SLFL Matchday 1 & 2 Roundup

It was a bumper opening to the Scottish Lowland Football League season, so just in case you missed a second of the action (how dare you?), here’s a wee roundup of Matchday 1 and Matchday 2!

Matchday 1

Lowland League luminaries gathered at Galabank on Friday 28th July, keen to catch a glimpse of the league’s newest side, Edusport Academy, as they took on Gala Fairydean Rovers. The Academy side quickly raced into the lead but Gala mounted a stunning comeback – the 4-4 final score saw the curtain raiser go down as an early contender for game of the season.

The Spartans were the high scorers in the first round of fixtures, putting seven past a new look Hawick Royal Albert team with doubles for Jamie Dishington and Ross Allum (Highlights from Grim’s Gantry). A new-look BSC Glasgow travelled to Ochilview to take on last season’s hotshots East Stirlingshire and came away with an impressive 3-0 victory thanks to goals from new signings Martin Grehan and Jack Smith (Highlights from ShireTV).

Selkirk welcomed Whitehill Welfare to Yarrow Park and Ian Fergus’ side burst out of the blocks, going in two goals to the good at half time and running out eventual 5-1 victors with the first SLFL hat trick of the season being claimed by Daryl Healy. Civil Service Strollers also visited the Borders, coming away with a 2-0 win over Gretna 2008.

A much-changed Vale of Leithen travelled up to Falkirk to take on University of Stirling. New Uni player manager Chris Geddes proved the old adage of ‘if you want something done, do it yourself’ by bringing himself on in the 75th minute and scoring the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory in the 80th.

Edinburgh University lost in a tight game against Cumbernauld Colts thanks to a 78th minute Craig Murray penalty. A Jack Guthrie penalty had put Uni ahead before Craig Holmes equalised for Colts just before half time. Champions East Kilbride got their title defence underway against Dalbeattie Star; a Declan Hughes goal in the 81st minute enough to seal the three points for Kilby.

Matchday 2

There was no rest for the wicked as the SLFL party continued into midweek. Tuesday night saw a feisty contest in the early kick off between Vale of Leithen and Edinburgh University. Vale came out eventual 1-0 winners thanks to a late Sean Stewart goal, despite losing Kerr Allan to a second yellow card in the 66th minute.

East Kilbride welcomed BSC Glasgow to K Park in their flipped fixture. A tight opening 45 minutes finished goalless despite a few spirited attacks from both sides but Declan Hughes broke the deadlock on 53 minutes, netting his second goal of the season before former Kilby striker Jack Smith replied with his second of the season in the 86th minute.

There was a North Edinburgh derby on offer in the early kick off on Wednesday night as Civil Service Strollers took on The Spartans at Christie Gillies Park. In a tight game it was a penalty converted by David Greenhill that gave the visitors the three points.

A borders derby was in the offing at Albert Park as Kenny Aitchison’s Hawick Royal Albert welcomed rivals Selkirk. And it was to be another tough game for the Albert. Sean Muhsin’s goal for the Souters inside 40 seconds was an ominous sign of things to come as further goals from McKirdy, Hopkinson and Addison sent them in for half time with the score at 4-0. Things didn’t get any better for beleaguered Albert in the second half. Selkirk ran riot and put a further six goals past Hawick’s Trialist goalkeeper. Jordan Hopkinson secured Selkirk’s second hat trick of the season as they came away from Albert Park 10-0 winners.

Gretna 2008 made the trip to Netherdale to take on Gala Fairydean Rovers and a brace from Adam Watson set Gala on the road to a 5-2 win. East Stirlingshire travelled to Rosewell to take on Whitehill Welfare and produced a much improved display to take three points back to Ochilview. Kevin Kelbie, Liam Allison and a Paul Sludden got the goals in a 4-0 win.

Cumbernauld Colts completed a Uni double – Edinburgh on Saturday and University of Stirling on Wednesday at Broadwood and came away with six points and a 100% record. A spirited display from the students was nixed by Stephen O’Neill penalty on 69 minutes. An evenly matched game finished 2-1.

Dalbeattie Star saw new boys Edusport Academy come to Islecroft and it was Liam Park who got the goal to give Star their first points of the season.

So here’s how the SLFL table stands after two rounds…

Scottish Lowland Football League 17/18


And here are the hotshots lighting up the scoring charts…

Top Goalscorers

Jack SmithBSC Glasgow16
Ross McNeilEast Kilbride14
Martin GrehanBSC Glasgow13
Sean BrownCumbernauld Colts12
Paul SluddenEast Stirlingshire11
Stuart NobleGala Fairydean Rovers11
Kevin ConnellyGretna 200810
Andy RodgersEast Stirlingshire10
Ross AllumThe Spartans10
Sean WinterEast Kilbride8
Daryl HealySelkirk8
Gary RedpathBSC Glasgow8
Steven FroudeCivil Service Strollers7
Stuart GrayGretna 20087
Gary NicholsonWhitehill Welfare7
Jake SmithGretna 20087
Kieran HallUniversity of Stirling7
Craig MurrayCumbernauld Colts6
Lewis BonarUniversity of Stirling6
Jamie DishingtonThe Spartans6
Nathan EvansEdinburgh University6
Shaun StewartVale of Leithen6
Stephen O’NeillCumbernauld Colts5
Declan HughesEast Kilbride5
Jack DownieCivil Service Strollers5
Chris GeddesUniversity of Stirling5
Billy MillerGala Fairydean Rovers5
David BanjoSelkirk5
David ChurchillCivil Service Strollers5
Michael AndersonEast Kilbride5
Ahmed BouchentoufEdusport Academy5
Thomas GarnierEdusport Academy5
Ciaren ChalmersSelkirk5
Phil AddisonSelkirk5
Jack WrightWhitehill Welfare5
Liam CoogansEast Kilbride5
Scott MilliganDalbeattie Star5
Kerr AllanVale of Leithen4
Calum HelmSelkirk4
Jack GuthrieEdinburgh University4
David GreenhillThe Spartans4
Kyle MitchellWhitehill Welfare4
Dale BaxterSelkirk4
Farrel O’SullivanDalbeattie Star4
Stevie MurrayBSC Glasgow4
Raffi KrissianEdusport Academy4
Connor McGregorWhitehill Welfare4
Kevin KelbieEast Stirlingshire4
Adam StrachanEast Kilbride4
Joe BoyleEdinburgh University4
Liam AllisonEast Stirlingshire4
Jamie McCormackEast Stirlingshire4
William MortimerCumbernauld Colts4
Craig HolmesCumbernauld Colts4
Jamie GullanGala Fairydean Rovers3
Paul McCaffertyUniversity of Stirling3
Adam WatsonGala Fairydean Rovers3
Liam ParkDalbeattie Star3
Jordan HopkinsonSelkirk3
Cameron DawsonVale of Leithen3
David O’BrienUniversity of Stirling3
Blair AtkinsonThe Spartans3
Louis BesnardEdusport Academy3
Jason StevensVale of Leithen3
Sofiane ZeghdaneEdusport Academy3
Jordan FinnieVale of Leithen3
Mark GairEdinburgh University3
Ryan McStayBSC Glasgow3
Sean McKirdySelkirk3
David McCaughieHawick Royal Albert3
Louis BabelEdusport Academy3
Rory MacEwanUniversity of Stirling2
Kieran AinslieGala Fairydean Rovers2
Darren SmithGala Fairydean Rovers2
Andrew MairCivil Service Strollers2
Derek UreEast Stirlingshire2
Matthew CunninghamCivil Service Strollers2
Ainslie HunterVale of Leithen2
Blair LyonsUniversity of Stirling2
Kingsley GrandisonGretna 20082
Kieran GibbonsEast Kilbride2
Alan BrownThe Spartans2
George HunterSelkirk2
Darren McCrawWhitehill Welfare2
Michael WallaceCumbernauld Colts2
Grant NelsonEdusport Academy2
Robbie DuncanBSC Glasgow2
Ciaran DonnellyBSC Glasgow2
Mikey HewittEdusport Academy2
Jamie WaddellCumbernauld Colts2
Aidan FerrisEast Kilbride2
David SinclairEdusport Academy2
Lewis ToddDalbeattie Star2
Tommy MuirDalbeattie Star2
James FlynnWhitehill Welfare2
Shaun StevensVale of Leithen2
Finn Daniels YeomanEdinburgh University2
Steven DegnanDalbeattie Star2
Maxime OulaitohEdusport Academy2
Kris MitchellCivil Service Strollers2
Blair TolmieThe Spartans2
Connor GreeneEast Stirlingshire2
Scott WilsonThe Spartans2
Scott LucasWhitehill Welfare2
James McPartlinWhitehill Welfare2
Dean BrotherstonDalbeattie Star1
Connor HigginsEdusport Academy1
Jordan LittleGretna 20081
William KiddWhitehill Welfare1
David SmithEdinburgh University1
Kevin McCannEast Kilbride1
Martin McbrideEast Kilbride1
Alasdair SimpsonHawick Royal Albert1
Dachi KhutsishviliThe Spartans1
Ludovic ErhardHawick Royal Albert1
Matthew ReadGretna 20081
Ryan McKenzieWhitehill Welfare1
Ellis MonaghanGretna 20081
Lewis HunterUniversity of Stirling1
Jamie HopeGretna 20081
Liam StudholmeGretna 20081
Barry RussellEast Kilbride1
Angelo SteyerEdusport Academy1
Matthew GrahamVale of Leithen1
Sonny SwansonWhitehill Welfare1
Michael JohnsonHawick Royal Albert1
Craig HowieEast Kilbride1
Aidan WilsonEdusport Academy1
Clement JordanEdusport Academy1
Steven BlackGretna 20081
Lee BarrettWhitehill Welfare1
Joe MurrayWhitehill Welfare1
Scott StevensonEast Kilbride1
Anthony Capo-ChichiEdusport Academy1
Dylan WeldonWhitehill Welfare1
Ian BallantyneCivil Service Strollers1
Mark McKennaDalbeattie Star1
Darren MilneHawick Royal Albert1
David ProctorEast Kilbride1
David StewartCivil Service Strollers1
Robbie McNabBSC Glasgow1
Dominic SlatteryUniversity of Stirling1
Ross McMillanBSC Glasgow1
John TennentBSC Glasgow1
Ricky MillerSelkirk1
Stephen KerrCumbernauld Colts1
Gavin LachlanCumbernauld Colts1
Ross KingSelkirk1
Fraser SheridanCumbernauld Colts1
Sean MuhsinSelkirk1
Kevin KeaneUniversity of Stirling1
Daniel AsheUniversity of Stirling1
Scott MaxwellThe Spartans1
George WindramGala Fairydean Rovers1
Scott MainGala Fairydean Rovers1
Lewis SwaneyGala Fairydean Rovers1
Craig StevensonThe Spartans1
Ross AitchisonGala Fairydean Rovers1
Sean PaliczkaGala Fairydean Rovers1
Adam CorbettThe Spartans1
Michael HerdThe Spartans1
Liam McCroryCumbernauld Colts1
Josh McArthurBSC Glasgow1
Greg SwanEdinburgh University1
James BatyDalbeattie Star1
Curtiss WilsonDalbeattie Star1
Luke MurrayEdinburgh University1
Andy SelkirkCumbernauld Colts1
Romain SavignyEdusport Academy0
Danny FarrellEdusport Academy0
Robbie WintersBSC Glasgow0
Martin McBrideEast Kilbride0
Hugh CameronDalbeattie Star0
Marc BerryGala Fairydean Rovers0
Bryn HalliwellEdusport Academy0
Craig HeughGala Fairydean Rovers0
Jean Mike BonjontinEdusport Academy0
Craig ReidWhitehill Welfare0
Jack NixonThe Spartans0
Jamie McHarrieDalbeattie Star0
Craig QuinnEdusport Academy0
Scott NormanGretna 20080
Jamie DuffHawick Royal Albert0
Blair CarswellThe Spartans0
Chris CairnsHawick Royal Albert0
Cormac O’BrienHawick Royal Albert0
Sam GeorgeCumbernauld Colts0
Greg SummersHawick Royal Albert0
Billy TaylorWhitehill Welfare0
Andrew StobieThe Spartans0
Ally MasonDalbeattie Star0
Lewis JollyGretna 20080
David DustinGretna 20080
Alan InglisGretna 20080
Liam DillonCivil Service Strollers0
Lewis MuirGala Fairydean Rovers0
Willie BremnerThe Spartans0
Greg LloydWhitehill Welfare0
Declan KnoxWhitehill Welfare0
Lee StephenGala Fairydean Rovers0
Liam McCabeWhitehill Welfare0
Ross GuthrieThe Spartans0
Mark WaltersGala Fairydean Rovers0
Lewis SloanDalbeattie Star0
John KerrWhitehill Welfare0
Chris GordonWhitehill Welfare0
Robbie DowieWhitehill Welfare0
Scott GormleyWhitehill Welfare0
Hamish HunterWhitehill Welfare0
Ross JardineWhitehill Welfare0
Brandon ArchibaldThe Spartans0
Aaron MoffatWhitehill Welfare0
Ryan StevensonWhitehill Welfare0
Ewan RitchieEdinburgh University0
Gareth ThomWhitehill Welfare0
Ian McFarlandThe Spartans0
Greig ThorburnDalbeattie Star0
Liam WishartWhitehill Welfare0
Mark SmithWhitehill Welfare0
Craig SkirvingWhitehill Welfare0
Greg ParkWhitehill Welfare0
Stephane MurrayWhitehill Welfare0
Kieran ReynoldsWhitehill Welfare0
Corey RobertsonWhitehill Welfare0
Rory RutherfordWhitehill Welfare0
Paul ThomsonThe Spartans0
Cammy McClairCumbernauld Colts0
Jeff FergusCumbernauld Colts0
Andy HunterCumbernauld Colts0
Richard KirwanCumbernauld Colts0
Darren McGrathWhitehill Welfare0
Ross GemmellHawick Royal Albert0
Craig NewallsCivil Service Strollers0
Reiss JefferyHawick Royal Albert0
Jordan MarshallCumbernauld Colts0
Liam McIntoshHawick Royal Albert0
Matt NivenBSC Glasgow0
Darren BurnsHawick Royal Albert0
Stephen BarrBSC Glasgow0
Steven SacayaradjiEdusport Academy0
Greg PascazioCumbernauld Colts0
Reece DonaldsonSelkirk0
Ashley KellyGretna 20080
Conor McKenzieCumbernauld Colts0
Jordan PirrieCumbernauld Colts0
Gavin BrownGala Fairydean Rovers0
David BrownGala Fairydean Rovers0
Joe WiltonBSC Glasgow0
Rafa CalbachoEdinburgh University0
Thomas CowleyUniversity of Stirling0
Tim RawlinsonEdinburgh University0
Darren KerrDalbeattie Star0
Craig McCallEdusport Academy0
Sam BrownCumbernauld Colts0
Darren WhiteCivil Service Strollers0
Robbie KellyCumbernauld Colts0
Adam UphillGretna 20080
Declan TrembleGretna 20080
Jamie MillsBSC Glasgow0
Vinnie ParkerDalbeattie Star0
Connor BarnesEdinburgh University0
Nicholas DolanWhitehill Welfare0
Kieron BeveridgeVale of Leithen0
Kyle GillespieCumbernauld Colts0
Corey PearsonBSC Glasgow0
Lewis KinnairdBSC Glasgow0
Niall DochertyVale of Leithen0
Arnult BemboBSC Glasgow0
Lloyd KinnairdBSC Glasgow0
Paul SutherlandEdinburgh University0
Calum McDonaldEdinburgh University0
Daniel MainEdinburgh University0
Spencer BrownBSC Glasgow0
Aaron LewisVale of Leithen0
Kieran CampbellEast Kilbride0
Scott BonarHawick Royal Albert0
Cameron WatsonWhitehill Welfare0
Kerr ScottGala Fairydean Rovers0
Dylan AtkinsonGretna 20080
Gerard TraynorBSC Glasgow0
Sean GulneyGala Fairydean Rovers0
Dan GreigSelkirk0
Darren MoffatBSC Glasgow0
David MaskreyEdinburgh University0
Robert JonesBSC Glasgow0
Matthew BeckettBSC Glasgow0
Ally McColmDalbeattie Star0
Ryan MilneCumbernauld Colts0
Jonny Scott-MercerVale of Leithen0
Grant GoodfellowSelkirk0
Eric TshinbanguSelkirk0
Morgan SmithEast Kilbride0
Gregor AmosSelkirk0
Ayden NicolBSC Glasgow0
Ryan MarshallBSC Glasgow0
George PrinceBSC Glasgow0
Ryan SclaterSelkirk0
Fraser RobertsonEast Kilbride0
Mathew MeechanEast Kilbride0
Jack McMahonEast Kilbride0
Craig McLeishEast Kilbride0
Craig MelroseEast Kilbride0
Gavin MillarEast Kilbride0
Andrew FlemingSelkirk0
Jack MooneyEast Kilbride0
Fabian BorczUniversity of Stirling0
Kyle BoggieCivil Service Strollers0
James HaineyCivil Service Strollers0
Craig BrownUniversity of Stirling0
Jordan FinnieCivil Service Strollers0
Robbie LairdCivil Service Strollers0
Eachainn MillerUniversity of Stirling0
Craig NewallCivil Service Strollers0
Chris MilliganCivil Service Strollers0
Kyle FeeCivil Service Strollers0
Aidan PedenUniversity of Stirling0
Stuart BurnsideCivil Service Strollers0
Jordan BoyleCivil Service Strollers0
Dean CarseCivil Service Strollers0
Josh EmmottUniversity of Stirling0
Dominic KaneUniversity of Stirling0
Scott ClappertonCivil Service Strollers0
Dominic Joseph McLarenEast Kilbride0
Matthew McGinleyEast Kilbride0
Fraser NeaveSelkirk0
Marc McFadyenSelkirk0
Kris MitchellSelkirk0
David GrantEast Stirlingshire0
Unpha KoromaSelkirk0
Conor BellEast Kilbride0
Josh BeattieEast Kilbride0
Simon WhiteEast Stirlingshire0
Jamie BarclayEast Stirlingshire0
Jordon TappingEast Stirlingshire0
Drew RamsayEast Stirlingshire0
Steven BrisbaneEast Stirlingshire0
Kris FauldsEast Stirlingshire0
Lewis PeddieEast Stirlingshire0
Graeme MacGregorEast Stirlingshire0
Kieran BellEast Kilbride0
Scott BrodieEast Kilbride0
Jacob KeanEast Kilbride0
Craig Douglas HowieEast Kilbride0
Lewis DohertyEast Kilbride0
Nathan KhannaEast Kilbride0
Blair KiddEast Kilbride0
Murray ChristieSelkirk0
Callum MacKenzieSelkirk0
Lee DavidsonEast Kilbride0
Liam CraigEast Kilbride0
Fabio CapuanoEast Kilbride0
Ross CaldwellEast Kilbride0
James CassidyEast Kilbride0
Bernard CollEast Kilbride0
Riccardo CorrieriEast Kilbride0
Lewis TurkingtonSelkirk0
Ross NisbetCivil Service Strollers0
Shaun TurnbullCivil Service Strollers0
Craig SaundersHawick Royal Albert0
Curtis RoseHawick Royal Albert0
Grant PeddieHawick Royal Albert0
Shaun SpenceHawick Royal Albert0
Darren ThomsonHawick Royal Albert0
Ross BradyVale of Leithen0
Chris AndersonVale of Leithen0
Jack O’DonnellHawick Royal Albert0
Calvin MuttittHawick Royal Albert0
Jamie ClunieHawick Royal Albert0
Tommy WhiteheadGretna 20080
Daniel WadgeGretna 20080
Cameron DicksonHawick Royal Albert0
Declan HoggHawick Royal Albert0
Lewis KnoxHawick Royal Albert0
Daryl JohnsonHawick Royal Albert0
James ElliotVale of Leithen0
Ross GilpinVale of Leithen0
Andrew GrantEast Stirlingshire0
Ewan SaundersonVale of Leithen0
Thomas PatersonVale of Leithen0
Ben HerdmanGala Fairydean Rovers0
Kyle BrockieWhitehill Welfare0
Robbie CarterWhitehill Welfare0
Connor BrydonWhitehill Welfare0
Liam McIntoshVale of Leithen0
Jon McInallyVale of Leithen0
Alexander ImlahVale of Leithen0
Jack HayVale of Leithen0
Steven LynchVale of Leithen0
Robert MansonVale of Leithen0
Craig McbrideVale of Leithen0
Andrew MartinVale of Leithen0
David BonnarGala Fairydean Rovers0
Daniel PattendenGala Fairydean Rovers0
Mark TaitEdinburgh University0
Michael NessEdinburgh University0
Cameron MoirEdinburgh University0
Max VerkaikEdinburgh University0
Gaetan ArdourelEdusport Academy0
Ross KellockUniversity of Stirling0
Mathieu BretonEdusport Academy0
Stuart McNicholasEdinburgh University0
Angus MailerUniversity of Stirling0
Jonathan WatsonCivil Service Strollers0
Jack VerthCivil Service Strollers0
Thomas ArcherEdinburgh University0
Max CondieEdinburgh University0
Hamish FlettEdinburgh University0
James ConingtonEdinburgh University0
Benjamin Chaib-EddourEdusport Academy0
Loic ChevrotEdusport Academy0
Lukas JakaitisGretna 20080
Jack HunterGretna 20080
Kevin WalkerUniversity of Stirling0
John JamiesonGretna 20080
Aaron KellyGretna 20080
Michael McAnespieGretna 20080
Rhys CraigieGala Fairydean Rovers0
Nathan BrownUniversity of Stirling0
Alex WebbUniversity of Stirling0
Thomas ClareUniversity of Stirling0
Souleyman DialloEdusport Academy0
Mohamed KoutaineEdusport Academy0
Ryan McCannEdusport Academy0
Brett LandlesUniversity of Stirling0
Swanny NuissierEdusport Academy0
Kerr DoddsWhitehill Welfare0

Header image: Edinburgh University and Cumbernauld Colts in action (Credit: Alex Miller Snr. for Cumbernauld Colts)
Action shot: Daryl Healy celebrates his first senior hat trick (Credit: Keith Clayton for Selkirk FC)