OCEAN KINETICS CONFIRMED AS 2019 SPONSOR

Shetland Football Association (SFA) are delighted to announce that our long-term supporter and sponsor Ocean Kinetics have become the single sponsor of our 2019 celebrations as well as the Premier League.

The local and international engineering business serving the energy, renewables, marine, power & utilities, aquaculture and decommissioning sectors have long been a great supporter of Shetland Football Association.

Magnus Flaws, President of the SFA said “much of what we plan in celebration of the Association’s 100th year is, we feel, exciting and will certainly drag many a footballer and supporter down memory lane. We also hope that putting one of the biggest participation sports in the public eye throughout the year in such a fashion will help us perhaps entice supporters, ex-players, new players, and most importantly volunteers to the sport and our leagues.

Football has always drawn great interest in Shetland and although many may say and feel it is not what it once was it is not that long ago one of the largest crowds ever seen at a sporting event in Shetland was at Gilberston Park to witness a glorious occasion in 2005.

Around 18 months ago the committee of the SFA decided that the celebrations to mark 100 years of senior football under the organisation of Shetland Football should be special and could also be a chance to enhance the popularity of the sport in Shetland. Without the valuable and much valued assistance of a local business such as Ocean Kinetics we simply couldn’t do that.”

They support us, please support them.

https://www.oceankinetics.co.uk/

Monthly fixtures/results round-up (April 2018)

Mon 2nd April

Delting 2-4 Whitedale – Madrid Cup Group A – Scorers: Gary Sutherland & Dylan MacKay; Piotr Drozdowski, Ewan Inkster, Jordan Young & Allan Johnston

Tues 3rd April

Scalloway 0-2 Ness – Madrid Cup Group A – Scorers: Tomas Smith & Danny Finnie

Wed 4th April

Whalsay 1-0 Thistle – Madrid Cup Group B – Scorer: Lowrie Hutchison

 

Mon 9th April

Spurs 3-0 Celtic – Madrid Cup Group B – Scorers: Connor Grant, Sam Maver & Aaron Peart

Wed 11th April

Delting 1-1 Scalloway – Madrid Cup Group A – Scorers: Danny Peterson & John Allan

 

 

Mon 16th April

Whitedale 3-2 Ness – Madrid Cup Group A – Scorers: Greg Tulloch (2) & Richard Sinclair; Ian Bray & Harry Thomson

Tues 17th April

Whalsay 1-7 Spurs – Madrid Cup Group B – Scorers: Stuart Goodlad; Connor Grant (3), Dave Mann (2), Lewis Harkness & Paul Molloy

Wed 18th April

Thistle 3-5 Celtic – Madrid Cup Group B – Scorers: Calvin Leask, Scott Tomlinson & Stuart Smith; Ryan Grant (4) & Ellis Smith

Fri 20th April

Delting 0-3 Ness – Madrid Cup Group A – Scorers: Nethan Watson, Jamie Wilson & Stuart Copland

 

Mon 23rd April

Whalsay 5-1 Celtic – Madrid Cup Group B – Scorers: Stuart Shearer (4) & Richard Whelan; Robert Smith

Wed 25th April

Whitedale 1-1 Scalloway – Madrid Cup Group A – Scorers: Bobby Scott & Aaron Leask

Fri 27th April

Thistle 0-7 Spurs – Madrid Cup Group B – Scorers: Andrew Flett (3), Josie Kay, Sam Goudie, Aaron Peart & Sam Maver

Monthly Fixtures/Results Round Up (March 2018)

Tues 20th March

Spurs 3-2 Scalloway – Highland Fuels QF1 – Scorers: Lewis Kay, Sam Maver & Connor Grant; Lowrie Leask (2)

Wed 21st March

Delting 0-2 Whalsay – Highland Fuels QF2 – Scorers: OG & Ross Irvine

Thurs 22nd March

Whitedale 5-1 Thistle – Highland Fuels QF3 – Scorers: Bobby Scott (2), Duncan Anderson (2) & Greg Tulloch; Stevie Michael

Fri 23rd March

Celtic 2-2 Ness (*Celtic win 5-4 on pens) – Highland Fuels QF4 – Scorers: James Aitken & Joel Bradley; Nethan Watson & OG

 

Mon 26th March

Celtic 0-3 Spurs – Highland Fuels SF1 – Scorers: Nathan MacDonald, Sean Maver & Connor Grant

Thurs 29th March

Whalsay 0-2 Whitedale – Highland Fuels SF2 – Scorers: Piotr Drozdowski & Allan Johnston

Fri 30th March

Spurs 1-1 Whitedale (Whitedale win 5-4 on pens) – Highland Fuels Final – Scorers: Josie Kay & Duncan Anderson

 

Shetland overcome Thurso to set-up St Duthus tie

Shetland FC have progressed to the quarter finals of the Jock Mackay Memorial Cup following an impressive 3-0 victory over Thurso on a blustery afternoon at the Dammies.

Goals from Joel Bradley, Gary Sutherland and James Aitken were enough to see off an experienced Thurso side, who will move top of the North Caledonian League if they win their two games in hand over Invergordon.

The prolonged delay with the fixture means that the blues will have to travel away again this coming weekend for the quarter final; an away tie against St Duthus who Shetland overcame on penalties the last time the teams met in 2016.

And the new-look Shetland management team will taking plenty of positives into the fixture as their team dominated for large spells against a Thurso team who have been in fine form this season.

From the first whistle, it was clear that wingers Greg Tulloch and Calvin Leask, and central striker Gary Sutherland, were going to be a real handful for the home side’s defence and their pace got them in behind on numerous occasions in the first period.

Sutherland had a couple of openings in the first 10 minutes but found the Thurso stopper, who was playing as a trialist on the day, in fine form, tipping the ball wide of the post with blue shirts sniffing for any rebound.

However the opener followed soon after with a well-rehearsed corner routine paying dividends for the ‘home’ side. James Aitken and Sutherland linked up well, with the latter swivelling around his defender and finding Joel Bradley in the box who made no mistake from a couple of yards.

The remainder of the half was dominated by the blues with the industrious centre midfield pairing of James Farmer and Stuart Copland controlling the game and feeding the ball to the pacey attackers.

Shetland captain Leighton Flaws was also getting in on the act down the left flank while right back Piotr Drozdowski also showed immense pace both going forward and tracking back.

Although the blues were on top, Thurso did manage to fashion a couple of chances but found keeper Saul Swanson in imperious form, pulling off a couple of excellent saves to keep the score at 1-0 going into the break.

The second period was a scrappier affair with Thurso seeing a bit more of the ball, linking up well through their central number 10 who was dropping deep to pick up possession. However there was no way past central defenders Bradley and Richard Arthur who were in no mood to surrender their clean sheet.

Shetland continued to look dangerous in attack however that final pass or shot was lacking, with the pitch making it difficult to control anything. Sutherland had another effort well saved while Farmer blasted just wide.

With the clock ticking, Sutherland’s persistence was rewarded and the Delting forward booked Shetland’s spot in the next round. After an excellent burst forward and through ball from substitute John Allan, Sutherland composed himself in front of goal and slotted the ball past the onrushing keeper for 2-0.

And the cherry on top was provided by Aitken, who side-stepped a couple of defenders and blasted into the far corner from just inside the box, again following good work from Allan.

The referee brought proceedings to a close at 3-0 with Shetland moving comfortably into the quarter finals, much to the delight of the small contingent of travelling fans.

Best on the day for Shetland was the ever-dangerous Sutherland who got a goal and an assist and Copland in the centre of midfield who put in a cracking performance.

After the game, Shetland manager Kevin Main praised the players’ fitness and attitude going into the game.

“The game presented an opportunity to test player fitness, work rate and technical ability at this stage of the year and considering the conditions, the players acquitted themselves very well.”

Goalscorer Bradley was also in a positive frame of mind after the final whistle: “Delighted with the result, it’s always tough away from home after so much travelling but everyone played well.”

“We put everything we’ve been working on at training over the winter into practice on the pitch and it paid off with a hard fought win.”

 

Shetland team: Saul Swanson, Piotr Drozdowski (Danny Thomson), Richard Arthur, Joel Bradley, Leighton Flaws, Stuart Copland, James Farmer (Stuart Farmer), Greg Tulloch (John Allan), James Aitken, Calvin Leask, Gary Sutherland.

Extended highlights of the match can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmMFK-yMF4M (Credit Picture House)

 

Shetland to face Thurso in Jock Mackay Cup fixture

Following another series of postponements, Shetland FC are once again back in action this weekend with a Jock Mackay Cup first round tie against Thurso.

The date for the match has already been shifted twice due to North Caley League fixture movements in recent weeks, in what has been another disrupted winter campaign for the blues.

Their last competitive outing was last November, a 2-0 defeat to Ayrshire AFA in the first round of the inter-association cup.

Despite Shetland being the home team in the tie, they will ironically travel to Thurso’s home ground, the Dammies, for the match on Saturday afternoon.

Thurso, who are currently sitting second in the league, will provide stiff opposition for the young Shetland side who are looking to reclaim the trophy they won back in 2015.

Since then, Golspie Sutherland and Orkney have been crowned Jock Mackay champions with the latter overcoming the blues 2-1 on their way to glory last season.

The new management team of Kevin Main and Robert Geddes will be hoping for better fortunes this time out and have selected a strong squad for the trip south tonight.

14 of the young yet experienced 15-man squad all featured at the Island Games in Gotland last year and have amassed a number of county appearances down the years.

The incoming Spurs trio of Molloy, Ward and Harkness all miss out this weekend while county starters Maver and Clubb are also unavailable for the fixture.

Shetland squad travelling to Thurso: Grant Wood (Spurs), Saul Swanson (Thistle), Leighton Flaws (Delting), John Allan (Scalloway), Piotr Drozdowski (Whitedale), Joel Bradley (Celtic), Richard Arthur (Whalsay), Danny Thomson (Whalsay), Stuart Copland (Thistle), Stuart Farmer (Ness), James Farmer (Ness), Calvin Leask (Thistle), James Aitken (Celtic), Gary Sutherland (Delting) & Greg Tulloch (Whitedale).

New Fixture Secretary Announced and Cup Draws Made

Shetland Football Association are delighted to announce that a willing and able volunteer has stepped forward to join the committee as Premier League Fixtures Secretary. Clark Paton is now in office after a sub-committee of office bearers met with him to help set-up the season and get him up and running. We all wish Clark well and thank him on the committee’s behalf for volunteering to this crucial role. All clubs and other partners will be given Clark’s contact details by the Secretary in due course.

In the meantime, the delay in filling the role meant that the fixtures were a little behind where they need to be for season 2018 at this stage. That fact meant that the same sub-committee, along with Clark, drew both the Highland Cup fixtures and the Madrid Cup groups, they are as follows:

 

Highland Fuels draw:

Match 1: Spurs v Scalloway

Match 2: Delting v Whalsay

Match 3: Whitedale v Thistle

Match 4: Celtic v Ness United

 

Semi-final draw:

Winners match 2 v winners match 3

Winners match 4 v winners match 1

 

Madrid Cup draw:

Group A: Delting, Whitedale, Scalloway and Ness United

Group B: Whalsay, Thistle, Spurs and Celtic

 

Dates, pitch and referee details will be forthcoming from the Fixtures Secretary in due course.

Shetland out of Scottish Association Cup

Shetland FC have been knocked out of the Scottish Inter Association Cup at the first hurdle after a 2-0 defeat to 2016 winners Ayrshire AFA in the first round yesterday afternoon.

Goals either side of the break were enough to see the Ayrshire select through to the next round however the boys in blue dominated in spells and will be disappointed not to have taken the chances they’d done so well to create.

However there were plenty of positives to take from the team’s first outing since their 2-1 friendly defeat to the Scottish AFA select and their first competitive match since the intercounty in July.

The back line stood firm for the majority of the match; David Murray put in a fine performance in attack; and young Lewis Harkness was a threat throughout in his first appearance for the senior county team.

The early exchanges were largely dominated by the home side who were passing the ball around confidently across the pitch and Shetland struggled to keep the ball when they finally got it back.
Wood in the Shetland goal was the first of the two goalies to be tested but held well from a snap shot from the edge of the box.

After weathering the early storm, Shetland got their backs off the wall and started dominating proceedings with the front four of Tulloch, Aitken, Harkness and Murray seeing a lot more of the ball.

Set piece deliveries from Aitken found the heads of Arthur, Copland and Murray however Arthur and Copland’s flew agonisingly over while Murray’s was expertly tipped over the bar by the Ayrshire keeper.

The next chance fell to young Harkness but again the home stopper was in the way. Aitken beat his man down the right and looped a ball to the Spurs winger at the far post, but his shot was smothered from close range.

With the first half coming to a close, Ayrshire took the lead against the run of play. A ball down the right was met by a midfield runner, who slotted past the onrushing Wood.

The second half was largely dominated by the home side and it was clear to see which side was deep into their season. The Shetland management freshened up things, bringing on Calvin Leask and Magnus Thompson in an attempt to break Ayrshire’s dominance.

And Leask made an immediate impact, latching onto a Harkness through ball and side-footing goal-wards but the Ayrshire keeper was in no mood to give up his clean sheet.

The game was then put to bed by the home side after a deflected shot from the edge of the box flew agonisingly past the reach of Wood for 2-0.

Arthur struck a post from a corner and Bradley had a good chance but failed to connect as it just wasn’t to be for the hard-working Shetland team.

The match was brought to a close at 2-0 in what was a good outing for the boys in blue in their first appearance in the association cup against a strong Ayrshire side.

The squad would like to take this opportunity to thank Loganair for the transport to and from Glasgow for the match. Without their support and the support from our other sponsors, games on the mainland would not be possible which is essential for the development of the team.

Travelling Shetland squad for their game against Ayrshire AFA on Sunday. Back row (from left): Stuart Copland, Saul Swanson, Leighton Flaws, Joel Bradley, Richard Arthur & Liam Flaws. Front row: Piotr Drozdowski, Grant Wood, Magnus Thompson, Stuart Farmer, Lewis Harkness & Greg Tulloch. Missing from the photo: David Murray & James Aitken.

Weekly Fixtures/Results Round-up (w/e Sun 24th Sept)

Wed 20th Sept

Whalsay B 3-0 Scalloway B – Reserve League – (Scalloway B unable to field a team so Whalsay B given the nominal 3-0 win)

Shetland FC to face SAFA Select

The senior football season comes to a close this weekend with the final of the County Shield being contested between holders Thistle and Whalsay on Saturday afternoon at 2pm. Following several weather related cancellations, the semi-finals were finally played this week with Whalsay seeing off Delting on penalties and Thistle notching an impressive 1-0 victory over Ness Utd.

And on Sunday, Shetland FC are up against a Scottish Amateur FA Select team who are travelling to the isles for the first time in over a decade. The select side will no doubt provide a stern test for the Shetland team who haven’t played since their 2-0 victory over Orkney at the end of July.

The Scottish select side are travelling up on Friday night with an 18-man squad, made up of players from Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth and Fife and face a Shetland Works League select on Saturday afternoon before the clash with Shetland FC on Sunday. The match will be played at the Gilbertson Park with a 2.30pm kick off.

County assistant manager Kevin Main admits little is known about the opponents this weekend but is looking forward to the challenge and the match will certainly provide valuable experience for the Shetland players as they enter into the winter schedule.

Main has a strong side to select from with many of the intercounty starters available for selection. Midfielders Jack Clubb and Finn Watt are the only two from the starting 11 against Orkney who are unavailable for selection while substitutes Stuart Copland and Richard Sinclair will also miss out.

However John Allan, Bobby Scott, Ryan Grant, Stuart Farmer and Magnus Thompson who all featured in Gotland are available while Calvin Leask, who missed out in both the Island Games and Intercounty, is also back in contention.

Shetland Squad to face SAFA Select: Saul Swanson (Thistle), Grant Wood (Spurs), Piotr Drozdowski (Whitedale), Joel Bradley (Celtic), Richard Arthur (Whalsay), Ryan Grant (Celtic), Liam Flaws (Ness Utd), Leighton Flaws (Delting), Stuart Farmer (Ness Utd), James Farmer (Ness Utd), James Aitken (Celtic), John Allan (Scalloway), Bobby Scott (Whitedale), Magnus Thompson (Whalsay), Calvin Leask (Thistle), Sam Maver (Spurs) & Greg Tulloch (Whitedale).

SAFA Select: Michael Calder (Broughty United), Leonard Ewing (Menzieshill), Scott Methven (Leven United), Ryan Davidson (Sportsmans Club), Dan Smith (Carnoustie Panmure), Andrew Melville (Broughty United), Ian McLean (Menzieshill), Alan Lloyd (MS United), Sean Ferrie (Letham), Martin Paul (Sportsmans Club), Terry Connell (Douglas Athletic), Jake Stewart (Rothie Rovers), Ryan Kenneth (Douglas Athletic), Keith Walker (Rothie Rovers), Sammy Mitchell (Bowhill Rovers), Billy Carle (St Johns), Lee McKenzie (Sportsmans Club) & Mike Gunn (MS United).

Fixtures/Results round-up (w/e Sun 17th Sept)

Mon 11th Sept

Delting 3-3 Whalsay (Whalsay win 3-0 on pens) – County Shield SF2 – Scorers: Jamie Sim, Fraser Hall & Leighton Flaws; Stuart Goodlad, David Murray & Magnus Thompson

 

Wed 13th Sept

Ness Utd 0-1 Thistle – County Shield SF1 – Scorers: Gary Sim

 

Sat 16th Sept

Thistle 3-3 Whalsay (AET – Whalsay win 3-2 on pens) – County Shield Final – Scorers: Calvin Leask, Stuart Copland & Liam Evans; Bryan Irvine, James Shearer & Magnus Thompson

Shetland Works League Select 1-8 Scottish Amateurs – Friendly

Scalloway B 3-5 Spurs B – Reserve League – Scorers: Sean McCaffrey (3); Joe Kay (2), Joe Goodlad, Bruce McColloch & OG

 

Sun 17th Sept

Shetland FA 1-2 Scottish Amateurs – Friendly – Scorers: Piotr Drozdowski; Mike Gunn & Sami Mitchell