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Westdyke Thistle proved for the second week running that they’re not afraid to go the distance as they defeated Huntly 8-5 after extra time to cement their place in this season’s SoccerWorld League A. Westdyke were 4-2 down with five minutes of normal time to play, and staring defeat in the face, until they snatched two late goals, including one with the last kick of the game to force extra time. That late reprieve was the catalyst for Westdyke to go on and win the game. This game followed last week’s semi final victory over Colony Park, whom they defeated 4-3 on penalties. 
Huntly also went the distance in their semi final last week, defeating Deveronvale 5-4 after extra time. So, extra-time really was inevitable here.
Westdyke started the match in the ascendency but it was Huntly who took the lead against the run of play after 11 minutes. One long straight ball cut through the Westdyke defence like a knife through butter and striker Shane Black capitalised, dinking the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper from eight yards.
Huntly’s lead never lasted long as they conceded an equaliser just five minutes after opening the scoring. Westdyke striker Vincent Buggie took an in-swinging corner and the ball missed everyone before eventually finding the far corner of the net.
Westdyke were then given the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot, but captain Stuart Rodgers fired over from 12 yards.
The game then took the first turnaround of many as Westdyke took the lead just 10 minutes after going behind. Winger Joel Yule broke free up the left wing and his pinpoint cross was diverted into the net by Buggie from four yards.
Bizarrely, Huntly then equalised in the exact same fashion as their opponents; direct from a corner kick. Marcus Finlay Murray’s drilled corner snuck past the goalkeeper and into the net at the near post. 
Before the half-time whistle blew, there was still time for Huntly to follow in their opponents footsteps once again, this time in missing a penalty. Struan Morrison was fouled in the box and he took the resulting penalty but his kick went wide of the goal.

SoccerWorld League A teams will once again be making the trip to Peterhead this season after Peterhead Boys Club secured their place in the top league with a thrilling 5-4 win over Ellon Meadows. Peterhead, who finished second bottom of the A league last season, faced Ellon Meadows, who finished fourth in the B league, in a play-off to determine who would join Glentanar in replacing Dyce and Westdyke in the first division after both teams folded over the summer. Peterhead raced into what appeared to be an unassailable 5-0 lead within 45 minutes, but Ellon showed their desire and spirit to pull it back to 5-4 and give their opponents one almighty scare.

Peterhead started the game in the ascendancy and sustained pressure was eventually rewarded after 18 minutes. Ellon conceded a free-kick on the very edge of the penalty area and set-piece specialist Ayden McGill smashed the ball into the bottom corner and past the helpless goalkeeper who had no chance. 

Despite Peterhead being on top, the game remained tight and it took another set-piece for Peterhead to double their lead. A McGill corner was nodded into the net from six yards by centre-back Jordan Durie. 

It looked like Ellon would go into the interval just two goals down and still well in the game but Peterhead struck twice late in the half to make it 4-0 at the break.

Firstly, on 38 minutes, a wicked McGill cross from the right wing beat striker, defender and goalkeeper before nestling in the far corner of the goal.

Then, on the stroke of half-time, a great run by McGill which saw him beat three or four opponents resulted in goalkeeper Cameron Gray tipping the ball on to the post but substitute striker Kieran Lewis was on hand to tap in the rebound from a couple of yards.

It was Middlefield who started brightest in this encounter as Reece McKeown's shot flew across the face of goal in the opening minute to signal their intent. It was McKeown again who threatened. He made a good run a minute later, but his shot went wide of the target. 
The Eagles had their first chance of the match as a ball from the right was touched on by Calum Reid whose effort just missed the target. Moment laters and they had another chance to open the scoring. A great corner from Callum Birnie was headed over the crossbar by Rory Gibb.
The game was end to end and it was Middlefield's turn to put on the pressure. Good play from Marcel Helsinki set up McKeown, whose half-volley was well saved by goalkeeper Shay Edgar. 
It was then Middlefield goalkeeper Lewis Mitchell who was called into action as Louis Francis’ long range shot was well saved by the keeper. However, Mitchell could do nothing to stop Francis' next effort. Another long range effort, but this time finding the net for the game’s opening goal.
Despite being a goal down, Middlefield looked for an equaliser, with chances in a four minute spell. Ali Mitchell had a long range effort saved by Edgar and the keeper was on hand again, as Helsinki's pass set up McKeown, but his effort was well blocked by the goalkeeper. 
Despite their pressure, it was the Eagles that doubled their advantage a minute before the break. A bursting run from Reece Masson saw him get into the box, round the goalkeeper and finish from a narrow angle.
Just before the half-time whistle went, Middlefield nearly pulled one back. Robert Inkster’s long range free kick found McKeown, whose effort was well saved by Edgar in the Eagles goal to round off a fine half for the keeper.
Sunday, 24 August 2014 15:48

Albion get off to a great start against Lewis

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When the opening day fixtures for the ADJFA season were released last Sunday morning, it had a stand-out tie in that list when Banks O'Dee Albion and Lewis United went head to head. Ever since the sides went into competitive football, Lewis have only taken one point out of a possible 15 against Albion and it is something that Lewis will try and chase in the coming seasons. 
Both sides have strengthened over the summer. Banks O'Dee signed Hamish MacLeod on Friday from Aberdeen and looked class on his return to the Spain Park outfit. Lewis have made a lot of changes over the summer and look a much brighter team than seasons previous.
With both sides being very good footballing sides, it was obviously going to be a tight start to the game and there wasn't many chances to note in the first five minutes. It was going to take some special to break the deadlock and it came from Albion's Jason Ritchie. A foul was given away on the edge of the area and the right back made no mistake by curling the ball into the top right hand corner.
Lewis weren't going to gift Albion the three points and leveled just six minutes later. A great ball into the Albion area by Cameron Cook wwas met by forward Gregory Barclay whose close range effort was parried by Jacob Otto. New signing Calum Mitchell was on hand and he slotted home the rebound.
Both teams had opportunities to get themselves in front in an evenly contested first half. Albion had a notable chance after 27 minutes. A great ball came in from Callum McKenzie which was met by Ben Ross. Thankfully for Lewis it was turned over by Callum McDonald.
With two minutes remaining Albion got themselves back in front. Another great ball in from Callum McKenzie found former Dons player Hamish McLeod who picked his spot and found the net to put the Spain Park outfit back in front. 
Saturday, 23 August 2014 17:52

Middlefield beat Culter U16's in opener

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Middlefield Wasps beat Culter Youth FC by six goals to two in the opening game of the 2014-15 B League season. The game was played at Aberdeen’s Hazlehead Park in sunny conditions, with some light drizzle. 
Middlefield had the first opportunity of the match. Harry Muirhead’s cross was headed goal wards by Pablo Sabiti, which was well saved by Culter’s Jamie Deans in goal. 
More chances came for Middlefield, as a Pablo Sabiti shot went just wide of the target. Jack Evans then headed a corner just over the bar ande Alex Seager’s shot from the right just went wide of the target as the Wasps looked to sting their opponents.
It wasn’t long until they did just that, as Pablo Sabiti’s shot went into the centre of the goal to give the Wasps a deserved lead.
Culter looked to respond instantly, and a minute later Thomas Stein’s header went narrowly wide of the target for the hosts.
It was Middlefield though that grabbed the second of the game, as good play from Jack Evans set up Alex Seager who slotted home his side’s second of the match. 
Seager nearly scored his second goal, but his shot from the right hand side went wide of the goal. 
Culter looked to pull one back before the break. A good attack saw a Ben Neil header saved by Middlefield goalkeeper Levi Beattie.
Monday, 21 July 2014 11:22

Dons finish third over Dundee

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Aberdeen finished third in the fourth edition of the Denis Law Tournament after beating Dundee by three goals to one after extra time at King’s Playing Fields. Goals from Lewis Hutchison, Bruce Anderson and Connor McLennan secured bronze for the Dons, despite falling behind to a strike in the first-half by Scott Milne who gave the Dees the lead.
The first real chance of the match came in the fourth minute when Aberdeen’s Bruce Anderson saw a long range shot just go over the bar. Aberdeen had another chance ten minutes later. Some neat build-up play by Andrew Youngson and Bruce Anderson set-up Jamie Buglass, whose shot was well saved by Dundee’s David Beattie.
Despite Aberdeen’s good start, Dundee was starting to have chances of their own. Their first effort came when Ben Mooney shot just wide. Dundee’s Cameron Tough also had a shot tipped onto the bar by Aberdeen’s David Craddock.
Dundee eventually made the pressure tell. Scott Milne gave them the lead in the 29th minute after a cross was swung in by Max Avolio and he headed home for the Dens Park side.
Dundee were buoyed by the goal and had three good efforts to extend their late before the interval. Ross Cunningham had an attempt that just went over the Aberdeen crossbar and good interplay by Alex Gibb and Scott Milne saw the ball go straight across the face of the ball with no takers on hand to finish off the move.
Sunday, 20 July 2014 17:44

Celtic defend title after Sheffield victory

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Aberdeen Sports Village was the setting for the Denis Law final between Celtic & Sheffield United. In a dress rehearsal to the big event, Tommy McIntyre's side recorded a 5-0 win less than 24 hours before the big match. It was to be completely different this time and it even saw the Blades going in at half time in front.
Dundee v Aberdeen in the 3rd/4th placed play-off had went to extra time with the Dons running out on top 3-1. Many of the supporters made their way over to this game afterwards and they were in for a real treat.
Sheffield United took the lead with the game only three minutes old. A great ball from Alex Brown found it's way into the feet of Tyler Smith who then did the rest and smothered the ball home. 
Celtic were eager to get back into the game and did so only two minutes later. A short pass from Regan Hendry found it's way into Anthony Ralston who then put in a fantastic delivery for Ciaran McKenna to slot home from close range. 
Five minutes later and the Hoops were in front. A great ball was swung into a dangerous area from Innes Murray from the left hand flank which found Hendry who wrong footed Blades goalie Josh Perryman to make sure his headed effort went straight in. 
If anybody decided to come to Aberdeen Sports Village to see goals then they came to the right place. Sheffield United pulled level again in the 23rd minute. Frank Koroma used his physical presence to beat off a Celtic defender before playing a good ball into Jordan Hallam who slotted home. 
Luke Jenkinson's side then made sure they would go into the interval in front as they took the lead once more, but not without a piece of bad blood before it. Harvey Gilmour recieved a straight red for a confrontation off the ball before Hallam had a free kick from the right hand side which remarkably went straight in. 
Celtic gained the psychological advantage over Sheffield United ahead of Sunday’s final. The hoops scored five without reply in the math between the two confirmed finalists. Goals from Archibald and McKenna either side of a Miller penalty put Celtic three up at half time. An Aiden Quinn double after the break gave a strong Celtic team the victory.
Celitc’s first came early in the first half Miller’s shot from the centre of the box was parried away by Josh Perryman but Archibald was lurking to fire in the rebound.
Miller was again prevented from scoring with a Tyler Bates tackle preventing Miller going beyond the defence.
Celtic wasted no time grabbing a second goal. When Archibald’s shot collided with the arm of Bates Celtic were awarded a penalty. Miller stepped up and placed the ball low into the left hand corner of the goal. Perryman got his hand to the ball but couldn’t prevent it crossing the line.
Celtic had most of the play in the early stages passing the ball quickly and putting lots of dangerous crosses into the box. Sheffield United’s attacks were largely long balls up the field.
Rory Currie then cut the ball back accurately into the path of McKenna who calmly placed the ball in the net from a couple of yards outside of the six yard box.
Sheffield United then had a chance for a goal. Nandala Muyakwa attempted an overhead kick after a free kick from the wing. Joseph Cummings attempted to get onto the ball and was in a promising position but was ruled offside.
The half was coloured by Celtic pressing and moving the ball well around the midfield creating chances and being very clinical in front of goal. Sheffield’s opportunities were limited by organised Celtic defending.
Saturday, 19 July 2014 18:15

Dundee end Lewis dream with last minute strike

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It was do or die at Kings Playing Fields when Dundee played Juvenile outfit Lewis United. Dundee just had to get something out of the game in order to progress to a 3rd/4th placed play off against Aberdeen, whereas three points were a must for Lewis.
A strong crowd came out for the game and it was a shame that the weather didn't improve for this contest. Josh Milne thought he had given United a crucial victory with 5 minutes still to play, however a long range strike from Cameron Tough made sure the Dees survived for another day. 
Dundee had the first chance of the match. A short pass from Max Avolio found Adam Brown who skipped his way past Lewis skipper before his effort hit the post and out for an United goal-kick. 
The Aberdeen side then had a go at Dundee with the ambition of getting the first goal. One chance of note was a throw-in taken quickly which resulted in an exchange of passes before the ball came to Richard Binnie who laid it off to Marc Lawrence. His 25 yard drive though went just wide of the left hand post. 
Lewis needed a player who would put some accurate deliveries into the box and they had to look no further than Callum Youngson. He delivered in a great corner from the right hand side which was met by Marc Lawrence at the back post who bundled the ball home.
Sheffield United booked their place in the final of the Denis Law tournament, scoring two goals and conceding one against an organised Dundee side. Sheffield United took control of the match early in the second half with a goal from Frank Koroma. Dundee equalised shortly afterwards through Cameron Tough but Sheffield ran out eventual winners with a Reegan Slater free kick. Dundee did a lot of pressing late in the game but Sheffield held out to put themselves in the final with Celtic.
An early chance for Dundee came when Max Avolio ran into space in the box but was tackled well by Slater and the ball was gathered by Dylan Parkin.
Dundee threatened again through Cameron Tough’s cross to Scott Milne who headed the ball towards goal from the edge of the box and Parkin rose catch the high ball.
Sheffield threatened not long afterwards with a Tom Charlesworth shot, from inside the box, hitting the side netting.
The early tone of the game was one of pressure for Dundee having a lot of possession but unable to break down a resolute Sheffield united defence. Sheffield had looked dangerous on the break but the balls crossed into the box were dealt with by Dundee’s defence.
Sheffield’s Jordan Hallam was next to threaten his shot from inside the box being saved by the feet of Robbie Paterson.
Sheffield had a late chance with Hallam looking dangerous and taking on the Dundee defenders. Hallam was thwarted when he was forced into the path of Greg Warwick who slid in cleverly to clear the Dundee defence of danger.
The first half was largely a tale of two well organised defences communicating well and clearing up attacks before they developed into a clear shot at goal. Sheffield had the majority of the chances passing and keeping the ball well in the midfield. Dundee moved the ball quickly when they went forward.