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Saturday, 14 October 2017 18:58

ALC Athletic outclassed by high tempo Banks O'Dee

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It was an interesting matchup in the ADJFA U19s League A as ALC Athletic took on Banks O’Dee at Kaimhill. ALC were looking to get off to a strong start as this was their first league game of the season  whilst Banks O’Dee were hoping to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Inverurie Locos last time out.
Banks O’Dee prevailed in the end thanks to a strong first half performance despite the threat of an ALC comeback late on.
Straight from kick off Banks O’Dee set a high tempo as they put pressure upon the ALC defence and this paid off as they scored an early goal. A corner from Greg Pirie was whipped in to the back stick where it met the head of Jason Ritchie whose header back across goal was too powerful for ALC keeper Keith Robertshaw to save.
Trying not to be disheartened by the early goal, ALC came at Banks O’Dee. A dangerous tackle on Sean McHardy near the edge of the box gave them a perfect opportunity to find an equaliser but the resulting free kick was put high and wide of the goal.
Continuing to play with great intensity, it was not long before Banks O’Dee doubled their lead. Another corner from Pirie was put into the box, this time sneaking low past the front post to Ronan Masson who tapped it home to put his side further ahead.
ALC refused to go down without a fight however. A free kick in a wide position was played into the box by Matthew Clark. Rising high above his marker, Lewis Ifi made strong contact with his header but it was placed too close to the hands of Finlay Johnston who comfortably clutched the ball.
Refusing to be too complacent, Banks O’Dee continued to put immense pressure on the ALC back line. A shot from Mitchell McPherson was saved by Robertshaw low to the left hand corner before being tidied up by Ifi.
Finding themselves with a well-positioned free kick on the edge of the box, Banks O’Dee stretched their lead to three. A low free kick from McPherson was parried by Robertshaw but Lewis Paton was the first to get to the rebound. A close range header above the stranded keeper confirmed Banks O’Dee’s dominant first half performance.
As the first half was coming to a close Banks O’Dee continued to pile on the pressure. A teasing cross from Pirie on the left wing ended up at the feet of ALC defender Ross Milne who was unfortunate to see his clearance intercepted by Connor Wood. A great piece of quick reaction goalkeeping from Robertshaw stopped his team from falling any further behind before half time.
At half time Banks O’Dee had a deserved lead over an ALC side who had been unable to play their best football due to the high intensity of their opposition.

A place in the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup was at stake at Davidson Park, Inverurie when Colony Park hosted Lewis United Youth. There was a host different weathers during the game, the majority being rain & wind.

Lewis reached the final of the Scottish Cup last season before being curtailed by a heavy defeat to Tynecastle. The Aberdeen outfit have lost a number of key players during the summer, in particular striker Robert Ward who signed for Dundee United. Colony won promotion from the B league last season and have made a good start to the season & impressed in this encounter.

Colony made a good start to the game and opened the scoring after 6 minutes. A loose pass was capitalised on by Daniel Middler at the halfway mark who then went on a great run and slotted the ball home to give the Inverurie outfit the perfect start. Colony were really positive in their play whenever they went forward.

Lewis had a slow start to the game however got into the game as it progressed. Cameron Heslop tried to pull United level in the 14th minute however his effort gone over the bar after the Colony defence put pressure on the Lewis midfielder.

The visitors pulled level on the half hour mark through Ben Marr whose effort had come off Fraser Scott however had enough power in the shot to find its way into the back of the net. 

Newmachar United and FDS 2003 went head to head at the Charles Gordon Park for a fixture in the Aberdeen and District Juvenile Football Association under 15s League B. Both sides were keen to get a win and push themselves further up the table. Newmachar were looking to return to winning ways whilst FDS were trying to build upon their win last time out.

Despite the effect that the extreme rain and wind had on the park the game went ahead, with Newmachar coming away with a deserved victory despite the difficult conditions.

As the game kicked off, both teams looked slow to start, with the heavy conditions on the pitch often meaning that long balls were the only option. FDS were the first to grab a chance as forward Michael Herrera found himself one on one with Newmachar keeper Aidan Wood. His shot was placed low with good power but went narrowly wide of the post.

Herrera came close again minutes later when he dispossessed Newmachar defender Aaron Angus in his own box. Looking for an opportunity to release the ball Herrera dribbled further into the box, only to have the ball snatched away from his feet by Wood.

Newmachar also had chances early on. FDS defender Adam Mitchell’s backwards header was picked up by Newmachar forward Luke Rodger who raced in towards goal before having his shot tipped over the bar by keeper Cai Shepherd.

It was Newmachar who found themselves taking the lead around midway through the first half. Finding himself in plenty of space on the right wing, John Milne whipped a high ball into the box which dropped over the head of Shepard and into the net to open the scoring.

Five minutes later, Newmachar doubled their lead when Calum Donald burst through the defence with only the keeper to beat. Taking the ball round Shepard, he calmly finished the chance low into the empty net.

As the half continued, it was Newmachar who continued to put pressure upon their opposition. A free kick from around the half way line was put into the box by Struan Sinclair. It was controlled by Milne who lashed the ball into the back of the net, only for it to be disallowed for offside.

Minutes before the half time whistle was blown, Newmachar managed to go three ahead. A long goal kick from Wood went straight to Donald who was pulled down just outside the box by FDS defender Mitchell. Nathan Miller scored an excellent goal from the resulting free kick, placing the ball hard and low to the bottom right where the unsighted keeper had no chance of reaching.

As both teams left the pitch for half time Newmachar looked the stronger side but FDS had created enough chances to prove that they could still get something out of the game.

Adam Harper and Harry Ingram both struck braces as Banks O’Dee Albion saw off Donside Juveniles FC to go second in the ADJFA U16’s A league.

Heavy rain before kick-off saw the ball moving quickly on the artificial pitch at Spain Park. Both teams traded periods of dominance early on.

Albion’s Callan Gray almost opened the scoring in the second minute, latching on to a lofted ball, only for Donside goalkeeper Ben Middleton tip his effort onto the bar. 

It wasn’t long before Albion’s pressure payed off, Reece Mckerron setting up striker Adam Harper who struck low to the keeper’s right on ten minutes.

Albion struck the bar once more as Mckerron’s half volley this time beat the keeper, but again did not find the net.

It was then Donside’s turn for a period of dominance from around the 20th minute onwards. The away side winning multiple free kicks.

Captain Kyle Steel caused danger with his free kicks all day and this was Donside’s main threat in their dominant periods.

The scores were levelled the half hour mark as Steel delivered a free kick from the left which Cameron Chyla flicked into the net.

The hosts looked for an immediate response and almost had it when Harper’s effort following a chipped through ball was cleared off the line.

The remainder of the second half was competitive although failed to produce any clear cut chances until the stroke of half time.

A piece of skill from Gray opened up space as he poked the ball forward to Harper who struck to the keeper’s right for his second goal.

The start of a new football season and the start of a new chapter for both Glentanar & Donside Juvenile who both had to make the transition of switching from Sunday to Saturday football.

An exciting game was in prospect and it was 2 sides who both had respectable campaigns. Glentanar finished in 3rd and just missed out on promotion by 2 points to Formartine United in the B league whilst Donside finished level 8th with Deveronvale and were defeated by Vale in the resulting play off.

The game started at a frantic pace for both teams with Donside making their attentions known early on in this fixture. Glentanar then had an attack and their 1st shot on target of the game resulted in a goal after a great ball got spread wide which found Liam Smith who found the roof of the net to give Glens the perfect start.

Donside then attacked straight from the kick off and had the ball in the net through Cameron Chyla however the corresponding attack was deemed offside which seemed rather controversial.

Four minutes later and the Alford outfit were level. A great through ball found Chyla who made no mistake who delivered a composed finish past Jordan Dutch.

The Alford outfit took the lead after 27 minutes. A great ball from Arran Inkster found Ruairidh Arief who then found Jamie Coutts who thrashed the ball home. It was a very entertaining 1st half and although the pitch at Aulton wasn’t great for either side, both sides put on a great show with Donside having lots of chances to put the game to bed. 

Aberdeen FCL went head to head with Westdyke CC in the Under 15s Scottish Women’s Football North Cup Final held at Aberdeen Sports Village on June 3rd. It was always going to be a tightly contested game with fixtures between these sides at all age groups often being close.

Westdyke kicked off the first half which began a nervy affair for both sides as neither team gave the other a chance to take control of the game. Lyndsey Brown had Westdyke’s first attempt only 3 minutes in as she fired the ball over the bar from just outside the Aberdeen box.

Aberdeen also had early chances of their own as Carly Reid found herself through on goal thanks to a lofted ball over the opposition defence but good pressure from defender Katrena Morrison allowed Westdyke keeper Teigan Wilson to confidently collect the ball.

However, Westdyke were the ones to first capitalise on the cup final atmosphere and went into the lead as Jenna Penman found space in the midfield allowing her to hit a right footed shot from distance which curved its way in past goalie Nicole Miller who had no chance of saving it.

Spurred on by their goal, Westdyke began to take charge of the game as they fashioned more chances including another shot by forward Brown which went narrowly wide of the Aberdeen goal.

Aberdeen were not to be put off by the spell of Westdyke pressure and managed to take full advantage of a chance 27 minutes in. Amy Duncan's effort from the edge of the box flew high past Wilson and nestled into the corner of the net, levelling the score.

As the first half began to draw to a close both teams found themselves become more comfortable in the game. A long distance free kick from around the halfway line saw Westdyke attacker Caitlin Watt with a chance at goal as she skilfully took the ball round the keeper. However the tight angle and pressure from Aberdeen defender Leah Jones resulted in Watt’s shot going wide of the post.

As half time drew ever closer, Aberdeen turned the game on its head by capitalising on an unfortunate Westdyke error. Lack of communication between the Westdyke defenders and goalkeeper resulted in Aberdeen’s Reid stealing the ball in the Westdyke penalty area before calmly taking it past the keeper and providing a composed finish into the empty net.

Aberdeen made the most of their chances in a first half in which both teams began to grow as it went on, with the trophy still very much up for grabs in the second half. 

Monday, 22 May 2017 17:39

20 trophies in 5 years for Albion 2000s

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Fresh from their Scottish Cup victory from the week before, Banks O’Dee Albion had the opportunity to complete a clean sweep of trophies in the ADJFA when they took on Culter Colts at Ian Mair Park, Dyce.

This was a 1st cup final appearance for 5th placed Culter Colts. Albion 2000s have been undefeated domestically throughout their time however it required two late goals back from Albion at under 14s level to salvage that unbeaten run.

Banks O’Dee Albion started the brighter and it wasn’t going to be long before they opened the scoring after 3 minutes.

A great ball came in from Jason Ritchie which found attacker Calum McKenzie who guided the ball home with precision & composure. A great delivery and then the headed finish gave the Spain Park the best possible start.

Six minutes later and Albion were celebrating again and it came of a corner courtesy of Connor Wood which from the left hand flank flew beyond James Whyte and straight in.

This game was far from over though and Culter reduced the leeway after 16 minutes and it was a goal worthy of winning a game of football with a curled strike from Hamish MacLeod which evaded Vitali Sahhalevits into the top right hand corner.

Albion restored their two goal advantage on 23 minutes after another brilliant delivery came in from Connor Wood which was met by Lewis Duffy on the knee and he managed to guide it home past an off guard Culter defence.

Culter pulled a goal back once again after a corner came in from Ryan Corthals which was met by  Finlay Cook who guided home past Sahhalevits in the 28th minute.

Four minutes later and Albion scored a 4th after a ball from Mark Reid found Ally Shrive who placed the ball into the bottom left hand corner. Albion would then kick on after that point with Culter making a couple of rotational changes to their set-up which would have a negative effect.

With 3 minutes to go until the interval, Albion got a 5th and former ALC Athletic player Jay Murphy saw his initial spot-kick denied by Whyte however the pint-sized player controlled the ball on the chest and rebounded home. 

In a well fought Castles Trophy final, Lewis United Youth lifted the silverware with a 3-1 win over Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC. Ross Grant scored Fraserburgh’s goal while Ross Young scored two of Lewis’s goals with Shaun Spence adding the third.

Lewis United pressed from the kick-off and Ben Marr put the ball into the box for Ross Young who shot at goal but the ball was headed clear by Ben Harvey.

The Bridge of Don-based team then had a chance from a free kick at thirty yards. Robert Ward sent the ball into the box but it was caught by Fraserburgh goalkeeper, Jack Kennedy.

Fraserburgh looked just as dangerous when they had possession, and Ewan Milne broke through the defence but Cameron Heslop swept in to clear the danger before Milne could make his shot at goal.

However Fraserburgh set up some great link-up play through Andrew Hannah and Adam Taylor. Taylor then put the ball into the box for Ross Grant but his shot was denied by Lewis goalkeeper, Matthew Buckham.

Both teams were attacking the game and Lewis were awarded a free kick five yards into their own half. Murray Esson’s impressive strike sent the ball into the box but it was headed clear by Thomas Hall before Ward could run on.

Lewis United continued to exert pressure and Ward shot from twenty-five yards. He was only denied by Kennedy who pushed the ball wide but Young was there and he tapped it in from close range to open the scoring in the twenty-fourth minute.

Ward looked set to extend his side’s lead through a free kick from thirty-five yards but he fired his shot just over the crossbar.

Grant then drove forward for Fraserburgh and he crossed the ball into the box for Billy Bruce but Bruce’s shot went wide.

Fraserburgh continued to press, and Hall put the ball through for Milne. Milne laid the ball back for Grant but Esson swept in to clear the danger. 

However Fraserburgh continued to create chances and Grant put the ball into space for Milne just outside the box but Lewis held their defence to deny a scoring chance and Heslop cleared.

Ward and Young linked once again for Lewis and Ward sent the ball to the edge of the box. Young slipped past the defence to run onto it and sent it home from close range to extend his side’s lead in the fortieth minute.

Fraserburgh tried to create one last chance before half-time with Bruce pressing forward but he was tripped. Hannah stepped up to take the free kick just outside the box but sent the ball over the crossbar.

After the dust settled on the 1st game between FDS & Westdyke, it was down to Fraserburgh Link-Up and Banks O’Dee Albion. This was described as a warm-up game for Banks O’Dee Albion ahead of the Scottish Cup final tie against Syngenta Juveniles on Sunday. Fraserburgh weren’t going to be mugs though and gave Albion a tough spell.

Albion made a bright start to the game and should have opened the scoring with the game only 5 minutes old through Calum McKenzie however Jamie Bruce denied the talented attacker.

Fraserburgh had chances of their own and a great high ball from LJ Stephen found Ryan Sargent whose effort had to be denied by Vitali Sahhalevits. A long ball from Shaun Jappy then found Sargent however an attempted chipped effort flew over the bar.

Albion took the lead after 16 minutes after a great delivery from Connor Wood found the advancing Cameron Imrie whose glancing header flew straight into the back of the net giving Fraserburgh no chance. That is Imrie’s 3rd goal in 3 games. Not bad for a centre half!

The Spain Park outfit kept on the pressure and striker Mark Reid was next to try his luck on goal after a delivery from Connor Wood however the forwards effort just went wide.

Banks O’Dee went 2-0 up on 31 minutes after another set piece found fellow defender Lewis Duffy, whose powerful header found the bottom right hand corner.

Game over some people might have thought although Fraserburgh had other ideas.

A trip at the other end 4 minutes later gave Broch a lifeline. Some people in the ground thought it was a soft award however referee Ian Robison pointed straight to the spot.

Up stepped Dylan Ritchie who sent Sahhalevits the wrong way with his spot kick.

Banks O’Dee Albion very seldom panic though and got themselves a 2 goal advantage heading into half time after Mark Reid chased down a scrambled ball and knocked it home past Bruce to set Albion on their way to the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy. 

It was a sunny scene at Ian Mair for the Presidents Cup final and an exciting cup final was on the cards between FDS and Westdyke. Both sides have had good campaigns despite not being in real contention to win the league. Westdyke in particular did very well to get here beating Banks O’Dee and Lewis United in the process.

Westdyke had the first opportunity in what was going to be an action packed cup final courtesy of forward Max McGinlay which forced a goal line clearance from Lewis Robertson. Euan Walker then tested the FDS rear guard with an effort from just inside the box which was denied by Callum Hall.

The deadlock was broken after 13 minutes after a great through ball from Nathan Rankine found McGinlay, who then made no mistake after crashing the ball home past Hall to give Dave McGinlays side the dream start.

Westdyke forced the game upon FDS early in the game and their pace & pressure was getting too much for the Aberdeen side at times.

FDS started to get into the game slightly after the goal though and they needed something spectacular to get themselves into the game and Marc Mowat couldn’t have picked a better stage to score a free kick than a cup final. His free kick 30 yards from goal went over the wall and into the top left hand corner past Ross Mowatt.

Simon Robertson's side got their equaliser and they nearly got themselves into the lead after a header from Robbie Paul went goalwards however there was an opposition player on the line to thwart his efforts.

There was nothing to separate the teams going into half time.