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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 16:11

Albion fire into last four

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Albion BC
 vs
Lewis United Youth
 
 
 
U14's SR Wood Trophy Rnd 3
 
8 December 2013
 
 
 
A great run from Lewis Hutchison on 5 minutes lead to the opener for Albion when he set up Ross Christie who pulled the ball back on to his left foot and despatched a superbly placed shot to the right of the keeper.

Albion were having the majority of the game and doubled their lead on 16 minutes when Christie again was the scorer, this time showing great positional sense following a shot from the impressive Hutchison that keeper Strachan could only parry.

Albion had a strong claim for a penalty just on half time when Christie was strongly challenged in the box, but the third goal was only delayed as Wood found Albion captain Kyle Smith in the box and he coolly lobbed the helpless Lewis 'keeper.
 
Half Time: Albion 3-0 Lewis United

Lewis came out in the second half and had a real go at their opponents forcing two quick corners. A great save from Otto in the Albion goal led to a break up the right and Smith was again on target for his second and Albion's fourth.

Lewis then pulled one back from the penalty spot on 49 minutes when Aaron Leslie despatched a great shot to Otto's right after Johnstone had taken
down the a Lewis striker.

Then a great move by Albion restored their four goal advantage on 59 minutes as Smith set up Fraser Bryce who coolly beat Strachan one on one to
the keepers left.

 As the game came to a close Gregory Barclay missed a great chance but soon made amends dispatching a shot in to the Albion net after a mix up in the
home defence.

 Albion ran out comfortable 5-2 winners and can look forward to a semi-final date with either Culter Colts or Colony Park.
 
 
Full Time: Albion 5-2 Lewis United
 
Friday, 25 October 2013 14:13

North East sides ready for Scottish Cup weekend

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Banchory BC manager Neil Findlay look ahead to their Scottish Cup derby with Mannofield saying “When you’re in the 3rd round of the Scottish cup most teams often want a team from the central belt, I think the only good thing to come out of this tie is that an Under 19s side from the ADJFA is guaranteed to be in the 4th round."
 
“To be honest I would have avoided Mannofield in the 3rd round and would have played them in the final to make sure that there was an ADJFA side guaranteed to win the Scottish cup."
 
Mannofield suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Deesiders the last time the two teams met and player Declan Urquhart gave his opinion ahead of the game saying “When we last played Banchory on the opening day of the season it finished 1-0 Banchory with them getting a winner thanks to a header in the last minute and it should be a good contest, In the game earlier in the season we played like caterpillars and now we have came back like butterflies."
 
"Because it is the Scottish cup it will be a really different game, we beat Cove in the last round who are a fantastic team and we really think that we have a great chance this year and we were lucky to get through that game."
 
 Colony Colts under 17s have started the season really well and manager Bob Neilson who is unable to make his sides game due to a wedding says they are really shocked at their start, “It is the biggest game we have had in a while and unfortunately due to one of my sons getting married I won’t be able to go."
 
 “I have looked at some of the stats available to us and it looks to be the same standard in both leagues and I think it will be an even game, East End will be the team to catch this season for the league and although we are top we haven’t played them yet."
 
Westdyke under 16s face a hard game at home to Milton Reds and Garry McDonald looked ahead to the game saying "The squad is really looking forward to Saturdays game. It's always good for the lads to test themselves against teams from outside the region. Milton Reds look a strong outfit and we need to be at our best for this game."
 
Fraserburgh Link-Up under 15s have never went past the 3rd round of the Scottish cup before and manager Colin Simpson is looking forward to the trip saying: “Players and coaches are looking forward to pitting our wits against a team from a different area. First time we have made the national stages after getting tough draws locally in previous years. Looking to give a good account of ourselves and for the ADJFA as squad is made up entirely of guys from the Fraserburgh and surrounding area."
 
One of the ties of the round is at Edinburgh's Saughton Park between Tynecastle and Albion under 15s in a repeat of last year's final in Airdrie (pictured, right) and Simpson added “We did have a titter when we saw the draw, at the end of the day we are just concentrating on ourselves, happy to stay under the radar locally and do our talking on the pitch."
Thursday, 24 October 2013 14:37

Banchory and Mannofield get set for Scottish cup derby

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Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup weekend is just a couple of days away for all of the teams across Scotland and the SYFA draw picked out a derby in the 3rd round of the trophy between Banchory and Mannofield.
 
Ironically, both these sides played in the Murray Cup at the start of the season to determine which league both these sides would play in. Banchory and Mannofield both went into the A league with the Deesiders finishing above their rivals who have just started as a team this season.
 
The hosts won the game 1-0 thanks to a last minute header in a really tight game, Banchory coach Neil Findlay looked ahead to the Scottish cup tie by saying “When you’re in the 3rd round of the Scottish cup most teams often want a team from the central belt, I think the only good thing to come out of this tie is that an Under 19s side from the ADJFA is guaranteed to be in the 4th round."
 
“To be honest I would have avoided Mannofield in the 3rd round and would have played them in the final to make sure that there was an ADJFA side guaranteed to win the Scottish cup."
 
Neil also added about the season to date and also the 19s league in total, “I am delighted to be in the A league, we played Ferryhill twice this season, once in the Scottish Cup before playing them in the Murray Cup a week later in which we managed to get over the line and win 2-1."
 
“Thankfully we are not in the B league as both leagues this season are looking really good and also quite competitive, I don’t think any team will be walking away with the A league this year and it is the toughest A league in at least 5 years."
 
“There is plenty of good teams in the A league, us, Colony, both the Huntlys, Cove, Mannofield and Stonehaven, hopefully this season we can continue with the goods and it was good to win the B league last year to emulate the season we had at under 17s."
 
“Some of our players are coming to the end of their Juvenile careers after a lot of the guys have been with us since under 13s and I would be delighted if we can win some silverware this season."
 
Mannofield manager Gabs Antoniazzi was unavailable to speak at the time however player Declan Urquhart gave his pre match thoughts ahead of the local Scottish cup derby on Saturday.
 
Declan said “When we last played Banchory on the opening day of the season it finished 1-0 Banchory with them getting a winner thanks to a header in the last minute and it should be a good contest."
 
"Because it is the Scottish cup it will be a really different game, we beat Cove in the last round who are a fantastic team and we really think that we have a great chance this year and we were lucky to get through that game."
 
“At the start of the season I had my doubts as there was a couple of boys in the team who hadn’t played football for a while but once we got going I felt that we actually had a really good team."
 
“In the Murray cup we were in a really tough group and Banchory were a good side and Ferryhill are our rivals, we had a bit of a slip up against Culter as we were thinking it was an easier game than it turned out to be, I think we will finish well in the A league this season."
 
“Gabs Antoniazzi is doing a fantastic job and has already got some of his coaching badges and he is a really gifted coach, his dad, Felipe is the director of sport at RGU and has also helped us along the way."
 
“Pat Doherty may have stepped back a bit however he is still doing a lot of work for the club, Felipe has plenty of contacts and also takes the training, Felipe teaches us about all the formations whereas Gabs is more of the in-depth stuff."
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:58

High hopes for Highland academy launch

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Despite the best efforts of all involved over the past few to ensure that Scotland’s future footballers are trained to the same standard at the same ages in line with the Scottish Football Associations One National Plan program, some of our youngsters are still missing out on access to academy level coaching simply because of their postcode.
 
It’s because of this that we should all be thankful we have amongst us people like 23 year old Mark McAuley (pictured right, coaching local youngsters), a vibrant, talented young man who recently set up the first ever coaching academy for children living up in Tain in the Scottish Highlands. His organisation, Do Soccer, aims to deliver top quality tutoring to those who would otherwise have gone without and both children and parents have welcomed him with open arms.
 
I spoke to Mark recently about his background, aims and goals for the future ahead of the trials he will be holding later this month.
 
“I started coaching when I was 16 and was invited along to help at an under 10’s football team down in Dunfermline and my interest just snowballed to the point where I’m now running my own company. I’ve been able to travel the world thanks to my work with football and consider myself very lucky to have had the experiences I’ve had thanks to the sport.”
 
“The idea behind this undertaking is simply to give these children the same opportunities that they would get if they lived elsewhere. Running after school programs and lunchtime clubs for kids, parents would ask me how their boys were getting on and what the next step was for them and I had to be honest and tell them that there wasn’t a next step as clubs like Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle are a four hour round trip away and local teams don’t have the necessary set up. So I thought if no one else was going to then I’d try to do it myself.”
 
Rural areas are often sparsely populated with one school. Mark used to coach at educating the sum total of 18 pupils and as a result there often aren’t many options for children to further themselves. As a result interest in Do Soccer has been intense from the outset as youngsters now have the chance to improve their footballing ability and develop social skills that they otherwise might not. 
 
“It’s great that we have the One National Plan project but it would be logistically impossible to implement up here, there are no local leagues or teams nearby who we can play so I’m relying on I will be relying on ICT and Ross County along with all other professional youth set ups to make it a success."
 
“This academy is here to give kids a chance and to provide for them something that they aren’t able to get anywhere else and something that’ll make them feel special.”
 
The squad is completely non-profit and it’s hoped that it can secure sponsorship in order to be self-sufficient and although currently without support from the SFA there is hope that will change once this enterprise is up and running. “My hope is that eventually I can approach the governing bodies and say, 'This is what I have and this is what I’m doing, what can you do to help me give these kids a chance?'”. 
 
“These boys are absolutely buzzing right now and all they and their classmates are talking about are the sessions I’m running, asking question upon question as this is something completely new to them and the area. Currently I’m only recruiting from primaries five to seven but these boys will grow and move into a different age group and new kids will hopefully take their place meaning that the whole endeavour will grow naturally to give everyone their chance in time."
 
This part of the country has proved a fertile land for producing talent in recent times with both Gary Mackay-Steven and the 'Mintlaw Miracle' Kim Little growing up in the north of Scotland and it’s hoped that Mark’s project will prove to be the springboard that allows many others to tread a path the leads to the highest levels of the game.
 
At the very least it will open doors into a world that was merely a dream for many and it can only be hoped that others follow this example and help to give a hand to those that have had to do without for far too long.
 
Trials are being held on Monday 21st October, 4pm at Tain Royal Academy and Mark would also ask that any teams within reasonable travelling distance should get in touch in order to arrange friendlies through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternative you can get in touch through Twitter by contacting @DoSoccerUK.
Sunday, 29 September 2013 08:45

Cove delighted after Scottish Cup progress

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Cove BC manager Ludie Barrack today said that it would be the icing on the cake if they were to be promoted into the A league come the end of the season.
 
Barrack was speaking after Cove's shock 7-2 win over Fraserburgh Link-Up in the Trans Athletic Scottish Cup 2nd round. "The boys deserve something at the end of the season as in the last few years we have reached the 5th round of the Scottish cup and the cups really are just a bonus and we have missed out on the league in the last couple of seasons."
 
"The boys were gutted to miss out on promotion last season however we have a season to build on it and that will be our aim, we've started the season well and we are currently unbeaten after winning games against Formartine, Culter Boys and Culter Colts and they've been tight games."
 
Last season Cove travelled down to Fife to face Forth Royals and came away 6-1 winners and Barrack added that they would be looking for an away tie in the next round however they are just delighted that they have progressed into the next round.
 
"We are just happy to be in the next round so really whoever we get we will be chuffed about but an away trip is always good and a good day out for the players."
 
Ludie also added about the game and said "We're delighted with the victory, anybody watching the game today would have enjoyed it, it was quite a physical game, the scoreline flatters us slightly however it was a good victory against a strong Fraserburgh outfit, we had two bookings which is probably for off the ball incidents however I praise the boys for not getting stuck into opposition players."
 
"We are only taking it one game at a time and hopefully we can get points on the board, it will be a competitive league this season and there will be so many teams like us who will be trying to get promoted this season".
 
Drew Canale put Cove a goal in front after just 3 minutes with a low drive in what started a goal frenzy. Ritchie Lamb, Nicky Lynch, Robert Wilson, Kyle Bilsland and Cammy Smith also found the net and Drew Canale picked up a brace in what was a convincing display for Cove. Marc Summers and Jacob Tait scored consolations for the Broch.