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ADJFA Cup Finals Preview 12th/13th May 2018

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The Aberdeen and District Juvenile Football Association will begin their cup-final schedule this weekend, with a tricky winter in Aberdeenshire, it has been a rush for teams recently to get games played both in the league and cups.

There are two cup-finals on Saturday with Stonehaven YFC City Under 15s taking on Banks O’Dee Albion in the Belmont Trophy at 12pm, followed by Inverurie Loco Works v Banks O’Dee Albion at 2:30pm in the Murray Cup final. Both games being held at Uniconn Park which is the home of Hermes JFC.

Sunday sees Banks O’Dee Albion Under 13s play Cove Youth Under 13s in the cup final of the Colony Park Cup at 12pm followed by Banks O’Dee vs Westdyke CC Under 17s in the Regional Trophy final at 2:30pm. Both games are at Colony Park JFC in Inverurie.


Stonehaven YFC City v Banks O’Dee Albion Under 15s

This looks like being a “David v Goliath” game with Stonehaven YFC City participating in the B League and have been crowned B League champions, Banks O’Dee Albion captured the A league title and will be heavy favourites going into the game. Shocks can happen on the day though and it promises to be an exciting game.


Stonehaven YFC City

The road to the Belmont Trophy final for Stonehaven YFC City saw them travel to A league side Newtonhill BC and come out with a 2-1 win. Stonehaven then hosted West End FC United in what was a comfortable win for the hosts. City then travelled to Mintlaw and won 4-0 before going on the road again to A League side Deveronvale and won 6-5 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

Stonehaven YFC City coach Mark Innes said: “It’s a free shot for us basically, we are just going to set the boys up to do their best,  we have come up against some good teams this season however when you see Banks O’Dee Albion are undefeated in the A league then we know the task ahead.

“The guys have earned their place in the final, it was a fantastic game against Deveronvale in the semi-final, Stonehaven as a club never really get to cup-finals especially at the younger age groups as it’s only the Under 19s who have reached a cup-final in the last 15 years.”

Banks O’Dee Albion

Banks O’Dee Albion started off their Belmont Trophy campaign with a big win at home to Cove followed by a big win away at Newmachar United, Albion won 7-0 at Westdyke before a 3-2 win at CBC Hilton.

Banks O’Dee Albion coach Colin Shirreffs looked ahead to the game by saying: “We have got to treat each game as a big game, Stonehaven might be in the B League however we will treat the game as if it’s a league game.

“Because they are a league below they won’t be getting treated any different, Stonehaven have done very well getting to the cup final so we can’t take them lightly, they are a strong team and have beaten a few A league teams, we’ll be going into the game as favourites but that comes with its own pressure as well."


Inverurie Loco Works v Banks O’Dee Albion Under 19s

Inverurie Locos have gained the upper hand in the league and cup fixtures involving both sides so far this season, it’s a cup final though and anything can happen on the day. With Inverurie hot favourites to win the A league title, this could be the last opportunity for Banks O’Dee Albion Under 19s to get their hands on silverware this season.


Inverurie Loco Works

Inverurie started off the Murray Cup campaign with a 6-0 win away to Ellon Meadows before getting a walkover against Westdyke CC.  Locos booked their place in the final with a 2-1 win after extra time against Hermes Youth.

Banks O’Dee Albion

Albion started their journey to the final with a 6-0 win away to Cove Youth FC, Banks O’Dee were on the road again in the quarter-final to Banchory winning the game 5-2 before a 6-0 victory at Culter Colts in the semi-final.


Banks O’Dee Albion v Cove Youth Under 13s

Banks O’Dee Albion and Cove Youth FC have enjoyed some good competitive games this season with Cove Youth FC coming out on top in three out of four games this season, including a victory in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup. Banks O’Dee Albion won the latest tie between the teams winning 2-0 so a close game looks to be on the cards.


Banks O’Dee Albion

Albion started off with a comfortable win against Blackburn FC followed by a 4-1 win at Northstar Orange, a big win against Portlethen SC saw Banks O’Dee Albion into the semi-finals where they travelled to Dyce and recorded a 5-0 win.

Banks O’Dee Coach Kenny Clubb said: “We are looking forward to the final, we played well in the last game against Cove in a 2-0 win for Albion in the league so we have good reason to go into the match confident however Cove are a good side.”

Cove Youth FC

Cove kicked proceedings off with a 7-1 win over Northstar CFC followed by a 5-1 against Elite, Cove were then on the road with a 6-1 win over Ellon Meadows before a semi-final win over Colony Park winning 6-0.

Cove Youth FC Coach Mark Robb said: “We are really looking forward to it as it’s the start of a big couple of weeks for the club, we are up against a good side in Banks O’Dee Albion and should be a good game for spectators and both sets of boys to be involved in.

“It’s a great achievement for both sides to get to the final in our first season at 11 a side and we just have to go into the game with the right attitude and enjoy the experience as you never know it might not happen again.”


Banks O’Dee Albion v Westdyke CC Under 17s

Banks O’Dee Albion and Westdyke CC have played each other three times this season, with Westdyke coming out on top twice including a last 16 Scottish Cup victory with Albion coming out on top recently in the league with a 4-0 win. It promises to be a good game with both teams also playing in the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy final soon.


Banks O’Dee Albion

Albion went to Culter in the 1st round and won 2-1 before heading to Longside and winning 6-1, Albion travelled to Stonehaven and got a big win before going on home soil in the semi-final against Fraserburgh Link-Up winning 6-1.

Westdyke CC

Westdyke started off with a big away to Middlefield Wasps before a 3-0 victory at home to Glentanar in the quarter-final, Westdyke played Peterhead in the semi-final coming away with a 2-1 win. 

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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