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Brave performance no consolation for Culter as Newmachar win cup

Culter Boys 1

Panahi 5

Newmachar United 2

Garnham 2, Durrand 47
  • Tuesday, 27 May 2014
  • Balgownie
  • Under 13´s
  • Frank Waugh Memorial Trophy - Final

Scott McPherson | YFS North Region Journalist
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Newmachar United beat Culter Boys 2-1 to win the Frank Waugh Memorial Trophy. In what was an extremely close contest, a bit of individual quality from playmaker Alex Durrand was enough for Newmachar to get their hands on the trophy. The game looked destined for extra time until Durrand intervened with a wonderful 25-yard free kick to win the game. Before that, Newmachar took the lead within the first two minutes through striker Sam Garnham but that was cancelled out just a few minutes later by Culter winger Amir Panahi.
 
An even game was almost inevitable as both sides finished their league campaign with identical records. Both Culter and Newmachar played 15, won nine and lost six accumulating 27 points. Although before the final, Culter had the edge in the teams’ previous three meetings this season, winning two with Newmachar winning the other. 
 
Despite that, Newmachar started the match in the ascendancy. Their winger Danny Milnes had already shot wide when they took the lead through Sam Garnham after two minutes. Garnham showed great pace and intelligence to cut across his defender - so he couldn’t touch him – and run from the half way line all the way to the edge of the penalty area before shooting past the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner. 
 
They almost doubled their lead shortly after when Alex Durrand’s in-swinging free kick from the left missed everybody and narrowly whizzed wide of the back post.
 
But credit to Culter, they altered the flow of the game almost immediately and equalised after five minutes through Amir Panahi. The infectious nature of their manager Sid Merrakech clearly rubbed off on Panahi as he never gave up on a loose ball in the penalty area, despite how astute the angle was, and he managed to squeeze the ball into the net at the near post from almost the by-line.   
 
The end-to-end nature of the opening minutes understandably subsided after Culter’s equaliser as both teams started to cancel each other out. 
 
Good combination work on the left wing from Culter’s Jack McGregor and Ben Chapman allowed McGregor to shoot from the edge of the box but his effort was well held by Newmachar goalkeeper Lewis Johnson.
 
Newmachar then missed a golden opportunity to retake the lead just before half-time. A great team move resulted in Milnes producing a superb cross from the right but Garnham could only knock the ball over the ‘bar from six yards. 
 
Just before the interval Culter striker Chapman’s Dad shouted to him:
 
“Ben, you’re standing offside every time.”
 
And the striker responded:
 
“I know I am doing it on purpose.”
 
Chapman stayed on the last man throughout the match, trying to exploit his pace. And standing offside and getting back onside when the ball is played to gain a yard advantage over the defender is a tactic Michael Owen used successfully for years. 
  • Half Time:
  • Culter Boys
  • 1-1
  • Newmachar United
The second half was as evenly balanced as the first and even early on in the second period, extra time and possibly penalties looked likely. 
 
That was until twenty minutes from time when Newmachar were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal. Durrand stepped up and curled the ball over the wall and goalkeeper and into the top corner of the net; a truly stunning free kick. His manager, Greg Milnes, described it as a ‘special and great goal’.
 
Newmachar then looked to hold on to what they had an inevitably sat back and their defence got deeper. 
 
Culter’s best chance and Newmachar’s biggest scare came five minutes from time. Saiyed Ahmed’s 25-yard free kick flew towards goal and nestled on the top of the net rather than in it. For a split second the Culter management team thought it went in and not over. 
 
But Newmachar held on and greeted the final whistle by running on to the pitch with renditions of Championies! Ole! Ole! Ole! They were even spraying bottles of some kind (surely not champagne), as they celebrated a successful end to a long season. 
 
If they are to make a habit of winning trophies however, their captain Euan Campbell-Whylie will have to practice lifting them up as he wasn’t quite sure what to do with the trophy this time round. But you know the old saying, pratice makes perfect!
 
  • Full Time:
  • Culter Boys
  • 1-2
  • Newmachar United

Lineups

Culter Boys
Newmachar United

1. Alex Bayliss
2. Thomas Capderou
3. Amir Panahi
4. Callum Miller
5. Ben Chapman
7. Saiyed Ahmed
8. Cole Macrae
10. Adam Merrakech
11. Louis Fyfe
14. Aidan Parkinson
15. Jack McGregor
16. Leon Kouider
17. Luke Watson
19. Ross Mennie
20. Kyle Davidson

1. Lewis Johnson
2. Andrew Downie
3. Shae Gallacher
5. Euan Campbell-Whylie
6. Ryan Cumming
7. Danny Milnes
9. Sam Garnham
10. Alex Durrand
11. Ross McGregor
12. Ryan Ritchie
14. Adam Blake
15. Shaun Sangster
16. Cameron Reid
17. Dylan Mackie
21. Lewis Kran

Star Player
Culter Boys
Newmachar United
It would have to be central midfielder Saiyed Ahmed. He won tackles, started attacks and got into the box, everything you would expect of your centre midfield player. He even almost topped it off with an equaliser from his well hit free kick near the end.
Despite Alex Durrand’s special free kick winner, I’m picking striker Sam Garnham. He was a constant threat all game and always gave the opposition something to think about. It wasn’t just his lightning quick pace, but his directness and link up play was exemplary.
Magic Moment
Culter Boys
Newmachar United
Amir Panahi's determination to score the equaliser.
The final whistle when all their players ran on to the pitch to celebrate with their big crowd. Great scenes.
Club Views
Culter Boys
Newmachar United
Culter Boys manager, Sid Merrakech, said: "It was a tight game; I couldn’t have asked more from my players as they worked very hard. We started slow but I thought we deserved something more from the game.

“Culter Boys is a brand new team set up last August, so it is a new experience. I am sure we’ll come back stronger."
Newmachar manager, Greg Milnes, said: “I thought that we played well and battled very hard as a team. The game could have gone either way but I thought we just had the edge in chances created.

“Alex Durrand’s free kick winner was special and a great goal to win the final.”
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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