The new season kicked off on the 22nd August with 10 players attending. It was a busy night with 10 league matches played.
A random draw of fixtures resulted in last year’s title contenders, Tom Burns and Dave Butler pitched against one another. It was Butler who came out on top and with a second victory over Brian Spoors he moves to the top of the table. Also on six points but behind on goal difference is Malcolm Lees who returns to the league after a six year gap.
It was a good night for newcomers Kevin Smith and Chad Wright who both won their first match and then played out a thrilling 3-3 draw against each other.
Seven players attended but only four matches were played. Dave Butler remained unbeaten after tough opening games. He overcame Dave Gladman 3-1 and drew with Tom Burns 1-1. Willie Fleming had a narrow win over Colin Berry and in the Glasgow Cup Dave Houston had his first win by defeating Brian Spoors 2-1. Burns now tops the league on goal difference from John Halpin. Burns has played one game fewer.
After a gap of 18 months the new season kicked off at last. Season 2019/20 was called as it stood and season 2020/21 was written off. We start again as season 2021/22.
Three games were played. First up was Colin Berry against Brian Spoors. Spoors led 1-0 at half-time but two quick second half goals turned the game for Berry. Spoors, however, managed a late equaliser to gain a deserved share of the points.
Next up Berry took on Baver Bari. Bari was favourite to win but it was Berry who took an early lead. It was no surprise when Bari levelled the game before the interval. Bari was dominating possession but he was leaving gaps in his defence and Berry was able to exploit this with quick breaks to score two further goals to take a 3-1 lead. Bari pressed forward, succeeded in reducing the deficit but was unable to complete the comeback.
In the final game Dave Gladman played Brian Spoors. Gladman dominated the first half and displayed fine finishing as he raced to a 3-0 lead which he held till half-time. It was a better second half for Spoors as he pulled a goal back early in the second period. Hopes of a comeback were dashed, however, when Gladman added a fourth to complete the scoring.
Eight games were played tonight, five in the league and three in the Glasgow Cup.
In the league Dave Butler lost his 100% record after a no-scoring draw with Dave Gladman. Butler had much the better of the first half with Gladman failing to have even one shot on goal. The second period was more even but defences were still on top. Both players remain undefeated but Gladman has now had five consecutive draws. Butler’s draw allowed Tom Burns to go five points clear after defeating Dave Houston 3-0. Burns, however, has played three more games. Later Houston did get another point on the board. He led Baver Bari 1-0 at half-time but couldn’t hold on to that lead and conceded in the second period. Bari had earlier lost out to John Mathieson who is now only three points behind Bari but with four games in hand. Colin Berry continues to enjoy perhaps his best season, moving on to the eighteen point mark with a 3-0 win over Brian Spoors.
In the Glasgow Cup, Tom Burns again lost out to Dave Butler. This time it was by a two goal margin, Butler scoring in each half. Also in group B, Dave Houston lost out narrowly to Colin Berry by 1-0. Houston had by far the greater number of chances in this match but could not convert any. In group A, Brian Spoors look the lead against John Mathieson. Mathieson eventually equalised but he spurned so many opportunities to win the game. It was an inspired performance by the Spoors’ goalkeeper. Mathieson will probably now have to settle for third place in the group.
The League table can be viewed here.
Full Glasgow Cup results and tables can be viewed here.
It was another busy night al the Legion with fourteen players attending. In addition to the twelve league players the club also welcomed Barry Corr and Andy Shearer. Twelve league matches were played
The key match was between leading players Tom Burns and Dave Butler. Burns started the stronger, forcing Butler on to the backfoot. A poor defensive block by Butler allowed Burns to opportunity to score and he did. Burns continued to dominate but could not find a second goal. Gradually Butler started to gain more possession and it was he who was looking the more impressive. This time it was Burns who made a blocking mistake and the score was level. Either player could have scored the winner but Butler was more dominant in the second half and it was he who found the goal. Butler went on to defeat Dave Houston 2-0, making it eight wins from eight matches. Burns later had a good win against John Halpin, keeping him three points clear of Butler but having played three more.
Fraser McKenzie returned to league action and proved he will be a difficult player to beat, conceding only two goals in defeating Brian Spoors and drawing with Baver Bari and Dave Gladman.
Only two games were played this evening. Dave Butler continued his 100% record with a 2-0 victory over Brian Spoors. The winning margin could have been greater with Spoors’ goalkeeper performing heroically. Butler moves into second place in the league.
Dave Gladman remains unbeaten after a 1-1 draw with Baver Bari. Gladman’s opening five victories have been followed by three draws. Gladman had to work hard to salvage the draw after Bari had led for most of the match.
Tom Burns was presented with the Glasgow Cup after last week’s victory over John Halpin.
After the previous busy two meetings only four players were present tonight. John Mathieson and Brian Spoors had travelled to Edinburgh for the Capital Cup organised by the new Edinburgh club.
Two Glasgow Cup matches were played. In group A Dave Gladman defeated Baver Bari 2-0. Gladman led 1-0 at half-time. In the second period Bari pushed forward and there was some nervous defending by Gladman. Late in the game, however, Gladman broke forward and sealed the match with a second. He has now consolidated his position at the top of the group. In group B Tom Burns recorded his second win, beating Colin Berry. Berry started well but two Burns goals in the space of a minute mid-way through the first half won the game.
The club will now have a Christmas and New Year break. The next meeting will be on Monday 6 January.
Tonight saw another good attendance of nine players. Nine matches were played, three in the league and the others in the Glasgow Cup.
There was, however, one match outstanding from last season’s Glasgow Cup, the final itself. Tom Burns lined up against John Halpin. The key moments of this game were to occur in the final moments of each half. It was an excellent encounter between two well matched players. Halpin drew first blood when a missplaced Burns block allowed him a clear sight of goal and he made no mistake with a well struck shot. A lot of the action was taking place in Halpin’s defensive right and it was from here that Burns eventually broke through and scored. Halpin had a great opportunity to take the lead but he delayed too long lining up his shot and the half-time whistle went before he fired into the net. It would have been a great boost to take into the second half.
The players remained deadlocked and it looked as if we were heading for extra-time. Then Burns’ spare goalkeeper lost possession and Halpin elected to try and score with 5 flicks. Unfortunately he failed to notice that there was only one defender between Halpin’s attacker and the goal when the ball was played through. From the resultant offside free-kick Burns moved the ball quickly forward to exploit the gap in the left side of Halpin’s area. Halpin’s blocks weren’t good enough and Burns struck the killer blow. Halpin barely had time to kick off. Heartbreak for Halpin, bliss for Burns.
This season’s Glasgow Cup also got underway with four matches in group A and one in group B. In group A, Baver Bari and Dave Gladman both had 2-0 wins over Brian Spoors whilst John Mathieson drew with Bari and Gladman. Spoors has become more competitive in his matches and shows much better possession of the ball but still needs to create more scoring opportunities. In group B, Tom Burns eased out Dave Houston with a goal in each half.
In the league Dave Butler continued his upward trajectory with two 3-0 victories. The first was an expected comfortable win over new player Ryan McPhail and the second against a more difficult opponent in John Halpin. Butler now sits third in the table just three points behind leader Tom Burns and having played two games fewer. Dave Houston recorded his first league win by beating Ryan McPhail, the only goal of the game coming in the second half.
In what was the best attended club night for some years, twelve club members enjoyed a great night’s subbuteo. Tom Burns returned to the top of the league with two comfortable wins over Ryan McPhail and Colin Berry. A win for Dave Gladman would have kept him in number one spot but his match against Ronnie McKenzie ended in a 2-2 draw. Gladman had to twice come back from a goal down. McKenzie played impressively this evening displaying excellent possession play. Against Willie Fleming, McKenzie didn’t, however, have quite the finishing touch. The game finished 0-0 but Fleming conceded that McKenzie was unlucky not to take all three points. Goals came more easily for McKenzie in his 4-0 victory over Brian Spoors.
Spoors did add another league point against Dave Houston, the match finishing 1-1. That was Houston’s first league point, having lost his other four matches. Houston does have a decent defensive record with all those matches having been lost by a single goal, the latest tonight to John Mathieson. Scoring goals remains his problem.
One player who doesn’t usually have a problem finding the net is Dave Butler and tonight he added five goals without reply, Colin Berry conceding three and John Mathieson two. Butler therefore maintained his 100% record after three matches, moved up to sixth place from which he is expected to climb in the coming weeks. Mathieson played a good match against Butler and felt perhaps he could have run the former Glasgow number one a bit closer.
The club welcomed the return to action of John Halpin who had missed the start of the season due to a hand operation. Halpin just managed to get past Ryan McPhail with a 1-0 win but was better pleased with a 3-1 defeat of Willie Fleming, who is struggling to find the form which won him the Association Cup. McPhail has only gained one point thus far but for a player new to the league he has been competitive in his matches and avoided heavy defeats.
Eight players attended on an evening when Dave Gladman maintained his position as league leader. Tonight he was held to a goal-less draw by a determined John Mathieson. Gladman did have more possession and did have the best of the chances but he could not break the deadlock. Mathieson always carried a threat and could easily have taken all three points. Mathieson also had a good scoring draw against Willie Fleming. Fleming started well and soon took the lead. Thereafter, however, his play was error strewn and it was no surprise when Mathieson equalised with a quick thrust through the middle of the Fleming defence. From there on in neither player was able to produce the quality to take all three points. Fleming thought he had equalised at the death but he failed to notice one of his figures on the touchline in an offside position.
The club were delighted to welcome the return, after a five year absence, of Dave Butler. It seemed that he had lost none of his skills as he used his trademark quick short passing moves to race to a 3-0 lead against Baver Bari. But Bari scored each side of half-time to get himself right back into the game. Butler, however, did not panic, got back in control of the game and added a fourth.
It was also a debut night for new member Ryan McPhail. It will be a steep learning curve for McPhail but he did manage to get a first point on the board. That was against Brian Spoors and the 1-1 draw was also a a first point for Spoors. McPhail also managed respectable scores against the very much more experienced Willie Fleming and Baver Bari. The win for Bari put him up into second place.