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The top two teams in the Spree Under 15’s A league table played out a pulsating cup final that swung both ways before ending in a sudden death penalty shoot-out where Dyce prevailed making them Cup winners. Glenury Park was bathed in sunshine although there was still a nip in the air as the teams battled out to become Stonehaven Youth Cup champions of 2019.

The first chance of the game fell to Westdyke in the sixth minute when Jamie MacLellan had a free kick from 20 yards which he shot over the crossbar.

In the ninth minute Dyce’s man of the match Reagan Rintoul played the ball down the left flank to Jackson Pirie who played a great ball across the six yard box which was finished well by Jos McLaren to put Dyce 1-0 up.

Westdyke immediately tried to respond when after some nice passing at the edge of the Dyce box, Lewis Dalgarno switched play to the unmarked Callum Nicol whos left footed curling strike was well saved by Dyce keeper, Kris Abernethy.

In the fifteenth minute a sweeping move saw Westdyke’s Matthew Petterman breaking forward. He played the ball to MacLellan whose right footed effort went just right of the Dyce left hand post.

Westdyke continued to press and in the twenty first minute their corner was partially cleared but the ball dropped to Dalgarno who shot wide.

Five minutes later, Dyce almost doubled their lead when a corner was met by Ewan Skinner on the edge of the six yard box but it flew just wide.

A minute later, there was a great double save from Westdyke’s keeper Mark O’Donnell when he parried a shot from Pirie and got up to smother the ball before Ryan Park could finish.

In the final minute of the half, Westdyke grabbed their equaliser when a cross from Danny Belfors reached Callum Nicol whose floated header cleared Abernethy and rippled the net to make it 1-1 going into the break.

Sunday, 05 May 2019 14:03

Dyce beat Westdyke to claim Colony Park Cup

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Dyce BC Blues Under 13s warmed up for their Scottish Cup final date with Airdrieonians Red in a fortnight with a 4-2 victory over Westdyke CC, like all the encounters this season, all the games were played in a positive way with both teams going for it from the off.

Both teams played their own positive tactics with Matt McFarlane deployed into centre half for Dyce, Ethan Sutherland played in midfield with Owen Townend leading the line well for the Scottish Cup finalists. For Westdyke, they are always a threat and their strong point is the midfield and this game was no different.

Sutherland had an early chance for Dyce which was fumbled away by Ross Stark although Westdyke were to draw first blood in this cup final with a long range strike by the talented Milosz Ochmanski flying past Sam Inglis into the net.

On 16 minutes, it was 1-1 with Sutherland playing a fantastic ball which was met by Jimmy Anderson who did a power of work for Dyce and Anderson guided home a fantastic finish past Stark in the Westdyke goal to level matters up in the cup final.

Ethan Sutherland impressed for Dyce in an unknown midfield position and Sutherland played as a forward as he always looked a danger going forward, he put Dyce in front on 27 minutes with a powerful deflected shot went into the bottom left hand corner past Stark.

Dyce were on top at that period of time however Westdyke weren't to be underestimated and Ritchie Clark's side levelled matters up three minutes before half time with Gregor Zimmerman getting the better of Matt McFarlane before rounding Sam Inglis and putting the ball into an empty net.

Sunday, 05 May 2019 06:16

Longside B League champions with derby win

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PBC Buchanhaven Hearts and Longside met in an Under 19s B League play-off to determine who would be champions for season 2018-19, it was Longside coming out on top winning 3-0 with a bit of quality in front of goal being the difference. Peterhead to Longside is only 6.2 miles so there will have been mutual knowings between both sets of players before and after the game.

The opening stages of the game saw nothing clear cut from either team with the weather hosting a stage of rain, hail stones, sun & wind which did make football hard to play at times within the game, Buchanhaven Hearts had a half chance on 15 minutes but the first shot on goal after 28 minutes resulted in the opening goal of the game. Longside pressed forward with Ross McCafferty having a shot parried by Callum Hall before Michael Taylor tucked home the rebound.

Taylor was looking promising for Longside whenever he got himself on the ball and was full of positivity, he had a good effort from just inside the area over the bar as Longside searched to double their lead before the interval.

Buchanhaven had a chance of their own, a nice ball was sent in from the left side by Ayden McGill which found Shaun Collin which just went over the bar, chances came from both teams however it was Longside who were in front of half time, it was more of a battle than a game of football which was unsurprising considering the importance of the match.

Thursday, 02 May 2019 21:14

Big Win for Kemnay Academy in AFC Trophy Final

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Kemnay Academy put double digits in the goals column on Thursday, to see themselves victorious over Portlethen Academy in the S2 AFC Trophy Final. Four for striker Taylor Mason broke the game open, as the 10-4 scoreline was a fitting reflection of a pulsating fixture which gets top marks for the entertainment served up by both schools.

Portlethen were first to strike in the opening minute of the match. The referee adjudged a foul on the edge of the area following an initial freekick delivery by Lennon Brown. Cody Whyte stepped up for the second set-piece and drilled it superbly beyond Owen Forsyth to give Porty the early advantage and get the fun started. 

Dean McDonald's shot called Forsyth into further action moments later. At the other end, Finlay Wilson was alive to stifle the running of Anton Chauvin, the tricky midfielder thwarted on his dribble through, as both sides tested the water. 

Kemnay's equaliser arrived on 12 minutes. Again here, Chauvin's neat footwork was the catalyst. Picking the ball up twenty yards out, he sidestepped delicately, rolling the ball square for MacKenzie Taylor to fire home a lovely curling effort. 

They would pick the lock twice more over the next five minutes. First, a fine team move turned the match on its head. Tightly congested, Kemnay pinballed their way to the net with precision. Callum Duncan was key in the smooth interchange, laying it on for Josh Buchan to slot away for 2-1. 

Mason had his first say on the quarter hour. Orchestrated down their right, McKenzie Taylor turned provider, whipping a terrific centre across the face. Timing is everything. All the forward had to do was guide this header. In the cold of Cove, there was daylight. 

Surely the match would have to calm, but no lull was forthcoming as the teams went end-to-end, toe-to-toe.

Unperturbed, Portlethen gritted their collective teeth, and the deficit appeared to ignite fresh vigour in their performance. The charge was led by the twisting Tristan Baxter. A tireless worker throughout, the exciting winger was brave in the challenge with Callum Duncan, catching an inadvertent high boot. Portlethen loaded the box for Ramsey Davidson's delivery, which was met by Cody Whyte to steer them back into contention. 

It's amazing what goals can do for the confidence of any team, and wonderful to watch their impact on the natural enthusiasm of young and talented players, such as the sides in this Final. The Balmoral Stadium crowd were getting their fill of thrills, with more on the horizon. Buoyed by their rapid response, something special was about to happen to restore parity. 

Stand up and be counted, be applauded, Tristan Baxter.

On 22, Kemnay keeper Owen Forsyth did very well to mop up some Portlethen pressure. His lengthy clearance was won back by Baxter at distance, nipping in, and he took aim. In one swipe, he smashed the ball from fully 35 yards, if not more, sending it crashing back beyond the stopper. A stunning, memorable finish, and the tie was back in the balance.

So, 22 minutes gone, six goals shared, and time to get the calculators out. Told you this was fun...

In no mood for drama, Kemnay would answer Portlethen’s resurgence with a swift pair before the interval. Callum Duncan converted with composure from a lofted forward pass to edge them ahead again. Taylor Mason was obviously taking notes, stretching away in similar fashion, this time to round the goalkeeper for the fifth by 31.

Two goals born of determination in a footrace, but with Portlethen still asking questions of their own, who would cross the line first remained anyone’s guess at the break.

A battling performance from Newmachar United was enough for the Aberdeenshire side to take home the Under 16s Spree B League title for season 2018-19 winning 2-0, goals from John Milne and Callum Donald completed the trick. It has been a very competitive B League this year with Cove, Formartine, Donside and FDS also playing their part in making sure it was an intense title race. Newmachar and Cove were the most consistent throughout the season and deserve their place in the A league next term. 

Donside only had 11 men on the park with two trialists alongside that, it was always going to be a tough ask to get anything out of the game however the Alford side were very positive when going forward. Newmachar had the first chance of the match through Donald however it went wide before the visitors broke forward with Finlay Mitchell having the ball in the net however he was deemed offside. 

Newmachar's creativity was looking sharp with John Milne causing havoc up front alongside his fellow forwards, a good ball by Nickolas Price found Milne however the crossbar was the burden from Newmachar taking the lead inside 15 minutes. 

Donside broke forward again on 18 minutes with a fantastic ball by Logan Barclay finding Morgan Ritchie however the latter failed to connect with the ball and it went out for a United goal kick. 

Newmachar were to play the better football and chances as the half drew to a close, Daniel Owen had a good chance for the hosts tipped over the crossbar by Ethan Munro before United took the lead on 38 minutes, a throw-in found the winger who sent a lovely delivery into the box with the ball coming to the feet of Milne  who fired home from close range. 

Spain Park played host to what has ultimately become the most important game in the ADJFA Under 17’s A league season. In the final game of the campaign, Banks O’Dee Albion went in three points ahead of their opponents – whatever they did, they’d either be champions, or be within a shot of becoming champions come full-time.

Lewis United Rangers on-the-other-hand knew they had to win. A win still wouldn’t be enough to crown them champions, but in a league that does not utilise goal difference, a win would draw the two sides level on points – forcing a play-off.

The game started off fairly evenly, but Albion were looking to take control centrally, which was helping to provide them with the majority of possession.

It would be Albion who took the lead, just after the ten minute mark. A cleared corner fell to Finlay Ness wide right, the number nine shaped to cross and his strong ball in drifted over the goalkeeper, smashing off the post before dropping into the net.

United seemed to be invigorated by the act of conceding and also replied instantly, a long ball forward from the kick off fell to Jay Halliday. Halliday calmly side footed the ball from the centre of the box, only to see it crash agonisingly off of the underside of the crossbar, before bouncing clear.

If United weren’t kicking themselves before, they would be just minutes later as Albion doubled their lead. The home sides forward line were linking up well with one touch passing and a slick move shifted the ball out wide left to Harry Ingram, with the striker cutting inside to curl a shot past the Lewis goalkeeper.

The pressure continued to build on United, with Albion looking to put the game to bed, with the away side beginning to look a bit snowed under – however, they managed to weather the storm, and began to find their way back into the game.

With 25 minutes on the clock, United brought the game back to life. They’d begun to mount more forward movements and following a secondary ball from a corner, Demilade Yunus – who’d won the corner following a strong run, nodded the ball back across the face of goal for Lewis Youngson to touch the ball in right on the line.

A few minutes later it was almost level, United kept the pressure on and another corner caused issues with a scuffed clearance at the front post almost finding its way into the net for an own goal – but instead drifted back towards the opposite side of the pitch.

Albion began to take some more control back towards half-time, but they could not regain their two goal lead before the half-time whistle, which lined up a second half where everything was very much still on the line.

Underdogs Westdyke produced a great team performance to deliver a thoroughly deserved win over their Under 16 A League counterparts Albion in an energy sapping warm Sunday lunchtime Presidents cup final at Uniconn Park.

Albion started the strongest with two early chances in the first 10 minutes, firstly in the 5th minute a well struck 20 yard free kick from Albions man of the match Logan Watt was well saved by Westdyke keeper Brogan Coates. Five minutes later another shot from Watt was saved again by Coates.

In the 12th minute, Westdyke had their first shot on target when a 20 yard shot from Gary Coutts was plucked out of the air by Albions number 1 Murray Burns. Six minutes later a volley from Albions Watt went narrowly past the Westdyke left hand post.

A flurry of activity followed in the 20th minute when Westdykes Harrison Bratton shot over the bar after his strike partner and man of the match Greig Main’s strike was blocked and fell straight to Bratton.

Fifteen minutes of midfield battling followed, then in the 37th minute Albion’s Tate Duthie’s corner made it into the 6 yard box where teammate Lewis MacDonald got his first sight of goal but unfortunately pulled his shot wide of Coates’ right hand post.

The final chance of an even first half came in the last minute where a volley from Westdykes Bratton was deflected over the bar well by Albion’s Keilan Bremner.

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.