Alford Academy took part in the Northsound Energy Challenge this week, competing against Harlaw Academy in the first round. Find out how they fared on Sunday 1st October at 3.30 on Northsound 1 radio .
The senior boys went down 1-0 to a very tough and well drilled Inverurie team in the quarter-final of the North of Scotland cup. The teams were very evenly matched and there was little to choose between the sides.
The Alford team had the better of the first half but couldn’t continue this into the second half. Things were tight and a single goal was looking likely to be decisive and it proved to be. The visitors scoring in the 68th minute from a near post header off a corner.
The home team pushed for an equaliser but the visitors defence stood strong and things ended 1-0.
All the very best to Inverurie in their Semi-final.
The silver lining is that the Alford team still have their JM LOW cup final to look forward to, likely to be an evening kickoff (7pm) on March 29th, venue to be confirmed soon. Many thanks to the players for the efforts and commitment over the season and to the many supporters who have turned out week after week to get behind the team.
The Alford senior boys have their North of Scotland cup quarter-final tomorrow at the Alford astro. Kick-off at 4.15pm. Come along and support the team ⚽.
The Alford lads have booked their place in the JM LOW City and Shire final after a fantastic win at home against a competitive Mearns Academy team.
The home team started the brighter and were on top when Mearns were awarded a soft free kick out on the right hand side. With an excellent ball played in, the Mearns number 9 was unmarked and headed in a strong finish after 12 minutes. The teams came in at 1-0 to the visitors despite Alford having the best of the half.
After a discussion with the captains, a change of positions for Millar, Hunter and Riach at half-time helped to bring a better balance to the team. The change in shape paid off with Alford piling on the pressure. Riach in particular was turning the screw on the visitors left back.
The equaliser came with a fantastic through ball from Reid to Riach, who finished with precision into the far left hand corner from 12 yards out, with 66 minutes gone.
The tie turned on its head as the home team pushed for the lead their overall play deserved. They didn’t have to wait long as some dirty skills out on the wing from Reid had the full back in knots. The ball into the box was begging for a finish which was duly dispatched by Grant with a sublime first time side-foot into the far left hand corner in 72 minutes.
The Alford lads dominated the remainder of the game and now look forward to the final against Fraserburgh. Venue to be decided, but hopefully an evening game to allow for a big support. Coach McEwan will be back for this game!
The senior boys have their next game this coming Monday 27th February. The lads take on Mearns in the semifinal of the JM Low (City and Shire) Cup.
Kick-off at 4.15pm at the astro. The team have played Bridge of Don away (won 7-0), Meldrum home (2-0) and Ellon home (3-2).
The winners will play Fraserburgh in the final.
Come along and support the team.
The senior boys have the following upcoming games:
League v Huntly (away) on Monday 20th February . Bus leaves from bus park at 1.45pm. 3pm kick off. Return by 5.30.
JM Low Semi-final v Mearns (home) on Monday 27th. Kick off 4.15pm
North of Scotland Quarter-final v Inverurie (home) on Tuesday 7th March. Kick-off 4.15pm
Team sheets up outside guidance office. See Mr McEwan if you can’t play if selected.
The Alford lads came out on top of a competitive and highly entertaining JM Low quarter-final. After dominating the majority of possession, the home team went ahead after Reid released Chalmers on the left. Chalmers took the ball into the 18 yard box and calmly slotted the ball into the opposite corner on 16 minutes.
After some hesitation at the back the visitors were gifted an equaliser on 24 minutes. After more hesitant play the visitors took the lead after 33 minutes.
The home team knew they should have been winning at half time and went back out to change things. With a change of shape the home team piled the pressure on Ellon. The equaliser for 2-2 came after great play on the right from Riach and Reid. The visitors conceded an og with the defence under enormous pressure from Eddie.
The home team pushed and looked like the likely winners. The winner came after good link up play in the middle allowed Grimbley to unleash a thunderbolt high into the far right corner from a left foot strike.
The Alford lads now play the winners of Northfield v Mearns in the semi-final. Well done lads.
The next game for the senior boys will be this Monday 9th January at home to Ellon in the JM Low quarter-finals. Kick-off at 4/4.15pm. Team sheet up outside the Guidance office.