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Saturday, 09 February 2013 17:56

Broomhill repeat last four trick with Star win

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Broomhill Juniors
Elgin Star


U17 SYFA Challenge Cup - QF
Harlaw Academy


By David Reid
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Broomhill Juniors vs Elgin Star - Under 17sThis Scottish Cup quarter final match certainly saw a lot of goals however there weren't a lot of clear chances for either team. It was also a match that saw 7 different players getting on the scoresheet and Broomhill seal their place in the semi finals - the same stage where they got to last season.

The Fife outfit registered the first chance of the match after Malvern Edson delivered a quality ball into the box which was met by Jack Stewart however it just went over the bar. A bit of luck was to come from Star just in a short while though.

Broomhill then had a chance through striker Aaron Cox who pulled his way past Charlie Simpson before unleashing an effort on goal, it went over. Maybe a bit of a bend on the strike and it could easily of found its way into the net.

Elgin took the lead and what a strike to open the scoring. Sean Stewart was allowed time and space to try and unlock the Broomhill keyhole and he did so with a 40 yard stunner which found the top right hand corner.

Juniors were to hit back just a minute later as they broke on the rampage and the ball came to James Dunbar on the left wing who delivered a brilliant ball for Cox. The striker knocked the ball past Cameron Lambie in the Star goal to put his side back on level terms.

Half Time: Broomhill Juniors 1-1 Elgin Star

Broomhill took the lead for the first time in the game after Juniors played some good football and the ball came to Dillon Whyte, whose shot went in via a deflection off Star defender Jack Stewart. 

Juniors nearly doubled their advantage five minutes later after a great ball came in by goalscorer Cox, which was met by fellow forward James Dunbar. Dunbar produced a superb header towards goal but unfortunately for him it smacked off the right hand post.

Star knew that if they were to stay in the Scottish Cup a goal was required and they nearly got one through Malvern Edson, who hit a brilliant 20 yard strike. However, it was blocked by defender Connor Thomson.

Broomhill Juniors vs Elgin Star - Under 17sIn the closing minutes Elgin Star were given a lifeline when the referee awarded a penalty disputed by the home side. Andy Milne stepped up and placed the ball into the bottom left hand corner to keep his team's hopes alive.

Full Time: Broomhill Juniors 2-2 Elgin Star

As extra time kicked off the Broomhill dug-out elected to start with Aaron Cox and James Dunbar on the bench and Broomhill didn't look like creating a lot in that period. The two strikers then came on and made an impact.

Juniors were awarded a penalty of their own after Dillon Whyte was brought down in the area by Iain Russell. It was taken by ex-Aberdeen player Glen Smith who calmly dispatched it into the bottom left hand corner.

The home side then got another present just before half time after the smallest player on the park, Declan Urquhart, sent a lovely ball in from the right hand side. It was missed by all the Star defenders and went all the way to James Dunbar who smashed it past Lambie.

In the second half there was a sense of hope for Elgin after Edson cracked home a 30 yard strike past Nat Benstead in the Juniors goal. However they were unable to score again and the North East side celebrated their second successive last four appearance of the national competition.

Final Result: Broomhill Juniors 4-3 Elgin Star (AET)

Broomhill Juniors Elgin Star
1. Nat Benstead
12. Connor Thomson
3. Ewan Ritchie
4. Shaun Kirkpatrick
5. Max Townson
6. Dillon Whyte
7. Declan Urquhart 
9. Aaron Cox
10. Liam Paterson
18. James Dunbar
2. Calum Thomson
16. Ross Gibson
24. Glen Smith 
22. Gavin Emslie 

1. Cameron Lambie
2. Rhonan Williamson
3. Charlie Simpson
4. Iain Russell
5. Jack Stewart
6. Sean Stewart
7. Calum Reid
8. Michael Joyce
9. Liam Queen
10. Malvern Edson
11. Graham Lowson
14. Dylan McCulloch
15. Calum Craig
16. Calum Allardice
17. Lee Smith
18. Aaron Parkinson
Lots of players came on and off however my vote goes to Aaron Cox for his goal and his whole hearted running, a mention also goes to James Dunbar.
Malvern Edson gave the Broomhill defence problems and scored a good goal.

Friday, 08 February 2013 10:18

SYFA Challenge Cup - North Region preview

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Author: David Reid

northrtaThis winter has once again been harsh to the football calendar and ever since the 12th month of the year struck in December 2012 it really has been a winter of postponements and cancellations which really affects us all in the youth football community.

The Scottish Cup hits the North Region this weekend with 2 sides from the ADJFA aiming to seal places in the semi finals with one trying to get a quarter final slot however the big question that everyone is on about is will these 3 clubs have to wait another week for a taste at the Scottish Cup or will luck hit Aberdeen City/Aberdeenshire?

We start by looking at Broomhill Juniors v Elgin Star in the quarter finals. Both sides have been doing well in their respective leagues this year and this looks like being a really good encounter, Broomhill have only lost once this season at the hands of their closest rivals Albion BC 2-1 meanwhile Star have beaten ADJFA opposition in Culter United 8-3 in the 3rd round and are doing well in the Fife League this season. How does the weather look for this one? The Fifers will be having an early start and with Aberdeen seeing temperatures of -1 tonight that could play a big part in the game getting the go ahead or not, what could help is by kick off time it will be 4c, would it be enough for the game to go ahead, games kicks off at 1pm at Harlaw Academy.

Moving onto Sunday and its Albion vs Milingavie Wanderers. Both sides who like to play good football and attack, there has been a big improvement in the Albion camp from last season and it is going to be a really tight title race this season featuring Albion, Dyce and Fraserburgh Link Up. Albion's opponents Milingavie recorded a brilliant extra time win over Syngenta in the last round and they also like to play some good football, this match will be played on the 3G surface at Spain Park so this Quarter Final tie is a certain to go ahead unless we get about a foot of snow over the weekend 1pm kick off.

Deeside is a bad area when it is affected by snow and when there is heavy snow it normally sees STV News and Reporting Scotland go to these areas to report on how the area has been hit, a phone call with Tornados coach Adrian George yesterday managed to get me a lot of information, he reported "There is still one area of the pitch in Kincardine which has still got snow and there is always the potential for waterlogging, we have booked the all weather pitch at Inverurie in an effort to get the game on this weekend."

Looking at the weather for Torphins on Sunday come kick off time it is forecast to get some snow. If you go down the map just a wee bit to the town of Inverurie it is reporting sleet at kick off time so with this game being played on the all weather pitch it should be on. Looking ahead to the game both outfits have been struggling to get games as of late and both sides have strongly developed in the last few seasons since making the step up to play 11-a-side football.
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 17:37

Photo Report: Ochiltree Youth vs Lewis United 15's

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Ochiltree Youth
Lewis United
Morris 50, 55
Brown 78

Swan 20
Schmid 28, 60
Lawrence 34


U15 SYFA Challenge Cup - R5


Billy White
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Lewis United of the North East saw off hosts Ochiltree Youth of Ayrshire in a thrilling Scottish Cup last 16 tie. United were 3-0 up at the interval but Ochiltree battled back to come within a whisker of causing an upset in the national competition. 


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Keeper Callum Park for a first-half display that stopped United being out of sight by half time.
Kristian Schmid for not only his two goals but an all round display that helped his team through.
Sunday, 27 January 2013 20:31

Lewis edge Ochiltree in Scottish Cup thriller

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Ochiltree Youth
Lewis United
Morris 50, 55
Brown 78
Swan 20
Schmid 28, 60
Lawrence 34


U15 SYFA Challenge Cup - R5


By Billy White
YFS South West Region Photographer
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Ochiltree Youth vs Lewis United - Under 15sClick here to view a comprehensive photo gallery from the match. Billy White is a photographer with CLEARBLUEPhotography.com, photos from this match can be purchased by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rare ever has a team from the small village of Ochiltree in Ayrshire come this far in our national cup competition, but the big question was could Ochiltree Youth Under 15's go even further?

With most of the Lewis United players leaving Aberdeen around 7 am they would have been expected to start the Cup tie slowly however United started in whirlwind fashion when they almost scored via an Ochiltree player after less than one minute. Then with the game only three minutes old the United number 10 Swan has a goal ruled-out for offside.

United went onto dominate the first half with Ochiltree only managing the odd shot at goal which keeper Flinn in the Lewis goal dealt with comfortably.

After 20 minutes United made the dominance pay as Swan this time got his reward for hard work when he capitalised on a defensive mistake to give his side a deserved lead.

Four minutes later Swan should have scored again from probably an easier chance than the one he slotted home but he screwed his shot wide and this was repeated a minute later when this time United’s MacKenzie failed to score from an easy chance.

How United weren’t home and dry by this point was frustrating for those who had made the long trip South and this frustration grew on 27 minutes, albeit only temporarily, when Ochiltree keeper Park managed to tip a goal bound shot from United’s number 14 Ross out for a corner. However the save only delayed what was overdue and the second goal did arrive when United’s Schmid rose above the Ochiltree defence to head home from the resulting corner.

On 31 minutes the Aberdeen outfit were foiled again when Ochiltree keeper Park made a double save but three minutes later he could do nothing to stop Lawrence of United scoring his team’s third goal.

Just before the break United’s Ross saw another thundering shot fail to score with this time the crossbar saving the home team. How Lewis United weren’t five or six goals up at half-time was a mystery to everyone!

Half Time: Ochiltree Youth 0-3 Lewis United

Ochiltree Youth vs Lewis United - Under 15sThere is no doubt that the slope at Ochiltree’s ground brings with it an advantage for those playing down it and with the home team having that benefit in the second half the game was destined to be a completely different from United’s dominant first-half.

On 50 mins Ochiltree pushed hard and as United struggled to cope the ref awarded a penalty for what appeared a trip on Ochiltree’s grant striker. Up stepped number 20 Morris who had also started to cause trouble for United and he coolly slotted home the penalty to give the home side some real hope.

Three minutes later United had another great opportunity wasted with Swan failing to hit the target when it looked easier to score. Again the away team’s frustration was increasing and this became a real burden for them when Morris scored for Ochiltree after a defensive lapse.

On the hour though United surely sealed the victory when Schmid bagged his second and United’s fourth when he squeezed in at the far post from another corner.

Ochiltree continued to press forward as they went in search for the historic result but they had to wait until there was only two minutes left for Ryan Brown to score to bring a nervy end to the tie for the away team.

The game ended with United through but they were almost made to rue the missed chances they had in the first-half by a hard working home side.

Full Time: Ochiltree Youth 3-4 Lewis United


Ochiltree Youth Lewis United
1. C.Park
2. R.Hume
3. M.Don
4. D.Spittal
5. R.Brown
7. L.Roberts
8. D.Brown
9. A.Grant
10. R.Alexander
11. D.Howat
12. A.Ali
16. R.Kerr
17. S.Murdoch
18. J.Baird
20. J.Morris
21. R.Hutchison 
1. E.Flinn
2. A.Burrows
3. L.Grant
4. B.Strachan
5. C.Dickie
6. B.Smith
7. C.Youngson
8. D.MacKenzie
9. L.Malcolm
10. M.Swan
11. L.Masson
12. C.Petrie
14. L.Ross
15. K.Schmid
16. M.Lawrence
20. G.Johnstone
Keeper Callum Park for a first-half display that stopped United being out of sight by half time.
Kristian Schmid for not only his two goals but an all round display that helped his team through.
Saturday, 26 January 2013 17:58

Albion beat Broomhill in battle of the unbeaten

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Albion BC
Broomhill Juniors
Rae 58
Colbert 74
Paterson 31


Aberdeenshire & District JFA - D1
Spain Park


By David Reid
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Albion BC vs Broomhill Juniors - Under 17sThis week has been bad with the weather but it didn't affect the special 3G surface at Spain Park from staging a top of the league clash between Albion and Broomhill Juniors. This game was always going to be a close one and Albion shaded the game winning 2-1 with two second half goals who consolidate their position at the top of the pile.

Albion were to record the 1st chance after the hosts created some really good work with Harry Milne finding space to find Darren Sinclair who tried his luck from the edge of the box with a marker on him and from a tight angle his effort went wide of the right hand post.

At the other end Broomhill had a chance after a throw in by Anthony Harkins found Liam Paterson who went to his right hand side before unleashing an effort on goal which just went wide of the right hand post, both teams were playing some good counter attacking football and the 1st goal was set to arrive shortly, Broomhill kept the pressure up with a shot by Dillon Whyte which was saved by Nico Berton.

Juniors did take the lead and what a way to open the scoring, Ross Gibson passed into Liam Paterson who shrugged his way through the Albion backline and tried his luck from 25 yards and in doing so found the top right hand corner in a shot that was unstoppable for Berton.

The hosts were to register the final clear chance of the half after Craig Simpson played a long ball from the left hand side which found Darren Sinclair who then forced his way into the penalty area and then knocked a shot just whiskers wide of the left hand post.

Half Time: Albion BC 0-1 Broomhill Juniors

Albion BC vs Broomhill Juniors - Under 17sAs we started the second half Broomhill nearly doubled their lead after Glen Smith sent a great ball in from the left hand side which was met by Ross Gibson in what was a clear chance for Juniors. Gibson hit the ball quite hard that the ball went wide, any calmer and it could of easily been 2-0.

Albion nearly forced an equaliser 6 minutes into the half after a long 25 yard free kick was sent goalwards by Lewis Pashley which tested a small Stuart Miller however Miller had enough height to tip it over the bar. From the resultant corner that they got straight after a great ball was sent in by Devin Kennedy Colbert which was met by Harry Milne on the half volley however it went over in what was a wasted chance for Albion.

Just a couple of minutes later Albion grabbed an equaliser when another good ball came in by Colbert which found Macaulay Rae unmarked who managed to power it past Stuart Miller in the Broomhill goal who has just came back from Montrose.

It could of been a quick turn around but only for a brilliant diving save by Miller, a great corner came in from the left hand side by Chris Liversedge which was met by AJ Baker but Miller reacted.

Broomhill then thought they retook the lead after a great ball came in by Glen Smith which was met by Anthony Harkins who guided his header past Berton but the referee ruled out the goal due to a push on an Albion player.

Albion made them pay when Craig Simpson played a short pass into Devin Kennedy Colbert and another stunning strike was to come out of this after Colbert tried his luck from 30 yards and beat Stuart Miller all ends up with the shot going into the top right hand corner.

Albion coach John Hill after the game thought his team deserved the result saying "The only bit in the game we got caught out in was when they scored that wondergoal, apart from that it was all Albion, we did change a bit tactically and we got the rewards."

Juniors coach Pat Doherty on the other hand thought a draw was a fair result "Both teams put in a good performance and I think a draw would have been the perfect result, it was a brilliant finish by Liam Paterson for the goal."

Full Time: Albion BC 2-1 Broomhill Juniors

Albion BC Broomhill Juniors
1. Nico Berton
5. Macaulay Rae
7. Devin Kennedy-Colbert
6. Craig Simpson
14. Chris Liversedge
8. Chris Davidson
15. AJ Baker
16. Kyle Bridger
11. Darren Sinclair
4. Harry Milne
17. Clark Henderson
9. Dean Still
18. Greg Watson
12. Lewis Pashley
19. Ally Treasure

1. Stuart Miller
9. Aaron Cox
18. James Dunbar
15. Anthony Harkins
10. Liam Paterson
3. Ewan Ritchie
16. Ross Gibson
24. Glen Smith
5. Max Townson
6. Dillon Whyte
12. Connor Thomson
4. Shaun Kirkpatrick
8. Sam Downie
2. Callum Thomson
7. Declan Urquhart
22. Gavin Emslie
Macaulay Rae played like a leader and scored an excellent equalising goal.
Liam Paterson found good positions all afternoon and scored a stunning goal.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:45

New playing opportunity for Moray girls

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Moray Girls and Ladies Football Club (now known as Elgin Ladies FC) are trying to support the Development 4v4 format which is following the Scottish FA player pathway for young children participating in football. This will encourage more children to take up the game at an earlier age by providing them with opportunities to play which will in turn increase the number of children associated with and wishing to play for clubs and schools in the Moray area and ultimately this will raise the general playing standards at a later age.

Therefore, we are holding 4 v 4 festivals for Under 11 girls at Elgin High School, Elgin from 23rd January to 27th March 2013 at 6pm-7pm. This is a small cost of £1 per week to cover facility costs and half will be donated to MacMillan Cancer Support.

Hopefully this will provide “solid grounding” with which to promote, improve and develop girls and ladies football and make a positive impact across the Moray area.

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013 14:48

Coaching development service opportunity

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Family Friday @ Aberdeen Sports Village
FA Football Development staff will deliver cutting edge content based on the 4v4 small sided game. As part of our continued support of the “National Player Pathway” this in-service forms an important aspect of the development of both players and coaches involved in the game.

This is an opportunity for coaches and parents at any level of the game to come along and pick up a new coaching drills and practices. This session will be open to managers, coaches, volunteer helpers, parents and anyone else involved in the game. The Scottish FA sees this as an important part of developing coaches and the game across the North of Scotland.

Date: Wednesday 20th February 2013
Venue: Aberdeen Sports Village, Aberdeen
Time: 7pm-9pm

To reserve a place on the in-service please phone the Scottish FA North Regional office on 01343 540101 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your name, address, club and contact email.

Closing date for applications is Friday 15th February 2013.

Sunday, 20 January 2013 22:28

Peterhead goalkeepers boosted by special guest

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While many games were falling to the weather, the young goalkeepers of Peterhead had a footballing weekend to remember, thanks to the visit of a special guest.

Louise Cardno of Peterhead BC, said: "Paul Swanston, who runs the Peterhead Boys Goalkeeping Club, got in touch with Andy Goram through the True Blue Rangers Fan Club in Peterhead, who told us Andy was up over the weekend of the Rangers vs Peterhead game. Andy kindly agreed to come along to the astro turf next to Peterhead Stadium and take a session with all the boys on Saturday 19th January."

She continued: "Peterhead boys goalkeeping club was set up through help and encouragement from Ali Hynd, Peterhead Boys Club chairman, Paul Swanston and two other coaches. They are all ex goalkeepers who have achieved there relevant coaching qualifications and set up the club to benefit and support Peterhead Boys Club team coaches with extra dedicated goalkeeper training. All Peterhead boys club keepers are welcomed to come along every friday night for coaching."

Peterhead Boys Club and Peterhead Boys Goalkeeping Club would like to say how indebted and thankful they are to have had Andy take the time out to share his expert advice with the boys and the session was greatly enjoyed by everyone.
Sunday, 20 January 2013 18:23

Broch to host Scotland international

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Fraserburgh V Cove U19sHighland League club Fraserburgh FC will be hosting a Scotland International in March when the schoolboys fight it out for their country, Bellslea (pictured right, hosting a SFA Youth Cup tie between Fraserburgh and Cove Rangers) will be the venue when Republic Of Ireland come to the Buchan town on the 28th March (Kick Off 7pm).

It's the first time in ten years that a Scotland schoolboy international has been held in the North East with Pittodrie being the last venue to hold one after a strong 2,000 crowd came to witness Scotland beat Northern Ireland 2-1 in which some of the players playing that night were Steven Fletcher who is now with Premiership side Sunderland and Aberdeen defender Andrew Considine.

Aberdeen will be represented again as three Dons players have been called up to the squad in Stuart Close who has just signed a full time contract with the Pittodrie side, 15 year old Richie Petrie who featured in the victory shield and Scott McKenna who hails from Kirriemuir.

Aberdeen chief scout Colin Grant is delighted the trip have gained some recognition "The three of them have done really well and we hope they will progress more in 2013, Scott McKenna has been with us for some time, he started as a left back but has featured as a centre back for the Under 17s, He will hopefully be making the step up to the Under 20s next season. Stuart Close was part of the famous 3 in a row Dyce BC Scottish Cup winning team, Stuart is a centre back but can play at right back, Richie Petrie is also another product of Dyce BC, he can play in midfield or at the back and played in the Victory Shield against Norther Ireland, Wales and England."

This game is the 1st game since 2002 that the Aberdeenshire Schools FA have been asked to host an international and John Peterson who is a coach at Mintlaw Academy and is the secretary of the association was delighted saying "We are delighted, it will be a great chance for people in this area to see some of the country's best football talents in action."

Fraserburgh FC have been known in the past and present to being a community run club with players that come from the community and Fraserburgh Youth Development have broke a lot of youngsters into the 1st team.

Fraserburgh chairman Finlay Noble released the following statement saying "Fraserburgh FC are honoured and delighted to have been chosen as hosts for the Scotland v Republic Of Ireland U18 Schoolboy International, we have been long supporters of school football and regularly host Aberdeenshire School Select matches as well as School Cup Finals, Youngsters are the lifeblood of our club and it is fitting that we should get this game, hopefully a good crowd turns out for the game and it is the great occasion it turns out to be."
Sunday, 20 January 2013 15:00

Double joy for Albion Boys Club

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albionboysAnother winter comes by and once again snow is on the radar and affects the football pitches not only in the North East but around most of Scotland.

One club who do alright with the winter though is Albion BC who just 15 months ago recreated their Spain Park surface which used to be grass into 3G.

Albion Under 14's had only played 3 league games before today and got their 3rd league win of the season at home to Paul Lawrie Foundation after a 4-2 win thanks to goals from Jack Odlin, Jordon Reid, Lewis Paton and Mitchell Cheyne with Albions star player being Jamie Hay.

The starting line-up was Cameron Jarvie, Andrew Donald, Craig Armstrong, Finlay Johnston, Jack Odlin, Jamie Hay, Jordon Sangster, Lewis Paton, Liam Morrison, Mitchell Cheyne, Tyler Ogston with the bench being Fraser Gordon, Greame Cochrane, Jordon Reid, Josh Bolton, Oscar Slater.

With this being Albions first game since before the festive break coach Greg Moir thought his boys were a bit rusty after the break "We were rusty however we got the job done and the boys can build on that domestically and in the Scottish Cup in the coming weeks."

Meanwhile Albion Under 15's brushed aside Colony Park 9-0 in the Belmont Trophy.