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Sunday, 11 October 2015 22:11

Kintore United Progress in Colony Park Cup

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Meeting for the second time this season, Colony Colts and Kintore United this time met in the first round of the Colony Park Cup at Davidson Park. Kintore Untied secured progression to the next round with a 3-0 win, courtesy of goals scored by Cory Booth, Reece Carson and Owen Chapman.
 
Colony Colts exerted some early pressure and won a corner, taken by Jamie Couch. Although there were players in the box, none were able to get a clear shot at the goal and Kintore cleared the danger.
 
The visitors drove the ball to the other end of the pitch where they were also awarded a corner, taken by Daniel Walters. However Colony were able to clear and counterattack with David Strachan breaking through and putting the ball into space. Both Couch and Ross McDonald chased and McDonald shot from out wide but Kintore goalkeeper, Callum Strachan, kept the ball out.
 
Kintore pressed forward once more and Kyle Smith shot from just inside the box but it went wide. The side continued to press, and Cory Booth made a fantastic pass with a scissor kick while on the ground but Colony held their defence well to prevent any scoring chances.
 
However, a Colony free kick did not allow them to create the chance they were looking for, and Kintore made a break through Smith who put in an excellent pass to Booth. He was able to press into the box but Colony goalkeeper, Aidan Galashan, went down at his feet, forcing Booth to knock it wide.
 
The visitors continued to mount pressure and after another break, Booth found the top corner of the net with a left-footed strike to put his side in the lead in the fourteenth minute.
 
Kintore took confidence from their goal and pressed forward again, but Colony showed some strong defence with Dan Beattie putting in some particularly good tackles. However, Reece Carson was able to penetrate the defence and found the net with his shot from just inside the box to add to Kintore’s score in the sixteenth minute.
 
Colony were determined to mount their own attack but Kintore held a strong defence. The home side persevered though, with McDonald making a break and passing to David Strachan. Kintore held well and though McDonald looked set to score from the box, Callum Strachan smothered the ball.
 
The home side continued to press through Jack Proctor and Keilan Masson, but they could not get the space that they needed. Although they put together some strong attacking play, Colony could not penetrate Kintore’s defence, and McDonald nudged the ball just too far for Couch who was running on, before the end of the half.
Thursday, 08 October 2015 17:11

Young Staggies win tight affair against Hibs

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Despite the rain and the heavy wind, Ross County got off to a flying start with a 1-0 victory against their Edinburgh rivals Hibs in this closely fought SPFL Development League game.
 
With under a minute on the clock, Sean Brennan in the Hibs net had to be wary as Christopher McLaughlan's cross come shot was just a whisker away from hitting the target. But Brennan was soon to be tested three times in the space of four minutes. 
 
First up, Blair Malcolm ran strongly towards goal before cleverly finding Greg Morrison with a neat through-ball, but Brennan held Morrison's shot comfortably. Next up, it was Malcolm's turn to unleash a powerful left footed drive which was expertly tipped round the post by the young keeper. Darren Holden was next, but his tame effort was easily gathered by Brennan.
 
Hibs' first real attack came 20 minutes in when Insall unleashed a drive from distance, but it was not enough to beat Mark Foden in the County goal. Just five minutes later the perseverance of the Staggies got a reward. 
 
Holden's deep cross was headed away by Kevin Waugh, but only as far as Malcolm who showed us what he was capable of. The young winger unleashed a stunning left footed curler which he buried in the top left hand corner, beating the outstretched arm of Brennan to give County a deserved lead.
 
Morrison was causing the young Hibees all sorts of problems, but just could not find the net. Chances with a strong header and then a long range drive were passed up by the pacey striker just before the half hour mark. 
 
But Hibs were not out of it yet. Farrid El-Alagui saw a powerful shot just tipped wide of the post by Foden, before Aaron Smith's low drive was again tipped round the post.

In what proved to be quite a physical encounter, Byron Madrid and Middlefield Wasps met in the second round of the Winton Trophy. Middlefield secured progression to the next round with a 7-0 victory, with goals from Paul Walker, Lewis Napier, two from Jack Burnett and a hat trick from Cameron Bisset.

Byron’s Fawaz Aborde and Chris Aikamhanze demonstrated some interchanging play early on in the game but Middlefield held their defence well to deny any scoring opportunities.

The visitors then showed their prowess in attack, when Luke Scott beat several defenders and shot from the edge of the box. Byron goalkeeper, Jordan Kamwa, pushed it wide and the ball was cleared by the defence. 

The home side attacked again, this time through Ryan Davidson who shot from wide to the left but his shot was wide. However Byron were awarded a corner which was taken by Ross Falconer, who crossed it into the box from where Aikamhanze headed it just wide.

Middlefield began to press forward but Byron’s Jay Gaudie swept in to clear it. However moments later, Jack Burnett curved the ball in from 25 yards. Although Kamwa got his fingers to it, it was just too high for him to clear and Middlefield took the lead in the tenth minute.

End to end play ensued with both sides creating chances but both goalkeepers holding firm to deny them. Byron then penetrated Middlefield’s defence through Aikamhanze who drove the ball wide out to the left and crossed the ball into the box for Falconer who could not get a clear shot. However Falconer later shot from 30 yards but it was caught by Middlefield goalkeeper, Sean Patterson.

Middlefield’s Cameron Bisset demonstrated some fancy footwork to beat several defenders before the ball was smothered by Kamwa. Jack Gary Lappin then made a break down the wing from deep within his own half but the ball was cleared.

Once again, Aikamhanze penetrated the defence and this time made a shot himself from 25 yards but the ball was caught by Patterson. The home side were then awarded a free kick from 35 yards which was taken by Falconer. The crossed ball looked accurate but Patterson kept it out to prevent Byron from drawing level. 

The visitors were then on the attack again and Paul Walker shot from 30 yards to send the ball over Kamwa and into the net to increase his side’s lead in the twenty-sixth minute.

Only minutes later, Bisset once again beat several defenders and slipped it past Kamwa from inside the box in the thirty-second minute to make it 3-0 at half-time.

Monday, 14 September 2015 21:14

Donside Juveniles victorious in tale of two halves

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Culter Colts and Donside Juveniles FC faced off in a competitive fixture which saw Donside Juveniles the victors with a 4-3 win. Culter Colts’ goals came from Stephen Holland, Kyle Grant and Ian Tech Zong Zhi, while Donside’s goals came from Callum Duncan, Harry Forsyth and two from James Dick.

The opening phases of play saw some nice interpassing from Donside Juveniles and an early shot at goal from Harry Forsyth at 25 yards but it went wide. 

Culter Colts were soon pressing forward through Drew Mackay, Kyle Grant and Peter Davidson but Donside held their defence to deny the home side any scoring opportunities before counterattacking through James Dick, who made a break down the wing but his shot was wide.

Then once again, Culter were able to press forward through captain Stephen Holland. He beat several defenders and shot from 25 yards into the side of the net.

The damp conditions made play difficult for both sides but Culter continued to press forward. Forsyth was particularly prominent in defence and was able to block a run by Holland to deny the home side another scoring chance.

However Culter were awarded a corner which Holland stepped up to take. He crossed the ball straight into the corner of the net to put his side in the lead in the 11th minute.

The home side continued to press forward with interchanging play and Grant followed through after a goal kick to slip the ball past Donside goalkeeper, Ethan Munro, to increase Culter’s lead in the 13th minute.

Eager not to concede more goals, Donside pressed forward, attempting to penetrate a strong Culter defence. Forsyth passed out wide to Josh Boston, who shot from wide on the left but Culter goalkeeper, Ross Sangster, smothered the ball. Donside then had a series of corners but Culter’s defence scrambled to clear the danger.

Culter then mounted another attack through Grant who shot from 25 yards and wide to the left but his shot was caught by Munro. The home side then had another chance following a long pass into space. Omid Hamedi raced to get there but Munro swept in to smother the ball.

Once again, Donside put together some nice interchanging play. Dick, along with Callum Duncan, Logan Tough and Keigan Mathers were all prominent in trying to create chances but they were unable to get a clear shot at the goal before half-time.

Monday, 07 September 2015 12:09

Cove and Portlethen draw in competitive clash

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After observing a moment’s silence for the tragic passing of Ryan Wood of Deveronvale FC under-14s, Cove BC and Portlethen SC faced off in a challenging fixture at Aulton. The score reflected the competitive nature of the game at 1-1, with Colbie King scoring for Cove, and Lewis Hay scoring for Portlethen.

Portlethen got the game started and Lewis Hay made an early break down the wing but Cove were able to clear the danger. However as Cove pressed forward, Portlethen forced them back, and Hay made another break but shot wide of the goal. Soon after, Fraser Neave made his attempt for the visitors but the ball was caught by Cove goalkeeper Samuel Paterson.

Cove were soon able to create chances of their own, with Joseph Hartley showing off some nifty footwork to take possession of the ball before passing it wide to Sean Lever. Lever then crossed it into the box where Gregory Milne saw his shot go wide.

The home side had another chance as a corner was crossed into the box. Lever’s shot was deflected to deny the chance and Portlethen quickly cleared the danger before any more shots could be made.

End-to-end play ensued, with Hartley trying to get a shot at goal for Cove. However Portlethen had the next chance through Neave who pressed forward for his side before Jack Harris closed the attack down.

Another Cove corner was cleared by Portlethen before Lewis Wilson broke through the visitors’ defence only for his shot to go wide.

Portlethen’s next chance came from a free kick just inside Cove’s half but the ball was nudged just too far for Logan King to make his shot. However moments later, Lewis Hay shot from 30 yards and lobbed the ball over Paterson and into the net to open the scoring in the 32nd minute.

Cove quickly pressed forward again and looked set to equalise but Colbie King’s shot was marginally wide, brushing the side of the net.

The visitors were soon on the attack again, with King attempting a similar lob to Hay’s, only for his shot to go over the crossbar. In one last attack, Oliver Shearer broke down the wing from his own half with blistering pace but his shot from within the box was caught by Paterson to end the half.

An exceptional second-half display from Inverness Caledonian Thistle under-20's saw them capture a 4-2 win over local rivals Ross County in the first Highland Derby of the season. An array of first-team players featured for both clubs with Scott Boyd, Tony Dingwall and Raffaele De Vita making appearances for the young squad. Meanwhile in the away team summer signings Iain Vigurs and Nat Wedderburn were both named in the starting 11.

The first real chance of the game fell to Calum Ferguson just 10 minutes in. Lewis Horner surged down the right flank before finding Ferguson who hit it on the volley first time but his shot flew over the bar. Inverness were carving the hosts open time after time when Polworth just ran from midfield unchallenged before getting a left-footed drive away but Mark Foden got down well to parry away the danger. 

Up the other end of the park though Ross County had very strong claims for a penalty waved away by the referee. Darren Moffat's ball into the box found Greg Morrison whose first touch took him past Cameron Gilchrist but Morrison was fouled. The referee told the young striker to get up which infuriated the home dugout.

Then just a minute later the away side got the opening goal of the game. Ferguson's persistence in closing down the back line of Ross County saw him intercept a loose pass then he took the unselfish decision by feeding the ball into Ali Sutherland who hit a low drive into the bottom corner of the net.

This opened the game up a lot more and just three minutes later Ross County equalised. Raffaele De Vita took the ball down expertly around 30 yards from goal before unleashing a ferocious right-footed shot into the corner of the net. A simply stunning strike that would have had the best keepers struggling to save. 

The game was end-to-end with Dingwall first testing Daniel Hoban with a tame right-footed strike before Jaime Wilson had a left-footed shot saved by the feet of Foden. But it was Ross County who would lead at the break. Horner was adjudged to have brought down Dingwall and De Vita brushed himself down to step and slot the penalty into the right side of the net sending Hoban the wrong way.

Monday, 31 August 2015 11:33

Ellon Meadows make it two in a row

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Colony Colts and Ellon Meadows FC met in warm conditions at Davidson Park. It was Ellon who proved triumphant, with a 5-2 win. Their goals were scored by Cameron Moir, Ross Fraser, Cameron Bain and two from Fraser MacLeod, while Colony’s goals both came from Callum Webster.

From the kick-off, Ellon Meadows showed their intent, with Calum Cummings putting the ball into space for Cameron Moir who shot from the edge of the box and found the top corner of the net to take the lead in the first minute of play.

The home side fought back, with Rory Gauld pushing the ball forward. Daniel Cowie then had a one-on-one with Ellon goalkeeper, Reece Lawrence, but his shot went over the crossbar. Colony continued to exchange some nice passes but could not penetrate Ellon’s defence.

Ellon were then able to push up field with a series of free kicks. Cummings pressed forward but Colony held their defence to clear the danger.

Colony were on the attack again, with Gauld running onto the ball only for Lawrence to get there first. Declan Abel then linked up with Callum Webster, who was able to shoot from 25 yards but his shot was wide.

However it was Ellon who were to have the next successful attempt, after Fraser MacLeod beat several defenders with a strong run from his own half, shooting from the edge of the box and finding the top of the net in the fourteenth minute to increase his side’s lead.

Yet Colony responded almost instantly, winning a corner from the right-hand side. Gauld crossed the ball into the box where Webster was waiting to put it into the corner of the net with sixteen minutes played.

Colony had another chance when Cowie lobbed the ball over Ellon’s defence but Ellon got to the ball before any Colony players could follow through. This gave the visitors a chance to drive the ball up field and Ross Fraser chased but Colony goalkeeper, Caleb Millar, got to the ball first.

Webster then created another chance for Colony, crossing the ball in from wide but Lawrence held under pressure from Colony’s Tom Adams. Logan Scott then shot from 35 yards only for the ball to clip the post.

Then in the thirtieth minute, Ellon mounted another attack. Fraser lured Millar from his goal and found the net to increase his side’s lead. 

Colony were to have the last chance of the half, with Adams and Cowie linking up but Cowie’s shot was wide.

Monday, 24 August 2015 16:26

Paul Lawrie Foundation start season on a high

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In the rare Aberdeen sunshine, Byron Swifts got their season underway, playing against Paul Lawrie Foundation. Paul Lawrie picked up the three points with a 6-2 win, their goals coming from Connor Strachan, Fin Troup, and four from Joy Banda, while both of Byron’s goals came from Owen Dickson.

The first attacking play of the game came from Byron Swifts as Harry Glennie burst down the wing but his shot from out wide was smothered by Paul Lawrie Foundation goalkeeper Archie Coulesant. 

Paul Lawrie were soon mounting their own attacks, with Shay Farooq making a break but becoming isolated and unable to make the offload he was looking for. In the following phases of play, he was supported by Glen Brown and Banda. Banda took a shot at goal from just inside the box but it was wide, while his next attempt went just over the crossbar. 

Byron pressed back through their captain, Robbie Hay, who made the yards but Paul Lawrie held their defence strong to deny any chances. Christopher McCaughtrie and Babil Saru then set up interchanging play. McCaughtrie’s shot from just outside the box was deflected by Coulesant, and Saru took his shot from 25 yards but Coulesant was able to prevent the score.

End-to-end play ensued, with both teams trying to penetrate their opposition’s defence. It was Paul Lawrie who were eventually rewarded in the 18th minute, when Banda broke though and shot from 25 yards and wide out to the right to put his side in the lead.

With the momentum in their favour, Paul Lawrie were soon on the attack again and, in the 21st minute, Banda crossed the ball in from the corner and slipped it past Byron goalkeeper Scott Freckingham’s hand, to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

Down but not out, Byron responded through McCaughtrie who linked up with Owen Dickson before the ball was forced out of play. Saru set up another chance for his side with a high ball but Paul Lawrie cleared well.

Another change in momentum saw Banda luring Freckingham out of the goal before crossing to Connor Strachan, who chipped it into the net to increase his side’s lead in the twenty-seventh minute.

Paul Lawrie continued to demonstrate their strength in attack through some neat footwork by Gavin Troup, who created space and shot but Freckingham caught the ball to deny the score. Gavin Troup then had another shot after creating space but he could not get the ball past the Byron goalkeeper.

The last chance of the half came for Byron, with Saru shooting from 30 yards and wide to the right but the ball was smothered by Coulesant to end the half.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 20:32

Balloan go joint top with victory over Thistle Colts

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Balloan Athletic moved onto 24 points, joint top of the Inverness Street League Division B, following a comfortable 9-0 victory over Thistle Colts. The win comes at a good time ahead of next weekend's Cup Final showdown versus Balloan Fury.

Athletic never really looked like losing this game as both teams got off to a slow start.  They had the first opportunity of the match when Jack McGilvray found an extra few yards in the box but his tame shot was gathered easily by Jack Grieve in the Thistle Colts goal. Just five minutes later, a fine piece of individual trickery from Clarke Hendry sent Gavin Urquhart free but his shot was well parried by Grieve. 

Fourteen minutes in Rowan Earl's pace beat two defenders and his cross-shot took a massive deflection and rolled passed the diving Grieve.

Number two followed minutes later. Brodie Watson's long ball was headed down by McGilvray into the path of Gavin Urquhart who coolly slotted it home.

Fine work by David MacLaren of Thistle Colts beat the Balloan defence but his shot went well wide. But straight after that phase of play Rowan Earl's pace rounded Grieve and he was brought down. McGilvray stepped up and fired a powerful right-footed shot past the keeper. From here on in it was plain sailing from Balloan as they made it four just before the break. Brodie Watson's fine solo run beat three defenders before he cleverly rounded the keeper before slotting it into the empty net.

Formartine United bounced back from cup final heartbreak last weekend to overcome Glentanar and lift the Murray Cup.

A David Clark goal as early as the 15th minute was enough to settle the final and ensure Formartine lifted the cup for only the second time in their history, and the first time since 1998.

The win will help exercise the demons of last weekend’s 4-2 defeat to Stonehaven in the final of the Sunnybank Shield; a match which they had led twice.

Formartine evidently used that defeat as motivation as they started this Murray Cup final on the front foot.

And they should have taken the lead after 10 minutes. Clark crossed low from the right for strike partner Tito Silva but he steered the ball wide of goal from six yards.

United did not have to wait long for the opener though as it came just five minutes after that miss. Clark’s half-volley from the edge of the box found the back of the net via the inside of the post. 

Glentanar had started the contest slowly but gradually grew into the game after that setback. They threatened for the first time a few minutes later when Matthew Steer’s cross was headed wide by Lewis Stephen.

Glentanar then came even closer in the 26th minute. Elliot McDonald crossed for Craig Simpson who looked destined to score but he was superbly denied by goalkeeper Ryan Thomson. 

After a good start, Formartine had lost the ascendancy and had the post to thank for maintaining their lead. McDonald’s low shot from 20 yards struck the post and rebounded away from danger.