Team Of The Week – SPFL U20s: 25-28th April 2017

TOTW 25-28th.jpgTOTW: 25-28th April


Calum Ferrie GK (Dundee)

Kept a clean sheet (in-open play at least) in the result of the week, Inverness 1-2 Dundee (Inverness pen). Calum had to face long periods of pressure and fended off a tonne a shots from overage Inverness strikers Ebbe and Boden.


Marton Hornyik (Dundee)

The 15-year-old defender had to deal with Inverness overage strikers Ebbe and Boden in Dundee’s 2-1 win, with the Inverness goal coming from the penalty spot, so an impressive clean sheet for the younster in my eyes.


Ryan Porteous (Hibs)

Another clean sheet for Ryan as Hibs beat Partick 4-0.

Reghan Tumilty (Ross County)

Returned to his old club and again impressed against a Dundee United side that included a handful of first teamers. Ended 2-2 there with County grasping the title with one hand.

Josh Robertson (Dunfermline)

Another young player making an impressive impact against older players in Dunfermline’s 2-1 away win v Killie at Rugby Park.


Finlay Robertson (Dundee)

Very young Dundee Midfielder facing Inverness players 5/6 years more senior and taking all 3 points.

Davis Keillor-Dunn (Ross County) 

Another lively performance in his sides 2-2 draw at Dundee United.


Adam Watson (Hibs)

Adam with another solid performance this week as his, and his sides good form continues. 4-0 v Partick.

Rory Currie (Hearts)

Bagged a hat-trick in Hearts’ 3-1 away win against a good looking Aberdeen side.

Kevin O’Hara (Falkirk) 

Scored a brace in a 3-2 win over St Mirren.

Oli Shaw (Hibs)

Yet another hat-trick for Oli in a 4-0 win v Partick.

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All the best, Tommy

Team Of The Week – SPFL U20s: 17-21 April 2017

TOTW: 17th-21st April


Mark Foden GK, Sam Morrison, Matthew Hall, David Keiller-Dunn (Ross County)

Ross County were 2-0 winners v 2nd placed Hibs in the biggest match of the season so far in the Development League. Ross impressivly soaked up much of the pressure for long periods whilst being clinical at the other end when they needed to be. This was also the 4th clean sheet on the spin for the Staggies. This one is particularly impressive considering their opposition of Ollie Shaw (23 goals in 21 starts) and the inform Fraser Murray.

Foden has his spot back in out TOTW back between the jumpers along side key defenders Sam Morrison and Matthew Hall. David Keiller-Dunn also makes the team as goalscorer of Ross’s 2nd goal. Top team performance.


Adam Livingstone (Motherwell)

Motherwell were 3-2 winners v Falkirk. Adam’s crossing and dead ball ability has been central to the Steelmen’s success at this level this season. An excellent corner and cross found Mackin’s head for two of Motherwell’s goals. Highlights of that game can be found here:


Atakayi, Ross Lyon (Rangers)

Rangers bounced back well after last weeks disappointing 4-0 derby loss with a 5-0 win v Dundee. Atakayi and Lyon were the stand out performers here. Lyon, with one assist from a corner, also got on the scoresheet himself. As did Atakayi, but it was Atakayi’s pace that was the main a threat throughout.

Scott McLean (Kilmarnock)

You feel McLean’s wand of a left peg will be a key for Killy over the coming years. He smacked in a free-kick in this humdinger of a game at the bottom of the table. Ended St. Johnstone 3-4 Kilmarnock, a rare away win for Killie.


Calvin Miller (Celtic) 

In a game Celtic needed to secure all 3 points to stay in the title race Calvin bagged a hat-trick to make it 5 goals in the last 4.


Dylan Mackin (Motherwell) 

Dylan netted two headers in the 3-2 win this week v Falkirk. The first was from an excellent in-swinging Livingstone corner as Mackin showed intelligence and awareness beyond his years, wriggled free 6-yards out and glanced the ball home. For second he showed excellent bravery and determination as he beat the outrushing Lewis McMinn (GK) to the ball and found the back of the net before being clattered. Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvN0Yo4AVzI


Lewis Moore (Hearts)

For a player to turn up and leave with the match ball after not seeing a great deal of minutes in the team this season, has to make our TOTW. Hearts were 3-1 winners over Inverness and Lewis completes this weeks line up.


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‘Team Of The Week’ – Scotland u20 12/4/17

TOTW: 6th-11th April

 

Kevin O’Hara (Falkirk)
Hat-trick hero for the Bairns in a 3-0 win. Nice to see Kevin’s hard work for club and country pay off at this level. A player with a real eye for goal and blistering pace.
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Oli Shaw (Hibs)
Keeps his place in TOTW again this week for a superb solo effort in a 2-1 win v Celtic on Tuesday. A win that sees his side leapfrog Hamilton into 2nd, well and truly back in the race for the title with 3 games left.

Calvin Miller (Celtic)
Had to slot Calvin in this week for last Friday’s 3-0 win v Hibs. Big game that one for both sides, Calvin popped up with 2 goals and an assist in a comfortable 3-0 win. Unfortunately the reverse fixture on Tuesday didn’t go his way.

Davie Turnball (Motherwell)
Grabbed two goals from midfield in a 4-0 win over St. Mirren. Both excellent long range strikes, the second is particularly special. Check out that goal here, 5mins 50sec in for what has to also go down as goal of the week…
Davie is on the fringes of the Motherwell first team, I don’t think any first team goalie in Scotland could’ve stopped his second, hats off to you Davie.

Mark Lamont (Partick) 
Mark’s calming playing style in midfield was central to an impressive 3-1 away win v a strong looking Inverness side. Grabbed an assist in the process.

Fraser Murray (Hibs) 
Keeps his spot after playing a key role in his sides 2-1 win in a top of the table clash with Celtic. Made the scoresheet for the second week running.

Alistair McCann (St. Johnstone)
Second goal in as many weeks for Ali. Last week it was against an older and more experienced Dundee United side, this week it was Accies who were on the receiving end.

Michael McMullin (Partick)
Despite a shakey Partick start and conceeding early on, they settled down well and handled the attacking overage Inverness players in style, McMilllliin was vital. They went onto win 3-1.

Mark Finlayson (Falkirk) 
An attacking full-back who was rewarded with an assist and a clean sheet in a solid Falkirk 3-0 win.

Tony Gallacher (Falkirk)
Yet another attacking Bairns full-back Tony, on the left flank was equally as impressive as team mate Finlayson. Tony also claimed an assist and the well earned clean sheet.

Ben McKenzie GK (St. Johnstone)
The young Saints custodian saved a penalty and weathered the Accies onslaught to earn an unlikely point away at in form Hamilton. Also extra credit for facing an overage Hamilton front line.

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@TomasPhillips84

‘Player Of The Week’ – Scotland u20 4/4/17

Greg Hurst (St. Johnstone)

The 19-year old from Stirling grabbed 2 goals in an unexpected 5 goal thriller against a strong Dundee United side. The Tangerines included five first teamer’s, two of which were playing at the back trying to look after Hurst who signed from Stirling Albion in September 2015. This encounter Ended 3-2 to Saints, a splendid result given the experience that was on show in Perthshire for United.

With two senior sub apps last season, this is further evidence that Hurst’s recent call up to the first team is more than warranted. You sense that Saints fans won’t have to wait too much longer before seeing him take to the McDiarmid Park turf in front of a greater number of onlookers. Eyes peeled for the Hearts match tomorrow night!


 

All the best, Tommy

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‘Team Of The Week’ – Scotland u20 4/4/17

 

TOTW – Monday 3rd April

So this is my first bash at a TOTW feature. I’m going to try and do this as often as possible. I’ll also try and include players that fall under the age limit of the relevent league (u20s in Soctland’s case) and avoid including older first team players as best as possible.
If anyone would like to contribute to ‘Team’ or ‘Player’ of the Week  from any other youth/reserve leagues that take their interest, (ideally the English Reserves and u23s) then please get in contact via twitter – @TomasPhillips84

Greg Hurst (St. Johnstone)
The 19-year old from Stirling grabbed 2 goals in an unexpected 5 goal thriller against a strong Dundee United side this week. The Tangerines included five first teamer’s, two of which were playing at the back trying to look after Hurst who signed from Stirling Albion in September 2015.
Greg Hurst POTW

Oli Shaw (Hibs)
Scored 2 in a game where he, like Hurst, faced older Dunfermline defenders with first team experience, ended 3-0 Hibs. Makes it 25 goals far this season, impressive at any level.

Fraser Murray (Hibs)
After being called in for the firsts at the weekend, he popped up with a goal for the 20s to cap off a good week for the youngster.

Ryan Porteous (Hibs)
Clean sheet against a far more experienced Dunfermline front line of Paton and Reilly. The entire Hibs back line deserve to feature here to be honest, but Porteous takes the credit.

Conor O’Keefe (St. Mirren)
Scored and assisted in a one sided affair at Links Park, 3-0 v Dundee.

Ryan Tierney (Hamilton)
Picked up a goal in a dominant 4-0 away win at Rugby Park.

Ross Cunningham (Hamilton)
A controlling midfield performance at Rugby Park, grabbed an assist too.

Shaun Want (Hamilton)
Led his side back to the leagues summit with a solid 4-0 away win. Interestingly the first time this season a 20s side has left Rugby Park with a clean sheet.

Rico Quitongo (Hamilton) 
Solid clean sheet away at Rugby with captain, Want. As always, provided an attacking threat too.

David Brownlie (Ross County)
Despite being down on the shot count and enduring long periods of pressure from Inverness, Brownlie was at the centre of ensuring his side kept a clean sheet.

Mark Foden GK (Ross County)
Faced long periods of pressure from a dogged Inverness side who were close to causing an upset. This would have been the case if it wasn’t for Foden between the sticks. His side went onto win 1-0 at the death to keep Ross County in the title race.

Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming ‘Player Of The Week’ feature too!

All the best, Tommy

@TomasPhillips84

Southend Res. v Bristol Rovers Res.

It’s a sweet Rovers Return for Mooney as Southend thrash Bristol 5-0


Southend United Reserves 5-0 Bristol Rovers Reserves
Mooney 43’ 58’
Williams 45’
Salami 56’
Walker 70’


 

Southend: Nathan Bishop, Elvis Bwomono, Abdul Salami, Dan Matsuzaka (Tom Clifford 46), Sonny Coutts (Joe Mackenzie 83), Joe Bedford, Jack Bridge (Lewis Gard 78), Norman Wabo, Harry Phillips, Jason Williams Nico Cotton 71), David Mooney (Dan Walker 60)

Unused Subs: None

Bristol Rovers: Kieran Hodges, Matt Swan, Amarni Bonsu, Keanu Robinson, Daryl Bryan-Samuels, Ryan Broom, Frank Vincent, Luke Russe, Jerome Slew, Callum Bunting, Jamie Lucas

Subs: Tyrone Tucker-Dixon, Lewis Ellington, James Spruce, Liam Armstrong, Ronald Sobwaile, Luqman Kassim


 

David Mooney will no doubt have Phil Brown turning his head at yet more attacking options as he continued his recovery with a brace against a youthful Rovers side.

After a fairly even opening 10 mins a bright spell from Southend set the tone for the afternoon at the Boots and Laces complex, Southend’s training ground.

It was the Irishman Mooney, recovering from an injury that hasn’t seen him feature in the first team since October,  who spearheaded the Southend threat. He drew a good close range save from Hodges and struck the crossbar before breaking the deadlock on 43mins. Nice work down the right from Wabo allowed Mooney to slot home from close range. 1-0 Southend.

Soon after it was 2-0. Impressive work from the slightly more experienced centre midfielder Jack Bridge, who recently returned from a loan spell with Bournemouth u23s, placed a perfectly timed pass into Jason Williams path. The pacey 21 year old’s finish put Southend 2-0 up at HT.

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HT: Southend 2-0 Bristol Rovers

The Seasiders second string continued to dominate in the 2nd half and made it 3-0 on 56 minutes from a corner. Centre back Abdul Salami rose highest to nod in, but the youngsters didn’t take their foot off the pedal there.

Mooney managed to make it 4-0, his second for the afternoon, on 58 mins before he was replaced by the Walker on the hour mark. Mooney’s quality continued to show until his exit. Rolled in by Bridge, Mooney cooly slotted home under the on rushing Hodges, before being subbed.

It was Mooney young replacement and one of the youngest in the squad, Dan Walker, who wrapped up the scoring for Southend on 70 minutes. 5-0. The energetic Harry Phillips also found time to get in on the action, only for his effort to be ruled out by the linesman.

Bridge impressed throughout the afternoon and ran the show in midfield. You’d expect him to be knocking on the managers door before too long, but I’m sure Ex-Southend legend and current u21s boss Kevin Maher will be pleased with with the youngster’s development, as well as Williams and Wabo… who also both stood out.

Brown, and assistant Graham Coughlan who witnessed the opening 70mins, will not only be chuffed with Mooney’s solid recovery, but they’ll also be keeping one eye on the likes of Jack Bridge as potential midfield back up as the finishing straight of the season approaches.

Meanwhile, for Rovers, this was a hefty smudge on what has otherwise been an impressive campaign for the reserve side, especially at home. They’ll look to bounce back at home to Cheltenham next Tuesday.

This was a dominant display from a Southend side that just had too much for a Rovers eleven that contained a handful of trialists and u18s. That win leaves the Shrimpers 2nd in their Central League group, 3 points behind Wimbledon with a game in hand.

FT: Southend 5-0 Bristol Rovers

With love from the Essex Riviera,

James Davids

Hartlepool Res. v Rotherham Res.

Rodney’s no fool, as new boss oversees a 1-0 win for Pool


 

Hartlepool: 1 Ryan Catterick, 2 Jordan Richards, 3 James Martin, 4 Nat Skidmore (Elliott 56), 5 Harley Wise, 6 Ben Pollock, 7 Kenton Richardson, 8 Nicky Deverdics, 9 Devante Rodney (Smith 46), 10 Josh Hawkes, 11 Jake Orrell

Unused Subs: 12 Isaac Assenso, 13 Ben Dudzinski, 16 Jack Turnbull

Rotherham: 1 Laurence Bilboe, 2 Jack Osborne, 3 Lewis Murr, 4 Tom Maguire, 5 Tom Rose, 6 Fabian Bailey, 7 Darnell Bailey-King (Atherton 50), 8 Mason Warren (Wiles 42), 9 Akeel Francis, 10 Sam Martin, 11 Joshua Kayode

Unused Subs: 12 Harry Fidler, 14 Jiovanni Sterling, 17 Reece McGinley


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Devante Rodney’s 1st half strike is enough to take victory on a chilly day in Durham as new Pool boss Dave Jones looked on. Hartlepool thoroughly deserved the win in their final group game of the Central League Cup.

The hosts dominated play thoughout the game and created the 1st meaningful chance after just 4 minutes. A corner from the left hand side eventually broke to Kenton Richardson who shot wide of the right hand post.

Rotherham’s first attempt on goal come in the 7th minute Mason Warren tried to catch out Ryan Catterick in the Pool’s goal by shooting from the half way line, but his effort was well off target.

Despite the home side’s dominance and good possesion play, it was the visitors who created the best chance of the game up to that point. Akeel Francis found himself on his own about 18 yards out with Catterick off his line, but his weak effort of a lob dropped well wide of the left hand post.

A few moments later a good cross in from Jordan Richardson met the head of Nicky Deverdics who forced Laurence Bilboe in the Millers goal to make a great save. Soon after, Deverdics found himself in space 20 yards from goal, but his left footed shot sailed wide of the upright.

Hartlepool were almost made to pay for wasted chances when when a neat little inside pass from Sam Martin fell to Francis just inside the box, but he poked his shot high over the crossbar.

Jake Orell caused Rotherham plenty of problems on the left flank throughout the 1st half and following another good run he found himself in the box. His shot was well saved by Bilboe.

The defining moment of the game came on 35 minutes. Devante Rodney burst into the box and his shot was saved by Bilboe, but he was only able to parry it straight back into the path of Rodney who slammed the ball into bottom left corner. A deserved Hartlepool lead, 1-0.

Mason Warren was unfortunatly forced off through injury in the 42nd minute for Pool, replaced by Ben Wiles.

Pool continued to knock on the door before the halftime whistle as they tried to push home their advantage. Richardson sailed a his shot over the bar, followed by another effort from the youngster which brought a good save from Bilboe down to his left.

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HT: Hartlepool 1-0 Rotherham

Chances in the 2nd half were few and far between for both sides. on 50 minutes, Connor Smith, who replaced the goalscorer at half time, had a shot straight into the arms of Bilboe. Moments later Josh Hawkes also had a shot from 18 yards, this effort ended wide of the left hand post.

Smith provided real energy down the left for Hartlepool in 2nd half and lot of play went through him. But Hartlepool were again almost made to pay for not taking their chances when, on 84 minutes, Joshua Kayode’s shot from the right hand side of the 18 yard line slammed straight into the back of a blue shirt. In the final minute of the game both Kenton Richardson and Josh Hawkes both had tame efforts which Bilboe easily caught.

A dominant Hartlepool took all 3 points in this Central League Cup fixture. That puts them 3rd in the league of five, 1 point behind north-east giants, Newcastle. This really should have been a more comfortable watch for new manager Jones though, but he’ll undoubtedly be chuffed with what he saw, especially from Rodney in the 1st half.

FT: Hartlepool 1-0 Rotherham

All the best from the North-East,

Carl

Kilmarnock u20 v Ross County u20

Cameron and first team lads shine in 4-1 victory


Kilmarnock: Devlin McKay, Taylor Queen, Callum McFadzean, Martin Smith , Josh Webb, Sam Lidington , Adam Frizzell (Oliver McDonald 88), Dean Hawkshaw, Innes Cameron, Florent Bojaj , Lewis Morrison (Jack Whittaker 57)
Subs Not Used: Curtis Lyle, Lewis Clark.

Ross County: Mark Foden, Blair Malcolm, Chris McLaughlin, Sam Morrison, David Brownlie, Dylan Dykes, Reghan Tumilty, Russell Dingwall, Greg Morrison, Tom McLennan, Ross MacIver.
Subs: Ross Munro, Davis Keillor-Dunn, James Wallace, Mathew Hall.


 

A strong Kilmarnock team comfortably disposed of high-flyers Ross County at Rugby Park, despite being reduced to ten men in the second half.

Killie were leading 2-1 when Martin Smith was shown a straight red on 76 minutes following a needless push in the build-up to a free-kick. It may have seemed harsh, but in no way should Smith have reacted in the way he did.

The advantage was with the Highlanders and they pressed for an equaliser – but only briefly. The strength and quality of the home side’s line-up shone through and two goals in six minutes put a potential County come-back to bed.

Innes Cameron bagged a brace – his second was superb – while Callum McFadzean’s tap in and Jack Whittaker’s strike helped kill the contest. The only downside of the match for Killie was when Lewis Morrison had to be stretchered off following a fair but strong tackle from the County full-back.

In the end, it was a very impressive Kilmarnock victory, one which they desperately craved, especially when they hadn’t won in the league since the beginning of November against Hibernian.

Adam Frizzell, Dean Hawkshaw and Flo Bojaj all contributed to Killie’s routine victory as their experience of first team football was evident in their play. Frizzell provided a spark in attack while Bojaj and Hawkshaw’s technical and passing abilities kept them on top.

But the star of the encounter was the tall figure of Innes Cameron. The striker opened the scoring after half an hour when, after his first two efforts were saved by keeper Mark Foden, the ball fell to him again before eventually firing home to give his side the lead. He was a menace all game and caused County all sorts of problems. His performance was encapsulated in his second goal. With the ball at his feet, he nutmegged the full-back on the byline, skipped past another before slotting the ball under the keeper’s legs from an acute angle.

While this is only one stand-out display, the big man has a bright future in Ayrshire and could find himself becoming the next Kris Boyd in the coming years. He has all of the raw abilities to succeed in the professional game – strength, pace and an eye for goal.

The Highlanders started this match in second place in the Development League but failed to consolidate that position after a lethargic performance, albeit against a very strong Kilmarnock line-up.

They quickly settled into the match and had a couple of decent chances in the first half but couldn’t take them. However, they found the net just before the interval through Greg Morrison’s excellent looping header.

County momentarily pressed for an equaliser after the restart but Killie began to dominate proceedings and didn’t really get a look in for much of the second period. Killie’s Whittaker put any chance of a come-back out of sight with his well-taken goal after 86 minutes.

10 men? Not a worry for Killie. They continued their good play even after Smith’s dismissal when Cameron and Whittaker helped make the three points safe. However, on another day, it might’ve been five or six for the Ayrshiremen as they dominated here at Rugby Park.

FT: Kilmarnock 4-1 Ross County

Gary Kirkpatrick

Kilmarnock u20 vs St Johnstone u20

Stalemate at Rugby Park 


Kilmarnock: Mackay; Queen, Webb, Lidington, McFadzean (McDonald 83); M. Smith, Hawkshaw (McLean 46), Paterson, Bojaj; Trialist, Cameron (Morrison 72).

St Johnstone: Mackenzie, Watson, McCann, Comrie, Gordon, Page, Johnson, Jardine, Hunter, Docherty, Simpson.


 

An unnamed trialist scored a superb goal to help Killie earn a point in an uninspiring Development League contest against St Johnstone.

The trialist, who switched between both wings throughout the game, scored with superb technique and accuracy to put Killie ahead after 55 minutes.

Scott McLean whipped in a dangerous cross from a corner towards the trialist waiting at the far post. He controlled the ball and fired an unstoppable volley into top left corner of the net.

While his goal was something to behold, his overall display was nowhere near as mind-blowing. He worked hard and chased loose balls but has to become more involved in games if he is going to earn a contract.

Both Killie and St Johnstone were in fact, relatively average on the night. Neither team expressed a clear urgency to score or a desire to collect the three points on offer. The word ‘lethargic’ springs to mind.

The home side fielded a strong line-up including Martin Smith, Dean Hawkshaw – who was making his comeback from injury – and Flo Bojaj.

However, the first team lads failed to stand out above the rest in an uneventful first half which featured just two shots on target – both from Killie.

The first was a powerful drive from talented midfielder Jack Paterson and the other a tame Martin Smith free-kick which was comfortably held by Saints keeper Ben MacKenzie.

Hawkshaw was substituted at half-time – it was apparent after just 25 minutes of play that he was well under the required fitness level needed to perform in this encounter, even despite the sluggish nature of the match.

The only other highlight of the opening period was when Bojaj got on the end of a loose ball in behind the Saints defence. He took his effort first time but could only find the side-netting.

Lively winger McLean was the man replacing Hawkshaw at the interval and almost immediately, he began to exert an influence on proceedings with his flair and quick movements on the left flank.

Striker Innes Cameron almost fired Killie in front two minutes after the restart when his fierce strike was well stopped by MacKenzie – Bojaj’s flick to set him up was delightful.

Bojaj has talent, there’s no question about that. But he isn’t in Lee Clark’s immediate first team plans, thus the prospect of seeing him in a Killie shirt past January is unlikely.

Then came the first goal after 55 minutes, executed brilliantly by the unnamed trialist and not to mention, courtesy of McLean’s excellent corner delivery.

Holding onto a lead is something the U20 lads have proper difficulty achieving. And it was no different here when St Johnstone struck back moments after the breakthrough goal. Deserved? Probably not. It came out of nowhere. The ball fell to Joseph Johnston inside the box following some slack defending and he finished with ease past keeper Devlin Mackay.

Saints were soon filled with optimism and a willingness to score another. They forced Mackay into making two excellent saves, one hit by Jamie Docherty from close range and the other from striker George Hunter after getting on the end of a loose ball.

With 10 minutes left, the game’s brief intensity began to falter and the team from Perth gradually dropped back, aiming for a draw. The superb keeper Mackay made yet another important stop for Killie – denying Docherty again inside the six yard box – in the final minutes of the match.

That was to be the final moment of significance in a game that saw very few critical opportunities, especially for the away side. As mentioned above, lethargy from both outfits contributed to the game’s lack of edge.

The draw keeps Paul Stephenson’s side in 15th – third bottom – with 14 points. Killie face a trip to Dunfermline next Tuesday evening with a win desperately needed.

Fulltime: Kilmarnock 1-1 St Johnstone

Gary Fitzpatrick

Alloa Athletic u20 vs Livingston u20

Knox stars in dominant Livingston win


Alloa Athletic: Chris Smith, Greg Forrest, Steven Smith, Dylan Monaghan, Jack Crumlish, Kieren Allison, Callum Hutchison, Aiden McNeill, Scott Hynd, John Cunningham, Mark Greene

Substitutes: Caleb Harari, Paul Carrick, Declan McDonald, Scott Sinclair, Sam Fisher, Niall Burns, Jamie Brown

Goalscorers: Cunningham, Hynd (Pen)
Livingston: Conor Quinn, Ryan Currie, Cameron White, Craig Reid, Morgyn Neill, Liam Watt, Darren Smith, Jack Ogilvie, Kyle Sampson, Jordan Sinclair, Matthew Knox

Substitutes: Jason Gregory, Dale Carrick, Ryan Day

Goals: Currie, Ogilvie, Knox (2)


Livingston, playing tonight in purple, got the game underway on a dreary autumnal evening at the Indodrill Stadium.

Having featured for Livingston first team at the weekend from the bench, Dale Carrick was named as a substitute. It wasn’t long though before we’d see Carrick on the pitch. After a series of robust challenges on Kyle Sampson, he was carried off by Livingston medical staff replaced by the under-20s top scorer Carrick and immediately the twenty-two year old could have scored. Matthew Knox hit the byline, his cross met by a Carrick diving header which went a whisker wide of the post.

Livingston were having more of the ball and looking more threatening early on. So then to some surprise it was Alloa who would provide opening goal. A cross from the left by Matthew Greene, after some good work to beat his man, found John Cunningham free in the box who drilled the ball under Conor Quinn.

The boys in purple soon replied. Carrick beat his man on the right hand side and found Knox in the box for an almost identical goal to the one scored at the other end five minutes prior.

Both teams continued to try and get forward making for an entertain game for the fifty of so spectators. Alloa defender Kierin Allison was stretchered off injured in an innocuous looking challenge. Allison replaced by Caleb Harari as Alloa had to reschuffle their back four.

Half Time: Alloa Athletic 1-1 Livingston FC

Livingston continued to press and their second goal never seemed far away. They would though have to wait until the second half to take the lead. Knox beat the offside trap after a long ball over the top by Ryan Currie and drilled past the Chris Smith. It was a baptism of fire for the fifteen year old debutant goalkeeper for Alloa as he was soon picking the ball out of the net for a third time. This time Currie was reward for his hard work as he was the focal point of a wonderful executed and seamless counter attacking move. He drove the ball past Smith into the bottom corner of the net.

The game was beginning to look like this could be a rout for Livingston, though Alloa weren’t without their chances. Had it not been for Quinn’s excellent save Cunningham might have gotten Alloa back into the game.

Livingston were soon out of sight. Another ball over the top by the Livingston midfield found Jack Ogilvie who cut the ball back smashing the ball low into the bottom corner.

Alloa netted a consolation goal from the spot after Greene was brought down following a powerful run into the box. Scott Hynd made no mistake sending the goalkeeper the wrong way. It would be too little too late though as Livingston recorded a thorough deserved their win.

Full Time: Alloa Athletic 2-4 Livingston FC

Jimmy