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Banks O’Dee Albion are into the semi finals of the Scottish Youth FA Cup after a convincing 3-1 victory over Paisley side Glenvale AFC. 
 
Three first half goals from Finlay Ness, Lewis Duncan and Kyle Dalling was enough to secure their place in the last four of the competition. A consolation goal for the visitors from Liam McMenemay came too late in the game to influence the outcome. 
 
Albion join Tynecastle, who knocked out Albion’s league rivals Lewis United in the quarters, in the semi final line up. The winners of the two remaining quarter final ties, Mill United BC v Gairdoch United and Wolves v Jerviston FC, which were both postponed due to the bad weather will determine who joins Albion and Tynecastle in the hat. 
 
Spain Park’s all-weather, 3G surface was put to the test as sustained, heavy snow joined the players on the pitch for the match. 
 
Glenvale AFC had the first chance of the quarter final after three minutes. A long free-kick was latched on to by striker Andrew McColl but he was thwarted by goalkeeper Kyle Leiper who reacted quickly to the danger. 
 
Chances were few and far between in the opening half of the first half, but that changed when Banks O’Dee Albion took the lead on 21 minutes. Finlay Ness’ low shot from the edge of the penalty area found the net via the far post. 
 
The hosts doubled their advantage ten minutes later when captain Lewis Duncan’s free kick from the right went over the head of goalkeeper Aiden McMahon. 
 
A pivotal minute in this match came just before the interval. Glenvale thought they had halved the deficit but McColl’s goal was disallowed for a handball in the build up. Then, at the other end of the pitch just a minute later, Banks O’Dee’s Kyle Dalling smashed the ball home from 10 yards to make it 3-0 Albion. 
Lewis United are out of the Belmont Trophy after losing 3-1 to ALC Athletic, just two weeks before their crunch Scottish Youth Cup quarter final tie with Hamilton Accies. ALC booked their place in the fourth round despite only having 11 players available for the match. They took the lead a minute before half time when Scott Kerr finished off a quick counter attack. Two second half own goals all but secured the victory for the visitors, with substitute Calum Mitchell scoring a consolation goal for Lewis.
 
The game was one of the eight matches out of Sunday’s 43 fixtures to beat the freeze. The venue for the third round match changed from Uniconn Park to the 3G pitch at the Garioch Leisure Centre in Inverurie to ensure it went ahead. 
 
Home side Lewis United started in the ascendancy with striker Mitchell Foy looking particularly lively. Foy’s neat footwork and shot from 20 yards brought the first save of the game after three minutes from ALC goalkeeper Euan Rose. 
 
That was a sign of things to come for Lewis who were reduced to long range efforts for the majority of the first half. They created their first clear cut chance after 24 minutes when midfielder Alan Oldroyd capitalised on a loose touch to go through on goal but his low shot was parried out for a corner by Rose.
 
The hosts continued to enjoy the lion’s share of possession with little in the way of chances to show for it. Brian Mair’s high cross was headed over by Liam Norris and striker Gregory Barclay failed to react quickly enough to a free kick that dropped for him in the middle of the 18-yard box. 
 
It looked like the first half would end goalless until ALC set off on a rare counter attack which resulted in striker Scott Kerr finding time and space in the penalty area to slot the ball past the previously inactive Calum MacDonald in goal for Lewis. 
Lewis United are out of the Belmont Trophy after losing 3-1 to ALC Athletic, just two weeks before their crunch Scottish Youth Cup quarter final tie with Hamilton Accies. ALC booked their place in the fourth round despite only having 11 players available for the match. They took the lead a minute before half time when Scott Kerr finished off a quick counter attack. Two second half own goals all but secured the victory for the visitors, with substitute Calum Mitchell scoring a consolation goal for Lewis.
 

The game was one of the eight matches out of Sunday’s 43 fixtures to beat the freeze. The venue for the third round match changed from Uniconn Park to the 3G pitch at the Garioch Leisure Centre in Inverurie to ensure it went ahead. 
 

Home side Lewis United started in the ascendancy with striker Mitchell Foy looking particularly lively. Foy’s neat footwork and shot from 20 yards brought the first save of the game after three minutes from ALC goalkeeper Euan Rose. 
 

That was a sign of things to come for Lewis who were reduced to long range efforts for the majority of the first half. They created their first clear cut chance after 24 minutes when midfielder Alan Oldroyd capitalised on a loose touch to go through on goal but his low shot was parried out for a corner by Rose.
 

The hosts continued to enjoy the lion’s share of possession with little in the way of chances to show for it. Brian Mair’s high cross was headed over by Liam Norris and striker Gregory Barclay failed to react quickly enough to a free kick that dropped for him in the middle of the 18-yard box. 
 

It looked like the first half would end goalless until ALC set off on a rare counter attack which resulted in striker Scott Kerr finding time and space in the penalty area to slot the ball past the previously inactive Calum MacDonald in goal for Lewis. 

Saturday, 10 January 2015 18:18

Middlefield beat Culter in B League clash

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Middlefield Wasps beat Culter Rovers 5-2 in an entertaining B League Clash at Aberdeen’s Aulton Outdoor Pitches. A Michal Wosinski hat-trick and strikes from Alex Seager and Cameron Spence ensured victory for the hosts.
 
The game started at a slow pace and had a 0-0 written all over it. It was Middlefield who had the first chance of the game as Harris Macleod’s shot went wide of the target.
 
Culter’s goalkeeper Jamie Deans made a good save as he tipped Harry Muirhead’s free kick over the crossbar to keep the score goalless.
 
Middlefield opened the scoring as a defensive mix-up in the Culter defence allowed Seager to tap the ball into an empty net to give his side the lead.
 
Minutes later it was 2-0 as Wosinski slotted the ball into the net after being set up from the left hand side to double the hosts’ lead.
 
Culter nearly pulled one back before the interval as Greg Carrell’s low effort was saved by Middlefield goalkeeper Tom Smith. Then Smith made another good stop as a corner from the right hand side was headed by Culter’s Ross White, only to be denied by Smith.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:29

Convincing win for Huntly in B league clash

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Huntly convincingly beat the Middlefield Wasps by six goals to one in a one sided encounter at Aberdeen’s Aulton Outdoor Pitches in Aberdeen. Huntly were clinical in their finishing which ensured that the three points went to the Strathbogie side.
 
Huntly had the game’s first opportunity as Luke Baird’s ball in from the right was met by Ryan McFadyen whose shot went over the bar.
 
Huntly took the lead in the 17th minute as Aidan Whitta’s effort from the edge of the box found the back of the net to give the visitors the lead.
 
Huntly continued to press and Baird’s free kick from the left went wide for the target as Huntly looked to double their lead.
 
It was 2-0 minutes later as the Black and Golds doubled their advantage, as Michael Potter’s corner was cleared away only for a shot to hit off of Daniel Sim to give the away side a two goal lead.
 
In the aftermath off the goal, Middlefield’s Jack Evans was sent off for foul language.
 
Middlefield had their first real opportunity of the match five minutes before the interval as Fraser Matthewson’s long range shot from outside of the box went wide of the target.
 
Huntly made it 3-0 seconds later as Robbie Chalmers’ ball in from the left found Liam Jack who hit the post, with the rebound being scored by Potter.
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 19:26

Middlefield beat Donside in Cup

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Middlefield Wasps beat Donside Juvenile by four goals to two in an entertaining second round match in the Colony Park WP at Balmedie’s Beach Park.
 
It was Donside who had the game’s first chances. First Brodie Ross’ shot was saved by Middlefield’s Matthew Middleton in goal, then Liam Smith’s long range effort from outside the box went over the crossbar.
 
Middlefield then had two successive chances within a minute of each other as Finlay Runcie’s pass found Luke Scott whose shot from the right of the box was saved by the Deeside goalkeeper Ben Middleton. A minute later the Donside goalkeeper saved again as Liam Allan’s pass found Tyler Carr whose shot could not beat the goalkeeper.
 
It was Donside who went on took the lead, as Connor Cooper’s effort from outside the box left the goalkeeper with no chance to give the away side a 1-0 lead as half-time approached.
 
Middlefield nearly equalised before half time as Jack Burnett’s run and shot from the left of the box was saved by Middleton to ensure that Donside went into the interval in the lead.
Monday, 06 October 2014 21:12

Middlefield beat Colony in Belmont trophy

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Middlefield Wasps beat Colony Colts 6-5 on penalties after a 4-4 draw in the first round of the Belmont Trophy in an entertaining match at Balmedie’s Beach Park. In an eight goal thriller it was the lottery of the penalty shootout that ensured victory for the Wasps of the B League against the Colts of the C League.
 
With just a minute on the clock Middlefield took the look as Alistair Mitchell’s shot from the left hand side of the box found the back of the net to get the hosts off to a fantastic start.
 
Middlefield looked to add to their lead as Marcelin Helinski’s shot from the left of the box went over the crossbar. Three minutes later Colony had their chance of the match when Jamie Maciver pass found Aaron Bowie, whose shot from the left went wide of the target.
 
Middlefield made it 2-0 in the 21st minute as Helinski turned outside the box and his shot from the right found the back of the net to double Middlefield’s advantage. Colony looked for a response and two minutes later nearly pulled one back as Jamie Reid’s shot from inside the box was saved by Middlefield’s Matthew Noble to keep the score line at 2-0.
 
Colony pulled a goal back with five minutes of the half remaining as Murray Liddell’s shot from the edge of the box found the back of the net to reduce the deficit to one and give Colony a lifeline.
 
Colony equalised just before half time as Connor Macleod’s pass found Scott Beverley who slotted home for the Colts’ second goal in the space of six minutes for the equaliser. Colony could have went into half time into the lead as Macleod’s shot from the right hand side of the box was well saved by Middlefield’s Noble.
Sunday, 28 September 2014 21:02

Cove do their homework to knock out Brora

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Cove Rangers beat Brora Rangers FC 1-0 at Allan Park on Sunday to reach the third round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup. A spectacular long range volley from midfielder Craig Mackie in the first half was enough to separate the sides and ensure Brora’s 340 mile roundtrip was fruitless. 
 
Brora Rangers were described as pre-match ‘red hot favourites’ by Cove Rangers secretary Ian Armstrong but the hosts fully deserved their victory and progression to the next round. Cove Rangers lined up in a 4-3-3 formation and their three midfielders won the vital midfield battle against Brora’s two. After the match, Cove manager, Scott Bridgwater, revealed that their plan had worked perfectly.
 
He said: “The system that we played really helped us, I think the three boys that we had in the middle of the park really worked hard for the team.
 
“We had someone watch Brora Rangers earlier in the week and we managed to kind of work out how they would play. 
 
“We worked on our shape and our pressing in training and it worked really well on this park. But that’s not to say we wouldn’t play like that again in the next round, it would depend on who it’s against and their style of play and system.
 
“I think the system that we put in place really worked well today.”
 
Cove Rangers started brightly and put pressure on their opponents from the very first whistle, but they were nearly caught on the counter attack within two minutes. Good hold-up play by striker Colin Maclean allowed Michael Maclean to set-up the on-running Jack Mackay who dragged the ball wide of goal from the right of the penalty box. 
 
The hosts then created their first chance of the match after nine minutes but the impressive Harry Milne could only direct his header off target from Liam Burnett’s in-swinging free kick.
 
Cove’s Devin Kennedy-Colbert worked tirelessly throughout the match as their lone striker and he nearly had a goal to show for that after 21 minutes. He took the ball from the deepest defender with a sliding tackle and was quickly back up to his feet but his shot from the edge of the penalty area went straight into the hands of goalkeeper John Allan.
 
Brora Rangers looked most threatening when they were playing balls inside the two opposing full backs and that tactic again proved profitable for them on 26 minutes. Winger Kyle Sutherland broke inside and onto a through ball but he pulled his shot two yards wide of the far post.
 
As half time approached you got the feeling that it would either take something special, or something stupid to separate these two sides. And it was the former which broke the deadlock after 41 minutes. The ball was cleared from the penalty area and Craig Mackie cushioned the ball with his instep, before nonchalantly volleying the ball over the goalkeeper and into the roof of the net from 25 yards. He celebrated that goal like he does it every week.
 
Aberdeen Girls beat Elgin City Girls by 7 goals to nil to clinch the North Region Girls Football League Cup Final at the Aberdeen Sports Village.
 
Six minutes into the match and Aberdeen took the lead, as Gordon’s pass found Gover, whose good run and shot from a narrow angle inside the left hand side of the box found the back of the net leaving the opposing goalkeeper with no chance.
 
Aberdeen nearly doubled their lead two minutes later, as Gordon’s shot from the left of the box was well saved by Elgin’s Katrina Ashleigh Buckle.
 
It was 2-0 a minute later though, as a corner dangerously swung into the box and was knocked into the back of the net by Gordon to give the team from the Granite City a two goal advantage.
 
Elgin looked to get themselves back into the match, and a long range effort by Emily Mcauslan from left went wide of the target to register Elgin’s first attempt of the match. Shortly after Mcauslan had a free kick from the edge of the box that just went over the crossbar as the Moray side threatened Aberdeen once again.
 
It was 3-0 to Aberdeen with half an hour gone. A pass from Holly Stewart found Gordon, whose low shot from the right hand side of the box found the back of the net to score her second of the game.
Colony Park’s tough start to the new season continued on Sunday when they lost 3-2 to Culter Colts. Colony went into the game on the back of three defeats from three league games and their cause was not helped when they had defender Callum Jones sent off in the first half. Goals from Ross Davidson, Rory Innes and Ryan Corthals secured Culter’s second successive 3-2 victory, after they beat Banchory by the same score line last time out. Lewis Beattie and Harrison Hinks netted for Colony but it was not enough to secure their first points of the season.
 
Culter Colts made a quick start to the match and opened the scoring after only two minutes. The home side were awarded a free kick on the left wing and Ross Davidson struck an in-swinging shot which flew into the far top corner, giving the goalkeeper no chance. 
 
Culter were buoyed by that and continued to press Colony. A good team move which involved four or five players saw Josh Peters lean back and fire over from 10 yards.
 
The hosts remained in the ascendency for the remainder of the first half but failed to double their lead. 
 
Culter were made to pay for their impotency in front of goal when Colony Park equalised in the 35th minute. Outstanding play by midfielder Stuart Simmond on the left wing saw him beat three opponents before playing a one-two with Lewis Beattie which led to Simmond breaking free and pulling the ball back for Beattie who arrowed the ball into the corner of the net from 12 yards to make it 1-1.
 
After working hard to go into the interval level, Colony then shot themselves in the foot just before the half time whistle. Culter’s Ryan Corthals pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area and prodded the ball over the goalkeeper. The ball looked destined for the net until defender Callum Jones intervened and instinctively punched the ball away from goal. The referee had little choice but to send Jones off. Culter’s Rory Innes took the penalty and confidently side footed the ball into the corner and away from the goalkeeper’s reach.