SLFL Roundup – Matchday 6 & 7

It’s been a couple of weeks since we saw your distinguished, handsome faces on the SLFL Roundup due to a wee technical hitch last week. That means that not only do we have the SLFL’s Matchdays Six and Seven to cover, we’ve also got half of Matchday Five. Strap in!

SLFL Matchday 5

After a midweek half round of fixtures which saw a good win for Gretna 2008 over Vale of Leithen and draws in the games between Edinburgh University and Civil Service Strollers, and University of Stirling and Whitehill Welfare, the league table was beginning to take shape as we hurtled inexorably toward Matchday 6 in the Scottish Lowland Football League. Speed-round-up!

SLFL Matchday 6

Undoubtedly the highlight of last weekend’s round took place at Christie Gillies Park on Saturday afternoon where Civil Service Strollers, fresh from a draw with Edinburgh University on Wednesday night, welcomed Selkirk whose midweek match had been postponed. It was end-to-end throughout the match and an even game got off to a lightning start when Civil’s Kyle Fee turned into his own net in the first ten minutes.

Strollers equalised through trialist Kris Mitchell just after half time before Dale Baxter pushed Selkirk back into the lead. That man Mitchell was at the double to make it 2-2 with just ten minutes left but David Banjo popped up for Selkirk with a minute to go to send the Souters back to Yarrow Park with all three points. Ding dong.

It’s been an even start to the Lowland League season and that was borne out at Broadwood on Friday evening where Cumbernauld Colts said ‘hiya pals!’ to The Spartans. David Greenhill opened the scoring for the Ainslie Park men but a goal in the dying seconds from Stephen O’Neill gave Colts a share of the spoils and dented Spartans’ sprint to the summit of the SLFL.

Two sides very much gunning for that all-important top spot were BSC Glasgow and East Kilbride who took on Edusport Academy and  Gala Fairydean Rovers respectively.  Two tight games resulted in three points each for BSC and Kilby, the former winning a tight game 1-0 at The Indodrill and the latter came roaring back in the last 20 minutes after being a goal down, coming away from Netherdale with a 2-1 win.

Bookend goals from Steven Degnan and Farrel O’Sullivan were enough to give Dalbeattie Star three points at Islecroft against Edinburgh University and two second half goals from Paul Sludden and Kevin Kelbie gave East Stiringshire a 2-0 win at Victoria Park against Vale of Leithen.

University of Stirling have enjoyed an impressive start to the season under goal machine player/manager Chris Geddes and he was on the scoresheet again as the Uni travelled to Albert Park to take on struggling Hawick Royal Albert. The home side battled away against the scholars but went down 1-4 but the performance itself will have given their fans hope.

James Flynn fired Whitehill Welfare into the lead against Gretna 2008 on 13 minutes at Ferguson Park and Welfare fans could have been forgiven for thinking that they might be looking at their second win of the season. Andy Aitken and Davie Irons’ side had other ideas though and regrouped. Jake Smith and Kevin Connelly hit Welfare with a quickfire sucker-punch before half time and Connelly got his second just before the whistle, sending Gretna in 3-1 up. 2008 hit another 3 in the second half, with Stuart Gray bagging one, Connelly got his hat trick and Smith hit a brace. The match finished 6-1 to Gretna.

Matchday 7

Still with us? All of that white hot action on Matchday Six had made things very tasty at the top of the SLFL. A mere three points separated the top four and The Spartans were hoping for a few good results to give them impetus – their match with East Stirlingshire was postponed ahead of their Irn-Bru Cup tie with Linfield.

University of Stirling started the day in 4th and were looking to clip the heels of leaders East Kilbride when they visited K Park. The scholars have developed a habit of scoring early in games and this match was no exception. Paul McCafferty put them ahead inside ten minutes before Sean Winter equalised for Billy Stark’s side. By half time it looked like the game could explode into action in the second half but 1-1 was the final score.

Gala Fairydean Rovers in action versus Selkirk. (Photo: Keith Clayton)

All eyes then were on Islecroft where BSC Glasgow took on Dalbeattie Star. Two goals in the opening ten minutes put BSC in control of the match but Stephen Swift’s side would have learned lessons from last season when Star took two 3-2 victories. BSC went 3-0 ahead just after half time but Star roared back into the match with a goal from Scott Milligan before Jack Smith restored BSC’s three goal advantage. Farrel O’Sullivan scored another goal for Dalbeattie Star to make it a nervous finish but BSC emerged 4-2 winners.

Gala Fairydean Rovers made the short jaunt down the A7 to take on rivals Selkirk at Yarrow Park. Unfortunately for the travelling support, Rovers weren’t at the races and Ian Fergus’ side put four past GFR without reply and George Windram saw red for Steven Noble’s men. Daryl Healy scored two, Dale Baxter and Ciaren Chalmers completed the scoring.

Gretna 2008 built on an impressive victory at Whitehill Welfare last week, beating Edinburgh University 1-0 at Raydale Park with another goal from Stuart Gray. Edusport Academy welcomed Cumbernauld Colts to Galabank. Grant Nelson and Sofiane Zeghdane scored either side of Colts’ Andrew Selkirk to give Edusport a 2-1 win.

Civil Service Strollers took on Whitehill Welfare at Ferguson Park and it was the North Edinburgh men who took home the three points with a 2-1 away win.  Hawick Royal Albert were on the road at Vale of Leithen where Chris Anderson’s men picked up their second win of the SLFL season, running out 2-0 winners at home.

A note of congratulations to The Spartans who fought valiantly against Northern Ireland’s Linfield in the second round of the Irn-Bru Cup on Saturday but went out after a close-run 2-1 loss.

A bumper SLFL Roundup ends, in the traditional way, with a look at that all-important league table…

SLFL Standings 2017/18


And it’s all change at the top of the scoring charts too…

Top Goalscorers

Ross McNeilEast Kilbride18
Jack SmithBSC Glasgow17
Martin GrehanBSC Glasgow16
Paul SluddenEast Stirlingshire15
Kevin ConnellyGretna 200814
Andy RodgersEast Stirlingshire14
Sean BrownCumbernauld Colts12
Steven FroudeCivil Service Strollers11
Stuart NobleGala Fairydean Rovers11
Ross AllumThe Spartans10
Daryl HealySelkirk9
Jake SmithGretna 20089
Sean WinterEast Kilbride9
Gary NicholsonWhitehill Welfare9
Gary RedpathBSC Glasgow8
Kieran HallUniversity of Stirling8
Craig MurrayCumbernauld Colts7
Lewis BonarUniversity of Stirling7
Stuart GrayGretna 20087
Nathan EvansEdinburgh University7
Adam StrachanEast Kilbride7
Jack DownieCivil Service Strollers7
Jamie DishingtonThe Spartans7
Chris GeddesUniversity of Stirling6
Jack WrightWhitehill Welfare6
Liam CoogansEast Kilbride6
Jamie McCormackEast Stirlingshire6
David GreenhillThe Spartans6
Shaun StewartVale of Leithen6
Billy MillerGala Fairydean Rovers6
Declan HughesEast Kilbride6
Dale BaxterSelkirk6
Cameron DawsonVale of Leithen5
Robbie DuncanBSC Glasgow5
David BanjoSelkirk5
Jack GuthrieEdinburgh University5
David ChurchillCivil Service Strollers5
Scott MilliganDalbeattie Star5
Ciaren ChalmersSelkirk5
Ahmed BouchentoufEdusport Academy5
Thomas GarnierEdusport Academy5
Michael AndersonEast Kilbride5
Blair AtkinsonThe Spartans5
Stephen O’NeillCumbernauld Colts5
Kerr AllanVale of Leithen5
Connor McGregorWhitehill Welfare5
Craig MalcolmEast Kilbride5
Phil AddisonSelkirk5
Liam AllisonEast Stirlingshire4
Raffi KrissianEdusport Academy4
Andrew MairCivil Service Strollers4
Farrel O’SullivanDalbeattie Star4
Kyle MitchellWhitehill Welfare4
Calum HelmSelkirk4
Kevin KelbieEast Stirlingshire4
Sean McKirdySelkirk4
William MortimerCumbernauld Colts4
Stevie MurrayBSC Glasgow4
David McCaughieHawick Royal Albert4
Connor GreeneEast Stirlingshire4
Liam ParkDalbeattie Star4
Tommy MuirDalbeattie Star4
Joe BoyleEdinburgh University4
Craig HolmesCumbernauld Colts4
Jamie GullanGala Fairydean Rovers3
Adam WatsonGala Fairydean Rovers3
Sofiane ZeghdaneEdusport Academy3
Lewis ToddDalbeattie Star3
Jason StevensVale of Leithen3
Rory MacEwanUniversity of Stirling3
Louis BabelEdusport Academy3
James HaineyCivil Service Strollers3
Mark GairEdinburgh University3
David O’BrienUniversity of Stirling3
Curtiss WilsonDalbeattie Star3
Jordan FinnieVale of Leithen3
Jordan HopkinsonSelkirk3
Kingsley GrandisonGretna 20083
Louis BesnardEdusport Academy3
David SinclairEdusport Academy3
Paul McCaffertyUniversity of Stirling3
Ryan McStayBSC Glasgow3
Robbie CarterWhitehill Welfare2
Alan BrownThe Spartans2
James FlynnWhitehill Welfare2
Matthew CunninghamCivil Service Strollers2
Aidan FerrisEast Kilbride2
Aidan PedenUniversity of Stirling2
Mark McKennaDalbeattie Star2
Blair LyonsUniversity of Stirling2
Darren McCrawWhitehill Welfare2
Guillermo LaMarcaThe Spartans2
Ross KingSelkirk2
Grant NelsonEdusport Academy2
Steven DegnanDalbeattie Star2
Ross WattersEdinburgh University2
Blair TolmieThe Spartans2
Bryan PruntyEast Kilbride2
Barry RussellEast Kilbride2
George HunterSelkirk2
Ainslie HunterVale of Leithen2
Maxime OulaitohEdusport Academy2
Michael WallaceCumbernauld Colts2
Jamie WaddellCumbernauld Colts2
Darren SmithGala Fairydean Rovers2
Kieran GibbonsEast Kilbride2
Shaun StevensVale of Leithen2
Darren RamsayEast Kilbride2
James McPartlinWhitehill Welfare2
Daniel WadgeGretna 20082
Kris MitchellCivil Service Strollers2
Kieran AinslieGala Fairydean Rovers2
Grant RoseGala Fairydean Rovers2
Paul BuzziCivil Service Strollers2
Adam CorbettThe Spartans2
Finn Daniels YeomanEdinburgh University2
Mikey HewittEdusport Academy2
Scott LucasWhitehill Welfare2
Derek UreEast Stirlingshire2
Michael HerdThe Spartans2
Scott WilsonThe Spartans2
Ciaran DonnellyBSC Glasgow2
Lee BarrettWhitehill Welfare1
Jon TullyHawick Royal Albert1
Martin McbrideEast Kilbride1
Scott StevensonEast Kilbride1
David ProctorEast Kilbride1
Kevin McCannEast Kilbride1
Scott DavidsonCumbernauld Colts1
Matthew GrahamVale of Leithen1
James BatyDalbeattie Star1
Dylan WeldonWhitehill Welfare1
Lewis SloanDalbeattie Star1
Luke MurrayEdinburgh University1
Anthony Capo-ChichiEdusport Academy1
Corey ThomsonDalbeattie Star1
Angelo SteyerEdusport Academy1
Steven BlackGretna 20081
Jordan LittleGretna 20081
Jamie HopeGretna 20081
Matthew ReadGretna 20081
Liam StudholmeGretna 20081
Ryan McKenzieWhitehill Welfare1
Greg SwanEdinburgh University1
Ellis MonaghanGretna 20081
Alasdair SimpsonHawick Royal Albert1
Michael JohnsonHawick Royal Albert1
Ian BallantyneCivil Service Strollers1
Fraser MalcolmGala Fairydean Rovers1
William KiddWhitehill Welfare1
Aidan WilsonEdusport Academy1
Clement JordanEdusport Academy1
Craig HowieEast Kilbride1
David StewartCivil Service Strollers1
Thomas PardiniGretna 20081
Sonny SwansonWhitehill Welfare1
Ricky MillerSelkirk1
Dachi KhutsishviliThe Spartans1
Joe MurrayWhitehill Welfare1
Lewis SwaneyGala Fairydean Rovers1
Josh McArthurBSC Glasgow1
Sean MuhsinSelkirk1
Dean BrotherstonDalbeattie Star1
Stephen KerrCumbernauld Colts1
Danny StoneyBSC Glasgow1
Josh MorrisWhitehill Welfare1
Lewis HunterUniversity of Stirling1
Ludovic ErhardHawick Royal Albert1
Scott MainGala Fairydean Rovers1
Kevin KeaneUniversity of Stirling1
David SmithEdinburgh University1
Daniel AsheUniversity of Stirling1
Robbie McNabBSC Glasgow1
Connor HigginsEdusport Academy1
Dominic SlatteryUniversity of Stirling1
Rafa CalbachoEdinburgh University1
George WindramGala Fairydean Rovers1
Ross AitchisonGala Fairydean Rovers1
Rhys CraigieGala Fairydean Rovers1
Sean PaliczkaGala Fairydean Rovers1
Scott MaxwellThe Spartans1
Ross McMillanBSC Glasgow1
Andy SelkirkCumbernauld Colts1
Unpha KoromaSelkirk1
Gavin LachlanCumbernauld Colts1
Darren MilneHawick Royal Albert1
Liam McCroryCumbernauld Colts1
Reece DonaldsonSelkirk1
Craig StevensonThe Spartans1
Sean GulneyGala Fairydean Rovers1
Fraser SheridanCumbernauld Colts1
John TennentBSC Glasgow1
Mark SmithWhitehill Welfare0
Joe WiltonBSC Glasgow0
Arnult BemboBSC Glasgow0
Kerr DoddsWhitehill Welfare0
Dan GreigSelkirk0
Ryan StevensonWhitehill Welfare0
Ewan SaundersonVale of Leithen0
Connor BrydonWhitehill Welfare0
Kyle BrockieWhitehill Welfare0
Nicholas DolanWhitehill Welfare0
Jonny Scott-MercerVale of Leithen0
Gareth ThomWhitehill Welfare0
Liam WishartWhitehill Welfare0
Corey RobertsonWhitehill Welfare0
Stephane MurrayWhitehill Welfare0
Ross JardineWhitehill Welfare0
Gavin BrownGala Fairydean Rovers0
Aaron MoffatWhitehill Welfare0
John KerrWhitehill Welfare0
Liam McCabeWhitehill Welfare0
Thomas CowleyUniversity of Stirling0
Declan KnoxWhitehill Welfare0
David BrownGala Fairydean Rovers0
Hamish HunterWhitehill Welfare0
Greg LloydWhitehill Welfare0
Rory RutherfordWhitehill Welfare0
Robbie DowieWhitehill Welfare0
Kieran ReynoldsWhitehill Welfare0
Chris GordonWhitehill Welfare0
Scott GormleyWhitehill Welfare0
Greg ParkWhitehill Welfare0
Craig SkirvingWhitehill Welfare0
Darren WhiteCivil Service Strollers0
Liam McIntoshHawick Royal Albert0
Niall DochertyVale of Leithen0
Thomas PatersonVale of Leithen0
Paul SutherlandEdinburgh University0
Daniel MainEdinburgh University0
Cammy McClairCumbernauld Colts0
Darren BurnsHawick Royal Albert0
Greg SummersHawick Royal Albert0
Cormac O’BrienHawick Royal Albert0
Steven SacayaradjiEdusport Academy0
Sam GeorgeCumbernauld Colts0
Ryan MilneCumbernauld Colts0
Calum McDonaldEdinburgh University0
Adam UphillGretna 20080
Aaron LewisVale of Leithen0
Kieran CampbellEast Kilbride0
David MaskreyEdinburgh University0
Darren MoffatBSC Glasgow0
Scott BonarHawick Royal Albert0
Kieron BeveridgeVale of Leithen0
Connor BarnesEdinburgh University0
Declan TrembleGretna 20080
Dylan AtkinsonGretna 20080
Kerr ScottGala Fairydean Rovers0
Cameron WatsonWhitehill Welfare0
Chris CairnsHawick Royal Albert0
Jamie DuffHawick Royal Albert0
Romain SavignyEdusport Academy0
Darren KerrDalbeattie Star0
Danny FarrellEdusport Academy0
Craig McCallEdusport Academy0
Marc BerryGala Fairydean Rovers0
Craig QuinnEdusport Academy0
Ally McColmDalbeattie Star0
Lewis MuirGala Fairydean Rovers0
Craig HeughGala Fairydean Rovers0
Bryn HalliwellEdusport Academy0
Jean Mike BonjontinEdusport Academy0
Martin McBrideEast Kilbride0
Robbie WintersBSC Glasgow0
Darren McGrathWhitehill Welfare0
Craig NewallsCivil Service Strollers0
Liam DillonCivil Service Strollers0
Billy TaylorWhitehill Welfare0
Reiss JefferyHawick Royal Albert0
Alan InglisGretna 20080
David DustinGretna 20080
Scott NormanGretna 20080
Ashley KellyGretna 20080
Lewis JollyGretna 20080
Ross GemmellHawick Royal Albert0
Tim RawlinsonEdinburgh University0
Stuart McNicholasEdinburgh University0
Eric TshinbanguSelkirk0
Grant GoodfellowSelkirk0
Gregor AmosSelkirk0
Fabian BorczUniversity of Stirling0
Ryan SclaterSelkirk0
Andrew FlemingSelkirk0
Lewis TurkingtonSelkirk0
Callum MacKenzieSelkirk0
Murray ChristieSelkirk0
Josh EmmottUniversity of Stirling0
Dominic KaneUniversity of Stirling0
Brett LandlesUniversity of Stirling0
Alex WebbUniversity of Stirling0
Nathan BrownUniversity of Stirling0
Thomas ClareUniversity of Stirling0
Ross KellockUniversity of Stirling0
Craig BrownUniversity of Stirling0
Eachainn MillerUniversity of Stirling0
Angus MailerUniversity of Stirling0
Fraser NeaveSelkirk0
Marc McFadyenSelkirk0
Conor BellEast Kilbride0
Josh BeattieEast Kilbride0
David GrantEast Stirlingshire0
Kieran BellEast Kilbride0
Scott BrodieEast Kilbride0
James CassidyEast Kilbride0
Fabio CapuanoEast Kilbride0
Ross CaldwellEast Kilbride0
Simon WhiteEast Stirlingshire0
Lewis PeddieEast Stirlingshire0
Andrew GrantEast Stirlingshire0
Jamie BarclayEast Stirlingshire0
Kris MitchellSelkirk0
Drew RamsayEast Stirlingshire0
Jordon TappingEast Stirlingshire0
Graeme MacGregorEast Stirlingshire0
Kris FauldsEast Stirlingshire0
Steven BrisbaneEast Stirlingshire0
Kevin WalkerUniversity of Stirling0
Daniel PattendenGala Fairydean Rovers0
Jeff FergusCumbernauld Colts0
Richard KirwanCumbernauld Colts0
Sam BrownCumbernauld Colts0
Robbie KellyCumbernauld Colts0
Andy HunterCumbernauld Colts0
Jordan MarshallCumbernauld Colts0
Matt NivenBSC Glasgow0
Stephen BarrBSC Glasgow0
Greg PascazioCumbernauld Colts0
Jordan PirrieCumbernauld Colts0
Conor McKenzieCumbernauld Colts0
Hugh CameronDalbeattie Star0
Craig ReidWhitehill Welfare0
Ewan RitchieEdinburgh University0
Jamie McHarrieDalbeattie Star0
Ally MasonDalbeattie Star0
Kyle GillespieCumbernauld Colts0
Vinnie ParkerDalbeattie Star0
Greig ThorburnDalbeattie Star0
Gerard TraynorBSC Glasgow0
Matthew BeckettBSC Glasgow0
Brandon ArchibaldThe Spartans0
Ian McFarlandThe Spartans0
Willie BremnerThe Spartans0
Ross GuthrieThe Spartans0
Mark WaltersGala Fairydean Rovers0
David BonnarGala Fairydean Rovers0
Ben HerdmanGala Fairydean Rovers0
Lee StephenGala Fairydean Rovers0
Paul ThomsonThe Spartans0
Jack NixonThe Spartans0
Jamie MillsBSC Glasgow0
Spencer BrownBSC Glasgow0
Robert JonesBSC Glasgow0
Corey PearsonBSC Glasgow0
Lewis KinnairdBSC Glasgow0
Andrew StobieThe Spartans0
Blair CarswellThe Spartans0
Lloyd KinnairdBSC Glasgow0
Bernard CollEast Kilbride0
Riccardo CorrieriEast Kilbride0
Aaron KellyGretna 20080
John JamiesonGretna 20080
Lukas JakaitisGretna 20080
Jack HunterGretna 20080
Michael McAnespieGretna 20080
Tommy WhiteheadGretna 20080
Declan HoggHawick Royal Albert0
Cameron DicksonHawick Royal Albert0
Jamie ClunieHawick Royal Albert0
Swanny NuissierEdusport Academy0
Ryan McCannEdusport Academy0
Gaetan ArdourelEdusport Academy0
Max VerkaikEdinburgh University0
Mark TaitEdinburgh University0
Mathieu BretonEdusport Academy0
Benjamin Chaib-EddourEdusport Academy0
Mohamed KoutaineEdusport Academy0
Souleyman DialloEdusport Academy0
Loic ChevrotEdusport Academy0
Daryl JohnsonHawick Royal Albert0
Lewis KnoxHawick Royal Albert0
Alexander ImlahVale of Leithen0
Jack HayVale of Leithen0
Ross GilpinVale of Leithen0
Steven LynchVale of Leithen0
Robert MansonVale of Leithen0
Jon McInallyVale of Leithen0
Craig McbrideVale of Leithen0
Andrew MartinVale of Leithen0
James ElliotVale of Leithen0
Ross BradyVale of Leithen0
Grant PeddieHawick Royal Albert0
Jack O’DonnellHawick Royal Albert0
Calvin MuttittHawick Royal Albert0
Curtis RoseHawick Royal Albert0
Craig SaundersHawick Royal Albert0
Chris AndersonVale of Leithen0
Darren ThomsonHawick Royal Albert0
Shaun SpenceHawick Royal Albert0
Michael NessEdinburgh University0
Cameron MoirEdinburgh University0
Craig MelroseEast Kilbride0
Mathew MeechanEast Kilbride0
Jack McMahonEast Kilbride0
Gavin MillarEast Kilbride0
Jack MooneyEast Kilbride0
Ayden NicolBSC Glasgow0
Morgan SmithEast Kilbride0
Fraser RobertsonEast Kilbride0
Craig McLeishEast Kilbride0
Dominic Joseph McLarenEast Kilbride0
Lewis DohertyEast Kilbride0
Lee DavidsonEast Kilbride0
Liam CraigEast Kilbride0
Craig Douglas HowieEast Kilbride0
Jacob KeanEast Kilbride0
Matthew McGinleyEast Kilbride0
Blair KiddEast Kilbride0
Nathan KhannaEast Kilbride0
George PrinceBSC Glasgow0
Ryan MarshallBSC Glasgow0
Jack VerthCivil Service Strollers0
Shaun TurnbullCivil Service Strollers0
Ross NisbetCivil Service Strollers0
Jonathan WatsonCivil Service Strollers0
Thomas ArcherEdinburgh University0
Hamish FlettEdinburgh University0
James ConingtonEdinburgh University0
Max CondieEdinburgh University0
Craig NewallCivil Service Strollers0
Chris MilliganCivil Service Strollers0
Stuart BurnsideCivil Service Strollers0
Jordan BoyleCivil Service Strollers0
Kyle BoggieCivil Service Strollers0
Dean CarseCivil Service Strollers0
Scott ClappertonCivil Service Strollers0
Robbie LairdCivil Service Strollers0
Jordan FinnieCivil Service Strollers0
Kyle FeeCivil Service Strollers0
Liam McIntoshVale of Leithen0