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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. 

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 10:53

Westdyke travel to Malta and beat national team

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Westdyke Under 17s travelled to Malta last week fresh from winning the domestic double and narrowly missing out on the league. They travelled to take on Malta U17’s national team in a pre-arranged end of season friendly in Malta, arranged through the team management Dave McGinlay, Ian Cocker and Peter Rankine.

All the players knew they would have to play to a high standard to get anything from the match!

The match would be played over three periods of 25 minutes at the request of the Malta management. This suited Westdyke due to the hot conditions and the players not being fully adjusted to the hot climate.

The first period started with Westdyke imposing themselves from the first whistle. Pressing and closing the Malta players down stopping them passing the ball around the pitch.

The central midfield pairing of Dylan Grimbley and Rory Brown where strong, breaking down and winning the midfield play, creating opportunities for the forwards and wing players of Westdyke.

Alex Quantrill and Blair McKenzie where a match for the speed and technical ability of the Malta wing players, making creative runs down the wings and defending dangerous attacking play from the Malta wing players. Westdyke in possession where dangerous and creating more opportunities on goal.

Greig Cowie constantly a threat and a harassment to the Malta defence hit the crossbar. The best chance was Euan Walker going through after a Malta defender slipped and he rounded the goalkeeper but the ball had to much pace and went behind for a goal kick. Malta had a good chance to score ruled offside but Westdyke had been the dominant team in the first period.

Monday, 04 June 2018 10:54

Six out of six for Westdyke

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A good second half performance from Westdyke CC was enough for them to win the Eddie Mannall Trophy after a 3-1 win to make it six out of six trophies for Westdyke CC Under 14s since entering competitive football a few years ago. Westdyke were made to work hard for their win though and Banks O'Dee Albion can be proud of the way they played in this contest with a depleted squad. 

This match almost never went ahead with Banks O'Dee Albion struggling for a team in the lead-up to the game. 

Despite this, Albion started the game a more active outfit. Westdyke also enjoyed some good spells of football in the opening exchanges of the game however were slow and patient in their build-up. Antonio Jam was being a real handful for the Westdyke backline and a long range effort from the forward went over the bar after 12 minutes. 

The best chance of the game so far came to Banks O'Dee Albion four minutes later, Jam got the better of the Westdyke defence however his effort from 16 yards went wide of the right hand post.

After 17 minutes, there was a water break and an opportunity for a few coaching points for both teams, it seemed to work wonders, with both teams creating chances. Sebastian Holod had a chance over the bar for Albion with Andrew Buchan having Westdykes best effort for Westdyke on 20 minutes after being through on goal however his effort went wide of the right hand post. 

Connor Napier started getting more lively for Westdyke and he tried to make the breakthrough for Westdyke against the Albion goalkeeper. A curled effort from the striker was turned away by Kyle Douglas who normally plays outfield followed by a free kick by Napier which Douglas turned away again.

Saturday, 02 June 2018 17:08

Fraserburgh win Presidents Cup on penalties

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A penalty shoot-out decided the outcome of the Under 16s Presidents Cup Final between Colony Park and Fraserburgh Link-Up. It was the Broch who were to come out victorious winning 4-2 on spot-kicks in what was a smashing cup final for the neutral.

The opening exchanges of the game were very tepid with nothing clear cut and very little football being played. It was a fine day for a game of football and the majority of the play was up in the air rather than on the ground.

Due to the sun, there was a water break after 20 minutes which resulted in a two minute interruption to the match before play continued with a Colony Park throw-in. The break was very much required and it resulted in a better game from that point onwards.

Connor Killoh was being a threat to Fraserburgh all afternoon and had a couple of set pieces which Broch goalkeeper Andrew Dunbar had to react too. Killoh had a corner from the left hand side which was tipped away by Dunbar.

Stuart Smith then played in Craig Anderson for the first real chance of the game inside 32 minutes however Anderson couldn't get his header on target for Colony, Fraserburgh were for the majority of the first half more organised and patient going forward but Park were the more threatening going forward.

Colony took the lead a couple of minutes before the interval, a great ball found Andrew Simond who unmarked slid the ball beyond Andrew Dunbar in the Broch goal which was a good time for Colony to get a goal and changed the half time team talks.

A good team performance from Inverurie Loco Works was enough for the Sunnybank Shield to be heading back to Harlaw Park, completing the double for this season after their recent league success. Locos won 3-0 with a goal in the first half followed by a couple in the second half.

It was a very sunny day at Heathryfold Park with a couple of water breaks required from both sides on a day where it was more like Benidorm than Northfield. Locos had a good opening chance through Josh Christie which was tipped over the bar by Craig Robb in the Hermes goal.

Both sides were having some good posession however there was a limit in the amount of chances both teams had, it was still a good cup final with both teams trying their best.

Inverurie took the lead after 26 minutes, a short corner from Adam Smith found Reece Brown who fired home into the roof of the net to give Locos the lead, the game required a goal after a stern start to the game.

Hermes came into the game towards the closing exchanges of the first half and had a few good chances to draw level, a Ryan Corthals chance was straight at Keller Emslie followed by a header from Cameron Cook denied by a good save from Emslie.

Saturday, 02 June 2018 10:57

Newmachar Youth win C League Play-Off

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An extra time winner from Ben Cresswell was enough for Newmachar Youth FC Under 14s to be crowned C League champions for season 2017-18 in what was a pulsating game for the neutral.

Goals were flying in during the opening exchanges of the game and it was Newmachar who drew first blood taking the lead after only just a minute, a good ball came into the danger zone which was met by Sam Milne-Emslie who fumbled the ball home from close range.

Ellon responded immediately though and an equaliser came just a minute later after a good ball came in from the left hand side from Ruairidh Smith and Rory Philip was on hand to guide the ball home into the near bottom corner to give Meadows an equaliser.

Cameron Paterson almost made it 2-1 to Ellon after being through on goal however a good save from Konrad Gorczynski denied the midfielder the chance to put Meadows in control, it was an exciting game and a great advert for kids football in the area.

Newmachar went 2-1 ahead after 20 minutes, a ball from Ben Cresswell found Ben Stuart who knocked the ball home from close range to put Youth back into the lead in a very lively play-off.

Ellon responded once again just four minutes later, a Robbie Neilson ball was met by Smith who got his second goal of the game with a header which landed into the back of the net. 24 minutes and four goals with many more chances for either team.

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.