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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. 

Thursday, 06 September 2018 11:47

Donside gearing up for Scottish Cup quarter-final

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Donside Juvenile Under 13 girls are all set for their Scottish Cup quarter-final match against Central girls legends on Sunday lunchtime with a 12pm kick off. The Alford side are going well in the Kim Little and they are top of the respective league.
 
Neil Daniel’s side have beaten Colony Park in the preliminary round before a 9-0 victory over East Kilbride in the first round of the cup, a succession of home ties was to follow after that with an 8-1 win over Ayr United before a 6-0 win against Hearts in the last round.
 
Coach Daniel looked ahead to the game saying, “For us especially, our aim at the start of the season was the same as last season, which was if we had one home tie and one away tie it would be great because we are giving the girls an experience of travelling away to a new club somewhere in Scotland. And also a home tie so we could give our supporters behind us and I think we have been very lucky this year to have one away tie and three home ties.
 
“Now we have a bit of luck in getting our fourth home tie and we are hoping the journey continues, Central will be a good side, we have had a lot of good momentum going into this match and also throughout the season, we’ve had a lot of positive results and hopefully keep the momentum going.
 
“If we could get past this tie and into the semi-final it would be a dream, we didn’t expect to be here and we will try and perform our best on Sunday, the women’s game has been very positive in this region, we are all volunteers and have all helped the club grow.”
Monday, 03 September 2018 11:16

ADJFA Review 1st/2nd September 2018

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Under 19s

The Under 19s Murray Cup group stages are still happening and section one seen wins for PBC Buchanhaven Hearts and Sunnybank Elite with Westdyke Thistle winning in Section Two. Cove beat Banchory 2-0 in Section Three with a 5-1 win for Inverurie Locos in Section Four alongside a superb 6-1 win for Portlethen away to Huntly in the same section.

 

Under 17s

In the A league, Banchory gained a big result winning away at Banks O’Dee Albion with Fraserburgh Link-Up winning at Glentanar 6-2. There were 3-0 wins for Culter United and Middlefield Wasps over Lewis United Rangers and Colony Park respectively.

There was home wins for Culter Thistle, Cove Youth and Colony Colts with an away win for Portlethen at Huntly followed up by draws in the other two matches in the league, it was 3-3 between Kemnay and Byron Thistle with Stonehaven drawing 1-1 with Turriff United.

 

Under 16s

All the under 16s games were home wins with the exception of Peterhead Jags winning at Newtonhill, the A league saw wins for Banks O’Dee Albion and Westdyke CC over Colony Park and Deveronvale, the B league saw wins for Cove, FDS, Mintlaw and Newmachar United. Fraserburgh Link-Up will be playing A league football this campaign after a play-off win over Formartine United.

 

Under 15s

A league champions Westdyke CC made it two wins from two with a 3-2 win over Lewis United Youth with away wins for Peterhead and Westdyke Thistle. Thistle beat Formartine United 5-3 with Dyce and Banks O’Dee Albion drawing 1-1.

Glentanar and Northstar prepared for back to back clashes between the sides with a 6-3 win over Banchory and Donside Juvenile, Culter beat Ellon Meadows 5-1 with Colony winning comfortably at Newtonhill, Newmachar Youth and Stonehaven Madrid drew 1-1.

There was four home wins in the C League with Aberdon, City Youth, Nicolls Youth and Portlethen United all coming out on top, Deveronvale won 6-0 away to West End Reds with a 3-3 draw between Byron Dons and Stonehaven United.

 

Under 14s

Dyce and Banks O’Dee Albion both won 3-2 against Ellon Meadows and Colony Park with the latter coming from 2-0 down to win, there was away wins for East End Lewis Youth and Sunnybank FC Elite.

The B league saw two away wins for Portlethen and Northstar Orange with draws in the remaining games, Fraserburgh Link-Up v Peterhead and Cove United v Donside finished 2-2, Westdyke v Banchory finished 3-3.

Huntly, Northstar and Colony Colts all scored seven goals to secure fantastic wins with Insch beating Deveronvale Reds 2-1 and a 1-1 draw between Kintore United and Mintlaw.

 

Under 13s

The regional cup saw wins for Dyce BC Blues, East End Lewis Gold, Cove, West End Reds, East End Lewis Youth, Cove Youth United, Deveronvale Reds, Formartine United, Bervie Caley, Fraserburgh Link-Up, Banchory, Westdyke, Peterhead, Donside, Westdyke Thistle and Kintore United.

Monday, 27 August 2018 13:36

Vale Reds get off to good start with Deeside win

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Deveronvale Reds Under 14s got off to a great start in the Under 14s Spree C League Section 2 with a 5-1 win over Culter Deeside. Both teams finished mid-table last season with Vale having the upper hand in terms of position. Vale were very good going forward and were worthy of the three points but take nothing away from Culter Deeside who played well despite the score line and can take positive signs regardless of the result.

Keryn Stronach and Caitlin Carnegie both started for the Banffshire outfit fresh from winning the league cup at Under 15s level with Deveronvale after a 4-0 win over Buchan. Both players kept the momentum going with good performances.

Vale almost opened the scoring with the game just four minutes old, a free kick from Marc Evans had Connor Gardiner in the Culter Deeside goal beaten however the post came to his rescue and Deeside cleared the ball to safety.

A Culter Deeside deflection allowed Shayne Gordon through on goal however his effort had gone wide of the left hand post. Vale had the better opportunities in the opening exchanges of the game with some resolute defending by the visitors keeping the game level.

Deveronvale took the lead on 27 minutes, Marc Evans got past his opponent with only the goalkeeper to beat and Evans found the roof of the net from close range to set the tempo for the Banff side.

Shayne Gordon then got his first goal of the game for Vale before half time stealing the ball before giving Gardiner no chance with a shot which found the corner before Gordon got his second after rounding Gardiner and tapping the ball home.

 

Monday, 20 August 2018 09:47

Moray beat Stonehaven in pulsating tie

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Moray Girls beat Stonehaven girls 3-2 in a pulsating game of football at Thornhill. The match was a great advert for girls football with Stonehaven having to be commended for the long travel up to Elgin followed by putting in a great performance in which they were unlucky not to grab something from the game. 

Stonehaven only had 12 players in the match day squad along with Moray however the South Aberdeenshire side took the lead after only two minutes. It was a very windy day and that dictated the opening goal with Katie Cochrane having a shot which bounced over Annalisa McCann and into the net. Unfortunate for McCann, however Stonehaven were in front and got their just rewards for the way they started the game. 

Moray reacted fast and got an equaliser just three minutes later. A ball from the right hand side was met by Malzy McAfee and the talented striker slotted home a good finish past the advancing Cerys Gordon. McAfee was in again a short time later however a good save from Gordon denied the forward. 

Stonehaven took the lead on 19 minutes after a long kick from Cerys Gordon found Emily Dalgetty and the Stonehaven striker got on the end of the long kick to guide home a fine finish into the roof of the net to put the visitors in the driving seat once again. 

Moray got a penalty on 32 minutes in which Sienna Hastings stepped up and slotted into the bottom left hand corner to pull Moray back into the game. It was a great first period with a lot of attacking play from both teams. 

Moray took the lead two minutes later which proved to be very decisive in the outcome of the game after a long ball wasn't dealt with and McAfee was through on goal and dispatched a good finish past Gordon. A little bit harsh on Stonehaven to be down at half time however Moray played some great football in the remaining exchanges of the first half. 

Two second half goals from Banks O'Dee were enough for the Spain Park outfit to come away with the Highland League championship at Under 17s. Finlay Ness and Caie McDonald got the goals for the Spain Park side in what was a magnificent second half showing from the Aberdeen side. The match was a play-off between the champions of the North and East sections of the league.

The first half was a stale affair on what was an overcast day at Station Park, Nairn. Wick had the first chance of the game with Ben Sinclair having a free kick go wide. Academy enjoyed a lot of possession during the opening exchanges of the game. 

Banks O'Dee threatened after seven minutes with Finlay Ness finding Dylan Stuart with the captain going through on goal however his effort was denied by a good stop from Archie Budge in the Wick goal. Harry Ingram then had a chance for Dee on 29 minutes with a free kick going wide. 

Another good save from Budge kept the scoreline 0-0 at half time after Wick didn't clear their lines and the ball fell kindly to Ness from a wide angle however his effort was straight at the talented goalkeeper. 

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:27

Banff seal the double with Inverurie win

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A hat-trick from Banff Academy midfielder Jodie Strachan was enough for the North Aberdeenshire school to run out on top against Inverurie Academy with both sides serving up a great game of football in what was a beautiful day for football. Alongside winning the Aberdeenshire Secondary Schools FA League Cup, Banff also won the league as a result of their win. 

Inverurie took the lead after a minute on the clock, a long range effort from Natasha McKenzie evaded Banff goalkeeper Rosie Alexander and went into the net to give the Garioch side the perfect start to the cup final.

Banff responded immediately with a raft of attacks on the Inverurie goal, a Katie Alexander long range effort was denied by a good save from Shannon Ferries before Banff hut the post once again, the goal was definitely coming. 

Jodie Strachan started getting lively for Banff asking questions of the Inverurie defence, Strachan had a free kick was was tipped round the post by Ferries. From the resulting corner kick, the equaliser came after a great ball by Alexander was whipped into the danger zone to Strachan who was there to guide the ball home.

Banff took the lead on 20 minutes, Katie Alexander linked up with Hannah Wilson before finding Strachan, who found the net from a tight angle to put Banff into the lead. 

Alexander and Strachan were both playing in midfield roles and both were proving very influential. Another corner came in from the former which was met by Strachan who lashed a volley towards goal which was denied by a stunning save by Ferries. 

Before the interval, Strachan capped off a good first half performance with a 27 minute hat-trick. The midfielder took the ball and then ran forward before unleashing a fine effort into the bottom left hand corner to give Banff a two goal advantage heading into half time. 

Thursday, 07 June 2018 10:47

Ellon Academy make it a double with Banchory win

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A good performance from Ellon Academy was enough for the school to take home two trophies against a Banchory Academy side who did well in the first half however were brushed away in the second half. It was a lovely night at Davidson Park, Longside with a good crowd turning out for the match. A 14 minute hat-trick from Ruairidh Smith was the icing on the cake for Ellon. 

Ellon clinched the Aberdeenshire League on Tuesday night with a win over Alford Academy and they kept the momentum going. 

Banchory had the better chances in the opening exchanges of the game, Tom Findlay broke past the Ellon defence before his shot was denied by Liam Gibb in the Ellon goal from the edge of the box. 

The Deeside school threatened again with a corner kick which was met by Daniel Geddes who sent his header wide of the left hand post. Banchory were enjoying some good opportunities, however were not clinical in front of goal. 

Ellon took the lead after 27 minutes, a good ball came into the danger zone which was met by Connor Grant and from six yards out, Grant guided the ball into the back of the net to give Ellon the impetus heading into half time. It was a good time to get a goal with very little between the teams up to this point.