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Albion run out comprehensive winners against Banchory

Banchory Boys 0

Banks O'Dee Albion 8

Mitchell 6, 55, 60, Brown 33, Gray 42, 43, McKerron 73, Clark 84

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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Banks O'Dee Albion continued where they left off in the league campaign by picking more up silverware beating Banchory 8-0. Banchory had a few chances in the early parts of the game however it was a dominant Banks O'Dee performance otherwise. Different players got on the scoresheet for the Spain Park boys which would have been pleasing. 

It was only six minutes old when Albion opened the scoring. Finlay Ness did really well to get forward and get into a dangerous position before a good ball across the goal was met by Michael Mitchell who opened the scoring with a good effort past Simon Mitchell in the Banchory goal. 

Samuel Thomson was through on goal midway through the first period for Banchory and the full back had a good effort on goal from the edge of the area past the advancing Lucas Muller however Thomson's effort drove wide of the left hand post. Muller doing enough to maintain his clean sheet in this game. 

Callum Brown made it 2-0 to Banks O'Dee Albion on 33 minutes guiding home a fine effort past a packed Banchory backline which set the tone for the rest of the game. The game had been quite sticky to that point and it wasn't long before the unfortunate Mitchell in the Banchory was a busy young man. 

Callan Gray has been a really good player for Albion this campaign with a number of outstanding displays to help Albion 2002s achieve the success they are today - Gray was to get a quick fire double before half time with a Mitchell cross finding Gray who fired in after 42 minutes before Finlay Ness got his second assist of the game to put Albion 4-0 up at half time and knock the stuffing out of Banchory.

Nobody inside Ian Mair could argue with the outcome of the result, especially on the second half performance with Albion turning the style on. It was 5-0 on 55 minutes with Michael Mitchell getting his second goal of the game rounding Mitchell before placing the ball into the net. 

Cameron Findlay had a chance for Banchory from long range go over the bar with Jack Lappin taking advantage of the comfortable lead to drive forward and try to add towards the tally, Lappin did everything apart from score after running into the box but a good save from Mitchell denied the Albion midfielder. 

Michael Mitchell sealed his hat-trick inside 60 minutes with a fantastic effort which beat the outstretched Simon Mitchell finding the bottom right hand corner from 16 yards which sealed a good afternoons work for the talented striker. 

Reece McKerron had a couple of half chances earlier in the game however managed to get on the scoresheet on 73 minutes getting on the end of a throw-in with Banchory switching off and the attacking midfielder drove into the box before beating Mitchell with a good strike, Albion started to make a range of changes to give everyone game time and also with another cup final to follow on Saturday against Lewis United Rangers.

Tristyn Clark was one of those players who came off the bench and the forward had a couple of unsuccessful runs forward however the striker got his just rewards on 84 minutes with a good shot which found the bottom left hand corner, although Clark has been a squad player this season, whenever the striker has come on, he has always worked hard and tried to make an impression for himself. 

Banchory have enjoyed a fantastic season regardless of what the outcome was and they were top of the league at Christmas time, the bubble unfortunately burst however there style of football has been a joy to watch and have gave most teams in the league a good game this season, Albion are back to their best though after a troubled last few years and will aim to win the clean sweep against Lewis on Saturday. 

Lineups

Banchory Boys
Banks O'Dee Albion
1. Fraser Gardyne
2. Samuel Thomson
3. Ruairidh Arief
4. Ryan Peter
5. Guilherme Pais
6. Cameron Findlay
8. Ben Read
9. Lewis MacKinnon
10. Joe Gibbon
11. Calum McIntosh
12. Cameron McPhail
14. Nathan McKeown
15. Trevor Glansbeek
16. Lewis Smith
18. Drew Grant
20. Dean Watson
21. Joe Trower
22. Scott Grubb
23. Simon Mitchell
1. Lucas Muller
2. Adam Duffy
3. Calum Brown
4. Jack MacLennan
6. Jack Lappin
7. Callan Gray
8. Caie McDonald
9. Finlay Ness
11. Reece McKerron
15. Harry Ingram
16. Tristyn Clark
17. Kacper Lewecki
18. Taylor Still
20. Michael Mitchell
22. Greg Smith
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Star Player
Banchory Boys
Banks O'Dee Albion
Samuel Thomson - Samuel did well in what was a bad day for Banchory, had a few chances and also made some good runs down the wing - certainly didn't deserve to be on the losing side.
Michael Mitchell - Michael stole the show with a tremendous hat-trick and gave Banchory problems throughout the match, it was a brilliant team performance with Finlay Ness, Jack Lappin, Callan Gray and Reece McKerron also impressing.
Magic Moment
Banchory Boys
Banks O'Dee Albion
Not a lot of positives for Banchory but a chance through Thomson on 25 minutes the highlight.
The goal of the game goes to the opener which set the scene with Finlay Ness finding Michael Mitchell who fired home.

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