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Keith seal Highland League crown with extra time win

Keith FC 4

Ritchie 62, Combe 95, Masson 119, Griffiths 103

Clachnacuddin FC 1

Ednie 39
  • Final Result: Keith FC 4-1 Clachnacuddin FC (AET)
  • Sunday, 27 April 2014
  • Mosset Park
  • Under 17´s
  • SHFL - League Play-off

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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It was the winners of the North section versus the winners of the East Section at Mosset Park, Forres to determine who would be the best of the rest this season,it was an even contest with both sides very keen to be the king of the Highland League for season 2013-14.
 
On paper, Keith looked the stronger team however you can't underestimate Clach and without a series of good stops from Aiden MacDonald in the Lilywhites goal, the Maroons could have won this game more than a 3 goal margin. You also have to take into account that all of the Keith players were in action for an ADJFA team on Saturday.
 
There was 8 players from Culter Boys 17s who slipped up their title bid at the last minute with a 3-3 draw at home to Deveronvale, 5 players for Lewis United Under 16s who recorded a 6-1 win over Huntly as well as Glentanar's Greg Smart who made Culter pay after a 3-0 win at Westdyke and finally Scott Kennington and Fraser Wyness who play for Banchory 16s.
 
If there was to be any side to grab the 1st goal then it was probably going to be Keith and they had a golden chance to get the breakthrough, a great ball came in from Greig Smith which was met by Aiden Combe however a tame effort from the Culter forward went straight at MacDonald.
 
Combe was in the thick of action again and had another opportunity to put the Moray side in front after a through ball from Hamish Ritchie found the prolific striker however his effort just went inches wide of the right hand post.
 
Clach however made them pay and with 7 minutes until the interval, they made the breakthrough, a great ball went sailing 40 yards into the box by James Hogan which was met by Callum Ednie who beautifully guided the ball past David Dey in the Keith goal, the effort finding it's way into the top left hand corner.
  • Half Time:
  • Keith FC
  • 1-0
  • Clachnacuddin FC
Keith went into the home changing room at half time probably wondering why they were down 1-0 and what they could do to get back into the game however fair play to Clach for being patient and then finding the perfect moment to open the scoring.
 
It needed something spectacular for Keith to come back into the game and they had to look no further than ex Aberdeen midfielder Hamish Ritchie, Ritchie scored a 50 yard free kick when Culter played Glentanar in the league a couple of weeks back on a smaller surface compared to the long pitch at Mosset Park, on 62 minutes, Ritchie decided to evade everyone again and his free kick from 50 yards went into the top right hand corner giving MacDonald no chance.
 
The Maroons getting the equaliser made things very interesting and both sides were in the hunt for what would have been a crucial 2nd goal, it was Clach who were the 1st team keen to get their noses in front again, a corner sent in by Steven Dey found it's way to Kai Taylor whose goalbound header was blocked off the line by Lewis Masson.
 
Keith were then to go on the acendency and had the chance to clinch it right at the death, a great ball whipped in by Greg Smart found it's way to Hamish Ritchie who saw his header just go whiskers wide of the left hand post.
  • Full Time:
  • Keith FC
  • 1-1
  • Clachnacuddin FC

With nothing separating Clach and Keith after 90 minutes, the next goal was probably going to go on and win the game.

It was Keith who got it in the 95th minute, a good ball came in from the right hand channel from Lewis Masson which MacDonald couldn't react to and Aiden Combe was hot on the spot to bundle home from 6 yards.

Combe then went from scorer to provider 2 minutes until the end of the 1st half after he cut the ball back into the feet of Zak Griffiths who calmly slotted the ball home to give Keith some breathing space.

All the chances that either team had in extra time seemed to turn into goals and with Clach trying to get a goal back to create an interesting ending, it was Aiden Combe once again who was able to guarantee the cup was going to Kynoch Park, a misplaced clearence from a Clachnacuddin defender went into the alleyway of Lewis Jopp, whose effort was tipped onto the crossbar by MacDonald before Lewis Masson tucked away the rebound with the Clach defence nowhere to be seen.

Final Result: Final Result: Keith FC 4-1 Clachnacuddin FC (AET)

Lineups

Keith FC
Clachnacuddin FC

1. David Dey
2. Lewis Masson
3. Clark Petrie
4. Stuart Charleton
5. Toby Wallace
6. Hamish Ritchie
7. Greg Smart
8. Cameron Pashley
9. Zak Griffiths
10. Aiden Combe
11. Greig Smith
12. Scott Kennington
14. Connor Dickie
15. Dylan Leslie
17. Fraser Wyness
19. Lewis Jopp

1. Aidan MacDonald
2. Andrew Young
3. Calum Ednie
4. James Hogan
5. Kai Taylor
6. Daniel Fraser
7. Lewis Knott
8. Steven Dey
9. Calum Reilly
10. Dylan MacKenzie
11. Harry McRae
12. Alan MacPhee
14. Conor MacPhee
15. Cammy Robertson
16. Jack Lingard
17. Scott MacIntosh

Star Player
Keith FC
Clachnacuddin FC
Aiden MacDonald - Kept Clach in the game with a string of saves, already playing his part in the Clach 1st team and has a big future ahead of him.
Hamish Ritchie - Another great free kick and had a very good workrate in the middle, Hamish has also had 1st team appearances, special mention to Lewis Masson for a great game.
Magic Moment
Keith FC
Clachnacuddin FC
Clach's goal, a great delivery and a good header to follow.
Aiden Combe's goal which sealed the game for Keith.
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