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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. 

Lewis United beat Deveronvale 5-1 in the final of the Noskab Trophy to complete a clean sweep of trophies this season.

It means the United trophy cabinet will be kept company by the 17s SoccerWorld League A, the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup, the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy, and now the Noskab Trophy.

A hat-trick from midfielder Marc Lawrence and a goal a piece by Dylan Leslie and Drew Canale secured victory for Lewis United. Deveronvale striker Michael Ironside’s late reply was only a consolation.

Deveronvale would have entered the game with a small degree of confidence that they could end Lewis United's run. They took the Scottish Cup champions to extra time in the third round of the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy, before eventually losing 6-3.

And they had the first opportunity of the game. Ironside’s powerful run took him all the way into the Lewis penalty area but his side-foot finish went narrowly wide of goal.

From that moment on Lewis United never looked like losing this final. Callum Youngson and Leslie both had a goal disallowed for offside within the first 10 minutes.

Both wingers in their 4-3-3, Youngson and Leslie, were getting chalk on their boots and were a constant out ball for Lewis.

And it was third time lucky for Lewis as they eventually took the lead after 14 minutes. Lewis Masson’s delicate pass through found Lawrence who blasted past goalkeeper Dylan Gray from eight yards.

Lewis striker Craig Mackie then broke the offside trap but he was brilliantly denied by Gray who made himself as big as possible.

But Lewis did double their lead in the 38th minute. A great turn and pass by Youngson found Mackie whose cross was steered home by Leslie.

Glentanar gained promotion to League B by beating Paul Lawrie Foundation by three goals to nil in a well fought C League match at Aberdeen’s Aulton Outdoor Pitches.

They had the game’s first opportunity as Josh Yeats’ half volley from inside the box went just wide of the target.

Glentanar got the opening goal as Sol Kench’s curling chip from the right side of the box found the back of the net to make it 1-0.

Kench nearly scored his second and his team’s second as his shot from the right of the box was well saved by Archie Coueslant in the Paul Lawrie goal.

Jack Thorne then had a shot from outside the box that went just over the crossbar. After this Kench’s dipping effort from outside the right of the box was caught by the Paul Lawrie goalkeeper.

Glentanar doubled their lead as Thorne scored with an audacious chip from outside the box on the left hand side to make it 2-0.

They continued to look for the third goal and Thorne’s shot from the left inside the box went just wide of the target.

Despite the scoreline Paul Lawrie were playing well and looked to control the ball in the centre of the park.

Glentanar made it 3-0 just before half time as Lewis Downie’s low shot from outside the box found the back of the net.

The competition was fierce as Cove BC and Kemnay FC met at Hazelhead Joe Paterson Pavilion. However it was Cove who picked up the three points with a 4-3 victory. Lewis Wilson and Colbie King each claimed two goals while Kemnay’s goals were scored by William Duthie, Tristan Clark and Leah Mearns.

Play got underway with the sun shining, and Cove made the initial press forward. However William Duthie soon counterattacked for Kemnay, driving the ball forward with a strong run. He beat several defenders and lured out Cove goalkeeper Samuel Paterson to slide it past him from the edge of the box to open the scoring with only two minutes played.

Soon after, Cove had a chance to equalise with a free kick 25 yards from goal. Lewis Wilson stepped up to take it but the ball went just over the crossbar.

Possession went back and forth between the two teams and Kemnay exerted pressure with a long kick from their own half which was chased down by Tristan Clark but Paterson dived to smother the ball before Clark could take a shot.

End-to-end play continued and though Cove tried to drive forward, Kemnay maintained a strong defence to deny them the chances that they were looking for. 

Then came Cove’s best chance of the half, as Colin Chen put the ball through for Jamie Thomson. He was challenged by Kemnay goalkeeper Adam Newlands and Cove were awarded the free kick. Wilson crossed the ball into the box but Kemnay cleared the danger.

Cove pressed forward once again with a series of passes and Fraser Neave looked dangerous as he reached the edge of the box but Leah Mearns swept in to deny him the chance to score. 

Clark then pressed forward for Kemnay, making another good run but Cove’s defence closed in, giving them the chance to counterattack. Jay Ridgeway drove the ball down the wing before putting it through for Ben Campbell. However Kemnay’s Dax Mahoney made the challenge to relieve the pressure on his side.

With the half drawing to a close amidst a drastic change in weather conditions, Newlands’ huge clearance kick forced Paterson out of his own goal to clear. However the ball bounced at the feet of Clark who chipped it over Cove’s defence, bouncing into the net to increase Kemnay’s lead as the half ended.

Inverurie Academy lifted the Aberdeenshire Schools FA Cup after defeating their near neighbours Meldrum Academy by three goals to one in an entertaining final at The Meadows in Ellon.

Meldrum took the lead as Calum McDonald’s powerful strike from outside the box found the back of the net to give them the lead.

They nearly doubled their lead as Bryce Dawson’s long-range free kick took an awkward bounce and just went wide of the target.

Meldrum had another opportunity as Dawson’s powerful shot from outside the box was saved by the Inverurie goalkeeper.

Jamie MacIver had a shot from the left side that went just wide of the target as Meldrum looked to make it 2-0.

Inverurie had an opportunity as Hamish Hinks’ header went just wide of the target.

They got their equaliser as Callum James scored a header after a corner was delivered into the box to make it 1-1.

Inverurie looked to take the lead and Alan Smith had a shot saved by the Meldrum goalkeeper as the score remained 1-1.

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.