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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 19:26

Elgin edge past Dingwall to reach cup final

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Elgin Academy
Dingwall Academy
U15 North of Scotland Cup - Quarter Final
Elgin Academy
19 March 2014
Elgin Academy hosted Dingwall Academy in the last eight of the North of Scotland Schools FA's cup competition. Having beaten Millburn Academy in the previous round, the home side were looking to advance to the semi finals.
The first half saw the teams contest a tight game, with little to choose between the sides. Aiden Whitta of Elgin came closest, when his 35 yard free kick tested the goalkeeper. However, neither team could break the deadlock and they went into the break level.
After the break, the game remained relatively even, with both teams having a number of half chances. However, Elgin were first to strike. A defensive error was capitalised upon, with Whitta playing in Rhys Phillips, whose left footed strike hit the roof of the net.
The wind was in Elgin's favour and Dingwall were struggling to relieve the pressure. The home side continued to press and got the clinching goal shortly afterwards, Tom Pearson slotting past the goalkeeper.
No further goals were scored and Elgin can now look forward to a semi final tie against Inverurie Academy or Wick Academy.
Full Time: Elgin Academy 2-0 Dingwall Academy


Colony Locos
Stonehaven YFC
U19's Aberdeen & District JFA
Garioch Sports Centre
19 March 2014
Following the 2-1 home victory last time around this was always going to be a tough away game. The lads did it the hard way though with 10 men for 60 mins, conceding a penalty early on but the lads dug in and won the game with three well taken goals.
The game was played at Gariach sports centre astro truff pitch which was a nice change but meant the lads would have to adjust quickly if they were to compete. The first half got underway and Locos were putting on the pressure with a strong wind making it difficult for Stonehaven to move up the pitch. However when Stonehaven got into the final third they looked dangerous.
The first goal went to Colony Locos following a trip in the box. The penalty was saved by Josh Forbes but the Locos striker was quickest to react to convert from close range. Stonehaven sparked into action following this goal with Cameron Pyper playing a great through ball to Lewis Collie who calmly finished into the corner of the net.
Now the score level it looked like the game was going to be an evenly contested match however following a handball decision in the middle of the pitch striker Pyper received two yellow cards for arguing with the ref. Not long after this Colony Locos found themselves with a free-kick on the edge of the area. The Locos striker hit a perfect free kick into the top corner to put them back in the lead.
Half Time: Colony Locos 2-1 Stonehaven YFC
Stonehaven although with 10 men and 2v1 down always felt they were in the game and started brightly and shortly after the restart a flick on by Craig McKenzie to Collie at the edge of the area ended up in the back of the net. This was the lift that was needed to keep the energy up as it was going to be tough with 10 men on the big astro pitch to keep this level of concentration and intensity up. As expected Locos had a lot of the ball but could not break down the Stonehaven defence led brilliantly by Stuart Ferguson. However when on the ball always looked dangerous and caught Locos on the back foot a couple of times.
Colony Locos did manage to get behind the defence with 10 minutes to go but hit the bar and went over from 10 yards. Stonehaven then mounted an attack with the ball up to Lewis Collie he then played in Craig McKenzie who capped off a brilliant game with a left footed finish into the bottom corner across goal.
The whole team pulled together and put a great shift in truly deserving the victory. It is almost impossible to pick out a Man of the Match but I think Josh Forbes in Goal deserves a mention for being absolutely solid and pulling off a couple of important stops.
Full time: Colony Locos 2-3 Stonehaven YFC
SYFC u19s line up : Josh Forbes, Connor Freeman, Stuart Ferguson, Ewan Burns, John Laing, Sam Downie (30min), Craig McKenzie, Paul Gun, Craig Garrow (65min), Lewis Collie, Cameron Pyper, Findlay Milne (30min), Stuart Lownie (65min).
Culter Colts Under 14s coach Mike Horgan today thinks that his side are as good as any side in the league, Colts came away from Grandholm with a 3-3 draw against last year’s league champions Albion BC and Horgan spoke about their drive to get a top 5 finish this season by saying "We're looking forward to getting some more games under our belts as we had a whole bunch of games cancelled during the winter.
"We're really keen to get some league games played and try and get ourselves up the league table, it's a really tight league this season, lots of good footballers, we're just delighted with our lads, a huge improvement over the last 12 months.
"When we started competitive football, we had a difficult Batt Cables group with Dyce and Deeside in our group, two sides that have A league quality in their sides however we used last year to build the side.
"It was a great header by Aidan Wilkinson for our equaliser, we've been talking about  coming off the last defender, great to see him go round the big defender, he's the smallest guy on the pitch and i'm delighted for him.
"We have some really good players out wide, got pace all over the team and we know that if we can get in behind a team then we're always in with a shout of causing them some trouble and hopefully getting goals.
Mike also added about the game when he said "We played really well, it was two really good teams, unfortunately we couldn't hold onto our 3-1 lead and couple of unfortunate goals went against us and their equaliser was a clear handball.
"The referee said after that he didn't see it and apologised, I'm very proud of our boys and  they put in a good shift.
"We still have to play Albion in the league and also have them in a semi-final so hopefully we'll build on this and continue to improve."
Kyle Smith gave Albion the breakthrough on 10 minutes after Cameron Imrie's shot crashed off the post.
Culter levelled on 27 minutes after a great ball from Samuel Nicoll was met by Aiden Wilkinson who bulleted home the equalizer.
Finlay Cook then gave Culter the lead before a Nicoll shot from 10 yards creeped past Jacob Otto.
With 8 minutes left on the clock, a Fraser Bryce ball found Smith who slotted home, Smith then sealed his hat-trick when he bundled the ball in with Culter claiming he handled the ball.
Albion BC coach Patrick Ritchie gave a positive verdict on Culter saying "Fair play to Culter, they were far the better team and they wanted it a lot more than we did, Culter were always going to be a good side, they've got some good players there, they'll be top half and the league table doesn't do them justice and they'll be top half no problem."


Kintore BC
Stonehaven YFC
U16's Aberdeen & District JFA
16 March 2014
Under 16's stay in the hunt with impressive win away to League leaders Kintore. Stonehaven's impressive record against top of the league teams continued today away at Kintore.
Stonehaven started the brighter of the two sides in a crucial game but Kintore started to push harder after the first quarter. Resolute Stonehaven defending however kept their efforts to long range. Playing against the wind and up the steep slope Stonehaven started to create some good chances and in 28 minutes scored a great opener. A superb Ryan Duncan cross from the right found Jack Murray on the left. He took the ball down skillfully turned the defender and fired the ball low into the bottom left hand corner. Stonehaven controlled the rest of the half and Kintore failed to take advantage of the wind and the hill.
Half Time: Kintore BC 0-1 Stonehaven YFC
The second half found Kintore starting strongly but well marshalled by the Stonehaven defence. Stoney then upped a gear and with the wind and the slope in advantage started to create chances. On 54 minutes they doubled their lead. Logan Gammie's corner from the left was swept into the goal but was cleared by the defender. However the ref was well placed to award the goal as he judged the ball had crossed the line. 2 - 0 Stoney. 
After this second goal Kintore lost their discipline and the game became scrappy. Stonehaven played the game out, defending well and creating a few good chances to deservedly finish 2 - 0 victors.
Stonehaven have now played the league leaders in the last three weeks and taken 7pts and changing the leadership on each of those 3 weeks. They are now well in the title hunt, along with 5 others in an exciting B league that should go to the wire.
Full Time: Kintore BC 0-2 Stonehaven YFC
Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:18

Westdyke Thistle fightback for victory

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Westdyke Thistle
Byron Munich
U13's Aberdeen & Distict JFA
13 March 2014
The first hint of spring meant that pleasant playing conditions welcomed Byron Munich’s visit to Westdyke Thistle on Sunday.  Confidence was high in both camps as both teams were coming off the back of good wins in their previous fixtures.
The game started with Westdyke seeking to seize the initiative and managing to exert some pressure on Byron in terms of possession.  Despite Westdyke’s efforts to attack down the flanks, Byron’s resolute defending was limiting Westdyke’s chances.  Eventually Buggie for Westdyke managed to break the shackles of his marker and cracked a shot off the post from a tight angle.  
Moments later, some slack passing in the Westdyke half allowed Byron to set up an attack that resulted in Byron creating a chance from long range. The Byron player pounced on the chance and looped a 25 yard effort into the top corner leaving Whelan in Westdyke’s goal with no chance. 
Play restarted with a similar pattern of play emerging with Westdyke having the possession but not the cutting edge and Byron seeking to hit on the break. The tactic paid off for Byron as Westdyke’s defence failed to clear their lines and Byron’s forwards engineered an attack down the right wing. The attack resulted in a smart finish from a tight angle to give Byron a 2-0 lead. 
Going two down spurred Westdyke on and their attacks started to carry more menace.  Following some neat interplay on the edge of the Byron box, Gosling found himself in space in the box and slotted home a nice finish with the outside of his foot.
Half Time: Westdyke Thistle 1-2 Byron Munich
The second half started with Westdyke in positive mood having managed to pull one goal back prior to the break.  Westdyke’s attacks seemed more threatening and as they continued to push for an equalizer they were eventually rewarded by Buggie netting from close range. 
The equalizer seemed to galvanise Byron and they were able to mount some sustained possession without managing to breach the Westdyke defence. With 10 minutes to go Shaju went on a mazy run down the right wing for Westdyke, the Byron defence seemed to have the situation under control and shepherded him inside.  However Shaju managed to unleash a curling shot from 25 yards into the top corner of the Byron goal sending the Westdyke supporters ecstatic.
Into the closing stages of the game, the pace began to drop as both sets of players had given everything to a highly entertaining match and Westdyke were able to see out the remainder of the match to secure the victory.
Full Time: Westdyke Thistle 3-2 Byron Munich
Monday, 10 March 2014 22:28

Albion BC clinical over Westdyke

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Albion BC
Westdyke BC
U16's Aberdeen & District JFA
Spain Park
10 March 2014
Albion BC Under 16s coach Andy Milne today said that he didn't expect his side to win as comfortably as 9-1. Milne spoke about the game saying "I was expecting a tougher game from Westdyke to be fair, when we played them earlier in the season, we really struggled.

"We went in at half time 2-1 and decided to change it a bit for the 2nd half as the shape needed to change and we went to 4-4-2 instead of 4-3-3 and I felt we had too many in midfield we weren't getting the ball used properly and it worked well, we had a 5 minute spell in the 2nd half that's as good as we've ever played.

"I think Westdyke getting their goal before half time gave them a wee boost as they coming at it in the 1st 5-10 minutes of the 2nd half, the boys were excellent today and I'm happy with how things are going.

"We're in one cup final already and we've a tough trip away to Deveronvale in the quarter-final of another cup, we've got a lot of travelling coming up with trips to Banff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead so a lot of work to be done but the boys are certainly stepping up to the level that we expect of them.

"Mark Gilmour, the kids got a fantastic talent just sometimes doesn't do it often enough, he's a kid that could go onto bigger and better things as far as i'm concerned and I hope he does,if Mark put in performances like he did every week then he wouldn't be here.

Milne admits that he doesn't bother when they face Lewis when he added "I'm not really bothered when it comes along, I will imagine that we'll have them in one cup final at least anyway, the way we're playing just now it'd be great to meet them but I think when we do play them, the teams are evenly matched".

Albion showed their title credentials with a 9-1 win over Westdyke, Lachie McLeod opened the scoring on 24 minutes before a Mark Gilmour shot slid under the keepers hands and in however Westdyke pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time thanks to a blistering strike from Craig Mackie which found the top left hand corner.

Further goals from McLeod, Gilmour, Richard Binnie and Lewis Liversedge did the damage for the Spain Park outfit.  
Full Time: Albion BC 9-1 Westdyke BC


Stonehaven Youth FC
Formartine United YFC
10 March 2014
Stonehaven came from two goals down to earn a creditable draw against top of the table Formartine in a real thriller at Mineralwell.
Stonehaven had their first attempt as early as the 1st minute. Ritchie Irvine was brought down 30 yards from goal and Connor Cargill ined up the freekick. His curling effort flew over the bar.
Formartine were looking strong and up for the game and started to dominate proceedings. In 5 minutes they won there first corner. The  corner was curled in but the Stonehaven defence cleared only to see the ball returned and Formartine shot from 20 yards. The ball was straight at Kyle Maintland in the Stoney goal and he held the ball well.
Formartine were playing well and forced a series of corners with Stoney unable to successfully retain possession.
After 12 mins Formartine came very close. Another corner was swung in to the box and Kyle Maitland fumble the cross. The ball dropped to the Formartine forward and his shot came back of the bar. A real let-off for Stoney.
On 17 minutes, another let-off for Stonehaven when Formartine came very close again. They won another corner and swung the ball high into the box and it was headed goal-wards but a combination of the defender on the line and Kyle Maitland scrambled the ball clear.
Shortly after that it was the away team again moving forward on the right. A great interchange saw the forward try his luck from 20 yards but again his shot was well held by the Stoney keeper.
After 27 minutes Formartine deservedly took the lead. Yet another corner was put in from the left but this time the ball was true and met by the Formatine No.5 who volley in at the back post.
Stonehaven were limited to quick breaks with Ritchie Irvine looking sharp but well marshalled by the Formartine defence.
On 30 minutes Stonehaven had a very strong penalty claim turned down. A quick breaks saw Adam Smith sprint through and was bearing down on goal only to be foiled by a strong challenge. The loud claims fell on deaf ears and a corner was given.
Stonehaven were now playing themselves into the game and two minutes later a lovely piece of play saw the ball pushed forward and Ritchie Irvine sprinted forward to meet the forward pass but the keeper just beat him to it.
A minute before half time Stonehaven had another chance. Connor Cargill hit a vicious drive from a deadball but his shot was just over the bar.
Half Time: Stonehaven 0-1 Formartine
Two minutes after the re-start Stonehaven almost equalised. They won a free-kick 25 yards from goal wide on the left. Connor Cargills delivery was superb but the ball was missed by the forward at the back post and squeezed wide.
Ritchie Irvine limped of after 46 minutes after a bruising tackle. He was replaced by Calum Lawrence who moved into right mid with Adam Smith pushing forward.
16 minutes after the break Formatine went 2 ahead. Yet another corner cause troubled in the Stonehaven defence. They failed to clear and after a bout of ping pong head tennis the formartine forward nipped in between the defenders and the keeper to head the ball into the net.
This seemed to kick Stonehaven into action rather than let their heads drop. Connor Jordan replaced Owen Davidson at the re-start.
Three minutes later Stoney pulled a goal back. Some hard work from Connor Jordan on the left set the midfielder free. We paced down the wing the turned and played a great ball to Logan Gammie on the edge of the 18 yard line. With a great piece of individual play Logan dribble past 3 defenders and crashed a great drive past the Keep. Game on.
Stonehaven were now on the ascendency. A minute after scoring Logan Gammie again twisted and turned past the defence but his shot was well saved by the keeper.
Two minutes later Stoney came very close to scoring. A lovely move on the right saw Calum Lawrence skip past one defender and fire a perfect ball to Adam Smith but the forwards shot was millimetres past the post.
The game was starting to get stretched and opened out. 29 minutes and it was Formartine who almost increased their lead, again from a corner the centre half pushed forward and met the cross well only to it slip past the left hand post.
With 9 minutes remaining Stonehaven got a deserved equaliser and what a goal it was. Some enterprising midfield play between Ryan Duncan and Cameron Davison for Connor Jordan wide. He slipped the ball neatly to the on running Logan Gammie on 18 yards, who coolly dinked the ball high over the on rushing defenders and keeper and into the net for the goal of the game.
Stonehaven were finishing strongly and Owen Davidson replace Adam Smith for the closing stages. The game was very open now with both sides trying to find the winner.
Owen Davidson was close to winning the game for Stoney but the ball fell to his wrong foot and it squirmed well wide. In the dying seconds Logan Gammie burst through but the ref blew for full time with the midfielder through.
A huge amount of credit is due to both teams for playing such an entertaining game in such a fair and good spirited way.
Full Time: Stonehaven 2-2 Formartine
Thursday, 06 March 2014 19:26

Stonehaven blow title race wide open

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ALC Rangers
Stonehaven YFC
U16's Aberdeen & District JFA
Woodside Sports Complex
06 March 2014
Stoney Under 16's fought out a well deserved victory in a fiesty encounter at Woodside Sports Complex.
Stoney scored first through a Ryan Duncan header but ALC Rangers equaliser soon after and it finished 1-1 at half-time.
Stoney came out in the 2nd half and showed real desire to win the encounter against 2nd placed ALC Rangers. Soon after the Break Logan Gammie scored to put Stonehaven ahead again but once again ALC countered soon after.
On 66 minutes Jack Murray scored from close range to win the crunch encounter.
This puts Stonehaven in 4th equal with a game in hand and better goal difference than ALC. They are only 4 points behind League leaders Formartine, again with a game in hand.
Full Time: ALC Rangers 2-3 Stonehaven YFC
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 01:08

Westdyke into Raymond Kelly semi final

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Westdyke Community Club
U17's Raymond Kelly Trophy 1/4 Final
05 March 2014
We welcomed the current league champions to Lawsondale on a bright and sunny afternoon for this quarter final tie. Having lost in the the league earlier in the season, we knew we would need to be better organised if we were to get anything from the tie.
The opening exchanges were fairly even with the visitors breaking quickly from the back. Westdyke forced the first corner when good play by Andy D released Matty. The corner was well cleared but only as far as Ryan Sp who hit an excellent, dipping shot which had the keeper scrambling across his line but the ball dropped the wrong side of the post.
A good chance fell to the Vale when a Fraser clearance ricocheted back off the forward and he raced in on goal. However, Fraser got back well to challenge and Stuart mopped up the loose ball. Vale were looking lively down their right and had a couple of dangerous runs but a couple of minor adjustments saw the Westdyke back line nip this threat in the bud. Gregor beat his man well and sent a dangerous cross into the box. Matty was onto it sharply but didnt connect properly and his scuffed shot was just wide with Logan following up.
Vale broke again and carved out a chance but it was well defended by Ryan St at the edge of the box. A good chance moments later when another Matty shot was saved by the keeper with the rebound falling to Craig M who volleyed goalwards but again the keeper made a good save. A well flighted free kick by Ryan St was headed towards the goal by Sean and there was a scramble in the box but just wouldnt fall to a Westdyke shirt.
However, the pressure was mounting on the away goal and Westdyke duly took the lead moments later when Craig M thundered into a tackle to win the ball and feed Andy D who showed good close control, a neat step over and an excellent cross with his left peg to MATTY who reacted quickest to tuck his shot into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance.
Westdyke were on top at this point and another Ryan Sp free kick was headed just wide by Craig M who had picked up a good position in the box. Westdyke thought they had stretched their lead moments later when a great double save from the Vale keeper prevented a goal. Sean had flown down the flank and crossed for Matty who swivelled and saw his shot saved with the rebound falling to Craig M who smashed the rebound, only to see the keeper again save well.
Half Time: Westdyke CC 1-0 Deveronvale
Westdyke got off to a good start when Sean fed Reece and his cross to the back post was met by Matty but his downward header was saved by the keeper. Vale had also picked up in this half with Westdyke dropping a bit deeper and tasking them to play through the two banks of 4.
Although having more possession, Eden had very little to do and can thank his back four for the excellent protection they were providing. Sean again was the provider for the next chance when he slipped a ball through for Matty to chase. Showing great strength, Matty out-muscled the defender and raced in on goal but was unlucky to see his shot slip past the post but great credit to the keeper who came out to narrow the angle. A good cross by Ryan Sp saw Craig M dive full length but his header was also just past the post as Westdyke continued to create good chances.
Westdyke were again through one on one moments later when Andy D and Reece combined to send Sean away but his shot on the half volley was well saved by the busy Vale keeper. With the half wearing on and Westdyke defending well, a Vale player was most unlucky to see his thundering shot from distance, crash off the outside of the post and away to safety. Westdyke then had a good penalty claim when Matty drove into the box and was upended as he tried to get his shot away but the referee waved play on. Eden was called upon a couple of times to grab crosses as the Vale pressed in the closing stages but Westdyke saw the game out.
Full Time: Westdyke CC 1-0 Deveronvale
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 00:16

Albion and Hazlehead join together for charity

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On Sunday, at Spain Park, Albion 2007 Scottish Cup winners and Amateur side Hazlehead United will play each other in a match dedicated to Cammy Smith with the game kicking off at 3pm and the entry fee will be.
Cammy Smith, who passed away with Leukaemia in January after a long battle, played  with both Albion BC when he was a teenager then with Amateur side Hazlehead United.
The match will kick off at 3pm with £4 entry for adults and £2 entry for children.
All money raised will be donated to the Anthony Nolan trust, which tries to match stem cell donors with people in need.
Youth footballers in the City have played their part in memory of Cammy Smith, just a couple of weeks ago, a group of Under 15's sorted out a charity match in aid of Friends of Anchor, players featuring in that game played pro-youth football in St Johnstone to players who play in the ADJFA for last season's quintuple winners Dyce BC.
For the neutral, there will be plenty on show as there is a few players with the successful Scottish cup winning 2007 team now playing in the Highland League such as Stewart Hutcheon, now with Keith FC.
Cammy Smith didn’t win the Scottish Cup with Albion however his brother, Grant was part of the successful 2007 side.
Bruce McGregor, who was one of the 2007 winning coaches with the Aberdeen side spoke fondly about the former Albion player when he said “Cammy was a really nice guy, it was a tragic loss, this will be a competitive game and one that Cammy would have enjoyed.”
Last year, Albion 2007 managed to get their hands on the trophy after a 7-1 win over Albion 2012 who gained their hands on the Scottish Cup just 7 months after a penalty-shoot out victory over Tynecastle at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie.
Come Sunday, the 2007 squad will be eager to get their hands on the #weareallcammysmith trophy again however won’t have the same squad that they had last year.
Sam McGregor, one of Bruce’s sons who played for the 2007 outfit in the game last year is only 17 and is currently at Forfar Athletic and will be ruled out of the game as
The Loons have a league cup tie against Cowdenbeath, they will also be without Ryan Arbuckle through injury.The report from last year’s game is available by clicking here.

The #weareallcammysmith Facebook page has urged the crowd to arrive before 3pm as there will be an applause before the game in memory of Cammy.