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Thursday, 23 August 2012 19:42

ADJFA season preview - Part 2

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After our introduction to the ADJFA football season we now turn our attentions to the older age groups where players are in the process of their development with the possiblity of playing at a higher level.

Albion BC vs Tynecastle - Under 16sUnder 16's
it's been a busy summer in the Under 16s age group and there's not a C League this year which means Turriff United YFC gained automatic promotion to the 2nd top tier, I was able to interview five players when I visited their training and they were quite confident about the new season saying "We're quite confident about the new season and we think we can finish mid-table top five".

When I visited their training they were on the search for a new keeper, good news for United they've managed to capture a keeper and they've managed to sign a few others as well.

There's been changes in the A League as well but mainly in the word of new signings with Deveronvale signing two and they've currently got one on trial, Dyce suffered with some players going but they've managed to sign a few decent players as well, Culter have also added two and are fresh from their tournament win at the Loch Lomond Tournament.

Under 17's
When Albion started playing competitive football at Under 13s they had a dream to win the Scottish Cup, they got to the showpiece final in their first year playing 11-a-side football but in last year's season at Under 16s they finally managed to win the cup beating Tynecastle on penalties (pictured, above right).

Albion co-manager Bruce McGregor was so delighted with his side that not only they decided to remain under the name of Albion Boys Club but with another aim to win the Scottish Cup, McGregor said "After a really good season we've managed to keep most of our players for this campaign and we're confident after a good Denis Law Tournament that we can have another good season".

Summerhill were playing C League football at Under 15's level and two great season see them playing teams such as Albion and Broomhill Juniors and manager Steven Banks thinks his side can have a good season, Banks said "in cup competitions in recent years we've done well against A League teams and one of our players went to Juniors but we've managed to sign a few."

Under 19's
Cove Rangers won the league last season and Greame Johnston thinks Cove can do it again, Johnston said "We've got a really good team this year, we've also had a couple of players playing for Cove Rangers 1st team during pre season and brought in some good players."
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 16:25

ADJFA season preview - Part 1

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Author: David Reid

Albion BC vs Ross County - Under 14sThe ADJFA kicks off this weekend and newly-elected league president Andrew Hassan thinks it will be another good season for those involved.

Hassan commented on his role as the president of the league and said "It's been a good and busy summer, we've managed to get most of our local teams playing again this season and we've secured Soccerworld as the new sponsor of the league."

Under 13's

No-body from the Under 13s in the North region has won the Scottish Cup before and Albion coach Patrick Ritchie believes Albion can break the history books Ritchie said "We've had a good pre season and we've got a good bunch of lads here Albion capable of doing well."

Andrew Hassan also coaches Westdyke Under 13s as well as his role as the ADJFA president and Hassan thinks Westdyke can have a good season "We've had a good pre season and we've still got one more friendly, I think this is the best team Westdyke has produced, we've got a tough Batt Cables group but I think we can reach the A League."

Under 14's

Dyce may have lost a few players over the summer but Colin Gibson thinks they've replaced the right players, Gibson said a few players went to Aberdeen over the summer and one went to Colony Park but we've managed to replace in certain departments".

Culter Deeside manager Paul Stein was gutted that Culter Deeside just missed out on promotion last season, Stein said "We're gutted we didn't go up but I think we're stronger than ever."

Under 15's

Albion BC (pictured, above right) had a good Denis Law Tournament and manager Robbie Tough hopes they continue on from their 3rd placed finish at the tournament, Tough said "We had a good Denis Law Tournament and hopefully we'll continue the performances from the tournament into our league campaign, we've managed to replace Cameron Tough and Jamie Buglass who went to Aberdeen."

Glentanar manager John Armstrong believes his signings can spur the Aberdeen side to have a higher finish in the league table this year "We've signed 6 new players and pre season's been good, I think we'll have a good season."

Monday, 20 August 2012 11:14

Uist & Barra in Ireland: A player's diary

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Author: Alisdair MacDonald

uistbarraThe Uist and Barra Junior Football Club recently returned home with their heads held high and the admiration of their opponents after a successful trip to participate in the 2012 Galway Cup in Ireland.

The team, consisting of 24 players and 6 adults, set off from the islands on Monday 6th August in high spirits. After a night spent in the Premier Inn in Glasgow the team travelled to Cairnryan where they caught a ferry across to Larne in Northern Ireland. Once stepping off the ferry the team was met by scorching sunshine much to their surprise. Another 5 hour bus journey, this time across the breadth of Ireland, was required before the team finally arrived at their accommodation at Galway University. It was well past 11pm by the time all the boys got into their apartments and with a morning kick off scheduled for the next day, an early night was had by all.

The team kicked off their Galway Cup competition with a tough opener against pre-tournament favourites Mervue United. The Irish team had just recently won the North Regional Cup so the Uist and Barra boys knew they were in for a battle from the start. Mervue United were a quality side with big strong players who had both pace and skill in abundance and they soundly beat the islanders 5-0 with a number of impressive goals. At this point the team feared the worst as, if this was the standard of football here, they were going to struggle to make it to the Cup Final (1st/2nd place) or even the Plate Final (3rd/4th place).

After the crushing opening defeat you might have thought the confidence and morale of the islanders would have dropped. Wrong. A very impressive team performance helped the boys to a stunning 5-0 victory over South Cavan; who had recently drawn 0-0 with Mervue United. First half goals from Neil Sinclair and Ally Downie gave the Uist and Barra boys a 2-0 lead going into the half. The second half started at a fast pace after South Cavan brought on two pacey strikers but the centre back pairing of Alasdair ‘Barvas’ Steele and Carl ‘Dodos’ MacPhee for the islanders held strong. Uist and Barra gradually began to get more going forward and an Ali MacDonald header gave them a 3-0 lead. This gave the boys more confidence and they began to play some very attractive football; getting the ball down, passing it and moving. The flowing movement of the islanders tormented the South Cavan boys and Calum Murray coolly finished off an excellent team move to make it 4-0. Soon after, right winger ‘Deege’ Wilson skinned two men before being brought down in the box. Up stepped the impressive Ally Downie who outfoxed the opposition goalkeeper to slot the penalty into the corner and give the islanders a 5-0 win and a massive confidence boost!

Spirits in the camp were high so the boys spent the afternoon and evening making use of the fantastic facilities on offer at Galway University. The sunshine forced the boys into dipping into the nearby river to cool off. This; along with friendly kick abouts on the astro pitches, a couple of games of tennis, a team meal and a team meeting really helped to motivate and calm the boys ahead of what was to be a busy day 3.

The team started the third day of action with an early morning tie against local club Salthill Devon; who trained and played at the tournament venue. This was effectively their home game as they were used to the pitches and had plenty of support. The islanders started slowly and found themselves a goal down after just 10 minutes. To make matters worse central midfielder Calum Murray, who performed excellently in the game against South Cavan, suffered an injury and had to be replaced by his namesake Calum MacDonald. This was another blow to the team’s central midfield after they lost Fraser MacDonald before the tournament began to injury. Going into the halftime break the Uist and Barra heads seemed down but a few constructive and assertive words from manager Iain ‘Donyards’ MacDonald woke them up to the task at hand. In true Uist and Barra style the team came out in the second half giving everything on the pitch and doing themselves justice. Lone striker Neil Sinclair ran the channels brilliantly, while wingers Joseph MacInnes and ‘Deege’ Wilson supported him at every opportunity. Central midfielder Ally Downie began finding little spaces and pushing forward while brothers Ali and Calum MacDonald sat deep breaking down the play. Centre backs Alasdair ‘Barvas’ Steele and Carl ‘Dodos’ MacPhee fought like bulldogs; not giving their opponents a sniff while pacey full backs Domhnall MacLean and Owen MacInnes stifled out the Salthill Devon wingers. In goal Donald Peteranna pulled off a number of top drawer saves to keep the Islanders in it.

The team showed a lot of maturity and determination in the second half and were duly rewarded just after the hour when, once again, ‘Deege’ Wilson was fouled inside the area and the islanders were handed a golden opportunity to get back into the game. Ally Downie took up the duty of penalty taker and coolly dispatched his shot past the flailing arms of the keeper. 1-1. Game on. The islanders began to win the battle in the middle of the park and they quickly took the lead when a ball over the top was latched onto by Joseph MacInnes who then drilled the ball across the goal mouth where it was tapped in by Neil Sinclair. The goal gave the boys a lift and they began to play the stylish football that was seen the day before. With minutes remaining Salthill Devon began to throw everything at the Uist and Barra defence but the boys stood strong and were able to hit the locals on the counter. Joseph MacInnes, again, got in behind the defence and this time made sure he got a goal of his own by smashing the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper. 3-1. Full Time. One point away from the final.

The final group game pitted Uist and Barra versus Foyle Harps from Derry (former team of Celtic star Paddy McCourt) with the islanders knowing a point would take them to the final. Having played three games already injuries and suspensions influenced the team selection for the big game. Youngster Taylor Linich started out wide while Calum MacDonald came into the middle of the park after an impressive display against Salthill Devon. The game was played in the evening but the heat was still a factor for the boys, who were more used to playing in pouring rain and howling wind, as was the fact that they’d already played a game earlier on that day. Foyle Harps started at a high tempo, moving the ball around the pitch quickly making the Uist and Barra boys work hard in the heat, but could not break down the solid defence at the back. The two centre backs would not let anything pass them while Owen MacInnes and Domhnall MacLean, the two full backs, showed their strength and pace against bigger opponents. Halftime came with the score at 0-0 which was a fair testament to the hard work of both sides. The Derry side started the second half at the same quick tempo they ended the first creating numerous chances which were easily saved by Donald Peteranna in goals. Fatigue began to set in to the Uist and Barra boys and inevitably Foyle Harps managed to take the lead after a well worked move.

The Islanders continued to fight for every ball but struggled to create any chances due to the talented centre backs Foyle Harps had in their midst. The islanders continued to be put under pressure and were only kept in the game after some marvellous saves by Donald Peteranna and a goal line clearance by Domhnall MacLean. With the game well into injury time it looked as if the islanders would have to contend with the Plate Final rather than the Cup Final. With the referee checking his watch and putting the whistle to his lips it looked as if the game was over. Up stepped captain Ali MacDonald who picked up the ball on the halfway line and beat two men before cleverly playing the ball through to Ally Downie, who with an Aguero-esque drop of the shoulder and shot put Uist and Barra into the Cup Final. The scenes that enfolded were unreal. The entire contingent from Uist and Barra were up in arms, screaming, rejoicing, crying, laughing and celebrating whereas the boys from Foyle Harps all fell to the ground, some inconsolable, trying to comprehend what had just happened. The referee blew the final whistle before the centre was even taken and to the delight of the islanders they were in the Cup Final. It really is difficult to describe how dramatic, emotional and powerful the events of this game where but news quickly spread around the venue of the islanders late triumph and comparisons where made with Manchester City’s late comeback against QPR to win the Premier League trophy last season.

uistbarraUist and Barra were rewarded with a Cup Final match against Mervue United who had beaten them 5-0 in the opening game of the tournament. This was a day of destiny for the team. The biggest game of their lives. For those that believe in it…fate.

Saturday 11th August. On the main pitch at the tournament venue. In front of RTE television cameras. In front of 4000 spectators. This was a far cry from the Uist and Barra league that all the boys were used to.

Having been beaten comfortably by Mervue United already the team knew they were up against it. The nerves were there pre match but after many kind words through texts from home, the support of other teams who were backing the islanders and the team spirit generated through the week the boys were able to calm themselves as they walked out onto the pitch.

Mervue United started quickly, passing and moving like a professional club and they were soon a goal ahead after a piece of individual brilliance by their number 7, who went on to receive player of the tournament. The young islanders responded in true Uist and Barra style by throwing in some big tackles and fighting for every ball. The grit and determination was rewarded on the half hour when a Joseph MacInnes free-kick was powered in by the head of Carl ‘Dodos’ MacPhee. This gave the boys a massive lift and they began to pass the more confidently as time went by. Somewhat against the run of play Mervue United grabbed a second goal right on half time and this seemed to knock the life out of the islanders as they walked off the pitch for half time.

Half time gave the boys a chance to re-group and receive feedback from the manager and coaches. More of the same was asked for. That’s all that could be asked for. The boys were giving 110% and doing themselves justice.

The second half started with Mervue United pressing higher up the park trying to limit the space the islander’s midfielders were finding. The fighting spirit of the boys was clear to see as they chased and harried every Mervue player. The class of the Irish became apparent as the second half wore on and they hit two wonderful goals to put the game beyond doubt. Nevertheless the boys did not give up and they kept working, making life as difficult as possible for the Mervue players until the referee blew to end the match.

The disappointment was clear to see but so was the pride. After the opening game of the tournament the boys would never have thought they would have achieved so much in the week. Their heads remained high as they received their runners up medals and they were given an almighty cheer by all those watching for their gallant performances during the week. The team may not have won the cup but they did gain the respect of all their opponents and showed the level of talent that lies within the islands. Next year the team will return to Ireland, this time in the North, to participate in The Foyles Cup in Derry where they will meet up with their newly made friends from Foyle Harps. Until then, the hard work of training and fundraising begins for another year!
Friday, 17 August 2012 12:25

Westdyke young guns enjoy the Dons treatment

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Four lucky Westdyke youth players - Andrew Davidson, Gregor Murray, Logan McKay and Ryan Spink - benefitted from the generosity of local Aberdeen company - ICR Integrity Ltd - when they were invited along for a VIP day out at Pittodrie and also trained with the Under 20s at Aberdeen.

Meeting at 10am they had a meeting with Dave MacDermid who works at Pittodrie and then Ryan, Andrew, Logan and Gregor and then whisked over to the Bridge Of Don Barracks where they met Craig Brown, Archie Knox, Jim Leighton and the 1st team before training with the Under 20s and meeting coach Neil Cooper.

The lads then participated in a full morning's training session in what was a lovely day for training, the 4 Westdyke lads then recieved a surprise when former Scotland manager Craig Brown drove back to Pittodrie answering their many questions en route.

Back at Pittodrie and the lads had a look at the facilities before settling down for lunch with the 1st team and the Under 20s.

In the afternoon the Westdyke lads were invited to the press conference where Craig Brown and Jonny Hayes were the centre of attention for the press as Craig and Jonny prepared for Saturday's match away to St Johnstone.

As the afternoon continued the lads also got interviewed in the press room at Pittodrie, the whole event for the Westdyke lads was filmed by Aberdeen and they'll recieve a video in due course from their day at the SPL ground. there's been some brilliant feedback from AFC and they "didn't look out of shape when they trained with the Under 20s" and they were a credit to the club.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 09:39

Buchan Quines are victorious in Liverpool

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buchanquines17sThe 17s Quines team from Buchan Girls and Ladies FC have just returned home to Aberdeenshire as Winners in the 2012 Liverpool Knowsley Cup.

The core of the team have played together for the past five years and have won many League and Cup titles.

They won the Knowsleys sister tournament in Loch Lomond 2011 and have previously reached the final stages in both the A and B select groups in Sweden’s Gothia Youth World Cup.

After moving up to 17s a year early, they are currently sitting first in the SWFA North Regional league.

The Girls are a great bunch of committed players who are a credit to their Club and Ladies football.

They are now looking forward to their next big game, which is away to Rangers FC in the SWFA Henson Scottish Cup on Sunday (August 19).

The Girls have expressed thanks to the following companies for helping them with their travel costs to the tournament. They proudly wore their ‘tour t-shirts’ while on our trip displaying the names of all companies on the back and will continue to do so at training and local games at home.

Simpsons Coaches Rosehearty (Kit), John Duthie, Navada Bobs (kit), Cheers, Cafe Bar & Tavern, Stewart & Watson, Youngson Insurance Consultants, Stuart W Thomson, Plumbing, Stephen Duncan, Heating & Plumbing, Caley Fisheries, Maritime Developments, A.R Demolition, H.M Joinery LTD, Westward Fishing company, Rex M Hunter, North East Timber Supplies, Pheonix LTD, Tyco Fire & safety, Mace, Rosehearty, Leiper & Summers, YR20, W Whyte Cranes, Alex Strachan Electrical Services and LTD Buchan Quines v Sligo Leitrim League.

The Quines started their Liverpool Knowsley Cup tournament with a Celtic Cup tie against a strong Irish League side.

The Irish girls opened the scoring after only 4 minutes when a quick break down the left ended with the ball being driven low into the net.

Buchan responded well and were unfortunate not to equalise when Sophie Anderson rattled the crossbar with a header.

Minutes later Danica Ritchie also hit the bar with a header and you wondered if it was going to be one of those days.

But the Quines did manage to equalise when Hannah Stewart smacked the ball low into the net.

Despite Buchan having the majority of possession they couldn’t find a winner and thanks to some resolute Irish defending the match ended 1–1.

And so to penalties – Hannah, Louise Brown, Danica and Shona Brown all scored from the spot while Chloe Garvock saved twice to see the Quines run out 4–3 winners and lift the first trophy of the week.

Buchan Quines v Kinmel Bay

The second match saw Buchan line up against their Welsh opponents, Kinmel Bay, looking to get off to a good start in the group stages.

In a stuffy match in which neither side really got the ball down and passed it, Buchan scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half with a fine individual goal from Louise Brown. Not the best game but three points and a win.

Buchan Quines v St Ann’s Rovers

In the third match Buchan knew a win against local side St Ann’s would see them compete in Sunday’s final.

Buchan upped their game from the previous day and ran out comfortable winners. A hat-trick from Sophie Anderson and a double from Louise Brown saw them run out 5 – 0 winners against their English opponents.

Buchan Quines v Birkdale United

In the final Buchan lined up against local side Birkdale United who had also won both of their group matches. Buchan started slowly and fell behind when a quick break from a Buchan corner saw the Birkdale number 8 run 40 yards before slipping the ball past Chloe Garvock and into the net. Buchan almost equalised when a ball across the six-yard box found Sophie Anderson at the far post but her shot cleared the bar.
The half time whistle saw Buchan trudge towards the sideline knowing they hadn’t really started yet.

The second half saw a different Buchan team altogether and they started passing the ball quicker and with more confidence.

And within 5 minutes of the re-start Buchan equalised when Danica Ritchie played a terrific pass through the defence for Hannah Stewart to run on to and score with a shot across the keeper.

The goal lifted Buchan and they continued to attack with the midfield breaking up play and linking well with the strikers.

In defence Buchan looked strong (as they did all through the competition). Buchan extended their lead when Sophie flicked the ball into the path of Hannah and she made no mistake, driving the ball into the bottom corner.

Chloe then made sure of a clean sheet by pulling off a terrific one handed save and then calmly collecting the loose ball.

At the final whistle there were jubilant scenes as the Quines collected their second trophy and winners medals.

uistbarraLast week an Uist & Barra JFC select side took set off to participate in the Galway Cup, Ireland. The trip is part of an annual excursion for the group of young footballers from the Western Isles. You can read about last year's trip to The Netherlands by clicking here.

'After leaving Uist on Monday 6th August and an overnight stay in Glasgow, we departed on our hired coach to Cairnryan on Tuesday 7th August (courtesy of LA Travel of Kirkintilloch) and caught the afternoon ferry to Larne in Northern Ireland, where we were met by Erik Haartman Coaches and a 5 1/2 hour trip to Galway, which is in the South of Ireland and were met very warmly by Tournament Organiser Denis plus another couple of the party who waited up for us (we arrived around 1am), to give us keys to the 6 apartments we had rented at Galway University Complex (6 x 5 = 30 in total).

Other guests included Moscow Dynamo, Malaga, Aberdeen and Manchester City and the lads met none other than Peter Weir, an Aberdeen Cup Winners Cup legend, who was a lovely man. We were given boxes of sandwiches, fruit and drinks which was a lovely gesture and after a good night's sleep we were ready for our opening match against Mervue Utd, who had just won the North Regional Cup and were a team who were obviously very decent!

It was an early game and we were comprehensively beaten 5-0 and we all thought if this was the tournament standard we were in for a long week and qualification for the main Galway Cup and the Galway Plate (3rd and 4th) was going to be a struggle. Mervue Utd were a class team, big and strong but with pace and skill in abundance, not a weakness at all in that team! It was only afterwards that I talked to Denis who told me that they had 750 youngsters to choose from and only picked those of the highest quality, plus 4 were already snapped up by Shamrock Rovers and another 2 by Drogheda Utd.

It was now game on... 2nd game and 2nd day and we had to beat Cavan Monaghan to get us back into contention, again against a team who had only recently drawn 0-0 with Mervue Utd but spirits were better and the lads felt stronger after a good mornings training and although the weather was scorching we were confident we could take something from the game. We played superbly, won 5-0 with goals from Neil Sinclair, Ally Downie x 2, Ali MacDonald and Calum Murray and the spirits in the camp were lifted.

Back to the complex and a swim in the nearby lake plus a few hilarities and a team meeting and we were ready for games 3 and 4 on Day 3, against local side Salthill Devon and Foyle Harps (Paddy McCourt of Celtic's old side). Our first game against Salthill started poorly and we were 1-0 down at half time but after a few constructive words the lads came out fighting the Uist way and 3 second half goals from the impressive Ally Downie, captain Ally MacDonald again and a Joseph MacInnes header and we were really in contention to qualify as other games had gone in our favour and we knew that a draw with Foyle Harps would get us into the Galway Cup Final.

What happened in game 4 was and will not be forgotten by adults and the kids alike, it was what football is all about with regards to drama. Foyle Harps were another class side and put us under the cosh from the outset, with their slick passing and sheer movement. They went a goal ahead just before the break and try as we did in the 2nd period to get that elusive equaliser, we just couldn't break the strong defence of the Harps.

With seconds remaining and the referee checking his watch and putting his whistle in his mouth to blow for full time, up stepped captain Ally MacDonald who broke free and eluded numerous tackles and slipped an exquisite ball through to Ally Downie, who burst into the box and with an 'Aguero' shrug of the shoulders slipped past the last defender and slipped the ball under the keeper. 1-1.

What a scene enfolded with the whole party going beserk on the sidelines as well as the pitch and spectators from all over descended on our match to find out what all the fuss was about! You had to feel sorry for Foyle Harps who were devastated and were all flat out on the pitch for what seemed like an eternity but still had the dignity to shake all the players hands. The sound of the announcer and 'Uist and Barra JFC' from the Western Isles in Scotland qualify for the Galway Cup U17 final' really was music to the ears.

That was us with another day of destiny against our foes, Mervue Utd tournament favourites but we all felt better now and were confident that we could give them a really good game in the final on Saturday morning.

Saturday 11th August on the main pitch with around 4000 spectators, mostly supporting the Irish side although we had made numerous friends during the week with the likes of Donegal Utd and Aberdeen FC and they were their to cheers us on as they had both been knocked out of their respective competitions. Aberdeen had been put out by Moscow Dynamo in the U15 elite Trophy and the Russians were the eventual winners, defeating the Republic of Ireland in the final.

We eventually got beat 4-1 by Mervue Utd after starting well and with Dodoos MacPhee powering home a header to make it 1-1 just before the interval we looked in contention but the 2nd half was tough and 2 late goals against the run of play put paid to any revival and Mervue deservedly ran out as worthy Galway Cup Champions.

No complaints from the Uist and Barra party but what a great experience, what a fantastic tournament, superbly organised. The pitches and facilities were superb and the hospitality was faultless. Easily the best tournament we have attended over the past 18 years of travelling and the highest standard of them all football wise.

A huge thanks to all the lads who were brilliant to work with as always and to my fellow adults, Willie MacAulay, Matthew MacDonald, Craig Cooper, Ross Sutherland and Paul Carlin and to the others at home who supported us all week, really appreciated!

Roll on Derry and the Foyle Cup in 2013.

Monday, 13 August 2012 17:14

Highland League youth divisions set for restart

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Sunday 19th August sees the resumption of the Scottish Highland Football League's youth programme. The opening fixtures are as follows:

Under 15's

Alness United v Clachnacuddin "B"
Clachnacuddin "A" v Buckie Thistle "B"
Forres Mechanics v Buckie Thistle "A"
Nairn County v Brora Rangers
Ross County v Wick Academy
Strathspey Thistle v Fort William

Under 17's East

Formartine United v Turriff United
Fraserburgh v Deveronvale
Keith v Cove Rangers
Lossiemouth v Banks o' Dee

Under 17's North

Alness United v Clachnacuddin "B"
Forres Mechanics v Buckie Thistle
Inverness City v Wick Academy
Nairn County v Brora Rangers
Strathspey Thistle v Fort William
Saturday, 28 July 2012 16:56

YFS TV MOTD: Aberdeen vs Ross County 16s

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Watch YFS TV MOTD video highlights from the Under 16's Consolation Cup final between Aberdeen FC and Ross County at the Denis Law Soccer Tournament 2012. For reports, photos and more coverage of this match and the rest of the the tournament click here.



Ross County Under 16s
Aberdeen FC Under 16s 
Competition: Denis Law Soccer Tournament 2012
Venue: Kings Playing Fields
Date: 21/07/2012
Author: Daniel McKay

Click here for full match photo gallery.

Aberdeen vs Ross County - Under 16sWith both teams having had mixed fortunes in the Denis Law Tournament this week, Ross County and Aberdeen met in the final of the Consolation Cup.

The Dons came flying out of the traps and grabbed the lead after only two minutes.  Jamie Henry picked the ball up a good 25 yards out and unleashed a terrific strike, over the head of Iain McKenzie into the net.

Aberdeen had a chance to double their advantage in the 12th minute after some good work from Kalvin Orsi.  The youngster worked his way into the box from the left-hand side and fizzed a ball across the face of goal, however nobody was able to get the all-important touch.

Moments later, Ross County came with in inches of equalising.  Greg Morrison intercepted the keeper's throw-out, and before he could get back into position, tried a lob, but saw his effort bounce just wide.  Aberdeen went straight up to the other end though and had a great chance when Sam Robertson scooped his shot over the bar from close range.

The Dons were certainly on top at this point and Robertson went close again in the 19th minute, crashing a header off the crossbar. 

In the 32nd minute Stuart Hodge showed good agility to beat his man on the edge of the box, but could only fire his shot just wide. With four minutes until the break, the Dons made it 2-0. A well worked move left Michael Jones with an easy finish at the keeper’s near post.

But Aberdeen had barely finished celebrating when County pulled a goal back, Greg Morrison getting on the end of a corner to power home a volley.

Aberdeen vs Ross County - Under 16s
Half Time: Ross County Under 16s 1-2 Aberdeen FC Under 16s

Just as they had the first, Aberdeen started the second half brightly. A brilliant touch to simultaneously control the ball and beat the defender in the box left Hodge with a good chance in the 41st minute. But having done the hard part, Hodge blazed his shot over the bar.

Aberdeen would only have to wait another five minutes though, until they did make it three. An Orsi corner found Sam Robertson, who made no mistake with his header.

Kalvin Orsi put his name on the scoresheet in the 52nd minute with a superb effort from wide on the left, curling over the keeper’s head into the top corner.

The 57th minute saw a rocket of a volley from Ritchie Petrie flash just over the top. A minute later though, Chris Blackett rounded up the scoring with Aberdeen’s fifth, a textbook downward header at the back post.

Overall, a deserved victory for the Dons. County were far from disgraced, but in the end Aberdeen’s dominance on the ground but particularly in the air prevailed.

Full Time: Ross County Under 16s 1-5 Aberdeen FC Under 16s
Ross County Under 16s
Aberdeen FC Under 16s
18. Iain McKenzie
14. Jack McKay
8. Sean Campbell
9. Connor Ross
6. Cameron Crown
5. Jordan Laidlaw
7. Conner Lyall
3. Chris Kelly
11. Michael McLean
17. Greg McInnes
20. Greg Morrison
4. Adam McDonald
12. Matthew Irvine
2. Jack Lingard
10. Tom MacLennan
16. Kyle MacLeod
15. Ross Paterson
21. Matthew Johnstone
3. Sam Burnett
7. Jamie Henry
8. Stuart Hodge
10. Michael Jones
12. Michael Kelly
14. Scott McKenna
15. Kalvin Orsi
16. Ritchie Petrie
17. Sam Robertson
18. Glen Smith
1. Craig Burns
2. Chris Blackett
4. Marcus Campanile
5. Stuart Close
6. Scott Ferries
9. Sean Hume
11. Ryan Keir
19. Zach Szemis
20. Michael Rose
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Givova UK Man of the Match: Greg Morrison
Givova UK Man of the Match: Jamie Henry



Watch YFS TV video highlights from Day 4 and 5 of the Denis Law Soccer Tournament 2012. This does not include the Under 16's semi finals, which featured highlights of can viewed at the links below. For reports, photos and more coverage of the tournament click here.

U16 Semi Final Highlights
Dundee v Inverness CT 
Albion v Motherwell