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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.
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.