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 Glasgow11
Martin GrehanBSC Glasgow9
Ross McNeilEast Kilbride6
Paul SluddenEast Stirlingshire6
Daryl HealySelkirk5
Ross AllumThe Spartans5
Chris GeddesUniversity of Stirling5
Steven FroudeCivil Service Strollers5
Sean BrownCumbernauld Colts5
Stuart GrayGretna 20085
Kevin KelbieEast Stirlingshire4
Ahmed BouchentoufEdusport Academy4
Phil AddisonSelkirk4
Kieran HallUniversity of Stirling4
Stuart NobleGala Fairydean Rovers4
Thomas GarnierEdusport Academy4
Liam CoogansEast Kilbride4
Kevin ConnellyGretna 20084
Scott MilliganDalbeattie Star3
Jake SmithGretna 20083
Jack WrightWhitehill Welfare3
Gary RedpathBSC Glasgow3
Paul McCaffertyUniversity of Stirling3
David ChurchillCivil Service Strollers3
Jamie DishingtonThe Spartans3
Jordan HopkinsonSelkirk3
Gary NicholsonSelkirk3
Kyle MitchellWhitehill Welfare2
Sean McKirdySelkirk2
Blair AtkinsonThe Spartans2
Stevie MurrayBSC Glasgow2
David GreenhillThe Spartans2
Adam WatsonGala Fairydean Rovers2
Jamie GullanGala Fairydean Rovers2
Rory MacEwanUniversity of Stirling2
Liam AllisonEast Stirlingshire2
Dale BaxterSelkirk2
Kris MitchellCivil Service Strollers2
Farrel O’SullivanDalbeattie Star2
Jordan FinnieVale of Leithen2
Andrew MairCivil Service Strollers2
Adam StrachanEast Kilbride2
Sean WinterEast Kilbride2
Jason StevensVale of Leithen2
Sofiane ZeghdaneEdusport Academy2
Andy RodgersEast Stirlingshire2
David BanjoSelkirk2
Declan HughesEast Kilbride2
Ciaren ChalmersSelkirk2
Jack DownieCivil Service Strollers2
Stephen O’NeillCumbernauld Colts2
Steven DegnanDalbeattie Star2
Craig HolmesCumbernauld Colts2
Craig MurrayCumbernauld Colts2
Robbie DuncanBSC Glasgow2
Liam ParkDalbeattie Star2
James FlynnWhitehill Welfare2
Maxime OulaitohEdusport Academy1
Stephen KerrCumbernauld Colts1
Connor GreeneEast Stirlingshire1
Clement JordanEdusport Academy1
Michael AndersonEast Kilbride1
Jamie McCormackEast Stirlingshire1
Michael JohnsonHawick Royal Albert1
Ross KingSelkirk1
Kevin KeaneUniversity of Stirling1
David O’BrienUniversity of Stirling1
Daniel AsheUniversity of Stirling1
Darren MilneHawick Royal Albert1
Blair LyonsUniversity of Stirling1
Sonny SwansonWhitehill Welfare1
Mark GairEdinburgh University1
Sean MuhsinSelkirk1
Raffi KrissianEdusport Academy1
Greg SwanEdinburgh University1
Kevin McCannEast Kilbride1
Anthony Capo-ChichiEdusport Academy1
Josh McArthurBSC Glasgow1
David StewartCivil Service Strollers1
Angelo SteyerEdusport Academy1
Kingsley GrandisonGretna 20081
Jordan LittleGretna 20081
Matthew ReadGretna 20081
Daniel WadgeGretna 20081
Shaun StevensVale of Leithen1
Ian BallantyneCivil Service Strollers1
James McPartlinWhitehill Welfare1
Liam McCroryCumbernauld Colts1
William MortimerCumbernauld Colts1
Barry RussellEast Kilbride1
Scott LucasWhitehill Welfare1
William KiddWhitehill Welfare1
Andy SelkirkCumbernauld Colts1
Scott StevensonEast Kilbride1
Kieran GibbonsEast Kilbride1
Derek UreEast Stirlingshire1
Darren McCrawWhitehill Welfare1
Robbie McNabBSC Glasgow1
Lewis HunterUniversity of Stirling1
Scott WilsonThe Spartans1
Luke MurrayEdinburgh University1
Craig StevensonThe Spartans1
Ross AitchisonGala Fairydean Rovers1
Kieran AinslieGala Fairydean Rovers1
Lewis SwaneyGala Fairydean Rovers1
Aidan FerrisEast Kilbride1
Dachi KhutsishviliThe Spartans1
Scott MainGala Fairydean Rovers1
George WindramGala Fairydean Rovers1
David SmithEdinburgh University1
Michael HerdThe Spartans1
Scott MaxwellThe Spartans1
Billy MillerGala Fairydean Rovers1
Darren SmithGala Fairydean Rovers1
Ross McMillanBSC Glasgow1
Tommy MuirDalbeattie Star1
Shaun StewartVale of Leithen1
Grant NelsonEdusport Academy1
Alan BrownThe Spartans1
Lewis ToddDalbeattie Star1
Kerr DoddsWhitehill Welfare0
Nicholas DolanWhitehill Welfare0
Ryan McKenzieWhitehill Welfare0
Reece DonaldsonSelkirk0
Robbie DowieWhitehill Welfare0
Connor BrydonWhitehill Welfare0
Lee BarrettWhitehill Welfare0
Dan GreigSelkirk0
Kyle BrockieWhitehill Welfare0
Arnult BemboBSC Glasgow0
Chris GordonWhitehill Welfare0
Robbie CarterWhitehill Welfare0
Tim RawlinsonEdinburgh University0
John KerrWhitehill Welfare0
Thomas CowleyUniversity of Stirling0
Aaron MoffatWhitehill Welfare0
Lewis SloanDalbeattie Star0
Declan KnoxWhitehill Welfare0
Ross JardineWhitehill Welfare0
Hamish HunterWhitehill Welfare0
Scott GormleyWhitehill Welfare0
Stephane MurrayWhitehill Welfare0
Joe WiltonBSC Glasgow0
Liam McCabeWhitehill Welfare0
Greg LloydWhitehill Welfare0
Craig McbrideVale of Leithen0
Curtis RoseHawick Royal Albert0
Grant PeddieHawick Royal Albert0
Jack O’DonnellHawick Royal Albert0
Craig SaundersHawick Royal Albert0
Alasdair SimpsonHawick Royal Albert0
Shaun SpenceHawick Royal Albert0
Nathan EvansEdinburgh University0
Calvin MuttittHawick Royal Albert0
Lewis KnoxHawick Royal Albert0
Tommy WhiteheadGretna 20080
Marc BerryGala Fairydean Rovers0
Liam StudholmeGretna 20080
Jamie ClunieHawick Royal Albert0
Cameron DicksonHawick Royal Albert0
Daryl JohnsonHawick Royal Albert0
Declan HoggHawick Royal Albert0
Finn Daniels YeomanEdinburgh University0
Darren ThomsonHawick Royal Albert0
Greg ParkWhitehill Welfare0
Andrew MartinVale of Leithen0
Robert MansonVale of Leithen0
Jon McInallyVale of Leithen0
Liam McIntoshVale of Leithen0
Ewan SaundersonVale of Leithen0
Thomas PatersonVale of Leithen0
Steven LynchVale of Leithen0
Alexander ImlahVale of Leithen0
Ross BradyVale of Leithen0
Chris AndersonVale of Leithen0
James ElliotVale of Leithen0
Ross GilpinVale of Leithen0
Ainslie HunterVale of Leithen0
Jack HayVale of Leithen0
Jonny Scott-MercerVale of Leithen0
Gareth ThomWhitehill Welfare0
Darren McGrathWhitehill Welfare0
Calum McDonaldEdinburgh University0
Daniel MainEdinburgh University0
Mikey HewittEdusport Academy0
Connor BarnesEdinburgh University0
Kieron BeveridgeVale of Leithen0
Kerr AllanVale of Leithen0
Paul SutherlandEdinburgh University0
Niall DochertyVale of Leithen0
Cormac O’BrienHawick Royal Albert0
Chris CairnsHawick Royal Albert0
Jamie DuffHawick Royal Albert0
Greg SummersHawick Royal Albert0
Sam GeorgeCumbernauld Colts0
Cammy McClairCumbernauld Colts0
Ryan MilneCumbernauld Colts0
Aaron LewisVale of Leithen0
David MaskreyEdinburgh University0
Dylan AtkinsonGretna 20080
Kerr ScottGala Fairydean Rovers0
Cameron WatsonWhitehill Welfare0
Declan TrembleGretna 20080
Adam UphillGretna 20080
Liam McIntoshHawick Royal Albert0
Steven SacayaradjiEdusport Academy0
Kieran CampbellEast Kilbride0
Scott BonarHawick Royal Albert0
Ewan RitchieEdinburgh University0
Joe BoyleEdinburgh University0
Darren MoffatBSC Glasgow0
Reiss JefferyHawick Royal Albert0
Ally McColmDalbeattie Star0
Sean GulneyGala Fairydean Rovers0
Mark McKennaDalbeattie Star0
Craig NewallsCivil Service Strollers0
Billy TaylorWhitehill Welfare0
Darren WhiteCivil Service Strollers0
Lewis MuirGala Fairydean Rovers0
James BatyDalbeattie Star0
Craig HeughGala Fairydean Rovers0
Bryn HalliwellEdusport Academy0
Darren KerrDalbeattie Star0
Jean Mike BonjontinEdusport Academy0
Hugh CameronDalbeattie Star0
Liam WishartWhitehill Welfare0
Craig SkirvingWhitehill Welfare0
Rory RutherfordWhitehill Welfare0
Corey RobertsonWhitehill Welfare0
Mark SmithWhitehill Welfare0
Ryan StevensonWhitehill Welfare0
Dylan WeldonWhitehill Welfare0
Darren BurnsHawick Royal Albert0
Aidan WilsonEdusport Academy0
Craig QuinnEdusport Academy0
Alan InglisGretna 20080
David DustinGretna 20080
Lewis JollyGretna 20080
Liam DillonCivil Service Strollers0
Craig ReidWhitehill Welfare0
Ross GemmellHawick Royal Albert0
Ashley KellyGretna 20080
Scott NormanGretna 20080
Ellis MonaghanGretna 20080
Craig McCallEdusport Academy0
Romain SavignyEdusport Academy0
Danny FarrellEdusport Academy0
Craig HowieEast Kilbride0
Robbie WintersBSC Glasgow0
Martin McBrideEast Kilbride0
Kieran ReynoldsWhitehill Welfare0
Curtiss WilsonDalbeattie Star0
Ryan SclaterSelkirk0
Eric TshinbanguSelkirk0
Grant GoodfellowSelkirk0
Andrew FlemingSelkirk0
Ricky MillerSelkirk0
Andy HunterCumbernauld Colts0
Callum MacKenzieSelkirk0
Murray ChristieSelkirk0
Gregor AmosSelkirk0
Jordan MarshallCumbernauld Colts0
Dominic KaneUniversity of Stirling0
Matt NivenBSC Glasgow0
Aidan PedenUniversity of Stirling0
Josh EmmottUniversity of Stirling0
Lewis BonarUniversity of Stirling0
Fabian BorczUniversity of Stirling0
Greg PascazioCumbernauld Colts0
Stephen BarrBSC Glasgow0
Lewis TurkingtonSelkirk0
Unpha KoromaSelkirk0
Kris FauldsEast Stirlingshire0
Steven BrisbaneEast Stirlingshire0
Jordon TappingEast Stirlingshire0
Graeme MacGregorEast Stirlingshire0
Lewis PeddieEast Stirlingshire0
Fraser SheridanCumbernauld Colts0
Jordan PirrieCumbernauld Colts0
Simon WhiteEast Stirlingshire0
Drew RamsayEast Stirlingshire0
Andrew GrantEast Stirlingshire0
Jeff FergusCumbernauld Colts0
Marc McFadyenSelkirk0
Fraser NeaveSelkirk0
Richard KirwanCumbernauld Colts0
Sam BrownCumbernauld Colts0
Jamie BarclayEast Stirlingshire0
Kris MitchellSelkirk0
Robbie KellyCumbernauld Colts0
Craig BrownUniversity of Stirling0
Eachainn MillerUniversity of Stirling0
Paul ThomsonThe Spartans0
Jack NixonThe Spartans0
Adam CorbettThe Spartans0
Blair TolmieThe Spartans0
Willie BremnerThe Spartans0
Matthew BeckettBSC Glasgow0
Ian McFarlandThe Spartans0
Robert JonesBSC Glasgow0
Andrew StobieThe Spartans0
Blair CarswellThe Spartans0
Lewis KinnairdBSC Glasgow0
Corey PearsonBSC Glasgow0
Jamie MillsBSC Glasgow0
Lloyd KinnairdBSC Glasgow0
John TennentBSC Glasgow0
Spencer BrownBSC Glasgow0
Ciaran DonnellyBSC Glasgow0
Ryan McStayBSC Glasgow0
Brandon ArchibaldThe Spartans0
Ross GuthrieThe Spartans0
Alex WebbUniversity of Stirling0
Nathan BrownUniversity of Stirling0
Kevin WalkerUniversity of Stirling0
Brett LandlesUniversity of Stirling0
Thomas ClareUniversity of Stirling0
Dominic SlatteryUniversity of Stirling0
Angus MailerUniversity of Stirling0
Ross KellockUniversity of Stirling0
Gerard TraynorBSC Glasgow0
Sean PaliczkaGala Fairydean Rovers0
Ben HerdmanGala Fairydean Rovers0
Lee StephenGala Fairydean Rovers0
Mark WaltersGala Fairydean Rovers0
David BonnarGala Fairydean Rovers0
David BrownGala Fairydean Rovers0
Rhys CraigieGala Fairydean Rovers0
Daniel PattendenGala Fairydean Rovers0
Gavin BrownGala Fairydean Rovers0
David GrantEast Stirlingshire0
Josh BeattieEast Kilbride0
Max CondieEdinburgh University0
Thomas ArcherEdinburgh University0
Jonathan WatsonCivil Service Strollers0
James ConingtonEdinburgh University0
Hamish FlettEdinburgh University0
Cameron MoirEdinburgh University0
Stuart McNicholasEdinburgh University0
Jack GuthrieEdinburgh University0
Jack VerthCivil Service Strollers0
Shaun TurnbullCivil Service Strollers0
James HaineyCivil Service Strollers0
Kyle GillespieCumbernauld Colts0
Jordan FinnieCivil Service Strollers0
Robbie LairdCivil Service Strollers0
Vinnie ParkerDalbeattie Star0
Ross NisbetCivil Service Strollers0
Craig NewallCivil Service Strollers0
Chris MilliganCivil Service Strollers0
Michael NessEdinburgh University0
Mark TaitEdinburgh University0
Jamie McHarrieDalbeattie Star0
Steven BlackGretna 20080
Ally MasonDalbeattie Star0
Jamie HopeGretna 20080
Jack HunterGretna 20080
Aaron KellyGretna 20080
John JamiesonGretna 20080
Lukas JakaitisGretna 20080
Swanny NuissierEdusport Academy0
Ryan McCannEdusport Academy0
Mathieu BretonEdusport Academy0
Gaetan ArdourelEdusport Academy0
Max VerkaikEdinburgh University0
Benjamin Chaib-EddourEdusport Academy0
Loic ChevrotEdusport Academy0
Mohamed KoutaineEdusport Academy0
Greig ThorburnDalbeattie Star0
Souleyman DialloEdusport Academy0
Kyle FeeCivil Service Strollers0
Conor McKenzieCumbernauld Colts0
Gavin LachlanCumbernauld Colts0
Craig Douglas HowieEast Kilbride0
Lewis DohertyEast Kilbride0
Jacob KeanEast Kilbride0
Nathan KhannaEast Kilbride0
Matthew McGinleyEast Kilbride0
Martin McbrideEast Kilbride0
Blair KiddEast Kilbride0
Lee DavidsonEast Kilbride0
Liam CraigEast Kilbride0
Scott BrodieEast Kilbride0
Kieran BellEast Kilbride0
Conor BellEast Kilbride0
Ross CaldwellEast Kilbride0
Fabio CapuanoEast Kilbride0
Riccardo CorrieriEast Kilbride0
Bernard CollEast Kilbride0
James CassidyEast Kilbride0
Dominic Joseph McLarenEast Kilbride0
Craig McLeishEast Kilbride0
Kyle BoggieCivil Service Strollers0
Ryan MarshallBSC Glasgow0
George PrinceBSC Glasgow0
Jordan BoyleCivil Service Strollers0
Stuart BurnsideCivil Service Strollers0
Matthew CunninghamCivil Service Strollers0
Scott ClappertonCivil Service Strollers0
Dean CarseCivil Service Strollers0
Ayden NicolBSC Glasgow0
Jamie WaddellCumbernauld Colts0
Craig MelroseEast Kilbride0
Mathew MeechanEast Kilbride0
Jack McMahonEast Kilbride0
Gavin MillarEast Kilbride0
Jack MooneyEast Kilbride0
Morgan SmithEast Kilbride0
Fraser RobertsonEast Kilbride0
David ProctorEast Kilbride0
Michael McAnespieGretna 20080

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)