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Inverurie seal Pittodrie win over Harlaw

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By David Reid
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Youth cup finals returned to Pittodrie last night as part of a plan by Aberdeen Football Club to get more into the community again - potentially something that has been missing over the last few years.

Some of the SPL games at Pittodrie this season have been described as "dire" however there was some good players on show and some good football to please the spectators. Inverurie won 3-0 after goals from Ali Naysmith and Finlay Watson.

Among the players playing for Harlaw was Ben Mackenzie an ex North Region reporter with Youth Football Scotland who started on the flanks before being on the bench for a short period before coming on again.

The Inverurie starting XI all of the players play for Colony Park, Dyce and Albion who are all A League sides in the under 14s age group and it was quite clear to see with the quality Inverurie were showing.

Inverurie were to take the lead in the 12th minute after the ball broke out to Ali Naysmith at the edge of the box and then found the top right hand corner which gave the Harlaw keeper no chance.

In the 20th minute it was 2-0 after Cammy McArthur wonderfully turned a Harlaw defender before releasing in Finlay Watson and from 16 yards he found the bottom right hand corner to put "Rurie" in the driving seat.

Cammy McArthur had an excellent game for Inverurie and it was really unfortunate that he couldn't get on the scoresheet.  On 25 minutes he blasted an effort from the edge of the box which just went over.

Inverurie were hungry for more goals and it saw Campbell Marr try to get himself on the scoresheet after he pounded his way into the box and had an effort from 15 yards which hit the post and out.

The Aberdeenshire outfit were on top and dominating however Harlaw had a great chance to pull one back just before half time after Seyon Koshoedo played a through ball to Angus Maclean who tried a low angled drive which hit the post when the crowd thought it had gone in.

Half Time: Inverurie Academy 2-0 Harlaw Academy

Harlaw started the second half really well and nearly could have got a goal back after Seyon Koshoedo who was a threat to the Inverurie defence all afternoon tried his luck from 12 yards but his effort just went wide.

This was to be another half of good football and enough chances but only on the one occasion was a ball going to hit the back of the net. Mitchell Cheyne was next to try his luck with a 25 yard free kick which just went over.

Inverurie had another free kick which was this time taken by Finlay Watson in the 55th minute from 20 yards however it went straight at Finlay Johnson. Just 2 minutes later luck was to strike for "Rurie" again.

That is because Ali Naysmith got his brace after recieving the ball from Mitchell Cheyne before hitting a shot with his 2nd touch from 18 yards which wasn't a hard shot and unfortunately for Finlay Johnson he miskicked it and it went in.

It was the first youth final at Pittodrie in a long time and it was a great spectacle for youth football with a good showing and theres another youth final next Thursday when Culter meet Glentanar Under 16s next Thursday.

Full Time: 
Inverurie Academy  3-0 Harlaw Academy


Inverurie Academy Harlaw Academy
1. Morgan Cook
2. Campbell Marr
3. Craig Scott
4. Sam Robertson
5. Jamie Hay
6. Mitchell Cheyne
7. Greame Cochrane
8. Jordan Cooper
9. Ali Naysmith
10. Cameron McArthur
11. Finlay Watson
12. Cameron Smith
14. Calum Wilson
15. Greg Forbes
16. Stewart Moir
17. Lewis Cameron
18. William Bailey
19. Bruce Grant
1. Finlay Johnson
2. Kane Dunbar
4. Jack Gibson-Grieg
5. Liam McDonald
6. Craig Hardie
7. Theo Forbes
8. Cameron Mitchell
9. Ethan Garden
10. Lewis Davidson
11. Seyon Koshoedo
14. Angus MacLean
15. Ben Mackenzie
16. Calum Wright

Cameron McArthur didn't score however set up the second goal and was a part of the strong Inverurie attacks for the goals.
Seyon Koshoedo gave the Inverurie defence problems all afternoon.

Duncan Massie, Coach, said: "We took the lead early on and sustained that with another goal shortly after."

"It was great for the boys playing at Pittodrie and hopefully it isn't the last time."
Ally Donaldson, Coach, said: "I thought Inverurie deserved the win, we fought throughout and the boys were a credit to the school".

"The bit that decided the game is that they took their chances more clinically than us."
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David Reid

David has been a YFS team member since January 2011 and has gone from strength to strength and is now the communications operator for the North region.
As well as his YFS duties Mr Reid also covers other sporting events with newspapers including the Evening Express which is one of the local papers in Aberdeen.
David was the 1st North region reporter for YFS and his experience has helped the other reporters who have joined settle in. In July 2012 David got the young journalist of the year award.
David has been proud of achievements to date and couldn't be more thankful for YFS.

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