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Cove United U14s booked their place in the next round of the Eddie Mannell Trophy with a convincing 4-1 victory over Northstar Community FC at Balmoral Stadium on Sunday.

The hosts, of SPREE League B, got a good grasp on the early high winds: in truth, the testing conditions proving a challenge for both teams throughout. On 3 minutes, a precise pass from the centre of the pitch split the Northstar defence, leaving Cove’s Ben Ellis to turn and tuck the ball into the corner for the opening goal.

Five minutes later, Daniel Adams would have an opportunity to double United’s advantage as he was played through in the left channel of the box by Ellis, but dragged his right footed shot wide of the mark.

At the other end, Landis Pollard had begun the game brightly for the visitors. Still inside of the first 10 minutes, his speed and endeavour saw him clear of the opposition’s backline, but he overran the ball slightly and the shooting chance was gone.

In the period that followed, half-chances came and went for United’s Dylan Ingram and the lively Kai Shinnie. Meanwhile, Ashton Steel was acting as fulcrum in Northstar’s midfield, carrying the ball and moving it around the field with purpose. The Northfield side were threatening in wide areas, particularly the right, where interchange between the fullback and energetic winger Jack Stewart lead to a pair of nice swept crosses, but nobody could convert.

Midway through the half, Jake Blues took control for Cove. On 21, he untangled a knot of Northstar players to fire high into the roof of the net and double the home side’s lead.

Then four minutes later, the tall midfielder had a brace. Again gradual build up, this time on the left, and Blues took aim from the angle of the box. Here, he’d shown neat footwork to hold off obstruction, before curling his effort into the far post, beyond the reach of Daniel Cowe.

As the first half came to a close, the determination behind Northstar’s defensive display was laudable. Leighton Sharp and Owen Baxter teamed well together and worked hard in the match.

However, Cove would not be denied, and on 31, Jake Blues completed his hattrick. Good close-control once more with the ball at his feet, he found a pocket of space and drilled a low shot into the bottom left from 25 yards. It was unclear in the watching crowd whether this was the cleanest of contacts, but it found the mark for 4-0.

Just before the whistle, Jay McDonald lifted one final chance over the bar for the hosts.

Cove had the afternoon’s gale in their sails at the break.

Dyce BC Whites welcomed Westdyke Thistle with both teams having a share of mixed results so far this season. It was Dyce who came out on top 6-1 after a magnificent second half performance against a Thistle outfit who didn't play badly, however were beaten by a more enthusiastic and energetic Blues side.

Both sides had chances in the opening exchanges of the game. Dyce had a free kick through Kai Muirhead which curled off the crossbar whilst Matthew Pirie was a strong positive for Thistle and a ball from Lewis Mutch found Pirie whose effort went straight at Wills.

Westdyke Thistle were given a penalty on 19 minutes and it was a fantastic penalty strike by Pirie to open the scoring, with the attacker powerfully hitting the penalty off the crossbar and into the roof of the net to put the visitors a goal to the good.

Before the interval, Dyce themselves were given a penalty after a pull back in the box. Up stepped Connor May who dispatched a fine penalty into the top left hand corner to guide the hosts level.

Dyce BC Blues booked their place in the next round of the Under 13s Regional Cup with a 3-1 win over East End Lewis United, however Dyce were made to work very hard for the result which puts them into the quarter-finals with a home tie against Banchory.

East End were set up in a way to combat the threat that Dyce had, however also had enough about them to commit attacks. The visitors had a good chance after just five minutes, a ball by Patrikas Naruskevicius made it's way into Noah Benshabat, however the talented attackers effort went wide of the left hand post.

Dyce grew into the game as the half progressed, however there were no clear cut openings from either side and both sides deserve credit for not getting frustrated at the lack of chances available. Lewis are currently second bottom in the A League however they showed a performance which suggests they are in the wrong position.

Lewis were given a penalty on 26 minutes after Connor Newlands was bundled over inside the penalty box. Up stepped Junior Emea who slotted home a cool penalty past Sam Inglis, dispatching the spot-kick into the bottom left hand corner to give East End the lead. Unexpected but deserved from an Lewis point of view.

The lead only lasted three minutes however, as Dyce showed an immediate intent to get themselves back level and after a few quick attacks, on 29 minutes, they saw an opening in the Lewis rearguard and a Miller Keir ball found Ethan Sutherland, who knocked home a fine finish into the bottom left hand corner beyond Ryan Smith to guide the Blues level.

Sunday, 16 December 2018 07:15

Banchory end 2018 top of the league

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You either win, or you learn. One week ago, Banchory were on the wrong end of a 9-1 defeat to Banks O'Dee Albion. This week, Banchory faced another top team in Fraserburgh Link-Up and came away with a big result.

A fantastic second half performance from Banchory Pumas Under 17s was enough for the Deeside outfit to come out on top and restore their position at the top of the ADJFA A League heading into Christmas and the new year against an enthusiastic Fraserburgh who played some fantastic football at times.

It was third vs first with both sides taking the league by surprise this season, which is refreshing to see. Both sides played good football in testing conditions. With a lot of games postponed in the area, the advantages of shelter at the 4G surface at Mintlaw Academy made a huge difference.

Both sides had half chances in the early exchanges of the game with Owen Blackhall seeing a shot over the bar for the Broch whilst Cameron Findlay had a good effort for Banchory also falling over the top of Andrew Dunbar's goal.

Fraserburgh Link-Up were getting into some very good areas during the first half, with plenty of opportunities at the Banchory rearguard. Fraser Gardyne has to be thanked for some superb saves which, in the end, dictated the outcome of the result. Glen Wyness had a shot tipped round the post by Gardyne before Caden Beaton had a shot denied by the big goalkeeper. Owen Blackhall also had an effort which went wide of the left hand post.

Banchory had a good chance to open the scoring when Nathan McKeown intercepted the ball from Billy Crockett and the talented forward tried to lob Dunbar, however a good stop from the talented forward denied McKeown.

Link-Up took the lead on 25 minutes, a fantastic ball came into a dangerous area which was met by Matthew Beaton, who struck the ball home from close range to give Broch the best possible start. For all their attacking intent, this was a deserved lead from Fraserburgh.

One of the best moves of the game was a Fraserburgh clearance by Glen Wyness taking four keepie ups before producing a good defensive clearance, the Broch went into the interval with a goal to the good however there wasn't too much between the teams with both teams serving up a pulsating encounter.

Monday, 03 December 2018 10:46

Vale pick up important win against Peterhead

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Deveronvale Community Football Club picked up a big win at home to Peterhead in the Under 13s Spree B League winning 4-2. Both sides are near the top of the league with the win for the hosts putting Vale above the Buchan side in the table, having both played seven games. 

The first period was played at a pulsating pace with both teams going for it from the first whistle. Vale took the lead with the game only four minutes old, a fantastic ball came in by Ryan Morrison which was met by Jack Sutherland who slotted the ball home from close range. 

Vales lead only lasted five minutes with Peterhead level soon afterwards after Ricky Milne got into a really good area for the visitors before breaking into the box and firing a good effort into the bottom left hand corner. 

Peterhead kept the mometum going and took the lead on 13 minutes. A quick throw-in saw the visitors go on a bolstering attack and the ball eventually came to Joseph Mackey who guided home a fine effort. 

It was end to end action at Myrus and Vale made their intent known by levelling again just four minutes later after a loose ball found Ryan Morrison who then, with a piece of individual brilliance, guided an audacious lob over Josh Morrison in the visiting goal. 

Vale took the lead on 33 minutes after Jack Sutherland went on a fantastic run before rounding Morrison and placing the ball into an empty net to give the Banff side the lead once again.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 11:04

North get bonus point with Aberdeen draw

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In what was a rematch of last seasons Under 18s National Trophy final, Aberdeen and North Under 18s faced off at the Balmoral Stadium, home of Highland League side Cove Rangers. Both sides are hugely changed from last seasons final with goalkeeper Jakub Biorka still between the sticks for Aberdeen City. North won 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in an enthralling game of football.

North gained an extra point as a result of their penalty success.

Aberdeen City had a range of withdrawals for the game as did the North Of Scotland, SFA President Alan MacRae was in attendance for the match with many good individual performances for both teams. Kick-off time was delayed because the North team bus had arrived late, whilst Aberdeen started the game with nine men before last minute arrivals turned up.

North had the opening chance of the game on 13 minutes; a long kick from Jamie Stephen found Fraser Russell however his header went just over the top of Biorka's goal.

On 18 minutes, North took the lead. A good Liam McDade ball found Russell whose goalbound effort was parried by Biorka before Lewis Hyde guided the ball into an empty net to give North a deserved lead.

Fraser Russell was giving the Aberdeen side all sorts of problems and a good ball found the striker who tried to get his second goal of the game but a good effort hit the side netting.

Aberdeen got into the game with Daniel Middler causing a threat to the North backline, the Lewis United Rangers forward had an audacious overhead kick denied by Stephen in the North goal.

A winner from Logan Macaulay Mill was enough for Deveronvale Under 14s to grab an important win against an improved Dyce side, the result meant Vale go level on points with Dyce, it's good preparation for the Banff side heading into Saturdays Scottish Cup match away to Palace Park in Glasgow.

The result is a set back for Dyce who had a depleted squad however the Aberdeen side have enjoyed some fantastic results so far this season drawing with East End Lewis and beating Cove Youth.

Dyce took the lead with the game only two minutes old, Max Cheung got clear of the Deveronvale right back before going through on goal, his effort hit the post before Callum Taylor unfortunately knocked the ball into his own net, a good start from Dyce but there was still 68 minutes of football to play and anything could have happened.

Vale equalised on 10 minutes, a good ball down the channel was met by Lucas Sey and the striker guided a fine effort into the bottom left hand corner past Grant Moroney to guide the hosts level.

The hosts took the lead just two minutes later, Vale were playing some fantastic football and a Callum Taylor pass found Jake West who had an audacious effort into the bottom left hand corner past a stranded Moroney.

Dyce equalised three minutes before the interval, a corner kick from the right hand side wasn't cleared by the Vale backline and Dylan Boyce guided home a fine header past Curtis West.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 08:57

Elgin maintain 100% start with Nairn win

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A strong second half performance from Elgin City was enough for the hosts to come out on top against an organised and energetic Nairn County side at Borough Briggs on Monday evening. Elgin maintained their 100% start to the season whilst Nairn registered their second successive defeat however still lie in second.

Nairn County made five changes to the side that lost against Brora Rangers a fortnight earlier.

Both sides took the advantage to play first team players who have had a lack of game time with their respective first teams with Thomas McHale and Scott Miller given a run out for Elgin and Nairn also fielding a couple of first team squad players.

It was a wind spoiled encounter with unsurprisingly very few chances in the opening exchanges of the game, Nairn did have the ball in the net after eight minutes after a corner was met by Jack MacLean who guided home a fine header however it was disallowed by the referee.

Nairn were the better side in the opening 15 minutes of the game however Elgin didn't panic and a long ball into Moray Taylor nearly opened the scoring for the hosts however the strikers shot went wide.

County threatened again after a ball from Jack W MacLean was met by Ewen Urquhart who found Seamus McConaghy who was through on goal however a crunching challenge thwarted the Nairn striker a clear opportunity.

Urquhart made a good impression for Nairn and his ball found McConaghy who got past Liam McDade however his effort went over the top of Thomas McHale's goal.

Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:50

Buckie seal Clach away day with Turriff win

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Goals from Saul Phimster and Finlay McKay were enough for Buckie Thistle to see off Turriff United and book a trip to Inverness in the next round of the SFA Youth Cup to face Clachnacuddin on the 9th November.

Turriff took the lead through Alex Clark before Buckie pulled level thanks to Phimster. 

Buckie at Under 17 level are currently 3rd in the Highland League North whilst Turriff are a team made up of boys from local clubs and they lost three successive games on the bounce before a 6-1 win away to Deveronvale in the Under 17's Highland League East on Monday night,, but they didn't really find the same rhythm in this game. 

Turriff started the game at a good pace and with the game four minutes old, the visitors took the lead.

A good ball from Lewis Chalmers found Clark who got rid of the Buckie backline before firing home a good effort into the middle of the net beyond Lee Herbert. 

Herbert has had a couple of appearances for the first team at Buckie this season and his big kick found Phimster who played in another first team apprentice Lucas Davidson who tried an ambitious effort over the advancing Aidan Wood, however the former Ross County midfielders effort was denied by the tall goalkeeper. 

Wood was called upon again on 15 minutes, saving a long range drive from Calum MacLeod.

Buckie got off to a slow start in the game, however they looked the more threatening side after the quarter hour mark. 

Wood then created an attack for United on 20 minutes when his long kick evaded the Buckie defence and Greig Taylor got onto the ball and broke forward towards goal, but his effort went wide of the right hand post. 

Buckie equalised on 35 minutes; Phimster went on a good run before guiding a fine deflected effort into the bottom right hand corner beyond Wood to bring the Jags level, Turriff had been the better side the first quarter hour but Buckie grew into the game and they worked hard for the equaliser. 

The Jags tried to go in front before the interval after a ball from Joel Davidson found Josh Mair however a good save from Wood denied the winger. 


Wednesday, 10 October 2018 09:45

City get big win against Shire

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A Finlay Ness brace and strikes from Gavin Troup and Ewan Reid were enough for Aberdeen City to come out on top in a pulsating encounter against Aberdeenshire.

Cameron Heslop and Archie Hopper netted for the hosts.

Aberdeenshire took the lead on nine minutes, a ball from Will Storey found Heslop whose lightening effort curled past the stranded Jakub Biorka from 15 yards, Shire started the game the brighter and the lead was deserved.

On 24 minutes, Aberdeen City tried to pull level after a ball from Matthew Morrison found Troup, however the midfielder failed to connect with the ball on target.

Both sides restricted each other to limited chances in the first period however some good football was played at the same time.

Three minutes before half time it was 1-1, a corner kick from Dylan Forsyth found Lewis Robertson who headed onto Troup eight yards from goal, where he side-footed the ball into the net beyond Kyle Leiper to change the complexity of the game.

A free kick for Aberdeenshire by Hopper was blocked by Finlay Wood and the ball came out to Banff Academy midfielder Declan McKay who had a speclative effort on goal saved by Biorka.