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Tuesday, 24 February 2015 14:43

Cove and North Star share the points

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Fixture: Cove BC v North Star Phoenix
Competition: Under 15's ADJFA "B" League
Date: 22/02/15
 
After drawing last week in a force 5 gale both teams were hoping for better weather this week to play a decent match. Unfortunately 5 minutes into the game the sleet and snow started and never let up the whole game making for a hard slog for both teams.
 
North Star started the game really well and created a few chances in the first 10 minutes although never really testing the Cove keeper.
 
Cove were struggling to get into the game and North Star deservedly took the lead in the 13th minute, a good passage of play down the right let the right midfield in for a shot which the Cove keeper did well to block but the ball fell into the path of Jordan Baillie who cooly slotted it home.
 
North kept the pressure on and in 25 minutes only a great save by Gibson in the Cove goal, pushing a net bound shot onto the bar, kept it at 1-0.
 
After not really being in the game Cove were lucky to go in at half time just the one goal down.
 
Half Time : Cove BC 0-1 North Star Phoenix
 
Second half saw Cove finally waken up and really take the game to North Star. As much as North had the better hand first half it was now Cove who were dominating all over the park.
 
After passing up a couple of half chances Cove equalised 11 mins in when Adam Murray pounced on a loose ball in the box and drilled it into the top corner leaving the keeper with no chance. 
 
Cove sensed victory and as much as the weather didn't let up neither did the Cove pressure. Although they were dominating they were not creating any clear cut chances and every corner saw the ball pinging about in the box but never seemed to fall to a Cove player.
 
Cove were being wasteful in front of goal and almost paid the price when a North corner found Robertson unmarked but his header was cleared off the line.
 
The final chance came when Cove's Pickarski broke free but struck his shot too near the keeper who made an easy save.
 
A game of 2 half's, but Cove probably feeling they had enough chances to win the match.
 
Credit to all players, staff and supporters for braving the conditions today.
 
Full Time : Cove BC 1-1 North Star Phoenix
 
 
 
 
 

 
Fixture: Paul Lawrie Foundation v Donside Juveniles
Competition: Under 13's ADJFA "C" League
Date: 22/02/15
 
Despite a delayed kick off of 10:45 to accommodate the referee, the Paul Lawrie team stayed in the changing rooms and left the Donside team waiting on the pitch for Kick Off. Following the late arrival Donside got the game off and running at about 10:55.
  
As a team, Donside started very bright and were sharp. In particular, I thought Connor and Tom made a great impact in the middle of park working very hard both to win the ball and create opportunities for their team mates. 
 
In the early stages Paul Lawrie battled hard to try and win the ball in a tough midfield and managed to create a couple of chances out wide to their number 10 and through the middle to their number 12 which resulted in Ben having to make a great save and hold the ball well.  As usual Ben was solid and was used by his defence as a sweeper with his kicking finding good distance.
 
We battled hard with Tom and Liam in midfield and we found our passing range in tight spaces. 
 
David playing on the left looked isolated at times but when he cut inside found himself free around the box which ended with a couple of efforts on goal.  We were finding good space on the right side of the pitch and Boyd was using his long throws to good effect. 
 
To use the space wide right more we swapped Boyd with Logan and got some instant success with Logan making a one two with Matty and keeping the ball in well at the corner flag.  He composed himself and crossed the ball into the box which eventually found Matty who cooly slotted past the helpless keeper. 0-1.
 
PLF fought back and created more chances for their number 10 and 12 who on the day were their better players.  They found some good space and again Ben did well to save and hold some shots.  
 
Craig Coutts came on to replace Matty and was unlucky to have a goal bound shot saved well by the PLF keeper high to the left of his goal. 
 
Connor showing some great skills burst from deep in our half and linked well with Tom who found himself heading to the edge of the area where he was duly fouled. Greg stepped up to take the free kick and hit a powerful effort but it was straight to the keepers hands. 
 
Both David and Connor had shots on goal in this spell of dominance but without getting the breakthrough. We had a spell with every Donside player camped in their half and Craig, Liam, Tom, David, Connor & Greg all having efforts blocked or saved in a goalmouth scramble.
 
As well as this Greg was finding good space in the middle of the park and went on a couple of maizy runs one where he went out wide left skipped over the ball to beat his man took on another beat another 3 and shot off the post! The only thing missing was a goal.
 
Cameron & Jamie came on for Tom & Liam and duly continued to boss the midfield with Jamie bursting forward and Cameron helping with defensive duties. Greg tired and was replaced by Liam. Our defensive duo of Arran and Craig Brander played solid and covered the through balls well clearing when necessary.
 
We seemed to take our foot off the gas and allowed PLF to come at us in the last few minutes of the half. With it looking like we were about to concede a late goal the ball was cleared from our box out for a corner by Arran and with the last kick off the half they floated in good corner with a shot on goal that was held well by Ben.
 
Half Time : Paul Lawrie Foundation 0-1 Donside Juveniles
 
 
We moved Greg into CH to provide cover in defence and playing alongside a solid Craig Brander they bossed the game from the back line. Both Boyd and Callum found more space in the second half and their link up play with the team was excellent.  
 
PLF kicked off and we were straight at them and bossed the game from kick off. Tom, David and Connor were linking up well in the middle and were finding our wingers with ease as we stretched the game.
 
After some great play from Donside, Connor was played through from Tom and with him bearing down on goal lost his footing for what would have surely been a well deserved goal.  We kept going at them and we were finding space all round the box. Tom was played in well from Connor and encouraged to shoot from distance which he duly did and the keeper was unable to hold on to the powerful effort and it ended up in the net. 0-2.
 
A couple of corners were well delivered from Matty as we continued to create chance after chance. Boyd picked the ball up well from Logan, he crossed to the far post to find Matty but the keeper somehow kept the ball out.  
 
Cameron & Fraser came on for Callum & Ben and PLF tried to push out with the long ball over the top. Boyd firstly clearing out for a throw in and then Greg back to Fraser for his first touch.  Fraser cleared well up to left wing and we continued to attack.
 
Craig Coutts and Liam came on for Jamie and David and PLF slowly came back into the game which resulted in them getting a couple of corners. Our defence held firm but for a few minutes they kept us pegged back. Cameron was doing good at left back and was linking up with Matty well. We also had a couple of great crosses and through balls into the box but we failed to take these chances.
 
Matty was replaced by Arran and sparked some new pace in the game with some positive play.  We were still finding a lot of space around their box and after a couple of blocked efforts from Tom and David the ball found its way to Cameron who cooly fired the ball high into the net. 0-3.
 
Connor came off after a great shift and was replaced by David. We were testing the keeper from distance with Tom and Craig Coutts carving out the best chances.  
 
Fair play to PLF who kept going and carved out a couple of chances that were blocked well and resulted in a really good save from Fraser. 
 
As in the first half, Craig Coutts found himself firing a great shot to the keepers top left and somehow he saved well round the post. As the game continued Donside were looking the stronger team and some of our passing and running was great.  
 
Arran slotted a great ball through for Logan and put him one on one with the keeper but he was brought down on the edge of the area as he looked to shoot. A penalty was correctly awarded and up stepped Craig Coutts who on another day would have been slotting this home for a hat trick. He slammed it home, 0-4.
 
Shortly after this with the weather getting worse the referee suggested he end the game early. Our boys were happy to see out the last 6 minutes but PLF agreed to the referees decision and the game was finished early.
 
Half Time : Paul Lawrie Foundation 0-4 Donside Juveniles
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 13:24

Bervie battle back to victory against Byron

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Fixture: Byron Spurs v Bervie Caley
Competition: ADJFA "B" League
Date: 14/02/15
 
With a return to league action Bervie travelled to Aulton to face Byron Spurs with Gordon still out injured and Webster missing. 
 
Bervie started the match well showing some pace and a sense of urgency in moving the ball about on what was a small pitch. With McHardy imposing himself early on he made what was to be the first of many interceptions and feeding Anderson on the left, cutting back onto his right he found Blacklaw whose effort was well saved by the keeper. Next it was Collie to test the keeper, again finding him equal to the task. With Bervie dominating Smith did well to intercept a through ball and find McLaughlin who played in Montgomerie who found Blacklaw whose effort went just wide. 
 
Bervie were having all the play and again McHardy won the ball and found Collie who played the ball inside the full back for Anderson, his cross-found Blacklaw who teed up McLaughlin whose effort was again well saved. With Bervie dominating the home side were starting to get frustrated with their forward having his name taken by the referee following a coming together with Smith. 
 
However after so much possession it was the Byron who had the best chance, Leisk coming out to collect the ball only to have the forward beat him to it presenting him with an open goal however he managed to put his effort wide. Dusting themselves down Bervie created another chance following a Salmond throw which found Collie who turned smartly and fired another effort goal wards but again finding the keeper in fine form. 
 
The deadlock was broken by the home side though, when Bervie  were unable to deal with a good free kick into the box which was nodded home at the back post. 
 
Montgomerie and McHardy were dominating the centre of the pitch and the former found McLaughlin whose cross found Collie whose effort was once again well saved. With the home keeper seemingly unbeatable it looked liked something special was going be needed and Bervie thought they had a penalty when Anderson held off a challenge to fire goal ward only the have the effort blocked by a blatant handball however no whistle was forthcoming despite the protests.  
 
With half time looming it was the home side who grabbed a second, Bervie unable to clear the ball from a throw saw the forward beat two and fire home at the near post to double the lead. 
 
Half Time : Byron Spurs 2-0 Bervie Caley
 
The half time team talk was all about keeping calm and trusting their passing game, the chances were there and only some good goal keeping had prevented Bervie scoring.
 
Bervie started the second half positively with Anderson winning the ball and feeding Collie down the left, his strong run got him into a goal scoring position only to be denied again by the keeper, McLaughlin was next to test the keeper again seeing his effort saved. The defence had to remain alert with a Byron’s wide man showing good pace, only a fine sliding challenge from Smith averted danger.
 
Bervie finally broke the deadlock, McLaughlin controlling a goal kick and finding Collie through the middle who calmly cut back to beat his man and slot the ball home. 
 
This lifted Bervie further and Sawyer did well to win the ball at left back and find Anderson who again fed Collie who was once again denied by the keeper. The equaliser wasn’t long in coming though; from the corner Anderson flicked the ball on at the near post and it was only half cleared to Montgomerie who fired a fine effort home to draw Bervie level. 
 
With their tails up Bervie were dealt a blow when McLaughlin was withdrawn with a nasty ankle injury which will keep him out for sometime, however undeterred Bervie grabbed the lead, McHardy doing well to beat his man feeding Collie whose effort was blocked however Blacklaw was on hand to follow up and rifle home. 
 
Bervie were now absolutely dominant and grabbed a fourth when Salmond fed Avis down the right who fed Collie who confidently slotted his home his second of the game.  Bervie killed the game with a fifth when Anderson won the ball on the left and found Blacklaw he calmly pulled the ball back for Montgomerie who fired home the final goal of the match. 
 
An excellent result for Bervie showing a real determination to come back from two goals down and not to let the physical nature of the match stifle their passing game, which in the end brought them the result they deserved. 
 
Full Time : Byron Spurs 2-5 Bervie Caley
 
 
 
 
Monday, 16 February 2015 15:19

Huntly hungry for goals in encounter with Turriff

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Fixture: Huntly v Turriff United YFC 
Competition: Under 19's ADJFA "A" League
Date: 14/02/15
 
The first ten minutes were even, each team trying to eye each other up.
 
Turriff had the best chance with a cross from the right. The ball dropped onto the edge of the box a skidded about in the mud. Huntly finally cleared the ball.
 
On fifteen minutes Jordan Gray picked the ball up on the left in his own half skipped past two players and played a lovely pass into the left channel for Gary Morrison to run onto, Gary hit the byeline crossed the ball back to the edge of the eighteen yard box for Rory Stephen to pass the ball into the back of the net.
 
Huntly seemed to settle down and played some decent football and passed up another two chances before on twenty five minutes James Bremner played a ball through the middle for Jordan Whitta to run onto and cooly pass the ball in to the left hand bottom corner of the net.
 
Huntly passed the ball well and`passed up another two chances before on forty five minutes a long ball out of defence from Connor Brian saw Rory Stephen to power away from the Turriff defence and pass the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal.
 
Half Time : Huntly 3-0 Turriff United YFC
 
Huntly started on the front foot and within 50mins of the restart Aaron Penny played a ball down the left for Jordan Gray to run onto cut into the middle of the park evade 2 challenges and score at the near post.
 
This seemed to spur Turriff on. Although they did not look like scoreing there attitude and aptitude was a lot better.
 
On Sixty minutes James Bremner played the ball wide left to Jordan Gray on for him to run onto the ball sprint down the left and score again at his near post.
 
Huntly lost a bit of concentration and got a bit complaicent.
 
Seventy five minutes saw Turriffs number 3 do really well in the middle of the park run 3yds into a wide area cross the ball from the right. The number 9 was in the middle of the box to pass the ball into the net.
 
This spurred Huntly on again a couple of spurned chances went bye before on 85mins a good one-two with Jordan Gray and Darren Manson saw Darren Manson run away from the Turriff defence and score.
 
Half Time : Huntly 6-1 Turriff United YFC
 
 
 
 
Thursday, 12 February 2015 20:09

Balloan aiming for clean sweep

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Balloan FC has set themselves the target of achieving every single trophy available and are ready to face any challenge that may face them. Chairman James Fraser admits it may be difficult but nothing is impossible.
 
Balloan FC was founded in 1994 James Fraser said “I was working with two guys Andy Campbell and Gordon Gillespie coaching Milton FC which my two sons both played for”  The following season Balloan FC was registered in the Inverness Street League and since then have been a stalwart of the league.
 
Balloan have produced some good players. Most notably Chris Brown and Matty Grant who both went on to play for Inverness CT. Matty now plays for Highland League side Clachnacuddin with Chris playing professionally for Caley.
 
Chairman James praised all current coaches at the club ahead of the new season: “We are very lucky to have such a dedicated hard working coaching staff including the new secretary Beth Colliar. It is also very pleasing to have 4 ex-players amongst the coaches who are willing to give up their time to help out.”
 
The league officials Donnie Weir and Hamish Grant received a lot of praise from James who said without heir professionalism and commitment there wouldn’t be a league. James admits “The league is second to none.”  For players across Inverness the league provides a healthy enjoyable past time.
 
James Fraser remains adamant that Balloan is not about winning games or trophies but about the enjoyment and the taking part the league provides. “At Balloan all our players are important. The most important word is team if you play one minute of a game or 90 minutes of a game we are all part of the team.”
 
In recent years Balloan have struck a rivalry with Donnie Weir’s Culloden teams with both teams battling hard in every game. “This season we look forward to playing every team. Everybody just wants to get back playing and everyone has been training hard over the winter. The first year team have a new experience to look forward to stepping up from the soccer sevens to eleven aside. But I’m confident they will flourish.”
 
James Fraser admits he would like to win everything available. But warns it may not happen but nothing is impossible in the beautiful game.
 
James had this message for players and parents: “Enjoy the whole season and respect other players, coaches, referees and officials and have a safe injury free season.” He went onto say “Let's support each other in the good times and bad and have a great season.”
Thursday, 12 February 2015 11:30

Kingsmills demand more of the same

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Kingsmills are the newest members of the Inverness Street and Youth League joining at the beginning of last season. They impressed hugely on their debut year in the Street League.
 
Each season the teams normally stay the same but last year the league welcomed Kingsmills Thistle. No-one knew much about them, but they were like a breath of fresh air last season competing well in every single game.
 
Manager Neil Buchanan said “Last season was our first season in the Street League. Formed from Crown Primary school who had an impressive season in soccer 7’s. The boys moved into secondary school and many were without a team. Our team consists of players from across the city including; Milton of Leys, Inshes and Lochardil.”
 
Kingsmills more than exceeded expectations for last season. They performed well in both league and cups. They finished second in the league only to a strong Balloan side who went unbeaten in the league. “Most of our team were under 13’s so to finish second was excellent.”
 
Neil Buchanan has set the target of his die going one better this season and aiming to win a trophy. However they have lost an exceptional talent to local side Inverness Caley Thistle. But it’s a team game so Kingsmills will be hoping to rally on and go one better this season.
 
Manager Buchanan has set his team one target for this year. “We are raring to play against Balloan. They finished top of the league last year and we look forward to playing them again as we never managed a point against them last season. Also our games against Duncan Forbes were always tight so to play them again will be interesting.”
 
Kingsmills are also full of praise for Donnie Weir and Hamish Grant for their efforts in setting up this league to allow boys and girls to play football. “The league gives boys and girls the opportunity to play football. Many of these boys may not get selected for their school sides. But this league allows anyone to play football.”
 
This season Kingsmills will be entering a Youth League team also. This will be their first year at this level and I’m sure they will be a worthy addition to the league.

 
Fixture: Kemnay v Bervie Caley
Competition: Under 16's Castle Trophies Cup
Date: 07/02/15
 
Bervie returned to action after a break of 2 months to face league rivals Kemnay in the first round of the Castle Cup. With Gordon out with a broken wrist and Sawyer missing the defence had to be shuffled with Avis coming in on the right, Webster going to the left and Smith slotting into the centre with Davies. 
 
Despite the changes and the windy conditions Bervie started positively signalling their intent right from kick off with the centre played back to Avis in the right back position who immediately fed Blacklaw down the right, his ball in found Collie whose effort was saved. Kemnay also threatened early on when the ball was only half cleared and Leisk did well to get down and save an effort from the edge of the box.
 
Bervie were pressing for the opener, first Blacklaws cross was dropped by the keeper and cleared from Collie’s toes, then Andersons cross from the left was just behind the onrushing Collie, the opener came from some fine individual play from Montgomerie receiving a cross on the edge of the box with his back to goal he turned and found the net with a low effort into the corner. Bervie doubled their lead shorty after with Avis finding McLaughlin who fed McHardy, his ball found Montgomerie whose effort was saved but only parried as far as Anderson who slotted home first time from a tight angle. 
 
Kemnay weren’t going to roll over and give up and were threatening from set pieces, twice Leisk having to stretch and claw the ball away. After a switch in positions it was McLaughlin whose cross from the right found Blacklaw however he fired wide, he then went close when the goal kick held up in the wind, Blacklaw headed it down and fired in a fierce volley from the edge of the box which went narrowly wide. 
 
With Bervie now dominating Anderson won the ball on the left and found Collie it looked like he was clean through however he was harshly adjudged offside. Bervie were now playing some controlled football and created another chance when Anderson switched the ball from the left to Avis out to the right, his ball forward found McLaughlin who found Montgomerie who played the ball wide to Anderson on the left whose effort found the side netting. 
 
Bervie started the second half playing into a strong headwind however this helped in the sense it encouraged even more short controlled passing and it wasn’t long before they threatened, Blacklaw feeding Collie who went clean through only to have his effort saved by the keeper. 
 
The third came shortly after, Blacklaw switching play from the right to left to find Anderson who controlled the ball and fired home from the edge of the box. Although having the majority of the play Bervie had to be alert at the back when a long ball forward saw the forward through on goal and only a fine blocking challenge from Davies prevented him getting an effort in on goal.
 
Bervie scored a fourth when Montgomerie beat his man and shot from the edge of the box and although going just wide the wind held the ball up and the alert Collie nipped in ahead of the keeper to tap home from an acute angle. 
 
Bervie’s fifth came shortly after, Salmond on at right back played the ball in to McHardy who found Montgomerie who played in the on rushing Blacklaw to calmly round the keeper and slot home. 
 
Kemnay were presented with a good opportunity when Bervie conceded a freekick about 25 yards out with the effort just going wide. Goal number six came shortly after that chance, with Blacklaw bringing down a Leisk goal kick and feeding Collie who fired home his second. 
 
Anderson was next to try his luck cutting back inside to beat his man but firing wide from the edge of the box. 
 
Kemnay pulled a goal back after Bervie conceded a corner after some confusion at the back, with the wind playing havoc the resultant kick found its way into the top corner at the back post to beat keeper and defence. 
 
Bervie grabbed the final goal of the game when the ball was played over the top to McLaughlin who was fouled by the onrushing keeper but the ball broke to Morris who slotted home from the right. 
 
A good result for Bervie Caley after such a long break and sees them pick up where they left off in 2014.  
 
Full Time : Kemnay 1-7 Bervie Caley 
 
 
 
Yesterday saw Lewis United under 17s overcome Harmony Row to reach the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup on penalties after a 3-3 draw.
 
The Aberdeen outfit had to do it the hard way, they saw Owen Purdie sent off and they were also down 3-1 before they completed the great escape.
 
On their way to the semi-final, they have also had four away games with all of their games based a good distance away from the Glenury Park sides backyard.
 
Fraserburgh Link-Up under 16s had something very reminiscent last season when they travelled huge distances in the Scottish Cup and got into the semi-finals of the competition.
 
This season for Lewis United has seen them travel to the Central belt on three occasions and also face a trip to Fraserburgh which is about a nour drive from Aberdeen.  In round four, they travelled to Strathaven and came away with a 5-1 win and then played Moorlands a fortnight later and came away with a 3-1 win. Lewis then went to Glasgow yesterday and came out on top courtesy of a victory on penalties against Harmony Row.
 
Do the mathematics and that would be almost 800 miles that Lewis have had to travel this season in the Scottish excluding the Fraserburgh game. The Fraserburgh game would add on an extra 80-100 miles.
 
When Fraserburgh participated in the Scottish Cup last season, the Broch travelled over 1,000 miles and it shows that you don’t have to go short distances to achieve things. Ideally you would love home ties if you have intentions on lifting the Scottish Cup because there isn’t the extra pressure on the financial side of things however away games is good for team bonding and both the Broch and Lewis have showed that.
 
Lewis have done what Fraserburgh did last season and that was travel extreme distances and reach the semi-finals however the big question from a Lewis United perspective is this, can Lewis go all the way and win it?
Well, it will be a tough ask however a lot of teams don’t push teams such as Dundee all the way like they did in the Denis Law tournament.
 
Lewis United under 17s join Banks O’Dee Albion under 13s in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup and there is the potential that Albion and Lewis at under 15s can join them. They both tackle Rossvale and Hamilton on home soil respectively which are due to take place this Sunday coming.
 
Lewis certainly have the potential to get to the Scottish Cup final, I was in attendance for the Fraserburgh Link-Up v Westwood Rovers Under 15s Scottish Cup semi-final last season which took place at Longside and Fraserburgh had the better attacking play however Westwood were patient and took their chances on the day.
 
It would be great for the ADJFA if four teams from the North region are in the semi-final stage of the Scottish Cup, the ADJFA has not had a Scottish Cup winner for two seasons now, can this be the season where it ends? Time will tell.
Friday, 06 February 2015 11:59

Stonehaven YFC talks of winter struggles

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Stonehaven Youth Football Club Under 19s coach Richard Thomas has admitted that they are frustrated in having limited game action this campaign.  
 
The south Aberdeenshire based outfit have only played 12 games since the start of the season and 3 of these games have been in the league. 
 
Richard spoke about his frustration when he said “It is frustrating over the winter months particularly when you are trying to gather momentum after the lads have played well in a previous week. 
 
“You are constantly battling to keep them match fit. At the minute we train inside during the winter in a small gym which is not ideal but you soon learn how to adapt and get the best out of the situation. 
 
“Hopefully next season we will have access to the new all-weather pitch in Stonehaven which will provide more options on what we can work on. Although even all-weather pitches are not immune to the Scottish weather and safety is always a priority.
 
“It is not ideal that’s for sure and you have to keep the lads focused when they have not played for a while. It is a problem that needs to be looked at but it’s not easy and that’s why year on year unfortunately football is not being played. 
 
“There are always opinions on the matter which you often hear being discussed but ultimately it is down to the ADJFA to decide what is best and they have a tough job as it is to keep the leagues running. 
 
“One option for me though would be looking into playing midweek games at the beginning of the season. After a summer break everyone cannot wait to get back to football and a few extra games mid-week could help the situation.”
 
Thomas has been busy behind the scenes and look upon the season so far by saying “The season so far on a whole has been positive, you can’t complain when you are still in two cups and picking up points in the league. It is a competitive league this year and there are a number of teams that will take points off each other which keeps it interesting."
 
“What you don’t see though is all the hard work that goes on in the background. There may have been games called off but the committee is still extremely busy working towards the SFA Community Club award and fingers crossed we should achieve this in time for the awards this month.
 
“I have been working closely with the local Junior team, a couple of amateur teams and the ladies to form Stonehaven Community Football Club. Also personally I was invited to be part of the SFA/AFC Coaching Development Group which has had some great sessions with Neil Simpson, Craig Brown and Tony Doherty and as coach coordinator at SYFC I try to improve the club from what I pick up at these sessions.
 
“With only playing three games in the league it is difficult to predict how the season will go but I have confidence in the lads that they will continue to do well. I love a cliché but taking every game as it comes is probably more apt for youth football than at any other level. Every coach in youth football knows that some weeks you can be world beaters and the following week it can all go wrong.”
 
 
 

 
Fixture: Turriff Bombers v Colony Colts
Competition: Under 15's ADJFA "C" League
Date: 01/02/15
 
Colony Colts travelled to Turriff on Sunday to face Turriff Bombers in one of only a handful of games going ahead due to the weather.  
 
A snow flurry during the warm up gave way to bright sunshine for the first half and it was Turriff who started the brightest, scoring after only a minute.  
 
Colony took a while to settle but managed to equalise through Scott Beverly to ensure the sides went into half time level.
 
Turriff started the second half strongly and soon got back in front when Colony were unable to clear properly from six yards.  
 
The weather began to darken, as did Colony's hopes of getting anything from the match when Turriff went further ahead, again the visitors unable to clear from a corner.
 
With twenty five minutes left to play, a vicious hailstorm blew in forcing the referee to take the players off the pitch until it passed. The Colony coaches took advantage of this break to have a few choice words with the players, and when the game restarted five minutes later it looked like a different Colts team had came out.  
Jamie Reid was played through and fired in over the keeper at the second attempt to give them hope.
 
With players tiring on the soft surface the Colony coaches took full advantage of having five subs, reintroducing Clark and Macleod with ten minutes remaining.  
 
And the reward was reaped soon after with Euan Clark running past the Turriff defence to slot home the equaliser.  
 
But Colony could now smell victory, and when Johnston was fouled on the left of the box with two minutes remaining the touchline held it's breath. Reid's free kick was dropped perfectly at the back post for Connor Macleod to stoop and head home to complete a great comeback.  
 
In the final minute there was almost a very special moment to finish off the game, when Colony left back O'Grady picked up the ball on his own 18 yard line and went on a dazzling run all the way to the opposite box. However his left foot shot didn't match the run as it sliced high and wide.
 
With time almost up Turriff were awarded a free kick twenty five yards out after a handball, but there was to be no final twist as the long range effort was off target.
 
Full Time : Turriff Bombers 3-4 Colony Colts