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Banchory claim Aberdeenshire Cup beating Alford

Banchory Academy 7

McKeown 2, 18, Sibson 9, 51, 58, Corbett 29, 60

Alford Academy 2

Chalmers 42, 70
  • Thursday, 09 May 2019
  • Lawsondale Astroturf
  • Under 15´s
  • Aberdeenshire Secondary Schools FA Cup Final

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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A fantastic performance by Banchory Academy Under 15s was enough for them to come out on top against Alford Academy winning 7-2 with a lot of fantastic football played by both sets of teams.

Pre-match, both teams had a clash of kit so it was an emergency trip to Westhill Academy for referee Jim McEwan to get a purple kit for Alford Academy to wear, unfortunately it didn't give Alford any luck, both sets of schools are situated in their own special parts of the North East corner, Banchory are on the Deeside trail whilst Alford is just within a short distance of the Cairngorms.

Banchory prepared for this game in the best possible way arriving 75 minutes before kick off with Alford just a tender 35 minutes before hand, this preparation certainly helped as after a Keigan Mathers volley went over the bar for the latter, Banchory took the lead on two minutes with Morgan Matthew finding Jack McKeown who finished off a good move past Devon Hudson.

On nine minutes, it was 2-0 Banchory after a good ball over the top found the talented Connor Sibson who beat the offside trap before running in on goal and keeping his cool to finish beyond Hudson to give Banchory a two goal cushion, Alford weren't playing too bad however struggled to get grips in the game against a sharper and more energetic Banchory outfit.

McKeown scored his second of the game on 18 minutes with Banchory once again playing some exciting football and cutting the Alford defence open, Sibson got into a fantastic finish before a good effort by the tall striker was parried and there was McKeown to tap home.

Kyle Corbett put in a great shift for Banchory and got his just rewards by scoring a goal on 29 minutes, Sibson once again got into a fantastic position before pulling the trigger which was denied by Hudson before Corbett shot home. Alford offered a lot in attack however lacked that final product.

  • Half Time:
  • Banchory Academy
  • 4-0
  • Alford Academy

A quick turnaround followed after the half time whistle blew with a quick water break followed by football resuming once again with Alford breaking forward immediately after the whistle, a half chance was denied by Jenson Rhodes before Alford reduced the leeway and what a goal it was as well, a long range strike by Stuart Chalmers blew into the top right corner past Rhodes to put Alford back into the contest.

Tottenham and Liverpool recorded fantastic comebacks in their respective Champions League semi-finals recently however Banchory discarded any hopes of an Alford great escape making it 5-1 on 51 minutes, a good ball across the park by Daniel Geddes found Corbett who forced the ball wide before breaking into the box and finding Morgan Matthew who then broke into the six yard area and found Sibson who had the simplest of tap ins.

Sibson sealed his hat-trick on 58 minutes, Archie Crichton played a fantastic ball down the channel which found the striker who then got himself clear of the Alford defence and fired the ball beyond Hudson.

Banchory kept the intensity up just a couple of minutes up with Kyle Corbett sealing a brace for himself and his schools seventh goal of the match after latching onto a through ball before a fantastic lob beyond Hudson completed a good days work for the school team.

Alford scored the final goal of the game with Stuart Chalmers rounding off a fantastic performance by adding his second goal of the game, a fantastic through ball forward found Chalmers who then rounded Rhodes and scored in the dying stages of the match, a fantastic cup-final in front of a healthy looking crowd which was testament to them all considering the 3pm kick off.

  • Full Time:
  • Banchory Academy
  • 7-2
  • Alford Academy


Banchory Academy
Alford Academy
1. Jenson Rhodes
2. Jamie Liversedge
3. Duncan Stewart
4. Jack Edmonstone
5. Roddy Jansen
6. Callum Welch
7. Conor Sibson
8. Morgan Matthew
9. Jack McKeown
10. Kyle Corbett
12. Tom Findlay
14. Archie Crichton
15. Thomas Ramsey
16. Jacob Taylor
17. Daniel Geddes
1. Devon Hudson
2. Harvey Taylor
3. Matthew Allen
5. Stuart Chalmers
7. Sean McKenzie
8. Aidan Zimmerman
9. Keigan Mathers
11. Charlie Nicol
12. Arran Sutherland
13. Calum Millar
14. Marley Gregor-Taylor
15. Joshua Main
17. Ciaran Oliver
21. Callum Stewart
Star Player
Banchory Academy
Alford Academy
Conor Sibson - Conor led the line very well for Banchory and got a deserved hat-trick, it was a fantastic team performance by all involved.
Stuart Chalmers - Stuart scored a fantastic long range strike and also got another good goal, Stuart played well throughout the game as well.
Magic Moment
Banchory Academy
Alford Academy
The fifth goal, a fantastic team move finished off by Sibson.
The first goal by Stuart Chalmers was sweet with the ball going in as soon as he hit the strike.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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