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Dyce Whites and Westdyke CC under 13’s played in the 13’s Regional League Cup Final at Heathryfold. Westdyke, only three days prior, had clinched the A league title and they were hoping to make it a domestic and cup double.

The game got off to a fast start as in the third minute, a cross from Dyce’s Toby Mitchell was met by the right boot of Ben Askew but his shot blazed over the bar.

At the other end of the pitch, Westdyke had an opportunity in the sixth minute. Gregor Zimmermann skipped past three defenders, and then the Dyce keeper Elliot Wills, but was too far wide to score, so he unselfishly squared the ball to teammate Finlay Walker who cooly finished to make it 1-0 to Westdyke.

A second goal came only three minutes later when a shot from 30 yards by Westdyke’s man of the match and hat trick hero Sean Considine lobbed Dyce keeper Wills to make it 2-0

In the 13th minute a cross from Considine met the head of Miloz Ochmanski but Wills managed to parry the shot away and to keep the score at only 2-0.

A fourth chance in quick succession came for Westdyke as in the eighteenth minute, Westdykes moment of the match came. A cross from Walker was whipped in after a terrific ball by Westdyke’s Innes Alexander. The cross was finished by Considine to make it two for him and three for Westdyke.

The game entered a quiet spell but in the thirty-fifth minute it sprung back to life when a fourth goal for Westdyke came. A shot from Zimmermann went past the keepers gloves and rippled the back of the net from 20 yards out.

Banks O'Dee Albion continued where they left off in the league campaign by picking more up silverware beating Banchory 8-0. Banchory had a few chances in the early parts of the game however it was a dominant Banks O'Dee performance otherwise. Different players got on the scoresheet for the Spain Park boys which would have been pleasing. 

It was only six minutes old when Albion opened the scoring. Finlay Ness did really well to get forward and get into a dangerous position before a good ball across the goal was met by Michael Mitchell who opened the scoring with a good effort past Simon Mitchell in the Banchory goal. 

Samuel Thomson was through on goal midway through the first period for Banchory and the full back had a good effort on goal from the edge of the area past the advancing Lucas Muller however Thomson's effort drove wide of the left hand post. Muller doing enough to maintain his clean sheet in this game. 

Callum Brown made it 2-0 to Banks O'Dee Albion on 33 minutes guiding home a fine effort past a packed Banchory backline which set the tone for the rest of the game. The game had been quite sticky to that point and it wasn't long before the unfortunate Mitchell in the Banchory was a busy young man. 

Callan Gray has been a really good player for Albion this campaign with a number of outstanding displays to help Albion 2002s achieve the success they are today - Gray was to get a quick fire double before half time with a Mitchell cross finding Gray who fired in after 42 minutes before Finlay Ness got his second assist of the game to put Albion 4-0 up at half time and knock the stuffing out of Banchory.

Banks O'Dee Albion sealed the double with a fantastic performance winning 4-0 against Sunnybank Elite at Ian Mair Park, Dyce Juniors. Albion deserved the win with Elite showing a lack of ambition at both sides of the park.

Albion had the opening chance of the game with talented midfielder Sam Walker having an effort thwarted by Louis Amann after Corey Stevenson had a clear cut effort on goal, this was the latest in a barrage of attacks from the Spain Park outfit, Elite showed a lack of ambition and panicked when going forward.

Apart from that chance, the opening five minutes was subdued in terms of chances on what was a warm sunny day at Ian Mair Park, Dyce, both sides tried to play football with Albion showing that bit extra intensity which was the difference during the first half.

On 9 minutes, Rory Anderson was proving to be a handful for the Elite backline and the tall striker was in on goal once again with the striker having a shot parried by Amann before the ball came back to the forward whose effort was straight at Amann. Stevie Livingstone then tried his luck from 15 yards which was blocked on the goal line by Devon Duguid of Elite.

Banks O'Dee Albion took the lead inside 14 minutes with the talented forward duo of Rory Anderson and Corey Stevenson linking up well together again, a good ball by the latter was met by Anderson who struck home a fantastic finish into the net.

Stevie Livingstone made it 2-0 on 21 minutes after a good run into the box by the midfielder saw him find the bottom right hand corner with a good hit which was the catalyst behind what was going to be a fantastic Albion performance.

Sunnybank came into the game a bit more as the game approached half time with MacKenzie Taylor having a chance denied by Owen Forsyth in the Albion goal and Cody Whyte also having a chance for Elite forcing Forsyth to tip the ball round for a corner kick.

A fantastic performance by Banchory Academy Under 15s was enough for them to come out on top against Alford Academy winning 7-2 with a lot of fantastic football played by both sets of teams.

Pre-match, both teams had a clash of kit so it was an emergency trip to Westhill Academy for referee Jim McEwan to get a purple kit for Alford Academy to wear, unfortunately it didn't give Alford any luck, both sets of schools are situated in their own special parts of the North East corner, Banchory are on the Deeside trail whilst Alford is just within a short distance of the Cairngorms.

Banchory prepared for this game in the best possible way arriving 75 minutes before kick off with Alford just a tender 35 minutes before hand, this preparation certainly helped as after a Keigan Mathers volley went over the bar for the latter, Banchory took the lead on two minutes with Morgan Matthew finding Jack McKeown who finished off a good move past Devon Hudson.

On nine minutes, it was 2-0 Banchory after a good ball over the top found the talented Connor Sibson who beat the offside trap before running in on goal and keeping his cool to finish beyond Hudson to give Banchory a two goal cushion, Alford weren't playing too bad however struggled to get grips in the game against a sharper and more energetic Banchory outfit.

McKeown scored his second of the game on 18 minutes with Banchory once again playing some exciting football and cutting the Alford defence open, Sibson got into a fantastic finish before a good effort by the tall striker was parried and there was McKeown to tap home.

Kyle Corbett put in a great shift for Banchory and got his just rewards by scoring a goal on 29 minutes, Sibson once again got into a fantastic position before pulling the trigger which was denied by Hudson before Corbett shot home. Alford offered a lot in attack however lacked that final product.

The top two teams in the Spree Under 15’s A league table played out a pulsating cup final that swung both ways before ending in a sudden death penalty shoot-out where Dyce prevailed making them Cup winners. Glenury Park was bathed in sunshine although there was still a nip in the air as the teams battled out to become Stonehaven Youth Cup champions of 2019.

The first chance of the game fell to Westdyke in the sixth minute when Jamie MacLellan had a free kick from 20 yards which he shot over the crossbar.

In the ninth minute Dyce’s man of the match Reagan Rintoul played the ball down the left flank to Jackson Pirie who played a great ball across the six yard box which was finished well by Jos McLaren to put Dyce 1-0 up.

Westdyke immediately tried to respond when after some nice passing at the edge of the Dyce box, Lewis Dalgarno switched play to the unmarked Callum Nicol whos left footed curling strike was well saved by Dyce keeper, Kris Abernethy.

In the fifteenth minute a sweeping move saw Westdyke’s Matthew Petterman breaking forward. He played the ball to MacLellan whose right footed effort went just right of the Dyce left hand post.

Westdyke continued to press and in the twenty first minute their corner was partially cleared but the ball dropped to Dalgarno who shot wide.

Five minutes later, Dyce almost doubled their lead when a corner was met by Ewan Skinner on the edge of the six yard box but it flew just wide.

A minute later, there was a great double save from Westdyke’s keeper Mark O’Donnell when he parried a shot from Pirie and got up to smother the ball before Ryan Park could finish.

In the final minute of the half, Westdyke grabbed their equaliser when a cross from Danny Belfors reached Callum Nicol whose floated header cleared Abernethy and rippled the net to make it 1-1 going into the break.

Sunday, 05 May 2019 14:03

Dyce beat Westdyke to claim Colony Park Cup

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Dyce BC Blues Under 13s warmed up for their Scottish Cup final date with Airdrieonians Red in a fortnight with a 4-2 victory over Westdyke CC, like all the encounters this season, all the games were played in a positive way with both teams going for it from the off.

Both teams played their own positive tactics with Matt McFarlane deployed into centre half for Dyce, Ethan Sutherland played in midfield with Owen Townend leading the line well for the Scottish Cup finalists. For Westdyke, they are always a threat and their strong point is the midfield and this game was no different.

Sutherland had an early chance for Dyce which was fumbled away by Ross Stark although Westdyke were to draw first blood in this cup final with a long range strike by the talented Milosz Ochmanski flying past Sam Inglis into the net.

On 16 minutes, it was 1-1 with Sutherland playing a fantastic ball which was met by Jimmy Anderson who did a power of work for Dyce and Anderson guided home a fantastic finish past Stark in the Westdyke goal to level matters up in the cup final.

Ethan Sutherland impressed for Dyce in an unknown midfield position and Sutherland played as a forward as he always looked a danger going forward, he put Dyce in front on 27 minutes with a powerful deflected shot went into the bottom left hand corner past Stark.

Dyce were on top at that period of time however Westdyke weren't to be underestimated and Ritchie Clark's side levelled matters up three minutes before half time with Gregor Zimmerman getting the better of Matt McFarlane before rounding Sam Inglis and putting the ball into an empty net.

Sunday, 05 May 2019 06:16

Longside B League champions with derby win

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PBC Buchanhaven Hearts and Longside met in an Under 19s B League play-off to determine who would be champions for season 2018-19, it was Longside coming out on top winning 3-0 with a bit of quality in front of goal being the difference. Peterhead to Longside is only 6.2 miles so there will have been mutual knowings between both sets of players before and after the game.

The opening stages of the game saw nothing clear cut from either team with the weather hosting a stage of rain, hail stones, sun & wind which did make football hard to play at times within the game, Buchanhaven Hearts had a half chance on 15 minutes but the first shot on goal after 28 minutes resulted in the opening goal of the game. Longside pressed forward with Ross McCafferty having a shot parried by Callum Hall before Michael Taylor tucked home the rebound.

Taylor was looking promising for Longside whenever he got himself on the ball and was full of positivity, he had a good effort from just inside the area over the bar as Longside searched to double their lead before the interval.

Buchanhaven had a chance of their own, a nice ball was sent in from the left side by Ayden McGill which found Shaun Collin which just went over the bar, chances came from both teams however it was Longside who were in front of half time, it was more of a battle than a game of football which was unsurprising considering the importance of the match.

Thursday, 02 May 2019 21:14

Big Win for Kemnay Academy in AFC Trophy Final

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Kemnay Academy put double digits in the goals column on Thursday, to see themselves victorious over Portlethen Academy in the S2 AFC Trophy Final. Four for striker Taylor Mason broke the game open, as the 10-4 scoreline was a fitting reflection of a pulsating fixture which gets top marks for the entertainment served up by both schools.

Portlethen were first to strike in the opening minute of the match. The referee adjudged a foul on the edge of the area following an initial freekick delivery by Lennon Brown. Cody Whyte stepped up for the second set-piece and drilled it superbly beyond Owen Forsyth to give Porty the early advantage and get the fun started. 

Dean McDonald's shot called Forsyth into further action moments later. At the other end, Finlay Wilson was alive to stifle the running of Anton Chauvin, the tricky midfielder thwarted on his dribble through, as both sides tested the water. 

Kemnay's equaliser arrived on 12 minutes. Again here, Chauvin's neat footwork was the catalyst. Picking the ball up twenty yards out, he sidestepped delicately, rolling the ball square for MacKenzie Taylor to fire home a lovely curling effort. 

They would pick the lock twice more over the next five minutes. First, a fine team move turned the match on its head. Tightly congested, Kemnay pinballed their way to the net with precision. Callum Duncan was key in the smooth interchange, laying it on for Josh Buchan to slot away for 2-1. 

Mason had his first say on the quarter hour. Orchestrated down their right, McKenzie Taylor turned provider, whipping a terrific centre across the face. Timing is everything. All the forward had to do was guide this header. In the cold of Cove, there was daylight. 

Surely the match would have to calm, but no lull was forthcoming as the teams went end-to-end, toe-to-toe.

Unperturbed, Portlethen gritted their collective teeth, and the deficit appeared to ignite fresh vigour in their performance. The charge was led by the twisting Tristan Baxter. A tireless worker throughout, the exciting winger was brave in the challenge with Callum Duncan, catching an inadvertent high boot. Portlethen loaded the box for Ramsey Davidson's delivery, which was met by Cody Whyte to steer them back into contention. 

It's amazing what goals can do for the confidence of any team, and wonderful to watch their impact on the natural enthusiasm of young and talented players, such as the sides in this Final. The Balmoral Stadium crowd were getting their fill of thrills, with more on the horizon. Buoyed by their rapid response, something special was about to happen to restore parity. 

Stand up and be counted, be applauded, Tristan Baxter.

On 22, Kemnay keeper Owen Forsyth did very well to mop up some Portlethen pressure. His lengthy clearance was won back by Baxter at distance, nipping in, and he took aim. In one swipe, he smashed the ball from fully 35 yards, if not more, sending it crashing back beyond the stopper. A stunning, memorable finish, and the tie was back in the balance.

So, 22 minutes gone, six goals shared, and time to get the calculators out. Told you this was fun...

In no mood for drama, Kemnay would answer Portlethen’s resurgence with a swift pair before the interval. Callum Duncan converted with composure from a lofted forward pass to edge them ahead again. Taylor Mason was obviously taking notes, stretching away in similar fashion, this time to round the goalkeeper for the fifth by 31.

Two goals born of determination in a footrace, but with Portlethen still asking questions of their own, who would cross the line first remained anyone’s guess at the break.

A battling performance from Newmachar United was enough for the Aberdeenshire side to take home the Under 16s Spree B League title for season 2018-19 winning 2-0, goals from John Milne and Callum Donald completed the trick. It has been a very competitive B League this year with Cove, Formartine, Donside and FDS also playing their part in making sure it was an intense title race. Newmachar and Cove were the most consistent throughout the season and deserve their place in the A league next term. 

Donside only had 11 men on the park with two trialists alongside that, it was always going to be a tough ask to get anything out of the game however the Alford side were very positive when going forward. Newmachar had the first chance of the match through Donald however it went wide before the visitors broke forward with Finlay Mitchell having the ball in the net however he was deemed offside. 

Newmachar's creativity was looking sharp with John Milne causing havoc up front alongside his fellow forwards, a good ball by Nickolas Price found Milne however the crossbar was the burden from Newmachar taking the lead inside 15 minutes. 

Donside broke forward again on 18 minutes with a fantastic ball by Logan Barclay finding Morgan Ritchie however the latter failed to connect with the ball and it went out for a United goal kick. 

Newmachar were to play the better football and chances as the half drew to a close, Daniel Owen had a good chance for the hosts tipped over the crossbar by Ethan Munro before United took the lead on 38 minutes, a throw-in found the winger who sent a lovely delivery into the box with the ball coming to the feet of Milne  who fired home from close range. 

Spain Park played host to what has ultimately become the most important game in the ADJFA Under 17’s A league season. In the final game of the campaign, Banks O’Dee Albion went in three points ahead of their opponents – whatever they did, they’d either be champions, or be within a shot of becoming champions come full-time.

Lewis United Rangers on-the-other-hand knew they had to win. A win still wouldn’t be enough to crown them champions, but in a league that does not utilise goal difference, a win would draw the two sides level on points – forcing a play-off.

The game started off fairly evenly, but Albion were looking to take control centrally, which was helping to provide them with the majority of possession.

It would be Albion who took the lead, just after the ten minute mark. A cleared corner fell to Finlay Ness wide right, the number nine shaped to cross and his strong ball in drifted over the goalkeeper, smashing off the post before dropping into the net.

United seemed to be invigorated by the act of conceding and also replied instantly, a long ball forward from the kick off fell to Jay Halliday. Halliday calmly side footed the ball from the centre of the box, only to see it crash agonisingly off of the underside of the crossbar, before bouncing clear.

If United weren’t kicking themselves before, they would be just minutes later as Albion doubled their lead. The home sides forward line were linking up well with one touch passing and a slick move shifted the ball out wide left to Harry Ingram, with the striker cutting inside to curl a shot past the Lewis goalkeeper.

The pressure continued to build on United, with Albion looking to put the game to bed, with the away side beginning to look a bit snowed under – however, they managed to weather the storm, and began to find their way back into the game.

With 25 minutes on the clock, United brought the game back to life. They’d begun to mount more forward movements and following a secondary ball from a corner, Demilade Yunus – who’d won the corner following a strong run, nodded the ball back across the face of goal for Lewis Youngson to touch the ball in right on the line.

A few minutes later it was almost level, United kept the pressure on and another corner caused issues with a scuffed clearance at the front post almost finding its way into the net for an own goal – but instead drifted back towards the opposite side of the pitch.

Albion began to take some more control back towards half-time, but they could not regain their two goal lead before the half-time whistle, which lined up a second half where everything was very much still on the line.

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