Scottish Cup Round 4 – East Vale AFC vs Milngavie Wanderers FC

Scottish Cup:  East Vale AFC ( 1) vs (1) Milngavie Wanderers FC

Scorer: Kevin Kelly

The Wanderers secured a draw in a toughly contested match in which both teams gave 100% in an effort to get the win that would into the next round of the cup at the first attempt.

The Wanderers having to make a number of positional changes due to injury and work commitments set out from the start trying to play the ball on the deck and taking the game to the home team.

The home side well organised and marshalled from the middle of the park were working hard at winning the first and second ball in an effort to upset the flow of the game and this seemed to enable them to slowly get into the game.

Campbell at right back was Wanderers stand out player in the first half with most of the wanderers attacks coming down the right with excellent connecting play between Campbell Jordan and Carrick.

A few dubious referring decisions were the difference in the Wanderers not going in at the break ahead – Kevin Kelly being brought down a few yards inside the box only for the ref to award a free kick outside the box.

A run by Kevin Clocherty down the left and by 2 players seen him go down after a late challenge in the box by the last East Vale defender with the ref deciding it was 50 / 50 ball decision whether it was a foul or not and deciding not to give it.

The Wanderers were unfortunate not to be ahead on the 35th minute when another free kick just outside the East Vale box was taken quickly by Kelly only to see the home keeper slip but still manage to keep the ball from going into the net.

The home team were always dangerous on the break and a warning to the Wanderers came on the 38th minute when a poorly defended cross resulted with East Vale forward arrived late into the box only to see his header go inches by the post.

The Wanderers continued to push for the opening goal and on the 43rd minute Michel Hopkins received a great through ball from Carrick with only the goal keeper to beat the ref making another strange decision once more blew for offside.

Half time 0-0

The second half started as the first with the Wanderers taking the game to the home side who were struggling to compete with the movement of the ball quickly from midfield to the forward line.

The home side were hanging in and were defending well and limiting the Wanderers attempts on goals to long range efforts.

GOAL – on the 68th minute after yet another corner kick to the Wanderers and more pressure from the Wanderers the ball wasn’t properly cleared and the ball falling nicely to Kelly was rifled home high into the roof of the East Vale goal.   With the score 1-0 the Wanderers now looking good to secure the victory.

Charlie Jamison was first to every single ball and was the stand out player on the park.  He his drive and enthusiasm was rubbing off as the Wanderers pushed the game higher up the park to secure the all important second goal to finish the game.

To be fair to East Vale players – under pressure and a goal down they were playing the best football they had played all day and were starting to look more threatening every time they went up the park.

Kelly again was involved in what was nearly the second and decisive goal when a cleverly floated shot seeing the keeper off his line hit the bar only to drop on the line but with no Wanderers attackers falling up the ball was cleared to safety.

With only 15 minutes of the game left East Vale through caution to the wind and nearly secured the equaliser.  Adding another attacker by the East Vale management team seemed to be paying off and the action in front of the Wanderers goals intensified.  A superb save by the Wanderers goalkeeper who had to dive full length to claw the ball to safety was now the difference between East Vale getting on the score sheet.

Goal: 80th minute. A stupid foul by the Wanderers in the outside right position resulted in the resulting free kick being met by the East Vale Centre Back who headed the ball into the net to bring the game all even.

It was now the Wanderers who seemed to be hanging in with East Vale for the first time in the game looking the more likely to be the ones to come out on top.  On the 85th minute the chance of the game fell to the East Vale forward beating the offside trap sent Jamie in goals the wrong way only to see Dizzy getting back to clear the ball off the line to keep the game all square.

Final whistle and replay next week back at Milngavie.

Man of the match: Charlie Jamison



League: Drumchapel FP 1 – 3 Mlngavie Wanderers FC

League: Drumchapel FP 1 – 3 Milngavie Wanderers FC

Scorers: Donzo & Carrick 2

A great game and a great 3 points in what turned out to be a one sided game with the Wanderers playing great football.

Drumchapel got the opening goal in 10th minute direct from a corner kick – an uncharacteristic mistake by the Wanderers goalie “completely missed his punch” resulted in the ball dropping into the empty net for what must be the easiest goal the Drum has scored all season  (Jamie is odds on for getting the donkey jersey at training for this effort)

Playing at the tight 3G park in Maryhill seemed to suit the Drumchapel boys better with ball spending more time in the air than on the deck.  It was not until the 15th minute before the Wanderers took control of the game and started dictate play by getting the ball down and playing from the back.

The game kicked into life on the 25th minute with the score line still at 1-0 to the Drum that the full back deliberately handled a through ball and received his second yellow card and was sent off.  For the next 5 minutes the Drum did well and missed a good chance to go 2 up when a shot by Ferguson seen the Wanderers goalie dive full stretch to put the ball over the bar and stop a certain goal.

The Wanderers continued to push hard with the Drum defence doing well to repel the constant pressure.  On the 35th minute another long throw into the box by Jamison was missed by the Drum central defenders and fell nicely to Gonzo who bulleted his header past the Drum goalkeeper to get the Wanderers level.

Game on – the Wanderers for the next 10 minutes were camped in the Drum’s half with one attack after another coming up short through some last ditch defending coupled with some good goal keeping.  How the Drum goalkeeper stopped a shot from Hopkins when the ball seemed to be already past him defied logic.

All square at half time 1-1.

The Wanderers started the second half with the clear objective of scoring more goals and taking all 3 points – the strategy was to stretch the game and make the Drum players chase the ball while pushing them back towards their own goal.

At this point the Drum found it difficult to get out of their own half, with every Wanderers player looking to get on the ball and move the ball quickly.  Impressive displays by Dizzy and Irvine at the heart of the Wanderers defence ensured there were no further slip ups at the other end.  Campbell and Davis were solid on the flanks, pushing high up the pitch in formation that can best be described as from the back as a: 1 – 2 – 5 – 3 formation.

The break through came on the 68th minute when another corner kick – the Wanderers had 14 in this match – resulted in the first ball being knocked out by the Drum defence only to be met by Carrick who launched the ball into the roof of the Drum net to make it 2-1 to the Wanderers.

The Drum continued to look for an opening to try and get back into the game – but there were no gaps for the Drum to exploit.  Jamie the Wanderers keeper did not have a save to make in the second half this was how much the Wanderers were on top.  The Wanderers made some changes with Kelly and Thom coming on and done well to get into the game continuing to play good football.

The final and decisive goal arrived in the 79th minute when a free kick despatched by Campbell was deflected into the path of Carrick whose shot was skillfully delivered into the net past the helpless Drum keeper.  Chance after chance continued to be missed by the Wanderers in the last 10 minutes – this could easily have been a lot higher a score line.  The final and probably the best chance fell to Stephen Davis arriving late into the 6 yard box connected perfectly with the cross from Jamison only to see his shot sail over the bar when it seemed easier to hit the back of the net.

Everyone one at the Wanderers wish the Pele and the rest of the Drum players all the best for the rest of the season and are glad both fixtures against them are now complete for this season as they are a very good and capable side.

Man of the Match: John Carrick

League Game: Milngavie Wanderers FC 11 – 0 Symington Tinto AFC

Wanderers 11 – 0 Symington Tinto

The Wanderers climbed to second in the table with a good result and an excellent football display.  The score line says it all so no need to add much more other than goal a game “Mick” and John Carrick both getting 3 a piece.

A special mention and credit goes to the Symington boys for continuing to try to play football throughout the game – a tough gig especially having been reduced to 10 men and having conceded 2 penalties in the opening 10 minutes of the game – it was always going to be an uphill struggle.

Man of the Match: John Carrick

Come on the Wanderers!!!

Next Saturday’s Game – Drumchapel FP away from home.

Result Scottish Cup 3rd Round – Barnhill AFC (Dundee) 0 – 4 Milngavie Wanderers FC

Barnhill AFC 0 – 4 Milngavie Wanderers FC

Scorers: Donnzo, Carick, Clocherty,Kelly

The Wanderers booked their place in the 4th round of the Scottish Cup having had to work hard to secure the victory over a well organised Barnhill team.

The Wanderers with a near full squad to pick from went into the match knowing exactly what was going to be required having had the opposition watched the previous week.

After a good journey over from Glasgow – the Wanderers got themselves changed, warmed up and the team picked in plenty of time for kick off.   The gaffer, having made some personnel changes from the previous week – never an easy part of the job – sent the first 11 out with them knowing any performance below par would see them switched with the Wanderers having a strong squad of 20 players to choose from.

The first half got under way with both teams trying to make the best of the difficult underfoot conditions.  The home team was trying hard to open the Wanderers up down the flanks, and only some excellent defending form Irvine and Dizzy ensured that the Barhill attacks came to nothing.

On the 20th minute, the Wanderers had to make their first change with Eddie getting a sore one having clashed on a 50 -50 ball with the Barnhill forward that resulted in both players having to be replaced.  Chris Campbell came on in his place and done really well to get up to the pace of the game so quickly.

As the first half progressed the Wanderers started to get the ball down and moving the opposition around as they tried to compete with some excellent one and two touch football, the signs were there that the openings that forward line that Mick and Donzo thrive upon would arrive – it was just a matter of time.  Despite one or two good chances and one or two poorly executed chances (Stephen Davis making his debut at left back, nearly hit the corner flag with the goal keeper to beat) it was all square at the break.

Half time Score (0-0)

Before the second half kicked – the Wanderers had to make another change -  “goal a game  Mick” could not shake off an earlier leg knock – his position was take by Kelly upfront -who having scored the previous week was keen to get into the action..

Although a tough encounter both players were playing the game in good spirit with mutual respect on show which resulted in a good game of football to watch.   The longer the game went on the more the Wanderers took control.  John Carrick the outstanding player on the park was starting to run the show from the centre of midfield.

The plan to get the ball in behind the Barnhill defenders began to pay dividends with wave after wave of Wanderers attacks only being halted by the ref – who at the first shout seemed happy to blow for off side.

GOAL – 64 minute a carefully weighted through ball by Carrick into the path of Donzo (beating the offside trap for the first time in the match) seen the Milngavie forward squeeze the ball past the on coming home goalkeeper into the open net – 1-0 the Wanderers.

Game on – the Wanderers now dominated the match, the Barhill boys seemed to tire (something that was spotted in the previous weeks expedition up to watch them) the Wanderers continued to move the ball quickly from defence to midfield and then onto the forwards and this was making a huge difference to the amount of possession the Wanderers were having.  It was only a matter of time before number 2 arrived.  GOAL 70 minute – a deflected shot onto the bar seen Carrick react first to head the rebound into the corner of the net.  (2-0 the Wanderers)

The third goal came on the 77th minute when Charlie – playing like a 21 year old – slip in the opposition box, only to see the Ref award him a penalty.  OK maybe it was a penalty!!!  Kelly rocketed home the penalty to put the Wanderers on easy street.  The final goal came in the 84th minute when Clocherty on as a sub for the impressive Steven Davis beat the off side trap down the left – skilfully rounding the keeper to score a good goal and send the travelling Wanderers support home happy.

A big thanks the Barhill management team and players for making us feel very welcome – Unfortunately the Wanderers had already notified the home team that we could not stay for hospitality with boys having to get back for work.  It was a smashing day never the less and hopefully the clubs can organise another game in the future.

(The last time the two clubs met was 20 years ago – in the 3rd round of the Scottish at Staney were the result was  also 4-0 to the Wanderers – rumour has it that the Wanderers legend Livingstone scored 3 out of the 4 goals)

Come on the Wanderers.

Man of the Match – Carrick

West of Scotland Cup 2nd Round – Milngavie Wanderers FC 1 – 4 Harestanes AFC

Milngavie Wanderers FC 1 – 4 Harestanes AFC

Scorers – (Kelly)

The Wanderers exit the cup in the second round going down to an impressive Harestanes team who will fancy going all the way to the final.

The Wanderers with a young team put on a strong performance, in a match were they new they were going to have to be at the top of their game if they were to come away with a victory against a strong Harestanes outfit.

The Wanderers plan from the kick off, was to take the game to the opposition and try and get their noses in front.  Within the first 10 minutues the Wanderers could and should have been 2 up with Clocherty twice passing up one on one opportunities with only the goalkeeper to beat.  The Wanderers were well on top of the opening encounters as the Harestanes players seemed to struggle with pace of the game and coupled with the wet conditions.

Harestanes got into the game on the 17th minute when the Wanderers failed to clear a cross from the left, the ball broke free in the six yard box for the Hairestanes defender reacting first to prod the ball home to open the scoring.  The goal lifted the Harestanes boys and they continued to look dangerous through out th rest of the first half.  The Wanderers done well to hold the scoreline at 1-0 and were looking forward to half time, shooting down the hill with the wind at their backs.

Half time – Wanderers 0 – 1 Harestanes

The second half did not go to plan as the Wanderers seemed to struggle from kick off on how to break down the Harestanes defence.  Frustration and a lack of concentration in certain areas of the park meant the opposition boys started to dominate the first and second balls.  The killer second goal came within the first 5 minutes of the second half, when some poor tackling resulted in a free kick being given away in a dangerous area, the resulting ball was delivered  and well finished off by the Harestanes striker arriving late at the back post.

It was all uphill after this for the Wanderers,  they continued to push and try and find an opening to get themselves back into the game, but the impressive Harestanes defence was not going to give anything away cheaply.  The best chance for the Wanderers came from a free kick that Danny Irvine rattled against the post, only to see the ball rebound to safety.   This seemed to sum up the Wanderers second half with nothing really going to plan.

The Harestane boys experience began to show, and they were on top for long periods of the second half dominating in the air and in the tackle.   The third and fourth goals were scored through lapses in concentration, before the Wanderers got a consolation in the last few minutes.   The Harestane boys ran out worthy winners and should go far in the competition.

Everyone at the Wanderers Management team – while not enjoying the scoreline, that they felt flattered the opposition - were overall pleased with the performance and effort.  The boys need to pick themselves up with a tricky away tie to Barnhill in the next round of the Scottish Cup next week.

Credit to the Wanderers background staff who done a great job of getting the game on, when most games within a few mile radius were cancelled due to the flooding.  This resulted in a healthy crowd who would have enjoyed seeing two good footballing teams give it 100% in tough conditions.