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McArthur header bags Inverurie the cup

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Inverurie Academy
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U14 Aberdeenshire SFA Cup - Final
Garioch Sports Centre, Inverurie

David Reid

By David Reid
YFS North Region Reporter
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Plenty of talent was on show for the second final with the Inverurie side containing some Albion and Dyce players reunited and friends again after their SR Wood showdown at Spain Park. Banchory had talent of their own and have a pro youth player in Owen Lawrence who plies his trade at Dundee United.

It was a really tight final and the first effort towards goal wasn't until the 10th minute. Mitchell Cheyne had a pop at the target from 20 yards which just went over the bar.

For the neutral it was a hard one to predict as both teams had periods of possession and territory, trading blows and cancelling each other out. Lawrence was to have Banchory's first effort of the game with his 16 yard attempt straight at Morgan Cook.

Inverurie took the lead in the 33rd minute - a crucial time to score. Finlay Watson caught out the Banchory defence by sending in a lovely ball towards Cameron McArthur who perfectly guided the ball into the top left hand corner.

Half Time: Inverurie Academy 1-0 Banchory Academy

The game had really needed a goal and the second half started to open up with Inverurie's Jordan Cooper having the next attempt on goal to try and double the Garioch side's lead. However it just went inches wide of the left hand post.

Cooper then turned provider as he set up goalscorer Cameron McArthur, whose 16 yard effort went over the bar. Banchory were becoming more dangerous on the break at this stage and it was up to Inverurie to see if they could handle Owen Lawrence.

In the second half Lawrence was the main focal point of Banchory's attack. In the 43rd minute he got Morgan Cook working again when the striker's 10 yard effort was saved by the keeper.

Cooper was getting more involved in Inverurie's attacks in the second half. He tried to get his name on the score sheet and had an 18 yard drive which just went over the bar.

At the other end Inverurie gave away a free kick in a dangerous position just 20 yards from goal. Only one man was going to step up to it and it was Lawrence. Lawrence aimed his shot towards goal which just went over the bar.

Inverurie had another chance to put the game to bed when Mitchell Cheyne passed into Ally Naysmith. The pint sized forward had a shot from 12 yards which was straight at Dean Strachan in the Banchory goal.

In the 64th minute Lawrence managed to beat the Inverurie defence with pace before trying to find the bottom left hand corner from 18 yards. However, Cook got down to make a great stop. Lawrence's last chance of the game came when he met a looping ball and tried to place the ball past the ex Dyce stopper however it didn't really harm the Inverurie backline and it was an easy stop for Cook.

Inverurie brought down the curtain on what has been a good season for them. They reached the 5th round of the Scottish Cup and also beat Harlaw Academy in the Aberdeen FC Trophy at Pittodrie.

Full Time: Inverurie Academy 1-0 Banchory Academy


Inverurie Academy Banchory Academy
Cameron McArthur Scored a great header and also tested the Banchory defence all match with vision and speed.
Owen Lawrence - the forward was the focal point for Banchory all evening and had a few decent attempts to get a goal.
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David Reid

David has been a YFS team member since January 2011 and has gone from strength to strength and is now the communications operator for the North region.
As well as his YFS duties Mr Reid also covers other sporting events with newspapers including the Evening Express which is one of the local papers in Aberdeen.
David was the 1st North region reporter for YFS and his experience has helped the other reporters who have joined settle in. In July 2012 David got the young journalist of the year award.
David has been proud of achievements to date and couldn't be more thankful for YFS.

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