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Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:45

Cuptastic Westdyke savour perfect day

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Westdyke Community Club are celebrating two success stories this week - with both the Boys Under 17s and Under 19s qualifiying for their first ever Cup finals, and the clubs first final in three years. What makes the achievement all the more remarkable is that in both ties the Westhill outfit were overwhelming underdogs!

The 17s were the first team into a showpiece, with a 3-2 victory over Colony Park in the NOSKAB Trophy. An early Andrew Bremner strike was cancelled out by their oponents only for Alex Wright to resotre the lead followed by a terrific Raymond Gray goal. A late counter ensured a tense finale to a great cup tie but the home team held on to secure a final against Albion next month.

There was even more drama on the adjacent pitch at Lawsondale with the 19s hosting top of the A League CBC Hilton, undefeated locally all season, in the Sunnybank Shield.

Hilton started the match on a high with Jake Connon netting in the opening minutes, only for Tyler Reid to equalise soon after. Mohammed Mbarki restored the visitors advantage on the half-hour only for Reid, later the obvious choice for man of the match , to equalise a second time and ensure a level half time scoreline.

Euan Armstrong put Westdyke 3-2 ahead minutes into the second half before a crack in a crossbar brought the tie to a halt.

A delay of over thirty minutes later, the tie resumed - and Hilton, seemingly incensed at the length of the delay, levelled the scores through former Westdyke forward Daniel Scott.

With no further goals extra time was played - and Hilton took the lead for a third time in the match when Scott Cowper scored from range.

With two minutes of extra time remaining, Armstorng scored his second of the tie to make the score 4-4 - and penalties seeming certain.

However, deep in injury time - added on solely through a stoppage to treat the Hilton keeper's cramp - Westdyke's Kevin Otto netted after a goalmouth scramble to win the game for the hosts, sparking celebrations on the home touchline, and set up a derby final with Kintore at Sunnybank Juniors' Heathryfold Park next month.

17s Head Coach Kevin Buchan said "That was probably the proudest moment in my entire time playing and coaching football. Winning a semi final, fantastic feeling - however I wouldn't want to put myself through that again, I think I kicked every ball! So proud of the entire squad to get this far from where we have been. Thank you to all of the players for the hard work put into this match and the whole campaign. You deserved this win!"

19s counterpart Dave Elphinstone had the biggest gleaming smile for miles around "When you look back at the cup run it's been fantastic - and truly memorable. We were two penalty misses down in the first round shootout against Alford and ended up winning, then won the second round tie at MBC United through a last minute winner - and to earn a final by defeating the Leagues top two (Cove Rangers and CBC Hilton) in the Quarter and Semi-Finals with perofrmances like those is just tremendous - well done to the squad, we'll look forward to facing Kintore in the final."

Westdyke's cup hopes do not end there with the 13s and 16s having Quarter and Semi-Final ties respectively this weekend. The 13s are away to Albion in the Colony Park Cup while the 16s travel to Glentanar for a potential Final with Culter Boys at Pittodrie Stadium in the President's Cup.

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