Scotland v Middlesbrough PFC

Saturday 15th December was a massive step forward for Powerchair football in Scotland. Although the game itself would end in defeat there was so much more to this day.

Firstly a massive thanks to Middlesbrough, their players, coaches, officials and parents/carers. We needed to learn and you were an amazing support. Also thanks to Sport Scotland our hosts in Inverclyde, our national team sponsors and partners Mobility Central Sport, The SFA Para Football Association and MDUK, our league sponsors who’s support has helped get us to this level. Last but certainly not least to Donal Byrne, president of the EPFA who attended the day, presented the trophy and gave invaluable support.

The day begaIMG_1356n with an emotional and inspirational presentation from the SFA’s David McArdle to all player’s on what representing Scotland means, what the anthem means and what is expected of the players as international footballers.

The thirteen players all listened and took on board every word. The full squad for this historic day was

Scotland Powerchair Football Squad Dec 15

IMG_1399.JPGCarolyn Bean, Middlesbrough coach then set up some drills for players of Scotland and Middlesbrough, and the learning began.

Then came the action, The 13 Scotland players were split into two teams, both faced up to Middlesbrough and although both games ended in defeat every player played a part, they competed well with the English Premiership team and showed the spirit, desire and respect that David McArdle, and coaches Garry Johnstone and Craig Peattie had asked for as well as scoring a couple of goals from Ben Hetherington and Connor McCole.

After a break we set up for the Final fixtuIMG_1597re of the day, Scotland v Middlesbrough. The coaches had a tough job to select a team for the game meaning some players were left disappointed not to be part of this historical game, they did play their part by showing tremendous support for their squad mates.

Match Report

Scotland Line upIMG_1555

Kein Speed
Colin Shields
Kieran Burns
Eythan Galloway

Substitutes

Chris JacquinIMG_1551
Connor McCole
Ben Hetherington
Logan Mitchelson

 

 

 

It was an even start to the game with both teams competing well, Scotland started to make in-roads on the Boro defence and the first chance fell to Eythan Galloway but his shot was blocked. Boro hit back and it took a couple of clearances from Colin Shields and Kein Speed to keep the scoreline level before Boro got the break through a pass by Cath McNicholl that split the Scots defence and was turned in by number 48 Tyler Reece. The same pair combined again shortly after to make it two as the shot unluckily deflected of Colin Shields. Boro were dominating now and the speed of play was electrifying culminating in a third for Cath McNicholl as she intercepted a kick in. Scotland were finding attacks hard to come by as Boro kept the pressure on and a 4th goal followed by Lee Armstrong. Scotland didn’t give up and to loud roars from the home support youngest player Eythan Galloway knocked in a fantastic goal at the back post after a pass from Kieran Burns. 4 – 1 and that was only half time!!IMG_1473.jpg

Scotland  brought on all four subs at this point but before they had settled in to the game Boro almost made it five but for a miraculous goal line save form Logan Mitchelson but the fifth did come soon after from a kick in from Jonny Howsley that was knocked in from the edge of the box by Ryan Dack. A sixth came soon after and a 2nd for Armstrong from a Howsley corner. Despite a concerted effort from Scotland Dack scored again to make it seven. That was the end of the scoring a seven one defeat for Scotland that maybe slightly flattered Boro but this was real development for Scotland in our first game and we move on to Leeds in February.

Middlesbrough were presented with the Peter O’Brien trophy, a former Clyde player who passed away recently,  by EPFA President Donal Byrne following the game.

 

And so we have started on a journey, we didn’t know quite where we were in comparison to more experienced nations and this test allowed us to see where we need to develop. Our Coaches and the SPFA International Committee will look to see what we can take from this, we have plans in place for future games and training events that we will review following Saturday. Next up we will be taking part in a friendly tournament hosted by Leeds PFC. We are in discussions with Donal about future fixtures and our aim at this point is to host an international tournament, here in Scotland in 2020.

Finally thank you to the players, you were magnificent and a credit to your country, to your clubs and to your families. Also thanks to the coaches, Craig and Garry and to the other members of the International Committee Ryan Galloway and Gareth Mitchelson who were key in ensuring the day was set up and ran smoothly, as well as organising lunch and repairing chairs. Also thanks to the referees from Middlesbrough and our own Jill Galloway and Neil Speed, a learning day for them too.

 

 

Scotland Powerchair v Middlesbrough PFC

The clock is ticking until we play Middlesbrough in our first ever international fixture at Inverclyde National Sports Training Centre.


The day commences at 12pm and there is a full day of powerchair action will be finished off with the game against the English Premiership side which kicks off at 3pm.

Please come along and support the players and watch history unfold, admission is free and everyone is welcome. 

 

Sponsorship Deal with Mobility Central

It gives me great pleasure to announce the SPFA has agreed and signed a partnership with Mobility Central. Based in Glasgow Mobility Central supply a huge range of mobility products, advice and solutions to help you get the most out of life. Long time supporters of Powerchair Football in Scotland Mobility Central will sponsor our National Squad for the next three years. This partnership will allow us to focus on developing our national team to enable them to become a competitive team in world of international powerchair football. The first step in this development will be the friendly match in December against Middlesbrough PFC, followed by a trip to Leeds to play in a friendly tournament.
As well as helping us develop the elite side of the game it will allow us to utilise our current funds to develop the game at grassroots level and will therefore benefit all current and new players. Mobility Central join our current National League sponsors in Muscular Dystrophy UK in helping develop the sport in Scotland and we welcome them on board.

Scotland Squad Announcement

Scotland’s Powerchair football team will play their first ever fixture on December 15th at SportScotland Inverclyde National Sports Training Centre in Largs. The day will commence at 12pm with some development games culminating in the main fixture versus English Premiership side Middlesbrough PFC with kick off at 3pm. All players selected must confirm attendance per e-mail received

The squad is announced as:

Scotland Powerchair Football Squad Dec 15

Armistice day

Tomorrow sees the 2nd MDUK National League fixtures, as the fixtures fall on Armistice Day we will be commemorating those who lost their lives in both World Wars and particularly to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

There will be a two minute silence at 11am and would ask all players coaches and supporters to join us in remembering those who lost their lives.

 

Scotland Squad Training Day

The latest Scotland squad development event was held in Dundee on Saturday, twelve players were put through their paces by coaches Craig Peattie and Garry Johnstone as we build to playing our first Scotland game in December 15th at Largs against English Premiership team Middlesbrough PFC. A tough day for the players but they all performed well. Still one more match day however for players to seal their place in the squad for December.

 

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Muscular Dystrophy UK – Scottish Conference

The MDUK Scottish Conference & AGM will take place at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel on Saturday November the 3rd, there will be numerous speakers and workshops through the day. We will be there with taster sessions and a panel discussion. We will be joined by Lynne Glen of Scottish Disability Sport so come along and have a go at Powerchair Football and Boccia. The conference is on from 9.15am to 4.15pm, find out more on the MDUK Website