Jags too prickly for United

Maryhill Thistle became the 21-22 PH Decor Presidents cup winners on Friday 26th November with a hard fought 3-1 victory over Tannochside United
Tannochside were the better team for long periods of the first half and yet against the run of play Thistle grabbed the lead on 30 mins.
The second half started very closely fought, but as Tannochside pushed hard for an equaliser, the inevitable gaps appeared and Thistle were ruthless in converting two more.
A late consolation penalty for Tannochside finished the scoring, on what was a very windy evening thta did little tio help the players. Another good crowd watched on as Paddy from PH Decor presented the trophy to the victorious Maryhill team.

United DRUM up cup victory

Drumchapel United won their first silverware as a new SSMAFL side with a well deserved 4 – 2 victory in the Cutting Edge Engravers Champions Cup final last night at New Western Park against East Dunbartonshire.
Frum dominated for most of the first half and deservedly pulled into a 2 nil lead, and right on the stroke of half time ED missed a great chance to half the deficit. Second hald, ED were much improved but in surging for a rally, a few gaps appeared at the back and Drum scored another brace to surely tie the game up at 4 nil. This somehow spurred ED into action and 2 quick goals halved the deficit. There were more moments of drama as ED rushed forward, but Frum saw it out. Sadly, two red cards were a symbol of desire to win that overspilled, but the final whistle went with no more issues.
Pictures below are the victorious teammembers and alsoJirdan Penny, who picked uo the man of the match award.

League launch appeal to help young Chad

The league have launched an appeal to its clubs to help 5year old Chad Jones. East Kilbride born Chad has been diagnosed with Ewings cancer, and sadly it has only a 50-50 chance of survival. With this happening just 7 weeks from Christmas, and with Chad having relatives in the league, we seek to raise some funds for Chad and his family to help them through such an awful trauma.
The league will be donating their charity takings from some Cup final gate receipts but have also asked the member clubs to help.
Match Secretary Craig Burton said, “This is the very sort of event that we choose to support with our league charity fundraising, but this wee guy needs our help, so we decided to ask our clubs to help. We strive as a league to not only support our sport, but help those in need that have an affiliation to us”.
Clubs are asked to make donations to the league directly, who will then transfer the funds as a whole from the SSMAFL Family.
Craig also advised that the leagues referees were also contributing to the cause, and we thank them as well.#ssmafltotalfamily

Fireworks light up St Peters victory

St Peter’s certainly had the sparklers out as they rocketed to a fireworks night Cutting Edge Engravers Challenge Cup final victory with a 2 – 1 win against Uddingston at New Western Park.
Players had to endure a mass of explosive noise from the surrounding area, but St Peters settled quicker and were probably doing Catherine wheels of delight when they went ahead after 10 mins, and held that lead until half time.
In a tight battle,Uddingston started well in the 2nd period, and 15 mins in were level with a decisive finish from the penalty spot. But then a banger of a goal just 5 mins later put St Peter’s back in front with 25 still to play.
Uddingston pressed for an equaliser but whilst they were thwarted, it left a few gaps for St Peter’s to exploit but could not extend their lead, and survived a few flutters in the dying minutes, but held strong to pick up the trophy.
Not bad for a club in its first competitive season after the pandemic.
Goals from David Taylor and Anton Calderwood. Anton also picked up the man of the match award decided upon by the match officials and is pictured below.

ED battle thru duel in the sun

East Dunbartonshire picked up their first cup with victory in the KASTLE DECOR STRATHCLYDE CUP 2019-20 on Saturday 28th August 2021 with a 3-1 win against fellow premiership rivals Glasgow South after extra time.
South took the lead early in the second half after a goal-less first 45, with ED squaring things mid way thru.
So, in the falling sunshine, the game went into extra time, with ED scoring twice more to secure victory
South will be gutted to again finish runners-up in a cup for the 2019-20 season, but we are sure that they will be challenging again this season
Congrats to Gordon Moore and all at East Dunbartonshire, and thanks to our hosts at New Tinto Park, home of Benburb FC

Massive thanks to Tommy Lyon of Kastle Decor for their continued sponsorship, along with Kelvin Smith for supplying our match balls

Pictures to follow

Port Glasgow United sparkle

PGU won a good final of the 2019-20 chairmans cup at new tinto, defeating Shawbridge 4 – 2.
A flurry of goals came in the first 20 mins with Port taking a 2 nil lead, but Shaws pulled one back. On the stroke of half time Port regained their 2 goal advantage.
After the break a goal apiece early doors finished the scoring as Port gained the silverware.


The league are delighted to welcome two new sponsors

PH Decor will be the sponsors of the Presidents Cup for 21-22 season
The first round draw was made today for the tournament with the first games on the 31st.

Hair of the Dog dog groomers will sponsor the Chairmans Cup.
This is for teams who lose in the first two rounds of the Strathclyde, and will be drawn once all entrants are known

The league welcome both to our family, and great thanks go to member club Plains, who have been extremely instrumental in securing theses deals for the league

SEMSA win 2019-20 Presidents Cup

Semsa(pictured) won the cup with a 4-2 victory against Port Glasgow Athletic tonight at New Tinto Park.
In glorious conditions, a good crowd turned out to support the teams.
Liam McGeachy put Semsa ahead in the 15th minute with a smart finish from a good cross and that’s all that split the teams at half time.
Patrick Tinney doubled the lead after just 3 mins of the 2nd period and McGeachy secured his second on the hour mark.
Port then came back into it. Lee Finlay pulled one back just 3 mins later. Port piled on the pressure bit could not grab a 2nd with the Semsa keeper pulling off a great save to deny them.
Against the run of play, Daniel Queen scored a 4th for Semsa on 84 mins to clinch it.
Stuart Emerson grabbed a consolation second for Athletic in added on time.
Liam McGeachy was voted man of the Match by the match officials.

PGC lift trophy

In a thrilling game beld at Largs Thistle FC,PGCran out 3-2 winners in an enthralling match in the climax of the mini tourney ran by Dinamo Paisley.
League Secretary presented the medal to winners and runners up.

Speakers announced

The league are thrilled to announce that Scotland Legend Frank McAvennie will be the star speaker on the 17th July at Legends in Cambuslang
The evening will be hosted by renowned MC John McKelvie
John is a retired senior police officer, and also a former referee.

We wish also to thank Legends owner Alex McDowall for supplying the venue, and his continued support of the league, and amateur football as a whole