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Sunday, 28 February 2016 22:30

Lewis United Remain at Top of Table

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North region rivals Banks O’Dee Albion and Lewis United Youth met for a crucial league encounter. Lewis United secured the three points to stay at the top of the table with a 3-1 win. Their goals were scored by Daniel Middler and two by Jack Craigie, while Banks O’Dee’s goal was scored by Dylan Stuart.

Banks O’Dee looked dominant in the early phases of play and earned a free kick five yards into their own half. Jadon Robb sent the ball to the edge of the box but Lewis United cleared. The home side continued to press and Josh Petrie shot from inside the box but it was pushed wide by Lewis goalkeeper, Simon Mitchell.

The visitors were then awarded a free kick at twenty-five yards. Harry Ingram sent the ball into the box and Cole Williamson shot but hit the crossbar. Jack Craigie continued to look for an opening but Banks O’Dee cleared.

Dylan Stuart pressed for the home side but James Gordon Gomes closed in to prevent Stuart from taking a shot at goal. However Banks O’Dee were awarded a corner but Lewis United were able to clear.

Lewis United set up some interchanging play from Craigie and Ingram to press forward. Craigie then laid the ball back for Daniel Middler whose shot from twenty-five yards was pushed wide by goalkeeper, Grant Middleton.

Despite some pressure from the home side, Lewis were able to clear the initial danger and were awarded a free kick forty yards out. Daniel Middler lobbed the ball over the defensive wall and Middleton to make open the scoring in the twenty-fifth minute.

Banks O’Dee tried to respond through Stuart and Petrie but Gomes closed in to deny the scoring chance. The home side were then awarded a free kick just inside the half but Robb’s ball to the edge of the box was cleared by the visitors.

Lewis United were awarded a corner. Caie McDonald crossed the ball into the box and Craigie sent it into the back of the net in the thirty-first minute.

The visitors wasted no time in creating another chance and Cole Williamson sent the ball to the edge of the box from the halfway line. Craigie pressed forward again and increased his side’s lead in the thirty-second minute.

The home side pressed forward and were looking for chances. Petrie pressed but once again Gomes remained close. Banks O’Dee were awarded a free kick at thirty yards but Sutherland’s strike went over the crossbar.

Newmachar United hosted Mintlaw BC at Charles Gordon Park for the home side’s first match since November. The home side secured the three points for with a 6-2 win. Newmachar’s goals were scored by Bradley McAllister, John Gray, two by Brian Anderson and two by Nathan Miller, while Mintlaw’s goals were scored by Ryan Milne and Reegan Whyte.

The home side opened the scoring early on as Nathan Miller broke through the defence and sent the ball to Brian Anderson in the box who lured Mintlaw goalkeeper, Eddie Zevalds, out from the goal before sending it into the back of the net in the second minute.

Mintlaw pressed for territory but Newmachar looked strong in defence. However Ryan Milne made a break from deep in his own half and put in a great pass to Ross Chalmers. Newmachar held strong in defence and goalkeeper, Jordan Cruikshank, smothered the ball in the box as Owen Johnston ran on.

Newmachar pressed forward again through Daniel Owen who shot from twenty-five yards and wide to the right but it was wide of the goal. The hosts continued to press with some interchanging play from Owen and Owen Cowling but Mintlaw held their defence and cleared the danger.

The visitors put a great series of passes together and the ball was put into space for Milne, who ran on. He raced past the defence and slipped it past Cruikshank from inside the box to draw the score level in the fifteenth minute. 

Mintlaw were awarded a free kick at twenty-five yards. Milne sent the ball into the box but Newmachar scrambled to clear.

The hosts were soon pressing again, looking to regain their lead, and Anderson shot from the edge of the box but Zevalds caught the ball to keep it out. Miller then raced forward and tapped the ball from inside the box only to hit the post. However he followed on and sent it past Zevalds in the twenty-sixth minute.

John Gray made a great break from his own half for the hosts but Mintlaw’s Ben Dickie closed in. Anderson and Owen then set up interchanging play and reached the box but Owen hit the post.

The visitors continued to look for chances, and Johnston put the ball into space for Milne to run onto but Newmachar were able to clear.

Owen then broke down the wing and crossed into the box for Anderson who sent it past Zevalds to increase his side’s lead in the thirty-fifth minute and close the half.

Described by spectators as a ‘top-of-the-table-clash’, the meeting between Banks O’Dee Albion and Lewis United Youth did not disappoint in entertainment or controversy. Lewis United fought to take a 3-1 victory. Their goals were scored by Lucas Murray and two by Robert Ward while Euan Reid scored for Banks O’Dee.

It was clear in the opening passages of play that it was going to be a physical encounter and Lewis United were awarded a free kick from thirty-five yards. Cai Matthew sent the ball into the box where Ross Young tried to send it into the net but his shot was just wide.

The home side were soon building their own attack and Jack Hamilton put the ball through for Josh Lumsden. His return reached Hamilton who shot from inside the box but the ball was deflected by Lewis United’s Ryan Lawrence.

Banks O’Dee were then awarded a free kick at thirty yards and wide to the left, taken by Michael Mitchell. He curved the ball over the defensive wall but it was headed clear by goalkeeper, Matthew Buckham.

Lewis United were building pressure with Blair McKenzie driving forward before Rory Brown lobbed the ball from thirty yards but his shot was wide. The visitors continued to press through Young who crossed the ball to the other side of the box for Robert Ward, who saw it into the net with an overhead kick in the eleventh minute.

The home side were not put out and Lumsden broke through the defence. Lucas Murray closed in but Lumsden passed to Hamilton who shot from inside the box only to be denied by Buckham. Scott Kinghorn kept the pressure on though as he shot from twenty-five yards but Buckham caught the ball.

The visitors looked dangerous as Young sent the ball down the wing for Blair McKenzie but Banks O’Dee held their defence strong and cleared the danger.

Banks O’Dee were than awarded a corner which was taken by Mitchell. He sent the ball into the box where it was struck by Euan Reid who found the back of the net to level the score in the nineteenth minute.

Continuing to exert pressure, Mitchell sent the ball through for Adam Carter who shot from wide to the right but the ball swept past the front of the goal.

Some interchanging play saw Lewis United break through the defence with McKenzie driving forward but he pressed just too far and found the side of the net.

Mitchell looked dangerous once again as he drove the ball towards the box but Murray Esson closed in to contest the ball. There was an audible gasp from the crowd as the referee awarded a foul and then showed Esson a red card, leaving the visitors down to ten men for the remainder of the match. However Banks O’Dee were unable to capitalise on the free kick that they were awarded just outside the box, and the half came to an end with the score still level.

The A league battle between Banks O’Dee Albion and Deveronvale took place at Spain Park, and saw the home side claim a 4-0 victory. Matt Peters claimed one goal while Travis Raynard scored a hat trick to secure the three points for his side.

Both teams fronted up well in the opening phases of play but it was Deveronvale who had the first real chance of the game. After a series of passes allowed the side to press up field, Campbell McDermott shot from thirty yards but goalkeeper, Jack King, kept the ball out and the home side were able to clear the danger.

The visitors continued to press and Josh Buchan struck the ball from the edge of the box but it skimmed the outside of the post.

Banks O’Dee began to mount their attack and looked dangerous as Santiago Rivett broke down the right wing. He crossed the ball into the box for Matt Peters who gave a short pass to Joseph Otto but Deveronvale held their defence to force the shot wide.

Soon after, Gary Livingstone broke through with Buchan chasing but Deveronvale goalkeeper, Jamie Williamson swept in to block the shot.

A series of corners tested Deveronvale’s defense and Williamson made some great saves but it was third time lucky for Banks O’Dee, as Leon Forbes crossed the ball into the box where Travis Raynard tapped it into the net in the sixteenth minute to open the scoring.

The home side looked set to score again as Peters slipped past Joe Mair but Williamson raced out of the goal mouth to smother the ball before Peters could make his shot.

Deveronvale then pressed forward and Kyle Buxton shot from inside the box but it was deflected by Mario Raynard to deny the chance.

Banks O’Dee were soon on the attack again and in the twenty-sixth minute, Lewis Brand crossed the ball into the box for Travis Raynard who lobbed the ball over the keeper to claim his second goal.

The home side were then awarded a corner, taken by Forbes who crossed the ball into the box. It was tapped away by Daniel McKay but Rivett and Jack MacDonald continued to press and look for a gap in the defence before Williamson was able to clear.

Deveronvale drew play to the other end and Joel Davidson crossed the ball into the box but Banks O’Dee held their defence to clear the danger, and the half came to an end.

Banks O’Dee Albion and Lewis United Youth braved the wet conditions to face off in the third round of the Winton Trophy. With a 1-0 win, Banks O’Dee secured their place in the fourth round with a late goal from Josh Baird.

The intent of both teams was evident as play got underway though Lewis had an early chance with a corner taken by Arthur Morgan. He crossed the ball into the box but Banks O’Dee’s Josh Petrie cleared the initial danger. However Taylor Still was waiting to take his own shot from just outside the box for the visitors but Banks O’Dee held their defence.

The home side then pressed forward, with Lyle Adair and Josh Baird exchanging passes before Lewis United cleared and Morgan broke into Banks O’Dee’s half. He looked threatening but was unable to find a clear shot at goal and the home side were able to counterattack. Dylan Stuart penetrated Lewis’ defence with only goalkeeper, Simon Mitchell to beat but Mitchell kept the ball out.

Banks O’Dee continued to press but Daniel Middler cleared the danger. Jack Craigie then drove forward for the visitors and crossed the ball into the box for Harry Ingram. His shot was palmed wide by Banks O’Dee goalkeeper, Owen Silvers.

The visitors continued to press, with William Hutchison driving down the wing. He shot from twenty-five yards and wide to the right but Lyle Adair deflected the ball and allowed Silvers to catch it. Caie McDonald then made a similar shot from wide on the right but it was deflected by Jadon Robb. Morgan then shot from thirty-five yards for the visitors but it was inches wide.

The home side continued to look for that scoring chance but Lewis United held their defence strong and Baird’s shot from thirty yards was kept out by Mitchell. Stuart then put the ball into space for Isaac McLean but Ingram closed in to exert pressure and deny the scoring opportunity that had been created.

Lewis United then drove play to the other end and Morgan shot from the edge of the box but once again, the ball went inches wide. A free kick at twenty-five yards gave them another chance and although Cole Williamson sent the ball over the defensive wall, Silvers caught the ball and kept it out.

Banks O’Dee were than awarded an almost identical free kick. Baird stepped up and also sent the ball over the defensive wall only for Mitchell to keep it out. However the home side continued to create chances with Baird crossing the ball into the box from wide to the right and Mitchell pushed the ball away at the post.

The home side were awarded another free kick at twenty-five yards taken by Stuart. He tapped the ball to the edge of the box where Joey Wilson sliced it just wide as the half drew to a close.

With wet conditions underfoot, Lewis Untied Youth and Newmachar United met in the first round of the President’s Cup at Uniconn Park. Lewis United claimed the victory with a 15-0 win. Jay Leiper and David Edwards each had a goal to their name, Kyle Smith and Mitchell Foy claimed two goals each, while Adam Smith claimed four, and Liam Duncan claimed five.

Both teams were quick to test each other, executing good ball control and demonstrating quick pace. However it was Newmachar who had the first chance with Reece Masson lobbing the ball into the box but Lewis United cleared the danger.

The home side were soon creating chances of their own, with Aaron Leslie putting the ball into space for Adam Smith who drove up the wing. However his shot from out wide to the left was picked up by Newmachar goalkeeper, Josh Chambers. 

Lewis United continued to press forward and Mitchell Foy shot from inside the box after luring Chambers from the goal mouth but it was cleared off the line by David Lamb.

The visitors faced a strong defence from Lewis United but were awarded a free kick in their own half. Caleb Wilson sent the ball deep into Lewis’ half where Masson and Lyall Campbell were waiting. The pair set up some interchanging play but Masson’s shot was caught by Lewis United goalkeeper, Euan Morrison.

Gregor Thom was soon on the attack again for Lewis United, pressing forward and shooting from twenty-five yards but he caught the post. His second shot was caught by Chambers. However, Thom was not put out and continued to challenge Newmachar’s defence, this time putting the ball through for Foy who passed back in to Thom only for his shot to go wide.

Newmachar then had another chance with a corner taken by David Lamb. He crossed the ball into the box where it was headed away by James Robson. However, Leon Williams controlled the ball at his feet and drove the ball back towards the box, exerting pressure on Lewis’ defence before they were able to clear it.

Smith then used his blistering pace to make his way up the field and beat several defenders, before luring Chambers from the goal mouth. He shot from just outside the box and found the net with ease to put his side in the lead in the twenty-third minute.

Then in the twenty-fifth minute, Foy shot from the edge of the box. Chambers pushed the ball to the crossbar but Liam Duncan was waiting in the box and tapped it into the net from the rebound.

The visitors were not to be put out, and Wilson made a great run to halfway before putting the ball through for Declan Robb. He drove the ball forward with both Masson and Campbell in support but Lewis United’s defence closed in to deny any opportunities for Newmachar to score.

Lewis United were soon creating chances of their own again with Duncan crossing to Foy who shot from inside the box only to find the framework. Soon after Foy was able to make a break and shot from the edge of the box, finding the top corner of the net in the thirty-second minute.

Again, only minutes later Lewis United were able to further extend their lead as Thom crossed the ball into the box for Duncan who put the ball into the back of the net with thirty-five minutes played.

Newmachar continued to create their own chances, earning another corner. This time Williams crossed the ball into the box but Lewis United cleared before the visitors could capitalise. However Connor Duncan made a great run from his own half before putting the ball through for Jacob Drummond but Lewis United held their defence well with David Edwards forcing the ball out of play to deny the scoring chance.

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.