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Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:21

Bright future ahead for ALC Athletic U14's

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ALC Athletic Under 14s have had another great season in the ADJFA "A" league finishing in 3rd spot,  the Woodside based side have also been busy since the curtain came down on last season with 5 departing the club while 6 have arrived through the door.

Coach Neil Paterson says it’s exciting times for the club when he said “It was a great finish to the season for us, we finished 3rd at under 13s and repeated that again this season, we got off to a slow start this season and we got knocked out of the Scottish Cup early by Deveronvale.

“The 2nd half of the season after January, we kicked on and only got beat 4 times in the league, all credit to the lads, we had to keep the same lads from Under 13s as we moved clubs, they’ve worked hard on & off the park and yes we’ve lost 5 players this season however we’ve took in 6 which will make us even stronger.

“We drew with Dyce in the league however got beat in a semi-final by them, that was a poor performance from us that day, we played them again in the league a week later, they were 2-0 up before we came back and won 3-2.

“It just shows the character and attitude that the guys have got and to finish in 3rd place, 6 points clear of Dyce is a great achievement.

“The highlight of last season has to be the way we’ve seen the lads develop, 11 a side football is a big step up from 7 a side, YFS had been at a couple of the games in the last campaign and it’s good to showcase the hard work that these guys have put in over the year not only on the pitch but also on the training ground.”

Neil said there will be no more signings ahead of the new campaign when he added “We’ve looked at the players that we’ve brought in and we’ve approached them and we’ve been offered more players and to take players in on “trial” would be a shame as 4-5 weeks later, you could be saying “look your not good enough” and the lad would then have to go and try to get another team.

“At the moment, we’re going to be working with the 17 guys we have here just now at ALC, no-one will be coming in as trialists, this is the guys we want here, I’m disappointed to lose Callum McKenzie, unfortunately Callum made his decision that he wanted to join Albion and I know Albion was in talks prior throughout the season, he’ll be missed by the players as well as he’s a great player.”
Thursday, 19 June 2014 15:15

Albion beat strong opposition to win in Renfrew

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Banks O'Dee Albion did the City of Aberdeen proud on Saturday by winning the Renfrew Victoria Youth Football Charity Summer Cup scoring 21 goals and only just conceding the once.
On Saturday, Albion were in a group alongside Leith Athletic, Rossvale & Renfrew Vics and came out on top after winning 5-0, 1-0 & 4-0.
The Aberdeen side exceed what they did on Saturday and got off to a wonderful start on Sunday morning with an 8-0 win over Pollock before booking their place in the final with another good display beating Leith 3-0.
Albion then put the icing on the cake with a 3-1 win over Rossvale in the final, a deserved reward after a fantastic effort from Banks O'Dee.
Albion met Rossvale in the Scottish Cup at under 13s with the Central belt side coming out on top in that one winning 2-1 and when coach Patrick Ritchie was asked if he seen it as revenge, Ritchie said "Not at all, it does show that we were off guard when we played them at under 13s, they're a strong, physical side and they were one of the strongest sides in this tournament.
Patrick spoke about the weekend overall and shared his delight when he said: "Fantastic, the boys were tremendous, it was a good tournament with lots of good competitive teams there, we never had any expectations going into the tournament however our boys went there and passed with flying colours.
"Our two new signings, Callum McKenzie was outstanding as was Ben Ross, in the last 5 years, Ben had to take a year out however both of them played like they've been at Albion over the last 5 years.
"In the semi-finals and the final, it was very hard to pick a starting XI, Fraser Bryce, Callum McKenzie & Connor Wood gave us plenty of goals & pace up front which will be very exciting for the season ahead.
"To go down there and only concede one goal then they definitely deserve credit, there was half a dozen candidates for player of the weekend. On reflection of what I saw, I can't wait for the new season to begin now, the boys are strong, there is no individuals and there is a good work ethic about them."
Recent signings Joseph Bisset from Dyce and Mark Reid from Culter Colts both couldn't play as they weren't signed in time.
Fraser Bryce 7
Ross Christie 5
Connor Wood 4
Euan Dalmon 3
Calum McKenzie 2
Calum Beattie 1
Jason Ritchie 1
Cameron Imrie 1
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 17:04

Wood reflects on incredible Colony adventure

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Managers in the ADJFA all serve their time, whether it would be for the short-term or the long-term, however this man that we’re about to do a feature with has been with Colony Locos along the way since the majority of the kids were 10 years old.
Locos is the big clue into who I’m talking about, it’s Mr Derek Wood, he has risen his team from B league football up to the Scottish Cup final and it has been an incredible adventure for all associated with the team. It has been a steady progression as quoted by Mr Ian Abel (a former Colony coach) after the Inverurie side's victory in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup against FC Bonnybridge, coaches Derek Wood and Alan Calder have both given up their coaching roles.
Derek Wood spoke about some key moments in his Colony career when he said “I’ll go back into the history books to start with and it was back at Under 13 level when we played against Cove BC in the Batt Cables Trophy, we lost a last minute goal and ended up playing B league football for 2 seasons.
“I remember how devastated we were that season, we reached the A league at Under 15s and I think the first season at under 15s, to compete in the A league as well as we did then it totally went beyond my expectations.
“We were just slowly carrying on every year and just got better and better, obviously we were up against Albion BC every year who were the best team in a generation.
“I was speaking to Bruce McGregor after the game and Albion gave our boys something to aspire to as we knew that was the standards that we had to match to get there.
“We was getting there every season and finally in our last season, we managed to beat them in the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy which we went on to win.
“Our last league game against Albion, we was 3-0 and cruising before one of our players got sent off and the game turned and Albion scored in the last minute to get a 3-3 draw, Albion being in the league actually helped our boys kick on.
“In cup-ties this year, we’ve been lucky, we’ve had mostly home draws and then we’ve also been playing games on Astroturf which has helped.”
So, what does the future lie ahead for these guys after the departure of Derek Wood and Alan Calder?
Wood added “It’s up to the guys themselves in what they want to do, some of the guys might want to carry on playing with their mates, if any of them has any ambition in going to a higher level then I think they need pushed on now.
“There is a few of them who have talks with Highland League clubs this week so we’ll be in a better position next week to know what is happening with the squad for next season.
“Alan Gordon from the Under 17s will be taking the team next season and he was down talking to the guys this week regarding next season and he’s hoping to keep them all and build on for next season and build on from what we’ve left behind.”
Colony Locos coach Derek Wood today admitted that they can't believe they have reached the Scottish Cup final this season, Locos will aim to take the Scottish Cup back up North on Saturday night however standing in their way is East Renfrewshire based outfit Barrhead YFC.

Derek spoke about their reach up to the top when he said "There's been 5-6 of the guys who have been at the club since they were 7-8 years old and i've been involved with them since they were under 10s and I can't believe we've got to this stage with the same bunch of guys.

"We've added a couple of faces every other year as we've progressed through the age groups and the guys that have came in have done very well, there all local lads, only Dean Henderson and Jo Garrow are outwith the Inverurie area.

"Dean has a bit of Scottish Cup final experience when he played for Albion against Tynecastle at under 13s level so hopefully Deano might help us out with his experience.

"The Scottish cup was never our priority, when we played Harmony Row in the 4th round, that was the day we could have been out the cup, we was very lucky to get in at half time 0-0, coming home on the bus that night, the atmosphere was a bit flat.

"However after we beat Kirkintilloch a couple weeks later in the 5th round, the atmosphere coming home on the bus that night was totally different, I think that was the day that the guys got a bit of belief and thought with a bit of luck on our side, we can get to the Scottish Cup final, we had a full squad available for the game.

"Fair play to them, they've done it and it hasn't been easy, we got some breaks in some games and you don't get breaks unless you work hard and they've worked hard in every cup game this season.

Derek is hoping a big crowd comes down to the Excelsior Stadium on the day, Wood added "We'll get everything finalised and sorted this week regarding supporters buses, we're hoping that 2 buses will go down, a lot of people i've spoken to have said they're going in cars.

"Hopefully it's a good day out and everybody enjoys it, at the end of the day, all we can ask for is for the lads to put in a good performance."

Locos skipper Mikey Watson missed the Sunnybank Shield final through suspension however he will have all guns blazing come Saturday (if picked).

 Watson looked ahead to the game by saying “I’m excited for the game, the loss gives us an extra edge, hopefully we can turn it around on Saturday and come out as champions.

“I didn’t think we played bad against Banchory, I thought we were just tired in areas, a lot of my pals are going down next weekend, so it will be a good squad of fans hopefully.

“It would mean a lot to win the cup as i’ve played with Colony since under 8s and it’s not just for the team, it’s for Colony Park in general and that’s who your wanting to play for, that’s what you want to aim for, it’s a dream really.

“At the start of the season, I didn’t think we would reach the Scottish Cup final, because we moved up to under 19s, there’s less teams and there’s different teams so we were always on the edge of what type of teams we would be playing against.

“The way that we were playing, I always knew we had a chance though, Phillip Woodgreaves is back on Saturday and that gives us a bit of stability at the back.”

Chairman Dave Mitchell also had his view on things by saying “It’s been a very good road to the final, I think every game on the road to Airdrie has been a highlight, especially winning away from home in Glasgow twice and also beating FC Bonnybridge in the last round with us playing the majority of the game with 10 men.

“We were unbeaten until February and then our form went away with the Scottish Cup perhaps in the back of the players minds, hopefully this Colony team can be the 1st won to win the Scottish Cup.

“There is a couple of supporters buses going down, a couple of people might try and get back up the road in time for the UEFA Champions League final, it’s a shame that Alan Calder has to miss the game as he’s down in Lisbon for the game.

“Especially that he got to a Scottish Cup final himself, Derek Wood has been with the team over the years however Alan and Bruce have freshed up the team.”
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 13:21

Odlin hat-trick secures the title for Cults

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Cults Academy
Hazlehead Academy
U15 Aberdeeen SSFA League Play-Off
12 May 2014
Hazlehead were first to show in this Under 15 League Play Off at a sunny Rubislaw. In two minutes they were awarded a free kick twenty five yards out and plumb in the middle of the goal, but the shot was blocked. Cults scampered to the other end and three minutes later Oscar Slater was sent through but Kyle Buchan was alert and ran from his goal to keep the ball out.
It was end to end stuff at this point and Kalvin Mundie was thwarted by Ciaran Fox-Gibb, before Ryan Silvers saw his shot blocked for a corner which itself was cleared for another. A great ball from Duncan Cooper found Ross Watt but again Buchan did enough to keep the game goalless. Cults broke the deadlock in twelve minutes when Oscar Slater’s cross from the right was turned smartly into the net by Ross Paterson at the near post.
Hazlehead replied right away but their attempts were blocked and four minuutes later the lead was doubled. Jack Odlin moved in from the right to lash the ball past the despairing Kyle Buchan. Cults were well on top now and it could have been more as Oscar Slater broke clear before squaring to Ryan Silvers in the clear but his attempt was blocked at the expense of another corner.
Odlin forced another corner before the third goal duly arrived in twenty six minutes. Oscar Slater’s right wing cross found Connor Watt on his own at the back post and he tapped the ball in from close range. The corner kick were filled with danger and the next one from Ryan Silvers on the right went straight into the goal to make it four nil with thirty minutes gone.
Six minutes from the break Cults went nap. Lachlan Wood’s twenty five yard free kick hit the bar and Jack Odlin was first to react and steer the ball home. Hazlehead did have the last opportunity of the half when Josh Milne broke through but his try went just wide.
Half Time: Cults Academy U15 5 - 0 Hazlehead Academy U15
It seemed that Hazlehead might have the benefit of the conditions in the second half and Josh Milne led their fightback with a good shot which was blocked. Cults had their moments particularly when Max Foster brought down Oscar Slater just outside the box but the free was blocked and Hazlehead moved upfield again. Milne was able to get a touch to a through ball from substitute Aidan Reid but hooked the ball over the bar. He tried again midway through the half with a good run but he was crowded out at the expense of a corner which was headed past the post.
The leeway was reduced with thirteen minutes left. Gathering a through ball from Max Foster, Kalvin Mundie used his strength to move into the box before dispatching the ball low beyond Ciaran Fox-Gibb and into the corner of the net. Their joy only lasted three minutes as Jack Odlin picked the ball up on the right and sent in a high drive from just outside the box which sailed over Kyle Buchan’s head and into the net to complete his hat-trick in making the score 6-1.
That completed the scoring and the teams play out the final ten minutes with the substitutes getting a run. A deserved Play Off triumph for Cults, but commiserations to Hazlehead, a team which has contributed so much to the U15 League this season.
Final Score: Cults Academy 6-1 Hazlehead Academy 
Cults Academy: Ciaran Fox-Gibb, Duncan Cooper, Keiran Larssen, Harry Turner, Shaun Corthals, Ross Paterson, Lachlan Wood, Jack Odlin, Connor Watt, Ryan Silvers, Oscar Slater, David Kudaisi, Euan Ross, Andrew Douglas, Finley Robertson, Jae Barclay.
Hazlehead Academy: Kyle Buchan, Sean Leslie, Innes Murray, Lewis Paton, Connor Main, Craig Armstrong, Kalvin Mundie, Max Foster, Liam Park, Fraser Cowie, Josh Milne, Adam Reid, Connor Park, Cameron Anderson, Jack McAllan.
Referee: K. Knowles. Assistant Referees A Cunningham and G. Jopp.
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 13:46

Ross is the Mann in Allan Park goal fest

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Peterhead Academy
Bucksburn Academy
Allan Park, Cove
Allan Park, Cove
7 May 2014
Peterhead kicked off in very heavy conditions which made the early play scrappy. It was five minutes before either keeper touched the ball in spite of both sides trying to attack at every opportunity. Three minutes later Peterhead were in front. Keiran Simpson’s corner kick from the right found Ross Mann who nodded strongly into the net past Keiran Hunter. Four minutes later the lead was doubled. A move down the left resulted in the first attempt being blocked, but when the ball rebounded to Mann he calmly lobbed the ball over the keeper and into the goal. 
Bucksburn came storming back and in sixteen minutes, a wonderfull cross from Leon Williams on the left was met by the head of Elliott Cheyne at the back post. He headed the ball goalwards and it found the back of Cameron Fraser’s net to half the deficit. Parity might have been restored two minutes later when Bucksburn were awarded a free kick twenty five yards out and in line with the goal. Lewis Hutchison took the kick and his pile driver just cleared the bar with the keeper beaten.
Peterhead were stung by this and they broke upfield down the left but the dangerous cross was cleared by the Bucksburn defence. In twenty one minutes another attack saw them awarded a penalty when Ben Craig was adjudged to have impeded an attacker in the box. Keiran Simpson stepped up to take the kick and dispatched it into the net low to Keiran Hunter’s right. He had to retake it as an encroachment had taken place, but his second attempt went in exactly the same place as the first and the two goal cushion was restored. It might have been three moments later when the Bucksburn keeper dropped the ball, but the attackers could not force the ball home.
Mann was everywhere and when he crossed from the left ten minutes before the break, the ball eluded Hunter and Keiran Lewis was there to find the net with a clever shot. Six minutes from the interval, Peterhead went nap. Another cross ball, this time from the rght was partially blocked but only cleared as far as Calum Mitchell who fairly powered the ball beyond Hunter. There was still time for Bucksburn to drive upfield again and Lewis Hutchison’s drive brought out a stunning save from Fraser.
Half Time: Peterhead Academy 5-1 Bucksburn Academy 
The second half began with Bucksburn setting out to do something about the scoreline but a Peterhead breakaway in eight minutes saw them gain a corner. Kelly took it, but it was not cleared properly and only went as far as Ross Mann who hammered it home. It was nearly seven a minute later when a  through ball set up a chance which was hit just past. Bucksburn kept plugging away and Logan Johnstone’s low drive was well held by substitute keeper Liam Pirie. In fourteen minutes Lewis Hutchison drove down the right and when he sent the ball across Elliott Cheyne nipped in front of the Peterhead keeper to double his team’s tally.
It was end to end stuff now with the conditions taking their toll and Alex Kelly moved upfield to place a lovely left foot shot into the corner of the net from the edge of the box with fifteen minutes remaining. A minute later a great diagonal cross to the left set up Ross Mann who moved in to slot past the helpless keeper. Still Bucksburn refused to give in and Jacob Drummond came close with a header from a right wing cross. They were luckier with eight minutes to go when, after a melee, the ball was headed off the Peterhead line before falling to Dylan Henderson who finished superbly.  
There was still time for a great individual goal by Lewis Hutchison to top off proceedings . Running from his own half in the last minuute of the game, he surged past five defenders before approaching the goal and placing the ball right in the corner.
That was the last kick of the match and Peterhead had run out deserved winners with the margin of victory just about correct. For their goals and general play, it would be reasonable to pick out Ross Mann and Lewis Hutchison as the players of the match. They were by no means the only contenders in a final which saw the large attendance very well entertained. The AFC Trophy and medals were then presented appropriately by Mr George Yule, Vice Chairman of Aberdeen FC., and the very happy Peterhead team made their way home to the Blue Toon. 
Full Time: Peterhead Academy 8 - 4 Bucksburn Academy
Peterhead Academy: Cameron Fraser, Alex Kelly, Keiran Simpson, Brandon Douglas, Cameron Hutton, Keiron Lewis, Luke Lovell, Liam Norris, Ross Mann, Jordan Durie and Calum Mitchell. Subs Liam Pirie, Nathan McLemon and Scott Taylor.
Bucksburn Academy: Keiran Hunter, David Abad, Leon Williams, Lewis Hutchison, Jacob Drummond, Logan Johnstone, Ben Craig, David Lamb, Elliott Cheyne, Dylan Henderson and Alex Hampton. 
Referee: S. Donald.
Assistant Referees: E McPhee and G. Jopp

Fraserburgh now just need 4 points to clinch the league title after a crucial 2-0 victory at home to Albion. 
The Broch opened the scoring after a ball came in from the left hand channel which found it's way into a scramble, after 2 shots by Link-Up were blocked by Albion, Bailey Simpson was hot on the spot to sneak the ball home from close range.  
Simpson then added a 2nd after a throw-in by Sean Douglas found it's way into the prolific forward and his shot found the net beating Cameron Jarvie at the near post. 
Coach Colin Simpson spoke about the game at the end when he said "Very hard game, excellent squad performance and a disciplined display, guys put in a hell of a shift, haven't won anything yet though and once again we'll just be taking it 1 game at a time. 
"We've got past the barrier, proud of the whole squad, a lot of hard work has been done to get to this stage.
"The 1st goal settled us, keeper didn't have much to do, we could have scored more, we made a couple of changes, it was more of a midfield battle.
"There wasn't any stand outs, they did what we asked them to do, everybody has a job to do in the team, on the pitch we gave our all, the midfield worked very hard." 
Friday, 02 May 2014 11:49

Hill reflects on Albion's fine season

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Albion BC Under 13's are now league champions in what has been a great opening season involved for those associated with the Spain Park outfit.
Albion coach Steven Hill reviewed his side's great season by saying "Hopefully we can win the Batt Cables Trophy against Lewis United however firstly we have a trip to Peterhead to win every single one of our 18 games this season so hopefully we can get a 100% record.
"There has been two disappointments about this season, getting beat in the Colony Park cup semi-final to Dyce on penalties and also getting knocked out so early on in the Scottish Cup to Harmony Row in the 4th round,  who eventually went onto reach the semi-final. I felt that game was a little bit too early for us but there's always next year.
"This Albion side is technically as good as any other Albion side that I've seen, they get the ball down and pass it, they've got power & pace, they play with a high tempo and I think if this team can stick together then they'll go onto win as many trophies as the likes of Macaulay Rae's team did a couple of years ago and they've got every potential to do it.
"They're a cracking bunch of lads and I've only been with them this season however their work ethic and their determination and what you ask them to do is second to none."
"Hopefully we can continue the dominance in Aberdeen and also get to the Scottish Cup final as that's where Albion teams belong. My dad and Bruce are two of the best managers at Albion if not in Juvenile football and I think it was right to separate John and Bruce up even though it was heart breaking. It was good that Albion decided to separate the both of them so that the 13s and 14s can get the experience and it was the right decision as the 13s and 14s have won league titles.
Albion have just one league game left against Peterhead, followed by the Batt Cables final against Lewis United and they took another step towards their 100% record with a 6-1 victory over Dyce in what would be described as a champions display. Cor Degeus opened the scoring which was then followed by a brace from Morgan Bruce, Matthew Fleming, Ryan Blair and Andrew Mitchell with Kyle Koss getting a consolation for Dyce."
Friday, 02 May 2014 11:02

Findlay talks about Banchory's triumph

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What an adventurous last few years Banchory have had. At Under 17s they reached the Scottish Cup final (pictured right, the team makes their entrance on the big stage) before their debut year at Under 19s a year later winning the B league, this time around the Deesiders are in the A league and have came out as league champions with strong competition on their back in Huntly FC 95s and Scottish Cup finalists Colony Locos.

Coach Neil Findlay has been with Banchory all the way through their youth years and talked about their success when he said "It was a good start and we won our group, unfortunately we lost our first couple of league games and thinking that we were out of the title race after just two games but the boys have stuck to their task and had an incredible run of 9 games undefeated which was the pinnacle on Saturday with a 5-0 win against Formartine.

"The players didn't want to stop, they didn't give up and they were thinking that they weren't in a position to win the league, we reached the final of the Sunnybank Shield and that was really our goal to reach a final, the league became a bonus however we hit form and players put in very good performances.

"There's some very good players I have here at Banchory and I hope to see them go onto other areas of the game and not just simply amateur football, I would like to think they'll get opportunities in junior football and maybe even in the Highland League.

"There would have been 5 staying on for another year however they're all away to university next year in Glasgow or Edinburgh and basically there's going to be none of the title winning team with us next season. Out of 19 players none of them will be available."

Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

Mintlaw secure Aberdeenshire double

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Mintlaw Academy's girls had something to celebrate, when they made the return trip back to the school have secured the Aberdeenshire Secondary Schools FA League Cup double.
First up was the Under 15's who recorded a comprehensive win over Inverurie Academy with a brilliant display. It was a bit unfortunate to take for Inverurie, with their youngsters not deserving to lose by a scoreline quite so wide.
Then it was onto the seniors, who recorded a superb 6-0 win against Ellon with another great performance. That team includes players who play for Buchan Quines. Ellon also have a premier league striker in Hannah Stewart, however she was unavailable for the game as she was away with the national team.
The victories continued Mintlaw's fine tradition in the competitions. The school's star studded list of former players includes Scotland's current SWF International Player of the Year, Kim Little.