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Aberdeen FC Under 16s
Dundee FC Under 16s 
Competition: Denis Law Soccer Tournament 2012
Venue: Garthdee Sports Complex
Date: 18/07/2012
Author: Kieran Buxton

Aberdeen vs Keith (Under 16s)George Orwell once wrote about "a sodden morning of the rains" in one of his short essays, and to be honest, the great writer would have probably found it difficult to find a day that typified his description so perfectly than Wednesday's weather.

The rain fell relentlessly overnight and throughout the day to force organisers at the Denis Law Tournament to move fixtures at the last minute to various venues across Aberdeen including Garthdee's all weather pitch and Banks O'Dee Juniors' Spain Park such was the unplayable nature of the Kings Pitches.

Such last minute changes meant that it was extremely difficult to report on the match, but at the exposed Garthdee pitch, with numerous umbrella misfortunes, I managed to arrive twenty minutes after kick off following the Youth Football Scotland team's valiant effort to beat the mid-afternoon traffic across town.

By that time, Dundee had went 1-0 up, courtesy of Jordan Garden's opener, against an Aberdeen Under 16's side that had struggled so far in the tournament. The Dons had the respite of a 5-1 win on Tuesday against Keith as a welcome relief between a loss on Monday night to Albion and a tough fixture against Dundee.

The wind that had consistently proved challenging forced both sides to reduce the time the ball spent in the air and as a result, both sides had some nice passing interchanges, with Aberdeen looking most comfortable in the first half and having the larger share of possession.

Aberdeen had a great chance to equalise as a Scott McKenna header from a well delivered free-kick went just wide.

Both defences were resoloute though, with Dundee's centre-back pairing of Matthew Allan and Lloyd Archibald displaying composure on the ball that was unequalled by any other players on the pitch along with great defensive positioning.

Another opportunity for Aberdeen went begging once again as Chris Blacknett peeled off his marker and found a good position to head the ball goalward but it bounced just wide of the target.

Dundee vs Keith (Under 16s)Half time arrived and Dundee had survived a mini onslaught from the Dons as the rain showed no signs of stopping and the wind kept cruelly springing surprise gusts attempting to catch the umbrella clad observers off-guard.

Aberdeen kicked off the second half and looked to get back into the game with a goal. They tested once or twice but the shots were off targets and crosses were well held by Dundee's goalkeeper considering the slippy conditions that even affected the all-weather pitch, as the ball began to skid off the surface at a swift pace.

The Dons continued to threaten and had a shot hit the top of the bar as the attempts became more desperate. As the second half settled down, Dundee began to take charge and eight minutes in, they got a second from a fine Kieran Sturrock finish. The forward let fly from the right of the box and his shot nestled in the bottom left corner.

From then on, Dundee began to look a class apart with great passing moves that began at the back and worked their way forward but which were snuffed out by the Aberdeen defence.

It went from bad to worse for Aberdeen, who were reduced to ten men for the closing stages. They got a consolation though, towards the end of the match, as a scuffed shot looped its way into the box and was headed in well by Blacknett who proved it was third time lucky after missing two headed chances in the first half.

At last, much to the relief of everyone, the referee blew the full time whistle on a game which was well played when taking into consideration the conditions.

Aberdeen lose again but Dundee were good value for the win from the 60 minutes I witnessed and seemed to go through the gears as the game went on with some tricky wingers and compusure that was unmatched by Aberdeen.

Dundee march on into the semi finals, whereas Aberdeen will now enter the last four of the consolation tournament.

Full Time: Aberdeen FC Under 16s 1-2 Dundee FC Under 16s

Aberdeen FC Under 16s
Dundee FC Under 16s

Craig Burns
Chris Blacknett
Sam Burnett
Marcus Campanile
Stuart Close
Scott Ferries
Jamie Henry
Stuart Hodge
Sean Hume
Michael Jones
Ryan Keir
Michael Kelly
Scott mckenna
Kalvin Orsi
Ritchie Petrie
Sam Robertson
Glen Smith
Zach Szemis
Michael Rose
Matthew Johnston

Cameron Johnstone
Ben Siewright
Craig Brand
Christopher Snee
Matthew Allan
Lloyd Archibald
Callum Petrie
Jamie McCabe
Lee Cameron
Craig Wighton
Ranald Bowie
John Bonnar
Jack Neave
Josh Skelly
Jordan Garden
Ben Smith
Kieran Sturrock

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Givova UK Man of the Match: Chris Blacknett
Givova UK Man of the Match: Lloyd Archibald
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