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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."
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.
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."
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."
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.
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."
Limited spaces remain open at the Holland Easter Open. For more information about the tournament, click here.