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Dyce slice through Airdrie in second half to win the Scottish Cup

Dyce BC 4

McFarlane 45, 57, Sutherland 52, Brookes 66 (pen)

Airdrie Real BC 0

  • Sunday, 20 May 2018
  • Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
  • Under 13´s
  • Inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup

Dyce produced a thumping second half to defeat Airdrie 4-0 and take the U13s Scottish Cup. Two goals from Matt McFarlane were complemented by a long range strike from Ethan Sutherland and an Aidan Brookes penalty, giving the Aberdeen side their silverware in the Lanarkshire team’s own stadium.

The opening half was scrappy and often lacking in concentrated possession. Dyce were quicker into the game, with their attacking players getting touches of the ball advanced within the Airdrie half. However, bar a 20 yard free kick by Brookes and cross-shot by Sutherland, in the 6th and 7th minutes respectively and both comfortably saved by Airdrie number one David Milligan, the pressure was at a distance.

Airdrie’s place in the match strengthened with a quarter of an hour played. Initially their endeavours produced no more than throw-ins, but soon direct balls began to show promise. These encouraged striker Michael McKinley to chase against the centre backs, and he won space for a brace of long but wayward shots.

On the half hour a fine saunter out of defence by Dyce’s Scott Robertson led to an unsuccesful penalty claim by Sutherland, and for a few minutes the final found a previously lacking bite. This piqued attitude duly produced the best chance of the half, as McKinley caught a hopeful punt, wrestled inside his two markers, and was only denied by the out-rushing Sam Inglis.

  • Half Time:
  • Dyce BC
  • 0-0
  • Airdrie Real BC

The second period was far less balanced. It began with Sutherland toe-poking a shot wide from 18 yards after 45 seconds, and five minutes later Brookes produced the first genuine quality, striking a free kick against the bar. That chance had been set up by a foul on substitute Gafar Abari who would enjoy a fruitful time both against his marker and, frequently, on an empty right wing.

Dyce’s increased intensity did not take too long to reap the opener. In the 45th minute McFarlane gained possession on the left side of the box, took the outside route, and stabbed a shot from wide left of the 6 yard box. In almost slow motion it rolled across and found its place just inside the right post. It was a gentle shot but had a major impact; the north-east side were ahead and ready to stamp out any doubt about who was the better team.

A brief flurry by the hosts did not result in a shot on target, and soon it was 2-0. The 52nd minute saw Sutherland with the ball in space 25 yards from goal. The intelligent pass was right to the unmarked Abari, but instead the forward struck a confident shot that went high over the reach of Milligan and settled into the centre of the net.

After that the game was like a river flowing downhill as Dyce put the match comfortably to bed. In the 57th minute McFarlane scored a fine third, turning his man on the edge of the box, holding off a second challenge, foregoing the again unmarked Abari to step inside a third defender, and ultimately rolling the ball under Milligan. The fourth was akin to a victory lap, as substitute Dylan Shaw broke from halfway, skipped past one challenge, and then was taken out by a second defender when he reached the left corner of the box. Aidan Brookes got his reward for a strong midfield game by putting his penalty into the left of the net via Milligan’s stretched hand.

4-0 had seemed an unlikely score at half-time, but it was hard to argue against. Dyce celebrated enthusiastically in front of their travelling band of supporters, and can pack the cup in their baggage as they head back north. A cup run that saw them repeatedly defeat Central Belt opponents has ended in the biggest prize.

  • Full Time:
  • Dyce BC
  • 4-0
  • Airdrie Real BC

Lineups

Dyce BC
Airdrie Real BC
1. Sam Inglis
2. Dylan Souden
3. Scott Robertson
4. Aidan Brookes
5. Cameron Robertson
6. Lucas Taylor-Youngson
7. Miller Keir
8. Ryan McLean
9. Gafar Abari
11. Dylan Shaw
12. Dylan Robertson
13. George Ritchie
14. Owen Townend
15. Jimmy Anderson
16. Zane Lawson
17. Matt McFarlane
18. Ethan Sutherland
19. Ethan Allan
1. David Milligan
2. Rhys Park
3. Jack Breakell
4. Shay Burke
5. Louis Mackay
6. Sam Smith
7. Taylor Clark
8. Michael McKinley
9. Marco Vata
10. Callum Craig
11. Luca Vata
12. Connor Devine
13. Aiden Osborne
Star Player
Dyce BC
Airdrie Real BC
After a quiet opening, Matt McFarlane showed why he is a fantastic striker and a great finisher with a good eye for goal, the Dyce management team decided to place Matt in midfield for the first half however a tactical change at half time saw Matt move to striker which is his normal position and the big decision reaped it's rewards, Matt gave the Airdrie defence something different to worry about in the second period and scored a fantastic 1st goal from a tight angle giving David Milligan no chance, the fact that McFarlane placed the ball into the bottom right hand corner from that tight angle speaks volumes about the type of finish it was.

McFarlane also scored a good 2nd goal towards the business end of the game after getting into a great position before tucking the ball home, McFarlane helped his team mates throughout the duration of the game with a lack of quality pass the only difference between Dyce not being more of a threat in the 1st half, in the second half, McFarlane showed why he is a quality player and he certainly helped the team with a deserved Scottish Cup success, only the second time at Under 13s level that an ADJFA side has won the Scottish Cup, this is a special Dyce team and Matt certainly ticks all the boxes to help make this team special.
Airdrieonians were extremely depleted heading into the game with only 12 selection with a player unavailable alongside two players who were cup tied. Rhys Park however was a positive for Airdrie with showing some good touches alongside linking up well with team-mates throughout the game.

Rhys also got forward whenever he could and had one of very limited opportunities for Airdrie, Rhys also tried to defend and put in a lot of effort against a pacy and very forward thinking Dyce BC Blues Under 13s outfit, Rhys will be disappointed with the outcome however he should look at a strong performance from his perspective and turn a disappointment into a positive going forward, tough defeat to take however if his attitude and application remains to a high standard then he will move on and become a stronger player in the future.
Magic Moment
Dyce BC
Airdrie Real BC
Sutherland's strike for the second was arguably hopeful, but when a long shot flies in it cannot be argued against. More importantly the goal put Dyce out of Airdrie's reach and set up a comfortable run into the final whistle.
McKinley's fight, battle and shot just before half-time was Aidrie's best chance and showed there was possible success to be had through hard work. Alas the second half got away from the home side and the opportunity could not be repeated.
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