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League leaders Northstar hosted Huntly at Northfield Academy with Northstar only requiring two victories to win the league.
Northstar won this contest 5-0 however Huntly must be commended for the effort and committment shown during the game, the Aberdeenshire side are currently 2nd bottom however are in a false position.
Both sides registered half chances in the opening ten minutes of the match with Northstar finding their feet afterwards and taking the lead on 12 minutes, a fantastic ball was driven in from the right by Jack Stewart which was very challenging for the Huntly backline and the ball was unfortunately knocked into his own net by David Preston.
Huntly didn't crumble after the goal but were dealt another blow a couple of minutes later when Northstar doubled their advantage; Alexander Fyvie had a superb game in midfield and his vision saw him open up space before firing past the stranded Stephen Woodhouse.
The half got a little bit subdued after that and news came in that Stonehaven beat Newmachar United 2-1 to help the title push for Northstar that bit extra - Northstar play Newmachar on Sunday.
Huntly had the final notable chance of the half with a free kick from Glen McRae which went wide.
Cove had the first chance in the second minute when a ball crossed in from Coves Anton Chauvin which was met well by the right foot of his team mate Charlie Rothnie but was well saved by Dyce Goalkeeper Grant Moroney.
One minute later, a long range effort from 25 yards from Coves Josh Robb went blazing over the bar.
In the 14th minute Dyce’s first opportunity came when Max Cheung blasted a shot over the bar following a neat through ball from Nogosa Uwaiae.
The final opportunity of the fairly dry of chances first half came when a shot was taken from just inside the box by Coves Lucas Whyte which was saved by Dyce keeper Moroney.
Buckie Thistle and Turriff United Under 13s girls served up a Saturday morning cracker at Victoria Park for the commencement of the girls league season. 18 goals were scored inside 60 minutes with six goals in the first period followed by 12 in the second half. Turriff United came out on top winning 12-6.
Both teams tried their very best in the game with lots of attacking play for both teams in front of a healthy looking crowd, after a subued opening period of the game. Turriff United were quick to get a goal after nine minutes, an Orla Taylor through ball found the talented Stacie Horne who found the roof of the net to open the scoring.
It was 2-0 soon after Horne stole the ball from the Buckie centre who then went on an attack before smashing the ball into the net, hard lines for Zoe Leslie who isn't actually a goalkeeper however she did have some good saves during the game which helped too.
On 13 minutes, Buckie pulled a goal back when a slack pass at the back by Turriff saw the ball come to Milly Findlay who did very well for the hosts and Findlay hut a powerful shot into the net which in turn led to a fantastic game of football and a great advert for the womens game.
Turriff made it 3-1 on 16 minutes with Lucy Gove and Horne linking up very well together for the duration of the game, Gove played a great ball into Horne who then guided home a fine effort with a composed finish. The same two players linked up to make it 4-1 with Gove this time getting on the scoresheet.
Buckie pulled a goal back just before half time after a Courtney Grant ball found Brooke Gauld who tapped the ball home past the stranded Turriff United goalkeeper, a great half of football and could have been more goals had it not been for some good saves from both goalkeepers, both sides were playing with real positivity which was refreshing.
Banchory Girls U16s got their campaign off to a flying start with a victory over Cove Youth U16s at Balmoral Stadium on Saturday. Goals from Kirsty Abernethy, Eilidh Blackhall and second half strike by Aimee Gordine were enough for Rhoda Cameron's side, in an impressive display.
Both teams started the match with great energy and created some fine early chances. Minutes in, an Aimee Plender corner from the right for the visitors sparked a scramble in the area, with the ball falling favourably for Desiree Glansbeek to hit into a crowd of players, before eventually being cleared to safety.
At the other end, the first of several strong runs by Cove's Kaitlyn Milne produced a corner for the home team. Out-swinging, the set piece evaded the defence, presenting Grace Goodwin with an opportunity, however her touch escaped her and the chance was lost.
On six minutes, Banchory took the lead. With space at a premium in the centre of the field, Sky Pirie unlocked the congestion, slipping a nice pass forward fpr Kirsty Abernethy. A question of offside as Abernethy raced through, however play was allowed to continue, and she kept her composure to notch neatly beyond Sophie Bently.
Five minutes later, Abernethy tested the gloves of Bently again, this time just inside the area, having been played in from the left a right footed snapshot on the turn was well held by Bently.
At the other end, the hosts' Courtney Shirran was playing well, linking together Cove's attacks and looking lively each time they advanced. Her control in midfield meant she'd be at the centre of creating further openings for Milne and Ruby Mason from wide angles. Neither could find the target despite their endeavour.
Midway through the half, Banchory doubled their advantage. This time, the move was instigated by Mollie Jamieson, snuffing out the danger of Cove's Lucy Birrell to win the ball back. Worked through midfield, the ball was lifted into the path of Eilidh Blackhall to chase. Coming together with the last defender, April Taylor, she did well to hold off the challenge, and then crashed the ball high into the net.
Two more chances developed for Banchory in the next ten minutes, and they were both for Charlotte Riach. First, picked out from the left, Riach was unmarked twelve yards out, but pulled the effort wide. Then moments later the ball arrived with her again. Once more, her radar was a little off and the ball skewed away.
As the period drew to a close, Cove fought hard for a foothold. Kaitlyn Milne called keeper Robyn Anderson into action. The stopper was alert twice to handle two of her dangerous low crosses, the latter a smart take at the foot of her near post. Grace Goodwin fired a final effort wide after her pace took her clear on the left. At 2-0, the teams knew the next goal was crucial, and Cove, to their credit, were doing what they could to keep their hopes alive.
It was, however, Banchory Girls that were in pole position for the points at the break.
On a windy day at Mineralwell Park we saw the very definition of a “game of two halves” where Stonehaven YFC City took the lead going into halftime, but the turn of the tide was yet to come as in the second half, late drama saw Newtonhill BC take the three points and continue their resurgence in the Spree 16’s A league.
The first half was evidently all Stonehaven. This started as early as the fifth minute as Stonehaven's Lee Taggart drilled a shot but was matched and well saved and kept in the grasp of Newtonhill’s goalkeeper Archie Spence.
Three minutes later Stonehaven's moment of the match occured when a cross from Stonehaven’s Fergus Carnie was met by their striker and Man of the Match Jay Waters in the air who headed it into the keepers path, who parried it back out to Waters who didn’t miss the rebound to make it 1-0 to Stonehaven.
Only two minutes later Carnie got a shot of his own but it was saved well by the Newtonhill goalkeeper who was the Man of the Match for Newtonhill after a stellar performance.
In the 12th minute captain Fraser Jamieson of Stonehaven shot across the face of the goal but misses the target past the far left post.
The lead was then doubled as Ross McGillivray distracted goalkeeper Spence and the goalie accidentally let the ball go past him leaving McGillivray with an open net to make it 2-0.
In the 29th minute a ball from Waters to Carnie saw him one-on-one with the Newtonhill goalkeeper and forces the keeper to pull off a great save.
Newtonhill’s moment of the match saw Stonehaven captain Fraser Jamieson strike a beautiful knuckle ball which was spectacularly saved by the goalkeeper Archie Spence.
Westdyke CC came from a goal behind to knock Thistle Youth out of the Stonehaven Youth Trophy with a depleted squad, Thistle put on a fantastic performance, especially in the first half, and deserve lots of credit for their effort and attitude.
The visitors had to play an outfield player in goals with a makeshift line up, which showed their strength and depth. Thistle knew they had to react from a mediocre outing against Lewis United and react they did.
Thistle took the game to Westdyke in the opening exchanges of the game with a lot of attacking movement certainly giving the visitors lots of problems to deal with. Westdyke had opportunities of their own with Stewart Simpson having a good effort denied by Jamie Shingler.
The hosts took the lead on 12 minutes, a fantastic ball by Cody Booth went into a goalmouth crowded area with Westdyke not clearing their lines and there was Aiden Macrae on the spot to smash the ball into the net to guide Thistle in front. They set out with a real intensity early doors and deserved their lead.
Thistle continued to have chances after the goal however Westdyke got a wake up call after the goal and started to express themselves more which made for a fantastic spectacle. Nathan Manders had a shot which was thwarted by Sean McKenzie with Logan Duncan also having a long range shot saved by the versatile man.
A quick flurry of goals from Colony Park in the opening 20 minutes on top of another goal near the end was enough for the Inverurie side to come out on top and maintain their place at the top of the Under 15s B League.
Both teams have improved in their own certain ways this season, Colony finished in third last season and are looking very good for promotion this season, Northstar are going through a sticky patch recently but have enjoyed a fantastic season with some very good results to match.
On four minutes, it was 1-0 Colony, a terrific ball came into the danger zone and Kyle Duncan was there to guide home the opener smashing the ball past Hamish Cameron.
The Inverurie side were playing some fantastic football which was a joy to watch and six minutes later, it was 2-0 after a great through ball by Owen Morris found Shane Geddes who kept his composure to slot the ball into the far corner with a fantastic finish.
A football game at Under 15s level takes place for 80 minutes however the damage in this contest was done on 14 minutes after Colony trebled their advantage, a good effort by Luca Ivory Hunter gave Cameron no chance.
The quick start by Colony was a wake up call to the hosts however they have to deal with a few more attacks by Park with Kieran Morrison having a shot bounce off the crossbar.
Northstar were getting into the game as the contest progressed and Andrew Buck, the captain was very influential was a couple of chances to pull a goal back. Buck had a 25 yard free kick just over the bar before he managed to get into a good position before letting fly however Joe Dawson was equal to the effort.
Peterhead Jags and Banks O'Dee Albion Under 16s shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Watson Park, Cruden Bay with a draw a fair result for both sides, however frustration that chances missed cost both sides the opportunity for three points as the title race becomes more intense.
The hosts were in pole position going into the game and continued top of the summit after the result, it was the visitors who had a barrage of attacks in the opening five minutes of the game, Logan Watt had a few chances denied by Owen Park, Watt had another chance on nine minutes denied by Park.
Peterhead started to get into the game after a bit of a wake up call and a free kick fed in Kian Mccreddie however the shot was thwarted by Murray Burns, the wind wasn't spoiling conditions or football however did lead into both teams playing good football with the long ball on occasion.
Jags took the lead on 10 minutes, a long ball was met by Ross Cow who got clear of an Albion defender before smashing the ball into the net beyond Burns to guide Peterhead in front, the hosts were starting to show their attacking style of play and took advantage to take the lead.
Albion pulled level four minutes and it was thanks to the quality Logan Watt, a good ball by Oliver Minshull found the former Aberdeen forward and Watt kept his composure by slotting the ball past Park to level things up.
Peterhead had the better chances as the half time break loomed, a Luke Spence ball found Ben Schrader after it stranded the Albion defence, Schrader had a good effort at the Albion goal however Burns was equal to the effort. A Kyle Inglis corner kick wasn't dealt with properly and Mccreddie struck the ball wide.
Lewis United Rangers coach Dan Middler urged his team to take advantage of the wide playing surface and use their wingers. This showed early on when Arthur Morgan skipped past two and put in a dangerous cross which was well cleared by Cove.
Lewis broke the deadlock in the seventh minute when captain Conan Kennedy had his shot well saved by Cove goalkeeper Samuel Paterson, only for the rebound to be tucked away by Joe Wilson to set the scene early on for the hosts, Wilson used to play for McEwan at Culter United a couple of years ago so it was befitting for the forward to net.
Eleven minutes later, Lewis doubled their lead when a Morgan corner was headed home from six yards by Jay Halliday. Despite being 2-0 up and dominating play Lewis didn’t have things all their own way.
Cove had a couple of chances but nothing resulting in a goal. The nearest they came before half time is when a cross was met by Colby King and it fell to Jack Cowie whose shot was well blocked by Lewis keeper Balint Demus. The teams went in at half time with the hosts 2-0 to the good.
Banks O'Dee Albion came away with a 4-2 win away at Deveronvale, with the hosts deserving a lot of credit for battling against the table toppers for the duration of the game. There wasn't a lot between the teams with a couple of mistakes from the hosts being the difference.
The visitors were missing a few influential players with Harris Clubb at the back in particular being a big miss. Clubb has been injured since October and is predicting a comeback round about April when it'll be the business end of the season. Albion still showed their quality however and had enough about them to merit the win.
Deveronvale had a couple of chances to open the scoring in the opening five minutes. Logan Macaulay Mill was in on goal however a good effort was thwarted by Owen Forsyth in the visiting goal. Lucas Sey was also tumbled over in the area for the hosts with a couple of protests from the home camp however it wasn't malicious enough for the referee to award a spot-kick.
Albion took the lead on 10 minutes, taking advantage of a lapse of concentration from Vale when an Alfie Knox effort was tipped onto the crossbar by Curtis West before Corey Stevenson headed the ball onto the crossbar before crossing the line. A smashing header from Stevenson who was the smallest player on the park, shows that you don't need height to have talent.
Vale levelled just a couple of minutes later with Lucas Sey showing a great desire to get the hosts level again by battling against a couple of Albion defenders before breaking into the box and keeping his composure to slot the ball into the bottom left hand corner past Forsyth.
On 27 minutes, Banks O'Dee Albion took the lead with Knox once again giving Vale problems as his delivery found Hamish McKay who headed past the stranded West to put the Spain Park outfit back in control.
Albion doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time after a good ball found Adam Gordon who rounded West before firing the ball into the net from 10 yards which was a little bit harsh for Vale however for Albion, they showed their quality when it mattered, they have a strength and depth which has an advantage over the rest.
Deveronvale and Culter Thistle Under 13s shared the spoils in a pulsating 2-2 draw on a windy day at Myrus Sports Centre, Macduff. The wind was a problem for the whole duration of the match however credit to both teams who played some fantastic football against the conditions with lots of attacking flair from both Vale and Thistle.
Vale won the reverse game at the start of the season away at Culter with a 5-2 win coming back from being 2-0 down. The result was both teams's first draw of the season with both teams level on points.
The first ten minutes seen chances galore for both teams. Culter were first to pressure the Vale backline when a Harris Sainsbury ball found Henry Coutts however the effort was denied by Kyle Reid in the hosts goal.
Jack Mitchell was instrumental in the heart of midfield and he linked up very well with attacker Jack Sutherland for a potential opening. Sutherland received the ball before composing himself in front of goal however a good outstretched save by Robbie Innes thwarted the forward.
Sainsbury was looking a real threat for the Deveronvale defence and he was in on goal however a good save by Reid denied the talented winger. Sainsbury then played a fantastic ball into Jamie Bonner which was also saved by Reid.
After a series of Culter opportunities, Vale responded by having chances themselves, a Taylor Barron cross found Ryan Morrison who was clear in the six yard box however the effort just went wide. It was a fantastic game to watch on a not so warm morning with the game just requiring a goal.
That goal came on 28 minutes for the benefit of Culter, a fantastic through ball by Henry Coutts was met by Jake Moffat who then linked up well for Sean Wylie who was free in the box to smash home a fine effort to give Thistle the lead. There wasn't much between the teams up to that point with Culter punishing the hosts at the right time.
Deveronvale retailiated before half time on 30 minutes, a good ball by Taylor Barron was blocked by the Thistle backline however the ball came into Jack Mitchell and the captain rifled home a fine effort into the bottom left hand corner which gave Robbie Innes no chance. Equal at half time with very little to seperate the teams, as mentioned at the top of the report, it was a smashing game of football taking the overhead conditions into consideration.
There was a high five at Woodside on Sunday, as Glentanar saw off the challenge of Ellon Meadows, with a goal laden home display.
The hosts started the game with urgency, and had a great chance to take initiative in the opening moments. A Josh Thomson corner found a way through to James Wallace, up from the back. His shot on the turn was held by Liam Gibb in the Ellon net.
Both sides looked to settle into passing rhythm early on. Ellon’s Cayden Finlayson was involved in neat build up down the left, as the fullback ventured forward, only for wavelengths to break down in the final third.
On eight minutes, Glentanar wrote the foreword for their performance. Worked down their left, the ball was bundled across the box for Tate Bavidge to sweep home the opener. Several players forward in the setup, and the midfielder kept his composure from seven yards for 1-0.
On a wintry weekend in the north, that served as the perfect ice breaker. However, Meadows held their nerve in an attempt to construct a response, forcing the play longer. That would give forward Robbie Neilson a chance to stretch his legs in the channels, as the frontman threatened with his pace. More on his influence later.
As the game swung, Glentanar’s interchange was asking questions. Ross Simpson went through on goal, tugging his shot wide. Another Thomson corner was steered just over by Cooper Smith.
On 18, Nathan Bloice answered the call. Again the ball looped from the left. It was headed on by Simpson, helping it into Bloice’s path, to strike a measured volley. 2-0.
The visitors showed endeavour to reply, as the double-deficit appeared to free them. One of their best chances in the period came seconds after the restart. Lofted out of defence, Aidan Cruickshank gambled on the bouncing ball, beating James Wallace to the chase, but couldn’t push his outstretched effort beyond the rushing Matthew Taylor.
Midfielder Brodie Stewart was instrumental in many of Ellon’s possessions, battling hard in the centre, as they pushed forward, creating a flurry of chances towards the break. The aforementioned Neilson had a shot smartly parried on 24, before fizzing a freekick into traffic.
Glentanar were alive on the counter though, and Josh Thomson latched onto a timely Rio Collie pass on 32. With Gibb to beat, he produced a fine save from the stopper.
Neilson flashed one final effort over for Ellon on 35, and a frantic half took a breath.
A fantastic performance from Westdyke CC was enough for the Lawsondale outfit to come away with all three points in a top of the league clash with Banks O'Dee Albion, the desire, determination and skill was there to see from Westdyke against an Albion outfit who played well in spells however showed a lack of willingness to do more.
The attacking ambition from the visitors was witnessed from the opening spells of the game, on 11 minutes, a slip up in the Albion backline allowed Leo Rataj in who played a good ball to Samuel Sandilands however a good effort just went wide of the left hand post.
Matthew Petterman had a fantastic game for Westdyke with his eye for goal alongside his trickery and ability to get past defenders, the forward went on a good run however was then thwarted by Elliot Brodie as Westdyke went in search of an opening goal.
Albion started to get into the game towards the halfway point of the first half with Tom Dalziel getting into a good space and a defence effort from the midfielder was denied by Daniel Neish in the visiting goal with the game evenly poised as to who would open the scoring.
On 24 minutes, it was 1-0 Westdyke, Connor Napier played a good ball into Petterman who got past the Albion backline before rounding Archie Mackay before finishing the ball into the net to give Westdyke the lead, a real strikers finish and just rewards for Petterman from a fanastic start to the game.
Game then got a bit heated as the contest approached half time, a fantastic ball came into Jamie Maclellan who was doing very well in centre midfield and a 25 yard drive from Maclellan crashed off the inside of the post with Mackay beaten.
A late equaliser was enough for Portlethen to use their get out of jail card and come away from Turriff with a point and maintain their unbeaten run to the season against an enthusiastic and spirited United side.
Based on league positions, Portlethen would have been clear favourites however Turriff aren't to be underestimated and are in a false position in the Under 17s Spree B League, currently sitting fifth bottom.
Both teams enjoyed a good spell of exchanges during the opening spell of the game and it was the hosts who made the breakthrough on nine minutes after a goal kick by Robert McRitchie found Ryan Catto who headed the ball into the pathway of Jamie Benzie who hammered a fine effort into the bottom left hand corner beyond Daniel Bentinck.
Turriff were enjoying a good spell of opportunities after the opener and a fine save by Bentinck prevented United from making it 2-0 after a pass by Ryan Acott found Catto whose fine long range strike was tipped over the crossbar by the talented Portlethen goalkeeper.
On 20 minutes, it was 2-0, Benzie slid the ball into the path of Calum Stephen who slid a fine effort into the bottom left hand corner to put Turriff into a more comfortable position, Portlethen weren't showing their potential however Turriff showed lots of desire and intent and took full advantage of a slow start by the visitors.
Portlethen had more attacks towards the Turriff goal as the half progressed and just before half time, they pulled a goal back, the hosts failed to clear their lines and a shot by Sonny Tinkler was parried by McRitchie however Liam McGregor reacted to the ball first to tap the ball into the net, tough to take for Turriff however Portlethen showed a bit more belief about themselves as the half wore on.