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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.
Monday, 12 September 2016 10:12

Ellon up to third spot after Hilton victory

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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.

Monday, 22 August 2016 10:22

ADJFA roundup 20th/21st August 2016

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Under 13s

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.


Under 14s

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.


Under 15s

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.


Under 16s

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.


Under 17s

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.


Under 19s

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.

Monday, 30 May 2016 10:09

Vale claim the Murray Cup

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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.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 10:17

Paul Lawrie Foundation are C league champions

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Ian Mair Park, Dyce was the setting for the C league play-off between Paul Lawrie Foundation and Colony Colts. Back in January, Ian Mair Park was hit by the torrential floods, which swept over the North East. You wouldn't have thought it on arrival with the pitch in immaculate condition for this time of year.

It was Paul Lawrie Foundation who came out on top and it was a performance in which professional golfer Paul Lawrie would have been proud of after a 2-0 win over Inverurie outfit Colony Colts.

The game started at a good tempo for both sides and in the opening stages it was Paul Lawrie who had the better chances and Colony had to rely on goalkeeper Fraser Wiseman to keep the scoreline level. Some good link-up play from PLF found Alex Ross whose effort from the edge of the box went straight into the hands of Wiseman.

The deadlock was broken in the 25th minute thanks to Gavin Troup, who slotted the ball past Wiseman in the Colony goal. Colts got into the game more before the opener, however, it was well deserved for PLF.

Paul Lawrie Foundation almost made it 2-0, before the interval, when a great ball in from Connor Strachan found Finlay Troup. However his sharp effort towards goal went straight into Wiseman and it was only the one goal that separated the sides going into the interval.

Monday, 16 May 2016 09:55

Lewis seal the double with Westdyke victory

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Spain Park, home of Banks O'Dee, was the setting for this Belmont Trophy Cup final between Lewis United Youth and Westdyke Community Club at the Under 15's age group. Lewis United sealed the A league last Sunday, for the first time at that age group, thanks to a 1-0 win over rivals Banks O'Dee Albion. Westdyke, however, were going to be no walkovers as they gave Lewis some great games over the campaign.

It wasn't long before the supporters of either team were to experience the first goal in the game, which arrived just two minutes in after a failed defensive clearance by Lewis allowed Max McGinlay to slot the ball into the top left hand corner, and past Matthew Buckham in the Lewis goal.

That goal gave the ingredients it needed to be a great cup final and there could have been more goals in the opening stages. Lewis nearly levelled straight from the restart when a good effort from Lucas Murray was saved by Jamie Butler in the Westdyke goal.

Westdyke had a great opportunity to go 2-0 up when a great delivery was sent in from Nathan Rankine, which was met by Matthew Clark into the pathway of McGinlay whose effort went wide.

Lewis were level after 17 minutes. A long punt up the park from goalkeeper Matthew Buckham was headed backwards from a Westdyke player, which found striker Robert Ward who evaded his way past two Westdyke defenders before finding the net with ease and putting the league champions level. A textbook move from Lewis and the perfect finish to follow from Ward.

Ward then picked up his second of the game after a great ball came in from Shaun Spence, which was met by the talented forward who slotted past Butler to put Lewis in front. United then saw out the first half with ease and just about deserved to go in front at the interval.