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Fresh from Albion claiming the Batt Cables trophy after a 4-0 win over Lewis United, it was now Dyce and Westdyke's turn to clash off, a close game was expected from the spectators and the outcome was probably just right.
It was a deserved win by Dyce however Westdyke couldn't have asked for any more and that was pointed out when the players spoke to the coaches to analyze the game, a bright future lies ahead for ADJFA football at this age group and despite Albion romping to the league, it should be a competitive league next season.
Westdyke had the 1st opportunity of the game, a ball by Phillip Wallace found it's way into Nathan Rankine however a good save from Ross Mowatt in the Dyce goal denied the Westhillers an early breakthrough.
Dyce then had a chance at the other end in the 9th minute, a through ball from Rory Brown found it's way into Daryl Robertson whose effort just went inches wide of the right hand post.
The Aberdeen based side got the breakthrough after just 17 minutes, a long kick from Mowatt found it's way beyond the Westdyke defence into the feet of Robertson who then sent in a lovely ball from the right hand channel which found wasn't dealt with properly and Matthew Tough was on hand to clear up the mess and put Dyce in front.
Monday, 12 May 2014 09:49 Written by Scott McPherson
Culter Boys have won the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy after a 4-1 victory over league rivals Westdyke BC.
Two goals from Greg Smith and a goal each for Stuart McNicholas and Zack Griffiths ensured Culter secured the first of what might be two cups this season. They return to Ian Mair Park in a week’s time to face Glentanar CC, the side who piped them to the 17s League A title, in the Noskab Trophy final. Ryan Spink scored a consolation goal for Westdyke in what was their first final as a team.
There were more umbrellas than shots on target at Ian Mair Park on Sunday, but that wasn’t due to a lack of goalmouth action but because of the heavy rain which poured down for the majority of the day. Despite that the pitch was in near perfect condition and as a parent behind me rightfully stated:
“If you can’t play football on this pitch then you just can’t play football”.
It is always important to start well in any cup final and Westdyke manager Gordon Davidson would have been pleased that his team did exactly that. Unfortunately for them their good first 20 minutes turned out to be their best 20 minutes as Culter controlled the game from then on.
Despite Westdyke’s good start it was Culter who took the lead after 17 minutes. Right-footed left back Greg Smith inevitably cut on to his right foot and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
Smith had done the same thing minutes earlier and forced a good save from Westdyke goalkeeper Eden Cooper but Westdyke never acted on that warning.
The destination of the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy was largely decided during a pivotal five minutes near the end of the first half. Firstly, Westdyke created their best chance of the game when Ryan Spink slipped through striker Sean Reid who was brilliantly denied by the feet of Culter goalkeeper David Dey. Then, minutes later, Culter went up the other end of the pitch and winger Cameron Pashley produced a glorious cross from the left which found the on rushing Stuart McNicholas who nodded home from eight yards to make it 2-0 just before the interval.
That goal and the timing of it effectively killed off Westdyke when they could have so easily been level.
Along the A96 at Pittodrie, Aberdeen were playing a crucial match against Motherwell and you could have been forgiven that there was a big cup final taken place however a big crowd descended onto Inverurie and a good attacking display from Albion ensured they claimed the Batt Cables Trophy once more.
Albion got the breakthrough with the game just 4 minutes old, a shot from Matthew Fleming was only parried by Matthew Blackburn and Owen Duff was there to tap the ball home.
Lewis United were keen to get back and had a chance of their own courtesy of Max Reid whose shot went straight at David Zdunczyk with Albion enjoying the majority of the possession however Lewis also having their good spells in the game.
Both sides were definitely keen for goals and Albion was to get another goal in the 16th minute, Andrew Mitchell caught Matthew Buckham out of sight and Mitchell was able to guide the ball into the top right hand corner with a wonderful curling shot.
Albion made sure they went in at half time with 3 goals to the good, Michael Mitchell went on a mazy run before a timid shot at goal looked to be going straight in the hands of the Lewis keeper however unfortunately, it slipped through his hands and in.
The Haughs was the setting for the Under 13 Aberdeenshire Cup final between Fraserburgh and Inverurie, it was two teams with a very good tempo and with a little bit more development for the kids, some of the players have a chance in the game to go onto bigger & better things.
Inverurie had the first opportunity of the game through a free kick which was taken by Hamish Young and aimed straight at goal. However, the effort went straight at Fraser Ross in the Fraserburgh goal.
It was Fraserburgh who were to draw first blood, a shot by Arron Masson was parried by Fraser Scott and the ball went into the pathway of Andrew Hanner who sweetly tucked the ball home.
The Broch were to keep going and got a crucial second on 22 minutes, a great ball was sent in by Scott McLean was met by Ryan Sargent who produced a composed finish past Scott to give Fraserburgh some breathing space.
Fraserburgh were as you might of thought were on the acsendency and their next attacking move towards goal was more than worthy of adding to Fraserburgh's tally, Hanner went on a mazy run going past a couple of Inverurie defenders before aiming for goal however the shot went straight at Scott.
Lewis finally made the breakthrough on 17 minutes thanks to Daniel McKenzie after a great long diagonal ball from Lewis Masson and the ex St Johnstone striker fired home with ease.
This gave United the impetus to go on and got a second goal on 26 minutes, Dylan Leslie's effort cannoned off the post before Callum Youngson was hot on the spot to squeeze the ball in.
Colony then got a penalty on the stroke of half time after a push, Bradley Whtye coolly dispatched away his penalty into the bottom left hand corner.
Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00 Written by David Reid
It was the winners of the North section versus the winners of the East Section at Mosset Park, Forres to determine who would be the best of the rest this season,it was an even contest with both sides very keen to be the king of the Highland League for season 2013-14.
On paper, Keith looked the stronger team however you can't underestimate Clach and without a series of good stops from Aiden MacDonald in the Lilywhites goal, the Maroons could have won this game more than a 3 goal margin. You also have to take into account that all of the Keith players were in action for an ADJFA team on Saturday.
There was 8 players from Culter Boys 17s who slipped up their title bid at the last minute with a 3-3 draw at home to Deveronvale, 5 players for Lewis United Under 16s who recorded a 6-1 win over Huntly as well as Glentanar's Greg Smart who made Culter pay after a 3-0 win at Westdyke and finally Scott Kennington and Fraser Wyness who play for Banchory 16s.
If there was to be any side to grab the 1st goal then it was probably going to be Keith and they had a golden chance to get the breakthrough, a great ball came in from Greig Smith which was met by Aiden Combe however a tame effort from the Culter forward went straight at MacDonald.
Combe was in the thick of action again and had another opportunity to put the Moray side in front after a through ball from Hamish Ritchie found the prolific striker however his effort just went inches wide of the right hand post.
Clach however made them pay and with 7 minutes until the interval, they made the breakthrough, a great ball went sailing 40 yards into the box by James Hogan which was met by Callum Ednie who beautifully guided the ball past David Dey in the Keith goal, the effort finding it's way into the top left hand corner.
Midway through the Easter Holidays and the majority of these kids are probably worried about the prospect of exams coming up, however when the ADJFA fixtures came out last Sunday and they noticed it was the top of the league clash between Glentanar and Culter, it was something for both the teams to take their minds off.
A couple of spectators I spoke to before the game insisted that this game should have been the season finale due to the fact that going into the game, Culter were 1 point clear of Glentanar with the latter still got a game in hand, a 3-1 win for the visitors means that Culter are now 4 points clear and wins over Deveronvale and Westdyke in their 2 remaining games means they'll be crowned league champions for the first time.
After a slow start to the game, Culter livened things up in the 40th minute, a throw in found Cameron Pashley who then did the best by perfectly guiding the ball past Grant Yeats in the Glentanar goal.
The visitors then doubled their advantage just before the interval after a free kick from former Aberdeen player Hamish Ritchie evaded everyone and found it's way into the top right hand corner from at least 50 yards out.
Monday, 07 April 2014 14:45 Written by David Reid
Colony Locos boss Alan Calder was today delighted with the lads after his side reached the Scottish Cup final beating FC Bonnybridge 2-1 who will play Barrhead at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie on the 25th May.
Calder spoke about his delight when he said "It was a horrible game to watch with us playing with 10 men with 75 minutes still to play, I thought we defended absolutely tremendously, Daniel Crisp came back from going forward and was immense in his central defence role, I thought he was absolutely superb.
"More than anything, i'm just feeling relieved, these games have started to affect us in league games when your overthinking everything and i'm just delighted to get the right result.
"People think we play better on a 3G surface because we play on that type of pitch, we came out and started well and played, it was our best bit of football all day and it got us our rewards.
"Phillip Woodgreaves had 2 tackles that I've seen players getting booked for, the problem is that I feel sorry for Phil because he started very well, it was more credit to the boys that they were able to react after that.
"To come out again 2nd half and for us to get the penalty and then Duguid to stick it away, he's missed a few so I was unsure from the bench if he would stick it away however Alex is a cool, calm character, at the end of the day, once the ball was in the net, it was up to FC Bonnybridge to get themselves back into the game.
"I was probably the most nervous in the ground when Bonnybridge got their goal to create an interesting ending to the game, I hate to think how many miles Mikey Watson covered in the middle there, him and Grant Dawson were very good and Grant was up & down all game, it could have been a different game if it wasn't for these two in the middle.
"I'm delighted that Inverurie Locos have let us come down here and let us use their facilities and give these guys a platform so that they can show they can play, unfortunately it wasn't most of their footballing ability that was on show today because after going down to 10 men, it is though to go and play.
"It's great for me that a local team up in this area is in a national final and justly so, at least we know that we know that the Scottish Cup will always be there and it's in the bank but we can't take our mind off the league as we have done in the last couple of weeks, it's a great boost for the guys getting the game out of the way."
The man who helped Locos get to Airdrie was Alex Duguid whose double was enough for Colony to come out on top. Duguid gave his thoughts on the game when he said "I'm pleased with my two goals however it was all down to my team-mates, some teams would just bottle it after a player was sent off however we all done well, the lads would be disappointed if they didn't win the league however the Scottish Cup at the end of the day is the big one.
"I was surprised to be given so much space for the first goal and it settled the nerves down."
Tomorrow, we bring you a special interview with a man who has been with the majority of the lads involved yesterday since day one, in Mr Ian Abel, and is now enjoying watching his son Euan Abel play for this team every Saturday.
Cults won the J.M trophy last Wednesday beating Banff 3-1, now Westhill stood in Cults's way in the Presidents Trophy final with the Aberdeenshire based School keen to get their hands on the trophy.
Brian Angus's side started the game at a good tempo and after 8 minutes, they were unlucky to have been caught out by an offside call, a great ball in from Mark Swan found Finlay Swan who found the bottom left hand corner.
There was some decent spells in the 1st half for both teams and both had very good chances to get the breakthrough, Aiden Combe had an effort for Cults just go wide before Westhill's Clark Henderson's effort forced a good save out of Lenny Wilson.
Cults then had another chance on the stroke of half time, a great ball in from Alistair Treasure found Combe whose header just went inches wide of the left hand post.
The first cup final for the Aberdeen Secondary Schools association kicked of at Spain Park and it was a great advert in terms of great football and also the will to keep going and give your all.
Cults and Harlaw are in different leagues, Cults are currently sitting top of their league and are in contention for the treble this campaign where as Harlaw are currently 2nd in their league tied on points with Grammar, an exciting game was definitely in prospect.
And the game kicked off in full tempo with both teams eager to win this game right from the first whistle, it was Harlaw who took the lead with the game just 18 seconds old, Kyle Koss played a brilliant through ball into Ewan Reid who finished with ease. Aberdeen fans have this season been chanting "The Sheep are on fire" however Harlaw certainly came firing out the traps so early on in the game.
Harlaw's lead wasn't going to last long and Cults equalized after just 5 minutes after a great ball came into the penalty area and Matthew Clark was quick to pounce to force an immediate fightback.
Koss then went from provider to scorer in the 12th minute ater a great ball through went into his feet and then he did the rest as he sliced his shot into the top right hand corner in an effort which looked more like a chip rather than aimed for that angle.
The tasty winger was one of the stand-outs for Harlaw and on 15 minutes, he was feeling a bit aggreived ater a ball from Morgan Bruce found the player and he took his shot 1st time which his shot went wide who then punched at the 3G surface in anger.
Cults then came back once more and saw were going to see themselves go into the interval leading, all down to one man in Vincent Buggie, first a great ball came in from Andrew Mitchell which was met by Buggie who rattled it home. The exciting player then got himself a brace after another good ball came in and he once again found the net after a great through ball.
Monday, 10 March 2014 06:24 Written by Scott McPherson
A Ryan Gordon goal one minute from full-time ensured Portlethen stayed top of the table and denied Fraserburgh the point they looked destined to gain. Gordon’s goal means Portlethen go five points clear of promotion rivals Fraserburgh who end their 96-mile all round trip to Portlethen empty handed.
Portlethen’s late winner could end up being decisive when the season does come to a close with them, Fraserburgh, Colony Park, Cove, Ellon Meadows and Banchory all fighting for just two promotion spots. The win means Portlethen stay one point clear at the top of the table ahead of Colony Park but the Inverurie side have played three games less. Colony kept the pressure on Portlethen with a 3-1 away victory at Paul Lawrie Foundation Eagles.
The players were joined by an extremely harsh wind at Nicol Park which is guarded by play parks on either side of the pitch and is a haven for dog walkers, even in strong winds. On the pitch were two teams bursting with players who just wanted to take defenders on and go past them but also didn’t shirk a tackle. Despite that combination, chances were few and far between.
The first clear cut chance of the match fell to the hosts. A long kick out from goalkeeper Dylan McBain eluded Fraserburgh’s defence and allowed Jamie McLaughlin to run through on goal and his delicate lob went over goalkeeper Jamie Bruce but bounced wide of goal.
Portlethen were in the ascendency in the first half and looked particularly dangerous from set pieces. They did eventually score from one but it was rightfully chalked off for a foul on the goalkeeper.
Fraserburgh’s best chance of the half came from a set piece. William Third’s free kick from 25 yards was acrobatically tipped wide for a corner by McBain in goal for Portlethen.
Portlethen then came close to breaking the deadlock just before the interval but winger Kyle Dalling could only knock the ball over the crossbar from six yards after good work on the right by substitute Mitchel Greig.
Monday, 17 February 2014 05:23 Written by Scott McPherson
Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC followed up their Scottish Cup quarter-final triumph against Tynecastle last week with another impressive win, this time against title rivals Albion BC.
Fraserburgh raced into a three goal lead after 27 minutes thanks to goals from Bailey Simpson, Drew Masson and Sean Douglas. Albion responded well and snatched two goals before half-time to make it 2-3 at the interval. Albion had the momentum and came out swinging in the second half but Fraserburgh rode the storm and secured a 2-5 victory thanks to another goal each from Simpson and Douglas.
After the match, Fraserburgh manager Colin Simpson said his team are putting their upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final to the back of their minds.
He said: “We need to concentrate domestically now, on the cups and league. The Scottish Cup is just a bonus.
“Today’s result will be a big result. A lot of people were looking out for this game.”
Despite hitting both Tynecastle and Albion for five in a week, Simpson is keeping his players’ feet on the ground.
He said: “We are enjoying it but still keeping it at one game at a time. It’s still early doors and there is a lot of football to be played.
“This could be a potentially big season for us but at the end of the day, we haven’t won anything yet.”
Before the match Albion boasted a 100% record with nine wins from nine. Fraserburgh entered the match with four wins and one draw from five games.
Fraserburgh started quickly and opened the scoring after six minutes. Good work by Sean Douglas saw him burst into the box and evade two challenges before releasing the ball for Bailey Simpson who shot low and through the goalkeeper’s legs from eight yards.
Albion’s Mitchell Cheyne tried to respond immediately and he beat two players in the middle of the park before dragging his shot marginally wide from 20 yards.
But it was Fraserburgh who scored again in the 16th minute. A long free kick from Scott Roger was only cleared as far as Drew Masson 14 yards out and he swept the ball into the far top corner of the goal.
Things got worse for a shell-shocked Albion team and crowd when the visitors made it 0-3 after 27 minutes. A long hopeful ball from defence wasn’t dealt with and Douglas nipped in to prod the ball past the goalkeeper and into the net.
The fear of a half-time rollicking then had an effect on the Albion players as they scored two quick goals before the interval.
First, a great touch by Cameron Moultrie set him free on goal and his cross/shot was bundled into his own net by a Fraserburgh defender.
Then a minute before half-time Albion scored again. A corner into the middle of the 18-yard box was met by the onrushing and completely unmarked Laurie Cunningham who side-foot-volleyed the ball into the top corner from 10 yards.
ALC Athletic and Westdyke BC played out a close fought match which ended 1-1 after 70 minutes of cancelling each other out. In a game of very few chances, a set piece goal each earned both teams a point.
A close game was always on the cards as Westdyke went into the game three places and seven points above an ALC team who have played three games less.
The game was the first league game for both teams in about two months, with ALC Athletic last playing on the 15th of December and Westdyke on the 1st of December.
The Jamieson Park surface was in decent condition despite the recent heavy rain and the fact that Jamieson Park was deemed unplayable the day before.
The home side looked to follow in Liverpool’s footsteps from yesterday and score an early goal. Their midfielder Richie Troup shot wide from within the 18-yard box after only 45 seconds of play.
That early chance wasn’t followed by more and Westdyke scored with their first shot on target after 24 minutes.
Defender Scott Byars curled a 25-yard free kick over goalkeeper Sonny Cain and into the top left-hand corner of the goal to give Westdyke the lead. Byars initially wasn’t going to be taking the free kick until a late intervention from his coach which proved a shrewd move.
If Westdyke have one disappointment from the game it will be that they never pushed on and put the game to bed after scoring the opening goal.
Often goals change games but this wasn’t the case here. After Westdyke’s goal the game slumped back into its previous pattern.
The closest Athletic came to equalising in the first half was when striker Taylor McBain broke the offside trap but Westdyke goalkeeper Craig Robb did well to thwart him. ALC manager Neil Paterson thought they might have received a penalty for that challenge but Robb got his foot to the ball first.
Sunday, 02 February 2014 20:32 Written by Scott McPherson
With all the hype surrounding the quarterfinals of the Scottish Cup in youth football this weekend you could be forgiven for failing to notice this rather important 13s League A match was taking place. Both Albion and Lewis United went into the game with 100 per cent records in the league. Albion had won six from six games and Lewis had seven from seven. So a tight game was on the cards, but that never materialised.
Albion took the lead after 15 minutes through striker Ryan Blair and never looked back. Goals from Blair again, Liam Mewse, Greg Pirie, Cor Degeus and Andrew Mitchell helped Albion hit their title rivals for six. Lewis picked a bad game to have an off day.
The first 10 minutes of the match didn’t indicate a potential one-sided game as it was a tight opening with no noteworthy chances.
Although it was clear that Albion’s game plan was to press their opponents high up the pitch. Lewis were struggling to get out of their own half at times.
When Lewis did break past Albion’s high pressing game they looked dangerous, particularly playmaker Joe Murray.
After 12 minutes Murray found space in Albion’s half and played an inch perfect through ball to striker John McKenzie but he side footed the ball marginally wide when one-on-one with Albion ‘keeper David Zdunczyk.
From then on, Albion took control.
Albion opened the scoring after 15 minutes when striker Ryan Blair latched on to a deflected through ball before knocking the ball past the last defender and coolly chipping over the advancing Matthew Buckham in goal. Blair hesitated for a second before shooting but found the perfect finish to give his side the lead.
10 minutes later Albion doubled their lead. A hopeful ball into the box was pounced on by winger Liam Mewse and he prodded the ball into the net from 10 yards.
Albion then scored a third shortly before half-time thanks to their high pressing game. Lewis wanted to play the ball out from the back but weren’t allowed to do so all game due to Albion being so far up the pitch. This forced goalkeeper Buckham to kick the ball long and on this occasion Albion retrieved the ball back quickly and 10 seconds later the ball was in the net again thanks to Blair grabbing his second.