Portlethen U13’s and their Hazlehead counterparts set off the ASSFA cup final season in grand style producing a superb match, which went to a shoot out, for the spectators at Aberdeen Sports Village on Friday evening.
It was Portlethen who were first out of the traps and came close when Danny Belford and Euan Smith combined to set up Jos McLaren who was just about to shoot when the ball was taken off his toe and he only gained a corner. Despite this they raced to a fourth minute lead.
A long through ball from Kyle Douglas found Ross Burns in the clear and he moved forward to slip the ball past the advancing Ewan Paul. A minute later Hazlehead hit back when a long range shot from Finlay Hislop just cleared the bar.
They came closer sixty seconds later when a shot from Ryan Park from just inside the box clipped the crossbar before bouncing over. Ciaran Bloomer almost did the trick in the eleventh minute slotting just over when Ness had parried a corner kick.
Eight minutes from the interval Portlethen almost scored again. McLaren broke down the right, his first effort was blocked at the post and when he picked up the rebound he had to be content with another corner.
A minute later it was Hazlehead’s turn, Tristan Armstrong made good ground down the right before being stopped at the expense of a free kick. The kick was missed by everybody when it came across but Ness was alert enough to stop the ball on the line.
On the interval a strong shot from Belford on the Portlethen left brought out a superb stop from Paul in the Hazlehead goal. There was nothing to choose between the teams at the interval and this left the large crowd full of anticipation for the second half.