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A quick flurry of goals from Colony Park in the opening 20 minutes on top of another goal near the end was enough for the Inverurie side to come out on top and maintain their place at the top of the Under 15s B League.
Both teams have improved in their own certain ways this season, Colony finished in third last season and are looking very good for promotion this season, Northstar are going through a sticky patch recently but have enjoyed a fantastic season with some very good results to match.
On four minutes, it was 1-0 Colony, a terrific ball came into the danger zone and Kyle Duncan was there to guide home the opener smashing the ball past Hamish Cameron.
The Inverurie side were playing some fantastic football which was a joy to watch and six minutes later, it was 2-0 after a great through ball by Owen Morris found Shane Geddes who kept his composure to slot the ball into the far corner with a fantastic finish.
A football game at Under 15s level takes place for 80 minutes however the damage in this contest was done on 14 minutes after Colony trebled their advantage, a good effort by Luca Ivory Hunter gave Cameron no chance.
The quick start by Colony was a wake up call to the hosts however they have to deal with a few more attacks by Park with Kieran Morrison having a shot bounce off the crossbar.
Northstar were getting into the game as the contest progressed and Andrew Buck, the captain was very influential was a couple of chances to pull a goal back. Buck had a 25 yard free kick just over the bar before he managed to get into a good position before letting fly however Joe Dawson was equal to the effort.
Peterhead Jags and Banks O'Dee Albion Under 16s shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Watson Park, Cruden Bay with a draw a fair result for both sides, however frustration that chances missed cost both sides the opportunity for three points as the title race becomes more intense.
The hosts were in pole position going into the game and continued top of the summit after the result, it was the visitors who had a barrage of attacks in the opening five minutes of the game, Logan Watt had a few chances denied by Owen Park, Watt had another chance on nine minutes denied by Park.
Peterhead started to get into the game after a bit of a wake up call and a free kick fed in Kian Mccreddie however the shot was thwarted by Murray Burns, the wind wasn't spoiling conditions or football however did lead into both teams playing good football with the long ball on occasion.
Jags took the lead on 10 minutes, a long ball was met by Ross Cow who got clear of an Albion defender before smashing the ball into the net beyond Burns to guide Peterhead in front, the hosts were starting to show their attacking style of play and took advantage to take the lead.
Albion pulled level four minutes and it was thanks to the quality Logan Watt, a good ball by Oliver Minshull found the former Aberdeen forward and Watt kept his composure by slotting the ball past Park to level things up.
Peterhead had the better chances as the half time break loomed, a Luke Spence ball found Ben Schrader after it stranded the Albion defence, Schrader had a good effort at the Albion goal however Burns was equal to the effort. A Kyle Inglis corner kick wasn't dealt with properly and Mccreddie struck the ball wide.
Lewis United Rangers coach Dan Middler urged his team to take advantage of the wide playing surface and use their wingers. This showed early on when Arthur Morgan skipped past two and put in a dangerous cross which was well cleared by Cove.
Lewis broke the deadlock in the seventh minute when captain Conan Kennedy had his shot well saved by Cove goalkeeper Samuel Paterson, only for the rebound to be tucked away by Joe Wilson to set the scene early on for the hosts, Wilson used to play for McEwan at Culter United a couple of years ago so it was befitting for the forward to net.
Eleven minutes later, Lewis doubled their lead when a Morgan corner was headed home from six yards by Jay Halliday. Despite being 2-0 up and dominating play Lewis didn’t have things all their own way.
Cove had a couple of chances but nothing resulting in a goal. The nearest they came before half time is when a cross was met by Colby King and it fell to Jack Cowie whose shot was well blocked by Lewis keeper Balint Demus. The teams went in at half time with the hosts 2-0 to the good.
Banks O'Dee Albion came away with a 4-2 win away at Deveronvale, with the hosts deserving a lot of credit for battling against the table toppers for the duration of the game. There wasn't a lot between the teams with a couple of mistakes from the hosts being the difference.
The visitors were missing a few influential players with Harris Clubb at the back in particular being a big miss. Clubb has been injured since October and is predicting a comeback round about April when it'll be the business end of the season. Albion still showed their quality however and had enough about them to merit the win.
Deveronvale had a couple of chances to open the scoring in the opening five minutes. Logan Macaulay Mill was in on goal however a good effort was thwarted by Owen Forsyth in the visiting goal. Lucas Sey was also tumbled over in the area for the hosts with a couple of protests from the home camp however it wasn't malicious enough for the referee to award a spot-kick.
Albion took the lead on 10 minutes, taking advantage of a lapse of concentration from Vale when an Alfie Knox effort was tipped onto the crossbar by Curtis West before Corey Stevenson headed the ball onto the crossbar before crossing the line. A smashing header from Stevenson who was the smallest player on the park, shows that you don't need height to have talent.
Vale levelled just a couple of minutes later with Lucas Sey showing a great desire to get the hosts level again by battling against a couple of Albion defenders before breaking into the box and keeping his composure to slot the ball into the bottom left hand corner past Forsyth.
On 27 minutes, Banks O'Dee Albion took the lead with Knox once again giving Vale problems as his delivery found Hamish McKay who headed past the stranded West to put the Spain Park outfit back in control.
Albion doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time after a good ball found Adam Gordon who rounded West before firing the ball into the net from 10 yards which was a little bit harsh for Vale however for Albion, they showed their quality when it mattered, they have a strength and depth which has an advantage over the rest.
Deveronvale and Culter Thistle Under 13s shared the spoils in a pulsating 2-2 draw on a windy day at Myrus Sports Centre, Macduff. The wind was a problem for the whole duration of the match however credit to both teams who played some fantastic football against the conditions with lots of attacking flair from both Vale and Thistle.
Vale won the reverse game at the start of the season away at Culter with a 5-2 win coming back from being 2-0 down. The result was both teams's first draw of the season with both teams level on points.
The first ten minutes seen chances galore for both teams. Culter were first to pressure the Vale backline when a Harris Sainsbury ball found Henry Coutts however the effort was denied by Kyle Reid in the hosts goal.
Jack Mitchell was instrumental in the heart of midfield and he linked up very well with attacker Jack Sutherland for a potential opening. Sutherland received the ball before composing himself in front of goal however a good outstretched save by Robbie Innes thwarted the forward.
Sainsbury was looking a real threat for the Deveronvale defence and he was in on goal however a good save by Reid denied the talented winger. Sainsbury then played a fantastic ball into Jamie Bonner which was also saved by Reid.
After a series of Culter opportunities, Vale responded by having chances themselves, a Taylor Barron cross found Ryan Morrison who was clear in the six yard box however the effort just went wide. It was a fantastic game to watch on a not so warm morning with the game just requiring a goal.
That goal came on 28 minutes for the benefit of Culter, a fantastic through ball by Henry Coutts was met by Jake Moffat who then linked up well for Sean Wylie who was free in the box to smash home a fine effort to give Thistle the lead. There wasn't much between the teams up to that point with Culter punishing the hosts at the right time.
Deveronvale retailiated before half time on 30 minutes, a good ball by Taylor Barron was blocked by the Thistle backline however the ball came into Jack Mitchell and the captain rifled home a fine effort into the bottom left hand corner which gave Robbie Innes no chance. Equal at half time with very little to seperate the teams, as mentioned at the top of the report, it was a smashing game of football taking the overhead conditions into consideration.
There was a high five at Woodside on Sunday, as Glentanar saw off the challenge of Ellon Meadows, with a goal laden home display.
The hosts started the game with urgency, and had a great chance to take initiative in the opening moments. A Josh Thomson corner found a way through to James Wallace, up from the back. His shot on the turn was held by Liam Gibb in the Ellon net.
Both sides looked to settle into passing rhythm early on. Ellon’s Cayden Finlayson was involved in neat build up down the left, as the fullback ventured forward, only for wavelengths to break down in the final third.
On eight minutes, Glentanar wrote the foreword for their performance. Worked down their left, the ball was bundled across the box for Tate Bavidge to sweep home the opener. Several players forward in the setup, and the midfielder kept his composure from seven yards for 1-0.
On a wintry weekend in the north, that served as the perfect ice breaker. However, Meadows held their nerve in an attempt to construct a response, forcing the play longer. That would give forward Robbie Neilson a chance to stretch his legs in the channels, as the frontman threatened with his pace. More on his influence later.
As the game swung, Glentanar’s interchange was asking questions. Ross Simpson went through on goal, tugging his shot wide. Another Thomson corner was steered just over by Cooper Smith.
On 18, Nathan Bloice answered the call. Again the ball looped from the left. It was headed on by Simpson, helping it into Bloice’s path, to strike a measured volley. 2-0.
The visitors showed endeavour to reply, as the double-deficit appeared to free them. One of their best chances in the period came seconds after the restart. Lofted out of defence, Aidan Cruickshank gambled on the bouncing ball, beating James Wallace to the chase, but couldn’t push his outstretched effort beyond the rushing Matthew Taylor.
Midfielder Brodie Stewart was instrumental in many of Ellon’s possessions, battling hard in the centre, as they pushed forward, creating a flurry of chances towards the break. The aforementioned Neilson had a shot smartly parried on 24, before fizzing a freekick into traffic.
Glentanar were alive on the counter though, and Josh Thomson latched onto a timely Rio Collie pass on 32. With Gibb to beat, he produced a fine save from the stopper.
Neilson flashed one final effort over for Ellon on 35, and a frantic half took a breath.
A fantastic performance from Westdyke CC was enough for the Lawsondale outfit to come away with all three points in a top of the league clash with Banks O'Dee Albion, the desire, determination and skill was there to see from Westdyke against an Albion outfit who played well in spells however showed a lack of willingness to do more.
The attacking ambition from the visitors was witnessed from the opening spells of the game, on 11 minutes, a slip up in the Albion backline allowed Leo Rataj in who played a good ball to Samuel Sandilands however a good effort just went wide of the left hand post.
Matthew Petterman had a fantastic game for Westdyke with his eye for goal alongside his trickery and ability to get past defenders, the forward went on a good run however was then thwarted by Elliot Brodie as Westdyke went in search of an opening goal.
Albion started to get into the game towards the halfway point of the first half with Tom Dalziel getting into a good space and a defence effort from the midfielder was denied by Daniel Neish in the visiting goal with the game evenly poised as to who would open the scoring.
On 24 minutes, it was 1-0 Westdyke, Connor Napier played a good ball into Petterman who got past the Albion backline before rounding Archie Mackay before finishing the ball into the net to give Westdyke the lead, a real strikers finish and just rewards for Petterman from a fanastic start to the game.
Game then got a bit heated as the contest approached half time, a fantastic ball came into Jamie Maclellan who was doing very well in centre midfield and a 25 yard drive from Maclellan crashed off the inside of the post with Mackay beaten.
A late equaliser was enough for Portlethen to use their get out of jail card and come away from Turriff with a point and maintain their unbeaten run to the season against an enthusiastic and spirited United side.
Based on league positions, Portlethen would have been clear favourites however Turriff aren't to be underestimated and are in a false position in the Under 17s Spree B League, currently sitting fifth bottom.
Both teams enjoyed a good spell of exchanges during the opening spell of the game and it was the hosts who made the breakthrough on nine minutes after a goal kick by Robert McRitchie found Ryan Catto who headed the ball into the pathway of Jamie Benzie who hammered a fine effort into the bottom left hand corner beyond Daniel Bentinck.
Turriff were enjoying a good spell of opportunities after the opener and a fine save by Bentinck prevented United from making it 2-0 after a pass by Ryan Acott found Catto whose fine long range strike was tipped over the crossbar by the talented Portlethen goalkeeper.
On 20 minutes, it was 2-0, Benzie slid the ball into the path of Calum Stephen who slid a fine effort into the bottom left hand corner to put Turriff into a more comfortable position, Portlethen weren't showing their potential however Turriff showed lots of desire and intent and took full advantage of a slow start by the visitors.
Portlethen had more attacks towards the Turriff goal as the half progressed and just before half time, they pulled a goal back, the hosts failed to clear their lines and a shot by Sonny Tinkler was parried by McRitchie however Liam McGregor reacted to the ball first to tap the ball into the net, tough to take for Turriff however Portlethen showed a bit more belief about themselves as the half wore on.
Cove United U14s booked their place in the next round of the Eddie Mannell Trophy with a convincing 4-1 victory over Northstar Community FC at Balmoral Stadium on Sunday.
The hosts, of SPREE League B, got a good grasp on the early high winds: in truth, the testing conditions proving a challenge for both teams throughout. On 3 minutes, a precise pass from the centre of the pitch split the Northstar defence, leaving Cove’s Ben Ellis to turn and tuck the ball into the corner for the opening goal.
Five minutes later, Daniel Adams would have an opportunity to double United’s advantage as he was played through in the left channel of the box by Ellis, but dragged his right footed shot wide of the mark.
At the other end, Landis Pollard had begun the game brightly for the visitors. Still inside of the first 10 minutes, his speed and endeavour saw him clear of the opposition’s backline, but he overran the ball slightly and the shooting chance was gone.
In the period that followed, half-chances came and went for United’s Dylan Ingram and the lively Kai Shinnie. Meanwhile, Ashton Steel was acting as fulcrum in Northstar’s midfield, carrying the ball and moving it around the field with purpose. The Northfield side were threatening in wide areas, particularly the right, where interchange between the fullback and energetic winger Jack Stewart lead to a pair of nice swept crosses, but nobody could convert.
Midway through the half, Jake Blues took control for Cove. On 21, he untangled a knot of Northstar players to fire high into the roof of the net and double the home side’s lead.
Then four minutes later, the tall midfielder had a brace. Again gradual build up, this time on the left, and Blues took aim from the angle of the box. Here, he’d shown neat footwork to hold off obstruction, before curling his effort into the far post, beyond the reach of Daniel Cowe.
As the first half came to a close, the determination behind Northstar’s defensive display was laudable. Leighton Sharp and Owen Baxter teamed well together and worked hard in the match.
However, Cove would not be denied, and on 31, Jake Blues completed his hattrick. Good close-control once more with the ball at his feet, he found a pocket of space and drilled a low shot into the bottom left from 25 yards. It was unclear in the watching crowd whether this was the cleanest of contacts, but it found the mark for 4-0.
Just before the whistle, Jay McDonald lifted one final chance over the bar for the hosts.
Cove had the afternoon’s gale in their sails at the break.
Dyce BC Whites welcomed Westdyke Thistle with both teams having a share of mixed results so far this season. It was Dyce who came out on top 6-1 after a magnificent second half performance against a Thistle outfit who didn't play badly, however were beaten by a more enthusiastic and energetic Blues side.
Both sides had chances in the opening exchanges of the game. Dyce had a free kick through Kai Muirhead which curled off the crossbar whilst Matthew Pirie was a strong positive for Thistle and a ball from Lewis Mutch found Pirie whose effort went straight at Wills.
Westdyke Thistle were given a penalty on 19 minutes and it was a fantastic penalty strike by Pirie to open the scoring, with the attacker powerfully hitting the penalty off the crossbar and into the roof of the net to put the visitors a goal to the good.
Before the interval, Dyce themselves were given a penalty after a pull back in the box. Up stepped Connor May who dispatched a fine penalty into the top left hand corner to guide the hosts level.
Dyce BC Blues booked their place in the next round of the Under 13s Regional Cup with a 3-1 win over East End Lewis United, however Dyce were made to work very hard for the result which puts them into the quarter-finals with a home tie against Banchory.
East End were set up in a way to combat the threat that Dyce had, however also had enough about them to commit attacks. The visitors had a good chance after just five minutes, a ball by Patrikas Naruskevicius made it's way into Noah Benshabat, however the talented attackers effort went wide of the left hand post.
Dyce grew into the game as the half progressed, however there were no clear cut openings from either side and both sides deserve credit for not getting frustrated at the lack of chances available. Lewis are currently second bottom in the A League however they showed a performance which suggests they are in the wrong position.
Lewis were given a penalty on 26 minutes after Connor Newlands was bundled over inside the penalty box. Up stepped Junior Emea who slotted home a cool penalty past Sam Inglis, dispatching the spot-kick into the bottom left hand corner to give East End the lead. Unexpected but deserved from an Lewis point of view.
The lead only lasted three minutes however, as Dyce showed an immediate intent to get themselves back level and after a few quick attacks, on 29 minutes, they saw an opening in the Lewis rearguard and a Miller Keir ball found Ethan Sutherland, who knocked home a fine finish into the bottom left hand corner beyond Ryan Smith to guide the Blues level.
You either win, or you learn. One week ago, Banchory were on the wrong end of a 9-1 defeat to Banks O'Dee Albion. This week, Banchory faced another top team in Fraserburgh Link-Up and came away with a big result.
A fantastic second half performance from Banchory Pumas Under 17s was enough for the Deeside outfit to come out on top and restore their position at the top of the ADJFA A League heading into Christmas and the new year against an enthusiastic Fraserburgh who played some fantastic football at times.
It was third vs first with both sides taking the league by surprise this season, which is refreshing to see. Both sides played good football in testing conditions. With a lot of games postponed in the area, the advantages of shelter at the 4G surface at Mintlaw Academy made a huge difference.
Both sides had half chances in the early exchanges of the game with Owen Blackhall seeing a shot over the bar for the Broch whilst Cameron Findlay had a good effort for Banchory also falling over the top of Andrew Dunbar's goal.
Fraserburgh Link-Up were getting into some very good areas during the first half, with plenty of opportunities at the Banchory rearguard. Fraser Gardyne has to be thanked for some superb saves which, in the end, dictated the outcome of the result. Glen Wyness had a shot tipped round the post by Gardyne before Caden Beaton had a shot denied by the big goalkeeper. Owen Blackhall also had an effort which went wide of the left hand post.
Banchory had a good chance to open the scoring when Nathan McKeown intercepted the ball from Billy Crockett and the talented forward tried to lob Dunbar, however a good stop from the talented forward denied McKeown.
Link-Up took the lead on 25 minutes, a fantastic ball came into a dangerous area which was met by Matthew Beaton, who struck the ball home from close range to give Broch the best possible start. For all their attacking intent, this was a deserved lead from Fraserburgh.
One of the best moves of the game was a Fraserburgh clearance by Glen Wyness taking four keepie ups before producing a good defensive clearance, the Broch went into the interval with a goal to the good however there wasn't too much between the teams with both teams serving up a pulsating encounter.
Deveronvale Community Football Club picked up a big win at home to Peterhead in the Under 13s Spree B League winning 4-2. Both sides are near the top of the league with the win for the hosts putting Vale above the Buchan side in the table, having both played seven games.
The first period was played at a pulsating pace with both teams going for it from the first whistle. Vale took the lead with the game only four minutes old, a fantastic ball came in by Ryan Morrison which was met by Jack Sutherland who slotted the ball home from close range.
Vales lead only lasted five minutes with Peterhead level soon afterwards after Ricky Milne got into a really good area for the visitors before breaking into the box and firing a good effort into the bottom left hand corner.
Peterhead kept the mometum going and took the lead on 13 minutes. A quick throw-in saw the visitors go on a bolstering attack and the ball eventually came to Joseph Mackey who guided home a fine effort.
It was end to end action at Myrus and Vale made their intent known by levelling again just four minutes later after a loose ball found Ryan Morrison who then, with a piece of individual brilliance, guided an audacious lob over Josh Morrison in the visiting goal.
Vale took the lead on 33 minutes after Jack Sutherland went on a fantastic run before rounding Morrison and placing the ball into an empty net to give the Banff side the lead once again.
In what was a rematch of last seasons Under 18s National Trophy final, Aberdeen and North Under 18s faced off at the Balmoral Stadium, home of Highland League side Cove Rangers. Both sides are hugely changed from last seasons final with goalkeeper Jakub Biorka still between the sticks for Aberdeen City. North won 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in an enthralling game of football.
North gained an extra point as a result of their penalty success.
Aberdeen City had a range of withdrawals for the game as did the North Of Scotland, SFA President Alan MacRae was in attendance for the match with many good individual performances for both teams. Kick-off time was delayed because the North team bus had arrived late, whilst Aberdeen started the game with nine men before last minute arrivals turned up.
North had the opening chance of the game on 13 minutes; a long kick from Jamie Stephen found Fraser Russell however his header went just over the top of Biorka's goal.
On 18 minutes, North took the lead. A good Liam McDade ball found Russell whose goalbound effort was parried by Biorka before Lewis Hyde guided the ball into an empty net to give North a deserved lead.
Fraser Russell was giving the Aberdeen side all sorts of problems and a good ball found the striker who tried to get his second goal of the game but a good effort hit the side netting.
Aberdeen got into the game with Daniel Middler causing a threat to the North backline, the Lewis United Rangers forward had an audacious overhead kick denied by Stephen in the North goal.