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

PosClubPWDLFAGDPts
115112245172835
214103133122133
31310122992031
4158252921826
5157442721625
61480633191424
7137242117423
8155462323019
9125342314918
10155372732-518
11155281822-417
12145182333-1016
13134182228-613
141540111538-2312
15133281828-1011
16130013355-520

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

Top Goalscorers

PlayerClubGoals
Jack SmithBSC Glasgow15
Martin GrehanBSC Glasgow12
Ross McNeilEast Kilbride10
Ross AllumThe Spartans9
Kevin ConnellyGretna 20088
Paul SluddenEast Stirlingshire8
Gary RedpathBSC Glasgow8
Stuart GrayGretna 20087
Sean BrownCumbernauld Colts7
Daryl HealySelkirk6
Stuart NobleGala Fairydean Rovers6
Steven FroudeCivil Service Strollers6
Jack WrightWhitehill Welfare5
Chris GeddesUniversity of Stirling5
Jamie DishingtonThe Spartans5
Billy MillerGala Fairydean Rovers5
Phil AddisonSelkirk5
Liam CoogansEast Kilbride5
Andy RodgersEast Stirlingshire5
Jake SmithGretna 20085
Thomas GarnierEdusport Academy5
Ahmed BouchentoufEdusport Academy5
Gary NicholsonWhitehill Welfare5
Craig MurrayCumbernauld Colts4
Kevin KelbieEast Stirlingshire4
Kieran HallUniversity of Stirling4
William MortimerCumbernauld Colts4
David BanjoSelkirk4
Nathan EvansEdinburgh University4
Jack DownieCivil Service Strollers4
Mark GairEdinburgh University3
David ChurchillCivil Service Strollers3
Adam WatsonGala Fairydean Rovers3
Scott MilliganDalbeattie Star3
Sofiane ZeghdaneEdusport Academy3
Blair AtkinsonThe Spartans3
Paul McCaffertyUniversity of Stirling3
Kerr AllanVale of Leithen3
Jordan HopkinsonSelkirk3
Jamie GullanGala Fairydean Rovers3
Michael AndersonEast Kilbride3
Liam ParkDalbeattie Star3
Connor McGregorWhitehill Welfare3
Sean WinterEast Kilbride3
Liam AllisonEast Stirlingshire3
Adam StrachanEast Kilbride3
Ciaren ChalmersSelkirk3
Darren SmithGala Fairydean Rovers2
Kingsley GrandisonGretna 20082
Kris MitchellCivil Service Strollers2
Alan BrownThe Spartans2
David GreenhillThe Spartans2
Scott WilsonThe Spartans2
Sean McKirdySelkirk2
Kyle MitchellWhitehill Welfare2
Andrew MairCivil Service Strollers2
Farrel O’SullivanDalbeattie Star2
Declan HughesEast Kilbride2
Raffi KrissianEdusport Academy2
Jack GuthrieEdinburgh University2
Calum HelmSelkirk2
Lewis BonarUniversity of Stirling2
Rory MacEwanUniversity of Stirling2
Jason StevensVale of Leithen2
Dale BaxterSelkirk2
Jordan FinnieVale of Leithen2
Craig HolmesCumbernauld Colts2
Shaun StewartVale of Leithen2
Shaun StevensVale of Leithen2
Steven DegnanDalbeattie Star2
James FlynnWhitehill Welfare2
Stephen O’NeillCumbernauld Colts2
Robbie DuncanBSC Glasgow2
Stevie MurrayBSC Glasgow2
Lewis ToddDalbeattie Star2
Kevin McCannEast Kilbride1
Jamie WaddellCumbernauld Colts1
Andy SelkirkCumbernauld Colts1
Dylan WeldonWhitehill Welfare1
Martin McbrideEast Kilbride1
Maxime OulaitohEdusport Academy1
Craig StevensonThe Spartans1
Liam McCroryCumbernauld Colts1
Kieran GibbonsEast Kilbride1
Lewis HunterUniversity of Stirling1
Derek UreEast Stirlingshire1
Connor HigginsEdusport Academy1
Ross KingSelkirk1
David SmithEdinburgh University1
Sean MuhsinSelkirk1
David McCaughieHawick Royal Albert1
Louis BabelEdusport Academy1
Michael JohnsonHawick Royal Albert1
Jamie McCormackEast Stirlingshire1
Connor GreeneEast Stirlingshire1
Stephen KerrCumbernauld Colts1
Ian BallantyneCivil Service Strollers1
Angelo SteyerEdusport Academy1
Luke MurrayEdinburgh University1
Anthony Capo-ChichiEdusport Academy1
Greg SwanEdinburgh University1
Lee BarrettWhitehill Welfare1
Steven BlackGretna 20081
Tommy MuirDalbeattie Star1
Liam StudholmeGretna 20081
Matthew ReadGretna 20081
Ellis MonaghanGretna 20081
Jordan LittleGretna 20081
David StewartCivil Service Strollers1
William KiddWhitehill Welfare1
James McPartlinWhitehill Welfare1
Ricky MillerSelkirk1
Scott StevensonEast Kilbride1
Barry RussellEast Kilbride1
Ryan McKenzieWhitehill Welfare1
Aidan FerrisEast Kilbride1
James BatyDalbeattie Star1
Scott LucasWhitehill Welfare1
Finn Daniels YeomanEdinburgh University1
Matthew CunninghamCivil Service Strollers1
David ProctorEast Kilbride1
Clement JordanEdusport Academy1
Daniel AsheUniversity of Stirling1
Grant NelsonEdusport Academy1
Scott MaxwellThe Spartans1
Ross McMillanBSC Glasgow1
Kieran AinslieGala Fairydean Rovers1
George WindramGala Fairydean Rovers1
Darren MilneHawick Royal Albert1
Blair LyonsUniversity of Stirling1
Ciaran DonnellyBSC Glasgow1
Dachi KhutsishviliThe Spartans1
Kevin KeaneUniversity of Stirling1
Lewis SwaneyGala Fairydean Rovers1
David O’BrienUniversity of Stirling1
Josh McArthurBSC Glasgow1
Sonny SwansonWhitehill Welfare1
Scott MainGala Fairydean Rovers1
Darren McCrawWhitehill Welfare1
Blair TolmieThe Spartans1
Ross AitchisonGala Fairydean Rovers1
Matthew GrahamVale of Leithen1
Sean PaliczkaGala Fairydean Rovers1
Ryan McStayBSC Glasgow1
Robbie McNabBSC Glasgow1
Adam CorbettThe Spartans1
Michael HerdThe Spartans1
Chris GordonWhitehill Welfare0
Dan GreigSelkirk0
Robbie DowieWhitehill Welfare0
Nicholas DolanWhitehill Welfare0
Dylan AtkinsonGretna 20080
Robbie CarterWhitehill Welfare0
Greg LloydWhitehill Welfare0
Kerr DoddsWhitehill Welfare0
Scott GormleyWhitehill Welfare0
Hamish HunterWhitehill Welfare0
Cameron WatsonWhitehill Welfare0
Liam McCabeWhitehill Welfare0
Kerr ScottGala Fairydean Rovers0
Reiss JefferyHawick Royal Albert0
John KerrWhitehill Welfare0
Ross JardineWhitehill Welfare0
Declan KnoxWhitehill Welfare0
Kieran CampbellEast Kilbride0
Thomas PatersonVale of Leithen0
James ElliotVale of Leithen0
Ross BradyVale of Leithen0
Ross GilpinVale of Leithen0
Jack HayVale of Leithen0
Alexander ImlahVale of Leithen0
Ainslie HunterVale of Leithen0
Darren BurnsHawick Royal Albert0
Chris AndersonVale of Leithen0
Curtis RoseHawick Royal Albert0
Grant PeddieHawick Royal Albert0
Craig SaundersHawick Royal Albert0
Alasdair SimpsonHawick Royal Albert0
Darren ThomsonHawick Royal Albert0
Shaun SpenceHawick Royal Albert0
Steven SacayaradjiEdusport Academy0
Liam McIntoshHawick Royal Albert0
Adam UphillGretna 20080
Aaron MoffatWhitehill Welfare0
Ewan SaundersonVale of Leithen0
Jonny Scott-MercerVale of Leithen0
Kyle BrockieWhitehill Welfare0
Declan TrembleGretna 20080
Liam McIntoshVale of Leithen0
Jon McInallyVale of Leithen0
Robert MansonVale of Leithen0
Steven LynchVale of Leithen0
Andrew MartinVale of Leithen0
Marc BerryGala Fairydean Rovers0
Craig McbrideVale of Leithen0
Connor BrydonWhitehill Welfare0
Thomas CowleyUniversity of Stirling0
Joe WiltonBSC Glasgow0
Liam DillonCivil Service Strollers0
Billy TaylorWhitehill Welfare0
Connor BarnesEdinburgh University0
Chris CairnsHawick Royal Albert0
Jamie DuffHawick Royal Albert0
Alan InglisGretna 20080
Arnult BemboBSC Glasgow0
Scott NormanGretna 20080
Robbie WintersBSC Glasgow0
Lewis JollyGretna 20080
Ross GemmellHawick Royal Albert0
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David DustinGretna 20080
Ashley KellyGretna 20080
Craig McCallEdusport Academy0
Jack O’DonnellHawick Royal Albert0
Cammy McClairCumbernauld Colts0
Niall DochertyVale of Leithen0
Calum McDonaldEdinburgh University0
Paul SutherlandEdinburgh University0
Darren WhiteCivil Service Strollers0
Ryan MilneCumbernauld Colts0
Tim RawlinsonEdinburgh University0
Greg SummersHawick Royal Albert0
Cormac O’BrienHawick Royal Albert0
Sam GeorgeCumbernauld Colts0
Rafa CalbachoEdinburgh University0
Mikey HewittEdusport Academy0
Darren KerrDalbeattie Star0
Martin McBrideEast Kilbride0
Craig HowieEast Kilbride0
Mark SmithWhitehill Welfare0
Craig SkirvingWhitehill Welfare0
Ryan StevensonWhitehill Welfare0
Gareth ThomWhitehill Welfare0
Liam WishartWhitehill Welfare0
Mark McKennaDalbeattie Star0
Sean GulneyGala Fairydean Rovers0
Rory RutherfordWhitehill Welfare0
Kieran ReynoldsWhitehill Welfare0
Greg ParkWhitehill Welfare0
Reece DonaldsonSelkirk0
Daniel MainEdinburgh University0
Scott BonarHawick Royal Albert0
Corey RobertsonWhitehill Welfare0
Ally McColmDalbeattie Star0
Darren McGrathWhitehill Welfare0
Craig QuinnEdusport Academy0
Aidan WilsonEdusport Academy0
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Kieron BeveridgeVale of Leithen0
Danny FarrellEdusport Academy0
Romain SavignyEdusport Academy0
Jean Mike BonjontinEdusport Academy0
Aaron LewisVale of Leithen0
Darren MoffatBSC Glasgow0
Craig NewallsCivil Service Strollers0
Lewis MuirGala Fairydean Rovers0
Craig HeughGala Fairydean Rovers0
Bryn HalliwellEdusport Academy0
David MaskreyEdinburgh University0
Stephane MurrayWhitehill Welfare0
Robbie LairdCivil Service Strollers0
Thomas ClareUniversity of Stirling0
Brett LandlesUniversity of Stirling0
Alex WebbUniversity of Stirling0
Ross KellockUniversity of Stirling0
Angus MailerUniversity of Stirling0
Craig BrownUniversity of Stirling0
Eachainn MillerUniversity of Stirling0
Dominic SlatteryUniversity of Stirling0
Nathan BrownUniversity of Stirling0
Kevin WalkerUniversity of Stirling0
Mark WaltersGala Fairydean Rovers0
Ross GuthrieThe Spartans0
Brandon ArchibaldThe Spartans0
Lee StephenGala Fairydean Rovers0
Ben HerdmanGala Fairydean Rovers0
Rhys CraigieGala Fairydean Rovers0
Daniel PattendenGala Fairydean Rovers0
David BonnarGala Fairydean Rovers0
Aidan PedenUniversity of Stirling0
Dominic KaneUniversity of Stirling0
Marc McFadyenSelkirk0
Fraser NeaveSelkirk0
Unpha KoromaSelkirk0
Kris MitchellSelkirk0
Jamie BarclayEast Stirlingshire0
Jordon TappingEast Stirlingshire0
Drew RamsayEast Stirlingshire0
Andrew GrantEast Stirlingshire0
Lewis TurkingtonSelkirk0
Callum MacKenzieSelkirk0
Gregor AmosSelkirk0
Fabian BorczUniversity of Stirling0
Josh EmmottUniversity of Stirling0
Grant GoodfellowSelkirk0
Eric TshinbanguSelkirk0
Murray ChristieSelkirk0
Andrew FlemingSelkirk0
Ryan SclaterSelkirk0
Ian McFarlandThe Spartans0
Willie BremnerThe Spartans0
Gavin LachlanCumbernauld Colts0
Conor McKenzieCumbernauld Colts0
Kyle GillespieCumbernauld Colts0
Fraser SheridanCumbernauld Colts0
Jordan PirrieCumbernauld Colts0
Richard KirwanCumbernauld Colts0
Sam BrownCumbernauld Colts0
Robbie KellyCumbernauld Colts0
Vinnie ParkerDalbeattie Star0
Curtiss WilsonDalbeattie Star0
Joe BoyleEdinburgh University0
Ewan RitchieEdinburgh University0
Lewis SloanDalbeattie Star0
Craig ReidWhitehill Welfare0
Hugh CameronDalbeattie Star0
Greig ThorburnDalbeattie Star0
Ally MasonDalbeattie Star0
Jamie McHarrieDalbeattie Star0
Jeff FergusCumbernauld Colts0
Andy HunterCumbernauld Colts0
Lloyd KinnairdBSC Glasgow0
Lewis KinnairdBSC Glasgow0
Corey PearsonBSC Glasgow0
John TennentBSC Glasgow0
Blair CarswellThe Spartans0
Paul ThomsonThe Spartans0
Jack NixonThe Spartans0
Andrew StobieThe Spartans0
Jamie MillsBSC Glasgow0
Spencer BrownBSC Glasgow0
Stephen BarrBSC Glasgow0
Greg PascazioCumbernauld Colts0
Jordan MarshallCumbernauld Colts0
Matt NivenBSC Glasgow0
Gerard TraynorBSC Glasgow0
Robert JonesBSC Glasgow0
Matthew BeckettBSC Glasgow0
Steven BrisbaneEast Stirlingshire0
Kris FauldsEast Stirlingshire0
Stuart McNicholasEdinburgh University0
Hamish FlettEdinburgh University0
James ConingtonEdinburgh University0
Cameron MoirEdinburgh University0
Michael NessEdinburgh University0
Gaetan ArdourelEdusport Academy0
Max VerkaikEdinburgh University0
Mark TaitEdinburgh University0
Max CondieEdinburgh University0
Thomas ArcherEdinburgh University0
Chris MilliganCivil Service Strollers0
James HaineyCivil Service Strollers0
Jordan FinnieCivil Service Strollers0
Craig NewallCivil Service Strollers0
Ross NisbetCivil Service Strollers0
Jonathan WatsonCivil Service Strollers0
Jack VerthCivil Service Strollers0
Shaun TurnbullCivil Service Strollers0
Mathieu BretonEdusport Academy0
Benjamin Chaib-EddourEdusport Academy0
Tommy WhiteheadGretna 20080
Daniel WadgeGretna 20080
Michael McAnespieGretna 20080
Jamie ClunieHawick Royal Albert0
Cameron DicksonHawick Royal Albert0
Lewis KnoxHawick Royal Albert0
Daryl JohnsonHawick Royal Albert0
Declan HoggHawick Royal Albert0
Aaron KellyGretna 20080
John JamiesonGretna 20080
Mohamed KoutaineEdusport Academy0
Souleyman DialloEdusport Academy0
Loic ChevrotEdusport Academy0
Ryan McCannEdusport Academy0
Swanny NuissierEdusport Academy0
Lukas JakaitisGretna 20080
Jack HunterGretna 20080
Jamie HopeGretna 20080
Kyle FeeCivil Service Strollers0
Scott ClappertonCivil Service Strollers0
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
Graeme MacGregorEast Stirlingshire0
David GrantEast Stirlingshire0
Josh BeattieEast Kilbride0
Scott BrodieEast Kilbride0
Kieran BellEast Kilbride0
Conor BellEast Kilbride0
Nathan KhannaEast Kilbride0
Blair KiddEast Kilbride0
George PrinceBSC Glasgow0
Ayden NicolBSC Glasgow0
Morgan SmithEast Kilbride0
Ryan MarshallBSC Glasgow0
Kyle BoggieCivil Service Strollers0
Dean CarseCivil Service Strollers0
Stuart BurnsideCivil Service Strollers0
Jordan BoyleCivil Service Strollers0
Fraser RobertsonEast Kilbride0
Jack MooneyEast Kilbride0
Craig McLeishEast Kilbride0
Dominic Joseph McLarenEast Kilbride0
Matthew McGinleyEast Kilbride0
Jack McMahonEast Kilbride0
Mathew MeechanEast Kilbride0
Gavin MillarEast Kilbride0
Craig MelroseEast Kilbride0
Calvin MuttittHawick Royal Albert0