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Fraserburgh Link-Up Under 17s have always been a good team to watch & this campaign has been no different. The Broch are currently 2nd with 5 wins, a draw & a loss however there is teams who have games in hand on the Buchan outfit.
They have enjoyed a good start to the season though & striker Andrew Hannar has been an impressive player for Fraserburgh Link-Up & his efforts haven’t gone unnoticed with Highland League side Fraserburgh FC signing him up. Hannar has already seen appearances with the Highland League outfit & has a bright future ahead of him in the game.
Coach Matthew West has spoken about the season who said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the season so far, we have competed well in games & the guys have shown good habits but we are wanting to finish as high as we can in the league.
“We did okay last season however we are looking to have an improvement on that this season & we are working hard towards that, we have Lewis United at Rothienorman, hopefully the game is on first & foremost & then we will be looking to go there & work hard. Lewis are a good side.
“We went up there at the start of the season & ran them close, we were a little bit aggrieved not to get more out of the game so hopefully we can go there & show the same attitude & we might get a bit more luck this time around.
“The score line against Albion kind of flattered them, we run them close & they run away from them at the end.
Fraserburgh face Rangers in the Scottish Cup on Sunday lunchtime in front of the Sky Sports cameras & West spoke about the game as well as a bit more about Andrew Hannar.
“It’s a good success story for Link-Up & in particular my group of boys that Andrew is doing so well & we wish him all the best, he continues to work with us & trains now & again & we are delighted he took the step up to the Highland League.
“Sunday is going to be a great day for the town, I am involved in the corporate side of things at the leisure centre for the hospitality. There is a buzz about the town & the people involved. I was in the town centre recently & people are just speaking about the game, we'll look to use the game to inspire my boys & the players & people at Fraserburgh Link-Up.
“Andrew will be happy to be a part of the game in any capacity, even if it’s sitting in the stand then I think it’s still a great achievement, Andrew understands that he is young & he has a lot to learn, Andrew has contributed well in the games he’s went to so far, it would be great to see Andrew get a run out however certainly for him just to be a part of it will be great on its own."
The wintry weather took its toll on the ADJFA card with some games having to be postponed. Longside picked up a 4-3 win away to Cove in the Under 16s B league & there was 2 home wins in the C league for Deveronvale Colts & Greyhope Boys.
There was 3 home wins in the Castle Trophies Cup for Donside Juvenile, Glentanar & Lewis United Youth. Banks O’Dee Albion beat B league Colony Colts 6-1 in the Presidents Cup & there was away wins for Culter United & Westdyke. The 2nd round of the same competition seen Colony come away with a 6-1 win at Kintore United.
Under 17s saw A league wins for Cove BC & Banks O’Dee Albion whilst there was cup wins for Westdyke & Glentanar. There was a B league win for Colony Colts away to Formartine United.
With Banchory v Westdyke in the 19s A league being called off, there was B league wins for Turriff United against Fraserburgh 3-2 & Peterhead Phoenix winning 4-2 away to Colony Park. Hermes Youth 19s recorded a stunning win away to Culter in the Murray Cup 2nd round.
Under 13s saw Regional Cup victories for Middlefield Wasps, Lewis United Youth, Deveronvale & Elite. Cove picked up 3 points in the A league after a 4-1 victory away to Westdyke.
The 13s B league card saw 4 home victories for Colony Park, Culter United, Cove United & Portlethen whilst Peterhead beat Westdyke Thistle 4-1. C League Section 1 seen 2 away victories for Northstar Orange winning 5-2 & Newmachar United winning 6-2. C League Section 2 saw a 3-2 win for Blackburn over Culter Deeside & Turriff beating Northstar 6-2.
The Under 14s was mostly filled with cup action. In the Eddie Mannell Trophy 2nd round, there was big wins for Banks O’Dee Albion, Formartine United, Lewis United Youth, North Star & West End FC. Donside Juvenile beat Stonehaven Madrid 3-2.
The 3rd round of the same competition saw big away wins for Newtonhill, Thistle BC & Westdyke. West End Reds beat Cove 4-3 after extra time in the Winton Trophy. League action saw Culter Boys beat Culter United 7-2 in the B league & wins in the C League section 1 for FC Brave Eagles, Nicolls Youth & Newmachar. Deveronvale & Ellon Meadows won in the C League Section 2.
There was under 15s league wins for Deveronvale in the A league & Huntly in the B league. A league side Peterhead Jags safely went through to Round 2 of the Belmont Trophy with a comfortable home victory against Ellon Meadows. Mintlaw progressed to round 3 of the same competition with a 1-0 victory over Fraserburgh.
Cove & Newmachar picked up home victories in the 1st round of the Stonehaven Youth Trophy whilst C league side Colony Colts beat A league Formartine United 3-1 away from home. There was away victories in the 2nd round of the competition for Kintore United & Newtonhill.
Deveronvale marched through to the semi-finals of the Under 13s Regional Trophy after a 2-1 win at home to Formartine United. Formartine took the lead thanks to Matthew Threadgold.
The hosts then drew level after a corner kick was floated in by Brodi Smith & the ball unwittingly struck the face of a Formartine player & into the back of the net.
Vale then sneaked in a late winner to avoid extra time after Smith squared the ball to Lucas Sey who evaded a couple of tackles & his effort was blocked before falling to Marc Evans who slotted the ball across the goal to the keepers left hand side. This win earned Vale a semi-final against Elite after they beat Banks O’Dee Albion away from home 2-1.
The Banff outfit have another home tie against Westdyke this weekend before their last 16 Scottish Cup game against Ferry Athletic.
It was to be a good weekend all round for Deveronvale with Deveronvale Colts Under 16s beating Huntly 6-0 on Saturday before wins for Deveronvale 15s & 14s over Colony Park & City Youth respectively.
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Thistle Youth FC have ambitious plans to build new facilities at their base in Newburgh. The club have plans to get a full sized enclosed grass pitch, full sized astroturf and a five-a-side multi-use court which would enable us to give all year round coaching in a safe environment.
The planning Application was submitted in December and they will know by the 22nd February if they have been successful. If they are successful it will not only provide a great facility for Thistle Youth FC but also Newburgh Amateurs and the other Clubs in the surrounding areas of Ellon, Balmedie and Pitmedden.
If the club are successful come the 22nd February, the club say that the astroturf pitch is the next stage of growing the club in conjunction with the Gallowshill Sports Hub at Newburgh.
Thistle Youth was set up in May 2015 as a new club due to the demand for football in the area. The club has quickly grown to over 160 children and over 40 coaches. The growth has been far quicker than the club had first imagined and now have a waiting list for players. As a result, this has highlighted a problem for facilities to cater for all the teams. Thistle have the SFA Quality award and with like-minded coaches aims to give quality coaching
With the ever increasing wet weather, this facility would be an asset to the area and without it the club would not be able to expand locally, Thistle Youth are an expanding club with a focused pathway on player development. The new facility would enable the Newburgh club the chance to increase the size of the club and introduce a girls’ section also, Thistle state that the quicker the facility is built the quicker that they are able to accommodate the needs of the children and wider community.
The club currently has a range of non-competitive teams & also an Under 14s team who are currently 4th in the ADJFA A league with 4 wins, 2 draws & 1 defeat which was to last years A league champions Westdyke.
Members of the public are being urged to lend their support towards the Newburgh club. All you have to do is go onto - https://upa.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P15PFZCAL5B00 before scrolling onto the comments section & making a comment showing your support, once you have done that, toggle your support before leaving a wee note of support towards the club.
"Leon is one of the founder members of the club when we started in beginning of 2016. It’s been great watching him develop over the 2 years. Leon has always been a technically gifted player but what makes him stand out is his high work ethic. He always gives 100% and would run himself into the ground for the team.
"Connor joined the club end of 2016 from the B league. Like Leon, a very gifted player who can take players on in 1v1 situations. He had come on leaps and bounds since he’s been with us and we have improved his game by learning when to take on a player and when to make the simple pass.
"Everyone at the club wish both Leon & Connor all the best and to take this wonderful opportunity they have been given and give it their all. We are all very proud of you both."
Both players were part of the Elite FC squad that travelled to Denmark last summer to take part in the Dana Cup where they were finalists, the first Scottish team in the tournament's history to have done so.
Congratulations to both Leon and Connor and all of us at Youth Football Scotland wish you both the very best at Dundee FC.
Formartine United have confirmed Craig Feroz as the new head coach for their U14 side.
Craig was a professional footballer for over ten years, starting as a pro-youth with Dundee United Football Club before moving on to play for numerous clubs including Livingston FC, Ross County FC & Queen of the South FC. The former forward also continued playing in a semi-professional capacity at Junior level for Auchinleck Talbot FC, Irvine Meadow AFC and then Kirkintilloch Rob Roy who he later went on to manage before recently moving back to the North East Of Scotland.
Feroz was also a part of the Arbroath team that played against Rangers in a Scottish Cup tie back on the 11th February 2003 with the striker up against the likes of Stefan Klos, Shota Arveladze, Barry Ferguson & Fernando Ricksen. Rangers won this game at Gayfield Park on a midweek evening 3-0.
Craig started off speaking about his challenge with Formartine United by saying: “I am looking forward to the challenge, there was a couple of teams who wanted to speak to me regarding head coach positions however once I spoke to Formartine and their plans for the future then I made my mind up straight away.
“When I saw them play in a game, I realised there was potential there I could help that out to try and get the best out of the boys, we are now looking up instead of looking down.
“I am trying to assess what I have got just now, obviously through my coaching business I coach a lot of boys so I get to see the promise that some of these players have and hopefully I can take a few to Formartine, maybe not this season however next season.
“The Under 14s A league is very competitive, it’s probably one of the most competitive leagues in the Aberdeen & District Juvenile league, you have a top side such as Westdyke and we all hope we can aspire to them but I think we can close the gap on the teams at the top, maybe not this season however probably next season.
Formartine United have a last 32 Scottish Cup coming up after the new year when they host Bellshill BC. Feroz is very excited ahead of that game when he said: “Obviously this is the furthest that Formartine have reached in the Scottish Cup & that is credit to the management that were there already & the players. We are under no illusions how hard the game is going to be. In a one off game we are capable of beating anybody. It might be my 1st game in charge.
Feroz has worked under some top managers during his playing days including Neale Cooper, Jim Leishman, Davie Hay & John Robertson and Feroz is hoping that he can give the good things that these managers gave the forward when he worked in the professional scene to the young players at Formartine,
He added: “My look on it is to try & make them enjoy themselves & get to know them as some of them need a cuddle or encouragement.
“I am enjoying coaching; I’m getting excited more than anybody when I am coaching when they are doing something right. I never thought I would be into coaching the kids as much as I have.
“I have been away from Aberdeen for 22 years now, all my family are still based up in Aberdeen & it’s time to come back.”
Feroz also runs his own Soccer School in Aberdeen which is called Pro-Start Football Coaching:
“The feedback has been brilliant from it, we do a lot of 1 to 1 sessions & if the player is a winger then i’m a right back & I come home from sessions absolutely knackered. We have a few goalkeepers involved now as well so being a striker like I was it’s great as you can smash the ball at them. Myself & the boys put in 100%."
As 2017 draws to a close, it has brought some together some fantastic stories throughout the Aberdeen & District Juvenile League & some records have been broken along the way as well.
Banks O’Dee Albion 2000 age group went & won the Scottish Cup at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie after a 2-1 win over Syngenta Juveniles back in May. The City of Aberdeen hosted a civic reception in recognition of this achievement from the Spain Park outfit back in August. The win in the Scottish Cup culminated a run where Albion was undefeated domestically for 5 seasons. Albion made steady progress in the Scottish Cup year on year having made the final against Rossvale at Under 16s level before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat before achieving the ultimate prize back in May.
Formartine United Under 14s also made history. After a 3-0 victory for the Aberdeenshire outfit over Petershill Athletic in the Scottish Cup, Formartine made the last 32 for the first time in the clubs history. Formartine have another home tie in the new year against Bellshill BC.
The ADJFA has so far this season seen 564 matches played with 519 of those games resulting in wins & 3,821 goals scored with 220 teams all playing 11 a side football.
ADJFA President Graham Mutch gave his assessment of the season so far when he said: “There has been some healthy competition in all age groups this season so far, it’s not just the usual suspect of teams that have been leading from the front which has been great for Juvenile football in this area.
“Our Under 13s has been the strongest it’s been for a good couple of years & there is still Under 13s teams left in the Scottish Cup as there is at 14s, 17s & 19s.
The Under 13s A league sees Elite FC currently sitting top remaining unbeaten with 5 wins & 2 draws with their only being 3 points separating Banks O’Dee Albion currently in 2nd & Deveronvale in 6th. Only 2 points separate Ellon Meadows in 7th & Westdyke at the bottom of the pile.
Cove BC are in amongst the mix there and coach Mark Robb said: “I think the boys have developing really well & taken to 11 aside very quickly. They have put in some good performances against some really good sides in Aberdeen & in the Scottish Cup, I am really looking forward to what the rest of the season shapes up for them in the coming months.”
Peterhead currently top the B league although Culter United have two games in hand on the Buchan outfit who have a 100% record with Colony Park also having won all their league games having played a game less than United. Mintlaw & Turriff United currently top the C league Sections 1 & 2.
There is a lot more competition this season in the Under 14s A league. Banks O’Dee are an improved outfit and currently sit top with Dyce, Thistle BC & Westdyke behind them with the latter having games in hand on the teams above them. 3 points currently separate Westdyke Thistle in 6th & Banchory at the bottom.
Westdyke coach Ellis Renford said: “After a fantastic first season at 11 aside last season, we were hoping to carry on our local form which was great last season. We had a bit of a surprise in the 1st game of the season when we drew 2-2 against Thistle & they got a last minute equaliser.
“We’ve done very well in the league since & also done well in the Scottish Cup with the highlight being going down to Prestwick & recording a 10-0 win against Caledonian who are flying.
The B league sees Peterhead BC top of the league with Colony Park behind them with a game in hand. A win for the Inverurie outfit will see them level on points with the Blue Toon. West End FC are situated in 4th however also have games in hand on the teams at the top.
West End are in the last 32 of the Scottish Cup with a home tie against Cumbernauld Colts to follow & coach Ryan Waters had his say on the achievements by saying : “The Scottish Cup games have been excellent & we have had loads of memories so far & have met people from different leagues & the hospitality has been fantastic.”
Nicolls Youth & Deveronvale are currently top of the Under 14s C League Section 1 & 2. Cove BC & Ellon Meadows who are 2nd in the respective leagues are behind them though & have games in hand so there is still a long way to go.
The Under 15s A league sees Banks O’Dee Albion with a 100% record after 6 games whilst there is only six points between 2nd place Peterhead BC Jags & Formartine United in 2nd bottom so a lot of points have still to be won.
FDS: “Our season’s been a bit of a mixed bag so far. The Under 15s is a transition period for a lot of teams, we’ve had a lot of teams drop out of the under 15s league which from a league perspective has been very disappointing.
“We’ve had three strong teams pull out this season. The B league is a strong league however we’ve just had a team fold. We have only played 5/6 league games this year & the weather has been a hinderance to all teams.
Banchory BC currently top the B league with Stonehaven YFC City a point behind them & have a game in hand. Byron Milan currently top the C league however Huntly & Colony Colts have games in hand & in a more healthier position.
Only 12 points separate the Under 16s A league with Middlefield Wasps leading the way heading into Christmas. Middlefield Coach Alexander Reid said: “We’ve had a cracking start to the season, we went unbeaten until we got Banks O’Dee Albion in the Scottish Cup which was revenge for us beating them 5-2 at Balmedie.
“We’ve coached these boys since they were 6 years old & 8 of them are still with us. We took the boys away to Barcelona in April & it did gel them. We added a couple of players in the summer & it’s just completed a squad of 18 with a great team spirit.”
Colony Colts currently top the B league with Glentanar & Newmachar breathing down their necks. Only 6 points separate Kemnay in 4th & Kintore United at the bottom. Culter Thistle top the C league.
Westdyke CC top the Under 17s A league with 6 wins from 6. Special praise has to be given to 2nd place Fraserburgh Link-Up. Last season seen them in 5th however now sit in 2nd with Westdyke getting a big 3-2 win at the Broch last weekend. Banks O’Dee Albion still has games in hand. Ellon Meadows & Middlefield Wasps are currently level top of the B league.
Inverurie Locos are currently top of the Under 19s A league with Banks O’Dee Albion & Hermes Youth expected to pose a challenge going into the 2nd half of the season. Peterhead Phoenix top the B league with 5 wins from 5.
Middlefield Wasps FC are looking for witnesses after their pitch, which is based in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, was damaged by someone on a motor bike on three separate occasions. They were last Monday, Tuesday & Thursday night.
Balmedie Leisure Centre & Middlefield Wasps, both run by dedicated volunteers, fundraise and spend thousands of pounds every year on maintenance of these grounds in order to keep them playable.
Mark McCready who is on the committee at Middlefield Wasps said, “The Monday & Tuesday night it was the 11 a side pitch that he’s went on however on Thursday night he went over the 7 a side pitch as well and it just means we need to fork out more money to fix the pitches.
“If our pitches aren’t available then we would have to go to council pitches which would cost about £20 a game and we have so many 11-a-side teams then we could be down another £100 just for our games to go ahead. We don’t really want to use the money for that, we want to use the money for other stuff such as to develop the pitches we have at Balmedie.
“The gardener is going to go out and have a look at it this week & see what he can do to repair it. With the way Aberdeen is at the moment with the oil industry, it is hard to get sponsorship and this club is self-funded and our kids pay fees for everything.
If anyone saw this individual on or around the pitch and country park, please contact Police Scotland by calling 101. Incident number 10025/12.
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