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Spain Park was the venue for today’s Under 14s SR Wood Trophy Final between the two heavyweights, Albion and Dyce. The previous encounters between the two sides this season had been very closely contested, meaning it was going to be difficult to pick a winner in today’s game.
The game started slowly as both sets of players looked nervous on the ball and neither team were really getting the ball down and stringing together a few passes. The first real chance of the game came in the 5th minute and it fell to Albion’s, Cameron Moultrie as he ran with the ball from the halfway line passed two Dyce defenders but Morgan Cook was off his line quick to deny Albion taking an early lead.
Dyce’s first sight of goal came in the 8th minute when Cameron McArthur ambitiously hit a shot from all of 40 yards but his effort went harmlessly wide of Cameron Jarvie’s goal. Albion created another chance in the 13th minute as they looked to make the early pressure count but it just wasn’t to be. Oscar Slater was running through on goal but again Cook was off his line to block the cross.
The 15th minute of the game saw Cameron Duncan’s inviting clearance bounce beyond the Albion back line and Josh Milne looked certain to be clean through on goal but Jarvie was off his line quick to clear the danger. In the 16th minute of the game Albion created the best chance until now. Cook spilled a shot only as far as Moultrie and although he had players in support he opted to go himself and he went for the spectacular back heel, which lacked power, and Cook was able to gather easily.
The referee was called upon for the first time in the game in the 21st minute as Jack Odlin got passed the Dyce defence and Ryan Silvers appeared to foul him but the referee waved play on but it was promising play from Odlin and he posed a threat the whole game down the Albion right wing but Cory Ritchie stood his ground and snuffed out the danger more times than not.
The first goal of the game came in the 26th minute after Dyce won a free kick in a dangerous area about 25 yards from goal. McArthur stood over it and he directed a curling effort on target that Jarvie could only parry and Milne was on hand to volley the ball home and settle the nerves in the game.
Albion looked to kick back immediately and Liam Morrison floated in an inch perfect cross that went beyond the Dyce back line and Moultrie got onto the end of it but his shot appeared to be saved by Cook, however the referee awarded a goal kick.
Half Time: Albion BC 0-1 Dyce BC
The second half started with a fast pace to it as Albion came out in an attacking mode as they searched for the decisive equaliser while Dyce were pushing on for the all important second goal. Milne had an early chance just 30 seconds into the second half but his shot went over the crossbar.
Just moments later and Albion had won a corner up the other end of the park. Mitchell Cheyne delivered an inviting cross that Finlay Johnston diverted towards goal but Cook denied his header going into the top corner.
There was further drama in the 45th minute of the game, as Albion had been awarded a penalty. A ball was played up into the Dyce box and slight hesitation between Cook and Craig Gill allowed the Albion forward to nick a touch on the ball before being seized down by Cook. The referee only awarded Cook a yellow card and it was Cheyne that stepped up to take the spot kick but unfortunately for him and his teammates he sent it harmlessly wide of the target and this would give Dyce a further boost as they continued to try and kill the game off.
Albion had a corner just two minutes later and again it was Cheyne to deliver and Gill could only head the ball clear as far as Morrison who took a touch before striking a volley off the woodwork that Cook had no chance of reaching. Milne was continuing to look to get beyond the Albion back line but Lewis Paton defended well all day long and stopped him on numerous occasions.
The 53rd minute of the game saw Albion have another slight half chance but Cook was off his line again quickly to squander the ball from the feet of Slater. Albion had a glorious opportunity to draw the game level on 67 minutes and that would surely see the game go into extra time. A corner was swung into the back post and Craig Armstrong headed the ball off his own team mate and out of play for a goal kick.
Dyce sealed the win with the last touch of the game after another free-kick from McArthur was the assist for the goal and again it was Milne who got himself onto the end of it. McArthur swung the ball in towards the back post and Milne rose highest in a crowded penalty area to head the ball past a helpless Jarvie to kick-start Dyce's celebrations.
The cup victory is added to successes in the Eddie Mannall Trophy, Tom Young Cup and the ADJFA 'A' League title. Another fantastic season for Dyce. One of vast improvement for Albion, who were seconds away from taking the Scottish Cup final to extra time. If they can keep up their progression, a bright future awaits.
Full Time: Albion BC 0-2 Dyce BC