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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. 

Monday, 22 January 2018 10:51

Vale work hard for 3 points in Westdyke win

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Wintry weather once again deteriorated the ADJFA card with very little games going ahead. Myrus Centre, Macduff came to the rescue once again though with Deveronvale playing host to Westdyke & the surface was definitely playable & a cracking game of football was to follow.

Vale came out of the blocks early on in this fixture & went 1-0 up after 3 minutes. A Brodi Smith ball was fumbled in by Lucas Sey after Westdyke tried to clear their lines.

Westdyke tried to pull level 3 minutes later after Hamish McKay played a short pass into Ethan Brown whose looping effort towards goal was saved by Curtis West. A sign that this was going to be an exciting game of football.

The visitors equalised after 8 minutes. A ball by Evan Willison found Liam Smith who knocked an audacious effort into the bottom left hand corner past West to bring this game level once again. A great hit from the forward!

Westdyke then had a penalty 2 minutes later after McKay was brought down in the penalty box. The forward stepped up to take the penalty whose initial effort was saved however he knocked in the rebound.

There was to be two more penalties to follow in this pulsating game of football & it was Deveronvale who got a penalty next after Sey was brought down. Marc Evans dispatched the ball past the Westdyke goalkeeper after 19 minutes to make it 2-2

Westdyke then got a 2nd penalty on 28 minutes with Mackenzie Young this time being fouled, Liam Smith stepped up from 12 yards out this time & his effort smacked off the post before deflecting off West & in. Unfortunate for the Vale goalkeeper who had been having a good game.

Deveronvale levelled once again on 31 minutes after a Sey free kick from a great angle found its way into the bottom right hand corner from just outside the box. The free kick happened just beside the byline & Sey was able to bend the ball home. 

ADJFA League C Section 1 table toppers Northstar Orange played hosts to Banks O’Dee Albion of League A, as they looked to pull off a cup upset in the Colony Park Cup Under 13’s third round.

Both sides were on the right end of heavy scorlines in the second round, with Albion brushing off Blackburn FC, while Northstar beat Kintore United 9-0. It was no surprise that more goals were expected in this tie.

Despite suffering numerous injury problems, which saw some younger players called up for the game, Albion dominated in the early periods. The majority of the first 15 minutes saw Northstar pinned back into their own half. However, the game was scrappy, with the ball spending a large amount of time in the air, and no real chances were created.

When the ball wasn’t in the air during the first 15, it seemed to be in the hands of the referee. In a slightly bizarre scenario the ball was swapped out three times for not being hard enough. Pumps must have been in short order at Northfield Academy.

Once Albion managed to get the ball down and move it a little more quickly, chances began to materialise. Albion’s number eight Scott Milne was played in behind the defence but was closed down by defenders. Minutes later Milne latched onto the ball in the box, however he couldn’t bring it under control long enough to get a shot off.

It felt like only a matter of time before Albion managed to breakthrough, but Northstar continued to frustrate League A’s third placed side. Goalkeeper Archie Stephen made a save down low to deny Albion’s number nine Corey Stevenson.

Northstar could only hold out for so long and Albion finally found the opener on the twenty minute mark. Jesse Goense raced on to a flicked header to find himself through on goal. The striker still had work to do, shifting and turning to open some space, before finally slamming the ball in off the post at a tight angle.

It was only a matter of minutes before Albion made it two. Alfie Knox won a free kick out wide on the right hand side of Northstar’s goal. Stevenson, who had been causing issues on the opposite flank in the early stages, picked up the ball and slammed it into the net over Stephen’s head. The keeper may have been expecting a cross from such a tight angle.

Stevenson was clearly growing in confidence from his goal. The winger took on multiple players just minutes later, using a roulette to escape the challenge of one.

The remainder of the first half was played at a slower pace and while Northstar heads hadn’t necessarily dropped, they were struggling to find a way into Albion’s half, never mind beyond their defence. It was 2-0 at the break.

Saturday, 20 January 2018 17:41

Albion 3 to the good over Ellon

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Low temperatures were recorded over night at Spain Park however the artificial surface was to Banks O’Dee Albion’s benefit as they managed to get the game on & welcome 6th place Ellon Meadows. Ahead of kick off, Albion were situated in 3rd ahead of the game.

Albion had a couple of opportunities to get the opening goal in the first quarter of the game; they had an effort blocked off the line followed by a Calum Beattie free kick which just went over the bar. Both sides have had a lack of activity recently due to the wintry weather & it showed with either side looking a little rusty.

Ellon had a chance on 13 minutes. Scott Fraser played in Alex Ryan however his effort just went inches wide of the right hand post. Unlike other teams who come to Spain Park, Ellon didn’t go to shut up shop. They tried to get forward whenever they could which was made the game more expansive & entertaining. Ryan then had a free kick on 21 minutes at Vitali Sahhalevtis.

Banks O’Dee was getting into dangerous areas in attack however were caught offside on a number of occasions. Jason Ritchie almost opened the scoring on 25 minutes after a Calum Beattie corner however his effort was denied by a stretched leg save from Elliot Ainslie.

Beattie was then brought down in the penalty box which was to help the hosts open the scoring in the 32nd minute. Mitchell McPherson then stepped up to take the spot kick & he slotted the ball home into the bottom right hand corner giving Ainslie no chance who dived the other way.

Ellon tried to level things up before the interval after a great ball from Keiran Cranna found Scott Fraser however the effort just went wide. Going into half time, Banks O’Dee Albion were the more threatening side going forward however Ellon made Albion well aware that they were in a game.

Monday, 04 December 2017 10:16

Duncan at the double for Thistle

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Two goals from Logan Duncan were enough for Thistle BC to come out on top against Dyce BC. This was a highly anticipated fixture with Dyce BC looking to put the pressure on the teams at the top whilst Thistle was looking to climb the table.

Thistle coach Jeremy Claire stated in his interview after the game that the initial expectation this season was to avoid relegation however they have surpassed that expectation already with Thistle going three points clear of Lewis United Youth in fourth and putting pressure on Westdyke, Dyce & Banks O’Dee Albion at the top. This was also Dyce’s first league defeat of the season.

The game started at a decent tempo and Logan Duncan had the ball in the back of the net after six minutes, however celebrations were cut short as the forward was deemed offside.

Duncan did put the hosts ahead after 10 minutes though after picking up the ball before taking it into the box and tucking the ball away past Daniel Neish in the Dyce goal. Great start to the game for Thistle.

Dyce came out the traps again and nearly got themselves level after 18 minutes. A ball from Callum Nicol found Jos McLaren who had a great chance with only Jamie Shingler to beat however the effort flashed wide.

In the 24th minute, Duncan was clean through on goal again for Thistle however the effort went straight to Neish. Thistle deserved their lead going into half time with Dyce struggling to get to grips with the game although they were dangerous on the ball. Thistle were good going forward and were organised at the back. 

A tight contest saw Nicolls Youth defeat Colony Colts in the U14s ADJFA League C at Denmore Park. The win means that Nicolls join Colony at the top of the league table.

Right from the get go both teams were eager to hit the ground running, but chances came thin and few due to solid defending from both sides.

The first real chance fell the way of Colony when Thomas Fraser found himself one on one with Nicolls’ keeper Luie Duncan. Fraser placed his shot low but it was saved with a fantastic reflex save. Pressure remained as the ball rebounded back to the feet of the attacker who would have put his side in front had it not been for a fantastic goal line clearance from defender Morgan Smith.

As the game continued, both teams battled hard to win the ball in the midfield. Roan Collin picked out an impressive through ball to send his Colony teammate Connor Milne surging down the wing. However, the dangerous looking attack was stopped by Vinnie Angus who put in a no-nonsense sliding tackle to regain possession at a crucial moment.

The first half continued to be an even contest with both teams having a fair share of opportunities. Brandon Low created a brilliant chance for Colony, picking the ball up in the midfield and slipping through the Nicolls defence. As he entered the box he let off a powerful strike to which Duncan was down quick to push it round the post.

At the half-time whistle, neither team had looked dominant in what was a very well matched first half. Colony had the marginally better of the chances but Nicolls had been just as impressive in their play.

Saturday, 14 October 2017 18:58

ALC Athletic outclassed by high tempo Banks O'Dee

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It was an interesting matchup in the ADJFA U19s League A as ALC Athletic took on Banks O’Dee at Kaimhill. ALC were looking to get off to a strong start as this was their first league game of the season  whilst Banks O’Dee were hoping to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Inverurie Locos last time out.
 
Banks O’Dee prevailed in the end thanks to a strong first half performance despite the threat of an ALC comeback late on.
 
Straight from kick off Banks O’Dee set a high tempo as they put pressure upon the ALC defence and this paid off as they scored an early goal. A corner from Greg Pirie was whipped in to the back stick where it met the head of Jason Ritchie whose header back across goal was too powerful for ALC keeper Keith Robertshaw to save.
 
Trying not to be disheartened by the early goal, ALC came at Banks O’Dee. A dangerous tackle on Sean McHardy near the edge of the box gave them a perfect opportunity to find an equaliser but the resulting free kick was put high and wide of the goal.
 
Continuing to play with great intensity, it was not long before Banks O’Dee doubled their lead. Another corner from Pirie was put into the box, this time sneaking low past the front post to Ronan Masson who tapped it home to put his side further ahead.
 
ALC refused to go down without a fight however. A free kick in a wide position was played into the box by Matthew Clark. Rising high above his marker, Lewis Ifi made strong contact with his header but it was placed too close to the hands of Finlay Johnston who comfortably clutched the ball.
 
Refusing to be too complacent, Banks O’Dee continued to put immense pressure on the ALC back line. A shot from Mitchell McPherson was saved by Robertshaw low to the left hand corner before being tidied up by Ifi.
 
Finding themselves with a well-positioned free kick on the edge of the box, Banks O’Dee stretched their lead to three. A low free kick from McPherson was parried by Robertshaw but Lewis Paton was the first to get to the rebound. A close range header above the stranded keeper confirmed Banks O’Dee’s dominant first half performance.
 
As the first half was coming to a close Banks O’Dee continued to pile on the pressure. A teasing cross from Pirie on the left wing ended up at the feet of ALC defender Ross Milne who was unfortunate to see his clearance intercepted by Connor Wood. A great piece of quick reaction goalkeeping from Robertshaw stopped his team from falling any further behind before half time.
 
At half time Banks O’Dee had a deserved lead over an ALC side who had been unable to play their best football due to the high intensity of their opposition.

A place in the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup was at stake at Davidson Park, Inverurie when Colony Park hosted Lewis United Youth. There was a host different weathers during the game, the majority being rain & wind.

Lewis reached the final of the Scottish Cup last season before being curtailed by a heavy defeat to Tynecastle. The Aberdeen outfit have lost a number of key players during the summer, in particular striker Robert Ward who signed for Dundee United. Colony won promotion from the B league last season and have made a good start to the season & impressed in this encounter.

Colony made a good start to the game and opened the scoring after 6 minutes. A loose pass was capitalised on by Daniel Middler at the halfway mark who then went on a great run and slotted the ball home to give the Inverurie outfit the perfect start. Colony were really positive in their play whenever they went forward.

Lewis had a slow start to the game however got into the game as it progressed. Cameron Heslop tried to pull United level in the 14th minute however his effort gone over the bar after the Colony defence put pressure on the Lewis midfielder.

The visitors pulled level on the half hour mark through Ben Marr whose effort had come off Fraser Scott however had enough power in the shot to find its way into the back of the net.