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Banks O'Dee Albion 2000s (pictured right, in action against Fraserburgh Link-Up) have lost players during the close season however that doesn't seem to be stopping the Spain Park outfit with pre season victories over Montrose 17s and Albion 19s.

Coach Patrick Ritchie looked ahead to the season by saying "We understood why boys moved on and disappointed that Joseph Bisset went to Turriff, Jay Murphy came in from ALC and did well against Montrose, we identified that we had to get a replacement in for Hamish McLeod who departed for Culter.

"Culter and Colony might be good, ALC finished 2nd last season, we'll focus on ourselves and take care of any challenge coming up.

"We have progressed every season, we reached the semi-final of the Scottish cup at under 15s and reached the final last season at 16s where we were outplayed by Rossvale. We are also participating in the Highland League East 17s league and also for Banks O'Dee Under 20s as well in the Aberdeenshire League.

"If we were to win the Scottish Cup it would mean for me 10 years hard work being rewarded, these group of boys deserve it however we are taking nothing for granted."

Meanwhile, Lewis United Youth are now called Hermes Youth and the A league sees the return of Glentanar and a debut appearance for Portlethen SC.

In the B league, it was quite a frantic race for the league last season with 5/6 teams going for the league towards the tail end of the season. Banchory Boys Eagles and Turriff United are my teams to watch out for this season.

YFS wishes all teams involved in the 2000 age group all the best for the season coming.

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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