Heathryfold Park, Sunnybank, was the setting for the Under 19's final between Glentanar and Deveronvale in the Murray Cup. Both sides have had good seasons respectively and a good game was on the cards for the neutrals.
Deveronvale were wearing their strip bearing 'Hendo - 24' which was donated by the family of Leigh Henderson, a former first team player who tragically passed away last year. As a senior squad member, he always took an interest in the youth players coming through the ranks and Leigh would have been proud of the performance that the Vale put in.
Three of Henderson's attributes were: passion, desire and commitment and that’s what Vale did to come out victorious. Glentanar, though, had their fair share of the game as well, however, their discipline towards the end of the game let them down in the end.
The Murray Cup final started at a good tempo from both sides. Glentanar had the first opportunity at goal after a Craig Simpson ball found Angus Grant, however, his effort was straight at Ryan Brindle in the Vale goal.
It was the Banffers who got the opener after a great ball in from Declan McGunningle found Jody Munro, who managed to slide the ball past Grant Stephen into the net. It was a great goal from the striker and left the goalie with no chance.
Vale were to keep going and found themselves 2-0 up within 14 minutes. A great free kick was sent in by Branden Watson, which was met by Reagan Fowlie who met it with his head superbly and he found the top left hand corner past Stephen.
A bit of comfort for Vale but Glentanar weren’t going to give up and Angus Grant had a few opportunities at goal in which Brindle dealt with well.
Grant was then going to get himself on the scoresheet, in the 25th minute, after a great ball in from Matt Steer caused problems for the Vale defence and the striker was on hand to tap the ball into an empty net.