Dundee Villa completed an impressive comeback against Dee Club, at Dundee’s North End Park, to win the Maryfield G Kerr Cup final. Dee Club had gone into the half time break, in a commanding position, after goals from Ryan Muir and Scott Muir had given them a 2-0 lead. In the second half Dundee Villa pulled a goal back, through Aidan Benvie, before Ryan White fired in a dramatic equaliser right at the death. It was then on to the dreaded shootout and Villa held their nerve to seal the cup win after prevailing 5-4.
The attacking intent was clear right from the start with both teams looking to gain the early initiative. However, it was Dee Club that took the lead with their first clear-cut opportunity in the sixth minute. Ryan Muir was able to stab the ball home after latching on to a flick on, from a throw in, at the back post.
Seven minutes later Dundee Villa were presented with a great opportunity to equalize. Owen McCabe picked up the ball at the edge of the box but was only able to slice his effort wide of the mark.
In the 24th minute Dee Club extended their lead to two. Conan Howett delivered an excellent ball into the box, from a free kick, which was fumbled by the Villa ‘keeper. Scott Muir was alert, pounced on the loose ball and converted to put his side in firm control of the cup final.
Howett came close to extending the lead to 3-0, soon afterwards, but his attempt was sent just wide of the target.
Lee Maloney very nearly pulled a goal back in exquisite style for Dundee Villa after executing a mazy solo run through the midfield. He then looked to curl his effort but couldn’t get enough on it and the ball sailed comfortably into the hands of Liam Dunn.