Month: October 2014

Newburgh v Camelon match report

Newburgh 0 Camelon 4

Newburgh crashed out of the Scottish Junior Cup on Saturday at the hands of Super League Camelon Juniors from Falkirk.
Camelon came to East Shore Park with their sights set on improving on last season’s semi final exit in the same competition.
Newburgh Manager Graham Nicol named the same starting eleven from the previous week’s loss at Kennoway Star Hearts with the only change to the bench being the addition of McNiven.
Newburgh started the game well matching the visitors across the park with neither team really making much impression on the game. McAdam and Honeyman in the wide areas were seeing plenty of the ball but with Harris isolated as the lone striker Newburgh found it difficult to break down a well organised defence.
The visitors pace out wide was causing Newburgh problems when the attacked and the opening goal after 29 minutes came after good work on the left. A sweetly delivered cross presented Wright in the 6 yard box with the simplest of tasks to side foot the ball into the net.
Newburgh tried to get themselves back into the game and nearly managed on the 40th minute when the Camelon keeper spilled a free kick driven in by McAdam. The ball fell at Grays feet who could not adjust his feet quickly enough to guide the ball into the net.

One of Newburgh's few chances fell to David Gray late in the first half
One of Newburgh’s few chances fell to David Gray late in the first half


Camelon add a second goal late in the first half
Camelon add a second goal late in the first half

Camelon struck again deep into time added on at the end of the first half when a corner was headed home by Devlin.
Newburgh came out in the second half fired up trying to nab an early goal and give themselves some hope in the game but the experienced Camelon midfield continued to frustrate the home side who could not string together any meaningful passages of play.
Newburgh introduced McNiven for Hood to try and freshen things up but no opening could be created for the increasingly frustrated home side.
Camelon grabbed the all important third goal in the 64th minute when a well worked break out caught the home defence on their heels allowing McLaren time to pick his spot and beat Houston at his far post.
With the game all but lost Newburgh threw caution to the wind to try and carve out a consolation goal but as hard as they tried the Camelon side soaked up the pressure and thwarted all attempts.
With 3 minutes left on the clock another break away from Camelon left Newburgh 4 goals behind when Devlin headed his second goal of the game.
Manager Graham Nicol was disappointed that his side had nothing to show for their endeavours “this is a lesson for the team today in what is expected from sides at a higher level. Camelon played well and punished us with more clinical finishing even though possession was fairly even. We will take the good points out of the game to the training ground this week and work hard to get our league campaign back on track”.
Newburgh travel to Denfield in Kirkcaldy this Saturday to face Kirkcaldy YM. Kick of is at the slightly earlier time of 14:00

Newburgh: Houston, Gray, Gow (White 84), Ross, Hood (McNiven 61), Ferguson, McAdam, Davidson, Jones (Slamman 75), Honeyman, Harris

Kennoway Star Hearts v Newburgh match report

Kennoway Star Hearts 4 – Newburgh 1

Newburgh’s poor run of form continued with a lack lustre performance against Kennoway Star hearts on Saturday.

With Gow and Gray returning to the starting line-up Newburgh only had a further three fit players to name as substitutes.

Playing down the slope and wind assisted in the first half Newburgh presses from the start with the home side being pushed back. With the strength of the wind having an adverse effect on clearances Newburgh were dominant in the opening 10 minutes without having any to show for their toils.

The home side’s first real attack of the game led to the opening goal. A quick break out from defence allowed Boylan to get the wrong side of left back Hood and press in on goal. Houston came off his line but the Kennoway midfielder was cool enough to lob the ball up and over the ‘Burgh keeper into the back of the net from 15 yards out.

Newburgh were reduced to ten men after only 25 minutes when Hood picked up a second yellow card shortly after picking up his first for similarly mistimed tackles. McAdam was dropped out of midfield into defence thus removing some of Newburgh’s attacking threat on the flanks

McAdam defends in midfield
McAdam defends in midfield

Newburgh’s best chance of the half came from a shot from distance by Davidson that had the retreating keeper beaten only to rebound off the bar to safety.

Wind and slope assisted Newburgh presses hard for an equaliser but the best they could produce was a series of corners with no real threat being posed on the home keeper’s goal from any of the resultant set plays.

Kennoway extended their lead after 38 minutes when a superb cross from the right was met by forward Lornie who produced an unstoppable header from close range.

With the elements now in their favour the home side started the second half very much on the front foot and were soon to extend their lead. A mix up in defence allowed Kennoway’s striker Gray to break free into the penalty box with only Houston to beat. Gray did well picking his spot and wrong footing the keeper to slot the ball into the net.

The visiting fans at this point were worried that this may end up a drubbing with no real goal threat coming from the visitors. Newburgh, however, steadied themselves and began to produce some good football in midfield and started to take possession to the home goal. A free kick on the 67th minute allowed Ferguson to give Newburgh some hope when his low driven shot from the angle of the box evaded everyone and nestled in the back of the net.

Another corner resulted in no return for Newburgh
Another corner resulted in no return for Newburgh

Newburgh were committing men forward to try and salvage something from the game and were becoming increasingly exposed at the back. The home side were soaking up the pressure and carved out some excellent chances for themselves to extend the lead. But for some good goalkeeping and poor finishing the lead could have been more than the two goal advantage.

The 4th goal came with only a couple of minutes left to play when Thomson added the final goal to the score line.

Newburgh manager was disappointed to have lost another 4 goal haul “we are losing goals far too easily at the moment and putting ourselves under pressure having to chase the game. I am looking forward to this weekend when League business is put to one side for the Scottish Cup”.

Newburgh welcome Super League side Camelon to East Shore Park on Saturday for round 2 of the Scottish Junior Cup, kick off is at 14:30.

Newburgh: Houston, Gray, Gow, Ross, Hood, McAdam, Ferguson, Jones, Davidson, Honeyman (Slamman 74), Harris (Blyth 78)

Newburgh v Forfar Albion match report

Newburgh 2 Forfar Albion 4 

Newburgh faced bottom of the league Forfar Albion on Saturday. The visitors had recently seen results improve with last weekend’s battling draw with Super League side Lochee United their best result of the season thus far.

Newburgh were without Gow, Gray and Wilson in addition to this Alan Tulleth’s midweek transfer to Tayport left manager Graham Nicol with a depleted squad for the game. Nicol named new signing Ross Blyth on the bench.

Newburgh started the game on the front foot and held the majority of the early possession. A well organised and energetic Albion, however, dealt with everything that Newburgh had to throw at them in the opening exchanges.

As the visitors grew into the game their pace up front began to cause Newburgh some issues with McNiven and Honeyman on either flank being called upon to make important tackles.

Newburgh made the breakthrough on the 30th minute when McAdam pounced on a poor clearance to smash a right footed shot through the crowded penalty area past the un-sighted keeper from 10 yards out. On the balance of play Newburgh deserved this lead.

Forfar Albion responded well and player manager Steven Milne equalised on the 42nd minute when he pounced on a long diagonal ball that evaded Hood in central defence. The experienced Milne drove in on goal un-challenged and slotted the ball past the advancing Houston.

9 minutes into the second half found the visitors in the lead when a superb Milne volley from 12 yards out whistled into the back of Houston’s net. Newburgh were energised by this and forced a series of corners pressing for the equaliser.

Newburgh press from another corner
Newburgh press from another corner

Newburgh’s second goal came just after the hour from some wonderful play. Ferguson won the ball in the centre of the park and passed wide left to McAdam. The ever dangerous McAdam drove across the park and played in Spence with a measured pass to the outside right. Spence got by his marker and whipped a vicious cross over the face of the goal where Elder rose in front of the keeper to flick the ball into the net.

Newburgh could not find a way back into the lead
Newburgh could not find a way back into the lead

Newburgh pressed for the lead from this point on with McAdam and Elder both coming close to scoring the important third goal. Forfar were forced to defend very deep. As Newburgh pushed they began to defend too high up the park and this was exploited on the 83rd minute when Milne again caused the home defence problems with his hold up play. The Newburgh defenders were drawn to the ball allowing the lively Watson to pick up a flick on and shoot past Houston.

Newburgh were forced to commit numbers forward in an attempt to regain control of the game and began to struggle to retain possession as they increasingly became dis-jointed.

Poor play at the back gifted Albion a decisive 4th goal in the 85th minute with Milne picking up a slack cross field pass to find himself one on one with Houston. The experienced ex-pro gave Houston the eyes and stuck the ball perfectly into the other corner to give the visitors an unassailable 2 goal lead with only minutes remaining.

Nicol was deeply disappointed to have lost the game “we have had selection problems this week but that is not an excuse as we have quality in the squad that should be able to step in. We played nowhere near our normal level in this game and could not find a way through the stubborn Albion defence”.

Newburgh travel to Kennoway Star Hearts on Saturday kick off is at 2:30


Newburgh: Houston, Honeyman, Hood (Jones 63), Ross, McAdam, Spence (Slamman 82), Ferguson, Davidson, McNiven, Elder (Blyth 82), Harris

Subs: White, Butters,

Lochore v Newburgh Match report

Lochore Welfare 0 – Newburgh 3

Newburgh returned to Central Park for the second time this season having lost the previous East of Scotland Cup tie 3-0 at the hands of the home side.

With Honeyman still on the injured list Gray slotted into the right back slot with Davidson pushed forward into the midfield.

Lochore started the game on the front foot holding the majority of possession frustrating the visitors who could not gain any meaningful possession. A series of early corners failed to threaten Houston’s goal with Ross and Gow dealing well with the aerial threat.

With 20 minutes gone and the score still deadlocked Newburgh got a hold of the game in midfield and started to impose themselves on the game. Elder was beginning to carve out chances for himself playing in behind Harris. Spence and Mcadam in the wide areas were forcing the defence to open out allowing Elder space to try his luck.

Elder was causing problems every time he picked the ball up.
Elder was causing problems every time he picked the ball up.

Young left back Wilson sustained an injury and had to be replaced after half an hour by McNiven.

The opening goal of the game came almost on the stroke of halftime. Good interplay between Ferguson and McAdam found Elder again with space to turn towards goal and beat his man freeing space for a shot from 16 yards that beat the keeper at his near post.

The second half started with a confident Newburgh pushing forward holding the majority of possession with the home side struggling to gain any sort of foothold in the game.

With 8 minutes of the half played Newburgh doubled their lead when a header from a corner was spilled by the home keeper allowing Davidson to smash the ball into the back of the net from close range.

McAdam's cross come shot found the back of the net
McAdam’s cross come shot found the back of the net

Newburgh were unrelenting and continued to cause problems from the wide areas with McAdam adding to the ‘Burgh’s goal tally on the hour mark with a speculative cross come shot from the left hand side which caught out the home keeper backtracking towards his line. The ball dipped under the cross bar in the top corner giving Newburgh the important third goal.

The home side’s discipline was to cost them with two players being sent for an early shower in the closing half an hour.

Newburgh were lucky to finish the game with 11 men on the park when in the final minutes keeper Houston conceded a penalty taking down the Lochore striker as he tried to round the ‘Burgh keeper. The referee, much to Lochore’s frustration, only showed the keeper a yellow card. Houston faced the resultant spot kick and pulled off a superb save low to his right to deny the home side a consolation goal.

Manager Nicol was delighted to have righted the wrongs from their previous visit “we knew we had not performed to anything like our potential in the last game and it was a very frustrated dressing room after that game. Needless to say he atmosphere is somewhat different this time”.

Newburgh welcome Forfar Albion to East Shore Park this Saturday with a 14:30 kick off.

Newburgh: Houston, Davidson, McAdam, Ross, Gow (Jones 70), Ferguson, Gray, Harris, Elder, Spence (Slamman 82), Wilson (McNiven 25)

Subs – White, Butters

Scottish Junior Cup Round 2 full draw

sjfascottish jun cup 2 ties throw up East North League derbies with Luncarty facing Forfar Albion and Downfield playing Lochee Harp.




All East North league teams in bold

Livingston vs Shotts

Blackburn vs Musselburgh

Montrose R v Irvine Vics

Arthurlie v Dunbar

Pumpherston v Rob Roy

Newmains v Lochee Utd

Kennoway Star Hearts v Craigmark

Haddington v Linlithgow

Glenafton v Broxburn

Luncarty v Forfar Albion

Bathgate v Blantyre Vics

Edinburgh Utd v Crossgates

Kello v Glenrothes

Grantown v Bellshill

West Calder v Carnoustie Panmure

Clydebank v Lossie Utd

Thorniewood V Kirrie Thistle

Carluke v Troon

Greenock v Newtongrange

Largs v Sauchie

Dalry v Hermes

Buckie Rovers v St Andrews

St Anthonys v Dunipace

Larkhall v Darvel

Saltcoats v Maud

Rosyth v Hurlford

Fraserburgh Utd v Rossvale

Whitburn v St Rochs

Port Glasgow v Ballingry

Burghead v Lugar

Longside v Yoker

Cumnock v Newmachar

Aberdeen Uni v Dundonald Bluebell

Forfar WE v Kelty

Dundee Violet v Maryhill

Portgordon v Banchory

Beith v Cumbernauld

Spey Valley v Aberdeen East End

Lesmahagow v Lochore Welfare

Kinnoull v Arbroath Vics

Downfield v Lochee Harp

Perthshire v Kilbirnie

Girvan v Neilston

Cruden Bay/Tayport v Bonnyrigg

Jeanfield v Bridge of Don

Arniston v Vale of Clyde

Culter v Glencairn

Penicuik v Maybole

Pollok v Whitletts

Royal Albert v Shettleston

Newburgh v Camelon

Nairn v Lewis Utd

Dyce v Forth

Boness v Stoneyburn

Stoneywood v Deveronside

Dalkeith v Kilwinning

Forres Thistle v East Craigie

Broughty v Stonehaven

Irvine Meadow v Benburb

Falkirk v Buchanhaven

Banks o’Dee v Auchinleck Talbot

Thornton Hibs v Kilsyth

Johnstone v Brechin Vics