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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
Portlethen U13’s and their Hazlehead counterparts set off the ASSFA cup final season in grand style producing a superb match, which went to a shoot out,  for the spectators at Aberdeen Sports Village on Friday evening.
 
It was Portlethen who were first out of the traps and came close when Danny Belford and Euan Smith combined to set up Jos McLaren who was just about to shoot when the ball was taken off his toe and he only gained a corner. Despite this they raced to a fourth minute lead.
 
A long through ball from Kyle Douglas found Ross Burns in the clear and he moved forward to slip the ball past the advancing Ewan Paul. A minute later Hazlehead hit back when a long range shot from Finlay Hislop just cleared the bar.
 
They came closer sixty seconds later when a shot from Ryan Park from just inside the box clipped the crossbar before bouncing over. Ciaran Bloomer almost did the trick in the eleventh minute slotting just over when Ness had parried a corner kick.
 
Eight minutes from the interval Portlethen almost scored again. McLaren broke down the right, his first effort was blocked at the post and when he picked up the rebound he had to be content with another corner.
 
A minute later it was Hazlehead’s turn, Tristan Armstrong made good ground down the right before being stopped at the expense of a free kick. The kick was missed by everybody when it came across but Ness was alert enough to stop the ball on the line.
 
On the interval a strong shot from Belford on the Portlethen left brought out a superb stop from Paul in the Hazlehead goal. There was nothing to choose between the teams at the interval and this left the large crowd full of anticipation for the second half.

Wet conditions saw many North-region games postponed this weekend but Dyce Boys Club and Banks O’Dee Albion were still able to meet for their A-league match. Banks O’Dee secured a 5-1 win, with their goals scored by Kyle Douglas, Ryan Fraser and Sebastan Holod, who claimed a hat trick, while Dyce’s goal was scored by Ryan Park.

Both teams showed clear attacking intent early on but the first chance of the game fell for Dyce. James Whyte shot from twenty yards and to the right but sent the ball into the hands of Banks O’Dee goalkeeper, Kris Abernethy.

Banks O’Dee pressed forward through Jack Booth and Keiron Wood who linked well but Dyce held their defence to deny the chance. However the visitors were soon on the attack again and Wood put the ball into the box for Bailey Milne. Milne drew Dyce goalkeeper, Jamie Shingler, and crossed the ball to Sebastain Holod who sent it home from close range to open the scoring in the eighth minute.

The home side threatened through Zane Laird. Callum Nicol and Sam Milne-Emslie linked well to set Laird up for a blistering run from his own half but Banks O’Dee held in defence. 

Dyce were then awarded a free kick at thirty-five yards. Ryan Park sent the ball over the defensive wall and the goalkeeper to equalise in the twenty-fourth minute.

The home side looked dangerous, and Laird crossed the ball for Park who shot from thirty-five yards with an impressive strike which saw the ball clip the post.

Booth and Holod linked for the visitors to press forward but Holod sent his shot from the edge of the box just over the crossbar.

Dyce had one last chance of the half through Laird, who broke through Banks O’Dee’s defence but Abernethy smothered the ball before Laird could make his shot at goal.

 

Monday, 20 February 2017 11:44

West End FC take vital three points

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West End FC and Mintlaw BC met for the third time this season. Although Mintlaw had some promising chances, West End FC won in a great game. Their goals were scored by Euan White, Tenzin Caizley, Marc Cairnie, two each for Lewis Smith, Drew Baghurst and Tom Dalziel, and a hat trick for Sam Waters.

The first half got underway and West End pressed forward through Marc Cairnie who put the ball wide to Lewis Smith. Smith crossed the ball into the box but it was caught by Mintlaw goalkeeper, Jamie Dobbie.

Mintlaw had a chance of their own when Matthew Richardson made a break down the wing and crossed the ball to Leon Park on the edge of the box. However his shot was cleared off the line by West End’s Henry McIntosh.

Smith drove the ball forward for the home side but Matthew Stearman swept in to clear the danger. West End were awarded a corner. Smith sent the ball into the box where it bounced around before Sam Waters tapped it in to open the scoring in the eleventh minute.

West End took confidence from their score and were soon pressing again. Euan White broke down the wing, drove into the box and sent the ball straight into the top corner of the net in the seventeenth minute.

The home side continued to exert pressure but Dobbie was having a fantastic game in goal. Waters shot from twenty-five yards and wide to the left but Dobbie swept across to clear the danger. West End were awarded a corner. Cairnie crossed the ball into the box and Tenzin Caizley sent it into the net in the twenty-fourth minute.

The visitors were looking for an opening and were awarded a free kick deep in their own half. Dobbie sent the ball to the halfway line and Park put the ball into space for Ross Davidson and Kyle Gray to run on to but West End goalkeeper, Matthew Black, smothered the ball before either player could make a shot.

West End pressed back and Smith crossed the ball from wide on the right to Dylan Nokleby on the edge of the box but Nokleby headed the ball over the crossbar. However the home side extended their lead through Waters who lured Dobbie out from the goal and lobbed him in the thirty-fourth minute.

Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:16

Albion into semi finals after Hutchie victory

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It was quarter final day in Aberdeen where Hutchison Vale made the journey to the Granite City to face Banks O’Dee Albion. Both sides have been doing well in their respective leagues and a hotly anticipated clash was at stake.

The game was evenly matched and it saw typical Aberdeen weather with wind, rain and even thunder. The game started at a good pace with Hutchie starting on the front foot and had a shout for a penalty when Ben Wardlaw was brought down however nothing was given.

Vale were the more threatening side however the hosts also had their moments as well. Albion had a few dangerous crosses come in which were dealt with by the Hutchison defence. 

Aiden Walsh then had an effort wide for the visitors after a good interchange of movement and the ball came into the midfielder who fired over. Gary Livingstone also had a chance on the half hour after a dangerous ball from Ben Dalglish.

Saturday, 04 February 2017 14:10

Westdyke make history at Albion

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It was the top 2 facing off against each other however in a cup game so a bit of pressure lifted off both sides in search for a victory and a place in the semi-finals of the Presidents Cup.

The game had a cup tie feel to it with lots of encouragement from the side lines and lots of brilliant football played from both sides however Banks O’Dee Albion will feel that they have dropped the level of football that they are known to playing at.

Westdyke started the game on the front foot and almost opened the scoring with the game almost 2 minutes old when Max McGinlay had an effort crash off the crossbar and cleared by the Albion defence. The visitors were the more threatening in the opening periods of the game.

The hosts threatened and a ball from Josh Paton tested the Westdyke rear guard however dealt with the situation well and then a few minutes later had another chance to open the scoring courtesy of an effort from Euan Walker which just sailed wide.

Both sides continued to have chances later on in the half with Westdyke coming close through Nathan Rankine and Albion also having a chance courtesy of Andrew Mitchell which Jamie Butler dealt with.

With seconds counting down until the half time interval it was Westdyke who took the lead and the goal was scored in some fashion too after a sailing ball came in from the left hand side by full back Finlay Wood which evaded everyone and the ball landed into the bottom right hand corner past Lucas Muller. 

On a morning that saw many games postponed due to early morning frost, Banchory Boys fought their way through snow and ice to make into Aberdeen for their game against Lewis United Youth. In what proved to be a competitive game, Lewis United claimed the victory with a 6-3 win.

Both teams showed their attacking intent early on in the game but it was Lewis United who had the first real chance of the game. Raegan Rintoul made a break from his own half and jinked the defence before crossing the ball for Kai Crawford who shot from wide to the right but he was unable to hit the target.

The home side continued to exert pressure through Brunon Pasziewicz and Jayden Bradford, and earned a corner. Finlay White crossed the ball into the box and Bradford ran on to send it into the net in the eighth minute.

Banchory pressed Lewis back into their own half and Oliver Allan shot from wide to the left but the ball was caught by Lewis United goalkeeper, Callum Duncan.

Rintoul made another blistering break for the home side and lured Banchory goalkeeper, Jenson Rhodes, from the goal but he fired his shot from twenty yards just wide. As Lewis continued to exert pressure, they were awarded a free kick five yards into their own half but Jack Youngson sent the ball wide.

Allan linked with Keon Hay and Conor Sibson to press forward for the visitors. Sibson shot from inside the box but Duncan pushed it wide. From the ensuing corner, Allan crossed the ball into the box but Brett Findlay flicked it onto the crossbar.

Lewis United pressed again and in the twenty-second minute Youngson fed Pasziewicz the ball in the box, and he tapped it home to extend his side’s lead.

Banchory tried to respond through Hay and Findlay but it was Rintoul who made another break down the wing for the home side and sent it into the box for Pasziewicz who fired it into the net in the twenty-fourth minute.

The visitors did not let their heads go down, and pressed Lewis back to earn a corner. Kane Berry crossed the ball into the box and Allan flicked it into the net to get his side on the score sheet in the twenty-seventh minute.

Banchory continued to press, with Sibson driving forward but his shot from wide to the right was pushed wide by Duncan. From the corner, Berry crossed the ball into the box but Duncan cleared it off the line.

Lewis put the pressure on through Rintoul and earned a corner when he was taken down in the box. He stepped up to take the penalty and sent the ball straight into the back of the net in the thirtieth minute.

However Banchory were to have the last say of the half. They drove the ball up field with a team movement and earned a corner. Allan crossed the ball into the box and Morgan Matthew ran on to send it in in the thirty-fourth minute. 

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