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Albion into final at Giffnock's expense

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Banks O’Dee Albion Under 17s made it into the Scottish Cup final for the 2nd year running after a 3-1 win over Giffnock Thistle at Crombie Park, Culter. Connor Wood and a Greg Pirie brace was enough for the Aberdeen outfit to make it into the showpiece event on the 14th May at the Excelsior Stadium where they will take on Syngenta Juveniles.

Albion 2000s has won every local domestic trophy since their inauguration into the competitive leagues and are already into the final of the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy and in the semi-finals of the Noskab Trophy.

Banks O’Dee Albion coach Patrick Ritchie shared his thoughts on the game when he said: “As Bruce McGregor mentioned, nobody ever remembers the quality of a semi-final you just remember the result and I think that was very much the case. It was a typical semi-final and wasn’t a great game but the result was the most important thing.

“I think it was a deserved victory, I don’t think Giffnock would have any complaints about the result as we were in control of the game however to be fair they came back into the game as they brought the game back to 2-1 before having a player sent off.

“The great thing is that we won’t be distracted by the game on May 14th as there is so much to play for in the ADJFA. Obviously we have the league and in a cup final already and then a semi-final this Saturday against Hermes. The boys are very much focused and want to finish this 5 year run being undefeated in Aberdeen and that’s the sole focus just now.

“To win the Scottish Cup in May would be the icing on the cake. There has been a lot of boys who have been on this journey for such a long time and to finish it off at 17s with a Scottish Cup win particularly after the experience we had last year being beat in the final by Rossvale then I think it’s very much unfinished business.

“We need to go down there and do ourselves justice this year. If you can’t describe us as the best ever Albion team then you can describe us as the most consistent. To get to a Scottish Cup semi-final at 15s, the final at 16s and the final again at 17s then the boys deserve a huge amount of credit for that level of consistency because it’s hard.

“There has been a few boys came in over the years and also boys who have moved on but the core of that team will be playing. The core of the team will be playing their second Scottish Cup final and the core of the team from Sunday was playing their third semi-final and you can’t buy that experience.”


David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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