandy Quigley, Ray Bates and Davey Bates
Tuesday January 22nd 2008, White Hart Lane
As a Spurs fan of nearly 20 years standing it has been difficult watching most North London derby matches. In that time, only a handful of wins have been achieved over the South London imposters and along the way there has been some painful defeats, and even drawn matches, when somehow, we have managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory or had to settle for a share of the spoils when it really should have been different.
This though, has just eased those painful memories, and, for now at least, we are Kings of North London. It is ever so slightly difficult, nay impossible, for me to write this without feeling the need to be gleeful and smug but i will do my best. I hate The Goons, simple really, and they have made many a day sad for me. This was payback.
Of course, they could rabbit on about it being their reserves, or the "kids" but plainly Arsenal fielded a team that would not really look too out of place in the Premier League. Amongst the starters were club captain William Gallas, former club captain Gilberto, vastly experienced Belarussian Hleb, regular first team players Sagna, Diaby and Hoyte as well as several others with International experience and the like. Just for good measure Fabregas came on, at 1-0 Spurs, on 20 minutes.
Anyway the day started well enough, the hours drive to the train station in Edinburgh passing without any hassle. There i met up with another couple of Scotspurs and we boarded the 11am train bound for Kings Cross. The journey was fairly uneventful and match chat was kept to a minimum as several tinnies were consumed.
We got into Kings Cross around four, headed for the hotel near Victoria, dropped the bags and started to head up Tottenham way, only stopping at a nice wee pub in Pimlico before jumping on the tube for Seven Sisters. We decided to walk from there as the trains were coming in from Liverpool Street jam packed solid and there was little chance of getting on one.
Have to make a little mention of the Jamaican place on the High Road, about half way between Seven Sisters and the ground. Top notch patties!
By the time we got up to The Lane it was about half seven, so in we went for a pint and to get some pre match atmosphere. Eventually 8 o'clock arrived and my nerves were already shredded. Thankfully 3 minutes later Jenas helped sort that out with a great finish after a neat run. JJ loves playing Arsenal, and i love JJ, so all is good.
Over the next 20 minutes or so The Goons threaten rarely and only a couple of wild efforts well over are produced by Wengers team. The pace is fairly frantic, but Spurs are playing quite well, responding superbly to the noise being created by everyone with blue and white blood. It is incessant, non stop and probably the best atmosphere i have experienced at the dear old lady we call home.
On 27 minutes, bedlam! - It's 2-0 Spurs! Jenas floats in a wicked free - kick from distance, Dawson goes up for the challenge with Bendtner and the Dane has the misfortune to beat Daws to the ball and put it past Fabianski into his own net. Three minutes later and Berbs is going to wrap it up. Jenas is involved again, playing the Bulgarian in, but his effort when clean through smacks the base of the Polish International keepers goal and rebounds to safety. Lucky escape for the Goons.
Half - time arrives and Spurs still look very assured. It gives us a wee opportunity to rest the voicebox. During the break i start thinking of the different ways the game might go. Yep, early second half goal is the key here. We must not do a Martin Jol, and sit back.
Cue Robbie Keane. Three minutes after the restart he races through onto a superb ball and beats Fabianski for three nothing. Absolute madness. Wild scenes. Is this really happening?
Number 4 is not that long in coming and this time it is Lennon. The winger exchanges passes with Keane before a cool finish is slotted past the keeper. Now we know. Now we are certain. Spurs are on their way to Wembley!!!
Soon after The Goons pull one back, and in fairness it's not a bad strike, Adebayor beating the otherwise superb Cerny with a 20 yarder into the postage stamp corner. For a little while after Woolwich huffed and puffed a little but the back four, superbly assisted in particular by Tainio and Jenas held firm and in truth they never looked like adding to their single strike.
On 90 minutes Steed Malbranque put the icing on the cake, ghosting in at the far post to finish a low Jenas cross after JJ had wonderfully worked the opportunity, skinning his man on the right.
In summary - superb, brilliant, marvelous, fucking amazing. Words do not do it justice. Jenas was awesome, Tainio fantastic, the back four solid, Cerny was safe, Lennon, Keane, Steed, Berbs, all brilliant.
Thank You Juande, Thank You Gus, Thank You all those players out there.