Midlands youth festival Glenalmond Sunday 24th March 2019 – report by Keith Forster

Another good day for our club, once everyone managed to find Glenalmond College that is. (Not easy)

On paper we had enough players for four U10 teams, two U12 and one U14 on this occasion.  Our U10 teams were:-

Carnegie Eagles, Carnegie Hawks, Carnegie Swifts and Carnegie Owls, in no special order of ability and players were allowed to choose who they wanted to play with.  The games at this age group are for FUN and EXPERIENCE so no need to grade our teams in any way.  Unfortunately three players failed to show up so we ended up one player short for Carnegie Eagles but we managed to borrow a player each time we had to play.

From the reports I received from the four team Managers the best performance was from Carnegie Swifts made up by Sophie Ralph, Rachel Jennings, Fergus Dove and Kenzie Copeland with Rachel and Sophie scoring most our goals (seven each) helping the team to WIN-5, DRAW- 1 and lose just a single game in the process.  Next best were Carnegie Eagles where Adelaide Almond, Chloe Falconer, Ellie Ralph plus various guest players managed to WIN- 3, Draw- 2 and lose just 1 with all three of our players getting on the scoresheet.

Our two less experienced, but very enthusiastic, teams played very well but were no match for some of the opposition with Carnegie Hawks recording a 2 – 2 draw in their final game after 5 close defeats.  The team was made up by Gregor Goody, Rosie Donnelly, Frasier Bennett and Scarlet Donnelly with the latter two scoring all fourteen goals for their team (seven each).

Carnegie Owls of Max Johnston, Aidan Johnston, Megan Williams and Izzy Breach just did not have the legs to get out of defensive mode into attack quickly enough and it was left to Aidan to score all of the teams six goals and despite losing all five of their games it was good to see smiles all around at the finish.

WELL DONE to all four teams.

At U12 four players failed to make it and we were left with just enough for our two teams thanks to Sophie and Ellie Ralph agreeing to stay back and play for the higher age group.

Carnegie Lions took to the pitch with Adelaide Almond, Hayden Griffiths, Ross Campbell, Chris Laing, Kai Wilson, Ryan Dewar and after a little bit of finding their feet and favourite positions managed to record FOUR wins and one draw with Kai (6), Ross (4) and Hayden (1) finding the target for Carnegie.

Carnegie Tigers comprising of Sarah Milne, Zara Webb, Amelia Daw, Cevan Raikes, Jack Kincaid and Sean Habrovitsky also faced a steep learning curve but held themselves together well recording FOUR wins and a draw to match the performance of Lions.

A great effort by both teams – WELL DONE.


The final event was for 14 & under teams and lining up for Carnegie we had Zara Webb, Owen McKenzie, Ryan Dempsey, Ross Campbell, Hayden Griffiths, Sean Habrovitsky, Rowan Speed, Alexander Thomson, Ollie Hobdell and Kai Wilson.  The opening game against Blairgowrie went well for us once we learned how to beat their goalie (By passing rather than shooting on sight) and a 3 – 0 win was recorded.  Game 2 against Kinross was lots of end to end stuff with neither team finding the net.  Game 3 against Stirling Wanderers got us back on the winning trail with a 3 – 0 win, despite giving away the opener.  Game 4 was against a very good all-girl Grove Menzieshill outfit though I must admit I would like to see the birth certificates of at least three of them due to their speed, strength of hit and skill levels compared to everyone else. Never the less it was a good open game but their strength of hit in front of our goal resulted in a 0 – 2 defeat for us.

Two wins , a draw and just one defeat was a good effort by all concerned.


Roll on the next Midlands event which will be on SUNDAY 28TH APRIL at WOODMILL HIGH SCHOOL,  Get your entries in NOW if you have not done so already.

At this early stage I have enough entries from our players for Four U10 teams, two U12 teams and two and a half U14 teams – Looks like a possible record entry from us.