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Aberdeen FCL went head to head with Westdyke CC in the Under 15s Scottish Women’s Football North Cup Final held at Aberdeen Sports Village on June 3rd. It was always going to be a tightly contested game with fixtures between these sides at all age groups often being close.

Westdyke kicked off the first half which began a nervy affair for both sides as neither team gave the other a chance to take control of the game. Lyndsey Brown had Westdyke’s first attempt only 3 minutes in as she fired the ball over the bar from just outside the Aberdeen box.

Aberdeen also had early chances of their own as Carly Reid found herself through on goal thanks to a lofted ball over the opposition defence but good pressure from defender Katrena Morrison allowed Westdyke keeper Teigan Wilson to confidently collect the ball.

However, Westdyke were the ones to first capitalise on the cup final atmosphere and went into the lead as Jenna Penman found space in the midfield allowing her to hit a right footed shot from distance which curved its way in past goalie Nicole Miller who had no chance of saving it.

Spurred on by their goal, Westdyke began to take charge of the game as they fashioned more chances including another shot by forward Brown which went narrowly wide of the Aberdeen goal.

Aberdeen were not to be put off by the spell of Westdyke pressure and managed to take full advantage of a chance 27 minutes in. Amy Duncan's effort from the edge of the box flew high past Wilson and nestled into the corner of the net, levelling the score.

As the first half began to draw to a close both teams found themselves become more comfortable in the game. A long distance free kick from around the halfway line saw Westdyke attacker Caitlin Watt with a chance at goal as she skilfully took the ball round the keeper. However the tight angle and pressure from Aberdeen defender Leah Jones resulted in Watt’s shot going wide of the post.

As half time drew ever closer, Aberdeen turned the game on its head by capitalising on an unfortunate Westdyke error. Lack of communication between the Westdyke defenders and goalkeeper resulted in Aberdeen’s Reid stealing the ball in the Westdyke penalty area before calmly taking it past the keeper and providing a composed finish into the empty net.

Aberdeen made the most of their chances in a first half in which both teams began to grow as it went on, with the trophy still very much up for grabs in the second half. 

Monday, 22 May 2017 17:39

20 trophies in 5 years for Albion 2000s

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Fresh from their Scottish Cup victory from the week before, Banks O’Dee Albion had the opportunity to complete a clean sweep of trophies in the ADJFA when they took on Culter Colts at Ian Mair Park, Dyce.

This was a 1st cup final appearance for 5th placed Culter Colts. Albion 2000s have been undefeated domestically throughout their time however it required two late goals back from Albion at under 14s level to salvage that unbeaten run.

Banks O’Dee Albion started the brighter and it wasn’t going to be long before they opened the scoring after 3 minutes.

A great ball came in from Jason Ritchie which found attacker Calum McKenzie who guided the ball home with precision & composure. A great delivery and then the headed finish gave the Spain Park the best possible start.

Six minutes later and Albion were celebrating again and it came of a corner courtesy of Connor Wood which from the left hand flank flew beyond James Whyte and straight in.

This game was far from over though and Culter reduced the leeway after 16 minutes and it was a goal worthy of winning a game of football with a curled strike from Hamish MacLeod which evaded Vitali Sahhalevits into the top right hand corner.

Albion restored their two goal advantage on 23 minutes after another brilliant delivery came in from Connor Wood which was met by Lewis Duffy on the knee and he managed to guide it home past an off guard Culter defence.

Culter pulled a goal back once again after a corner came in from Ryan Corthals which was met by  Finlay Cook who guided home past Sahhalevits in the 28th minute.

Four minutes later and Albion scored a 4th after a ball from Mark Reid found Ally Shrive who placed the ball into the bottom left hand corner. Albion would then kick on after that point with Culter making a couple of rotational changes to their set-up which would have a negative effect.

With 3 minutes to go until the interval, Albion got a 5th and former ALC Athletic player Jay Murphy saw his initial spot-kick denied by Whyte however the pint-sized player controlled the ball on the chest and rebounded home. 

In a well fought Castles Trophy final, Lewis United Youth lifted the silverware with a 3-1 win over Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC. Ross Grant scored Fraserburgh’s goal while Ross Young scored two of Lewis’s goals with Shaun Spence adding the third.

Lewis United pressed from the kick-off and Ben Marr put the ball into the box for Ross Young who shot at goal but the ball was headed clear by Ben Harvey.

The Bridge of Don-based team then had a chance from a free kick at thirty yards. Robert Ward sent the ball into the box but it was caught by Fraserburgh goalkeeper, Jack Kennedy.

Fraserburgh looked just as dangerous when they had possession, and Ewan Milne broke through the defence but Cameron Heslop swept in to clear the danger before Milne could make his shot at goal.

However Fraserburgh set up some great link-up play through Andrew Hannah and Adam Taylor. Taylor then put the ball into the box for Ross Grant but his shot was denied by Lewis goalkeeper, Matthew Buckham.

Both teams were attacking the game and Lewis were awarded a free kick five yards into their own half. Murray Esson’s impressive strike sent the ball into the box but it was headed clear by Thomas Hall before Ward could run on.

Lewis United continued to exert pressure and Ward shot from twenty-five yards. He was only denied by Kennedy who pushed the ball wide but Young was there and he tapped it in from close range to open the scoring in the twenty-fourth minute.

Ward looked set to extend his side’s lead through a free kick from thirty-five yards but he fired his shot just over the crossbar.

Grant then drove forward for Fraserburgh and he crossed the ball into the box for Billy Bruce but Bruce’s shot went wide.

Fraserburgh continued to press, and Hall put the ball through for Milne. Milne laid the ball back for Grant but Esson swept in to clear the danger. 

However Fraserburgh continued to create chances and Grant put the ball into space for Milne just outside the box but Lewis held their defence to deny a scoring chance and Heslop cleared.

Ward and Young linked once again for Lewis and Ward sent the ball to the edge of the box. Young slipped past the defence to run onto it and sent it home from close range to extend his side’s lead in the fortieth minute.

Fraserburgh tried to create one last chance before half-time with Bruce pressing forward but he was tripped. Hannah stepped up to take the free kick just outside the box but sent the ball over the crossbar.

After the dust settled on the 1st game between FDS & Westdyke, it was down to Fraserburgh Link-Up and Banks O’Dee Albion. This was described as a warm-up game for Banks O’Dee Albion ahead of the Scottish Cup final tie against Syngenta Juveniles on Sunday. Fraserburgh weren’t going to be mugs though and gave Albion a tough spell.

Albion made a bright start to the game and should have opened the scoring with the game only 5 minutes old through Calum McKenzie however Jamie Bruce denied the talented attacker.

Fraserburgh had chances of their own and a great high ball from LJ Stephen found Ryan Sargent whose effort had to be denied by Vitali Sahhalevits. A long ball from Shaun Jappy then found Sargent however an attempted chipped effort flew over the bar.

Albion took the lead after 16 minutes after a great delivery from Connor Wood found the advancing Cameron Imrie whose glancing header flew straight into the back of the net giving Fraserburgh no chance. That is Imrie’s 3rd goal in 3 games. Not bad for a centre half!

The Spain Park outfit kept on the pressure and striker Mark Reid was next to try his luck on goal after a delivery from Connor Wood however the forwards effort just went wide.

Banks O’Dee went 2-0 up on 31 minutes after another set piece found fellow defender Lewis Duffy, whose powerful header found the bottom right hand corner.

Game over some people might have thought although Fraserburgh had other ideas.

A trip at the other end 4 minutes later gave Broch a lifeline. Some people in the ground thought it was a soft award however referee Ian Robison pointed straight to the spot.

Up stepped Dylan Ritchie who sent Sahhalevits the wrong way with his spot kick.

Banks O’Dee Albion very seldom panic though and got themselves a 2 goal advantage heading into half time after Mark Reid chased down a scrambled ball and knocked it home past Bruce to set Albion on their way to the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy. 

It was a sunny scene at Ian Mair for the Presidents Cup final and an exciting cup final was on the cards between FDS and Westdyke. Both sides have had good campaigns despite not being in real contention to win the league. Westdyke in particular did very well to get here beating Banks O’Dee and Lewis United in the process.

Westdyke had the first opportunity in what was going to be an action packed cup final courtesy of forward Max McGinlay which forced a goal line clearance from Lewis Robertson. Euan Walker then tested the FDS rear guard with an effort from just inside the box which was denied by Callum Hall.

The deadlock was broken after 13 minutes after a great through ball from Nathan Rankine found McGinlay, who then made no mistake after crashing the ball home past Hall to give Dave McGinlays side the dream start.

Westdyke forced the game upon FDS early in the game and their pace & pressure was getting too much for the Aberdeen side at times.

FDS started to get into the game slightly after the goal though and they needed something spectacular to get themselves into the game and Marc Mowat couldn’t have picked a better stage to score a free kick than a cup final. His free kick 30 yards from goal went over the wall and into the top left hand corner past Ross Mowatt.

Simon Robertson's side got their equaliser and they nearly got themselves into the lead after a header from Robbie Paul went goalwards however there was an opposition player on the line to thwart his efforts.

There was nothing to separate the teams going into half time. 

It was a very windy night at Borough Briggs when Dingwall Academy and Fraserburgh Academy clashed in the North of Scotland Cup final. Both sides have won this trophy in the past so a good game of football was on the cards in Elgin.

It was the Broch who took the trophy back to their school after a 3-1 win and the first time since 1983 that Fraserburgh have got their hands on the trophy at this level.

Finals are based on grit, desire and determination.

Logan McKenzie had the 1st chance of the game with a free kick which was held by Whyte in the Fraserburgh goal. In the opening quarter hour of the game there was nothing clear cut as both sides tried to put their mark on the game.

Alexander Mackay then had a decent chance half an hour into the game for the Highlanders after a great through ball set him well clear of the Fraserburgh defence.

James Whyte was to the rescue again with the keeper out like a flying cat! 

It then looked as although the game was heading all square heading into half time until Fraserburgh had other ideas. A quick attack from the Aberdeenshire outfit saw Tyler Chicken cut the ball back into the box which which was met by LJ Stephen who made no mistake in guiding the ball home past the advancing Dingwall defence. 

Glentanar CFC and Portlethen SC met on a sunny morning to face off in what proved to be a competitive encounter, with Portlethen securing a 5-4 win with a last minute goal. Antonio Jam scored a hat trick for the visitors with Jackson Pirie and Harvey Clark also adding their names to the score sheet, while Glentanar’s goals were scored by Kayden Whyte, Josh Thomson, Nathan Bloice and Ciaran Smith.

The home side had an early chance to open the scoring as Nathan Bloice pressed down the wing. He passed the ball to Kyle Fraser who drove the ball into the box but Liam Tough swept in in defence and cleared the danger.

Portlethen had their first chance from a corner. Lewis Brougham sent the ball to the edge of the box but Glentanar held their defence. Ryan Bruce then shot from twenty-five yards but fired the ball just wide.

Glentanar looked for an opening and Fraser broke down the wing and drove towards the box but Nicholas Critchard swept in in defence to clear.

The visitors exerted pressure through Antonio Jam who penetrated the defence but was unable to link with Brougham and Jackson Pirie to create a goal-scoring chance. However Jam made another break and lured Glentanar goalkeeper, Robert Mitchell, out from the goal. Brougham shot from twenty-five yards but sent the ball just wide.

Jam continued to frustrate Glentanar’s defence and lured Mitchell out again, lobbing him from twenty-five yards and sending the ball into the back of the net to open the scoring in the fifteenth minute.

Portlethen took heart from their score and Bruce sent the ball into the box but Mitchell pushed the ball wide, only for Jam to run on and send it in from close range to extend his side’s lead in the eighteenth minute.

Glentanar were looking for a response, and were awarded a free kick at thirty-five yards. Jan Polanski sent the ball just too far for Bloice to get his head to the ball.

However Glentanar were soon awarded another free kick in almost the same spot. Kayden Whyte sent the ball over the defensive wall and goalkeeper Ryan Tocher, to narrow the gap in the twenty-third minute.

 

The home side pressed forward through Whyte but Critchard put the ball into touch. Bloice stepped up to take the resulting corner and crossed the ball into the box but Whyte headed it just over the crossbar.

 

Glentanar were still looking for chances and were awarded a free kick at forty yards. Polanski sent the ball over the defensive wall but it was pushed wide by Tocher. Bloice crossed the ball from the corner into the box and Josh Thomson sent it into the net from inside the box to draw the score level in the twenty-ninth minute.

 

Whyte looked for a chance to add his name to the score sheet and raced down the wing with Tough chasing. However Whyte fired his shot from twenty yards into the side of the net.

 

It looked as though the home side would have the final say of the half as Bloice sent the ball high into the net from ten yards out in the thirty-fourth minute to give the home side the lead for the first time.

 

However Portlethen were quick to find a response, as Jam turned on the ball and passed it to Pirie who shot from fifteen yards and sent the ball straight past Mitchell in the thirty-fifth minute to draw the score level once more.

 

Half-time: Glentanar CFC 3-3 Portlethen SC.

 

A warm and bright day in Bridge of Don saw Colony Park face off against Formartine United in what could have been said to be a grudge match. Both teams came into the game strongly as both midfields matched the others.

Formartine used the width of the pitch well and used their right hand side to attack the Colony defence to great effect. Cormack and Duncan linked up well to deliver crosses into the Colony box.

Eventually Formartine broke through with Reid being fouled in the box after a good run, resulting in a Formartine penalty that Geddes tucked away precisely into the bottom corner.

Cormack continued to show his great skill down the right as he took on defenders and delivered crosses time after time. 

A ball broke for Formartine’s Wilson who took the shot on from just inside his own half but was denied by a great acrobatic save from keeper Dawson in the Colony goal.

After good build up play, a scramble on the edge of the Colony box resulted in Formartine’s Reid sweeping home a parried effort from Cormack.

Bucksburn Academy and Cults Academy under 18s went head to head in this season’s President’s Trophy Final held at Albyn playing fields on the 28th of March. This was always expected to be a tightly contested game being the last match that many of the players would play for their school.

Slightly damp conditions did nothing to hamper the game as it kicked off, with both teams giving it their all to try and clinch the vital first goal.

It would be Cults who opened the scoring within the first minutes as a corner from Corthals was cleared back to his feet where he delivered a perfectly weighted cross to the captain Watt who rose high above his marker at the back post to head  Cults into an early lead.

However, Bucksburn came straight back into the game, with some promising play resulting with the ball being headed  over the cross-bar  as they looked to make a quick comeback.

The next chance fell to Cults as Corthals made some smart one-twos with striker Slater which led to a good chance narrowly struck over the bar showing Cults’ intent to control the game.

Bucksburn had other ideas as a long throw-in forced a corner out of Cults. The Bucksburn forward line made a nuisance of themselves in the box as the ball was missed by Cults goalkeeper Fox-Gibb but the defence cleared up neatly, getting the ball out to safety.

It was another set-piece where Bucksburn continued to look dangerous. 15 minutes in, a free-kick launched into the Cults box found its way into the back of the net. The celebrations were short lived however as the goal was disallowed for impeding upon the goalie.

Cults retaliated to the Bucksburn pressure with a fantastic opportunity as the ball rolled along the ground to Watt inside the 18 yard box. This surely would have been a goal if not for a superb block from Bucksburn centre-half Paddy Gauld who threw himself in front of the shot in order to keep the deficit at one.

Cults continued to pile on the pressure as the half came towards its conclusion. Slater found himself in enough space around the edge of the box to try a curling effort which was blocked once again by a resilient Bucksburn defence, this time courtesy of Johnstone.

Cults went into half-time one goal to the good in a game which had been highly contested, with Bucksburn also having their fair share of chances. There was still plenty of time for the game to go either way in the second half.

Bucksburn and Hazlehead Under 15’s played out the final of the Gerrard Trophy at Northfield Academy, with Hazlehead once again proving they had too much in the tank for Bucksburn.
 
The game kicked off in glorious sunshine with Hazlehead on the attack. Bucksburn were keen to show their intent as well and after a good run down the left set up by Rhys Thomas,  Calvin Meldrum struck the side netting.
 
An Ingram corner from the right in six minutes saw Lappin head just over before another move down the right involving Callan Gray and Jack Reid, saw the ball reach Isaac McLean but Adam Newlands got down well to save.
 
In fifteen minutes, Cai MacDonald nearly broke the deadlock turning smartly between two defenders before sending in a drive which narrowly cleared the crossbar.
 
Five minutes later he had another chance hitting goalwards a superb ball from Harry Ingram wide on the left and subsequently bringing out a top drawer save from Newlands.
 
A Hazlehead goal was only delayed sixty seconds however. McLean picked the ball up wide on the left thirty yards from goal before looking up and hitting a spectacular drive into the top corner of Newlands’ goal.
 
McDonald had a chance of a second a couple of minutes later. Good work involving Ruaridh Fenwick and McLean saw the ball crossed to the striker seven yards out but his header flashed narrowly wide.
 
Bucksburn were not out of it and when Thomas sent Mitchell Argo clear down the left it took a strong last gasp tackle from Jack Burnett to keep him out. The corner came to nothing.
 
Four minutes from the interval Hazlehead doubled their advantage. The ball was not properly cleared by the Bucksburn defence eventually rebounding off MacDonald and past Newlands.
 
It looked like it might go past the post until the striker got up to steer it into the empty net. Half time then arrived with Bucksburn left with much to do if they were to wrestle the Trophy away from Hazlehead
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