Grove Academy found the net 12 times as they demolished Craigie HS in the final of the Dundee United Cup. A hat trick from Fraser MacLeod, a brace from Finlay Baird and goals from Lewis Stracey, Ewan Faulkner, Ryan Hunt, Luke Benvie, Brandon Black, Callan Gallacher and Chris Mudie saw Grove cruise to victory at Whitton Park.
It took Grove just 83 seconds to open the scoring. Callan Gallacher’s corner was fumbled by Craigie keeper Ian Wylie, which allowed Fraser MacLeod to stab the ball in from close range. Craigie were already underdogs, and the early set back didn’t help their hopes of causing an upset.
With 10 minutes gone, Grove doubled their lead. MacLeod turned provider as he cut the ball back for Finlay Baird, who guided the ball past Wylie into the bottom corner.
Grove were in complete control, and nearly added a third when Ryan Hunt fired over after 14 minutes. They wouldn’t have to wait long for a third, as Lewis Stracey got in on the act after 16 minutes. The left back’s surging run looked to have been brought to an end when he was kicked on the edge of the area, but rather than stop and take the free kick, he powered on and blasted the ball past Wylie.
Stracey nearly doubled his tally after 28 minutes, but his in-swinging cross came back off the cross bar. Wylie did well to keep out Baird’s half volley from the top of the box before making a smart save with his feet to deny Hunt after half an hour.
The Craigie goalkeeper was beaten moments later, but Brandon Black’s volley came back off the crossbar.
Craigie had been struggling to deal with Grove’s corners, and it was a set piece that brought about their fourth of the match. Stracey’s cross was flicked home by MacLeod after 34 minutes.
Two minutes later, Grove’s lead was five. Another Stracey corner was turned in by Ewan Faulkner from two yards out.