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It was a very overcast day at Garthdee Sports Centre when South East region under 16s made the journey to Aberdeen to face their North counterparts. An exciting game was in prospect with two evenly matched teams battling it out against each other.
Both teams started the game well with good passing football. The game was played on an all weather surface so it was the right type of pitch to play good passing football and even with a bit of drizzle in the sky it was a joy to watch in the opening exchanges of the game.
There was chances for both teams and it wouldn't be long until the 1st goal would be scored. North Region looked the more threatening out of the two teams. South East Region did have a good opportunity though courtesy of a Logan Cunningham free kick which went over the bar.
The opening goal was scored in the 28th minute after a great ball in from Gregor White was met by Westdykes Euan Walker who had an initial shot blocked by the opposition defence before it came to Banks O'Dee Albions James Connelly who rifled the ball into the net past Joe Russell.
It was a cold afternoon for many including the most enthusiastic of people who watch youth football and there was one more chance before the interval for the visitors through Connal Cormack whose effort went over after a 30 yard hit.
North just deserving of their lead at the interval and both teams taking the long walk to the changing rooms at half time to avoid the wind and rain that tropical Aberdeen has to offer.
It was a windy scene at Aulton when CBC Hilton hosted Ellon Meadows. Both sides are at different scales of the table. CBC are currently 3rd bottom whilst Ellon are currently 3rd and a win in their game in hand will see the Aberdeenshire outfit go top.
Ellon showed their class in this encounter, particularly in attack whilst Hilton going by the showing they produced in the 1st half are in the wrong position. In the opening exchanges of the game, Ellon had most of the ball and created the better attacking opportunities however Hilton stuck in and made life hard for Meadows with the Hilton midfield being compact and frustrating the opposition.
Klayton Stewart in the CBC Hilton goal made a good start to the game making two really good saves to deny Fraser MacLeod and Michael Taylor. Both these Ellon players had efforts from the edge of the box however Stewart was equal to them both.
Then, a dangerous ball in by Ellons MacLeod was nearly put into his own net by Mitchell Walker however the centre half did enough to make sure it didn't go in and the ball then went into the goalkeepers hands and in safe guard.
The visitors hard work then paid off after a long bouncing ball found Daniel Richardson who rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into an empty net. A lot of people would have expected Hilton to cave in after that point however they kept going and Hilton were to respond just a short time later.
5 minutes later, Hilton were level after a great ball from Josh Petrie came deep into the box which was met by Branden Fraser who guided the ball home with his head. A great ball in then a great connection to put the ball past the Ellon goalkeeper.
The first round of fixtures for the ADJFA season got underway last weekend with a lot of goals being scored with the new league season only two days old.
The under 13s saw big wins for Colony Park, Thistle BC, Banks O’Dee Albion, Culter Boys, Formartine United, Portlethen SC, Lewis United Youth, Donside Juvenile, Banchory Boys and Dyce BC whilst Deveronvale and Fraserburgh Link-Up served up a cracking 6-6 draw and Stonehaven Madrid got past West End winning 6-3.
Middlefield Wasps got off to the perfect start in there section 6 group in the Batt Cables Trophy beating Newtonhill 5-1. YFS gathered the thoughts of coach Don Bowman after the game “Good to start off with a win and the boys deserved it, the transition from 7-11 a side is a big one and the boys do take a bit of time to get used to it, the offside rule especially.
“We’ll push on now and look forward, we are looking to play in the B league this season, a victory this weekend against Cove guarantees us B league football.
Dyce started off the defence of their A league success last season with a 6-0 win away to Banchory. Formartine also picked up a victory on the road at CBC Hilton with Lewis United beating Westdyke 7-2 and Peterhead Jags beating West End FC Reds 3-1.
Banks O’Dee Albion v Deveronvale games last season only had 9 goals combined in the league encounters last season. Yesterday Albion started off the season in comfortable fashion winning 9-0 against the Banff outfit.
YFS gathered the thoughts of new coach Greg Watson who said “We have come in and gave everyone a fresh start, the lads did what we asked of them and both goalies played a half each and got a clean sheet.
“The back four did what we asked of them as well, we are a decent side and have a great chance of winning cups and leagues.
The B league saw home wins for Colony Park, Fraserburgh Link-Up and Insch whilst Newtonhill won against FDS away 4-2.
C league saw two big wins for Donside United and Colony Colts whilst Mintlaw BC won a tight nine goal encounter away to Dee BC.
Donside Juvenile will be playing B league football this season after a 1-0 win over Newmachar United.
There was three home wins for Culter United, Banchory Pumas and Colony Park with the latter beating the under 13s Scottish Cup winners Banks O’Dee Albion 2-0.
It was the great escape in Banff yesterday after Lewis United were 3-0 up at half time away to Deveronvale however the hosts clawed them back to draw 4-4.
Stonehaven Madrid picked up a big win away to Ellon whilst Paul Lawrie eased past Formartine United winning 11-1. Colony Colts picked up a good win away to Westdyke winning 1-0.
There were only three games in the C league with Portlethen winning away at Kemnay 3-0, Newmachar brushing aside Culter Thistle winning 9-1 and Byron Thistle winning 15-0 at Turriff.
Dyce BC will be playing A league football after a 4-2 victory over Glentanar.
The under 16s title race promises to be and exciting and open title race, Westdyke were the only team to win at home beating Fraserburgh 5-1 and there was away wins for Lewis United Youth, FDS 2001 and Culter Boys. Banks O’Dee Albion and Cove BC shared the spoils at Grandholm drawing 2-2.
Deveronvale and Westdyke Thistle were the highest scorers of the day winning 7-1 and 10-0 respectively. Colony Colts beat Formartine Reds 4-1 with Colony Park and Banchory drawing 2-2. Stonehaven beat Longside 5-1 and Huntly beat CBC Hilton 4-2.
Peterhead will once again be playing A league football after a penalty shoot-out win in their A league play-off match with Newmachar United. There was home wins for ALC Athletic, Banks O’Dee Albion and Culter Colts with Hermes Youth picking up a great win in Inverurie away to Colony Park winning 4-2.
The B league seen a couple of high scoring matches, Colony Colts and South End both recorded 7-0 wins with Ellon beating Kemnay 2-0 and Middlefield brushing aside Turriff 6-2 in what was a 1st half to forget for United. Banchory Eagles won 6-1 at Culter United.
In section one; Stonehaven won 6-1 away to Ellon whilst Culter Rovers beat Stoneywood BC 2-0 at home. Huntly and West End finis
Section three saw home wins for Banks o’Dee Albion and Turriff United over North Star and Echt. Section four saw two big wins for Inverurie Locos and Kemnay. Locos won 8-0 away to Banchory whilst Kemnay went even better and brushed aside Dee 17-0.
Section five saw two away wins for Fraserburgh Link-Up and Formartine United beating Byron Spurs and Peterhead BC comfortably.
YFS congratulates all the teams who picked up victories at the weekend. Look out on a preview for this weekends games later in the week.
A warm day clouded onto Ian Mair Park, Dyce for the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy final between Banks O’Dee Albion and Bervie Caledonian. This was to be the last cup final of the ADJFA season and it didn’t disappoint with six goals and both sides playing some great football.
It has been another successful season for all involved at Banks O’Dee Albion with the Presidents Cup, Castle Trophies Cup, Stonehaven Youth Trophy, Winton Trophy and the Under 16's league championship joining the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy in the cabinet at Spain Park, along with the Superleague and McLeman Cup in which Junior side Banks O’Dee have won. It doesn’t stop there though as Banks O’Dee Albion Under 14's have a league play-off with Lewis United on Tuesday night at Ian Mair Park.
Albion were quick out of the traps and it wasn’t long before they were getting themselves on the scoresheet. A great ball came into Adam McLennan and he slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner past Fraser McNaught.
Bervie did have some good spells in the game and tested the Albion defence on a few occasions. Murray Collie had a great long range strike, which went straight into the arms of Cameron Jarvie.
Matt Cumming made it 2-0 to Banks O’Dee, after a great ball from Oscar Slater found the striker, and he finished excellently after firing the ball down the middle.
Albion then put the game to bed, just before the interval, after a great ball in, from Ryan Silvers, was met by Finlay Johnston who rose highest and nodded the ball past McNaught.
Heathryfold Park, Sunnybank, was the setting for the Under 19's final between Glentanar and Deveronvale in the Murray Cup. Both sides have had good seasons respectively and a good game was on the cards for the neutrals.
Deveronvale were wearing their strip bearing 'Hendo - 24' which was donated by the family of Leigh Henderson, a former first team player who tragically passed away last year. As a senior squad member, he always took an interest in the youth players coming through the ranks and Leigh would have been proud of the performance that the Vale put in.
Three of Henderson's attributes were: passion, desire and commitment and that’s what Vale did to come out victorious. Glentanar, though, had their fair share of the game as well, however, their discipline towards the end of the game let them down in the end.
The Murray Cup final started at a good tempo from both sides. Glentanar had the first opportunity at goal after a Craig Simpson ball found Angus Grant, however, his effort was straight at Ryan Brindle in the Vale goal.
It was the Banffers who got the opener after a great ball in from Declan McGunningle found Jody Munro, who managed to slide the ball past Grant Stephen into the net. It was a great goal from the striker and left the goalie with no chance.
Vale were to keep going and found themselves 2-0 up within 14 minutes. A great free kick was sent in by Branden Watson, which was met by Reagan Fowlie who met it with his head superbly and he found the top left hand corner past Stephen.
A bit of comfort for Vale but Glentanar weren’t going to give up and Angus Grant had a few opportunities at goal in which Brindle dealt with well.
Grant was then going to get himself on the scoresheet, in the 25th minute, after a great ball in from Matt Steer caused problems for the Vale defence and the striker was on hand to tap the ball into an empty net.
Ian Mair Park, Dyce was the setting for the C league play-off between Paul Lawrie Foundation and Colony Colts. Back in January, Ian Mair Park was hit by the torrential floods, which swept over the North East. You wouldn't have thought it on arrival with the pitch in immaculate condition for this time of year.
It was Paul Lawrie Foundation who came out on top and it was a performance in which professional golfer Paul Lawrie would have been proud of after a 2-0 win over Inverurie outfit Colony Colts.
The game started at a good tempo for both sides and in the opening stages it was Paul Lawrie who had the better chances and Colony had to rely on goalkeeper Fraser Wiseman to keep the scoreline level. Some good link-up play from PLF found Alex Ross whose effort from the edge of the box went straight into the hands of Wiseman.
The deadlock was broken in the 25th minute thanks to Gavin Troup, who slotted the ball past Wiseman in the Colony goal. Colts got into the game more before the opener, however, it was well deserved for PLF.
Paul Lawrie Foundation almost made it 2-0, before the interval, when a great ball in from Connor Strachan found Finlay Troup. However his sharp effort towards goal went straight into Wiseman and it was only the one goal that separated the sides going into the interval.
Spain Park, home of Banks O'Dee, was the setting for this Belmont Trophy Cup final between Lewis United Youth and Westdyke Community Club at the Under 15's age group. Lewis United sealed the A league last Sunday, for the first time at that age group, thanks to a 1-0 win over rivals Banks O'Dee Albion. Westdyke, however, were going to be no walkovers as they gave Lewis some great games over the campaign.
It wasn't long before the supporters of either team were to experience the first goal in the game, which arrived just two minutes in after a failed defensive clearance by Lewis allowed Max McGinlay to slot the ball into the top left hand corner, and past Matthew Buckham in the Lewis goal.
That goal gave the ingredients it needed to be a great cup final and there could have been more goals in the opening stages. Lewis nearly levelled straight from the restart when a good effort from Lucas Murray was saved by Jamie Butler in the Westdyke goal.
Westdyke had a great opportunity to go 2-0 up when a great delivery was sent in from Nathan Rankine, which was met by Matthew Clark into the pathway of McGinlay whose effort went wide.
Lewis were level after 17 minutes. A long punt up the park from goalkeeper Matthew Buckham was headed backwards from a Westdyke player, which found striker Robert Ward who evaded his way past two Westdyke defenders before finding the net with ease and putting the league champions level. A textbook move from Lewis and the perfect finish to follow from Ward.
Ward then picked up his second of the game after a great ball came in from Shaun Spence, which was met by the talented forward who slotted past Butler to put Lewis in front. United then saw out the first half with ease and just about deserved to go in front at the interval.
It was a fine breezy day at Colony Park, Inverurie for the Colony Park Cup final between ADJFA heavyweights Dyce BC and Banks O’Dee Albion. Both sides are at the top and from a neutral perspective it was understandable as to why there wasn’t going to be much between the teams in the game.
Banks O’Dee started on the front foot and had a few good opportunities early on with Charlie Stewart forcing a good save from the Dyce goalkeeper and then a good delivery in from Stewart found Ben Dalglish on the head, however his effort went inches wide.
Charlie Stewart was to be at the heart of the majority of chances created by Albion and he recieved a great through ball into him by Lewis Brand which fought out a good save from the Dyce goalkeeper.
It was a quiet half in all honesty and both sides struggled to get the ball on the deck and pass it across on what was a good pitch to play on. It just needed something special to change the game or for someone to switch off.
Dyce took the lead just before the interval when a great free kick was sent in by Josh Byers and Matteo Carlier hit the ball sweetly on his foot to guide the ball past Murray Burns in the Albion goal and sent the Blue & White Hoops in front at half time. Albion felt that it should never have been a free kick, however the referee dismissed the claims.
After meeting five days previously in the Castle Trophies Cup semi-final, Lewis United Youth and Banks O’Dee Albion faced each other once more, this time in a league fixture at Uniconn Park. Banks O’Dee claimed the three points with a 4-0 win, their goals scored by Mark Reid, Greg Pirie and two by Ben Ross.
The visitors showed their intent from the kick-off as Connor Wood found himself in space. He shot from 15 yards, and wide to the left, but Lewis United goalkeeper, Euan Morrion, smothered the ball.
Banks O’Dee kept the pressure on, with Lewis having to put the ball out of play to hold their defence. This resulted in a corner which saw Cameron Ross cross the ball into the box but Ben Ross headed it just wide.
Lewis United had their first chance when Gregor Thom drove forward, and met the challenge well, before passing the ball out to Aaron Leslie. He put the ball through for Jay Leiper, who shot from inside the box but the ball was pushed wide by Banks O’Dee goalkeeper, Vitali Sahhalevtis.
The visitors responded with Ben Ross curving the ball into the box for Reid to head the ball but Morrion pushed it wide. Reid followed up with a shot from close range but fired it just wide. However Albion’s efforts were not in vain, and Ben Ross curved the ball straight into the back of the net from 30 yards in the sixth minute to open the scoring.
Soon after, Lewis were awarded a free kick just inside their own half. Cameron Cook sent the ball into the box where it was headed out for a corner by Cameron Imrie. Leslie took the ensuing corner and crossed the ball into the box where it was caught by Sahhalevtis.
Banks O’Dee set up an interchanging play through Joseph Bisset and Shaun Cameron but Lewis United held their defence well to deny any chances.
Leiper linked up with Mitchel Foy to press forward but Foy’s shot from the edge of the box went just wide. As Lewis continued to press, the referee awarded a free kick to Banks O’Dee and Kyle Smith's disagreement earned him a red card, leaving the home side to play with just 10 men from the 16th minute.
Lewis kept their heads up and drove forward with a series of passes. David Edwards shot from 25 yards but it was just wide, and Leslie’s follow up was caught by Sahhalevtis.
Banks O’Dee drove play back to the other end and Calum McKenzie laid the ball back for Shaun Cameron. He shot from the edge of the box but it was pushed wide and then smothered by Morrion.
Foy put the ball out wide for Leslie but he was unable to get a clear shot with Jason Ritchie exerting pressure in defence.
The visitors pressed back and Ben Ross shot from 30 yards, once more, but Morrion had time to read the play. McKenzie headed the ball out wide for Cameron who laid the ball back for Ritchie but Lewis held their defence to deny the chance.
Banks O’Dee exchanged a series of passes to push up and Ross broke through the defence but was brought down. Imrie stepped up to take the free kick at 25 yards but it was caught by Morrion.
Greyhope Boys and Kintore United met in a mid-week fixture where Kintore United claimed the victory with a 3-2 win. Their goals were scored by Samual Gerrard and two by Ben Riddoch, while Angus Smith claimed both of Greyhope’s goals.
Play got underway and Greyhope showed their intent as Dylan Irvine drove the ball forward but Samual Gerrard challenged and won the ball to set up the counterattack. He put the ball through for Dylan Henderson who shot from fifteen yards and wide to the right. Greyhope goalkeeper, Kyle Ferguson, pushed it wide and though Gerrard followed up, Ferguson cleared.
The home side were soon on the attack again and were awarded a corner. Brandon Napier crossed the ball into the box where Angus Smith was waiting to knock it in to open the scoring in the fifth minute.
Kintore made a break through Alexander Walton who passed inside to Henderson but his shot from the edge of the box was wide. The visitors were then awarded a corner which Henderson crossed into the box. Scott Nathanial tried to knock it in from close range but Jamie Buchan cleared.
Buchan was soon involved in the action again and he put the ball into space for Prezemek Wiencek. He raced down the wing and shot from twenty-five yards but it went wide. However Greyhope continued to press, and Oskar Ouscarek made a powerful shot from thirty yards but it was palmed wide by Kintore goalkeeper, Sam Woolley.
The visitors continued to look for a chance to equalise and Gerrard put the ball through for Walton who headed it from inside the box but it was cleared by Lewis Stewart. However Lennon Cowie sent the ball through for Walton once again who drove down the wing and crossed the ball into the box where it was smothered by Ferguson.
Wiencek and Buchan linked up for Greyhope to press forward but Kintore held their defence and Lauchlan Hadden forced the ball out of play. From the ensuing corner, Wiencek crossed the ball into the box where it was initially cleared. Ouscarek followed up with a shot from twenty-five yards but Walton cleared.
Gerrard went on the counterattack, breaking down the wing and driving into the box where he was brought down. Henderson aimed his penalty to the bottom left corner but Ferguson pushed it wide. Cowie followed up with his shot from twenty yards but sent it just wide.
Greyhope showed great control and broke down the wing but drove just too far, shooting from fifteen yards and wide to the right but firing just wide to bring the half to a close.
The rain held off for Byron Milan and FDS to face off in a competitive match at Northfield Academy. FDS secured the three points with a 6-5 win. Their goals were scored by Ryan Bremner, Regan Coffey, McKenzie Finnie, Connor Elrick and two by Emre Kaplan, while Byron’s goals were scored by Jack Alexander and four by Timilehin Odedairo.
FDS put pressure on early on with Kurtis Williams, McKenzie Finnie and Ryan Bremner putting together a nice series of passes. Williams shot from the edge of the box but the ball was pushed wide by Byron goalkeeper, Ziemowit Magdziarz, and then cleared by Adam Law.
Byron had their first chance of the game through Timilehin Odedairo who penetrated the defence and shot from twenty-five yards but the ball was caught by FDS goalkeeper, Cai Shepherd.
The home side continued to press and Odedairo put the ball through for Jack Alexander who ran into the box but FDS conceded a penalty in their defensive effort. Lew stepped up and struck the ball toward the middle of the goal where it was caught by Shepherd.
The visitors pressed back once more and Lewis Downing drove the ball forward and put the ball into the box for Emre Kaplan, who ran on and struck it into the back of the net in the eleventh minute.
FDS continued to create chances and Logan Coffey volleyed the ball into the box for Jay Douglas but he sent it just wide.
Alexander drove the ball down the wing and sent it into the box for Odedairo who laid the ball back for Jamie Campbell. Campbell shot from twenty-five yards but Shepherd cleared.
In the twentieth minute, Lee Steven shot from wide to the right. Magdziarz pushed the ball wide but Bremner followed in to tap it into the net.
The visitors pressed again soon after and in the twenty-second minute, Kaplan drove the ball down the wing and lobbed the ball over the advancing Magdziarz into the back of the net.
Byron kept their heads up and Odedairo put the ball through for Alexander who shot from the edge of the box. The ball was pushed wide by Shepherd but Alexander shot again only for Downing to clear.
In the twenty-ninth minute Corey Sangster put the ball through for Odedairo who fired it home from inside the box to get his team on the score sheet.
The visitors drove play to the other end, with Bremner jinking through the defence to shoot from fifteen yards but Magdziarz caught the ball. FDS continued to press with Douglas driving into the box but the ball was palmed wide by Magdziarz.
The home side were looking for more openings and Max McAllister sent the ball into space for Odedairo who controlled the ball on the edge of the box and struck it into the back of the net to close the half.
Half-time: Byron Milan 2-3 FDS.