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Monday, 06 April 2015 17:08

Dyce BC reach Colony Park Cup Final

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In the rare Aberdeen sunshine, Dyce BC and Lewis United Youth faced each other in the semi-final of the Colony Park Cup, both determined to clinch a place in the final. It was Dyce who proved victorious with a 2-0 win, their goals scored by Rhys Clark and Niall Tosh.
Both teams came out with determination, cheering on their team mates. However it was Lewis United who had the first real chance of the game, with Caie McDonald taking the ball up the wing and chipping it in from out wide, only to hit the side of the net.
Dyce responded with a free kick taken quickly by Fraser Davidson. Owen Silvers took control of the ball but was forced out of play before he could take a shot at goal. Dyce continued to press offensively but could not penetrate the Lewis United defence.
Lewis United were then able to counterattack from their own half. McDonald and teammate Jake Horne worked their way up the field but Dyce held their defence to deny the goal scoring opportunity that they had created.
Play continued end to end with neither team able to penetrate the defence of their opponents. Then a corner awarded to Dyce was crossed into the box by Harry Ingram, where Rhys Clark headed it into the net, allowing the home team to take the lead.
Lewis United were not put out and mounted their own attack. The visitors drove the ball into Dyce’s half, and Horne chased well but Dyce goalkeeper, Thomas Mackie, got to the ball before he could take a shot. Lewis United continued to exert pressure on the Dyce defence, with Horne and McDonald particularly forceful in driving the ball forward but the Dyce defence held strong. However even as Horne set up some fantastic interchanging passes with Jack Cowie and Reece McKerron, they were unable to penetrate their opponents’ defence.
Dyce then set up some fantastic interplay, with Finlay Davidson driving the ball forward and passing to Tosh, who put it out wide to Ethan Walker. Walker controlled the ball well before passing it back in to Tosh, who chipped it in from the edge of the box for Dyce’s second.
The visitors were not put out and as the team rallied to put pressure on the Dyce defence, Fraser Davidson headed a high ball out of play to disrupt Lewis United’s momentum in attack. Horne then put the ball through for Middler who struck the ball from around 30 yards out. However he didn’t find the net and though McKerron tried to chip the ball in, the home side were able to keep it out.
Dyce took control of play once again, with captain, Demilade Yunus, passing the ball out wide to Walker who drove down the wing and shot, but hit the side of the net. Williamson then set the ball up for Yunus but he was unable to find the space to shoot.
In one last phase of play, Lewis United’s Bradley Wilson drove the ball forward and passed it in to McDonald but his shot was kept out by Mackie. Morrison made another attempt but the ball went wide of the goal to end the half.
Middlefield Wasps got a convincing 8-2 victory against Dee BC in an enjoyable B League match on a glorious Easter Sunday at Balmedie’s Beach Park. A hat trick from Lewis Mitchell, a double each from Brian Carr and Reece McKeown and a penalty from Dylan Pirie secured an emphatic victory for the hosts.
It was Middlefield who had the game’s first opportunities as Marcelin Helinski’s pass found McKeown, whose shot from outside the box just went wide of the target. McKeown then had a long range effort that went wide as Middlefield looked to score the opening goal.
Middlefield did take the lead as Brian Carr’s ball in from the left found McKeown who headed the ball into the net to make it 1-0.
Dee looked for the equaliser and a shot from Lewis Hay was well saved by Lewis Mitchell in the Middlefield goal.
Middlefield looked to extend their lead as Carr’s pass found Dylan Pirie, whose effort from the left hand side of the box was well saved by Dee goalkeeper Javid Ali.
Middlefield made it 2-0 as McKeown’s pass found L. Mitchell who slotted home with a neat finish to double Middlefield’s lead.
It was 3-0 a minute later as McKeown found Pirie whose shot was saved by Ali with L. Mitchell slotting home the rebound to further extend Middlefield’s lead.
As Middlefield looked to make it 4-0, McKeown found Carr whose effort from outside the box hit the crossbar.
They did make it 4-0 as Benoit Thies found Mitchell with a good pass and he slotted home to seal his hat trick in a thirteen minute spell.
Friday, 27 March 2015 09:06

Points shared in Saints' trip to the Highlands

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Inverness and St. Mirren played out a draw in the development league on Tuesday evening. Both teams faced the driving wind and rain in a game that lacked any real cutting edge.
Inverness played 3 first team regulars which saw new signing Tarmo Kink, James Vincent and goalkeeper Dean Brill return from his knee injury. Totttenham loanee Emmanuel Sonoupe featured for the saints.
Inverness got the game off to a good start retaining possession and looking for the opening. The first real chance fell to the hosts. Alisdair Stark played a ball into Andrew Macrae whose neat flick found James Vincent but his shot flew over the bar.
St Mirren hit Inverness on the counter attack and neat passing between Thomas Reilly and Lewis Mclear carved the Inverness back line open but Mclears low drive was well saved by Brill.
Inverness were really starting to dominate the game with Tarmo Kink causing all sorts of problems to the Saints back line. His looping cross found Macrae at the back post but his shot just went wide of the mark causing Dan Wilks no problems. 
St Mirren were holding on but came close to getting the opener when Reilly's corner found captain Jack Baird but his strong header went wide of the target. 
Inverness arguably grabbed their deserved lead just before the break. From a corner Ryan Baptie's dangerous cross evaded everyone but found Lewis Horner at the back post who stabbed the ball past Wilks after he had saved the original effort. Russell Latapy (standing in for the missing Duncan Shearer) was delighted that the young Caley side grabbed their goal at such a pivotal time of the game.
In the Round 1 fixture of the Stonehaven Youth Trophy, postponed two weeks ago due to a waterlogged pitch, Paul Lawire Foundation and Lewis United Youth faced each other in a physical and competitive game. Lewis United clinched the victory at 1-0, with Mitchell Foy the sole scorer.
Kicking off in the drizzly conditions, the game started end to end. Lewis United created the first chance of the game through Mitchell Foy, who took the ball on a run to the edge of the box and set the shot up for teammate Scott Gray who aimed for the goal, only for Paul Lawrie goalkeeper Craig Ballantyne to keep it out. His clearance allowed Paul Lawrie to mount their own attack through Arron Esson, whose shot at goal was likewise saved by Lewis United goalkeeper, Calum MacDonald.
This opening phase of play was an indicator of what was to come as play went back and forth between the two teams. Lewis United were awarded a corner which was taken by Foy. James Robson tried to chip it in from the right of the box but it caught the side of the net. Moments later as play progressed to the other end of the pitch, Paul Lawrie were awarded a corner as well, taken by Cameron Ross. Though Ross found the box, Lewis United rallied their defence to deny Paul Lawrie a scoring opportunity.
Some fantastic interplay between Paul Lawrie’s Adam Joji and Scott Fraser set up a chance for Lloyd Brown but MacDonald saved the shot to keep the score level. Joji had another great run down the wing but Robson swept in to kick it out of play and Lewis United’s defence held strong. Foy responded with his own run but this time it was Paul Lawrie who were able to rally their defence.
However a penalty awarded to Lewis United would prove to be a turning point. Foy stepped up and sent the ball to the bottom of the net and the right of the goalkeeper, giving his team the lead.
Paul Lawrie were quick to respond as Esson shot from the centre of the box. MacDonald knocked the ball away from the goal towards Fraser who hit the post. Liam Norris then took his chance for Lewis United, shooting from 25 yards but Ballantyne dived to his left and kept it out of his goal.
Joji made another fantastic run but Lewis United held their defence and Foy was able to drive up the wing into the box only for his shot to be saved. Esson then made good yards down the wing before Robson forced him into touch.
Top of the table Cove BC have moved five points clear of fourth-placed Deveronvale after a 4-2 victory over the Banff side. Cove, who have also played a game fewer than their rivals, won the game thanks to goals from Josh Paton, Damian Kalinowski, Ben Forrest and Jake Penman. Gregor Robertson and David West replied in vain for the visitors.
Cove Manager, Brian Forrest, said the victory helps his team’s chances of going on and winning the title. He said: “It puts us in a really good position for the league. It’s our first season in the B League. We were a C League team last year and B League this year. The players have really stood up and shown that they really want it. The win puts us in a great, great position but there are still five games to go. We’ve got to play Deveronvale away, Middlefield away and Banchory at home. Tough, tough games. Hopefully we can just steer the ship through.”
It took just over a minute of play for the league leaders to go in front. Striker Josh Paton controlled Ben Forrest’s free-kick and turned his man before confidently firing the ball into the net from six yards.
But they surrendered their lead within a minute as Gregor Robertson equalised. Kieran Neish’s shot from 20 yards found Robertson free in the penalty area and he prodded the ball past goalkeeper Daniel Green.
Deveronvale’s Adam Taylor then had a 20 yard shot which went narrowly wide of goal.
Cove’s Paton caused Deveronvale problems all day and he broke the offside trap after 20 minutes but his low shot from the right missed the bottom corner by a couple of yards.
Paton then set up strike partner Struan Linton who twisted and turned before eventually being denied by a good save from goalkeeper Keir Barker. 
Monday, 16 March 2015 08:19

Dyce secure spot in SR Wood Trophy Final

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As the two top teams in their league, the SR Wood Trophy semi-final between Dyce BC and Banks O’Dee Albion was as competitive as it was expected to be. However it was Dyce who secured their spot in the final with a 2-1 victory. The home side’s goals came from Sean Lindon and Jamie Massie, while Banks O’Dee’s goal came from Adam Carter.
In the early stages of the game, both teams were competing for the ball and their chances, with Banks O’Dee dominating slightly offensively. Adam Carter took a number of shots at goal but couldn’t get the ball past Dyce goalkeeper, Ross Mowatt.
Instead it was Dyce who opened the scoring eight minutes in. The entire team rallied to put pressure on the Banks O’Dee defence, with Sean Lindon using his natural pace to gain territory on the right, before passing to Scott Hector on the left. From the edge of the box, Hector lofted the ball high, and Lindon struck the ball into the net to take his side into the lead.
Inspired by their lead, Dyce tried to extend it further through Jamie Massie whose long-range shot sailed straight to Banks O’Dee goalkeeper, Dawid Zdunczyk. However Banks O’Dee were also determined to make their chances. Greg Pirie made ground from around the halfway line and shot from the right of the box only to find the side of the net.
Soon after, Liam Mewse made a chance for the visitors with a great run but the Dyce defence rallied, managing to isolate Mewse and slowing play down so that when he was eventually able to take a shot, it was easily taken by Mowatt.
Both teams continued to make similar chances but neither could penetrate the strong defence of their opposition. Lindon, after a 50 yard run with the ball took a shot from wide to the right. Even with the difficult angle, the ball was only stopped by a well-placed Zdunczyk. Mewse responded to this attempt by the home side with another shot from just inside the box but hit the cross-bar, and another near chance for Carter was ruled out for offside before the shot could be taken.
Jamie Massie had a chance as he controlled the ball with little space and nearly found the net from the edge of the box, but the ball was juggled out by Zdunczyk. Another shot of his was also saved by Zdunczyk but it was Hector who had the last shot of the half, which he nudged just wide.
Inverness and Kilmarnock played a tight game on Wednesday afternoon in driving wind and rain but it was Inverness who took their chances to secure the three points at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.
Kilmarnock started the brighter of the two teams when their left back found room on the left hand side and cut in but his curling effort didn't trouble Mackay in the Inverness goal.
Inverness had their first effort minutes later when Calum Ferguson was fouled just outside the box but Ryan Baptie's effort never  troubled the Kilmarnock number one as it his shot sailed wide.
But it was the hosts who went ahead just sixteen minutes in. Polworth played a clever ball through ball which found Chris Blackett who for a minute lost his footing but regained his balance to slot it under the Kilmarnock keeper.
But Kilmarnock always looked dangerous going forward trying to take advantage of the young full backs. Most attacks started on the wings and Kilmarnock's number Dean Hawkshaw unleashed a drive from 25 yards but his shot just went wide.
Moments later Kilmarnock's centre forward turned on  the edge of the box but his low drive could not beat Mackay in the Inverness goal.
But it was Inverness who took their chance when it came to them. Liam Polworth's surging run down the right-hand side beat the Killie left back to pass it into Ali Sutherland who laid it off to Calum Ferguson who slotted home his 10th of the campaign.
Kilmarnock had another couple of chances before the break with number Hawkshaw and Cairney both having low shots gathered by Mackay.
In a game that was more competitive than the score may suggest, Newmachar United secured their place in the third round of the Stonehaven Youth Trophy with a 6-0 win at home against Kemnay. The goal scorers were David Lamb, Connor Clarkson, Jacob Drummond, Leon Williams and Ryan Edmonds, with two of the goals coming from Lamb.
The first half got underway with the wind behind the home team, and this proved to be an advantage. Newmachar created several attacks and chances, and Kemnay’s goalkeeper Duncan Mutch was forced to make some great saves. A particularly good run from Newmachar’s Leon Williams looked set to open the scoring but Kemnay’s defence rallied and prevented Williams from making a pass or taking a shot himself. However moments later, Williams took a corner from the right and David Lamb found the net from inside the box to put the home side in the lead.
Inspired by their lead, Newmachar were exerting pressure on their visitors with their chases and footwork but the defence held strong, particularly Mutch who cleared the danger a number of times.
The 23rd minute saw another chance for the home side with a free kick from 10 yards inside the half and wide to the left. Caleb Wilson swung the ball to the far side of the box and Jacob Drummond found the net to increase the lead.
Kemnay responded immediately with Nathan Sangster’s shot sailing just wide of the net. Sangster followed this up with another good run but was forced out of play by Newmachar’s defence. Newmachar took up the attack once again, and Williams sent the ball past Mutch with his shot from the edge of the box.
Minutes later, Connor Clarkson shot from 20 yards but the ball was wide. Determined, he tried again from 25 yards and this time, the ball curved into the top corner of the net.
Newmachar had several more chances before half-time but Kemnay maintained a strong defence to prevent the home side from increasing their lead until the whistle blew to signal the end of the half.
A hat-trick from Adam Harper, a double from Andrew Simmond and a Cole Goodwin strike ensured that Colony Park beat Middlefield Wasps 6-2 in a high scoring Soccerworld League A match at Inverurie’s Davidson Park on a fine spring day.
It was the visitors Middlefield who had the game’s first opportunity as Jack Burnett’s long range free kick went over the crossbar.
Colony’s first chance of the match came as a great run down the right hand side by Simmond saw himself test Middlefield goalkeeper Sean Paterson with a shot that was saved with the rebound from Harper going over the crossbar.
Minutes later Harper got his goal as he tapped the ball into an empty net to give Colony Park a one goal lead.
Colony continued to press and a low William Hutchison effort from inside the right of the box was well saved by Paterson in the away goal.
Middlefield were awarded a penalty and Cameron Bisset converted from the spot with a low drive to the right to equalise for his side.
Colony regained their advantage as Harper scored his and his side’s second of the game with a powerful shot from the left hand side of the box to make it 2-1 to the hosts.
Five minutes later Colony made it 3-1 as Cole Goodwin took a touch and slotted home with a low effort to double his side’s lead.

The third round match of the Eddie Mannal Trophy between Dyce BC and Peterhead BC was a competitive game which saw the home side progressing to the next round with a 3-2 victory. The goal scorers for Dyce were Jamie Massie, Nathan Stewart and Sean Lindon, while Jordan Smith and Shaun Collin scored the goals for Peterhead.

It was clear from the time that both teams ran out onto the pitch that they were fired up and ready for the challenge, rallying their team mates even before play commenced.

As the game got underway, the two teams adopted very different styles. While Dyce BC exchanged intricate passes and created space to work their way up the field, Peterhead BC employed strong runs to challenge the opposition. With these vastly different approaches, both teams had opportunities at goal but it was Dyce who opened the scoring, with Jamie Massie shooting from the edge of the box. Although Peterhead goalkeeper James McIver got his hands to the ball, he just couldn’t stop it from coming in off the post, and Dyce took the lead.

Finding themselves trailing, Peterhead threw themselves into attack and it was not long before they were rewarded. Jordan Smith shot at goal from just outside the box and Dyce goalkeeper Ross Mowatt lunged from the goal mouth to make the save. Although successful in this attempt, Mowatt was unable to secure the ball and Smith seized his chance to tap it in and level the score.

The next ten minutes of play saw the two teams making chances and there were near misses for both sides as their defences held. However it was the visitors whose offensive efforts were eventually paid off. Setting up a series of intricate passes in Dyce’s half, Shaun Collin broke into the box, sailing the ball into the net.

Mounting another attack from this one, Peterhead attempted to extend their lead further before half time. However, Mowatt left his box in order to clear the danger, achieving some distance with his kick, ending the half with no more scores.