Football: Buchan amateur teams start season in style
NESFA Welfare Football kicked off in style at the weekend for the start of the new season.
The Gordon Leask Memorial Cup group 1 matches took place on Saturday.
Mintlaw FC faced Bellslea in their first game of the season and it was a good one for the home side running out winners by the odd goal in three.
The Mintlaw goals came from Craig Reid and Stuart Park.
In another Group 1 game Mormond Thistle faced Longside Thistle and it ended with a win for the visitors by 4-2.
Longside scorers were Kenny Watson with two, Connor Wilson and Scott McSeveney with one each and for the home side it was Robbie Wilkinson and Neil Thomson.
In Group 2, Rosehearty Thistle kicked of their season with a home tie against Balmoor and it ended with a narrow 2-1 win for the visitors.
The winning goals came from Mark Walker with a penalty and a free kick from Michael Rhynd.
Replying for the home side was Graeme Cairns.
New Deer faced St Combs in a Group 2 game and it ended with the away side winning by scoring two goals without reply.,
The home side did have a chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty which Mark Simpson took but Mark Gordon made a fine save.
Alan Geddes opened the scoring with a shot from 20 yards and then shortly afterwards John Smith doubled the away side lead.
In Group 3, Clinton Thistle faced Cuminestown and the home side won comfortably by five goals.
Scorers were Simon Whyte with two, and one apiece from Daniel Smith, Darren Batty and Willie Noble.
The visitors had to play most of the game with ten men after their goalkeeper was red-carded inside the first five minutes.
The other game in Group 3 game provided a close affair between Peterhead United and Ardallie.
The away side were the better side in the first half and led by two goals at half time, both of which were scored by Grant Elrick.
The home side pulled a goal back a minute into the second half through Ewan McLeman.
Faithlie United faced Panasonic from Peterhead in the first Group 4 game and in another close game the visitors edged out the winners by the odd goal in three.
Panasonic scorers were Duncan and Booth and it was Sandison for the home side.
Methlick faced Buchanhaven FC in another Group 4 game and this one ended with a 4-1 win for the home side.
The winning goals came from Craig Troup with a brace and the others came from Kevin Taylor and Stuart Skene and for the visitors was Adam Kendall.
In the first SoccerWorld Scotland Division 2 game, Invercairn faced Elizabethan Link Up and it was the home side that took the lead with a goal from James Cardno.
However, the visitors hit back with a brilliant strike from Craig Whylie then the same player won the match with a strike from 35 yards.
Both teams hit the woodwork a few times throughout the game.
North East Scotland Welfare Results as follows:
Gordon Leask Memorial Cup Group 1:
Mintlaw FC ,2 Bellslea 1; Mormond Thistle 2, Longside Thistle 4.
Group 2 - Rosehearty Thistle FC 1, Balmoor 2; New Deer 0, St Combs 2.
Group 3 - Clinton Thistle 5 , Cuminestown 0; Peterhead United 1, Ardallie 2.
Group 4 - Faithlie United 1,
Panasonic 2; Methlick 4 Buchanhaven 1.
Division 2 - Invercairn 1,
Elizabethan Link Up 2.
Fixtures for Thursday, April 10:
Gordon Leask Memorial Cup Group 1 - Longside Thistle v Bellslea (kick-off 7pm).
Group 4 - Panasonic v
Methlick (kick-off 6.45pm).
Saturday, April 12:
Gordon Leask Memorial Cup Group 1- Elizabethan Link Up v Mintlaw FC.
Group 2 - Invercairn v St Comb.
Group 4 - Buchanhaven FC v Faithlie United.
Division2 - Mormond Thistle v Rosehearty Thistle (all 2pm kick-off, Sunday ).
Gordon Leask Memorial Cup Group 3 - Cuminestown v Peterhead United, Ardallie v New Pitsligo (kick-0ff 2pm).