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Cults edge Bucksburn in fine footballing final

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Cults Academy
 vs
Bucksburn Academy
 
 
 
U13 Green Final Trophy - Final
Aberdeen Sports Village
27 March 2014
 
 
 
Cults and Bucksburn U13’s met in the Green Final Trophy at a windy Aberdeen Sports Village on 27th March. The final was eagerly awaited as Cults were bidding for a cup double, having won the Esso Trophy last Wednesday. Their opponents, for their part, were trying to go one better than 2013 when they were unlucky runners-up. 
 
Cults went at it from the off having booked the advantage of what wind there was at that point. In thirty seconds, Innes McBain produced a great tackle to deny Umar Siddique at the expense of a corner. The kick fell to Luke Mulhere whose try was deflected for another one. A third corner followed and this time Bucksburn were able to clear. 
 
Cults pressure paid off in six minutes. A sweet pass from Matthew Clark played Andrew Mitchell through and he placed the ball in the net behind keeper Reece Lobban with a delightful lob. Bucksburn tried to reply and Ryan Gordon managed a shot which was saved by David Blasdale, before Cults were on the march again. A long ball from Dylan King sent Vinnie Buggie racing clear but Reece Lobban brought off a terrific save at the expense of a corner which the defence cleared off the line. 
 
Andrew Mitchell was next to try his luck, but his effort was blocked by a combination of Reece Lobban and Innes McBain and Cults had another corner. He was not to be denied for long, however, as four minutes from the break he struck again. Kris Cocker ran forward from the halfway line before sending his skipper clear on the right. He steadied himself before sweeping a low drive beyond Lobban at his far post.
 
Half Time: Cults Academy 2-0 Bucksburn Academy 
 
The second half saw Cults, as usual, resume with Stuart Rodgers in goal instead of David Blasdale, but they were still on the attack. Matthew Clark found Andrew Mitchell on the left this time and, when he squared the ball, Vinnie Buggie was just too high with his strong shot.
 
The wind was now stronger and in Bucksburn’s favour, and they soon gained a corner. The Cults defence only managed to block the dangerous delivery and Bucksburn could try again. This time the cross was too close to Stuart Rodgers and he gathered well. Tired legs saw the need for changes in personnel, with Paul Robertson coming on for Brandon Reid in the Bucksburn side, and Cults replacing Vinnie Buggie with Zack Hall. 
 
The Bucksburn substitute came close to reducing the leeway, almost getting a touch on Aaron Arnott’s cross. At the other end Umar Siddique was not able to make something of Andrew Mitchell’s lay off. Jack Hamilton was becomming more prominent for Bucksburn and Cults responded by bringing on Callum Clubb and Keiran Phull for Ross Mennie and Umar Siddique respectively.
 
Two free kicks followed which might have had an effect on the outcome. Mitchell could have put Cults out of sight, but his well hit kick from just outside the box was confidently gathered by Lobban. Bucksburn came even closer, when a free on their left, taken by Lewis Robertson, hit the crossbar before bouncing over.
 
Six minutes from the end Bucksburn were back in it with Matthew Keenan’s wonder strike. Gathering the ball on the right, he moved infield before sending in a left footed drive over the outstretched arms of Stuart Rodgers into the top left hand corner of the goal. Bucksburn threw everything at Cults in the 
 
closing stages and Rodgers was called upon to make a great stop from Jack Hamilton’s drive. Cults managed to weather the storm and, with almost the last kick of the game, Matthew Clark came close to extending the lead but his drive just cleared the bar.
 
The spoils went to Cults, and they probably deserved to win after dominating the first half, but what a scare they got from Bucksburn after the interval. The awards for the “match hero” for each team went, not surprisingly, to Andrew Mitchell and Matthew Keenan, the goalscorers, and the large attendance were in agreement with these choices.
 
All in all, a great advert for schools’ football with the officials playing their part too. They did their job so well they were hardly noticed. 
 
Full Time: Cults Academy 2-1 Bucksburn Academy
 
Cults Academy: David Blasdale, Dylan King, Gavin Wilson, Ross Mennie, Josh Gosling, Luke Mulhere, Kris Cocker, Matthew Clark, Andrew Mitchell, Umar Siddique and Vinnie Buggie. Subs Stuart Rodgers, Keiran Phull, Callum Clubb and Zack Hall. 
 
Bucksburn Academy: Reece Lobban, Evan Walker, Lewis Robertson, Innes McBain, Finlay Wood, Matthew Keenan, Aaron Arnott, Andrew Lamb, Brandon Reid, Jack Hamilton and Ryan Gordon. Subs James Webster, Liam Allan, Paul Robertson and James Laurenson. 
 
Referee: K. Knowles. Assistant Referees: M. Molden and R. Stewart
 
 

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