Lewis United made a spectacular comeback against all odds in order to be crowned champions of the U16s Castle Trophy Cup against Banks O’Dee Albion at Colony Park after extra time. The game looked even on paper beforehand, however there was some last minute drama prior to kick off as Lewis’ first choice keeper Balint Demus was ill and had to be replaced in goals by outfield player Cameron Carnie.
The game started off with a quick tempo, with Lewis having the first of the opportunities. A header won by Orin Collin was played down to the feet of Joy Banda who managed to latch onto the ball. He took a quick shot that forced a good save from Albion’s Thomas Mackie, low down towards the corner of the goal.
Albion responded by forcing an equally impressive save out of Carnie, who dived to his left to push Calum Brown’s angled shot round the post and out for a corner.
It was Albion who were to open the scoring. Callan Gray’s free kick from outside the box was swung in, forcing Carnie to come out and collect it. However, the makeshift goalkeeper was unlucky to fumble the ball to Adam Duffy who showed great composure as he tapped the ball into the empty net.
Going down in such an unfortunate manner did not deter Lewis, however. An attempt from Blair McGinigal took a big deflection off of an Albion defender. It may have led to a goal if it was not for another quick reaction save from Mackie who turned it round the post.
As the referee blew for half time, Albion seemed to have had a slight edge during proceedings. However, Lewis had played with a determination which meant that it was impossible to write them off just yet.