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Saturday, 21 December 2013 19:43

Dee BC's manager impressed with lads' start

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Dee BC under 14’s manager Scott Ewen has been very impressed with his side’s start and admits they have have taken a big leap this season.
Ewen said “I’ve been really impressed with how the lads have started the season, we are still undefeated winning five and drawing just two, the two draws came at Newmachar United where we didn’t have a full squad to choose from that day and had to reshuffle things around, then at Kintore I felt the pitch was narrow that day and never play the football that we normally play.
If we play the way we have been doing then we will do well and should be on our way to winning the league come the end of the season, I would like to think we can last the season undefeated however I doubt it will happen."
Last campaign, Dee finished 8th in the league however this time around, Dee are looking very strong and are currently top level on points with Newmachar United with two games in hand.
Ewen took over as the manager after his brother-in-law was the manager last season and Scott thinks that nothing has changed now that he has taken over as the gaffer.
“I had a look at all the league tables a couple of weeks ago and it seems that the two teams that got promoted from the C league last season are the two teams who are 1st and 2nd in the B league this season.”
"In my view, Colony Park should never have been in the league as they were expected to win every game and has good amounts of quality in the squad to go on to better things, this season is a lot more competitive and if you look at it, we finished 8th in the league last season and now we are fighting for promotion.”
"We actually threatened to fold however I took over so that the players weren’t left with a club to look for and we were struggling for players, I think some of the teams in this league are smash and grab in the hunt to win games were we keep the ball on the ground and try and play football.”
I was always watching the team and the managerial change hasn’t made a difference to the club whatsoever, we’ve all been together since under 10s.”
Monday, 16 December 2013 16:25

Bervie keep up the pressure with commanding win

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Bervie Caley Youth
Banchory BC Lions
ADJFA U15's League  
15 December 2013
Despite the weather Bervie got this match underway with the wind at their back and were immediately on the attack, Jenkins coming infield and playing the ball to Webster who drove forward looking to slip the ball through to Duggan, however the pass was slightly over hit. Blacklaw had started the match brightly and he played a fine ball down the right to Anderson, however the forward was outmuscled by the defender who cleared the ball to safety.
Despite having the best of the first fifteen minutes Bervie had nothing to show and hadn’t tested the keeper. The opening goal came when a defender sliced a clearance out for a corner. Blacklaw’s ball in saw Davies attack the ball only for it to be saved, Webster followed up with his effort half cleared only for the ball to be headed back in for Webster rise and head home the opener. Bervie grew in confidence with this goal and were playing some good football, Blacklaw and Anderson combing down the right before Banchory scrambled the ball clear. Bervie’s next chance started from the back, Gordon striding clear with the ball again and playing it out wide to Avis, his ball up the line found Anderson who held the ball up before slipping in the onrushing Blacklaw who crossed the ball to the backpost however Jenkins couldn’t get on the end of it and gave a foul away.
Blacklaw and Gordon were dominating in midfield and defence respectively, both moving the ball well and spreading play. Duggan did well down the left to beat his man and pulled the ball back to the edge of the box however Anderson failed to connect properly and another chance went by. Again Gordon strode out with the ball well this time finding Anderson on the right, as he did earlier he held the ball up well and slipped the ball to Blacklaw who found Avis, however his cross was blocked. Banchory started to see a little more of the ball midway through the half and Avis conceded a freekick around 30 yards out, Banchory opted to play it short however the effort went wide. Bervie tried to push forward again and Blacklaw, McLaughlin and Thomson combined well; the cross was met by Anderson whose close range effort was blocked and cleared for a corner.
Bervie grabbed a second when Webster drove into the box his effort was blocked and fell to Blacklaw whose effort was also blocked but the ball fell to Avis who shot high into the net to give Bervie a two goal lead. The lead was short lived though, just before half time Banchory won a corner, the home side didn’t get organised quickly enough and the ball was played short, Thomson tried to close down however was turned, Webster was also unable to prevent the cross along the six yard box and the ball was stabbed home at close range.
Half Time: Bervie Caley Youth 2-1 Banchory BC Lions
Bervie started the second half clear in the knowledge they needed to up their game if they were going to take all three points. Starting brightly, Blacklaw took Websters throw and played it back to him, his cross was half cleared to McLaughlin whose effort was parried wide for a corner. The resultant corner found Jenkins on the edge of the box but his effort was saved. Banchory were trying to get forward however Gordon was having a fine game at the back and was reading nearly every ball, intercepting them and starting attacks with intelligent balls out of defence. McLaughlin was seeing more of the ball in the second half and was showing more hunger than he did in the first half doing well to close down a defender and earn a throw. Webster found McLaughlin from the throw and his turn and effort was saved. Gordon did well to intercept another ball, finding Thomson whose ball found Anderson, his first time effort though was well saved.
Banchory tried another long ball forward and once again Gordon intercepted, this time beating his man to stride forward and play in Avis, he found Anderson who drove forward feeding Avis again, his ball across the box found Blacklaw whose effort was saved. Bervie grabbed the all-important next goal, when again Gordon made a great interception, he played the ball forward to Anderson who played a well weighted first time ball to McLaughlin allowing him to run onto it holding off the defender to calmly slot the ball home to give restore Bervie’s two goal lead. Bervie were again dominating and Anderson once again received the ball from a throw, fed McLaughlin who slipped the ball out to substitute Sawyer, however his touch let him down and the chance went.
McLaughlin was now starting to look far livelier and was unfortunate to have a foul given against him when making a great challenge to win the ball back in the corner. Although not having much to do in the game Leisk remained alert and communicated well with Gordon to take control and smother another long ball forward from Banchory. Bervie sealed the game and grabbed a fourth when Blacklaw received a throw on the left and turned, losing his man and hit a majestic half volley goal ward which the keeper could only parry.
Although not at their best the home side were driven on by strong performances from Gordon and Blacklaw and was a good win for Bervie in difficult conditions seeing Bervie go into the Christmas break well positioned in the league with 2 games in hand.
Full Time: Bervie Caley Youth 4-1 Banchory BC Lions
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 16:11

Albion fire into last four

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Albion BC
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.