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Cults Academy victorious over Bucksburn Academy in President's Trophy Final

Bucksburn Academy 1

Bridgeford 78

Cults Academy 2

Watt 2, Caffyn 62
  • Tuesday, 28 March 2017
  • Albyn Playing Fields, Aberdeen
  • Under 18´s
  • President's Trophy

Bucksburn Academy and Cults Academy under 18s went head to head in this season’s President’s Trophy Final held at Albyn playing fields on the 28th of March. This was always expected to be a tightly contested game being the last match that many of the players would play for their school.

Slightly damp conditions did nothing to hamper the game as it kicked off, with both teams giving it their all to try and clinch the vital first goal.

It would be Cults who opened the scoring within the first minutes as a corner from Corthals was cleared back to his feet where he delivered a perfectly weighted cross to the captain Watt who rose high above his marker at the back post to head  Cults into an early lead.

However, Bucksburn came straight back into the game, with some promising play resulting with the ball being headed  over the cross-bar  as they looked to make a quick comeback.

The next chance fell to Cults as Corthals made some smart one-twos with striker Slater which led to a good chance narrowly struck over the bar showing Cults’ intent to control the game.

Bucksburn had other ideas as a long throw-in forced a corner out of Cults. The Bucksburn forward line made a nuisance of themselves in the box as the ball was missed by Cults goalkeeper Fox-Gibb but the defence cleared up neatly, getting the ball out to safety.

It was another set-piece where Bucksburn continued to look dangerous. 15 minutes in, a free-kick launched into the Cults box found its way into the back of the net. The celebrations were short lived however as the goal was disallowed for impeding upon the goalie.

Cults retaliated to the Bucksburn pressure with a fantastic opportunity as the ball rolled along the ground to Watt inside the 18 yard box. This surely would have been a goal if not for a superb block from Bucksburn centre-half Paddy Gauld who threw himself in front of the shot in order to keep the deficit at one.

Cults continued to pile on the pressure as the half came towards its conclusion. Slater found himself in enough space around the edge of the box to try a curling effort which was blocked once again by a resilient Bucksburn defence, this time courtesy of Johnstone.

Cults went into half-time one goal to the good in a game which had been highly contested, with Bucksburn also having their fair share of chances. There was still plenty of time for the game to go either way in the second half.

  • Half Time:
  • Bucksburn Academy
  • 0-1
  • Cults Academy

The second half began with the same feeling of intensity from the players that had been seen throughout the first. Bucksburns’ Gillies started the half off brightly with an ambitious effort from outside the box that was easily collected by substitute goalkeeper Fraser Pratt.

As the half continued Cults began to show an edge of dominance, in particular in the midfield where Ben Ross and Nick Caffyn assisted the Cults front four in the attack. A ball played through to Cults substitute Euan Ross found him one on one with goalie Cieran Hunter who came off his line well to push the ball out for a corner.

Another chance fell to Euan Ross after the ball was put back in from a corner. Starting with his back to goal, an impressive turn led to a finish into the bottom corner of the net. However, this was correctly deemed offside by the referee.

All the Cults pressure came to a head as Watt’s deflected shot from the right hand side of the Bucksburn box found its way to Caffyn. He calmly slotted the ball past Hunter with a powerful shot which doubled the Cults lead.

Bucksburn began to push forward with a sense of urgency as the clock ticked down. A cross from Johnstone found the head of Donald in the centre of the Cults box but he narrowly put it over the bar.

Even as time ran out Cults continued to look dangerous on the attack. A fantastic piece of skill from Slater on the right wing allowed him to burst into the opposition box, teeing up Corthals whose first time finish graced the back of the net. This would have all but sealed a Cults win if it were not for a somewhat contentious offside decision.

It may have been this which spurred Bucksburn on in the dying moments of the game. Striker Stuart Bridgeford worked hard to get on the end of a ball played across the Cults goal line, sliding in at the far post to bring the score line back to 1-2 and breathe possible life into the game for Bucksburn.

It was to be too little too late, however, for a strong and determined Bucksburn side who found themselves beaten by a superb display from an excellent Cults team who deserved their cup victory – particularly showcased by a brilliant second half performance.

Congratulations to both sides for putting on an entertaining cup final and also to all the players for whom it was their last school football fixture. It has no doubt been an exciting journey and we can only wish you the best for your futures. 

  • Full Time:
  • Bucksburn Academy
  • 1-2
  • Cults Academy


Bucksburn Academy
Cults Academy
1. Cieran Hunter
2. Elliot Cheyne
3. Evan Youngson
4. Paddy Gauld
5. Cameron Birss
6. Jordan Duncan
7. Joel Gillies
8. Jamie Black
9. Alex Hampton
10. Stuart Bridgeford
11. Logan Johnstone
12. Callum Donald
14. Lewis Milton
15. James McIntosh
16. David Abad
17. Blair Bruce
1. Ciaran Fox-Gibb
2. Luke Morrice
3. Duncan Cooper
4. Ross Patterson
5. James McMahon
7. Ryan Corthals
8. Nick Caffyn
9. Oscar Slater
10. Conor Watt
11. Ben Ross
12. Fraser Pratt
14. Finley Robertson
15. Euan Ross
16. Jae Barclay
Star Player
Bucksburn Academy
Cults Academy
The star player for Bucksburn Academy was Stuart Bridgeford. He put in a determined performance throughout the game and showed his quality in attacking situations. His goal showed a desire to win even in the final minutes and resulted in a climactic ending to the game.
The star player for Cults Academy was Conor Watt. Showcasing a true captain's display, Watt was tenacious both going forwards and in breaking up play. His early goal and overall strong performance were vital to Cults' trophy win as he helped both the attack and the defence.
Magic Moment
Bucksburn Academy
Cults Academy
The magic moment for Bucksburn Academy was Paddy Gauld's goal line block. At a time when another goal may have sunk them, Gauld's outstanding block kept out an almost certain goal which allowed Bucksburn to keep on fighting until the final whistle.
The magic moment for Cults Academy was Nick Caffyn's trophy winning goal. It was a composed and collected finish which would ultimately be the one to seal the victory and ensure that Cults would be the ones celebrating at the end of the game.
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