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Saturday, 27 October 2012 20:45

Cove impress on trip to Fife

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Leven BC
Cove BC
U15 SYFA Challenge Cup - R3
Cove made the trip south today to take on Fife outfit Leven and sealed their place in the 4th round of the Scottish Cup after an emphatic 6-1 victory over the hosts.

The Aberdeen outfit have been good in the competition in the past few years and last year saw them crash out to Fauldhose Foxes in the third round who won the Scottish Cup back in 2011.

There was a hero today in the team in Drew Canale who managed to bag four goals with Daniel Cooper and Robert Wilson making sure the Aberdeen side were in the next round of the Scottish Cup.

Cove coach Ludie Barrack was tonight delighted with the victory he said "We are delighted to be coming back to Aberdeen with a win and it is good that we have managed to go one further round than we did last year."

Barrack added "It was not an easy game like the scoreline would have suggested and we could have easily of scored a few more goals only for a few good saves from the Leven keeper, it is great for us being a B league side that we are in the fourth round."

Cove Under 16s were due to be in Scottish Cup action today but there match against Easthouses BC at Portlethen Academy was forced to be postponed last night following some wintry weather in the North East, that match will now take place next Saturday with the possiblity that there will be two Coves continuing on the Road to Airdrie.

Full Time: Leven BC 1-6 Cove BC
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 18:56

Three Highland League sides crash out

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It was to be a luckless day for Highland League sides in the Scottish Youth Cup on Sunday afternoon, with three full-time sides showing their class with high-scoring victories. Formartine United lost 8-0 against Livingston at the Braidwood Motor Company Stadium. The unfortunate Euan Anderson - currently playing his first-team action on loan at Rothes - scored an own goal to open the scoring, which was then added to by Scott Wilson, Andy Russell, Jack Downie, and doubles from Danny Mullen and Kyle Lander.

Fort William went down 13-1 against Hibernian at the SPL club's £5million training complex. The Edinburgh side were 7-1 up at half-time courtesy of a hat-trick from Danny Handling, a double from Ross Caldwell, and goals from Dean Horribine and Alex Harris. Fort had pulled a goal back just after the half hour mark through Lewis Corbett - netting the only goal for a Highland League side on the afternoon -which made the scoreline 4-1. Goals in the second-half from Bradley Donaldson, Jamie Beaton and doubles from Jay Doyle and David Paul sealed the Leith outfit's progress.

Meanwhile Fraserburgh were also defeated 8-0 at home to Inverness Caley Thistle. The Broch kicked off with no fewer than eight players in the starting line-up who have featured in the first-team over the past year, a sign of the excellent youth conveyer belt which the club has never failed to bear fruit from in the past two decades,  with Marc Noble lining up against his former suitors at centre-half.

It took the best part of twenty minutes for Caley to take the lead against their Highland League counterparts under the watchful eye of coach Duncan Shearer who was an ex manager in the Highland League with Buckie Thistle, Ryan Watson's corner posed problems for goalkeeper Joe Barbour and the ball came down to Matty Cooper at the back post who finished into the roof of the net from close-range. Inverness were in full-flow and added a second ten minutes later, Calum Ferguson with a fantastic turn past his marker and firing beyond Barbour at the edge of the area.

The second half began as the first had ended with Barbour's goal being peppered with shots, the 19-year old kept busy for the duration of the afternoon as Polworth and Watson came close on a couple of occasions, before the stopper made a fine save from Cooper's deflected effort.

But predictably, it was only a matter of time before ICT added to the scoreline, Cooper's cutback being swept home by Ryan Christie at the edge of the area,  before Christie turned provider setting up Martin Laing after his angled run who hit a strong attempt past Barbour from just inside the penalty area.

However, Fraserburgh attempted to brave the storm and looked to snatch a morale-boosting goal against the flow of play, Courtney Cooper coming closest for the Broch with a long-range strike that Scott Mathieson in Caley's goal was equal to.

Inevitably though, it was the fitness of Fraserburgh's full-time opponents which added the shine to the scoreline, Inverness netting four times in the space of eight minutes late on. Substitute Kyle Whyte was on hand to finish via a rebound after Ali Sutherland's shot had been blocked, before Whyte assisted Ryan Christie in scoring the fifth after his shot was parried by Barbour into the path of Ryan Christie, who then completed his hat-trick in a similar goal to his second. The scoring was then finally wrapped up for the Caley Jag's young men when Kyle Whyte finished with composure and aplomb from Watson's through-ball.

Article first appeared on www.highlandleague.net

Tuesday, 09 October 2012 18:19

Uist new boys excel on first outing

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Uist United JFC
Harris FC
U17 Friendly Match
384500 10151286201544673 2108504980 nA new look Uist United Junior Football Club took on a Harris side last Saturday in their first competitive game together. After the success of the U17’s in Ireland this summer the new crop of youngsters were keen to show that they too could play at a very high standard. And boy did they show it!

Uist raced into an early lead when a ball over the top from team captain Alasdair ‘Barvas’ Steele was neatly controlled Dominic MacAulay before he coolly slotted the ball past the onrushing keeper. A goal on his debut, a good start for both MacAulay and Uist.

Uist did not sit back after their quick start to the game. The team began passing the ball around the park stretching the Harris backline creating space for the attacking players to exploit. Speedy striker Taylor Linich began finding freedom in behind the defence and it did not take him long to grab a goal. A perfectly weighted ball over the top fell into his path and he thundered a shot past the helpless keeper. This was not enough for Linich. Soon after, another ball was played over the top which he pounced onto before shrugging off the defenders and placing the ball past the keeper.

It was all Uist. They passed the ball calmly between each other, allowing everyone a touch but not getting themselves into any trouble. Even when Harris did have the opportunity to advance forward the physical presence in the Uist midfield was too much for them. Another half chance fell to Linich but he put his shot wide of the mark. From the resulting goal kick came a moment of sheer brilliance. The ball was kicked up by the goalie but central midfielder Calum MacDonald was able to chest the ball down and unleash an unstoppable effort from the centre circle leaving the unfortunate goalie stranded.

The dominance of Uist was unstoppable and they added another four goals before half-time through Taylor Linich; who completed his hat-rick, Callum Campbell, Shaun MacCormack and Cailean MacInnes. 8-0 at half-time, it was all Uist. They were doing more than just showing they could compete at the same level as last year’s team. They were showing they were a class above Harris.

384425 4606307485214 1615214074 nHalf Time: Uist United JFC 8-0 Harris FC

A string of changes for Uist at half-time allowed some of the younger players to gain some much needed experience and game time. Despite all the changes, they still maintained their high tempo pass and move football although the Harris players were starting to pressurise them into mistakes. 

On the hour, a nicely worked Uist move resulted in the ball being swung into the box. It was missed by all, including the keeper, before Cailean MacInnes popped up at the back post to bundle the ball over the line. The Uist team was delighted, it was clear to see, they really were enjoying their football and this was making them play to an even higher standard. In all fairness to Harris, they did keep fighting and did not let the score affect their philosophy of also passing and moving. Many a team would have thrown in the towel long before the ninth hit the net but Harris were showing true Western Isles spirit by not giving up.

The determination of the Harris boys did pay off and they deservedly pulled two well worked team goals back. It was Uist however that finished off the scoring in the goal-fest. With ten minutes to go a loose ball landed at the feet of midfielder Robbie ‘Ronaldo’ Anderson, who was still without a goal in his under 16 career. Anderson tried to place the ball into the corner but it was well saved by the keeper who unfortunately parried the ball back to Anderson. This time he went with power but a last ditch block from a defender prevented the ball crossing the line. With his third bite at the cherry Anderson finally got his goal. Albeit a scramble over the line!

As the final whistle blew Uist walked off with a well-deserved, resounding 10-2 victory. The future is bright for this team who intend to travel to Spain next summer for their annual footballing venture. This will be a world apart from a trip to Harris.
Full Time: Uist United JFC 10-2 Harris FC
Sunday, 07 October 2012 22:24

Lewis climb table after Summerhill success

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Lewis United Youth
Summerhill FC
U17 ADJFA 'A' League
Portlethen Academy
The Lewis boys took on Summerhill today in their first home game for over a month at a cold a windy Portlethen Academy looking to claim second place in the league and looking to transfer the effort they have shown at training at Lewis Park, and put it into a game.

The boys couldn't have got off to a better start when they took the lead once again with their first attack. After losing the ball from kick off, the ball was quickly recovered by the Lewis midfield and when it came to Mitch Smith, he sent a delightful ball over the top of the Summerhill defence to the flying Shaun Elder who sprinted beyond the full back and into the box and with only the keeper to beat, he unselfishly squared the ball to the unmarked Lewis Collie who made no mistake in putting the boys 1-0 up.

Lewis Collie had another chance to put the boys two up, but he came up against a Summerhill keeper in inspired form and he pulled off a stunning save. Summerhill slowly came back into the match, and with no less than five former Lewis United players in their side, four of them in the starting eleven, there was always going to be an extra edge to today's game.

Former Lewis player, Liam McKenzie nearly grabbed the equaliser for Summerhill when he fired in a great shot from full on 30 yards but saw his effort come back off the crossbar. Lewis Collie was sent clear down the right wing by Mitch Smith and took the defence by surprise when he took his shot early and fired in an incredible shot from almost on the by line and forced the Summerhill keeper again into another stunning save.

The boys started pushing forward a bit more, but Summerhill always looked dangerous on the break, with former player Scott Banks pulling the strings for them and showing what a quality player he is. Lewis should have gone 2-0 up on 30 minutes when the Summerhill keeper played a slack ball out straight to the feet of Lewis Collie, but again, he recovered to save and turn the ball out for a corner. Summerhill started to press more but were constantly turned away by a solid defensive partnership of Lewis Stephen and in particular Dean Barnes. Dean put in the same type of performance he put in last season away to Huntly, and frustrated the hell out of the Summerhill forwards as he won every aerial challenge, every tackle and when they tried to push him off the ball, his strength was too much for them as they simply bounced off him. Half time 1-0 Lewis United

With Summerhill having more of the ball than we would have liked in the first half, it was important that the boys got the message and closed them down quicker in the second, and from a coaching side, it was good to see that they took on board what Keith said as they listened to what they were told, and closed Summerhill down a lot quicker than before, and started to create more chances and control the game more. Lewis Collie once again had a chance to score his second and possibly finish the game, but once again, he came up against a keeper in inspired form. A slack ball allowed the Summerhill striker the chance to run clear on goal but fortunately Lewis McKenzie was also having a good game and he was quick off his line to pull off a great save to keep the boys 1-0 up.
Summerhill were slowly running out of ideas and started to resort to the long ball over the top, hoping for a lucky break to get back into the game, however, every time they threw the ball in, Dean Barnes and Lewis Stephen would head it clear. There was even a bit of show boating when Lewis Stephen beat 3 Summerhill players surrounding him by back healing the ball to Shaun Elder which earned a huge round of applause from the sidelines, and then Shaun himself earned one when he attracted 2 Summerhill player towards him, and just as the tackles were about to come in, he flicked the ball over their heads to Jack Stewart, who then cleared the danger.

With 20 minutes to go, the game was virtually won. The ball was won in centre midfield and played over the Summerhill defence towards Lewis Collie. With Summerhill giving everyone in Portlethen the urge to go out and buy Paracetamol buy screaming for offsides, and not noticing the full back playing everyone onside, Lewis sprinted free and fired beyond the advancing keeper, 2-0 Lewis. Mitch had to come off injured when he was stamped on in the penalty area, and Shaun had to come off when after putting in a fantastic challenge to prevent a goal scoring opportunity, he ended up having something looking like an Easter egg on his leg, and had to be carried off. However, the game was finished shortly after when Lewis Collie completed a great day with a fine hat-trick. The boys hit Summerhill on the break and once again the pace of the forwards was too much for their defence.

The Summerhill keeper once again pulled off another fine save, stopping Lewis Collie from scoring with his first effort, but couldn't prevent him finishing with his second to complete his hat-trick. 3-0 Lewis United and 3-0 Lewis Collie. Summerhill were deservedly reduced to 10 men with 10 minutes left when their centre midfield player attempted a weak 30 yard shot at goal, which Cammy slid in and got a slight block on, and while the referee looked away, he took a swipe at Cammy, only the referee had turned back and saw it happen. Cammy received a harsh booking for confronting the player, and the Summerhill player received a second yellow. Summerhill had the chance of a consolation goal in the final minute when a trip by big James McLeod saw the Summerhill player go down very easily in the box, and the referee pointed to the spot. The Summerhill player stepped forward and fired the ball goalward but saw his effort well saved by Lewis McKenzie. Big Elvis almost had the chance to redeem himself in the final minute but once again, the Summerhill keeper pulled off another save. Final score Lewis United 3 - 0 Summerhill

A good 3 points from a stuffy Summerhill side who never gave up and played some good football. In fact the football played by our opponents today makes a mockery of their lowly league position and I feel it's only a matter of time before they pick up the wins and start climbing the league away from the relegation zone.

A struggle in the first half after a fantastic start, but a great second half where we kept Summerhill at bay and restricted them to long range shots. Man of the match today would normally go to a player scoring a hat-trick, and to be fair, Lewis Collie played exceptionally well, in fact he had one piece of skill which I didn't mention in the report where he lobbed the ball twice over two defenders rushing at him, before firing a shot goalward, only to see the Summerhill keeper pull off another save to keep his tally to 3.

Cammy Booth, who came in for a lot a stick and tackles from some Summerhill players, had a great game today, starting on the right wing, before moving into centre midfield, where he controlled the game, and was superb throughout. Lewis Stephen, Shaun Elder, both had great games today. But for me, man of the match has to go to the player who has probably been our most consistent player this season, and that is Dean Barnes. His form today showed why he has played in every game, is never substituted and is now the first name down on the sheet every week. Well played lads, we now have one game left before the October break, so let's keep the run going.

Full Time: Lewis United Youth 3-0 Summerhill FC

Match report submitted by Lewis United Youth.
Sunday, 07 October 2012 18:44

Colony hold on despite late Vale push

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Colony Park
Own Goal 24
Duncan 32
Linton 50, 62
Cormack 39
Carmichael 44, 75


U15 Belmont Trophy
Davidson Park


By David Reid
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The cup competitions got underway once again in the ADJFA and in the first round of the Belmont Trophy a great cup tie was to be served up between Colony Park who just missed out on promotion via a play off last season against a Deveronvale side who were promoted and have made a decent start to the season.

Colony played Banchory Lions in the Scottish Cup a few weeks ago who play in the A League and gave them a run for their money there, they done the same today and ensured a place in the next round of the tournament with a 4-3 win.

The Inverurie side started well and had the first chance of the game after a brilliant ball was sent in by Ben Duncan which was met by Ben Green whose header was heading into the bottom left hand corner but a great diving save from Michael Low kept the score at 0-0.

Colony attacked the Vale goal once again and created another great attacking move with a brilliant ball by Ben Green being met by Ben Duncan who flashed a volley towards goal but it just went over.

The hosts then took the lead on 24 minutes with a bit of luck after Ben Green sent a great through ball into Ben Duncan who then pounded his way into the box before his effort came off John Clark and into the net.

Park then got themselves a 2nd after a great cross from the right hand flank was sent in by Dale Rennie which was met by Ben Duncan who flashed it past Michael Low in the Vale goal.

Vale then managed to get a vital goal before half time after Sam Mellor knocked a through ball into winger Calvin Cormack who calmly placed it past Brendan Allan putting it into the bottom left hand corner.

Half Time: Colony Park 2-1 Deveronvale 

The Banffers got an equaliser as we started the 2nd half after Jordan Russell sent a brilliant ball into Callum Carmichael who then powered his way into the box before seeing his shot saved by Allan but it was too powerful for the goalkeeper and it managed to creep into the top right hand corner.

Colony re-took the lead creating some good play once again with a good delivery being sent in by Greg Taylor which was met by Tommy Linton who calmly side-footed it into the bottom left hand corner.

Linton then got his 2nd of the game after he recieved a great pass from Ryan Harper which cut open the Vale defence and calmly tucked it past Low for what was a wonderfully worked goal.

Vale had two chances to try and get themselves back into the game, first a Bradley Neish corner was met by Callum Carmichael whose effort went straight at Brendan Allan, Neish and Carmichael then linked up again but Allan was at full stretch again to deny them a route into the game.

Callum Carmichael was to get a brace though after he recieved a great through ball from Jake McKay and then placed it into the top right hand corner, Vale then kept on pressing but Colony managed to hold on for a giantkilling.

Full Time: Colony Park 4-3 Deveronvale


Colony Park Deveronvale
1. Brendan Allan
2. Matthew McKessick
3. Bradley Whyte
4. Elliott Taylor
5. Neil Woodgreaves
6. Craig Mackie
18. Morgan Minty
8. Ryan Harper
9. Jonatan Leidland
10. Ben Duncan
11.  Greg Taylor
12. Ben Green
14. Dale Rennie
15. Michael Donaldson
16. Tommy Linton
17. Ruaridh Cole
1. Michael Low
2. Steven Lawrie
12. Ross Hosie
16. Kieran Geddes
5. Jack Trail
6. John Clark
7. Calvin Cormack
8. Nathan Wood
18. Jordan Russell
10. Callum Carmichael
15. Sam Mellor
14. Liam Gerrie
9. Jake McKay
11. Bradley Neish

Tommy Linton was always wanting to get into the thick of action.
Calvin Cormack scored a great goal and made some tricky runs on the wing.
Sunday, 07 October 2012 14:50

Westdyke edge close contest in local cup tie

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Westdyke BC 
Cove BC
Donald 2 
Brown 42
Kelman 22


U15 Belmont Trophy


By Bruce Dryburgh
YFS North Region Reporter
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It was a sunny day at Lawsondale which was the venue for what proved to be a scrappy contest between Westdyke and Cove. Westdyke progressed through to the second round of the Belmont Trophy but Cove put up a real fight and gave them a close match. 

Westdyke took the advantage as early as the 2nd minute after Craig Mackie slipped through a sublime pass for Glen Donald to chase. Donald stepped inside his marker and finished emphatically into the roof of the net from 18 yards. 

Westdyke had a glorious chance to double their lead in the 13th minute as Scott McDonald was left unmarked at the back post from a corner but his header went past the post fom close range. Just 2 minutes later and McDonald came even closer to getting his name on the scoresheet. He struck a free-kick from distance that slammed off the helpless George Mitchell's crossbar.

Cove were right back on level terms after 22 minutes though as Robert Wilson threaded an inch perfect pass through to Ben Church who was unfairly taken down by Westdyke goalkeeper, Dan McAllister and the referee pointed straight to the spot. Calum Kelman stepped up to the mark and sent McAllister the wrong way to put Cove straight back into the match.

Westdyke were hungry to regain their lead quicky but Cove were doing well to prevent that happening. Donald had a free-kick tipped over the bar by Mitchell on 28 minutes and Mackie could only watch his effort go inches wide of the post. Cove were threatening when they were attacking too with a few dangerous crosses testing the Westdyke defence. Kelman launched a free-kick into the penalty area but the ball just wouldn't fall quick enough for Nicky Lynch. 

Half Time: Westdyke BC 1-1 Cove BC 

The second half started exactly the same as the first half did. Kelman converted a penalty at one end but at the other he had given one away as he seized down Haydn Burgoyne inside the penalty area after Mackie's determined run saw him cleverly pass the ball onto Burgoyne who was impeded by Kelman. Kelvin Brown stepped up to take the resultant penalty and he gave Mitchell no chnace by slotting the ball coolly into the corner of the net to regain Westdyke's advantage.

Cove didn't let their heads drop and were quickly on the hunt for another equaliser. Daniel Cooper went on a surging run down the right hand side of the pitch and put in an inviting cross but there was just too much pace on it for substitute Ritchie Lamb to get on the end of. Cove kept the pressure on Westdyke throughout the remainder of the second half and on 54 minutes Lynch played a good ball inside to Drew Canale but his effort went over McAllister's crossbar. 

Westdyke continued to pose a threat on the attack too and it was Donald and Burgoyne who linked up well to create chances. Firstly Donald put in a cross but Burgoyne's header went wide of Mitchell's post. Secondly, again Donald was the provider and again it was Burgoyne who was handed the chance but this time his shot went wide of the target. 

The 68th minute of the game saw a glorious chance fall for Lynch inside the penalty area. Lamb sent in a corner to the back post but Lynch stabbed the ball over the crossbar from 6 yards out. 

The 71st minute of the game saw Westdyke create a chance that would have secured victory and booked their place in the 2nd round of the cup. Donald won a corner and Brown produced a fine cross but Donald failed to hit the target with his header. 

The game entered its dying embers and Cove were throwing bodies up the pitch as they continued the search for an equaliser. Substitute Owen Harper played the ball across the box to Cooper but his shot was blocked by the Westdyke defence. In the final minute of the 80 Cove won a corner and the ball fell straight to Kelman's feet but his touch was poor and McAllister was on his toes to dive on the ball. 

Full Time: Westdyke BC 2-1 Cove BC

Westdyke BC Cove BC
1. Drew Henderson
2. Nathan Stewart
4. Scott McDonald
5. Aaron Ritchie
6. Christopher Evans
7. Matthew Stewart
8. Kieran McDonald
9. Kelvin Brown
10. Glen Donald
11. Aidan Fairweather
12. Blair McGilvray
14. Ally McKinlay
15. Ben Cheyne
16. Aidan Glennie
17. Craig Mackie
18. Liam Duthie
19. Haydn Burgoyne
21. Dan McAllister
1. George Mitchell
2. Drew Canale
3. Ryan Keith
4. Nicky Lynch
5. Kieran Durno
6. Cameron Smith
7. Shaun Mair
8. Ben Church
9. Daniel Cooper
10. Owen Harper
11. Robert Wilson
12. Lewis Horne
14. Kyle Bilsland
15. Ritchie Lamb
16. Calum Kelman

Glen Donald proved to cause the Cove defence hassle throughout the game and took his goal well. Also put in some great crosses to create chances for his team-mates. 
Nicky Lynch worked non stop throughout the game and played intelligent passes to teammates and was unlucky not to get a goal. 

Thursday, 04 October 2012 00:30

Vale edge Aberdeen in tight cup final affair

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Deveronvale Girls 
Aberdeen FCL Youth


17's North RGFL - League Cup Final
Aberdeen Sports Village


By Andrew Gill
YFS North Region Reporter
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Deveronvale v Aberdeen FCL under 15's NRGFL Cup FinalIntermittent downpours were never going to be enough to dampen the spirits at the Aberdeen Sports Village as Aberdeen and Deveronvale came together in the North Region GFL 15's cup final.

The less than ideal conditions caused problems for the girls as they did battle with the elements as well as each other, with the slippy surface creating difficulties all over the park.

Aberdeen started strongly, doing their best to move the ball about fluidly despite the damp surface, worrying the Vale defence with technical attacking play. The Deveronvale defence was stretched on numerous occasions, with Aberdeen notably winning a free kick just outside the corner of the box. Kim Brodie’s brilliant ball across goal escaped all the defenders but luckily for the Banff girls Rebecca Flaherty in goals managed to gather the ball.

Deveronvale winger Marshall managed to shock the Aberdeen ladies as she broke down the right wing with breakneck speed before lifting the ball over the Dons keeper with an audacious strike from an area where a cross would appear more likely, making it 1-0 to Vale.

Despite this the Reds were quick to react and claw back one of their own. A period of high pressure culminated in a corner for the Dons, where Holly Stewart picked out Megan Reid who headed in the equaliser.

Deveronvale v Aberdeen FCL under 15's NRGFL Cup FinalAberdeen started the second half again looking the more dominant side, controlling the majority of possession.

The Vale keeper was tested several times by the Dons’ attacking force; particularly a powerful strike from Kim Brodie that everyone expected to hit the back of the net.

After this sustained period of dominance Aberdeen started to tire and Deveronvale took control of the match with chances falling the way of McAllan and Johnstone. However, they were unable to get the better of McMillan in the Dons net.

The match progressed to extra time and with the first half passing by without a goal, it looked as though penalty kicks may be required. However, with time running out Sophie Palmer was fouled inside the box. Kirstie Gordon stepped up and slotted home the spot kick, much to the delight of the Deveronvale players and fans.

The closing stages fizzled out and Vale celebrated retaining the prestigious trophy.

Full Time: Deveronvale Girls 2-1 Aberdeen FCL Youth


Deveronvale Girls Aberdeen FCL Youth
1. Rebecca Flaherty
2. Abbie Esslemont
3. Sophie Leigh Palmer
4. Donna Paterson
5. Kirsty Cooper
6. Kirstie Gordon
7. Abbie Marshall
8. Gemma Cook
9. Nairne McAllan
10. Sheena Nichol
11. Milly Johnstone
12. Faye Brindle
14. Kaysha Smith
15. Niamh Murray

1. Haley McMillan 
3. Rachel Michie 
4. Jessica Sutherland
5. Isabella Robb
6. Holly Stewart
7. Olivia Anderson
8. Kim Brodie
9. Catriona MacVinish
11. Cassie Cowper
12. Megan Reid
15. Beatriz Aacevedo
17. Kelsey McKay
18. Caitlin Kerr Gibson
19. Ailsa Harper
20. Victoria Elder
21. Nicole Mason
Abbie Marshall was a constant threat on the right wing.
Kim Brodie worried the Deveronvale keeper more than anyone
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 22:06

Culter cruise into Scottish Cup third round

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Culter United
Colony Colts
U17 SYFA Challenge Cup - R2
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Culter Boys United vs Colony Colts - Under 17sA superb double hat-trick from man of the match Connor Pirie helped Culter United overcome Colony Colts at Hazelhead and progress to the national third round draw of the U17 SYFA Challenge Cup draw.

After a quiet opening period with little goalmouth action, it was Culter that took the lead after 11 minutes when PIRIE chased down Lovick’s through-ball ahead of the advancing Colts keeper, stroking the ball into the unguarded net.

The home team began to put the Colony defence under more sustained pressure and doubled their advantage in the 20th minute when Pirie’s cross from the right was lofted over the keeper by midfielder PATERSON. Three minutes later, MITCHELL scored a fine solo goal, picking the ball up 35 yards from goal and powering through the Colony defence before side-footing past the helpless goalkeeper.

LOVICK got his name on the scoresheet soon after, heading Pirie’s cross back across goal and into the net. Two minutes later, LOVICK converted with another header, rising above his marker and placing the ball into the far corner.

With half an hour gone, Colony had an opportunity to pull a goal back but were unable to convert. The visitors were struggling to cope with United’s movement and went further behind when PIRIE was first to react after the keeper did well to block his first effort. As half-time approached, PIRIE completed his hat-trick with a crisp finish from the edge of the six yard box.

Half Time: Culter United 7 – 0 Colony Colts

Culter Boys United vs Colony Colts - Under 17sPIRIE continued to torture the Colony defence straight from the kick-off, although there was an element of fortune involved when his cross turned shot looped over the keeper and into the net. Lovick then powered a header towards goal and CHRISTIE was on hand to finish from close range.

Colony did get on the scoresheet when a shot hit the base of the post and the rebound was drilled into the net. United countered immediately and a Pirie header was superbly saved at point-blank range by the Colts keeper.

Culter reached double figures with 70 minutes elapsed when Pirie played a low cross into the box for LOVICK to complete his hat trick. Mitchell had a chance from a 25 yard free kick but his shot was drilled over the bar.

Culter didn’t have long to wait as PIRIE ran through on goal a minute later to smash the ball home. Moments later, Geider played PIRIE wide and he had time to place the ball over the goalkeeper to complete a magnificent double hat-trick of goals.

Within a minute of the restart GEIDER had his name on the score sheet when Lovick laid the ball back from the edge of the box and he smashed the ball into the bottom corner of the net. GEIDER completed the scoring just before full time with an unstoppable curling shot from outside the box.
Sunday, 30 September 2012 13:56

Buchan emerge victorious in shootout drama

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Aberdeen FCL Youth
Buchan Quines 
Strath 39, 63
Stewart 6
Brown 64

(AET, Buchan Quines win 3-1 on penalties)

17's North RGFL - League Cup Final
Aberdeen Sports Village


By Jack Thomson
YFS North Region Reporter
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Buchan Girls v Aberdeen FCL Under 17'sThe 2012 17's North Region Girls Football League Cup Final was to be a memorable occasion; a fast-paced encounter between two committed and hard-working teams who both sought to make their final mark on the competition. It was a tight affair in which several players impressed, Buchan's Hannah Stewart staking her claim to be considered for the Scotland set-up and Aberdeen's Amy Strath scoring two spectacular goals in a tie that would finish 2-2 after normal time.

As the referee sounded the whistle for the opening of the first half, Aberdeen FC Ladies took no time at all in trying to break the deadlock. Almost immediately, Rachel Brown raced clear of the Buchan back line, forcing a strong save from Sophie Anderson in the process. Buchan were not flustered by the scare as they stroked the ball about with composure in the early stages.

The second chance of the match would produce the opening goal. In the sixth minute Buchan's Stewart was released in on goal by an incisive midfield pass and she made no mistake, burying her effort into the far left hand corner of the net. The forward was merely signalling her intent as she continued to put pressure on the Aberdeen back line, who struggled to contend with her tenacious and fiery style.

Eleven minutes into the first half, Aberdeen were beginning to adjust to the high tempo and attempting to dictate the midfield play. Buchan's tactics, however, were effective in squeezing the midfield and isolating Aberdeen's wide players. Consequently, Amy Strath resorted to dropping deep for Aberdeen, linking up effectively and finding some joy bringing the wingers into the game. 

In the seventeenth minute, Aberdeen's Jade Neill whipped in a dangerous ball from the right wing which was parried beyond the post. The quality of Aberdeen's ball delivery began to pose more problems for Buchan. Twenty-two minutes in, Johan Fraser displayed pace and excellent close control on the right as she burst forward but the final ball was lacking on this occasion. 

Buchan seemed comfortable soaking up the pressure, protecting their lead and trying to exploit vacant space on the break. The side were well-organised, thwarting attacks early and breaking with pace and intensity. Stewart's direct running to the byline nearly carved out a second goal for Buchan but Aberdeen recovered well to intercept a dangerous cut-back and clear the danger. A thirty-fifth minute corner should have seen Buchan double their advantage before half-time, Louise Brown nodding inches over from close range at the front post.

The leading eleven were made to pay for not taking their chances, as Aberdeen levelled in bizarre circumstances upon winning a free-kick approximately twenty-five yards from goal. Strath stepped up and seemed to loft the ball into the area looking for a team-mate. The ball, however, floated towards goal and straight into the back of the net. Euphoric cheers erupted on the sidelines and the referee blew for half-time as Aberdeen found themselves right back in this final.

Half Time: Aberdeen FC Ladies 1-1 Buchan Quines

Aberdeen Youth V Buchan Quines 17sThe tempo was not interrupted by the half-time break, as both sides maintained the high intensity throughout the early stages of the second half. Buchan's Lauren Boardman had the first half-chance of the half with an effort from the edge of the area but it sailed harmlessly high and wide. The play often got caught up in midfield, with both Aberdeen and Buchan resorting to strikes from long-range.

Nineteen minutes into the half, a long throw from the left by Buchan's Stewart fell kindly for Louise Brown who sliced her effort just wide beyond the right-hand post. Just four minutes later, Aberdeen edged in front with an excellent long range effort by the ever confident Strath, catching the Buchan keeper completely off guard in the process.

Strath's strike seemed to kickstart the final back into life as within a minute Buchan were back on level terms. The impressive Louise Brown danced past outstretched legs to rifle an equaliser beyond Matthews. The game was now poised perfectly for one player to emerge as the hero in the latter phase. It seemed as though it might be Strath who would become the hat-trick hero, Fraser threaded an inch-perfect pass into the area for the forward who cracked the woodwork from the tightest of angles.

Three minutes following, Buchan's Stewart found some energy in the reserve tank to burst forward again and force a foul from Aberdeen. 25 yards from goal, Danica Ritchie struck the ball with power but little accuracy as it flew off target.

The final chance of normal time would fall to Boardman as she managed to direct an effort from the wide right of the penalty area on target for Buchan but the Aberdeen goalkeeper was more than equal to it in order to ensure that the final would go to extra time.

Full Time: Aberdeen FC Ladies 2-2 Buchan Quines

Tiredness became evident throughout extra time as both teams seemed to have run out of steam. Clear cut chances were few and far between. 

The best chance of the first period would fall to Aberdeen substitute Becky Beattie who displayed strength and desire to break into the penalty area but just could not find the power to beat the Buchan goalkeeper.

In the second period of extra time, Aberdeen were on the back foot. Goalkeeper Matthews stood strong to block the ball in a goalmouth scramble before minutes later, Buchan's Lana Fairbairn threaded a perfectly weighted pass through for Stewart but an excellent last-ditch interception by Aberdeen full-back Fiona Rennie averted the danger.

Buchan thought they had won the match in the last minute of extra time as another excellent corner kick was whipped into the six yard box. Louise Brown connected perfectly with the cross, flashing a header on to the bar. The referee sounded the whistle as the danger was cleared, signalling the need for a penalty shootout.

Buchan Girls v Aberdeen FCL Under 17'sBuchan were to initiate the shootout and it was Hannah Stewart who volunteered to take the first penalty, calmy slotting the ball into the bottom right-hand corner beyond the outstretched arm of the goalkeeper. Aberdeen responded well with their first kick, Jade Neill burying her penalty with pace and power into the same right hand corner.

Danica Ritchie took Buchan's second and made the score 2-1 with a placed penalty into the right side of the net. Buchan would draw first blood with an excellent stop from Aberdeen's Emily Meldrum. The penalty was well struck but read well by Anderson who palmed it away strongly.

Louise Brown, however, could not seize the advantage for Buchan as she sent her penalty over the bar. Aberdeen had the chance to level the shootout through Fiona Rennie. Anderson leapt to her right to turn the strike away and ensure Buchan had another opportunity to force an advantage.

Shona Brown stepped up confidently to dispatch her penalty into the bottom left hand corner with ease, piling the pressure on Aberdeen's number ten Amy Strath to rescue the tie. Her shot was hit with power toward the bottom left hand corner but Anderson got down well again to make the save and win Buchan Quines the 2012 17's North Girls Football League Cup Final.

Final Result: Aberdeen FCL 2-2 Buchan Quines (AET, Buchan Quines win 3-1 on penalties)

Aberdeen FCL Youth Buchan Quines
1. Lauren Dawson
2. Fiona Rennie
3. Becky Beattie
4. Chloe Lister
5. Rachel Hendry
6. Holly Beaton
7. Johan Fraser
8. Charley Jamieson
9. Rachel Brown
10. Amy Strath
11. Maya Hay 
12. Jade Neill
13. Chloe Matthews
14. Emma Scully
15. Emily Meldrum
17. Chloe Fryers 
18. Sarah Dickie
1. Sophie Anderson
3. Alyx Harrison
4. Lauren Boardman
5. Julia Reid
8. Shona Brown
9. Mechelle Rendall
10. Hannah Stewart
11. Katrina Innes
13. Laura Brown
14. Danica Ritchie
15. Lana Fairbairn
16. Louise McCouaig
32. Louise Brown

Amy Strath led the line well, linking up with midfield effectively and creating space for players to run into the channels. Played an important role in the majority of Aberdeen attacks, bagging an excellent brace worthy of any cup final.

Hannah Stewart was excellent from start to finish. The talented forward worked tirelessly for her team, causing countless problems for the Aberdeen defence ensuring that they were permanently aware. Scored a very classy opener. Stewart edged Sophie Anderson, the outfield player turned goalkeeper, who commanded her area well and was the hero of the penalty shootout.

Saturday, 29 September 2012 19:55

Dons beat Buchan to lift League Cup

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Buchan Girls
Gordon 10
Johannesson 14
Hewitt 22
Phillips 39, 60
McGregor 53
Carter 56


13's North RGFL - League Cup Final
Aberdeen Sports Village


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Aberdeen FCL v Buchan Quines 13's NRGFL Cup FinalBuchan were to put in a great shift in the early morning kick off at Aberdeen Sports Village. However their opponents, Aberdeen, were to prove too strong for as they bounced back from last weekend's Scottish Cup quarter final defeat to lift the North Region GFL League Cup.

The Eastern Aberdeenshire side started well and got into really dangerous positions but a lot of the time Ashley Coutts was putting in some really good tackles. Coutts led the line as well, trying to push her team up and get them going.

Buchan didn't take advantage of this slow start by Aberdeen because the reds took the lead after a great ball in by Rachel Hewitt found forward Lauren Gordon who side footed it into the net.

Gordon then nearly found herself on the scoresheet again after a great ball came in from the right hand side by Shannon McGregor which was met by the forward. However, a good save by Abbie Jones denied Aberdeen a 2nd.

Buchan nearly got an equaliser after a beautifully struck free kick by Kiara Brownlie went through the wall and tested Abbie Little in the Aberdeen goal and Little did well to tip it over the bar.

Aberdeen were then to get a third goal before half time after they produced some good football. The ball came to Rachel Hewitt who then put in an inviting cross which found its way into the back of the net.

Half Time: Aberdeen FCL Youth 3-0 Buchan Girls

Aberdeen Ladies V Buchan GirlsThe Reds started the second half the way they ended the first and nearly added another goal within seconds of kick off. Lauren Gordon curled over a free kick which hit the side-netting, which fooled some of the crowd, who thought the ball had hit the back of the net.

Whilst Buchan were still challenging for every ball, it looked like a big ask for the Aberdeenshire side to get back into the match, against high quality opponents.

Aberdeen did get a fourth goal after a great through ball by Rachel Hewitt found Amy Phillips who rounded the keeper. Phillips was left with the simple task of placing the ball into the middle of the goal to make sure there was no way back for Buchan.

Aberdeen were rampant at this stage, with everything the girls in red touched turning into a goal. Shannon McGregor's long range header flew over both defenders and goalkeeper for goal number five.

Aberdeen knocked the the ball about the park with style in the closing stages and they added two further goals. Georgia Carter and Amy Phillips added their names onto the scoresheet for the Reds.

The final whistle blew and Aberdeen celebrated being crowned cup winners and worthy ones at that. For Buchan it wasn't to be but you couldn't fault the effort and commitment of the young ladies in purple.

Full Time: Aberdeen FCL Youth 7-0 Buchan Girls


Aberdeen FCL Youth Buchan Girls
1. Abbie Little
2. Molly Maguire
3. Georgia Carter
4. Emily Johannesson
5. Ashley Coutts
6. Lauren Donald
7. Shannon McGregor
8. Rachel Hewitt
9. Lauren Gordon
10. Amy Phillips
1. Abbie Jones
4. Charlotte Amp
6. Jade Stewart
7. Gemma Fowlie
8. Kiara Brownlie
9. Jade Leonard
11. Caitlin Matthews
14. Chelsea Urquhart
15. Bethany Emslie
16. Stephanie Summers
Shannon McGregorwas a huge infuence after a slow start by Aberdeen.
Kiara Brownlie fired a brilliant free kick towards goal and played well overall.