A Jason Ritchie penalty was enough for Aberdeen to collect the Under 18s National Trophy after a superb comeback against the North Of Scotland at Borough Briggs, Elgin.
It was a typical Scottish day with a mixture of sun, rain and cloud for the cup final between North Of Scotland and Aberdeen City Under 18s. Both teams served up a cracking game of football. North Of Scotland beat Fife 5-1 in the semi-finals whilst Aberdeen City won a local derby 1-0 against Aberdeenshire.
A host of players from each side are currently playing at a decent enough level in club football, North Of Scotland had the likes of Max Ewan who is currently playing regular Highland League football for Nairn County as well as a host of Ross County players and a couple of Elgin City players too. Aberdeen City had David Wilson who is playing for Elgin City as well as Hamish MacLeod who is playing for Cove Rangers FC in the Highland League.
North Of Scotland started the game more lively with Kieran Chalmers firing just over the bar and a half chance which was met by Jakub Biorka in the Aberdeen City goal. North nearly opened the scoring after three minutes when a ball came across the channel which was met by Gabirel Hastings which crashed off the crossbar and cleared to safety by the Aberdeen defence.
North opened the scoring after six minutes after a great ball came in from the left hand flank by Cameron Harper which was met by Jack Brown, who plays for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who guided home a fine header past Jakub Biorka.
Darren Jarvie's side added to their tally four minutes later after another great ball came in from the left hand channel, with Max Ewan getting to the ball first with his head, placing the ball into the back of the net beyond Biorka.
Roddy McGregor then had a good opportunity to make it 3-0 North after Max Ewan cut the ball back to him, however the midfielders effort went just wide of the right hand post. North were well on top asking Aberdeen lots of questions during the opening exchanges of the game.
Aberdeen pulled a goal back in the 18th minute after a great ball was swung into the danger zone by Hamish McLeod and Banks O'Dee Albion defender Jason Ritchie was there a couple of yards from goal to tap the ball home. It was the first time that Aberdeen had really threatened in the game.
McLeod then had an effort of his own on 24 minutes with a free kick which went just wide of the left hand post. Aberdeen were being very patient in their build up play and looked threatening going forward.
MacLeod had another chance soon after with a solo effort which was saved by Lee Herbert in the North goal. The rest of the half was quite stale with North holding out for a 2-1 lead at the interval.