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Rangers progressed to the next round of the U15s Scottish Cup thanks to a 4-1 victory over Aberdeen FC Ladies Reds. A pair for Leah Daly, and singles for Rebecca Taylor and Eve Pollock were enough for Jordan Boyd's young side to triumph on their travels. 

Aberdeen began the game brightly, running with purpose at the heart of the Rangers defence. Millie Urquhart's strike was deflected wide, moments before Demi Taylor and Alexandra Curry whipped in two dangerous corners. The hosts off to a vibrant start. 

A neat surface at Aberdeen Sports Village allowed the teams to move the ball around with intent in the early stages, both seeking composure and a measure of control in the haste of midfield. Rangers first threatened when Kirsten Love picked out the run of Leah Daly on the right. She beat her opponent to the byline before pulling it back for the arriving Emma Watson to rasp an effort off the crossbar from twelve yards. 

In the fifth minute, Rangers made the breakthrough, the combination this time working in reverse. Left footed, Watson dropped a beautifully weighted long ball beyond the Aberdeen backline with precision. It appeared initially as if Kayla Jardine was best placed to take up the chase for the Light Blues, but Leah Daly was in position to win the race. Sky Cameron did well to get fingertips on her shot, but could only help it up and into the goal. 

We saw bright interchange in reply for Aberdeen over the next few exchanges, with Demi Taylor and Emma Lawson battling hard, and Curry an outlet for some crossing opportunities. Forwards Urquhart and Carlijn Dashort were also responsible for asserting flashes of pressure with their workrate. 

Rangers though, would extend their advantage on 11. Daly again sharp and alert to tuck away the ball as she matched Madison Finnie for pace in the right channel and swept this one across the face of goal for the second. The visitors were rolling. 

Midway through the half, Demi Taylor watched her shot lift inches over Jodie Baker's crossbar, prior to a spate of chances at either end. First, Watson was close to rounding off a Rangers move, Cameron out swiftly to smother at her feet. Not to be outdone, Baker got her gloves on the ball as Dashort burrowed a way through.

Despite the deficit, it was clear that the young Reds were testing the Govan side. Dashort again gambled on a loose out-ball to find herself one-on-one, but could only guide the final shot wide of the target. A minute later, Demi Taylor stood over a promising freekick, which she had earmarked for the top corner. It was carved there with venom, only for Baker to produce a wonderful stop. 

Eilidh Austin sprinted clear to create another decent sight of goal for Rangers, the girls in the knowledge that a third would be pivotal. 

Whilst it hadn't arrived by the interval, Aberdeen could maintain hope that a fortnight of football comebacks may shine some fortune on them.

Saturday, 18 May 2019 20:22

Inverurie Seniors claim the treble

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Inverurie Academy came out on top against Mintlaw Academy in the North Of Scotland Cup at Balmoor Stadium winning 3-1 with Jamie Brailsford getting a double the difference between the teams, both teams did well and have definitely shown why they have served up some fantastic games together this season.

A crash out on the road on Friday evening saw a few Inverurie players with only 11 players on the park to begin with and no subs, Mintlaw had the first clear cut chance of the match after Jack Norrie found Ryan Milne however the forward couldn't direct his header on target and the ball went out for an Inverurie goal kick.

Jay Halliday had a chance for Inverurie at the other end which just gone wide, the Inverurie players had then just turned up and forced the coach into a few changes to try and change the game for Inverurie.

Mintlaw however were on top midway through the first half with Gregor Robertson playing a good ball into Ewan Bloomfield however a good shot by Bloomfield was denied by Fraser Scott in goals, Mintlaw continued to threaten in spells whilst Inverurie had the occasional attack however it was stalemate until the 25th minute.

Mintlaw used their pressure to take the lead on the 25th minute mark after a handball in the area forced referee Bob Eden to point towards the spot, up stepped Bloomfield who dispatched a fine penalty past Scott into the net to give Mintlaw a deserved opener.

Inverurie were always going to respond however and have quality players over the park in order to achieve that, four minutes later came the equaliser and it came in some style, the ball came into the box which was met by Daniel Middler whose effort was blocked by the Mintlaw defence before it was at a good enough angle, pace and height for Jamie Brailsford to beautifully execute an overhead kick into the back of the net beyond Owen Park.

Saturday, 18 May 2019 17:55

Kemnay win North Of Scotland Cup beating Mintlaw

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Kemnay Academy came out on top in a pulsating North Of Scotland Cup Final against Mintlaw Academy winning the game 5-3 with both teams scoring against each other before Kemnay pushed on in the final 20 minutes to come out on top. The game was played at Balmoor Stadium, Peterhead FC and both teams put on a blockbuster of a show on an SPFL surface.

Both teams had a statement of intent straight from the off, the clock had only gone past the first minute mark when Kemnay had their first chance on goal, Lucas Whyte finding Callum Duncan with the latters effort crashing off the bar and cleared by the Mintlaw backline, Kemnay continued to threaten and had the ball into the net after three minutes through Craig Beverley however he was deemed offside by referee Gary Duncan.

Kemnay took the lead after 10 minutes after a long ball down the park by Mackenzie Taylor, the ball ended up into the feet of Taylor Mason who then squared the ball across goal which was met by Lucas Whyte who struck home from close range to give Kemnay the perfect start.

Mintlaw then levelled after a ball from Aidan Barrow found Joe Selman who despite having a lot of Kemnay traffic, managed to get past it before striking home a fine finish past Owen Forsyth to level matters up for the Buchan side, this came straight after the centre and full credit for showing their intent immediately and seeking a response which they achieved.

On 30 minutes, Kemnay re-took the lead after Josh Buchan played a good ball into Taylor Mason from his own area with Mason getting on the end of the ball before breaking free with only Harvey Whyte to beat and the forward delivered a composed finish to guide his side a goal ahead once again, it must be said and it hasn't gone unnoticed that Buchan delivered a class step over before his good delivery into Mason.

Mintlaw were back on level terms just before half time however after a fantastic pass by Jake Innes found Selman who guided home another fine effort beyond Forsyth in the Kemnay goal to make sure it was 2-2 heading into half time, Josh Buchan admitted in his post-match interview that Kemnay was slack at times within the game and there was times where Mintlaw were breaking free without a source of pressure.

Dyce Whites and Westdyke CC under 13’s played in the 13’s Regional League Cup Final at Heathryfold. Westdyke, only three days prior, had clinched the A league title and they were hoping to make it a domestic and cup double.

The game got off to a fast start as in the third minute, a cross from Dyce’s Toby Mitchell was met by the right boot of Ben Askew but his shot blazed over the bar.

At the other end of the pitch, Westdyke had an opportunity in the sixth minute. Gregor Zimmermann skipped past three defenders, and then the Dyce keeper Elliot Wills, but was too far wide to score, so he unselfishly squared the ball to teammate Finlay Walker who cooly finished to make it 1-0 to Westdyke.

A second goal came only three minutes later when a shot from 30 yards by Westdyke’s man of the match and hat trick hero Sean Considine lobbed Dyce keeper Wills to make it 2-0

In the 13th minute a cross from Considine met the head of Miloz Ochmanski but Wills managed to parry the shot away and to keep the score at only 2-0.

A fourth chance in quick succession came for Westdyke as in the eighteenth minute, Westdykes moment of the match came. A cross from Walker was whipped in after a terrific ball by Westdyke’s Innes Alexander. The cross was finished by Considine to make it two for him and three for Westdyke.

The game entered a quiet spell but in the thirty-fifth minute it sprung back to life when a fourth goal for Westdyke came. A shot from Zimmermann went past the keepers gloves and rippled the back of the net from 20 yards out.

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.

Banks O'Dee Albion sealed the double with a fantastic performance winning 4-0 against Sunnybank Elite at Ian Mair Park, Dyce Juniors. Albion deserved the win with Elite showing a lack of ambition at both sides of the park.

Albion had the opening chance of the game with talented midfielder Sam Walker having an effort thwarted by Louis Amann after Corey Stevenson had a clear cut effort on goal, this was the latest in a barrage of attacks from the Spain Park outfit, Elite showed a lack of ambition and panicked when going forward.

Apart from that chance, the opening five minutes was subdued in terms of chances on what was a warm sunny day at Ian Mair Park, Dyce, both sides tried to play football with Albion showing that bit extra intensity which was the difference during the first half.

On 9 minutes, Rory Anderson was proving to be a handful for the Elite backline and the tall striker was in on goal once again with the striker having a shot parried by Amann before the ball came back to the forward whose effort was straight at Amann. Stevie Livingstone then tried his luck from 15 yards which was blocked on the goal line by Devon Duguid of Elite.

Banks O'Dee Albion took the lead inside 14 minutes with the talented forward duo of Rory Anderson and Corey Stevenson linking up well together again, a good ball by the latter was met by Anderson who struck home a fantastic finish into the net.

Stevie Livingstone made it 2-0 on 21 minutes after a good run into the box by the midfielder saw him find the bottom right hand corner with a good hit which was the catalyst behind what was going to be a fantastic Albion performance.

Sunnybank came into the game a bit more as the game approached half time with MacKenzie Taylor having a chance denied by Owen Forsyth in the Albion goal and Cody Whyte also having a chance for Elite forcing Forsyth to tip the ball round for a corner kick.

A fantastic performance by Banchory Academy Under 15s was enough for them to come out on top against Alford Academy winning 7-2 with a lot of fantastic football played by both sets of teams.

Pre-match, both teams had a clash of kit so it was an emergency trip to Westhill Academy for referee Jim McEwan to get a purple kit for Alford Academy to wear, unfortunately it didn't give Alford any luck, both sets of schools are situated in their own special parts of the North East corner, Banchory are on the Deeside trail whilst Alford is just within a short distance of the Cairngorms.

Banchory prepared for this game in the best possible way arriving 75 minutes before kick off with Alford just a tender 35 minutes before hand, this preparation certainly helped as after a Keigan Mathers volley went over the bar for the latter, Banchory took the lead on two minutes with Morgan Matthew finding Jack McKeown who finished off a good move past Devon Hudson.

On nine minutes, it was 2-0 Banchory after a good ball over the top found the talented Connor Sibson who beat the offside trap before running in on goal and keeping his cool to finish beyond Hudson to give Banchory a two goal cushion, Alford weren't playing too bad however struggled to get grips in the game against a sharper and more energetic Banchory outfit.

McKeown scored his second of the game on 18 minutes with Banchory once again playing some exciting football and cutting the Alford defence open, Sibson got into a fantastic finish before a good effort by the tall striker was parried and there was McKeown to tap home.

Kyle Corbett put in a great shift for Banchory and got his just rewards by scoring a goal on 29 minutes, Sibson once again got into a fantastic position before pulling the trigger which was denied by Hudson before Corbett shot home. Alford offered a lot in attack however lacked that final product.

The top two teams in the Spree Under 15’s A league table played out a pulsating cup final that swung both ways before ending in a sudden death penalty shoot-out where Dyce prevailed making them Cup winners. Glenury Park was bathed in sunshine although there was still a nip in the air as the teams battled out to become Stonehaven Youth Cup champions of 2019.

The first chance of the game fell to Westdyke in the sixth minute when Jamie MacLellan had a free kick from 20 yards which he shot over the crossbar.

In the ninth minute Dyce’s man of the match Reagan Rintoul played the ball down the left flank to Jackson Pirie who played a great ball across the six yard box which was finished well by Jos McLaren to put Dyce 1-0 up.

Westdyke immediately tried to respond when after some nice passing at the edge of the Dyce box, Lewis Dalgarno switched play to the unmarked Callum Nicol whos left footed curling strike was well saved by Dyce keeper, Kris Abernethy.

In the fifteenth minute a sweeping move saw Westdyke’s Matthew Petterman breaking forward. He played the ball to MacLellan whose right footed effort went just right of the Dyce left hand post.

Westdyke continued to press and in the twenty first minute their corner was partially cleared but the ball dropped to Dalgarno who shot wide.

Five minutes later, Dyce almost doubled their lead when a corner was met by Ewan Skinner on the edge of the six yard box but it flew just wide.

A minute later, there was a great double save from Westdyke’s keeper Mark O’Donnell when he parried a shot from Pirie and got up to smother the ball before Ryan Park could finish.

In the final minute of the half, Westdyke grabbed their equaliser when a cross from Danny Belfors reached Callum Nicol whose floated header cleared Abernethy and rippled the net to make it 1-1 going into the break.

Sunday, 05 May 2019 14:03

Dyce beat Westdyke to claim Colony Park Cup

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Dyce BC Blues Under 13s warmed up for their Scottish Cup final date with Airdrieonians Red in a fortnight with a 4-2 victory over Westdyke CC, like all the encounters this season, all the games were played in a positive way with both teams going for it from the off.

Both teams played their own positive tactics with Matt McFarlane deployed into centre half for Dyce, Ethan Sutherland played in midfield with Owen Townend leading the line well for the Scottish Cup finalists. For Westdyke, they are always a threat and their strong point is the midfield and this game was no different.

Sutherland had an early chance for Dyce which was fumbled away by Ross Stark although Westdyke were to draw first blood in this cup final with a long range strike by the talented Milosz Ochmanski flying past Sam Inglis into the net.

On 16 minutes, it was 1-1 with Sutherland playing a fantastic ball which was met by Jimmy Anderson who did a power of work for Dyce and Anderson guided home a fantastic finish past Stark in the Westdyke goal to level matters up in the cup final.

Ethan Sutherland impressed for Dyce in an unknown midfield position and Sutherland played as a forward as he always looked a danger going forward, he put Dyce in front on 27 minutes with a powerful deflected shot went into the bottom left hand corner past Stark.

Dyce were on top at that period of time however Westdyke weren't to be underestimated and Ritchie Clark's side levelled matters up three minutes before half time with Gregor Zimmerman getting the better of Matt McFarlane before rounding Sam Inglis and putting the ball into an empty net.

Sunday, 05 May 2019 06:16

Longside B League champions with derby win

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PBC Buchanhaven Hearts and Longside met in an Under 19s B League play-off to determine who would be champions for season 2018-19, it was Longside coming out on top winning 3-0 with a bit of quality in front of goal being the difference. Peterhead to Longside is only 6.2 miles so there will have been mutual knowings between both sets of players before and after the game.

The opening stages of the game saw nothing clear cut from either team with the weather hosting a stage of rain, hail stones, sun & wind which did make football hard to play at times within the game, Buchanhaven Hearts had a half chance on 15 minutes but the first shot on goal after 28 minutes resulted in the opening goal of the game. Longside pressed forward with Ross McCafferty having a shot parried by Callum Hall before Michael Taylor tucked home the rebound.

Taylor was looking promising for Longside whenever he got himself on the ball and was full of positivity, he had a good effort from just inside the area over the bar as Longside searched to double their lead before the interval.

Buchanhaven had a chance of their own, a nice ball was sent in from the left side by Ayden McGill which found Shaun Collin which just went over the bar, chances came from both teams however it was Longside who were in front of half time, it was more of a battle than a game of football which was unsurprising considering the importance of the match.

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