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Fixture: Culter Deeside v Ellon Meadows
Competition: Under 19's ADJFA "A" League
Date: 21/03/15
 
Deeside started strongly with Dylan having a shot cleared off the line after a couple of minutes. 
 
Soon after it was one nil when James fired in from a sharp angle and a minute later it was two nil as Stewart finished calmly. 
 
A couple of Ellon attacks were dealt with by Conor, dependable as ever, and Culter went on to produce some very nice constructive play. James came close, shooting just over the bar, and Matthew C hit the keeper from close range, and the Ellon goal was then besieged as Deeside won a series of corners. 
 
A fine cross form Finlay set up James, who brought a good save from the Ellon goalie, and Stewart had a half-chance inside the box but shot wide. 
 
James picked up a booking for dissent, and soon after Ellon won a free kick just outside the centre circle which should have been harmless. The ball was lofted into the Deeside box and struck into the net by an unmarked forward to make the score two one. 
 
James came close to restoring the two goal advantage when he broke through and made a great run, but he was not supported and his shot went over the bar. 
 
Just before the interval Christian was booked for a late challenge. 
 
Half Time : Culter Deeside 2-1 Ellon Meadows
 
Ellon set off well after the restart and a couple of attacks on the break were mopped up by Fraser. 
 
David had a half-chance which ended up in the keepers arms and James came close after latching onto a great ball from Matthew M. Deeside went off the boil for a while, allowing Ellon back into the game, but mid-way through the half a lovely move started by a diagonal ball from David to Christian, who set up James to shoot just wide.
 
Moments later Fraser laid on a fine ball for James who slotted it away to make it three one. 
 
James came close to his hat-trick a short time later, but it was Ellon who had the next scoring opportunity with a strong run ending in a shot which Calum saved. 
 
Not long after Finlay put in another great cross and Matthew C took this one to make the score four one. 
 
Ellon were not finished, though, and they pulled it back to four two from a corner. Right on the whistle a shot by Christian looked net-bound but the Ellon keeper saved well to keep the final score at four two.
 
Another good win for Deeside, made harder than it need have been by their vulnerability to set-pieces and goals-to-chances ratio which could be higher. It was a good performance, though, and Culter remain the only unbeaten team in the division.
 
Full Time : Culter Deeside 4-2 Ellon Meadows
 
 
 
 

 
Fixture: Echt BC v Dee BC
Competition: U19s SoccerWorld League B
Date: 14/03/15
 
The match between Echt BC and Dee BC truly was a game of two halves, with Dee dominating the first 45 minutes but Echt emerged as the eventual 3-1 winners.
 
Dee started the brightest and with only a few minutes on the clock found themselves threatening the Echt goal and earning themselves a corner.
 
Dee continued to press and a lovely ball in behind the Echt defence was nearly tucked away by the Dee front man, only for his effort to sail just over the bar.
 
Echt goalkeeper Matthew Johnson made some crucial saves to keep the game at 0-0 with Dee dominating proceedings.
 
Echt began to find their way into the game just before half time and a nice quick move down the left hand side saw a half chance created and the first real threat to the Dee goal. 
 
Half Time: Echt BC 0-0 Dee BC
 
Echt started the second half brightly and really came into the game enjoying a lot more possession than the first half.
 
A Stuart Lawson effort from distance was parried out by the Dee goalkeeper but Kieron Thomson reacted quickest and cut the ball back to Iain Riddell who couldn’t miss from just 5 yards out.   
 
Following the goal Echt seemed to grow in confidence and began playing some great football, stretching the game and putting Dee under pressure with various attacking moves.
 
It wasn’t long before the game saw its second goal when a brilliant Stuart Lawson through ball was met by Kieron Thomson. The striker showed great composure in the 1 on 1 situation to smash the ball home.
 
Despite having a two-goal advantage, Dee were far from disheartened and showed great fight and determination in an attempt to get back into the game.
 
Their efforts were nearly repaid when the ball broke on the edge of the box to the Dee fullback whose fantastic long range strike only just cleared the crossbar.
 
From the resulting goal kick, the ball was worked well through the midfield and into Kieron Thomson’s path. The striker’s square ball found Matthew Buchan who had held his position brilliantly and the Echt winger lashed the ball into the back of the net giving Echt a three goal advantage.
 
It was a man of the match performance from Echt captain and goalkeeper Matthew Johnson, who continued to keep his side’s advantage with a number of great saves leaving the Dee players wondering what it would take to get a goal.
 
Dee deservedly got their goal, with just five minutes to go, when a wonderful diagonal ball, played into the back post, caused confusion amongst the Echt defence, allowing the advancing Dee player to slot the ball home for the consolation goal.
 
Full Time: Echt BC 3-1 Dee BC
 
 

 
Fixture: Longside v Stonehaven Madrid
Competition: ADJA U13s "B" League
Date: 15/03/15
 
On Sunday, Longside played host to Stonehaven Madrid as they looked to build on last week’s excellent result.
 
The last time the teams met, Stonehaven came out 4-2 winners in a closely fought contest.
 
The game started well with both teams having early chances.
 
Longside made the early break though after Kieran Scott latched onto a great through ball to fire confidently past the keeper.
 
Longside were later awarded a free kick on the edge of the 18-yard box and Kieran Scott found the top corner from the resulting set piece to make it 2-0.
 
Half Time: Longside 2-0 Stonehaven Madrid
 
Stonehaven then rallied in the second half and got a goal back to put the pressure on.
 
Longside responded well by scoring, with minutes left, after Ross Michie met a great in-swinging corner at the front post. The game finished Longside 3 Stonehaven Madrid 1.
 
Another well deserved victory for Longside who travel to play Formartine next Sunday.
 
Full Time: Longside 3-1 Stonehaven Madrid
 
 
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:15

Culter put in strong performance to shock Dyce

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Fixture: Culter United v Dyce BC
Competition: Under 13's ADJFA "A" League
Venue: Corbie Pitch
Date: 15/03/15
 
The game took place in near perfect conditions today both in terms of weather and the Corbie pitch.
 
The home side got of to a flyer with some neat inter passing resulting in a first minute goal from the Culter left winger Kyle Simons.
 
This was followed 15 minutes later by an excellent take by Rhys Thomas who only moments after coming on to replace the hard working Bruce Webster, when he latched on to a through ball from Mitch Argo to slot the ball past the Dyce Keeper. 
 
Culter continued the pressure in the first half and this was rewarded moments before half time when Rhys Thomas completed his brace with a very similar goal to his first. Allowing his team to go in 3-0 up at half time.
 
Dyce came out in the second half and played in a fashion that showed why they have had such a strong season so far with only 1 defeat in 9 matches coming into today's fixture.
 
Their efforts were rewarded half way through when the Dyce striker got in behind the Culter defence and passed the ball past the Culter goalie. This was followed by a couple of shots from distance that were saved by Arran Broch the Culter Keeper.
 
Dyce then changed formation to a 3 up front attacking formation that kept the bulk of play in the Culter half. However the Culter midfield and defence looked equal to most of the visiting team pressure and looked dangerous on the break.
 
Stand out performance went to Stevie Alexander who shaded the midfield battle against a strong Dyce opponent.
 
A good game played in good spirit ended 3-1 to a deserving Culter.
 
Full Time : Culter United 3-1 Dyce BC
 
 

 
Fixture: Longside 3-1 Stonehaven Madrid
Competition: ADJFA U13's "B" League
Date: 15/03/15
 
On Sunday, Longside played host to Stonehaven Madrid as they looked to build on last week’s excellent result.
 
The last time the teams met, Stonehaven came out 4-2 winners in a closely fought contest.
 
The game started well with both teams having early chances.
 
Longside made the early break though after Kieran Scott latched onto a great through ball to fire confidently past the keeper.
 
Longside were later awarded a free kick on the edge of the 18 yard box and Kieran Scott found the top corner from the resulting set piece to make it 2-0.
 
Stonehaven then rallied in the second half and got a goal back to put the pressure on Longside who responded well as they scored with minutes left after a great in-swinging corner was met by Ross Michie at the front post to finish the game.
 
Another well deserved victory for Longside who travel to play Formartine next Sunday.
 
Full Time : Longside 3-1 Stonehaven Madrid
 
 
 
 
Monday, 16 March 2015 16:35

Huntly secure convincing win over East End

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Fixture: Huntly v East End BC
Competition: SoccerWorld League A
Date: Saturday 6th March 2015
 
A strong performance from Huntly ensured they took all three points against a hard-working East End side in a game that could have went a lot differently. 
 
In the opening stages, the game took a while to settle down but it was Huntly who gathered themselves and had the better of the chances.
David Clark and Brad Mills both carved out chances but squandered early opportunities to take the lead. On 25 minutes a Huntly spell of possession ended resulting in a free-kick being conceded to East End who then went onto score drectly with a well placed strike. 
 
Both sides were having their moments in this match as it proved to be a close encounter. 
 
Huntly took control of the game again but could not penetrate East Ends resilient defence. Five minutes from half-time, Huntly's Aaron Penny and Clark combined well to which Clark's cross found the run of Brad Mills, who tucked the ball away nicely in the bottom corner and level the score.
 
Half Time: Huntly 1-1 East End BC
 
Huntly had performed well in the first half and they started brightly coming into the second as they intended to take the upper hand. 
 
From kick off David Clark played the ball back to Hogan Ruddell in midfield, Ruddell played a first time pass for Clark to run on to and round the keeper making it 2-1 to the home side. 
 
Minutes later, Huntly were on the attack again and looking to capitalise on their opponent's loss of concentration.
Penny played in a corner from the right which was cleared by East End only for the ball to come back into Hogan Ruddell to slot the ball home with his left foot.
 
With a two-goal lead established, Huntly appeared to take their foot off the peddle and slow the game down having dominated throughout. 
In the 60th minute, a carbon copy of the third goal was scored. Failure to properly clear from a corner seen the ball fall to Penny to strike from 18 yards and put the game out of sight.
 
The Huntly pressure continued despite a strong fight from the away side but the attacking quality prevailed in the end as Huntly ran out comfortable winners.
 
Full Time: Huntly 4-1 East End BC
 
 

Fixture: Cove Boys Club v Kemnay FC 97 
Competition: SoccerWorld League B
Venue: Portlethen Academy 
Date: Saturday 14th March 2015 
 
Each side had to come from behind in a game that would have excited a neutral spectator.
 
Kemnay started quicker in the match and on ten minutes the Cove goalkeeper had to make the opening save from a header.
 
Kemnay almost gifted Cove’s James Bartlett a goal but the visiting keeper James Duncan managed to block his shot.
 
Cove began to grow into the game and with the wind behind them, started to dominate play and it was no surprise that they took the lead after 18 minutes. 
 
A high ball into the Kemnay half was misjudged by a defender, bouncing over his head and into the path of Cove’s Bartlett who calmly lobbed the keeper to score open the scoring. 
 
Kemnay almost equalised but Keston Frontin was forced wide and his shot narrowly flew past the post.
 
Somewhat fortuitously, Kemnay equalised just before half time. Under pressure, the Cove keeper punched the ball high in the air and just before it hit the ground, Iain Kelly managed to head the ball low into the net off the left hand post.
 
Half Time: Cove BC 1-1 Kemnay FC 97 
 
Much like the first half, Kemnay started the stronger and within a couple of minutes, they were ahead for the first time after a well worked move. A neat headed lay-off from Frontin was chipped by Adam Bunton over the Cove defence and Fraser Cheyne was able to control the ball and pass it low into the right hand corner.
 
Kemnay continued to dominate play but Cove came close in the 50th minute with a low shot just past the left hand post. 
 
A few minutes later, Bartlett fired a long-range shot off the bar in an attempt to bring his side level. 
 
Cove further applied the pressure when a fierce corner was whipped in from the right but missed by everyone and Kemnay were lucky to escape.
 
With little over 15 minutes to play, Cove found the breakthrough thanks to Robbie Troup. His shot from the 18 yard line flew into the right hand corner after some good build-up play on the left.
 
Kemnay inflicted a late surge of pressure onto the home side but couldn't find another opening as the game drew to a close and what would be considered a fair result for both sides. 
 
Full Time: Cove BC 2-2 Kemnay FC 97
 
 

 
Fixture: Formartine United v Stonehaven Youth
Competition: Under 15's ADJFA "C" League
Date: 08/03/15
 
A long drive to Old Meldrum saw the lads expecting a victory against what turned out to be a quick and strong Formartine team. Jamie Russo was a late call-off due to illness, so we went with only 13 players and 12 pairs of shin pads thanks to Gabriel. Sub Ben W Taylor lent Gabriel his as his didn’t have ankle protectors. This lack of ankle protection was to prove pivotal to all tactical decisions in the match.
 
The pitch was on a slope so new captain, David, opted to kick downhill on the manager’s instruction. Another brilliant managerial decision - expecting to gain momentum to go into second half well ahead... Despite the assistant coach's best efforts, we were slow in starting. As Formartine were a route one type of team, they drew us into to doing likewise as the first half developed. With the slope we did get forward more and Alistair opened the scoring by pouncing on a goalkeeping error. One nil.
 
Alistair’s contribution ended there however as he had to come off shortly after following an elbow to the head. Ben M Taylor came on as he had shin pads in place and not Ben W Taylor as planned (keep up now). Gabriel moved up front with borrowed pads and on borrowed time – Ben W Taylor coming on 5 minutes later in a swift Formula One pit-stop type manoeuvre which saw the ankle-less pads transferred over in less than 15 seconds. Tremendous stuff to watch – a real match highlight.
 
We had several opportunities in the first half to extend the lead but most efforts were straight at the keeper. Thomas had a couple of drives from just outside the box skewed wide and Ben Thom glanced a good Gregor corner just wide. Darroch hadn’t had much to do but held everything their ginger headed striker (who we all agreed was enjoying his day off from the building site) had to throw at him. Don’t recall any passing moves in that half, just many, many strong throw-ins by the ever lively Owen.
 
Half Time : Formartine United 0-1 Stonehaven Youth
 
Only one nil up and having to scale the north face of the Eiger for 40 minutes was worrying. So, the half time team talk was all about not getting sucked into playing the game their way, and getting the ball down and passing and moving like in our previous match. On went the crampons, and off went the assistant coach to play on the swings.
 
Surprisingly, the lads had actually listened to the half-time team talk and I could see them thinking about passing and they soon changed the pattern of the game. Kicking up the slope, the ball was not running away from them which may have actually helped too.
 
As I set off to the play park to retrieve my assistant, I could see the ball break to Thomas. With options to pass either side of him, Thomas took the wrong (coaching manual) option and audaciously floated the ball over their stranded keeper. Two nil, and the key goal in the game.
 
As I headed back from the see-saw, Gabriel (now wearing Alistair’s ankle protecting pads) broke through from a brilliant Owen pass and slotted a great shot into the corner with the outside of his boot. A very good finish, ending a bit of a goal drought.
 
Our next came from Ben W Taylor as their keeper parried a shot-come-cross and Ben cleverly headed into the corner. Excellent goal and a while since Ben scored too, so good to see. Thomas had to come off with a twisted knee, so a recovered Alistair came back on sporting Thomas's shin-pads and a large egg on his forehead.
 
The next piece of fun was Charlie twisting his knee (not that bit) and having to come off for a minute. I asked Jamie Innes to fill in at left back for the moment. Charlie was ok, so came back on and immediately started to get forward. Good to see him finally embracing that attacking wing back position I thought. After about five minutes I started to wonder why Jamie wasn’t getting forward and Charlie was standing up the wing? I presumed they had agreed to swap? However, after 10 minutes it became clear that Jamie thought I meant for him to stay at left back and Charlie had presumed Jamie had been playing left midfield. He hadn’t. Ben M Taylor was left mid? So, we had Charlie and Ben at left mid, our main playmaker at left back and no-one in the centre? They scored. Four or five players bursting through the middle leaving Darroch with no chance. However, Charlie (now deciding he was centre forward) burst through soon after the restart and scored to make amends. Thanks Charlie.
 
5-1 at the end of a game that we made hard work of. Man of the match was Owen who continues to improve his passing every week. He was run very close by yet another good display by Gregor “Knowlsie” Knowles . Good to see Lewis back too, pushing on at right back.
 
Full Time : Formartine United 1-5 Stonehaven Youth
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 14:24

Ten men Newmachar United edge past Kemnay

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Fixture: Kemnay v Newmachar United
Competition: Under 19's ADJFA "B" League
Date: 08/03/15
 
A blustery afternoon saw Kemnay dominate the first stages of the game, and finally capitalising on their majority of possession with a goal in the 13th minute when a Kemnay player emerged through a flat footed defence to meet a cross and find the net.
 
Newmachar responded quickly when a long throw was met at the back post by Joe Milne, who powerfully dispatched his effort into the bottom corner in the 33rd minute taking his tally to four goals in four games.
 
The game was not level for long as Kemnay’s number twenty found himself beyond the back line and lofted the ball over the emerging goal keeper and battled to make sure the ball found the net to go up 2-1 in the 36th minute.
 
Fraser Marcelline’s strike for Newmachar meant things were all square once again just before half time, when he controlled the ball and chipped it beyond an advancing goal keeper to score Newmachar’s second equaliser of the game in the 44th minute.
 
Half Time : Kemnay 2-2 Newmachar United 
 
Newmachar took the lead for the first time in the 60th minute of the second half, when Dean Still’s effort was deflected into the net by a Kemnay player who misjudged his clearance.
 
Newmachar’s Chris Cooper got a yellow card in the 68th minute, after Ross Gibbon was sent off for bookable offences in the 62nd and 65th minute.
 
But after going down to ten men Newmachar remained resilient and held out for a hard fought 3-2 away win, in the 19s Soccer World League B game played at Bogbeth Park in Kemnay.
 
Full Time : Kemany 2-3 Newmachar United
 
 
 
 

 
Fixture: Longside v Deveronvale Colts
Competition: ADJFA U13's "B" League
Date: 08/03/15
 
On Saturday, Longside played host to Deveronvale at a sundrenched Davidson Park.
 
The last time the sides met, there wasn’t much to separate them, with Longside coming out 3-2 winners.
 
Saturdays game started well for Longside with Taylor fouled in the box early and Longside awarded a penalty. Michie showed great composure to give Longside a deserved lead. 
 
They continued to press for another and minutes later Michie struck again after great work by Selman. 
 
With confidence high Longside continued to show great appetite for the game and with some great interpassing the ball fell to Selman 20 yards out who smashed an unstoppable strike into the top right corner.  
 
In the second half Deveronvale came back into the game and showed great desire to compete, and were rewarded with two quick goals, however Longside held on to secure the 3 points and a deserved victory.
 
Full Time : Longside 3-2 Deveronvale Colts