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Banks O'Dee win Highland League 17s title with Wick win

Wick Academy 0

Banks O'Dee 2

Ness 66, McDonald 80
  • Sunday, 12 August 2018
  • Station Park, Nairn
  • Under 17´s
  • Highland League Championship Play-Off

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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Two second half goals from Banks O'Dee were enough for the Spain Park outfit to come away with the Highland League championship at Under 17s. Finlay Ness and Caie McDonald got the goals for the Spain Park side in what was a magnificent second half showing from the Aberdeen side. The match was a play-off between the champions of the North and East sections of the league.

The first half was a stale affair on what was an overcast day at Station Park, Nairn. Wick had the first chance of the game with Ben Sinclair having a free kick go wide. Academy enjoyed a lot of possession during the opening exchanges of the game. 

Banks O'Dee threatened after seven minutes with Finlay Ness finding Dylan Stuart with the captain going through on goal however his effort was denied by a good stop from Archie Budge in the Wick goal. Harry Ingram then had a chance for Dee on 29 minutes with a free kick going wide. 

Another good save from Budge kept the scoreline 0-0 at half time after Wick didn't clear their lines and the ball fell kindly to Ness from a wide angle however his effort was straight at the talented goalkeeper. 

  • Half Time:
  • Wick Academy
  • 0-0
  • Banks O'Dee

Both teams came out with a fresh impetus in the second half and Banks O'Dee were to test the Wick back line again with Greg Pirie through on goal however his effort was denied by another good stop from Budge. 

A Finlay Ness ball found Calum Brown from the left hand side however Browns effort went over the bar with Dee the more desperate side to get on the scoresheet. 

Banks O'Dee took the lead on 66 minutes when Finlay Ness guided the ball in from six yards out. A messy goal in a way however Banks O'Dee weren't caring and the Spain Park side with the advantage going into the latter exchanges of the contest. 

The goal allowed for a more exciting final with Wick registering more attempts on the Banks O'Dee goal. Academy almost pulled level with a corner which found Travis Lawrence however his half volley was blocked off the line by Harry Walker. 

Caie McDonald came on as a sub for Banks O'Dee and his work rate was there to be witnessed. McDonald got on the scoresheet after a good through ball found Greg Pirie and the forwards pace was too much for the Wick defence and Pirie picked out McDonald who capped off a fine move by finishing from close range finding the bottom left hand corner past the Academy backline.

Banks O'Dee deserved the win however full credit to Wick Academy who gave a good account of themselves during the 90 minutes. There was some good quality on show from both teams and a bright future for both concerned. Wick and Banks O'Dee still got a trophy after winning the North and East section respectively. 

  • Full Time:
  • Wick Academy
  • 0-2
  • Banks O'Dee

Lineups

Wick Academy
Banks O'Dee
1. Archie Budge
2. Ross MacKay
3. Grant Innes
4. Greg MacKay
5. Ben Sinclair
6. Aaron Wilson
7. Marc Macaddie
8. Don Swanson
9. Grant Aitkenhead
10. Robbie MacIvor
11. Sam Barclay
12. Travis Lawrence
14. Ross Mackie
15. Lewis Makechnie
16. Euan McGregor
17. Ryan Farquhar
1. Lucas Muller
2. Taylor Still
3. Calum Brown
4. Jack Lappin
5. Adam Duffy
6. Dylan Stuart
7. Callan Gray
8. Jack MacLennan
9. Greg Pirie
10. Finlay Ness
11. Harry Ingram
12. Reece McKerron
14. Caie McDonald
15. Harry Walker
Star Player
Wick Academy
Banks O'Dee
Archie Budge - Made some good saves to keep Wick in the game.
Greg Pirie - His pace was a wee bit too much for Wick at times and capped off a fine performance with a good assist, should have scored.
Magic Moment
Wick Academy
Banks O'Dee
The save from Budge in the 7th minute from Dylan Stuart was a good stop.
The 2nd goal, a good ball from Pirie and Caie McDonald delivered a fine finish.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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