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Westdyke into Scottish Cup quarter-finals with derby victory

Westdyke CC 6

McGinlay 23, 32, Rankine 28, Brown 42, Walker 57, 70

Banks O'Dee Albion 3

Mitchell 8, Bruce 14, Duff 35
  • Saturday, 27 January 2018
  • Lawsondale Playing Fields, Westhill
  • Under 17´s
  • Scottish Youth FA Cup
David Reid

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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Westdyke beat rivals Banks O’Dee Albion 6-3 to seal their place in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup, coming back from 2-0 down in the early stages of the game to come out victorious. It was a windy afternoon however that didn’t stop the big crowd which was in display at Lawsondale Playing Fields.

The hosts beat Albion 6-3 at the start of the season and both teams deserve enormous credit for playing some good football in what can only be described as horrible underfoot conditions for the players.

The first goal went in after eight minutes. It was a great goal to start off the goal rout after Andrew Mitchell picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and smashed a well driven effort past Jamie Butler in the Westdyke goal. The second the ball hit Mitchell’s foot you could tell the ball was going into the back of the net.

Albion doubled their advantage after 14 minutes. A stramash in the penalty area wasn’t cleared by the Westdyke defence and Morgan Bruce was on hand to fire home into the bottom left hand corner. Albion was clearly the team with the upper hand in the game and Westdyke took a while to get going.

Westdyke came forward in the 23rd minute and pressed the visiting defence and Albion conceded a free kick on the edge of the box. Up stepped striker Max McGinlay who fired home a stunning effort into the top left hand corner past Lucas Muller. Great strike!

The hosts levelled five minutes later. Westdyke got a free kick again after a foul and McGinlay took the free kick which was only parried by Muller and Nathan Rankine was there to guide the ball home. These quick fire goals from the hosts were the ingredients required to make this a thrilling Scottish Cup tie. Everything in this cup tie was a battle from this point onwards.

Westdyke went ahead in the 32nd minute. McGinlay received the ball and fired home past Muller from 14 yards. It was a great ball into the striker and McGinlay was clinical as always.

Just as the hosts were ahead, Albion had other ideas three minutes later when they levelled with a free kick from Owen Duff finding its way into the back of the net after a long range effort. Not even 40 minutes played and we had already seen 6 goals.

Westdyke got a decisive fourth heading into half time after a corner kick came into the danger zone and up stepped Rory Brown to power home. What a cup tie this turned out to be!

  • Half Time:
  • Westdyke CC
  • 4-3
  • Banks O'Dee Albion

Albion came out the 2nd half the stronger side in the opening exchanges and Mitchell tried to add to his tally just two minutes after the restart which was denied by Jamie Butler. The visitors pushed forward again however the Westdyke defence did their jobs.

Westdyke doubled their lead on 57 minutes. A Rory Brown free kick crashed off the crossbar and captain Euan Walker was there to tap the ball home. Westdyke were very dangerous on set pieces and Banks O’Dee Albion just couldn’t get to grips with it.

Duff tried to get a 2nd goal for himself just shortly after with a long range free kick however this was dealt with by Butler who deserves credit for his saves when Albion were putting pressure on the hosts.

Westdyke sealed the game with 20 minutes to go and it was Walker who was to provide the business for the hosts once again after a through ball came into the forward and he fired the ball home. Westdyke are a very forward thinking team and you can tell why they have done well not just in the Scottish Cup however on domestic business as well.

Alex Quantrill then played a great ball into Greig Cowie to try and add to the tally however his effort was knocked off the crossbar and over. The game then got a bit feisty towards the end however this shouldn’t be taken into consideration for how good a football game the crowd had witnessed.

In what turned out to be the dream start for Banks O’Dee Albion, it ended up on a disappointing note with James Connelly being sent off for a 2nd bookable offence. It was red mist for the defender who kicked the ball away in frustration after an action packed 90 minutes.

Westdyke deserved the victory however this game tells you the strength of the teams in the Aberdeen and District Juvenile football association with both teams going for it from the word go and they both tried to play football on a hard surface. The hosts will travel to Hurlford Boys Club or Kirkfield United in the quarter-finals.

  • Full Time:
  • Westdyke CC
  • 6-3
  • Banks O'Dee Albion

Lineups

Westdyke CC
Banks O'Dee Albion
1. Jamie Butler
2. Finlay Wood
3. Kris Cocker
6. Stuart Gilmour
7. Ian Chalmers
8. Nathan Rankine
9. Max McGinlay
10. Euan Walker
11. Blair McKenzie
12. Rocky Troup
14. Dominik Humeniuk
16. Dylan Grimbley
17. Reece Taylor
18. Alex Quantrill
19. Rory Brown
20. Greg Cowie
1. Lucas Muller
2. Matthew Owen
3. Owen Duff
4. Morgan Bruce
5. James Connelly
6. Andrew Mitchell
7. Josh Paton
8. Ewan Reid
9. Damian Kalinowski
10. Michael Mitchell
11. Max Scoular
12. Adam Carter
14. Saiyed Ahmed
15. Scott Kinghorn
16. Taylor McBain
Star Player
Westdyke CC
Banks O'Dee Albion
Euan Walker - Euan got himself two goals in the 2nd half & played like a captain. Westdyke played as a team though & anybody could have got the star player award.
Andrew Mitchell - Andrew got himself a goal & worked hard throughout the whole 90 minutes.
Magic Moment
Westdyke CC
Banks O'Dee Albion
Max McGinlay's free kick into the top left hand corner. Great hit!
The goal through Andrew Mitchell was brilliant. 25 yard effort flew into the back of the net.
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