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Ellon end 15 year drought to land Frank Waugh Trophy

Banchory Boys Club 2

Findlay 10, Riddell 55

Ellon Meadows 4

Stuart 13, Firth 70, 85, Craig 89
  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014
  • Balgownie, Aberdeen
  • Under 17´s
  • Frank Waugh Memorial Trophy - Final

Scott McPherson | YFS North Region Journalist
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Ellon Meadows have become the first Ellon team since 1989 to win the Frank Waugh Memorial Trophy after a thrilling 4-2 victory against Banchory. 
 
Banchory twice held the lead thanks to goals from Sean Findlay and substitute Iain Riddell but Ellon pegged them back both times through Harry Stuart and Scott Firth. Firth them scored again late on to make it 3-2 and Jack Craig rounded off the scoring to secure Ellon the trophy. 
 
Banchory and Ellon were originally due to meet in the semi-final of the competition before Colony Colts and Bervie Caley pulled out. This meant both teams hadn’t played a competitive fixture in two months. Ellon’s last league game was an 8-3 defeat to Banchory on the 22nd of March. While Banchory’s last game was a 3-3 draw with Newmachar United on the 29th of March. 
 
Despite that, Banchory didn’t start the match like a rusty team. They were much the better team in the opening 10 minutes and were rewarded for that with the opening goal. A perfectly timed run and pass set Sean Findlay free and under pressure he poked the ball past the goalkeeper and into the net from 16 yards. 
 
Usually a goal galvanises a team but it did the opposite to Banchory who stopped playing after going ahead. Ellon capitalised on this and equalised just minutes later. Scott Firth wouldn’t give up on a lost cause of a ball on the right wing and he did brilliantly to win the ball back and pull it back for Liam Willox who set up Harry Stuart and he curled the ball into the top corner from the left of the penalty area. 
 
Both sides then missed good chances.
 
Banchory’s Findlay blasted over from within the 18-yard box and his strike partner Thomas Shand could only shoot straight at the goalkeeper from eight yards. 
 
And at the other end Banchory goalkeeper Bruce McCombie had to be at his best to deny goal bound half-volleys from outside of the box from both Ross Mitchell and Matthew Taylor. 
 
Just before half time Banchory had a goal disallowed for offside. Ewan Christie broke the offside trap and squared the ball for striker Shand who rolled the ball into the empty net. The linesman flagged for the goal scorer being offside despite the ball being pulled back for him.
  • Half Time:
  • Banchory Boys Club
  • 1-1
  • Ellon Meadows
Banchory scored 10 minutes into the first half and they scored 10 minutes into the second half to make it 2-1. A great cross by William Redpath was turned into the net by substitute Iain Riddell from six yards. 
 
Ellon then pushed hard for another equaliser but to no avail with Jack Sim and David Coutts both going close. 
 
Their equaliser did eventually come through a mistake by Banchory’s Gavin MacIver. His back pass was far too short and Scott Firth latched onto the ball and slipped the ball under the ‘keeper and into the net. To be fair to MacIver, he was having a brilliant game before then.
 
Extra time and even penalties looked necessary to split these two sides but there was another twist in the tale.  
 
Five minutes from time Ellon took the lead for the first time in the match. Firth’s shot squirmed through goalkeeper McCombie and towards goal but McCombie got back and clawed the ball away from goal, but not quickly enough according to the linesman who flagged for the goal. It was impossible to see whether the ball was over the line or not from where I was standing but credit to the linesman who kept in line with the ball the whole way to give himself the best possible view. 
 
That goal was a knockout blow for Banchory and Ellon scored again a few minutes before the end. Stuart’s shot from the right hit both posts and bounced out and then the Banchory goalkeeper fouled an Ellon player which the linesman was flagging for a penalty but it was all irrelevant when Ellon’s Jack Craig finally put the ball in the net from 10 yards. A chaotic end to a chaotic game. 
 
The win will represent a successful end to the season for Ellon Meadows after an unsuccessful league campaign which yielded only five points. 
 
  • Full Time:
  • Banchory Boys Club
  • 2-4
  • Ellon Meadows

Lineups

Banchory Boys Club
Ellon Meadows

1. Bruce McCombie
2. Ross Anderson
3. Gavin MacIver
4. Michael Bruce
5. Sean Tedeschi
6. William Redpath
7. Harry Cooper
8. Dugan Scott
9. Thomas Shand
10. Sean Findlay
11. Ewan Christie
12. Walter Davidson
14. Iain Riddell
15. Dylan Reid
16. Jordan Robb
17. Corrie Milne

1. Scot Mutch
2. Innes Masson
3. Kieran Philip
4. Ross Mitchell
5. Jack Craig
6. Jack Sim
8. Matthew Taylor
9. Scott Firth
10. Harry Stuart
11. Guy Fearnside
12. Aidan Clark
15. Liam Willox
16. Keir Paterson
17. David Coutts

Star Player
Banchory Boys Club
Ellon Meadows
Gavin MacIver had an excellent game outwith his mistake. But Harry Cooper pipped him and was outstanding. His touch and passing was exemplary throughout.
Jack Sim covered almost every blade of grass. His pace and directness were a threat all game and he was a willing runner for his team.
Magic Moment
Banchory Boys Club
Ellon Meadows
Sean Findlay's opening goal was the reward they deserved after a very good start to the match.
When the linesman started flagging to signal they had scored their third goal and taken the lead for the first time in the match, only five minutes from the end!
Club Views
Banchory Boys Club
Ellon Meadows
Graeme Anderson, Banchory coach, said: "We didn't perform as we can. I think the lack of training did it for us. It's been about eight weeks since our last game and we've been waiting for this one.

"We just didn't perform on the day and Ellon did. Just one of those things."
Neil Philip, Ellon coach, said: "I don't think my heart could stand it anymore. It was a really exciting game and I really enjoyed it actually.

"I think we just edged it, Banchory had a lot of chances but we had a few too.

"The players deserve it, we've played well all season. We've had a lot of games where we've been competitive but not been good enough in the final third."
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