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Ants support Football v Homophobia campaign

The Club have signed up as a supporter of Football v Homophobia’s month of action that will see us designate our match v Vale of Clyde this Saturday as our Match V Homophobia to encourage LGBTQ+ involvement in Football, highlighting the fact that Football should be for all regardless of sexuality. This is something that the club strongly believes should be the case and McKenna Park is proud to welcome supporters of all sexualities. Our club chairman is an openly gay man and has written about his feelings on the campaign in the past which he welcomes massively having to have had to hide his sexuality for fear of it being held against him for many years in what wasn’t always the most open of environments for gay and trans people.

The following is an extract from the excellent Football v Homophobia Website

Homophobia encompasses a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward people who are identified or perceived as being lesbian, gay or bisexual, whilst Transphobia is used to describe a range of negative attitudes or behaviours that a person may express towards transgender people or those perceived as being transgender.

The phrases ‘homophobia in football’ or ‘transphobia in football’ are often used without defining the nature of LGBTphobia.

The Football v Homophobia Campaign works from an understanding that homophobia and transphobia are not uniform phenomena experienced in the same way by all LGBT sports participants. We believe homophobia and transphobia can appear differently in different football contexts and cultures – on a continuum from lack of acceptance of LGBT participants to outright verbal and physical abuse.

Homophobia in sport is well documented. Research by Scotland’s Equality Network ‘Out for Sport’ (2011) shows that of more than 1,700 respondents, 79% thought that there was a problem of homophobia in sport, whilst 62% had witnessed or experienced homophobia or transphobia in sport. Amongst trans respondents the numbers of those having experienced or witnessed homophobia or transphobia in sport rose to 80%. These findings, whilst focused on Scotland, are widely seen as transferable to other UK contexts.

Research undertaken by the National Union of Students during 2012, which surveyed the opinions of 845 LGBT students, found that 46.8% of respondents experienced sport culture as ‘alienating or unwelcoming’.

Meanwhile, the Youth Chances Survey (2013) found a third of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual young people and 50% of young trans people aged 16-25 do not feel they can be open about their sexuality or gender identity in a sports club.

During 2016 research by Stonewall, the UK LGBT human rights charity found that:

  • 72 per cent of football fans have heard homophobic abuse
  • One in five 18 to 24 year-olds say they’d be embarrassed if their favourite player came out
  • Young people are twice as likely to say anti-LGBT language is harmless if it’s just meant as ‘banter’
  • The majority of people think that offensive language towards LGBT people in sport is a problem

Whilst it is clear attitudes are changing, there is still a widespread problem with homophobic and transphobic language in football and this affects the experience of LGBT people watching, playing, officiating and administrating the game. It impacts particularly on the experience of LGBT children and young people in football who may feel especially vulnerable and isolated if they hear negative comments at a time when they are discovering their own identities

We want fans, committee members, players and match officials to be truly themselves at McKenna Park and we will keep working to make sure that we do everything we can to make everyone feel welcome and free from any kind of abuse. Want to come along to the match on Saturday? You can buy tickets online using our Fanbase Ticket Portal

 

Ants Ladies lose but plenty of positives to take

The Ants Ladies lost 3-1 away to Cumbernauld Colts on Sunday at Broadwood but there were plenty of positives to take from the match against a side who currently play in the SWF West Division.

The first half saw us go on the offensive from the first whistle and efforts from Kayla Welsh and Mandy Richardson went wide of target, at the other end Talligh McArthur had to be quick off her line a couple of times to sweep up. The match was flowing from end to end and there was a great goal-line block from Channelle Munro to keep it at 0-0 but it was the home side who took the lead on the half hour mark when Lucy Foye opened the scoring before a fantastic save by Skelton kept the hosts in front with a full stretch dive to tip a shot round the post and out for a corner to the Ants.  In the 37th minute the hosts doubled their lead when Rachel Graham took advantage of McArthur being off her line to finish from distance to make it 2-0. Skelton then produced another fine save when it looked like Lauren Templeton’s shot was going in the top corner and the half finished with the home side 2 goals to the good.

The Ants made a few subs at half time and again started the half on the front foot with Mattison, Boyle, Templeton, Richardson and Rigamonti all linking up well going forward and with half an hour to go they all combined again to put Alice Rigamonti thru on Skelton and she made no mistake as she poked the ball past the keeper to reduce the deficit to 2-1. This gave the Queen Ants a lift but they just couldn’t put the ball in the net and as is always the case the home side took full advantage when Daniella Boyd grabbed a 3rd against the run of play.  Credit to the Ants they didn’t let their heads drop and kept pushing for another goal to get back into the match but it was to no avail and 3-1 Cumbernauld was how it finished.

A good workout and another step closer to full fitness as we gear up for our first ever league campaign.

Photo’s in the gallery below provided by Patryk Rudnicki

The future looks Pixel Perfect for Ants as new Partnership announced

The club are delighted to announce that Pixel Glasgow have agreed a deal to become a Mens First Team official partner which will see their logo on the club website as well as on the clubs social media platforms. We look forward to working with Daniel and the team on a number of initiatives over initially the first 18 months and hopefully beyond.

Speaking to the Ants website after the deal was signed, Pixel Glasgow owner Daniel Clark said

Seeing the outstanding work St. Anthony’s do for the community it was an absolute no brainer when I seen their ad for paid sponsorship.

He continued “Having spoken with Martin and speaking over the visions of the club it just feels like the perfect fit.Football is a massive part in any community so to help St Anthonys push on over the next 18 months is a massive honour and I hope that together we can build on this already great partnership”.

Heres to the start of a wonderful relationship!

Caledonian Locomotives Match Preview

The Ants are back in league action to kick off 2024 with the short visit to first foot Caledonian Locomotives at Petershill Park in the PDM Huws Gray West of Scotland Football League Second Division.

Both teams come into this one with Caley Loco’s on a 6 game unbeaten run in the league, their last defeat coming at home to runaway league leaders Ardrossan Winton Rovers back in September although they did lose 3-2 to Hurlford in their last game before the festive period. The Ants last league defeat also came at the hands of Ardrossan back in November with a 3 game unbeaten run put together since then.

There’s already been a meeting of the sides this season back in August at McKenna Park where a Kamil Leszczynski double, along with goals for Jonny McKay, John O’Hagan and Jack MacMurray scored for the Ants with Tyler Wright netting for Loco’s in a 5-1 win for The Ants.

Caledonian Loco’s currently sit in 4th place in the league having amassed 26 points from 14 games, with 8 wins, 2 draws and 4 defeats and this see’s them 5 points ahead of The Ants with the same games played, The Ants having won 7, 3 draws and 4 defeats, but having being deducted 3 points, come into this one in 8th place.

It promises to be a New Year cracker at Petershill Park so why not come along and see who takes home the first 3 points of 2024

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Rossvale vs Saint Anthony's

 

Second half showing rescues a point for Ants

A strong second half showing from the Ants brought us back into a match that few could have seen us take anything from at half time as we trailed Glasgow Uni 2-0 but goals from Craig Scott and Martin Mullaney saw us leave Airdrie with a point that on another day could have been all three.

Glasgow Uni got off to a flying start when Ewan McKinley capitalised on a poor pass from McGuire that was intercepted by a Glasgow Uni attacker and when the ball found McKinley he fired a shot off the underside of the bar and in from the edge of the box and with 18 minutes gone it was 1-0 to the home side. McKinley then doubled his and his teams tally 3 minutes later again capitalising on some sloppy passing and a bit of good fortune to make it 2-0 to the Students.

The Ants enjoyed a lot of the ball but couldn’t find the final pass or shot on target and the half finished at 2-0

Within 3 minutes of the start of the second half Craig Scott had reduced the deficit to a single goal when he made it 2-1 with a thunderbolt from a headed clearance from the edge of the box. The Ants totally dominated the second half but the Uni were still dangerous on the break and Bailey McGuire got down low to save on a couple of occasions. Just after the hour mark Martin Mullaney equalised for the Ants after good work by McKillop and Leszczynski down the right.

Carballo then had a fine effort saved and Mullaney also came close with a header just over the top. The Ants fans in the Excelsior thought we had taken all 3 points with a minute to go but Leszczynski’s effort went just the other side of the post and it finished 2-2

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Details

Date Time League Season
August 23, 2023 8:00 pm WoSFL Division Two 2023-24

Ground

Excelsior Stadium
Penny Cars Stadium, Craigneuk Avenue, Islay, Craigneuk, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, ML6 8QZ, United Kingdom

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsPens
Glasgow University2022
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Saint Anthony’s FC

1Bailey McGuire Goalkeeper
2Mark McKillop Midfielder
3Rui Carballo Midfielder
4Craig Scott Defender 47'
5Findlay Provan Midfielder
6Johnny McKay Midfielder
7Ian Eadie 19 Midfielder
8Sam Muir Midfielder
9Martin Mullaney Forward 62'
10Jack MacMurray Midfielder
11Kamil Leszczynski Forward
12John O’Hagan Forward
14Trialist1 Midfielder
15Stephen McCulloch Forward
16Adam Gibbons Midfielder
17Craig Donaldson Midfielder
19Graeme Crawford 7 Defender
18Stephen Barnes Defender

Five star Ants derail Caley Loco’s

The Ants put on a five star show at McKenna Park with a fine 5-1 win over Caledonian Locomotives Football Club in the PDM Huws Gray West of Scotland Football League second division.

We took the lead in the 9th minute when Jonny McKay ended a fine move that saw Ian Eadie cut the ball back and McKay thumped the ball home. Caley Loco’s equalised in the 25th minute capitalising on a defensive mistake and Tyler Wright rounded McGuire and just squeezed the ball home.

The Ants had 2 or 2 great chances after that before the break but we went in tied at 1-1 at the break.
The second half saw us regain the lead in the 57th minute when Kamil Leszczynski struck and it was 3-1 3 minutes later when Jack MacMurray tapped the ball into the empty net.

The Ants were playing some lovely stuff and in the 87th minute Leszczynski’s second of the match sealed the points before John O’Hagan put the cherry on the top with a 5th in the 92nd minute.

Full Time – Ants 5 v 1 Caley Loco’s

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Details

Date Time League Season
August 19, 2023 2:00 pm WoSFL Division Two 2023-24

Ground

McKenna Park
392 Shieldhall Rd, Glasgow G51 4JA, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsPens
Saint Anthony’s FC1455
Caledonian Locomotives FC1011

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Bailey McGuire Goalkeeper
2Mark McKillop Midfielder
3Keir McNair 12 Defender
4Craig Scott Defender 11'
5Findlay Provan 18 Midfielder
6Johnny McKay Midfielder 9'
7Ian Eadie 19 Midfielder
8Sam Muir Midfielder
9Martin Mullaney 15 Forward
10Jack MacMurray Midfielder 60'
11Kamil Leszczynski Forward 57', 87'
12John O’Hagan 3 Forward 91'
14Trialist1
15Rui Carballo 9 Midfielder
16Craig Donaldson Midfielder
17Adam Gibbons Midfielder
18Stephen Barnes 5 Defender
19Graeme Crawford 7 Defender

Back to Back wins for Ants as Bonnyton beaten.

The Ants made it two wins in a row with a fine 3-4 win away to Bonnyton Thistle at the Synergy Arena in the first ever matchup between the two sides.

The Ants were on the front foot from the kick off and that early pressure paid off in the 11th minute when Jack MacMurray put the Ants infront direct from a corner which deceived the Thistle defenders and keeper who couldn’t scramble the ball clear. It was double delight for the Ants in the 18th minute when last season’s top scorer Martin Mullaney notched his second of the season as he lashed the ball into the top corner after a fine cut back from Keir McNair.

Bonnyton didn’t waste long in a reply though and reduced the deficit to 1-2 in the 21st minute when a Kieran Murphy free kick found its way to the back post and Ben Wilson was unmarked to head home past McGuire. This boosted the home side and 11 minutes later they were level when goal provider turned goal scorer when Kieran Murphy fired home a long range free kick that beat McGuire much to the delight of the home fans.

Just before the break there was a golden opportunity for Bonnyton to take the lead when McGuire spilled a shot and upon trying to retrieve the ball took out a Bonnyton player and the ref pointed to the spot. Kyle McAvoy stepped up to take the kick but he was denied by McGuire who guessed the correct way to keep the ball out.

HALF TIME BONNYTON 2 v 2 ANTS

The second half was barely a minute old when we had the games 5th goal. Jack MacMurray started the move in his own half and after a good passing move Mullaney slid the youngster in and he made no mistake firing across McRoberts and into the net to restore the Ants lead. Both sides pressed for another goal and both looked equally dangerous going forward but it was The Ants who would get the next, and as it turned out crucial goal when Mullaney passed the ball back under pressure from two Bonnyton defenders into the path of Sam Muir who applied a stunning finish to give McRoberts no chance and put the Ants 2-4 ahead.

It looked like it was game over as we reached the 90th minute but life as an Ants fan is never that simple and when Aaron Fairbairn nodded home in the 91st minute you could have been forgiven for wondering if we would hold out. A couple of corners, including one where the Keeper came up were dealt with well by the Ants rearguard and the refs final whistle was music to the ears of the visiting fans.

FULL TIME BONNYTON 3 v 4 ANTS

Ants building for Next Generation as US Scholarship Company expands partnership

The club are delighted to announce Next Generation USA as our main club sponsor with their logo appearing on the front of both our VSN home and away kits. Scottish based Next Generation USA had already partnered with the club to provide an additional pathway option for the clubs Under 20’s and the partnership has been going so well that a deal was brokered that will see the Ants proudly display the Next Gen logo on the kit.

Next Gen Owner John Crawley was delighted to extend the partnership. “We have been delighted with how the partnership has gone so far and we are excited to work alongside the Ants and their partners to help each other grow”. Ants Match Secretary Martin McKenna was also a happy man. “We are delighted John and Next Generation can see the potential in what we are trying to do at the club, and have bought into a proper partnership, We look forward to helping Next Gen build as a business and can’t wait to see how the partnership grows over the coming months and hopefully years”.

We can’t wait to see the logo proudly adorning the front of the famous old hoops and our vibrant away kit!

Next Ants Game - Glasgow University v Saint Anthony's, Friday 21st April 2023, Excelsior Stadium im Airdrie with an 8pm Kick Off

Glasgow Uni v Ants – Preview

This is only the second meeting of the sides since Glasgow Uni entered the West of Scotland Football League, with the conferences of last season keeping the clubs apart. The first meeting at McKenna Park back in October where a Graeme Crawford double and a goal from Rui Carballo gave the Ants a 3-1 win.

We meet tonight at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie at 8pm with Glasgow Uni looking to bring a 3 game losing streak to an end having suffered defeats to Maybole (Home 1-3), Kilsyth Rangers (Home 2-3) and last Saturday away to Wishaw (2-0). The Uni currently occupy 11th place in the Division on 28 points having played 25, winning 9, drawing 1 and losing 15. They have a goal difference of -10 having scored 44 but conceding 54 goals.

Having lost out narrowly on Saturday to Maybole, Danny and the team will be itching to get back to winning ways with only 5 matches remaining of what has been a great season so far for the club.

The Excelsior Stadium is ticket only entry and if you want to come along tonight tickets are priced at £5 for Adults and £2.50 for Under 16’s. Tickets MUST be purchased online and can be done so here

If you can’t get along to cheer on the team then we will have live updates on the clubs Twitter feed from 7pm

MON THE ANTS 🐜🔥💚

The Future’s bright for NXT GEN of Ants Players

The development of the young players at the club has played a big part since we launched our Under 20’s squad as we joined the West of Scotland Football League, and as part of our commitment to the youngsters we are always looking at ways to help aid their development.

Naturally not all players in the pathway will make the step up to the first team for a myriad of reasons and we looked at ways we could provide other pathways, both with the club and away from the club and have explored a few new partnerships that will help us in providing those alternative pathways.

We are delighted to announce today the first of these partnerships which will see the club link up with NEXT GENERATION USA who are a Soccer Scholarship company who specialise in providing colleges in America with both male and female student athletes aged 16-20 from Scotland, who go and live in America whilst studying for a degree and playing in the ultra competitive college leagues Stateside.

This partnership will open the door for those players who are interested in a scholarship in America to discover if it is something viable for them and will see us work closely with NXT GEN USA in identifying and assisting players who are looking to move stateside.

There are a multitude of benefits for the club with this partnership and we look forward to working with John and the team at NXT GEN in the coming months and years as we look to offer our young players the pathway that is right for them.

NEXT GEN USA will host a series of soccer trials across the UK & Ireland for all potential Soccer Scholarship candidates to showcase their ability and have trials coming up on Tuesday 2nd May 2023 at New Douglas Park, Hamilton between 7-9pm. If you are interested, or know someone who may be, visit the trials section of the NXT GEN USA website to apply or for more information.

The future looks bright for the #YoungTeam