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Insch and District 05’s league victory this season is reward for the teams hard work over the course of the campaign, says coach Kevin Danby.
His side won the ADJFA Division C-2 this year, beating Colony Colts 3-1 in their final match to clinch the title.
And Danby was full of admiration for the players’ efforts throughout: “We have four coaches and a good group of players – we can’t praise them highly enough.  
“At the start of the season we knew we had some strong teams in our group and to achieve success we would need all of our players to give 110% in every game.
“We have all been impressed by how the team have bonded and applied themselves in games; week in and week out they’ve given maximum effort.
“They are teenagers though, and training sometimes requires a bit more focus. The good thing is that when we point this out, they take it on board.”
It was a fantastic effort to come out on top in an incredibly competitive division – there were four teams in with a chance at the title until late on in the season – that was made even more impressive by the fact that, last summer, they weren’t even sure they’d be able to field a team this season.
Danby explained: “The core of this team has been playing together for about eight years, but at the end of last season we were unsure if we’d continue as numbers were so low.
“Fortunately, during pre-season training we were lucky to gain several players, and this gave us good numbers and strengthened the team.”
From then they’ve hardly looked back; they put in impressive performances to win key games and dug in to grind out results at important times during the season. Danby mentioned two performances in particular:
“There are a couple of key games that spring to mind,” he said. “We played our closest rivals Deveronvale in a game played in atrocious conditions and the players really had to dig in to get the result. We won the game, but it took us a good while to thaw out.”
“Towards the end of the season it was tight at the top of the table and we knew we couldn’t afford to lose a game. We played Mintlaw away and were 4-1 up at half time, but at full time it finished 5-5. A point was ok, but had we lost it was unlikely we’d have been able to win the league. We played away to Mintlaw again the following week and we changed our game plan, which resulted in a win.”
The Mintlaw results meant they needed to win their remaining games to clinch the title and going into their final match they were on track, knowing a win would see them over the line. Danby recalls the match:
“To win the league we knew we needed to win our final game against Colony Colts,” he said. “All of the squad was at the game and a large number of parents and spectators turned up to watch.
“We knew it would be a tight game as the Colts had also been vying for promotion. The coaches tried to keep the players calm and focussed but we started the game nervously. We eventually settled and came out on top in a good game, winning 3-1.
“It seemed like an age for the whistle to go, but when it did there were loud cheers from our supporters and the team went crazy celebrating the league title win.”
After a long, hard-fought season, it’s no wonder they enjoyed their success. Same again next season?  
Westdyke Thistle 2006 are looking forward to getting their first taste of tournament football when they travel to the Holland Easter Open next April.
That’s according to coach Stephen Pirie, who told us the trip is a great chance for the players to develop both on and off the pitch:
“The boys have been talking about the proposed trip for a few months now and are all very keen to get going,” he said. “Playing against European teams with potentially differing skill levels and playing styles will challenge them, but we’re sure that they will do themselves justice and step up to the levels required.
“As well as playing tournament football, the boys are also excited to be going on a longer trip and spending time together off the field. They’re a great group of boys that always get along great, despite not all knowing each other that well away from football.”
Thistle will be in their second season at 11-a-side when they head for Holland next Easter, where they’ll join over 500 teams from 25 countries for a true festival of football.
And the hope is that the enticement of the tournament will help motivate the players and give them something to focus their efforts on in the early part of the season.
Pirie said: “The coaches have seen the team grow and develop over the past twelve months, stepping up to full size pitches and an 11-a-side format and performing well.
“The hope is that it continues in the forthcoming season, and with the trip booked up it gives the boys a focus to look forward to and motivation to continue developing as players throughout the first half of the season.”
Westdyke enjoyed a trip to Manchester last year, during which they saw Manchester City get presented with the Premier League trophy at the Etihad, and they’re looking forward to creating more memories when they visit the home of total football next year:
“We really want the trip to be an experience that gives the boys a memory that will stay with them for life,” said Pirie. “We have the whole squad committed to attending, as well as an additional 18 parents and coaches to support the boys, so it will be a large travelling group.
“Everyone is really looking forward to it. There’s a lot of fundraising to be done between now and March, and we expect the excitement of the boys to grow as the trip gets closer.
“We’ve included the tour of Ajax’s Johan Cruyff Arena in the trip itinerary and will be looking into the possibility of taking in a game whilst we’re there. We’re sure that there will be plenty of laughs and fun to be had away from the tournament football – and the ‘Dads’ are sure to beat the ‘Lads’ in a friendly game one evening.”
At the Easter Open earlier this year, Aberdeen’s East End Lewis United 2006 were crowned Champions, so can Westdyke follow in the footsteps of their fellow Granite City side?As it turns out, returning with silverware isn’t a priority.
Pirie said: “We expect the standard of football to be high at the tournament and the boys will quickly have to get used to playing in the heat and against different styles of play that the European teams will bring.
“Every team entering the tournament will believe that they can come home with the trophy, but we’re putting no pressure on the boys. The main aim of the trip is for them to enjoy themselves, give their all in every game and put in the best performances that they can, both individually and collectively. If that’s enough for them to win the tournament then that’s an added bonus.”
If your team fancies joining Westdyke in Holland next Easter, then visit https://www.eurotournaments.co.uk/holland for more information and details on how to get involved.
Inverness United are looking forward to finishing their primary school-aged football with a bang when they head to the Barcelona Easter Tournament next April.
The 2008 born squad - who are not affiliated with a particular school or club - are united in their shared love of football and came together when they learned of the opportunity to showcase their skills on an international stage.
Coach Duncan Jones told YFS: “We heard about the competition through Facebook and wanted to sign up in order to test ourselves against teams from other countries and cultures, and to finish off our primary aged school football in style.”
United will be joining over 300 teams from around the world when they head to Salou and, although there’s months until kick-off, excitement levels are already reaching fever pitch amongst the boys:
“The squad are unbelievably excited to go,” said Jones. “They’ve watched videos of 2019’s tournament and are actively engaged in training specifically for this tournament.
“We cannot wait to see how teams from across Europe set up. I’m sure it will provide valuable learning for both players and coaches.”
With that in mind, Jones admits the focus isn’t on bringing back a trophy, but the tournament is a chance for his players to show what a side from the North of Scotland can do. He said:
“We’re just looking forward to the opportunity to play at such a great event against teams from all over Europe with our best mates.
“We’re not ‘in it to win it’ so to speak; we are there to give a good account of ourselves and show what a group of boys from the Highlands can do. Anything on top of that is a bonus, but I know if we apply ourselves, we will be no pushover.
“We will need to work as a team and carry no passengers. We’ll need to be fit, sharp and - most importantly – have self-belief to get anything from our games.”   
As someone with first-hand experience of playing abroad when he was a similar age to his squad, Jones knows just how lucky the players are to have this chance, and he hopes they’ll cherish it for the rest of their lives.
He said: “I played in various foreign tournaments in my younger days and loved every second of them.
“I hope the boys will learn to appreciate different styles and – more importantly – the different cultures of others, which is a very important life skill out with football.
“I hope the boys will learn the benefit of teamwork and learn from the inevitable highs and lows that they’ll experience when at the tournament.
“I want them to look back in 20 years and appreciate the experience their coaches and parents have provided them with and pass this experience on to their own children.”
If your team fancies joining Inverness United in Spain next Easter, then visit https://www.eurotournaments.co.uk/barcelona for more information and details on how to get involved.
Earlier this year, a selection of Scottish teams travelled out to the Barcelona Easter Tournament to take on the best from across Europe – and further afield – in a competition that was full of incredible football and provided the players with memories they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.
But now, no sooner than the dust has settled on 2019’s tournament, attentions turn to next year and the opportunity for more of Scotland’s brightest young players to test themselves abroad.
Amongst the teams already booked up and raring to make the trip are Deveronvale 2006s. The North Region side will be journeying to sunny Salou at the start of April, where they’ll compete against over 300 teams from a range of different countries.
And coach Raymond Morrison is thrilled his young squad will be involved: “We found out about the tournament through Facebook and thought it would be a great experience for the boys,” he said. “They’re really looking forward to the trip and the challenge that awaits them.”
The club is putting in the graft to help finance the trip (“We have been fundraising for the past few months and the boys are working hard to raise the money”) but they’re confident it’ll all be worth it when they get there, and that they’ll return better players than when they left:
“This will be our first tournament as an 11-a-side team and we’ve never been away as a group so everything will be new for us.
“I hope they take confidence as a group and learn more about playing against different types of teams, but most importantly I want them to have the experience of a lifetime.”
Despite some great efforts, no Scottish teams returned from Spain with a trophy last time out, so can Deveronvale be the team to bag silverware in 2020? Morrison is confident his players will give a good account of themselves: “We are not just coming for a holiday,” he revealed. “We are hoping to take each game as it comes and to be competitive.
“The boys are looking forward to testing themselves against different players and styles.”
If your team fancies joining Deveronvale in Spain next Easter, then visit https://www.eurotournaments.co.uk/barcelona for more information and details on how to get involved.
Sunday, 26 May 2019 17:49

Banks O'Dee Albion Under 17s win the treble

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Banks O'Dee Albion Under 17s picked up a domestic treble in what has been a fantastic season from the Spain Park side. Albion played 45 games during the course of the season, that was ADJFA and Highland League development fixtures, along with 13 cup matches, 11 of them were away from home including the two cup finals.

During that period, Albion scored 241 goals conceding just 34. Lucas Muller came into the team at the start of the season having played for the 2001 age group prior to that and helped towards 23 clean sheets throughout the campaign, a real custodian for Banks O'Dee Albion.

Albion started the season by winning the Highland League Development Cup, beating Wick Academy 2-0 followed by adding the quadruple on top of that with the Under 17s Highland League Development League, the under 17s ADJFA A League, the Raymond Kelly Trophy and the Mark McEwan Regional Trophy.

The only trophy this talented group of players missed out on throughout the season was the Scottish Cup and Albion were knocked out in the fifth round by Dundee side Fairmuir, who reached the final of the tournament.

Recently, Albion beat Lewis United Rangers 6-0 in the Mark McEwan Regional Trophy final where coach Alan Barry and player Kacper Lewecki took time to speak to YFS about their achievements. "It was a really good end to the season and a good win over Lewis United Rangers, we've had a really good attacking team with real composure and having Lucas Muller as our goalkeeper this season has made a huge difference.

"The boys found their formation this season, we changed a few things and are now a bit more settled in terms of the way we play, me and Robin Adair coming into the team created a bit of fire again in the team and Dave McKerron has been at the club for a few years now. This has probably the best squad we have had at Albion in the five years at 11 a side."

In addition to this, Albion have also developed their ex players into professional footballers, Kyle Dalling, Lewis Duncan and Max Barry are all featuring in the Aberdeen reserves set-up whilst Dylan Stuart and Luke Kinsella are first team regulars at Turriff United.

Kacper Lewecki has signed a pro contract with parent club Banks O'Dee and the youngster is looking ahead to the challenge when he said, "I think it'll be a good experience and it'll be a new challenge, I came to Banks O'Dee Albion as I am a 2003 birthday and was looking for a new challenge after leaving Dyce. I have done it here and hopefully I can push onto the next level now.

"We haven't just won the treble, we have won it by playing some good football and have entertained for the people who have came out and watched the games."

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:30

Colony Park Under 15s celebrate title success

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Colony Park Under 15s were crowned league champions recently with two games to spare after a fantastic season gaining consistency amongst winning their games however alongside that, the Inverurie side have also played some good football.

Park won 14 games with two draws and two defeats and there is currently a good battle between Culter and Glentanar at the moment as to who is going to join Colony. If Culter beat Banchory in their final game, it will be a play-off between Culter and Glentanar to decide who will be joining Colony in the A league.

Colony coach John Farquhar spoke after his sides 3-0 defeat to Glentanar where the squad was utilised to give fringe players game time about his sides achievements when he said, "The Glentanar game, we gave players equal game time and although the players want to win every week, however from my point of view it's about development, we got punished for it a wee bit, Glentanar are a good side and they are near the top.

"The boys have done their jobs throughout the season, last season, we just missed out on promotion by a point so we were close, it was the Glentanar game last season that cost us promotion and saved Glentanar from relegation as they stayed up by a point.

"I think we needed that extra season in the B League to help us and I think we are a better side this season, we've done well over the course of the season, we only got beat against Glentanar and Banchory however the score that day didn't show a reflection of the game.

"It's been encouraging each week to see the boys turning up to games and going out there with a bit of confidence, we are one of the top sides in the league, I have worked with them for a few years, over the course of the season, they have shown themselves as a good side.

Farquhar won't be continuing with the team next season due to the transition of Saturday football with the coach having other commitments at Highland League side Huntly FC. Farquhar added, "From a selfish point of view, that is the perfect way to go out. 

"In hindsight, it was the right thing that we missed out on promotion last season because it gave us that extra season to get us ready for A League football and they are now ready to go up into the A league."

YFS congratulates Colony Park Under 15s on winning the league and wishes them all the best next season in the A league. Colony has a proud reputation of sides playing at competitive level within the ADJFA against clubs with bigger resources.

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."