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CBC Hilton United came out on top in a fantastic cup final against Deveronvale with both teams playing some fantastic football and have to be commended for doing that.

This game was exciting for both teams, for Deveronvale, their first cup final for a few years and the first one under the Deveronvale Community Football Club banner, for CBC Hilton, a team that has developed over the years from being B League champions to winning their second cup as a team and on the verge of a first league championship.

Deveronvale have developed fantastically well throughout the last four years, Vale came close to relegation a couple of years ago however have followed that up with two successive mid-table finishes and a cup-final appearance. The first team management & the club captain were all in attendance to boost the healthy crowd.

Vale started the game the brighter side with Kyle Buxton in attack leading the line well against a resolute CBC Hilton defence, he took a few nasty challenges and had a shout for a penalty on 15 minutes disputed by the referee. Jamie Boylan had a chance at the other end denied by Jamie Williamson.

Buxton then played in Campbell McDermott for a good chance however a good save from Jack King denied the Vale captain, Kyle Smith had a chance for Hilton shortly after which went over.

Hilton started the pile up the pressure afterwards and their efforts were rewarded with a goal on 36 minutes, a fantastic ball by Stephen Holland found Jamie Boylan who tucked the ball past Williamson to guide his side in front.

Boylan struck again on the stroke of half time and you will struggle to see a better goal than this all season, Kyle Smith went on a fantastic run down the park before cutting into the right hand side of the park, Smith then sent a good delivery into the box which was met by Boylan who bicycle kicked the ball beyond Williamson into the net to double the advantage for the Aberdeen side.

Bridge of Don and Bucksburn’s Under 13’s matched up against each other at Northfield Academy with the Green Final Trophy on the line.

Conditions were near perfect, and both teams were keen from the off – with both sides playing fairly high lines, meaning each of the teams were attempting long balls over the top of the backline for strikers to run on to.

Bridge of Don had the better of the earlier stages and it was just after the ten minute mark that they took their lead.

Number seven Matt McFarlane picked up the ball on the edge of the Bucksburn penalty area, jinking past one defender to turn onto the ball and smash it into the keeper’s top left-hand corner.

Bridge of Don took confidence in their one goal lead and began to enjoy large spells of possession and dominance, without carving out any major chances before their opponents came back into the contest, but again without any major opportunities.

On the brink of half time, Bucksburn could have equalled things up – Alfie Wallace took advantage of a mix up in defence, running onto a loose ball, going round goalkeeper Jamie Ewen, but  from a tight angle his trickling shot agonisingly ran onto the post and was then collected by Ewen. Had the midfielder been slightly more composed, he may have taken the ball closer in for his shot.

The warning shot of almost conceding was enough to scare Bridge of Don into action, they had a further two chances before the half-time whistle. McFarlane almost scored an identical goal to his earlier strike, but a strong hand from Sam Gerrie tipped it over.

The resulting corner kick caused issues for the Bucksburn defence, and eventually a header was cleared off the line by one of their defenders, via a header onto the underside of the crossbar, but then cleared away.

Friday, 19 April 2019 22:05

Albion are league champions after Cove draw

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Banks O'Dee sealed their fate winning the A league title with a 1-1 draw against Cove Youth, after stringing together a streak of wins against teams around them and at the bottom, it was going to be a case of when rather than if the league title was heading to Spain Park.

Cove, got to the Scottish Cup final last season and have enjoyed a fantastic season despite not having any silverware to match, Mark Robb's side played some very good football and have caught the eye amongst many this campaign. They still have some developing to do with regards to growth.

The visitors had the first real chance of the game through the talented Mark Scott who gave Albion problems in front of goal, a good effort from the forward was denied by Owen Forsyth.

Chances were end to end for both teams with Albion next trying their luck in front of goal, a ball by Stevie Livingstone found Scott Milne who volleyed towards goal however the shot ended up out of Spain Park and hitting the seagull. Josh Robb had a free kick at the other end thwarted by Forsyth.

Albion got into the game as the half progressed, Sam Walker was a machine in the middle of the park for the hosts and he twisted and turned past the Cove defence before a solo effort was turned away by Lloyd Sharp in the Cove goal.

Sharp did his bit to make sure it was 0-0 going into half time saving a close range effort by Rory Anderson before Marcel Okeakawa tried his luck from the edge of the box which Sharp dealt with. Mark Scott had the final chance of the half for Cove however it went wide.

On a bitter spring morning at Lawsondale astroturf, Fraserburgh Link Up came to play against Westdyke CC. With Fraserburgh top of the league and Westdyke just behind them in third place, it was sure to be a good game. Fraserburgh came out on top winning 4-0 with four goals by Ross Taylor the difference.

The action kicked off quickly - in the second minute, a shot from Westdyke captain Jay Neil from 25 yards was just wide of the Fraserburgh right post.

In the sixth minute, a burst of pace from Fraserburgh’s Mark Shepherd took him into the Westdyce box after a one, two with their Dylan Price. Unfortunately Shepherd shot straight at Westdyke keeper, Finlay Wilson after a great move.

Only two minutes later, a pass from Fraserburgh’s Andrew Paine to Ross Taylor sees his shot go way over the bar.

In the 14th minute a shot from 25 yards from Westdykes Andrew Walker flew straight into the keepers grasp. Then only two minutes later, a shot from Westdykes Tyler Reid from nearly 30 yards goes just past the post.

Closing in on half time a good save was forced from Wilson as a pass from Fraserburgh’s Dylan Price to Ewan Gordon sees his shot nearly go in but is brilliantly tipped over the bar and away for a corner by the Westdyke number one.

Another attack from Fraserburgh as Shepherd shoots from 10 yards and Wilson parries it out to Price who forces the keeper to make a good save out for another corner.

The tally of corners finally pays off for Fraserburgh as the corner was played in by Price onto the head of the Fraserburgh man of the match Ross Taylor who glances the ball away from Wilson making it 1-0 to Fraserburgh.

On the stroke of half time a mistake from the Westdyke defence saw the ball get through to Taylor who stroked it into the bottom left corner, off the post, to make it 2-0 going into the break.

A good performance from Turriff United was enough for the hosts to come out on top at home to West End in the C League Section 2, It could be argued that in spells of the game that Turriff could have played better, when they attacked, they did it with style and intent.

The visitors are currently in the running for the league alongside Turriff and the win for United sees the title race hot up.

West End were depleted with only 11 boys on the field and no subs, however the way they approached the game and also their style of play was good to see, they were unlucky not to add more than the one goal scored.

Turriff started the game well and took the lead after just three minutes, a good ball by captain Owen Johnston found Dylan Bates who got the better of Brandyn Barry and then slotted the ball into an empty net.

The hosts doubled the lead just 10 minutes later, a fantastic ball came in from the talented Mitch Darling which was met by Owen Bates in the six yard area who slotted home a fine finish past the despondent Barry to put United 2-0 up.

On 19 minutes, it was 3-0 with another fantastic cross coming into the box which wasn't dealt with and Alfie Elrick side footed the ball into the net. West End came into the game a little bit more as the half progressed, Max McDougall had a shot denied by Josh Rosales in the Turriff goal.

Harry Bennie and Callum Davidson both had chances before the interval for West End with the latter having a header just go off target whilst Bennie had a shot off the post.

Monday, 08 April 2019 10:55

Albion into final with away win at Colony

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Banks O'Dee Albion entered the final of the Mark McEwan Regional Trophy with a 3-0 win at Colony Park with the hosts deserving credit for pushing their opponents to the edge although Albions quality told in the end. The treble is still on the cards for the visitors whilst Colony Park showed what they can achieve with a big of togetherness.

Albion started the game on the front foot, a good ball on four minutes by Finlay Ness was met by Harry Ingram however a good effort by the tall midfielder went wide, Ingram was a constant figure at the beginning of the game for Albion and a good long range effort was denied by Grant Middleton.

Colony battled into the game as the contest progressed, a good effort from Fraser Davidson 30 yards on goal required Lucas Muller to come into action and the goalkeeper made a decent stop. A Muller kick out found Caie McDonald who did well at left back, McDonald found Ingram however a good effort was blocked.

The visitors took the lead on 39 minutes, a good ball across goal by Reece McKerron was  met by Michael Mitchell who didn't catch the shot at goal right however still had enough of a connection to force the ball going over the goal line past Middleton.

 

Tuesday, 02 April 2019 12:44

Elgin City 20s are NSFA League Champions

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The season finale took place at Borough Briggs this week when Elgin City took on Clachnacuddin Under 20's.

For Elgin, a special night lay in store for them with the trophy presentation following the game and also a moment to reflect on two special years for the squad, the home side came out 3-0 winners with both teams playing good football.

Elgin City manager Gavin Price and Clachnacuddin boss Brian McLeod certainly give youth a chance and both men were in attendance for this one, with Elgin 20's coach Robbie Hope fielding players that have been given appearances in League 2 this campaign. Experienced forward Scott Dunn played for Clach.

On 15 minutes, it was 1-0 after a fantastic ball came into the danger zone which was met by James McGowan who headed the ball superbly into the net past Ben Bremner to open the scoring for City. McGowan has featured a few times in the 20's for Elgin and has always put in a professional performance.

Three minutes later, it was 2-0 after Aiden Sopel was fouled inside the area. Sopel didn't score on the night, however he showed how good he is with some quality movement and touches.

Moray Taylor stepped up to dispatch the spot-kick; he's been playing in the Highland League with Lossiemouth this campaign and looks to have developed his game that bit further.

Clachnacuddin improved as the half wore on and had a few chances before half time, a good ball by Calum Black found Dunn who then had a tame effort at Oliver Kelly, Ali Gillies also had a chance which went over.
 

Tuesday, 02 April 2019 11:36

Northstar edge closer to title with Huntly win

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League leaders Northstar hosted Huntly at Northfield Academy with Northstar only requiring two victories to win the league.

Northstar won this contest 5-0 however Huntly must be commended for the effort and committment shown during the game, the Aberdeenshire side are currently 2nd bottom however are in a false position.

Both sides registered half chances in the opening ten minutes of the match with Northstar finding their feet afterwards and taking the lead on 12 minutes, a fantastic ball was driven in from the right by Jack Stewart which was very challenging for the Huntly backline and the ball was unfortunately knocked into his own net by David Preston.

Huntly didn't crumble after the goal but were dealt another blow a couple of minutes later when Northstar doubled their advantage; Alexander Fyvie had a superb game in midfield and his vision saw him open up space before firing past the stranded Stephen Woodhouse. 

The half got a little bit subdued after that and news came in that Stonehaven beat Newmachar United 2-1 to help the title push for Northstar that bit extra - Northstar play Newmachar on Sunday.

Huntly had the final notable chance of the half with a free kick from Glen McRae which went wide.

Dyce secured a place in the Winton Trophy cup final at a cold and windy Dyce astroturf where they will play Sunnybank Elite.

Cove had the first chance in the second minute when a ball crossed in from Coves Anton Chauvin which was met well by the right foot of his team mate Charlie Rothnie but was well saved by Dyce Goalkeeper Grant Moroney.

One minute later, a long range effort from 25 yards from Coves Josh Robb went blazing over the bar.

In the 14th minute Dyce’s first opportunity came when Max Cheung blasted a shot over the bar following a neat through ball from Nogosa Uwaiae.

The final opportunity of the fairly dry of chances first half came when a shot was taken from just inside the box by Coves Lucas Whyte which was saved by Dyce keeper Moroney.

Buckie Thistle and Turriff United Under 13s girls served up a Saturday morning cracker at Victoria Park for the commencement of the girls league season. 18 goals were scored inside 60 minutes with six goals in the first period followed by 12 in the second half. Turriff United came out on top winning 12-6.

Both teams tried their very best in the game with lots of attacking play for both teams in front of a healthy looking crowd, after a subued opening period of the game. Turriff United were quick to get a goal after nine minutes, an Orla Taylor through ball found the talented Stacie Horne who found the roof of the net to open the scoring.

It was 2-0 soon after Horne stole the ball from the Buckie centre who then went on an attack before smashing the ball into the net, hard lines for Zoe Leslie who isn't actually a goalkeeper however she did have some good saves during the game which helped too.

On 13 minutes, Buckie pulled a goal back when a slack pass at the back by Turriff saw the ball come to Milly Findlay who did very well for the hosts and Findlay hut a powerful shot into the net which in turn led to a fantastic game of football and a great advert for the womens game.

Turriff made it 3-1 on 16 minutes with Lucy Gove and Horne linking up very well together for the duration of the game, Gove played a great ball into Horne who then guided home a fine effort with a composed finish. The same two players linked up to make it 4-1 with Gove this time getting on the scoresheet.

Buckie pulled a goal back just before half time after a Courtney Grant ball found Brooke Gauld who tapped the ball home past the stranded Turriff United goalkeeper, a great half of football and could have been more goals had it not been for some good saves from both goalkeepers, both sides were playing with real positivity which was refreshing.