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After the success of last weekend with four fantastic cup finals, the Aberdeen and District Juvenile Football Association have two mouthwatering games on the cards which will both take place at Colony Park JFC on Sunday.
The first game is at 12pm where Elite take on Lewis United Youth in the Under 13s Regional Trophy final, Lewis United Youth are involved again in the Under 16s age group at 2:30pm when they take on Banks O'Dee Albion in the Castle Trophies Final.
Ahead of the finals, YFS looks ahead to the games and the teams route to their respective cup finals.
Elite v Lewis United Under 13s
Elite FC Under 13s
Elite have only needed two games to reach the cup finals with the Regional Trophy only involving A League sides. They started their cup run against Banks O'Dee Albion who won the Colony Park Cup after a 2-1 win over Cove Youth, Elite came out victorious winning 2-1, Elite played Deveronvale at home in the semi-finals winning 3-2.
Coach Craig Sutherland looked ahead to the game by saying: "It's a great achievement for both us and Lewis United to get to the cup final in our first season at 11-a-side, we have played some tough games to get here and it's been a good cup run for us.
"It's a hard one to call, we played Lewis a few weeks ago in the league (lost 4-1) and if we can perform like we did in the first half that night then we have a chance."
Lewis United Youth Under 13s
Lewis United Youth recorded two consecutive 3-2 wins to get to the cup final, United beat Ellon Meadows in the quarter-final after extra time before winning by the same scoreline in the semi-final at Middlefield Wasps.
Coach Richard Burnett said: "We have done well this season in patches, it would be ideal to win on Sunday, it's been a good start for us and we will enjoy the occasion on Sunday.
"I'm sure Elite will be up for the game on Sunday and even more so after the scoreline the other week so I don't think we or Elite will be reading much into that result."
Lewis United Youth v Banks O'Dee Albion Under 16s
Lewis United Youth
Lewis started their cup journey beating Westdyke at home followed by a 4-0 win over Culter Thistle also at home, the business end of the competition involved two away ties which they won 5-3 at Glentanar followed by a 3-0 victory away at Fraserburgh Link-Up.
Banks O'Dee Albion
Banks O'Dee Albion went to Kemnay in the first round and won comfortably before a big win at home to Stonehaven, the quarter-finals was a tighter affair which saw Albion beat Culter United 2-1 before a semi-final win at home to A League champions Middlefield Wasps winning 6-0.
It is all stations go at Cove Youth FC at the moment with the Under 13s reaching the Scottish Cup Final, exceeding all expectations from a club perspective. The club have also recently announced a joint venture to build a new small sided astroturf pitch. Cove Girls Under 13s are also making huge strides, enjoying a very good Scottish Cup run.
Cove have beaten West Park United, Linlithgow Rose and Aberdeen FC Ladies Youth in the Cup already this season and have booked a place in the last 16 of the competition and have drawn away to Lanarkshire Hibs in the next round.
Cove beat Aberdeen in the last round 2-0 with Courtney Shirran opening the scoring in the 15th minute followed by Emily Wetherly completing the scoring after 58 minutes to seal a trip to Lanarkshire on the weekend of 16th/17th June.
Coach Tommy Russo spoke to YFS who spoke about the season so far: "Because this is our first season playing competitive football, we were hoping just to get 1-2 games in the Scottish Cup so the girls have exceeded any sort of expectation, any cup game they have played in they have battled so hard. I don't know what it is however their cup form is better than their league form.
"Teams can beat any team on their day and it's a funny one. Donside are the form team in the league at the moment and like us are in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup, they have a nice big pitch there which suits us well.
"The girls are buzzing for the away day against Lanarkshire Hibs, they are a football academy in Lanarkshire under the Hibs Ladies set-up so what they are trying to do is encourage all the girls in the area to sign for Hibs Ladies.
"It's going to be a tough game and Aberdeen would have one of the favourites for the cup, my only concern is we haven't travelled well this season as our best games this season have been at Gateway which is our home pitch."
Cove Youth FC Under 13s play Hutchison Vale in the Scottish Cup final at the Excelsior Stadium this Sunday with a 2pm kick off, Russo added that his squad of girls will be attending the showpiece event at Airdrie.
"The girls are going down on Sunday and they will experience the atmosphere of the Scottish Cup and the girls are only three matches away from doing the same thing. We have had enquiries from people wanting to play for Cove after seeing our recent results on social media, we have the facilities to train all year round so it's only going to get bigger and better for Cove."
GoFitba continued its journey in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire with another fun packed day for the kids at Kellands Primary School, which is based in the Aberdeenshire town on the 2nd May, in what was a warm day for all the kids on a sun kissed Garioch Sports Centre surface.
The initiative GoFitba is an exciting football, classroom and nutrition based health and wellbeing project for primary school kids delivered by the Scottish Football Partnership Trust in association with community football clubs. The 12 week project offers these children a platform for fun, physical activity and takes them on a weekly interactive educational journey to discover how they can stay active and lead a healthier lifestyle through diet and nutrition.
The project, which is being delivered by the Scottish Football Partnership Trust in association with community football clubs across the nation, was in its third week and the project has went down a success with the players and coaches involved so far.
Aberdeen FC Community Trust were the hosts, with coaches Graeme Cochrane and Paul Davidson alongside community coach Stephen Boddie delivering a training session to the Kellands Primary School kids with the focus being on dribbling, followed by a range of small sided games. Training lasted for an hour on the outdoor 3G synthetic pitch at Garioch Sports Centre.
As well as the football, GoFitba puts a high emphasis on nutritional values and educating the children about the positives of a healthy, balanced diet. The kids got a group photo alongside the Aberdeen FC Community Trust coaches on the pitch before going inside into the Creche room.
Once training was completed, the kids were back to the classroom where they worked on their handbooks given to them and they also did a quiz which focused on the benefits on water and the importance on drinking water on a regular basis, the week was called - "Water and hydration - drink up!
To finish off the afternoon for the kids, they were treated to a dish of pasta with a slice of bread and a bit of fruit and, most importantly, some water to wash down a healthy meal with before getting picked up by their parents to go home for the day. The kids were very enthusiastic and there was an image there that everyone was enjoying themself and, most importantly, having fun and being active and healthy at the same time.
There were a range of backgrounds in attendance during the afternoon with boys and girls all from different diversities, there was kids who have been refugees and have just moved into the area and settled in very well, as well as people of all footballing abilities, some of whom haven’t played the game for a football team before.
Aberdeen FC Community Trust do a great job working on a range of projects in Aberdeenshire and this is another successful project for all involved. The players involved in the project have learned a lot already with regards to the football, classroom and nutritional aspects in life and will continue to progress and learn as the weeks continue.
Stephen Boddie, a community coach at Aberdeen FC Community Trust said: “The kids are getting fit and active and also healthy and there is also the social side to it all as well as they are speaking more to their friends and engaging more with their friends as well, they can sit down and have a meal where they can actually talk to their friends.
“The friendship side of things is the big thing however the kids can hopefully learn a little bit more about football as well and work on dribbling, passing, shooting and hopefully replicate some of their heroes from generations gone by.
“There is a lot of players involved in the GoFitba project that don’t play the game with a club at the moment although we do have links with local grassroots clubs such as Colony Park here in Inverurie and hopefully this project allows the young players to enjoy the football sessions on offer to them.
“There is a lot of positive work taking place not just in Inverurie however across Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City, we do a lot of work with people in care homes and also schools, I am hoping to use GoFitba as a model which we can use not just in Aberdeenshire but also in Aberdeen City as well, I am hoping some schools will be able to take this on further as it is a top model that other sports can even get into.
"We have a variety of participants, we have Syrians in the sessions who have just moved into the area from Syria and also a mixture of boys and girls as well, we are trying to build the girls pathway especially.
“It means a lot for Aberdeen FC Community Trust to be involved in the project, we are not just going to teach the kids football skills however also we are hopefully going to change some of these kids lives and their lifestyles heading into adulthood and here’s hoping we can leave a lasting impact.”
Players Archie and Ross have been a part of the project, Archie spoke about how positive the project has been from his perspective and what they learned from the class when he said, “I have been enjoying the project so far as the coaches have teached us to do some skills like being Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo,
"We learned that water is good for you skin and also good for your brain and helps you sleep, my favourite part of the meal was pasta with the cheese on top. From GoFitba you can learn how to pass and dribble, I have learned to stay active because it’s important that you don’t stay on the sofa all the time."
Ross said: “The project for myself has been good and fun because we have been playing matches and also learning new stuff, I have learned about water and how it helps us in our daily lives and how carrots help us as well as blueberries which help your brain develop.”
The Aberdeen and District Juvenile Football Association will begin their cup-final schedule this weekend, with a tricky winter in Aberdeenshire, it has been a rush for teams recently to get games played both in the league and cups.
There are two cup-finals on Saturday with Stonehaven YFC City Under 15s taking on Banks O’Dee Albion in the Belmont Trophy at 12pm, followed by Inverurie Loco Works v Banks O’Dee Albion at 2:30pm in the Murray Cup final. Both games being held at Uniconn Park which is the home of Hermes JFC.
Sunday sees Banks O’Dee Albion Under 13s play Cove Youth Under 13s in the cup final of the Colony Park Cup at 12pm followed by Banks O’Dee vs Westdyke CC Under 17s in the Regional Trophy final at 2:30pm. Both games are at Colony Park JFC in Inverurie.
Stonehaven YFC City v Banks O’Dee Albion Under 15s
This looks like being a “David v Goliath” game with Stonehaven YFC City participating in the B League and have been crowned B League champions, Banks O’Dee Albion captured the A league title and will be heavy favourites going into the game. Shocks can happen on the day though and it promises to be an exciting game.
Stonehaven YFC City
The road to the Belmont Trophy final for Stonehaven YFC City saw them travel to A league side Newtonhill BC and come out with a 2-1 win. Stonehaven then hosted West End FC United in what was a comfortable win for the hosts. City then travelled to Mintlaw and won 4-0 before going on the road again to A League side Deveronvale and won 6-5 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.
Stonehaven YFC City coach Mark Innes said: “It’s a free shot for us basically, we are just going to set the boys up to do their best, we have come up against some good teams this season however when you see Banks O’Dee Albion are undefeated in the A league then we know the task ahead.
“The guys have earned their place in the final, it was a fantastic game against Deveronvale in the semi-final, Stonehaven as a club never really get to cup-finals especially at the younger age groups as it’s only the Under 19s who have reached a cup-final in the last 15 years.”
Banks O’Dee Albion
Banks O’Dee Albion started off their Belmont Trophy campaign with a big win at home to Cove followed by a big win away at Newmachar United, Albion won 7-0 at Westdyke before a 3-2 win at CBC Hilton.
Banks O’Dee Albion coach Colin Shirreffs looked ahead to the game by saying: “We have got to treat each game as a big game, Stonehaven might be in the B League however we will treat the game as if it’s a league game.
“Because they are a league below they won’t be getting treated any different, Stonehaven have done very well getting to the cup final so we can’t take them lightly, they are a strong team and have beaten a few A league teams, we’ll be going into the game as favourites but that comes with its own pressure as well."
Inverurie Loco Works v Banks O’Dee Albion Under 19s
Inverurie Locos have gained the upper hand in the league and cup fixtures involving both sides so far this season, it’s a cup final though and anything can happen on the day. With Inverurie hot favourites to win the A league title, this could be the last opportunity for Banks O’Dee Albion Under 19s to get their hands on silverware this season.
Inverurie Loco Works
Inverurie started off the Murray Cup campaign with a 6-0 win away to Ellon Meadows before getting a walkover against Westdyke CC. Locos booked their place in the final with a 2-1 win after extra time against Hermes Youth.
Banks O’Dee Albion
Albion started their journey to the final with a 6-0 win away to Cove Youth FC, Banks O’Dee were on the road again in the quarter-final to Banchory winning the game 5-2 before a 6-0 victory at Culter Colts in the semi-final.
Banks O’Dee Albion v Cove Youth Under 13s
Banks O’Dee Albion and Cove Youth FC have enjoyed some good competitive games this season with Cove Youth FC coming out on top in three out of four games this season, including a victory in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup. Banks O’Dee Albion won the latest tie between the teams winning 2-0 so a close game looks to be on the cards.
Banks O’Dee Albion
Albion started off with a comfortable win against Blackburn FC followed by a 4-1 win at Northstar Orange, a big win against Portlethen SC saw Banks O’Dee Albion into the semi-finals where they travelled to Dyce and recorded a 5-0 win.
Banks O’Dee Coach Kenny Clubb said: “We are looking forward to the final, we played well in the last game against Cove in a 2-0 win for Albion in the league so we have good reason to go into the match confident however Cove are a good side.”
Cove Youth FC
Cove kicked proceedings off with a 7-1 win over Northstar CFC followed by a 5-1 against Elite, Cove were then on the road with a 6-1 win over Ellon Meadows before a semi-final win over Colony Park winning 6-0.
Cove Youth FC Coach Mark Robb said: “We are really looking forward to it as it’s the start of a big couple of weeks for the club, we are up against a good side in Banks O’Dee Albion and should be a good game for spectators and both sets of boys to be involved in.
“It’s a great achievement for both sides to get to the final in our first season at 11 a side and we just have to go into the game with the right attitude and enjoy the experience as you never know it might not happen again.”
Banks O’Dee Albion v Westdyke CC Under 17s
Banks O’Dee Albion and Westdyke CC have played each other three times this season, with Westdyke coming out on top twice including a last 16 Scottish Cup victory with Albion coming out on top recently in the league with a 4-0 win. It promises to be a good game with both teams also playing in the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy final soon.
Banks O’Dee Albion
Albion went to Culter in the 1st round and won 2-1 before heading to Longside and winning 6-1, Albion travelled to Stonehaven and got a big win before going on home soil in the semi-final against Fraserburgh Link-Up winning 6-1.
Westdyke started off with a big away to Middlefield Wasps before a 3-0 victory at home to Glentanar in the quarter-final, Westdyke played Peterhead in the semi-final coming away with a 2-1 win.
Culter United Under 13s have won the B League title and are now in preparations for A league football next season at Under 14s level. Culter United were in a regional trophy group at the start of the season with Dyce BC and Newmachar United, three really good teams with United ending up in the B League.
United completed their season on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Portlethen which meant a 100% record in all 18 games was confirmed in what was a great achievement for all involved with Culter United 2005s.
Culter United coach Simon Longhurst said: "We wanted to start in the B league however the group draw to determine which league we would go in wasn't the greatest, we knew Dyce would be a bottom league A side and we have had some good games with Newmachar so it could have been a situation where we were either in the A league or C league, it all panned out alright.
"We could never have imagined that at the start of the season, we wanted to finish top half in the B league, to stay undefeated let alone draw is quite incredible, it's been credit to the players as they haven't steamrolled any team, they have had to work hard for the points every week, they have been behind in some of the games too so things haven't went our own way.
"It was the two games against Colony Park that kind of swung it in our favour, we beat them 1-0 back in February then played them recently and won the game 4-0 and it was the best we played all season, all the parents and the coaches were so proud of the players that day because they done so well and that was a turning point.
"We looked at the table after 5-6 games and thought we have a good chance here, success always has people looking over your shoulder and we have players at the club that would grace any A league team and all you can do is make your club as attractive as possible, we try to create an environment so that players can enjoy their football, it's a happy camp just now, I think if we keep the squad and add a couple of players that we will give it a right good go in the A league."
Congratulations to all at Culter United 2005 on their success!
Cove Youth got beat last Tuesday by Lewis United Youth however they reacted with a strong win against Westdyke in midweek followed by a closely fought 3-2 win against Ellon Meadows.
Lewis United Youth won comfortably at Formartine United in the A league and Banks O'Dee Albion were defeated at Middlefield Wasps 3-1, although Wasps currently lie mid-table, they have picked up some big results against teams at the top. Dyce beat Deveronvale 3-1,
The Frank Waugh Memorial Trophy saw Colony Colts beat Kintore United 6-0 with Glentanar vs Huntly unfulfilled.
The B league saw champions Culter United beat Portlethen 1-0 with away wins for Donside Juvenile and Colony Park and a 3-3 draw between Cove United and Banchory. Northstar beat Culter Deeside 7-0 in the C League Section 2.
Cup action saw Westdyke CC progress in the Winton Trophy with an away win at Newmachar United with Banks O'Dee Albion reaching the final of the Eddie Mannall Trophy winning 4-3 at West End.
The Consolation Trophy semi-finals saw Mugiemoss Youth beat Mintlaw 7-1 with West End Reds beating Kemnay 3-1, Fraserburgh Link-Up picked up a big point in their bid to avoid relegation drawing with Dyce BC on the back of a 5-3 win over Westdyke in midweek. B League action saw Culter Boys and Newtonhill draw 1-1.
Donside United booked their place in the Consolation Trophy final with a 3-2 win over Kintore United. A league champions Banks O'Dee Albion won 6-1 away to Deveronvale with Westdyke winning 4-0 at Formartine United and Colony Park drawing 1-1 at Newtonhill.
Stonehaven YFC City bagged the B League title with a 4-1 win at Newmachar United with FDS beating Ellon Meadows 5-4, Colony Colts drew 1-1 at Donside Juvenile in the C League
There were two home wins in the Consolation Trophy semi-finals, Culter Cobras beat Huntly 6-0 with Greyhope beating Stonehaven YFC United 4-0. The A league saw Fraserburgh Link-Up win 3-2 at Banchory Pumas with Middlefield Wasps beating Colony Park 6-1. Middlefield can win the league if Lewis drop points against either Banchory or Albion this week. Lewis beat Culter United 3-1 away from home.
B League champions Glentanar swept aside Byron Thistle with a 4-1 win with Portlethen winning 3-0 at Longside.
It will be Colony Colts vs Huntly in the final of the Frank Waugh Memorial Trophy with Colony Colts beating Longside 6-1 and Huntly beating Stonehaven 1-0 after extra time, Lewis United and Fraserburgh Link-Up both won at home on A league duty winning 6-0 and 5-0 respectively.
Inverurie Locos booked a place in the final of the Sunnybank Shield with a 3-2 win after extra time against Banks O'Dee Albion, Colony Park will play Huntly in the Frank Waugh Memorial Trophy final with Colony winning 4-2 at Fraserburgh Link-Up and Huntly beating Culter Rovers 3-2.
League duty saw Hermes Youth win 3-0 at Cove in the A league with Stonehaven winning at Turriff 6-3 in the B League.
A public meeting has been held in the Northeast town Portlethen as a campaign for a 3G pitch led by ‘Portlethen Sports Club’ picks up pace.
Over 70 members of the community and four local councillors attended the meeting at Hillside academy on Wednesday the 2nd of May. Former Scotland, Motherwell and Aberdeen manager Craig Brown was also present to show his backing for the push for a new surface.
A pitch, currently 2G, at Portlethen Academy is due for renewal. Costs for the renewal will be covered by Robertson’s, the company who built and manage the Academy.
Portlethen Sports Club has claimed Robertson’s will fund whatever type of pitch the Academy and Council ask for. Despite no extra cost to them, the council plan a like for like replacement of the current surface, as opposed to an improved technology.
Ken Watson, the Chairman of Portlethen District Community Council and the Sports Club’s Secretary Craig McMorrin both spoke of their disbelief at the decision.
Craig McMorrin said, “ There is no reason not to upgrade the pitch to a 3G surface, both the SFA and SRU have said that a 2G pitch is not suitable for training or matches”.
Craig went on to explain how the current pitch lays empty 95% of the time. In its current state it’s only used 11 times over the course of a football season, a combined 22 hours, solely for a men’s hockey team.
Meanwhile, 32 youth football games have been cancelled due to weather over the past year, many of which, if not all, could have been played on a 3G pitch.
Hockey teams over the age of 3rd year would be unable to use a 3G pitch as advanced hockey must be on a 2G pitch – however, a 3G surface would allow for both Football and Rugby, of which there are multiple age groups playing.
Some attendees made the point that the over 200 kids currently playing football with Portlethen Sports Club, Rugby players and multiple other football teams including those from Newtonhill, Cove and Fishermoss would make more use of the facilities than the Hockey team.
It was also pointed out that there were additional areas, including an area next to the meetings venue, which could be developed into a new 2G pitch for sports such as hockey.
The pitch also has a charge to rent, and it has been argued that far more revenue will be made from renting an upgraded pitch.
While all four North Kincardine Councillors, Alastair Bews, Alison Evison, Ian Mollison and Colin Pike, attended the meeting, it soon became clear it was those above them – Council officers and the Chief Executive, who were blocking the move. With all four giving their backing.
Councillor Bews said, “I’ve been right behind the pitch from the word go. The lack of consultation is scandalous.” All the councillors, as well as the community, were not consulted on the decision and the councillor urged the community to press on with their petition, which would allow the councillors to have a say.
The community council was informed earlier on the day of the meeting that none of the officers, nor the chief executive would be attending, which was not a popular decision among attendees.
Craig McMorrin said, “The response we have received is that the council and academy head teacher want a 2G pitch. We are told this is due to the school curriculum, the need of the 2G for other activities and health and safety. The council has not elaborated on what the curriculum is or what these other activities are, and we believe the 3G to be safer than 2G”
Another community council member noted how his men’s football team will not train on the 2G as they perceive it to be too dangerous for adults, never mind children.
A piece of research was quoted as saying 2G surfaces see an increase of knee strains by 20% and muscle injuries by 40% in comparison with 3G.
One particular case has been highly publicised on the dangers of 3G surfaces. 20 year old Lewis Maguire died at the age of 20 earlier this year after a four year battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Lewis’s family are convinced his condition was caused after years of playing as a goalkeeper on artificial surfaces.
Lewis had on multiple occasions swallowed the pellets used on these pitches as well as finding them lodged in grazes and cuts. His father, Nigel Maguire, the ex-Chief Executive of NHS Cumbria, believed the pellets which are made from old car tyres contained chemicals which caused Lewis’s illness.
Over a year ago however, Sports minister Tracey Crouch responded to the claims, saying studies had found no evidence of these connections.
Councillor Alison Evison added to her colleague’s earlier comments, she said, “The need for a 3G pitch is obvious. The way things have been done thus far is not the right way about it”.
Similar comments were mirrored by Councillors Ian Mollison and Colin Pike. Both urged the public to continue getting more signatures on the online petition – which currently has nearly 1000 signatures - as this would force their superiors into action.
Councillor Pike also suggested that Portlethen residents send emails to the councils chief executive to show their support for the campaign.
The meeting was drawn to a close by Craig Brown – who is now a part of the Aberdeen FC board. Brown, who is self admittedly a huge supporter of artificial pitches such as the new proposed pitch, spoke on why he is such an advocate.
Brown said, “I was invited along because I am a great advocate for 3G”
“I give great credit to the councillors for coming along and offering their support and advice. Although, there is clearly an issue in the system.”
“People may sometimes complain about 3G pitches but you’ll get as good of a game on 3G pitches as on grass. 18 years ago, every village in Norway had an indoor pitch, same with Iceland, and look at how they are doing, Scotland needs to catch up.”
The sport club’s petition is still online and the group are looking for as many signatures as possible to sway council opinion. The petition can be found here -
Ellon Meadows won the Under 17s B League last week with a 2-1 win against Huntly. Ellon won 11 games losing just 3 with defeats to Middlefield Wasps, Formartine United and Banchory Hawks.
Ellon Meadows Coach Ian Thom spoke about his teams achievements when he said, “The boys were a bit disappointed at getting beat against Formartine in particular but the players picked themselves up for the rest of the season and they have been a brilliant bunch of guys to work with and they always worked hard in training and they went into that game a little bit complacent, we had a few new faces in this season and the campaign has been first class, the players have always turned up for training and arrived on games as well as giving 100% in their games.
“Once we were halfway through the season we looked at the league table and said to the boys that we could win the league but there wasn’t a turning point during the season, the game against Huntly was probably the longest game I have ever watched as we scored our 2nd goal with 23 minutes to spare and we had the last 23 minutes to sweat it out, most of the boys are speaking about continuing again for next season with the Under 19s team, hopefully we can do well again next season and we are hoping to have new faces into the team.”
"I said to the boys after they beat Huntly 2-1 that this season is all about you boys, not about me or Bob (the other coach), Huntly went ahead on Saturday but the heads went up after that."
Congratulations to all at Ellon Meadows Under 17s on their success.
Banks O’Dee Albion won 4-1 at Dyce to keep their title push going, Middlefield Wasps drew 1-1 with Ellon Meadows in the A league, Cove Youth FC booked a Colony Park Cup final place with a 1-0 win at Lewis United.
Culter United wrapped up the B League with a 4-0 win at Fraserburgh Link-Up. Colony Park beat Peterhead 8-2 with Cove United winning 4-1 at Donside and Banchory winning comfortably at home to Stonehaven.
C League Section 1 saw a 4-4 draw with Huntly and Kemnay with Turriff United wrapping up C League Section two winning 8-1 against Blackburn, Deveronvale Reds won 3-1 at Culter Deeside with Colony Colts drawing 2-2 with Glentanar.
Lewis United booked a place in the next round of the Winton Trophy with a 4-1 win at home to West End FC. Dyce won 5-0 at Westdyke Thistle in the A league with home wins for Formartine over Stonehaven and Thistle against Banchory.
Peterhead are well on course for promotion to the A league and they won comfortably at Culter United. Donside drew 3-3 with Northstar and Newtonhill beat Glentanar 5-1. C League Section 1 champions Newmachar won at Cove 3-1 with West End Reds beating Mugiemoss 2-0.
The C League Section 2 saw Deveronvale finish off their campaign with a 6-3 win at Portlethen, Ellon Meadows beat City Youth 5-2 and Stonehaven United beat Mintlaw 6-2.
CBC Hilton beat Deveronvale 6-3 with Newtonhill beating West End 4-2 in the A league, the B league saw 2 away wins for Newmachar United and Banchory Boys with the C league seeing Colony Colts only needing 1 win for the C league title after a 3-2 win over Cove, West End United and Huntly drew 2-2.
Culter United beat Deveronvale 5-0 in the A league which was a good win for Culter United coach Mark McEwan who passed away on Friday, Donside Juvenile beat Fraserburgh Link-Up 1-0. Banks O’Dee Albion defeated Middlefield Wasps 6-0 in the cup.
Glentanar won the B League with a 1-0 win over Cove Youth FC, Colony Colts drew with Portlethen 1-1 and Kemnay shared the spoils with Westdyke finishing 2-2. The C League saw a comfortable win for Culter Cobras at Huntly with Deveronvale Colts drawing 1-1 with Greyhope Boys.
League leader Westdyke beat Peterhead at home comfortably with two away wins for Banks O’Dee Albion and Westdyke Thistle, Albion are still in the running to retain the league title for the 2001 team so the result at Colony winning 5-2 was big for them.
The B League saw 3 away wins with Huntly, Formartine United and Colony Colts coming out on top over Middlefield Wasps, Stonehaven and Longside.
Banks O’Dee Albion kept the pressure at the top with a 2-0 win at Hermes Youth, ALC Athletic beat Banchory 3-1 at home with Ellon Meadows winning at Culter Boys 2-1. Inverurie Locos beat Culter Colts in the cup 7-1.
The B League saw Turriff United beat Middlefield 3-0 with Huntly drawing 3-3 with Fraserburgh Link-Up and away wins for Stonehaven and Kemnay at Colony Park and Culter Rovers.
Culter Thistle won the Under 16s C League with a game to spare, Culter scored 105 goals and conceded only 13 goals in 17 games which included only drawing once and only being defeated once all season.
The C League champions were banging in goals for fun at the start of the season however the rest of the teams in the league improved as the season had progressed meaning Culter Thistle were still winning games however the difference in scorelines weren't as high.
Culter coach Kenny McPherson said, “We used to be in the A league as Culter Colts however we lost players to other clubs and we couldn’t get players in who were a similar standard so we had to end up folding the team and we started up Culter Thistle, we took players who were in the Culter Colts team and also took in 3 players at Banchory who weren’t getting a lot of game time.
“The boys have been getting game time with us and they are starting to reap the rewards now, they have definitely improved and their confidence has improved as well, you can only play what’s in front of you, it’s unfortunate that the league only had 7 teams this season.
“We are really happy with how the season is going and Deveronvale pushed us all the way and they drew a few games at the start of the season however after that they have been on a steady run, we have really enjoyed it this season.
“Turriff United is a team who have improved from the start of the season, we played Turriff early on in the season and we won comfortably but recently we beat them 3-0 at home and 4-1 away from home, Turriff do a lot of travelling every 2nd week and it’s good to see them improving and it’s chalk and cheese from the start of the season.”
“We have improved throughout the season just with boys getting to know each other, it took them a while to gel, heading into next season the boys will know each other even more, we have created plenty of chances this season and scored 105 goals conceding only 13, we know next season we aren’t going to create the same chances and the defence will have more of a challenge and make sure they are on top week in week out.
“A lot of the teams in the B league we know from last season having played the likes of Cove, Newmachar and Kemnay & Cove could get promoted depending on results in their last few games, I think we will compete better than we did last season, I would be hopeful that we are going into the B league not to make the numbers but to definitely compete and to finish near the top of the league.”
Cove Youth Football Club (CYFC) and the Chris Niven Cup Committee (CNCC) announced a massive boost to a joint venture project to create a small sided community Astroturf football pitch at Gateway, Cove, in memory of CYFC's former player Chris Niven.
Last week, Cove Youth Football Club had an application for community funding which was given 100% approval by the "Active Aberdeen Partnership" (AAP) to the tune of a six figure sum (in excess of £100k).
The date and final figure for the funding is presently unknown but the approval of the project has now been forwarded to Aberdeen City Council (ACC) for final agreement. CYFC and CNCC will now be working closely with the AAP to meet certain conditions and criteria that will aim to ensure that ACC has a clear pathway towards supporting the funding application.
Once the funding approval is fully agreed and processed by ACC, the dream of creating a small sided Astroturf pitch with floodlights could soon become a reality at Gateway.
This funding development follows more than two years of fundraising by the CNCC and CYFC that has presently and jointly raised just over £50,000.00. The funding agreed by the AAP, in conjunction with the community fundraising so far, could soon see a purpose built small sided Astroturf football pitch that would be a major boost to the members of CYFC and the wider community of Cove.
As soon as the news of the AAP funding approval was received, CYFC submitted planning permission to ACC to ensure that there are no undue delays once the funding receives the final approval from ACC. The funding approval has one final hurdle to clear before the project can proceed to construction.
The community fundraising will continue throughout 2018 with this year's Chris Niven Cup scheduled to take place at Gateway on Saturday 7th July and there are also further fundraising efforts within the club to further develop the community fund that will hopefully be enhanced with the six figure community grant that the AAP has recently approved.
In the meantime both organisations would like to sincerely thank our members and supporters for their patience, support, dedication and interest in our project and hopefully we will soon have a facility that we can all be proud of and that the community of Cove can enjoy for many years to come.
Cove Youth Football Club became the first Community Quality Mark club in Aberdeen which ensures that there is an adult pathway once playing finish their youth careers. Cove Youth Football Club was born in September 1995. Cove Boys Club is based in the Cove area of Aberdeen and the club are dedicated to the development of youth football for children from the age of 6 up to 19.
The club created history this year with the Under 13s age group (2005) reaching the Scottish Cup final where they will take on Hutchison Vale at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie on the 20th May with a 2pm kick off. Cove hadn’t reached the 5th round of the competition at any age group before this season.
Cove had expectations as a team to do well in the Scottish Cup and also on domestic duty however from a club perspective they have definitely exceeded expectations.
The A league produced two home wins and two away wins over the weekend. Cove beat Elite 3-2 with Deveronvale beating Formartine 4-2. Banks O’Dee Albion won comfortably at Westdyke and Ellon Meadows triumphed over Dyce 2-1.
B League leaders Culter United secured a great 4-0 win away to Westdyke Thistle, whilst third placed Colony Park slipped up at home to Portlethen, losing 4-2. Second place Peterhead won a thriller at Cove United 6-4, with Banchory beating Fraserburgh Link-Up 3-2. There was also a 5-1 win for Stonehaven over Donside Juvenile.
C League Section 1 winners Northstar Orange finished off their season in fine fashion with a 7-0 win over Newmachar United. Banks O'Dee beat Kemnay 7-4 and there was also a 4-3 win for Mintlaw over Huntly. The top two secured victories in the C League Section 2. Turriff United, the league leaders, won 6-0 against Culter Deeside, with Northstar beating Colony Colts 3-0. Lewis United will meet Elite in the Regional Trophy final with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Middlefield Wasps.
Lewis United won the only A league fixture yesterday 3-1 at home to Fraserburgh. B league leaders Peterhead beat Colony Park 3-2 with North Star and Newtonhill drawing 3-3. There were also away wins for Culter Boys and Donside Juvenile.
Newmachar United kept up their fine season in the C League Section 1 with an 8-2 win over Mugiemoss Youth, while Cove drew 2-2 with Aberdon. C League Section 2 saw the section's leading teams Ellon Meadows and Deveronvale both win away from home at Stonehaven and City Youth respectively. Portlethen beat Mintlaw 4-2.
Cup action saw Dyce beat Thistle 4-2 on penalties after nothing separated the teams, West End beat Formartine 6-1 and Banks O’Dee Albion won 4-0 at Westdyke Thistle.
Banks O’Dee Albion will meet Stonehaven City in the Belmont Trophy final after securing a 3-2 win over CBC Hilton. A League action saw a 3-2 win for Peterhead Jags, Westdyke beating Colony Park 3-0 and Deveronvale drawing 4-4 with West End Reds.
Stonehaven took advantage of Banchory's 0-0 draw with Newmachar by storming to a 6-0 win at Ellon Meadows, Fraserburgh beat FDS 6-3. The C league saw Huntly beat Kintore United at home with Cove drawing 2-2 with West End United.
Cup action saw Fraserburgh Link-Up win 1-0 at Banchory in the second round of the Presidents Cup. Banks O’Dee Albion won 2-1 away to Culter United in the third round of the Castle Trophies Cup. The A league saw Colony Park beat Deveronvale 5-0 with Middlefield Wasps beating Donside Juvenile 3-0.
B league saw Glentanar beat Kemnay 5-2 with further home wins for Portlethen and Westdyke. Byron Thistle won 4-0 at Newmachar United. Culter Thistle won the C League with a 6-0 win at Greyhope.
Westdyke reached the Raymond Kelly Association Final with a 2-1 win at Lewis United after extra time after it finished 0-0 after 90 minutes. The A league saw Banks O’Dee Albion win 2-1 at Fraserburgh Link-Up with Peterhead beating Glentanar 5-2 and a 1-1 draw between Westdyke Thistle and Colony Park.
Ellon Meadows won the B League with a 2-1 win away to Huntly, Formartine United beat Stonehaven 4-2 and Longside beat Colony Colts 2-1.
Hermes Youth are into the cup final of the Sunnybank Shield with a 4-0 win at Cove. The A league saw ALC Athletic beat Culter Colts 4-2 with away wins for Ellon Meadows and Banks O’Dee Albion.
Peterhead Phoenix will have to wait until Thursday night to try and win the B league title after losing 1-0 at Kemnay. There was 3 home wins for Middlefield Wasps, Stonehaven and Culter Rovers.
Balloan Athletic kicked off their Inverness Youth League cup season versus Duncan Forbes in their first outing since the end of last season. Rustiness was certainly not the case as Balloan stamped their presence on the group.
Balloan were quick out the traps with long balls over the top to Gavin Urquhart and Kieran McBride causing the Duncan Forbes defence all sorts of problems.
But it wasn't long until Balloan opened their account for the season, a lovely chipped ball from the back found McBride as he closed in on goal and slotted the ball under the opposing goalkeeper into the bottom corner to open his account for Balloan.
And it wasn't long until McBride had his and Athletic's second of the evening. This time a goal mouth scramble as Urquahart's shot went goal bound but not before McBride could provide the final touch to put Balloan two up.
Balloan continued with the long ball tactic and Urquhart grabbed himself a quickfire double of almost carbon copy goals, with balls over the top from midfield and Urquhart cooly finishing on both occasions.
Duncan Forbes had chances of their own but never really tested Daniel Maciver in the Balloan net. The away side defended excellently second half to try and keep the score down but Ryan Strachan netted goal number five for Balloan midway through the second half. Brodie Watson knocked the ball to Strachan who hit a curling effort from the corner of the box and it looped over the stranded keeper into the far corner.
Balloan pressed and pressed but there was to be no more goals in this tie as Balloan start where they left off last season. Duncan Forbes will be aiming to bounce back next week against Raigmore United as Balloan face up to old rivals Thistle Colts.
The midweek fixtures kicked off on Tuesday night with some great games and some big results along the way including teams at the top of their respective leagues dropping points.
Ellon Meadows recovered from Sunday’s defeat to Elite by getting a 1-1 draw with Banks O’Dee Albion in the A league. Albion have been in fine form of late so it’s a good point from Ellon’s perspective, with a lot of games to follow for them. Dyce vs Cove in the A league was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
Colony Park are doing well in the B league and continued that with an 8-1 win over Fraserburgh Link-Up last night. Blackburn FC vs Colony Colts in C League Section 2 was postponed.
All games postponed
Two games got the go ahead with Deveronvale playing Peterhead Jags and Banks O’Dee Albion hosting CBC Hilton. All four teams concerned are currently in the top four. Peterhead Jags recovered from a few sore defeats with a 3-2 win away at Vale. Banks O’Dee Albion and CBC Hilton drew 4-4, with the hosts in pole position to pick up their 1st league title.
Fraserburgh Link-Up recovered from their Castle Trophies Cup defeat to Lewis United by beating them on league duty 3-1. Fraserburgh have had a range of mixed results this season in the league and it was a good win ahead of a tough cup match against Banchory this Saturday.
Lewis United can’t dwell too much on the result with a big game against Banks O’Dee Albion tomorrow night. A win for Lewis will extend the gap to five points at the top where as a win for Albion and the Spain Park outfit will leapfrog Lewis. Albion won 5-1 away to Colony Park. Turriff United won 6-0 away to Huntly in the C League.
Peterhead beat Fraserburgh Link-Up 3-2 in a local derby in the A league with another local derby taking place at Deeside, where Banchory won 4-2 against Stonehaven in the B League.
There were A league wins for Banchory and Banks O’Dee Albion over Culter Colts and Culter Boys. Fraserburgh Link-Up beat Huntly 5-3 in the B league.