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Monday, 12 May 2014 11:09

Tough brace helps Dyce gain trophy

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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.
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. 
Sunday, 11 May 2014 17:30

Albion shine in Batt Cables trophy victory

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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.
Saturday, 03 May 2014 22:34

Lewis clinch title success after Colony thriller

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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.
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.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 00:00

Culter take huge step towards league title

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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.
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.
Monday, 31 March 2014 10:38

Late goal gifts Cults the cup

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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.
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 18:45

Cults win NE Scotland Trophy in exciting final

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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.