Saturday, 24 July 2010

Dundee Utd v St. Johnstone
Match Report by Kim Middleton

The opening stages of the late afternoon kick off and things are even between the two.

Dundee Utd 0-1 St. Johnstone
5 minutes in and St. Johnstone take the lead. You blink you miss it, very quick and skillful from Andrew Steeves.

Injury scare for the Saints Ally Gilmour but he runs it off and is able to continue.

The game is fairly end to end with opportunities for both sides.

Dundee Utd 1-1 St. Johnstone
The scoreline reflects how even play has been as Jordan Moore nets an equaliser for united, set up by Craig Bell.

The Saints looking sharp on the break with a great run from Dom O'Neill presenting an opportunity.

Soon after St. Johnstone come close to regaining the lead when an Kieran Ward cross is marginally missed by Gilmour.

15 minutes in and it is St. Johnstone who are looking brightest, with Ally Gilmour standing out.

Dundee Utd press with a good run from Craig Bell followed by a cross presenting Jordan Moore with another opportunity. Good play between these two.

The game continues with its end to end nature as St. Johnstone look go forward once more – again Ally Gilmour looking threatening.

30 minutes in and the Saints need to make a change. Gilmour is down injured and he sadly needs to make way early following a fantastic performance in the opening half hour. He is replaced by David Breen – who has had a very good week.

The game remains open, entertaining to watch as both teams push for a half time lead.

Dundee Utd 1-1 St. Johnstone
The half is seen out, Dundee Utd coming close just before half time however it is all square at the break.

The second half is once again an even affair, however without the same umber of chances as the first to begin with.

Saints come close with Nathan Fishe shooting just over the crossbar from an acute angle.

Play continues as an open end to end affair with no team in particular dominating, just moments at each end.

As the second half comes to a close it is clear every player on that pitch wants the win, very positive to see such a combined effort and determination.

Dundee Utd 1-1 St. Johnstone
Right before the full time whistle goes St. Johnstone have a great chance to win it but the full time whistle goes and it is level. Penalties it is!

St. Johnstone
Andy Steeves ✓
Dom O'Neill ✓
Scott Gray ✓
David Breen ✓
Nathan Fishe х
Dundee Utd
Ryan Gould ✓
Connor Flynn ✓
Daniel Smith х
James Thomson✓
Scott Smith х

St. Johnstone win 4-3 on penalties.

(St. Johnstone win 4-3 on penalties.)

Man of the Match:
Craig Bell - Dundee Utd
Ally Gilmour – St. Johnstone

Aberdeen FC v Dundee FC (14's)

Aberdeen FC v Dundee FC (14's)
Match Report by Kim Middleton

Afternoon kick off in the bright sun and strong wind sees Aberdeen take on rivals Dundee in a game that promises to be highly competitive.

Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee
The game immediately bursts into action as Aberdeen blast down the pitch and almost within no time at all they are in the lead. Cameron Gibbs with the goal with it all to do with the game barely even kicked off.

Dundee get on with it with heads held high, they refuse to let the early set back deflate them.

Aberdeen remain in possession of the ball and continue to presurise Dundee in the opening few minutes.

Aberdeen 2-0 Dundee

The early pressure pays off, really quickly! Harry Milne doubles Aberdeen's lead as the game is still in the opening five minutes. Dundee have barely been outside the penalty box as Aberdeen have been a constant threat from the whistle.

10 minutes in and Dundee eventually have the opportunity to press, with a good spell of possession for the Taysiders.

Aberdeen look sharp on the break with a decent Phillip Watt run.

15 minutes in and Aberdeen's goalscorer Harry Milne shows great effort to keep the ball in play.

Good communication between Aberdeen's Craig Storie and Glen Smith.

Watt breaks up the right and crosses to Craig Storie who is on target – good save from Dundee's stopper.

Dundee are defending the Aberdeen pressure well and we see another great save from the keeper.

Aberdeen 3-0 Dundee

Aberdeen earn themselves a corner, the ball scrambles around and eventually comes off the opposition – own goal, 3-0 Aberdeen.

Dundee's keeper makes way, Johnstone replaces him and is immediately in the action as he makes a good save.

Aberdeen 4-0 Dundee

A powerful Milne strike from a good angle beats Johnstone – who gets a touch however the shot has so much pace it hits the back of the net – another for Aberdeen.

Aberdeen 5-0 Dundee

Shortly after his 2nd goal Milne is denied an opportunity in the box and the ref points to the spot. Milne steps up and picks up a hat-trick – 5-0 Aberdeen, very well taken penalty.

Aberdeen 5-0 Dundee.

Dundee have remained positive – despite going behind so early which is hard for any team to recover from, they have shown spells of promise going forward and have defended well on occasion – it seems they have met Aberdeen on a really good day.

2nd half and Aberdeen continue to Dominate – Dundee's Callum Petrie is warned and Aberdeen get a free kick after Gibbs is fouled, Jason Brown takes it and the keeper collects.

Phillip Watt has another great run as Aberdeen pressurise some more.

As the second half, Dundee show great spirit as they fail to give up and provide a good spell.

Dundee's Callum Petrie is fouled by Brown, Ben Smith puts the resulting free kick just over the bar. Shortly after he unfortunately exits the game after picking up a knock. He is replaced by Steven Roberts.

Aberdeen's Gibbs is fouled by Petrie – who recieves a warning Dundee deal with the resulting free kick.

Dundee have improved defensively this half and they are awarded a penalty, from which Calvin Colqhoun gets a goal back for Dundee. Good penalty.

Aberdeens Craig Storie has looked a threat this afternoon he comes close around 25minutes into the 2nd half.

As the final minutes of the game arrives it is a case of Dundee making sure their defeat is not heavier, however after some excellent passing football and a great build up, Aberdeen get a 6th courtesy of Phillip Watt who has played well today, and deserves a goal to his name.

Aberdeen 6-1 Dundee

Aberdeen dominate from start to finish, and despite a spirited performance from Dundee, they are well beaten.

Managers comment:
It has been a hard week for the lads – they have played to to their ability and have shown what they are capable of. My man of the match today is Milne following his hat-trick, my man of the week overall is Scott McKenna.

Man of the Match:
Harry Milne.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Motherwell v Ross County

Motherwell v Ross County
Match Report by Kim Middleton
Our early kick off in the sunshine see Motherwell and Ross County battle it out in their consolation game.
The opening stages see Motherwell apply some early pressure in front of the Ross County goal.
County look threatening on the break, unfortunately the ball is over-run.
As the game progresses County look sharp – especially on the break.
Motherwell are awarded a header, which results in a chance headed just over the crossbar.
First quarter of the hour passes and play is fairly balanced.
Injury scare for County's Gordon Finlayson, however fortunately he recovers.
At the half hour mark there have been no outstanding chances so far, the game is highly competitive and open yet either side have really challenged the oppositions goalkeeper.
Motherwell 0-0 Ross County
Second half gets underway - again play is fairly even.
There is a 'handbags' moment between County's Kyle McDonald and Motherwell's Fraser Johnstone - however things are quickly resolved.
A free kick is awarded to Motherwell and is taken by Adam Ashgar.  He goes directly for goal and fires just over.
Motherwell 0-1 Ross County
Only slightly against the run off play Ross County take the lead – on the break, an excellent run resulting in John Budge opening the scoring.
Since their goal County have burst into life. 
County make a change with goalkeeper Lewis Milne making way for Connor Hall who very quickly is forced into action – he makes a stunning save following a County corner.
Motherwell's Jordan Dodd takes a free kick and produces a great cross – unfortunately no one quite reaches it, as it could have been an equaliser.
Motherwell continue to play well despite going behind.
Ross County are playing some great passing football.
The closing stages of the game is providing some entertaining football for the neutral.
Motherwell 0-2 Ross County
A cross from County's Adam Porrit creates the second goal for County which took an unfortunate deflection off Motherwell's Christopher O'Neill and stands as an own goal.
Both teams continue to press forward, which is good to watch.  Motherwell fail to capitalize from their chances and the game finishes 2-0 to Ross County following an impressive performance.
Motherwell 0-2 Ross County.
Man of the Match: Adam Porrit.

Celtic v St.Johnstone

Celtic v St.Johnstone 
Match Report by Kim Middleton

St.Johnstone get the evening kick-off underway however Celtic win possession and almost immediately they are on the attack.
Celtic 1-0 St.Johnstone
Within seconds Celtic are ahead - Marcus Fraser with the goal leaving the Saints stunned.
Celtic are playing some excellent football with great communication between Mohammed Yaqub and Jordan Moffat - these two are standing out.
Celtic 2-0 St.Johnstone
10 minutes in and Celtic are awarded a free kick, which is taken by Joe Chalmers who scores directly from the free kick. Stunning goal.
Celtic 3-0 St.Johnstone
Celtic are awarded another free kick which eventually leads to their third.  Some excellent play in the build up to this - a deserved goal for Jordan Moffat.
St.Johnstone are by no means playing badly, we saw what they were capable of against Sunderland.  It is simply that Celtic are looking impossible to beat, they look constantly dangerous and have such blistering pace.
St.Johnstone have spells of good play – however Celtic are successful in regaining possession.
Celtic passing extremely well with great pace, again great communication between Jordan Moffat and Mohammad Yaqub. 
Celtic awarded a free kick following a high footed challenge –  Yaqub to take, this is followed by some more outstanding Celtic football.
Celtic come close again as a strike hits the cross bar and the rebound is offside.
As the game heads for half time the Saints up their game, some positive football coming from them, their ball finding the back of the net however is offside.
St.Johnstone's Callum Donnelly looking sharp.
Half time whistle goes and Celtic have a three goal advantage.
Celtic 3-0 St.Johnstone
Second half kicks off and Celtic continue to press for a fourth.
The first 15 minutes of the second half and we witness the first real chance of the half, when Celtic's John Herron blasts just over the bar.
20 minutes in and there is some decent football coming from St.Johnstone, they continue to play well and with confidence despite trailing 3-0.
Celtic 4-0 St.Johnstone
A great headed goal from Joseph O'Brian which seals the win for Celtic.
Celtic 4-0 St.Johnstone
As Celtic look as if they could find a 5th, the full time whistle goes – Celtic take their deserved place in the final.
Man of the Match –  Jordan Moffat

Deveronvale v Buchan Quines

Deveronvale v Buchan Quines
Match Report by Dana McIntosh

This girls semi-final game was highly competitive from kick off, and it was plain to see that both teams were determined to reach the final.

Some fantastic passing from Buchan's enabled Lauren Taylor (9) to score their first goal.

The game continued to be an engrossing contest and both teams were clearly retained their motivation after the goal.

Deveronvale's defence held strong until Buchan's Hannah Stewart (10) was able to break through to score Buchan's second goal.

The half time whistle blew leaving the tie at 2-0 to Buchan Quines.

The second half was again competitive and saw more strong defending, with only one further goal being scored, this time by Buchan's number 16 Louise McCouaig.

The final whistle left Buchan celebrating making it all the way to the final and running out 3-0 winners.

Aberdeen v Fraserburgh

Aberdeen v Fraserburgh
Match Report Dana McIntosh

The game got off to a fast moving, exciting start. We only had to wait until the 10th minute before Aberdeen's number 4 Glenn smith scored the first goal. Two further goals went on to be scored for Aberdeen leaving the score at 3-0.

Fraserburgh's luck looked like it might have changed when a shot taken by Fraserburgh's number 11, James Gibb slipped out of Aberdeen's goalies hand and into the net.

In the second half, the pace was, again, fast moving and saw a strong defence from both sides.

A lovely move saw Aberdeen beat Fraserburgh tough defence afer a nicely played corner was put into the back of the net. Just before the end of the match another goal for Aberdeen, make the final score Aberdeen 5 – 1 Fraserburgh.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Motherwell FC U16's v Cornhill BC U16's

Match report by David Barry

Motherwell were looking for a high scoring win from this match which they needed in order to have a chance of reaching the finals in the tournament.

They came close in the early minutes of the game from a corner that was just headed over. More early chances down the wings were dealt with well by Cornhill's captain Russell Masson.

The opener came after only five minutes following a pull back from the left found Craig Moore on the edge of the box who struck home into the top corner.

The Steelmen went 2-0 up shortly after, a cross from the right met Craig Moore in the box who buried it with his head.

Cornhill responded almost immediately with their own headed attempt that just went past the near post.

Motherwell scored soon after from another header by Craig Moore who completed his hat-trick. Moore was on fire and he nearly scored a fourth but for a good save from the keeper.

Another 'Well attack led to Cornhill conceding a penalty after a foul in the box from Russell Masson. Motherwell's No.12 stepped up and converted.

The star of half Craig Moore got his fourth of the game, a terrific cross field ball from Stuart Hall found his team mate at the back post who hit on the volley in to the goal.

Half time – 5-0 Motherwell

Cornhill battled on against their opponents, but Motherwell continued were they left off in the first half after another great cross from Stuart Hall found Kyle Jackson who slotted home.

Motherwell were awarded another penalty later on, Stuart Hall took the penalty and got the goal that his efforts during the game had deserved. 7-0.

Motherwell did not let up however and a fine bit of play ended with Paul McCafferty scoring.

'Well's Darren Brownlie got on the score sheet a little later after he headed in at the back post from a free kick.

Cornhill did have the ball in the back of the Motherwell goal but it was ruled to have been offside.

Stuart Hall was again causing problems and scored his second from a powerful shot to the keepers back post.

Cornhill battled throughout the game but the premier league quality of Motherwell was on evident for the spectators to see.

Man of the match: Stuart Hall (Motherwell)

Faroe Islands U16's v Dundee United U16's

Faroe Islands U16's v Dundee United U16's

Match Report by David Barry

Performances in the previous matches suggested that this would one of the games of the day, and the first ten minutes of this gripping match between two top quality teams certainly lived up to all the expectations.

Dundee United were the first one's to create a goal-scoring opportunity and it wasn't long after that they scored. A cross in to the box from the right side was not fully cleared by the Faroe Islands defence and United's Jordan Moore capitalised with a header into the bottom corner of the net.

The Faroes however weren't prepared to lie down to their opponents and equalised two minutes later after a low cross into the box left Jakub Olsen with a tap in from three yards out. It was a very even first half, with both sides creating chances but both goalkeepers stood firm.

Half time – 1-1

Second half began much the same as the first, with Dundee United quickly out of the traps and on the attack. United came close to scoring again within the first five minutes.

The mounting pressure from United meant it looked as if the next goal was imminent, and eventually did through the resident goal-machine Jordan Moore. Some good on the deck football played by the United players left Ryan Ferguson on the edge of the box for him to who lay it behind for Jordan Moore, who curled the ball beautifully over the goalkeepers head and into the net.

This eventful match was also the witness to the first red card of the tournament, after a two footed challenge from one of the Dundee United players left the referee with no choice but to send him off.

Despite being down to ten men United kept at the opposition and defending well. With ten minutes left to go the Faroes made their extra man count and drew level. A ball fired across the six yard box from the right that, in the attempt to clear their lines, was unfortunately booted into his own net by one of the Dundee Unites defenders.

At the end of the match both teams played extremely well with a draw being the fair result.

Man of the match Jordan Moore (Dundee United)

Round up of Day 3 and Fixtures for Thursday

Wednesdays round up and Thursdays fixtures:

*The last four of the Boys 16’s is an all SPL affair with Celtic facing St. Johnstone and Dundee United against Hibs after all four topped their respective sections. Particularly impressive was the performance of the Perth Saints who defeated the fancied Sunderland 2-1 with goals from Callum Donnelly and Andrew Steeves.

Results – Girls – Regensburg 1 (Sauerer) Aberdeen-East End 0; Deveronvale 0 Buchan Quines 6 (Stewart 2, Anderson, Brown, Taylor, Carson).

Boys 16’s Section 1 – Keith 1 (Calder) Celtic 8 (Fraser 2, Chalmers, O’Brien, Herron, Kidd, Lindsay, Kirwan); SV Burgweintning 1 (Seki) Middlefield Wasps 0.

Section 2 – Motherwell 10 (Moore 4, Hall 3, McCafferty, Ashgar, Brownlie) Cornhill 0; Sunderland 1 (Taggart) St. Johnstone 2 (Donnelly, Steeves).

Section 3 – Dundee United 2 (Moore 2) Faroe Islands 2 (J. Olsen, Anderson og); Birmingham City 0 Ross County 1 (MacNab pen).

Section 4 – Sunderland 1 (Taggart) St. Johnstone 2 (Donnelly, Steeves); ALC Lewis 6 (Ritchie 2, Forbes 2, Munro 2) Fraserburgh 0.

Boys 14’s – Section 1 – Aberdeen 5 (Smith, Storie 2, Watt, Kelly) Fraserburgh 1 (Gibb); Falkirk 2 (McKinnley 2) Dyce 0.

Section 2 – Dundee 0 Albion 2 (Sinclair, Still); Faroe Islands 0 Birmingham City 2 (McFarlane, Ward).

Friendly – Motherwell 5 (Higgins, McNulty, Neil, Stevenson, Balfour) Tasta IL 1 (Starheim)

Games for Thursday:-

Age Group

Girls semi final
Buchan Quines v Deveronvale

Girls semi final
Regensburg v Aberdeen

16 cons
Keith FC v Motherwell FC

16 cons
Ross County FC v Sunderland FC

16 cons
SV Burgweinting v Peterhead FC

16 cons
Birmingham City v ALC Lewis

16 cons
Middlehead Wasps BC v Cornhill BC

16 cons
Faroe Islands v Fraserburgh FC

14 sec 1
Falkirk FC v Fraserburgh FC

14 sec 1
Motherwell FC v Dyce BC

14 sec 2
Faroe Islands v Albion BC

14 sec 2
Tasta Il v Birmingham City

Aberdeen FC v Dundee FC

16 semi final
Celtic FC v St Johnstone

16 semi final
Hibernian FC v Dundee Utd FC

Corporate 6’s – Group A – Global Energy 2 Aberdeen City Council 2; Altra Energy 2 Global Energy 1; AFC 3 ACC 0; Oceaneering 1 Altra Energy 1; Global Energy 0 AFC 0; Oceaneering 5 Global Energy 0; AFC 5 Altra Energy 3; Oceaneering 4 AFC 2; ACC 3 Altra Energy 2; ACC 2 Oceaneering 5. (Oceaneering and AFC qualify for the knockout stages)

Group B – Rotech Group 5 Grampian Continental 3; Grampian Continental 3 Royal Mail 3; Royal Mail 1 Xodus Group 4; Drill-Quip A 0 Royal Mail 3; Xodus Group 8 Drill-Quip A 0; Royal Mail 4 Rotech 2; Rotech 2 Xodus Group 1; Drill-Quip A 1 Grampian Continental 6; Rotech 5 Drill-Quip A 4; Grampian Continental 2 Xodus Group 1. (Rotech and Grampian Continental qualify for the knockout stages)

Dundee v Albion

Wednesday 21st July
Dundee v Albion
By Kim Middleton

It is Dundee who pose the first threat of the game with a shot of target collected by Albions keeper Stuart Miller.

This is followed by a period of pressure from Albion with Chris Liversedge providing great pace down the left, Liversedge impresses again soon after with another break, he manages to stay on his feet following a tackle keeping possession leading eventually to a goal line clearance.

Albion dominate the opening quarter of an hour. A decent strike from Albions Chris Davidson forces a save from Dundee's Cameron Johnstone – he has had an impressive start with afew good saves.

Some good football from Dundee however Albion continue their dominance overall.

Liversedge again poses as a threat to Dundee as he wins Albion a corner.

Dundee look threataning on the break however Albion regain possession which Dundee defend well.

25 minutes in and Albion come close again forcing another great save.

It is fair to say that the quality of Dundee's defending has kept then in the game so far.

Dundee 0-1 Albion
Albion's pressure pays off as Liversedge sets up Darren Sinclair to make it 1-0 Albion – great asset from Liversedge and a fine finish from Sinclair.

Dundee 0-2 Albion
Within moments of the re-start Albion add to their half time advantage as Dean Still makes it 2-0 Albion. Keeper gets a touch however the shot is powerful and hits the back of the net.

A Dundee save just before the break prevents Still from getting his second and Albions third.

Dundee 0-2 Albion


As the game continues, Chris Liversedge continues to impress.

There is a great run from Albion's Devin Kennedy-Colburt.

Some impressive stuff from Dundee's Lee Cameron but unfortunately Dundee cannot keep possession.

Dundee improve as they apply some pressure – proving they are not out of the game yet as a good effort hits the woodwork. Unlucky for Dundee.

9 minutes into the second half and Dundee are awarded a penalty. There are appeals for a sending off – however the referee dismisses them and points to the spot.

Calvin Colquoun steps up and Albions stopper Stuart Miler saves – the rebound is shot wide.

You have to feel for Dundee as you feel nothing is going their way despite having looked threataning.

Dundee come close again as they press for that goal that could make a dofference to their game.

Albion make a change with Connor Kelly making his way for Ray Gordon.

Dundee are playing much better 25 minutes into the second half.

The game turns into somewhat a midfield battle for possession.

Albion keeper is in the book for a bad challenge whilst attempting to clear the Dundee ball he clashes with the opposition.

As the game progresses we see Albion hit the wodwork and have another player enter the book this time Bryan Lovie seeing yellow.

Dundee 0-3 Albion
Chris Liversedge seals his man of the match performance with a well deserved goal from a tough angle.

Albion's Liam Meldrum leaves the field early through injury and is replaced with Jack Stewart.

More pressure from Albion as they yet again force a save.

Dundee 0-4 Albion
Devin Kennedy-Colbert makes sure it is a very good evening for Albion by adding their 4th almost right before the full time whistle goes.

Dundee 0-4 Albion

Perhaps 4-0 is an unfair result for Dundee as they wern't thrashed in terms of their performance, however it is without question a deserved win for Albion.

Manager's comment:
None available

Man of the Match:
Albion's no.14 Chris Liversedge