Westdyke Thistle proved for the second week running that they’re not afraid to go the distance as they defeated Huntly 8-5 after extra time to cement their place in this season’s SoccerWorld League A. Westdyke were 4-2 down with five minutes of normal time to play, and staring defeat in the face, until they snatched two late goals, including one with the last kick of the game to force extra time. That late reprieve was the catalyst for Westdyke to go on and win the game. This game followed last week’s semi final victory over Colony Park, whom they defeated 4-3 on penalties.
Huntly also went the distance in their semi final last week, defeating Deveronvale 5-4 after extra time. So, extra-time really was inevitable here.
Westdyke started the match in the ascendency but it was Huntly who took the lead against the run of play after 11 minutes. One long straight ball cut through the Westdyke defence like a knife through butter and striker Shane Black capitalised, dinking the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper from eight yards.
Huntly’s lead never lasted long as they conceded an equaliser just five minutes after opening the scoring. Westdyke striker Vincent Buggie took an in-swinging corner and the ball missed everyone before eventually finding the far corner of the net.
Westdyke were then given the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot, but captain Stuart Rodgers fired over from 12 yards.
The game then took the first turnaround of many as Westdyke took the lead just 10 minutes after going behind. Winger Joel Yule broke free up the left wing and his pinpoint cross was diverted into the net by Buggie from four yards.
Bizarrely, Huntly then equalised in the exact same fashion as their opponents; direct from a corner kick. Marcus Finlay Murray’s drilled corner snuck past the goalkeeper and into the net at the near post.
Before the half-time whistle blew, there was still time for Huntly to follow in their opponents footsteps once again, this time in missing a penalty. Struan Morrison was fouled in the box and he took the resulting penalty but his kick went wide of the goal.