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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Newmachar United and FDS 2003 went head to head at the Charles Gordon Park for a fixture in the Aberdeen and District Juvenile Football Association under 15s League B. Both sides were keen to get a win and push themselves further up the table. Newmachar were looking to return to winning ways whilst FDS were trying to build upon their win last time out.
Despite the effect that the extreme rain and wind had on the park the game went ahead, with Newmachar coming away with a deserved victory despite the difficult conditions.
As the game kicked off, both teams looked slow to start, with the heavy conditions on the pitch often meaning that long balls were the only option. FDS were the first to grab a chance as forward Michael Herrera found himself one on one with Newmachar keeper Aidan Wood. His shot was placed low with good power but went narrowly wide of the post.
Herrera came close again minutes later when he dispossessed Newmachar defender Aaron Angus in his own box. Looking for an opportunity to release the ball Herrera dribbled further into the box, only to have the ball snatched away from his feet by Wood.
Newmachar also had chances early on. FDS defender Adam Mitchell’s backwards header was picked up by Newmachar forward Luke Rodger who raced in towards goal before having his shot tipped over the bar by keeper Cai Shepherd.
It was Newmachar who found themselves taking the lead around midway through the first half. Finding himself in plenty of space on the right wing, John Milne whipped a high ball into the box which dropped over the head of Shepard and into the net to open the scoring.
Five minutes later, Newmachar doubled their lead when Calum Donald burst through the defence with only the keeper to beat. Taking the ball round Shepard, he calmly finished the chance low into the empty net.
As the half continued, it was Newmachar who continued to put pressure upon their opposition. A free kick from around the half way line was put into the box by Struan Sinclair. It was controlled by Milne who lashed the ball into the back of the net, only for it to be disallowed for offside.
Minutes before the half time whistle was blown, Newmachar managed to go three ahead. A long goal kick from Wood went straight to Donald who was pulled down just outside the box by FDS defender Mitchell. Nathan Miller scored an excellent goal from the resulting free kick, placing the ball hard and low to the bottom right where the unsighted keeper had no chance of reaching.
As both teams left the pitch for half time Newmachar looked the stronger side but FDS had created enough chances to prove that they could still get something out of the game.
Adam Harper and Harry Ingram both struck braces as Banks O’Dee Albion saw off Donside Juveniles FC to go second in the ADJFA U16’s A league.
Heavy rain before kick-off saw the ball moving quickly on the artificial pitch at Spain Park. Both teams traded periods of dominance early on.
Albion’s Callan Gray almost opened the scoring in the second minute, latching on to a lofted ball, only for Donside goalkeeper Ben Middleton tip his effort onto the bar.
It wasn’t long before Albion’s pressure payed off, Reece Mckerron setting up striker Adam Harper who struck low to the keeper’s right on ten minutes.
Albion struck the bar once more as Mckerron’s half volley this time beat the keeper, but again did not find the net.
It was then Donside’s turn for a period of dominance from around the 20th minute onwards. The away side winning multiple free kicks.
Captain Kyle Steel caused danger with his free kicks all day and this was Donside’s main threat in their dominant periods.
The scores were levelled the half hour mark as Steel delivered a free kick from the left which Cameron Chyla flicked into the net.
The hosts looked for an immediate response and almost had it when Harper’s effort following a chipped through ball was cleared off the line.
The remainder of the second half was competitive although failed to produce any clear cut chances until the stroke of half time.
A piece of skill from Gray opened up space as he poked the ball forward to Harper who struck to the keeper’s right for his second goal.
The start of a new football season and the start of a new chapter for both Glentanar & Donside Juvenile who both had to make the transition of switching from Sunday to Saturday football.
An exciting game was in prospect and it was 2 sides who both had respectable campaigns. Glentanar finished in 3rd and just missed out on promotion by 2 points to Formartine United in the B league whilst Donside finished level 8th with Deveronvale and were defeated by Vale in the resulting play off.
The game started at a frantic pace for both teams with Donside making their attentions known early on in this fixture. Glentanar then had an attack and their 1st shot on target of the game resulted in a goal after a great ball got spread wide which found Liam Smith who found the roof of the net to give Glens the perfect start.
Donside then attacked straight from the kick off and had the ball in the net through Cameron Chyla however the corresponding attack was deemed offside which seemed rather controversial.
Four minutes later and the Alford outfit were level. A great through ball found Chyla who made no mistake who delivered a composed finish past Jordan Dutch.
The Alford outfit took the lead after 27 minutes. A great ball from Arran Inkster found Ruairidh Arief who then found Jamie Coutts who thrashed the ball home. It was a very entertaining 1st half and although the pitch at Aulton wasn’t great for either side, both sides put on a great show with Donside having lots of chances to put the game to bed.
Aberdeen FCL went head to head with Westdyke CC in the Under 15s Scottish Women’s Football North Cup Final held at Aberdeen Sports Village on June 3rd. It was always going to be a tightly contested game with fixtures between these sides at all age groups often being close.
Westdyke kicked off the first half which began a nervy affair for both sides as neither team gave the other a chance to take control of the game. Lyndsey Brown had Westdyke’s first attempt only 3 minutes in as she fired the ball over the bar from just outside the Aberdeen box.
Aberdeen also had early chances of their own as Carly Reid found herself through on goal thanks to a lofted ball over the opposition defence but good pressure from defender Katrena Morrison allowed Westdyke keeper Teigan Wilson to confidently collect the ball.
However, Westdyke were the ones to first capitalise on the cup final atmosphere and went into the lead as Jenna Penman found space in the midfield allowing her to hit a right footed shot from distance which curved its way in past goalie Nicole Miller who had no chance of saving it.
Spurred on by their goal, Westdyke began to take charge of the game as they fashioned more chances including another shot by forward Brown which went narrowly wide of the Aberdeen goal.
Aberdeen were not to be put off by the spell of Westdyke pressure and managed to take full advantage of a chance 27 minutes in. Amy Duncan's effort from the edge of the box flew high past Wilson and nestled into the corner of the net, levelling the score.
As the first half began to draw to a close both teams found themselves become more comfortable in the game. A long distance free kick from around the halfway line saw Westdyke attacker Caitlin Watt with a chance at goal as she skilfully took the ball round the keeper. However the tight angle and pressure from Aberdeen defender Leah Jones resulted in Watt’s shot going wide of the post.
As half time drew ever closer, Aberdeen turned the game on its head by capitalising on an unfortunate Westdyke error. Lack of communication between the Westdyke defenders and goalkeeper resulted in Aberdeen’s Reid stealing the ball in the Westdyke penalty area before calmly taking it past the keeper and providing a composed finish into the empty net.
Aberdeen made the most of their chances in a first half in which both teams began to grow as it went on, with the trophy still very much up for grabs in the second half.