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ADJFA - Scottish Cup preview 27th/28th Jan 2018

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Ten sides from the Aberdeen & District Juvenile League will be aiming to do the league proud when they go head to head in the Scottish Cup this weekend. There is currently still 5 sides in the Under 13s age group, 3 in the under 14s, no representatives in the Under 15s or 16s whilst Westdyke & Banks O’Dee still fly the flag for the Under 17s however something will have to give at the weekend. Hermes Youth are involved from the Under 19s. Westdyke Under 14s won’t be action just yet.

Dyce v Ellon Meadows Under 13s

This is an all North East last 32 tie which has been rearranged from December. Ellon had the bragging rights over Dyce back in November on ADJFA duty winning 5-1. It’s the Scottish Cup though & anything can happen.

Dyce had a bye in the 1st round before a comfortable victory at Formartine United in the 2nd round. The 3rd round saw a home victory against Linlithgow Rose before a trip to the capital to face Edinburgh South however that didn’t faze Dyce winning 4-2. Ellon brushed aside Kemnay, Fraserburgh Link-Up & Cramond at home before a 2-1 win away to Bathgate Thistle. The winners of this tie face Johnstone Burgh at home in the last 16.

Ellon Meadows coach Hebbie Gray looked ahead to the game by saying, “We are looking forward to the game greatly, the big challenge we’ve had at this time of the year is trying to get game time for the boys, they are desperate to play.”

Deveronvale v Ferry Athletic Under 13s

Deveronvale welcome Dundee outfit Ferry Athletic to School Park, Whitehills on Sunday. This is the furthest a Deveronvale side has reached since 2011. Ferry has knocked out ADJFA opposition in Lewis United on route.

Deveronvale got a bye in the 1st round before beating Huntly away from home. Vale has had 3 home games after that all requiring the game to be played out with normal time. The hosts beat Glenvale on penalties in the 3rd round followed by extra time wins over Milton Blue & Palace Park Boys Club.

Ferry beat Brechin City Youths & Letham Sports Club Sky Blues to reach the national stage before entering the last 16 with victories over Bonnyton Thistle, Lewis United Youth & local rivals Fairmuir.

Deveronvale coach Colin Gatt said: “We are looking forward to the game & the boys are well up for it, we don’t know a lot about Ferry.”

Banks O’Dee Albion v Heston Rovers Under 13s

Heston Rovers will be departing early on Sunday morning from Dumfries in search of a place in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup. Standing in their way is Banks O’Dee Albion who are at the top end of the ADJFA A League.

Albion started their journey from round 2 beating Elite after extra time before a victory away from home at St Bernards Midlothian which was followed by a home win against Baljaffray.

Rovers beat Dean Thistle 1-0 in the 2nd round before beating Glenvale AFC Red & Tynecastle at home. It’s sure to be a long journey to Aberdeen & back for the visitors!

Cove BC v Erskine Youth Under 13s

Cove & Erskine meet on Sunday afternoon in the last 32 of the Scottish Cup at Catto Park with a 1pm kick off. The hosts haven’t had an away game in the competition yet. They beat Middlefield Wasps in the 2nd round after a bye & followed that up with wins over Lasswade Thistle & KSC Kilwinning Rangers.

Erskine started off with a 4-2 win away to Giffnock before a 5-3 home win against Westerton United in the 2nd round. Erskine were again at home in the 3rd round beating Yett Farm 3-1 before a 2-1 victory over Civil Service Strollers in the 4th round. The winners will travel to either Banks O’Dee Albion or Heston Rovers.

Cove Coach Mark Robb said: “We are looking forward to it, we were meant to play them in December however we couldn’t with call offs & Christmas holidays.”

Formartine United v Bellshill Boys Club Under 14s

Formartine welcome Bellshill in a rearranged game from December in a last 32 tie. The hosts had 2 home wins over Aberdon & Glentanar followed by a trip to EDFC which they won 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Formartine were then back on home soil & beat Petershill Athletic 3-0.

Bellshill got their Scottish Cup journey off to a great start winning away to Stirling United before another big win against Milton. The central belt outfit won 3-1 away to East Kilbride before a 1-0 win away to Leith Athletic. The winner of this tie will play either Dean Thistle or Rossvale FC Inter away.

West End v Cumbernauld Colts Under 14s

West End might be an ADJFA B league side however stats show that they are definitely a force to be reckoned with. This is a last 32 tie with the winners at home to Carbrain Boys Club. The hosts started in the 2nd round & beat Banchory on penalties before two big trips to Ayr Boswell & Melrose in which they won.

Cumbernauld started their journey away to AC Rovers which they won 6-0 before a 5-0 win in the 2nd round against Lochgilphead Red Star. Another trip to Renton Craigandro followed in the 3rd round in which they came away with a 7-2 win before a big win in the last round.

Westdyke v Banks O’Dee Albion Under 17s

This highly anticipated Scottish Cup derby is due to take place at Lawsondale this Saturday with a 1pm kick off in a last 16 tie. The winners will travel to either Hurlford Boys Club or Kirkfield United. These sides have played once in the ADJFA this season with Westdyke running out 6-3 winners.

Westdyke started their journey with a 5-0 home win against Glentanar. The Lawsondale outfit were at home again in the next following rounds this time beating Tayside outfit Carnoustie Panmure 6-0 & Cumbernauld Colts FC Blues 4-0.

Banks O’Dee Albion beat Culter Boys away from home in the 2nd round before being on the road again to beat Linlithgow 4-1 before beating Longniddry Villa 3-1.

Hermes Youth v St Andrews Under 19s

Hermes Youth host St Andrews to see who will host Annbank or Airdrie United in the quarter-finals. Hermes beat ALC Athletic in the 2nd round & followed that up by beating Albion Rovers & Broxburn away from home.

St Andrews picked up a comfortable win at EDFC in the first round before beating Renfrew Victoria 1-0 in the 2nd round. St Andrews would travel again & pick up another big win before beating Valspar in the last round 4-3.

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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