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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.

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.

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