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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.

Monday, 16 January 2017 13:54

Dyce secure top spot with win over Deveronvale

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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.

Monday, 19 December 2016 12:31

ADJFA Under 19s - Christmas Review 2016

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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.

Monday, 19 December 2016 12:19

ADJFA Under 17s - Christmas Review 2016

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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.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 13:01

ADJFA Under 16s - Christmas Review 2016

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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. 

Saturday, 10 December 2016 16:48

Glentanar edge seven goal Vale thriller

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Glentanar hosted Deveronvale in an all 'B' League third round clash in the Colony Park Cup. 
 
The home side came out early hunting for an early goal. All the early pressure payed off, a scramble outside the penalty area fell to William Almberg who got his shot away quickly and score to give the home side an early 1-0 lead. The hosts carried on with their fantastic start to the game putting a lot of pressure on the visitors giving them no time on the ball.
 
Almberg had another opportunity to make it 2 when he went on a good run going past a couple of players but unfortunately for him he missed kicked it and it rolled into the keepers hands Glentanar looked hungry for more. 
 
Deveronvale had their first opportunity 7 minutes in when Leyton Boyd had a good effort saved by Reece Main. Glentanar had another good chance when Nathan Bloice’s corner was met by Jan Polanski who failed to hit the target.
 
It was end to end the game, chance after chance and straight after Polanski missed the chance Deveronvale went up the other and when Oro Taylor went one on one with Reece Main he thought he was going to make it 1-1 but Reece Main stood tall and made a brilliant save to keep his side in front. 
 
Glentanar finally got their second of the match and Almberg also got his brilliant play from Cooper smith down the right allowed him to use his strength to get the better of Jordan Johnstone and when the ball broke loose from his cross, Almberg was alert to tap in
 
Deveronvale won a free kick 25 yards out, Steven Jaimieson forced Reece Main to make a top drawer save. Only a minute later Main pulled off another brilliant save when Callum Begg took a shot from distance.  
 
Brodie Mackie started pulling off saves as well, a brilliant run from Darren Millson and he done well to get the shot away and he forced a good stop from Brodie Mackie.   
 
Darren Millson's crossing was very good during the first half but nobody was getting anywhere in the box but finally with 6 minutes to go till half time he swung another great cross into the box and James Wallace’s glancing header put the home side 3-0 and into the driving seat. 
Monday, 21 November 2016 11:24

Banks O'Dee Albion sail into last 16

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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.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 13:37

North put home advantage to good use against East

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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.

In a match far more competitive than the score suggests, Newmachar United and Mintlaw BC met at Charlie Gordon Park. Newmachar claimed the three points with a 6-1 win. Four of their goals were scored by Ben Creswell, with Alan Tetzner and Ben Stuart also scoring one each, while Mintlaw’s goal was scored by Leon Park.
 
Mintlaw pressed straight from the kick-off, with Ross Davidson driving the ball forward. He linked with Matthew Richardson who offloaded to Josh Cruickshank. Cruickshank shot from twenty-five yards but Newmachar goalkeeper, Konrad Gorczynski pushed the ball wide.
 
The visitors were awarded the corner which Leon Park crossed into the box. Davidson shot from close range but Gorczynski smothered the ball.
 
Newmachar had their first chance through Ben Creswell. He drove up the wing and shot from the edge of the box but Mintlaw goalkeeper, Jamie Dobbie, pushed it wide.
 
Creswell continued to be a prominent figure in the home side’s attack, shooting from thirty yards and wide to the right but his shot clipped the post. However the striker continued to look for openings and shot from twenty-five yards out in the seventeenth minute. Dobbie got his fingertips to the ball but not enough to prevent it going into the back of the net to give Newmachar the lead.
 
Taking confidence from their goal, Newmachar continued to create chances and Creswell made another break. He broke through the defence and shot from twenty-five yards, curving it in to extend his side’s lead in the twenty-second minute.
 
Mintlaw pressed forward with a team movement, and Ryan McRobbie crossed the ball for Richardson but his shot from the edge of the box was saved by Gorczynski. The visitors continued to press with Cruickshank making a fantastic shot from forty yards but it was just wide.
 
Matthew Brown and Creswell linked well and Creswell drove forward. However Jamie Lee Annan stayed close in defence, exerting enough pressure to force Creswell to shoot wide from ten yards.
 
Mintlaw’s Davidson broke down the wing and crossed the ball in for Kyle Gray but it was just too wide. However amidst the pressure in the box, Newmachar conceded a penalty. Park stepped up and sent the ball into the top right corner past Gorczynski in the thirty-first minute to get his side on the score sheet.
 
However Newmachar were determined to end the half with a bang, with Brown and Creswell exerting pressure. Creswell eventually tapped the ball home from close range three minutes into added time to bring the first half to a close.
Dee BC and Colony Colts met for the second time this season, with Dee having claimed a 4-3 win over the Inverurie-based side in their previous encounter. The home side secured another three points with a 4-2 win at Aulton. Their goals were scored by Liam Sim, Belal Ahmed and two by Michael Hanratty while Colony’s goals were scored by Thomas Tribe and Ross McDonald.
 
Play got underway with Dee exerting pressure early on through Michael Hanratty who put the ball into space for Nathan Martin to run on but Colony goalkeeper, Aidan Galashan, cleared. From the resulting corner, Liam Sim crossed the ball to the edge of the box and Colony rallied their defences to clear the danger.
 
Colony mounted their first attack of the match from deep in their own half. A team movement drove the ball up the field and Thomas Tribe raced past Dee goalkeeper, Wiktor Lazinski, and tapped it in from close range to open the scoring in the third minute.
 
The home side searched for a response, and Hanratty, Martin and Belal Ahmed linked up to press forward, with Ahmed driving into the box but Colony cleared. Ahmed took the resulting corner and the ball grazed the crossbar before Ross McDonald ran it clear. 
 
However soon after, Dee attacked again. Liam Sim broke through the defence and lobbed Galashan from the edge of the box to draw the score level in the seventh minute.
 
The visitors pressed through McDonald and Max Booth, who linked up but were unable to penetrate Dee’s defence. Keilan Masson showed blistering pace to drive the ball down the wing and crossed it to the edge of the box for Tribe but Lazinski cleared.
 
Dee exerted pressure once more and Ahmed ran onto the ball and drove into the box. He shot from six yards but Galashan pushed it wide. From the resulting corner, Ahmed crossed the ball into the box and Hanratty sent it in from close range to give his side the lead in the fifteenth minute.
 
Colony set up some interchanging play through Scott McAdie and Neil Johnston but their attack came to an end when the whistle was blown for offside. Dee countered but Ahmed’s shot from inside the box came off the post, and Hanratty’s shot was pushed wide by Galashan.
 
Jamie Couch made another break for Colony and put the ball into space for Tribe but Dee held their defence and counterattacked through Nathan Rebecca. His initial break was closed down by Ethan Trail before his shot from the edge of the box was cleared by Galashan.