This season’s City of Glasgow Cup sees the introduction of a further revised format. This season's competition will be played by the ‘Colts’ (Under-21) sides of Rangers and Celtic, and the first teams of the other member clubs, Clyde, Partick Thistle, and Queen’s Park. Clyde make a welcome return to the competition after a few years’ absence.
The participating teams will play each other twice in a round-robin league. The final league placings will determine the line-up for the City of Glasgow Cup Final (1st v 2nd), details of which will be announced once the round-robin matches are complete.
20 Aug. 2019
at Broasdwood Stadium
Tuesday 27 Aug.
at Dumbarton FC
Tuesday 1st October
Tuesday 3 Dec.
at Firhill Stadium
Tuesday 17 Dec.
at C&G Systems Stadium
Tuesday 17 Dec.
at Broadwood Stadium
Tuesday 21 Jan.
at C&G Systems Stadium
Tuesday 25 Feb.
at Broadwood Stadium
Tuesday 3 Mar.
at Broadwood Stadium
1st in League v 2nd in League
be made later
Match report courtesy www.clydefc.co.uk
Tue, 20th Aug 2019
Clyde made a winning start to their City of Glasgow Cup campaign this evening, registering a 3-1 victory over an energetic Celtic Colts side at Broadwood.
Michael McGee was given his first Clyde start in goals, and with several players on the injury list, Danny Lennon named himself as a substitute to make up the numbers. The Bully Wee came close to scoring in the opening minutes but Martin McNiff's header came back off the crossbar. At the other end McGee was equal to his first test, making a good save from Luca Connell's drive.
Ally Love broke the deadlock four minutes before the interval. The captain for the evening was on the receiving end of Chris Johnston's teasing cross into the box, and guided a header past Liam Hughes in the Celtic goal.
The young Hoops' side almost found an equaliser just after the restart. McGee made another smart save from Jack Aitchison, and the ball broke to Ewan Henderson on the edge of the area, who rifled a shot against the base of the post. Darren Smith then came close to doubling Clyde's advantage in the 52nd minute when he met Johnston's cross, but Hughes turned his header behind. From Johnston's resulting corner it was 2-0, as Craig Howie powered home a header from the centre of the box.
Howie almost got another goal in spectacular style. From a free-kick ten yards inside his own half, he spotted Hughes off his line and thumped the ball towards goal. The Celtic 'keeper scampered back and managed to save his blushes by just getting a hand to it inches from the line. Clyde kept looking for a third and Smith was desperately unlucky not to score after showing great skill to twist past two Celtic defenders, before Hughes came out to smother his attempt.
The visitors began to dictate proceedings as the game wore on but created little in the way of clear cut opportunities. They did however pull a goal back from the penalty spot with a quarter of an hour remaining. Peter Stuart pointed to the spot after Love barged Armstrong Oko-Flex, and Henderson made no mistake from 12 yards.
Danny Lennon then introduced himself to proceedings to help his side to see the game out. Every touch of the ball by the 50-year-old was greeted with a warm cheer by the Clyde support.
McGee made a vital point-blank save from Oko-Flex with time running out to protect Clyde's lead, and the result was sealed in stoppage time when Mark Lamont robbed Henderson of possession on the half-way line and drove forward. He attempted to square the ball for the unmarked Smith to finish the move, but the pass was intercepted by Celtic skipper Stephen Welsh, who could only slot it beyond his own 'keeper and into the back of the net.
Match report courtesy www.rangers.co.uk
Tue, 27th Aug 2019
by Louise Shaw
Two late goals gave Partick Thistle a victory over Rangers Development side in the opening game of this season’s Glasgow Cup. A Lewis Mansell strike was diverted into the net after taking a deflection on the 85th minute before Alex Jones got the second with just three minutes remaining.
Rangers fielded a side mixed with youth and first-team players as Matt Polster, Jake Hastie and Brandon Barker came into Graeme Murty’s starting eleven. Kai Kennedy had an early shot for Rangers with just three minutes on the clock as Dapo Mebude diverted Jake Hastie’s cross into his path but the shot was just wide from the number 10. Kennedy again threatened the Partick Thistle goal just a few minutes later as he swung a dangerous free-kick into the area, which troubled goalkeeper Jamie Sneddon who was dealing with low sun, but the free-kick was turned behind for a corner.
In a spell of early pressure from the Gers Brandon Barker saw his shot from inside the area blocked by Sneddon. Partick had their first effort of the game on the 13th minute as Alex Jones’ shot had Keiran Wright at full stretch as it drifted just wide of the Rangers goal. Jones took a free-kick on the 24th minute as he tried to curl the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box but it was just over the bar. Matt Polster had a good chance for Rangers a few minutes later as he got on the end of a Jake Hastie corner but his effort was glanced just wide of the target.
Early in the second-half Jamie Barjonas tested the keeper as his powerful strike from 25-yards was tipped over by the Thistle keeper. At the other end Kieran Wright was called into action as he produced a good save to deny Rangers’ loanee Cammy Palmer from opening the scoring for Partick Thistle. Wright produced another save just after the hour mark as he pushed wide a shot from Thistle substitute Joe Cardle.
Rangers were pressuring late on for a goal with Kai Kennedy sending a cross into Dapo Mebude but he couldn’t get enough of a touch on the ball and it was saved by Jamie Sneddon. The Partick Thistle keeper had a great double save as he denied Lewis Mayo from close range before Dapo Mebude cut in from the right to fire his shot just wide.
Gary Caldwell’s side opened the scoring on the 85th minute as Lewis Mansell’s shot was turned into the net after taking a deflection off of a Rangers defender.
The Championship side got their second just two minutes later, as Alex Jones doubled the scoring.
Rangers: Wright, Patterson, Maxwell, Mayo, Breen, Polster, Hastie (Young-Coombes,87), Barjonas, Mebude, Kennedy, Barker (Atakayi, 67). Subs: Budinauckas, Finlayson, Thomson, Balde, Butterworth.
Partick Thistle: Sneddon, Renfrew (Bannigan, 58), Robson, O’Ware, Trailist, Palmer, Galasso (Cardle, 58), Niang (Mansell, 65), Jones, Gordon, De Vita (Saunders, 65). Subs: Fox, Cardle, Sauders, Mansell, Rodden, McIntyre, Bannigan.
Tue, 1st October 2019
by Christopher Dobie, Partick Thistle FC.
Partick Thistle contested the second match of their 2019/20 Glasgow Cup campaign as Queen’s Park came to Maryhill with the Jags looking to build on their 2-0 win over Rangers in game number one.
Jamie Sneddon started in goals for Thistle with Osman Kakay, Steven Saunders, Ben Hall and James Penrice making up the back four. In midfield, Craig Slater made his long-awaited return from injury alongside Reece Cole and Mouhamed Niang. Raffaele De Vita and Evan Galasso provided the width in attack with Lewis Mansell playing through the middle. On the hosts’ bench were Mason McCready, Andy Rodden, Ruaridh McIntyre, Dean Watson, Bradley Renfrew, Billy Owens and Ewan Cameron.
To start the game, the Jags were enjoying more of the possession, however, it was Queen’s Park who manufactured the first chance of the game as Alfredo Agyeman forced Jamie Sneddon into an early save. The former Motherwell man found space on the right and tried to beat Sneddon at the near post but the ‘stopper was alert and able to turn it round the upright. The resulting corner caused some problems too as Ben Hall was forced into an awkward clearance in the six-yard box. Fortunately, the ball deflected off him and over the bar rather than into the net.
After plenty of time probing, the home side finally carved out an opportunity of their own in the 18th minute as Mouhamed Niang slid the ball through to Lewis Mansell but as the striker looked to fire home, he lifted his shot over the crossbar.
Thistle went close again a couple of minutes later when Evan Galasso broke through down the Jags’ left and managed to get the ball to Raffaele De Vita in the box. A loose first touch opened the target up for the Italian, however, his low shot made for a fairly comfortable save in the end, to the delight of ex-Jags ‘keeper, David Crawford.
On the half hour mark, the Jags had another chance as Osman Kakay fed a well-weighted pas through to Mouhamed Niang in the box. The young midfielder cut past his man and tried to find the bottom corner at the near post but his effort was relatively tame and saved easily by Jacques Heraghty, who replaced David Crawford between the sticks for the Spiders moments prior.
Despite this pressure from the men in red and yellow, it was the hosts’ who struck first in the 37th minute. Having repelled the initial threat of a Queen’s Park counter-attack, Thistle failed to clear the ball and Reagan Thomson picked it up just inside the box. As he tried to find some space to shoot from, Craig Slater attempted a challenge from behind which sent Thomsom to the floor and promted referee, Euan Birch, to point to the spot. The man who won the penalty also took it as the Spiders’ number 10 converted coolly past Sneddon.
There was almost an immediate equaliser for the home side as the visitors played themselves into trouble in their own box. Osman Kakay managed to intercept in the six-yard box but, as he tried to force it over the line from close range, the ball was somehow scrambled clear and no goal was given despite the Englishman’s claims.
There would be a leveller before the break though and it was Lewis Mansell with goal. Craig Slater and Reece Cole played a quick one-two from the corner kick allowing the former to deliver a deep ball into the box at a favourable angle. His cross found Raffaele De Vita who tried a volley on goal. The Italian’s attempt dragged flashed across the face of goal and Lewis Mansell was on hand to redirect it into the net.
Following an eventful first half during which he gave away a penalty and essentially created a goal, Craig Slater was substituted as highly-rated 16-year-old, Billy Owens, came out for the second half in his place.
The first chance of the second half fell for the man who netted the Jags’ equaliser, Lewis Mansell, with Evan Galasso the architect on this occasion. The number 11 used some nifty footwork to beat his marker before curling a low ball into Mansell’s path. Unfortunately, the forward had to stretch for the shot and could only guide it past the far post.
They came close to taking the lead again in the 56th minute when Reece Cole’s corner kick found the head of Steven Saunders but substitute goalkeeper, Jacques Heraghty, got down well to make the save.
The next chance of the game didn’t come until the 84th minute when a brilliant Billy Owens pass got Galasso moving down the left flank once again. The winger put in another wonderful cross picking out Raffaele De Vita whose header flashed just past the post.
De Vita would get another chance moments later and this time he made no mistake in putting the Jags a goal up with four minutes to play. Reece Cole got the ball in the middle of the park and fizzed a pass into the feet of Billy Owens who quickly opened it up to Osman Kakay. The right-back played a driven ball into the danger area, and after deflecting off Jags substitute Dean Watson, the ball fell to De Vita who powerfully fired home.
That would be the final significant action of the game as Thistle ran out 2-1 winners making it two out of two in this season's City of Glasgow Cup.
Partick Thistle: Sneddon, Kakay, Penrice, Saunders, Hall, Niang, Slate (Owens, 46), Cole, Mansell (Watson, 84), De Vita, Galasso.
Queen’s Park: Crawford (Heraghty, 29), Grant, Summers, Griffiths, Foy, Main, Aygeman, McGrory, McGuire (Nicol, 65), Thomson, Purdue.
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