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SYFA Challenge Cup - North Region preview

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Author: David Reid

northrtaThis winter has once again been harsh to the football calendar and ever since the 12th month of the year struck in December 2012 it really has been a winter of postponements and cancellations which really affects us all in the youth football community.

The Scottish Cup hits the North Region this weekend with 2 sides from the ADJFA aiming to seal places in the semi finals with one trying to get a quarter final slot however the big question that everyone is on about is will these 3 clubs have to wait another week for a taste at the Scottish Cup or will luck hit Aberdeen City/Aberdeenshire?

We start by looking at Broomhill Juniors v Elgin Star in the quarter finals. Both sides have been doing well in their respective leagues this year and this looks like being a really good encounter, Broomhill have only lost once this season at the hands of their closest rivals Albion BC 2-1 meanwhile Star have beaten ADJFA opposition in Culter United 8-3 in the 3rd round and are doing well in the Fife League this season. How does the weather look for this one? The Fifers will be having an early start and with Aberdeen seeing temperatures of -1 tonight that could play a big part in the game getting the go ahead or not, what could help is by kick off time it will be 4c, would it be enough for the game to go ahead, games kicks off at 1pm at Harlaw Academy.

Moving onto Sunday and its Albion vs Milingavie Wanderers. Both sides who like to play good football and attack, there has been a big improvement in the Albion camp from last season and it is going to be a really tight title race this season featuring Albion, Dyce and Fraserburgh Link Up. Albion's opponents Milingavie recorded a brilliant extra time win over Syngenta in the last round and they also like to play some good football, this match will be played on the 3G surface at Spain Park so this Quarter Final tie is a certain to go ahead unless we get about a foot of snow over the weekend 1pm kick off.

Deeside is a bad area when it is affected by snow and when there is heavy snow it normally sees STV News and Reporting Scotland go to these areas to report on how the area has been hit, a phone call with Tornados coach Adrian George yesterday managed to get me a lot of information, he reported "There is still one area of the pitch in Kincardine which has still got snow and there is always the potential for waterlogging, we have booked the all weather pitch at Inverurie in an effort to get the game on this weekend."

Looking at the weather for Torphins on Sunday come kick off time it is forecast to get some snow. If you go down the map just a wee bit to the town of Inverurie it is reporting sleet at kick off time so with this game being played on the all weather pitch it should be on. Looking ahead to the game both outfits have been struggling to get games as of late and both sides have strongly developed in the last few seasons since making the step up to play 11-a-side football.
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