An early goal in each half was enough to help Dalziel BC overcome Westwood Rovers in a tight and feisty LFDA Cup Final at K Park. Goals from Dustin Trella and Andrew MacFarlane had seemingly put Dalziel on easy street before a reply from Lewis MacFarlane set up a nervy and exciting final 15 minutes.
It was a thrilling end to a match that had taken a while to get started. A series of niggly fouls coupled with both teams showing signs of nerves meant that chances for both teams were few and far between.
In fact, it wasn’t until the opening goal after 12 minutes that either team threatened, and even then there was a huge slice of luck involved. Having been awarded a free kick on the halfway line, Trella launched a hopeful ball into the Westwood box, only for it to get caught in the wind and evade everyone before bouncing over the helpless Andrew Dolan in the Westwood goal and into the net.
Westwood almost replied immediately when a fantastic right-sided free kick found the head of the unmarked William Whitecross six yards out, but he couldn’t direct his effort on target.
With the deadlock broken the game began to open up a bit, although clear cut chances were still at a premium. Dalziel in particular looked dangerous through the pacey MacFarlane and Jamie Sheldon up front, and it was the two of them that linked up well to create Dalziel’s best opportunity to double their lead before half time. Following a cleared Westwood corner, the ball fell to Sheldon who, after a brilliant piece of skill on the halfway line to beat a man, found himself driving at the last defender. He picked out the unmarked Macfarlane who was denied brilliantly by the dive of Dolan when clean through on goal.
Before the referee brought an end to the first half, there was still time for Westwood striker Connor Thompson to sting the hands of keeper Callum Rankin, who had to get down low to his left to save a goal-bound effort from the edge of the box.