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A hectic second half see's West End United secure ADJFA Under u15's Consolation Trophy

West End United 3

Davidson 62, 80, Dawson 65

Donside United 1

Fraser 73
  • Thursday, 31 May 2018
  • Balgownie Playing Fields
  • Under 15´s
  • ADJFA Under 15's Consolation Cup Final

West End United and Donside United battled for a chance to end their season with silverware, with West End coming out on top of a hard fought under 15’s Consolation Cup Final at Balgownie Playing Fields. 

It did not take long for chances to begin to materialise in the game. Just two minutes in, West End’s striker Aman Goheer raced in behind the Donside defence, but Donside goalkeeper Callum Stewart raced out to block the striker’s shot.

It was clear Donside’s high line was putting them in danger, twice more in the next twenty minutes West End players got in behind the Donside back line. Both Finn Maver and Peter Davidson were again met by the on-rushing goalkeeper Stewart, preventing them from opening the scoring.

Donside’s keeper Stewart was once again helping to keep his side in the game, Gus MacDonald’s header from a corner was held by the Donside keeper.

Donside had gotten up to the West End side of the pitch a few times, although they had not carved out a chance until about half an hour in. A free kick wide right just outside the area was delivered into a dangerous area but West End did well to clear.

Winger Maver was proving to be a threat down Donside’s right flank. The winger had the best chance of the first half, picking up a loose ball on the edge of the area, jinking past a couple of defenders, but his low shot was saved at the near post by Stewart.

The final ten minutes of the first half was hard fought but saw little in the way of chances, leaving everything very much in the balance for the final 40 minutes.

  • Half Time:
  • West End United
  • 0-0
  • Donside United

Donside’s keeper Stewart was replaced at the break by Robbie Archibald.

Donside started the better of the two sides, causing issues for the West End centre backs with their long balls, winning second balls and forcing the West End defenders into blocking multiple shots.

A real opportunity presented itself when Donside broke on the counter, an attempted cross deflected into the path of Jay Ross, although the striker’s effort from close in was straight at the keeper Ross Sangster who pushed it wide.

20 minutes into the second half, the scoring was finally opened. Peter Davidson broke down Donside’s right side, keeper Archibald ran out to meet the West End player, who took the ball past the keeper, his attempted cross was clear straight back into Davidson’s path, the midfielder blasted the ball low into the net.

The goal motivated West End, and just three minutes later, the ADJFA U15 C league side doubled their lead. Maver’s run down the wing resulted in a cross that found Calum Nealon; the striker controlled the ball before getting a shot off, the shot was parried by Archibald into the path of substitute Kieran Dawson who tapped into the open net.

The momentum continued to swing West End’s way, Davidson dribbling past two players before hitting the side netting, a chance which surely would have finished the game.

West End were regretting that missed chance just moments later. A long ball caused havoc in the their box. A large group of players swarmed the ball, one of them produced a shot which was saved by Sangster, but similarly to West End’s second goal, Donside’s Ethan Fraser raced in to tap the ball into an empty net, setting up a tense finish to the game.

The next ten minutes were cagey with Donside launching long balls towards the West End area.

With all the pressure towards the West End goal, it was actually Donside that ended up conceding. Right as the referee was prepared to bring an end to the contest, Davidson latched onto a clearance, shooting with his right foot into the bottom corner of Archibald’s net, ensuring West End would walk away victors.

Overall, West End were deserved winners of the trophy, they had broken down the Donside defence more often than Donside had done to them. Donside did not play badly by any means and both sides will go into a new campaign with plenty of positives to build on.

  • Full Time:
  • West End United
  • 3-1
  • Donside United

Lineups

West End United
Donside United
1. Ross Sangster
3. Sam Reid
7. Matthew Dunhill
8. Oliver Harris
10. Lewis Garthley
11. Calum Nealon
15. Drew MacKay
18. Fergus Gault
20. Aman Goheer
21. Finn Maver
22. Kieran Dawson
23. Peter Davidson
57. Gus MacDonald
67. Euan Hunter
77. Even Bowyer
1. Callum Stewart (Grey)
1. Robbie Archibald (Green)
9. Jay Ross
15. Jamie Milton
17. Ethan Fraser
18. Daniel Brown
19. Tyler Jaffrey
20. Kyle Coutts
21. Ethan Wilson
22. Ralf Beswick
25. Jayden Lawson
29. Jamie Foreman
31. Jerome Auchnie
34. Connor Gordon
35. Arran Ewens
Star Player
West End United
Donside United
Peter Davidson's two goals were justification to name him player of the match. The West End midfielder played well throughout and his two goals were well taken and crucial to his sides victory.
Despite only playing the first half, goalkeper Callum Stewart made multiple saves that ensured the game was still winnable for his side come half time.
Magic Moment
West End United
Donside United
The star moment for West End was Peter Davidson's opening goal. The midfielder was cool enough to dribble the ball past the onlooking goalkeeper and after his cross was cleared back to him, he perfectly placed his shot to open the scoring.
The magic moment for Donside was Stewart's save down low to his right form Maver in the first half, the shot looked destined for the net.
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