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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 10:31

Deveronvale Edge Out Westdyke in North Region Final

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Deveronvale secured North Region Cup glory as they came out on top with a narrow win over Westdyke CC. The task for Westdyke was shown as Deveronvale breezed through to the final - winning the semi final 8-0 while Westdyke managed to prevail with a 3-2 win. All things considered and with the sun beating down it was sure to be an exciting match.

The game was quick to give us its first chance when in the fourth minute a long kick from Westdyke goalkeeper Stephanie Hodgson was controlled by Naomi Cruckshank who took the ball into the box and shot but it was blocked by a member of the Deveronvale defence. The rebound was collected by Cruckshank but her shot was well saved by Deveronvale keeper Gail Gilmour.

A minute later a through ball from Deveronvale Woman of the Match Anna Grant to Catie Carter ended in a shot from Carter and forced Westdyke’s Hodgson to pull of a spectacular save.

In the ninth minute a great move of passing play by the whole Westdyke team ended with Kara Davidson getting a shot away but was again forced away by Gilmour.

The play began to slow down for a while as both teams battled for control until the 20th minute when Deveronvale struck gold as a run down the wing by winger Catie Carter, allowed her the time and space to cross a beautiful ball into Grant who cooly struck the ball off the post and into the net to make it 1-0 to Vale.

Only four minutes later Deveronvale looked to double their lead as a through ball from Carter met Lori Lappin whos shot was just wide of the right hand post

Then just four minutes before halftime in the 31st minute a cut back from Deveronvale’s Karolina Zarzycka to Carter opened up Grant who received the ball and shot. Her effort was brilliantly saved by the leg of Westdyke keeper Hodgeson to keep her side in it going into the break.

Burton Albion have signed teenage defender Jevan Anderson on a one-year contract. The 19-year-old, who most recently played for Highland League side Formartine United, had a trial with the League One club earlier this year and did enough to convince first team manager Nigel Clough to sign on at the Pirelli Stadium.

Anderson comes from a footballing family himself with his father Russell Anderson an ex-player at Sunderland, Derby County and Aberdeen alongside his current role and is now assistant manager at Highland League outfit Formartine United. Jevan's uncle Paul Lawson is the manager at United just now and also enjoyed a good playing career playing at Celtic, Motherwell and Ross County.

Russell's manager whilst on the books at Derby County was Nigel Clough.

Jevan started off his youth football career at Banks O'Dee Albion 2000 age group and won a clean sweep of trophies up until Under 15s level before he made the switch to join the youth academy at Aberdeen FC. Unfortunately for Anderson, he got released by Aberdeen at Under 17s and was swooped up by Formartine United under Kris Hunter. Anderson also reached the Scottish Cup semi-finals with Albion, however a 1-0 defeat curtailed the teams progress.

The Highland League proved to be a stepping stone for Jevan with a number of good performances catching the eye of a few English Clubs, with the tall defender also going on trial at Fleetwood Town.


I watched Anderson a number of times in his younger days at Banks O'Dee Albion and recall he was a stand-out player back then. The Banks O'Dee Albion 2000 age group was a special team and when I look back at when they started competitive football, Jevan was always one who caught the eye and got a number of player of the match performances in his three years as a Juvenile player.

I wasn't surprised when I heard Jevan was off to Aberdeen after Under 15s, getting released from Aberdeen at Under 17s would have been a set-back for him, however the two years with Formartine has certainly been a stepping stone for him and he has shown what he is capable of in the Highland League during the last few years.

Jevan follows a number of players from the ADJFA who have got big deals in professional football recently, Bruce Anderson, ex Dyce BC forward is now within the 1st team set-up at Aberdeen FC alongside former Dyce BC goalkeeper Archie Mair who signed for Norwich City last week having formerly been with the Dons.

In this game we saw a clash of two undefeated teams in the Under 13s North Kim Little League at Davidson Park in Port Elphinstone between Moray Pinks and Colony Park. It was Moray Pinks who came out on top winning 4-2.

The action started in the second minute a cross from Colony’s Woman of the Match, Aoife Gauld, was well clasped by Moray keeper Willow Searle to stop an inevitable goal.

Then only five minutes later a shot from Moray’s Woman of the match Iona McArthur was converted to make it 1-0 as a goal kick from Corys Hollands found its way past the back line and was well finished.

Only two minutes later in the ninth minute Colony looked as if they were going to equalise as a throw in from Halle Gordon was met by Gauld but her shot smashed against the post.

In the 18th minute a shot from Moray’s Romilly Cruickshank was well parried away by Colony keeper Kelsie Allan for a corner. The resulting corner lead to Morays moment of the match as a cross from Zoe Rankin was met and well struck by McArthur to give her and her team a second goal and make it 2-0.

Then, in the 24th minute a ball through by Morays Amy Bruce was met by McArthur who took the ball into the box and slotted the ball through the keepers legs to give her a hat-trick and give her team a 3-0 lead.

The final effort of the half came from Colony as Gauld had a free kick which she put into the box and goalward but the ball was easily saved by Moray goalie Searle.

Going into the break it was 3-0 to Moray and the game seemed out of reach for Colony to make a comeback and it seemed that they were about to suffer their first loss of the season.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 09:56

Inverurie win North Of Scotland Cup beating Alford

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Inverurie Academy Under 15s got their hands on the North Of Scotland Cup for the 2nd year in a row with a 10-4 win over Alford Academy coming back from 2-0 down to net five quick goals in the process. Carrie Ann Gordon netted 6 goals in what was a fantastic afternoon for the young talented striker with Alex Curry netting a brace alongside goals by Sara Pavesi and Mya Christie.

Alford started the game better and had a bit more about them in the opening 10 minutes of the match and they took the lead on seven minutes, a pass by Kirsty Stobble found Rachel Bain who delivered a nice long range effort into the roof of the net beyond Kelsie Allan in the Inverurie goal to give Alford the dream start, probably deserved at the time of the game.

Ten minutes later, it was 2-0 with Alford doubling their lead after a ball wasn't cleared away from the danger zone following a throw-in and the ball dropped to the talented Rachel Bain who delivered another sweet strike which hut the back of the net, two fantastic finishes from a good footballer.

There was no time to look away after the goal however as straight after the restart on 18 minutes, Inverurie pulled a goal back and set their intentions straight away of reducing the deficit after a long ball was switched into the Alford channel which Carrie Ann Gordon chased down and managed to retrieve the ball before rounding Kerin McKenzie and finding the net to give Inverurie a glimmer of hope.

On 24 minutes, Inverurie were level, Mya Christie got into a fantastic position out on the left hand side before cutting the ball across to Alex Curry who then found Carrie Ann Gordon who found the net with a smashing effort giving the unfortunate McKenzie no chance, Gordon finding the top left corner with a well placed finish.

Inverurie had the momentum now and stepped it up a gear before half time adding more wounds to Alford in the process, the Garioch outfit took the lead inside 26 minutes, Gordon went from scorer to provider after a good ball tested the Alford backline and a header found it's way towards Alex Curry whose fine header looped into the net to give Inverurie the lead.

Two goals in two minutes was then the order before the interval with Gordon yet again delivering another potent set-piece however the initial delivery was blocked by the Alford backline before coming back to the attacker who then played in Mya Christie who beat a few Alford players before finding a perfect blade of space followed by an inch perfect finish finding the bottom left corner, a real moment of brilliance there from the midfielder.

Carrie Ann Gordon completed the scoring just before half time, Mya Christie, on a high after her fantastic finish kept her fine football up playing a fantastic ball into the feet of Gordon who ran into the box before keeping her composure to slot the ball through Kerin McKenzies legs and complete what was a fantastic 14 minute spell for Inverurie where some of the football played was sublime against a difficult Alford side.

Middlefield Wasps Under 15s got their hands on some silverware coming back from 2-0 down to win the Consolation Cup beating Stonehaven United 3-2 after extra time, after an entertaining first period, the second period was more tepid.

Wasps had the first clear cut opening of the match after Keiran Vettese played in Brodie Reid whose goalbound effort crashed onto the post before the ball came out into the pathway of Rowan Gillies who struck the ball over the crossbar with only the United goalkeeper to beat.

Middlefield continued to threaten with the talented Vettese finding Lenin Shanks however a good effort 15 yards from goal went wide of the left hand post, Middlefield were having the better chances and playing some good football however Stonehaven weathered the storm.

United took the lead on 16 minutes, some good build-up play resulted in the ball going onto the edge of the box which was met by Kieran Cooley who hit a sweet strike beyond Mikey Stott into the net to give Stonehaven the dream start, they had a lack of attacks however definitely know where the net is when it matters.

Cooley was putting in a tremendous performance for his side and made it 2-0 United on 28 minutes after a great ball by Ralfie Bannerman found Cooley and the forward placed the ball into the net beyond Stott with a lovely finish to double the advantage for United, both these sides have served up some cracking games in the league this season and this one was no different.

Middlefield reduced the deficit before half time after a good ball into the box found Rowan Gillies whose effort was parried before Lenin Shanks slammed the ball into the top left hand corner with a fantastic finish that was worthy of getting Wasps into the game and a very important goal it was as well.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 18:31

Elite win Winton Trophy with good performance

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Sunnybank Elite came out on top in the Under 14s Winton Trophy final beating Dyce 6-2 with a fantastic second half performance after there was nothing to seperate the teams at half time. Two cracking sides served up a cracking cup final for the neutral however Dyce were caught a little bit cold in the second period as Sunnybank Elite won their first ever trophy.

Dyce had the first real chance of the game on six minute with Callum Kelly having a good opportunity go wide after being released through on goal. A good sign of promise from the blue and white hoops however no return in front of goal.

The opening goal of the game arrived on 11 minutes. Cody Whyte was instrumental for Elite and it was a bit of hard work from the young striker that led to the opening goal after breaking through into the box before seeing his initial effort parried by Lewis Munro before Whyte tapped away the opener.

Nogosa Uwadiae almost pulled Dyce level again straight after and Nogosa showed how good a player he is, a good ball by Clark Sharp found the attacker but a good save by Louis Amann denied the Dyce forward.

On 24 minutes, it was 1-1 with Callum Kelly making amends for missing the opening opportunity with a good finish finding the bottom left corner from the edge of the box past Amann to guide Dyce level and was probably important in making this cup final the way it turned out into a good game of football.

Sunnybank re-took the lead once again on 30 minutes after Liam Smith forced a fantastic ball into the area which wasn't cleared properly by the Dyce backline and there was Jackson Bennett in the middle of the park to help his team again with another good finish which gave Munro no chance.

Dyce kicked off straight away after the goal and set their intentions to bring themselves back into the game immediately with the ball being forced out wide before a foul was given on the edge of the box, on 32 minutes. It was 2-2 after a fantastic free kick by Robert Douglas found the top right hand corner to bring Dyce back into the contest.

Sunday, 26 May 2019 17:55

Westdyke claim double beating Lewis United

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Westdyke CC won the Belmont Trophy with a fantastic footballing performance, overcoming an enthusiastic Lewis United Youth side 7-3. Disappointment from the Dyce defeat recently in the Stonehaven Youth Trophy final was quickly vanished with some good individual outings alongside a fantastic team performance.

Lewis United started the game well and came quickly out of the traps, with the game just a minute old. The first chance appeared for the green and white hoops with Brunon Paszkiewicz having a good opportunity denied by Daniel Neish in the Westdyke goal. A good team move at the other end of the park almost led to the opening goal on five minutes. Matthew Petermann found Jamie Maclellan however his effort by the midfielder went wide following a good team move.

Ken McKenzie was playing his last game for Lewis United and he couldn't have dreamed for a better start than taking the lead on 10 minutes. A good shot was blocked before Olek Dlugosz kept his cool to dispatch the opener past Neish who made some good saves irrespective of letting in three goals.

Westdyke were always going to respond and they equalised on 22 minutes. Jamie Maclellan once again pulled the strings in the heart of the midfield and then had the accuracy to follow up with it afterwards by taking the ball on the edge of the box before curling a fantastic effort into the back of the net off the post. The game was evenly poised at that point with Jack Youngson having a free kick for Lewis go wide shortly afterwards.

Stewart Simpson has turned out to be a good signing for Westdyke and made his mark on the cup final by giving Westdyke the lead for the first time during the match on 34 minutes. Scott Coull broke his way into the box and had an effort parried by the Lewis goalkeeper before Simpson struck the ball into the net from an acute angle.

Rangers progressed to the next round of the U15s Scottish Cup thanks to a 4-1 victory over Aberdeen FC Ladies Reds. A pair for Jodi McLeary and singles for Rebecca Taylor and Eve Pollock were enough for Jordan Boyd's young side to triumph on their travels. 

Aberdeen began the game brightly, running with purpose at the heart of the Rangers defence. Millie Urquhart's strike was deflected wide, moments before Demi Taylor and Alexandra Curry whipped in two dangerous corners. The hosts off to a vibrant start. 

A neat surface at Aberdeen Sports Village allowed the teams to move the ball around with intent in the early stages, both seeking composure and a measure of control in the haste of midfield. Rangers first threatened when Kirsten Love picked out the run of McLeary on the right. She beat her opponent to the byline before pulling it back for the arriving Emma Watson to rasp an effort off the crossbar from twelve yards. 

In the fifth minute, Rangers made the breakthrough, the combination this time working in reverse. Left footed, Watson dropped a beautifully weighted long ball beyond the Aberdeen backline with precision. It appeared initially as if Kayla Jardine was best placed to take up the chase for the Light Blues, but McLeary was in position to win the race. Sky Cameron did well to get fingertips on her shot, but could only help it up and into the goal. 

We saw bright interchange in reply for Aberdeen over the next few exchanges, with Demi Taylor and Emma Lawson battling hard, and Curry an outlet for some crossing opportunities. Forwards Urquhart and Carlijn Dashort were also responsible for asserting flashes of pressure with their workrate. 

Rangers though, would extend their advantage on 11. Daly again sharp and alert to tuck away the ball as she matched Madison Finnie for pace in the right channel and swept this one across the face of goal for the second. The visitors were rolling. 

Midway through the half, Demi Taylor watched her shot lift inches over Jodie Baker's crossbar, prior to a spate of chances at either end. First, Watson was close to rounding off a Rangers move, Cameron out swiftly to smother at her feet. Not to be outdone, Baker got her gloves on the ball as Dashort burrowed a way through.

Despite the deficit, it was clear that the young Reds were testing the Govan side. Dashort again gambled on a loose out-ball to find herself one-on-one, but could only guide the final shot wide of the target. A minute later, Demi Taylor stood over a promising freekick, which she had earmarked for the top corner. It was carved there with venom, only for Baker to produce a wonderful stop. 

Eilidh Austin sprinted clear to create another decent sight of goal for Rangers, the girls in the knowledge that a third would be pivotal. 

Whilst it hadn't arrived by the interval, Aberdeen could maintain hope that a fortnight of football comebacks may shine some fortune on them.

Saturday, 18 May 2019 20:22

Inverurie Seniors claim the treble

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Inverurie Academy came out on top against Mintlaw Academy in the North Of Scotland Cup at Balmoor Stadium winning 3-1 with Jamie Brailsford getting a double the difference between the teams, both teams did well and have definitely shown why they have served up some fantastic games together this season.

A crash out on the road on Friday evening saw a few Inverurie players with only 11 players on the park to begin with and no subs, Mintlaw had the first clear cut chance of the match after Jack Norrie found Ryan Milne however the forward couldn't direct his header on target and the ball went out for an Inverurie goal kick.

Jay Halliday had a chance for Inverurie at the other end which just gone wide, the Inverurie players had then just turned up and forced the coach into a few changes to try and change the game for Inverurie.

Mintlaw however were on top midway through the first half with Gregor Robertson playing a good ball into Ewan Bloomfield however a good shot by Bloomfield was denied by Fraser Scott in goals, Mintlaw continued to threaten in spells whilst Inverurie had the occasional attack however it was stalemate until the 25th minute.

Mintlaw used their pressure to take the lead on the 25th minute mark after a handball in the area forced referee Bob Eden to point towards the spot, up stepped Bloomfield who dispatched a fine penalty past Scott into the net to give Mintlaw a deserved opener.

Inverurie were always going to respond however and have quality players over the park in order to achieve that, four minutes later came the equaliser and it came in some style, the ball came into the box which was met by Daniel Middler whose effort was blocked by the Mintlaw defence before it was at a good enough angle, pace and height for Jamie Brailsford to beautifully execute an overhead kick into the back of the net beyond Owen Park.

Saturday, 18 May 2019 17:55

Kemnay win North Of Scotland Cup beating Mintlaw

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Kemnay Academy came out on top in a pulsating North Of Scotland Cup Final against Mintlaw Academy winning the game 5-3 with both teams scoring against each other before Kemnay pushed on in the final 20 minutes to come out on top. The game was played at Balmoor Stadium, Peterhead FC and both teams put on a blockbuster of a show on an SPFL surface.

Both teams had a statement of intent straight from the off, the clock had only gone past the first minute mark when Kemnay had their first chance on goal, Lucas Whyte finding Callum Duncan with the latters effort crashing off the bar and cleared by the Mintlaw backline, Kemnay continued to threaten and had the ball into the net after three minutes through Craig Beverley however he was deemed offside by referee Gary Duncan.

Kemnay took the lead after 10 minutes after a long ball down the park by Mackenzie Taylor, the ball ended up into the feet of Taylor Mason who then squared the ball across goal which was met by Lucas Whyte who struck home from close range to give Kemnay the perfect start.

Mintlaw then levelled after a ball from Aidan Barrow found Joe Selman who despite having a lot of Kemnay traffic, managed to get past it before striking home a fine finish past Owen Forsyth to level matters up for the Buchan side, this came straight after the centre and full credit for showing their intent immediately and seeking a response which they achieved.

On 30 minutes, Kemnay re-took the lead after Josh Buchan played a good ball into Taylor Mason from his own area with Mason getting on the end of the ball before breaking free with only Harvey Whyte to beat and the forward delivered a composed finish to guide his side a goal ahead once again, it must be said and it hasn't gone unnoticed that Buchan delivered a class step over before his good delivery into Mason.

Mintlaw were back on level terms just before half time however after a fantastic pass by Jake Innes found Selman who guided home another fine effort beyond Forsyth in the Kemnay goal to make sure it was 2-2 heading into half time, Josh Buchan admitted in his post-match interview that Kemnay was slack at times within the game and there was times where Mintlaw were breaking free without a source of pressure.

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