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 2017/18

Paul SluddenEast Stirlingshire18
Andy RodgersEast Stirlingshire18
Daryl HealySelkirk12
Stuart NobleGala Fairydean Rovers11
Gary NicholsonWhitehill Welfare10
Nathan EvansEdinburgh University8
Gary RedpathBroomhill8
Kieran HallUniversity of Stirling8
Tommy MuirDalbeattie Star8
Jack GuthrieEdinburgh University8
Jordan FinnieVale of Leithen7
Stuart GrayGretna 20087
Lewis BonarUniversity of Stirling7
David BanjoSelkirk6
Joe BoyleEdinburgh University6
Jack WrightWhitehill Welfare6
Chris GeddesUniversity of Stirling6
Jamie McCormackEast Stirlingshire6
Kerr AllanVale of Leithen6
Thomas GarnierCaledonian Braves6
Kingsley GrandisonGretna 20085
Kyle MitchellWhitehill Welfare5
Paolo Buzzi-5
Connor McGregorWhitehill Welfare5
Stevie MurrayBroomhill5
Ahmed BouchentoufCaledonian Braves5
Kevin KelbieEast Stirlingshire4
Sofiane ZeghdaneCaledonian Braves4
Liam AllisonEast Stirlingshire4
Calum HelmSelkirk4
William MortimerCumbernauld Colts4
Rory MacEwanUniversity of Stirling4
Jordan HopkinsonSelkirk4
Grant Rose-4
Farrel O’SullivanDalbeattie Star4
David O’BrienUniversity of Stirling3
Adam WatsonGala Fairydean Rovers3
Jamie GullanGala Fairydean Rovers3
Darren McCrawWhitehill Welfare3
Ainslie HunterVale of Leithen3
Connor HigginsCaledonian Braves3
Louis BabelCaledonian Braves3
Louis BesnardCaledonian Braves3
Guillermo LaMarcaThe Spartans3
Gavin LachlanCaledonian Braves3
David MaskreyEdinburgh University3
Blair LyonsUniversity of Stirling3
Jamie WaddellCumbernauld Colts2
Angus Mailer-2
Robbie CarterWhitehill Welfare2
Scott LucasWhitehill Welfare2
James McPartlinWhitehill Welfare2
Ross Watters-2
Ross McMillanBroomhill2
George HunterBonnyrigg Rose2
Aidan FerrisEast Kilbride2
Fraser MalcolmGala Fairydean Rovers2
Stuart MacFarlane-2
Ciaran DonnellyBroomhill2
Liall SmithVale of Leithen2
Shaun StevensVale of Leithen2
Aidan WilsonCaledonian Braves2
Steven DegnanDalbeattie Star2
Aidan Peden-2
Kris MitchellCivil Service Strollers2
Kieran GibbonsEast Kilbride2
Mikey HewittCaledonian Braves2
Grant NelsonCaledonian Braves2
Ross KingSelkirk2
Cormac O’BrienHawick Royal Albert2
James FlynnWhitehill Welfare2
Scott WilsonThe Spartans2
Kerr DoddsWhitehill Welfare1
Matthew ReadGretna 20081
Rafa CalbachoEdinburgh University1
Dominic Slattery-1
Lee BarrettWhitehill Welfare1
Dachi KhutsishviliThe Spartans1
Matthew GrahamVale of Leithen1
Ross AitchisonGala Fairydean Rovers1
Steven LynchVale of Leithen1
Lewis HunterUniversity of Stirling1
Alasdair SimpsonHawick Royal Albert1
Gavin MalinThe Spartans1
Joe MurrayWhitehill Welfare1
Jamie MillsBroomhill1
Darren MilneHawick Royal Albert1
Sonny SwansonWhitehill Welfare1
Willie BremnerThe Spartans1
Michael JohnsonHawick Royal Albert1
Sean GulneyGala Fairydean Rovers1
Craig HowieEast Kilbride1
Clement JordanCaledonian Braves1
Connor SmithBroomhill1
David SmithEdinburgh University1
Lewis SwaneyGala Fairydean Rovers1
Dylan WeldonWhitehill Welfare1
Sean PaliczkaGala Fairydean Rovers1
Fabio NetoWhitehill Welfare1
George WindramGala Fairydean Rovers1
Ryan McKenzieWhitehill Welfare1
William KiddWhitehill Welfare1
Jordan LittleGretna 20081
Kevin KeaneUniversity of Stirling1
Steven BlackGretna 20081
Kevin McCannEast Kilbride1
Ross KellockUniversity of Stirling1
Craig McbrideVale of Leithen1
Ludovic ErhardEast Stirlingshire1
Andy SelkirkCumbernauld Colts1
Danny StoneyBroomhill1
Jon TullyHawick Royal Albert1
Martin McbrideEast Kilbride1
Stephen KerrCumbernauld Colts1
Dan FitzpatrickGretna 20081
Ellis Pearson-1
Danny McFaddenHawick Royal Albert1
James BatyDalbeattie Star1
Sean MuhsinSelkirk1
Ricky MillerSelkirk1
Liam McCroryCumbernauld Colts1
David ProctorEast Kilbride1
Unpha KoromaSelkirk1
Andy HunterCumbernauld Colts1
Angelo SteyerCaledonian Braves1
Anthony Capo-ChichiCaledonian Braves1
Max CondieEdinburgh University0
Dylan AtkinsonGretna 20080
Declan TrembleGretna 20080
Cameron DicksonHawick Royal Albert0
Matthew BeckettBroomhill0
Kerr ScottGala Fairydean Rovers0
Liam McIntoshHawick Royal Albert0
Darren BurnsHawick Royal Albert0
Stephen MansonWhitehill Welfare0
Josh Emmott-0
Ally MasonDalbeattie Star0
Lloyd KinnairdBroomhill0
Andrew StobieThe Spartans0
Gavin BrownGala Fairydean Rovers0
Cameron WatsonWhitehill Welfare0
Steven SacayaradjiCaledonian Braves0
Scott BonarHawick Royal Albert0
Jamie McHarrieDalbeattie Star0
Ally McColmDalbeattie Star0
Adam UphillGretna 20080
Darren MoffatBroomhill0
Aaron LewisVale of Leithen0
Gerard TraynorBroomhill0
Cammy McClairCumbernauld Colts0
Kieron BeveridgeVale of Leithen0
Matt NivenBroomhill0
Connor BarnesEdinburgh University0
Marc BerryGala Fairydean Rovers0
Ryan StevensonWhitehill Welfare0
Kieran CampbellEast Kilbride0
Craig Brown-0
Reiss JefferyHawick Royal Albert0
Tim RawlinsonEdinburgh University0
David Bonnar-0
Kevin Walker-0
Alex Webb-0
Chris AndersonVale of Leithen0
Paul Thomson-0
James ElliotVale of Leithen0
Joe WiltonBroomhill0
Ross GilpinVale of Leithen0
Robert JonesBroomhill0
Alexander ImlahVale of Leithen0
Steven BrisbaneEast Stirlingshire0
Ross JardineWhitehill Welfare0
Jordan Pirrie-0
Corey PearsonBroomhill0
Calum McDonaldEdinburgh University0
David BrownGala Fairydean Rovers0
Thomas CowleyUniversity of Stirling0
Kyle GillespieCumbernauld Colts0
Lewis KinnairdBroomhill0
Conor McKenzieCumbernauld Colts0
Darren McGrathWhitehill Welfare0
Craig NewallsCivil Service Strollers0
Ross GemmellHawick Royal Albert0
Sam BrownCumbernauld Colts0
Darren WhiteCivil Service Strollers0
Dan GreigSelkirk0
Ashley KellyGretna 20080
Robbie KellyCumbernauld Colts0
Craig McCallCaledonian Braves0
Darren KerrDalbeattie Star0
Jordon TappingEast Stirlingshire0
Fabian BorczUniversity of Stirling0
Lewis JollyGretna 20080
Daniel MainEdinburgh University0
Loic ChevrotCaledonian Braves0
Dean CarseCivil Service Strollers0
Jack VerthCivil Service Strollers0
Jonathan WatsonCivil Service Strollers0
Hamish FlettEdinburgh University0
Cameron MoirEdinburgh University0
Michael NessEdinburgh University0
Max VerkaikEdinburgh University0
Gaetan ArdourelCaledonian Braves0
Thomas ClareUniversity of Stirling0
Mathieu BretonCaledonian Braves0
Benjamin Chaib-EddourCaledonian Braves0
Souleyman DialloCaledonian Braves0
Kyle BoggieCivil Service Strollers0
Brett LandlesUniversity of Stirling0
Mohamed KoutaineCaledonian Braves0
Swanny NuissierCaledonian Braves0
Nathan BrownUniversity of Stirling0
John JamiesonGretna 20080
Aaron KellyGretna 20080
Tommy WhiteheadGretna 20080
Jamie ClunieHawick Royal Albert0
Declan HoggHawick Royal Albert0
Lewis KnoxHawick Royal Albert0
Calvin MuttittHawick Royal Albert0
Stuart BurnsideCivil Service Strollers0
George PrinceBroomhill0
Grant PeddieHawick Royal Albert0
Eachainn MillerUniversity of Stirling0
Eric TshinbanguSelkirk0
Ryan SclaterSelkirk0
Andrew FlemingSelkirk0
Murray ChristieSelkirk0
Callum MacKenzieSelkirk0
Lewis TurkingtonSelkirk0
Marc McFadyenSelkirk0
Kris MitchellSelkirk0
Kris FauldsEast Stirlingshire0
Lewis PeddieEast Stirlingshire0
Dominic KaneUniversity of Stirling0
David GrantEast Stirlingshire0
Morgan SmithEast Kilbride0
Josh BeattieEast Kilbride0
Ross CaldwellEast Kilbride0
James CassidyEast Kilbride0
Riccardo CorrieriEast Kilbride0
Lee DavidsonEast Kilbride0
Lewis DohertyEast Kilbride0
Blair KiddEast Kilbride0
Dominic Joseph McLarenEast Kilbride0
Craig McLeishEast Kilbride0
Mathew MeechanEast Kilbride0
Craig MelroseEast Kilbride0
Jack MooneyEast Kilbride0
Jack O’DonnellHawick Royal Albert0
Curtis RoseHawick Royal Albert0
Paul SutherlandEdinburgh University0
Scott NormanGretna 20080
Gareth ThomWhitehill Welfare0
Liam WishartWhitehill Welfare0
Lee StephenGala Fairydean Rovers0
Lewis MuirGala Fairydean Rovers0
Bryn HalliwellCaledonian Braves0
Jean Mike BonjontinCaledonian Braves0
Craig QuinnCaledonian Braves0
Romain SavignyCaledonian Braves0
Danny FarrellCaledonian Braves0
Martin McBrideEast Kilbride0
Robbie WintersBroomhill0
Grant GoodfellowSelkirk0
Craig SkirvingWhitehill Welfare0
Alan InglisGretna 20080
Liam DillonCivil Service Strollers0
Mark WaltersGala Fairydean Rovers0
Billy TaylorWhitehill Welfare0
Jamie DuffHawick Royal Albert0
Chris CairnsHawick Royal Albert0
Greg SummersHawick Royal Albert0
Sam GeorgeCumbernauld Colts0
Ryan MilneCumbernauld Colts0
Brandon ArchibaldThe Spartans0
Niall DochertyVale of Leithen0
Mark SmithWhitehill Welfare0
Rory RutherfordWhitehill Welfare0
Craig SaundersHawick Royal Albert0
Connor BrydonWhitehill Welfare0
Shaun SpenceHawick Royal Albert0
Darren ThomsonHawick Royal Albert0
Ross BradyVale of Leithen0
Jack HayVale of Leithen0
Daniel PattendenGala Fairydean Rovers0
Robert MansonVale of Leithen0
Andrew MartinVale of Leithen0
Jon McInallyVale of Leithen0
Ewan SaundersonVale of Leithen0
Jonny Scott-MercerVale of Leithen0
Kyle BrockieWhitehill Welfare0
Nicholas DolanWhitehill Welfare0
Corey RobertsonWhitehill Welfare0
Robbie DowieWhitehill Welfare0
Chris GordonWhitehill Welfare0
Scott GormleyWhitehill Welfare0
Hamish HunterWhitehill Welfare0
John KerrWhitehill Welfare0
Declan KnoxWhitehill Welfare0
Greg LloydWhitehill Welfare0
Liam McCabeWhitehill Welfare0
Aaron MoffatWhitehill Welfare0
Stephane MurrayWhitehill Welfare0
Ewan RitchieEdinburgh University0
Kieran ReynoldsWhitehill Welfare0
Greg ParkWhitehill Welfare0