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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.

Banks O’Dee Albion earned their place in the next round of the U17s Raymond Kelly Association Trophy after beating Glentanar CC in the third round at Woodside.  The weather was atrocious, with the torrential rain meaning that the pitch was heavy to play on.

It took Banks O’Dee only ten minutes to open the scoring as they were awarded a free kick just into the opposition half. Owen Duff played the ball into the box, catching Glentanar keeper Klayton Stewart by surprise and ending up in the back of the net.

Glentanar nearly equalised from a set piece soon after. Taken by Niall McKay, the ball was lofted into the box and met by the head of Ross MacDonald who placed his effort narrowly wide of the post.

A cross from Banks O’Dee from the left wing nearly put them two goals to the good as a deflection sent the ball towards the Glentanar goal. Quick reactions from Stewart and Robbie Paul ensured that that the ball was cleared and the deficit remained at one.

However, they could only keep Banks O’Dee out for so long as minutes before the half time whistle Josh Paton doubled the lead. A shot from Michael Mitchell was saved by Stewart but only as far as Paton who stayed composed to put the ball into the empty net.

As the teams went in for half time, Banks O’Dee seemed deserved leaders but Glentanar still had plenty of time left to try and salvage their cup run.

Monday, 26 February 2018 13:35

Albion earn home win against Ellon

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Banks O’Dee Albion and Ellon Meadows met on league duty at Spain Park on a cold Sunday morning and it was important for both teams to get league action under their belts ahead of the weather warnings that are set to bring the North East of Scotland some snow.

Both sides reached the last 16 of the Scottish Cup before getting knocked out by Cove Youth and Johnstone Burgh respectively. It was a hotly anticipated game with both sides fully aware how tough a game it was going to be.

Banks O’Dee attacked the Ellon backline and tested them in the opening exchanges of the game with Corey Stevenson having an effort denied by Cameron Montgomery in the opposition goal.

Albion opened the scoring after seven minutes. An initial effort from Jesse Marinus Goense was parried by Montgomery and Damon Collins headed home into an empty net to give the hosts the dream start.

Nine minutes before half time, the Spain Park outfit doubled their advantage with Stevenson getting his name on the scoresheet with a fine effort past Montgomery. The goalkeeper did get a hand onto the ball however it wasn’t enough to avoid a goal with the ball knocking off the post and in.

Sunday, 25 February 2018 20:16

Albion survive Donside scare to progress

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Banks O’Dee Albion and Donside Juvenile met at Spain Park in the Eddie Mannell Trophy with Banks O’Dee Albion hot favourites to win the game. Donside Juvenile are a B league side however they have already given A league opposition in Formartine United and Stonehaven Madrid some competitive games this season, actually beating the latter.

Both teams started the game at a good pace with some good exchanges of football made from either team. Albion started the game attacking the Donside backline however the visiting defence put their bodies on the line with some very good blocks and clearances.

Donside went 1-0 up in the 15th minute after a long ball down the channel found forward Charlie Nicol who then delivered a delightful lob over Kris Abernethy in the Banks O’Dee Albion goal to give the B league outfit a great start and although the goal was against the run of play, the Alford side dealt with any potential dangers in the opening exchanges then got a goal when they were able to attack.

Banks O’Dee Albion tried to pull level once again with a chance from Liam May which was struck over the bar followed by a header from Ryan Fraser which went wide. It just wasn’t falling for the hosts.

Donside tried to add to their advantage by nearly adding a second before the interval after a free kick from Sean McKenzie was saved by Abernethy. A shock looked to be on the cards however there was still 35 minutes of football to be played and regardless of the result, Donside put a lot of effort into the game.
Monday, 19 February 2018 19:20

Glentanar pick up confidence boosting home win

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Glentanar and Colony Park met at Woodside Sports Complex in the Under 14s B league. Colony are one of the contenders for the league title this season and are currently placed in second, whilst Glentanar are mid-table at the moment and it's maybe a sign to show how competitive the league is when teams located in the middle of the table are competing with teams at the top.

The pitch was hard in places but was just about playable for a game of football which would have been welcoming for both teams to avoid any fixture backlogs for later on in the season.

Glentanar went ahead in the seventh minute and it required a set-piece to get the opener. A great ball was delivered into the packed penalty box to Cooper Smith who guided home a low header past the Colony backline to give Glens the best possible start.

Colony levelled in the 20th minute after an initial effort from a wide angle was parried by Matthew Taylor however Greg Masson tucked away the equaliser into an empty net.

You would expect the equaliser to allow Colony to gain confidence from that point onwards however Glentanar probably had the best period of the game in the last 15 minutes of the 1st half. The hosts went 2-1 in the 24th minute after an own goal from a Colony defender.

That goal gave the hosts the added impetus to kick on and Glentanar added to their tally in the 29th minute. Ross Simpson recieved the ball after getting a pass directed into him and his effort from the edge of the box found the roof of the net. Glentanar then had the ball in the net again 2 minutes later however it was ruled out for offside.

Colony reduced the deficit before half time, with Luca Ivory Hunter producing a long range effort which was deflected into the net, finding the bottom left hand corner to give Colony hope once again.

Byron Milan, who started the day top of the table, played host to Huntly, with the away side knowing a win would put them level on points with their opposition in the ADJFA U15’s C League.

The heavy wind at Northfield academy was bound to play a part, and that was obvious early on as the weather had an effect on high balls.

The crossbars on either side of the pitch were rattled within the opening stages. First Huntly right back Gregg Fowlie’s attempted cross clipped the Byron bar and bounced away from danger.

Just two minutes later Byron’s number five Drew Grant twisted and turned to find an opening in the Huntly penalty area. His shot was smashed onto the bar; leaving both sides thankful they’d maintained their clean sheets.

In comparison to the opening few minutes, the next 15 or so that followed were fairly quiet. Both sides looked to establish dominance, but neither managed to take over.

Byron struck first blood just after twenty minutes. Another a long ball forward from the defence wasn’t cleared properly, bouncing around the Huntly box before falling to Byron’s Brandyn Mclaggan. Mclaggan used his body well to shield the ball and turn and finish powerfully into the top right hand corner of the Huntly goal.

Huntly instantly began to put pressure on the Byron defence as they searched for an equaliser. Having already troubled Bryon with earlier corners, it was no surprise when their leveller came just five minutes after falling behind, from a corner on the left hand side. Striker Logan Shand stooped low to bundle in from close range.

If it wasn’t clear already that Huntly were dangerous from corners, it would quickly become apparent just minutes later. From two separate corners Byron goalkeeper Ziemowit Magdziarz made two good saves down low after scrambles in the box.

The game remained competitive and the next chance fell the host’s way. Midfielder David Barclay’s pass found Cameron Howitt. Howitt managed to cut the ball back, evading the defenders tackle, but was unable to beat the keeper with his effort.

Both sides were enjoying periods of possession but as the first half came to a close, it was Byron picking up the best chances. A cross fell to Barclay, who had looked a powerful presence in the midfield. Barclay – in a similar area to where Mclaggan scored – turned only to see his half volley smash the bar – the third time in the first half the woodwork came into play.

Newmachar United have moved into second place in the U19s ADJFA League B after beating Middlefield Wasps at Aulton. The two teams started the day being separated by only one point but two goals in the first three minutes propelled Newmachar towards a win.

Newmachar kicked off the first half at a blistering pace as they scored their first goal with only 19 seconds on the clock. Leon Williams latched onto a pass on the left wing and skilfully dribbled past two defenders. He then played a simple pass to set up Jordan Baillie who placed the ball past the keeper and into the right hand corner of the net.

Only minutes later, the home side doubled their advantage with another goal. A deflected pass was controlled in the box by Newmachar forward Connor Duncan. Staying composed, he kept his shot hard and low towards the far post where Middlefield keeper Lewis Mitchell could not reach.

The continued pressure from Newmachar meant the Middlefield defence had to stay on their toes. Elliot Cheyne forced a good save from Mitchell when his sliding effort at the back post was met with fantastic reflexes from the keeper in order to clear the danger.

As the half continued, Middlefield began to find their feet and create chances of their own. Fantastic control from Brian Mair in the opposition box allowed him to set up Alex Cheyne. The Middlefield forward took a powerful shot but it was too close to keeper Caleb Wilson who matched it with a comfortable save.

However, directly after Middlefield’s chance, Newmachar launched a counter of their own. A massive kick from Wilson saw Williams played through on goal. The ball seemed to bobble on the turf slightly which resulted in his shot going high and wide of the goal.

Middlefield had another opportunity, this time for Michal Wosinski. Played through on goal by Rafal Barbosa, Wosinski’s shot was powerful and from a difficult angle, forcing the keeper to dive to his near post in order to push the ball out for a corner.

Newmachar had looked dangerous from set pieces during the first half and had a glorious opportunity to extend their lead. A free kick crossed in from the left by Baillie was met by the head of Duncan who placed his attempt narrowly over at the back post.

Making the most of their opportunities, Newmachar moved even further into the lead as Duncan grabbed his second of the game. A ball over the top of the defence by Jardyn Beedie bounced before Duncan, who hit it on the half volley, smashing it past the helpless goalkeeper.

As the two teams went off for half time, Newmachar seemed worthy of their lead. Their fast attacking football took Middlefield by surprise in the early minutes. However, as the half continued, Middlefield began to come into their game and created enough chances to imply that it would be an entertaining second half.

Saturday, 10 February 2018 15:05

Fraserburgh Link-Up seal semi-final date

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A comfortable victory for Fraserburgh Link-Up saw them progress into the semi-finals of the Castle Trophies Cup where they will be at home to either Glentanar or Lewis United. These sides played earlier in the season in another cup tie which Fraserburgh came out on top winning 2-0.

The Broch started the game on the front foot & Cove started the game fairly organised. Jay Ridgeway had a good opening chance for Cove in the opening exchanges of the game however his effort was denied by Andrew Dunbar.

Fraserburgh went ahead in the 11th minute with Mantas Cepulis having a long range effort which was too much for Samuel Paterson in the visiting goal. Colby King then tried to get an equaliser at the other end for Cove however his effort was denied again by Dunbar.

The hosts doubled their advantage in the 33rd minute. A Lewis Noble effort who was unmarked bounced off the woodwork & in. It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Broch & Cove deserve huge credit for the way they played during the 1st half however Fraserburgh putting their A League status to full use.

Thistle FC secured their spot in the fourth round of the Under 14s Winton Trophy after defeating Byron Dons at Northfield Academy. Byron came into the match as underdogs against a strong Thistle team, but an impressive result for them against Mintlaw BC in the previous round gave hope for an interesting clash.

Byron started off quickly and had a terrific opportunity to go ahead. A quick bit of footwork from Ewan Milne saw him draw a foul on the edge of the Thistle penalty area. Milne took the resulting free kick, hitting it hard towards the left of goalkeeper Jamie Anthony Shingler who made an impressive save, tipping it onto the post. Byron’s Layten Henderson came close with the rebound but a deflection sent it narrowly wide of the goal.

Not to be put off by Byron’s strong start, Thistle replied with a quick goal. Good play down the right hand side saw the ball come to Connor Robertson in the box who finished the chance low into the bottom corner where the keeper could not reach it.

Robertson had another chance as he struck the ball from long range, forcing Byron keeper Thomas Kiloh to tip the ball onto the bar. Unfortunately for him, the ball bounced back into play, allowing attacker Reece Mathieson to double the lead for Thistle.

Thistle continued to put pressure on the Byron defence as a shot from Conor Claire forced a good save from Kiloh, only for Thistle’s Ronan Walker to tap it in on the second attempt thanks to his quick reactions.

Walker got his second goal of the afternoon soon after and in similar fashion. A shot, this time from Robertson, was once again met by a strong parry from Kiloh but Walker was quick to the rebound, putting the ball past the keeper from close range.

Byron came close to creating a goal scoring opportunity through Milne. He showed impressive skill, turning past two defenders at the opposition by-line before being stopped by a strong tackle before he could set up one of his teammates.

Although Thistle looked to be the stronger team as the half time whistle blew, Byron had shown that they were not willing to go down without a fight, meaning that there was still life left in the game for the second half.

City Youth and Portlethen SC United met at Aulton on a warmer day than usual for January! Heading into the game, both sides were locked level on points so something had to give in this league game.

Deveronvale and Ellon Meadows look set to be the top 2 in the C League Section 1 this season so both teams are aiming to give players game time and for the players to enjoy their football which is the most important thing.

Portlethen started the better side at a sun drenched Aulton with the goal in which the visitors attacked beaming down with the weather. Marcus Fikry had the first opportunity of the match after four minutes which went wide.

The visitors took the lead after 11 minutes, Darren Millson was released through on goal and he fired the ball home into the bottom left hand corner to give Porty the best possible start. This team was struggling last season and won the Under 13s consolation cup at the end of the campaign. The team seem to have pushed on since then.

A rather unfortunate moment for City Youth was then to follow with the hosts unable to clear their lines, defender Kyle Buchan sent a pass back to Krystoff Weiss in the home goal however the goalkeeper was unable to reach it and the visitors got a two goal cushion.

Straight from the City Youth kick off, Portlethen stole the ball back and before you know it, Portlethen were 3-0 with former City Youth forward Darren Millson punishing the hosts after guiding the ball home.

Portlethen were 3-0 up however it wasn’t a dominating performance from the visitors by any stretch of imagination as it was an end to end game until the 1st goal went in.

City Youth pulled a goal back in the 20th minute with Jordan Macleod finding the top right hand corner after a great ball into the forward before a rifled finish.

The hosts then reduced the deficit to one goal in the 24th minute with Macleod finding the net again this time finding the top left hand corner. This gave the game the ingredients required for this game to be a cracker.

City Youth then completed the great escape and got themselves level 5 minutes before the interval after a great delivery into the box which wasn’t cleared and Liam Doherty found a bit of space in the Portlethen backline to guide the ball home and it was all square again.