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

Jack SmithBSC Glasgow11
Martin GrehanBSC Glasgow9
Ross McNeilEast Kilbride6
Stuart GrayGretna 20085
Daryl HealySelkirk5
Ross AllumThe Spartans5
Chris GeddesUniversity of Stirling5
Steven FroudeCivil Service Strollers5
Sean BrownCumbernauld Colts5
Paul SluddenEast 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
Jack WrightWhitehill Welfare3
Gary NicholsonSelkirk3
Paul McCaffertyUniversity of Stirling3
Jake SmithGretna 20083
Jamie DishingtonThe Spartans3
Gary RedpathBSC Glasgow3
Jordan HopkinsonSelkirk3
Kevin KelbieEast Stirlingshire3
David ChurchillCivil Service Strollers3
Adam WatsonGala Fairydean Rovers2
Farrel O’SullivanDalbeattie Star2
Rory MacEwanUniversity of Stirling2
Jamie GullanGala Fairydean Rovers2
Blair AtkinsonThe Spartans2
Jordan FinnieVale of Leithen2
Stevie MurrayBSC Glasgow2
Jason StevensVale of Leithen2
David GreenhillThe Spartans2
Andrew MairCivil Service Strollers2
Sean McKirdySelkirk2
Andy RodgersEast Stirlingshire2
Kyle MitchellWhitehill Welfare2
David BanjoSelkirk2
Declan HughesEast Kilbride2
Sofiane ZeghdaneEdusport Academy2
Adam StrachanEast Kilbride2
Dale BaxterSelkirk2
Kris MitchellCivil Service Strollers2
Ciaren ChalmersSelkirk2
Sean WinterEast Kilbride2
Jack DownieCivil Service Strollers2
Steven DegnanDalbeattie Star2
Stephen O’NeillCumbernauld Colts2
Craig MurrayCumbernauld Colts2
James FlynnWhitehill Welfare2
Liam ParkDalbeattie Star2
Robbie DuncanBSC Glasgow2
Craig HolmesCumbernauld Colts2
David O’BrienUniversity of Stirling1
Clement JordanEdusport Academy1
Michael AndersonEast Kilbride1
Kevin KeaneUniversity of Stirling1
Barry RussellEast Kilbride1
Scott LucasWhitehill Welfare1
Grant NelsonEdusport Academy1
William MortimerCumbernauld Colts1
Darren SmithGala Fairydean Rovers1
Darren MilneHawick Royal Albert1
Anthony Capo-ChichiEdusport Academy1
Josh McArthurBSC Glasgow1
Daniel AsheUniversity of Stirling1
Maxime OulaitohEdusport Academy1
Andy SelkirkCumbernauld Colts1
Sean MuhsinSelkirk1
Mark GairEdinburgh University1
Shaun StevensVale of Leithen1
Liam AllisonEast Stirlingshire1
Ross KingSelkirk1
Stephen KerrCumbernauld Colts1
Michael JohnsonHawick Royal Albert1
Greg SwanEdinburgh University1
Raffi KrissianEdusport Academy1
Connor GreeneEast Stirlingshire1
William KiddWhitehill Welfare1
Blair LyonsUniversity of Stirling1
James McPartlinWhitehill Welfare1
David StewartCivil Service Strollers1
Ian BallantyneCivil Service Strollers1
Sonny SwansonWhitehill Welfare1
Jamie McCormackEast Stirlingshire1
Scott StevensonEast Kilbride1
Billy MillerGala Fairydean Rovers1
Michael HerdThe Spartans1
Kingsley GrandisonGretna 20081
Daniel WadgeGretna 20081
Lewis HunterUniversity of Stirling1
Craig StevensonThe Spartans1
Darren McCrawWhitehill Welfare1
Luke MurrayEdinburgh University1
Kevin McCannEast Kilbride1
Aidan FerrisEast Kilbride1
Jordan LittleGretna 20081
Tommy MuirDalbeattie Star1
Ross McMillanBSC Glasgow1
Shaun StewartVale of Leithen1
Matthew ReadGretna 20081
Lewis ToddDalbeattie Star1
Alan BrownThe Spartans1
Kieran GibbonsEast Kilbride1
Robbie McNabBSC Glasgow1
Scott WilsonThe Spartans1
Scott MainGala Fairydean Rovers1
Lewis SwaneyGala Fairydean Rovers1
Liam McCroryCumbernauld Colts1
Dachi KhutsishviliThe Spartans1
Kieran AinslieGala Fairydean Rovers1
George WindramGala Fairydean Rovers1
David SmithEdinburgh University1
Scott MaxwellThe Spartans1
Ross AitchisonGala Fairydean Rovers1
Angelo SteyerEdusport Academy1
Robbie DowieWhitehill Welfare0
Ryan McKenzieWhitehill Welfare0
Rory RutherfordWhitehill Welfare0
Scott GormleyWhitehill Welfare0
Chris GordonWhitehill Welfare0
Liam McCabeWhitehill Welfare0
John KerrWhitehill Welfare0
Kieran ReynoldsWhitehill Welfare0
Declan KnoxWhitehill Welfare0
Greg LloydWhitehill Welfare0
Ross JardineWhitehill Welfare0
Hamish HunterWhitehill Welfare0
Corey RobertsonWhitehill Welfare0
Greg ParkWhitehill Welfare0
Stephane MurrayWhitehill Welfare0
Aaron MoffatWhitehill Welfare0
Robert MansonVale of Leithen0
Craig SaundersHawick Royal Albert0
Curtis RoseHawick Royal Albert0
Grant PeddieHawick Royal Albert0
Alasdair SimpsonHawick Royal Albert0
Shaun SpenceHawick Royal Albert0
Ross BradyVale of Leithen0
Chris AndersonVale of Leithen0
Darren ThomsonHawick Royal Albert0
Jack O’DonnellHawick Royal Albert0
Calvin MuttittHawick Royal Albert0
Tommy WhiteheadGretna 20080
Liam StudholmeGretna 20080
Ellis MonaghanGretna 20080
Jamie ClunieHawick Royal Albert0
Cameron DicksonHawick Royal Albert0
Lewis KnoxHawick Royal Albert0
Daryl JohnsonHawick Royal Albert0
Declan HoggHawick Royal Albert0
James ElliotVale of Leithen0
Ross GilpinVale of Leithen0
Jonny Scott-MercerVale of Leithen0
Ewan SaundersonVale of Leithen0
Thomas PatersonVale of Leithen0
Lee BarrettWhitehill Welfare0
Kyle BrockieWhitehill Welfare0
Kerr DoddsWhitehill Welfare0
Robbie CarterWhitehill Welfare0
Connor BrydonWhitehill Welfare0
Liam McIntoshVale of Leithen0
Jon McInallyVale of Leithen0
Alexander ImlahVale of Leithen0
Ainslie HunterVale of Leithen0
Jack HayVale of Leithen0
Steven LynchVale of Leithen0
Craig SkirvingWhitehill Welfare0
Craig McbrideVale of Leithen0
Andrew MartinVale of Leithen0
Nicholas DolanWhitehill Welfare0
Scott NormanGretna 20080
Kerr ScottGala Fairydean Rovers0
Cameron WatsonWhitehill Welfare0
Kieran CampbellEast Kilbride0
Dylan AtkinsonGretna 20080
Declan TrembleGretna 20080
Darren BurnsHawick Royal Albert0
Liam McIntoshHawick Royal Albert0
Adam UphillGretna 20080
Scott BonarHawick Royal Albert0
Sean GulneyGala Fairydean Rovers0
David MaskreyEdinburgh University0
Aaron LewisVale of Leithen0
Kieron BeveridgeVale of Leithen0
Darren MoffatBSC Glasgow0
Joe BoyleEdinburgh University0
Mark McKennaDalbeattie Star0
Ally McColmDalbeattie Star0
Ewan RitchieEdinburgh University0
Steven SacayaradjiEdusport Academy0
Reiss JefferyHawick Royal Albert0
Reece DonaldsonSelkirk0
Thomas CowleyUniversity of Stirling0
Arnult BemboBSC Glasgow0
Dan GreigSelkirk0
Lewis SloanDalbeattie Star0
Marc BerryGala Fairydean Rovers0
Nathan EvansEdinburgh University0
Finn Daniels YeomanEdinburgh University0
Joe WiltonBSC Glasgow0
Tim RawlinsonEdinburgh University0
Ross GemmellHawick Royal Albert0
Craig NewallsCivil Service Strollers0
Darren McGrathWhitehill Welfare0
Ashley KellyGretna 20080
Craig McCallEdusport Academy0
Darren WhiteCivil Service Strollers0
Darren KerrDalbeattie Star0
Kerr AllanVale of Leithen0
Connor BarnesEdinburgh University0
Craig QuinnEdusport Academy0
Aidan WilsonEdusport Academy0
Jean Mike BonjontinEdusport Academy0
Romain SavignyEdusport Academy0
Danny FarrellEdusport Academy0
Robbie WintersBSC Glasgow0
Martin McBrideEast Kilbride0
Craig HowieEast Kilbride0
Bryn HalliwellEdusport Academy0
Craig HeughGala Fairydean Rovers0
Dylan WeldonWhitehill Welfare0
Gareth ThomWhitehill Welfare0
Ryan StevensonWhitehill Welfare0
Liam WishartWhitehill Welfare0
Hugh CameronDalbeattie Star0
Lewis MuirGala Fairydean Rovers0
James BatyDalbeattie Star0
Michael McAnespieGretna 20080
Lewis JollyGretna 20080
Cammy McClairCumbernauld Colts0
Ryan MilneCumbernauld Colts0
Sam GeorgeCumbernauld Colts0
Niall DochertyVale of Leithen0
Paul SutherlandEdinburgh University0
Mikey HewittEdusport Academy0
Calum McDonaldEdinburgh University0
Daniel MainEdinburgh University0
Greg SummersHawick Royal Albert0
Cormac O’BrienHawick Royal Albert0
Liam DillonCivil Service Strollers0
Alan InglisGretna 20080
David DustinGretna 20080
Craig ReidWhitehill Welfare0
Billy TaylorWhitehill Welfare0
Chris CairnsHawick Royal Albert0
Jamie DuffHawick Royal Albert0
Mark SmithWhitehill Welfare0
Gaetan ArdourelEdusport Academy0
Eric TshinbanguSelkirk0
Grant GoodfellowSelkirk0
Gregor AmosSelkirk0
Ryan SclaterSelkirk0
Andrew FlemingSelkirk0
Callum MacKenzieSelkirk0
Murray ChristieSelkirk0
Ricky MillerSelkirk0
Andy HunterCumbernauld Colts0
Fabian BorczUniversity of Stirling0
Stephen BarrBSC Glasgow0
Aidan PedenUniversity of Stirling0
Craig BrownUniversity of Stirling0
Dominic KaneUniversity of Stirling0
Josh EmmottUniversity of Stirling0
Jordan MarshallCumbernauld Colts0
Greg PascazioCumbernauld Colts0
Lewis BonarUniversity of Stirling0
Jeff FergusCumbernauld Colts0
Lewis TurkingtonSelkirk0
Kris FauldsEast Stirlingshire0
Steven BrisbaneEast Stirlingshire0
Jordon TappingEast Stirlingshire0
Graeme MacGregorEast Stirlingshire0
Lewis PeddieEast Stirlingshire0
Jordan PirrieCumbernauld Colts0
Simon WhiteEast Stirlingshire0
Derek UreEast Stirlingshire0
Drew RamsayEast Stirlingshire0
Andrew GrantEast Stirlingshire0
Marc McFadyenSelkirk0
Fraser NeaveSelkirk0
Unpha KoromaSelkirk0
Richard KirwanCumbernauld Colts0
Sam BrownCumbernauld Colts0
Jamie BarclayEast Stirlingshire0
Kris MitchellSelkirk0
Robbie KellyCumbernauld Colts0
Eachainn MillerUniversity of Stirling0
Dominic SlatteryUniversity of Stirling0
Paul ThomsonThe Spartans0
Jack NixonThe Spartans0
Adam CorbettThe Spartans0
Blair TolmieThe Spartans0
Willie BremnerThe Spartans0
Ian McFarlandThe Spartans0
Matthew BeckettBSC Glasgow0
Robert JonesBSC Glasgow0
Andrew StobieThe Spartans0
Blair CarswellThe Spartans0
Corey PearsonBSC Glasgow0
Jamie MillsBSC Glasgow0
Spencer BrownBSC Glasgow0
Lewis KinnairdBSC Glasgow0
Lloyd KinnairdBSC Glasgow0
Ciaran DonnellyBSC Glasgow0
Ryan McStayBSC Glasgow0
John TennentBSC Glasgow0
Brandon ArchibaldThe Spartans0
Gerard TraynorBSC Glasgow0
Nathan BrownUniversity of Stirling0
Kevin WalkerUniversity of Stirling0
Matt NivenBSC Glasgow0
Alex WebbUniversity of Stirling0
Brett LandlesUniversity of Stirling0
Angus MailerUniversity of Stirling0
Ross KellockUniversity of Stirling0
Thomas ClareUniversity of Stirling0
Sean PaliczkaGala Fairydean Rovers0
Rhys CraigieGala Fairydean Rovers0
Lee StephenGala Fairydean Rovers0
Mark WaltersGala Fairydean Rovers0
Ross GuthrieThe Spartans0
Ben HerdmanGala Fairydean Rovers0
David BonnarGala Fairydean Rovers0
Daniel PattendenGala Fairydean Rovers0
Gavin BrownGala Fairydean Rovers0
David BrownGala Fairydean Rovers0
Fraser SheridanCumbernauld Colts0
David GrantEast Stirlingshire0
Thomas ArcherEdinburgh University0
Jonathan WatsonCivil Service Strollers0
Jack VerthCivil Service Strollers0
Max CondieEdinburgh University0
James ConingtonEdinburgh University0
Stuart McNicholasEdinburgh University0
Jack GuthrieEdinburgh University0
Hamish FlettEdinburgh University0
Shaun TurnbullCivil Service Strollers0
Ross NisbetCivil Service Strollers0
Kyle GillespieCumbernauld Colts0
Jordan FinnieCivil Service Strollers0
Kyle FeeCivil Service Strollers0
James HaineyCivil Service Strollers0
Robbie LairdCivil Service Strollers0
Craig NewallCivil Service Strollers0
Chris MilliganCivil Service Strollers0
Vinnie ParkerDalbeattie Star0
Cameron MoirEdinburgh University0
Michael NessEdinburgh University0
Steven BlackGretna 20080
Ally MasonDalbeattie Star0
Swanny NuissierEdusport Academy0
Jamie McHarrieDalbeattie Star0
Jamie HopeGretna 20080
John JamiesonGretna 20080
Lukas JakaitisGretna 20080
Jack HunterGretna 20080
Ryan McCannEdusport Academy0
Mohamed KoutaineEdusport Academy0
Curtiss WilsonDalbeattie Star0
Max VerkaikEdinburgh University0
Mark TaitEdinburgh University0
Mathieu BretonEdusport Academy0
Benjamin Chaib-EddourEdusport Academy0
Greig ThorburnDalbeattie Star0
Souleyman DialloEdusport Academy0
Loic ChevrotEdusport Academy0
Conor McKenzieCumbernauld Colts0
Matthew CunninghamCivil Service Strollers0
Craig Douglas HowieEast Kilbride0
Lewis DohertyEast Kilbride0
Lee DavidsonEast Kilbride0
Gavin LachlanCumbernauld Colts0
Jacob KeanEast Kilbride0
Martin McbrideEast Kilbride0
Blair KiddEast Kilbride0
Nathan KhannaEast Kilbride0
Liam CraigEast Kilbride0
Riccardo CorrieriEast Kilbride0
Kieran BellEast Kilbride0
Conor BellEast Kilbride0
Josh BeattieEast Kilbride0
Scott BrodieEast Kilbride0
Ross CaldwellEast Kilbride0
Bernard CollEast Kilbride0
James CassidyEast Kilbride0
Fabio CapuanoEast Kilbride0
Matthew McGinleyEast Kilbride0
Dominic Joseph McLarenEast Kilbride0
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
Jamie WaddellCumbernauld Colts0
Morgan SmithEast Kilbride0
Mathew MeechanEast Kilbride0
Jack McMahonEast Kilbride0
Craig McLeishEast Kilbride0
Craig MelroseEast Kilbride0
Gavin MillarEast Kilbride0
Fraser RobertsonEast Kilbride0
David ProctorEast Kilbride0
Jack MooneyEast Kilbride0
Aaron KellyGretna 20080