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Banks O'Dee Thistle see off Donside Juveniles via Harper and Ingram braces

Banks O'Dee Albion 4

Harper 10' 39' Ingram 63' 72'

Donside Juveniles FC 1

Chyla 30'

Adam Harper and Harry Ingram both struck braces as Banks O’Dee Albion saw off Donside Juveniles FC to go second in the ADJFA U16’s A league.

Heavy rain before kick-off saw the ball moving quickly on the artificial pitch at Spain Park. Both teams traded periods of dominance early on.

Albion’s Callan Gray almost opened the scoring in the second minute, latching on to a lofted ball, only for Donside goalkeeper Ben Middleton tip his effort onto the bar. 

It wasn’t long before Albion’s pressure payed off, Reece Mckerron setting up striker Adam Harper who struck low to the keeper’s right on ten minutes.

Albion struck the bar once more as Mckerron’s half volley this time beat the keeper, but again did not find the net.

It was then Donside’s turn for a period of dominance from around the 20th minute onwards. The away side winning multiple free kicks.

Captain Kyle Steel caused danger with his free kicks all day and this was Donside’s main threat in their dominant periods.

The scores were levelled the half hour mark as Steel delivered a free kick from the left which Cameron Chyla flicked into the net.

The hosts looked for an immediate response and almost had it when Harper’s effort following a chipped through ball was cleared off the line.

The remainder of the second half was competitive although failed to produce any clear cut chances until the stroke of half time.

A piece of skill from Gray opened up space as he poked the ball forward to Harper who struck to the keeper’s right for his second goal.

Albion once again looked the brighter of the two sides as the second half began.

Just two minutes into the half a Gray free kick from the left flashed across the face of goal but no one could turn it in.

It was clear from the 50th minute that Albion were taking control and that was even clearer as the home sides chances began to mount.  

Donside keeper Middleton made two important saves in the space of five minutes.

Firstly, tipping Joe Sutherland’s shot round the post at a narrow angle and then closing down Harper to deny the striker his hat-trick.

Seconds later another deep Steel free kick for Donside caused mayhem in the box but full back Boyd Murray scuffed his shot wide at the back post.

Albion scored their third on the 63rd minute after good work from Mckerron set through number 11 Harry Ingram who finished neatly into the corner.

The confidence was clearly flowing in the Albion team as the game came to a close and tiring Donside struggled to contain them.

It could have been a fourth for Albion in the 68th minute as Harper’s ball across goal was blasted onto the bar by Gray from close range.

Just minutes later it was four as Harper cushioned the ball down into the path of Ingram who tucked his second past the on rushing Middleton.

Albion continued to push for more but the closing stages saw both Ingram and Harper unable to fashion a chance for eithers hat-trick.

It was an impressive attacking performance from Banks O’Dee Albion, while Donside may feel a little more creativity in the final third could see them compete with Albion’s goals.


Banks O'Dee Albion
Donside Juveniles FC
1. Thomas Mackie
2. Calum Brown
3. Finlay Moultrie
4. Dylan Stuart
5. Joseph Adair
6. Jack Maclennan
7. Callan Gray
8. Reece McKerron
9. Adam Harper
10. Adam Duffy
11. Harry Ingram
12. Joe Sutherland
14. Harry Walker
15. Tristyn Clark
1. Ben Middleton
2. Boyd Murray
3. Callum Duncan
4. Craig Brander
5. Greg Smith
6. David Johnson
9. Cameron Chyla
10. Matthew McCranor
11. Tom Burns
14. Arran Inkster
15. Jack Fiddes
16. Jamie Coutts
17. Cameron Falconer
18. Finlay Harcus
20. Kyle Steel
Star Player
Banks O'Dee Albion
Donside Juveniles FC
Adam Harper was one of multiple Albion players that stood out, but his goal scoring threat paired with his ability to bring other players into the game made him the star player. Harper notch two goals as well as an assist and was unlucky not to register at least another one of each.
While Donside will not be happy with the result, there are certainly positives to take from the performance. Striker Cameron Chyla was a handful for the Albion back line and did well to flick Steel's free kick into the net for Donside's only goal.
Magic Moment
Banks O'Dee Albion
Donside Juveniles FC
Albion's second goal in particular was a highlight of their day. Not only did it come at an important point in the game - on the cusp on half time. But the Harper's accurate finish was only topped by the skill produced by winger Callan Gray to assist the goal.
After being called into action multiple times, it's only fair to highlight Donside's goalkeeper Ben Middleton. The stoppers save in the second minute as he tipped Gray's chip onto the cross bar was a particular highlight in a busy day for Donside's goalie.
Club Views
Banks O'Dee Albion
Donside Juveniles FC
Albion's coach Alan Barry said after the game that he was happy with the win, but still saw room for improvement - "They were great in the second half, but weren't so good in the first half" After winning the title at under 15 level last year Barry believes his team can challenge this term, but knows the league is incredibly competitive - " We should be there or there about, the under 16's is probably the most competitive level, there are probably four teams that could challenge for the league"

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