Welcome to the Uphall Diamonds 15s page.
Mustafa not in picture, a new one will be added next time the full squad is at the game
MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Many thanks to Registers of Scotland for sponsoring the team as part of their Community Benefits Group ... The Registers logo can be found on the front of our new under 14's kit.
GAME DETAILS AND OTHER NEWS
Training will now be as follows :
Back at Holmes Park, details by text till the fixture backlog is sorted.
SOME GENERAL POINTS FROM THE WLAYFC CODES OF CONDUCT
Understand and support the Laws of the game.
Never criticise the match supervisor / referee.
Emphasise good behaviour at all times.
Never use bad language.
Always be in control.
Sunday 14th April
Blackburn Vs Uphall Diamonds
10.00 for a 11.00 kick off at Seafield Park
NOTE THERE WILL BE NO TRAINING DURING THIS PERIOD AS WE WILL BE PLAYING GAMES EVERY OTHER DAY.
WHO'D HAVE THOUGHT IT, A FIXTURE BACKLOG WHEN YOU DECIDE TO HAVE AN EIGHTEEN TEAM LEAGUE ... WHO'D HAVE THOUGHT WE'D HAVE HAD GAMES POSTPONED IN WEST LOTHIAN WHEN ALL WINTERS ARE MILD, DRY AND SUNNY.
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|Friendly||Kirkcaldy Colts||5||Uphall Diamonds||1|
|Mid Calder||0||Uphall Diamonds||2|
|Scottish Cup||Mid Calder||2 (4)||Uphall Diamonds||2(3)|
|League||Mid Calder||5||Uphall Diamonds||1|
|League||Uphall Diamonds||0||Livi Hearts||2|
|League||Uphall Diamonds||1||Murieston White||8|
|Regional Cup||Uphall Diamonds||2||Queensferry||0|
|Regional Cup||Uphall Diamonds||0||Liberton||2|
|League||Muri White||8||Uphall Diamonds||0|
|League||Uphall Diamonds||0||West Calder||3|
|County Cup||Uphall Diamonds||0||Shotts||10|
Goal Scorers / Clean sheets
|Michael||0||+||6 clean sheets|
|Brandon Coulter||0||+||3 clean sheets|
Sunday 10th March League
Armadale 1 Uphall Diamonds 5
Sunday saw the Diamonds playing on the astro turf at Armadale Academy, a game watched by Danny Lennon the St. Mirren manager, obviously looking for a few tips for his forthcoming League Cup Final! He may not have picked up any new ideas, but he did see a very good football game between two evenly matched teams.
The Diamonds opened the scoring in the seventeenth minute with a very good goal, Ross played a very quick and smart free kick into the Armadale penalty box,. Ali ghosted in on the blind side volleyed the ball back across goal and into the net at the far post.
Chances were created by both sides in the first period, Tosh and Jack both came close whilst at the other end, Michael did well, diving full length to prevent An Armadale equalizer. Half time saw the Diamonds retain their single goal advantage.
The second half started with Armadale on top, and it came as no surprise when they leveled the score at 1-1 with a well worked goal. Indeed could have taken the lead a minute later when their forward ran clear of the Diamonds defence, Brandon stood tall and at the vital moment dived to save, touching the ball round the post for a corner. A vital and possibly game saving stop. From the corner the Diamonds broke free, Ewan Both, Ben and Jack all combined to set up Ben Forrest for an easy tap-in. Armadale could have been a goal up, but instead it was the Diamonds ahead ... on little things do football games swing.
Armadale were still playong well and came close to an equalizer when a header crashed off the post, a free header which seemed to surprise a dozing Diamonds defence. The vital third goal came for the Diamonds with ten minutes remaining. Ben Forest latched onto a loose clearance and lofted a shot high into the net. The fourth goal came from some tireless running from Ben Forest who chased a lost cause wide on the right, he won the ball and slipped it inside to Ewan Both who netted after beating two or three defenders in the six yard box. The scoring was completed when Ross swung a corner onto Ben Forest's head, he netted to claim a well deserved hat trick.
A fine game of football today, with two well matched teams giving their all. The scoreline suggests a comfortable win for that Diamonds but it was far from that, the game could in fact have gone either way. Good finishing from the visitors being the telling factor.
Sunday 3rd March County Cup
Uphall Diamonds 0 Shotts 10
With Sunday morning's game called off, the Diamonds made the brave, possibly foolhardy decision to play the game at Murieston later that evening. Due to other comitments the Diamonds would be reduced to twelve players and that inclded two goalkeepers and one player returning from long term illness.
The game later on in the evening went pretty much to form, Shotts winning comfortably. The Diamonds battled hard, a difficult task made impossible with injury forcing Michael to abandon his goalkeeping duties and play upfront ... nearly scoring in the process ... further injury then reducing the team to ten men.
Sunday 24th February League
Polbeth 0 Uphall Diamonds 9
The Diamonds were on the road again, travelling up the A71 to Polbeth, having picked up their first points of the season against Queensferry, the Diamonds were keen to add some more to their league tally.
Both teams created chances in the first few minutes, but it was the visitors who drew first blood, Ben Forest bundling a loose ball over the line, the lead doubled a few minutes later when Ross tucked away a penalty kick with his usual aplomb. Jamie then scored the pick of the first half goals when he twisted and turned past three defenders before slotting into the net. Ben Forest completed the first period scoring with his second of the match.
The second half started with the Diamonds on top, and they scored in the first few minutes, Ben Forrest running through to complete his hat-trick. Ewan Findlay slammed home a sixth goal, James then scored the pick of the second half goals with a twenty yard piledriver, hitting the net via the underside of the crossbar. The scoring was completed with goals from Lewis and Jack ... making a welcome return to the Diamonds.
The game ended with Polbeth coming close, a shot flashed across the face of the Diamonds goal, slipping just past the post, hard on the home side who deserved something for their never say die attitude ... though from a selfish point of view, it was good to see both Michael and Brandon keep a clean sheet.
Sunday 10th February League
Uphall Diamonds 2 Queensferry 1
The return of the match report !!
With Holmes Park unplayable, the game was switched to Queensferry, necessitating a very late drive up north, not the best of preparations for a game, but at least the game went ahead.
The Diamonds started well, pressing hard and looking dangerous. Chances were created, but none taken, the closed to a goal coming when Lewis hit the post. Then the breakthrough came. Jack, back with the Diamonds, made a good run on the left, showing tricky feet he beat the defender and curled a cross ball into the six-yard box ... the cross looked to have eluded everyone, but Jamie popped up at the far post and stuck out a leg, knocking the ball into the net.
With their tails up the Diamonds pressed for more and came close when Calum smashed a shot off the crossbar, his chance created by some good work from Jack, and a fine knock back from Tosh. Calum then came close again with a lung bursting run down the right,he covered half the length of the park before forcing a very good save from the Queensferry keeper, Lewis just failing to net the rebound.
A second would be nice, and it came with the half drawing to a close, Ben Forest, playing in an unfamiliar left back role, curled a shot from the corner of the penalty box into the top corner of the net. A most satisfactory first half, shooting with the wind, things looked promising for the second.
The second half started well for Uphall, but they were dealt a blow when Lewis was mysteriously red-carded for a offence that only the referee saw ... reduced to ten men it was now a battle for the Diamonds. They did well though, still playing football and still playing well, and were unlucky not to add to their lead when Jack curled a shot onto the face of the crossbar ... the third time the Diamonds had hit the woodwork. As often happens in football, the defending team having escaped break upfield and score, and thats what Queensferry did, It could have been 3-0, but it was now 2-1 and game on.
The Diamonds held out well, though there was a heart in the mouth moment when Queensferry won a last minute free kick, the ball was swung in and headed goalwards, saved casually with a one handed Brandon save (some may say a little too casually!). The match ended with a 2-1 win, and the Diamonds went home happy, wondering how to spend their first win bonus in a while !
The Diamonds at the start of the season