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1,350 matches have been played this season with 8,310 goals scored throughout the campaign from Under 13s-19s. This review is an insight into how the season has panned out detailing all the league and cup winners.
The Under 13s A league was claimed by Lewis United Youth, who won the league by a single point over Scottish Cup finalists Cove Youth FC. It was a pulsating end to the season with both Lewis and Cove battling it out in the remaining games. Cove, Banks O'Dee Albion, Ellon Meadows and Deveronvale all enjoyed some great Scottish Cup runs this season.
With 18 wins out of 18, the B League was secured by Culter United, who only conceded three goals in their final seven games of the season. Culter will be a team to watch in the A league next season, Colony Park will go up after finishing second. The C League Section 1 and 2 were won by Turriff United and Northstar Orange, the two sides met in a play-off with Northstar coming out on top winning 5-1.
The cup finals saw a 2-1 win for Banks O’Dee Albion over Cove Youth FC in the Colony Park Cup followed by a 1-0 win for Lewis over Elite FC in the Regional Trophy. The Frank Waugh Memorial Trophy saw a 3-1 win for Colony Colts against Huntly.
Westdyke CC 2004s claimed six trophies out of six since their inauguration to ADJFA competitive football, finishing three points ahead of Dyce. Westdyke made it to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup before a defeat against Spartans. Thistle FC came into the A league after promotion from the B league and finished a respectable third.
After a mid-table finish last season, Peterhead stepped up their game and won the league by eight points ahead of second place West End who will join the Buchan side in the A league next term. Newmachar Youth FC and Ellon Meadows won the C League Section 1 and 2. The two sides met in a play-off with Newmachar coming out on top 3-2.
Westdyke CC clinched the Winton Trophy and Eddie Mannall Trophy beating both Banks O’Dee and Dyce BC 3-1 repsectively. The Consolation Trophy was won by Mugiemoss Youth winning 2-0 against West End Reds.
Banks O’Dee 2003s have never won the A league before however this situation was rectified last term with Albion finishing six points clear of second placed CBC Hilton, remaining undefeated across 16 games.
It was neck and neck for the B league with Stonehaven City coming out by a point after a 4-1 victory on the final day against Newmachar United. Banchory also go up after finishing in second and both teams will be good participants to the A league next term.
Colony Colts will be playing B League football next term winning the C League with Huntly finishing in second. Colony will be looking to do well in the B league next season.
The cups resulted in a 7-0 win for Albion over Stonehaven City in the Belmont Trophy followed by a 1-0 win for CBC Hilton over Albion in the Stonehaven Youth Trophy. West End United beat Donside United 3-1 in the Consolation Trophy.
The 2002 age group has seen Lewis United Youth or Banks O’Dee Albion claim the A league title however Middlefield Wasps enjoyed a good season last term before going the extra yard to claim A league honours this campaign.
Middlefield had to wait five days to determine if the league championship would be heading for Wasps after Albion played Lewis United and came away with a 3-2 win which meant Wasps could start the celebrations.
Glentanar just missed out on A league football after a play-off defeat to Donside Juvenile and the Woodside outfit have made A league football a reality this season winning automatic promotion, Westdyke will join Glentanar in the A league.
Culter Thistle’s reward for scoring 110 goals in 18 games is winning the C league and promotion to the B league. Lewis beat Albion after extra time in the Castle Trophies Cup winning 3-2 before a penalty shoot-out dictated the outcome of Colony Park vs Fraserburgh Link-Up in the Presidents Cup with the Broch winning 4-2 on spot-kicks after a 1-1 draw.
Greyhope Boys won the Consolation Trophy beating Culter Cobras 4-2.
Banks O’Dee Albion won the 17s A league by two points, Westdyke CC won both the local cups beating Albion and felt a bit aggrieved not to win the league. Westdyke won the Regional Trophy with a 3-1 win over the league winners followed by a 4-2 win after extra time a fortnight later over the same opponents.
Ellon Meadows won the B league title winning 11 games and losing three out of 14 matches, Colony Colts beat Huntly on penalties 7-6 after a 0-0 draw in the Frank Waugh Memorial Trophy.
Inverurie Loco Works won the A league finishing three points ahead of Banks O’Dee Albion. Locos also won the Sunnybank Shield with a 3-0 win over Hermes Youth in what was the last year of Juvenile football for many players involved.
Albion won the Murray Cup with a 3-1 win over Inverurie with Colony Park beating Huntly 3-2 in the Frank Waugh Memorial Trophy.
Last but not least and Peterhead Phoenix rounded off a good season by winning the B league. It was the last year of Juvenile football for these guys and after a play-off defeat to Cove, Peterhead made their intentions known at the start of the season about their ambitions, winning six out of six before a draw against Middlefield Wasps.
Phoenix won the league on the 26th April after a 0-0 draw against Fraserburgh Link-Up.
The curtain on the 2017-2018 ADJFA season will be closed on Sunday afternoon and there is three cracking cup finals this weekend to close off what has been a fantastic season at all age groups.
Hermes Youth v Inverurie Locos Under 19s
Hermes Youth and Inverurie Loco Works have both had some really tight games this season and this Saturday will be no different. Hermes recorded a 3-0 win at Inverurie back in February on league duty however Inverurie rectified matters with a 2-1 cup win a few weeks later.
Inverurie won the last league meeting between the sides which turned out to be influential in their search for the league. Inverurie won the league whilst Hermes finished third so it will be hard to call a winner on the day. This game is the Sunnybank Shield final and will be a 12pm kick off on Saturday at Heathryfold Park.
Colony Park v Fraserburgh Link-Up Under 16s
The Under 16s A League is arguably the most competitive league in ADJFA football with both Colony and Fraserburgh beating Lewis United and Banks O’Dee Albion respectively in the semi-finals, Colony finished the season in 4th with Fraserburgh ending in sixth.
Fraserburgh have won both league meetings this season winning 3-2 and 2-1 respectively however it’s a cup final and anything can happen. The Presidents Cup final kicks off at 2:30pm on Saturday at Heathryfold Park, the ground is a very notable one for Colony Park having won there last year beating Banks O’Dee Albion in the Belmont Trophy final.
This is Fraserburgh Link Ups first cup final since the 1999 team back in 2016 who beat Banks O’Dee Albion in the Noskab Trophy final.
Westdyke CC v Banks O’Dee Albion Under 14s
Westdyke CC already got the double in the bag and Ellis Renforth’s men have the perfect opportunity to make it three out of three when they play Banks O’Dee Albion on Sunday.
Take nothing away from Banks O’Dee Albion though; they might be on a poor run of late however anything can happen in a cup final and Bruce McGregor’s side will be keen to end the season on a high.
The game kicks off at 1pm at Charlie Gordon Park, Newmachar on Sunday in the Eddie Mannall Trophy.
In extra time, Nathan Rankine crossed the ball in which was parried by the Albion keeper before Euan Walker half volleyed the ball into the empty net and the striker went mad in his celebrations!
Greig Cowie sealed the game for Westdyke after he chested down a throw in before finishing precisely into the bottom right corner giving the keeper no chance.
Peterhead BC won promotion to the A league at Under 14s finishing a clear eight points clear of West End in second place with 15 wins, two draws and one defeat. This was a big improvement for the Buchan side who finished sixth last season. It has been a fantastic season for all involved!
Blue Toon coach Kevin Cunningham spoke about his sides achievements when he said: "We set out what we wanted to achieve at the start of the season, to get promoted to the A league and winning the league was the icing on the cake."
"There were quite a few stand out games, but probably the one that stood out the most was our home game to West End, the only team at the time that could still pip us to the title, we played so well that night, a total team performance from start to finish, winning the game 5-0."
"We have a lot of talent at all the age groups, including the development teams and not just our team, the Under 19s also won their B League, we will be going into the A league next season with only one goal, to stay in it, anything else will be an great achievement, but I'm quietly confident we will do well."
"All players, parents and supporters are really looking forward to our challenge ahead next season, we have a great home ground that we play out of, Raemoss Park home of Buchanhaven Hearts JFC, we hope to make it the fortress it was for us this season and as a coach I will continue to encourage and help them with their development along the way.
Congratulations to all at Peterhead Boys Club Under 14s on their success and all the very best with your next challenge at Under 15s level in the A League.
Middlefield Wasps were recently crowned Under 16s A league champions for season 2017-18 in what is argubaly one of the strongest leagues in Aberdeen and District Juvenile Football. Wasps won 11 games, drawing one and losing four.
The league success for the Wasps is a statement that there is a light at the end of the tunnel when things get tough. At under 13s, Middlefield were relegated from the A league before bouncing back up again a year later winning the B league at a canter alongside lifting the Eddie Mannall Trophy after a 1-0 Lewis United Youth who went onto win the league that season, last season saw Middlefield stay in the league before improving and going onto win the league this campaign.
Middlefield beat Colony Park 6-1 on the 5th May 2018 and had to wait five days to determine if the league would be heading to Balmedie. Lewis United, who were Wasps's closest challengers, had to play two games before the curtain drew on the league season. Lewis beat Banchory on Tuesday night so United required a win away to Banks O'Dee Albion on Thursday night. United lost 3-2 which meant the league trophy was heading for Beach Park, Balmedie where Wasps play their home games. The players and coaches at Middlefield Wasps were all present at the match between Albion and Lewis.
Wasps coach Sandy Reid spoke about his sides achievements when he said: "It's been a tough season, the players have done well and it's a great squad we have here at Middlefield Wasps, they have fought hard every game and this is probably the hardest league in the ADJFA, we had a great victory away to Culter in the third last game of the season winning 2-1 scoring a last minute penalty and we are undefeated at home in the league all season.
"We told the boys at the start of the season we aren't in this to make up the numbers, we won the B League last season and the Eddie Mannall Trophy and we let ourselves settle into the A league last season before pushing on this season.
"It's a hard league to play in, the top three of us, Lewis and Albion have all beaten each other home and away."
Wasps player Jack Craigie said: "Everyone put in 110% in every game and deserved the league title at the end of the day. The two games at the start of the season when we beat Banks O'Dee Albion 5-1 and Lewis United 3-0 boosted our confidence, it was a good night at Banks O'Dee a few weeks ago when we won the league after they beat Lewis."
Cameron Bisset, who is the top scorer for Middlefield said: "Winning the league has been the perfect season for us, myself and Jack Craigie have got the goals this season and the whole team have done well all season and we are like a big family now. The games against Culter at the end of the season stick out for me, they were games we had to win and we managed to get the results."
The Middlefield Wasps squad for season 2017-18 is as follows: Sean Patterson, Jack Reid, Andy Campbell, Jack Craigie, Tyler Carr, Nathan Davies, Luke Scott, Jordan MacLeod, Cammy Bisset, Finlay Runcie, Dylan Stoddart, Reece Wilson, Ross Karim, Jack Burnett, Paul Walker, Lachlan Taylor and Bailey Yule. The coaches are Sandy Reid, Brads Burnett and Nick Runcie.
After two cup final wins for Lewis United Youth at the Under 13s and Under 15s age group on Sunday, this weekend will see three cup finals and a C League play off in the Under 13s age group.
Westdyke CC v Dyce BC Under 14s
Westdyke started their cup journey with a home win followed by another home win beating Formartine United 7-0. Westdyke then travelled to Newmachar United in the quarter-final and booked a place in the semi-final with a 7-1 win. Westdyke booked their place in the final with a comfortable win over Lewis United.
Dyce started off their cup adventure with an 8-0 win against Ellon Meadows before travelling to Newtonhill and winning 6-0. The quarter-final saw a 2-0 win for Dyce over Thistle before a win over Banks O'Dee Albion in the semi-finals.
Westdyke coach Ellis Renforth looked ahead to the game by saying. "We'll just go out, do our best and hopefully win the cup, it's three big games now for us and if we win all three then great." The game kicks off at 12pm at Spain Park on Sunday 27th May.
Turriff United v Northstar Orange Under 13s
Turriff United and Northstar Orange meet in the Under 13s C League Play-Off at 2:30pm at Spain Park, both sides have enjoyed fantastic campaigns. Northstar won 14/14 games in their league with Turriff winning 16 games and losing two out of 18.
It should be an exciting game with both sides playing some great football and it will be a big pitch at Spain Park to play on for both sides.
CBC Hilton v Banks O'Dee Albion Under 15s
CBC Hilton and Banks O'Dee Albion meet in the cup final of the Stonehaven Youth Trophy, for CBC Hilton, it's an opportunity to get their hands on silverware however for Banks O'Dee Albion, a clean sweep is on the cards.
CBC Hiltons route to the final started with a win away from home before winning again at FDS. CBC Hilton have scored a lot of goals in this competition and picked up a big win in the quarter finals before a 6-0 win in the semi-finals over Newtonhill.
Banks O'Dee Albion started off with a 7-2 win at home to Deveronvale before a bye in the 2nd round, the quarter finals saw a 3-1 win after extra time at Peterhead Jags before winning comfortably at Colony Colts in the semi-finals.
Albion coach Greg Watson said. "It's a great opportunity to get the treble, the boys have worked hard all season and this is what it's came down too, there was a lot of changes at the start of the season so it'll be a great achievement for everyone if we win on Sunday."
Banks O'Dee Albion v Westdyke CC Under 17s
Albion and Westdyke CC meet again however this time in the cup final of the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy fresh from the cup final between the two teams 10 days ago in which Westdyke won 4-2.
Banks O'Dee started the journey with a 5-2 win against Fraserburgh Link-Up followed by an 8-0 win over Banchory Boys Hawks. The third round seen a 6-1 win for Albion at Glentanar followed by an 8-0 win at home to Huntly.
Westdyke CC got a bye in the first round before a 6-2 win against Colony Park in the 2nd round, the semi-finals saw a 2-1 win after extra time against Lewis United Youth.
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.