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The conditions were certainly on a better note for this week than they were last week with torrential downpours affected the ADJFA schedule, this week it was warm, brisk weather and a cup tie to please the neutral was in stock. Huntly won the game 4-3 with the game providing so much twists and turns with Mannofield pulling the game back after a rallying half time team talk from Filippo Antoniazzi. Huntly got themselves back into the game once extra time began and Mannofield ran out of energy with Huntly netting right at the death.
Huntly were the first side to have a shot on goal in a tie that contained so many chances with both keepers putting in good shifts with their reflex type of saves, a Michael Tait deflected effort was parried by Ryan Albin who then gathered up the loose ends afterwards. Tait then tried to set up an opportunity for the visitors when he played through Jamie Goodall however his effort sailed over.
The Strathbogie outfit then took the lead with what many will describe as a peach, Goodall sent in a cross and his delivery ended up going into the back of the net from 40 yards with the forward getting a bit of luck in finding the net.
Goodall then added to the scoring after a poor mistake in the Mannofield defence led to the black and gold player given time and space before keeping his composure and firing straight into the Mannofield net.
It was a soggy scene at Kintore when United met another United in Formartine with the hosts aiming to gain revenge from their 3-1 league defeat to the red and whites in the league. A cup tie is always really competitive and gets big moments and also gives people goosebumps. Perhaps there was a few goosebumps to be had when Kintore came back from being down 4-1 down at half to go on and win the game 5-4.
Kintore United coach Mark Lawrie told his side at half time to just give it a go and added that if they lost the game today they would have lost it by a larger margin than for the contest to just have a goal in the game. 
The game was only 4 minutes old and the breakthrough came after a great ball came in by Matthew Tewnion which was met by Arran Dowds who timed his run to perfection and managed to calmly slot the ball into the bottom left hand corner with a volley.
Tewnion then got on the scoresheet himself after meeting a great ball from Josh Anderson and the big midfielder produced a glancing header to give Formartine a bit of breathing space. The pressure was to come back onto Kintore as immediately after the goal, the visitors posed another attack towards goal and in the stage of 120 seconds Formartine had three corners with the home defence quite unsettled.
Kintore got a goal back and was probably a great time to get a goal back and also a goal that would change the complex of the game after Kintores brilliant 2nd half performance, a great ball came in by Liam Stephen which was met by Callum Murdock who headed his effort into the roof of the net with 12 minutes until the interval.
Formartine weren't going to sit back and hope for the best, they kept going and added a 3rd on 32 minutes and one of the goals of the game after the ball came to Matthew Tewnion 30 yards s from goal who then aimed a ping towards goal which found its way into the top left hand corner giving Ewan Reid in the United goal no chance. 
The visitors added another to their tally to go into the interval three in front after Tewnion played in Dowds who picked up his brace by heading the ball home which was great play by Formartine in the process.
Saturday, 02 November 2013 23:02

Rain ‘n’ goals as Colony edge past Culter

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Colony Colts Under 17's narrowly beat Culter Deeside in horrendous conditions at Hazlehead on Saturday afternoon.  Driving rain and gale-force winds did not stop the teams putting on a good show though, as an entertaining game produced seven goals and some really nice football.
Colony grabbed the lead in just the eighth minute when a Daniel Watt corner found its way straight into the net!  It was a terrific ball in right on top of the keeper, who got a hand to it but was caught out by the strong wind.
Daniel Penley looked to go through one-on-one for Culter Deeside on 11 minutes, but the defence managed to get back and crowd him out.  Colts then doubled their lead in the 15th minute when Michael Walls found himself in space in the box, turned neatly and slotted home past Calum Henderson.
Deeside responded well though and pulled a goal back within four minutes, Cooper Hay with a powerful strike from the right-hand side going in off the post.  Lifted by the goal Culter stepped up the pressure and equalised nine minutes before the interval through Daniel Penley with a composed side-foot finish.
Saturday, 12 October 2013 23:50

Huntly 95s victorious in season opener

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Huntly 95s kicked off their season with a hard-fought 3-2 win at home to Banchory BC.  In a fiery game Banchory came back from 2-0 down to level things before Daniel Scott netted the winner for the hosts 11 minutes from time.
The first chance fell to the home side when a quickly taken free kick found Nicol Christie.  His cross was parried away by the keeper, but only as far as Scott Bunnett whose lobbed effort drifted wide.  On seven minutes a Riain Findlay long range effort flashed wide for the visitors.  
Huntly 95s came within inches of breaking the deadlock a minute later.  The ball broke to Scott Cowper in the box, who showed great footwork to round the keeper and jink past a defender before hitting the post from the tightest of angles.
Both teams then had a goal disallowed by the referee within the space of a minute.  First a Banchory free kick was cleverly chipped over the wall by Findlay to Sam Smith who smashed the ball home, but not before using his hand to control it.  Huntly then went straight up to the other end where Cowper was put through one-on-one and poked past the keeper.  However an offside call meant the score remained 0-0.
On 17 minutes Huntly 95s took the lead.  A long ball forward from Scott found Matthew Connell who got the better of the Banchory defence before rifling the ball high into the net past Liam Sadler.  In the 23rd minute the home side broke in numbers after a Banchory free kick, but Ross Doig took a heavy touch and goalkeeper Sadler was able to gather.
Ten minutes before the interval Banchory’s Harry Milne got his head onto a Craig McRae free kick, but couldn’t generate the power needed to beat Nico Berton.  In stoppage time a snap shot from Findlay was well held by Berton.  This was to prove pivotal as moments later Huntly doubled their advantage.  Ben Holmes rose highest to meet a long free kick into the box, and his superb flick header found the top corner, leaving the keeper with no chance.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 16:28

Colony Park hit league leaders for six

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Westdyke BC
Colony Park
ADJFA U13's League B
06 October 2013
ADJFA Under 13 B League leaders Westdyke Thistle played host to Colony Park on a cloudy but mild autumn morning in Westhill. Westdyke started brightly and took the lead after only 2 minutes when their striker managed to wriggle clear from a despairing tackle from the Colony defence and fired a superb low shot into the bottom corner from just outside the box.
Colony took a few minutes to get into the game but were level five minutes later. Hamish Youngs cross from the right found Rory Gauld, who chipped it over the Westdyke defender to where Cameron Fraser was unmarked on the penalty spot and he lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper into the net. Colony were by now coming more into the game and went ahead soon after when Daniel Strachan’s long throw was flicked on and Hamish Young finished well at the far post. Colony were having a lot of success down the right wing and Andrew McWatts good work and subsequent cross from that area found Fraser in the middle but his header went just over the bar. Their lead was increased soon after when a good save from the Westdyke keeper rebounded back to McWatt who smashed the ball into the net.
Just before half-time the visitors scored a fourth when a corner broke free to Young at the back post who shot into the far corner for his second goal of the game.
Half Time: Westdyke BC 1-4 Colony Park
Colony started the second half in the same manner they finished the first and went further ahead, a few minutes into the half, with a great move when Gauld broke clear on the right and his cross was laid off by Euan Fraser to Ryan Anderson who placed the ball past the despairing dive of the home keeper into the far corner with an excellent finish.
Westdyke didn’t give up though and started pressuring the Colony goal. They pulled a goal back midway through the second half when a cross from the left wasn’t dealt with by the defence and the Westdyke player was first to react and swept a low shot into the bottom corner. They almost pulled another back soon after when a looping shot from the left hit the top of the crossbar and bounced over.
Westdyke continued to press for more goals but the Colony defence was resolute and Gauld rounded off an excellent performance with a superb long range shot over the home keeper and into the top corner with the last kick of the game. While Colony deserved their win, the game was more even than the scoreline suggests. Both teams deserve great credit as there was some excellent football on show and both were trying to play the game in the right manner. 
Full Time: Westdyke BC 2-6 Colony Park
Sunday, 06 October 2013 21:53

Newtonhill go top after edging out Kintore

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Newtonhill BC beat Kintore United 1-0 to go top of the 14s SoccerWorld League C, leapfrogging their opponents in the process.
Both teams went into the match on the back of a good start to the new season. Kintore started the game with 10 points from five games, while Newtonhill were only one point worse off from the same number of games.
With the teams so close together in the league, it was no surprise that the match was very tight. Kintore were the dominant team in the first half and Newtonhill shaded the second half. The only difference between the sides was that Newtonhill scored while they were on top, courtesy of a Daniel Kelly goal five minutes from time.
Kintore started the match in confident fashion, knocking the ball around brilliantly. Their pass and move style meant Newtonhill couldn’t get close to them. It was like that for the opening 20 minutes of the match but the closest Kintore came to scoring during that spell was an in swinging corner by Greig Rennie which missed everyone and went just wide of the back post. Apart from that, Kintore struggled to turn their possession into chances.
Kintore’s early domination was never going to last the whole game and Newtonhill gradually grew into the contest. By this point, it was stalemate, with both teams cancelling each other out in the middle of the park.
Kintore then created the first clear-cut chance of the match after 33 minutes. Superb play by Jai Dasgupta saw him flick the ball over the head of a defender before releasing teammate Aidan Mitchell whose powerful shot was well saved by Newtonhill goalkeeper Jack Ritchie.
33 minutes without a clear chance and then two come within 30 seconds of each other, what’s that old saying about busses? After seeing Mitchell’s shot saved, Newtonhill immediately went up the other end of the pitch but Innes Riach’s shot went just over the crossbar.
Kintore nearly took the lead with the last kick of the first half but Mitchell was again denied by good work from Ritchie who was off his line quickly to deny the striker.
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 00:00

10 man Banchory leave Ferryhill to rue misses

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Just outside Aberdeen you’ll find Milton Park, which this weekend played host to a riveting cup fixture between Banchory and Ferryhill. An action packed second half saw Hamish Tubby fire the blues into the lead with a well taken freekick only to see Curtis Kane rule out  his well taken opener before Liam Milne saw red for a second cautionable offence. There was to be a further twist in the plot as Sam Smith pounced on a loose ball in the six yard box two minutes from time to secure Banchory’s place in the next round of the Murray Cup.
Forty-five of the ninety were all that counted; the first half’s only real chance well thwarted well by Liam Sadler as he looked alive to come out early and smother a ball when Ferryhill looked through on goal. 
The rest of the half was littered with chances mainly from set pieces, Ferryhill’s Joe Mitchell seeing his well taken Freekick cannon off the wall just wide. Ferryhill were left fuming midway through the half as their shouts for handball on the edge of the Banchory box fell on deaf ears, followed by a mistimed challenge from Liam Milne which saw the capable defender booked for his troubles. 
Ferryhill had revenge on their minds with Banchory emerging victorious when the two teams last met but just before the half ended Harry Milne looked to have put the Blues in control as he sent a swerving shot towards goal only to be denied by the outstretched arms of Richard Higgins.
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 00:00

Nothing to separate Ellon and Newmachar

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It may be autumn however when Ellon Meadows met Newmachar United it was a lovely day and it can be described as lovely summer weather. Meadows and Newmachar endured a 2-2 draw with a draw being the right result as there was nothing to separate either team. 
Newmachar had the first real chance of the game after Ross Gibbon tried an ambitious free kick towards goal from the halfway line which just went inches over the bar. Gibbon was to go on and tried long range efforts for the rest of the game. 
Ellon had a great chance to get the breakthrough after a great ball was sent in from the left hand flank by Harry Stuart who evaded the Newmachar defence and the ball came to Keir Paterson whose half volley towards goal just went narrowly wide. This was in the 10th minute and the Newmachar dugout were furious with their side's marking in the box. 
There was chances galore at both ends and Newmachar were to have another effort on goal in the 20th minute after a great ball was sent in by Shane Pirie whose ball found Gibbon and the tall defenders header only just sailed over the bar. 
United then attacked up at the Ellon end again and Chris MacDonald threaded a ball into Angel Roman Rodriguez however after a great move the effort went harmlessly wide. It was to be a totally different second half. 


Bervie Caley YFC
Balmedie FC
Under 15's Scottish Cup Round 2
29 September 2013
Bervies preparation for this second round cup-tie was disrupted with an enforced change of venue, however they did welcome Davies back from injury and had Sawyer making his first start.

Keen to avenge an opening day defeat to Balmedie and with a wider pitch than normal, Bervie opted to switch formation deploying Anderson and Duggan in wide midfield roles and Sawyer ploughing a lone furrow up front.

Bervie started positively and made use of the width from the outset with McLaughlin and Blacklaw looking to play the ball out wide each time. Despite a positive start it was Balmedie who threatened early on, Avis conceding a free kick, which needed Gordon to be at his sharpest to clear. Bervie then won a series of throw in’s down the left and Anderson fed Sawyer who sprinted on to the ball however pulled up suddenly. Whilst the home side established the extent of the injury Balmedie struck first, a corner from the left was left by keeper and defence and bounced up off the bar leaving the forward a tap in to give this visitors the lead. Sawyers injury proved to be more than just a tweak and he had to be withdrawn, Smith replacing him allowing McLaughlin to push forward.

McLaughlin was proving a handful for the visitors and his strength and pace saw him get past his man only for his effort on goal to be blocked. Anderson was next to threaten getting past his man on the left only to find another defender sliding in to block. Bervie did draw level when Duggan swung in a corner finding McLaughlin unmarked to head home the equaliser. With confidence up Bervie were starting to play some nice football with Blacklaw, McLaughlin and Anderson linking well, however Balmedie were defending doggedly. A Webster long throw found McLaughlin who rolled the ball back to Blacklaw however his effort was well saved. Bervie were playing at a high tempo and some good closing down in midfield saw Blacklaw release McLaughlin with a neat ball over the top and again he out muscled the defender to calmly slot the ball home at the near post to give Bervie a deserved lead. Bervie didn’t want the whistle to go with Duggan and Anderson having a lot of joy in the wide positions it was Blacklaw who went close again with an effort that went just wide.
Half Time: Bervie Caley Youth FC 2-1 Balmedie FC
Bervie started the second half where they left off with Duggan crossing from the right only for McLaughlin’s effort to go just wide. The visitors were still finding it hard to contain McLaughlin’s power and their captain gave away a free kick for a cynical foul collecting a yellow card for his efforts.  Despite being in control a moment of lapsed concentration allowed Balmedie back into the game, the midfield lost the ball and it found its way through to the visitors forward who left Leisk with no chance to level the score. This lifted Balmedie and the game swung the visitors way, Gordon picking up a booking as he tried to lift the home side. Balmedie then took the lead when a scramble on the edge of the box broke Balmedies way and the forward slotted home. With Bervie thinking things couldn’t get worse they did, a long ball forward found the forward and although Gordon made a fantastic challenge (all the better considering he was on a yellow card) the ball broke again to the forward who went down under the challenge from Leisk presenting the visitors with a penalty and the opportunity to put the game beyond Bervie, however Leisk redeemed himself with a great save pushing the ball round the post. This lifted Bervie and prompted another tactical change, Wood coming on for Duggan to play down the left allowing Avis to take up a wide right position, and this paid almost immediate dividends, Anderson winning the ball in the middle and feeding Avis, who pushed the ball past the full back leaving him for dead to send over a wonderful cross to the back post giving Blacklaw a simple tap in to level the game and send the match into extra time.
Full Time: Bervie Caley Youth FC 3-3 Balmedie FC
Bervie started the first period of extra time confidently and Avis continued to use his pace down the right to cause havoc however his crosses were well blocked. Bervie were forced into another change when Anderson went down under a heavy challenge resulting in a wrist injury. Duggan was reintroduced up front to support McLaughlin. Bervie grabbed the lead in the second half of extra time, Morris winning the ball in the middle and feeding McLaughlin who fed Blacklaw, cutting in onto his left foot he then steered a shot into the far corner to give Bervie the lead, the lead was only to last minutes, from the centre a long ball over the top caught the home side napping and Balmedies number 4 stole in and prodded home to send the match to a penalty shoot out.

Duggan opted to step up first and smashed the ball confidently to his left to give Bervie the lead, Balmedies keeper took their first however Leisk saved it well. Webster stepped up and hammered the ball home only to have to retake, this time going to opposite direction but with the same result, Balmedies number 21 stepped up and confidently sent Leisk the wrong way to leave Bervie 2-1 up. McLaughlins effort looked bound for the top corner only to rebound off the junction of bar and post, with Balmedie then levelling with their next kick. Wood was number four to go and struck the best penalty of the afternoon low and into the side netting to give Bervie the lead again, with Leisk saving Balmedies next effort Morris stepped up, however his effort was well saved by the keeper leaving Balmedies number four the chance to send the shoot out into sudden death, however with Leisk bouncing from side to side on his line he tried to go down the middle and put the ball over the bar, leaving the home side to celebrate reaching the third round for the first time.
Bervie’s best performance for a couple of weeks saw them deserved winners in what was a thrilling game. A number of excellent performances all over the pitch, however with his penalty saves Leisk deserves a special mention.
Full Time: Bervie Caley Youth FC 4-4 Balmedie FC (Bervie Caley Youth win 3-2 on penalties).