ANOTHER WEEKEND OF DRAMA... WILL IT EVER END
AS TYNECASTLE CROWNED PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPS TO COMPLETE THE TREBLE FOR ANOTHER EAST END SIDE, AS UB UNITED FALL AT FINAL HURDLE, AND QUAYSIDE THISTLE WIN CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF FINAL TO SECURE A PREMIER LEAGUE SPOT
In another hectic weekend, Quayside Thistle beat Holytown Colts 3~2 at the Bens to secure a place in the top division for the first time in the history. It's another rags to riches story as the club were perenial competitors for the wooden spoon, but the strides taken in the last three years saw the dream completed. Holytown must feel jinked, as they have lost now 3 play-off finals in consequtive years
So..On to the Showpark on Saturday morning, as East Kilbride Thistle hosted the second place dteam in the league in 4 days. Tynecastle moved to the top on Wednesday from second aftera comfortable win at the same venue, so the other club that share their home ground with Tynecastle, UB United, came calling at the jags. And jags it was, as without 2 key players, UB knew they had to win to be crowned champions... simple as that eh!!!
Well, NAW... as Ek put on one of their best performances of the season to dominate the game and walk away with a 3 nil victory
The despair for UB was tangable, and to have had their season and walk away empty handed is beyond description, so massive commiserations to them, BUT HUGE CONGRATS to TYNECASTLE
Shaun Milne, on behalf of UB, showed some real class by immediately calling Ricky Tobin of Tynecastle to congratulate them. Not sure too many of us could have made that call so soon after the game !!!
MORE DRAMA THAN EASTENDERS AND CORRIE IN THE SSMAFL
UDDINGSTON SECURE DIVISION 1A IN NAIL BITER
The league is not sort of epic stories. Before a ball was kicked in the potential title decider between Uddingston and Yoker their had been some socal media debate about how the dvision could end.
Simply put, Yoker had to win and then the same two clubs, would play a title deicder as would have been tied on points and under league rules, its a play off for a title
So, 15 mins in when our reporter arrives...late...it's 2 nil to Yoker, and despite Uddy hitting the bar, it stayed that way till half time.
Another 30 mins go by, and Yoker could probably have increased the lead bt hadn't. The last 15 saw Uddy score three times to run out 3 -2 winners and become Division 1A Champions
HUGE DRAMATIC TURNAROUND IN FINAL MINUTES SEES EAST KILBRIDE THISTLE WIN CHAIRMANS CUP WITH THE SECOND LAST KICK OF THE GAME
Well, well, well, the final between East Kilbride Thistle and Windlaw surpassed anything seen before in a final. All witnessed by Mr Dave Glendinning, chief of the competition sponsors, H.JARVIS Ltd, who also sposor East Kilbride Thistle
A tough, no holds barred, but fair game was decided in the most dramatic of fashions.
Windlaw took a first half lead, only to see EK come back at them in the 2nd period, takimg a 2-1 lead, but Windlaw squared it at 2-2. So into extra time (again) we went, and when Windlaw went 3-2 up, the writing seemed to be on the wall. With 4 minutes left and after some heroic windlaw defemding, Thistle somehow had a man totally free 8 yards out from a corner, and low and behold its 3-3 and it looks like pens will decide the destination of the trophy.
Then, the castle milk based Windlaw get caught with a quick break, and the defender slides in, misses the ball, gets the player, and the well placed Mr McGarry, points to the spot, and its duly dispatched. 4-3 to EK.
Windlaw are distraught, compounded when they kick off and the final whistle blows immediately...WOW
Congrats to Thistle, and Commiserations to Windlaw, but thanks from the league to both teams and the third team, the officials for making it a great night
Massive thanks to Dave and his team at H.Jarvis for his time to come up for the game from Durham, and their continued support
SEMSA CHAMPIONS OF CHAMPIONSHIP B DIVISION AND PROMOTED TO PREMIER DIVISION
After being forced to replay Holytown Colts, into what became a title decider, Semsa overan their opponents to win the title and secure a premier berth next season
The game, again played at Glasgow Green saw Holytown reduced to 10 men whilst already trailing, and Semsa ensured they dominated the remainder of the game and ensure they return to the top flight, and will no doubt be determined to stay there a bit longer than the one season they had previously managed
TYNECASTLE SECURE HARLEYS GOLF LOUNGE STRATHCLYDE CUP WITH DRAMATIC EXTRA TIME STUNNER
With just a few seconds remaining in extra time and penalty kicks looming, a stunning free kick won Tynecastle their 3rd trophy of the season, beating Southside 3-2
A good hard game was topsy turvey the whole evening. Southside scored first after 65 mins, and Tynecastle rattled in an equaliser on 75. We then went into ET, and Tynecastle scored to lead 2-1. But the Southside spirit wa shuge and valiantly equalised. With all prepared for pens, a dramatic last minute strike from Tynecastle no 11 and mom Chris Morris saw jubilant celebrations
A massive thanks to Alec McDowall and all at Harleys for their continued support
Thanks also to Scott Struthers of Hamilton Accies, who presented the mom award
SAFA Vice President Stuart Urqhart presented the cup to the Tynecastle Captain Sean Cahill
Commiserations to the dejected Southside squad, for whom Diego and Panda were outstanding
WESTERCOMMON STAR WIN CHAMPIONSHIP "A" DIVISION TITLE AND PROMOTION TO PREMIER DIVISION
After an extremly contested championship division, on the final day, Westercommon Star fulfilled the ambitions of reaching the top level with a commanding victory over Port Glasgow United, to deny local rival Port Glasgow Celtic of the title
WOODSIDE CHAMPIONS OF DIVISION 1B
After a great run of results, Woodside secured the Division 1B title win a commanding win over Springburn Thistle, the only team who could have stopped them winning the title.
In their final game in the league, they dominated against a weakened opposition, to deservedly lift the trophy
We wish them well next season in their new venture
UB UNITED FALL AT FINAL HURDLE
A fantastic run was brought to a disapointing end as UB United went down fighting to Colville Park in the ALONA HOTEL West District Amateur Cup Final at New Douglas Park
A goal in the first two minutes of the second half was the decisive moment in a tense game, that saw a vast crowd turn up to cheer on the biscuits.
UB gave as good as they got, and had what seemed a great team goal chalked off for offside in the first period, and whilst they gave it 100%, Colville's experience saw them through to victory
UB had some consolation as Keiran Christie deservedly collected the Man of The Match award, and hope that his recent performances impressed the onlooking Scotland Amateur team boss
UB have been a credit to the league throughout their brief history, and have made histoy for us by becoming the first SSMAFL TEAM to ever reach a major amateur final, so it goes without saying how proud of them we all are, and to say they did us proud on the night, would be a massive understatement
BARGEDDIE AMATEURS LIFT FIRST SILVERWARE
In a very entertaining final of the Presidents Cup, Bargeedie amateurs defeated Springburn Thistle to lift their first trophy of their new era, within the SSMAFL
After reforming the club three years ago, this is some achievement.
Springburn Thistle, who played a ful part in the game, and will be desperately dissapointed, took an early lead after a fine finish, bur Bargeddie plugged away to equalise.
1 each at half time and nothing in it.
Bothe teams forged forward searching for a winner and on the 75th minute mark, that came to Bargeddie.
Many thanks to the match officials and Benburb Juniors, our hosts
MARYHILL BLACK STAR REGAIN CHALLENGE CUP
Maryhill Black Star, having not been in the Challenge Cup last Season, returned this, and regained the trophy for a hat-trick of wins in this competition on Friday 31st March 2018 at New Tinto Park in Glasgow
Opponents East Dunbartonshire struck twice early on to storm ahead, but then seemed to sit back, and Maryhill surged back into the game. Once they got their first goal, they then dominated the game, although equalising, they could not force a winner in normal time, and so we went into ET. Midway through the second period, MBS scored what turned out to be the winner, although ED almost equalised at the death but were thwarted with a fantastic save by the MBS keeper.
So MBS, pictured below, celebrated the night away, no doubt. Kevin McManus of MBS was selected as Man of the Match by the match officials
A great thanks to all spectators for turning out on a bitterly cold night, and for helping us raise £120 for charity. This collection will go to the family of the young teenage girl, brutaly injured in a hit and run in Castlemilk last week, who had to undergo a 5hr operation on her broken neck. We wish her well
ZANDERNATION SPONSOR NEW DIVISION ONE COMPETITIONS
Two new competitions have been approved for Division 1 clubs this season, and ZANDERNATION have delighted league bosses by sponsoring the two events. This is not a mandatory competition and two sides asked to be left out as still a lot of games to catch up on
The competition is split into two sections, and will comprise of the ZANDERNATION CUP for the higher ranked clubs, and the ZANDERNATION TROPHY for the remaining clubs
A massive thanks to Stuart Alexander, well known in league circles, and to Thoms=as Smith for his work on this
CHAIRMAN STUNNED BY MEMBERS AT LEAGUE MEETING
League Chairman and treasurer ANDY BRYANT was caught off guard at the January meeting of the league when he was awarded and presented with life membership of the league
Rarely stuck for words, Andy wa stotally gobsmaked and humbled by the award
"I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for this presentation. I am absolutely thrilled and honoured" said Andy who joins a list of major contributors to the league, having held many positions within the executive.
TYNECASTLE RETAIN CHAMPIONS CUP
At a rainy K Park in East Kilbride, Tynecastle fought off a brave challenge from newcomers Southside to retain tyhe champions Cup
In a hard fought contest, the game could have gone either way, but Tynecastle's more clinical finishing edged it on the night. Make no mistake, Southside really pushed the champions to the limit and had chances to have made Tynecastle worry
Andy Dorrans was selected as the match odfficials man of the match, and Tynecastle's collection of silverware grows, even under the new regime
2016-17 TROPHY AND AWARD WINNERS
We are delighted to announce that we have retained all last seasons sponsors, STAX TRADE CENTRES, for the league, HARLEYS SKY BAR for the Strathclyde and Chairmans cups & H. JARVIS LTD, for the Presidents cup, and who have also expanded their support to us
We also welcome new sponsors KELVIN SMITH FINANCIAL PLANNERS, who have sponsored the CHAMPIONS CUP