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Dundee secure final spot after defeating Aberdeen

Written by  Grenville Dawson
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Dundee Schools Seniors
Aberdeen Schools Seniors
Competition: SSFA National Trophy - Semi Final
Venue: Broughty United Juniors 
Date: 26/03/2012
Author: Grenville Dawson
On a warm sunny night in front of a good crowd at Broughty Athletic's Whitton Park it took some time for the game to settle down and chances were few and far between in the opening stages.  Ryan Winter had a shot from distance but it drifted away past the far post.  Aberdeen replied with a couple of headers, the first over the bar and the second saved.  Midway through the half Connor MacLeod took a pass from Ryan Winter but skewed his shot wide.  
On the half-hour mark Dundee thought they had taken the lead when Connaire Connelly powered in a header from a free kick, but the flag was up for offside so celebrations were cut short.
As the game moved towards halftime Connor MacLeod was sent free on the left and when the Aberdeen keeper raced off his line Connor lofted the ball over his head into the empty net, 1-0.
Gavin Thomson nearly doubled the lead on the stroke of halftime with a mazy run down the left, leaving several defenders in his wake, but shooting narrowly wide of the near post.
Half Time: Dundee Seniors  1-0 Aberdeen Seniors
Gavin Thomson picked up an injury early in the second half and was unable to run it off so Corey Gray went on to replace him.  Ryan Winter who had put a lot of effort in during the first half was then replaced by Robbie Norrie.  Kieran Dack, who showed great composure throughout, turned on the skill and had the visitors' defence in difficulties. 
Keir Reilly recovered from nearly losing the ball on the left and drove forward past a few players to set up another chance. 
It was not all one-way traffic and Aberdeen countered, breaking quickly down the left and forcing Dundee into a desperate tackle, but the resulting free kick was quickly cleared. 
Robbie Norrie, who had scored a vital goal in the quarterfinal in Glasgow, looked to get on the scoresheet again but his attempt flew narrowly over the bar.
Connor MacLeod came off with 11 minutes left, Kieran Sturrock going on for him.  Dundee continued to probe for openings, Robbie Norrie shooting just wide and Kieran Sturrock looking good on the break.  With Dundee looking to get all their subs on for a taste of the action David Geekie went on for Connaire Connelly who had worked away tirelessly in midfield as usual.  Corey Gray ran clear up the left and blasted a shot wide of the left post.
With regulation time up and the sun going down, there were three or four minutes of time added on still left.  Aberdeen tried to grab an equaliser but Justyn Brough was alert to it and made a good save. 
The rest of the time was played in the Aberdeen half, Corey Gray just off target after good work by Kieran Sturrock.  Kieran Dack made way for Blair Ogilvie and Dundee kept the pressure on up the right-hand side.  Fully four minutes into time added on Kieran Sturrock was fed from the right, raced to the edge of the box and unleashed a left-foot strike low past the oncoming keeper into the net to spark off scenes of celebration on and off the pitch, 2-0 (90+4m).
The final whistle sounded shortly after and both sides shook hands after a hard-fought but fair encounter.  Dundee now play Forth Valley in the final.  It will be Dundee's first appearance in the final since 1997 when Dundee last won the trophy.
Full Time: Dundee Seniors 2-0 Aberdeen Seniors
Dundee Schools Seniors
 Justyn Brough (Morgan Ac.)
Matthew Gallazzi (Morgan Ac.)
David Rae (Morgan Ac.)
Jamie Irvine (St.John's HS), 
Scott Taylor (Morgan Ac.), 
Ryan Winter (Grove Ac.)
Kieran Dack (Grove Ac.)
Keir Reilly (St.John's HS) 
Connaire Connelly (St.John's HS)
Gavin Thomson (Craigie HS), 
Connor MacLeod (Morgan Ac.)    
Corey Gray (Morgan Ac.)
Robbie Norrie (Morgan Ac.)
Kieran Sturrock (Morgan Ac.)
David Geekie (St.John's HS)
Blair Ogilvie (St.John's HS)
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