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Thursday, 27 December 2012 17:37

Mid-season ADJFA update

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adjfaAuthor: David Reid

The ADJFA has had another eventful five months since the season started back in August. It has seen a new president on board, new teams being introduced as well as bigger sized C Leagues in the event that if teams decide to fold midway through the season.

Every age group still has a team left in the competition except from the Under 16s and Under 13s. The teams remaining in the Cup are Colony Park Under 19s, Broomhill Juniors Under 17s, Lewis United Under 15s, Dyce BC Under 14s, Albion BC Under 14s as well as Torphins Tornados at the same age group.

We'll start with the Under 19s an age group which I have been unfortunately not been able to report on this season and it has staged some cracking games. It also has cracking teams to match with Colony Park, the only North Region contender still left in the Scottish Cup, are battling with CBC Hilton, Cove Rangers and Kintore to see who will take the crown at the end of the campaign.

The B League hasn't seen a lot of action to date, however Formartine United are currently top with Alford Amateurs behind them undefeated and with a game in hand. There are teams around them which have only played one game, kick starting their campaigns.

In the Under 17's it looks to be a two way fight towards who will be crowned champions between Albion BC, Broomhill Juniors. Albion have already played eight games this season with Broomhill played just three, with the fact there in the Quarter Finals of the Scottish Cup, these sides have yet to face each other. Another pairing is going to the wire in the B League with Banchory BC and Cove BC Colts currently scrapping to get the crown.

From the leagues that play on a Saturday the Under 16's A League has been the most enjoyable so far. It currently has Deveronvale top after 7 games winning 6 and losing 1 to one of their main rivals Dyce BC. Other teams that are in the hunt are Glentanar, Albion, Dyce and Culter. Cove BC managed to get to a cup final last season and have made an excellent start to this term winning eight out of eight. Another team with a 100% record is Kemnay with six wins out of six.

We now move to the list of leagues which play on a Sunday. The A League will have a battle of two hunting for the title with Albion still having a 100% record intact, winning 10 out of 10 including beating Lewis United, who are still in the Scottish Cup, 3-0. It's entertaining to look at who could go down with a few teams trying to seek points to play A League football again next season.

In the B League two sides have still got 100% records;Colony Park and Cove BC with Peterhead Colts still undefeated after 6 games winning 4 and drawing 2, The C League has got four teams aiming for promotion this season.

The Under 14's has been a great season for spectators in the Scottish Cup. There are three teams remaining; Dyce, Albion and Torphins. There is also one team vying with Dyce and Albion, Fraserburgh Link Up who have made a great start, winning 7 out of 8 games.

Three teams are in with a shout of promotion in the B League with Deveronvale, Formartine United and Peterhead Phoenix getting off to a good start, two teams are in with a shout in the C League with Byron Spurs and Stoneywood in contention.

Some teams in the Under 13's have played a few league games where as some have only played just once. Albion are sitting comfortably at the top with six wins from six. The last survivor from the North region teams in the Under 13's Scottish Cup was Culter Colts, they are in the B League this season; they have won 2 out of 2 and are locked in a title race with Portlethen, Ellon Meadows and Deveronvale. Colony Park are sitting comfortably at the top of the C League with 6 wins out of 6.
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 12:28

YFS TV: John o' Groats FC quadruple review

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John O'Groats FC Under 15's have had a season of unrivalled success in the Caithness area. Scotland's most northerly youth team were joint winners of the Caithness Boys League and winners of the  Castletown Tournament, Thurso Tournament and Caithness County 7's. Below you can watch a video with highlights from throughout the campaign.


Wednesday, 05 December 2012 16:12

Torphins into last 16 after entertaining tie

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Torphins Tornados 
Calderbraes BC
Ewen 27
Griffiths 42
George 69
Higgins 4


U14 SYFA Challenge Cup - R4
Inverurie 3G


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This game went ahead in extreme conditions in snow on the astroturf pitch in Inverurie but the referee was happy for the game to go ahead and it was all smiles for Torphins at full time as they came out on top and progressed to the last 16 of the Scottish Cup in what was a closely contested match. 

It was Calderbraes that got off to the better start and they got themselves in front in the 4th minute. Torphins could only clear the ball as far as Josh Higgins who struck the ball from 25 yards out and keeper, Owen Findlater could not hold onto it.

Calderbraes kept up this impressive start and could have been two or three goals to the good. Just a minute after the restart and Kieran Pollock had a glorious opportunity after a great cross from the right was delivered perfectly for the header he couldn't divert it on target. Another chance came for Calderbraes on 10 minutes as Higgins played to Kyle Montgomery but good pressure from James Cooper in the Torphins defence denied him a clear cut chance and the keeper managed to save his effort.

Another great chance for Calderbraes came in the 11th minute as Pollock showed good skill on the ball and created space to sqaure to Gribbons who somehow put the ball past the post from close range when he looked destined to score. 

Torphins began to get more and more into the game and started to enjoy more possession of the ball and created a few chances, winning a few corners and free-kicks in dangerous areas. in the 27th minute of the game Torphins made this pressure count as they had the ball in the back of the net for the first time of the afternoon. It came after Tom Andrews put in a corner which was cleared only as far as Micauly Ewen who was then fouled outside the area on the right hand side of the box. Ewen took the resultant free-kick and what a free-kick it was, over everyone's heads in the box and over Jack Nisbet in goal into the top left corner of the net.

Calderbraes almsost regained the lead on 31 minutes as Higgins had another drive from outside the box but Findlater was back on form this time to parry and Pollock completely missed the ball on the rebound. 

Half Time: Torphins Tornados 1-1 Calderbraes BC

The second half started the complete opposite from the first as it was Torphins that got off to the greater start.  The 42nd minute of the game saw Torphins get the lead for the first time of the afternoon. It came from a clearance that Owen Griffiths did not give up on and he got to the ball before the defender and stayed calm in the area and finished well to put the home side in front. 

Torphins kept up the good pressure at the start of the second half and almost extended their lead further in the 46th minute of the game after Calderbraes James Woods cleared for a corner, which Ewen swung in dangerously and the ball broke kindly for the onrushing Kurt Grant but he put his effort just past the post. The referee made a huge call on 52 minutes as Josh Grant squared to Kurt Grant but he miscied his kick, however he didn't give up and Nisbet came out and seemed to have seized Grant down but the referee waved play on.

Moments after this crucial call Calderbraes almost had an equaliser after Montgomery won a corner and took the resultant kick that saw Callum Scott head on and Woods only needed to divert the ball on target to put the game back on level terms but he got ahead of the ball and the chance went begging.

The game had now entered its dying embers and it was the 'make or break' stage for Calderbraes who had to hunt for a vital equaliser while Torphins were on the search for a third that would really kill the game off. Calderbraes' Pollock was running in on goal and looked one-on-one with Findlater but Cooper got back with a great last ditch tackle to win the ball. 

There was time for just one final attack in this game and it was Torphins who had it. Liam Cameron found himslef in he area with the ball at his feet ready to ensure victory for the home side but Darren Devine pushed him over and gave the referee no option but to point to the spot and put all the pressure on Joel George who had the opportunity to put the game to bed. He stepped up, stayed calm and stuttered his run before putting the ball high into the roof of the net giving Nisbet no chance. 

Full Time: Torphins Tornados 3-1 Calderbraes BC


Torphins Tornados Calderbraes BC
1.   Owen Findlater
6.   Mark Smith
3.   James Cooper
10. Joel George
18. Angus Forbes
2.   Kurt Grant
7.   Tom Andrews
11. Micauley Ewen
4.   Rory Morrison
21. Owen Griffiths
12. Calvin Duffton
14. Josh Grant
16. Michael Mitchell
19. Liam Cameron
22. Innes Grant
1.   Jack Nisbet
3.   Callum Scott
5.   Darren Devine
6.   Alex Hunter
8.   Josh Higgins
10. Kyle Montogmery
11. Jamie Gribbons
12. Kieran Pollock
14. Stephen Cross
15. Jamie Summerhill
16. Jonathon Wilson
17. James Woods
19. Lewis Mitchell

James Cooper was solid at the heart of the defence throughout and made a vital last ditch challenge to keep his side in the cup. 
Josh Higgins controlled the midfield area and scored a great goal to top off what was a good performance all round.
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 19:24

Heroic Jarvie leads Albion to Vale victory

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Hutchison Vale
Albion BC


U14 SYFA Challenge Cup - R5
Forrester HS 3G, Edinburgh


By Ian Mackay
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Hutchison Vale vs Albion BC - Under 14s_19Everything in this cup tie went the way of the team from Aberdeen. There was doubt among many of the parents who accompanied the players on their 3 hour trip to Edinburgh that the pitch was unplayable and I thought they were correct. However, after a lot of consulation between the respective coaches, the game went ahead and the final scoreline did I think make the journey home in the team bus to Aberdeen very enjoyable indeed. Particularly, for goalkeeper, Cameron Jarvie! This nice young person had an incredible game and, if not quite single-handed, still an absolute hero for Albion. His team-mates rushed to hug him at the final whistle and no wonder. Cameron was virtually unbeatable and he used every part of his body to both save and deflect net-bound shots away from his goal. He was aided by a very good defence, I have to add.

On this special day for the Albion club, every one of their players was a hero. And, Hutchison Vale? Well, they must still be wondering how they lost out in their great cup run. Frankly, on any other day, they will score a lot of goals, but not at St Augustine’s on Sunday, December 2, 2012! Cameron Jarvie even saved a penalty in the second half! But, from the opening whistle from excellent match official, George Mathieson, this was a fast-moving cup tie, with spills galore on the slippy surface.

It was not, I suggest, a good surface for passing football, although both sides managed to create good moves, but it was mostly through the ball being moved quickly from back to front. Albion started well and took the game to Vale, with good attacking moves up the right from No 7, Jack Odlin. The home side countered with raids on the away goal, led by Jamie Mackay and Blair Conway. One shot at the Albion goal was fumbled by Cameron Jarvie. But the danger was cleared. Then Vale, who had No 3, Lewis Hall, in goal as replacement for the injured Jamie Mitchell, wentt 1-0 behind. A corner on the left for Albion resulted in a good ball in to the danger area in front of Hall and Oscar Slater (what a great name that is) scored from close in to put Albion 1-0 in front.

If Vale were under pressure before that goal, Albion increased the tempo of their attacks and soon after they scored another goal, a real beauty. A corner on the right to the near post was volleyed behind Hall by No 5, Fraser Gordon, another Albion player who had a superb game in defence. The home fans possibly could not believe their fancied side were 2-0 down, and the scoreline was, maybe, their worst nightmare! Any free-kicks to the Aberdeen side were sent hurtling in to the Vale goalmouth by No 6, Mitchell Cheyne.

Meanwhile, Vale lifted themselves and attacked the Albion goal. It was nothing short of incredible to see Cameron Jarvie survive everything that Vale delivered in to his goalmouth. Jamie Docherty ran at the Albion goal from the right and under challege from a defender, sent a toe poke beyond Jarvie but the ball ran wide of the left-hand post. And so it went on, shots from Mackay and Conway either blocked or saved by the inspired/lucky Albion goalie.

The good ball players on both sides could not get a proper grip with their studs on the hard surface and the game became more and more an example of running football. At both ends, but Vale had chances galore to open their own account, but it was, indeed, just one of these days for the Edinburgh side. Conway set up a good move and delivered a tempting ball across the face of the Albion goal, but Watson was just off the pace of the ball. Frustrating for Vale and their fans, or what? Another move by Conway was cleared by TWO defenders.

Albion’s rearguard was one of the strongest and most effective parts of their team. Docherty went down in a challenge on the right and Vale had the chance to put pressure on the Albion defence from the free-kick. But Jarvie, somehow or other, managed to palm the delivery away and it was cleared, anywhere! Mackay sent in a bouncing effort at Jarvie, but the Albion keeper clutched the ball on the up bounce and it was still 2-0 for Albion at half-time.

Half Time: Hutchison Vale 0-2 Albion BC

Hutchison Vale vs Albion BC - Under 14s_29At the break, Mackay replaced Hall in the Vale goal and there was no way anyone could criticise Vale for effort as they went all out to get a goal. Murray Young was on target with a shot at the away goal, but the ball was cleared, again, by a defender. Things just were not going Vale’s way! Albion put big No 14, Slater, up front and the Aberdeen side were always dangerous on the break. But it was mostly a case of Vale v Cameron Jarvie and the Albion defence. A cross from the right was missed by Jarvie - and everyone else! Euan came on for Vale and created a lot of problems for Albion but the goal the Edinburgh side needed to get back in to the game just would not come for them. 

The home side suffered even more when a cross from the right resulted in another agonising miss - an absolute sitter of a goal! But not for Vale! Finlay Johnston was next to have a go at the Albion goal, but his shot was blocked by a mass of defenders. Another good high cross from the right resulted in the ball dropping tantalisingly over the Albion crossbar.

Jarvie continued to make a name for himself with quite incredible saves and deflections. But Vale did have the ball in the net - only to have it chalked off for offside. However, the Vale fans were cheering when Ewan McGuire did score in a good move on the Albion goal. Jarvie, at last, was beaten. But it was the only time Vale managed to get the better of the Albion hero!

Josh Bolton sent a good header just over the Albion crossbar and the anguish for Vale continued. There was one amazing incident when a shot from Vale could possibly have found the back of the net, but a defender blocked the ball and it bounced into Jarvie's hands. I do not think I have ever seen such an unlucky side as Hutchison Vale were at St Augustine’s. They won a penalty after Johnston was sent tumbling in the box. Alistair McCann took the spot-kick but Jarvie dived to his right to save the spot-kick.

The keeper’s incredible day continued when he saved a shot from Conway on the goal-line! Then another save from Watson and so it went on. I had a strong feeling Albion would score another goal. They always looked capable of doing that in their breaks up the pitch. And they most surely did just that when Tyler Ogston sent in a great shot from well out, slightly to the left of the Vale goal and the ball crashed past Mackay and Albion were truly high and dry, leading 3-1 with only a few minutes left to play.

While Jarvie was the Albion hero, Finlay Johnston had a great game in defence. Others in the Albion squad all contributed to what was an epic win in Edinburgh. Hutchison Vale will just have to put it down to part of the learning process, after all, they are still very young. They took their defeat well and all that was left was for Cameron Jarvie more or less to float off the pitch at the finish. Truly, the goalkeeper had the game of his young life! And, my goodness, it was freezing cold by the time George Mathieson blew for time up. 

Full Time: Hutchison Vale 1-3 Albion BC

Hutchison Vale Albion BC
1 Jamie Mitchell
2 Murray Young
3 Lewis Hall
4 Kacper Balaban
5 Owen Richardson
6 Alistair McCann
7 Jamie Docherty
8 Calum Watson
9 Blair Conway
10 Fareid Yassein
14 Euan McGuire
15 Dillon Floyd
16 Jamie Mackay
17 Euan Lee

1 Cameron Jarvie
2 Andrew Donald
3 Craig Armstrong
4 Jamie Hay
5 Fraser Gordon
6 Mitchell Cheyne
7 Jack Odlin
9 Tyler Ogston
10 Jordan Sangster
11 Liam Morrison
12 Josh Bolton
14 Oscar Slater
15 Graeme Cochrane
16 Finlay Johnston
17 Jordan Reid
18 Mantas Mickevicius
It wasn't Vale's day in front of goal but Blair Conway didn't hide and on another day would have scored and set up many.
Cameron Jarvie was in inspired form to send Albion through to the quarter finals. It is certainly true that goalkeepers can win games.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 12:18

NRGFL congratulates champions of 2012

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Congratulations to Aberdeen Ladies 13's, Deveronvale Girls 15's, and Buchan Quines 17's for winning their respective leagues in the North Region this year. The winners of all the North leagues came down to their final game of the season.

Aberdeen 13s were close runners up last year, it is Deveronvale 15s second successful year and Buchan Quines were third last year.

A big thank to all parents, volunteers and players from every team for their time and effort this season to make sure girls across the North Region are provided with the opportunity to play football.

This year there have been some new teams in the league at 13's level which has been fantastic and hopefully this will feed into the older age groups in the next few years. This is also the benefit from all the hard work being done at the Primary School Leagues which are administrated by David Silcocks in the Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire area This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Monday, 26 November 2012 14:36

Lewis overcome stubborn Ellon to progress in cup

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Ellon Meadows
Lewis United Youth
U17 Raymond Kelly Assoc. Cup
The Meadows
The Lewis boys travelled to Ellon for a 2nd round tie in the Raymond Kelly Association Cup. Having lost against today's oposition earlier in the season, we knew we were in for a tough and physical encounter.

The boys were boosted to have top scorer Lewis Collie back in the starting line up after a 3 game absence, and were on the front foot from the start. Lewis Collie was unlucky to see a shot go just wide, and Bryan Lovie saw an effort blocked by the Ellon defence. Shaun Elder was having another great game and his runs from the left back position and link up play with Bryan, Lewis Collie and Aaron Corkan was causing Ellon no end of problems, and it was from one such run that the boys took a deserved lead. Shaun skipped by two Ellon players before sending the ball to Bryan, who squared the ball to Lewis, who took one touch before sending the ball into the net from the edge of the box, giving the Ellon keeper, who to this point, had kept Ellon in the game with some great saves, no chance.

Lewis were playing some great football, creating chance after chance, but came up against a keeper in inspired form. On 30 minutes, the boys got a shock, as Ellon managed to equalise, despite not having a shot at goal the whole first half up till now. Dean played the ball back to Lewis Mckenzie in goal, and with options either side of him, Lewis opted to blas the ball at the onrushing Ellon forward, resulting in the ball being blocked and rolling towards the Lewis net, giving the striker the simplest of tasks to tap the ball in to the empty net.

Within 5 minutes, captain, Lewis Stephen almost gave the boys the lead again when after some great build up play, the ball was played to him by Aaron Corkan, and from fully 30 yards, Lewis fired in a rocket of a shot, which looked goal bound all the way, until the Ellon keeper managed to touch it around the post at the last second.

5 minutes later however, the same opportunity came to the same player, and the last I heard was that the ball was now being tracked by NASA and Lewis had received a bill for a cracked window on the Space Station. The boys continued to dominate though and kept pushing Ellon back, giving their defence no peace and it was incredible, given the chances we created, that the first half ended 1-1.

Half Time: Ellon Meadows 1-1 Lewis United Youth

The second half started with the boys being told by Keith that if they passed the ball, then the goals would come as Ellon were struggling to handle our movement. But when the next goal did come, it was as a result of some great individual play. Shaun had been causing Ellon problems with his running at them all day, and another run saw him go past 4 defenders and into the penalty box, where he saw his shot, blocked and cleared for a corner. The only thing missing was the finish, and it would have been a great goal, however, from the corner, Aaron Corkan floated the ball in, where it was met by Lewis Stephen, the ball was blocked, but only as far as Bryan, who saw his effort blocked also, but the Ellon clearance only went as far as Lewis Collie, who was standing 15 yards from goal, who fired the ball back where it came from, and in to the net, 2-1 Lewis.

Lewis then made 2 changes, taking off Andy and Chris, and replacing them with Mitch Smith, and Aaron Causby, and from here on, it was one way traffic as the boys totally dominated the remainder of the match, giving Ellon only one 30 yard effort to write home about. I myself, was stunned when one of our sub's approached me, big James Mcleod, and agreed that we were playing some great stuff, and we didnt deserve to be drawing, and he looked surprised when I reminded him that were actually winning, maybe pay attention next time James.

The visitors put the game beyong Ellon's reach with a third goal following some great passing. As Keith told the boys during the break, if we pass the ball, then the opposition will struggle to cope with us as we have some really quick players, and this goal proved it as Ellon were at sixes and seven's trying to keep Lewis out. The move The move involved Shaun, Cammy, Aaron, Causy and Lewis Collie, rolled the ball across the box toBryan Lovie who knocked the ball home from 10 yards to make it 3-1.

Bryan almost grabbed a second when another run from Shaun saw him slip Bryan in and his shot across goal beat the keeper but not a fantastic goal line clearance from a defender to keep the ball out. Mitch Smith had the next chance to grab a goal when during a goal mouth scramble following a corner, he fired in a shot which again, was saved by the Ellon keeper. 10 minutes from time, came the goal of the game. Lewis Collie, controlled the ball, and with a defender at his back, he sent an overhead kick directly in to the path of Aaron Causby who had the pace to out strip the Ellon left back and send in a deep cross in the box, where Bryan Lovie came in unmarked and fired in an unstoppable shot beyond the Ellon keeper to make it 4-1 and finish the scoring. 

Full Time: Ellon Meadows 1-4 Lewis United Youth

A fantastic performance, and if anything, I have to say that this match report does not do the performance justice as the boys created chance after chance during the 90 minutes. We played some great passing football and some of our movement was fantastic to watch from the sidelines. Last week we dominated a game, but couldnt find the net, but today, was different. We now have the chance to advance to the semi finals of both cup competitions, and who knows, with a bit of luck on the day, maybe a final or two.

As for man of the match, I would have given it to the Ellon keeper, who if it were not for him, then we could have ran up a cricket score, but of our own lads, every single one of them deserves praise for their performance, however three players I thought were outstanding today, Cammy Booth, yet again, controlled the middle of the park and ran the show until he went off injured, Shaun Elder won every challenge he needed to make in defence and cleared anything coming down the left back position, but it was his foray's forward that caught the eye today, and as I said, he caused Ellon no end of problems, and of course, the returning Lewis Collie, 2 great goals, set up a third and involved in the build up to the fourth, never mind running the Ellon defence a merry dance all afternoon.

It is a hard decision to make, and so for that reason, I cant make it and will leave it for Keith. Well played boys, and lets keep this form going for next week's Noskab cup tie against Formartine.
Monday, 26 November 2012 10:56

Portree and Liniclate go to penalties

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Portree HS
Liniclate HS
Seniors Friendly
Liniclate School’s senior football team returned home satisfied last week after recording a 3-1 penalty shoot-out win against Portree in a one-off friendly match.

The game, despite being classed as a friendly, started at a frantic pace with both sides struggling to hold onto the ball and throwing themselves into strong tackles. Both teams had players warned about their ferocious tackling but this did not deter the players from giving it their all when making challenges. After a particularly strong but fair tackle from one of the Liniclate midfielders Portree were forced into an early change. This change seemed to galvanise the away side as they identified the hesitancy within the new Portree formation. The Liniclate midfield three of Ali MacDonald, Calum MacDonald and Martin MacPhee began to control the tempo of the game but were unable to find the final pass. A number of balls over the top were easily dealt with by the composed Portree defenders who were consistently beating the Liniclate forwards for pace. 

The only clear cut opportunity of the first half fell to Portree against the run of play. Liniclate had piled a number of players into the box awaiting the delivery of a free-kick from the right hand side. A poor cross was cleared at the front post by one of the defenders and the ball fell nicely to the speedy Portree left winger on the edge of the box. He had acres to run into and quickly set about hitting Liniclate on the break. The lack of numbers for Liniclate at the back saw the winger easily beat the defence and go in one on one. It seemed certain that he would score but the Liniclate keeper managed to parry the shot. Unfortunately for Liniclate, the ball fell to another Portree player who had the whole goal to aim for with the keeper sprawled on the deck. Fortunately for Liniclate however, was the poor shot the striker struck and centre back Owen MacInnes was able to get back and clear the ball off the line. The away side breathed a sigh of relief as the half time whistle was blown with the score still 0-0.
Half Time: Portree HS 0-0 Liniclate HS
The start of the second half saw Liniclate adjust their personnel slightly to match the physicality of the Portree centre backs with 6ft 4 tall John MacDonald replacing Shaun MacCormick up front. The golden chance of the half fell to MacDonald who, after a corner, was unable to hammer his half-volley home. This was as good as it got for both sides in the second half with most of the game being played within the midfield. The game finished 0-0 and with the away side having to catch a ferry it was decided to go straight to penalties.

Liniclate captain Ali MacDonald stepped up first and coolly slotted his penalty into the bottom corner. Portree then saw their first penalty saved by the Liniclate keeper. Calum MacDonald then hammered his penalty home to give Liniclate a 2-0 lead. Portree pulled one back with a composed finish down the middle. Liniclate players Alasdair ‘Barvas’ Steele and Shaun MacCormick both saw their penalties saved but Portree were unable to capitalize and saw both penalties go wide. Liniclate centre back Owen MacInnes stepped up and won his team the game by riffling his penalty just inside the post.

The win was made all the sweeter for the Liniclate boys as it was their manager, Mr Craig Cooper’s last game in charge before leaving for a new job in the mainland. The team are grateful for his contributions over the past two years to the school’s football teams and felt this was a fitting end to all his hard work!
Full Time: Portree HS 0-0 Liniclate HS (Liniclate win 3-1 on penalties)

Sunday, 25 November 2012 16:12

Banchory march on in Scottish Cup

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Banchory BC
Cove BC
MacIntosh 28, 29, 44, 66
Herrington 39
Kennington 65
Canale 26


U15 SYFA Challenge Cup - Round 4
Kaimhill Astroturf


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This game was moved to an astroturf pitch to get the game played and it was Cove who made the brighter start of the two sides. In the 4th minute of the game Nicky Lynch cleverly flicked the ball through for Drew Canale but Liam Cook was sharp on his line to deny Cove an early advantage. Just two minutes later and Canale had another chance to open the scoring after Kyle Bilsland slipped the ball through to him but the keeper denied him again.

Midway through the half and Lynch had the easiest of all chances to put Cove into the lead. Robert Wilson delivered in a dangerous corner and the ball proceeded all the way to the back post but Lynch miskicked the ball and completely missed the target. The game was really starting to even out all over the pitch and Scott Kennington played the ball through for Cameron MacIntosh but his cross come shot hit the side netting.

In the 25th minute of the game Canale looked destined to score as he was one on one with the keeper but Cook made himself big and made a tremendous save to keep the scores level. However only moments later and Canale had eventually got the better of Cook, Cameron Smith made a clearance in the middle of the pitch and Lynch knocked the ball into Canale's stride and he finished coolly into the bottom left corner of the net. 

2 minutes after the restart and Banchory had found a leveller. Robert Herrington swung in a deep corner and Cameron MacIntosh was left unmarked 6 yards out and he had the simplest of tasks to tap the ball into the net to put this game straight back on level terms.

Just 1 minute after this restart and Banchory took the lead. Scott Kennington's interception in the middle of the pitch fell kindly to MacIntosh who drove forward into the box and stayed calm to round George Mitchell and tap the ball home to round off 3 minutes of madness!

Banchory extended their lead further just a minute before half time. Fraser Wyness created space in the box and knocked the ball inside to Herrington whose shot just had too much on it for Mitchell to keep out as the ball crawled over the line.

Half Time: Banchory BC 3-1 Cove BC

Cove almost had a goal back just 3 minutes into the second half after Smith's long range shot hit off the bar, Cook smothered onto Ben Church's rebound when he looked more likely to score. Banchory took advantage of that miss and went up the pitch and scored a goal of their own as Kerr Docherty drove forward from the right back position and played the ball inside to MacIntosh who had space on the edge of the box and he played the ball over Mitchell into the corner of the net to round off his hat-trick. 

The 48th minute of the game saw Cove almost reduce this deficit once more as Canale cut inside the pitch from the left and his shot was tipped round the post but it wasn't far away from creeping into the corner of the net.

Two minutes later Banchory created a good move down the left hand side with Wyness playing the ball inside to MacIntosh who cut the ball back to Kennington but his shot struck off the post. 

The 65th minute of the game saw Banchory get their 5th goal of the game after Mitchell rolled the ball quickly to Josh Newlands who dwelled on the ball and Kennington closed down well and won the ball and then his efforts were rewarded with a goal which he dispatched in smart fashion.

Moments later and MacIntosh got his 4th goal of the game and Banchory's 6th as he was played in he just passed the ball into the net but Mitchell should have denied him this time. Banchory almost had another with 9 minutes left to play as Herrington's shot was defleced it fell kindly to Dominic Bradburn but his effort skimmed off the bar and went over. 

Full Time: Banchory BC 6-1 Cove BC

Banchory BC Cove BC
1. Becky Flaherty
2. Sean Walker
3. Cameron Dickson
4. Robert White
5. Steaphan Connell
6. Jack Nicoll
7. Robert Herrington
8. Scott Kennington
10. Cameron MacIntosh
11.  Fraser Wyness
12. Liam Cook
14. Dominic Bradburn
15. Ross Maclean
17. Kerr Docherty
18. Stuart Dickinson
1. George Mitchell
2. Kieran Durno
3. Ryan Keith
5. Callum Kelman
6. Kyle Bilsland
7. Daniel Cooper
8. Robert Wilson
9. Drew Canale
10. Cameron Smith
11. Ritchie Lamb
12. Shaun Mair
14. Nicky Lynch
15. Ben Church
18. Owen Harper
19. Josh Newlands
Cameron MacIntosh scored four goals but also linked up well with the midfield and continued to work hard all the way through the game. 

Drew Canale worked endlessly for the Cove side and always made intelligent runs in behind the Banchory defence. Deserved his goal and was unlucky not to score more.
Sunday, 18 November 2012 18:44

Lewis hit cloud nine as Scottish Cup dream lives on

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Lewis United Youth
Dalmuir Park United
Youngson 2
Swan 5, 20
Ross 8
MacKenzie 12, 26, 37
Smith 50, 68


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By David Reid
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Dalmuir made the trip North with themselves being in the A league, in the Dumbartonshire FDL, and in the bottom half of it, they faced a great footballing side in Lewis United, The Aberdeen side sent them home to think again as a Barcelona minded attack was on United's mind and it saw them gain four goals after 12 minutes and seven goals by half time.

It was a frosty start to the day but the frost soon lifted and it meant play was allowed to get underway, Lewis started with all guns blazing right from the off and a good passing move saw the ball threaded into Greg Johnstone and the small player was able to get past a Dalmuir defender before edging himself into the box when he was one on one with James Robson, the big keeper brought him down and referee Derek Mitchell pointed straight to the spot, Callum Youngson stepps up to take it and puts it into the bottom right hand corner.

Lewis were to double their advtantage just moments later after Clark Petrie was able to feed in ex Dyce striker Mark Swan who then found a bit of space before curling it right down the middle with the hosts going raptures due to the start they made and there was no hiding space for the travelling players.

That is due to Lewis Ross adding to the scoresheet with another great move which cut open the Damuir defence after Conor Dickie passing into Barry Smith who then feeded in Ross who managed to curl it into the top left hand corner which was unstoppable for Robson in the United goal.

After that very comfortable start Lewis were high in confidence and it saw Daniel MacKenzie grab the first goal of a hat-trick that he persued after he recieved the ball from Greg Johnstone before going past two Dalmuir defenders before being one on one with Robson and MacKenzie had enough composure to stick it through his legs and into the net.

The next wait for a goal arrived just eight minutes later after MacKenzie turned from scorer to provider after the deadly forward managed to find Mark Swan and then from just outside the box he managed to fizzle the shot into the back of the net which caught out the United defence and goalkeeper and made sure he got a brace.

For the Lewis support, officials and players to be jumping on their feet again they just had to wait six minutes after Barry Smith was to provide another assist after his inviting cross came in from the left hand side which met Daniel MacKenzie who managed to curl it round Robson for his second of the game.

Full credit to Dalmuir for not giving up and they shamefully had to lose another goal before half time after another inviting ball came in by Greg Johnstone which was met by Daniel McKenzie who then managed to get past James Robson in the visting goal before placing the ball right down the middle of the net.

Half Time: Lewis United Youth 7-0 Dalmuir Park United

The Lewis attack minded team did enough in the first half and were made to rest their legs as the hosts' coaching staff made five changes, after a team talk by the Dalmuir coach they went out to try and rediscover the kind of football that they are used to playing.

Lewis added an 8th on 50 minutes after a long ball by Mark Swan found hat-trick striker Daniel MacKenzie who then got himself into a dangerous position before cutting the ball into Barry Smith who made full dividends of the build-up by putting the ball into an empty net.

Park had to thank goalkeeper James Robson for keeping them in the game after another inviting cross was sent in by Liam Grant on the right hand side which was met by tall striker Mark Swan but another tall guy James Robson denied Swan a hat-trick after a stunning save.

The Aberdeen side already had the last 16 in their sights but Barry Smith made sure they were continuing their road to Airdrie after recieving the ball from Daniel MacKenzie before pounding his way into the box and keeping his composure by firing it low and hard into the bottom left hand corner past Robson in the Park goal.

Last season's ADJFA league champions kept attacking at their visitors but were caught offside on numerous occasions and the hosts coaching staff were looking to get a tenth goal and it didn't come however they are delighted with the way they played, Dalmuir never gave up in the game and James Robson and Paul McKelvie were Parks two best players and didn't give up even when the game was out of their sight.

Lewis United coach Ryan Bruce was full of praise for his boys after the game saying "We atre obviously delighted to be progressing, we played some really good football especially on the flanks, at half time so that the boys could get minutes we decided to roll the boys that were on the bench on."

Full Time: Lewis United Youth 9-0 Dalmuir Park United

Lewis United Youth Dalmuir Park United
1. Edward Flinn
2. Angus Burrows
3. Liam Grant
4. Bradley Strachan
5. Conor Dickie
6. Barry Smith
7. Callum Youngson
8. Daniel MacKenzie
9. Liam Malcolm
10. Mark Swan
11.  Lewis Masson
14. Lewis Ross
15. Kristian Schmid
16. Marc Lawrence
18. Clark Petrie
20. Greg Johnstone
1. James Robson
14. Iain Scholes
3. Paul McKelvie
4. Jack McLaren
5. Aidan Rowan
6. Liam Monaghan
7. Ross Gillon
8. Ethan Awcock
9. Scott McLaren
10. Sean McAuley
11. Scott Mathieson
12. Ryan Buchanan
15. Stephen McNaught
16. Callum Clark

Daniel MacKenzie was on fire all afternoon, fired a great hat-trick and some assists.
James Robson kept the scoreline down with some great saves.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 16:44

Cove on cloud nine against North Star

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Cove BC
North Star
Coutts 6, 61
Main 8
Wedderburn 32
Towler 35, 66
Gray 44
McCard 46
Barbour 70
McDonald 16, 18
Willox 60


U13 ADJFA SoccerWorld League B
Groats Road


By Daniel McKay
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cove bc vs north star under 13s 20121114 1765985659Cove BC came out on top in an entertaining game against North Star on Sunday morning.  The home side were deserving winners although the 9-3 scoreline was a little harsh on North Star.  Before kickoff there was a perfectly observed minutes silence for Remembrance Sunday.

Cove started the brighter of the two teams and they took the lead in just the sixth minute.  Lewis Coutts twisted and turned on the left wing before coming inside and finding the top right corner with a great looping effort.

It was 2-0 just two minutes later, a well-worked move starting with a throw-in on the right and culminating in an easy finish from close-range for Dylan Main.

Cove looked to be cruising, but North Star hauled themselves back into it in the 16th minute.  Josh McDonald showed great fight and determination, before cutting inside and getting his shot away which took a deflection on its way past the keeper.

They say goals change games and that was certainly the case here as it now the visitors’ turn to dominate play.  In the 17th minute McDonald was put through on goal, but the youngster sliced his effort well wide.  The resulting goal kick though landed right at the feet of McDonald who more than made up for the miss by lobbing the keeper brilliantly from miles out, bring his side level.

North Star almost took the lead on 25 minutes, and McDonald almost got his hat trick, cutting inside from the right and firing his shot just wide. 

Cove had been pinned back, but they fought their way back into the game and retook the lead three minutes before the interval.  North Star were on the attack but a Cove broke the length of the pitch at speed.  It fell to Cameron Wedderburn to keep his cool and slot past the keeper and the youngster dually obliged.

On the stroke of half time Cove restored their two-goal advantage thanks to a fine near post header from Connor Towler.

Half Time: Cove BC 4-2 North Star

Cove BC vs North Star (under 13's)North Star came flying out of the traps in the second half, and McDonald went close in the 39th minute with a shot on the turn flying just over the bar.  The home side added a fifth on 44 minutes though, a low shot from the edge of the area by Owen Gray sneaking under the keeper.

Two minutes later it was 6-2.  Shaun McCard raced away down the left and struck a terrific shot across the keeper into the net.  The points looked to be safe for Cove, but North Star pulled a goal back on the hour mark.  A Lewis Willox free kick from wide on the right missed everyone in the box and found its way straight into the bottom corner.

Any thoughts of a comeback though were soon halted as Cove notched their seventh goal just a minute later, a Lewis Coutts shot from inside the box.  The visitors’ were looking tired now, and Cove took full advantage.  Connor Towler added his side’s eighth with a great strike right into the corner from the edge of the box. 

Rhys Barbour then rounded up the scoring with a superb individual effort to make it 9-3.  The youngster showed some impressive footwork to jink his way through the North Star defence before hammering the ball home from close range.

All in all, a convincing victory for Cove in the end, but the score line was certainly harsh on North Star who never looked out of the game until the very closing stages.  Both sides played some very nice football making for a competitive game with some cracking goals.

Full Time: Cove BC 9-3 North Star

Cove BC North Star
1. Craig Kinghorn
2. Connor Towler
3. Shaun McCard
5. Leon Duncan
6. Dylan Main
7. Lewis Coutts
8. Owen Milne
9. Owen Gray 
10. Rhys Barbour
12. Scott Donohoe
16. Cameron Wedderburn
17. Jack Leadbetter
1. Adam Murry
2. Craig Robertson
4. Lewis Lawson
5. Ewan MacPherson
6. Connor Hill
7. Liam Redwood
8. Keiran Pelley
9. Ellis Masson
10. Josh McDonald
11. Lewis Willox
12. Rory McGuckien
14. Brandon Gibb
Rhys Barbour caused a lot of problems with his pace and quick feet.  Rhys looked like he could be the next Ryan Fraser and took his goal very well.
Josh McDonald looked dangerous throughout the match.  Josh bagged a double but on another could easily have had a hat trick.