Bridge of Don and Bucksburn’s Under 13’s matched up against each other at Northfield Academy with the Green Final Trophy on the line.
Conditions were near perfect, and both teams were keen from the off – with both sides playing fairly high lines, meaning each of the teams were attempting long balls over the top of the backline for strikers to run on to.
Bridge of Don had the better of the earlier stages and it was just after the ten minute mark that they took their lead.
Number seven Matt McFarlane picked up the ball on the edge of the Bucksburn penalty area, jinking past one defender to turn onto the ball and smash it into the keeper’s top left-hand corner.
Bridge of Don took confidence in their one goal lead and began to enjoy large spells of possession and dominance, without carving out any major chances before their opponents came back into the contest, but again without any major opportunities.
On the brink of half time, Bucksburn could have equalled things up – Alfie Wallace took advantage of a mix up in defence, running onto a loose ball, going round goalkeeper Jamie Ewen, but from a tight angle his trickling shot agonisingly ran onto the post and was then collected by Ewen. Had the midfielder been slightly more composed, he may have taken the ball closer in for his shot.
The warning shot of almost conceding was enough to scare Bridge of Don into action, they had a further two chances before the half-time whistle. McFarlane almost scored an identical goal to his earlier strike, but a strong hand from Sam Gerrie tipped it over.
The resulting corner kick caused issues for the Bucksburn defence, and eventually a header was cleared off the line by one of their defenders, via a header onto the underside of the crossbar, but then cleared away.