As the two top teams in their league, the SR Wood Trophy semi-final between Dyce BC and Banks O’Dee Albion was as competitive as it was expected to be. However it was Dyce who secured their spot in the final with a 2-1 victory. The home side’s goals came from Sean Lindon and Jamie Massie, while Banks O’Dee’s goal came from Adam Carter.
In the early stages of the game, both teams were competing for the ball and their chances, with Banks O’Dee dominating slightly offensively. Adam Carter took a number of shots at goal but couldn’t get the ball past Dyce goalkeeper, Ross Mowatt.
Instead it was Dyce who opened the scoring eight minutes in. The entire team rallied to put pressure on the Banks O’Dee defence, with Sean Lindon using his natural pace to gain territory on the right, before passing to Scott Hector on the left. From the edge of the box, Hector lofted the ball high, and Lindon struck the ball into the net to take his side into the lead.
Inspired by their lead, Dyce tried to extend it further through Jamie Massie whose long-range shot sailed straight to Banks O’Dee goalkeeper, Dawid Zdunczyk. However Banks O’Dee were also determined to make their chances. Greg Pirie made ground from around the halfway line and shot from the right of the box only to find the side of the net.
Soon after, Liam Mewse made a chance for the visitors with a great run but the Dyce defence rallied, managing to isolate Mewse and slowing play down so that when he was eventually able to take a shot, it was easily taken by Mowatt.
Both teams continued to make similar chances but neither could penetrate the strong defence of their opposition. Lindon, after a 50 yard run with the ball took a shot from wide to the right. Even with the difficult angle, the ball was only stopped by a well-placed Zdunczyk. Mewse responded to this attempt by the home side with another shot from just inside the box but hit the cross-bar, and another near chance for Carter was ruled out for offside before the shot could be taken.
Jamie Massie had a chance as he controlled the ball with little space and nearly found the net from the edge of the box, but the ball was juggled out by Zdunczyk. Another shot of his was also saved by Zdunczyk but it was Hector who had the last shot of the half, which he nudged just wide.