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Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:45

Cuptastic Westdyke savour perfect day

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Westdyke Community Club are celebrating two success stories this week - with both the Boys Under 17s and Under 19s qualifiying for their first ever Cup finals, and the clubs first final in three years. What makes the achievement all the more remarkable is that in both ties the Westhill outfit were overwhelming underdogs!

The 17s were the first team into a showpiece, with a 3-2 victory over Colony Park in the NOSKAB Trophy. An early Andrew Bremner strike was cancelled out by their oponents only for Alex Wright to resotre the lead followed by a terrific Raymond Gray goal. A late counter ensured a tense finale to a great cup tie but the home team held on to secure a final against Albion next month.

There was even more drama on the adjacent pitch at Lawsondale with the 19s hosting top of the A League CBC Hilton, undefeated locally all season, in the Sunnybank Shield.

Hilton started the match on a high with Jake Connon netting in the opening minutes, only for Tyler Reid to equalise soon after. Mohammed Mbarki restored the visitors advantage on the half-hour only for Reid, later the obvious choice for man of the match , to equalise a second time and ensure a level half time scoreline.

Euan Armstrong put Westdyke 3-2 ahead minutes into the second half before a crack in a crossbar brought the tie to a halt.

A delay of over thirty minutes later, the tie resumed - and Hilton, seemingly incensed at the length of the delay, levelled the scores through former Westdyke forward Daniel Scott.

With no further goals extra time was played - and Hilton took the lead for a third time in the match when Scott Cowper scored from range.

With two minutes of extra time remaining, Armstorng scored his second of the tie to make the score 4-4 - and penalties seeming certain.

However, deep in injury time - added on solely through a stoppage to treat the Hilton keeper's cramp - Westdyke's Kevin Otto netted after a goalmouth scramble to win the game for the hosts, sparking celebrations on the home touchline, and set up a derby final with Kintore at Sunnybank Juniors' Heathryfold Park next month.

17s Head Coach Kevin Buchan said "That was probably the proudest moment in my entire time playing and coaching football. Winning a semi final, fantastic feeling - however I wouldn't want to put myself through that again, I think I kicked every ball! So proud of the entire squad to get this far from where we have been. Thank you to all of the players for the hard work put into this match and the whole campaign. You deserved this win!"

19s counterpart Dave Elphinstone had the biggest gleaming smile for miles around "When you look back at the cup run it's been fantastic - and truly memorable. We were two penalty misses down in the first round shootout against Alford and ended up winning, then won the second round tie at MBC United through a last minute winner - and to earn a final by defeating the Leagues top two (Cove Rangers and CBC Hilton) in the Quarter and Semi-Finals with perofrmances like those is just tremendous - well done to the squad, we'll look forward to facing Kintore in the final."

Westdyke's cup hopes do not end there with the 13s and 16s having Quarter and Semi-Final ties respectively this weekend. The 13s are away to Albion in the Colony Park Cup while the 16s travel to Glentanar for a potential Final with Culter Boys at Pittodrie Stadium in the President's Cup.

Monday, 22 April 2013 23:32

Dyce edge PLF in nine goal rollercoaster

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Dyce BC
Paul Lawrie Foundation
U13 Colony Park Cup - Round 4
Pitmedden Road
Dyce welcomed Paul Lawrie Foundation to Pitmedden for this Colony Park Trophy 4th Round tie, the second meeting between the two teams in four days with Paul Lawrie Foundation looking to avenge their defeat in the previous game.

Dyce had a slightly depleted squad due to injury but started the game well and within nine minutes were ahead when Lebo Norris scored following good play down the right and three minutes later following a corner from the right by Keiran Simpson, Calum Mitchell rose well to head the ball into the net to increase the lead.

Dyce were in control and in the seventeenth minute a well worked passing move saw the ball passed through the midfield with Calum Mitchell playing the ball forward to Harrison Hinks who drilled the ball into the net from long range. Dyce were three goals to the good. And three minutes later Findlay Stalker this time set up Harrison Hinks for his second of the game.

The Dyce defence switched off when they allowed Paul Lawrie Foundation to score following a good passing move from the restart this goal gave the Paul Lawrie players a boost and with thirty minutes gone they scored again following a free kick about ten yards outside the Dyce penalty area.

Half Time: Dyce BC 4-2 Paul Lawrie Foundation

Paul Lawrie Foundation kicked off the second half and the next goal was going to be crucial and it fell to the opposition just a minute into the second half when a long range shot was not dealt with by the Dyce defence.

Game on and both teams were now in a battle for a place in the semi finals, with forty minutes gone Findlay Stalker found him self clear and he ran on to finish well restoring a two goal lead.

Paul Lawrie Foundation continued to fight and with five minutes remaining a high ball into the box was fumbled by Jamie Pashley in the Dyce goal and as the attacker ran in Jamie brought him down to give away a penalty from which Paul Lawrie Foundation scored Dyce were now battling to hold on to their lead and it was backs to the wall for the last five minutes.

Well done both teams for making it an entertaining game.

Full Time: Dyce BC 5-4 Paul Lawrie Foundation 


Ellon Meadows
Portlethen SC
U13 ADJFA League 'B'
The Meadows
Ellon Meadows remained top of the league after a convincing 4-1 win over Portlethen on Sunday. Ellon started brightly and it was no surprise when they took the lead in the 8th minute. Ross Cartney showed good skill and pace on the right wing before cutting in to drive an unstoppable shot past the Portlethen keeper.

Ellon doubled their lead in 20 minutes when Aaron Macfarlane raced on to a through ball and cleverly lobbed the advancing keeper before stroking the ball into the net.

Portlethen were always looking dangerous on the break and it took a fine save from Gregor Ramsey to deny McLaughlin, the keeper bravely diving at the strikers feet when he was put through on goal.

Half Time: Ellon Meadows 2-0 Porlethen SC

Ellon continued to create chances in the second period with the hard-working Shaun Buckle and Ross Cartney, in particular, causing problems for the Portlethen defence. Cartney was the provider of the cross which led to Macfarlane's second goal of the game, the ball evading the Portlethen defence before being coolly finished by the striker.

Ellon made sure of the 3 points with 10 minutes to go. Cameron Munro played an inch perfect free kick into the penalty area where it was met by Ross Connon who finished well.

Portlethen grabbed a late consolation goal when McLaughlin prodded the ball past Ramsey after the strikers initial effort had been blocked.

Ellon travel to Culter Colts this weekend to face another team looking for promotion.

Full Time: Ellon Meadows 4-1 Portlethen SC
Monday, 22 April 2013 22:05

Culter bag points with solid second half display

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Huntly FC
Culter Deeside
U14 ADJFA League 'B'
An overcast start to the match in Huntly quickly turned to frequent heavy showers and in amongst the rain, both teams pressed for the first goal. Culter, playing catch up in the league with games in hand, were desperate for the victory which showed in their early play being rushed with poor decision making in the last third of the pitch.

Eventually, Culter broke through the Huntly lines with both Adam Reid & Liam McKintosh having shots at goal but both off target. Not to outdone, Huntly pressurised the Culter defence on several occasions in the first half and Culter have Thomas Stewart to thank for keeping the Huntly strikers out. Culter had a couple of penalty shouts as well but waved away by the referee on the day.

As the half wore on, Shaun Corthels missed a chance in the 6 yard box after good work from Adam Reid and Liam McKintosh, looking more dangerous, struck the bar from outside the 18 yard box.

Half Time: Huntly FC 0-0 Culter Deeside

Moving into the second half it was still 0-0. Culter finally break the deadlock with probably their scrappiest goal of the season as Adam Reid eventually bundles the ball over the line. The goal seem to relax Culter as they quickly followed this up with another, Adam Reid this time with a good strike past the Huntly goalkeeper.

At 2-0 Culter started to switch off and Huntly grab their opener with their striker first to react to a long range parry from Thomas Stewart. At 2-1, it seemed it was game on again.

However, Adam Reid was on a mission for his hat-trick and finised in style with a fine strike after a nice turn in the box. 3-1 Culter…..

Euan Ross then goes close with a mazy dribble and shot but then gets the goal of the day with a fine volley into the top corner to make the final score 4-1 Culter.
Full Time: Huntly FC 1-4 Culter Deeside
Monday, 22 April 2013 17:11

Aberdeen hold on to beat gritty Montrose

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Aberdeen FCL Youth
Montrose Youth
13's SWF Youth Cup
Weather and pitch condition were sure to play a key part in this match, as the wind howled and the pitch had a definite incline in favour of Aberdeen in the first half.

It took time for the deadlock to be broken as the stand-in Montrose keeper was proving a good shot stopper, although had some trouble holding onto her saves. Aberdeen were unable to capitalise on the spills as much as they might have hoped. 

Aberdeen continued the pressure and eventually were rewarded for their efforts by going into the half time break at 4-0 up.

Half Time: Aberdeen FCL Youth 4-0 Montrose Youth

Second half was an entirely different story, Montrose took full advantage of the conditions now in their favour and fought back honorably to 4-3 with about 10 minutes to go.

Aberdeen had a shot which deflected off the crossbar and back into play, then going onto score. Montrose hotly contested that it was out, but the referee saw otherwise for AFC to go 5-3 up.

Montrose pushed on again and found the net again but time was against them and a very relieved Aberdeen team took the victory by a narrow margin to progress to the next round of the Scottish Cup.

Full Time: Aberdeen FCL Youth 5-3 Montrose Youth


Torphins Tornadoes
Lewis United
U14's ADJFA League A
Kirkton of Neil
The first half saw little action from either sides; Lewis United looking the slightly better of the two however much of the play was in the centre of the park.

It was the second half when things began livening up; Torphins got a goal which saw a a scramble in the box, number 8 Paul Ray managing to flick it in!

Lewis United's keeper was showing heroics to keep his side in it, Lewis only managing to get the odd shot.

Torphins were still 1-0 up and had a chance with a 1-on-1 with number six, the Lewis United keeper making an outstanding save.

Then Torphins kept going and number five made a great top corner attempt which was tipped over by Connor Stephen, another great save!

With three minutes to go Cammy Burrows for Lewis United scored to make it 1-1. On the last kick of the game Lewis United got a winner by the same man Burrows; getting a header into the back of the net, sending Lewis United support crazy.

Full time: Torphins Tornadoes 1-2 Lewis United

MOTM: Byrne, Lewis United

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Albion BC
Fraserburgh Link-Up 
Bolton 33
Odlin 49


U14 Eddie Mannall Trophy - R3
Spain Park

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Albion BC Under 14s put Fraserburgh Link-Up to the sword this morning at a chilly Spain Park to progress to the next round of the Eddie Mannall Trophy.

Fraserburgh’s Kane McCrory carved out the first chance of the game, twisting and turning on the edge of the box before flashing his shot just past the post.  Twelve minutes in, Albion had a great chance when Liam Morrison rose highest in the box but headed wide.

A minute later Albion went close again.  Jordan Sangster looked to curl one into the top corner after a neat exchange with Tyler Ogston, but his effort flew over the bar.  McCrory then tested the keeper with a powerful free kick.  Cameron Jarvie could only parry but his defence scrambled the ball clear.

Albion were looking the better side, and Craig Armstrong wasn’t a million miles away from putting them in front with a snap shot from 25 yards which was just too high.  A looping effort from Sangster went close too before Scott Roger looked to go through on goal for Fraserburgh, but his touch let him down.

Two minutes before the interval Albion grabbed the lead.  Josh Bolton got the goal with a cross-cum-shot from wide on the right.  Only he will know if he meant it or not, but regardless, he had put his team 1-0 up.

On the stroke of half time Albion’s Mitchell Cheyne showed great footwork to get away from two Fraserburgh defenders before unleashing a fierce drive from distance which flashed just wide.

Half Time: Albion BC 1-0 Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC

Albion doubled their advantage nine minutes into the second half.  Liam Morrison went on a great run down the left and fired a low ball across the face of goal, leaving Jack Odlin with a tap-in.

In the 51st minute a Bolton corner found Finlay Johnston who sent a bullet header just over the bar.  Four minutes later Link-Up had their best chance of the game.  McCrory was sent through one-on-one with the keeper, the striker poked the ball past Jarvie but could only watch as it trundled agonisingly past the post.

On the hour-mark a drilled effort from Albion substitute Mantas Mickevicius had to be tipped around the post by the goalkeeper. 

The final chance of the game came when the ball fell to Bolton in space in the box, but the youngster sliced his shot wide. 

It mattered little though as the full time whistle went just moments later, seeing Albion safely through to the next round.

Full Time: Albion BC 2-0 Fraserburgh Link-Up


Albion BC Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC
1. Camerson Jarvie
3. Craig Armstrong
16. Finlay Johnston
7. Jack Odlin
9. Tyler Ogston
4. Jamie Hay
6. Mitchell Cheyne
11. Liam Morrison
10. Jordan Sangster
17. Jordan Reid
8. Lewis Paton
2. Andrew Donald
12. Josh Bolton
5. Fraser Gordon
15. Graeme Cochrane
18. Mantas Mickevicius
1. Sean Smith
7. Blair Fraser
16. Evan Dyka
15. Jordan Mowat
10. Kane McCrory
6. Scott Roger
4. Bruce Mair
17. Marc Watt
3. Liam Cameron
11. Drew Masson
14. Jack Simpson
20. Brad Murray
18. Angus Mutch
12. Scott Gilmartin

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Finlay Johnston was solid as a rock at right-back, comfortably keeping Fraserburgh at bay.

Kane McCrory had a difficult task up front but never stopped trying and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.



Nicolson Institute
Williamwood HS
Latimar (3)
Boyce (2)


Senior Girls SSFA Shield - SF
Highland Football Academy

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Beaming sunshine descended on Dingwall for this Scottish Shield semi final between Nicolson Institute and Williamwood. The match saw Nicolson go through to the final winning 4-2 and now to face Boroughmuir at Grant Street Park, Clachnacuddin on Wednesday.

Nicolson got off to a great start, racing int ao 2-0 lead thanks to a double strike from Lorna Latimar. On both occasions she pounced onto loose mistakes and kept her composure. With just two minutes on the clock, the islanders with in dreamland.

It was back to reality though, fifteen minutes later. Williamwood pulled a goal back on the eighteen minute mark after Carla Boyle broke free of the Institute defence and then rounded Kirsty Gillies before placing the ball into an empty net.

Every clear chance for both teams seemed to finish in a goal and that's what happened again eight minutes later. Heather Black sent a lovely through ball down the left flank which evaded the Williamwood defence and Latimar got her hat-trick, placing her shot into the roof of the net.

Half Time: Nicolson Institute 3-1 Williamwood HS

After an all action first half, the start of the second half died down a little. However, 10 minutes into the half and the game opened up again. The Stornoway side gave themselves a three goal cushion after Hannah McLean's shot was saved only for Beth MacLeod to chip it over the visiting keeper.

One of the positives for the East Renfrewshire outfit to take out of this game was the brilliant performance that Carla Boyle put on show. She showcased that as she evaded the Nicolson defence before rattling her shot into the top right hand corner.

Boyce's strike ensured a nervous ending to the game for Nicolson whilst Williamwood were desperate to bring the tie to penalties. However, the Islanders held on and reached their second national final in as many years, building on last year's triumph at Under 15 level.

Nicolson Institute will play their cup final over the Kessock Bridge at Highland League outfit Clachnacuddin.  The opposition are Edinburgh's Boroughmuir High School and the match takes place on Wednesday 24th April with a 12:30pm start.

Full Time: Nicolson Institute 4-2 Williamwood HS

Nicolson Institute Williamwood HS
1. Kirsty Gillies
2. Heather Black
4. Eleanor Smith
5. Kathleen McKay
3. Amanda Nicolson
8. Nicole McLean
7. Christie Houston
6. Isabelle Bain
11. Beth MacLeod
10. Lorna Latimar
9. Hannah MacLean
16. Mairi Graham
12. Annabel MacLennan
15. Alicia MacSween 
1. Elaine Dunbar
2. Lori White
3. Hannah Williams
4. Abigail Crawford
5. Mairi Gray
6. Samantha Brown
7. Elidh Robertson
8. Lyndsey McCall
9. Lisa Elliott
10. Carla Boyce
11. Carla Dangasl
12. Katie Neills
15. Sarah Walls

Lorna Latimar was in red hot form for Nicolson and her hat-trick proved to be the difference.
Carla Boyce was outstanding for Williamwood, and didn't deserve to be on the losing side.
Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:35

Harlaw High gets presidential backing

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Aberdeen Grammar
Harlaw Academy
Own Goal
Adams (3)


Senior Presidents Trophy - Final Spain Park

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Aberdeen Grammar are in two cup finals and this was their first chance to try and get some silverware. They were up against a Harlaw outfit who have players playing at SFL clubs and Chris Liversedge an ex Scottish Cup winner with Albion.

After a quiet start to the final the game sprung to life in the second half and Harlaw had to battle back from a goal down to win 5-1 including a hat-trick from Scott Adams.

The start to the game proved to be very quiet and a match, which contained very few chances in the opening 20 minutes, and it proved to be mostly a midfield tussle.

Grammar were to have the first clear cut chance of the game after Scott Davie tried his luck from the edge of the box. He tried a low drive but a good save from the Harlaw keeper denied the forward.

Harlaw registered a chance of their own after a great ball was sent in by the Harlaw left back which was met by ex Aberdeen forward Scott Adams. However, it just sailed over the bar.

Davie was Grammar's key player throughout the game and it was his delightful ball which created the opening goal in this final. The Aberdeen schools select player sent it from the right hand flank which was put in by a Harlaw defender.

It wasn't long before Harlaw hit back. A delightfully chipped ball found Abroath striker Scott Adams, who latched onto it and chipped over the advancing keeper.

Harlaw took the lead a short time later after Chris Liversedge threatened the Grammar defence and then bent the ball superbly into the far left hand corner.

Scott Adams was to get another two goals to complete a hat-trick with two great strikes which gave the keeper no chance, leaving the Grammar defence exposed on both occasions.

Daniel Inglis then rounded off the scoring after there was a strammash in the box and Inglis' deflected effort found it's way into the bottom right hand corner.

It was a fine display by Harlaw Academy, who lifted the cup to the joy of the players and spectators.

Full Time: Aberdeen Grammar School 1-5 Harlaw Academy


Aberdeen Grammar Harlaw Academy
Scott Davie put in an all action display and didn't show any lack of quality either.
Scott Adams produced a well taken hat-trick and proved the difference between the sides.
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:17

Peterhead gain vital point at Vale

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Deveronvale FC
Peterhead Phoenix
Lovie 10
Christie 16, 33, 58

Thain 40
Brown 44, 52
Walker 70


U14 ADJFA B League

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A sandstorm affected parts of the North East during Tuesday and there was no sand affecting the pitch however it was going to be a wind assisted game.

Vale raced into a 3-0 half time through their advantage of the windy conditions before Peterhead came back at the hosts and managed to get a last minute which could be vital for the Blue Toon.

Peterhead were to have the 1st chance of the game in a match with even the wind created plenty of attacking opportunities. A great ball in by Darren Ritchie found Daniel Mair whose effort just went inches wide.

The conditions weren't going to help the keepers though and Deveronvale found the opener after a goal kick by Robert MacDougall only went as far as Joshua Lovie. Lovie managed to curl the ball into the bottom left hand corner from 30 yards.

That gave Vale the confidence to go and snatch another goal just 6 minutes later. After a great ball by John Grassick from the left hand flank found Owen Christie at the near post who rounded the keeper before finding the net.

With this top of the league clash approaching half time the hosts gave Phoenix another blow when a great through ball by Josh Bisset found Christie who kept a cool head before beating the onrushing McDougall.

Half Time: 
Deveronvale FC 3-0 Peterhead Phoenix 

The second half was to be completely different to the 1st half with Peterhead gaining advantage to the conditions and pulled a goal back after Cameron Thain placed the ball past Cameron Gillies from 6 yards out.

Thain then went from scorer to provider after he sent an inviting ball in from the left hand side which was met by Cameron Brown who calmly slotted the ball past the Vale keeper.

Brown was hungry for more goals and got a brace after the speed of the wind got the better of Gillies and couldn't hold onto the ball and Brown went through to pop the ball into an empty net.

Vale re-took the lead after Owen Christie was released through on goal after a great through ball by Josh Bisset and perfectly guided the ball into the top left hand corner.

With time running our for Peterhead to get something they were consistently putting pressure on Vale and got their equaliser in the final minute. Shaun Walker picked up on a parried save from Cameron Gillies to give the Blue Toon a vital point.

Full Time: Deveronvale FC 4-4 Peterhead Phoenix

Deveronvale FC Peterhead Phoenix
1. Ryan Brindle
2. Charlie Dyson
3. John Crassick
4. Joseph Campbell
5. Owen Wilson
6. Owen Morrison
7. Josh Lovie
8. Josh Bisset
9. Scott Cresswell
10. David Galloway
11. Owen Christie
12. Nathan Steele
15. Scott Henderson
18. Chris Duncan
21. Cameron Gillies

1. Jamie Buchan
3. Thammalak Buchan
4. Ayden McGill
5. Euan Culley
6. Cameron Findlay
8. Ethan Stewart
10. Brandon Spriggs
14. Daniel Mair
15. Darren Ritchie
17. Calum Sheal
12. Cameron Brown
21. Scott Pirie
22. Brandon Johnston
23. Cameron Thain
20. Shaun Walker
99. Robert MacDougall
Owen Christie was part of all Vales attacking and scored a brace.
Cameron Brown was a danger for the home defence and also scored a brace.