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Aberdeenshire book game with Dundee after win

Aberdeenshire 3

Simpson 12, Robertson 48, Smith 60

Fife 1

Nicholson 72
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014
  • Garioch Sports Centre, Inverurie
  • Under 15´s
  • SSFA National Trophy - Quarter Final

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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Just three days after the Garioch Centre had taken a battering from the wind and rainy conditions that occurred during the Scottish cup tie between Colony Locos and Glenburn Miners Welfare, it was a lot less windier for this schools quarter final tie and a tie that got finished in the 80 minutes of regulation time.
It was the Aberdeenshire fans who would go home happy thanks to a 3-1 win over Fife with both sides playing some really good football however the hosts were more clear cut in front of goal and were well worth their victory.
The game got started and both sides weren’t frightened to play good football in the opening exchanges, Fife had the first attack on goal courtesy of Josh Binnington after a ball in from the left hand flank by Chris Macher however nothing came of it.
Aberdeenshire took the lead after 12 minutes after a great through ball was played by Mitchell Cheyne which found Bailey Simpson who wonderfully opened the scoring with a composed finish, giving Balwearie’s Scott Costello no chance.
The hosts were keen to add to their one goal slender lead and nearly added a 2nd after a great ball in by Banchory's Owen Lawrence which found Mintlaw's Bailey Simpson who flashed his half-volley wide.
Lochgelly’s Binnington was desperate to get his name on the score seet and had another chance to do that after he met a great long ball and his shot just went over the bar with Fife desperate to get themselves back onto level terms.
  • Half Time:
  • Aberdeenshire
  • 1-0
  • Fife
After a pep talk by both sets of managers, it was time for the 2nd period with Aberdeenshire having the slightest of advantages, after 52 minutes, it was 2-0 after a great ball was sent in which was met by Inverurie’s Sam Robertson who hit a low drive from 15 yards into the bottom right hand corner.
This was Aberdeenshire’s killer goal and after that point they were able to set the tone on the rest of the game, fellow Inverurie pupil Mitchell Cheyne was another one keen on getting himself on the score sheet and after a short pass from Robertson, he had a 20 yard shot on goal saved by Costello.
At the other end, Fife knew it would be a good time to get a goal back to create an interesting ending to the cup tie and had a chance through Brandon Luke which was saved by Morgan Cook in the home goal.
Aberdeenshire sealed a 3rd on 65 minutes with the hosts playing some really good football and the ball came to Turriff’s Keir Smith whose effort from the edge of the box was unfortunately fumbled over the line by Costello.
Fife pull a goal back through a Cameron Nicholson penalty after the Fife forward went down in the penalty area courtesy of a challenge from an Aberdeenshire defender. It was only a consolation goal for the Fifers and they seen their dream of lifting the cup come to an end. Aberdeenshire will travel to Dundee in the semi-finals after a penalty shoot-out win over Aberdeen City at Spain Park.
  • Full Time:
  • Aberdeenshire
  • 3-1
  • Fife



1. Dean Strachan
2. Jack Simpson
19. Cameron McArthur
4. Jamie Hay
5. Bryce Dawson
12. Mitchell Cheyne
17. Elliott Byers
8. Drew Masson
9. Bailey Simpson
10. Keir Smith
11. Owen Lawrence
6. Kane Mccrory
13. Morgan Cook
18. Sam Robertson
15. Jordan Mowatt
16. Scott Roger

1. Scott Costello
2. Callum Mackie
3. Owen Dickson
4. Cameron Nicholson
5. James Berry
6. Keir Macaulay
7. Chris Macher
8. Brandon Luke
9. Josh Binnington
10. Ross Mutch
11. David Cunningham
12. Fionn McLeod Kay
13. Ben Rolland

Star Player
Bailey Simpson - Had chances to add to his tally and took his goal really well.
Scott Costello - Produced a number of sides to keep Fife in it.
Magic Moment
The first goal to kick things off. Great through ball by Cheyne which found Simpson who produced a composed finish.
Magic moments were in short supply for Fife but a well taken penalty from Nicholson lifted spirits.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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