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Bucksburn Academy and Cults Academy under 18s went head to head in this season’s President’s Trophy Final held at Albyn playing fields on the 28th of March. This was always expected to be a tightly contested game being the last match that many of the players would play for their school.
Slightly damp conditions did nothing to hamper the game as it kicked off, with both teams giving it their all to try and clinch the vital first goal.
It would be Cults who opened the scoring within the first minutes as a corner from Corthals was cleared back to his feet where he delivered a perfectly weighted cross to the captain Watt who rose high above his marker at the back post to head Cults into an early lead.
However, Bucksburn came straight back into the game, with some promising play resulting with the ball being headed over the cross-bar as they looked to make a quick comeback.
The next chance fell to Cults as Corthals made some smart one-twos with striker Slater which led to a good chance narrowly struck over the bar showing Cults’ intent to control the game.
Bucksburn had other ideas as a long throw-in forced a corner out of Cults. The Bucksburn forward line made a nuisance of themselves in the box as the ball was missed by Cults goalkeeper Fox-Gibb but the defence cleared up neatly, getting the ball out to safety.
It was another set-piece where Bucksburn continued to look dangerous. 15 minutes in, a free-kick launched into the Cults box found its way into the back of the net. The celebrations were short lived however as the goal was disallowed for impeding upon the goalie.
Cults retaliated to the Bucksburn pressure with a fantastic opportunity as the ball rolled along the ground to Watt inside the 18 yard box. This surely would have been a goal if not for a superb block from Bucksburn centre-half Paddy Gauld who threw himself in front of the shot in order to keep the deficit at one.
Cults continued to pile on the pressure as the half came towards its conclusion. Slater found himself in enough space around the edge of the box to try a curling effort which was blocked once again by a resilient Bucksburn defence, this time courtesy of Johnstone.
Cults went into half-time one goal to the good in a game which had been highly contested, with Bucksburn also having their fair share of chances. There was still plenty of time for the game to go either way in the second half.
Wet conditions saw many North-region games postponed this weekend but Dyce Boys Club and Banks O’Dee Albion were still able to meet for their A-league match. Banks O’Dee secured a 5-1 win, with their goals scored by Kyle Douglas, Ryan Fraser and Sebastan Holod, who claimed a hat trick, while Dyce’s goal was scored by Ryan Park.
Both teams showed clear attacking intent early on but the first chance of the game fell for Dyce. James Whyte shot from twenty yards and to the right but sent the ball into the hands of Banks O’Dee goalkeeper, Kris Abernethy.
Banks O’Dee pressed forward through Jack Booth and Keiron Wood who linked well but Dyce held their defence to deny the chance. However the visitors were soon on the attack again and Wood put the ball into the box for Bailey Milne. Milne drew Dyce goalkeeper, Jamie Shingler, and crossed the ball to Sebastain Holod who sent it home from close range to open the scoring in the eighth minute.
The home side threatened through Zane Laird. Callum Nicol and Sam Milne-Emslie linked well to set Laird up for a blistering run from his own half but Banks O’Dee held in defence.
Dyce were then awarded a free kick at thirty-five yards. Ryan Park sent the ball over the defensive wall and the goalkeeper to equalise in the twenty-fourth minute.
The home side looked dangerous, and Laird crossed the ball for Park who shot from thirty-five yards with an impressive strike which saw the ball clip the post.
Booth and Holod linked for the visitors to press forward but Holod sent his shot from the edge of the box just over the crossbar.
Dyce had one last chance of the half through Laird, who broke through Banks O’Dee’s defence but Abernethy smothered the ball before Laird could make his shot at goal.
West End FC and Mintlaw BC met for the third time this season. Although Mintlaw had some promising chances, West End FC won in a great game. Their goals were scored by Euan White, Tenzin Caizley, Marc Cairnie, two each for Lewis Smith, Drew Baghurst and Tom Dalziel, and a hat trick for Sam Waters.
The first half got underway and West End pressed forward through Marc Cairnie who put the ball wide to Lewis Smith. Smith crossed the ball into the box but it was caught by Mintlaw goalkeeper, Jamie Dobbie.
Mintlaw had a chance of their own when Matthew Richardson made a break down the wing and crossed the ball to Leon Park on the edge of the box. However his shot was cleared off the line by West End’s Henry McIntosh.
Smith drove the ball forward for the home side but Matthew Stearman swept in to clear the danger. West End were awarded a corner. Smith sent the ball into the box where it bounced around before Sam Waters tapped it in to open the scoring in the eleventh minute.
West End took confidence from their score and were soon pressing again. Euan White broke down the wing, drove into the box and sent the ball straight into the top corner of the net in the seventeenth minute.
The home side continued to exert pressure but Dobbie was having a fantastic game in goal. Waters shot from twenty-five yards and wide to the left but Dobbie swept across to clear the danger. West End were awarded a corner. Cairnie crossed the ball into the box and Tenzin Caizley sent it into the net in the twenty-fourth minute.
The visitors were looking for an opening and were awarded a free kick deep in their own half. Dobbie sent the ball to the halfway line and Park put the ball into space for Ross Davidson and Kyle Gray to run on to but West End goalkeeper, Matthew Black, smothered the ball before either player could make a shot.
West End pressed back and Smith crossed the ball from wide on the right to Dylan Nokleby on the edge of the box but Nokleby headed the ball over the crossbar. However the home side extended their lead through Waters who lured Dobbie out from the goal and lobbed him in the thirty-fourth minute.
It was quarter final day in Aberdeen where Hutchison Vale made the journey to the Granite City to face Banks O’Dee Albion. Both sides have been doing well in their respective leagues and a hotly anticipated clash was at stake.
The game was evenly matched and it saw typical Aberdeen weather with wind, rain and even thunder. The game started at a good pace with Hutchie starting on the front foot and had a shout for a penalty when Ben Wardlaw was brought down however nothing was given.
Vale were the more threatening side however the hosts also had their moments as well. Albion had a few dangerous crosses come in which were dealt with by the Hutchison defence.
Aiden Walsh then had an effort wide for the visitors after a good interchange of movement and the ball came into the midfielder who fired over. Gary Livingstone also had a chance on the half hour after a dangerous ball from Ben Dalglish.
It was the top 2 facing off against each other however in a cup game so a bit of pressure lifted off both sides in search for a victory and a place in the semi-finals of the Presidents Cup.
The game had a cup tie feel to it with lots of encouragement from the side lines and lots of brilliant football played from both sides however Banks O’Dee Albion will feel that they have dropped the level of football that they are known to playing at.
Westdyke started the game on the front foot and almost opened the scoring with the game almost 2 minutes old when Max McGinlay had an effort crash off the crossbar and cleared by the Albion defence. The visitors were the more threatening in the opening periods of the game.
The hosts threatened and a ball from Josh Paton tested the Westdyke rear guard however dealt with the situation well and then a few minutes later had another chance to open the scoring courtesy of an effort from Euan Walker which just sailed wide.
Both sides continued to have chances later on in the half with Westdyke coming close through Nathan Rankine and Albion also having a chance courtesy of Andrew Mitchell which Jamie Butler dealt with.
With seconds counting down until the half time interval it was Westdyke who took the lead and the goal was scored in some fashion too after a sailing ball came in from the left hand side by full back Finlay Wood which evaded everyone and the ball landed into the bottom right hand corner past Lucas Muller.
On a morning that saw many games postponed due to early morning frost, Banchory Boys fought their way through snow and ice to make into Aberdeen for their game against Lewis United Youth. In what proved to be a competitive game, Lewis United claimed the victory with a 6-3 win.
Both teams showed their attacking intent early on in the game but it was Lewis United who had the first real chance of the game. Raegan Rintoul made a break from his own half and jinked the defence before crossing the ball for Kai Crawford who shot from wide to the right but he was unable to hit the target.
The home side continued to exert pressure through Brunon Pasziewicz and Jayden Bradford, and earned a corner. Finlay White crossed the ball into the box and Bradford ran on to send it into the net in the eighth minute.
Banchory pressed Lewis back into their own half and Oliver Allan shot from wide to the left but the ball was caught by Lewis United goalkeeper, Callum Duncan.
Rintoul made another blistering break for the home side and lured Banchory goalkeeper, Jenson Rhodes, from the goal but he fired his shot from twenty yards just wide. As Lewis continued to exert pressure, they were awarded a free kick five yards into their own half but Jack Youngson sent the ball wide.
Allan linked with Keon Hay and Conor Sibson to press forward for the visitors. Sibson shot from inside the box but Duncan pushed it wide. From the ensuing corner, Allan crossed the ball into the box but Brett Findlay flicked it onto the crossbar.
Lewis United pressed again and in the twenty-second minute Youngson fed Pasziewicz the ball in the box, and he tapped it home to extend his side’s lead.
Banchory tried to respond through Hay and Findlay but it was Rintoul who made another break down the wing for the home side and sent it into the box for Pasziewicz who fired it into the net in the twenty-fourth minute.
The visitors did not let their heads go down, and pressed Lewis back to earn a corner. Kane Berry crossed the ball into the box and Allan flicked it into the net to get his side on the score sheet in the twenty-seventh minute.
Banchory continued to press, with Sibson driving forward but his shot from wide to the right was pushed wide by Duncan. From the corner, Berry crossed the ball into the box but Duncan cleared it off the line.
Lewis put the pressure on through Rintoul and earned a corner when he was taken down in the box. He stepped up to take the penalty and sent the ball straight into the back of the net in the thirtieth minute.
However Banchory were to have the last say of the half. They drove the ball up field with a team movement and earned a corner. Allan crossed the ball into the box and Morgan Matthew ran on to send it in in the thirty-fourth minute.
These two teams met on a chilly morning at Spain Park as the sun strived to make its presence known. Albion came into this game on a 7 game winning streak , scoring 64 goals in this streak so far. Formartine on the other hand were sitting in 9th in the A league table. With a respectable -6 goal difference for a team fighting off relegation.
The match kicked off. Not even two minutes from the start a long ball was sent towards goalkeeper Cheyne in the Formartine goal. He attempted a short pass to his right back. Albion's pressure saw them pick it up off the toes of the defence and Buchan poked it home into the empty net for Albion.
Albion kept pressing as Douglas headed on a corner which cracked off the post and was cleared away. More pressure from Albion saw Abolfathi getting in on the action.
He was controlling the left wing of the pitch as he had numerous attempts on goal. Good build up passing saw a great ball through to Buchan once again to beat the offside trap as he calmly dispatched it into the side netting across the sprawling Cheyne.
Quick build up saw Buchan through again but this time he was too far out to shoot so passed a great ball into Goldie who headed it into the hands of the Formartine goalkeeper who unfortunately couldn’t keep it out as the ball slipped through his fingers and into the goal.
Buchan once again was causing threat to the Formartine defence as he dribbled and weaved his way through the edge of the 6 yard box. He kindly passed it along to Goldie who was waiting for the tap in.
Formartine were crumbling under the immense pressure from Albion as they attacked again down the right. As the ball was played up the line Mcgeogh put a ball into the box which evaded everyone’s head including the keeper Cheyne as it flew into the net above him. Intentional or not, Mcgeogh sure enjoyed this hit from distance.
On a weekend that saw many games in the North region postponed, Dyce BC and Deveronvale FC braved the cold conditions to face off. It was Dyce who would claim the three points with a 7-0 win, which saw Robbie Urquhart and Kacper Lewecki score one goal each, Jay Stockton scoring two goals and Reis Webster claiming a hat trick.
The home side exerted pressure early, with Rhys Clark making a break but Deveronvale’s Kyle Buxton swept in to deny any scoring chance. Dyce were awarded a free kick at 30 yards and although Clark’s shot had the accuracy, Deveronvale goalkeeper, Haydn Mottram, pushed it wide.
Deveronvale pressed forward through Campbell McDermott who tried to link with Buxton but Lewecki swept through the middle to close down the attack.
Dyce were awarded a corner and Clark crossed the ball into the box. There was a scramble before Robbie Urquhart tapped it in from close range to open the scoring in the 13th minute.
The visitors were awarded a corner soon after. Max Stewart crossed the ball into the box but it was cleared by Lewecki. Stewart sent it back in but Buxton’s shot was fired over the crossbar.
Stewart linked with Jamie Williamson to press forward with a series of passes but Dyce held their defence well to prevent any scoring chances.
McDermott and Buxton also linked for the visitors but Dyce were able to counterattack through Lewecki, who drove forward and offloaded to Reis Webster. He shot from inside the box and Mottram could only get his fingertips to the ball but it was not enough to stop it from hitting the back of the net. Dyce extended their lead in the twenty-fifth minute.
The home side were soon on the attack again, with Urquhart making a break down the wing after a through ball from Matteo Carlier. However Williamson made an excellent cover tackle to deny Urquhart any chance of a shot.
Deveronvale had one last chance, with Stewart putting the ball through for Buxton but it was nudged too far.
A lot of football has yet to be played in the Under 19s A league and 2017 will bring a lot of interesting games. The Scottish Cup doesn't have a North region team left in the competition so all the focus will be on domestic silverware.
Inverurie Locos currently sit top of the league with Cove 2nd who have 3 games in hand. If Ludie Barracks side win all of their games they will go top. Banks O’Dee Albion, Culter Boys and Stonehaven could also have a part to play who have all played 4 league games winning 2 and losing 2.
Turriff United, Formartine United and West End FC could be battling it out for relegation although Turriff know how to compete with the top teams after winning against Albion in the Murray Cup Group stages and also drawing against the Aberdeen outfit away from home this season.
It will be between North Star, Kemnay and Ellon Meadows in the race for the B league championship. North Star will be in pole position come Christmas time with Ellon just a point behind the Aberdeen outfit and Kemnay in 3rd who are still undefeated with 6 wins and 2 draws.
The bottom end of the league sees Huntly, Culter Rovers, Stoneywood and Dee battling it out to avoid the wooden spoon. This will be another interesting league heading into 2017. North Star are looking like favourites to win the league.
Hermes Youth might be top of the league at Christmas however it’s Banks O’Dee Albion who will be in a better position in 2017 after a 1-0 victory away to Hermes Youth on Saturday.
Hermes have won 9, drew 1 and lost their first league game to Albion on Saturday. Banks O’Dee have won 9/9 league games. Peterhead sit bottom after just 1 draw in 10. ALC Athletic have only played 5 league games and will be looking to climb the league table.
Banks O’Dee Albion Coach Patrick Ritchie gave his view on the season so far saying “We are delighted with the season so far, our main focus is on the Scottish Cup and we have to wait to find out who we’ll be facing in the quarter-finals. We are very happy with the progress made and undefeated domestically.”
The B league will be more competitive with four sides still in the hunt for the title. Middlefield Wasps are currently top with Banchory Boys Eagles in 2nd. A win for Banchory in their game in hand will see them just a point behind Wasps.
Newmachar United and Turriff United are still in with a shout of winning the league however games against Middlefield and Banchory will be key for both these sides. Turriff can take confidence from giving A league outfit ALC Athletic a good game in the cup recently. The Aberdeen outfit only came away with a 2-0 victory.
Stonehaven United and Formartine United are currently situated at the bottom and will require luck to get themselves out of the bottom two. 2017 will be an interesting time for many teams with a lot of big games set to take place.
Lewis United Youth were the A league champions last season however a dip in form has seen them slip down the table with defeats to Banks O’Dee Albion, Westdyke and Cove.
Westdyke are currently in pole position however Albion have 2 games in hand and are still undefeated in the league. Two wins for Lewis United will see them go 3 points behind Westdyke.
The bottom of the table will see FDS, Glentanar and Culter Boys with the latter unable to pick up a point after 6 attempts. There are still a lot of points to be won and lost in this league and Westdyke are improving season on season and will make life hard for their main rivals Albion and Lewis.
David Reid spoke to Westdyke CC manager Dave McGinlay who has come in this season to help out the team who his son Max played for.
McGinlay said “I came in this season and can see there is a lot of potential within this team, our season has been good so far win 7 wins and 2 losses in the league. The losses were against Lewis United and Albion however we managed to beat Lewis United 5-2 afterwards.
“I have been pleased the attitude of the boys and we would like to win some silverware at the end of the season.“
The former Huntly manager also revealed he is looking for a new goalkeeper. Any interested parties can contact Dave on 07711376095.
A number of sides are still in the hunt to play A league football next season. Currently top are Colony Park and Ellon Meadows with Huntly 3rd just a point behind the top 2.
Huntly got themselves into the next round of the Castle Trophies Cup after a 3-2 win over A league side Glentanar on Saturday and they have made massive strides as a team. They will travel to Colony or Fraserburgh Link-Up in the next round.
Westdyke Thistle has also had a good season to date despite their 5th place position with 5 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat. Banchory Boys Hawks are another one who has only been defeated once however have had 5 draws which has hampered them having an attempt at promotion.
It will be a battle against the wooden spoon for Colony Colts, Formartine United Reds, Longside and Kemnay. The latter have failed to pick up a point after 10 attempts.