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Mintlaw win Aberdeenshire battle to lift North of Scotland Cup

Inverurie Academy 1

McArthur 80

Mintlaw Academy 2

Alford 33, McCallum 50
  • Wednesday, 04 June 2014
  • Garioch Sports Centre
  • Under 15´s
  • North of Scotland Cup - Final

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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Mintlaw Academy is a school that win trophies in the boys game and the girls game. However, it has only been twice that the school has triumphed in the North of Scotland Cup. 1961 was the last success and they took on Inverurie hoping to end the drought.
 
It was during school time and it was a dreich day which meant there was only a few parents in attendance. However, there was good quality on show however on a fast pacey surface it meant that there was less chances than the spectators might have hoped for.
 
Inverurie were first  to try their luck in front of goal, a Jamie Hay pass found Sam Robertson who then let fly from 15 yards however a good save from James Smith in the Mintlaw goal.
 
Mintlaw then started to get some shots away, Kane McCrory had a free kick after 20 minutes which just went over the top of Morgan Cook's goal.
 
It was Mintlaw who were to open the scoring and the goal shows that you don't have to be tall to do big things, a great ball was swung into the area by Liam Cameron which was met by Dominic Alford whose header found the net, one of the smallest players on the park.
  • Half Time:
  • Inverurie Academy
  • 0-1
  • Mintlaw Academy
After a quiet start to the second half, Mintlaw picked things up again and doubled their advantage on 50 minutes, a through ball from Bailey Simpson found it's way into the feet of Max McCallum who bundled the ball home past Cook to give Mintlaw something to build on, Inverurie needed an immediate response to get back into the contest.
 
Mintlaw kept going though and could have easily made it 3, a great ball in by Morgan McDonald was met by Evan Dyka whose effort from close range produced a good save from  Cook.
 
Football is a team game and for a cup final, it requires every player to play their part towards victory, on 66 minutes, goalkeeper James Smith played a big part for Mintlaw in their surge for victory after Mitchell Cheyne had a free kick blocked before it came back into the midfielder who saw his effort tipped over by the Mintlaw Rovers keeper.
 
Sometimes in football you get unlucky and unfortunately for Inverurie, it was turning out to be like that, a great ball came into the box which was met by Cammy McArthur who unleashed a powerful drive towards goal which smacked off the crossbar before the Mintlaw defence cleared.
 
Inverurie did get a goal back just before the end in what was going to turn out as a consolation, with "Inver" getting a penalty which a lot of the crowd thought was soft so it was a chance for Inverurie to get a lifeline which they took to full advantage with Cammy McArthur slotting his penalty into the bottom left hand corner.
 
A few of the Mintlaw lads have enjoyed success with their respective ADJFA clubs and they were able to celebrate another success which they can note down on their football CV. This isn't the only success that Mintlaw could get this season as the Under 15 girls have a final in Dingwall this Tuesday.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Inverurie Academy
  • 1-2
  • Mintlaw Academy

Lineups

Inverurie Academy
Mintlaw Academy

1. Morgan Cook
2. Jordan Cooper
3. Campbell Marr
4. Craig Scott
5. Jamie Hay
6. Cameron Watt
7. Greame Cochrane
8. Mitchell Cheyne
9. Sam Robertson
10. Cameron McArthur
11. Finlay Watson
12. Stewart Moir
14. Alistair Naysmith
15. Edvin Helmanis
16. Artur Kruger
17. Calum Wilson

1. James Smith
2. Morgan McDonald
3. Liam Cameron
4. Bruce Mair
5. Jordan Mowatt
6. Bailey Simpson
7. Lee McDonald
8. Kane McCrory
9. Dominic Alford
10. Evan Dyka
11. Max McCallum
12. Nathan Stott
15. Callum Ritchie
16. Martin Ironside
17. Sean Smith

Star Player
Inverurie Academy
Mintlaw Academy
Cammy McArthur - On his day, he would have scored more than just the penalty kick, was unlucky on a few occasions.
Dominic Alford - Opened the scoring and looked good on the attack for Mintlaw.
Magic Moment
Inverurie Academy
Mintlaw Academy
The way that they didn't give up and were eager to get back into the game.
It's hard to pick between either goal, both were really well taken.
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