A solid, professional
performance from Culter Boys this lunchtime saw them lift the Belmont Trophy at
Jamieson Park after defeating FDS 97s 4-0.
In a largely even opening
quarter of an hour, neither team were quite able to carve out any clear cut
chances. That was until the deadlock was
broken in the 15th minute when the unfortunate Bruce Dryburgh headed
past his own keeper to give Culter the lead.
Craig Mackie put in a dangerous cross from the right which the defender
had to try and intercept, but in doing so inadvertently headed into his own
A fine individual goal
doubled Culter’s lead in the 21st minute. Aidan Combe picked up the ball in his own half
and drove forward at the FDS defence before drilling his low shot from range in
off the right hand post.
FDS did their best to
fight back; a Dryburgh free kick into the box just needed a tap in at the
back post, but nobody was there to oblige.
James Bartlett then went had a chance when the ball broke to him all
alone on the edge of the box, but his shot blazed over the bar.
On the half hour mark
Culter had a great chance to add a third.
Kieran Fowler went on a superb run down the left wing, beating half the
FDS defence single-handedly. However,
his unselfish attempt to square the ball was intercepted and the danger
Just five minutes later
though, Fowler did find the net and gave his side a 3-0 lead with a simple,
composed header at the back post. Combe
almost finished FDS off on the stroke of half time when he was put through
one-on-one, but lifted his lob over the bar.
It only took until four
minutes into the second half however, for Culter to notch number four; Aidan
Combe getting his second goal of the game, getting on the end of a free kick to
In the 48th
minute, Zack Griffiths showed great fight and determination on the left wing to
win the ball and fizz a ball across the face of goal, nobody was quite able to
touch it into the net though.
There then followed a lull
in the game, in which defences were decidedly on top. This was broken though when FDS’ Jason Davie
drew a save from David Dey with an ambitious lob on 62 minutes. In an unusual tactical switch, FDS’ keeper
then swapped positions with outfield player Daniel Probyn.
Culter would continue to
dominate though, substitute Blair Conacher did well to beat a defender before curling
his effort just wide of the top corner with 15 minutes to go. Three minutes later Griffiths’ audacious overhead
kick flew just the wrong side of the post.
The game was over as a contest
by this point, but credit must go to FDS as they never stopped trying, and
created a couple more decent chances.
First, with 71 minutes on the clock, Scott Farquharson’s cross-come-shot
needed to be tipped over the bar by Dey.
The Ben Hessell went on a
terrific driving run through the middle, leaving three defenders in his
wake. But, having done the hard part,
Hessell dragged his shot from the edge of the box well wide, and the Culter saw
out the remaining few minutes comfortably.
It just didn’t quite
happen for FDS on the day then, but they can come away with their heads held
high. They did well to reach the final
and were not disgraced by any means.
Culter though were definitely the better team and will be delighted with
their thoroughly deserved victory. Recent
misfortune in a number of semi finals will only add to their satisfaction of
finally clinching a trophy.