Forget the Dundee derby. Those at Dundee’s North End Park got to witness a Sunday afternoon game that was full of twists, turns and a dramatic penalty shootout to round things off. The game in question was the Diamond Jubilee Cup final, which was played out between Arbroath Lads and Pitfour, which finished 1-1 and culminated in a dramatic penalty shoot-out win for Pitfour.
It was evident from the very beginning that the final was going to be close as the teams are two very well matched outfits. However, it was Pitfour that made the breakthrough as they went one up, courtesy of Kai Finnie, in the first minute of the second half. It looked as though one goal might be all that was needed until Bartosz Kwiatek leveled the scores six minutes from time with a superbly executed overhead kick. The full time whistle soon arrived and a penalty shootout was needed to decide who would be taking the cup home. In the end Pitfour managed to triumph 4-3 on penalties and they were crowned Diamond Jubilee Cup champions.
The first half was a titanic tussle between the two sides which exemplified just how well matched the final was. Jack Bledowski had an early chance to open the scoring for Arbroath but he sent his effort over the bar after latching onto a right wing cross.
The next clear opportunity fell to Arbroath in the 20th minute. Connor McFarlane drove towards goal, from the right, and fired a low shot at goal. Pitfour ‘keeper, Archie Barton, was on hand to make the save with his legs. Leo Boath, however, pounced onto the rebound and hit a first time shot back at goal. Once again Barton was there to keep the score at 0-0 as he dived down low to his left and held the rebounded shot. Excellent goalkeeping.
In the 25th minute Pitfour very nearly worked an opportunity for themselves. Finnie attempted to latch onto a through ball that was fed beyond the Arbroath defence. The pacy forward was soon involved in a footrace against Arbroath’s man between the sticks Shaun Watt. It was the goalkeeper who reached and cleared the ball just ahead of the pacy forward but he took a wallop as a result – the perfect example of taking one for the team.