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Lewis United made a spectacular comeback against all odds in order to be crowned champions of the U16s Castle Trophy Cup against Banks O’Dee Albion at Colony Park after extra time. The game looked even on paper beforehand, however there was some last minute drama prior to kick off as Lewis’ first choice keeper Balint Demus was ill and had to be replaced in goals by outfield player Cameron Carnie.
The game started off with a quick tempo, with Lewis having the first of the opportunities. A header won by Orin Collin was played down to the feet of Joy Banda who managed to latch onto the ball. He took a quick shot that forced a good save from Albion’s Thomas Mackie, low down towards the corner of the goal.
Albion responded by forcing an equally impressive save out of Carnie, who dived to his left to push Calum Brown’s angled shot round the post and out for a corner.
It was Albion who were to open the scoring. Callan Gray’s free kick from outside the box was swung in, forcing Carnie to come out and collect it. However, the makeshift goalkeeper was unlucky to fumble the ball to Adam Duffy who showed great composure as he tapped the ball into the empty net.
Going down in such an unfortunate manner did not deter Lewis, however. An attempt from Blair McGinigal took a big deflection off of an Albion defender. It may have led to a goal if it was not for another quick reaction save from Mackie who turned it round the post.
As the referee blew for half time, Albion seemed to have had a slight edge during proceedings. However, Lewis had played with a determination which meant that it was impossible to write them off just yet.
It was a goal from Aiden Hendry late in the second half which separated the two teams as Lewis United went on to lift the ADJFA U13s Regional Trophy after beating Elite FC at Colony Park. The game was destined to be a tight affair, with both teams looking a bit nervous due to the cup final atmosphere.
These pre-match nerves were reflected upon the first half; with the play being very much end-to-end as neither team could get a firm grasp of the game. As a result of this chances were held to a minimum by two solid defences that were not easily broken down.
The chances which did come never threatened either keeper to a significant extent. A shot from Elite’s Tyler Reid took a deflection off a defender and could have misled Lewis’ Cameron Middleton but he showed good awareness to catch the ball.
Lewis came closest to scoring in the first half as a cross from Hendry was put out for a corner after being cleared by Josh Buchan in the Elite defence. It was taken by Guilherme Barbosa who found Harvey Yeats who was unlucky to see his shot deflected out and over the bar.
As the first half drew to a close both teams were still firmly in with a chance of winning. There had been plenty of battling between the two teams but both still had an abundance of talent left to show.
Westdyke CC Under 17s reacted from their recent 4-0 defeat to Banks O'Dee Albion in the league to bounce back and win the Regional Trophy with a 4-2 win over Albion, a Kris Cocker brace alongside shots from Greg Cowie and Euan Walker was enough for the trophy to head back to Lawsondale.
Westdyke came out of the blocks early doors and the Albion defence was really tested early on in the game. A corner kick found Rocky Troup who had a header at goal straight at Lucas Muller in the home goal.
Dave McGinlay's side opened the scoring after six minutes, a long ball from Rocky Troup bounced off James Connelly who came into Kris Cocker who produced a fine header to knock the ball past Muller to give Westdyke the dream start.
Westdyke pressed Albion again immediately from the centre giving Albion no time at all on the ball, three minutes later it was 2-0. A good ball was squared across goal by Greg Cowie with Kris Cocker there to tap the ball home to give Westdyke some breathing space.
It was probably the wake up call Albion needed, they came out a bit more rejuvenated and started to create their own attacks and they reduced the deficit on 18 minutes. A shot from Saiyed Ahmed was denied by Jamie Butler however Andrew Mitchell was there to guide the ball home.
Albion then tried to pull level with Max Scoular having a shot saved by Butler in the Westdyke goal. Andrew Mitchell nearly got a brace but another good stop from Butler denied the midfielder.
Westdyke restored their two goal advantage seven minutes before the interval after a good ball by Euan Walker played in Greg Cowie who slotted home and the two goal advantage was rewarding for the football played in the first half.
A very good performance from Banks O'Dee Albion was enough for the Colony Park Cup to go back to Spain Park for Banks O'Dee Albion. Marcel Okeakawa and Alfie Knox scored the goals which helped Albion towards success. It was a dreich day at Colony Park with the weather slowly improving during the second half.
Both sides were playing some good football in the opening exchanges of the game however neither team were clear cut in front of goal with Lloyd Sharp or Connor MacLeod in either goal having much to do during the opening 15 minutes of the game.
As the half progressed, Albion came out of the blocks and had a few chances towards the Cove goal, Alfie Knox had a chance for Albion with an angled drive towards goal wide of the left hand post.
Albion took the lead after 24 minutes, an initial effort had been saved by Lloyd Sharp which found its way into Marcel Okeakawa who fired home to give the Spain Park side a great start and it was a crucial goal after a stale start to the cup final. Cove weren't playing bad however it was mostly one way traffic at times in the first half.
Banks O’Dee Albion secured the Murray Cup in what was a tepid cup final for the neutral, this was a big opportunity for the Spain Park side to get their hands on silverware this season which they have done.
Both sides had their chances on a sun drenched Uniconn Park with Banks O’Dee having the first real chance of the game on five minutes with a ball by Greg Pirie being met by Mitchell McPherson which gone over the bar.
Inverurie opened the scoring on 11 minutes, a great corner was sent in from the left hand side by Reece Brown which was met by Campbell Marr who was free in space and he put a fine effort home past Vitali Sahhalevtis.
Banks O’Dee Albion responded in the right manner when Calum McKenzie guided the ball to give the Spain Park outfit an equaliser which meant for a tight cup finals, excluding the first league game this season between the teams, there has been very little to separate the teams this season.
Albion took the lead nine minutes before half time when a great delivery came in which was met by Finlay Johnston who netted a superb volley past Keller Emslie to put Albion in control of the game, it was a stale cup final with very little football being played.
Vitali Sahhalevtis had his Banks O’Dee Albion defence fairly organised having had game time for Banks O’Dee first team recently however his defence was almost breached once again just before half time courtesy of a good chance 14 yards out by Reece Brown which was denied by a good stop from Sahhalevtis.
Banks O’Dee Albion took home the Belmont Trophy with a 7-0 win against Stonehaven YFC City, however Stonehaven didn’t disgrace themselves by any stretch with the game being a good advert for ADJFA football.
Banks O’Dee Albion started the brighter of the two teams however Stonehaven YFC City were very organised and made life difficult for the Spain Park side in the opening exchanges of the game. Logan Watt had the first opportunity for the visitors after only five minutes when he rounded Jamie Boath however a good block by the goalkeeper denied the tall striker the chance to score.
Albion kept the pressure on with Watt having a header at Boath followed by Kyle Murphy having a long range strike which looked goal bound however it just flew wide of going into the top right hand corner.
Logan Watt opened the scoring for Banks O’Dee Albion on 20 minutes when he got the better of the Stonehaven defender by using his physical presence and Watt then fired home a fine finish into the bottom left hand corner from close range. That goal set the scene for the rest of the half.
Albion would keep going at Stonehaven immediately after the restart and were 2-0 up shortly after, a header from Cameron Jappy found Watt who got his second goal of the game sliding the ball under Boath in the City goal.
The Spain Park outfit made it 3-0 just before half time when a ball came in from Lyall Keir which was met by Cameron Jappy who knocked home a fine effort, it came at a good time for Albion which helped their confidence going into the second half.
A strong performance from the visitors was enough for Stonehaven YFC City to be crowned B League champions for season 2017-18 season at Under 15s level.
Stonehaven have performed very well all season and after finishing third last season Stonehaven have progressed massively, winning the league and also reaching the Belmont Trophy Final, beating A League sides Deveronvale and Newtonhill respectively.
Stonehaven started the game on the front foot, really threatening the Newmachar backline and the visitors thought they'd broken the deadlock after only four minutes with a shot from Kyle Phillps which bounced off the crossbar and bounced on the line, prompting calls from Stonehaven that they had scored, however the referee deemed that the ball had not in fact crossed the line.
The South Aberdeenshire side took the lead after 10 minutes when a shot from Kyle Phillips after a good ball slid under Aidan Wood and into the net to give the visitors the dream start. Stonehaven are a really good side going forward and this was definitely evident during the game.
Newmachar weren't at the races during the first half, with Stonehaven enjoying a lot of opportunities at goal and also a lot of posession. Harris Mitchell had a good chance to make it 2-0, however a good save from Wood denied the tall forward.
Stonehaven doubled their advantage after 28 minutes when Jacob Burgoyne went on a blistering 35-yard run which was unchallenged by the Newmachar defence and he sent a great ball in from the left hand flank and Fergus Carnie was on hand to slam the ball home into the back of the net from close range.
A fantastic second half performance from Meldrum Academy, after being 1-0 down, was enough for them to bring the Aberdeenshire Secondary Schools Under 18s trophy back to their school. It was a good battling performance with the game looking to be heading in Kemnays direction until the turnaround.
It was a windy day and Kemnay had the benefit of that wind in the first half as they started the brighter team with Murray Emslie having the ball in the back of the net for Kemnay, however he was just offside when the through ball was played.
Kemnay took the lead after five minutes, a curled effort from Rory Gauld found it's way into the bottom left hand corner past Elliott Ainslie in what was a good finish from the forward. Kemnay played some excellent football in the opening exchanges of the game.
The game turned stale after that point and Meldrum started to get into the game with Calum MacDonald having a chance on goal which went straight to Craig Robb in the Kemnay goal.
Scott Webster was playing well in the left back position for Kemnay, always encouraging his team mates on and showing a desire to win the game for his school. He had a free kick just before the interval which crashed off the crossbar and out for a Meldrum goal kick.
Nothing else could separate the teams heading into the interval with Kemnay deserving of their lead at half time.
Goals from Harry Copeman, Callum Kelly and Owen Emslie were enough for Ellon Academy to retain the North Of Scotland Cup at Under 13s level against Fortrose Academy, after the 2004 age group got their hands on the trophy last year.
Both teams served up a cracking cup final with lots of exciting football played on a fine day at Mosset Park, home of Highland League side Forres Mechanics, a big pitch for both teams.
Ellon threatened early on in the game and a short pass from Harvey McIntyre found Kelly, however the forwards effort went wide of the right hand post. McIntyre then had a good effort denied by Fortrose goalkeeper Graeme MacLennan.
The Aberdeenshire side took the lead after four minutes. Ellon had a couple of set pieces and a good ball was played in before the ball came into the pathway of Harry Copeman who guided home a fine finish to give Ellon the dream start.
Fortrose started to get into the game as the half progressed, John MacLeman had a shot which went just wide after some good build up play. Fortrose were playing some exciting football however lacking the final product.
Ellon extended their lead on the 24 minute mark. An effort from Callum Kelly was saved by the MacLennan, however the powerful effort was too hot to handle and the ball ended up crossing the line. It was very fortunate for Kelly but a good strike nonetheless.
Fortrose reduced the deficit before half time when a great corner came in from the right hand side from Alex Stevenson which evaded everyone and Fergus Adams was there, five yards from goal to tap the ball into an empty net to give the Highland side some hope and a lot to play for during the second half.
Turriff United Under 13s beat Blackburn 8-1 at home to seal the C League Section 2 and gain promotion to the B league for season 2018-2019.
Turriff United, like Northstar Orange who won the C League section 1 recently, have shown they are capable of playing in the B league, however they were in the same Regional Trophy group as Middlefield Wasps who are doing well in the A league and Fraserburgh Link-Up who are mid-table in the B league with Kintore United in the group too.
Turriff let their feelings known early on in the game playing some impressive football in the first half, United took the lead on four minutes with a ball from Callum Robertson finding Finlay Davidson who knocked the ball home, Turriff set their stalls on the game very quickly with Robertson having a chance before the goal going just wide.
Oliver Morgan then got the second goal on 14 minutes with a superb overhead kick after Daniel Liebnitz had an initial shot on goal denied which was only parried by the Blackburn defence and Morgan had some time and space to execute an overhead kick which evaded everyone and went in.
Turriff United then had three goals in the space of four minutes with Morgan getting his second goal of the game after beating the offside trap and firing home a good finish, the whole team played well for Turriff but Morgan was a real stand-out for the hosts.
Callum Robertson then got himself on the scoresheet with a free kick with the hosts playing some great football in a five minute period. Morgan then got a six minute hat-trick courtesy of a tap-in. Callum Seivwright made it 6-0 just before the interval for Turriff United with a guided finish.
A fantastic performance from Kincorth Academy was enough for the South Aberdeen outfit to take home the Esso Trophy. Kincorth turned on a good show against an Aberdeen Grammar outfit who looked a lot better than the scoreline suggested.
Kincorth opened the scoring with the game only a minute old when a Josh Robb free kick was knocked onto the crossbar by Fraser Bruce and Kasen Seed was there to knock home the rebound from close range to kick start proceedings.
The game went stale for a period afterwards in the game however Kincorth went 2-0 up after 22 minutes when a lobbed effort from Jamie Rennie evaded both the Grammar goalkeeper and his backline to give Kincorth some breathing space in this cup final. It wasn't a one sided game by any stretch, however Kincorth were on a different level.
It was 3-0 with seven minutes until half time when Seed guided the ball home past Bruce to treble Kincorths lead going into half time, Grammar tried to play football however whenever they got into the final third, they couldn't muster out clear cut chances.
Banks O’Dee Under 17s got their hands on the Highland League East Section title, winning it on goal difference ahead of Inverurie Locos. The Spain Park outfit had won the title for two years running prior to this and some new players had come into the fold this season, however standards were still high.
Banks O’Dee Coach Aggie Gray said, "We didn't panic after the defeat against Fraserburgh, we were 1-0 up at half time and they scored 6 goals in the second half, it was horrible weather that night.
"We played the Under 16s Banks O'Dee Albion team in the last two games of the campaign, they beat Huntly comfortably and could have won by more and they also had a good win against Formartine.
"At the start of the season, we were under a bit of pressure, the chairman told us that he would like to retain the league again for the club after winning it two years in a row previously.
"The Under 20s also won their league and we are the only Junior club represented in this competition so it's good for the club.”
Banks O'Dee will take on either Wick Academy or Clachnacuddin in the Highland League play-off at the end of the season.
Two braces from Jake Buirds and Ryan Park was enough for Westdyke to come out on top away to a much improved Dyce side. Westdyke deserved to win the game however rode their luck at times as well, with Westdyke goalkeeper Marc O’Donnell needing to be thanked for producing two penalty saves.
Dyce created an attack in the opening exchanges of the game through a Callum Nicol header which came to nothing, Westdyke broke quickly and found themselves a goal in front with the game two minutes old. A good ball came in which was met by Buirds who had an initial effort blocked, however the talented forward made no mistake with the rebound.
Andrew Buchan almost doubled the lead for Westdyke in the ninth minute, but a good save from Neish denied Buchan the chance to add to the tally.
The game wasn’t over by any stretch and Dyce had a great opportunity to level the score when they got themselves a penalty. A Jackson Pirie penalty went straight down the middle and saved by O'Donnell. O’Donnell’s save proved to be very important.
The visitors doubled their advantage after 21 minutes, Westdyke counter-attacked the Dyce backline and a good ball across goal found Buirds who tapped the ball home into an empty net to double the advantage.
Dyce got another penalty just before the interval with Callum Nicol this time on penalty duties to try and reduce the deficit from 12 yards, Nicol stepped up however, went down the middle again and O’Donnell, once again, saved it to ensure a clean sheet for him going into half time.
A professional performance from the visitors was enough for Banchory to pick up a good 4-0 win away to Newmachar and earn promotion back to the A league. The calculations were simple ahead of this one, Newmachar United had to win the game to have any chance of a top two finish, a draw could have been enough. A win for Banchory and A league football for next season was cemented.
Banchory started the game on the front foot with Trevor Glansbeek playing a good ball into Daniel Ogden however his effort was knocked just wide after three minutes, a long range shot from Ben Read was then denied by Aidan Wood.
Nothing separated the teams in the first half with both sides playing some very good football which was good to see with Charlie Gordon Park very cut up after drainage problems at the ground.
The visitors opened the scoring 10 minutes before the interval when Cameron McPhail was released through on goal after a good through ball and the midfielder made no mistake by guiding the ball past Wood bouncing off the post and into the back of the net. Newmachar switched off at the wrong time and Banchory made them pay.