Tag: Scottish Junior football

Match report – Harthill Royal v Newburgh

Newburgh travelled to Harthill Royal on Saturday in the 3rd round of the Thornton’s League cup. Newburgh faced a Super League side away for the second time in the competition having beaten Armadale Thistle in the previous round. Dell Newlands, signed midweek, was added to the starting line up with Harry Galloway out through suspension. Harthill’s groundsman had worked wonders getting the park playable but with tough underfoot conditions the game was never going to be interlaced with beautiful football. Newburgh opened the scoring in the 18th minute from the penalty spot. A clumsy challenge on Scott Sutherland as he was about to shoot up ended the ‘Burgh striker. The referee was well positioned and blew without hesitation awarding Newburgh the spot kick. Sutherland stepped up and converted the kick to give Newburgh an early advantage. The job was made more difficult for Harthill just after the re-start with the linesman signalling to the referee to attract his attention. The referee spoke with the linesman before issuing a straight red card to Thomson the Harthill goalkeeper for foul and abusive language. Newburgh pushed hard to extend their advantage, the second goal coming just after the half hour mark. A corner from the left by Aidan Edwards was half cleared by the home defence, the ball falling to Gordon Clark on the edge of the box. Clark struck a left foot shot that took a wicked deflection off a defender shin diverting the ball past the keeper into the net. Harthill could have grabbed a goal just after the re-start with Calum Sutherland being called upon to make a goal line stop as the home side pushed hard to establish a foot hold in the game. With the pitch becoming more and more difficult to play on the first half ended with Newburgh taking their two goal advantage into the dressing room. The second half was a similar affair to the first with both team struggling to create any clear chances in the slippy conditions. Newburgh’s defence were holding a good line which Harthill were finding difficult to break down. Harthill were once again to suffer from ill-discipline. The home side were reduced to 9 men in the 56th minute with Johnston shown a red card for retaliation after being fouled. The third goal of the game came just past the hour with Aidan Edwards, whose driving play had been causing Harthill problems all game, picked up a pass in midfield from Ryan Kinnes. Edwards drove towards goal and slipped a nice pass into Scott Sutherland who found space to drive a shot across the Harthill keeper into the net establishing a three goal cushion. Jamie Gay replaced Dell Newlands who had played well in his first start for Newburgh. Harthill could have been excused if they had folded at this point but all credit to them they rallied and pushed hard to get themselves into the game. With twenty minutes remaining on the clock Johnston grabbed a goal for the home side when Newburgh’s defence failed to deal properly with a corner. Spurred on by the goal Harthill took the game to Newburgh having gained some momentum. A second goal came in the 76th minute when some excellent play on the right by Barclay allowed space for the Harthill midfielder to score with a shot that was flashed across the Newburgh goal. Newburgh restarted the game knowing that they were going to have to take control of the game to stop the impetus of the Harthill attack. Jordan Annandale replaced Jack Hutchison in the ‘Burgh midfield as they looked to close out the game stopping the home side from gaining any further momentum. As the game became further stretched it was Newburgh who looked the likelier to score and it was Scott Sutherland who grabbed his third and Newburgh’s fourth goal of the game in the closing minutes. A perfectly weighted ball from Gordon Clark over the Harthill back line was met by Sutherland whose pace allowed him to outstrip the home defence. With just the Harthill keeper to beat Sutherland took the ball around the keeper and slotted it into the empty net closing the game out in style for Newburgh. Newburgh manager Scott Hudson spoke after the game “We are on an excellent run of form at the moment and I said to the lads to go out and enjoy themselves which is exactly what they did. We were superb across the whole team today from front to back and I feel we fully deserved the win”. Newburgh are away from home once again this coming Saturday against Kirkcaldy & Dysart in the league. Kick-off is 2:30 at Alex Penman Park Kirkcaldy.



Date Time League Season
March 7, 2020 2:30 pm East Region League Cup 2019 - 20


Gibbshill Park, Harthill
12 E Main St, Harthill, Shotts ML7 5QW, UK


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Harthill Royal022


10Aidan Edwards Midfield
14Andy Cameron Defender
3Ben Scarborough Defender
20Brandon Wight Defender
1Calum Sutherland Goalkeeper
Dell Newlands 11 Midfield
4Gordon Clark Defender
18Jack Hutchison 17 Midfield
11Jamie Gay Forward
17Jordan Annandale 18 Midfield
19Kyle Fraser Forward
23Ryan Kinnes Midfield
9Scott Sutherland Forward


Darren Robertson
Ewan Pow
Kieran Whalen

Match report Newburgh v Kennoway Star Hearts

Newburgh 0 Kennoway Star Hearts 3

Newburgh welcomed Superleague side Kennoway Star Hearts to
East Shore Park in the return leg of the Thorntons property East region league
cup on Saturday. The fixture at Treaton Park resulted in a heavy defeat for
Newburgh having played 80 minutes of the game with ten men due to an early
sending off.

Newburgh’s squad was bolstered with the signings of
Cunningham and Stapleton, both of whom featured in the squad, Cunningham
starting and Stapleton on the bench.

The game started well for Newburgh with some good possession
and forward momentum putting the visitors under pressure. Newburgh forced a
series of corners that were well dealt with by the Kennoway defence.

The opening goal of the game on the 13th minute
came from a quick break by Kennoway who had been defending a corner. The ball
was played long to Muir who controlled the ball well and lifted a speculative
lob over the Sutherland who had come out of his area to try and clear the ball.
Muir’s lob bounced once before dropping into the net.

Kennoway were buoyed by their opening goal and pushed to
extend the lead. Newburgh were holding fast at the back with a goal line
clearance by Craig Robinson the closest the visitors came to extending their
lead. The pressure began to tell on the home side, a series of corners for
Kennoway culminated in a second goal. A well taken corner was met by Bryce at
the front post who flicked a header into the top corner on the 24th

In the run up to the half time break Newburgh began to
create chances, Hastie and Fraser Robinson were causing the home defence
problems stretching them, chasing down every ball that was played forward. The
best of these chances fell to Hutchison who broke free in midfield and drove in
on goal. As the Kennoway keeper closed him down he pulled his shot wide of the

In the second half Newburgh continued to probe the resolute
Kennoway defence for a foot hold in the game. Manager Hudson freshened up his
attack on the hour with Scott Sutherland and Greg Stapleton replacing Hastie
and Craig Robinson.

As Newburgh pushed for a goal Kennoway were always likely to
break quickly up the park exploiting the space being left in midfield by
Newburgh. Cunningham, making his debut for Newburgh, was alert having an
excellent game and looked assured alongside Clark in the defence. The
youngsters play belied his years as he broke up any Kennoway attacks.

Skinner began to find space on the left and was increasingly
playing forward supporting Robinson. On the 78th minute this pair
combined to open up the Kennoway defence on the left hand side. Robinson got
beyond his man and delivered an inviting ball across the face of the goal that
was beyond the strikers reach. 

With time running out Newburgh pushed hard but Kennoways
defence held firm denying any clear cut opportunities.

With the game into stoppage time a corner for Kennoway found
Brewster un-marked to head the ball across the line to. The referee blew for
full time before the re-start could be taken.

A frustrated Hudson spoke after the game of his pride and
frustration “We made a poor start going down to the two early goals which meant
we were always chasing the game. If we could have made an impact on the score
line before half time I think it wold have been a very interesting second half.
I am really pleased that the lads dug in and really imposed our game on
Kennoway in the second half. Logan and Greg both did what we asked of them and
should be proud of their contribution”.

Newburgh are in cup action again this Saturday with another
league cup game in prospect. A trip to Superleague Thornton Hibs will be
another stern test for Newburgh.

Would like to be involved at Newburgh Juniors?

Are you interested in getting involved at East Shore Park but haven’t been sure how to take the first step.

There is a scheduled monthly committee meeting in the clubroom this Thursday the 6th of October at 19:00, if you are interested in joining us please come along, you will be made very welcome.

If you can:

  • Sell a lotto ticket?
  • Assist on match days with any of the following – putting nets up, putting corner flags out, hanging strips up,  putting the flag up, selling raffle tickets, manning a gate, being the linesman, taking nets down, bringing in the corner flags, taking down the flag, sweeping out changing rooms?
  • Assist in the kitchen or with match day hospitality?
  • Help with ground or building maintenance?
  • Creating match programmes?
  • Taking photographs?
  • Maintaining a website?
  • Video the game?
  • Edit and publish the match filmed on youtube?
  • Assist securing sponsorship?
  • Assist with any form of fundraising?

And any of the other various tasks that go along with being a part of a junior football club, COME AND JOIN US!!

We are always looking for committee members or assistance with any of the above (and anything else I haven’t thought of) agm2

If you would like more info or would like to come along with no obligation at all to see if it is for you please come down to the meeting on Thursday and make yourself known – you will be made very welcome.

Alternatively make contact through any of our social media channels or on the contact form below to find out more.

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