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Albion into Murray Cup final with Culter win

Culter Colts 0

Banks O'Dee Albion 6

Talbot 21, 44, McPherson 56, 81, Turner 71, 77
  • Saturday, 24 March 2018
  • Garioch Centre, Inverurie
  • Under 19´s
  • Murray Cup

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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Banks O'Dee Albion put in a dominant performance away to Culter Colts, winning 6-0 to set up a Murray Cup final clash against Inverurie Locos. Culter did have a bright start to the game however Albion were much sharper and more hungry when they got going in this contest.

Culter posed a threat to the Albion backline in the early exchanges of the game and Aidan Wilkinson had an early chance for Colts which just went wide with the visitors taking a while to get into the game. Josh Peters also had a good effort which was denied by Vitali Sahhalevtids in the visitors goal.

Banks O'Dee should have had a penalty in the 15th minute when Connor Wood was fouled in the area however the referee waved away the protests with Wood and the Banks O'Dee Albion players very much disconsolate with the decision.

Six minutes later and Banks O'Dee Albion were in front when a shot from Mitchell McPherson was denied by Cieran Hunter and Joe Talbot hammered the ball home from close range to get the Spain Park outfit the dream start.

The visitors kept on top of proceedings and a good ball was delivered in by Jason Ritchie which was met by McPherson however his header went wide. It wasn't falling for the striker so far although he had a good game regardless.

Greg Pirie started as a sub however came on and gave Albion a different impetus in the forward areas. Pirie got the assist for the 2nd goal after he sent a great ball into Joe Talbot who saw his initial effort saved however Talbot made no mistake with the rebound.

  • Half Time:
  • Culter Colts
  • 0-2
  • Banks O'Dee Albion

The half time team talks seemed to be very different, Albion were out and ready to go again after a few words by the visiting management team at the interval whilst Culter Colts took a while to get their instructions across. Despite Albion being 2-0 up, the Albion coaches must have had a few stern words to say with Albion missing so much chances.

Albion came out a more energized outfit and made a good start to the half, 11 minutes after the turnaround they got a penalty after a handball, McPherson stepped up and dispatched the ball into the bottom right hand corner.

Culter weren't giving up in a hurry though and a bit of quick thinking from Jason Ritchie kept the clean sheet intact for the visitors when Ritchie denied an effort from George Chalmers off the line.

Banks O'Dee Albion's best moments of the game were in the latter stages of the contest with three goals in the space of 10 minutes, Ewan Turner put the game to bed with a header after a shot crashed off the bar in the 71st minute

Turner then got his 2nd of the game after 77 minutes when a shot from McPherson was denied by Hunter and Turner turned the ball home. McPherson then turned provider to scorer by slotting home a fine finish to complete a good day at the office for Banks O'Dee Albion who have ambitions to win a treble, some of the squad will be finished Under 19s football after this season so the desire will be there to claim honours.

Culter Colts did put in a good showing in periods however there will be patterns of their performance they know they can improve on. They have had a fairly average season so far with a mixture of losses and wins in the league. Banks O'Dee Albion look an improved side from earlier in the season and after a poor start to the season, the Spain Park outfit could end the season on a high.

  • Full Time:
  • Culter Colts
  • 0-6
  • Banks O'Dee Albion

Lineups

Culter Colts
Banks O'Dee Albion
2. Omar Hamel
3. Stuart Bridgeford
4. Calum Lynch
5. Aidan Wilkinson
6. Iain Wilson
7. Eniolubi Faleye
8. Scott Coutts
10. Aaron Esson
12. George Chalmers
14. Ritchie Troup
16. Josh Peters
19. David Abad
20. Cieran Hunter
21. Michael Horgan
1. Vitali Sahhalevtis
2. Finlay Johnston
3. Calum Beattie
4. Jamie Hay
5. Jason Ritchie
6. Jack Odlin
8. Ben Ross
9. Mitchell McPherson
10. Connor Wood
11. Joe Talbot
12. Ronan Masson
14. Cameron Mitchell
15. Greg Pirie
16. Cameron Ross
17. Ewan Turner
18. Adam MacLennan
Star Player
Culter Colts
Banks O'Dee Albion
George Chalmers - Worked hard and should have scored.
Joe Talbot - It was a fantastic first half showing from Joe, got a couple of goals and he got into some very dangerous positions.
Magic Moment
Culter Colts
Banks O'Dee Albion
The desire to not give up throughout the game.
Joe Talbot's 1st goal, a great finish.
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