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Banks O'Dee Albion Under 17s picked up a domestic treble in what has been a fantastic season from the Spain Park side. Albion played 45 games during the course of the season, that was ADJFA and Highland League development fixtures, along with 13 cup matches, 11 of them were away from home including the two cup finals.
During that period, Albion scored 241 goals conceding just 34. Lucas Muller came into the team at the start of the season having played for the 2001 age group prior to that and helped towards 23 clean sheets throughout the campaign, a real custodian for Banks O'Dee Albion.
Albion started the season by winning the Highland League Development Cup, beating Wick Academy 2-0 followed by adding the quadruple on top of that with the Under 17s Highland League Development League, the under 17s ADJFA A League, the Raymond Kelly Trophy and the Mark McEwan Regional Trophy.
The only trophy this talented group of players missed out on throughout the season was the Scottish Cup and Albion were knocked out in the fifth round by Dundee side Fairmuir, who reached the final of the tournament.
Recently, Albion beat Lewis United Rangers 6-0 in the Mark McEwan Regional Trophy final where coach Alan Barry and player Kacper Lewecki took time to speak to YFS about their achievements. "It was a really good end to the season and a good win over Lewis United Rangers, we've had a really good attacking team with real composure and having Lucas Muller as our goalkeeper this season has made a huge difference.
"The boys found their formation this season, we changed a few things and are now a bit more settled in terms of the way we play, me and Robin Adair coming into the team created a bit of fire again in the team and Dave McKerron has been at the club for a few years now. This has probably the best squad we have had at Albion in the five years at 11 a side."
In addition to this, Albion have also developed their ex players into professional footballers, Kyle Dalling, Lewis Duncan and Max Barry are all featuring in the Aberdeen reserves set-up whilst Dylan Stuart and Luke Kinsella are first team regulars at Turriff United.
Kacper Lewecki has signed a pro contract with parent club Banks O'Dee and the youngster is looking ahead to the challenge when he said, "I think it'll be a good experience and it'll be a new challenge, I came to Banks O'Dee Albion as I am a 2003 birthday and was looking for a new challenge after leaving Dyce. I have done it here and hopefully I can push onto the next level now.
"We haven't just won the treble, we have won it by playing some good football and have entertained for the people who have came out and watched the games."
Colony Park Under 15s were crowned league champions recently with two games to spare after a fantastic season gaining consistency amongst winning their games however alongside that, the Inverurie side have also played some good football.
Park won 14 games with two draws and two defeats and there is currently a good battle between Culter and Glentanar at the moment as to who is going to join Colony. If Culter beat Banchory in their final game, it will be a play-off between Culter and Glentanar to decide who will be joining Colony in the A league.
Colony coach John Farquhar spoke after his sides 3-0 defeat to Glentanar where the squad was utilised to give fringe players game time about his sides achievements when he said, "The Glentanar game, we gave players equal game time and although the players want to win every week, however from my point of view it's about development, we got punished for it a wee bit, Glentanar are a good side and they are near the top.
"The boys have done their jobs throughout the season, last season, we just missed out on promotion by a point so we were close, it was the Glentanar game last season that cost us promotion and saved Glentanar from relegation as they stayed up by a point.
"I think we needed that extra season in the B League to help us and I think we are a better side this season, we've done well over the course of the season, we only got beat against Glentanar and Banchory however the score that day didn't show a reflection of the game.
"It's been encouraging each week to see the boys turning up to games and going out there with a bit of confidence, we are one of the top sides in the league, I have worked with them for a few years, over the course of the season, they have shown themselves as a good side.
Farquhar won't be continuing with the team next season due to the transition of Saturday football with the coach having other commitments at Highland League side Huntly FC. Farquhar added, "From a selfish point of view, that is the perfect way to go out.
"In hindsight, it was the right thing that we missed out on promotion last season because it gave us that extra season to get us ready for A League football and they are now ready to go up into the A league."
YFS congratulates Colony Park Under 15s on winning the league and wishes them all the best next season in the A league. Colony has a proud reputation of sides playing at competitive level within the ADJFA against clubs with bigger resources.
The Aberdeen Secondary Schools FA have already hosted a series of cup finals with two more to be played before the curtains close on what has been another fantastic season.
Hazlehead 3-4 Bucksburn Seniors - President's Trophy Final
The first cup final took place on the 19th March with Bucksburn Academy seniors coming out on top against Hazlehead, Bucksburn took the lead on 15 minutes thanks to Mitchell Argo whose effort cannoned past the helpless Paterson into the net at the far post, Hazlehead levelled just a couple of minutes later thanks to Nathan Rankin who directe the ball over Brogan Coates.
Bucksburn took the lead again thanks to Lewis Brand before suddenly Hazlehead drew back immediately after thanks to Rankin's second goal of the match, Issac MacLean have Hazlehead the lead for the first time in the match during the 2nd half before Bucksburn responded thanks to Lewis Robertson before a rocket of a strike by Clarke Hendry won the game for Bucksburn.
Hazlehead 2-1 Peterhead Under 13s - Esso Trophy Final
Hazlehead came from a goal down to win the game with Kai Stephen opening the scoring for Peterhead, the Aberdeenshire side were a goal ahead at half time before Hazlehead replied thanks to goals by Noah Benshabat levelled straight after the restart before a Zane Lawson penalty secured success for Hazlehead.
Portlethen 2-1 Cults Academy Under 14s - Sportsmans Trophy Final
A double from Cody Whyte and a first half strike by Scott Milne was enough for Portlethen to secure another trophy after gaining the league title, James Whitson netted for Cults.
Hazlehead 3-2 St Machar Under 15s - Gerrard Trophy Final
Hazlehead came out on top in a pulsating game against St Machar with Finlay Hislop opening the scoring for Hazlehead, St Machar then levelled in some fashion thanks to Besses Rai who shot well from six yards which had no chance for Lewis Leiper, Raegan Rintoul gave Hazlehead the lead heading into half time. Rai then levelled with the goal of the game with a volley from long range. Daniel Brown won the game for Hazlehead hammering the ball home.
Inverurie Academy 5-4 Cults Academy Seniors - J M Low Trophy Final
Inverurie came out on top winning 5-4 against Cults and what a comeback it was! Cole Anderson gave Cults the lead early on before Scott Martin and Finlay Ness added to the lead to put Cults in complete control at half time.
The Aberdeenshire side have been faced with a lot of games and you could tell that in the first half, they responded after half time, Jamie Brailsford and Murray Liddell reduced the leeway for Inverurie in the second half before Ness got another goal for Cults to make it 4-2.
Hamish Young and Connor Killoh forced extra time in the dying stages of the game for Inverurie before Killoh turned from provider to scorer finding Brailsford just inside the six yard area who sent a powerful header beyond Muller to win the game for Inverurie Academy.
Two more finals are set to be played soon, they are Bucksburn v Bridge Of Don Under 13s in the Green Final Trophy and Kemnay v Portlethen Under 14s.
Inverurie Loco Works Under 20s got their hands on the GPH Builders Merchants Aberdeenshire League recently and did it in some style with a 100% record from 9 games with some of the football on show was a joy to view as well.
Locos manager Scott Buchan spoke about his teams achievements when he said, "We finished the season with a 100% record and you can't get any better than that, it was beyond our expectations to be honest. I am obviously delighted to win nine games out of nine and the boys were such a joy to work with.
"We have to do the job on the pitch, we were branded as favourites at the start of the season, the under 20s is such a mixed bag as you don't know what you are going to come up against. We at Inverurie knew what we were going to work with as there was a squad there and weren't going to get a lot of first team players or any at all.
"You don't know what you are going to come up against and we came up against a lot of first team players at clubs and also others who aren't in the first team, winning isn't always important at under 20s, as a club, we set out five years ago with a project to work with a group of boys in a five year period with the hope of getting a couple into the first team at Locos.
"The fact that we have managed to do that with Thomas Reid and Andrew Watt impressing and also managed to win the league it's a huge bonus for everyone. The next lot of youngsters need to come through now, in the background, we have a good Under 17s and 19s team and also ties with various clubs.
"If your winning your developing and also if your losing your developing at the same time, I am learning all the time as a coach, am sure 1st team manager Neil Cooper is learning as well, we wants to give players a chance to play Highland League football, we played Fraserburgh early in the season who had a lot of 1st team boys who were under 20s alongside the 1st team and we got a win.
"We were 1-0 down against Banks O'Dee with 10 minutes to go and came back to win 2-1, the standard of football was fantastic."
Many congratulations to Inverurie Loco Works Under 20s on their title success.
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."