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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 20:28

Formartine leapfrog ALC Rangers into top spot

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ALC Rangers
 vs
Formartine United
 
 
 
U16's Aberdeen & District JFA
 
26 February 2014
 
 
 
This top of the table clash game was always going to be an exciting game and it did not disappoint with Formartine coming out of the blocks right from the start and
denied a goal within five minutes after Kris Beinzie crashed a shot against the bar and could have landed over the line but no goal line technology here.
 
After 10 minutes Matthew Tewnion slid an excellent ball through to Calumn Gilchrist who ran on and drove the ball into the bottom corner to make it 1-0.
 
Formartine kept driving at ALC and could have went in at half time 3 or 4 up being denied several chances including a missed penalty by Tewnion just before half time.
 
Half Time: ALC Rangers 0-1 Formartine
 
ALC came out stronger in the second half determined to get a goal back and in the 55th minute got their reward when Dean Marr snatched a goal after poor defending.
 
It was end to end for the remainder of the game with both teams desperate not to concede but with 6 minutes to go Matthew Tewnion crossed into the box
and Andy Neil latched on and into the bottom corner game over.
 
The result means Formartine leap frog ALC into top spot with an exciting end to the season guaranteed as it is possible for six teams to win this league.
 
Full Time: ALC Rangers 1-2 Formartine
 
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 08:04

Middlefield Wasps comeback to secure draw

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Banchory BC
 vs
Middlefield Wasps
 
 
 
U14's Aberdeen & District JFA
 
26 February 2014
 
 
 
The muddy pitch and the strong wind made it difficult for both teams, but Banchory lead 2-0 at half-time.
 
Banchory, despite now playing into the wind, began the second half strongly and scored again to lead 3-0.
 
Middlefield, however, managed to get back into the match, pulling level, and finished the stronger side. Both teams had chances to increase the score  - near misses, one-on-ones with the keeper and hitting the woodwork - but it finished at 3-3.  
 
Full Time: Banchory BC 3-3 Middlefield Wasps
 
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 06:42

Newmachar first-half goals seal the spoils

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Formartine United
 vs
Newmachar United
 
 
 
U14's Aberdeen & District JFA
Venue Pleasure Park ,Oldmeldrum
26 February 2014
 
 
 
Newmachar got the game started in a blustery morning in Oldmeldrum. It was sticky start for both teams with Newmacher having more of the possession up Formartines right hand side.
 
There were no chances in first 12 mins, until Formartine counter attacked through the heart of the Newmachar defence but a fine stop from Josh Chambers for Newmachar stopped the opening goal. Straight from his kick Newmachar Utd's striker Paul Greig controlled ball and from over half way line turned and dribbled ball to just outside 18 yard box beating 2 Formartine players. He cut inside and curled the ball into far corner making it 1-0 to league leaders Newmachar.
 
With the winds still strong it was having an impact on the game and with possession 50-50 and mostly up the right hand side both teams were struggling to make an impact. On the 30 minute mark, with a scrappy bit of play, the ball broke to striker Paul Greig who put striking partner Connor Duncan through. He was being a menace to the Formartine defence and he eventually got his shot in which brought a fine save from Formartine goalkeeper, but he could only parry the ball to the on coming striker Paul Greig to get his 2nd of the game.
 
Half Time: Formartine Utd 0-2 Newmachar Utd
 
Formartine kicked-off the 2nd half and immediately started applying pressure on Newmachar Utd but failed to take 1 or 2 chances untill 20 mins in and Formartine Utd's midfielder took a shot from outside of box which swerved past the Newmachar Utd goalkeeper. Thankfully, it was headed off the line by defender Sean Stalker, but landed perfectly for Formartine player who slotted home from six yards.
 
Formartine were back in it and were now on the offence, but struggled to break down the solid Newmachar defence. Newmachar make a few substitutes and begin to get the game under control and in the last ten mins created chance after chance but the Formartine goalkeeper was making a few fine saves to deny Newmachar their third.
 
Full Time: Formartine Utd 1-2 Newmachar Utd
 
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 19:01

Fomartine coach looks to continue fine form

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Formartine United coach Graeme Issac today thinks that now they can go forward to challenging with the better teams in the region. United went to the top of the Under 16s B league thanks to a 2-1 win over ALC Rangers with only 7 league games remaining.
 
Issac spoke about the red & whites' ambition by saying "We've played everybody now that will be challenging for the league this season, we haven't played ALC yet so to come out with a win was good, in the 1st game with Byron Rovers, we looked intimidated in the 1st game however we are looking forward to the 2nd game.
 
"We beat Stonehaven in the cup and then got beat by the odd goal in the league, and we played Kintore in the league and won 3-1 before we got beat 5-4 by them in the cup so there is five teams that can still win the league this season."
 
"So we've just to keep tracking along and picking up points and hopefully at the end of the day, we'll be there or there abouts, no disrespect to a lot of the teams in the B league however the squad are to good to be playing B league football.
 
"For developing players that we need to be in the A league because you can only learn from it with playing the likes of your Albion's, Glentanar's and Lewis's, a lot of our players went to Glentanar last season and we're rebuilding the squad and there is a few of them pushing to get involved with the Highland League team now.
 
"It was James Simpson's first game in goals, it's a job to see which one will be first choice and he did well and it was to give us a bit of presence.
 
Formartine took the lead after 10 minutes thanks to a low drive from Callum Gilchrist which found the bottom left hand corner.
 
Formartine were then denied two further goals during the 1st half for fouls.
 
Before the interval, United then missed a penalty after Matthew Tewnion's spot-kick went straight at Drew Henderson.
 
ALC pulled back level in the 55th minute thanks to Dean Marr, who netted from 6 yards after a Reece Williams ball.
 
Formartine then came back and got a winner with 6 minutes remaining after a Matthew Tewnion ball towards goal was met by Andy Neil who tapped it in.
 
Issac added about the game when he said "We're a footballing side and like to play football however today we had to grind a result out."
Monday, 17 February 2014 20:37

Colony Locos secure Sunnybank Shield Final spot

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Colony Locos
 vs
Huntly FC
 
 
 
U19's Sunnybank Shield Semi-Final
 
17 February 2014
 
 
 
A very blustery day at Garioch Sports Centre saw Huntly have the wind behind them at kick off.
 
And they took the lead courtesy of a Colony own goal, the unfortunate player seeing the ball flash off his head into his own net as early as the third minute.

Colony could and should have equalised in the tenth minute as a great opportunity was passed up.
 
Huntly would then go on to extend their lead straight away as a poor Colony clearance lead to a fine finish by Connor Kelly across the home keeper and in off the post.

A deserved goal came the way of Colony who seemed to step it up after the early setback with Greg Wood turning home a fine cross from wide between the Huntly back four and the keeper.

Five minutes later and the tie was level. Grant Dawson showed individual skill and tenacity to evade several challenges before finding the feet of Joe Burr who had spotted the run of Dan Crisp who slotted home neatly at the near post.
 
Half Time: Colony Locos 2-2 Huntly FC

It was all to play for with a Cup Final spot the prize.

A penalty to Colony would break the deadlock in the 54th minute. Burr was felled in the box and with no hesitation the referee pointed to the spot. Lawrence then made no mistake from 12 yards to put Colony ahead.

This lead was extended midway through the half with a goal from nothing but what cannot be taken away was the industry of Wood who ran onto the bouncing ball and flicked over the stranded visitors keeper from the tightest of angles.

Scoring for the day was complete and progression for the hosts was sealed with ten minutes to play in quite unceremonious fashion with Scott Abel slamming home from close range as a result of an uncleared Colony corner.  
 
Full Time: Colony Locos 5-2 Huntly FC
 
Byron Rovers Under 16s coach Craig Barry today said that his side's expectations this season will be to get promoted into the A league, the victory jumped the Northfield outfit into 4th place with a game in hand. 
 
Barry talked about the challenge for his team as they go into the business end of the campaign by saying "Our expectations are that we will either go up through winning the league or finishing in 2nd place, it'll be up to the players  to see if they do that or not however we are definitely hoping we can go up. 
 
"We've told the players to treat everything one game at a time, it's better to have the points on the board rather than have games in hand so when you have the points, nobody can take them away from you.
 
"Every game is a big game but especially with 5 teams tied up at the top means that we have a lot of big games coming up, we've played all the teams at the top and as a coaching staff and players, we know what we're in for.
 
"We are hopeful however we don't want to look too far in front, as always we will treat this one game at a time and todays win gives us the advantage over Stonehaven.
 
"I think with the midweek games coming up that it will be the deciding factor with teams slipping up and also who would be going up this season. 
 
"We played Formartine a couple of weeks ago and in the end ran out comfortable winners so at the minute, they don't seem to be recapturing their A league form but not to say that it won't change, they'll be wanting straight back into the A league rather than to be stuck in the B league. 
 
Fellow Byron coach Kevin Charles gave his opinion on the game by saying "It was good football from us throughout and we've been doing this all season, players have been getting on the scoresheet and they did again today."
 
In a game that was ruined by the windy conditions, it was Byron who put on an attacking masterclass to turn Stonehaven over, Shaun Morrison scored the opening goal of the game which set him up to his hat-trick. 
 
Morrison then added a 2nd on 15 minutes thanks to nodding home from a corner. Matthew Kidd then knocked in the 3rd before Aiden Cran got himself on the tally who kept his composure. Morrison completed his hat-trick 15 minutes into the 2nd half before Kidd and Cran completed the scoring, Stonehaven got a consolation through a Ritchie Irvine penalty. 
 
Byron Rovers - Melvin, Lumsden, Robertson, Stuart, Smith, Cran, Kidd, Morrison, Parker, Allan, Lynch. Subs: Stebbucs, Grant, Stewart, Maitland.
Stonehaven YFC - Maitland, Garrow, Cargill, Grant, Mellis, Lownie, Duncan, Gammie, Smith, Stewart, Irvine. Subs: Lawrence, Owen Davidson, Cameron Davidson, Murray.
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:40

Gray delighted with Albion's first half performance

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Albion BC Under 14s coach Aggie Gray said that he was delighted with his side's first half of the season. The Spain Park outfit have enjoyed a 100% record with 7 wins out of 7 and currently are in pole position to win the league again.
 
Last season's treble winning side are also still in both cups and are eager to win the treble again this time around, Albion are in the semi finals of both competitions, in the SR Wood trophy where they await the winner of Colony Park or Culter Colts and in the Eddie Mannell Trophy, they await the winner of Dyce v Ellon Meadows.
 
Gray said "After the first few months, it's been good, I have been really impressed with the squad which is a really good standard, this is my first coaching job and I really wasn't sure what to expect and it has been a really good experience so far. 
 
"We have took in Fraser Bryce and Euan Dalmon to replace Stuart Bridgeford and Ethan Grant who went to Aberdeen and at the moment, despite that we are doing well we are down to the bare bones every week and have a squad of only 13 or 14 so we are looking to strengthen, I will have a chat with the other coaches Bruce McGregor and Patrick Ritchie to discuss any potential signings."
 
"As we go into the second half of the season, we're certainly going on to hopefully win the league, the Scottish Cup defeat to Lenzie was a hard one to take however hopefully by next season we will be better prepared for the challenges against teams from down in the central belt,  it was a good, physical Lenzie that we were up against and we got a lot of experience from the game, We have a fantastic group of guys and there isn't any standout players in the team."
 
Gray was an ex Scottish Cup winner with Albion after beating Edinburgh side Royston BC 1-0 when he was a teenager and played with Ian Vigurs, now at Motherwell and Martin Charlesworth, who is with Highland League side Deveronvale. 
 
Aggie spoke about the great memories of his playing career saying "The team I  played with was absolutely fantastic, Kenny Black and John Wood were our coaches at the time and were great, a lot of the guys went on to play at a good level including Ian Vigurs and I'm still really good mates with him."
Monday, 10 February 2014 16:19

Broch boss Simpson ecstatic after victory

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Author: David Reid
 
Fraserburgh Link-Up Under 15's coach Colin Simpson was feeling ecstatic after his side’s 5-1 victory over last year’s Scottish Cup winners Tynecastle, giving the Broch a place in the semi-finals.
 
Simpson spoke about the game saying “I’m currently feeling ecstatic about the win and I’m delighted that we got to this stage, I’m really proud of the players, we didn’t get off to the best of starts with Tynecastle taking the lead however we clawed our way back and tucked away our chances when we needed to, we haven’t played a single game since the middle of December, Tynecastle had shots but went over the bar however the defence stood firm the whole game and the team played really well and we played like a unit.
 
“It was a good performance from the whole team and the whole squad played their part, at Fraserburgh Link-Up, we’re more concerned about long term development for the lads, it’s a team game and we have good players around the team, players who score goals and also players who assist for the goals.
 
“Hopefully we get reward for the lads this season by winning a trophy however there is still a lot of games to be played and the games against Albion and Dyce will give us a better picture of how our season will end up, we’ve travelled 2,500 miles in the Scottish Cup this season and 5 out of 6 games have been away, 4 of them being beyond Aberdeen.
 
“Albion this Sunday will be a very hard game and it’s a game that all of us want to be involved in, hopefully we do the talking on the park."
 
Simpson added about the arrangements for the semi-final with Lanarkshire outfit Westwood Rovers by saying: “In the last 24 hours, we’ve had e-mails from the SYFA and Juvenile secretary Neil Paterson, a lot of factors need to be taken into consideration, I’ve spoken to Finlay Noble at the Broch and he’s happy to help us out and the ADJFA will also help us out as much as they can.”
 
It was the Edinburgh outfit who took the lead thanks to Jay Kilboy’s long range strike before Bailey Simpson equalised slipping the ball under Tynie keeper Briton. Kane McCrory gave the Broch a 14th minute lead thanks to a header. Sean Douglas gave Link-Up a two goal advantage just before the interval. Drew Masson then got on the scoresheet after a great ball in by Liam Cameron before McCrory rounded off the victory for Fraserburgh with a free kick.
Monday, 10 February 2014 10:47

Colony Park take the spoils over Huntly

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Colony Park
 vs
Huntly FC
 
 
 
U17's ADJFA
Gairdoch Centre
10 February 2014
 
 
 
Colony Park coach Greame McDonald was happy with his sides 1-0 victory on Saturday by saying "The windy conditions made the game a leveller, funnily enough, both sides played better against the wind rather than with the wind, we expected with playing out of the wind in the 1st half and with us having a half time lead to make advantage of that in the 2nd half and go onto win more than we did.
 
"It was a very good strike by Paul Gee for the goal and unfortunately afterwards we didn't press them enough times as we would have liked, crosses in from the wings were getting taken away by the wind and I thought through balls were being over hit.
 
Due to the heavy rain on Friday night, it meant that only four games were available and no games in Aberdeen City were playable, the games which got the go ahead were as follows, Huntly v Colony Park Under 16s, Ellon Meadows v Colony Colts under 17s, Fraserburgh Link-Up v Culter Colts at the same age group and the only A league game at under 17s was Colony v Huntly. 
 
McDonald said that his side was very fortunate for the facilities available to his Inverurie outfit and admitted that if it wasn't for the artificial surface at the Garioch Centre then Colony would be having games off, McDonald added by saying "We're very lucky for the astroturf here at the Garioch, if we were playing on a grass pitch then we would be seeing more games called off during the winter.
 
"Facilities are a real problem for youth football not just in this area but also in other areas in Scotland especially at this time of the year, it's a shame as you prepare for the game during the week and then you come to a Saturday and your sitting idle and I feel sorry for the teams that don't have the benefit of playing on an astroturf, we will have a lot of games out of the way and that will benefit the players for when they sit exams."
 
It took a 30th minute strike from Paul Gee to seperate the sides after a great ball into Gees pathway. 
 
Huntly's Ross Christie was then shown a straight red in the 73rd minute for handling the ball outside his area.  
 
Full Time: Colony Park 1-0 Huntly FC
 
 
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 18:07

Middlefield Wasps sting Fraserburgh's Title Chances

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Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC
 vs
Middlefield Wasps
 
 
 
U14's ADJFA
 
05 February 2014
 
 
 
On Sunday the 2nd of February top of the table Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC hosted Middlefield Wasps. Considering their positions in the league table and that Fraserburgh had only lost once all season, it appeared to be a likely home victory.
 
However, the strong wind made this a game of two halves. Facing the wind in the first half, Middlefield had to defend strongly.
 
While Fraserburgh had the advantage they simply could not put the ball into the back of the net and Middlefield managed to keep the score to 0-0 at half-time.
 
Half Time: Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC 0-0 Middlefield Wasps
 
In the second half it was all change with Middlefield dominating the match. Despite this it was Fraserburgh who managed to take the lead and put themselves 1-0.
 
Middlefield kept attacking though and didn’t let their heads drop. Not long after the opening goal they managed to get the equalizer and make it all square.
 
The decisive moment occured when Fraserburgh had a man sent off for preventing a goal scoring opportunity by handling the ball on the goal line.
 
This was a tough blow for Fraserburgh as the man sent off was arguably their best player, a strong central defender who had helped keep Middlefield to only one goal.
 
The Wasps scored the resulting penalty and continued to hold the upper hand until the final whistle. 
 
Full Time: Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC 1-2 Middlefield Wasps