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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.

Middlefield Wasps beat Westdyke by six goals to three in an entertaining A League clash at Beach Park in Balmedie.

Middlefield had the game’s first real chances as Cameron Bisset’s effort was saved by Simon Mitchell in the Westdyke goal with Connor McAllister putting the rebound just wide. Then Jack Burnett made a great and his shot was saved by Mitchell.

They took the lead in the eighth minute as Finlay Runcie’s corner from the left hand side went into the goal to give the hosts the lead.

Westdyke had their first real opportunity of the match as Joe Gibbon’s corner from the right found Reece McNab whose shot went just over the bar.

Jack Slessor scored Westdyke's equaliser when a long range effort from outside the box found the back of the net.

Westdyke took the lead as Gibbon’s corner from the right found Calvin Meldrum whose shot found the back of the net to give the away side the lead.

Middlefield equalised minutes later as Bisset scored after being put through and his low shot hit the post before going into the goal to make it 2-2.

Seconds after the equaliser Westdyke regained their lead as Meldrum was put through and he finished to put the away side ahead.

Middlefield equalised just before the interval as Tyler Carr’s low shot from a narrow angle from inside the left hand of the box found the back of the net for 3-3.

Battling for a place in the Stonehaven Youth Trophy final, league contenders Banks O’Dee Albion and Lewis United Youth faced each other at Spain Park. The match saw Banks O’Dee clinch their place with a 2-1 win. Their goals were scored by Calum McKenzie and Mark Reid, while Lewis United’s goal came from Mitchell Foy.

From the outset, it was clear that both teams were determined to win their place in the final as the play was competitive and fast-paced. The first chance came for Banks O’Dee as Hamish MacLeod drove the ball forward. However he soon became isolated on the edge of the box amongst several Lewis United defenders and was unable to take a shot. Soon after, MacLeod was pressing Lewis United but Calum Mitchell swept in with a great tackle to deny the home side another opportunity.

Lewis United were able to mount their own attack through a free kick. Though it was five yards into their own half, Cameron Cook’s powerful kick reached Liam Norris on the edge of the box but the Banks O’Dee defence held too strong to allow him the chance to shoot. Gregory Barclay then controlled the ball to the edge of the box but his shot was caught by goalkeeper, Jacob Otto.

For some time, Banks O’Dee dominated the attacking play. Through a series of passes, they were able to drive the ball forward and Mark Reid shot from about 25 yards out but his shot was wide. McKenzie soon had another chance with his shot from 20 yards but Lewis United goalkeeper, Calum MacDonald, caught the ball. Moments later, MacDonald was forced to dive to the right to save another shot from Reid, knocking it away from the goal. 

Banks O’Dee continued to press and MacLeod shot from about 30 yards out and wide to the left. MacDonald once again knocked the ball away from the goal mouth but Reid swept in and chipped it into the net to open the scoring and put the home team in the lead.

Down but not out, Lewis United fought back and had a number of opportunities from free kicks. Cook’s kicks had the distance and created chances for teammates but Banks O’Dee held their defense and prevented Lewis United from scoring. Norris then set up some interchanging play with David Edwards before Norris took his shot from the edge of the box but Otto caught the ball. From another free kick taken by Cook within his own half, Calum Mitchell passed the ball back to Brian Mair who shot from 30 yards out, which Otto once again kept out.

The home side again began to exert pressure in attack, with Gregor Thom attempting to shoot from just outside the box but Lewis United held their defense to deny him the chance. From a corner, Thom took another shot from the edge of the box but it was wide.

There was another opportunity for Lewis United as Mair took the ball up the wing and passed it back to Foy. Controlling the ball, Foy allowed Mair to find more space before sending him a long pass but Mair’s shot was caught by Otto.

Thom then created another chance for Banks O’Dee as he beat several defenders before taking a shot at goal. MacDonald nudged the ball away but Reid was there to put it into the net and increase his side’s lead.

Banks O’Dee pressed one more time through McKenzie and Reid but neither were able to slip the ball past MacDonald before half-time.

Sunday, 19 April 2015 15:03

Convincing win for Wasps in B League tie

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Middlefield secured all three points in emphatic style in a thrilling B League tie at Balmedie’s Beach Park.

Deveronvale had the game’s first chance of the match as Robert McIntosh’s shot was saved by Middlefield goalkeeper Jamie Butler.

It was the hosts that took the lead in the 10th minute as Michael Pottinger’s shot from outside the box found the back of the net after good play from the player.

Middlefield looked to extend their lead and Zane Islane had a shot saved by Deveronvale goalkeeper Kier Barker.

In the 25th minute, they made it 2-0 when Kieran Jamieson turned inside the box and his shot found the back of the net to double his side’s lead.

Deveronvale looked to get back into the match and an Adam Taylor strike went just wide of the goal.

Middlefield nearly added another when an Albert Kos strike was brilliantly tipped onto the crossbar by Kier Barker to keep his side in the match.

Just before the interval, Deveronvale pulled one back when Scott Urquhart chipped the ball into the net from the right hand side to score for his side with a fantastic finish.

It truly was a tale of two halves as Lewis United Youth and Banchory Boys’ Club faced each other at Uniconn Park, but Lewis United proved to be the victors, with a 4-2 win. Their goals were scored by Cameron Cook, Liam Duncan and Mitchell Foy, who claimed two, while Banchory’s goals came from Harris Anderson and Sean Christie. 
 
As play got underway, Lewis United seemed the dominant force in attack but Banchory showed strong defence to deny the home side any goal scoring opportunities. However, a chance emerged through a free kick awarded to Lewis United 22 yards out. The kick was taken by Aaron Leslie and looked accurate but Banchory goalkeeper Craig McKay caught the ball to keep the scores level.
 
Banchory were able to create space through Nathan Davidson and Harris Anderson with some interchanging passes and quick pace, but Lewis United held their defence to prevent Banchory from making a shot at goal.
 
Lewis United had another chance from a free kick, this time taken by Kieran Simpson from the edge of the box but Banchory once again rallied their defences to prevent the home side from scoring. However, they soon had another chance when they were awarded a corner. Leslie sent the ball into the box and Cameron Cook chipped it in past McKay for Lewis United to take the lead.
 
Taking confidence from their score, Lewis United were keen to maintain their attacking form, with Liam Duncan trying to tap it in from the edge of the box. Although McKay deflected, the home side continued to press and Mitchell Foy tucked it in from just inside the box to increase their lead.
 
The visitors were not discouraged, mounting their own attack through Davidson and Sean Christie. Christie played the ball through for Davidson, who chased it down the wing but goal scorer Cook swept in to clear the danger. Anderson then tried tapping it in from out wide but Lewis United goalkeeper, Calum MacDonald, kept the ball out.
 
With a clearing kick, Lewis United made ground and Leslie shot from 30 yards out but McKay was able to push the ball up and over the crossbar. Christie and Fraser Strachan then drove the ball up field with their pace and passes but couldn’t penetrate the Lewis United defence.
 
Lewis United once again turned defence into attack, and Liam Norris put the ball through for Liam Duncan, who beat several defenders and then the goalkeeper to send it in and further extend their lead.
 
Banchory were quick to respond again, with Strachan putting the ball through into space for Christie but Lewis United held their defence. Tom Cuthbertson made another great run for the visitors but Foy cleared the danger before they could take advantage of the chance.
 
The home side put real pressure on Banchory, driving the ball forward. Duncan and teammate, David Edwards, took various shots at goal but couldn’t find the net. Although Lewis United made several breaks and created a number of chances, Banchory were able to hold their defence and eventually counterattack. They drove the ball up the field and into the box with a series of passes. Richie Isaac tried to chip the ball in but it was knocked away from the goal. Anderson ran into the box and headed the ball into the net to put Banchory on the score sheet.
 
However the home side were quick to respond as Foy chipped it from 25 yards and wide out to the right. The ball sailed straight over the head of McKay to further increase Lewis United’s lead.
Sunday, 12 April 2015 15:14

Five star show from Caley in B League clash

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Bervie Caley put five past Middlefield as they won 5-0 in the B League clash at Aberdeen’s Aulton Outdoor Pitches. A double from David Salmond and strikes from Joseph McLaughlin, Elliot Boyd and David Blacklaw secured all three points for the Kincardineshire side.
 
Bervie scored the game’s opening goal on two minutes as a pass from the left found McLaughlin who finished with a low strike from inside the right of the box to give Caley a one goal lead.
 
Bervie looked to extend their lead and a Blacklaw corner from the left was volleyed just wide by Will Montgomerie as the away side nearly doubled their advantage.
 
Bervie had two other chances to make it 2-0 as Matthew Morris had a free kick well saved by Sam Barbour in the Middlefield goal, then McLaughlin’s ambitious chip from inside the box went just over the bar.
 
The away were rewarded for their efforts as they made it 2-0 when Morris’ pass found Salmond who finished from inside the right of the box to double his side’s lead.
 
Middlefield had two chances of their own as Greg Will’s effort from outside the box went just wide of the target, then Kami Khorasani’s half volley from inside the box took a deflection and was saved by Bervie goalkeeper Tyler Ross Leisk.