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M1s knocked out of Cup, L2s & M3s beat frost to win – Weekend Review – 27th November

Clydesdale 1s were eliminated from the Men’s Scottish Cup at the Second Round following a 5-0 defeat to Edinburgh University 1s at Peffermill on Saturday.

The M1s were made to pay for an unfortunate missed penalty flick with the score at 0-0 before the student side scored five unanswered goals to run out comfortable winners. It ends Clydesdale’s hopes of a Scottish Cup at run at effectively the first time of asking given the bye advancement received from the previous round.

Going into the game, the Titwood boys were without a number of personnel including Graham Dunlop, Patrick Lonergan, Andy McAllan, Sam Hayes, Sean Mahoney and Jamie Green.

But Sammy Kasto, Fraser Hirst and Euan Lindsay made returns to an M1s side that started well in the first quarter before winning a penalty flick in the second quarter from an illegal clearance on the goalline from a penalty corner. Much to Clydesdale’s dismay, however, skipper Andrew Allan was sadly unsuccessful from the spot. And the Edinburgh side took full advantage before half time when an attack from the baseline culminated with a pass to the backpost for a forward to tap in.

The home side stepped up their scoring with two more goals in the third quarter. The first being a successful counter attack whilst the second was a reverse stick shot past ‘Dale goalkeeper Calum Douglas. In the fourth quarter, Head Coach Ciaran Crawford took the brave decision to bring his number 1 off in favour of another outfield player in hope to gain a goal quickly. But despite the away side’s efforts, Uni scored two more goals to seal their place in the next round.

Clydesdale Western 2s survived a late retort from Strathclyde University 1s on Saturday at Millerston to book their spot in the next round of the Women’s Scottish Plate.

Goals from Rachel Whittle and Sophie Highet gave Donald Amour’s side a commanding two-goal lead. The student sided responded in the fourth quarter by halving the deficit, but the L2s held on for the win.

The result was welcome news given there were concerns whether the game would even take place given the freezing temperatures that postponed a number of games up and down the country. And despite the cold conditions, ‘Dale Western 2s did not waste much time getting warmed up with an aggressive start to the contest, so it was no surprise when Whittle broke free to put her side a goal to the good. Strathclyde tried their best to respond in kind but were denied by a couple of key saves from goalkeeper Ashley Herbert.

Those saves proved crucial as Highet doubled the L2s lead, responding quickest to slot a short corner breakdown. The student side got a goal back in the final quarter, meaning the Titwood 2s girls had to be on their guard to avoid a penalty shoot out. Thankfully, key interceptions and a generally staunch defence saw Clydesdale Western 2s through in the Women’s Scottish Plate.

Clydesdale 3s pulled off a stunning late comeback before succeeding on penalty flicks in the Scottish Men’s Reserve Cup Second Round tie with Hillhead 3s at Upper Windyedge.

The Jordanhill side were holding a 2-0 lead five minutes from time before Ali Bleach and Colin Moulson scored late goals from penalty corners to send the game to flicks. Moulson was also successful from the spot as were Spencer Cox, Colin Gambles and Jack Cassie to give the M3s a 4-3 shootout win. Craig Bradley’s side are now through to the Quarter Finals of the tournament and will hope to continue in their Cup run to reach the Final of the Reserve Cup for the first time since 2015.

The game itself started with the home side keeping the majority of possession but both teams were able to exchange chances, which their respective goalkeepers were equal to, leaving the score goalless by half time.

But Hillhead 3s – currently top of Men’s West District Division One – scored the opening goal with smart near post finish before doubling their lead with a well-worked penalty corner. With only five minutes to go, Bleach set up a grandstand finish for the Titwood side with a well-converted penalty corner. The momentum from Bleach’s goal was enough to level the scoreline in the final minute when Moulson dived to deflect in from a rehearsed penalty corner routine, sending the tie to flicks.

Despite scoring four, the M3s did miss one flick in the shootout. Thankfully, it was to no avail as Hillhead 3s missed on two occasions to secure Bradley’s sides passage to the next round of the Reserve Cup.

Seven games, including the L1s & L3s Women’s Scottish Cup ties, were postponed as the low temperatures left hockey pitches unplayable on Saturday.

All four Titwood matches and the three matches taking place at Hutchesons’ Grammar School fell victim to frozen pitches. The L1s, L3s, L4s, M2s and M4s were all scheduled to be involved in respective cup games, whilst the M5s, M5s Development and L6s were to be involved West District league competitions.

All games will now be rescheduled, with dates and pushback times to be confirmed at a later date.

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Weekend Preview – 27th/28th November

Clydesdale Western 1s will play the final part of back-to-back games against Dundee Wanderers 1s in the Second Round of the Women’s Scottish Cup at Titwood on Saturday from 1.30pm.

The L1s will hope to follow up a resounding 13-1 win over the Taysiders last Sunday in the Women’s Premiership to sign off a perfect first half of the outdoor campaign. ‘Dale Western have won all eleven of their league games as well as their First Round victory over Edinburgh University 2s back at the start of October. The Titwood girls have been in excellent scoring form of late too having scored 58 goals – as well only conceding one – in their last six games.

Head Coach Derek Forsyth is boosted by the returns of Karin Belch and Lexi Sabatelli for Saturday’s home tie having both missed the last three games with separate injuries. Goalkeeper Iona Colquhoun was involved in the opening round victory against Uni 2s and may be in contention for selection.

An early pushback of 11.30am at Peffermill against Edinburgh University 1s is what awaits Clydesdale 1s in the Men’s Scottish Cup Second Round on Saturday.

The M1s will be involved in the Cup for the first time this weekend having been given a bye from the previous round. ‘Dale completed a topsy-turvy league campaign with a 6-1 success over Hillhead last Saturday to lift them into sixth place of the Men’s Premiership. Whether that will be enough to keep them in the top six before the split is confirmed will be determined by two remaining results elsewhere.

Saturday’s scoreline was Clydesdale’s fifth win of the league campaign, one of which was against Edinburgh University in the first weekend of October. Andrew Allan’s hat-trick proving crucial in a 4-3 win which incidentally remains the student side’s only defeat so far this season.

Head Coach Ciaran Crawford will be grateful to the news that trio Fraser Hirst, Euan Lindsay and Sammy Kasto are all available for this weekend’s match having missed the Hillhead contest.

There are a number of games for our Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams ranging between cup, league and double headers.

The L3s have perhaps the trickiest of all the match ups when they take on Women’s Premiership side Uddingston 1s in the Second Round of the Women’s Scottish Cup from 4.30pm. The L3s secured the tie having beaten Kelburne 2s at Glasgow Green thanks to a brace from youngster Darcy McNeill. The M4s may challenge the L3s to the day’s biggest challenge as they host Edinburgh University 3s in the Men’s Reserve Cup from 12.00 noon. The M4s were given a bye to the Second Round of the tournament but will be underdogs against a side who play their league hockey in the Men’s Regional Division and held the M2s to a point back at the start of October.

Turning attention to the M2s, Stuart Banford’s side host Grove Menzieshill 2s in the Men’s Scottish District Cup – 3.00pm pushback. A Dean Baber penalty flick and a solo effort from Ian King was enough for the M2s to beat Glasgow University 2s 2-0 at Garscube in the First Round.

Staying with the knockout competitions, the L4s will play at Hutchesons’ Grammar School (HGS) from 1.30pm in the Women’s Scottish District Cup Second Round against Dundee University 2s. In the previous stage, the L4s beat Hillhead 3s 2-1 away from home courtesy of goals from Marnie Moulson and Cath Stirling. The L2s have a double-header weekend starting with an away fixture in the First Round of the Women’s Scottish Plate. Donald Amour’s team are up against Strathclyde University 1s at Millerston at 3.30pm. Then on Sunday, the L2s will look  to close the gap on Edinburgh University 2s to six points in the Women’s Championship when they travel to the capital to play George Heriot’s FP 1s at Mary Erskine School, 1.00pm start.

The M5s, M5s Development and L6s are all in league action on Saturday. In Men’s West District Division Three, the M5s are away to Hillhead 7s at 12.30pm before the M5s Development start at 4.30pm against Stepps at HGS. Meanwhile, the L6s will play at HGS before the M5s Development, 3.00pm pushback, in Women’s West District Division Three versus Strathclyde University 2s.

Returning back to the cup fixtures, the M3s face fellow league opponents Hillhead 3s in the Men’s Scottish Reserve Cup, 3.30pm pushback at Lower Windyedge. The two sides are competing for glory in Men’s West District Division One, and their only meeting so far this season ended in a 1-1 draw.

There were two midweek Women’s West District games during midweek for Clydesdale Western teams.

The ever improving L5s grabbed a hard fought point away to Garnock 1s on Wednesday evening. A goal each from Gemma Lane and Lily McKaig helped their side secure a share of the spoils in Women’s West District Division Two.

The following evening in Women’s West District Division One, the L4s were unfortunately beaten 3-1 at Glasgow Accies 1s. Gill Green’s goal proving to be no more than a consolation.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

M1s back to winning ways, L1s still top – Weekend review – 20th/21st November

A stunning first ever hat-trick for Ali Douglas was the catalyst to a thumping Clydesdale 1s win over Hillhead 1s at Titwood on Saturday – but an anxious wait remains on other results to determine whether the Titwood side have done enough to secure a top six spot in the Men’s Premiership at the split period.

Two quick fire goals by Douglas in the first half was quickly halved by a Hillhead goal. But midway through the second half, David Nairn sealed the win before Douglas notched up his hat-trick finishing off a sublime team move. Skipper Andrew Allan and Ben Cosgrove also got in on the act to give Ciaran Crawford’s side a 6-1 win that – for now – takes Clydesdale into sixth place of the Men’s Premiership, whilst ending a run of four games without a win.

Uddingston 1s 8-1 loss to league leaders Western Wildcats 1s on Saturday saw them displaced from the top six and now means the South Lanarkshire side must win by seven goals at home to Watsonians 1s next weekend from their game in hand. Inverleith 1s also remain in the top six mix, but require an even larger scoreline against Grove Menzieshill 1s. A winning margin of fourteen goals will see the Edinburgh side leap into the top six slots.

Selection wise for the Hillhead contest, Crawford was already up against it with a few absentees, especially in the form of attacking players such as Patrick Lonergan and Euan Lindsay. But anyone watching would not have known given the quick start made by the Titwood boys when Douglas finished from close range in the game’s opening exchanges. The U21 Scotland international then doubled his and his side’s tally with a fine reverse stick shot past the Hillhead goalkeeper. The Jordanhill side responded quickly, however, from a penalty corner.

The game from then on was on a knife edge. For all of their excellent attacking build up, Clydesdale were unable to restore their two goal lead whilst Hillhead threatened on occasions, most notably in the form of penalty corners. Thankfully, it was to no avail, and a proverbial sigh of relief was let out by the home support when Nairn composed himself to round the opposition’s ‘keeper before tapping in for 3-1 midway through the third quarter. Douglas then completed his hat-trick following superb hockey that started with Allan’s pass out of defence to Jack McKenzie. McKenzie instinctively dummied the pass for Douglas on the left baseline and the latter exchanged passes with Ben Wilson before flicking high into the net. Allan with a drag flick penalty corner and Cosgrove with a reverse stick shot from the top of the circle added the gloss to a fantastic win for the M1s.

Clydesdale Western 1s remain top of the Women’s Premiership at the break period of the outdoor season following wins in a double header weekend at Titwood against Hillhead 1s and Dundee Wanderers 1s.

A 4-0 win against Hillhead on Saturday and a 13-1 thrashing of Dundee Wanderers on Sunday means Derek Forsyth’s side have won all of their eleven league games so far to sit three points ahead of nearest opponents Watsonians 1s in the league table.

Forsyth’s selection was unchanged for both games from the side that beat Erskine Stewart’s Melville 1s on Thursday night. The deadlock in Saturday’s contest against Hillhead was broken in the opening quarter through Emma McGregor’s front stick strike from the top of the circle. The home side doubled their lead in the second quarter when a save from McGregor’s initial shot was rebounded into the goal by Holly Steiger. After half time, Jenny Eadie made it three before Holly Steiger teed up Fiona Semple in the fourth quarter to give the L1s a comfortable four goal win.

Sunday’s 13-1 result was the third time in total this season – from their last four games no less – that ‘Dale Western have racked up goals in double figures. Heather Lang got the scoring underway, deflecting in a Millie Steiger pass. Eadie then made it two after picking up loose possesion and reversing in emphatically. Lang reversed a pass in for Emma Murray to make it 3-0. In the second quarter, a ‘slip left’ penalty corner saw Anna Hoolaghan set up Semple for a deflection, Millie Steiger’s one-two with McGregor was finished off at the near post by the former to make it five before Lang’s square pass for Annabel Ballantyne put the home side six goals up by half time.

A change of ends, but no let up from the L1s. A superb team move got the outcome it deserved when Eadie, Millie Steiger, Semple and Paz Medina San Martin all combined for Holly Steiger to get in on the scoring. Eadie scored two penalty corners either side of an accredited goal to Murray following an inadvertent deflection. More goals followed when San Martin tucked in a rebound and McGregor tapped in a Lang pass – giving the latter a goal and three assists on the day. The only blot on the copy book for Clydesdale Western was conceding from a sweetly struck Wanderers penalty corner to end a sensational run of eight straight clean sheets in the league. But the Titwood girls had the final scoring say when Bronwyn Shields set up Semple to add one more on the dozen already registered.

From the remaining ten Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams in action, the L2s were the only team to record a win whilst four other fixtures finished level.

The L2s got their challenge in the Women’s Championship back on track as a goal each from Rhona McGregor, Rosie Tudor and Emma Webster gave Donald Amour’s side a 3-1 win at home to Glasgow University 2s. No such luck for the L3s in the same division, who – despite a goal from Claire MacDonald – went down 2-1 to Hillhead 2s at Upper Windyedge.

The M3s challenge to the title in Men’s West District Division One was halted following a goalless draw to Kelburne 3s at Glasgow National Hockey Centre. The same scoreline occured for the L5s away to Argyle 1s in Women’s West District Division Two.

In Men’s West District Division Two, the M4s came back late from a 2-0 deficit to draw 2-2 away to Hillhead 4s. Niklas Lange and Russell Bradley scoring a goal each to rescue a point for the M4s. The M5s and M5s Development played out a 1-1 draw at Hutchesons’ Grammar School (HGS) in Men’s West District Division Three. Representing the M5s, Lachie Stout scored his first ever goal for the club, but youngster Hamish Cornell also got a goal for the M5s Development to give both sides a share of the spoils.

The M2s in the Men’s Regional Division were involved in a fantastic game, but came out the wrong side of a 3-1 scoreline at home to Western Wildcats 2s at Titwood. Adam Docherty tapped in from close range minutes into the second half. But a ten minute yellow card for the home side and the subsequent award of a penalty flick for the away side changed the direction of the game as Wildcats scored two goals by the end of quarter three before adding another in the fourth. The L4s suffered a last minute 1-0 defeat away to Loch Lomond 1s in Women’s West District Division One. And in Women’s West District Division Three, a young L6s side – highlighted by debuts for Lena McBride and Ailish Dunlop – were unfortunately beaten 8-0 to Troon 2s at HGS.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Weekend Preview – 20th/21st November

Clydesdale 1s will be hopeful of three points and favourable results elsewhere when they play their final game before the split of the Men’s Premiership at home to Hillhead from 1.30pm.

The M1s are currently seventh in the table with one game remaining of the Men’s Premiership campaign before the mandatory split of a top and bottom six after one round of games against their eleven opponents in the league.

Clydesdale are level on points with Uddingston 1s, but the South Lanarkshire side – who also have a game in hand – hold a marginally better goal difference. Realistically, ‘Dale will need to beat Hillhead and hope that Uddingston drop points to league leaders Western Wildcats 1s on Saturday as well as their game in hand to Watsonians 1s to stand any chance of a top six finish before the split.

Head Coach Ciaran Crawford is likely to welcome back Ben Wilson, Graham Dunlop and Jack McKenzie to the side having been unavailable for last Sunday’s 6-4 loss to Grange.

Clydesdale Western 1s are aiming to keep hold of top spot in the Women’s Premiership before the league split when they host a double header against Hillhead 1s on Saturday and Dundee Wanderers 1s on Sunday – both 3.00pm pushbacks.

Superlatives are at risk of becoming overused to describe the L1s current form just now. But it’s hard to argue against it when the stats back it up – nine games, nine wins, fifty-three goals scored, three goals conceded, eight clean sheets including a current run of seven in a row.

But Head Coach Derek Forsyth will be keen to avoid any complacency when they pushback this weekend, starting with Hillhead on Saturday. The west end side are already guaranteed a top six spot, but could sneak into fourth if results go their way. ‘Dale Western then welcome Dundee Wanderers, who sit second bottom with five points to their name, the following day.

Forsyth is not expected to make any major changes to the squad that put eleven past Erskine Stewart’s Melville on Thursday night.

For the first time this season since the inception of a sixth men’s team, all twelve Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams will take to the field on Saturday.

The first game on at Titwood will be the L2s aiming to get their Women’s Championship title challenge back on track against Glasgow University 2s from noon. The M2s will be in a similar situation when they welcome Western Wildcats 2s for a 4.30pm pushback in the Men’s Regional Division.

There are also two games on at Hutchesons’ Grammar School starting with the L6s who play Troon 2s at 1.30pm in Women’s West District Division Three. The M5s and M5s Development face off in a competitive interclub match from 3.00pm in Men’s West District Division Three. At the same time, the L3s are in Women’s Championship action away to Hillhead 2s at Upper Windyedge.

Four more games start within a 25-minute period of each other. The M3s will look to keep up their title pursuit in Men’s West District Division One at Glasgow Green against Kelburne 3s from 12.20pm. The L5s and M4s are in action with a 12.30pm start respectively. The L5s take on Argyle 1s at St Andrew’s Academy in Women’s West District Division Two whilst the M4s visit Old Anniesland to face Hillhead 4s. At 12.45pm, the L4s take on Loch Lomond 1s at Hermitage Academy in Women’s West District Division One.

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L1s hit top spot in the Women’s Premiership – Midweek Review – 18th November

Clydesdale Western 1s hit top spot in the Women’s Premiership for the first time this season after a second successive double figure win against Erskine Stewart’s Melville 1s on Thursday night at Titwood.

The L1s carried on from their impressive goal haul over the weekend by recording an 11-0 win on Thursday night from one of two games in hand. Jenny Eadie scored four of the eleven whilst Heather Lang and Emma McGregor chipped in two each. Fiona Semple and Holly Steiger also got a goal apiece as did Paz Medina San Martin who registered her first ever goal since becoming a Clydesdale Western member during the summer.

The big win sees Derek Forsyth’s side rise to the summit of the Women’s Premiership with only two games remaining before the league splits. Both of those games will take place this weekend at home to Hillhead 1s on Saturday and Dundee Wanderers 1s on Sunday.

Going into Thursday’s night contest with bottom side ESM, Forsyth was most notably without Karin Belch and Lexi Sabatelli, but Emma McGregor made a welcome return following a brief period of unavailability. If the aim of the game was to carry on from Sunday’s phenomenal 17-0 win, ‘Dale Western certainly did not waste much time trying to achieve this when Semple scored the game’s opening goal after a couple of minutes. Eadie grabbed the first of four moments later to double the home side’s advantage. San Martin then slipped a shot under the goalkeeper for three before Eadie struck a powerful shot for four inside the first quarter.

In the second quarter, it was more of the same from the Titwood girls. Relentless pressure on the Edinburgh side brought goals five and six through McGregor and a corner from Eadie respectively.

If there were any hopes of surpassing Sunday’s scoreline, the away side’s defence and goalkeeper showed tremendous fight with a string of blocks and saves to deny Clydesdale Western extending their six goal lead in the whole of quarter three. But the L1s found their goalscoring touch from the first half with five more goals in the final quarter. Eadie notched up her hat-trick before adding another to make it 8-0. Two sweeping team moves brought a goal each for Holly Steiger and Lang. McGregor completed the scoring a couple of minutes shy of half time with her second goal from close range.

Clydesdale Western 1s now sit three points clear of second place before their final set of league matches this weekend.

Photo credit: Rob Lindblade