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Sunday, 10 March 2013 23:15

Banchory swept away by clinical Colony

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Banchory Boys
Colony Park
U17 Raymond Kelly Assoc' Cup
Milton Park
Author: Yan Donald

Colony Park produced a superb performance to reach the Raymond Kelly Association Cup final at the expense of Banchory Boys and left coach, Dominic Flaherty disappointed.

Colony Park were pre-match favourites to face Broomhill Juniors or Formartine United in the final - and they did so after a devastating two goals in two minutes which made it 5-2 in the second half.

By Park’s standards, they would have thought a relatively kind draw would gift them a place in the Final. However an inspired performance in the first half from Banchory illustrated that their victory against United last week was no fluke.

Colony managed to secure the first half, winning 3-2. They completely outclassed the blues in the second half, scoring an additional three goals with a consolation goal from the home side.

Banchory Boys were without right back, Scott Yeoman, but the defence remained solid and composed, despite being under constant pressure in the first half.

Colony Park, who drew with Albion last week simply would not be happy with anything less then a victory.

Colony started strong and Mason was called on early to make a decent save from a cross. Pressure again prevailed as Banchory conceded a free kick on the edge of the box which was tipped past the post by Mason. Colony were quick to react from the resulting corner and Mason was unable to stop a close range shot from six yards to break the deadlock.

The opening goal was the catalyst for Flaherty’s men as they begun to create more chances, through long balls over the defence from Marnoch and Donald but the Colony Park keeper responded in a positive manner.

On the counter attack, Colony Park were always a threat whenver they were in possession and looked like scoring everytime they approached the goal. This was evident as Colony’s number 7′s free kick sailed past the post from the edge of the box. The home side’s first realy chance came when Milne headed just wide from a corner from Flaherty.

The Inverurie-based team’s threat was illustrated as their defence were always looking for a quick breakout, which pinned Banchory’s midfield of Donald, Crowe, Brimmer and Flaherty. It was always going to be a tough task for Banchory’s talismanic Cameron and dangerous Marnoch as they were isolated and struggled to take the game to Colony.

However, on the 25th minute, the Blues forced a free kick from approximately 25 yards out and Milne struck the ball into the wind which dipped under the bar into the net past a helpless keeper. This proved to be a turning point as Banchory scored again, through Marnoch. The back four fed Crowe and Brimmer who passed it to Flaherty who flew forward and danced through two defenders then released the ball to Marnoch who remarkably scored with a discrete chip.

The last moments of the first half was always going to be mentally challenging for Banchory. However, they couldn’t continue to weather the storm as two quick fire goals on the 38th minute and 42nd minute meant they were leading by 3-2 at half time.

Half Time: Banchory Boys 2-3 Colony Park

Banchory needed to concentrate this half and had the advantage of the hazardous wind behind them, however, they failed to capitulate as de ja vu occured again. Two goals in quick succession in the space of two minutes made it 5-2 which absoutely killed off Banchory Boys. It was almost six for Colony, but their goal was ruled off for offside. They almost managed to add icing to the cake as they hit the post.

The introduction of Middleton, Maybury and Cumming still couldn’t break down the resillient defence and midfield of Colony. However, there was glimmer for Brimmer and his team as Flaherty was contested by Milne at the back post. Brimmer responded quickly as he volleyed the ball through a compact defence from 12 yards on the 75th minute.

That goal proved to be a consolation goal as Colony completed their route on the 88th minute from a cut back and shot from the edge of the box.

The gulf in class between the teams was evident through out, especially at the end, as 2nd division Banchory tired quicker and Colony took advantage of that.

But both teams can certainly take positives as Colony will surely finish in the top 3 in the SoccerWorldA League and face Broomhill or Formartine in the final of the Raymond Kelly Association Cup. Plus Banchory are at the top of the SoccerWorld B League with ten matches remaining with that League trophy in touching distance.
Full Time: Banchory Boys 3-6 Colony Park
Sunday, 10 March 2013 22:25

Kintore beat local rivals to reach final four

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Kintore BC
Colony Park
U19 Sunnybank Shield - Q/F
A much anticipated local derby, Kintore Boys Club met Colony Park Football Club in the Sunnybank Shield quarter final. It began with a very bright start from the home side as they managed to carve out some opportunities resulting in a few corners and free kicks.

The first clear chance fell to Kintore testing the Colony Park goalkeeper for the first time in the game. Both teams had their chances but they were unable to get themselves in front before the half was over.

Half Time: Kintore BC 0-0 Colony Park

Colony Park started the second half very brightly and were rewarded with a penalty decision within a few minutes of kick off. Addison made no mistake from the spot kick as he hit the ball hard down the middle of the goal leaving Garrow in goals no chance. Colony began to play some football and put the home side under a bit of pressure in the next 10 minutes but Kintore looked happy to soak this up.

The home side battled back into the game and started to take control, they carved out a few opportunites and finally made a breakthrough. An excellent pass from Glennie ended up in the path of Wood and he calmy slotted the ball into the back of the goal. Game on.

The game remained very tight for the rest of the second half and with extra time looming referee Fraser blew for full time.

Full Time: Kintore BC 1-1 Colony Park

The game had been played at a very high standard and it could have gone either way, once again Kintore started the first half of extra time very strongly and took the lead through a well placed header from Crisp that crawled into the bottom corner of the goal.

Another 15 minutes left of extra time for kintore to hang onto their lead and they looked pretty comfortable. Colony had a few more chances with corner kicks and the Kintore goalkeeper made a few vital saves. Colony continued to pile on the pressure but chances seemed to be dying down.

In the dying minutes, Kintore were awarded a free kick on the far side of the pitch after a rough tackle from the Colony defende. The freekick was taken by Mackie and it looped over the Colony park goalkeeper and into the top corner sending the players into celebrations. Final score Kintore BC 3 Colony Park 1.

Kintore BC now face Dee BC in the semi-final.

Final Result: Kintore BC 3-1 Colony Park (AET)
Friday, 08 March 2013 12:56

North East giants set for Scottish Cup derby

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Author: David Reid

524943 504037706304299 1859093378 nAlbion Boys Club and Dyce Boys Club are two North East sides are known to being the heavyweights of ADJFA football with the silverware that they pick up. Not just in the regional competitions but in the national ones as well.

Many in the North would have liked to have seen an all Aberdeen final at Airdrie in May however a semi final was what both teams had to settle for. In Edinburgh you have Tynecastle vs Hutchison Vale, two teams who have excellent history and also have brilliant exposure for their clubs with many of their players moving into the professional ranks. In the North Albion vs Dyce always serves up some brilliant games and there is always a few goals so people aren't walking away disappointed.

This weekend at Crombie Park two of the biggest clubs in the ADJFA go head to head at the Under 14's age group. Albion have been described by some as being the 'dark horses'. However they have just achieved two brilliant wins against last season's Scottish Cup winners Hutchison Vale 3-1 and then beating Milngavie Wanderers 4-2 in the quarter final at Spain Park.

Dyce on the other hand have went one stage further than they did last season when they unfortunately got knocked out 4-1 by Hutchison Vale and they are still have a 100% record in all competitions this season scoring 49 league goals in 8 matches and conceding just 4.

David Reid and fellow North Region reporter Bruce Dryburgh caught up with both camps ahead of the game. We start with Albion and David caught up with Albion coach Josh Winton and captain Jamie Hay.

With this being a Scottish Cup tie and a local derby Josh hopes it is a bit different than the Albion versus Dyce clashes in the ADJFA. He said: "We have progressed a lot from last season and also brought in a few players and it will certainly be a good game, last season it was between us and Dyce for the league and we have brought in some of the players to try and bridge the gap and I think we have the right calibre of players to be challenging for honours."

Josh added that they would not approach the game a different way due to it being a derby. He said: "We will approach the game like any other game, they all work hard and train hard like they normally do, hopefully we've enough on the day to win the game. This game will be a good advert for youth football in the North East, we always like to get sides in the latter stages of competitions here at Albion as it gives the club exposure and it gives the boys exposure as well."

Hutchison Vale vs Albion BC - Under 14s_19Albion captain Jamie Hay admitted that Sunday's semi final will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. He said: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity as you won't have many chances to get this far in national competitions. We'll certainly look forward to the game, I hope it is different from the Albion versus Dyce clashes in the league, hopefully we serve up a good game as I've heard there will be a lot of the neutrals going to the game as well as the parents."

Jamie attends Inverurie Academy, as do a few of the Dyce team and he admitted he that will both sets of teams will be up for it. He continued "Hopefully the chatting gets done on the pitch rather than at school. We've had a brilliant season and to get this far in the Scottish Cup showcases that."

Dyce coach Les Hutcheon has been involved with the highly regarded boys club for 24 years now has produced players such as Russell Anderson, Darren Mackie, Cammy Smith and Chris Clark as well as Stuart Armstrong at Dundee United and the life member at Dyce believes that the talent in the North East is as good as in any other area. Hutcheon spoke to Andy McLaren (@andymclaren_) of the Aberdeen Evening Express earlier this week, stating: He said: “Historically, we got beat by clubs from Glasgow and Edinburgh but because we are producing new talent every year, we go to these places with expectation rather than hope.

“The standard of juvenile football in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is the highest in the country, apart from Edinburgh, who are slightly better organised than teams from the North-East. Juvenile sides are starting to find the right balance between toughness and skill which they may have been lacking ten-years-ago. Being involved with Dyce Boys Club is the story of my life.

“I stopped for a few months last year but it’s not good for me to be sitting doing nothing so I became miserable and had to come back. My motto for any player in Aberdeen is you have to do your best to be the best.”

North Region reporter Bruce Dryburgh got a Dyce double when he interviewed Cammy Duncan and Ewan McGregor. Both players are really looking forward to the game and said "We are looking forward to Sunday because we didn't reach this stage of the competition last year and it means that we are now only one game away from playing at Airdrie. It will be a very special game for me, not only because it is a local derby but also because it is the semi final of a national competition and its these types of games that I enjoy playing in the most."

Dyce BC vs Gow Valley - Under 14sThey both added: "We will spend a bit of time at training and also before the game talking about tactics and what type of game we need to play in order to get through to the final. We need to go into the game with a positive attitude but also be wary of the fact that they can cause a threat going forward and therefore we need to defend from the front and not concede anything silly."

The two Dyce boys are expecting a really close game: "We know this game won't be easy and we are expecting them to come at us right from the start and I think it will be a close encounter that may go all the way to a penalty shootout. The game will be very tight and very closely fought with limited chances for both sides."

Cameron also added that he is "quietly confident that the Dyce squad can make it to Airdrie but said it will be too close to call to make a score prediction."

Meanwhile the YFS North Region journalism team gave their opinions on how this eagerly awaited all North semi final would go.

David Reid said: "This game can go either way and both sides have separate qualities in their sides and I think Dyce will scrape through with a 2-1 victory.

Bruce Dryburgh said: "I think Dyce will edge it but extra time and penalties may be required because it will be a game that's too close to call."

Daniel McKay has highlighted that it's fantastic to see both teams go this far. He said: "I watched Dyce beat Gow Valley on penalties in the quarter final and there's no doubt they can play better. It's a tough one to call but whoever wins, I don't think there'll be more than a goal in it."

Jack Thomson, who reporter on Albion's quarter final against Milngavie, said: "I think Albion will just edge it but it will be a brilliant contest."

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Thursday, 07 March 2013 14:53

SFA North set for inaugural C Licence course

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The Scottish FA North Region has their C Licence coaching course coming up soon. This 30-hour course is designed for coaches working with youth and adult players (age 13+) and provides a recognised qualification. The course comprises three practical components; conducting a training session, shaping a team and individual programme. This course is a pre-requisite for candidates wishing to enrol on the Level 3 UEFA B Licence. 

Venue: Highland Football Academy, Dingwall
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: £228
Day 1 - 21 April 2013
Day 2 - 27 April 2013
Day 3 - 28 April 2013
Day 4 - 18 May 2013
Day 5 - 19 May 2013

If you would like to apply for this course please download the form from www.scottishfa.co.uk and send it to: -

The Scottish Football Association
Football Development Department
Hampden Park
G42 9PY

Please note that numbers are restricted therefore places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To avoid disappoint please book early.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2013 12:16

North coaches invited to get technical

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More than ever it is imperative that we address the importance of more skillfully exciting players with quality technical ability. Players who can ‘light up’ our game!

The lack of individual skills development coaches and the fact that youngsters do not spend as many hours practicing is having a detrimental effect throughout our game from grassroots to professional.

With this in mind the Scottish FA North Region have set up a comprehensive skills based course to support and educate local coaches. The course detailed below is practical in nature and candidates are encouraged to take part, regardless of ability.

Course fee: Free
Courses taking place...

3rd July 2013 (Wed) Pittodrie, Aberdeen 7pm-9pm
31st July 2013 (Wed) Lawsondale Playing Fields, Westhill 6pm-9pm
3rd August 2013 (Sat) Lawsondale Playing Fields, Westhill 10am-3pm
7th August 2013 (Wed) Lawsondale Playing Fields, Westhill 6pm-9pm
10th August 2013 (Sat) Lawsondale Playing Fields, Westhill 10am-3pm

The main content of the skill based programme is to address the four 1v1 situations which arise continually in every game. Coaches will also learn to focus on where and when the moves and turns can be successfully be executed. In modern day football with its extremely fast pace, tight spaces and evenly matched teams, the importance of 1v1 play cannot be overstated. Players who can dominate the 1v1 situation can make a difference to any game at any time.

Four 1v1 Situations - where it begins to make a difference;
1. 1v1 Side by Side - Change of direction moves
2. 1v1 Face to Face - Moves to beat an opponent
3. 1v1 Diagonal Attack - Cuts and drag backs
4. 1v1 Back to Goal - Spins and turns

All the above situations will be comprehensively covered and explained step by step, where and when to execute specific moves will also be continually reinforced. All coaches will be supported with a series of handouts throughout the duration of the course.

Places on this programme are limited and if you would like to be involved please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact details including name, email address, club/school you are involved with and coaching position you currently hold.

All email applications of interest should be received by Monday 17 June 2013.
Sunday, 03 March 2013 15:29

Westdyke climb table after Formartine win

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Formartine United
McDonald 20, 66
McGilvray 39
Burgoyne 48
Bremner 32


U15 ADJFA 'A' League

David Reid

By David Reid
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Westdyke beat Formartine United to move up to 4th in the table but the win wasn't plan sailing for the hosts who created several attacks however no end product and Kyle Dawson was called into action a couple of times making a few good saves.

There was a minutes silence at all grounds in the ADJFA this weekend in memory of Deveron Youth Under 12's player who sadly passed away yesterday at the tender age of 12, as a mark of respect to Jay's family.

Westdyke started straight from the off and Glen Donald got into a dangerous position on the left wing before sending a great ball into the 6 yard area for ex Dyce striker Craig Mackie however he couldn't keep his half volley down and it went wide of the right hand post.

Mackie then had another chance to give Westdyke the lead which brought out a great save from Dawson after Kieran McDonald played a key ball into the forward and then tried to bend it into the bottom left hand corner from the edge of the box however Kyle Dawson was fully stretched to deny.

The hosts did take the lead after a short throw by Aidan Glennie found Kieran McDonald who then did the rest by making a 20 yard dashing run before placing the ball past Kyle Dawson into the bottom left hand corner.

Formartine nearly beat Scottish Cup quarter finalists Lewis United last Sunday and they were playing some good football and just 12 minutes later in the 32nd minute United were level after a great ball was sent in from the left hand side by Will Reid which was met by Jordan Bremner who flashed his header into the top right hand corner from 10 yards out.

Both sides can be praised for playing some good football and just before the interval Westdyke took the lead once more after Westdyke created some good passing and the ball came to Blair McGilvray and the former Dyce and Albion player placed the ball into the bottom left hand corner from the edge of the box.

Half Time: Westdyke BC 2-1 Formartine United

Just 3 minutes into the 2nd half Westdyke had a 2 goal advantage after Kieran McDonald played another great assist into Hayon Burgoyne who finished with composure to give the hosts a bit of breathing space.

Although Westdyke were dominating the action Formartine created some good moments themselves and they nearly equalised again. Josh Anderson played a long ball down the right flank for Hogan Riddell and from 15 yards out he forced a great save from Dan McAllister.

In the 66th minute the Lawsondale outfit finished off the scoring when substitute Clark Geddes hit a powerful shot which smacked off the crossbar and landed into playmaker McDonald who nodded in the rebound.

In another wise quiet half it took a good goalline clearance from Andrew Neil to deny another substitute Matthew Stewart. Then Stewart got in on the act once again when he recieved a golden opportunity to get a goal after a good ball in by Craig Mackie it just went a whisker wide.

Full Time: 
Westdyke BC 4-1 Formartine United 

Westdyke BC Formartine United
1. Dan McAllister
2. Nathan Stewart
3. Aidan Glennie
4. Scott McDonald
6. Ben Cheyne
7. Matthew Stewart
8. Kieran McDonald
9. Kelvin Brown
10. Hayon Burgoyne
11. Christopher Evans
12. Glen Donald
14. Liam Duthie
15. Craig Mackie
17. Blair McGilvary
18. Clark Geddes
19. Aidan Fairweather
1. Kyle Dawson
2. Josh Anderson
3. Matthew Tewnion
4. Andrew Neil
5. Jordan Bremner
6. Chris Benzie
7. Calum Innes
8. Hogan Riddell
9. Marcus McLean
10. Jonathan Leidland
11. Will Reid
12. David Finch
14. Ben Ligertwood
15. Liam Marr
16. Alex Wilkinson

Kieran McDonald played some key balls and also got a brace.
Kyle Dawson had a few good saves to deny Westdyke more goals.
Saturday, 02 March 2013 23:35

FDS march into semi final of cup

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FDS 97
Kemnay BC


U16's Castle Trophies Shield
Westdyke Leisure Centre

By Bruce Dryburgh
YFS North Region Reporter
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It was FDS who got the game underway on a mild day at Westdyke Leisure Centre, taking on lower league opposition. Expectations were on FDS to proceed as they were, on paper, the stronger side. In the opening stages of the game neither team could really get the ball down on the deck to play some easy on the eye passing football. Also, in the opening stages, chances were limited, both teams were eager to make a bright start and not concede any silly goals.

However, as the game wore on it was FDS who began to gain the upper hand and get into their stride, creating a few decent openings but Kemnay defended well and got bodies behind the ball to prevent FDS from creating any clear cut chances. Although it was FDS who were beginning to take the game to their opponents, they still couldn't rule out Kemnay as they proved to be a real aerial threat, but they failed to create any clear openings in the first twenty minutes of the game.

FDS then drew first blood in this entertaining quarter final tie after the best phase of football in the game so far resulted in a fine, composed finish from striker, Simon Watson. The FDS front three consisting of Watson, Ben Hessell and Iain Hay-Higgins linked up well and proved too hot to handle for the Kemnay defence. Initially, Higgins played the ball into the feet of Hessell who then flicked the ball first time into the path of the onrushing Watson who stayed calm to round the keeper and then ultimately find the back of the net to give FDS the lead.

FDS then made two tactical changes in an attempt to hold their winning position or alternatively build on it. Harry Rothnie came on for Higgins in a straight swap and what a change it proved to be! Just two minutes after entering the field of play, Rothnie had already netted his third goal of the season. Bruce Dryburgh played a through-ball straight into Rothnie's stride who then sublimely rounded off what was a great introduction by slotting the ball under the Kemnay goalkeeper. Surely FDS would continue to build on their performance up to now and surely there would be no way back for Kemnay...or would there?

Kemnay responded well to not only just going one goal behind but also two when they could quite easily have given up. Rothnie lost out to the Kemnay defender who then played a long ball in behind the turning FDS back 4 and the forward stayed cool and showed great talent in dinking the ball over the helpless Bruce McCombie in the FDS goal and defender, Daniel Probyn couldn't get back in time to hook the ball clear and in fact almost took the goal down in the process! This Kemnay goal made the FDS players a little more nervous as the game approached the halfway stage and would have been hoping for the half time whistle so they could re-group. Before the break, Craig Mackie had a couple of half chances for the home side and his best one being a powerful volley from 25 yards out that beat the keeper but also only just beat the post.

Half Time: FDS 97 2-1 Kemnay BC

The teams came back onto the pitch to start the second half and it looked like a completely different FDS squad as they appeared to be more relaxed in possession of the football and were beginning to knock the ball around the park with great pleasure and freedom.

FDS began to search for what surely would be a killer 3rd goal and it wasn't long before it came. Great passing football down the FDS right hand side involving substitutes, Stephen Coutts and Jason Davie allowed Davie time on the ball to drive at the Kemnay left back and pick out a pass into the box and he did just that finding the unmarked Rothnie who could only see his goal bound effort cleared off the line. However, this goal line clearance only went as far as the well positioned Dryburgh who struck a first time volley (similar to Mackie's first half effort) into the keeper's bottom left hand corner who was left with no chance of denying FDS regaining their healthy two goal cushion.

FDS continued to build on their recent excellent passing football and were looking more fluent in their game as the Kemnay side began to tire. It was then game, set and match time for FDS as they got their well-deserved fourth goal following good play down the left hand side this time. The ball found its way to the other substitute, Ross Sangster who showed good skill in beating one defender before cutting back onto his stronger right foot and unleashing an intelligent lobbed effort that was brilliantly weighted, going over the Kemnay keeper who was rooted to the spot.

Credit to Kemnay where it's due, they didn't let their heads drop and continued to put up a strong fight against a well drilled FDS side that just proved too good on the day. Kemnay were still on the hunt for another goal that would certainly make the game tense for the FDS side as the game entered its dying embers.

The away side came agonisingly close from a free kick from well over 40 yards out but they could only watch it crash off McCombie's crossbar. However, they were eventually rewarded for their efforts as a corner was only half cleared by the FDS defence and the Kemnay midfielder hooked the ball back into the box and the unmarked centre half had the simplest of tasks to head the ball beyond McCombie into the back of the net. This was only to be a consolation though as their late surge was too little, too late and FDS saw out the game to proceed to the business end of the competition as they look forward to entertaining fellow A League opponents, Deveronvale in the semi-final.

Although Kemnay went crashing out the competition they can keep their heads held high as they have already beaten A League opposition this season in the making of Colony Park and also put up a good fight against Westdyke and gave FDS a good run for their money too. Kemnay are also enjoying a good season in the League as they remain unbeaten and look destined to be promoted into the A League next season.

Full Time: FDS 97 4-2 Kemnay BC

Saturday, 02 March 2013 22:32

Cup final for Cove after overcoming Fraserburgh

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Cove Rangers
U19's Murray Cup Semi Final
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This was an exciting cup tie between two teams totally committed to getting through to the final. It had everything; goals, penalties, misses and a fair share of hard challenges.

The match sparked into life midway through the first half when Fraserburgh were awarded a penalty. Martin Anderson stepped up to coolly slot it away and put the home team in front. Indeed Fraserburgh were looking comfortable at this point but a defensive mistake just before half-time allowed Michael Gunn, Cove's number ten to equalise.

Half time: Fraserburgh 1-1 Cove Rangers

After the break Fraserburgh came storming out of the blocks and retook the lead after about five minutes with Bruce Patterson netting from inside the box. But like the evenly matched sides that they were, Cove equalised shortly after with the goal of the game. A tremendous free kick from about twenty five yards was curled past the Fraserburgh wall and past the despairing keeper by Michael Gunn for his second of the match.

From this point Cove seemed to move up a gear and Ross Cochrane capped a fine match with two close range goals to put the visitors seemingly out of sight.

Fraserburgh out for the count? Not likely. The home team pushed forward in numbers to try and rescue the tie and a third goal by substitute Neil McQuaig gave them a glimmer of hope.

More pressure from Fraserburgh saw a couple of very good chances go a begging before the referee pointed to the spot for a second penalty to Fraserburgh in the very last minutes. Martin Anderson again stepped forward to take the kick but this time Cove keeper, Stuart Milne was the hero when he dived to his left and saved the spot kick.

The final whistle blew soon after this and Cove go forward to the final. A very disappointing for the Fraserburgh team who more than contributed to a great advert for youth football.

Full time: Fraserburgh 3-4 Cove Rangers
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 18:42

Dons girls all set for new dawn

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Aberdeen FC Ladies Youth 15's took a break from their pre-season training to pose for a team photo in the team's new away kit. 

Goalkeeper Abbie Little said: "Most of us have just come up from 13's. That team won the league and the League Cup last season. We were playing in the Aberdeen Sports Village 15's tournament yesterday in which we never lost a game."

She continued: "We never conceded a goal either and the whole team are all looking forward to getting back onto the pitch this season and showing everyone what we're made of."

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Sunday, 17 February 2013 23:34

Dyce book semi spot with shootout victory

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Dyce BC
Gow Valley
Own Goal 30
McGrane 66


U14 SYFA Challenge Cup - QF
The Meadows Sports Centre


By Daniel McKay
YFS North Region Reporter
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Scottish Youth Cup Q/FDyce played host to Gow Valley in the glorious Ellon sunshine this afternoon in the Quarter Final of the SYFA Cup.  The visitors trailed for most of the game thanks to a freak own goal, but levelled late on to take the game into extra time before Dyce eventually triumphed on penalties.

Gow started the better of the two teams and went close in the 7th minute.  Fraser Allan curled a free kick into the box where Jamie MacDonald rose highest and tested the keeper with a decent header.  Two minutes later Valley’s Scott Thomson went on a driving run at the Dyce defence.  Starting in his own half he battled his way right to the by-line and won a corner.  And it was Thomson again getting on the end of the corner kick and going close with a shot on the turn.

The home side had their first half chance 11 minutes in when Josh Milne headed wide from a corner.  In the 25th minute a superb challenge from Dyce’s Cory Ritchie on the halfway line prevented a dangerous looking Valley break.

On the half hour mark Dyce took the lead in bizarre circumstances.  Gow Valley had possession in defence with no imminent danger, but an attempted clearance cannoned off the unfortunate Dylan Hollands and looped back over the keeper’s head into the goal.

In stoppage time at the end of the first half a snap shot from the Valley number 4, Lee Stubbs, was blocked in the box.  Moments later at the other end, Josh Milne looked to be through on goal but keeper, Kieran Craw, was out of his goal quickly to clear the danger.

Half Time: Dyce BC 1-0 Gow Valley

There were early chances in the second half for Milne for Dyce and Kian Adams for Gow, both forcing the keepers to make saves.  In the 42nd minute a Gow corner swung in with pace was fumbled by the Dyce number 1.  Amid the ensuing stramash there were some claims that the ball had crossed the line but the referee waved play on.

On 47 minutes Josh Milne went on a terrific run from his own half, leaving three Valley players in his wake he burst into the box but sliced his shot high and wide.  Four minutes later the visitors went close when Jamie MacDonald curled an ambitious effort just wide of the top corner.

Scottish Youth Cup Q/FIn the 58th minute a cutback from Kian Adams found substitute Connor McGrane who crashed his shot off the crossbar from close range.  The south Lanarkshire club were really pushing for an equaliser at this stage, with wave after wave of attack.  As the game entered its last 10 minutes Jamie MacDonald flashed a header just past the post.

With just four minutes to go Gow Valley finally breeched the home side’s defence and levelled the match.  A ball in from the left landed at the feet of Connor McGrane who took a touch to control the ball before blasting high past the helpless Morgan Cook in goals, sparking wild celebrations in the away dugout.

In the 69th minute Milne was almost in for Dyce, but once again the Gow keeper was alert to the danger and came out of his goal quickly to clear in the last action of normal time.

Full Time: Dyce BC 1-1 Gow Valley

Extra time was end to end without either team creating too many clear cut chances.  The only real chance of the first half fell to Gow’s Thomson, whose low drive brought a good save from Cook.  With three minutes until the dreaded penalty shootout, Josh Milne showed tremendous pace to leave two Gow defenders for dead, the striker’s shot had the keeper beaten but came off the bar and was cleared.   After a full 90 minutes the sides could not be separated, so penalty kicks it was.

Valley were up first but Morgan Cook made an easy save with the penalty going straight down the middle.  Craig Gill stepped forward for Dyce and confidently dispatched the spot kick to give his side the lead.

Valley’s next penalty rattled the bar and bounced out, giving Cory Ritchie the chance to put Dyce 2-0 up, which he coolly did.  Remarkably Gow then missed their third penalty, meaning Josh Milne, who hit the bar in stoppage time, had the chance to score the winning penalty.  But he blasted the spot kick off the very same crossbar again!  Valley had to score their next penalty but the ball rolled agonisingly wide of Cook’s right-hand post, meaning Dyce go through 2-0 on penalties and will face Albion in the semi final.

Final Result: Dyce BC 1-1 Gow Valley (Dyce win 2-0 on penalties)

Dyce BC Gow Valley
1. Morgan Cook
19. Ewan Brown
17. Elliot Byers
5. Cameron Duncan
2. Craig Gill
12. Owen Kinsella
3. Campbell Marr
10. Cameron McArthur
11. Liam McDonald
14. Ewen McGregor
9. Josh Milne
7. Kalvin Mundie
16. Ally Naysmith
6. Cory Ritchie
8. Ryan Silvers
18. Lachlan Wood
1. Kieran Craw
3. Dylan Hollands
GK. Lewis Docherty
5. Greg Watson
6. Jamie MacDonald
7. Jack MacDonald
8. Connor McGrane
9. Fraser Allan
10. Kian Adams (Williams)
11. Scott Thomson
4. Lee Stubbs
14. Euan Robertson
15. Cameron Taylor
16. Kyle Ferguson

Josh Milne was a constant threat to the Gow defence, particularly with his speed and determination late on when others were tiring.
Jamie MacDonald was solid for Gow and looked dangerous going forward, particularly at set-pieces.