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.