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Bridge of Don brush Bucksburn aside to secure Green Final Trophy success

Bridge Of Don Academy 5

McFarlane 12, Shaw 44, 53, Abernethy 50, Pirie 58

Bucksburn 1

Wallace 51,
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019
  • Northfield Academy - Bill Burr Astro Pitch
  • Under 13´s
  • Green Final Trophy

Bridge of Don and Bucksburn’s Under 13’s matched up against each other at Northfield Academy with the Green Final Trophy on the line.

Conditions were near perfect, and both teams were keen from the off – with both sides playing fairly high lines, meaning each of the teams were attempting long balls over the top of the backline for strikers to run on to.

Bridge of Don had the better of the earlier stages and it was just after the ten minute mark that they took their lead.

Number seven Matt McFarlane picked up the ball on the edge of the Bucksburn penalty area, jinking past one defender to turn onto the ball and smash it into the keeper’s top left-hand corner.

Bridge of Don took confidence in their one goal lead and began to enjoy large spells of possession and dominance, without carving out any major chances before their opponents came back into the contest, but again without any major opportunities.

On the brink of half time, Bucksburn could have equalled things up – Alfie Wallace took advantage of a mix up in defence, running onto a loose ball, going round goalkeeper Jamie Ewen, but  from a tight angle his trickling shot agonisingly ran onto the post and was then collected by Ewen. Had the midfielder been slightly more composed, he may have taken the ball closer in for his shot.

The warning shot of almost conceding was enough to scare Bridge of Don into action, they had a further two chances before the half-time whistle. McFarlane almost scored an identical goal to his earlier strike, but a strong hand from Sam Gerrie tipped it over.

The resulting corner kick caused issues for the Bucksburn defence, and eventually a header was cleared off the line by one of their defenders, via a header onto the underside of the crossbar, but then cleared away.

  • Half Time:
  • Bridge Of Don Academy
  • 1-0
  • Bucksburn

The second half picked up exactly where the first had left off – with end to end action, where both teams looked as though they could score with every surge forward.

The first half of the second half was uneventful in comparison to what would follow, but with 15 minutes remaining, Bridge of Don made Bucksburn’s task even harder as they doubled their lead.

A through ball down the line on the left hand side set Dylan Shaw off and running, the winger burst into the box, rounding the keeper – almost identically to Bucksburn’s earlier chance, although crucially closer to the goal – and unlike his opponent, Shaw was able to roll the ball into an empty net.

Bucksburn still didn’t feel like they were out of it yet, Sam Cumming found himself with a bit of space on the edge of Bridge of Don’s penalty area, and almost brought his side back into it, but his curling shot skewed slightly wide.

Just a few minutes later, with just ten to play, it felt like it was over as Bridge of Don picked up their third goal of the afternoon. After a cleared corner, Dylan Ramsey – who’d had an impressive game at left-back – lofted the ball back into the area, for Ross Abernethy to latch onto and brush past the onrushing goalkeeper.

The goals began to flow in as Bucksburn threw caution to the wind in pursuit of a comeback – and they may have felt they could mount one when they managed to get a goal back.

Another mix-up in the centre of the pitch for Bridge of Don allowed Alfie Wallace in for a one-on-one with Ewen and the midfielder confidently smashed the ball over the top of the keepers head.

Thoughts of a comeback where however subdued just two minutes later – perhaps Bucksburn’s enthusiasm for another goal got the better of them, Shaw grabbed his second of the game as he squirmed his way into space on the edge of the box, his low shot was too hot to handle for Gerrie and managed to roll under his grasp to make it 4-1.

Almost as if to round things off, with just a couple minutes left to play, it was five for Bridge of Don, Owen Townsend made a strong run down the right hand side, his strong shot was parried by Gerrie, but only into the path of Lewis Pirie, who added his name to the scoresheet with a tap-in.

With that, the victors were Bridge of Don, by a score of 5-1 to win the Green Final Trophy – an achievement which we were informed is a first success in the competition for Bridge of Don since the 80’s.

  • Full Time:
  • Bridge Of Don Academy
  • 5-1
  • Bucksburn


Bridge Of Don Academy
1. Jamie Ewen
2. Lee Strachan
2. Bobby Cadges
4. Jamie Donaldson
5. Lucas Taylor Youngson
6. Max Biczak
7. Matt McFarlane
10. Dylan Shaw
10. Lewis Pirie
11. Ross Abernethy
12.Owen Townsend
12. Dylan Innes
12. Tymek Dudek
15. Dylan Ramsey
1. Sam Gerrie
3. Blair Ritchie
3. Jake Ferguson
5. Leo Goss
6. Matthew MacDonald
7. Sam Cumming
8. Alfie Wallace
9. Oscar Barry
10. Zak Morrison
11. Callum Stevenson
12. Josh McCallum
14. Clavin MacDonald
15. Sam Duncan
16. Ardeshir Zarsfi
Star Player
Bridge Of Don Academy
Plenty of players could have taken home the star player award for Bridge of Don - however, with two goals, that honor goes to Dylan Shaw.
Alfie Wallace scored the sole goal for his side, and often looked like scoring more.
Magic Moment
Bridge Of Don Academy
The opening goal from McFarlane was the best finish of the afternoon and set the scene for the match.
Alfie Wallace's finish was composed and didn't give the goalkeeper a chance.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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