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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.
Sunday, 19 January 2014 18:56 Written by
Westdyke BC cruised into the fourth round of the Sunnybank Shield with a well deserved victory over Colony Colts courtesy of goals from Cameron Elphinstone, Craig McLenan and a brace from Tyler Reid.
Colony will have been disappointed that they could only answer to the attacking prowess of Westdyke with one goal of their own, coming through Jake Stewart although misfortune saw keeper Aiden Peck forced off with what looked like a hamstring injury.
Having beaten Westdyke when the teams previously met one could be forgiven for affording confidence Colony’s way, however a sodden pitch and an effective midfield saw Westdyke’s cup run continue. A frenetic opening few minutes saw a a series of wayward shots by McLenan from beyond 25 yards before Elphinstone saw a goal ruled out for what looked like a correct offside decision. Colony will have lamented their luck as they looked for an answer to Westdyke’s early pressure when Luke Munro should have done better from the goalmouth scramble which ensued following Colony’s mishit freekick.
Early exchanges pointed to an open game with both teams inviting the opposite’s attack and it didn’t take long for Elphinstone to open the scoring after Jonathan Marples had missed a glaring opportunity when he stung the palms of Peck from 6 yards out only moments earlier. Elphinstone was presented with one of the easiest finishes as Scott Mackie’s precise cross found its way to him and he promptly planted the ball in the back of the net from 5 yards out.
Westdyke took this as an opportunity and galvanised with McLenan and Reid both having chances before Mackie’s smart throw-in found McLenan acres of space in the box before he picked his spot, curling the ball beyond Peck’s outstretched gloves and into the top corner. With Colony looking decidedly lacklustre and somewhat deflated it wasn’t long before McLenan found Reid after Elphinstone had won the ball back well out on the right flank leaving Reid to dance past a Colony defender before expertly despatching a clinical finish from the edge of the area.
At the Garioch Sports Centre, Inverurie, there was a top of the league clash between Colony Locos and Formartine United, with both teams still undefeated going into the new year something had to give. With this game being the 1st game back since the festive break, there seemed to be cobwebs in both sides's systems still and with Locos not taking the lead until the 44th minute in a game they were dominating, it meant they had to play a waiting game at times.
It was a great game for the neutral and one game that if it wasn't for two great keepers in between the sticks could have contained more goals and Locos will certainly be delighted with the victory as they are about to have two very important weeks in the lead-up to the Scottish Cup quarter final against Glenburn Miners Welfare.
The game was started in full flow and Colony had the first chance of the game after the hosts produced some great play in the lead up to Daniel Crisp trying his luck from 20 yards which just went inches wide of the left hand post.
In the first quarter of the game, it seemed to be Locos doing all of the attacking and in between the 15th minute and the 30th minute mark they had a whole host of corners and went close with a few of them, first after a great ball was sent in by Kieran Lawrence was met by Phillip Woodgreaves and just went wide. Then a great ball was swung in from the left hand side by Alex Duguid which Grant Dawson met and was unlucky.
When Formartine had chances in the 1st half, they were certainly threatening towards the home goal and the red and white stripes had two great opportunities in the space of 5 minutes, first through Fraser Aiken who had a ferocious drive towards goal saved by Jordan Garrow before Garrow was called upon again to deny Lewis Keith.
It looked like it would be stalemate at Garioch Sports Centre going into half time until Duguid had other ideas who had gathered a through ball before producing a cool finish which gave Ryan Thomson in the Formartine goal no chance and gave the hosts a little bit of a comfort zone.
Byron Pumas made it a hat-trick of victories over league rivals Turriff Bombers YFC this season with a 9-3 win on Sunday. Caleb Barbour scored four of the goals and fellow striker Jack Robertson registered two. Jordon Walker, Flynn Clark and Ian Leslie completed the scoring. Dylan Buxton, Stewart Barclay and Eythin Duncan responded for Turriff.
Despite the flattering score line in Byron’s favour, Turriff started the match in the ascendancy.
They could, and maybe should, have had three or four goals in the opening 10 minutes if it wasn’t for poor finishing. Byron couldn’t cope with the pace and the running of Turriff right winger Eythin Duncan.
But the old saying about not taking your chances was in evidence once again as Byron took the lead against the run of play in the ninth minute. They were awarded a penalty when striker Flynn Clark was chopped down in the box. Captain Ian Leslie stepped up and his extraordinary penalty hit both posts before eventually going into the net.
Another football cliché is that goals change games and that was the case here. After taking the lead, Byron grew in confidence and into the game.
But they had to wait until the 30th minute before doubling their lead. The impressive Clark raced up the right wing before squaring the ball for Jack Robertson who had the simple task of knocking the ball into the empty net from a few yards.
Byron were well on top at this point and they made it 3-0 a couple of minutes later with a near carbon copy of the second goal. Again good work by Clark ended with him crossing for Robertson to score.
Despite Byron coming good in the latter part of the first half, Turriff were left wondering how on earth they went into the interval three down.
A chilly Kaimhill was the venue as FDS 2001 hosted Glentanar BC in the second round of the 13s Batt Cables Trophy on Sunday morning. The home side were looking to return to winning ways after conceding two late goals in a 4-4 draw with Dyce last weekend. Meanwhile Glentanar BC were coming off the back of a 3-1 defeat away to Donside Juvenile FC.
Glentanar almost got off to a flying start when Sean Reid was put through one-on-one inside 15 seconds, however an offside flag came to the home side’s rescue. FDS then went straight down to the other end and nearly scored themselves. Stuart Marshall raced clear down the right, but saw his shot parried by the keeper before the follow-up effort was blocked.
The visitors came close again in the 5th minute when Luke Emmett had a powerful effort saved by Fraser Scott and then a second attempt blocked in a crowded box. Three minutes later though Glentanar did take the lead. Reid fired a superb ball across the face of goal which was begging to be turned into the net, and Mathew Morrison was waiting at the back post to duly oblige.
In the 13th minute FDS’s Aidan O’Riordan played a terrific ball through for Marshall, but the striker took a heavy touch and the keeper was able to gather. They didn’t have to wait too much longer for an equaliser though as Marshall controlled the ball well in the box before poking home past Aaron Brock on 16 minutes.
Four minutes later the ever-dangerous Marshall went close again, rounding the keeper before seeing his shot from a tight angle blocked on the line. The ball then fell to Douglas Rorrison whose powerful drive was again cleared off the line and scrambled clear.
FDS completed the turn around and took the lead in the 29th minute. Some miscommunication in defence almost led to an own goal as a Glentanar defender headed the ball over his keeper who was coming out to claim it. A good old-fashioned stramash then ensued before the ball found its way into the net, with Douglas Rorrison getting the last touch.
Two minutes before the break the hosts added a third. Robbie Paul sliced open the Glentanar defence with a delightful ball for Marshall, who timed his run to perfection. The striker then rounded the keeper and evaded a last-ditch tackle from a defender before calmly slotting home his second of the morning.
Sunday, 24 November 2013 12:30 Written by
Newmachar’s keeper Connon Bain drew the plaudits on a as he kept Westdyke at bay but was unable to prevent the inevitable as Westdyke battled into the third round of the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy through Craig Mackie’s well worked goal when he meeting a contentious freekick at Bain’s near post to finish just beyond reach of the young keeper.
Within minutes of the start Westdyke began to eek out control capitalizing as they poured numbers onto an underwhelming Newmachar midfield with Mackie leading the charge, dictating through seamless passing and remarkable vision to stretch the red and black of Newmachar thinly over the pitch.
Unsurprisingly the first chance of the half fell to Mackie as he saw an initial header saved well by Bain only to be denied once again, firing the rebound straight at Bain from all of five yards. It was however, not long before Andrew Davidson was presented Westdyke’s next chance as he latched on to a superb Logie McKay pass only to be denied by an onrushing Bain.
What followed was a succession of textbook examples of goalkeeping brilliance as Bain continued to guard the Newmachar goal from the likes of Westdyke’s; Mackie, Mitchell and Reid. Newmachar appeared to get the message and before long began to grow into the first half working away to wrestle control from the tenacious Blue and White striped Westdyke.
The reds saw their best chance of the half when Owen Shand’s speculative ball squirmed through a culpable Westdyke defence before Eden Cooper arrived to smother the ball at the feet of the pursuing Michael Paterson.
Sunday, 17 November 2013 17:34 Written by
Albion can have Ritchard Binnie to thank as his brace saw Albion overcome a resolute Lewis United, the striker was lethal in a game with chances few and far between, taking each opportunity with aplomb to see Albion safely through to the fifth round.
Lewis managed to delay the inevitable as Lewis Masson’s second half header looked to have given them hope before Binnie settled the tie with a well taken penalty, picking himself up after being hauled to the ground by a clumsy challenge.
Billed as tie of the round two teams who have on each occasion during seasons past and present exchanged wins and losses religiously, this salt of the earth tie was made ever the more special as for the first time in three years Grandholm provided the arena for the two contingents to do battle. As the early afternoon sun enveloped the hallowed ground the unmistakable air of a cup tie spiked the dew laden grass with tension and anticipation.
The opening ten minutes set a precedent for what was to be a gritty first half with early chances arriving in the form of corners and set pieces for both sides with neither managing to capitalize, Owen Purdie coming closest with a mishit freekick. As the half wore on the ferocity of tackles was clear to see with players such as Lewis United’s aptly names Lewis Jopp leading by example and giving their all in the tight affair.
The breakthrough came early on for Albion, or so they thought, Lachie MacLeod racing through after robbing the Lewis defence only to hear the sharp discord of the referee’s whistle to call the play back for an Albion infringement. This seemed to provide a catalyst for the game with both Lewis and Albion seeing a succession of half chances until the tireless Ritchard Binnie took it upon himself to charge down a poor clearance which ricocheted fortunately to set him through and with only Dylan Gray to beat he made no mistake, slotting the ball calmly beyond Gray’s reach.
In the dying embers of the first half Lewis’ Daniel McKenzie will have lamented his decision making as he made easy work of three Albion defenders before delaying his shot and giving the resolute Albion defence the chance to recover and block his shot as he looked sure to provide a leveller going into the break.
Sunday, 10 November 2013 20:24 Written by Scott McPherson
Culter Boys beat local rivals Culter Deeside 3-2 to progress to the second round of the Belmont Trophy. Culter Boys came out on top from what was an extremely even match thanks to two goals in the last 10 minutes. Culter Deeside went ahead twice through Adam Reid in the first half and Max Foster in the second. But they were pegged back twice, firstly by Micauly Ewen’s header and then by an unfortunate own goal from Conner Main. Jae Baculay then won it for the hosts eight minutes from the end.
With Culter Boys struggling at the bottom of the A League and Culter Deeside leading the B League with five wins from five a close game always looked likely and that’s how it proved.
As a healthy crowd started to assemble you could feel the sense of anticipation. An excited parent said to a spectator: “This one will be feisty. A lot of these boys go to school together and my lads been telling me that the pre-match banter has been flowing.”
That clearly had an influence on the game as it suffered from a slow start. Both teams were cancelling each other out and the first real shot of the game came after 25 minutes, but it resulted in the opening goal.
Culter Deeside countered from a Culter Boys corner and Max Foster’s 20 yard shot was well saved but striker Adam Reid reacted first to knock in the rebound from six yards. Reid then reeled away putting his finger to his mouth as a message to his classmates in the opposition.
Culter Boys responded by changing formation, moving from a 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2. And that extra striker made an immediate impact when substitute Charlie Beeson forced a good save from goalkeeper Thomas Stewart.