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Westdyke make history at Albion

Banks O'Dee Albion 1

Paton 59

Westdyke CC 4

Wood 39, McGinlay 45 74, OG 52
  • Saturday, 04 February 2017
  • Spain Park, Aberdeen
  • Under 16´s
  • Presidents Cup

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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It was the top 2 facing off against each other however in a cup game so a bit of pressure lifted off both sides in search for a victory and a place in the semi-finals of the Presidents Cup.

The game had a cup tie feel to it with lots of encouragement from the side lines and lots of brilliant football played from both sides however Banks O’Dee Albion will feel that they have dropped the level of football that they are known to playing at.

Westdyke started the game on the front foot and almost opened the scoring with the game almost 2 minutes old when Max McGinlay had an effort crash off the crossbar and cleared by the Albion defence. The visitors were the more threatening in the opening periods of the game.

The hosts threatened and a ball from Josh Paton tested the Westdyke rear guard however dealt with the situation well and then a few minutes later had another chance to open the scoring courtesy of an effort from Euan Walker which just sailed wide.

Both sides continued to have chances later on in the half with Westdyke coming close through Nathan Rankine and Albion also having a chance courtesy of Andrew Mitchell which Jamie Butler dealt with.

With seconds counting down until the half time interval it was Westdyke who took the lead and the goal was scored in some fashion too after a sailing ball came in from the left hand side by full back Finlay Wood which evaded everyone and the ball landed into the bottom right hand corner past Lucas Muller. 

  • Half Time:
  • Banks O'Dee Albion
  • 0-1
  • Westdyke CC

That goal would have changed the team talk of either team going into the 2nd half and it gave Westdyke that extra impetus and motivation required to build on and get a victory at Spain Park which is always a tough place for visiting sides to achieve results.

Westdyke came out of the traps in the 2nd half quickly and McGinlay saw an effort crash off the crossbar once again however McGinlay soon got his 2nd of the game in the 45th minute after a great ball came into the forward and he guided the ball home past Muller.

In the 52nd minute, it was 3-0 after a great ball came in from the left hand channel by Greg Cowie which wasn’t dealt with properly by the Albion defence and was knocked into the back of the net to put the visitors in a comfortable position.

Albion then reduced the leeway after a long free kick was met by Josh Paton who wonderfully chipped the ball over Butler and give the hosts some hope. Game on!

The hosts tested Westdyke once again with a sailing ball into the box in which Jamie tipped the ball round the post. It was evidence that Albion weren’t going to be knocked out without a fight.

Westdyke then put the game to bed in the 74th minute after a great ball from Dylan Grimbley found McGinlay who slotted the ball home and Westdyke were home and dry. 

As the game wore on, Albion started to get more frustrated and Westdyke didn’t do anything silly and awaited that final whistle from the referee. The referee blew the whistle and history had been made as Westdyke have never beaten Albion up to this point.

A parent told me that it was Albions worst performance this season however i’m sure Aggie Gray will pick up his team going forward with the Spain Park outfit still top of the league. Westdyke will play Lewis United or Culter in the semi-finals of the Presidents Cup. 

  • Full Time:
  • Banks O'Dee Albion
  • 1-4
  • Westdyke CC


Banks O'Dee Albion
Westdyke CC
1. Lucas Muller
2. Owen Duff
3. Josh Gosling
4. Morgan Bruce
5. Ewan Reid
6. Andrew Mitchell
7. Matthew Owen
8. James Connelly
9. Josh Paton
10. Michael Mitchell
11. Stuart Gilmour
12. Adam Carter
15. Max Scoular
16. Matthew Morrison
19. Ryan Blair
1. Jamie Butler
2. Finlay Wood
3. Kris Cocker
4. Liam Dinnie
5. Callum Millar
6. Dylan Grimbley
8. Nathan Rankine
9. Max McGinlay
10. Euan Walker
11. Jamie Thomson
12. Ian Chalmers
15. Jack Hamilton
18. Rocky Troup
20. Greg Cowie
Star Player
Banks O'Dee Albion
Westdyke CC
Josh Paton - On a disappointing afternoon for Albion, I thought Josh was one of very few pass marks for the hosts.
Max McGinlay - Max scored a hat-trick and could have scored more. It wasn't all about Max though as Westdyke produced a stunning performance to get the victory.
Magic Moment
Banks O'Dee Albion
Westdyke CC
The goal through Josh Paton, decent goal however not enough.
Finlay Woods goal from a good 35/40 yards out. Evaded everyone and went in. Set the tone for the game and good for Westdyke going into half time.
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