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Lewis United Remain at Top of Table

Banks O'Dee Albion 1

Stuart 36

Lewis United Youth 3

Middler 25, Craigie 31, 32
  • Sunday, 28 February 2016
  • Spain Park
  • Under 14´s
  • ADJFA League A

Claire Gulline | YFS Aberdeen Senior Reporter
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North region rivals Banks O’Dee Albion and Lewis United Youth met for a crucial league encounter. Lewis United secured the three points to stay at the top of the table with a 3-1 win. Their goals were scored by Daniel Middler and two by Jack Craigie, while Banks O’Dee’s goal was scored by Dylan Stuart.

Banks O’Dee looked dominant in the early phases of play and earned a free kick five yards into their own half. Jadon Robb sent the ball to the edge of the box but Lewis United cleared. The home side continued to press and Josh Petrie shot from inside the box but it was pushed wide by Lewis goalkeeper, Simon Mitchell.

The visitors were then awarded a free kick at twenty-five yards. Harry Ingram sent the ball into the box and Cole Williamson shot but hit the crossbar. Jack Craigie continued to look for an opening but Banks O’Dee cleared.

Dylan Stuart pressed for the home side but James Gordon Gomes closed in to prevent Stuart from taking a shot at goal. However Banks O’Dee were awarded a corner but Lewis United were able to clear.

Lewis United set up some interchanging play from Craigie and Ingram to press forward. Craigie then laid the ball back for Daniel Middler whose shot from twenty-five yards was pushed wide by goalkeeper, Grant Middleton.

Despite some pressure from the home side, Lewis were able to clear the initial danger and were awarded a free kick forty yards out. Daniel Middler lobbed the ball over the defensive wall and Middleton to make open the scoring in the twenty-fifth minute.

Banks O’Dee tried to respond through Stuart and Petrie but Gomes closed in to deny the scoring chance. The home side were then awarded a free kick just inside the half but Robb’s ball to the edge of the box was cleared by the visitors.

Lewis United were awarded a corner. Caie McDonald crossed the ball into the box and Craigie sent it into the back of the net in the thirty-first minute.

The visitors wasted no time in creating another chance and Cole Williamson sent the ball to the edge of the box from the halfway line. Craigie pressed forward again and increased his side’s lead in the thirty-second minute.

The home side pressed forward and were looking for chances. Petrie pressed but once again Gomes remained close. Banks O’Dee were awarded a free kick at thirty yards but Sutherland’s strike went over the crossbar.

  • Half Time:
  • Banks O'Dee Albion
  • 0-3
  • Lewis United Youth

Banks O’Dee’s intent was clear from the restart and Isaac McLean put a great ball through for Dylan Stuart who slipped it past Mitchell to open the second half scoring in the thirty-sixth minute.

McLean was soon pressing again for the home side, putting the ball through for Ruaridh Fenwick who shot from twenty-five yard but Mitchell kept it out.

Lewis United’s first chance of the half saw them press forward with a series of passes before Blair McGinigal shot from the edge of the box but it was caught by Middleton.

The visitors continued to press as Craigie broke through the defence but Owen Silvers closed in. Craigie shot from wide to the left but it was pushed wide by Middleton.

The home side put together a great series of passes to work their way up the field and Josh Baird put the ball out wide to Sutherland but his shot was caught by Mitchell.

Ben Morrison broke through the defence for Lewis but Banks O’Dee rallied and were able to clear before he could make a shot at goal.

Sutherland then raced through the defence but his shot from wide to the left was smothered on the line by Mitchell. The home side continued to press and Petrie made a great pass back to Stuart but his shot from twenty-five yards was also kept out by Middleton.

Lewis United put the pressure on and McGinigal showed some impressive footwork before laying the ball back for Morrison but Banks O’Dee cleared.

McLean put another great ball through for Stuart but he couldn’t get there before Lewis were able to clear and the home side ran out of time to stage their comeback.

  • Full Time:
  • Banks O'Dee Albion
  • 1-3
  • Lewis United Youth


Banks O'Dee Albion
Lewis United Youth
1. Grant Middleton
2. Joseph Adair
3. Jadon Robb
4. Josh Petrie
5. Adam Harper
7. Isaac McLean
8. Harry Walker
10. Josh Baird
11. Dylan Stuart
12. Reece McKerron
15. Ruaridh Fenwick
18. Joey Wilson
19. Joe Sutherland
20. Owen Silvers
1. Simon Mitchell
2. James Gordon Gomes
3. Daniel Middler
4. Blair McGinigal
5. Caie McDonald
6. Jack Craigie
7. Jack Cowie
8. Harry Ingram
9. Jake Horne
11. Joshua Gerrard
12. Cole Williamson
13. Taylor Still
14. Arthur Morgan
15. William Hutchison
16. Demilade Yunus
17. Ben Morrison
18. Jordan Dutch
Star Player
Banks O'Dee Albion
Lewis United Youth
Isaac McLean - He put a great ball through which led to Banks O'Dee's goal and he was instrumental in passes and lay offs that created more chances for his side throughout the game.
Daniel Middler - He had a great game in attack and in defence, and was rewarded with his goal.
Magic Moment
Banks O'Dee Albion
Lewis United Youth
Banks O'Dee put in a great second half performance, the highlight of which was their goal. McLean's ball through was fantastic and Stuart was quick to capitalise on the chance.
Middler's goal came a from a free kick from forty yards out. He struck it well and it was a well taken goal, and Middleton was unable to stop it as it dipped under the ball and into the net.
Club Views
Banks O'Dee Albion
Lewis United Youth
I spoke with Robin Adair, the manager of Banks O'Dee Albion, who said, "I thought we started the game quite well, the first twenty minutes or so. Then we had a made fifteen minutes or so at the end of the first half, conceding the three goals which was really disappointing. In the second half, I think the boys got back on their game again, scored a good goal at the beginning of the second half and dominated most of the play. But we just have to take the defeat on the chin and move on." Earlier in the season, the team aimed to win the league and the local cups and Adair spoke of how these aims have started to change. He said, "The league is beginning to get away from us now. We're down to five starters from last season so it's been a lot of restructuring, building new players into the team so possibly this is going to be a team building for the start of next season as well. Hopefully we can still go on and do as well as we can in the league and the cups."
I spoke with Daniel Middler, one of the managers of Lewis United Youth, who said, "I thought we played very well today. We had a bit more belief than we've had before. I thought when the chances came our way, we took them and we defended outstanding. Nearer the end of the game, they were coming onto us and we were holding on. Albion are a very good team and you never get an easy game. To compete with them, you need to play your very best and we did that today." Earlier in the season, Middler highlighted player development as the main aim of the season and he insisted that this is still the case. He said, "What we say to the kids, as well as enjoying it, is to play well. We would rather play good and lose than play badly and win because in the long run, that's going to benefit the team. Obviously to keep players and keep progressing them, you need to start winning games, and hopefully trophies but the main thing is for the kids to enjoy it."
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