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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.
Glentanar CC and Formartine United embarked on their first ever Scottish Cup campaign on Sunday, after moving to 11-aside football this season. Surrounded by rugby matches, 7-aside football matches, and towering trees at Woodside Sports Complex, Glentanar recovered from 2-0 down at half-time to eventually triumph 5-2 and continue their first Road to Airdrie adventure. 
Glentanar started the match the better team, and were unlucky not to take the lead a couple of times within the first 10 minutes as Jack Lappin’s pace, power and directness caused Formartine problems. 
But it was the visitors who took the lead after nine minutes. Left-back Conor Munro let fly with his right foot from 20 yards and his shot had too much power for goalkeeper James Johnston who couldn’t prevent it from hitting the back of the net.
That early setback didn’t deter Glentanar, as they continued to push forward and they were nearly rewarded with an equaliser just four minutes after conceding. Neat build-up play by striker Josh Yeats and Sol Kench allowed Lewis Downie to shoot from the left of the penalty area but he was denied by an acrobatic save from Gary Davidson in goal for Formartine.
As the first half neared its climax, Formartine doubled their lead against the run of play. Tenacious midfielder Aaron Hay fought to win the ball in the opposition penalty area and his dangerous cross-shot was turned into his own net by a Glentanar defender. 
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.