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Dundee West triumph over Craigie Thistle in Peter McAvoy Cup Final

Dundee West 3

Brown 16', Heron 47', Scott 85'

Craigie Thistle 0

  • Sunday, 22 May 2016
  • North End Park
  • Under 17´s
  • Peter McAvoy Cup

Iain Proudfoot | YFS East Region Journalist
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The Peter McAvoy Cup is in the hands of Dundee West after an impressive 3-0 win, over Craigie Thistle, at North End Park. Two goals in the second half confirmed victory for West and they became only the second side to lift the trophy, walking in the footsteps of Broughty United.

Unsurprisingly the final began at a frantic pace with both sides looking to make an early impression. It was the victors who carved out the first real opportunities with Jamie Heron heavily involved. The number 9 saw a header well saved by Thistle goalkeeper Ronan Curtis and that was followed by a clever shot from distance, which finished narrowly wide.

Having started well West were rewarded, in the 16th minute, with the opener and Heron, again, played a crucial role, drawing the defenders with a powerful run that allowed Matthew Brown to slam a loose ball into the net.

Craigie responded well and almost instantly drew level. Following a surging run from just inside his own half David Muirhead forced a good save from Donald Ferguson.

At this stage the final was opening up and West almost had their second of the afternoon, through Scott Cole, who was only denied by a superb one handed stop by Curtis.

The Thistle keeper was having a busy final and was also called into action by Ryan Smith and Nathan Scott as the match progressed. Curtis was to be beaten by Matthew Brown’s looping effort and was relieved to see Declan Gall prevent the ball from crossing the line.

  • Half Time:
  • Dundee West
  • 1-0
  • Craigie Thistle

Dundee West were to double their advantage two minutes into the second half. Quick movement, between Heron and Ben Amos, created space for the former to place the ball past the keeper.

In spite of the disappointment of falling further behind Thistle continued to look for a way back into the contest and Kaide Halliday’s shot from distance finished just wide of the post.

As Thistle pushed men forward space was being left for West to attack, on the counter, with Amos and Callum Bruce keeping Curtis busy.

In the 85th minute victory for West was secured by Nathan Scott, who unleashed a powerful drive into the side netting.

Overall Craigie Thistle can take heart from a hard working display which saw the side continue to play inventive football despite being behind for the majority of the final.

For the victors, Dundee West, the Peter McAvoy Cup is a fine way to cap off another successful season.

  • Full Time:
  • Dundee West
  • 3-0
  • Craigie Thistle


Dundee West
Craigie Thistle
1. Donald Ferguson
3. Josh McIntyre
5. Brandon Scott
6. Ryan Smith
7. Saul Cooney
9. Jamie Heron
10. Callum Bruce
12. Alan Miller
14. Nathan Scott
16. Scott Cole
17. Nicholas Scott
19. Lewis Curran
20. Ben Amos
22. Matthew Brown
Sub GK Michael Ellwood
1. Ronan Curtis
2. Kyle Craig
3. Corey Phillip
4. Declan Gall
5. Idriss Akeobi
6. Dariusz McCaw
7. Kaide Halliday
8. Lee Muirhead
9. Alan Stewart
10. Stuart Parker
11. David Muirhead
12. Steven Sinclair
14. Ryan Massie
15. Nathan Tait
16. Luke Carroll
17. Christopher McArthur
Star Player
Dundee West
Craigie Thistle
Jamie Heron - Heavily involved in his side's attacking play and rewarded with the second goal of the afternoon.
David Muirhead - Showed good skill throughout and was unlucky to be on the losing side.
Magic Moment
Dundee West
Craigie Thistle
Nathan Scott's powerful drive into the net, which ensured his side would lift the trophy.
Declan Gall's clearance off the line, which prevented Thistle from falling two behind before half time.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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