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Cults Academy 14's ease past Westhill to lift trophy

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Cults Academy FC U14s
Westhill Academy FC U14s
Under-14 Sportsman Trophy Final
Albyn Playing Fields, Milltimber
29 March 2014
Cults U14's lined up against their Westhill counterparts in the final of the Sportsman's Trophy trying to win the fifth trophy for their school in a matter of ten days. Cults Seniors and Under 13's have both been double cup winners already this week. Westhill, on the other hand, were still smarting from the narrow league defeat they received at the hands of the same opponents last week, and would therfore be giving their all in this match. 

The pitch was in tip top condition at the kick off and it was Westhill who were first to threaten. Fraser Bryce broke clear on the left but his cross was just a little strong for his fellow forwards. He soon found himself in a dangerous position again but this time had strayed just offside.

Cults were stung into action and in seven minutes they took the lead after forcing a corner on the right. Ryan Corthals excellent delivery dropped invitingly at the feet of the unmarked Jevan Anderson two yards from goal and the tall midfielder placed the ball into the empty net.

Westhill responded well and a corner on the left was eventually cleared by the Cults defence before they rushed upfield and nearly added a second in twenty one minutes. Another corner from Corthals found Anderson's head this time and the ball cannoned  off the crossbar before rebounding to safety.

Fraser Bryce then found himself twice in the spotlight. Firstly he received a yellow card for ungentlemanly conduct, and a minute later was sent racing clear of the Cults defence. He rounded the keeper Robertshaw, crossed the ball into the danger area but could only watch as Jevan Anderson was first to the ball and sent it upfield.

It was Westhill's turn for a scare in twenty five minutes when a free kick on the left was taken by Ben Ross. The ball made its way to Joseph MacPherson, but his try was kicked off the line. MacPherson and Ross were combining well together and further good work saw the latter send his team mate  through. He unleashed a powerful shot from a narrow angle which surprised Keith Robertshaw as it flew into the top of the net to double the advantage with thirty one minutes played.

Cults were domating as half time approached and they came close to increasing their lead on the break as Gregor Thom powered a header narrowly over after a free kick had been won on the right. 
Half Time: Cults Academy FC 2-0 Westhill Academy FC
Westhill came out for the second half ready to take the fight to Cults with Fraser Bryce once again pushing the defenders back. He was tripped just outside the box, took the free kick himself, and was disappointed to see his effort deflected for what was a fruitless corner.

It was end to end stuff for a time and Cults substituted Callum Birnie for Aidan Wilkinson with ten minutes gone.
Four minutes later came a hammer blow for Westhill. Joseph MacPhreson found himself at the end of a cross from Birnie and although Keith Robertshaw blocked his first effort, he followed up to find the net from close range.

Westhill now had a mountain to climb and although multiple substitutions were made by both sides, the end to end pattern of play continued. Clear cut chances were at a premium, however, although Westhill fought well.

The match ended with Cults running out deserved three - nil victors in what had been a hard fought final.
This was due in no small way to the excellent pitch prepared by the Albyn Groundsman and his team at Milltimber. 
Full Time: Cults Academy FC 3-0 Westhill Academy FC
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