The Consolation Cup started at the Denis Law Tournament on Friday with the first semi final being ADJFA side Broomhill Juniors against SPL Aberdeen. A thriller would follow.
Many were expecting a one sided affair but Broomhill forced their opponents all the way to a penalty shoot, before the Dons finally sealed their passage into the final.
Aberdeen had a chance early on when Scott McKenna's cross was half volleyed just wide by Glen Smith. The men in red forced pressure on Broomhill again when a great ball in by Kalvin Orsi was met by Jamie Henry but he shot wide.
Following the early Dons pressure Broomhill got into the game and they dominated Aberdeen at times. Juniors had started with a 4-5-1 formation which worked in their favour which was compact and giving them opportunities on the break.
Broomhill took the lead after Jake Stephen put a short pass into James Dunbar who turned before shooting from the edge of the box which beat Craig Burns in the Aberdeen goal.
Aberdeen should have been level near half time when a great ball in from Henry found Michael Jones but he couldn't find the target.
Broomhill had the first effort of the second half when a throw-in from Stephen found Aaron Cox. Cox hit an angled shot which flew just over the bar.
Aberdeen thought they had an equaliser when an excellent cross by Glen Smith was met by Kalvin Orsi but it was chalked off for offside.
There were chances at both ends and four minutes later Callum Thomson tried his luck from 30 yards but it fizzed over the bar.
Juniors had a chance to extend their lead from a dangerous looking set piece. Clark Henderson’s free kick from 22 yards went straight at Burns.
Broomhill kept pressing Aberdeen and they had another chance to double their advantage when Gavin Emslie’s ball found forward Cox but his effort narrowly missed the target.
Aberdeen were in desperate need of a goal and their prayers were answered courtesy of Orsi. Henry managed to pick out the Dons forward who rounded Rhys Leiper and gave the Pittodrie a vital leveller.
Broomhill were then reduced to ten men after Callum Thomson was shown a straight red card for a mistimed challenge.
Henry had been the provider for Aberdeen’s goal and had a chance to seal the tie in normal time. However, his free kick sailed over the bar rather than under.
The final whistle blew and extra time passed without major incident, paving the way for a penalty shoot out. Aberdeen edged the spot kicks 5-4 with Michael Kelly, Stuart Hodge, Kalvin Orsi, Scott McKenna and Glen Smith netting. Smith scored the vital fifth kick despite a valiant effort from Leiper in the Broomhill goal.
Aberdeen progress to the Consolation Cup final where they will face Ross County. Keith are the final opponents for Broomhill Juniors, in the Consolation Cup's 3rd/4th place play-off.