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  1. Lowland Trapdoorwatch 2017-18

    It is though. They have chosen not to join the South of Scotland league, which is the only current option open to them. That is most definitely a choice they have made themselves, the door is not closed for them or any other West side. The suitability (or perceived lack thereof) of that league doesn't remove any West teams option to join it. So it is most definitely their choice.
  2. Will this be Spartans year?

    Best footballing side I've seen this season, having seen everyone bar Civil now. Favourites for the title in my opinion, despite the good start BSC have made.
  3. The East Stirlingshire Thread

    Yep, agree on the save. As well as the keeper did, he shouldn't have been given the chance to get anywhere near it. Anywhere but where it went it's a goal. Don't disagree Stephen hat a couple of niggles that I saw, but in the Refs defence Andy had one on him right in front of the dugout and Kyle (I think, may not have been him) hat another not long after. Didn't think any of them on either side warranted any attention personally, other than the one the two of them got booked for going head to head. Given the game (there wasn't really a bad challenge other than Dels, which was only stopping a break and no more than a booking). Nothing to warrant either team finishing with less than full compliment anyway I don't think. Ref never really had any impact on outcome. That was mainly poor finishing from Colts in the first 35 they were in control then a bit of class from Andy when he got his opportunities. That's what seperated the teams I think.
  4. The East Stirlingshire Thread

    Cool, thought I was watching a different game. Good to confirm the ref was indeed happy to book players from both teams. IMO, Del (a yellow he knew he was taking for stopping a break) and Andy (going head to head with the Colts player who also deserved his yellow for the same thing) were both warranted. One of the yellows for each side was soft, so pretty even. I actually thought the ref was decent. Del was also a bit fortunate he was a decent ref when he had a wee tug at the jersey at the end of the first half (when the striker nicked beyond him). Not a second yellow for me but there are plenty of Refs in this league who having given the foul (which he did) would produce the card and claim letter of the law. I'm all for refs showing common sense, even if it is unusual! Overall, Colts better side for about the first 35 minutes, should have been at least 2 up having scored one and missed a 100% had to be goal chance (free header from 4 yards). Arguably could have been 3 as the 1v1 lob was also a good chance. Shire had only just a few efforts from distance at that stage. Last 10 minutes of the half though Shire got on top and following a warning where Andy hit the post they equalised in injury time through a tidy finish from the same player, the Colts a bit naive as it came from a breakaway from their free kick delivery into the box when they should have just seen the half out. First 20 or so of second half pretty even, both sides had decent opportunities without really threatening, then last 25 or so Shire the better side, certainly looked the hungrier for the win. Overall, the difference between the sides on the day IMO was Andy Rodgers quality /experience. Two good finishes, second one excellent (though poorly defended on edge of box) and an assist. Had he not been in the Shire team today it would likely have been a different result. Certainly had Colts had someone of his quality up top they would likely have been out of sight in that first half hour.
  5. The East Stirlingshire Thread

    ? Both teams got 3 bookings didn't they?
  6. Cumbernauld Colts 2017/2018

    Good debate is always worthwhile Jinky. [emoji106] [emoji2]
  7. Cumbernauld Colts 2017/2018

    I kinda get what they are trying to say, after reading it through a few times. I think the point is: Lots of people in football conflate age with experience without looking at the bigger picture. While in many cases, where you are comparing apples with apples, that's a fair "general rule", if you dig deeper in the Colts team though you find, for example: - Someone with near 50 games for Montrose in the league above - Someone who played nearly 30 games in the East Fife league winning team from the league above (having gone there full time from Aberdeen via loans to a couple of other L2 teams) and with a year in LL - Someone who played with Peterhead, East Fife and Montrose (via full time at Aberdeen) in the league above prior to joining Colts with 2 seasons in the LL now as well. - Someone who played in the league above for Queens Park then had a full two seasons in the LL with EK before joining Colts. - Someone with approaching 200 games in the juniors having played senior before and now in his third season in LL - Someone tome served in the juniors who has represented Scotland (in tournaments abroad) in another discipline of the sport - Someone who played a few seasons with Albion Rovers before spending nearly a decade in the Juniors Of those 7 examples they are 21, 23, 23, 25, 22 & 30. Only one really that fits into the age bracket most deem "experienced" when looking at age in isolation, but you'd be hard pressed not to agree certainly ain't inexperienced lads. I think the question being posed is: Would a different 30 year old with no experience in leagues above, or at LL level, or who wasn't a regular anywhere he'd played in Ams/Juniors (as an example) be more experienced than these guys? And more importantly would they be be a better player in terms of quality? That's a debate I guess, but I think that's the point the poster was trying to make and to be honest I think there's certainly merit in that argument. And let's be honest, if what the OP is actually suggesting (as the age of the squad has been mentioned a few times) is bringing in a number of older/more experienced (however you define experience) but also better footballers, I suspect they may be hugely overestimating the resources available to teams like Colts (and others in LL) in order to do that. As an aside, what is hard to legislate for I guess is so many of those guys from a single squad being out injured/unavailable at the same time. But any team would miss these sorts of players, not just Colts.
  8. Colville in the Senior Scottish

    Think it was a compliment. :-) I'd wager he means that Colville deserved to go through, they can only play against what's in front of them on the day and they took full advantage. But I'm sure they'd have been surprised themselves about how little they had to do for their win. CC players turned in a performance that was absolutely dire to a man (last sub the only exception). Never really recovered from the horror show that gifted a first goal inside 2 minutes. Sterner test for Colville in the next round, no question, but well deserved so enjoy the trip and hopefully you do well.
  9. Junior Clubs Approaching Players

    TBH, I don't think this depends on the junior club (or senior club) as much as it does the manager in situ at the time. Some are courteous towards clubs (Ams, 21's etc.), some are not.
  10. Cumbernauld Colts 2017/2018

    Quit hocking out our players you. :-) In all seriousness, Gav has been great since the day he arrived and from the start of pre season this year has found another gear. He's playing really, really well just now and long may it continue.
  11. Cumbernauld Colts 2017/2018

    Aye, I can't decide on the goal based on the video and the photos. The man best placed (lino) clearly thought it was over the line though. What I didn't notice though till I zoomed in (and our photog got a good picture of it too) is that it's his own player that kicks him in the head, the Colts foot isn't even raised. So the ref gave a foul for one Spartans player kicking the other. :-) I didn't spot that in real time though or till about the 10th playback, so can't really criticise him for that given he had a millisecond and it looked like it was the Colts player. Would love to know what the lino said in that conversation right enough as he clearly thought it was a goal. Given we have video and photo and still can't tell though (and my previous life as a defender :-)) he probably couldn't give it and overall the ref seems to have got the big ones right, after watching them back (wasn't convinced at the time) so fair play.
  12. Cumbernauld Colts 2017/2018

    Few of the talking points:
  13. Cumbernauld Colts 2017/2018

    Turns out the ref played a blinder. :-) Just reviewing the video: - Red card is 100% spot on (goes right over the top of the ball into standing leg. Obviously only the lad knows if it was intentional, but gave the ref a reason given there was a bit between those two players 5 minutes earlier) - Colts yellow a definite yellow (mistimed challenge, similar to the Spartans yellow early in the game, nothing more. Ref wad consistent) - Disallowed goal doesnt look over the line at all before the foul (and the Spartans lad does brilliantly to stick his head in, though the first header off the bar should be in 100% of the time. - Penalty is actually a penalty, believe it or not, striker is barged in the back as he takes the ball on chest and he is in the box. Daft challenge by the centre back. So looks like over ruling his lino was right and he got all the other big calls right too. Amazing how different it looks when you play it back, so fair play to the ref. I certainly thought he got a few of those wrong in real time, but seems he had a really, really good night in the end.
  14. Cumbernauld Colts 2017/2018

    Aye, did look like he made a mistake for the disallowed goal. Linesman flagged for a goal after it looked to bounce over the line off the bar and then there was a foul after it bounced back out, so the goal came before the foul. That said, it evened itself out as the 93rd minute penalty looked as soft as soft can be. In all honesty, it was never a pen, but Colts get the reward for keeping going. Draw probably fair in the end given the game, Spartans probably the best football side Colts have played this season, I'd expect then to be up there at the end. And Davie Greenhill (Spartans goalscorer) still one of the best players in the league. He was excellent again till he went off injured, Spartans must be delighted to have had him for so long, he could surely take a step up.
  15. Kelty Hearts 17/18 thread

    Aye, looks like it. Their best player for me (and one of the best in the LL the times I've seen him) David Greenhill for example not in the starting 11.
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