The Scottish Premiership has kicked off and it looks set to be an exciting season as Celtic chase a potential 10 league titles in a row. Arch rivals Rangers will be keen to see that this doesn’t happen though with Rangers manager and ex Liverpool ace Steven Gerrard needing to prove to fans and the board that his appointment as manager was a wise one. Can Rangers stop Celtic this season and when will fans return to games with the current COVID-19 situation rolling on and causing significant financial difficulties for some of the smaller clubs. Whatever happens it’s sure to be an exciting season ahead!
Saturday September 26th
Game One: Livingston FC vs ST Johnstone FC
The game started off with both sides going at each other pretty evenly, however the game began to come alive for Livingston after they were denied a penalty, following that Jason Holt was booked for a tactical foul on a St Johnstone counter attack, and the momentum of the game fully shifted to the Livingston boys. A few minutes later, in the 34th minute Scott Tiffoney passed the ball into the bottom left corner after the ball popped out to him from a messy period of play in the box. No longer than one minute later, Tiffoney laid the ball off to Alan Forest on the edge of the St Johnstone box to calmly slot home the second goal of the day for Livi. The game ended with a very good chance for St Johnstone which looked to be curling home into an open net, but Lee Miller saved his Livingston side by heading the ball clear from the line. Overall, a pretty balanced game in terms of statistics, Livingston just did more with the momentum and chances they had, scoring in quick succession and so early on decided the game in the first half. Full Time score: Livingston 2-0 St Johnstone.
Game Two: St Mirren vs Kilmarnock
The game started off with St Mirren on the front foot, narrowly missing a chance on a counter attack early on. After that the game went back and forth with both sides creating fantastic chances on the counter. St Mirren then hit the crossbar from a corner kick, the bullet header from Joe Shaughnessy. After this missed opportunity, Kilmarnock went down the other end and fashioned together a nice six-yard tap in, the chance scored by Nicke Kabamba, taking his tally for the season up to 4 goals. For the rest of the game, St Mirren looked very dangerous on set pieces but couldn’t convert a crucial chance in the end to draw the game level. Which was a shame as for the closing stages of the game, St Mirren looked to cause the most trouble. Full Time score: St Mirren 0 – 1 Kilmarnock.
Game Three: Hamilton vs Dundee United
Lawrence Shankland Scores Again! This matchup only took 4 minutes for the first piece of excitement with Shankland stabbing home a tidy cut back into the box. After this quick start, the game became rather scrappy with Dundee United attempting a wayward shot from range which swerved high and left away from the goal. Hamilton answered this by going down the other end, squandering a cross to the back post which somehow found its way through the Dundee defence. Not long after this, Dundee wasted what appeared to be a clear cut chance down the right hand side, just inside the box, but Logan Chalmers sliced it wide. A Dundee goal line clearance following a set-piece from Hamilton looked to have kept the clean sheet hopes alive for Dundee, further reinforced by a shocking headed miss from Hamilton striker Tunde Owolabi. Following this, another fantastic opportunity went begging for Dundee as David Mayo flashed a left footed cross across the face of goal from the right hand side. The game then proceeded to go back and forth with numerous slight chances until the 75th minute when Hakeem Odoffin steered home a corner kick to draw Hamilton level. After the equalizer, the game and its momentum petered out with both sides snatching at some chances with some pretty poor attempts during crunch time at the end of the game. Full Time score Hamilton 1-1 Dundee Utd.
Game Four: Motherwell vs Rangers
The game began with a fantastic cross from Rangers captain James Tavernir which was met by a seemingly accidental header on target from Alfredo Morelos which looked to be going in, but was instead saved by the Motherwell goalkeeper. Tavernir then stepped up to slot home a penalty in the 12th minute following an accidental handball from Motherwell’s Mugabi. Then in the 28th minute, Jordan Jones smashed a curled effort across goal from the right hand side after making an incredible sprint to get on the end of his teammates pass. The ball hit the far post and ricocheted into the otherside of the goal, fantastic goal. Richard Tate then gave another penalty away for Motherwell in the 37th minute of the game, handballing Ryan Kents inswinging corner. Up stepped James Tavernir to slot home his second penalty kick of the day. Cedric Itten then made his presence known, thumping in a screamer of a volley from the top of the box for Rangers in the 75th minute, before slotting home the ball in the 80th minute as it fell kindly to him following a scramble in the six yard box from a corner kick. The game then ended with Motherwell getting on the scoresheet through a comical error from the Rangers defender George Edmunson, as the corner kick just slipped his view and bounced off his face into his own goal from no more than six yards out. Final score Motherwell 1-5 Rangers.
Game Five: Celtic vs Hibernian
Celtic started early through Callum Mcgregor who passed the ball into the net from the top of the box in the 7th minute to take the lead over Hibs. By the 35th minute, this lead was doubled, Albain Ajetti calmly slotting home a rebound from the goalkeeper on the edge of the six yard box. Celtic would go on to dominate Hibs all the way to the 79th minute where Mohammed Elynoussi would put a cap on an excellent team performance for the celts. Celtic also ended the game with the lion’s share of possession at 65%. Final score: Celtic 3-0 Hibernian.
Game Six: Aberdeen vs Ross County
The game began pretty slow but soon became scrappy and looked up for grabs for either team with chances going begging at either end. However it was Aberdeen who snatched the momentum in the 42nd minute through a Marley Watkins bouncing header off a cross from out wide left. The next significant action came in the 60th minute with Iain Vigurs bringing down Mccrorie inside the box at the end of an Aberdeen counter attack. Lewis Ferguson stepped up to slot the ball home to the keepers right. Just sixteen minutes later a handball was called on Ross County‘s number 43 Reid. Ferguson stepped up again and slotted his second in the exact manner of the first. The game ended Ross County 0-3 Aberdeen.
That’s all for this week! Cameron will be back with his sports report next week!
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As we discuss the unique challenges that this year has presented us all. We learn all about the work of The Scottish Government in the USA, their mission and we draw attention to the vital work that they do for us all in the Scottish community in North America.
Gus Noble shares with us some of the many wonderful experiences and stories of community and friendship that he has experienced this year with Chicago Scots and Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care. The Chicago Scots are great friends to us here at The American Scottish Foundation and we are always so pleased to speak with Gus.
October has arrived and the US Games season is coming to a quiet close –
If this were 2019 then Scotland’s Highland Games season would have just ended in September with the Pitlochry Highland Games, the Braemar Gathering and the Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland Games but, as has been the case in the U.S. virtually all games were cancelled this year, with a few replaced by virtual events, like Braemar and Sterling Games in Scotland, and New Hampshire and Chicago Highland Games in the US and Fergus Highland Games in Canada – AND Oh to be experiencing the Highland Games in 2021 in person
Here is a list of cancelled games and related events for the months of October and November, followed by those events which are still scheduled either as in-person or as virtual events:
Austin Celtic Festival – November 7-8 (tentative – decision was to be made in August, but is still pending)St. Andrew’s Highland Ball (Omaha) – early November (still on their list of upcoming events, but with no particulars, not even a date)
This weekend, September 19th & 20th , will see a virtual celebration of the 45thNew Hampshire Highland Games as a live online experience which we can all enjoy.
The New Hampshire Highland Games draws crowds of over 45,000 to New Hampshire each year for the three-day festival which is one of ASFs favorite Scottish Games and Festivals to attend.
The American Scottish Foundation has for the past few years taken part in heading up The Scottish Village tent sharing information on Scottish experiences – we cannot wait to be back in 2021 celebrating our love of Scotland.
Situated on the beautiful Loon Mountain, the NH Games is a must attend event for those who love to come together to celebrate their Scottish heritage, to enjoy the incredible Highland Games experience and to have fun!
Although the NH Games can’t go ahead as it normally would this year the Virtual Highland Games will be a wonderful celebration of the 45th anniversary of the New Hampshire Highland Games.
The organizing committee have programmed an exciting weekend of music, dance and activities for us all to enjoy and promises to ‘Showcase the Sights, Sounds and Smile of the Games’.
The events will begin on Saturday afternoon as a wonderful video will go live to represent the Opening Ceremony of the Games, always a wonderful experience and a sight to behold.
There will be lots of exciting Scottish goodies and crafts at the Virtual Vendor Village and we are strongly encouraged to show our support for the vendors, all small businesses selling Scottish goods who have had their businesses significantly affected this year.
Saturday night will feature a live concert by Albannach, one of the New Hampshire Highland Games favourite bands who have a large army of fans in the Scottish Festival circuit in the US.
Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival, Bloody Scotland takes place Friday September 18th – Sunday September 20th and will be an incredible celebration of Scottish literature, crime novels and stories!
The festival, which normally takes place in the beautiful city of Stirling, will this year take place entirely online, allowing crime writing fans from all over the world to be a part of the Bloody Sunday experience.
Saturday September 19th will see a huge range of discussions, panels and workshops taking place including Criminal Masterminds: a discussion with celebrated crime writers Lawrence Block and Ian Rankin and don’t miss Crime at the Coo Online a brilliant event featuring live author performances along with film of memorable acts from previous years.Sunday
Scotland is a land of stories, myths and legends. Its history, landscapes, scenery and of course people make for an incredibly inspiring environment for great stories to come from and some of the most celebrated literary figures in the world have come from Scotland ; Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Burns, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Walter Scott, David Livingstone, Iain Banks, Irvine Welsh, JK Rowling need we say more?
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is a must attend event for those who love stories, literature and the magic of poetry. Each year it attracts thousands of people to the many events, performances, book readings and activities which take place as part of the Storytelling Festival program.
The theme for The Scottish International Storytelling Festival in 2020 is ‘In The Flow’ : An exploration of Scotland’s coasts and waters through music and storytelling. Scotland with its 7,330 miles of coastline has a rich history of stories which have emanated from or been inspired by events taking place on its beautiful coasts and waters.
Although festivals throughout Scotland have not been able to take place as they normally would there has been a successful pivot to virtual events with festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival both offering up incredible experiences online this year which you can still access on their respective websites.
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival will also this year present an action packed virtual experience for all to access and enjoy!
Scottish International Storytelling Festival Director, Donald Smith states:
‘This year’s Storytelling Festival is about wellbeing. Across the nation, we aim to bring many streams into a flowing current of hope and renewal.’
‘Our online programme will see the return of SISF favourites like our evening gatherings around the Open Hearth, as well as Global Lab, the workshop series that brings together performers, educators and activists to discuss international environmental creativity.’
‘We’ll also be premiering Voyage, a brand-new series of work developed by storytellers and musicians, including interpretations of the slave passage across the Atlantic and Scotland’s part in it, the colonisation of Iceland, James VI’s ‘Hamlet’ voyage to Elsinore, Johnson and Boswell’s Tour to the Hebrides and the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition.’
The programme details for the Festival are yet to be released but you can keep up to date and informed by signing up for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival newsletter HERE.
For more information on the Scottish International Storytelling Festival see the website at www.sisf.org.uk
Anna MacDonald is a talented multi-instrumentalist originally from Glasgow. Anna has released music in both Gaelic and English and possesses a beautiful voice and wonderful gift for song writing. Anna does great work with Play For Progress and the Association of Exiled Scots.
John Condron is a singer songwriter from Glasgow who has performed all over Scotland and in New York too! His latest single ‘Hello Mama’ was recently played on the American Scottish Foundation Scots In US Podcast and is a beautiful and touching dedication to his mother.
Meredith McCrindle is a wonderful harpist, songwriter and all round talent. Originally hailing from Texas, Merdith now lives in Ayr Scotland and is the driving force behind the brilliant Tamfest which celebrates Robert Burns famous poem Tam O’Shanter and is a must see event if in Scotland!
Starsky is a brilliant singer songwriter from Scotland who has a great gift for melody, song writing and performance. It’s an absolute pleasure to have Starsky with us who has performed throughout Scotland including the famous Hampden and Murrayfield Stadiums as an invited musical guest for the Scotland football and rugby teams!