The final for the Aberdeenshire Shield was a competitive meeting between Inverurie and Aboyne with lots of support for both sides. However it was Aboyne who secured the trophy with a 3-1 victory. Their goals were scored by Greg Smith, Daniel Wimbush and Michael Bruce, while Inverurie’s goal was scored by Michael Donaldson.
After a late start due to the previous final between Inverurie and Fraserburgh U13’s going to extra time and penalties, the two teams came out fired up and ready to compete. Aboyne had the first goal scoring opportunity with a free kick from the edge of the box but Inverurie held their defence to deny them their chance.
Aboyne had more chances, with Hamish Ritchie putting the ball through for Ross Campbell. He took his shot from wide out to the right but hit the side of the net. Moments later saw a chance for Matthew Horner, whose shot from 25 yards went wide.
Inverurie then had a chance as Michael Watson stepped up to take a corner. His ball reached the edge of the box but Craig Mackie headed the ball over the crossbar.
Aboyne then had another chance from a free kick within their own half but Inverurie maintained a strong defence and were quick to counterattack. This saw a period of end-to-end play as control of the ball went back and forth between the two teams.
Daniel Wimbush drove the ball forward and crossed it to Kyle Harker, whose strike saw the ball over the crossbar. From Inverurie’s clearance, Stuart Hepburn drove the ball forward but Aboyne goalkeeper Ross Anderson got to the ball before a shot could be taken.
There were some chances for Inverurie, as Ben Green demonstrated some great footwork before putting the ball through for Rhys Simpson. However Simpson became isolated as Aboyne exerted pressure. Soon after, Watson took a free kick from about 32 yards which was deflected by the wall of defenders, and Aboyne were able to push Inverurie back before they could create any more chances.
Cameron MacIntosh drove the ball up the wing but was forced out of play. From the resulting corner, Inverurie held their defence strong to deny Aboyne any scoring opportunity. Even Campbell’s fancy footwork did not give the team the chance they were looking for.
Again, a period of end to end play ensued with both teams trying to drive the ball forward. Michael Bruce showed great footwork and control as he exerted pressure on Inverurie’s defence. However Inverurie put together some great interchanging play between Watson and Michael Donaldson but neither could find the goal. The ball was put out wide to Simpson but Aboyne were able to rally their defence and clear the danger.
Greg Smith drove the ball forward and Campbell and Bruce put a series of passes together but they could not get a shot at the goal.
Jordan Cooper crossed the ball into the box but Walls headed it wide. Soon after, Inverurie thought that they had scored as Walls’ shot bounced dangerously close to the line but Anderson kept the ball out.
Both teams created chances when Aboyne were awarded a penalty following an attempted tackle in the box. Smith sent the ball into bottom of the net to the right of the goalkeeper to open the scoring at the end of the first half.