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Monday, 19 January 2015 14:46

Formartine grab a point against Colony Locos

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Colony Locos
Formartine United
Under 19's ADJFA "A" League
17 January 2015
After a six week lay off due to the festive holidays and weather postponements it was good to finally get back playing again.
In the first ten to fifteen minutes Formartine stared the stronger of the two sides, but play was very scrappy and littered with mistakes.
There were no real chances in this spell with neither side really looking like scoring. 
Unfortunately the home sides keeper was carried off after a nasty collision. Walls took the gloves and sportingly went between the sticks for Colony Locos.
The rest of the half was pretty much uneventful with both teams cancelling each other out with only a few half chances for each team. 
Half Time : Colony Locos 0-0 Formartine United
The second half started brightly with the home team forcing the opposition back as they started to get the ball wide and began creating some more dangerous situations.
Formartine were still dangerous as they were trying to hit on the break, but the home back four were coping well.
With thirty minutes to go, Stewart replaced Burr and went up front with Gordon moving to wide right and this seemed to give Colony Locos a lift.
Moments later Gordon linked with McCabe who fed the ball over the defence for Stewart to run on to and lift the ball over the advancing keeper, but unfortunately the ball dropped onto the roof of the net. 
Colony were now pressing hard and a move down the left resulting in a cross from Hay flashed across goal and Gordon was a hair's breadth away from netting for the home side, sliding in at full stretch.
With twenty minutes left the home side finally broke the deadlock when Gordon once again fed McCabe on the right just outside the area and he whipped an inviting ball across the six yard box for Stewart to lash home. 1-0 to Colony.
This was a good reward for an improved second half, but Formartine weren't going to give up that easily and started to force the game more in the Colony half, forcing a decent save from stand in keeper Walls diving low to his right to divert a well struck shot from the edge of the area. 
The home defence had stood up well to the Formartine attack as after seventy five minutes Walls only had the one save to make.
Formartine were now throwing everything forward to get an equaliser and their determined play paid off when a simple ball launched into the edge of the area came to the Formartine forward who controlled the ball unchallenged, he then played the ball through the legs of the advancing defender to a team mate who slotted the ball home neatly, 1-1. 
The final few minutes of the match came and went as both seems seemed content with a draw and there were to be no further goals in the match.
Full Time : Colony Locos 1-1 Formartine United
Monday, 19 January 2015 09:58

Inverness Street and Youth League - 2015 preview

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Regional Editor for Inverness, Sean Selkirk gives us an insight into the 'Inverness Street and Youth League' which will start in April this year. If you're in the region and want Sean to cover your match or story, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0131-629-7903

The Inverness Street and Youth League is a competitive league in Inverness which provides competitive football for boys and girls for Under 14’s and Under 16’s from the months of April-September.

The leagues normally consist of around 10 teams from the areas of Inverness and normally Nairn County. However this season the league are weighing up the decision to allow teams from Alness, Dingwall and Muir of Ord to enter which would be a first for the league.

The teams who are usually represented include three teams in Street and Youth League from the Culloden area named Thistle Colts, Thistle United and Stratton Thistle. Their club is run by Donnie Weir, who is a vital member on the board of Street and Youth League.

Next up from near Culloden is Duncan Forbes who are fairly new to the setup, entering a team in both Street and Youth League.

Balloan FC, like Donnie Weir’s teams, are one of the clubs who feature in the league every season. James Fraser and Graeme Mackenzie are the chairman and vice-chairman respectively and again are on the board of Street and Youth League.

Raigmore FC are relatively new to the league, but have become one of the lead teams along with Balloan and Stratton entering three teams to both leagues and becoming a force to be reckoned with.

On the other side of the bridge as it were there are two main teams that also feature regularly. Merkinch FC who over the last couple of season have impressed massively and won a selection of trophies within this time period. And finally Kinmylies United run by Martin Clark will enter a team at Under 16 level this year.

Within the Street and Youth leagues there are two cup competitions, a 6/7 a side tournament and the league itself. The league cup is the first round of fixtures which determine the groupings for the league. The top two from each league go onto semi-finals for this cup.

The 6-a-side tournament is played in June on a Saturday morning for Street League with the Youth League getting played in the afternoon.

This season there will be regular updates on the Leagues and Cups, as well as featured articles for all teams coming soon.

Friday, 16 January 2015 11:10

North Region team of the year for 2014

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Goalkeeper – Reece Duncan, Albion BC/Lewis United 1998 – Reece has had a great year associated with both clubs and won the Castle Trophies Cup with Albion after a 2-0 win over Westdyke.
Reece then signed with Lewis United during the summer and has made sure that Lewis go into 2015 with a 100% record and also into the Scottish Cup quarter finals where they face a tough trip away to Harmony Row. 
Reece has plans to go on a football scholarship in America in 2015 and his goalkeeping exploits during 2014 means that he has a great chance of doing well over there. 
Right Back – Brian Mair, Lewis United 2000 – Brian has enjoyed a great year with Lewis United and has been part of the squad that has led Lewis into the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup. 
Brian bombs the line very well and can be a threat to any team in the league, Brian has also saved United on numerous occasions with great blocks and interceptions. 
Centre Back – Euan Abel, Colony Locos 1995 – Euan was only in Juvenile football for the 1st half of 2014 however his displays during that period was enough for Euan to earn his place on the Team of 2014.
Euan was instrumental behind Colony getting to the Scottish Cup final with some great blocks and deservedly earned his move to Formartine United in the summer. 
Centre Back – Laurie Cunningham, Banks O’Dee Albion 1999 – Albion had nothing in the trophy cabinet up until last season and it was described as make or break really for Albion to get some silverware.
However, Laurie played a big part in ensuring Albion won the double and his performances ensured that Aberdeen came looking at him and he played for the Dons as a trialist in the summer.
Left Back – Greg Smith, Culter Boys 1997 – Greg was a bit like Euan Abel who only played Juvenile football during the 1st half of the year however Greg played a good part in making sure Culter won the double last season. 
Greg was signed by Keith FC and also managed to win the Highland League with the Maroons at Under 17s level. This earned Greg his promotion into the 1st team where he is playing with and against top players every week. 
Right Midfielder – Calum Mitchell, Lewis United 2000 – Calum signed for Lewis United back in June and added a bit of spark to the side by scoring some goals and playing a big part in making sure Lewis got to the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup. 
Centre Midfielder – Kyle Smith, Albion BC 2000 (Now at Aberdeen FC) – Kyle at times won games for Albion and rescued the Spain Park outfit on more than one occasion, this meant that Aberdeen FC knocked out on the door for Kyle and he deservedly earned his move to the Dons. 
Albion were watched by a couple of Youth Football Scotland reporters at the tail end of the 2013-14 season and Kyle was a stand-out in all of the games. Kyle is a forward thinking player and always has the willingness to get goals for his side. 
Centre Midfielder – Grant Dawson, Colony Locos 1995 – Grant was one of a number of reasons behind Colony Locos getting to the Scottish Cup final. Locos coach Derek Wood spoke after the cup final defeat to Barrhead about Grant Dawson’s performance and said that “Grant would run through a brick wall for you every week.”
Derek hit it right on the spot as Grant rescued Colony from the death at times and made sure Colony got into the position that they were able to get into.
Left Midfielder – Andrew Mitchell, Banks O’Dee Albion 2001 – Andrew was a stand-out whenever he was watched by a Youth Football Scotland Reporter and was instrumental in getting Albion the double last season. 
During the latter stages of last season, Andrew turned in some impressive displays against good teams such as Dyce and Lewis United. 
Striker – Bailey Simpson, Fraserburgh Link-Up 1999 – Bailey has always been described by many as a player who has an eye for goal and Bailey’s contribution was enough for Fraserburgh to come out as league champions. 
Bailey sometimes plays on the wing as well as up front and has a bit of pace in his game as well. Bailey has started this season very well too with a number of goals once more. 
Striker – Mark Reid, Culter Colts/Banks O’Dee Albion 2000 – Mark made the move in the summer from Culter Colts and has been a great signing from a Banks O’Dee Albion perspective. 
Mark also found the net on numerous occasions for Culter during the 1st half of 2014 and helped Culter cement a solid league finish. He then made the switch to Spain Park where he has bagged thirty goals in eighteen games. 
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 20:53

Echt ease past Banchory in nine goal thriller

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Echt BC
Banchory BC
Under 19's ADJFA "B" League
10 January 2015
Echt started the game brightly and enjoyed a lengthy spell of possession but it was Banchory who found themselves in front when a low cross ball from the right hand side was met by the sliding striker to make it 0-1. 
Echt continued to retain the ball well without really threatening the Banchory goal until a bursting run down the left hand side from Fraser Wyness saw him enter the box and be brought down by the trailing Banchory defender. From the resulting spot kick Bradley Michaud-Simms superb low strike found the bottom corner to level the game at 1-1.
A rejuvenated Echt side continued to press Banchory creating multiple chances and could have found themselves in the lead had it not been for a mixture of great saves by the Banchory keeper and excellent defending by the Banchory centre half. 
The pressure eventually took its toll when a ball into the box from the right hand side was met by a determined Iain Riddell who managed to find space and get his shot away only for it to be superbly saved by the Banchory keeper. Unfortunately for Banchory, the saved shot landed to Stuart Lawson who calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net and give Echt a 2-1 lead.
Banchory began to put pressure on Echt as they chased the equaliser but some good movement at a throw in saw Stuart Lawson round off a move he had begun by calmly finishing from just inside the 18 yard box following an Iain Riddell cross.
Half Time : Echt BC 3-1 Banchory Boys
The second half saw the start of some heavy snow and high winds with both teams struggling to get a foothold in the game. 
Echts right back Danny Forsyth made an attacking run forward, linking up brilliantly with Craig Peter before the defenders sliding effort wrong footed the keeper and hit the back of the net extending Echts lead to 4-1.
Following some Echt substitutions, Banchory grew into the game again and created several chances which forced Echt keeper Matthew Johnson into some good saves. The continued pressure paid off just minutes later as Banchory pulled a goal back to make it 4-2.
A good spell of possession for Echt saw the ball worked out to the Craig Peter on the right hand side and having beat one defender Craig then cut the ball back to Jordan Bowman who had positioned himself well and despatched a looping shot into the back of the net restoring Echts three goal cushion, 5-2. 
Banchory fought back again and a superb ball in behind the Echt defence was latched onto by the advancing Banchory striker who coolly placed his right footed shot beyond Matthew Johnson reducing the defect to two, 5-3.
Unfortunately for Banchory the late comeback was not enough as Echt pushed on and substitute Scott Wilkies effort from the edge of the 18 yard box found the back of the net following a great piece of individual skill from Craig Peter down the right hand side completing his hat trick of assists; 6-3. 
Full Time : Echt BC 6-3 Banchory Boys
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 13:10

Cove prove to be too strong for Stonehaven YFC

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Stonehaven YFC
Cove BC
Under 14's ADJFA League
11 January 2015
Cove started the stronger and were putting some nice passing moves together. The Stonehaven defence was finally breeched after 5 min’s when a through ball sent Josh Paton on his way 1v1 with the keeper. The keeper came out to narrow the angle and Josh placed his shot wide. 
Stonehaven were battling away in midfield and passed a great ball out to their right midfield No14. He pushed the ball past Adam Whiffin at left back and rifled in a shot that stung the fingers of Cove keeper Daniel Green.
Cove were starting to win the midfield battle and apply pressure to the Stonehaven defence. 
This time after a neat one two, with Ben Forrest, Struan Linton was put through on goal. The keeper did well again and narrowed the angle and the shot went wide. Cove were on top at this point and creating chances but not converting them.
The next attack brought Cove their first goal. Josh Paton was put through one on one with the keeper this time he slotted neatly into the bottom left hand corner 1-0. 
Two minutes later Struan Linton took on the left back then rounded the keeper for 2-0. 
Play went from end to end then after a lucky deflection Josh was put through again and finished with a furious shot that beat the keeper. 
Stonehaven were awarded a free kick for offside half way inside their own half. Stonehaven number eight launched the ball the length of the pitch. The cove defence stood static as Stonehaven number fourteen ran past them and through on goal and finished really well smashing the ball into the top left hand corner 3-1. 
Stonehaven upped their game and started to apply pressure to the Cove defence and Muidfield with some neat passing and some dogged tackling. 
Stonehaven were awarded another free kick for off sides half way inside their half. Almost identically, Stonehaven number eight launched the ball over the Cove defence, No 14 ran onto it but this time blazed his shot over. 
Stonehaven pressure finally paid off as a quick throw in from Stonehaven right back found No 14 free who ran through on goal and finished into the bottom left-hand corner.
Half Time : Stonehaven YFC 2-3 Cove BC
The second half started with both teams creating chances at either end and a real battle in Midfield. 
Finally Cove broke down the Stonehaven defence. After some great wing work by Josh Paton he took a shot which beat the keeper but bounced off the left hand post shot across the goal bounced off the right hand post where it then found Struan Linton free on the 6 yard line who duly smashed home 4-2. 
Stonehaven were finding it hard to get the ball out of their half and Cove started to really dominate the game. 
From a Cove corner the ball was cleared as far as the six yard line where Josh Paton picked it up. He cut to his right and unfortunately a Stonehaven defender challenged him and brought him down for a penalty. Mark Somers stepped up and despatched the penalty into the top left hand corner. 
Full Time : Stonehaven YFC 2-5 Cove BC


Colony Park
Huntly FC
Under 17's ADJFA "A" League
10 January 2015
Colony Park under seventeen's were up against Huntly in one of the few matches to go ahead this weekend in the North region. The wind was howling down the pitch and there were flurries of snow which made it very difficult for both sides.
With the wind in their backs for the first half Colony struggled to make any openings and fell behind midway through the half after a well worked passing move from Huntly, which was executed brilliantly.
However with only seven minutes left in the half Colony equalised when Mike Donaldson drilled in a cross from the bye line for Fraser Gill to push home. 
This gave Colony a lift and just before the half time whistle they took the lead when Ally Blair played in Craig Mackie and his low cross was tapped in on the line by Rhu Cole, 2-1.
Half Time : Colony Park 2-1 Huntly
The second half couldn't have started worse for Colony when, after a silly foul, Huntly were awarded a free kick, from which they scored.  
The weather continued to play a part in the match and the referee talked to both captains about ending the match early, but a lull in the wind and snow allowed the game to finish.
A good passing move from the right involving Gill and Dale Rennie found Josh Proud of Colony Park, who was free inside the box and he finished well to seal the result for Colony with fifteen minutes to go. 
Full Time : Colony Park 3-2 Huntly
Friday, 09 January 2015 11:07

Aberdeen and District January refereeing course

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So you think you can referee from your arm Chair? Why not give it a go for real?
Referee course, Aberdeen, January 2015.
The next referee course commences on Wednesday 14th January 2015 at 7.00pm. This will take place at, The Grammar FPS Clubs, Queens Road, Aberdeen. The class will run for eight weeks at a cost of £45 per person which includes all training material and membership to the Association until the end of Season 2015/16.
The coaching instructor, Roddy Cobb has a wealth of experience as a referee, and is a former member of the SFA List of Senior Referees. He has lengthy experience as a member of the coaching team. Roddy will also be supported by other experienced senior referees.
Anybody who is interested in this should follow the link to our website where you can register your interest. This class is open to everyone, both male and female over the age of sixteen.
We also run a referee in focus from our website each month. This month David Maclennan was selected. David operates in youth football, notably taking part in the Dennis Law soccer tournament as well as officiating in a promotion play off final himself within youth football. He also referees in the Club Academy Scotland set up ran by the SFA involving Aberdeen Football Club.
Further to that, we also had a team of Referees who all operate within Youth Football officiating at the Transworld Scottish Cup semi final 2013/14 1997’s between Syngenta Juveniles v Antonine Football Club at the Falkirk stadium consisting of referee Ka Kuen Mo, assistant's David Rae and Miroslav Kackiewicz and fourth official Chris Trainer.
The notable appointment within Youth Football last season was Bob Alexander officiating the Under 16’s Final at Airdrie between Rossvale Thistle and Hutchison Vale.
(Pictured is Ka Kuen Mo as assistant referee at the Dennis Law soccer tournament.)


Brechin City Youths
Montrose Vics
Under 16's Friendly
04 January 2015
Brechin and Montrose Vics met in this friendly match in an effort to stay match sharp during the festive closure period. Brechin were without a recognised goalkeeper and four of the first team squad due to the holiday period.
Played at Mearns Academy all weather pitch on a freezing cold day, both sides were keen to make an early impression but it was Brechin who had the best of the early play pressurising the Montrose goal. 
Within five minutes of the start an early chance arose from a free kick twenty yards from goal. Thomson drove it low and hard but the shot went wide. 
A few minutes later a second opportunity from a similar area was again taken by Thomson – this time the shot was high but saved by the Montrose ‘keeper. 
Brechin took the lead in twenty minutes – the ever present Thomson found the target with a long range shot driven low and hard.
Three minutes later, Montrose drew level - a solo run by Elder breaching the Brechin defence and  beating Irvine in the Brechin goal.
Further pressure by Brechin began to wear down the Montrose defence, Walker in the forward role and Anderson working forward from midfield were worthy of particular note.
Brechin regained their lead in twenty eight minutes – another drive down the right flank by Anderson ending with a low drive across goal which was picked up by Duncan and slotted home from six yards.
Minutes later Brechin again came close with a fine move by Reece Campbell setting up Booth for a fine left foot shot which passed just by the post.
Half Time: Brechin City  2-1  Montrose Vics
The second half started as the first, with the majority of pressure coming from Brechin who extended their lead with a superb piece of linking play between Thomson and Walker. Thomson drove forward and passed to Walker who turned and deftly back heeled the ball into the path of Thomson who drove the ball into the net.
Montrose fought back and the game was played from end to end as the Vics tried to get back into the game. This was achieved with twenty three minutes on the clock – Elder again driving through the Brechin defence to slot a low ball past substitute goalkeeper, Ryan Campbell, into the Brechin net.
Two minutes later, Brechin regained their two goal advantage with a superb team effort. Walker drove in from the left to Anderson who knocked the ball down to Irvine who drove a low ball into the back of the net.
Montrose were not yet ready to accept defeat as, straight from the restart, they advanced up field and Whyte unleashed a long drive from the edge of the penalty box high into the net to bring the score back to 4-3 to Brechin.
Brechin drove back at the Montrose defence and came close again on a couple of occasions – most notably from a free kick by Anderson which was lofted into the penalty box and met by Irvine whose header clipped the bar.
Full Time: Brechin City 4-3 Montrose Vics
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:13

Fraserburgh edge past North Star Phoenix in exciting match

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Fraserburgh Link Up
North Star Phoenix
Under 15's ADJFA "B" League
14 December 2014
A dry but bitterly cold day with a strong south westerly wind blowing across Fraserburgh's links pitch made conditions very difficult for both teams as North Star Phoenix kicked off the match hoping to continue their good run of form that has seen them move to the top of the fifteen's B league.
Both teams enjoyed some early pressure with Phoenix number ten Vaughan challenging Fraserburgh number four Anderson strongly hoping to win midfield superiority
Good play from Phoenix captain Dylan Henderson gave striker Baillie a good opportunity to open the scoring but the home sides keeper Jamie Bruce saved well.
At the opposit end Liam Jon Stephen made a good run feeding a great through ball to winger Ryan Sargent whose scorching shot flew across the Phoenix goal just wide of the post.
The deadlock between these evenly matched teams was finally broken in the twenty fifth minute when great play again by Fraserburgh  Liam Jon Stephen played a great ball from the left across the Phoenix keeper for Dylan Ritchie to knock slot the ball in at the back post, 1-0.
The match was proving to be a great battle in windy conditions and with the Fraserburgh looking to go into half time with a precious lead North Star Phoenix beat the offside trap to steal in and knock the ball past the helpless Bruce in goal tying the game at 1-1.
Half Time : Fraserburgh Link Up 1-1 North Star Phoenix
Fraserburgh started the second half determined to restore their lead and took the game straight to Phoenix with good play from Mcgregor linking with Cowe in midfield setting up another attack which was hastily cleared by the Phoenix defence.
This match was end to end and it was soon Jappy and Reid in the home defence who were now busy clearing their lines from another Phoenix attack.
Jack Walker was having a good game for Phoenix and along with Cowie were linking up well in midfield but again it was Fraserburgh who took the lead with Dylan Ritchie passing wide left to the oncoming Sargent who tore past the Phoenix centre half Craig Frost, smashing his shot past the stranded Phoenix keeper. 2-1. 
Phoenix weren't going to give up and threw everything at Fraserburgh Link Up desperately looking for an equaliser but the Fraserbugh defence held firm and continued to look to add to their lead with great play by Jack Cowe in right midfield sending a pass to Louis Jon Stephen, who's strike went straight to the Phoenix keeper.
With such a hard fought match being played at such a high tempo both teams picked up bookings but in the end it was Fraserburgh Link-Up who celebrated the victory at full time.
Full Time : Fraserburgh Link Up 2-1 North Star Phoenix 
Monday, 15 December 2014 13:08

Huntly earn convincing victory over Middlfield Wasps

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Middlefield Wasps
Under 16's ADJFA "B" League
Aulton Pitches
14 December 2014
Huntly convincingly beat the Middlefield Wasps by six goals to one in a one sided encounter at Aberdeen’s Aulton Outdoor Pitches in Aberdeen. Huntly were clinical in their finishing which ensured that the three points went to the Strathbogie side. 
Huntly had the game’s first opportunity as Luke Baird’s ball in from the right was met by Ryan McFadyen whose shot went over the bar. 
Huntly took the lead in the seventeenth minute as Aidan Whitta’s effort from the edge of the box found the back of the net to give the visitors the lead. 
Huntly continued to press and Baird’s free kick from the left went wide for the target as Huntly looked to double their lead. 
It was 2-0 minutes later as the Black and Golds doubled their advantage, as Michael Potter’s corner was cleared away only for a shot to hit off of Daniel Sim to give the away side a two goal lead. 
In the aftermath off the goal, Middlefield’s had a player sent off.
Middlefield had their first real opportunity of the match five minutes before the interval as Fraser Matthewson’s long range shot from outside of the box went wide of the target. 
Huntly made it 3-0 seconds later as Robbie Chalmers’ ball in from the left found Liam Jack who hit the post, with the rebound being scored by Potter. 
Half Time : Middlefield Wasps 0-3 Huntly 
Five minutes after the restart it was 4-0 as Chalmers’ shot from the left hand side found the back of the net to effectively wrap up the win for the visitors.
Despite being four goals down, Middlefield continued to press and Alex Seager’s low shot from outside the box was saved by Charlie Cooper in the Huntly goal.
Huntly went five up as Sam Angus’ corner was met by Baird who headed home a powerful header to make it 5-0. 
Huntly nearly made it six as McFadyen’s effort from the left hand side of the box was well saved by Middlefield’s Tom Smith in goal to deny the striker. 
Middlefield had a good chance as Matthewson had a good run into the box and his shot was saved by Cooper to deny the visitors a consolation goal.
Despite being a man down Middlefield were pressing to pull one back and they got their goal as Matthewson long range effort found the back of the net to give a boost to the hosts. 
It was Huntly who grabbed the next goal to make it 6-1 as Fraser Mann ran onto a pass in a classical counter attacking move and his run and finish was superb as Huntly regained their five goal advantage. 
Huntly had two good opportunities in the closing stages as they game fizzled out. In the end Huntly will be happy with their convincing 6-1 victory, while Middlefield can be pleased with their performance after going down to ten men in the first half. 
Full Time : Middlefield Wasps 6-1 Huntly