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The final for the Belmont Trophy was valiantly fought out by Banks O’Dee Albion and Deveronvale at Colony Park. However, in a game far more competitive than the score may suggest, it was Banks O’Dee who lifted the trophy with a 6-0 win. Their goals were scored by Jevan Anderson, Hamish MacLeod, Cameron Imrie, Calum McKenzie, Mark Reid and Shaun Cameron.

Play got underway with a determined Deveronvale on the attack, pressing forward through Fergus Edwards. However Banks O’Dee goalkeeper Vitali Sahhalevits cleared the danger before a shot could be taken. 

Banks O’Dee were quick to press back and were soon awarded a free kick at 25 yards out. Jason Ritchie stepped up to find the box, where there were a number of headers before Deveronvale goalkeeper Craig Sutherland pushed it wide. Ritchie then stepped up for the resulting corner, finding the box once again where Jevan Anderson tapped it in from close range to open the scoring with only two minutes played.

Deveronvale were not put out and were soon exerting pressure as Lewis Buxton challenged Banks O’Dee’s defence, only to be called back for being offside. The side continued to press but Banks O’Dee held their defence to deny any scoring opportunities.

Play went from end to end, with Banks O’Dee’s Hamish MacLeod getting to the box and trying to flick it in but Sutherland kept it out and set his side up to counterattack. Lewis Strachan drove the ball down the wing, luring Sahhalevits away from his goal before crossing it in for Buxton. However, Banks O’Dee had defenders ready to clear the danger.

Deveronvale had more chances, with Keith Cruickshank taking a corner which reached the box but was caught by Sahhalevits. Then Mark Tait took another corner for the side but his shot went inches wide of the post.

Banks O’Dee took the ball to the other end of the pitch through a series of passes but struggled to penetrate Deveronvale’s defence. A free kick taken by Ritchie from 28 yards was only denied by Sutherland pushing it over the crossbar, followed by Ross Christie shooting from the edge of the box only for the ball to go wide. The side continued to look dangerous and press forward, but Mark Reid’s shot from just outside the box was caught by Sutherland.

Buxton drove the ball and was looking dangerous. As Banks O’Dee closed in, he passed to Tait who hit the ball from inside the box but it went into the hands of Sahhalevits.

Banks O’Dee were soon driving it back to the other end of the field with another series of passes. From the left edge of the box, MacLeod struck and found the top corner of the net to increase his side’s lead.

Moments later, the side were pressing again with Christie crossing the ball in for Cameron Imrie who struck just inside the box and also found the net to add another score.

Deveronvale responded with John Geddes pressing forward and shooting from 30 yards. Sahhalevits made the save and as Tait and Buxton continued to challenge, he cleared the danger. However it was not long before Buxton was pressing again and he put the ball through into space but Banks O’Dee cleared it before Deveronvale could take any shots.

They were soon at the other end again with Reid trying to shoot from the edge of the box. However Deveronvale were defending well, so he made the pass inside the box to McKenzie who sent it in to add one more score before half time.

Middlefield Wasps beat Peterhead 3-0 in the semi-final of the Consolation Cup at Aulton Outdoor Pitches in Aberdeen. Goals from Michal Wosinski, Harry Muirhead and Alex Seager secured Wasps their place in the final.

They had the game’s first real opportunity of the match as Muirhead’s free kick went over the crossbar.

Peterhead’s first chance of the match came as Daniel Mair’s half volley from outside of the box went wide of the target. They then had another opportunity as Euan Culley’s effort from the right side of the box went wide as Peterhead looked to score the game’s opener.

Middlefield looked to take the initiative themselves as a corner from the right ended up with Seager who found Fraser Mathewson and his shot was cleared near the goal line.

They continued to press and had two good opportunities as Seager’s low shot from inside the box was saved by Peterhead goalkeeper Scott Pirie before Ryan Douglas had a low shot from outside the box that went just wide of the target.

Middlefield took the lead just before half time as Mathewson’s through ball found Wosinski whose shot went high into the net to give his side the lead.

Grey and grim may have described the conditions, but certainly did not describe the performance of both Banks O’Dee Albion and Dyce BC in the Colony Park Cup final. Both teams demonstrated some great football but it was Banks O’Dee who lifted the trophy with a 6-1 victory. Their goals came from Ruben Whitelaw, Joseph Wilson, Liam Fitzpatrick, Lewis Duncan and two by Kyle Dalling, while Dyce’s Jonathon Onwa scored their only goal.

Both teams were showing their determination as they mounted attacks but it was Banks O’Dee who had the first real chance of the game. They pressed forward and Reece Wilson chased the ball into the box but Dyce goalkeeper Demilade Adekoyn dived on the ball to deny the chance.

Dyce then mounted an attack, with Finlay Davidson breaking down the wing and making the pass to Harry Ingram who pressed even further. However Banks O’Dee were quick to intercept and counterattack through Joseph Wilson. After pressing forward, he passed back to Kyle Dalling whose shot from 25 yards was just wide. Moments later, teammate Lewis Duncan shot from 30 yards but the ball was caught by Adekoyn.

Banks O’Dee made it difficult for Dyce to attack so Dyce held their defence nicely to prevent the scoring opportunities that their opponents were creating. Fraser Davidson put in some great tackles to relieve some spells of pressure on his team.

Unable to gain the territory that his side were looking for, Duncan put a powerful boot to ball at 45 yards. Joseph Wilson ran onto it but Adekoyn denied the score. Finlay Ness made his attempt from the edge of the box but his shot was wide.

From a throw-in which reached the edge of the box, Dalling, who had his back to the goal, crouched low and kicked the ball over his head, only for the ball to miss by inches.

However, Dalling did not have long to wait for another chance. Well positioned following the goal kick, he shot once more from 25 yards, sending the ball straight into the bottom corner of the net, to the left of the goalkeeper, to open the scoring.

Minutes later, Banks O’Dee were awarded a corner which went straight into the box where players from both teams were waiting. It was Joseph Wilson who found the ball and he slipped it in past Adekoyn to increase his side’s lead.

Dyce were not to be put out, with Niall Tosh driving down the wing. He passed it in for Cole Williamson to run onto but Banks O’Dee prevented him from getting to it. Tosh tried to take a shot himself but it was wide.

Rhys Clark then put the ball through and Ingram chased but Joseph Adair put pressure on, and Ingram’s shot went wide. They created another chance with a series of passes but Davidson nudged the ball just too far with Banks O’Dee goalkeeper Kyle Leiper picking it up.

Banks O’Dee had the last chance of the half from a corner. Dyce tried to clear it from just outside the box but Dalling took a shot from 35 yards. However it was just wide, and the whistle was blown for half-time.

Peterhead BC have retained their A League status with a topsy-turvy 4-3 victory over Banchory BC in a playoff match. 

The match was to decide which side would be relegated to the B League after both teams finished with the same amount of points and the same games won in this season’s A League. 

Banchory will now drop down to the B League after losing a match they had led on two separate occasions. 

A hat-trick from Banchory striker Harris Anderson was not enough as two goals from Jack Hislop, one from Robert McDougal and a late own goal secured victory for Peterhead.

A tight game always seemed likely as both teams had recorded one win against each other in the regular season.

The opening goal of the game came for Banchory after 16 minutes. Luke Adamson’s deep free-kick found Anderson at the back post and he looped his header over the goalkeeper and into the net for 1-0.

Their lead lasted less than 10 minutes as Peterhead battled back to equalise. A powerful run up the left wing by Ayden McGill was eventually thwarted by goalkeeper Craig McKay, but the ball fell kindly for Jack Hislop whose shot from the edge of the box evaded a number of bodies before finding the net. 

Even at the time of that goal it was obvious that it would not be the last of the match and Peterhead took the lead for the first time in the 33rd minute. McGill’s free-kick was palmed by McKay and striker McDougal reacted first to blast in the rebound.

And it looked like that would be the end of the scoring for the first half, but Banchory equalised just seconds before the interval. Anderson was all alone against three defenders but he managed to find a route to goal and sneaked his left-foot side-foot into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

With both teams still in contention to win the league, Paul Lawrie Foundation and Donside Juvenile FC faced each other at Shedocksley Sports Pavilion in what proved to be a tale of two halves. However it was Donside Juveniles who came out as victors with a 3-0 win, their goals scored by Tom Burns, Connor Cooper and Callum Insch.

Paul Lawrie mounted the first attack of the game with Jamie Sayers driving the ball forward but Donside goalkeeper, Ben Middleton, came out to tackle Sayers before he could take his shot.

They soon had another chance through a corner taken by Connor Strachan. Donside were able to clear the danger as the ball reached the edge of the box but Joy Banda was waiting further down the field, and drove the ball back towards the box. He shot from wide out to the right but Middleton kept the ball out. 

Donside created a chance of their own with some interchanging play between Brodie Ross and Connor Cooper. The pair pressed forward before Ross shot from the just inside the box but Paul Lawrie goalkeeper Archie Coueslant pushed it wide.

It was not long before Donside were trying again, with Liam Smith putting the ball through for Cooper, who shot from the edge of the box, but Paul Lawrie rallied their defence to deny the visitors their chance.

Paul Lawrie had another chance through Sayers as he used his pace to gain territory and beat several defenders but with noone to pass to, he was unable to take a shot at goal himself. Connor Strachan then pressed forward again for the home side but he was forced out of play, and the visitors were able to clear from the resulting corner.

Banda then created a fantastic chance for his side, pressing forward before putting the ball through for Connor Strachan, whose first time shot at the goal looked accurate but Middleton was able to push it wide and deny the chance.

Donside were then pressing forward again, with Ross taking several shots. From a throw in, Ross shot from the edge of the box but Coueslant pushed it wide. Moments later, he shot from the corner but failed to get the angle that he needed.

Play went back and forth between the two sides before Paul Lawrie were breaking again. Connor Strachan put the ball through for Connor Neaves, who chased it down with his opposite number Greg Smith hot on his tail but it was Middleton who reached the ball first to deny any score. 

Connor Strachan then linked up with Banda to press forward but Donside rallied their defence to clear the danger and mount their own attack. Ross passed out wide to Callum Insch who shot from about 25 yards, but his shot was saved by Coueslant.

Donside had one last chance with a corner, taken by Tom Burns. The ball reached the box where Paul Lawrie defended well amidst great pressure from the visitors. Coueslant kicked the ball away and Ross shot from 30 yards but it was wide of the net and the half came to an end with no score.

Portlethen Academy beat their Kincardineshire rivals Banchory Academy to win the Aberdeenshire Schools FA Cup Final after a 2-1 win at The Meadows in Ellon.

Banchory had the game’s first chance as Alisha Rees’ long range shot from the left went just wide of the target. Rees then had another opportunity as her shot was saved by Erin Christie inside the box after being set up by Rachel Henderson.

Portlethen had their first chance of the game as Johan Fraser set up Brook Farquhar whose shot was saved by Banchory goalkeeper Becky Flaherty.

It was Banchory though who took the lead as Henderson’s shot went past the goalkeeper with Rees finishing to make it 1-0.

Portlethen had two good chances before the end of the first half as Farquhar found Lauren Miller who shot from inside the right hand side of the box went wide. They then hit the crossbar as Fraser hit a powerful strike from inside the box.

Gordonstoun High School lifted the North of Scotland Schools cup following a close 2-1 victory over Thurso High School.
 
The North of Scotland Schools cup originally started in 1937 and is contested between secondary schools across the North from Stornaway to Aberdeen and Golspie to Lochaber. The senior side of the trophy has been played every year since it started apart from the war years. Past winners include Peterhead, Nicholson Institute (Stornaway), Invergordon and several of the Inverness secondary schools.
 
Gordonstoun have had an excellent season, winning all the Moray Seniors League games apart from one of the 14, which is incredibly impressive in such a tight league. Gordonstoun High have also reached the semi final of the Scottish Independent Schools Cup, with the final usually played at the home of Heart of Midlothian; Tynecastle. A final four tie against Jordanhill awaits.
 
The final against Thurso was played at Dingwall Academy last week and Gordonstoun grabbed the win to lift the trophy. The game was a close and hard fought occasion but Gordonstoun scored two quick fire goals which made it tough for Thurso to get back into it. But a late goal for Thurso made it a tense finish but Gordonstoun managed to hold on to seal the win.
 
Gordonstoun wanted to thank all their opponents for playing the game in such a good manner and to thank them for taking part in such a tremendous tournament and to those who made the tournament such a success and to make it happen.

Having met only five days previously, Paul Lawrie Foundation and ALC Athletic faced each other again, both with the hope of picking up the points. However it was Paul Lawrie who secured their victory, winning 2-0 with goals scored by Scott Fraser and Michael Waite.

Play got underway with Paul Lawrie dominating in attack, and an early shot from Lee McAllister being caught by ALC goalkeeper Euan Rose. There were more chances, as Adam Joji shot from 35 yards, with Rose diving to the right to push the ball wide.

Continuing to press, Joji put the ball through for Ryan Gordon. Gordon took the ball forward on the wing before passing in to McAllister whose shot from 30 yards went over the crossbar. This was followed by some interchanging play from the Paul Lawrie side which saw Gordon shoot from the edge of the box only for the shot to go wide.

ALC then began to press forward through Connor Towler and Scott Kerr but neither were able to take a shot at the goal before Paul Lawrie countered through Scott Fraser who got into space before sending a pass to Joji. He was then able to cross the ball to Gordon whose shot from just inside the box was blocked by Rose.

Some interchanging play between Fraser and Arron Esson gained them territory but Esson’s shot was denied by Lewis Ifi, who swept in to help Rose. This created a chance for ALC’s Taylor McBain who drove the ball forward. He crossed the ball into space for his teammates to run on to but Paul Lawrie rallied their defences.

Following an injury to Gordon which put an early end to his game, ALC were awarded a free kick at about 45 yards. Ritchie Troup’s shot had the distance and looked accurate but Paul Lawrie goalkeeper Craig Ballentyne saved the goal.

Paul Lawrie again began to press forward with Cameron Ross putting the ball through for Joji. However, McBain used his pace to exert pressure and deny Joji the chance to take a shot at goal.

Troup then set up some interchanging play with Jay Murphy to make ground but Troup’s shot from 25 yards sailed inches wide of the goal. ALC again pressed forward and Troup this time shot from wide out to the left but nudged it wide.

Ross and Joji then teamed up once again to make the yards but neither could get the shot that they were aiming for. The team were than awarded several corners but shots by both Fraser and Joji were wide and ALC were able to clear the danger as Rose punched the ball out.

A free kick was taken by Troup from 30 yards but a header by a Paul Lawrie defender kept the ball out. They then tried again with a corner by Murphy but his shot went wide.

Waite drove the ball down the wing and sent it in to Fraser, who chipped it in from inside the box to give Paul Lawrie the lead in the final play of the half..

Fraserburgh Link-Up have been promoted to the A League after a 7-2 victory over Middlefield Wasps but they will have to wait to secure the title as second-placed Cove also won on Sunday, beating Kemnay 2-0.

 

Fraserburgh regained top spot last weekend when they defeated nearest challengers Cove 4-1 and after overcoming in-form Middlefield this weekend - who had won five and drawn one going into Sunday’s game - Fraserburgh only need two points from their remaining two games to win the league.

 

Middlefield began the match full of confidence. They missed a great chance to take the lead after eight minutes. Reece McKeown latched on to a pinpoint through ball from Calum Rataj but the striker could only slot the ball the wrong side of the post.

 

The league leaders then opened the scoring somewhat against the run of play just two minutes later. A weak looking shot from the edge of the area by Ryan McGregor evaded the goalkeeper and found the bottom corner of the net.

 

Fraserburgh were in the ascendancy after breaking the deadlock and doubled their lead in the 20th minute. Captain Logan Reid stepped out of defence and exchanged passes with winger Ryan Sargent before half-volleying the ball past goalkeeper Lewis Mitchell from 14 yards. A goal not too dissimilar from Tony Adam’s famous goal against Everton in 1998.

 

The visitors were making their dominance count and they made it 3-0 three minutes after their second goal. Defender William Third found himself unmarked from a corner and he swept home from six yards. 

 

Middlefield could count themselves unlucky to be three down after such a good start but to their credit, they did not give up. They pulled a goal back shortly before the interval through Rataj. He latched on to a loose ball in the penalty area and drilled the ball past keeper Jamie Bruce. 

The final for the Aberdeenshire Shield was a competitive meeting between Inverurie and Aboyne with lots of support for both sides. However it was Aboyne who secured the trophy with a 3-1 victory. Their goals were scored by Greg Smith, Daniel Wimbush and Michael Bruce, while Inverurie’s goal was scored by Michael Donaldson.

After a late start due to the previous final between Inverurie and Fraserburgh U13’s going to extra time and penalties, the two teams came out fired up and ready to compete. Aboyne had the first goal scoring opportunity with a free kick from the edge of the box but Inverurie held their defence to deny them their chance.

Aboyne had more chances, with Hamish Ritchie putting the ball through for Ross Campbell. He took his shot from wide out to the right but hit the side of the net. Moments later saw a chance for Matthew Horner, whose shot from 25 yards went wide.

Inverurie then had a chance as Michael Watson stepped up to take a corner. His ball reached the edge of the box but Craig Mackie headed the ball over the crossbar. 

Aboyne then had another chance from a free kick within their own half but Inverurie maintained a strong defence and were quick to counterattack. This saw a period of end-to-end play as control of the ball went back and forth between the two teams. 

Daniel Wimbush drove the ball forward and crossed it to Kyle Harker, whose strike saw the ball over the crossbar. From Inverurie’s clearance, Stuart Hepburn drove the ball forward but Aboyne goalkeeper Ross Anderson got to the ball before a shot could be taken.

There were some chances for Inverurie, as Ben Green demonstrated some great footwork before putting the ball through for Rhys Simpson. However Simpson became isolated as Aboyne exerted pressure. Soon after, Watson took a free kick from about 32 yards which was deflected by the wall of defenders, and Aboyne were able to push Inverurie back before they could create any more chances.

Cameron MacIntosh drove the ball up the wing but was forced out of play. From the resulting corner, Inverurie held their defence strong to deny Aboyne any scoring opportunity. Even Campbell’s fancy footwork did not give the team the chance they were looking for.

Again, a period of end to end play ensued with both teams trying to drive the ball forward. Michael Bruce showed great footwork and control as he exerted pressure on Inverurie’s defence. However Inverurie put together some great interchanging play between Watson and Michael Donaldson but neither could find the goal. The ball was put out wide to Simpson but Aboyne were able to rally their defence and clear the danger.

Greg Smith drove the ball forward and Campbell and Bruce put a series of passes together but they could not get a shot at the goal.

Jordan Cooper crossed the ball into the box but Walls headed it wide. Soon after, Inverurie thought that they had scored as Walls’ shot bounced dangerously close to the line but Anderson kept the ball out. 

Both teams created chances when  Aboyne were awarded a penalty following an attempted tackle in the box. Smith sent the ball into bottom of the net to the right of the goalkeeper to open the scoring at the end of the first half.