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stmacharSt Machar Academy in Aberdeen is home to one of the Scottish FA's flagship youth programmes – the School of Football.

Schools of Football, placed nationwide, offer children coaching opportunities within their daily routine.

Funded by the Scottish Government's CashBack for Communities initiative, the main focus of the schools is to improve the off-field performance of its pupils, as well as on it.

Running the St Machar school is Calum MacDonald, football development officer for the Scottish FA.

Originally from the Isle of Lewis, Calum has a degree in Sports Studies and has been at St Machar for 18 months.

"Working at the school has been one of the most rewarding roles I have had within coaching," he said.

"Seeing the children within the School of Football develop as players, individuals and in their education is a fantastic thing to be a part of."

Players selected for the schools must have a good level of football ability but are also picked if they have areas of behaviour which can be improved upon.

Figures show academic performance and attendance in class increases after the pupils complete their two year School of Football programme.

Describing the progress he had seen in his pupils, Calum said: "Over the two years in which pupils are part of the programme you really see them grow as players and individuals.

"The School of Football gives them discipline and focus and helps them to concentrate on their education.

"Through the programme I've seen many positive changes in attitude amongst the pupils who are part of it. It is great to see how football can make such a difference."

Calum said the school in the Granite City, in its fifth year, is a highly sought after programme for children to become part of.

"The School of Football has been received very well within St Machar Academy and its cluster schools within the area," he said.

"Primary seven pupils within the cluster area really want to be part of the programme when they come up to secondary school, as they have seen the difference it's made to older pupils previously within their primary."

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Story courtesy of the Scottish Football Association official website.

Thursday, 19 July 2012 11:50

County beat Stavanger in entertaining tie

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Ross County Under 14s
 vs
Stavanger Under 14s 
 
 
 
Competition: Denis Law Soccer Tournament 2012
Venue: Kings Playing Fields
Date: 18/07/2012
 
 
 
Author: David Reid
 
 
 
 
 

Ross County vs VBK Stavanger (Under 14s)On a rainy day in Aberdeen the Ross County and VBK Stavanger got the go ahead after a late switch in venue to Spain Park, home of Banks O'Dee, boasting an artificial surface.

The match finished 3-2 in County's favour after a very tight game, contested in a sporting manner.

Andre Solbakken and Arild Fuglesten found the net for the Norweigans; on target for the Highland outfit were Owen Cairns and Andy McKay, following an own goal in their favour which had set the Staggies on their way. 

The final whistle blew and Ross County celebrated recording their first win of the tournament. It was so near yet so far for the Scandanavians, who have shown a fantastic attitude throughout an extremely challenging group stage.

Both teams have face Aberdeen in their next match, with County taking on the Dons on Thursday and Stavanger squaring off on Friday. The Highland side's final group match is on Friday against Albion BC.

Both sides will be hoping to add to their points tally to earn a place in the 3rd/4th place play-off on Saturday.

Full Time: Ross County Under 14s 3-2 Stavanger Under 14s
 
Ross County Under 14s
Stavanger Under 14s

Danny McCarthy
Owen Cairns
Matthew Young
Jack Dickson
Callum Greenlees
Thomas Kennedy
Owen Paterson
Ben Kelly
Ross Maclver
Shaum Grant
Andy MacKay
Colin MacRae
Jamie Skinner
Kenny Cleland
James Fleming
Jack Murray
Blair Faren

1. Vetle Pettersen
2. Ereland Borve
3. Simon Hakonsen
4. Eric Fuglesten
5. Kurtulus Ceylan
6. Havard Riste
7. Jesper Kamstrud
8. Simon Aven
9. Snorre Kamstrud
10. Andre Solbakken
11. Terje Kaarvaag
12. Jose Zuluaga
13. Lars Stensland
14. Kjarten Kristiansen
15. Andrews Mortensen
16. Magnus Bernhardt
17. Kjetil Stensland
18. Eirik Borve
19. Tore Kristiansen
20. Arild Fuglesten

 

Thursday, 19 July 2012 11:25

County edge out Broomhill in final group match

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Broomhill Juniors Under 16s
 vs
Ross County Under 16s 
 
 
 
Competition: Denis Law Soccer Tournament 2012
Venue: Kings Playing Fields
Date: 18/07/2012
 
 
 
Author: David Reid
 
 
 
 
 

Broomhill Juniors vs Ross County (Under 16s)Ross County were faced with a hard test against SYFA outfit Broomhill Juniors and the Staggies edged the tie after a closely fought encounter.

The Dingwall side took the lead in the 8th minute thanks to a deflected strike from Connor Ross from 20 yards which ended up in the top right hand corner.

Broomhill came back and a great ball went into the feet of Alix Lawson who put it past Irvine in the Staggies goal.

Ross was to score his second of the game moments later when he calmly slotted past Rhys Leiper.

Into the second half Juniors brought on new signing Aaron Cox and he scored Broomhill’s equaliser after receiving the ball from Lawson.

Another new signing, Ross County’s Greg Morrison, netted County’s winner when he put the ball away at the third attempt following a double save from Leiper.

Both sides now parachute into the semi finals of the consolation cup with Broomhill Juniors up against Aberdeen and Ross County taking on Keith.

Full Time: Broomhill Juniors Under 16s 2-3 Ross County Under 16s
 
Broomhill Juniors Under 16s
Ross County Under 16s

Rhys Leiper
Alix Lawson
Gavin Emslie
Connor Thomson
Shaun Kirkpatrick
Andy Hampton
Anthony Harkin
James Dunbar
Aaron Cox
Aaron Corkan
Ross Gibson
Jake Stephen
Calum Thomson
Isaac Barbour
Clark Henderson
Liam Paterson

Matthew Irvine
Niall Docherty
Chris Kelly
Adam McDonald
Jordan Laidlaw
Cameron Crown
Conner Lyall
Sean Campbell
Connor Ross
Tom MacLennan
Michael McLean
Jack Lingard
Ross Paterson
Kyle Macleod
Greg Morrison
Jack McKay
Greg McInnes
Iain McKenzie

 

Thursday, 19 July 2012 08:43

Albion progress after tricky Keith test

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Albion BC Under 16s
 vs
Keith Under 16s
 
 
 
Competition: Denis Law Soccer Tournament 2012
Venue: Spain Park
Date: 18/07/2012
 
 
 
Author: David Reid
 
 
 
 
 
Click here for full match gallery. 
 
Albion BC vs Dundee (Under 16s)In the final Group A game local side Albion played host to Highland League outfit Keith who was playing just there third game together as a team.
 
After a slow start from last season's SYFA Challenge Cup winners they progressed to the semi finals after a 3-0 win over the Maroons.
 
Keith started the better side and when an inswinging ball came in from Greg Smith it was cleared by Macaulay Rae but that was a warning for Albion of things to come.
 
Albion weren't playing at the standard they had previously set and as the game reached the 20th minute the Aberdeen side were giving away a lot of needless free kicks.
 
But after that slow start the boys in red started playing the football everyone knows they can and they had there first real chance in the 25th minute when Ray Gordon's through ball went into the feet of Jack Smith but it was saved by Grant Yates and the goalkeeper did enough to deny Dillon Whyte from the rebound.
 
The Aberdeen side opened the scoring in the 29th minute when Gordon was the provider again putting the ball into new signing Whyte and he finished well to put Albion a goal up.
 
Half Time: Albion BC Under 16s 1-0 Keith Under 16s
 
Dundee vs Keith (Under 16s)Ray Gordon was starting to excel and he put in another great ball into the feet of Ross Cochrane but his effort just flew over the bar.
 
Gordon was to play a a part in the second goal when he worked his way into the penalty and saw his shot saved by Yates. The loose ball fell to Dillon Whyte who tapped in the rebound.
 
After that goal it saw Albion make a couple of changes and then shortly after skipper Macaulay Rae then tried an ambitious 40 yard strike which went whiskers wide of the left hand post.
 
Albion sealed their victory with 10 minutes to go after a good piece of build up play. Harry Milne passed into Mike Gunn who knocked the ball into the path of Devin Kennedy-Colbert who calmly placed it past Yates in the Keith goal, putting it into the bottom left hand corner.
 
Keith can be proud of there efforts at the tournament and they'll feel hard done on by tonight and they gave the SPL sides some tough ties as well. Albion will now meet Motherwell in the semi-finals.
 
Full Time: Albion BC Under 16s 3-0 Keith Under 16s

Albion BC Under 16s
Keith Under 16s

1. Nico Berton
3. Josh Milne
4. Ray Gordon
5. Macaulay Rae
6. Craig Simpson
7. Devin Kennedy-Colbert
8. Chris Davidson
9. Dillon Whyte
10. Jack Smith
11. Darren Sinclair
12. Lewis Pashley
14. Chris Liversedge
15. AJ Baker
16. Michael Gunn
17. Harry Milne
18. Ross Cochrane
19. Kyle Bridger
20. Miller Knowles

1. Grant Yates
2. James Flaherty
3. Greg Smith
4. Dean Henderson
5. Bruce Dryburgh
6. Stuart Charleton
7. Zack Griffiths
8. Callum Buchan
9. Aiden Combe
10. Declan Milne
11. Cameron Buchan
12. Ian Hay-Higgins
13. Daniel Middler
14. Sean Findlay
15. Cameron Pashley
16. Harry Cooper
17. Greg Smart
18. Aaron Samuel
19. Hamish Ritchie
 
 
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Givova UK Man of the Match: Ray Gordon
Givova UK Man of the Match: Grant Yates
Thursday, 19 July 2012 01:15

YFS TV: Denis Law Tournament Day 3 Highlights

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Watch YFS TV video highlights from Day 3 of the Denis Law Soccer Tournament 2012. For reports, photos and more coverage of the tournament click here.

 

 

 

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

YFS TV: Denis Law Tournament Day 2 Highlights

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Watch YFS TV video highlights from Day 2 of the Denis Law Soccer Tournament 2012. For reports, photos and more coverage of the tournament click here.

 

 

 

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:39

Narrow victory for Inverness against County

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Ross County Under 16s
 vs
Inverness CT Under 16s 
 
 
 
Competition: Denis Law Tournament 2012
Venue: Kings Playing Fields
Date: 17/07/2012
 
 
 
Author: David Reid
 
 
 
 
 

Just 24 hours after Albion and Aberdeen clashed in a derby at Aberdeen Sports Village there was another derby treat when Highland sides Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle locked horns.

It was always going to be tight game and Inverness gained revenge from losing in the Inverness Football Festival to the Staggies by winning 1-0 thanks to a Jason Brown winner.

The game started with some good tempo and Caley made a few early charges towards goal when a great ball in from Ally Sutherland was met by Stefan McRitchie but straight at Matthew Irvine.

Matthew Irvine then had to be alert again when Caley Thistle threatened again, Felipe Da Silva tried a looping shot over the Ross County keeper but Irvine was able to tip it over the bar for a Caley corner.

From the resulting corner from Ally Sutherland it went into the feet of Da Silva but his twenty yard effort just went whiskers wide of the right hand post.

Ross County then had their first real chance of the game when Jordan Laidlaw's cross was headed goal wards by Conner Lyall.

Inverness then created some good passing and Calum Howarth was next to try his luck in front of goal but it just flew over the bar.

Caley had another try at goal when Felipe Da Silva passed it to Stefan McRitchie who knocked it into Ben Allan but it was another shot that was to blow over the bar.

Inverness had possibly there best chance of the game seven minutes later when Ally Sutherland's ball found Phillip Watt who beat Irvine but didn't beat Sean Campbell as he got back in time to clear the danger.

As we entered the end of the half it was all mostly football played by Caley and they got a goal right on the brink of half time when Felipe Da Silva put in a dangerous ball from the left hand side was headed into the bottom left hand corner by Jason Brown.

Half Time: Ross County Under 16s 0-1 Inverness CT Under 16s
 
Caley were hungry for more goals and nearly added a 2nd when Ross Aitken passed to Calum Howarth but it once again went over the bar rather than under it.

Ross County looked more of a threat in the 2nd half and they made a more interesting game, midway through the 2nd half there was changes galore to try and change the game.

But Caley were to be hungry again at the Ross County goal when Calum Howarth sent in a dangerous free kick which was attacked by Caley but Jason Brown couldn't connect to it.

Aiden Hersee was then next to try his luck in front of goal when he received the ball from Ross Aitken but Hersee was to be denied by Irvine.

Just two minutes later a ball from Conner Lyall into substitute Greg Morrison raced through on goal but saw himself into a tight angle but Morrison got his shot away but it went straight at Lenny Wilson.

Ross County had one more chance near the end when a free kick from Conner Lyall found Morrison again but it just went whiskers wide.

Full Time: Ross County Under 16s 0-1 Inverness CT Under 16s
 
Ross County Under 16s
Inverness CT Under 16s
Matthew Irvine
Niall Docherty
Chris Kelly
Adam McDonald
Jordan Laidlaw
Cameron Crown
Conner Lyall
Sean Campbell
Connor Ross
Tom MacLennan
Michael McLean
Jack Lingard
Ross Paterson
Kyle Macleod
Greg Morrison
Jack McKay
Greg McInnes
Iain McKenzie
Ross Aitken
Jason Brown
Liam Watt
Matthew Grant
Ben Allan
Phillip Watt
Joe Hersee
Stefan McRitchie
Lenny Wilson
Felipe Da Silva
Blair MacLennan
Jordan Clark
Aiden Hersee
Ally Sutherland
Calum Howarth
Cameron McKay
 
 
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Givova UK Man of the Match: Cameron Crown
Givova UK Man of the Match: Jason Brown

 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 21:10

Rapid fire Aberdeen defeat Keith

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Aberdeen Under 16s
 vs
Keith Under 16s 
 
 
 
Competition: Denis Law Tournament 2012
Venue: King's Playing Fields
Date: 17/07/2012
 
 
 
Author: David Reid
 
 
 
 
 

Aberdeen knew they had to battle back from last night's derby defeat at Albion but they survived an early scare to win, Aberdeen had Michael Kelly suspended after he got sent off last night against Albion.

Keith went ahead on early on thanks to a Greg Smith penalty after one of the Keith Strikers fell down in the penalty box, Keith held Aberdeen for long periods.

But Aberdeen rioted a comeback and washed away Keith with five goals in quick succession through Sam Robertson, Michael Jones, Michael Rose , Marcus Campanile and Scott Ferries who are all part of the Aberdeen Under twenty's team

Full Time: Aberdeen Under 16s 5-1 Keith Under 16s
Aberdeen Under 16s
Keith Under 16s
Craig Burns
Chris Blacknett
Sam Burnett
Marcus Campanile
Stuart Close
Scott Ferries
Jamie Henry
Stuart Hodge
Sean Hume
Michael Jones
Ryan Keir
Michael Kelly
Scott mckenna
Kalvin Orsi
Ritchie Petrie
Sam Robertson
Glen Smith
Zach Szemis
Michael Rose
Matthew Johnston
Grant Yates
James Flaherty
Greg Smith
Dean Henderson
Bruce Dryburgh
Stuart Charleton
Zak Griffths
Callum Buchan
Aiden Combe
Declan Milne
Cameron Buchan
Ian Hay-Higgins
Daniel Middler
Sean Findlay
Cameron Pashley
Harry Cooper
Greg Smith
Aaron Samuel
Hamish Ritchie
 
 
   
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 19:42

Aberdeen edge local thriller against Albion

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Aberdeen FC Under 14's 
 vs
Albion BC Under 14's
 
 
 
Competition: Denis Law Soccer Tournament
Venue: Kings Pitches, Aberdeen
Date: 17/07/2012
 
 
 
Author: Kieran Buxton
 
 
 
 
 

Aberdeen edged an eight goal thriller against geographical neighbours Albion in one of two 3pm kick off's at the Denis Law Tournament on Tuesday. Under a blanket of dark clouds, thankfully the rain never dampened a footballing rivalry that lived up to expectations.
 
Within four minutes, Aberdeen had a penalty as Matthew Wallace was fouled by Kyle Willox in the area. Daniel Harvie stepped up to take the penalty and fired it low to the right hand corner of the goal but Reece Duncan dived to make an outstanding save with his body and kept the score level.
 
In the 12th minute, Albion took the lead as Lachie MacLeod capitalised on a ricochet in the Aberdeen defence and finished cooly into the bottom left corner past the onrushing Robbie Mutch.
 
Neither side was able to really gain a grip on proceedings in the first twenty minutes but Aberdeen had the best of the chances.
 
Reece Duncan's outstanding performance in the Albion goal was largely at part for the Dons inability to score with some excellent reaction saves throughout the first half, including a brilliant parry from Aaron Norris' scorcher of a volley.
 
Albion had the last real clear cut chance of the half as Michael Ironside's throughball was hit by Richard  Binnie but Robbie Mutch saved well. 

Half Time: Aberdeen FC Under 14's 0-1 Albion BC Under 14's 
 
The second half started at a slightly slower pace but then, suddenly burst into life and a seven goal spell in thirty minutes began.
 
In the 52nd minute, Aberdeen's Cameron McCall headed past Reece Duncan from close range to equalise as the landslide of goals began.
 
Soon it was to be 2-1 to Aberdeen five minutes later in a rapid exchange of fortunes as a sliced defensive clearance following good pressure from Aberdeen looped over Reece Duncan's head, hit the post and bounced over the line off the unfortunate keeper.
 
Aaron Norris was next to get on the score sheet for Aberdeen as the game looked to be put beyond Albion. Scott Wright's cross caused a scramble in the box from which Norris emerged and made no mistake as he despatched past Reece Duncan.
 
Three goals in a hectic three minutes soon followed. Albion hauled themselves back into it just when it looked like the tide was turning in Aberdeen's favour.
 
From a free-kick about 25 yards out on the right hand side, Kyle Willox curled a delightful shot into the left hand top corner past the outstretched Robbie Mutch to bring it back to 3-2.
 
The one goal deficit didn't last long though, almost straight from the kick off, Aberdeen replied as Cameron McCall's mazy run down the left led to him cutting in side and passing back to Aaron Norris who calmy slotted the ball into the bottom corner to make it four.
 
For the second time in the game, Albion hit the bar from a header just over a minute later but this time the rebound fell kindly for Richard Binnie who fired through a crowd of bodies to see the ball nestle in the bottom left corner of Mutch's goal. 4-3, three goals in three minutes and tensions at fever pitch. 
 
The nail in the coffin came from Cale S Reid, his run down the right hand side created space for a shot which rifled past Reece Duncan with such power that even the contact it made with his hand couldn't prevent it hitting the net. 

Full Time: Aberdeen FC Under 14's 5-3 Albion BC Under 14's
 
Aberdeen FC Under 14s
Albion BC Under 14s
1. Robbie Mutch
2. Bruce Anderson
3. Jamie Buglass
4. Laim Craig
5. Lewis Dunbar
6. Paul Esslemont
7. Ethan Feachan
8. Daniel Harvie
9. Bradlet Manson
10. Cameron McCall
11. Aaron Norris
12. Cale S Reid
14. Frank Ross
15. Cameron Tough
16. Matthew Wallace
17. Scott Wright
18. Stewart Rennie
21. Rory McBride
1. Reece Duncan
2. Richard Binnie
3. Michael Phillipson
4. Owen Purdie
7. Mark Gilmour
8. Kyle Willox
9. Michael Ironside
10. Lachie MacLeod
11. Lewis Liversedge
12. Ben Soutar
15. Clark Scott
16. Neil Cumming
17. Steven Innes
18. Jonathan Duthie
19. Aymen Benylles
20. Calum Cochrane
 
 
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Givova UK Man of the Match: Aaron Norris
 
Norris had a sublime first touch and composure throughout the match and his mazy runs were the catalyst for many of Aberdeen's chances. He was rightly rewarded with two goals.
 

 

Givova UK Man of the Match: Reece Duncan

Contrary to the fact that Albion conceeded five, without Reece Duncan in goal, Aberdeen could have been 3-1 up at least. He commanded his area well and the penalty save was excellent.

 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 13:56

YFS TV: Denis Law Tournament Day 1 Highlights

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Watch YFS TV video highlights from Day 1 of the Denis Law Soccer Tournament 2012. For reports, photos and more coverage of the tournament click here.