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Monday, 28 April 2014 12:21

Ferryhill beat Glentanar in fine victory

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Ferryhill kept their 100% record intact with a crushing win over a depleted Glentanar side who had 6 players unavailable.


Glentanar had a positive start to the game before Ferryhill opened the scoring on 8 minutes, Curtis Kane knocking a great ball into ex Glens player Daniel Brownie whose effort found the bottom left hand corner. 
The same players connected for the 2nd goal and this time it was Kane getting on the scoresheet, 12 minutes gone and it was 3-0, the visitors failed to clear the danger and Stuart Gray put the ball into an empty net. 
Ferryhill kept the good style on and made it 4-0 in the 19th minute, a through ball from Josh Murray found Brownie who slid the ball under the keeper. Brownie then got his 3rd goal of the game in the 26th minute with a glancing header before Keith Duncanson got in on the act with a 6th. 
Glentanar got a consolation on the stroke of half time, a throw in by David Russell found Dean Marnoch who produced a superb back flick over Richard Higgins.

However this wasn't going to rollover the hosts and Brownie and Kane weren't stopping as they hit the remaining goals to help Ferryhill on their way to the title, Kane scoring the 7th, 9th, and final goal, with Brownie getting the 8th and 10th.


Curtis Kane has this season scored an impressive 42 goals in 18 matches with 2 games to spare which is an incredible achievement, even if it's at B league level and Kane could easily go onto better things in the future.


Stonehaven Youth FC 
Cove BC Utd
Under-16 ADJFA
Groats Park
22 April 2014
The game proved very similar to the game at Groats Park with Stonehaven once again being guilty of prolificacy. The had five good chances in the first 10 minutes and the first was as early as 20 seconds. They played some excellent football throughout the match with Adam 'Jinky' Smith constantly teasing the Cove defence.

Stonehaven eventually scored after 20 minutes with some brilliant individual wing play by 'Jinky' turning the full back inside out before finding Ritchie Irvine at the back post, who fired high into the back of the net. This was Ritchies 15th goal of a great debut season.

Stonehaven continued to dominate and play their passing game.

Ironically it was Cove who equalised. Another great move again found Ritchie Irvine at the back post but the ball bobbled just before he hit the ball and the forward missed a sitter with the ball being bundled away.

The resulting clearance found a Cove midfielder who lifted the ball over the Stonehaven defence. The Cove forward looked suspiciously offside but the ref waved play-on and the forward sprinted forward to finish sweetly, low to Kyle Maitlands right hand post.

Stonehaven immediately pushed forward and Jack Murray and Ritchie Irvine were guilty of squandering good chances.
Half Time:  Stonehaven 1-1 Cove BC Utd 
The second half started much as the second and it seemed like Dejavu from 3 weeks previous. Much like 3 weeks ago it was the substitutions that proved crucial.

10 minutes in Cameron Davidson and Owen Davidson replaced Euan Lownie and Ritchie Irvine.

Two minutes later the Cove goalkeeper made a heroic double save to keep them in the game. RyanDuncans heaader looked goal bound but the keeper saved well and parried to the feet of Owen Davidson but again the keeper dived to push the ball out.

Stonehaven were now pushing hard and super sub Owen Davidson was looking very lively.

20 minutes in and Calum Lawrence and Connor Jordan replaced Adam Smith and a tiring Jack Murray.

Cove were becoming increasingly physical and it was this physicality that lead to Stonehaven taking the lead.

On 21 minutes Owen Davidson showed some nimble footwork on the left and beat two men before breaking into the box. He skipped round a third man and was hauled to the ground. Penalty!

Logan Gammie cooly dispatched the penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way and the large Stonehaven crowd delirious.

Stonehaven were now bouyant and were firing the ball in. Ryan Duncan came close, Owen Davidsonmissed another sitter when it seemed easier to score and Logan Gammie shot wide.

Cove turned to some rough tactics and collected a string of booking and 5 minutes from time Cove were down to 10 men when Logan Gammie was at the end of a vicious tackle.

Stonehaven continued to pepper the Cove goal and any Cove efforts were restricted to long range efforts.

Stonehaven should have won the game more handsomely but resilient defending and another fine goalkeeping display from the Cove Keeper kept the score down.

Again it was Cove's indiscipline that let them down.

Stonehaven now remain unbeaten in 8 straight games and are battling it out with Cove BC and Byron Utd for the title and promotion place. 
Full Time: Stonehaven 2-1 Cove BC Utd 
Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:58

East End review title winning season

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On the first day of the under 17s campaign, East End unfortunately missed out on a spot in the A league by the dreaded penalty shoot-out with Huntly maintaining their A league status in the process.
Did it affect East End? Not a single bit as they brushed through to the B league title unscathed and have been winning games comfortably and have also been a match for A league teams, including leading 2-0 against Westdyke before exiting the competition 4-3 after extra time. Colony Park also scraped through against the Aulton outfit winning 2-1.
When East End coach Jamie Murray spoke to David Reid on Monday night at Sheddocksley Playing Fields, Murray admitted that the Westdyke game was a tough one to take, Murray said “Westdyke was a sore one to take for the lads, 2-0 up then they took it into extra time and then I think tiredness seemed to settle in for us however you’ve got to take your chances and we could have been 3-4 up before Westdyke got back into it.
“They had their chances and took them, I thought it was an evenly fought game, the lads are aware of the challenges in front of them. “
Jamie spoke about the league campaign this season when he said “I’m absolutely delighted for the lads, I think from day 1 that they’ve set out their stall, they had a great season last year and then fell in the final third, this year they’ve kicked on from where they’ve started off.
“I’m still gutted that we didn’t qualify for the A league however this season, we’ve just took it a game at a time and  we didn’t look beyond and the lads learned from their errors last year.
“Cammy Christie was a brillant signing for us ,unfortunately he took a while to bed in, he’s a very good all round player and not just that, his attitude is absolutely fantastic, very much leads by example.
“The lads can only beat what’s in front of them every week and they’ve done that comfortably week in week out, in the last 3 years, we’ve stuck together and played as a team, it’s not about getting trophies at every age group.
“We’ll be continuing onto Under 19s next year, the lads just want to carry on, they seem to be quite happy and they’ll be an opportunity for them to step up and play at a higher level in the next 12 months or so and I think some of them deserve to.
“I think next year will be a challenge as we will be playing players who are playing at higher age groups, i’ve had confidence and belief in my squad this season and i’ll have the same with them next season.
“Players are merging at 19s if they’re able to play an extra year and teams are always changing their squads and they’ll be a lot of changes from a lot of teams, i’ve got confidence in the way that my guys play, I try and get the kids to do the business on the park."
East End have in the past suggested at league meetings that the league tables in the ADJFA should be changed and Murray added saying “I’ve suggested in the past that the league structure should be re-looked at from 13s all the way up to 19s, i’ve never coached at 19s before however i’ve said for a few years now that I didn’t stand the leagues being in sections to determine which league you would go in."


Cove BC Colts
Ferryhill BC
Under-19s ADJFA
15 April 2014
Ferryhill stretched their winning league run to 14 consecutive wins against a Cove side which contained a couple of ex Ferryhill players in their ranks.
The strong wind spoiled the game to some extent but not the excitement as the Portlethen based Cove put up strong resistence to keep the score down to a single goal. To be fair they had a goal disallowed and one effort from Alex Lawson cleared off the line in the first half by Stuart Gray.
The only goal of the game came in the 35th minute following a corner on the right. Keith Duncanson swung his kick beyond the far post where it was met by Michael Keller whose knock down header was swept into the net by Stuart Gray from around six yards.
It was a great boost for Ferryhill, who had battled hard against the elements in the first half and to turnaround one nil up after facing the wind was definitely a bonus. The wind shifted slightly during the second period with the visitors forcing the pace and Cove defending strongly, well organised by Sam Williams in the centre of their back four..
Half Time: Cove BC 0-1 Ferryhill BC
There were half chances at both ends in the second half but no further goals, as Ferryhill maintained their 100% start to the season. There are still a couple of teams, most notably Westdyke B.C., who have five games in hand and are eighteen points behind who must still think they have a chance of winning the title and with Ferryhill having to travel to second placed Alford Amateurs this Saturday, nothing has been decided in the B League at this stage.
Full Time: Cove BC 0-1 Ferryhill BC


Peterhead BC
FDS 2001s
Under-13s   ADJFA
The Lord Catto Playing Field, Peterhead
06 April 2014
The FDS management had impressed on the boys the importance of their pre-match preparation and emphasised the need to get into the game right from the start and there was to be no repeat of the lacklustre performance that had seen them ship four goals for no reply inside half an hour during the previous tie.
FDS kicked off in the shadow of Peterhead's Balmoor Stadium, kicking downhill. Early exchanges showed that both teams were up for it and were keen to stamp their authority on the game. Referee Carl Potten took time to explain his decisions, where necessary. This was good to see and is essential for the boy’s development in their first season of 11 a-side.
Peterhead, won a free kick at the left hand edge of the FDS penalty area, but the shot went high and wide of FDS ‘keeper Fraser Scott’s left hand post.
Then it was FDS’ turn to test the Peterhead goalkeeper and it was new signing Lucas Rennie’s free kick which brought out a fine save from James MacIver.
Despite both team’s best efforts, the first half finished 0-0.
Half Time: Peterhead 0-0 FDS
The second half started just as the first had left off, with both teams determined to get the upper hand. Each team enjoyed periods of good possession in the opposition half, before being called upon to defend their goal.
There was a nervous moment, when a long high ball into the FDS box bounced higher than Fraser Scott was expecting, but he gathered safely and it was panic over.
Late on in the game, Peterhead rattled the FDS crossbar with an effort that then had to be scrambled clear
The game looked destined to be a hard fought 0-0 draw, before, in the second minute of added time, the ball broke to FDS’ Douglas RORRISON at the back post. He took a touch, steadied himself and rifled the ball past the Peterhead ‘keeper. 1-0 to FDS.
There was no way back for Peterhead. No sooner had referee Carl Potten blown the whistle for the re-start, he was blowing again to end the match.
Peterhead will feel justifiably hard done by to have taken nothing from the game. They will feel that they had chances to win the game. Both teams played good attacking football and perhaps the fairest result would have been a draw.
Full Time: Peterhead 0-1 FDS
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:37

Abel over the moon after Locos win

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As we round up the reaction to Colony Locos's 2-1 win over FC Bonnybridge, we round up with a feature piece from a man who has been with the majority of these lads since day one (pictured right, the squad at Under 14 level) until the end of last season and is now watching his corresponding squad on a Saturday afternoon as a punter. Before the majority of these guys entered the Under 19's fray this season, he was part of the coaching staff alongside Derek Wood who still continues with the team as a coach.

So have you cracked who i'm on about yet? It can only be Mr Ian Abel, Abel was an ever present figure sitting in the stand at Harlaw Park yesterday to watch his old side win and reach the Scottish Cup on May 24th where they will face Barrhead YFC.
Ian has a relation playing for the team in his son, Euan who plays for Colony and has also been in Aberdeenshire League action with Formartine United and despite another player in the team, Scott also having a surname called Abel, there is no relation.
On Sunday, with the clock counting down and with Bonnybridge getting a league goal to reduce the leeway, Ian was up & down on his feet one of the nervous patrons waiting for the referees full time whistle to blow so that Locos's cup final place against the Paisley outfit was confirmed. To add, Ian must have been that nervous that he came over to see two of the Youth Football Scotland representatives that were in the stand during the game in David Reid and Scott McPherson.
After the game, Mr Abel couldn't contain his excitement and emotion when he spoke to Mr Reid. Ian said "Absolutely over the moon, I actually think they deserve something after so much hard work over the years, it's not just today and this season, this is six years of hard graft and the guys are really good listeners."
"They were easy to coach because they wanted to be taught how to play football, I really am over the moon for the boys, they're first class, absolutely brilliant, full credit to the boys, they have shown a stead progression over the years, sometimes you can build a team too quickly and things happen too quickly however these guys haven't done it that way, i'm not going to say they did it the slow way however they did it the hard way.
"It's taken them time to evolve and play as a unit and well done to each and everyone of them, to play 70 minutes or whatever it was today with 10 men against a very good Bonnybridge side and it's absolute credit to every single one of them as they fought hard today, that was guts, it wasn't necessary total football but it was absolute guys and total determination.
"Some of the players I feel have got a chance, I don't want to look beyond the end of this season as there's lots to play for and that's 3 cup finals that the boys are in now and with a rub of the green then they're not possibly out of the league race just yet either although there's a lot of work to do there.
"It's been a long time waiting for this, the time between the quarter-final and the semi-final meant it took a wee edge of the players and the waiting game wasn't easy and I think the league games have proven that over the last 3-4 weeks.
"There was maybe a wee bit of mind thinking about today's game and the focus wasn't off however there was a wee niggle in the back of their minds possibly, I don't want to get hurt, I don't want to get injured, I want to play in big games and that's why you coach kids, that's why the kids play as they want to play in big games, i'm so chuffed for every single one of them."
Since Colony entered the competitive fray in 2008, they served in the B league before their promotion the following year in which they were able to go up against the best.
It was in 4th year that Ian and Derek Wood reached another landmark with this team, reaching their first final the Middlefield BC Trophy however their competition was tough that night as they faced an Albion side who had already 3 trophies to their name and had been aiming for the quadruple.
Greg Wood and Lukas Kennedy got the goals for Park that night and they are still both colleagues in the team, Colony however can be proud that they were the only team in Scotland for season 2011-2012 to get something from Albion in a season which two coaches in the name of John Hill and Bruce McGregor made the Aberdeen side look unstoppable.
The start of the under 17s career for Colony took a blow to start with as they suffered a 9-3 defeat at the hands of Albion however they gained their revenge in the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy at Spain Park and Colony went onto win the trophy beating Broomhill Juniors 2-1 in the final.
This season has created different adventures for the lads and lots to enjoy however they aren't at the final hurdle just yet and as they've been saying for the last few weeks, 6 wins could potentially win you 4 trophies.


Cults Academy FC U14s
Westhill Academy FC U14s
Under-14 Sportsman Trophy Final
Albyn Playing Fields, Milltimber
29 March 2014
Cults U14's lined up against their Westhill counterparts in the final of the Sportsman's Trophy trying to win the fifth trophy for their school in a matter of ten days. Cults Seniors and Under 13's have both been double cup winners already this week. Westhill, on the other hand, were still smarting from the narrow league defeat they received at the hands of the same opponents last week, and would therfore be giving their all in this match. 

The pitch was in tip top condition at the kick off and it was Westhill who were first to threaten. Fraser Bryce broke clear on the left but his cross was just a little strong for his fellow forwards. He soon found himself in a dangerous position again but this time had strayed just offside.

Cults were stung into action and in seven minutes they took the lead after forcing a corner on the right. Ryan Corthals excellent delivery dropped invitingly at the feet of the unmarked Jevan Anderson two yards from goal and the tall midfielder placed the ball into the empty net.

Westhill responded well and a corner on the left was eventually cleared by the Cults defence before they rushed upfield and nearly added a second in twenty one minutes. Another corner from Corthals found Anderson's head this time and the ball cannoned  off the crossbar before rebounding to safety.

Fraser Bryce then found himself twice in the spotlight. Firstly he received a yellow card for ungentlemanly conduct, and a minute later was sent racing clear of the Cults defence. He rounded the keeper Robertshaw, crossed the ball into the danger area but could only watch as Jevan Anderson was first to the ball and sent it upfield.

It was Westhill's turn for a scare in twenty five minutes when a free kick on the left was taken by Ben Ross. The ball made its way to Joseph MacPherson, but his try was kicked off the line. MacPherson and Ross were combining well together and further good work saw the latter send his team mate  through. He unleashed a powerful shot from a narrow angle which surprised Keith Robertshaw as it flew into the top of the net to double the advantage with thirty one minutes played.

Cults were domating as half time approached and they came close to increasing their lead on the break as Gregor Thom powered a header narrowly over after a free kick had been won on the right. 
Half Time: Cults Academy FC 2-0 Westhill Academy FC
Westhill came out for the second half ready to take the fight to Cults with Fraser Bryce once again pushing the defenders back. He was tripped just outside the box, took the free kick himself, and was disappointed to see his effort deflected for what was a fruitless corner.

It was end to end stuff for a time and Cults substituted Callum Birnie for Aidan Wilkinson with ten minutes gone.
Four minutes later came a hammer blow for Westhill. Joseph MacPhreson found himself at the end of a cross from Birnie and although Keith Robertshaw blocked his first effort, he followed up to find the net from close range.

Westhill now had a mountain to climb and although multiple substitutions were made by both sides, the end to end pattern of play continued. Clear cut chances were at a premium, however, although Westhill fought well.

The match ended with Cults running out deserved three - nil victors in what had been a hard fought final.
This was due in no small way to the excellent pitch prepared by the Albyn Groundsman and his team at Milltimber. 
Full Time: Cults Academy FC 3-0 Westhill Academy FC
Monday, 31 March 2014 11:24

Stonehaven too strong for Cove BC

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Cove BC United
Stonehaven YFC
Groats Road
29 March 2014
Stonehaven were guilty of missing early chances against the bottom of the table side and could have been 2 up before opening the scoring on 6 minutes. Ritchie Irvine was scythed down in the box after some great football. The striker picked himself up to dispatch the penalty low into the left had side of the goal.

Stoney dominated proceedings and were playing some good controlled football but chance after chance was squandered by the team. They had 3 shots cleared off the line and hit the bar and inspired goalkeeping kept them at bay. Ritchie Irvine limped off after 20 mins after yet another crunching challenge and was replaced by Connor Jordan
Cove did have a change to equalise when a great run and shot from the edge of the box cannoned of the post.

Stonehaven continued to dominate but the failed to add to their score.
Half Time: Cove BC United 0 -1 Stonehaven YFC
The second half started in the same vein as the first with Stonehaven playing good football with Smith, Gammie and Stewart all guilty of missing good chances. The Cove goalie was also putting on a top class performance.

On 50 minutes Stonehaven's prolificacy was punished. Cove broke down the right and won a shy level with the Stonehaven 18 yard line. The subsequent throw-in was not cleared and dropped to a Cove player who hit a tremendous drive low into the left hand corner of the net to equalise.

Stonehaven countered immediately and pressed Cove back but a resolute keeper and some robust physicality kept the teams level. A host of foul challenges saw Cove receive a rash of bookings.

Fifteen minutes in Owen Davidson and Euan Lownie replaced Callum Stewart and Jack Murray. 5 minutes later Calum Lawrence and Cameron Davidson replaced Adam Smith and Murray Garrow.

With 10 minutes remaining it was Cameron Davidson who broke the deadlock. Stonehaven won a corner on the left. Logan Gammie swung the ball in and chaos ensued. In the resulting stramash the ball popped out to Cameron Davidson 18 yards out. He unleashed a low fizzing drive down the center of the goal and into the net.

It was no more than their play deserved.

Three minutes from time Stonehaven wrapped the game up with their second penalty of the match.

Connor Jordan received the ball and was one-on-one with the last Cove defender. The defender slipped and Jordan went to pass him but he stopped the ball with his hand and the ref had no option but to give the penalty.

Logan Gammie coolly slotted home the penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way.

The restart was delayed as the Cove players harassed the ref and some ugly scenes were calmed.

The remaining minutes were played out and Stonehaven came away with a deserved 3 points.
Full Time: Cove BC United 1-3 Stonehaven YFC
Friday, 28 March 2014 16:22

Cults edge Bucksburn in fine footballing final

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Cults Academy
Bucksburn Academy
U13 Green Final Trophy - Final
Aberdeen Sports Village
27 March 2014
Cults and Bucksburn U13’s met in the Green Final Trophy at a windy Aberdeen Sports Village on 27th March. The final was eagerly awaited as Cults were bidding for a cup double, having won the Esso Trophy last Wednesday. Their opponents, for their part, were trying to go one better than 2013 when they were unlucky runners-up. 
Cults went at it from the off having booked the advantage of what wind there was at that point. In thirty seconds, Innes McBain produced a great tackle to deny Umar Siddique at the expense of a corner. The kick fell to Luke Mulhere whose try was deflected for another one. A third corner followed and this time Bucksburn were able to clear. 
Cults pressure paid off in six minutes. A sweet pass from Matthew Clark played Andrew Mitchell through and he placed the ball in the net behind keeper Reece Lobban with a delightful lob. Bucksburn tried to reply and Ryan Gordon managed a shot which was saved by David Blasdale, before Cults were on the march again. A long ball from Dylan King sent Vinnie Buggie racing clear but Reece Lobban brought off a terrific save at the expense of a corner which the defence cleared off the line. 
Andrew Mitchell was next to try his luck, but his effort was blocked by a combination of Reece Lobban and Innes McBain and Cults had another corner. He was not to be denied for long, however, as four minutes from the break he struck again. Kris Cocker ran forward from the halfway line before sending his skipper clear on the right. He steadied himself before sweeping a low drive beyond Lobban at his far post.
Half Time: Cults Academy 2-0 Bucksburn Academy 
The second half saw Cults, as usual, resume with Stuart Rodgers in goal instead of David Blasdale, but they were still on the attack. Matthew Clark found Andrew Mitchell on the left this time and, when he squared the ball, Vinnie Buggie was just too high with his strong shot.
The wind was now stronger and in Bucksburn’s favour, and they soon gained a corner. The Cults defence only managed to block the dangerous delivery and Bucksburn could try again. This time the cross was too close to Stuart Rodgers and he gathered well. Tired legs saw the need for changes in personnel, with Paul Robertson coming on for Brandon Reid in the Bucksburn side, and Cults replacing Vinnie Buggie with Zack Hall. 
The Bucksburn substitute came close to reducing the leeway, almost getting a touch on Aaron Arnott’s cross. At the other end Umar Siddique was not able to make something of Andrew Mitchell’s lay off. Jack Hamilton was becomming more prominent for Bucksburn and Cults responded by bringing on Callum Clubb and Keiran Phull for Ross Mennie and Umar Siddique respectively.
Two free kicks followed which might have had an effect on the outcome. Mitchell could have put Cults out of sight, but his well hit kick from just outside the box was confidently gathered by Lobban. Bucksburn came even closer, when a free on their left, taken by Lewis Robertson, hit the crossbar before bouncing over.
Six minutes from the end Bucksburn were back in it with Matthew Keenan’s wonder strike. Gathering the ball on the right, he moved infield before sending in a left footed drive over the outstretched arms of Stuart Rodgers into the top left hand corner of the goal. Bucksburn threw everything at Cults in the 
closing stages and Rodgers was called upon to make a great stop from Jack Hamilton’s drive. Cults managed to weather the storm and, with almost the last kick of the game, Matthew Clark came close to extending the lead but his drive just cleared the bar.
The spoils went to Cults, and they probably deserved to win after dominating the first half, but what a scare they got from Bucksburn after the interval. The awards for the “match hero” for each team went, not surprisingly, to Andrew Mitchell and Matthew Keenan, the goalscorers, and the large attendance were in agreement with these choices.
All in all, a great advert for schools’ football with the officials playing their part too. They did their job so well they were hardly noticed. 
Full Time: Cults Academy 2-1 Bucksburn Academy
Cults Academy: David Blasdale, Dylan King, Gavin Wilson, Ross Mennie, Josh Gosling, Luke Mulhere, Kris Cocker, Matthew Clark, Andrew Mitchell, Umar Siddique and Vinnie Buggie. Subs Stuart Rodgers, Keiran Phull, Callum Clubb and Zack Hall. 
Bucksburn Academy: Reece Lobban, Evan Walker, Lewis Robertson, Innes McBain, Finlay Wood, Matthew Keenan, Aaron Arnott, Andrew Lamb, Brandon Reid, Jack Hamilton and Ryan Gordon. Subs James Webster, Liam Allan, Paul Robertson and James Laurenson. 
Referee: K. Knowles. Assistant Referees: M. Molden and R. Stewart
St Machar U13 Team: Tyler Bissett, Kian McBeath, Brendan Fraser, Klayton Stewart, Ythan Still, Brandon Rosendale, Joel Shazu, Derry Lowe, Ben Marr, Jack Craigie, Toby Reynolds. Subs: Brandon Schofield and Connon Leonard.
Hazlehead U13 Team: Ben Fairhurst, Paul McIntosh, Carter Hope, Lewis Still, Harry Ingram, Joe Sutherland, Nathan Rankine, Brandon Gill, Murray Gauld, Lewis Quirie, Robbie Paul.
Both teams began the match in the mix for the U13 Division Two title but also knew that they could not afford any slip ups if it was to be theirs.
St Machar made the better start and in five minutes only a great tackle in the box prevented Marr giving the home side the lead. Hazlehead were not out of it by any means and with ten minutes gone Rankine won the ball from the last St Machar defender but his try went narrowly past the post. Back came St Machar and Rossendale’s corner was met by Shazu whose dipping shot just cleared the crossbar. The visitors were not to be denied, however, and, five minutes from the break, an inch perfect cross from McIntosh found Rankine six yards out. He finished with aplomb and Hazlehead had the half time lead.
Half Time: St Machar Academy 0 -1 Hazlehead Academy
St Machar resumed in determined mood and were the better side. In ten minutes hand ball in the box by a Hazlehead defender saw them awarded a penalty. Craigie stepped up to the mark and sent his kick home just inside the keeper’s left hand post for a deserved equaliser. The home team were now beginning to dominate and with thirteen mintes left, a Craigie shot found its way into the net through a crowd of players. Trailing for the first time in the match, Hazlehead set about retreiving the situation but the closest they came was a Sutherland drive which went inches over with four minutes left to play.
St Machar managed to hang on in what had been a game where good behaviour and sportsmanship were very much in evidence. If they can win their last fixture against Albyn then they will be crowned champions.
Full Time: St Machar Academy 2 -1 Hazlehead Academy