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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 08:41

Dyce BC enjoying fantastic Scottish Cup run

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Dyce Boys Club have enjoyed their best season in a long time with the Under 13's and Under 15's reaching the Scottish Cup quarter and semi-finals respectively. The club currently has three competitive teams at Under 13's-15's level with all of them competing well in their respective A leagues.

What makes the Scottish Cup feat more remarkable is that the Under 13's and 15's have had a host of away games between them, the Under 13's journey has resulted with away games against East End Athletic, Glasgow Boys Club and Pollok Boys Club with a home tie against Spartans Youth fitted inbetween that,

Dyce BC Under 13's have their quarter-final away to Tynecastle this Sunday with a tie against Hutchison Vale or Broomhill SC Lightening if the Aberdeen side pass the next assignment. Dyce BC Under 15s will play Musselburgh Windsor, the venue will be decided shortly via a ballot.

The 15's have been away in every national round with wins over Claremont, St Patricks Sports Academy and Holytown Colts with a bye in the last 32, the 15's have had a shorter journey to get into the semi.

Dyce BC Under 13's coach Allan Youngson spoke about his teams journey to date when he said, "We have played five away ties so far with four of them being away from home and a local tie in the earlier rounds but we were away to CBC Hilton, we didn't have any expectations, you go into the unknown and you don't know how good the teams are elsewhere.

"We have played the teams up in Aberdeen such as Westdyke, East End Lewis and Dyce Whites who are good teams and they were going to be difficult to beat, it's all about development and if we keep playing the football and not win any trophies then I won't lose any sleep over that, it's all about progressing the boys so they are comfortable on the ball.

"At the end of the day, it's up to them to want to win, the winning for us is a bonus, seeing players get chances at Aberdeen or Dundee is what we as coaches get out of it, we played Glasgow Boys recently who had been on a really good run in the Scottish Cup and we were excellent that day against Glasgow.

"Pollok were 20 games unbeaten before they played us and there last defeat was in the summer, for us to win so comfortably there was good, we play a good style of football which was shown in the Pollok game however maybe don't show it enough."

Dyce BC Under 15's Captain Ariel Blanksby spoke about his teams achievements when he said, "It's so far so good, the first half against Holytown Colts we played pretty good before dominating the second half a couple of weeks and managed to win the game pretty well, we didn't do as well last season however this campaign we are stronger and bigger.

"In the league, we are doing pretty good at the moment, the team has gelled well together and are a lot stronger, hopefully we get a home tie in the semi-final when we face Musselburgh."

Deveronvale Community Football Club Under 13s are a team currently participating in the Spree ADJFA Under 13s B League and are currently in the race for promotion, Vale last week recieved new tracksuits which were supplied by Billy and Heather Beagrie which is to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

The Banff side are having a good season on the park and are currently involved in an intense race with the battle for promotion to the A league hotting up.

Billy and Heather Beagrie decided to supply the tracksuits to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer after Billy's diagnosis in June 2018. Billy has since undergone an operation in October 2018 and Mr Beagrie got a fantastic early Christmas present by getting the all clear.

It is a fantastic gesture by Billy and Heather and Raymond Morrison, coach for Deveronvale Under 13s said, "As a team, we are delighted to try and raise awareness on this issue and give Billy all our best wishes in his recovery."

Billy Beagrie said the following, "I didn't know anything about it and didn't have any of the symptoms, so I decided to sponsor the boys and put a logo onto their tracksuits which will maybe bring awareness of prostate cancer if anybody looked at the tracksuits and also the boys as well.

"There isn't a lot of charities who are sponsoring football teams, the reason why I did it was the fact of giving something to the boys and even if it saved 1 person by seeing it then going to get it checked."

Youth Football Scotland joins Deveronvale Community Football Club Under 13s in wishing Billy all the very best in his recovery.

Colony Park Girls Under 15s had a season to remember in 2018 with a fantastic second place finish in the North Regional Girls Football League. Mark Souter, who plays for Highland League side Inverurie Locos was on hand last month to hand the medals to the girls.

The Inverurie side had finished second bottom back in 2017 before a good pre-season saw Park kick on and finish in a respectable position with a depleted group of players at times. Colony started the season with only 12 signed players, however always had the objective of a top three finish, which they achieved.

Colony’s squad numbers increased towards the end of the season with the addition of two players from Kintore and this gave Park the opportunity to change the tactics and rotate players to keep the tempo up until the end of the season.

The structure of the girls game in the north region has changed slightly, instead of having an Under 13s and 15s league from 2018, 2019 will see the girl’s leagues age groups being Under 13s and 16s, which will aim to give more players the chance to keep on playing football for their local clubs.

Colony Park coach Stuart Gordon said, “We were looking for top three at the start of the season and I thought it was more than achievable for the girls. I felt that the girls were progressing well, I would have been disappointed for the girls had they not finished top three.

“There were strong teams in the league such as Moray and Deveronvale, Vale were always going to be at the top of the pile, they are well developed and Amanda Allan has been at the club for years, Deveronvale would easily play in a national league.

“We played Buchan and every game we played against them it could have gone either way, there were also some new teams coming in such as Westdyke and it’s a massive jump from seven to 11 a side, the newer teams do find their feet though and it becomes more of a competitive game.

“We travelled to Glasgow in the Scottish Cup and got past the first two rounds and to travel to Glasgow and win was a real buzz for the girls, it was a great day out and won us a home tie against one of the national teams which was a challenge however the girls battled well, the performances from last season were really encouraging.”

Well done to Colony Park Under 15s girls on a fantastic season and YFS wishes them all the best in the 2019 campaign.

Fraserburgh Link-Up Under 17s made it into the quarter-finals of the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy with a 7-0 win over Cove Youth on Saturday.

The Broch took the lead on 13 minutes when a Luke Kinsella assist found Caden Beaton who struck home the opener. Kinsella was to assist again on 22 minutes with a fantastic ball for Andrew Molloy before a minute later it was 3-0 with Ryan Strachan netting.

Centre half Owen Blackhall made it 4-0 on 29 minutes before Kinsella netted a deserved goal to make it 5-0. Fraserburgh did very well in the second half to keep the momentum going and scored two extra goals with Matthew Beaton and Andrew Parry scoring.

Fraserburgh Link-Up Under 17s coach Brent Bruce said, "Cove worked hard in the first 20 minutes on what was a big pitch but I think we controlled it however it was still a tight scoreline before adding a couple more which settled the nerves.

"Obviously we got a couple more goals which made it 5-0 at half time which was a fantastic scoreline to go in at half time with before seeing out the game professionally without any hiccups with has been the case in previous cup games and it's good to see the players developing and learning from previous mistakes.

"The pitch helped big time for us, some of the grass surfaces you get aren't the greatest however playing on the astroturf helped, it give us more space and more time on the ball, our ambition is to develop the players, it's the first year that myself, Ross and Steven have coached these boys.

"The goal is to develop the players not just technically but also on their mentality as well, we hope that these players will go and play at a high standard of Junior or Highland League football, that is the ambition for those players, they are playing A league football which is brilliant.

"Banks O'Dee Albion are a strong team, Lewis United Rangers who we've not played yet and Middlefield who won the league last season and we hope to compete with them, we played Albion and got beat 4-0 but it was 0-0 in the second half so we're looking for that mentality of we can't chuck the towel in at 2-0 down, we want to do better than last season, we picked up 24 points last season so we want to better that points tally."

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 08:04

Forres Mechanics register first win against Brora

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Forres Mechanics Under 20s registered their first win of the North Of Scotland FA Under 20s a fortnight ago beating a good Brora Rangers outfit 2-1, Forres had two wins last season and picked up their first win in four attempts in the Brora contest. The Mosset Park outfit played Elgin City on Monday night and got beat 5-1 in a local derby.

Forres coach Greig Marr spoke about the Brora game as well as ambitions moving forward when he said, "The win against Brora Rangers was a long time coming, the past couple of results we were unlucky not to win, especially against Lossiemouth, we looked like we were going to win the game however unfortunately couldn't get an equaliser and push on.

"We have worked on march sharpness and not taking too much time on the ball, there was a couple of times in the Brora game when I thought about changing the formation in the first half as it wasn't working, I mentioned to the boys at half time the gap between the defence and midfield and the gap to attack was too much at times.

"Within two minutes of half time, we got an equaliser and basically bombarded them with set-pieces and eventually got the goal needed to go and win the game, we had plenty of chances in the second half, I had to leave my main striker out of the team for other reasons, it was a team performance and we spoke to them after the game and asked the players who they thought was man of the match and there was nobody they could single out.

"The second half performance is what every coach looks from a team and I couldn't criticise anyone based on the display in the second period, I was happy to get the three points and hopefully we can break last years total of eight points, we have had three defeats however the teams we have played are at the top and we beat Brora who will be around that area.

"At Forres Under 20s, we give appearances to players coming back from injury or needing match fitness, we try to develop players that are ready to make the step up into the first team at Forres.

"Nairn County and Lossiemouth are currently below Elgin City in the table and we want to try and push them at the end of the season, the aim as it should be for every under 20s manager is to develop players to get into the first team."

An Invergordon primary school teacher is hoping his contributions to youth football will help him nab the coveted Primary Teacher of the Year prize at the Highland Heroes Awards at the start of next month.
Iain Maciver from Park Primary started running school football tournaments in 2015, and what began as a 16-team event has evolved into Highland-wide competitions, with 75 schools and over 750 children taking part every year.
He told YFS: “I first decided to start football tournaments as there was no school football in Ross-Shire and hadn't been for a number of years.
“It started off as an idea but has grown to be a series of huge tournaments which involve 750 children a year and has built huge community support.”
Iain's original tournament now attracts 30 schools and has over 300 children participating.
But he hasn’t stopped there.
Building on the success of his primary tournaments, in 2017 Iain launched a girls-only competition in Ross-Shire:
“In terms of the girls, there was previously no football for them to play in the area,” he explained. “Many of them had shown interest and even though the large school football tournaments I started were for boys and girls the teams were made up almost exclusively of boys.
“Of the 300 children who attended these tournaments you would be lucky if there were even five girls there.
“In effect, the girls were excluded from taking part as not many were able to get into the school teams against the boys.” 
And whilst only seven schools were involved last year, 2018 has seen primary girls’ football really take-off up north – in no small part thanks to the efforts of Iain.
20 schools and over 200 girls took part in this years Ross-Shire event, with a further 20 schools and 250 girls taking part in a Highland tournament that was also organised by Iain.
He said: “In the first year we only had seven schools enter as nowhere did girls football or had even considered having a team – a small number put one together for the day.
“But it was well publicised in the local press and had a great knock-on effect with schools starting girls training and teams with the view to joining in the future.
“Since last year’s tournament I have been contacted by even more people saying they have started weekly girl’s football and local girls football clubs; it’s taken off massively.”
Now, his dedication has been recognised with a Highland Heroes Primary Teacher of the Year nomination; an award for a teacher who has gone above and beyond to enhance the learning experience of their pupils.
Voting is open until October 28, and if you’d like to support Iain then you can do so by visiting:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HeroesVote2018   
Friday, 28 September 2018 14:50

Lewis United getting ready for Holland adventure

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Coach Alan Reid says there is a “sense of excitement” around his Lewis United 2006 squad, as they prepare to travel to the Holland Easter Open next year.

The Aberdeen-based club will be joining over 500 teams from 25 countries in the south of Holland next April, and Reid says it’s the talk of the changing room:

“Most of the chat at the moment when you hear the boys talking is about Holland,” he said. “We’ve got everyone on board. Usually, when you go away on a trip there’s one or two that can’t make it, but every boy in our squad of 19 is going, which is great to see.”

The squad and coaches will be joined by parents – taking the total number flying out on Friday April 19th to 46.

So, raising the money to get everyone there hasn’t been easy, but it’s been a team effort, and – as Reid reveals – it’s all been worth it:

“We’ve been fundraising; having horse racing evenings, packing bags in supermarkets and things like that.

“The funds that we’ve raised means all the boys are getting there for free, and there’s still a bit left over for a reduced rate for the parents.”

It’s been a long time coming for this Lewis United team. As Reid explains, it’s been an ambition of his to take this team overseas for almost as long as they’ve been together:

“I’ve had a bunch of kids together for about six or seven years, right through the age groups from 4v4 to 11-a-side,” he said. “From the off I said that once we get to 11’s we’re going to go to a tournament abroad.

“Trans World Soccer brought this tournament to our attention and we figured it would be a great opportunity.”

With a guarantee of at least five matches, it’s a chance for a Lewis United side that are used to dominating games to test themselves against European opposition:

“When we play a lot of other teams in Aberdeen we over-run them a little bit, so I’m looking forward to challenging the boys against a good class of opposition,” said Reid. “It’ll be interesting to see how they handle the different styles of football that they come across.”

But, ultimately, what the team learn on the football pitch is secondary to the experiences they’ll take from the time they’ll spend together.

After the tournament wraps-up on Sunday, they’ll have time to experience Holland – including a tour of PSV’s stadium - for themselves before flying back to Scotland on the Tuesday.

And Reid is confident it’ll be an experience they’ll remember for a long time:

“Just the chance to just see the boys abroad, in a different climate and being altogether for a long period of time will be great,” he said.

“When you’re playing football, you’ve got them for maybe two or three hours at a time, then they go back to their separate little worlds, but it’s good to have them together for five days; travelling, flying, going to stadiums - and especially playing football.”

Limited spaces remain for Scottish teams looking to sign up for tournaments next year. For more information on how you can get involved click here. 

Friday, 14 September 2018 11:49

Dyce Boys Club celebrate cash windfall

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Dyce BC has received a six-figure windfall from the transfer of Stuart Armstrong from Celtic to Southampton, the fee will come in three instalments spread over the next three years.

Under the FIFA Solidarity Agreement, all clubs involved in a player training from the ages of 12 to 23 are entitled to a share of the transfer fee. A total of 5% is allocated between each team a player has been registered with from the ages of 12 to 23, From the ages of 12 to 16 they get 0.25% each year and from 16 to 23 they get 0.5%.

This is the second occasion that Dyce has had such a payment for a former player having received an amount from the transfer of Russell Anderson to Sunderland back in 2007.

Dyce Boys Club was formed in 1980 and has 182 boys and 30 girls on their books, other graduates of Dyce include former Aberdeen and Scotland striker Scott Booth who is currently manager at Glasgow City, current Dons captain and Scotland midfielder Graeme Shinnie and Bruce Anderson, the 19-year-old forward who has broken into the first-team squad at Pittodrie this season.

Armstrong met with members of the Dyce BC committee last week in Edinburgh ahead of the big news.

Stuart Armstrong won various trophies during his time with Dyce and played alongside Shinnie and also Andrew Macaskill who is currently playing for Highland League outfit Buckie Thistle and used to play with Inverness CT and Holland Park Hawks SC in Australia.

Armstrong played in the Under 16s Scottish Cup final against Hutchison Vale from Edinburgh and Vale came away with a 2-1 win.

Stuart reached a number of cup finals and was always involved in some keenly contested matches against Albion, under 14s level seen Albion beat Dyce 5-0 in the Eddie Mannall Trophy however Dyce won the double the year later beating Albion 2-1 in the Belmont Trophy final before a Stonehaven Youth Trophy victory for Dyce over Formartine United 3-1.

Under 16s level was undoubtedly Armstrong's most successful season at youth level, alongside reaching the Scottish Cup final, Dyce won the treble and ended Albion winning the league for 3 years on the trot, Dyce won 3-1 against Cove in the Middlefield BC Trophy and also won 2-1 against Peterhead in the President's Cup.

Dyce BC treasurer Len Nicol spoke about the windfall when he said, "Obviously it gives us a life blood, we know that there will be a Dyce Boys Club guaranteed for the next few years without doing any major fundraising, we will continue to fundraise as we have done over the last 38 years, the club get benefits in a lot of ways, how we spend the money hasn't yet been decided.

"We will sit back for a while and decide and take stock before spending the money, at the end of the day, the kids are going to benefit and we are hoping we can purchase something and say we used it from the Stuart Armstrong transfer money, so there is a bit of legacy for Stuart's contribution towards Dyce Boys Club.

"We have lost a number of coaches and the fact that we lost coaches at competitive level probably means a shortage of trophies over the last few years, we decided a few years ago to get the foundations and we spent a lot of time and effort on the non-competitive section, the plan is to get under 19s teams on the go again.

"Hopefully with getting a lot of publicity, it can help our cause for the future and we are trying to grow the club, we have 182 boys registered and 30 girls as well, we have grown again as a club in the last few years.

"Stuart was always one of the better players at Dyce, his skill and the way he played the game was there for everyone to see, he was a slim built lad, you could see as he got older that he was going to make it, he always showed quality.

"We were speaking to Stuart last week, we won all the cups at under 16s level apart from the Scottish Cup and Stuart said that is his biggest regret at Dyce, we were 1-0 up and lost 2-1 and he mentioned he wish they had won the game."

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 13:55

Culter excited for Dutch adventure

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For the first in a series of features on teams travelling abroad for tournaments next year, YFS spoke to Phil Wallace, coach of Culter Alba 2010’s, who will be heading to the Netherlands for the Holland Easter Open in April:
“I actually saw footage on Facebook of this year’s tournament,” he said. “There were teams from our local area that had been over, so I took it to the other coaches and said, ‘look, the likes of Dyce have been. Why can’t we go?’”
Why not, indeed. Through YFS and Trans World Soccer, Wallace was able to get the ball rolling and now Culter Alba’s 16-strong squad of seven and eight-year-olds will be joining around 500 teams from 25 countries across all age groups in the two-day tournament taking place on the 20th and 21st of April next year.
And he’s hoping it will be an experience his young players will never forget:
“I’m just looking forward to seeing smiles on their faces,” he said. “Really, at this age there’s not so much of a competitive element in terms of the football - we are a development team.
“I’m just looking forward to seeing the excitement in their faces and I would be over the moon if we went and enjoyed ourselves.
If we win a match that’s an absolute bonus, but to just go and make memories is all I’m looking for at their age.
“It’s not something I ever got the chance to do when I was playing football for school or whatever, but now I’ve got the opportunity to deliver it to these kids and give them experiences that I didn’t get.”
It’ll be a team effort getting everyone there; as well as the players and coaches, most of the squad are taking a parent with them, meaning 37 people in total will be making the trip – including a family of five that will be driving the whole way.
Of course, large numbers mean fundraising, and Wallace is grateful for how willing people have been to help out.
He said: “We’ve done various things.
“We had a sponsored walk - we decided to do 10k at 10pm on the 10th of August – and we had an afternoon tea organised by the mums; there were cakes, sandwiches, a nail stall and even a Thai massage stall.
“We’ve also organised a race night for November, the response we’ve had has been great.”
As well as the chance to compete against teams from across Europe, Culter Alba will have the Monday to enjoy Holland after the weekends football is all said and done and before they head home on the Tuesday.
But Wallace admits that football is unlikely to be far from the itinerary:
“Trans World has given us the option to do a stadium tour,” he said. “So, I believe a lot of the boys are keen to go along to Ajax or PSV.
“And I daresay someone will have a football between us so our free time will probably be spent kicking that about.”

Limited spaces remain open at the Holland Easter Open. For more information about the tournament, click here.
Tuesday, 28 August 2018 11:31

ADJFA Review 25/26th August 2018

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The action in the ADJFA got under way and lots of goals went in across the grounds and a few early big results along the way as well.

Under 19s

The Under 19s Murray Cup groups saw one home win, one draw and the rest of the results were all away victories. Stonehaven United beat Banchory Eagles 4-1 in Section Three of the Murray Cup group with a draw between Longside and Culter Boys in Group One.

There was away wins for Sunnybank Elite in Group One, Westdyke Thistle in Group Two, Cove Youth in Group Three alongside the victory Stonehaven picked up with wins for Hermes and Inverurie Locos in Group Four.

Under 17s

The big result of the weekend comes from Beach Park, Balmedie where Lewis United Rangers beat league champions Middlefield Wasps 5-0, Banks O’Dee Albion beat Colony Park 3-1 with Banchory beating Glentanar 4-1, Fraserburgh Link-Up won at Donside 3-0 with Westdyke drawing 2-2 with Culter United.

The B league saw four away wins, Colony Colts won 3-1 at Byron Thistle, Kemnay winning 6-0 at Greyhope along with a 7-1 win for Cove at Kintore and Culter Thistle beating Turriff 4-0.

Under 16s

The Under 16s A league saw all home wins with the exception of Deveronvale winning 3-1 at Stonehaven, Peterhead Jags beat CBC Hilton United 3-2, Banks O’Dee Albion beat Westdyke 5-1 with Colony winning 6-2 against Newtonhill.

Byron Milan and Huntly all got off to a good start with decent home wins over Kintore United and FDS respectively, Donside won 3-0 at Ellon Meadows with a 0-0 draw between Colony Colts and Cove rounding off the action.

Under 15s

League champions Westdyke CC got off to a good start winning 4-2 away to Peterhead with Dyce and West End winning away from home too, the former winning 5-0 at Westdyke Thistle with West End picking up a good 3-1 result at Formartine United.

Colony Park and Newtonhill were both in the hunt for promotion last season and Park put home advantage to full use with a 3-0 win. Donside Juvenile beat Ellon Meadows 4-1 with Northstar recording a big home win. Culter and Glentanar both won away from home beating Banchory and Stonehaven respectively.

There was 50 goals across six C league games, Aberdon and Portlethen won on the road with Kemnay sharing the points with Stonehaven United in a 2-2 draw, City Youth got off to a good start winning 3-1 at Middlefield Wasps with home wins for Deveronvale and Culter United.

Under 14s

East End Lewis Youth won on the road at Colony 9-0 with home wins for Banks O’Dee Albion, Cove Youth and Sunnybank Elite. Ellon Meadows and Middlefield Wasps drew 0-0.

Westdyke got off to a good start winning 4-2 at Peterhead, Portlethen won 3-2 at Fraserburgh alongside Cove United winning at Banchory, Donside Juvenile beat Formartine on home soil 5-1 with a win at home too for Northstar Orange beating Turriff United 5-0.

C league section one saw a home win for Kemnay in the local derby against Blackburn with Northstar winning at Thistle 3-2, Stonehaven Youth beat Newmachar 4-2. C league Section Two saw three home wins for Deveronvale Reds, Insch and Westdyke Thistle.

Under 13s

As you would expect, a couple of high results for teams as group stages to determine which leagues teams would be in got underway, there was Section One wins for Dyce Blues and East End Lewis Gold, in Section Two, Turriff United beat Culter Juniors with Cove edging past West End.

Section Three saw Lewis win on the road with Culter Thistle beating Cove Youth United 6-2. Section Four saw big wins for Formartine United and Stonehaven United.

Fraserburgh Link-Up beat Bervie Caley 3-2 in Section Five with Deveronvale beating Mintlaw 3-2 in Section Six. Section Seven saw big home wins for Westdyke and Stonehaven.

Westdyke Thistle and CBC Hilton won in Section Eight with Colony Park beating Kintore United 5-0 in Section Nine and Dyce BC Whites also getting off to a winning start in Section 10.

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