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Banchory cap fine season with league play-off win

Written by  Yan Donald
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Cove BC
Banchory Boys
U17 ADJFA League 'B' - Play-off
Glenury Park
Author: Yan Donald

10 man Banchory came from 1-0 down to win 3-1 in the SoccerWorld League B play-off final to Cove in a pulsating encounter.

The league's recent history has offered little other then unwanted misery for Dominic and his players- but the agony is over after an entertaining, enthralling final took place which capped off a terrific season for Banchory Boys.

The Blues have targetted promotion for the past 3-4 seasons but have failed to achieve this target, due to being inconsistent and losing their winning mentality. However, on this occasion, they finally casted the monkey off their back.

On the other hand, Cove BC will be bitterly disappointed, having both the numerical and psychological advantage having won 4-0 in their previous clash back in February, but not using that to their full potential.

The blues made the brighter start to the match and might have been infront but Malcolm Cameron's shot from the edge of the box was dragged wide of the post.

Again the Aberdeenshire based team could have been infront but Liam Milne's header narrowly went over the bar.

Cove BC began to create chances of their own after the dismissal of Jake Ingram of Banchory, due to him leaving a foot out when he was on the floor after the Cove number 2 tripped him up on the 15th minute.

A couple of long range efforts from the Cove midfiled troubled Oliver Middleton as he spilled the ball but managed to recover the ball on both occassions.

With Flaherty's men still level despite having 10 men, they almost scored. A corner by James Flaherty wasn't properly cleared which went into the path of Yan Donald who volley the ball which ricocheted off number 2 and skimmed the post.

Half Time: Cove BC 0-0 Banchory Boys

Cove, in the shape of Midfiield and the front trio of storm and number 9 looked dangerous everytime they had the ball and this proved to be the case in the second period which was almost overshadowed by fiery confrontations on the byeline.

Cove drew blood after 55 minutes. The offence pushed through Rory West and Liam Milneand sent the ball to their number 9 whom drove the ball past the helpless Oliver Middleton.

Chory' managed to withstand the pressure but this was almost cancelled out Cove almost scored as their number 2 smashed the bar from a corner.

Against the odds, the blues managed to draw level thanks to a pass from Scott Yeoman which was worked to Donald wide on the left, who lathered the ball past a wrong-footed keeper after cutting in and beaing a man on the by-line.

As well as the quality football, which was eye catching, the supporters of Cove and Banchory spashed their blue and white colours spectacularly behind the dugout.

The Cove manager cut a mellow figure beside the animated Flaherty in the technical area, with his enthusiastic gestures and knew his team could defy the odds with 10 men.

With 10 minutes remaining of normal time, extra time was looming which was bound to suit the Whites as 10-men Banchory began to suffer from fatigue.

However, Milne headed his beloved blues in front, courtesy of a Flaherty corner which went through a reservoir of white shirts.

The Aberdeen based team increased the intensity but just couldn't find a way through the Banchory defence. The attackers looked like they were going to equalise on three occasions, but their shots were blocked by the resistent Banchory back three.

Two minutes were left and 'chory managed to catch Cove on the break due to Marnoch stretching the defenders, who was supported by Cumming. Both of them played a fine touch and pass football and then Donald slotted the ball past the advancing keeper to make it 3-1 thanks to a Marnoch pass.

The Banchory supporters were filled with jubilancy and ecstasy but a sense of de ja vu occurred as Cove pressed for a consolation goal- Banchory won 4-3 in this clash earlier in the season after being 4-1 up.

Credit to Cove for the way they played, and maybe on a different day they would have won. But Banchory throughly deserved the victory as they worked well as a team, despite the numerical disadvantage.

Full Time: Cove BC 1-3 Banchory Boys

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