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Focus on cup games for north-east welfare teams

By Kyle Ritchie

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The North East Scotland Football Association welfare teams have competed in a week of cup games.

On Monday, July 19, in the Ardallie Cup Group 1 Peterhead United faced Macduff and the home side continued their poor run of results this season with Macduff winning 4-1. The goals came from Adam Pirie with a hat-trick and Kieran Neish also got on the scoresheet Graeme Arthur netted for United.

In Group 2 Methlick welcomed Longside Thistle and the home side continued their good form running out 8-1 winners. The Methlick scorers were James Gracey (two), Josh Kinnaird (two), Callum Cheyne, Lee Cruickshank, Ewan Collie and Ryan Rozanski. Jamie McNeil scored a consolation goal for Longside.

In the Mormond Cup Group 1 Mintlaw welcomed Mormond Thistle and it was a fine performance for the away side managing a vital win to keep them in the hunt for a semi-final place. They ran out 3-0 winners with Charlie Scott, Scott Walker and Sandy Maitland all scoring.

In Group 2 Haven welcomed Banff Rovers and the home side make it three wins in a row with a 6-2 victory. The Haven scorers were PA Bruce with a hat-trick and one each from Steven Davidson, Aiden Campbell and Matthew Bruce. Scoring for Banff were Felipe Da Silva and Chris MacDonald.

Buchanhaven faced New Pitsligo in a close game with Buchanhaven midfielder Mark Munro scoring the only goal.

On Tuesday, July 20 in the Ardallie Cup Group 1 an impressive Glenugie United welcomed a struggling Ardallie team and the home side overpowered them running out winners by scoring 12 times without reply. United Striker Cameron Brown scored 10 goals and Euan Colquhoun and Dylan Marshall also netted.

In Group 2 St Combs welcomed Cuminestown in a match that both sides needed to win to try to progress through the group stage and a close game was expected. It ended with a home win by a solitary goal from Gasper Pontes. The hero for St Combs was keeper Ross Stewart who saved a penalty.

On Friday, July 23 in the Mormond Cup Group 1 Invercairn United faced Bellslea knowing a win would put them through to the semi-finals and they did that scoring four times without reply. The United scorers were Jonathon Garden with a brace and Liam Rollo and Aaron Gall with the others.

Mormond Thistle welcomed Station and the home side needed to win and hope results go their way and it ended in a narrow win for Mormond by the odd goal in five. Mormond go through to the semi-finals at the expense of Bellslea by goal difference.

In Group 2 New Pitsligo faced an improved Haven team who go marching through to the semi-finals after scoring five times without conceding. It makes it four wins out of four in the group. The Haven scorers were Steven Davidson (two), Alejandro Letelier, Jordan Youngson and James Duthie with the others.

The last group game saw New Deer travel to face Banff Rovers and it was the home side that won 5-1 placing themselves in to the semi-final. The Banff scorers were Felipe Da Silva and Liam Forbes both netting twice and one from Chris MacDonald. Netting for New Deer was Sam Tateson.

In the Ardallie Cup Group 1 Macduff welcomed Glenugie United knowing only a win for the home side would give them any chance of reaching the semi-final. In an entertaining match it was the away side which won by the odd goal in five. The scorers for Glenugie were Cameron Brown, Scott Tonks and Callum Gasson and for the home side was Dan Taylor and Johnny Ironside.

Ardallie were to welcome Elizabethan Link Up but the home side failed to field a team so the visitors were awarded a 3-0 win.

In Group 2 Cuminestown faced Methlick and a close game was expected and was proved right with the match ending 2-2.

The last Group 2 match saw Longside Thistle welcome Boddam United and in a competitive match it was the home side that won by the odd goal in five. The Longside goal scorers were Shaun Collin, Bruce Urquhart and an own goal and for Boddam were Michael Murry and |Matthew Coates.

The fixtures for this week are Tuesday, July 27: Deejays Nightclub League 1: Haven v Mormond Thistle; Station v Buchanhaven; NewDeer v Mintlaw; New Pitsligo v Bellslea; Invercairn United v Banff Rovers 7pm kick-off.

Keyline Building Supplies League 2: Boddam United v Ardallie; Macduff v Glenugie United; Cuminestown v Elizabethan Link Up; St Combs v Methlick; Longside Thistle v Peterhead United 7pm kick-off.

Friday, July 30: Ardallie Cup semi-final: Methlick v Elizabethan Link Up; Glenugie United v St Combs.

Deejays Nightclub League 1: Mormond Thistle v Buchanhaven; Bellslea v Invercairn United; Haven v Station; New Deer v New Pitsligo.

Keyline Building Supplies League 2: Ardallie v Longside Thistle; Peterhead United v Cuminestown; Boddam United v Macduff kick-off 7pm.

Saturday, July 31: Deejays Nightclub League 1: Banff Rovers v Mintlaw kick-off 2pm.

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