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 2017/18

Jack SmithBSC Glasgow21
Ross McNeilEast Kilbride19
Paul SluddenEast Stirlingshire18
Andy RodgersEast Stirlingshire18
Martin GrehanBSC Glasgow17
Sean BrownCumbernauld Colts15
Kevin ConnellyGretna 200815
Sean WinterEast Kilbride13
Daryl HealySelkirk12
Steven FroudeCivil Service Strollers12
Jamie DishingtonThe Spartans11
Stuart NobleGala Fairydean Rovers11
Ross AllumThe Spartans10
Gary NicholsonWhitehill Welfare10
Shaun StewartVale of Leithen9
Jake SmithGretna 20089
Jack GuthrieEdinburgh University8
Blair AtkinsonThe Spartans8
Gary RedpathBSC Glasgow8
David GreenhillThe Spartans8
Dale BaxterSelkirk8
Tommy MuirDalbeattie Star8
Nathan EvansEdinburgh University8
Kieran HallUniversity of Stirling8
Liam CoogansEast Kilbride7
Lewis BonarUniversity of Stirling7
Scott MilliganDalbeattie Star7
Craig MurrayCumbernauld Colts7
Adam StrachanEast Kilbride7
Stuart GrayGretna 20087
Jordan FinnieVale of Leithen7
Craig MalcolmEast Kilbride7
Jack DownieCivil Service Strollers7
Kerr AllanVale of Leithen6
Cameron DawsonVale of Leithen6
Ciaren ChalmersSelkirk6
Billy MillerGala Fairydean Rovers6
Jamie McCormackEast Stirlingshire6
David ChurchillCivil Service Strollers6
Chris GeddesUniversity of Stirling6
Declan HughesEast Kilbride6
David BanjoSelkirk6
Joe BoyleEdinburgh University6
Thomas GarnierEdusport Academy6
Jack WrightWhitehill Welfare6
Kyle MitchellWhitehill Welfare5
Michael WallaceCumbernauld Colts5
Phil AddisonSelkirk5
Kingsley GrandisonGretna 20085
Liam ParkDalbeattie Star5
Andrew MairCivil Service Strollers5
Ahmed BouchentoufEdusport Academy5
Stevie MurrayBSC Glasgow5
Connor GreeneEast Stirlingshire5
Robbie DuncanBSC Glasgow5
Jason StevensVale of Leithen5
David McCaughieHawick Royal Albert5
Paolo BuzziSLFL Matchday 1 & 2 Roundup5
Stephen O’NeillCumbernauld Colts5
Michael AndersonEast Kilbride5
Connor McGregorWhitehill Welfare5
Raffi KrissianEdusport Academy4
Sean McKirdySelkirk4
Calum HelmSelkirk4
Farrel O’SullivanDalbeattie Star4
Curtiss WilsonDalbeattie Star4
Rory MacEwanUniversity of Stirling4
Craig HolmesCumbernauld Colts4
Sofiane ZeghdaneEdusport Academy4
Kevin KelbieEast Stirlingshire4
Jordan HopkinsonSelkirk4
Liam AllisonEast Stirlingshire4
William MortimerCumbernauld Colts4
Derek UreEast Stirlingshire4
David SinclairEdusport Academy4
Grant RoseGala Fairydean Rovers4
Paul McCaffertyUniversity of Stirling3
Mark GairEdinburgh University3
Louis BabelEdusport Academy3
Finn Daniels YeomanEdinburgh University3
Blair LyonsUniversity of Stirling3
James HaineyCivil Service Strollers3
Louis BesnardEdusport Academy3
Connor HigginsEdusport Academy3
Ainslie HunterVale of Leithen3
Guillermo LaMarcaThe Spartans3
Darren McCrawWhitehill Welfare3
David MaskreyEdinburgh University3
Lewis ToddDalbeattie Star3
Lewis SloanDalbeattie Star3
David O’BrienUniversity of Stirling3
Jamie GullanGala Fairydean Rovers3
Gavin LachlanCumbernauld Colts3
Adam WatsonGala Fairydean Rovers3
Blair TolmieThe Spartans3
Alan BrownThe Spartans3
Josh MorrisWhitehill Welfare3
Ryan McStayBSC Glasgow3
Kieran GibbonsEast Kilbride2
Cormac O’BrienHawick Royal Albert2
Ross KingSelkirk2
Mark McKennaDalbeattie Star2
Barry RussellEast Kilbride2
Mikey HewittEdusport Academy2
Matthew CunninghamCivil Service Strollers2
George HunterSelkirk2
Grant NelsonEdusport Academy2
Kris MitchellCivil Service Strollers2
Kieran AinslieGala Fairydean Rovers2
Maxime OulaitohEdusport Academy2
Ross WattersEdinburgh University2
Bryan PruntyEast Kilbride2
Jeff FergusCumbernauld Colts2
Josh McArthurBSC Glasgow2
Aidan PedenUniversity of Stirling2
Liam StudholmeGretna 20082
Daniel WadgeGretna 20082
Mark McConnellCivil Service Strollers2
Ross McMillanBSC Glasgow2
Darren RamsayEast Kilbride2
Thomas PardiniGretna 20082
Steven DegnanDalbeattie Star2
James FlynnWhitehill Welfare2
Scott LucasWhitehill Welfare2
Robbie CarterWhitehill Welfare2
Liall SmithVale of Leithen2
James McPartlinWhitehill Welfare2
Jamie WaddellCumbernauld Colts2
Fraser MalcolmGala Fairydean Rovers2
Thomas PatersonVale of Leithen2
Stuart MacFarlaneHawick Royal Albert2
Ciaran DonnellyBSC Glasgow2
Aidan WilsonEdusport Academy2
Reece DonaldsonSelkirk2
Shaun StevensVale of Leithen2
Rhys CraigieGala Fairydean Rovers2
Adam CorbettThe Spartans2
Darren SmithGala Fairydean Rovers2
Aidan FerrisEast Kilbride2
Angus MailerUniversity of Stirling2
Scott WilsonThe Spartans2
Michael HerdThe Spartans2
Sean GulneyGala Fairydean Rovers1
Steven BlackGretna 20081
William KiddWhitehill Welfare1
Kevin McCannEast Kilbride1
David StewartCivil Service Strollers1
Angelo SteyerEdusport Academy1
Kerr DoddsWhitehill Welfare1
Scott StevensonEast Kilbride1
Lee BarrettWhitehill Welfare1
Ryan McKenzieWhitehill Welfare1
Michael JohnsonHawick Royal Albert1
David ProctorEast Kilbride1
Anthony Capo-ChichiEdusport Academy1
Steven LynchVale of Leithen1
Matthew GrahamVale of Leithen1
Jordan LittleGretna 20081
Clement JordanEdusport Academy1
Gavin MalinThe Spartans1
Matthew ReadGretna 20081
Ellis MonaghanGretna 20081
Craig HowieEast Kilbride1
Sonny SwansonWhitehill Welfare1
Martin McbrideEast Kilbride1
Dylan WeldonWhitehill Welfare1
Alasdair SimpsonHawick Royal Albert1
Jamie HopeGretna 20081
Ian BallantyneCivil Service Strollers1
Jack HunterGretna 20081
Craig McbrideVale of Leithen1
Graeme MacGregorEast Stirlingshire1
Robbie McNabBSC Glasgow1
Jon TullyHawick Royal Albert1
Danny StoneyBSC Glasgow1
Jamie MillsBSC Glasgow1
Ludovic ErhardHawick Royal Albert1
Lewis HunterUniversity of Stirling1
Dachi KhutsishviliThe Spartans1
Andy HunterCumbernauld Colts1
Ricky MillerSelkirk1
Sean MuhsinSelkirk1
Lewis SwaneyGala Fairydean Rovers1
Stephen KerrCumbernauld Colts1
Scott DavidsonCumbernauld Colts1
Dominic SlatteryUniversity of Stirling1
Kevin KeaneUniversity of Stirling1
Sean PaliczkaGala Fairydean Rovers1
Unpha KoromaSelkirk1
Ross AitchisonGala Fairydean Rovers1
George WindramGala Fairydean Rovers1
Scott MainGala Fairydean Rovers1
Daniel AsheUniversity of Stirling1
Ian McFarlandThe Spartans1
Ross KellockUniversity of Stirling1
John TennentBSC Glasgow1
Craig StevensonThe Spartans1
Willie BremnerThe Spartans1
Scott MaxwellThe Spartans1
Dean BrotherstonDalbeattie Star1
Rafa CalbachoEdinburgh University1
Connor SmithBSC Glasgow1
Hugh CameronDalbeattie Star1
Dan FitzpatrickGretna 20081
Joe MurrayWhitehill Welfare1
Fabio NetoWhitehill Welfare1
James BatyDalbeattie Star1
Darren MilneHawick Royal Albert1
Luke MurrayEdinburgh University1
Danny McFaddenHawick Royal Albert1
Greg SwanEdinburgh University1
Ellis PearsonGretna 20081
Andy SelkirkCumbernauld Colts1
Corey ThomsonDalbeattie Star1
David SmithEdinburgh University1
Liam McCroryCumbernauld Colts1
Fraser SheridanCumbernauld Colts1
Danny FarrellEdusport Academy0
Ryan StevensonWhitehill Welfare0
Romain SavignyEdusport Academy0
Corey RobertsonWhitehill Welfare0
Liam McCabeWhitehill Welfare0
Rory RutherfordWhitehill Welfare0
Craig SkirvingWhitehill Welfare0
John KerrWhitehill Welfare0
Lewis MuirGala Fairydean Rovers0
Declan KnoxWhitehill Welfare0
Greg LloydWhitehill Welfare0
Marc BerryGala Fairydean Rovers0
Gareth ThomWhitehill Welfare0
Greg ParkWhitehill Welfare0
Mark SmithWhitehill Welfare0
Aaron MoffatWhitehill Welfare0
Jean Mike BonjontinEdusport Academy0
Craig QuinnEdusport Academy0
Craig HeughGala Fairydean Rovers0
Stephane MurrayWhitehill Welfare0
Kieran ReynoldsWhitehill Welfare0
Stephen MansonWhitehill Welfare0
Liam WishartWhitehill Welfare0
Bryn HalliwellEdusport Academy0
Lewis JollyGretna 20080
Ross JardineWhitehill Welfare0
Craig NewallsCivil Service Strollers0
Kieron BeveridgeVale of Leithen0
Darren McGrathWhitehill Welfare0
Aaron LewisVale of Leithen0
Connor BarnesEdinburgh University0
Ross GemmellHawick Royal Albert0
Darren WhiteCivil Service Strollers0
Darren KerrDalbeattie Star0
Craig McCallEdusport Academy0
Ashley KellyGretna 20080
Reiss JefferyHawick Royal Albert0
Steven SacayaradjiEdusport Academy0
Dylan AtkinsonGretna 20080
Scott BonarHawick Royal Albert0
Kieran CampbellEast Kilbride0
Cameron WatsonWhitehill Welfare0
Declan TrembleGretna 20080
Adam UphillGretna 20080
Darren MoffatBSC Glasgow0
Darren BurnsHawick Royal Albert0
Liam McIntoshHawick Royal Albert0
Ally McColmDalbeattie Star0
Tim RawlinsonEdinburgh University0
Calum McDonaldEdinburgh University0
Liam DillonCivil Service Strollers0
Thomas CowleyUniversity of Stirling0
Billy TaylorWhitehill Welfare0
Jamie DuffHawick Royal Albert0
Alan InglisGretna 20080
David DustinGretna 20080
Robbie WintersBSC Glasgow0
Scott NormanGretna 20080
Dan GreigSelkirk0
Kerr ScottGala Fairydean Rovers0
Chris CairnsHawick Royal Albert0
Gavin BrownGala Fairydean Rovers0
Arnult BemboBSC Glasgow0
Joe WiltonBSC Glasgow0
Paul SutherlandEdinburgh University0
Daniel MainEdinburgh University0
Niall DochertyVale of Leithen0
Cammy McClairCumbernauld Colts0
David BrownGala Fairydean Rovers0
Greg SummersHawick Royal Albert0
Sam GeorgeCumbernauld Colts0
Ryan MilneCumbernauld Colts0
Martin McBrideEast Kilbride0
Gaetan ArdourelEdusport Academy0
Fraser NeaveSelkirk0
Lewis TurkingtonSelkirk0
Callum MacKenzieSelkirk0
Marc McFadyenSelkirk0
Kris MitchellSelkirk0
Drew RamsayEast Stirlingshire0
Andrew GrantEast Stirlingshire0
Jamie BarclayEast Stirlingshire0
Murray ChristieSelkirk0
Andrew FlemingSelkirk0
Josh EmmottUniversity of Stirling0
Dominic KaneUniversity of Stirling0
Craig BrownUniversity of Stirling0
Fabian BorczUniversity of Stirling0
Gregor AmosSelkirk0
Ryan SclaterSelkirk0
Eric TshinbanguSelkirk0
Grant GoodfellowSelkirk0
Jordon TappingEast Stirlingshire0
Steven BrisbaneEast Stirlingshire0
Riccardo CorrieriEast Kilbride0
Bernard CollEast Kilbride0
James CassidyEast Kilbride0
Liam CraigEast Kilbride0
Lee DavidsonEast Kilbride0
Jacob KeanEast Kilbride0
Craig Douglas HowieEast Kilbride0
Lewis DohertyEast Kilbride0
Fabio CapuanoEast Kilbride0
Ross CaldwellEast Kilbride0
Simon WhiteEast Stirlingshire0
Lewis PeddieEast Stirlingshire0
Kris FauldsEast Stirlingshire0
David GrantEast Stirlingshire0
Josh BeattieEast Kilbride0
Scott BrodieEast Kilbride0
Kieran BellEast Kilbride0
Conor BellEast Kilbride0
Eachainn MillerUniversity of Stirling0
Thomas ClareUniversity of Stirling0
Jordan MarshallCumbernauld Colts0
Richard KirwanCumbernauld Colts0
Sam BrownCumbernauld Colts0
Greg PascazioCumbernauld Colts0
Stephen BarrBSC Glasgow0
Matthew BeckettBSC Glasgow0
Gerard TraynorBSC Glasgow0
Matt NivenBSC Glasgow0
Robbie KellyCumbernauld Colts0
Jordan PirrieCumbernauld Colts0
Jamie McHarrieDalbeattie Star0
Craig ReidWhitehill Welfare0
Ewan RitchieEdinburgh University0
Ally MasonDalbeattie Star0
Greig ThorburnDalbeattie Star0
Conor McKenzieCumbernauld Colts0
Kyle GillespieCumbernauld Colts0
Vinnie ParkerDalbeattie Star0
Robert JonesBSC Glasgow0
Spencer BrownBSC Glasgow0
David BonnarGala Fairydean Rovers0
Ben HerdmanGala Fairydean Rovers0
Lee StephenGala Fairydean Rovers0
Daniel PattendenGala Fairydean Rovers0
Kevin WalkerUniversity of Stirling0
Brett LandlesUniversity of Stirling0
Alex WebbUniversity of Stirling0
Nathan BrownUniversity of Stirling0
Mark WaltersGala Fairydean Rovers0
Ross GuthrieThe Spartans0
Lloyd KinnairdBSC Glasgow0
Lewis KinnairdBSC Glasgow0
Corey PearsonBSC Glasgow0
Blair CarswellThe Spartans0
Andrew StobieThe Spartans0
Brandon ArchibaldThe Spartans0
Paul ThomsonThe Spartans0
Jack NixonThe Spartans0
Nathan KhannaEast Kilbride0
Blair KiddEast Kilbride0
Lewis KnoxHawick Royal Albert0
Daryl JohnsonHawick Royal Albert0
Declan HoggHawick Royal Albert0
Calvin MuttittHawick Royal Albert0
Jack O’DonnellHawick Royal Albert0
Craig SaundersHawick Royal Albert0
Curtis RoseHawick Royal Albert0
Grant PeddieHawick Royal Albert0
Cameron DicksonHawick Royal Albert0
Jamie ClunieHawick Royal Albert0
Swanny NuissierEdusport Academy0
Ryan McCannEdusport Academy0
Mohamed KoutaineEdusport Academy0
Lukas JakaitisGretna 20080
John JamiesonGretna 20080
Tommy WhiteheadGretna 20080
Michael McAnespieGretna 20080
Aaron KellyGretna 20080
Shaun SpenceHawick Royal Albert0
Darren ThomsonHawick Royal Albert0
Kyle BrockieWhitehill Welfare0
Jonny Scott-MercerVale of Leithen0
Ewan SaundersonVale of Leithen0
Connor BrydonWhitehill Welfare0
Nicholas DolanWhitehill Welfare0
Scott GormleyWhitehill Welfare0
Chris GordonWhitehill Welfare0
Robbie DowieWhitehill Welfare0
Liam McIntoshVale of Leithen0
Jon McInallyVale of Leithen0
James ElliotVale of Leithen0
Ross BradyVale of Leithen0
Chris AndersonVale of Leithen0
Ross GilpinVale of Leithen0
Jack HayVale of Leithen0
Andrew MartinVale of Leithen0
Robert MansonVale of Leithen0
Alexander ImlahVale of Leithen0
Souleyman DialloEdusport Academy0
Loic ChevrotEdusport Academy0
Ryan MarshallBSC Glasgow0
George PrinceBSC Glasgow0
Ayden NicolBSC Glasgow0
Kyle BoggieCivil Service Strollers0
Jordan BoyleCivil Service Strollers0
Scott ClappertonCivil Service Strollers0
Dean CarseCivil Service Strollers0
Stuart BurnsideCivil Service Strollers0
Morgan SmithEast Kilbride0
Fraser RobertsonEast Kilbride0
Craig McLeishEast Kilbride0
Dominic Joseph McLarenEast Kilbride0
Matthew McGinleyEast Kilbride0
Jack McMahonEast Kilbride0
Mathew MeechanEast Kilbride0
Jack MooneyEast Kilbride0
Gavin MillarEast Kilbride0
Craig MelroseEast Kilbride0
Kyle FeeCivil Service Strollers0
Jordan FinnieCivil Service Strollers0
Cameron MoirEdinburgh University0
Stuart McNicholasEdinburgh University0
Hamish FlettEdinburgh University0
Michael NessEdinburgh University0
Mark TaitEdinburgh University0
Benjamin Chaib-EddourEdusport Academy0
Mathieu BretonEdusport Academy0
Max VerkaikEdinburgh University0
James ConingtonEdinburgh University0
Max CondieEdinburgh University0
Craig NewallCivil Service Strollers0
Chris MilliganCivil Service Strollers0
Robbie LairdCivil Service Strollers0
Ross NisbetCivil Service Strollers0
Shaun TurnbullCivil Service Strollers0
Thomas ArcherEdinburgh University0
Jonathan WatsonCivil Service Strollers0
Jack VerthCivil Service Strollers0
Hamish HunterWhitehill 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)