It truly was a tale of two halves as Lewis United Youth and Banchory Boys’ Club faced each other at Uniconn Park, but Lewis United proved to be the victors, with a 4-2 win. Their goals were scored by Cameron Cook, Liam Duncan and Mitchell Foy, who claimed two, while Banchory’s goals came from Harris Anderson and Sean Christie.
As play got underway, Lewis United seemed the dominant force in attack but Banchory showed strong defence to deny the home side any goal scoring opportunities. However, a chance emerged through a free kick awarded to Lewis United 22 yards out. The kick was taken by Aaron Leslie and looked accurate but Banchory goalkeeper Craig McKay caught the ball to keep the scores level.
Banchory were able to create space through Nathan Davidson and Harris Anderson with some interchanging passes and quick pace, but Lewis United held their defence to prevent Banchory from making a shot at goal.
Lewis United had another chance from a free kick, this time taken by Kieran Simpson from the edge of the box but Banchory once again rallied their defences to prevent the home side from scoring. However, they soon had another chance when they were awarded a corner. Leslie sent the ball into the box and Cameron Cook chipped it in past McKay for Lewis United to take the lead.
Taking confidence from their score, Lewis United were keen to maintain their attacking form, with Liam Duncan trying to tap it in from the edge of the box. Although McKay deflected, the home side continued to press and Mitchell Foy tucked it in from just inside the box to increase their lead.
The visitors were not discouraged, mounting their own attack through Davidson and Sean Christie. Christie played the ball through for Davidson, who chased it down the wing but goal scorer Cook swept in to clear the danger. Anderson then tried tapping it in from out wide but Lewis United goalkeeper, Calum MacDonald, kept the ball out.
With a clearing kick, Lewis United made ground and Leslie shot from 30 yards out but McKay was able to push the ball up and over the crossbar. Christie and Fraser Strachan then drove the ball up field with their pace and passes but couldn’t penetrate the Lewis United defence.
Lewis United once again turned defence into attack, and Liam Norris put the ball through for Liam Duncan, who beat several defenders and then the goalkeeper to send it in and further extend their lead.
Banchory were quick to respond again, with Strachan putting the ball through into space for Christie but Lewis United held their defence. Tom Cuthbertson made another great run for the visitors but Foy cleared the danger before they could take advantage of the chance.
The home side put real pressure on Banchory, driving the ball forward. Duncan and teammate, David Edwards, took various shots at goal but couldn’t find the net. Although Lewis United made several breaks and created a number of chances, Banchory were able to hold their defence and eventually counterattack. They drove the ball up the field and into the box with a series of passes. Richie Isaac tried to chip the ball in but it was knocked away from the goal. Anderson ran into the box and headed the ball into the net to put Banchory on the score sheet.
However the home side were quick to respond as Foy chipped it from 25 yards and wide out to the right. The ball sailed straight over the head of McKay to further increase Lewis United’s lead.