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Banks O’Dee Under 17s got their hands on the Highland League East Section title, winning it on goal difference ahead of Inverurie Locos. The Spain Park outfit had won the title for two years running prior to this and some new players had come into the fold this season, however standards were still high.
Banks O’Dee Coach Aggie Gray said, "We didn't panic after the defeat against Fraserburgh, we were 1-0 up at half time and they scored 6 goals in the second half, it was horrible weather that night.
"We played the Under 16s Banks O'Dee Albion team in the last two games of the campaign, they beat Huntly comfortably and could have won by more and they also had a good win against Formartine.
"At the start of the season, we were under a bit of pressure, the chairman told us that he would like to retain the league again for the club after winning it two years in a row previously.
"The Under 20s also won their league and we are the only Junior club represented in this competition so it's good for the club.”
Banks O'Dee will take on either Wick Academy or Clachnacuddin in the Highland League play-off at the end of the season.
Two braces from Jake Buirds and Ryan Park was enough for Westdyke to come out on top away to a much improved Dyce side. Westdyke deserved to win the game however rode their luck at times as well, with Westdyke goalkeeper Marc O’Donnell needing to be thanked for producing two penalty saves.
Dyce created an attack in the opening exchanges of the game through a Callum Nicol header which came to nothing, Westdyke broke quickly and found themselves a goal in front with the game two minutes old. A good ball came in which was met by Buirds who had an initial effort blocked, however the talented forward made no mistake with the rebound.
Andrew Buchan almost doubled the lead for Westdyke in the ninth minute, but a good save from Neish denied Buchan the chance to add to the tally.
The game wasn’t over by any stretch and Dyce had a great opportunity to level the score when they got themselves a penalty. A Jackson Pirie penalty went straight down the middle and saved by O'Donnell. O’Donnell’s save proved to be very important.
The visitors doubled their advantage after 21 minutes, Westdyke counter-attacked the Dyce backline and a good ball across goal found Buirds who tapped the ball home into an empty net to double the advantage.
Dyce got another penalty just before the interval with Callum Nicol this time on penalty duties to try and reduce the deficit from 12 yards, Nicol stepped up however, went down the middle again and O’Donnell, once again, saved it to ensure a clean sheet for him going into half time.
A professional performance from the visitors was enough for Banchory to pick up a good 4-0 win away to Newmachar and earn promotion back to the A league. The calculations were simple ahead of this one, Newmachar United had to win the game to have any chance of a top two finish, a draw could have been enough. A win for Banchory and A league football for next season was cemented.
Banchory started the game on the front foot with Trevor Glansbeek playing a good ball into Daniel Ogden however his effort was knocked just wide after three minutes, a long range shot from Ben Read was then denied by Aidan Wood.
Nothing separated the teams in the first half with both sides playing some very good football which was good to see with Charlie Gordon Park very cut up after drainage problems at the ground.
The visitors opened the scoring 10 minutes before the interval when Cameron McPhail was released through on goal after a good through ball and the midfielder made no mistake by guiding the ball past Wood bouncing off the post and into the back of the net. Newmachar switched off at the wrong time and Banchory made them pay.
A five star display from Northstar Orange was enough for the Aberdeen side to win the C League Section one. In the regional trophy at the start of the season, Orange had Cove and Peterhead in their group, Cove are Scottish Cup finalists and Peterhead are currently 2nd in the B league so they were in a strong league, however they have taken it in their stride and have achieved promotion.
Newmachar started the game the better side with Northstar Orange slightly disorganized. Niall Brown was first to test the Orange backline for the hosts however his tame effort went straight to Archie Stephen. Niall McPherson then had a free kick which Stephen dealt with well.
Northstar Orange's first shot on target resulted in the visitors breaking the deadlock after 18 minutes when Jay Taylor Donald played in Conal Cheshire who half volleyed a fine effort low and hard into the back of the net to set the scene in this contest.
Cheshire should have gotten a second 10 minutes before the interval for the visitors when he rounded Newmachar goalkeeper Matthew Cook, however the Newmachar defence blocked his goal bound effort. There was very little to separate the teams going into half time.
A goal from Lewis MacDonald four minutes before the interval gave Culter United three big points as the race to be crowned A league champions at Under 16s level this season hots up.
Lewis United gained a big result on Thursday night, beating Banks O’Dee Albion, however the league championship is far from decided, with a lot of football still to be played.
Lewis went at Culter United in the opening exchanges of the game. A ball from Josh Gerrard found Josh Petrie whose effort went wide. The visitors were enjoying some good possession although Lewis started the game rather slow.
Orin Collin then played in Petrie who was denied by Kyle Leiper in the visiting goal. Petrie also had an attempted lob denied by Leiper as the hosts wasted chances to break the deadlock.
A free kick from Cole Anderson in the 22nd minute was Culter United’s first big chance of the game and Anderson forced a good save from Balint Demus in the hosts goal.
Culter went ahead with four minutes until the interval when Mitchell Wilson Argo played in Lewis MacDonald who fired home from close range, giving Demus in the hosts goal no chance. Based on overall play, Culter probably just about deserved to go into half time in front.
Goals from MacKenzie Taylor and Sean Dickie was enough for Elite to win at home against Ellon Meadows, as the business end of the season reaches its climax. It was a fine day for football at the Garioch Centre, Inverurie.
Both sides played some exciting football in this contest with Elite being the more clinical side in front of goal. Jackson Sweeney almost opened the scoring for the hosts with an effort which crashed off the crossbar.
Sweeney then had a cross into the box which deflected off an Ellon defender towards goal however Cameron Montgomery in the visiting goal denied the talented midfielder who had a good game for the hosts.
A good ball in by Sam Connor found its way into Callum Kelly for Ellon however before the forward pulled the trigger, the Elite defence denied the visitors a clear cut chance on goal.
Elite enjoyed some good attacking activity towards the end of the first half and almost opened the scoring on 18 minutes with a corner in from the left hand side by Owen McKenzie which was met by Cody Whyte however his header went over the bar.
The hosts opened the scoring three minutes later after another great strike from Jackson Sweeney crashed off the woodwork which would have been a fantastic strike had it gone in however MacKenzie Taylor was there to clean things up and guide the ball home to break the deadlock for Elite.
Cults Academy were crowned champions of the J.M. Low Trophy after an entertaining final against Banchory Academy. Originally being played at Countesswells, the game was moved to the artificial pitch at Northfield Academy due to persistent rain fall all day. This was their second trophy in the space of a week after winning the President’s Trophy final against Oldmachar on penalties.
As the game kicked off, Banchory started with a quick tempo. Alasdair Shrive tested Cults’ keeper Jacob Otto with a powerful shot towards the bottom corner. Otto showed quick reactions in getting down to make the save.
After the quick start, the game began to slow down, with Banchory having a slight edge in terms of controlling the game. A low cross from Jamie Thomson looked threatening but was well cleared by defender Luke Fitzsimons. Shrive also remained a constant threat, with his ability to dribble past players causing trouble for the Cults’ defence.
Banchory continued to pile pressure upon the Cults defence who remained resilient. Otto was key once again as he pulled off a number of saves to keep his team in the game, particularly in coming quick off his line to retrieve the ball from the feet of attacker Sean Christie.
Cults had very few attacking opportunities in the first half. Andrew Mitchell forced a save from Aiden Sangster with a close range header, only for it to be ruled offside.
As the referee blew his whistle for half time, Banchory had the better of the play, but both teams still had a chance of lifting the trophy at the end of the game.
The weather produced four seasons in one day at Northfield Academy as Byron Dons took on Newmachar United in the C League Section 1. Newmachar are currently undefeated in the league and are currently 2nd with a host of games to play before the end of the season. The visitors came away from Byron with an extra three points after a 7-2 win at the Dons.
Newmachar made their intent known to Byron early in the game and took the lead with a minute on the clock when United pressed the Dons backline and Damian Brookes finished off a fine move smashing the ball past Thomas Killoh.
Byron attacked at Newmachar shortly afterwards in the hunt for an equaliser and Ewan Milne had a shot which was saved by Konrad Gorczynski in the visitors goal and although Newmachar looked the sharper outfit going forward, Byron were decent going forward themselves although lacked a bit of urgency and support in the final third.
Brookes added his 2nd of the game after 16 minutes with a fine finish to give Newmachar a two goal cushion, Newmachar were to have the majority of possession and the more chances as the half progressed although it wasn’t all plain sailing with Byron having chances themselves.
Sam Milne-Emslie then got himself on the scoresheet to add a decisive 3rd for Newmachar after he received a good ball from Ben Cresswell and the forward struck home a fine finish past Killoh from close range.
Newmachar pressed at Byron immediately after the restart and a couple of minutes later it was 4-0 when a ball from Matthew Petermann found Cresswell who went from provider to scorer and he slotted the ball into the back of the net.
It could have been damaged limitation from that point onwards but Byron reduced the deficit before half time after an attempted pass from a Newmachar defender to the goalkeeper wasn’t dealt with and the ball fell nicely to Josh Merchant who knocked a fine finish past Gorzynski which was probably an important goal to cater for the way the 2nd half was going to shape up.
Banks O'Dee Albion put in a dominant performance away to Culter Colts, winning 6-0 to set up a Murray Cup final clash against Inverurie Locos. Culter did have a bright start to the game however Albion were much sharper and more hungry when they got going in this contest.
Culter posed a threat to the Albion backline in the early exchanges of the game and Aidan Wilkinson had an early chance for Colts which just went wide with the visitors taking a while to get into the game. Josh Peters also had a good effort which was denied by Vitali Sahhalevtids in the visitors goal.
Banks O'Dee should have had a penalty in the 15th minute when Connor Wood was fouled in the area however the referee waved away the protests with Wood and the Banks O'Dee Albion players very much disconsolate with the decision.
Six minutes later and Banks O'Dee Albion were in front when a shot from Mitchell McPherson was denied by Cieran Hunter and Joe Talbot hammered the ball home from close range to get the Spain Park outfit the dream start.
The visitors kept on top of proceedings and a good ball was delivered in by Jason Ritchie which was met by McPherson however his header went wide. It wasn't falling for the striker so far although he had a good game regardless.
Greg Pirie started as a sub however came on and gave Albion a different impetus in the forward areas. Pirie got the assist for the 2nd goal after he sent a great ball into Joe Talbot who saw his initial effort saved however Talbot made no mistake with the rebound.
A late winner from Leon Forbes was enough for Harlaw Academy to bring home the Gerrard Trophy. The teams have served some cracking games of football throughout the years and this game was no exception with the game having a good end-to-end feel about it.
Cults started the game on a bright note and had an early chance when a ball was sent in from Lewis MacDonald which was met by Ross Gillespie however a good save from Cai Shepherd denied the midfielder.
There was very little between the teams and both teams drove up their own areas whenever they could. Cults took the lead after 23 minutes with MacDonald hitting an audacious effort past Shepherd. Shepherd did get a hand to it however the effort proved to be too much for the unlucky goalkeeper.
Harlaw pressed the Cults backline immediately after the goal and they pulled level after 34 minutes with a good ball going into the pathway of Stephen Holland and the forward guided the ball home with a fine finish hammering the ball past Ben Crawshaw.
A penalty shoot-out dictated the outcome of the Presidents Cup final after nothing separated the teams in normal time. It was Cults who won their third trophy in the space of a week with Alex Dalziel netting the final penalty after two missed penalties from Oldmachar in a row.
The final started off quite lively with both teams going for it from the word go. Ben Ross had a long range effort which went straight at Matthew Buckham. A big crowd turned out for this game and the game quietened down as the clock ticked in the 1st half.
Oldmachar did have chances themselves and a Calum Beattie ball found Aaron Leslie however his header went over the bar and it was difficult to tell who was going to make the breakthrough at this point.
As it looked like being 0-0 going into half time, Cults had other ideas when they got forward and Andrew Mitchell had an effort which was only parried by Buckham and Kris Cocker guided the ball home from close range which would have changed the proximity of the half time team talks.
A very good performance from Cults Academy Under 13s ensured they picked up the Green Final Trophy with a comfortable 7-0 win at home to Harlaw Academy at Dyce Academy. It was a cold spectacle for many and it was a cracking game of football to watch from a neutral perspective.
Both sides had their chances in the opening exchanges of the game with Cults seeing a solo effort saved by Archie Stephen before a Harlaw free kick by Mark Scott went over the bar which made for an exciting start to the contest.
Cults opened the scoring midway through the first half with Damon Collins finishing off a fine move for his team before the Banks O'Dee Albion forward completed a good finish. It was a good through ball from Samuel Maitland who played in Collins.
A great ball into the box four minutes later led to Cults doubling their advantage when the ball found Jesse Marinus Goense free in space and the midfielder knocked the ball home past Archie Stephen from close range.
Harlaw had a chance on 25 minutes to reduce the deficit and it was one of the best chances of the game from their perspective after a ball from Mark Scott found Ebube Anyaegbynam with the goal right in front of the striker, however unfortunately for the tall forward he knocked his shot wide. The goal would likely have changed the complexion of the game.
Collins picked up his second goal before the half time whistle blew when another good delivery came in from out wide which was met by the forward and he slotted past Stephen from a wide angle with the Harlaw back line forcing Collins wide before he could pull his shot away.
Elgin City and Lossiemouth were up against each other in a top of the league local derby clash at Borough Briggs in the North Of Scotland Under 20 league. Only six miles seperate Elgin and Lossiemouth so a good game was in prospect. Elgin beat Lossie in a reverse fixture at the start of the campaign 3-0. It was a chilly but fine night.
After a lengthy injury spell, Shane Sutherland, an experienced former Caley Thistle striker made the bench on his recovery from injury. With the Elgin City first team having a game Tuesday night, City had a youthful outfit out on the night. Lossie had first team players such as Nathan Smith and Ryan Farquhar involved.
As much as both sides will put impetus on player development, both sides went out with the desire to get three points to try and get one step closer to league success. Brora Rangers are in third and have same amount of points as Elgin with both teams having a game in hand on Lossie.
On a heavy pitch, it took a while for either side to get going in this fixture, the pitch was understandably not ideal for both teams meaning the opening exchanges were on a tepid note for both teams.
Elgin had the first notable chance of the game on the half hour mark after a dangerous ball arrived into the six yard area which was met by Moray Taylor however his header went over the bar. Lossie weren't really threatening going forward however tried to play football which was pleasing to see.