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West End United and Donside United battled for a chance to end their season with silverware, with West End coming out on top of a hard fought under 15’s Consolation Cup Final at Balgownie Playing Fields. 

It did not take long for chances to begin to materialise in the game. Just two minutes in, West End’s striker Aman Goheer raced in behind the Donside defence, but Donside goalkeeper Callum Stewart raced out to block the striker’s shot.

It was clear Donside’s high line was putting them in danger, twice more in the next twenty minutes West End players got in behind the Donside back line. Both Finn Maver and Peter Davidson were again met by the on-rushing goalkeeper Stewart, preventing them from opening the scoring.

Donside’s keeper Stewart was once again helping to keep his side in the game, Gus MacDonald’s header from a corner was held by the Donside keeper.

Donside had gotten up to the West End side of the pitch a few times, although they had not carved out a chance until about half an hour in. A free kick wide right just outside the area was delivered into a dangerous area but West End did well to clear.

Winger Maver was proving to be a threat down Donside’s right flank. The winger had the best chance of the first half, picking up a loose ball on the edge of the area, jinking past a couple of defenders, but his low shot was saved at the near post by Stewart.

The final ten minutes of the first half was hard fought but saw little in the way of chances, leaving everything very much in the balance for the final 40 minutes.

Sunday, 27 May 2018 21:29

Westdyke pick up Winton Trophy with Dyce win

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An 11 minute hat-trick from Jack McLellan was enough for Westdyke CC to bring home the Winton Trophy coming from behind to win the game, it was an exciting cup final with both teams trying their hardest. There were two sending-offs for Dyce however it was a good game for the neutral.

Dyce threatened in the opening stages of the game giving Westdyke no time on the ball at all, Dyce had a couple of good chances with Gregor McPherson playing a good ball into Callum Nicol on four minutes however he shot over the bar. Nicol then had another chance on eight minutes but it was denied by a good from O'Donnell.

Westdyke had chances of their own and Daniel Neish in the Dyce goal has to be thanked for producing some good saves. Ryan Park had a good effort on goal after 20 minutes however a stretched save denied the Westdyke attacker.

Dyce took the lead three minutes before half time, a long kick found Jos McLaren who then had a shot on goal which slid under Mark O'Donnell on its way in to give his side the lead, the game would then die out before the half time interval in which Dyce would go in a goal to the good, the most pleasing thing from a Dyce perspective is they got bodies forward giving Westdyke problems.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 18:31

Moray Pink get six of the best at Northstar

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A very strong second half performance from Moray Pink was enough for them to take all three points in the Kim Little Under 13s league at Northfield Academy on Saturday morning. Of course, it's seven-a-side football and all the impetus should be on kids enjoying their football and although the scoreline suggests that there was a five goal difference between the teams, both teams played very well.

Northstar had the first real opportunity of the game, a long kick found Amy Merson however her shot went straight at Willow Searle in the Moray goal with Northstar playing some good exchanges of football.

Moray Pink were also playing some exciting football and Caitlin McLeod had a long range effort for Moray go wide followed by another good opportunity after a ball was played in by Millie Carr however McLeod saw her effort denied by Demi-Leigh Rennie.

Another good ball from Carr found Alexa Mann which was denied by another good save from Rennie in the Northstar goal. 0-0 at half time with both goalkeepers making some fantastic saves.

Lewis United made a spectacular comeback against all odds in order to be crowned champions of the U16s Castle Trophy Cup against Banks O’Dee Albion at Colony Park after extra time. The game looked even on paper beforehand, however there was some last minute drama prior to kick off as Lewis’ first choice keeper Balint Demus was ill and had to be replaced in goals by outfield player Cameron Carnie.

The game started off with a quick tempo, with Lewis having the first of the opportunities. A header won by Orin Collin was played down to the feet of Joy Banda who managed to latch onto the ball. He took a quick shot that forced a good save from Albion’s Thomas Mackie, low down towards the corner of the goal.

Albion responded by forcing an equally impressive save out of Carnie, who dived to his left to push Calum Brown’s angled shot round the post and out for a corner.

It was Albion who were to open the scoring. Callan Gray’s free kick from outside the box was swung in, forcing Carnie to come out and collect it. However, the makeshift goalkeeper was unlucky to fumble the ball to Adam Duffy who showed great composure as he tapped the ball into the empty net.

Going down in such an unfortunate manner did not deter Lewis, however. An attempt from Blair McGinigal took a big deflection off of an Albion defender.  It may have led to a goal if it was not for another quick reaction save from Mackie who turned it round the post.

As the referee blew for half time, Albion seemed to have had a slight edge during proceedings. However, Lewis had played with a determination which meant that it was impossible to write them off just yet.

It was a goal from Aiden Hendry late in the second half which separated the two teams as Lewis United went on to lift the ADJFA U13s Regional Trophy after beating Elite FC at Colony Park. The game was destined to be a tight affair, with both teams looking a bit nervous due to the cup final atmosphere.

These pre-match nerves were reflected upon the first half; with the play being very much end-to-end as neither team could get a firm grasp of the game. As a result of this chances were held to a minimum by two solid defences that were not easily broken down.

The chances which did come never threatened either keeper to a significant extent. A shot from Elite’s Tyler Reid took a deflection off a defender and could have misled Lewis’ Cameron Middleton but he showed good awareness to catch the ball.

Lewis came closest to scoring in the first half as a cross from Hendry was put out for a corner after being cleared by Josh Buchan in the Elite defence. It was taken by Guilherme Barbosa who found Harvey Yeats who was unlucky to see his shot deflected out and over the bar.

As the first half drew to a close both teams were still firmly in with a chance of winning. There had been plenty of battling between the two teams but both still had an abundance of talent left to show.

Monday, 14 May 2018 10:18

Westdyke get Regional Trophy with Albion win

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Westdyke CC Under 17s reacted from their recent 4-0 defeat to Banks O'Dee Albion in the league to bounce back and win the Regional Trophy with a 4-2 win over Albion, a Kris Cocker brace alongside shots from Greg Cowie and Euan Walker was enough for the trophy to head back to Lawsondale. 

Westdyke came out of the blocks early doors and the Albion defence was really tested early on in the game. A corner kick found Rocky Troup who had a header at goal straight at Lucas Muller in the home goal. 

Dave McGinlay's side opened the scoring after six minutes, a long ball from Rocky Troup bounced off James Connelly who came into Kris Cocker who produced a fine header to knock the ball past Muller to give Westdyke the dream start. 

Westdyke pressed Albion again immediately from the centre giving Albion no time at all on the ball, three minutes later it was 2-0. A good ball was squared across goal by Greg Cowie with Kris Cocker there to tap the ball home to give Westdyke some breathing space. 

It was probably the wake up call Albion needed, they came out a bit more rejuvenated and started to create their own attacks and they reduced the deficit on 18 minutes. A shot from Saiyed Ahmed was denied by Jamie Butler however Andrew Mitchell was there to guide the ball home. 

Albion then tried to pull level with Max Scoular having a shot saved by Butler in the Westdyke goal. Andrew Mitchell nearly got a brace but another good stop from Butler denied the midfielder.

Westdyke restored their two goal advantage seven minutes before the interval after a good ball by Euan Walker played in Greg Cowie who slotted home and the two goal advantage was rewarding for the football played in the first half. 

Monday, 14 May 2018 09:48

Albion 13s win Colony Park Cup

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A very good performance from Banks O'Dee Albion was enough for the Colony Park Cup to go back to Spain Park for Banks O'Dee Albion. Marcel Okeakawa and Alfie Knox scored the goals which helped Albion towards success. It was a dreich day at Colony Park with the weather slowly improving during the second half. 

Both sides were playing some good football in the opening exchanges of the game however neither team were clear cut in front of goal with Lloyd Sharp or Connor MacLeod in either goal having much to do during the opening 15 minutes of the game. 

As the half progressed, Albion came out of the blocks and had a few chances towards the Cove goal, Alfie Knox had a chance for Albion with an angled drive towards goal wide of the left hand post. 

Albion took the lead after 24 minutes, an initial effort had been saved by Lloyd Sharp which found its way into Marcel Okeakawa who fired home to give the Spain Park side a great start and it was a crucial goal after a stale start to the cup final. Cove weren't playing bad however it was mostly one way traffic at times in the first half. 

Saturday, 12 May 2018 16:54

Albion claim Murray Cup with Locos win

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Banks O’Dee Albion secured the Murray Cup in what was a tepid cup final for the neutral, this was a big opportunity for the Spain Park side to get their hands on silverware this season which they have done.

Both sides had their chances on a sun drenched Uniconn Park with Banks O’Dee having the first real chance of the game on five minutes with a ball by Greg Pirie being met by Mitchell McPherson which gone over the bar.

Inverurie opened the scoring on 11 minutes, a great corner was sent in from the left hand side by Reece Brown which was met by Campbell Marr who was free in space and he put a fine effort home past Vitali Sahhalevtis.

Banks O’Dee Albion responded in the right manner when Calum McKenzie guided the ball to give the Spain Park outfit an equaliser which meant for a tight cup finals, excluding the first league game this season between the teams, there has been very little to separate the teams this season.

Albion took the lead nine minutes before half time when a great delivery came in which was met by Finlay Johnston who netted a superb volley past Keller Emslie to put Albion in control of the game, it was a stale cup final with very little football being played.

Vitali Sahhalevtis had his Banks O’Dee Albion defence fairly organised having had game time for Banks O’Dee first team recently however his defence was almost breached once again just before half time courtesy of a good chance 14 yards out by Reece Brown which was denied by a good stop from Sahhalevtis.

Banks O’Dee Albion took home the Belmont Trophy with a 7-0 win against Stonehaven YFC City, however Stonehaven didn’t disgrace themselves by any stretch with the game being a good advert for ADJFA football.

Banks O’Dee Albion started the brighter of the two teams however Stonehaven YFC City were very organised and made life difficult for the Spain Park side in the opening exchanges of the game. Logan Watt had the first opportunity for the visitors after only five minutes when he rounded Jamie Boath however a good block by the goalkeeper denied the tall striker the chance to score.

Albion kept the pressure on with Watt having a header at Boath followed by Kyle Murphy having a long range strike which looked goal bound however it just flew wide of going into the top right hand corner.

Logan Watt opened the scoring for Banks O’Dee Albion on 20 minutes when he got the better of the Stonehaven defender by using his physical presence and Watt then fired home a fine finish into the bottom left hand corner from close range. That goal set the scene for the rest of the half.

Albion would keep going at Stonehaven immediately after the restart and were 2-0 up shortly after, a header from Cameron Jappy found Watt who got his second goal of the game sliding the ball under Boath in the City goal.

The Spain Park outfit made it 3-0 just before half time when a ball came in from Lyall Keir which was met by Cameron Jappy who knocked home a fine effort, it came at a good time for Albion which helped their confidence going into the second half.

Monday, 07 May 2018 10:55

Stonehaven win B League with Newmachar win

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A strong performance from the visitors was enough for Stonehaven YFC City to be crowned B League champions for season 2017-18 season at Under 15s level.

Stonehaven have performed very well all season and after finishing third last season Stonehaven have progressed massively, winning the league and also reaching the Belmont Trophy Final, beating A League sides Deveronvale and Newtonhill respectively.

Stonehaven started the game on the front foot, really threatening the Newmachar backline and the visitors thought they'd broken the deadlock after only four minutes with a shot from Kyle Phillps which bounced off the crossbar and bounced on the line, prompting calls from Stonehaven that they had scored, however the referee deemed that the ball had not in fact crossed the line.

The South Aberdeenshire side took the lead after 10 minutes when a shot from Kyle Phillips after a good ball slid under Aidan Wood and into the net to give the visitors the dream start. Stonehaven are a really good side going forward and this was definitely evident during the game.

Newmachar weren't at the races during the first half, with Stonehaven enjoying a lot of opportunities at goal and also a lot of posession. Harris Mitchell had a good chance to make it 2-0, however a good save from Wood denied the tall forward.

Stonehaven doubled their advantage after 28 minutes when Jacob Burgoyne went on a blistering 35-yard run which was unchallenged by the Newmachar defence and he sent a great ball in from the left hand flank and Fergus Carnie was on hand to slam the ball home into the back of the net from close range.