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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.
It was a frosty affair for a 4th round Scottish Cup tie between Banks O'Dee Albion and Blantyre Soccer Academy Black. A quick check on the weather app before the game seen it was just below freezing in the Torry area of Aberdeen and the supporters of both Albion and Blantyre were in for a good frosty affair.
Neither side showed a cutting edge in the opening 10 minutes of the game and it was interesting to find out who would score the 1st goal in this cup tie. It was the hosts who got the goal after some good interchange of passes and the ball found its way into Ben Dalglish who unleashed a stormer of a hit which found it's way into the top left hand corner. The goal definitely had all the makings of it being a contender of goal of the round in the Scottish Cup.
Banks O'Dee Albion coaches Greg Watson and Roger Ross seem to have stamped a new impetus on this team after taking over and compared to last seasons showings showed more signs of playing some good attacking football and this was definitely on display after they doubled their lead after 24 minutes. A great cross in found Jordan Lynch who volleyed home.
Blantyre knew they had to react and Jack King in the Albion goal had to be alert however a free kick from Ciaran Maguire went over the bar. Blantyre then reduced the leeway though after Kieran Aird produced a sharp finish. King did hit best to try and tip the ball round the post however it just creeped into the far left corner. Game on!
Albion then maintained their 2 goal advantage on the edge of half time after a Lyall Innes ball had found Lewis Brand who volleyed it past the goalkeeper and soon enough both teams were getting their half time team talks.
Special mention to the Banks O'Dee Albion Under 14s tea staff, 50p for a sausage roll and £1 for a pie is pretty good going. Albion thoroughly deserved their lead at half time however the game wasn't over yet and Blantyre weren't going to give up.
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.