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On a bitter spring morning at Lawsondale astroturf, Fraserburgh Link Up came to play against Westdyke CC. With Fraserburgh top of the league and Westdyke just behind them in third place, it was sure to be a good game. Fraserburgh came out on top winning 4-0 with four goals by Ross Taylor the difference.

The action kicked off quickly - in the second minute, a shot from Westdyke captain Jay Neil from 25 yards was just wide of the Fraserburgh right post.

In the sixth minute, a burst of pace from Fraserburgh’s Mark Shepherd took him into the Westdyce box after a one, two with their Dylan Price. Unfortunately Shepherd shot straight at Westdyke keeper, Finlay Wilson after a great move.

Only two minutes later, a pass from Fraserburgh’s Andrew Paine to Ross Taylor sees his shot go way over the bar.

In the 14th minute a shot from 25 yards from Westdykes Andrew Walker flew straight into the keepers grasp. Then only two minutes later, a shot from Westdykes Tyler Reid from nearly 30 yards goes just past the post.

Closing in on half time a good save was forced from Wilson as a pass from Fraserburgh’s Dylan Price to Ewan Gordon sees his shot nearly go in but is brilliantly tipped over the bar and away for a corner by the Westdyke number one.

Another attack from Fraserburgh as Shepherd shoots from 10 yards and Wilson parries it out to Price who forces the keeper to make a good save out for another corner.

The tally of corners finally pays off for Fraserburgh as the corner was played in by Price onto the head of the Fraserburgh man of the match Ross Taylor who glances the ball away from Wilson making it 1-0 to Fraserburgh.

On the stroke of half time a mistake from the Westdyke defence saw the ball get through to Taylor who stroked it into the bottom left corner, off the post, to make it 2-0 going into the break.

A good performance from Turriff United was enough for the hosts to come out on top at home to West End in the C League Section 2, It could be argued that in spells of the game that Turriff could have played better, when they attacked, they did it with style and intent.

The visitors are currently in the running for the league alongside Turriff and the win for United sees the title race hot up.

West End were depleted with only 11 boys on the field and no subs, however the way they approached the game and also their style of play was good to see, they were unlucky not to add more than the one goal scored.

Turriff started the game well and took the lead after just three minutes, a good ball by captain Owen Johnston found Dylan Bates who got the better of Brandyn Barry and then slotted the ball into an empty net.

The hosts doubled the lead just 10 minutes later, a fantastic ball came in from the talented Mitch Darling which was met by Owen Bates in the six yard area who slotted home a fine finish past the despondent Barry to put United 2-0 up.

On 19 minutes, it was 3-0 with another fantastic cross coming into the box which wasn't dealt with and Alfie Elrick side footed the ball into the net. West End came into the game a little bit more as the half progressed, Max McDougall had a shot denied by Josh Rosales in the Turriff goal.

Harry Bennie and Callum Davidson both had chances before the interval for West End with the latter having a header just go off target whilst Bennie had a shot off the post.

Monday, 08 April 2019 10:55

Albion into final with away win at Colony

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Banks O'Dee Albion entered the final of the Mark McEwan Regional Trophy with a 3-0 win at Colony Park with the hosts deserving credit for pushing their opponents to the edge although Albions quality told in the end. The treble is still on the cards for the visitors whilst Colony Park showed what they can achieve with a big of togetherness.

Albion started the game on the front foot, a good ball on four minutes by Finlay Ness was met by Harry Ingram however a good effort by the tall midfielder went wide, Ingram was a constant figure at the beginning of the game for Albion and a good long range effort was denied by Grant Middleton.

Colony battled into the game as the contest progressed, a good effort from Fraser Davidson 30 yards on goal required Lucas Muller to come into action and the goalkeeper made a decent stop. A Muller kick out found Caie McDonald who did well at left back, McDonald found Ingram however a good effort was blocked.

The visitors took the lead on 39 minutes, a good ball across goal by Reece McKerron was  met by Michael Mitchell who didn't catch the shot at goal right however still had enough of a connection to force the ball going over the goal line past Middleton.


Tuesday, 02 April 2019 12:44

Elgin City 20s are NSFA League Champions

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The season finale took place at Borough Briggs this week when Elgin City took on Clachnacuddin Under 20's.

For Elgin, a special night lay in store for them with the trophy presentation following the game and also a moment to reflect on two special years for the squad, the home side came out 3-0 winners with both teams playing good football.

Elgin City manager Gavin Price and Clachnacuddin boss Brian McLeod certainly give youth a chance and both men were in attendance for this one, with Elgin 20's coach Robbie Hope fielding players that have been given appearances in League 2 this campaign. Experienced forward Scott Dunn played for Clach.

On 15 minutes, it was 1-0 after a fantastic ball came into the danger zone which was met by James McGowan who headed the ball superbly into the net past Ben Bremner to open the scoring for City. McGowan has featured a few times in the 20's for Elgin and has always put in a professional performance.

Three minutes later, it was 2-0 after Aiden Sopel was fouled inside the area. Sopel didn't score on the night, however he showed how good he is with some quality movement and touches.

Moray Taylor stepped up to dispatch the spot-kick; he's been playing in the Highland League with Lossiemouth this campaign and looks to have developed his game that bit further.

Clachnacuddin improved as the half wore on and had a few chances before half time, a good ball by Calum Black found Dunn who then had a tame effort at Oliver Kelly, Ali Gillies also had a chance which went over.

Tuesday, 02 April 2019 11:36

Northstar edge closer to title with Huntly win

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League leaders Northstar hosted Huntly at Northfield Academy with Northstar only requiring two victories to win the league.

Northstar won this contest 5-0 however Huntly must be commended for the effort and committment shown during the game, the Aberdeenshire side are currently 2nd bottom however are in a false position.

Both sides registered half chances in the opening ten minutes of the match with Northstar finding their feet afterwards and taking the lead on 12 minutes, a fantastic ball was driven in from the right by Jack Stewart which was very challenging for the Huntly backline and the ball was unfortunately knocked into his own net by David Preston.

Huntly didn't crumble after the goal but were dealt another blow a couple of minutes later when Northstar doubled their advantage; Alexander Fyvie had a superb game in midfield and his vision saw him open up space before firing past the stranded Stephen Woodhouse. 

The half got a little bit subdued after that and news came in that Stonehaven beat Newmachar United 2-1 to help the title push for Northstar that bit extra - Northstar play Newmachar on Sunday.

Huntly had the final notable chance of the half with a free kick from Glen McRae which went wide.

Dyce secured a place in the Winton Trophy cup final at a cold and windy Dyce astroturf where they will play Sunnybank Elite.

Cove had the first chance in the second minute when a ball crossed in from Coves Anton Chauvin which was met well by the right foot of his team mate Charlie Rothnie but was well saved by Dyce Goalkeeper Grant Moroney.

One minute later, a long range effort from 25 yards from Coves Josh Robb went blazing over the bar.

In the 14th minute Dyce’s first opportunity came when Max Cheung blasted a shot over the bar following a neat through ball from Nogosa Uwaiae.

The final opportunity of the fairly dry of chances first half came when a shot was taken from just inside the box by Coves Lucas Whyte which was saved by Dyce keeper Moroney.

Buckie Thistle and Turriff United Under 13s girls served up a Saturday morning cracker at Victoria Park for the commencement of the girls league season. 18 goals were scored inside 60 minutes with six goals in the first period followed by 12 in the second half. Turriff United came out on top winning 12-6.

Both teams tried their very best in the game with lots of attacking play for both teams in front of a healthy looking crowd, after a subued opening period of the game. Turriff United were quick to get a goal after nine minutes, an Orla Taylor through ball found the talented Stacie Horne who found the roof of the net to open the scoring.

It was 2-0 soon after Horne stole the ball from the Buckie centre who then went on an attack before smashing the ball into the net, hard lines for Zoe Leslie who isn't actually a goalkeeper however she did have some good saves during the game which helped too.

On 13 minutes, Buckie pulled a goal back when a slack pass at the back by Turriff saw the ball come to Milly Findlay who did very well for the hosts and Findlay hut a powerful shot into the net which in turn led to a fantastic game of football and a great advert for the womens game.

Turriff made it 3-1 on 16 minutes with Lucy Gove and Horne linking up very well together for the duration of the game, Gove played a great ball into Horne who then guided home a fine effort with a composed finish. The same two players linked up to make it 4-1 with Gove this time getting on the scoresheet.

Buckie pulled a goal back just before half time after a Courtney Grant ball found Brooke Gauld who tapped the ball home past the stranded Turriff United goalkeeper, a great half of football and could have been more goals had it not been for some good saves from both goalkeepers, both sides were playing with real positivity which was refreshing.

Saturday, 02 March 2019 13:32

Three For Banchory Girls in Season Opener at Cove

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Banchory Girls U16s got their campaign off to a flying start with a victory over Cove Youth U16s at Balmoral Stadium on Saturday. Goals from Kirsty Abernethy, Eilidh Blackhall and second half strike by Aimee Gordine were enough for Rhoda Cameron's side, in an impressive display.

Both teams started the match with great energy and created some fine early chances. Minutes in, an Aimee Plender corner from the right for the visitors sparked a scramble in the area, with the ball falling favourably for Desiree Glansbeek to hit into a crowd of players, before eventually being cleared to safety. 

At the other end, the first of several strong runs by Cove's Kaitlyn Milne produced a corner for the home team. Out-swinging, the set piece evaded the defence, presenting Grace Goodwin with an opportunity, however her touch escaped her and the chance was lost. 

On six minutes, Banchory took the lead. With space at a premium in the centre of the field, Sky Pirie unlocked the congestion, slipping a nice pass forward fpr Kirsty Abernethy. A question of offside as Abernethy raced through, however play was allowed to continue, and she kept her composure to notch neatly beyond Sophie Bently. 

Five minutes later, Abernethy tested the gloves of Bently again, this time just inside the area, having been played in from the left a right footed snapshot on the turn was well held by Bently.

At the other end, the hosts' Courtney Shirran was playing well, linking together Cove's attacks and looking lively each time they advanced. Her control in midfield meant she'd be at the centre of creating further openings for Milne and Ruby Mason from wide angles. Neither could find the target despite their endeavour.

Midway through the half, Banchory doubled their advantage. This time, the move was instigated by Mollie Jamieson, snuffing out the danger of Cove's Lucy Birrell to win the ball back. Worked through midfield, the ball was lifted into the path of Eilidh Blackhall to chase. Coming together with the last defender, April Taylor, she did well to hold off the challenge, and then crashed the ball high into the net.

Two more chances developed for Banchory in the next ten minutes, and they were both for Charlotte Riach. First, picked out from the left, Riach was unmarked twelve yards out, but pulled the effort wide. Then moments later the ball arrived with her again. Once more, her radar was a little off and the ball skewed away. 

As the period drew to a close, Cove fought hard for a foothold. Kaitlyn Milne called keeper Robyn Anderson into action. The stopper was alert twice to handle two of her dangerous low crosses, the latter a smart take at the foot of her near post. Grace Goodwin fired a final effort wide after her pace took her clear on the left. At 2-0, the teams knew the next goal was crucial, and Cove, to their credit, were doing what they could to keep their hopes alive.

It was, however, Banchory Girls that were in pole position for the points at the break.

On a windy day at Mineralwell Park we saw the very definition of a “game of two halves” where Stonehaven YFC City took the lead going into halftime, but the turn of the tide was yet to come as in the second half, late drama saw Newtonhill BC take the three points and continue their resurgence in the Spree 16’s A league.

The first half was evidently all Stonehaven. This started as early as the fifth minute as Stonehaven's Lee Taggart drilled a shot but was matched and well saved and kept in the grasp of Newtonhill’s goalkeeper Archie Spence.

Three minutes later Stonehaven's moment of the match occured when a cross from Stonehaven’s Fergus Carnie was met by their striker and Man of the Match Jay Waters in the air who headed it into the keepers path, who parried it back out to Waters who didn’t miss the rebound to make it 1-0 to Stonehaven.

Only two minutes later Carnie got a shot of his own but it was saved well by the Newtonhill goalkeeper who was the Man of the Match for Newtonhill after a stellar performance.

In the 12th minute captain Fraser Jamieson of Stonehaven shot across the face of the goal but misses the target past the far left post.

The lead was then doubled as Ross McGillivray distracted goalkeeper Spence and the goalie accidentally let the ball go past him leaving McGillivray with an open net to make it 2-0.

In the 29th minute a ball from Waters to Carnie saw him one-on-one with the Newtonhill goalkeeper and forces the keeper to pull off a great save.

Newtonhill’s moment of the match saw Stonehaven captain Fraser Jamieson strike a beautiful knuckle ball which was spectacularly saved by the goalkeeper Archie Spence.

Monday, 25 February 2019 14:07

Westdyke claim semi-final place with Thistle win

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Westdyke CC came from a goal behind to knock Thistle Youth out of the Stonehaven Youth Trophy with a depleted squad, Thistle put on a fantastic performance, especially in the first half, and deserve lots of credit for their effort and attitude.

The visitors had to play an outfield player in goals with a makeshift line up, which showed their strength and depth. Thistle knew they had to react from a mediocre outing against Lewis United and react they did.

Thistle took the game to Westdyke in the opening exchanges of the game with a lot of attacking movement certainly giving the visitors lots of problems to deal with. Westdyke had opportunities of their own with Stewart Simpson having a good effort denied by Jamie Shingler.

The hosts took the lead on 12 minutes, a fantastic ball by Cody Booth went into a goalmouth crowded area with Westdyke not clearing their lines and there was Aiden Macrae on the spot to smash the ball into the net to guide Thistle in front. They set out with a real intensity early doors and deserved their lead.

Thistle continued to have chances after the goal however Westdyke got a wake up call after the goal and started to express themselves more which made for a fantastic spectacle. Nathan Manders had a shot which was thwarted by Sean McKenzie with Logan Duncan also having a long range shot saved by the versatile man.

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