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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.

Lewis United continued their one hundred per cent winning record in the league this season, this time at the expense of Deveronvale. The hosts triumphed 5-1 thanks to goals from Bradley Wilson, Jack Cowie, Caie McDonald, Blair McGinigal and Matthew McLaren. Deveronvale pulled a goal back late on through Jodie Strachan.
 
The game was a chess match for the opening 10 minutes, with very little to split the two teams. Early on it looked like this game was set for a tight, low scoring affair.
 
The best chance of the opening proceedings fell to Lewis United’s Bradley Wilson. The ball fell to the striker eight yards from goal but he blasted his half-volley over the bar.
 
Both teams were making an effort to play the ball out from the back. The full backs of both sides were pulling wide on every goal kick to give their goalkeeper an option other than kicking long.
 
The tight match was opened up on 25 minutes thanks to a piece of quality from Jack Cowie. His glorious cross from the right eliminated the Deveronvale defence and left Wilson with the simple task of nodding in from a few yards.
 
Cowie was at it again when he scored himself to make it 2-0 after 29 minutes. His shot from 25 yards beat goalkeeper Logan Golias with the help of a deflection. 
 
Lewis were buoyant at this point and weren’t afraid to shoot when they got the chance. Right back Caie McDonald strode forward and his cross/shot from 25 yards flew into the top corner giving Golias no chance.
 
A seemingly tight game had been eradicated by three quality goals.
Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:48

Comfortable win for The Dons against St Mirren

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The home side started this match hoping to get back on track after last week’s heavy away defeat to league leaders Hamilton Academicals at new Douglas Park, the Dandy Dons on the other hand ensured that they sat at the top of the table, level with the Accies after a thorough 3-1 victory over the Paisley side.
 
Aberdeen’s first chance came on the seventh minute when from a corner, Jamie Masson saw his shot cleared from the near post, the rebound fell kindly back at Masson’s feet, but his curling shot went inches wide of the far post. Aberdeen had by far the better of the play over the next thirty minutes, despite this they were unable to make the most of their chances.
 
The Buddies had a chance when Mo Yacoub played a nice ball down the wing for Lewis Morgan who then cut inside and ran towards the Aberdeen goal, his shot from the edge of the penalty area was well blocked by Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna.
 
Aberdeen then went on to have an array of shots on the St. Mirren goal but all well saved by goal keeper Dan Wilks, which was until the forty fourth minute when the Dons struck the first of their three goals of the afternoon. Clark Robertson played a beautifully timed pass through the three man St. Mirren back line for Lawrence Shankland to hit past the keeper from six yards.
Monday, 16 February 2015 12:20

Ellon take all three points in B League encounter

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Ellon Meadows beat Middlefield Wasps 4-1 in windy conditions at Balmedie’s Beach Park in this B League encounter. A hat-trick from Jamie Smith and a Cameron Grant strike secured all three points for the visitors.
 
It was Middlefield who had the game’s first real chance as Marcelin Helinski’s pass found Reece McKeown whose shot from the right hand side went wide of the target to keep the score goalless. McKeown then had a shot from the left that deflected wide as the hosts looked for the game’s opening goal.
 
Ellon scored the game’s opener as Aaron MacKenzie’s lovely through ball found Smith who slotted into the net after going one-on-one with the goalkeeper to give his side the lead.
 
Minutes later Ellon doubled their advantage as Grant’s ambitious chip from outside the box found its way into the goal to give his side a two goal lead.
 
Despite being 2-0 down Middlefield looked to pull themselves back into the match and McKeown saw his low effort saved by Cameron Gray in the Ellon goal.
 
With half time approaching Ellon nearly made it 3-0 as Smith’s pass found Joshua Malcolmson whose low shot hit the post. Smith then had a low shot well saved by Lewis Mitchell in the Middlefield goal as Ellon went into the break 2-0 to the good.
Saturday, 07 February 2015 16:29

Ellon take the spoils in B League encounter

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Ellon Meadows beat Middlefield Wasps by four goals to two in this B League clash at Aberdeen’s Aulton Outdoor Pitches. In a somewhat scrappy game, it was the Ellon side that took all three points with clinical finishing.

It was Middlefield who had the first effort of the match as Sam Barbour’s shot from outside the box was saved by Ellon’s Ross Smith in goal.

It was the visitors who took the lead as Dean Bowie’s shot was saved by Tom Smith in the Middlefield goal only for Thammalak Buchan to score with the rebound.

A minute later Ellon doubled their advantage as Kieran Cranna headed home after a good corner was delivered from the right hand side.

Despite being two down Middlefield looked to get back into the match and Michal Wosinski had an effort from outside the box saved by Smith.

Ellon nearly made it three before the interval as Bowie’s effort from a narrow angle inside the right hand side of the box went narrowly wide.

Middlefield were playing the match with ten men as one of their players went off injured and they had no substitutes available.

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.