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North Region team of the year for 2014

Written by  David Reid
Goalkeeper – Reece Duncan, Albion BC/Lewis United 1998 – Reece has had a great year associated with both clubs and won the Castle Trophies Cup with Albion after a 2-0 win over Westdyke.
 
Reece then signed with Lewis United during the summer and has made sure that Lewis go into 2015 with a 100% record and also into the Scottish Cup quarter finals where they face a tough trip away to Harmony Row. 
 
Reece has plans to go on a football scholarship in America in 2015 and his goalkeeping exploits during 2014 means that he has a great chance of doing well over there. 
 
Right Back – Brian Mair, Lewis United 2000 – Brian has enjoyed a great year with Lewis United and has been part of the squad that has led Lewis into the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup. 
 
Brian bombs the line very well and can be a threat to any team in the league, Brian has also saved United on numerous occasions with great blocks and interceptions. 
 
Centre Back – Euan Abel, Colony Locos 1995 – Euan was only in Juvenile football for the 1st half of 2014 however his displays during that period was enough for Euan to earn his place on the Team of 2014.
 
Euan was instrumental behind Colony getting to the Scottish Cup final with some great blocks and deservedly earned his move to Formartine United in the summer. 
 
Centre Back – Laurie Cunningham, Banks O’Dee Albion 1999 – Albion had nothing in the trophy cabinet up until last season and it was described as make or break really for Albion to get some silverware.
 
However, Laurie played a big part in ensuring Albion won the double and his performances ensured that Aberdeen came looking at him and he played for the Dons as a trialist in the summer.
 
Left Back – Greg Smith, Culter Boys 1997 – Greg was a bit like Euan Abel who only played Juvenile football during the 1st half of the year however Greg played a good part in making sure Culter won the double last season. 
 
Greg was signed by Keith FC and also managed to win the Highland League with the Maroons at Under 17s level. This earned Greg his promotion into the 1st team where he is playing with and against top players every week. 
 
Right Midfielder – Calum Mitchell, Lewis United 2000 – Calum signed for Lewis United back in June and added a bit of spark to the side by scoring some goals and playing a big part in making sure Lewis got to the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup. 
 
Centre Midfielder – Kyle Smith, Albion BC 2000 (Now at Aberdeen FC) – Kyle at times won games for Albion and rescued the Spain Park outfit on more than one occasion, this meant that Aberdeen FC knocked out on the door for Kyle and he deservedly earned his move to the Dons. 
 
Albion were watched by a couple of Youth Football Scotland reporters at the tail end of the 2013-14 season and Kyle was a stand-out in all of the games. Kyle is a forward thinking player and always has the willingness to get goals for his side. 
 
Centre Midfielder – Grant Dawson, Colony Locos 1995 – Grant was one of a number of reasons behind Colony Locos getting to the Scottish Cup final. Locos coach Derek Wood spoke after the cup final defeat to Barrhead about Grant Dawson’s performance and said that “Grant would run through a brick wall for you every week.”
 
Derek hit it right on the spot as Grant rescued Colony from the death at times and made sure Colony got into the position that they were able to get into.
 
Left Midfielder – Andrew Mitchell, Banks O’Dee Albion 2001 – Andrew was a stand-out whenever he was watched by a Youth Football Scotland Reporter and was instrumental in getting Albion the double last season. 
 
During the latter stages of last season, Andrew turned in some impressive displays against good teams such as Dyce and Lewis United. 
 
Striker – Bailey Simpson, Fraserburgh Link-Up 1999 – Bailey has always been described by many as a player who has an eye for goal and Bailey’s contribution was enough for Fraserburgh to come out as league champions. 
 
Bailey sometimes plays on the wing as well as up front and has a bit of pace in his game as well. Bailey has started this season very well too with a number of goals once more. 
 
Striker – Mark Reid, Culter Colts/Banks O’Dee Albion 2000 – Mark made the move in the summer from Culter Colts and has been a great signing from a Banks O’Dee Albion perspective. 
 
Mark also found the net on numerous occasions for Culter during the 1st half of 2014 and helped Culter cement a solid league finish. He then made the switch to Spain Park where he has bagged thirty goals in eighteen games. 
 
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