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St Anthony’s FC and Erskine YFC football partnership

St Anthony’s FC and Erskine YFC are excited to announce our partnership to develop and grow a player pathway from grassroots to senior football within WOSFL. Our collective aim is to leverage our resources to provide youth players a route into semi-professional game.

Both clubs are thrilled that players from Erskine YFC will be provided the opportunity as part of our pathway to establish St Anthony’s U20s.
Erskine YFC are a well-established youth football club having been founded in 1975. Erskine YFC have players enjoying football from fun 4’s up to U19s with over 300+ registered players.

St Anthony’s founded in 1902 are based in Cardonald, Glasgow. Nicknamed ‘the Ants’ playing at McKenna park. St Anthony’s are joining WOSFL, a feeder to the Lowland league as part of the new Scottish football league pyramid structure.

St Anthony’s FC are committed to the future development of next generation football talent and will work with Erskine YFC to assist with the ongoing development of grassroots football.

Our goal is to provide a pathway into senior football and to ensure we continue to develop talent by providing a supportive football environment for all players.

Exciting times ahead for both St Anthony’s FC and Erskine YFC with our player pathway partnership which will provide further opportunities for both clubs.

We have also submitted an application to join the Lowlands Development League for the forthcoming season

Club Statement – WOSFL

St Anthony’s FC has reached one of its most difficult and important decisions in its 118 year old history as a Junior club. We have now officially applied for membership of the new West of Scotland Football League. This move will allow us to take our place in the Scottish Football Pyramid.

We take this opportunity in the knowledge that we can keep our SJFA membership and compete next year in one of the most prestigious trophies in Scottish Football, The Scottish Junior Cup.

Having made our decision, We can now look forward to a new chapter in the clubs history with excitement and anticipation of what lies ahead for St Anthony’s as a senior club, proud of its junior history and its remaining membership of the SJFA, Reaching club licensing will be a priority, which would allow us to compete in another famous old trophy, The Scottish Cup.

Thank You
MON THE ANTS

Ants committee man Joe Reilly passes away

The club are saddened to announce the passing of long serving Ants committee man Joe Reilly, who passed away earlier this afternoon aged 92. Joe was a popular member of the committee and an absolute gentleman with a great sense of humour and he will be sadly missed at McKenna Park.

Rest in Peace Joe.

SAINT ANTHONY’S FC SUPPORTS FOOTBALL V HOMOPHOBIA SCOTLAND

February is the international campaign month of ‘Football v Homophobia’ (FvH) and we here at Saint Anthony’s are supporting the initiative.

FvH is a campaign uniting football in opposing homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTI) people in football.Year round, FvH Scotland enables people to take action against prejudice and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression in football, and to celebrate and welcome diversity in the game. This culminates in an international show of support in February to raise awareness of theissue and to join together in making a visible stand against prejudice and for inclusion.

Saint Anthony’s are pleased to be supporting the campaign this season as part of the FvH grassroots initiative. Ants Head of Digital and Social Media Martin McKenna said: “We are delighted to sign up for Football v Homophobia Scotland’s month of action. It is sad that in this day and age a persons sexual orientation or gender identity should require a month of action to make them feel included and welcome in football. The club has a constitution which is clear that we are a club welcome to all regardless of religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or origin and are proudly non sectarian and non political. When we saw FVH Scotland were launching this campaign we were delighted to get in touch and pledge our support and we have designated our match on the 15th of February v Ardeer Thistle to highlight the campaign, but will be active through the full month and beyond in supporting FVH”

Recent Outsport research found that almost 88% of Scottish respondents considered homophobia in sport to be a current problem. Almost ⅓ of Scotland’s LGBTI respondents have refrained from a certain sport because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The sport which respondents most often refrained from was football (41%), a particularly high figure in comparison to other EU countries.

Attitudes in Football are changing, but we all need to make sure that the language we use and the way we behave reflects this change. At The Ants we believe we can make a real difference to the culture of football, and we’d like your support. We know that change starts with education and The Ants recognises its has a role to play in leading the way on raising awareness of homophobia and LGBTI discrimination within the club and its community.

Saint Anthony’s FC  believes in a game where LGBTI people can be seen and heard, and valued for their contribution to football. The Ants will work to create a safe and inclusive football environment where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions are welcome.

The Ants will be designating a game in support of the Football v Homophobia campaign this February in our match v Ardeer Thistle on Saturday the 15th of the month at McKenna Park  This is an opportunity for our supporters and friends to also get behind the campaign and show everyone that The Ants is no place for hate or bigotry.

At our #FvH2020 designated game The Ants will be making a pledge to improve our club by using the rainbow matchball to show our support and having our team photographed holding up pledge cards. We will be putting up posters in our changing rooms and toilet facilities stating that they are inclusive of all and will be contacting local LGBTI groups, pubs and clubs inviting them along to the game to show they are more than welcome at McKenna Park.

Find out more about the Football v Homophobia campaign and action you can personally take in February, here:

fvhscotland.org Twitter: @fvhscot | Facebook: www.facebook.com/FvHScot

Leszczysnki at the double as Ants enter 2020 with a win

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The Ants got 2020 off to a flying start as they bounced back from the defeat v Maybole with a 3-1 win over first footers Annbank at McKenna Park. The first half wont live long in the memory of many as shots on goal were at a premium, with neither keeper really making a save and the refs whistle to signal the end of the half possibly the biggest highlight. The second half however was a totally different affair, the Ants came out of the traps in the second half looking for goals and in the 52nd minute they opened the scoring when Robson’s corner found KAMIL LESZCZYNSKI unmarked at the back post and he fired the ball into the net for his tenth goal of the season to put the Ants 1-0 up. The Ants lead lasted only eight minutes though when the Ants could only partially clear from an Annbank corner and the ball eventually found its way to MITCHELL EWING who fired a great strike past the helpless Smith into the top corner to level at 1-1. Ten minutes later the Ants went back in front, Robson nicked the ball from Ross and then found MARK WATT with his pass, the striker turned and then fired a pinpoint accurate low shot past Kerr to restore the Ants lead at 2-1. Both teams had chances and the Ants had Greg Marshall to thank for keeping the scores level with a fine header off the line when it looked like Annbank would level. In the 87th minute a long ball from Littler somehow found Kennedy, who in turn found Watt, he flicked the ball to KAMIL LESZCZYNSKI who grabbed his second of the match and 11th of the season by firing past Kerr to seal all three points and it finished here 3-1 to the Ants.

Video

Details

Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
January 4, 2020 1:45 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 23 90'

Ground

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

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Saint Anthony’s FC033
Annbank United011

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Charles Smith Goalkeeper
2Paul Sweeney 14 Defender
3Graeme Crawford Defender
4Stephen McGarrigle Defender
5Ronnie McDonald 12 Defender
6Greg Marshall Defender 90'
7Darren Kennedy Midfielder
8Scott Robson Midfielder 52', 70'
34'
9Kamil Leszczynski Forward 52', 87'
30'
10Andrew Turner 16 Midfielder
11Mark McIlvaney Midfielder 54'
12Sean Brennan 5 Defender
14Kris Littler 2 Defender
15Stuart MacKenzie Defender
16Mark Watt 10 Forward 70'
87'
  3 3 4

Officials

Referee
Scott Bunting

Ants lose out as old boy Arthur wins it for Vale

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Ants old boy and last seasons top goalscorer Scott Arthur came back to haunt the Ants with a goal and an assist to give Vale of Leven all three points at Millburn Park. The Ants took a 4th minute lead when KAMIL LESZCZYNSKI fired past Pollock after Williams found him with a deep cross. Vale of Leven equalised in the 15th Minute when Arthur’s free kick rebounded off the bar onto the line and SCOTT GALLAGHER reacted quickest to head home. The winning goal came in the 24th minute when Gallagher found SCOTT ARTHUR with a cross and he lashed the ball past Patrick and into the net.

Video

Details

Date Time League Season Full Time
November 23, 2019 1:45 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 95'

Ground

Millburn Park
19 Rowantree Grove, Alexandria G83 0SH, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Vale of Leven202
Saint Anthony’s FC101

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Sean Patrick 14 Goalkeeper
2Graeme Crawford Defender We 52'
3Fraser Williams Midfielder 4 '
4Stephen McGarrigle Defender
5Kris Littler Defender 73'
6Greg Marshall 16 Defender
7Shaun Gallacher Midfielder
8Jack Doak 17 Midfielder 33'
9Craig Patterson Forward
10Kamil Leszczynski Forward 4'
11Mark McIlvaney Midfielder
12Sean Brennan Defender
14Paul Sweeney 1 Defender
15Ross McLean Midfielder
16Stephen Gray 6 Forward
17Ross Mundy 8 Forward
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Officials

Referee
Scott McGregor

Late penalty kills off Ants as Patterson hat-trick not enough to beat Hurlford

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The Ants came back from 3 goals down only to suffer heartbreak in the 92nd minute with a penalty award to the visitors which doesn’t get any easier to view when its bamboozling as to why the spot kick was given. Hurlford took the lead when PAUL MCKENZIE fired home from close range in the 25th minute before LIAM CADDIS grabbed his first a minute later. After 37 minutes it looked to be all over when LIAM CADDIS netted his second and Hurlfords third of the match without reply but credit to the Ants who never gave up and CRAIG PATTERSON reduced the deficit right on the stroke of half time. The Ants fans could sense something special could be in the offing when CRAIG PATTERSON headed home his and the Ants second just after the hour mark, then McKenna Park was sent into raptures as CRAIG PATTERSON nodded home his hat-trick to equalise in the 73rd minute. It looked like we were destined for penalty kicks until the 90th minute when Jonny McKay was somehow adjudged to have handled the ball and Ants hearts were broken as LIAM CADDIS notched his own hat-trick as Patrick was beaten for a fourth time.

Video

Details

Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
November 9, 2019 1:00 pm Ardagh Group West of Scotland Cup 2019-20 10 94'

Ground

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

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Saint Anthony’s FC123
Hurlford United314

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Sean Patrick Goalkeeper
2Graeme Crawford Defender 62'
94'
3Fraser Williams Midfielder 47'
45'
4Ronnie McDonald 12 Defender
5Kris Littler Defender
6Stephen McGarrigle Defender
7Darren Taylor 15 Midfielder
8Johnny McKay Midfielder 92'
9Craig Patterson Forward 47', 62', 73'
10Kamil Leszczynski Forward
11Mark McIlvaney Midfielder 73'
78'
12Greg Marshall 4 Defender 72'
14Ross McLean Midfielder
15Jack Doak 7 Midfielder
16Graham Hamilton Defender
17Stephen Gray Forward
  3 3 4 1

Officials

RefereeAssistant Referee
Brian ChristieCallum Tennock
Ewan Dunn

Ants given the Whe Ho as Yoker take the points

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The Ants stormed into a lead after only 3 minutes when KAMIL LESZCZYNSKI rounded McLaren to slot into the empty net however a penalty a minute later by STEPHEN WADDELL then a close range finish by GREGOR CREE after 20 minutes saw Yoker take all 3 points.

Video

Details

Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
November 2, 2019 2:00 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 15 90'

Ground

Holm Park
485B Glasgow Rd, Clydebank G81 1JP, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Yoker Athletic202
Saint Anthony’s FC101

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Sean Patrick Goalkeeper
2Graeme Crawford Defender 29'
3Fraser Williams Midfielder
4Ronnie McDonald Defender 66'
5Kris Littler Defender
6Johnny McKay Midfielder 64'
7Darren Taylor 15 Midfielder
8Chris McLaughlin 17 Midfielder
9Craig Patterson Forward
10Kamil Leszczynski Forward 32'
11Mark McIlvaney Midfielder 3'
12Stephen McGarrigle Defender
14Greg Marshall Defender
15Chris MacDonald 7 Midfielder
16Graham Hamilton Defender
17Stephen Gray 8 Forward
  1 1 3

Officials

Referee
Kenneth Allen

A thank you from the Gaffer

Following Saturday’s exit from the Macron Scottish Junior Cup away to Broughty Athletic, Ants manager John Kelly wanted to place on record his thanks to the fans and committee who travelled to Elgin and Broughty to give the boys their backing.

Speaking to The Ants website John said “I want to thank the support we have had in both our Scottish cup ties this season, two big long away trips to Elgin and Dundee and the backing that the boys and myself got was as usual, excellent. The New Elgin result was a great one for the team but unfortunately we couldn’t repeat the same performance against Broughty, who are a top team”

“My only regret is that I couldn’t give our superb following another round in the Scottish Cup this season so from me and my players, Thank you for your support”

Ants march into third round of Scottish as Leszczynski takes the limelight

Ants striker Kamil Leszczynski was the toast of McKenna Park as his double saw the Ants go into the hat for the third round draw on the 8th of October as John Kelly’s injury ravaged side left it late to put New Elgin to the sword.

The Ants were missing NINE players as they made the 4+ hour journey north to face North Region side New Elgin in the second round of the Macron Scottish Junior cup leaving them down to the bare bones but they dug out a fine 2-1 victory against a stuffy New Elgin side.

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Video

Details

Date Time League Season Full Time
September 28, 2019 2:30 pm Scottish Junior Cup 2019-20 90'

Ground

Nicol-Togneri Park
Perimeter Rd, Elgin IV30 , UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
New Elgin FC101
Saint Anthony’s FC112

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Sean Patrick Goalkeeper
2Graeme Crawford Defender
3Fraser Williams Midfielder 31'
4Ronnie McDonald Defender 82'
42'
5Kris Littler Defender
6Shaun Gallacher Midfielder 43'
7Darren Taylor Midfielder
8Chris McLaughlin 14 Midfielder
9Kamil Leszczynski Forward 32', 82'
10Johnny McKay 12 Midfielder
11Martin Sinclair Midfielder
12Ross Mundy 10 Forward 86'
14Anton Conway 8 Midfielder
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