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

PosClubPWDLFAGDPts
130234364174773
230225376235371
330205571274465
430197467313664
5301531263501348
630118115354-141
730117124744340
830124145056-640
930115144549-438
103097144649-334
113097144045-534
1230111185066-1634
133087154363-2031
143078154665-1929
153085174476-3229
1630132618108-906

And here are the hotshots lighting up the scoring charts…

Top Goalscorers 2017/18

PlayerClubGoals
Paul SluddenEast Stirlingshire18
Andy RodgersEast Stirlingshire18
Daryl HealySelkirk12
Stuart NobleGala Fairydean Rovers11
Gary NicholsonWhitehill Welfare10
Sean StewartVale of Leithen9
Tommy MuirDalbeattie Star8
Nathan EvansEdinburgh University8
Gary RedpathOpen Goal Broomhill8
Jack GuthrieEdinburgh University8
Kieran HallUniversity of Stirling8
Lewis BonarUniversity of Stirling7
Jordan FinnieVale of Leithen7
Stuart GrayGretna 20087
Jamie McCormackEast Stirlingshire6
Chris GeddesUniversity of Stirling6
Kerr AllanVale of Leithen6
Joe BoyleEdinburgh University6
David BanjoSelkirk6
Thomas GarnierCaledonian Braves6
Jack WrightWhitehill Welfare6
Connor McGregorWhitehill Welfare5
Ahmed BouchentoufCaledonian Braves5
Paolo Buzzi-5
Stevie MurrayOpen Goal Broomhill5
Kingsley GrandisonGretna 20085
Kyle MitchellWhitehill Welfare5
Liam AllisonEast Stirlingshire4
Kevin KelbieEast Stirlingshire4
Jordan HopkinsonSelkirk4
Rory MacEwanUniversity of Stirling4
Sofiane ZeghdaneCaledonian Braves4
Calum HelmSelkirk4
William MortimerCumbernauld Colts4
Grant Rose-4
Farrel O’SullivanDalbeattie Star4
Louis BesnardCaledonian Braves3
Ainslie HunterVale of Leithen3
David O’BrienUniversity of Stirling3
Darren McCrawWhitehill Welfare3
David MaskreyEdinburgh University3
Jamie GullanGala Fairydean Rovers3
Blair LyonsUniversity of Stirling3
Gavin LachlanCaledonian Braves3
Louis BabelCaledonian Braves3
Connor HigginsCaledonian Braves3
Adam WatsonGala Fairydean Rovers3
Guillermo LaMarcaThe Spartans3
Ross McMillanOpen Goal Broomhill2
Cormac O’BrienHawick Royal Albert2
Kris MitchellCivil Service Strollers2
Aidan FerrisEast Kilbride2
Kieran GibbonsEast Kilbride2
Steven DegnanDalbeattie Star2
Fraser MalcolmGala Fairydean Rovers2
Aidan WilsonCaledonian Braves2
Jamie WaddellCumbernauld Colts2
Ross KingSelkirk2
Shaun StevensVale of Leithen2
Grant NelsonCaledonian Braves2
George HunterBonnyrigg Rose2
Scott LucasWhitehill Welfare2
James McPartlinWhitehill Welfare2
Mikey HewittCaledonian Braves2
Angus Mailer-2
Scott WilsonThe Spartans2
James FlynnWhitehill Welfare2
Ross Watters-2
Liall SmithVale of Leithen2
Robbie CarterWhitehill Welfare2
Stuart MacFarlane-2
Aidan Peden-2
Ciaran DonnellyOpen Goal Broomhill2
Craig HowieEast Kilbride1
Ross AitchisonGala Fairydean Rovers1
Angelo SteyerCaledonian Braves1
Clement JordanCaledonian Braves1
Steven BlackGretna 20081
Dachi KhutsishviliThe Spartans1
Ryan McKenzieWhitehill Welfare1
Jordan LittleGretna 20081
Matthew ReadGretna 20081
Alasdair SimpsonHawick Royal Albert1
Dylan WeldonWhitehill Welfare1
David SmithEdinburgh University1
Steven LynchVale of Leithen1
Sean GulneyGala Fairydean Rovers1
Lee BarrettWhitehill Welfare1
Matthew GrahamVale of Leithen1
Darren MilneHawick Royal Albert1
Kerr DoddsWhitehill Welfare1
Anthony Capo-ChichiCaledonian Braves1
Sonny SwansonWhitehill Welfare1
William KiddWhitehill Welfare1
Danny McFaddenHawick Royal Albert1
Lewis HunterUniversity of Stirling1
Kevin KeaneUniversity of Stirling1
Sean MuhsinSelkirk1
Stephen KerrCumbernauld Colts1
Liam McCroryCumbernauld Colts1
Andy SelkirkCumbernauld Colts1
James BatyDalbeattie Star1
Jon TullyHawick Royal Albert1
Craig McbrideVale of Leithen1
Danny StoneyOpen Goal Broomhill1
Fabio NetoWhitehill Welfare1
Willie BremnerThe Spartans1
Ricky MillerSelkirk1
Ludovic ErhardEast Stirlingshire1
Joe MurrayWhitehill Welfare1
Lewis SwaneyGala Fairydean Rovers1
George WindramGala Fairydean Rovers1
Sean PaliczkaGala Fairydean Rovers1
Ross KellockUniversity of Stirling1
Andy HunterCumbernauld Colts1
Rafa CalbachoEdinburgh University1
Jamie MillsOpen Goal Broomhill1
Connor SmithOpen Goal Broomhill1
Gavin MalinThe Spartans1
David ProctorEast Kilbride1
Michael JohnsonHawick Royal Albert1
Unpha KoromaSelkirk1
Dan FitzpatrickGretna 20081
Dominic Slattery-1
Kevin McCannEast Kilbride1
Martin McbrideEast Kilbride1
Ellis Pearson-1
Greg SummersHawick Royal Albert0
Chris CairnsHawick Royal Albert0
Darren McGrathWhitehill Welfare0
Sam GeorgeCumbernauld Colts0
Ryan MilneCumbernauld Colts0
Paul SutherlandEdinburgh University0
Cammy McClairCumbernauld Colts0
Aaron LewisVale of Leithen0
Darren WhiteCivil Service Strollers0
Ally McColmDalbeattie Star0
Liam McIntoshHawick Royal Albert0
Niall DochertyVale of Leithen0
Tim RawlinsonEdinburgh University0
Connor BarnesEdinburgh University0
Kieron BeveridgeVale of Leithen0
Daniel MainEdinburgh University0
Craig NewallsCivil Service Strollers0
Craig McCallCaledonian Braves0
Calum McDonaldEdinburgh University0
Dan GreigSelkirk0
Steven BrisbaneEast Stirlingshire0
Joe WiltonOpen Goal Broomhill0
Jordon TappingEast Stirlingshire0
Darren BurnsHawick Royal Albert0
Jordan Pirrie-0
Paul Thomson-0
Stephen MansonWhitehill Welfare0
Adam UphillGretna 20080
Josh Emmott-0
Craig Brown-0
Thomas CowleyUniversity of Stirling0
David Bonnar-0
David BrownGala Fairydean Rovers0
Gavin BrownGala Fairydean Rovers0
Kevin Walker-0
Darren MoffatOpen Goal Broomhill0
Max CondieEdinburgh University0
Darren KerrDalbeattie Star0
Kieran CampbellEast Kilbride0
Steven SacayaradjiCaledonian Braves0
Ashley KellyGretna 20080
Alex Webb-0
Ross GemmellHawick Royal Albert0
Marc BerryGala Fairydean Rovers0
Ross JardineWhitehill Welfare0
Reiss JefferyHawick Royal Albert0
Scott BonarHawick Royal Albert0
Chris AndersonVale of Leithen0
Cameron WatsonWhitehill Welfare0
Dylan AtkinsonGretna 20080
Alexander ImlahVale of Leithen0
Ross GilpinVale of Leithen0
Kerr ScottGala Fairydean Rovers0
James ElliotVale of Leithen0
Declan TrembleGretna 20080
Jamie DuffHawick Royal Albert0
Ewan RitchieEdinburgh University0
Billy TaylorWhitehill Welfare0
Dominic Joseph McLarenEast Kilbride0
Marc McFadyenSelkirk0
Kris MitchellSelkirk0
Kris FauldsEast Stirlingshire0
Lewis PeddieEast Stirlingshire0
David GrantEast Stirlingshire0
Josh BeattieEast Kilbride0
Ross CaldwellEast Kilbride0
James CassidyEast Kilbride0
Riccardo CorrieriEast Kilbride0
Lee DavidsonEast Kilbride0
Lewis DohertyEast Kilbride0
Blair KiddEast Kilbride0
Craig McLeishEast Kilbride0
Callum MacKenzieSelkirk0
Mathew MeechanEast Kilbride0
Craig MelroseEast Kilbride0
Jack MooneyEast Kilbride0
Morgan SmithEast Kilbride0
George PrinceOpen Goal Broomhill0
Kyle BoggieCivil Service Strollers0
Stuart BurnsideCivil Service Strollers0
Dean CarseCivil Service Strollers0
Jack VerthCivil Service Strollers0
Jonathan WatsonCivil Service Strollers0
Hamish FlettEdinburgh University0
Cameron MoirEdinburgh University0
Lewis TurkingtonSelkirk0
Murray ChristieSelkirk0
Max VerkaikEdinburgh University0
Ally MasonDalbeattie Star0
Matt NivenOpen Goal Broomhill0
Gerard TraynorOpen Goal Broomhill0
Matthew BeckettOpen Goal Broomhill0
Robert JonesOpen Goal Broomhill0
Corey PearsonOpen Goal Broomhill0
Lewis KinnairdOpen Goal Broomhill0
Lloyd KinnairdOpen Goal Broomhill0
Sam BrownCumbernauld Colts0
Robbie KellyCumbernauld Colts0
Conor McKenzieCumbernauld Colts0
Kyle GillespieCumbernauld Colts0
Jamie McHarrieDalbeattie Star0
Andrew StobieThe Spartans0
Andrew FlemingSelkirk0
Brandon ArchibaldThe Spartans0
Mark WaltersGala Fairydean Rovers0
Lee StephenGala Fairydean Rovers0
Daniel PattendenGala Fairydean Rovers0
Nathan BrownUniversity of Stirling0
Brett LandlesUniversity of Stirling0
Thomas ClareUniversity of Stirling0
Eachainn MillerUniversity of Stirling0
Dominic KaneUniversity of Stirling0
Fabian BorczUniversity of Stirling0
Grant GoodfellowSelkirk0
Eric TshinbanguSelkirk0
Ryan SclaterSelkirk0
Michael NessEdinburgh University0
Gaetan ArdourelCaledonian Braves0
Liam DillonCivil Service Strollers0
Mark SmithWhitehill Welfare0
Scott GormleyWhitehill Welfare0
Hamish HunterWhitehill Welfare0
John KerrWhitehill Welfare0
Declan KnoxWhitehill Welfare0
Greg LloydWhitehill Welfare0
Liam McCabeWhitehill Welfare0
Aaron MoffatWhitehill Welfare0
Greg ParkWhitehill Welfare0
Kieran ReynoldsWhitehill Welfare0
Corey RobertsonWhitehill Welfare0
Rory RutherfordWhitehill Welfare0
Craig SkirvingWhitehill Welfare0
Ryan StevensonWhitehill Welfare0
Robbie DowieWhitehill Welfare0
Gareth ThomWhitehill Welfare0
Liam WishartWhitehill Welfare0
Lewis MuirGala Fairydean Rovers0
Bryn HalliwellCaledonian Braves0
Jean Mike BonjontinCaledonian Braves0
Craig QuinnCaledonian Braves0
Romain SavignyCaledonian Braves0
Danny FarrellCaledonian Braves0
Martin McBrideEast Kilbride0
Robbie WintersOpen Goal Broomhill0
Scott NormanGretna 20080
Lewis JollyGretna 20080
Alan InglisGretna 20080
Chris GordonWhitehill Welfare0
Nicholas DolanWhitehill Welfare0
Mathieu BretonCaledonian Braves0
Calvin MuttittHawick Royal Albert0
Benjamin Chaib-EddourCaledonian Braves0
Loic ChevrotCaledonian Braves0
Souleyman DialloCaledonian Braves0
Mohamed KoutaineCaledonian Braves0
Swanny NuissierCaledonian Braves0
John JamiesonGretna 20080
Aaron KellyGretna 20080
Tommy WhiteheadGretna 20080
Jamie ClunieHawick Royal Albert0
Cameron DicksonHawick Royal Albert0
Declan HoggHawick Royal Albert0
Lewis KnoxHawick Royal Albert0
Jack O’DonnellHawick Royal Albert0
Connor BrydonWhitehill Welfare0
Grant PeddieHawick Royal Albert0
Curtis RoseHawick Royal Albert0
Craig SaundersHawick Royal Albert0
Shaun SpenceHawick Royal Albert0
Darren ThomsonHawick Royal Albert0
Ross BradyVale of Leithen0
Jack HayVale of Leithen0
Robert MansonVale of Leithen0
Andrew MartinVale of Leithen0
Jon McInallyVale of Leithen0
Ewan SaundersonVale of Leithen0
Jonny Scott-MercerVale of Leithen0
Kyle BrockieWhitehill Welfare0
Stephane MurrayWhitehill Welfare0

Photos
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)