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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.
 

Monday, 08 October 2018 10:01

Dyce with eight against United

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Dyce BC Blues and Formartine United went head to head in an Under 13s Spree A league fixture with Dyce coming out on top comfortably and whilst Formartine will be hurting with the scoreline. They showed some good moments in the game against a stronger Dyce side.

The hosts threatened from the off. A good ball found Gafar Abari however his effort from a wide angle just went wide of the left hand post with Dyce showing their impetus early on to get their noses in front.

Blues took the lead on five minutes. Another good assist found Abari and this time the striker made no mistake finishing off a fine move past the advancing Jack Robertson from 16 yards out.

On eight minutes, it was 2-0. Another fine move from the hosts saw a good ball by Aidan Brookes found Dylan Shaw who knocked the ball into the back of the net from four yards out to give Dyce some comfort.

It took a while for Formartine to get into the game however United did threaten shortly after the goal. A cross from Branden Beaton found Finlay Brown who had a good effort on goal just wide of the left hand post.

Dyce played some smashing football towards the tail end of the first half and got themselves four goals in the final 12 minutes of the half. The first one arrived on 24 minutes when Owen Townend cut the ball back which was met by Shaw who got his second goal of the game slamming the ball past Robertson.

A minute later, it was 4-0. A Formartine clearance only went as far as Brookes whose effort from the edge of the box found it's way into the bottom left hand corner. Brookes deservedly getting a goal for putting in a good shift for the hosts.

It was 5-0 soon after a ball over the top of the Formartine backline resulted in a fifth goal for the hosts with Zane Lawson grabbing a goal with a good finish.

On 30 minutes, Formartine pulled a goal back, their forward line capitalised on a defensive mistake and Aarron Buckle guided the ball home into the low corner to make the score line a lot more respectable.

Lawson completed the scoring just before half time for Dyce after he got the ball and the forward finished well from the edge of the box.

Sunday, 07 October 2018 20:12

Westdyke pick up Dyce away win

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Dyce Whites and Westdyke CC Under 13s met in a Spree A League Under 13s fixture at Pitmedden Road, Dyce on an unsettled Sunday morning. Westdyke won 3-0 thanks to goals from Sean Considine, Milosz Ochmanski and Gregor Zimmerman.

Westdyke took the lead on eight minutes. Zimmerman was a constant threat for Westdyke and played very well for the visitors, his ball found talented forward Considine who guided the ball into the back of the net beyond the Dyce goalkeeper to give the visitors the best start to the game.

Dyce BC Whites have just formed as a team a couple of months ago and under the guidance of coaches including former professional Lewis Muirhead. Dyce had opportunities of their own including a free kick from Harry Baird which was gathered by Seth Miller in the opposition goal.

Both sides had half chances with the half coming to an end, Westdyke kept on playing some good football with Dyce also battling well and the hosts had some good individual and team performances, an effort from Matthew Burnett was denied by Miller.

The weather conditions were getting horrendous as the game wore on and it did take a lot out of either side however it's an experience both sides will benefit for the future.

Sunday, 30 September 2018 19:50

Fraserburgh into third round of cup with Elgin win

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Fraserburgh earned a place in the third round of the SYFA Youth Cup with a 5-4 win over Scottish League side Elgin City away from home, the game was played in the right spirit from both sides with both sides impressing with some good players on either team.

The Broch took the lead after 11 minutes. A good corner came in from the talented Logan Watt and his corner found centre half Arnadas Cepulis in space who guided a fine effort into the roof of the net with a half volley to give the visitors a perfect start.

Logan Watt went from provider to goalscorer four minutes later. Watt was playing in a midfield role and always looking dangerous whenever he had the ball, a Liam Morrison ball found the playmaker who fired home from close range to double the advantage for the Broch.

Liam Morrison was a constant threat for the Elgin defence and was one of the youngest players on the park, Morrison deservedly got himself on the scoresheet on 24 minutes. Adam Crichton's kick was blocked by Scott Murison and he crossed for Morrison to tap the ball into an empty net, not a special goal but they all count.

Elgin got into the game towards the tailend of the first half and deserved to get their name on the scoresheet. Elgin had some routine attacks in the first half and a free kick by Rhys Fraser-Prescott was met by Caiol Provan who guided home a glancing header beyond Ross Mowatt in the Broch goal, the game got a bit heated before half time.

Saturday, 29 September 2018 20:27

Deveronvale into third round with Newtonhill win

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Goals from Malcolm Morrison and Campbell McDermott were enough for Deveronvale to come out on top against Newtonhill and earn their place in the third round of the Scottish Cup.

Deveronvale and Newtonhill Under 16s met at Banff Academy in a second round Scottish Cup tie with both sides participating in the A league, so a good even game was in prospect.

It was a game ruined by wind and various other things, however it was a cracking cup tie with end to end activity. Newtonhill can feel hard done being on the losing side, however Deveronvale showed great desire to advance.

Newtonhill and Deveronvale both played some good passing football in the opening stages of the game, though there was nothing clear cut in terms of chances during the first 10 minutes. Despite this, the way both sides went about playing their football was refreshing to see, there was the occasional punt however apart from that, Deveronvale tried to play out from the back using their goalkeeper whenever they could whilst Newtonhill played some good passing to try and cut open Vale.

Vale had the first real chance after 12 minutes. Captain Campbell McDermott found Glen Morrison whose shot was on target however a good save from Archie Spence denied the left back.

The hosts took the lead two minutes later, when a ball from Ross McDonald found Malcolm Morrison who tucked the ball home from four yards to give Vale the perfect start.

It was almost 2-0 on 20 minutes with Kyle Buxton having an effort crash off the post before Liam Fraser forced a good save from Spence, who was to save Newtonhill on a few occasions.

Newtonhill were level four minutes before half time, Josh Middler saw his effort parried by Jamie Williamson before Kyle Flockhart placed the rebound into the bottom left hand corner beyond the Deveronvale backline.

Sunday, 23 September 2018 17:18

Deveronvale maintain 100% start with Aberdon win

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Deveronvale came from a goal down in the Spree ADJFA C League under 15s fixture to beat Aberdon 5-1 at Banff Academy astroturf, both teams had 100% records heading into the game with Deveronvale's ambitions of league success taking a huge step forward towards their targets.

Aberdon took the lead after four minutes when Callum O'Brien drove past the Vale backline and guided a fine effort home past Callum Begg in the Vale goal to give the visitors the dream start. Aberdon were fast going from the word go and took advantage of the Banff sides slow start to put themselves in front.

Vale found an equaliser four minutes later. Ahren Duncan was a vocal captain and defender for the hosts and it was the skipper who levelled matters up after a good corner came in and Duncan was there to guide the ball home past Ben Horne in the Aberdon goal which gave the hosts the lift required.

Shaun MacDonald put in a very good shift for the Vale and his hard work was rewarded after he got the ball and fired a fine effort into the bottom left hand corner with 20 minutes on the clock.

Nine minutes before half time, Vale doubled the advantage after a good ball from Alan McLeod found MacDonald who went on a darting run before keeping his composure to slot the ball into the back of the net beyond Horne.

Northstar Orange Under 14s made it four wins out of four in the Spree ADJFA B league with a 1-0 win over Westdyke CC, both teams will be up there challenging for the league at the end of the season with not a lot to seperate the sides, a goal from Richard Sandison four minutes from half time was the difference. 

Westdyke had the first chance of the game, a ball from Jude Masson found Jay Neil however a good save from Archie Stephen denied the striker. Northstar attacked at the other end a short time later and won a free kick, Jake Coutts had his free kick saved by Finlay Wilson. 

Both teams were playing some good football however towards the tail end of the first half, nobody was really in any danger of scoring, there was little attacking threat but there was ambition from both teams. 

Northstar took the lead four minutes before the break, a free kick came in which wasn't dealt with properly by the Westdyke backline and Richard Sandison was there to rattle the ball home into the top corner beyond Wilson to give the hosts the lead heading into half time.

 

Northstar Under 15s earned their place in the second round of the Scottish Cup with a fantastic 5-1 win over Glentanar, the scoreline was a little bit harsh on Glentanar with the difference being Northstar had a fantastic 20 minute spell in the second half. 

Andrew Buck had a good effort for Northstar in the eighth minute over the bar before Usman Shehu had a curling effort denied by Matthew Taylor in the Glentanar goal, both sides had good opportunities in the early stages of the game. 

Northstar took the lead on 22 minutes, a ball found Shehu who slid the ball home into the back of the net beyond the Glentanar backline, a goal which set the scene for the game.

Glentanar tried to pull level with Kieran Hurley had an effort from the edge of the box over the bar before Jamie Reith tried to double the lead for the hosts however his effort cannoned off the bar.