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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.

 
Evenly-matched games and some with title-ramifications make up the bul of the big matches in the North Region this weekend. Here are five games to keep an eye out for.
 
 
Fraserburgh Link-Up vs Colony Park U16's - ADJFA A League
 
This will be the second time these teams have faced each other, with the last meeting coming just last week. Colony Park were the victors, winning 3-1 at home.
 
Fraserburgh will be looking to avenge that defeat on their own turf this time around. These two are very finely poised, with just one point separating the two in the A League, with Link-up holding two games in hand over their opponents.
 
 
Banchory Boys vs Newmachar Youth U15's - ADJFA B League
 
Both of these find themselves in mid-table as they clash this weekend. Newmachar won the previous fixture between the two, securing a very impressive 3-0 triumph. Banchory have performed well this season though and will certainly fancy their chances this Sunday.
 
The two are tied for points in the B League, however Banchory hold a single game in hand over their opponents and will be looking to use that game to put some distance between them and Youth.
 
 
East End Lewis Youth vs Cove Youth U14's - ADJFA A League
 
Two sides with an outside chance of winning the A League trophy will clash on Sunday. The two sides meet for the first time this season and it is unclear how the match will unfold.
 
East End are currently five points behind Cove in the league but have two games in hand over their opponents. A win could put them back in contention for the league, whilst a win for Cove could close the gap between them and leaders Banks O'Dee Albion.
 
 
Stonehaven Youth FC vs Northstar Community U14's - ADJFA C League Section 1
 
League leaders Northstar Community have a chance to move even further clear at the top of the first section of the C League. They currently have a four point lead at the top with two games in hand.
 
Stonehaven will be looking to avenge the 7-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of Northstar earlier in the season and to also close the gap at the top of the table and put themselves right amongst it come the end of the season.
 
 
Mintlaw BC vs Cove Youth United U13's - ADJFA C League Section 1
 
Mintlaw could all but secure top spot in the first section of the C League as they take on their nearest challengers Cove Youth United this Sunday. They are currently seven points ahead over Cove having played the same number of games.
 
The last meeting between the two was a goalfest, with Mintlaw emerging 5-4 winners in a pulsating game. Here's hoping for the same this weekend.
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. 

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