Saturday, 28 July 2012

Benburb v Saltcoats Victoria

In their second pre-season run-out Bens drew 2-2 with Saltcoats Vics at Tinto Park this afternoon.
Bens had a limited squad available because of holidays and work commitments but gave a good account against the Ayrshire side.
They came close to opening the scoring on 20 minutes when a ball across the box found Cuddihy who hit a first-time shot, only for the keeper to save with his feet.
Bens kept the pressure on and on 35 minutes pummelled the Vics goal with the keeper and defenders blocking four efforts before the ball fell to Shane Jackson and he despatched it for the opener.
Five minutes later the match was level when a Vics striker headed in a cross.
Bens had a chance to take the lead again before the interval when Morrison burst into the box and shot but the keeper got down low at his near post to push the effort past.
Shane Jackson got Bens' second early in the second half when he received the pass, steadied himself and fired into the bottom corner.
He had a chance to seal the victory 5 minutes before the end when his shot was handled inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Jackson took the kick, looking for his hat-trick, but the Vics keeper did well to palm it by the post.
With only minutes left, the inevitable happened and Saltcoats snatched a late equaliser.

BENBURB: Tiropoulis, Bessombi, Lavery, C Jackson, Munro, Tinney, McLaughlin, Morrison, S Jackson, Maguire, Cuddihy.   

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Dennis Donnelly Memorial Trophy

Tinto Park hosted a large crowd for this afternoon's match in honour of a Benburb and Winton favourite. Both sides produced an entertaining 90 minutes which ended 2-2 before the trophy was secured by the Bens in a 6-5 penalty shootout.
Bens took the lead on 26 minutes from the penalty spot; Steven Waddell converted. The decision was made after the Bens striker was bundled over as he received a pass.
Seconds later, Gary McKenna had the chance to increase the lead when he slipped past two defenders but could only shoot into the keeper's arms.
Ardrossan came close on 38 minutes when a corner dropped for their striker who shot firmly from eight yards only to see Lavery block and clear from the Bens goalline.
Bens made it 2-0 on 47 minutes when the Winton keeper could only palm a Chris Jackson free-kick to the side- Lovering spun and crossed to Shane Jackson who powered a header into the net.
Six minutes later, Ardrossan pulled one back with a shot from inside the box which struck the underside of the bar and in.
Twenty minutes later the sides were level when a long ball found the Winton striker who saw his first effort blocked by the Bens defender and keeper but buried the rebound high into the net.
With a trophy at stake, the match went to penalties with both sides converting the scheduled five. Winton's sixth went wide and the honour fell to Steven Cuddihy to net Bens' winner.
Bens' captain Gillan collected the trophy with Paul Lovering the Man of the Match.

BENBURB: Tiropoulas, Gillan, Wright, C Jackson, P Lovering, Barr, Davis, S Jackson, McKenna, Waddell, Lavery

Monday, 16 July 2012

Bens Glad To Lose Record

A Benburb record the club is not particularly proud of was their slide from the top to bottom league of the West Region in three seasons.
Now it seems this record has been beaten. A Bens committee man was leafing through a local newspaper when he noticed a snippet mentioning a local Senior team had went from the top to bottom division in one season.
While not happy to see any Bens record beaten, the committee man was pleased to say 'at least the record has stayed in Govan!'

Dennis Donnelly Memorial Trophy

Benburb kick-off season 2012-13 this Saturday, 21st July 2012, with a competitive testimonial match in memory of Dennis Donnelly. Dennis served the Bens as Assistant Manager and Committee  member for the best part of a decade before his death in March 2011.
Ardrossan Winton Rovers provide Bens with opposition in the first Dennis Donnelly Memorial Trophy match to honour a Winton legend. Dennis was a prolific striker with the Ayrshire club before taking the player manager role.
Dennis started his football career in the Seniors at Aberdeen before moving to Clyde. On moving to the Juniors his clubs included Glencairn, Ardrossan, Kilbirnie, Kilwinning, Petershill and Saltcoats where his striking skills were highly prized and coaching roles at the Ants and Bens after his playing career ended.
It is hoped the winners of Saturday's match will invite another of Dennis's former Junior clubs to provide the next opposition to make the trophy a permanent fixture in the pre-season calendar.
Admission for Saturday's match is £4 for adults and £2 for children and senior citizens with gate receipts being donated to the Donnelly family.
Bens will produce a programme for the match and food and refreshments will be available throughout the game.

Benburb FC is pleased to announce that Saturday's match will be sponsored by two local businesses:

Only Sport, 111-115 Airth Drive, Mosspark, Glasgow G52 1JU
Tel. 0141 611 8842

Only Sport provide a range of team sports clothing and equipment from leading makes at affordable prices. They also have a range of sports trophies and medals available.

Jackie's One Salon
12 Shaw Street 
G51 3BN

A local salon providing hair and beauty services.

The Bens would like to thank the owners of both businesses for supporting the club and helping to make the first Dennis Donnelly Memorial Trophy match a great success.



Saturday, 19 November 2011

Bens Get The Hang Of Lang

Bens bounced back from last month's Cup defeat by Cambuslang to take maximum points at Tinto Park this afternoon. The Bens' recovery was all the more marked considering their recent poor form in the League which culminated in a terrible display last week against Neilston.
For today's match, Bens followers were inspired by the teamsheet which had Dexy Wingate back in the heart of the defence. The former Bens favourite re-signed for the Tinto club this season but has been trying to shake off a back injury for the last few months and this delayed his appearance in a Bens jersey. Dexy lasted just under an hour in this first match back before retiring as a precautionary measure with a tight hamstring.
Bens also featured a trialist in the other centre back position. The time required for this new defensive formation to settle may have contributed to the opener for Cambuslang who wasted no time in grabbing the lead from a header after 12 minutes.
The home side came close after a quarter of an hour when McInnes, today at right back, forced his way into the box finding McKenna who skipped to the side of the defender, releasing a shot which the Lang keeper did well to block with his legs.
McKenna and Waddell were combining well with the former laying the ball off for Waddell to shoot from the edge of the box; the shot looked netbound until the keeper managed to turn it onto the top of the bar.
This looked like the last chance of the half until Bens won possession in the midfield and the pass released Waddell into the right side of the box. His run drew the keeper before squaring for Gary McKenna to tap into the empty net.
Bens' centre McKenna was quick out of the blocks after the break smashing a volley off the crossbar from 18 yards.
Bens took the lead on the hour mark from the penalty spot following handball: Steven Waddell netted confidently.
Cambuslang came close ten minutes later when a cross was whipped in and bobbled in front of the striker who directed it with his knee onto the top of the bar.
Bens made a further breakthrough on 80 minutes when they got numbers into the box and showed calmness in front of goal working the passes to the back post where Gary McKenna converted with ease.
Minutes later fury erupted in the Cambuslang ranks when Quinn clashed with their striker in mid-air with the Bens keeper dropping to the ground- play continued as Lang held possession, had players in the box and an open goal, then the referee blew to stop play as Quinn had not recovered. The Lang players felt the Bens' keeper had stayed down and arguments broke out all around the referee. To his credit, the official managed to restore order without booking anyone and was able to restart play with a dropped ball.
The visitors were probably further aggrieved by this denied chance when they grabbed a second goal with only minutes remaining.
But Bens held on for a good win after a much improved performance and next week face the ultimate test travelling to runaway League leaders Glasgow Perthshire.

BENBURB: Quinn, McInnes, Smith, Wingate, Gupwell (T), Wright, S.Jackson, Carroll, McKenna, Waddell, Mackenzie.

Central District League Division One

* Benburb 3 Cambuslang Rangers 2 *

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Bens Christmas Stocking Filler

Bens are pleased to say that they've now located a recording of the 1980 Scottish Junior Cup Final which is in DVD format. The club hopes to make copies available shortly. Details will be posted soon on the website.
The club would like to thank everyone involved so far and hope for further interest when the DVD becomes available.