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Peterhead avoid relegation after victory over Banchory

Peterhead BC 4

Hislop 23, 58, McDougal 33, OG 73

Banchory BC 3

Anderson 16, 40, 53
  • Sunday, 10 May 2015
  • Aulton
  • Under 15´s
  • ADJFA A/B League Playoff

Scott McPherson | YFS North Region Journalist
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Peterhead BC have retained their A League status with a topsy-turvy 4-3 victory over Banchory BC in a playoff match. 

The match was to decide which side would be relegated to the B League after both teams finished with the same amount of points and the same games won in this season’s A League. 

Banchory will now drop down to the B League after losing a match they had led on two separate occasions. 

A hat-trick from Banchory striker Harris Anderson was not enough as two goals from Jack Hislop, one from Robert McDougal and a late own goal secured victory for Peterhead.

A tight game always seemed likely as both teams had recorded one win against each other in the regular season.

The opening goal of the game came for Banchory after 16 minutes. Luke Adamson’s deep free-kick found Anderson at the back post and he looped his header over the goalkeeper and into the net for 1-0.

Their lead lasted less than 10 minutes as Peterhead battled back to equalise. A powerful run up the left wing by Ayden McGill was eventually thwarted by goalkeeper Craig McKay, but the ball fell kindly for Jack Hislop whose shot from the edge of the box evaded a number of bodies before finding the net. 

Even at the time of that goal it was obvious that it would not be the last of the match and Peterhead took the lead for the first time in the 33rd minute. McGill’s free-kick was palmed by McKay and striker McDougal reacted first to blast in the rebound.

And it looked like that would be the end of the scoring for the first half, but Banchory equalised just seconds before the interval. Anderson was all alone against three defenders but he managed to find a route to goal and sneaked his left-foot side-foot into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

  • Half Time:
  • Peterhead BC
  • 2-2
  • Banchory BC

The second half followed the same pattern as the first so it was no surprise when Banchory retook the lead after falling behind. A neat through ball found Anderson in plenty of space and he cooly side-footed past Cameron Fraser to make it 3-2.


The inability of both sides to hold on to their leads was evident and Peterhead equalised again on 58 minutes. A sharp turn-and-shot from Hislop came from nowhere and ended up in the roof of the net to level the scores.


It looked like extra time and maybe even penalties would be needed to separate these two teams but a decisive goal eventually came seven minutes from time. McGill’s driven corner was attacked by a block of four players and diverted into the net for 4-3. Peterhead striker McDougal was in the middle of that group but he ran away pointing at McGill so the last touch must have come from a defender.


Banchory were visibly deflated at the final whistle, and Peterhead were equally as ecstatic.

  • Full Time:
  • Peterhead BC
  • 4-3
  • Banchory BC


Peterhead BC
Banchory BC
1. Liam Pirie
2. Jordan Durie
18. Cameron Fraser
20. Euan Colquhoun
21. Innes Cruickshank
22. Ross Mann
25. Glen Simpson
27. Robert McDougal
30. Ayden McGill
31. Jack Hislop
33. Callum Fraser
34. Jack Donovan
35. Ryan Hogarth
36. Luke Lovell
1. Craig McKay
4. Rory Hector
5. Rory Morrison
6. Nathan Davidson
9. Connor Smith
11. Fraser Strachan
12. Aiden Sangster
14. Sean Christie
15. Angus Ritchie
16. Tom Cuthbertson
17. Alasdair Hemming
19. Greg Thow
20. Ritchie Isaac
22. Harris Anderson
24. Luke Adamson
28. Lewis Duffy
Star Player
Peterhead BC
Banchory BC
Ayden McGill - He was a threat throughout the match and it was no surprise that his corner-kick delivery was decisive in the end.
Harris Anderson - He produced a masterclass in finishing and direct running. Three cracking goals from the striker.
Magic Moment
Peterhead BC
Banchory BC
Peterhead’s winning goal from McGill’s corner saw almost the whole team embrace each other as they knew they were close to victory in this enthralling match.
Anderson’s opening goal was a great start for Banchory. It was also a superb header from one of the smaller players on the pitch.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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