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12 trophies in four years for Banks O'Dee Albion

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A 9-1 win for Banks O’Dee Albion, away to Colony Park in the Castle Trophies Cup final at Stonehaven's Glenury Park, signalled a bit of history for all involved at Banks O’Dee.

Three players who have been there from day one are as follows: Calum Beattie, Cameron Imrie and Jason Ritchie.

Calum and Jason got their names on the scoresheet, which helped towards this historic moment for the Spain Park outfit. The 2000 age group has seen a fair share of players go over the years and new names come into the fold. It has only made the team stronger.

Ex-players for Banks O’Dee Albion 2000's include Jevan Anderson, the son of Aberdeen legend Russell Anderson. Jevan is now at Aberdeen FC and has made appearances for the Under 20's at the Dons. Lewis Hutchison is also another Dons player, who was picked for the Scotland Under 17's squad, and has also been part of the Aberdeen Under 20's team this campaign.

We got the thoughts of Beattie, Imrie and Ritchie after the game and here is what they had to say:

“It was a good win and we were probably expected to go and win this game today," Calum noted. "We have done the treble four years in a row and it’s good for the team as I don’t think it has been done before.

“The players who left last season hasn’t made any difference to the team and we were questioned about whether we were going to be as good this year but we came out stronger."

Cameron highlighted that 12 trophies, in four years, was a great achievement for all involved. “Yeah, we have seen 8 or 9 players leave and we have managed to fill them in every season and get even stronger throughout the years.

"We lost a few strong players in the summer but we took in some good recruits. We kicked on and got further in the Scottish Cup so it's onto next season. Hopefully we can keep up our good form.

“I have no regrets about the Scottish Cup. I don’t think you could say that, at the end of the day, the best team won. We went down there and did our best but we were beaten on the day by the better team.

“We wanted to put on a show for everyone here, we knew that we were capable of it. We had to get a few early goals and their heads would go down. We threw on some more boys, to be more attacking, and we maintained our high tempo throughout the game.”

Jason Ritchie was the last up. “I was a bit lucky with the goal," he mentioned. "Not the best goal I have scored, that is standard procedure, but the boys were good today.

"We are looking at losing a few good players next season but, hopefully, we can take in a few players and try and get that Scottish Cup.

“Hamish MacLeod's goal was very good and he gives us that something extra. Greg Pirie is probably one of the strongest players in the team, he drives through walls for us.”

Goalscorers for Albion were: Greg Pirie (2), Jason Ritchie, Calum Beattie, Connor Wood, Mark Reid, Hamish MacLeod and Ben Ross.

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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