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Mahoney Magic sends M1s through, L1s into Plate after Uni loss – Cup Review – 13th October

M1s 3-3 Uddingston 1s (A Allan (3)) – M1s win 5-4 on PFs

Men’s Scottish Cup First Round

Two penalty shoot-out saves from Clydesdale Men’s 1s goalkeeper Sean Mahoney sent his side through to the next round of the Men’s Scottish Cup at the expense of fellow Men’s Premiership side Uddingston 1s at Bothwell Castle Policies on Sunday.

Both Uddy and ‘Dale were equal after 70 minutes of the First Round tie, as three goals from the home side were matched by the M1s – in particular by defender Andrew Allan, who scored a hattrick. The shoot-out nearly saw the Titwood side on the brink of elimination. Uddingston had one flick remaining at 4-3 ahead, with a conversion meaning they would have won the game. But Mahoney came up trumps to make a crucial save, before saving a sudden death penalty to send Clydesdale into the Second Round of the Scottish Cup.

The game itself proved to be an enthralling encounter for those in attendance. Uddingston opened the scoring from a penalty corner but David Nairn won a penalty flick after winning possession in Uddy’s half and driving into the circle before a physical challenge was made. Nairn, however, missed his flick as he struck the post with his effort. A minute before the break, however, Allan equalised from a penalty corner.

Despite a couple of temporary dismissals, the home side retook the lead from another corner. Clydesdale were back on level terms less than five minutes later, when they were awarded another penalty flick. This time Allan stepped up and made no mistake to level once again. Allan completed his hattrick with another corner conversion to give his side the lead, but the home side took advantage of a temporary ‘Dale card to level at 3-3 with less than ten minutes to go.

The contest went to flicks and after Uddingston took the lead from the shoot-outs first attempt, Allan missed his and Clydesdale’s first. Every flick from both sides after was scored, with the away side seeing Euan Lindsay, Nairn – despite his first half PF miss – and Steven McKnight all convert. The home side then saw their, potentially match winning, fifth flick saved by Mahoney, before captain Gordon Amour levelled. Allan regained his composure to make it 5-4, before Mahoney proved to be the game’s match-winner saving Uddingston’s sixth PF.

L1s 0-2 Edinburgh University 1s

Women’s Scottish Cup First Round

Clydesdale Western 1s will enter the Women’s Scottish Plate after suffering defeat to Women’s Scottish Cup holders Edinburgh University 1s at Peffermill – who bounced from their league defeat to the same opposition the previous day.

Unlike Saturday, ‘Dale Western were slow to get started to an Edinburgh Uni side that were keen to right some wrongs from their 3-1 loss in the Women’s Premiership 24 hours before.

The student side’s fast start saw them score a penalty corner early on. And they continued in that fashion up to half time as the L1s remained in the contest. In the second period, a goal-line stop from Uni kept the away side at bay.

As the match continued, the game became more open which saw both teams have chances. But it was Edinburgh Uni who grabbed the game’s second goal late on to seal victory. The loss means Clydesdale Western 1s will enter the Women’s Scottish Plate for the 2019-20 season.

Women’s Scottish Cup First Round – L2s 3-1 Erskine Stewart’s Melville 1s (S McHugh, L Redpath, H MacDonald); L3s 1-2 Grange EL 1s (H Walker)

Men’s Scottish District Cup First Round – M2s 2-2 Dundee Wanderers 2s (R Callaghan, I King) – M2s win 5-4 on PFs

Men’s Scottish Reserve Cup First Round – M3s 6-0 Dundee Wanderers 3s (D Sturgess (3), C Deans, J Green, D Linden)

Women’s Scottish District Cup First Round – L4s 1-2 Ardrossan 1s (C Clark)

Despite the L1s loss, there will still be one team representing Clydesdale Western in the Women’s Scottish Cup, whilst both Men’s sides booked places into the next round of their respective cup competitions.

The L2s saw off Erskine Stewart’s Melville 1s, as goals from Sarah McHugh, Louise Redpath and Hannah MacDonald gave their side a 3-1 away win. The L3s, however, will enter the Plate after losing 2-1 late on at home to Grange EL 1s – Helen Walker scoring the home side’s goal. The L4s were also knocked out at the First Round, but in the Women’s Scottish District Cup at home to Ardrossan 1s. Catherine Clark scored in vain for the L4s, who will now enter the District Plate.

Both M2s and M3s saw off Dundee Wanderers 2s and 3s in their cup competitions. An inexperienced M2s side got through their First Round tie in the Men’s District Cup via penalty flicks away to Wanderers 2s. Despite falling behind, Ruairidh Callaghan and Ian King gave their side a 2-1 lead at half time. But a defensive slip up let the home side back in midway through the second period. M2s goalkeeper Fergus Barrows made two saves in the shoot-out – sending his side through with a 5-4 penalty flicks win following a 2-2 draw in normal time. The M3s had no such problems against Wanderers 3s at Titwood, thrashing their Dundonian opponents 6-0. A hattrick from the returning David Sturgess set them on their way, whilst Derek Linden, who was also on return, Jamie Green and a first M3s goal for Cameron Deans completed the win.

Photo credit: Rhona Weir

L1s defeat Uni to maintain 100% start, M1s lose out to Grange – Weekend Review – 12th October

L1s 3-1 Edinburgh University 1s (N Harkness, H Lang, J Eadie)

Clydesdale Western 1st XI delivered a strong display to defeat current Women’s Premiership champions Edinburgh University 1s in their league meeting at Titwood on Saturday.

A goal each from Naomi Harkness, Heather Lang and Jenny Eadie gave ‘Dale Western their fourth straight league win, which in turn keeps up their 100% start to the league campaign. The L1s still remain in second spot via goal difference, going into next Saturday’s clash with league leaders Dundee Wanderers 1s. League rivals Uni, on the other hand, lost their second game of the season, leaving them six points off the leading pack.

Mascots Anna Green (orange in centre) and Arissa Iqbal (blue to the left of Anna) join Clydesdale Western 1s in the pre-match huddle. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography).

The contest itself saw the home side start brightly. Early pressure from Clydesdale Western on the student’s defence saw possession claimed high up the pitch which brought the game’s opening goal from Harkness.

Naomi Harkness (centre in orange) celebrates opening the scoring for Clydesdale Western, whilst receiving a pat on the back from eventual fellow scorer Heather Lang. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography).

The L1s did not let up from the early goal, as they continued to keep a high press on Uni which resulted in their second goal. Youngster Annabelle Ballantyne showcasing excellent composure to slip a through ball for Lang, who made no mistake in doubling the home side’s lead.

Youngster Annabelle Ballantyne (pictured) supplied an assist for Clydesdale Western’s second goal, which was converted by Heather Lang. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography).

A fairly even third quarter passed without any change to the scoreline, but the fourth quarter brought Clydesdale Western’s third – and match clinching – goal. Despite a breakdown in an attacking penalty corner, the L1s retrieved the situation as the ball found its way to Eadie who made no mistake with her shot. The away side did put in their best to force a goal back, and were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty corner conversion to reduce the deficit. The champions did win another corner towards the end but, thankfully for the home side, it was not converted as ‘Dale Western comfortably saw out the remaining minutes of the game.

M1s 0-3 Grange 1s

Match sponsor – John McKenzie

Clydesdale Men’s 1s fell to back-to-back defeats in the Men’s Premiership after going down to a clinical Grange at Titwood on Saturday.

Three second half goals from the champions gave the Titwood boys a somewhat harsh lesson in finishing, despite putting in a typically energetic and hardworking performance.

Clydesdale Men’s 1s in their squad photo before their clash with Grange. Alongside them were team mascots Max Walker-Shepherd (in orange) and Harris Baber. (Photo credit: Ciaran Crawford).

The first two quarters came and went in fairly even circumstances. Clydesdale and Grange both had a clear cut chance each – Chris McFadden’s penalty corner drag flick was comfortably saved, whilst a shot from a Grange forward brought a quick save and clearance from ‘Dale goalkeeper Sean Mahoney. But in truth, both sides were lacking on the final pass sticking, partly through strong defensive structures from their respective opponents.

Clydesdale showed a lot of endeavour throughout their game with Grange, with Andrew Allan (pictured in navy) doing his utmost for his side. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography).

The third quarter was when the game came to life. The home side forced another save off Grange’s ‘keeper not long into the restart. Then arguably Clydesdale’s best chance at 0-0 came and went. Ben Galloway picked up possession deep in to the away side’s half, feeding Euan Lindsay who played on to David Clark. Clark reversed a ball, which took an almighty deflection into the path for Struan Walker – but Walker smacked his head height slap shot wide.

Five minutes after, Grange scored not once but twice in a matter of minutes. A transfer from right to left saw the away side penetrate the D, before a quick fire shot was saved well by Mahoney. The rebound, however, fell to forward Josh McRae who tapped in from a few yards out. Mahoney had no luck again for the second goal, producing a stunning stick save on to the post, but McRae was on hand again to knock in from a couple of yards.

Despite a great save from ‘Dale goalkeeper Sean Mahoney (in orange), Grange forward Josh McRae followed in from close range to give his side the lead. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography).

Despite the best efforts in quarter four from the home side, Grange scored a third goal via a penalty corner from Dan Coultas to well and truly seal the win.

M2s 5-1 Grange 3s (C Moulson (2), O Gould (2), J Berman)

L2s 0-2 Edinburgh University 2s; L3s 0-4 Stirling University 1s

It was a day to forget for our two Ladies teams, whilst the only other Men’s team in action on Saturday were back to their best in league competitions.

Both L2s and L3s tasted defeat in their respective Women’s Championship Division One games on Saturday – the latter suffering a first loss of the league campaign. The L3s went one worse than the L2s the previous weekend, going down 4-0 at home to Stirling University 1s.

The L2s are now three without a win in the league, losing 2-0 to Championship One champions Edinburgh University 2s at Peffermill.

The M2s bounced back from a disappointing loss the previous weekend, by comfortably dispatching Grange 3s at Fettes College in Men’s Regional Division One.. Two goals from veteran Colin Moulson set the M2s on their way, but the home side hit back with a counter attack goal. Youngster Owen Gould scored his first goal for the M2s, before doubling his tally shortly before the interval. Jeetinder Berman added a fifth in the second period to seal a 5-1 win.

For a report on Sunday’s cup games, please click here.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

L1s seal narrow Wildcats win, M1s lose first game to Uni – Weekend Review – 5th October

L1s 1-0 Western Wildcats 1s (J Eadie)

Clydesdale Western maintained their 100% start to the Women’s Premiership season as a second half short corner strike from Jen Eadie was enough to give Clydesdale Western 1st XI a narrow win over Play-Off champions Western Wildcats 1s at Titwood.

Eadie’s goal midway through the third quarter settled what was a tense and, at times, scrappy affair.  The result gives ‘Dale Western 1s three wins from three going into next weekend’s clash with league champions Edinburgh University 1s.

The first half saw Clydesdale Western arguably shade possession stats.  Chances would come through Lexi Sabatelli and Eadie from a penalty corner, but Wildcats kept the home side at bay.  The away side themselves had chances, but L1s goalkeeper Jessica Buchanan was equal to the task, making two quick fire saves in the second quarter.

The second half became more of a cagier contest, with the both sides probably fortunate to keep their respective elevens on the pitch with late stick tackles and fouls.  Approaching the ten minute period of the third quarter saw Clydesdale Western break the deadlock.  A penalty corner awarded by Anna Watson saw Eadie sweep a shot from the top of the circle which crept its way over the line via a Wildcats deflection.

The L1s were impressive seeing out the remaining minutes of quarter three, but were under pressure in the final quarter. Wildcats stepped up their intentions to pull a goal back, and were nearly rewarded but Buchanan had to make another important save from a reverse stick shot.  The away side also had a couple of corner chances, but were put wide of the ‘Dale Western goal.  The L1s finished off the game to take the points, clinching their third straight win of the league season to place 2nd in the Women’s Premiership – setting them up nicely for the visit of last season’s champions Edinburgh Uni on Saturday (12th October).

M1s 2-3 Edinburgh University 1s (A Allan, S Walker)

Clydesdale Men’s 1s tasted defeat for the first time this season in the Men’s Premiership after losing to Play-Off rivals Edinburgh University 1s at Peffermill.

A goal each from Andrew Allan and Struan Walker was not enough to save the M1s as they remain on four points in the league table.

Uni 1s took the lead with a goal that saw the home side transfer the ball before crashing into the circle which was deflected by a forward past ‘Dale goalkeeper Sean Mahoney. The M1s foraged an equaliser not long after when good build up play got Walker on the ball, who drove into the circle before forcing a stick tackle resulting in a penalty flick – duly converted by Allan.

The student side then hit two penalty corner goals in quarters two and three through ex-Clydesdale boy Jack Jamieson. Jamieson flicked both high to leave Mahoney and the ‘Dale defence with no chance to save them. The goals could have arguably been somewhat harsh on Clydesdale given the positive approach in their hockey. And that positivity brought them back a goal back as a high press collected possession, releasing Walker into the D to fire a reverse stick shot into the far bottom corner.

Although Clydesdale Men’s 1s continued their press in the closing phases of the game, Edinburgh University 1s saw the game out to take the win. The result leaves Clydesdale 5th in the Men’s Premiership table, two points behind Edinburgh University.

M2s 1-5 Western Wildcats 2s (D Henderson); M3s 5-1 Dumfries 1s (L MacKay (2), J Canning, R Callaghan, C Bradley); M4s 2-2 Oban 1s (L Forsyth, S Cox); M5s 1-6 Uddingston 5s (M Macaulay)

L2s 1-1 Stirling University 1s (K Moffatt); L3s 1-1 Watsonians 2s (H McNaught); L4s 6-0 Hillhead 3s (C Stirling (3), A Menzies, S McConnell, Z Monaghan); L5s 1-1 Ferguslie 1s (A Campbell); L6s 0-2 GHK 4s

It was a bag of mixed results for the remaining nine teams of Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western, which included two big wins and four draws.

The M2s started the day with a crushing 5-1 defeat to an impressive Western Wildcats 2s performance at Auchenhowie in Men’s Regional Division One. The home side took a 3-0 lead, before Henderson’s deft deflection pulled a goal back before half time. It prompted the adverse reaction in the second half as Wildcats 2s pulled away with another two goals. The M3s were involved in the same scoreline at home to Dumfries 1s in Men’s West District Division One – but instead were on the right side of the result. A double from Lewis MacKay set the M3s on their way, whilst Jordan Canning, Ruairidh Callaghan and a rare goal from skipper Craig Bradley completed the scoring. In Men’s West District Division Two, the M4s were unfortunate not to also take three points when they played Oban 1s at Hermitage Academy. A goal each from Logan Forsyth and Spencer Cox saw the M4s 2-1 up with five minutes to go for closing out the win. But Oban 1s scored an equaliser at the end to take a share of the points. The M5s were comprehensively beaten by a fairly experienced Uddingston 4s side in Men’s West District Division Three, going down 6-1 at Hutchesons’ Grammar School, despite a goal from youngster Miles Macaulay.

For Clydesdale Western, there were three 1-1 draws, two of which came in Women’s Championship Division One. The L2s are two games without a win after drawing to Stirling University 1s at home – Kate Moffatt being the goalscorer. Whilst the L3s maintained their unbeaten start to the season, taking a point away from Watsonians 2s – Helen McNaught grabbing the away side’s goal. The L5s in Women’s West District Division Two, like the M4s, were minutes from seeing out a win from Alex Campbell’s goal before Ferguslie 1s scored to draw level. In Women’s West District Division One, the L4s hammered Hillhead 3s 6-0 at Jordanhill School. A hattrick from Cath Stirling and a goal each from Shona McConnell, Ann Menzies and Zoey Monaghan gave Marg Taylor’s side all three points.

Photo credit: Andy Lovat

Fireworks Night – Saturday 2nd November

Clydesdale Cricket & Hockey Club proudly presents our Annual Family Fireworks Extravaganza on Saturday 2nd November.

We’re working hard to make this even more fun and exciting than before, with bigger ‘bangs’, more food and more fun!  All funds raised go towards improving the club facilities, so please buy your tickets ASAP and get involved in what should be a fantastic community event.

Mr. Amazing – The Magician will kick off the day from 3.00pm entertaining the kids.  There will be street food vans, we will be selling glow toys and toasting marshmallows and will have live entertainment in the clubhouse after the event, when the kids are away to bed or want to have a dance.

Please leave your cars at home and stretch your legs!

It will be a busy night so please buy your tickets in advance via our partner Ticketlight.  Please use this link to purchase your tickets.  Ticket prices are £7.50 for adults and £4.00 for kids under the age of 16.  All kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Player Profiles – Barry, Cara & Patrick McAllister

With ‘Pitch Up and Play’ well and truly underway, and plenty of hockey opportunities for juniors – such as the summer hockey camps which are fast approaching – we thought we would have another ‘Player Profiles’ report.

Or how about three in one?! The McAllister family – which includes Barry and his two children, Cara and Patrick – are very much established club players for Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western. ‘Player Profiles’ reporter Ally Walker met up with all three to discuss how they got into hockey and life as Clydesdale members:

When Cara McAllister’s primary school PE teacher told her that she was the worst outfield hockey player she had ever seen, she unwittingly set Cara on the path of a very successful goalkeeping career! Aged just 15, Cara has already been to EuroHockey Club Challenge I in Lille as reserve goalkeeper for Clydesdale Western 1st XI and when I spoke to her, she was just off the plane from St Aloysius College’s 1st XI hockey tour to Lisbon.

After discovering the joys of throwing herself around in a goal, Cara joined Clydesdale Western and quickly moved up through the ladies teams from the 7s to the 6s to the 5s, leapfrogging over the 4s and is now well established in the 3s. Quick to spot a talented youngster, the school put Cara forward for U14s and U16s district teams where she thrived. And last season she trained with the U18s Regional Academy, putting her firmly on the pathway for more U18s action at both district and national level.

Cara has worked her way up the teams at Clydesdale Western, especially after a superb season for the L5s in which they gained promotion to Women’s West District Division Two in the 2017-18 season. (Photo credit: Barry McAllister).

Looking back on the last season with Clydesdale Western, and putting the Euros with the L1s to the side, I asked Cara what were her highlights: “Going to penalty flicks in the Plate Quarter-Final (against GHK 1s) and winning has to be up there. But then so was beating the Clydesdale 2s!”

Cara (pictured in green for the L3s vs. L1s in the Scottish Cup back in November 2018) kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win for the L3s over the L2s a few weeks after in Women’s Championship Division One. (Photo credit: Rhona Weir).

Another of Cara’s hockey achievements over the years has been to recruit her younger brother, Patrick, and father, Barry, into hockey at Clydesdale. Patrick and Barry now operate as a highly effective ‘Team McAllister’ in the Men’s 5s. Patrick, who is turning 12, started coming along to Friday night “Jockey” a couple of years ago and is now training with the Boys’ Performance squad as well as representing the Men’s 5s.

Patrick represented the Men’s 5th XI throughout the majority of last season as well as the club’s junior sides. (Photo credit: Mark Pugh).

Like his sister, he was invited to join in everything that was going on. For Patrick that included U12 festivals, U14 and U15s district events and then came training for the U13s national Nottingham tournament. It was the night before the bus to Nottingham when I met Patrick and he didn’t know yet that this was going to be an experience that he’ll never forget! But he was definitely looking forward to it. He said: “We’ve got some great kit for Nottingham and I’ve got friends like Andrew Cox going with me too.”

Patrick (if you can spot him slightly left of centre!) was selected as part of the “Alba an Iar” U13 squad that played in a hockey festival in Nottingham that took place a couple of days ago. (Photo credit: Ross McWilliams)

The recruitment of father, Barry has been a coup for the 5s. With 30 years of ice hockey experience behind him, Barry had hung up his skates and turned his attention to taxiing Patrick and Cara to training and games. However, he hadn’t bargained for the pincer action of Tricia Lonergan and Karl Richmond. Tricia lent him a stick and introduced him to Monday night’s ‘Pitch up and Play’ which runs throughout the summer during the off season. And when ‘Pitch Up and Play’ had finished, then Karl moved in and recruited him for the 5s.

Barry (pictured representing the Glasgow Chiefs Ice Hockey team) found himself playing Men’s Senior hockey after a successful summer at Clydesdale’s Pitch Up and Play. (Photo credit: Jane McAllister).

Barry said: “I absolutely love it! People have been really welcoming and I’m really enjoying training and playing with Patrick. Although I know only too well that it won’t be long before we’ll be going in different directions.”

So how does that ice hockey experience play out in real hockey? Cara and Patrick were quick to explain: “He can’t get used to only playing with only one side of his stick. And then he does these small nudges!”

However, I have heard from reliable sources that the big slap shot comes in very handy sometimes!

A young Patrick and a young Cara with Barry after a Glasgow Chiefs game – with each ice hockey stick considerably bigger than both of them! (Photo credit: Jane McAllister).

Main photo credit: Ally Walker