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Aberdeen fire themselves to Hampden with Youth Cup victory over Ayr

A rampant display from a young Aberdeen team in brittlely cold conditions saw them progress to the Scottish Youth Cup Final where they will face Rangers U18.

A slow start from Ayr and an incredibly high-tempo opening 45 from the Dons saw numerous chances for an opener but just after 20 minutes, a persistent Cammy Wilson played a deadly ball across the six-yard box and the Ayr United defender could do nothing but watch as he played the ball into his own net.

Constant pressure from the Aberdeen players was rewarded with a second on 32 minutes after Findlay Marshall rifled a ferocious volley into the top right corner to double the Young Dons lead.

Although Ayr struggled to get into the game in the first 30 minutes, Max Guthrie pulled one back, slotting home from the edge of the box. It seemed like this had opened the game right back up and had set us up for a blockbuster second half, however, a lovely flick from Fraser Mackie allowed Fletcher Boyd to smother Ayr United’s dreams of a comeback with a third for Aberdeen on the stroke of half-time.

After the break, there seemed to be a much-needed spark in the Ayr team, but 12 minutes into the second half it was teenage sensation Alfie Bavidge who would add another for the Dons. The 17-year-old beat the Ayr defender to a through ball and twisted left and right before smashing a curling effort into the bottom right corner, out of Ollie Ecrepont’s reach, who, despite the scoreline, never took a step out of place all evening, commanding his defence and staying resilient.

It was Cammy Wilson who added a fifth on the hour mark and Findlay Marshall with his second of the evening to make it 6-1. Ayr’s Lucas McRoberts got the ball after the kick-off and held off the Aberdeen defender before slotting it across goal for Bruce Stachan to have one of the easiest goals he’ll ever score to add a second for the travelling support to celebrate.

However, the celebrations were short-lived as four minutes later my MOTM, Cammy Wilson added a seventh to cap off an incredible semi-final performance. Wilson, who nearly had his well-deserved hat-trick saw his long-range effort palmed away by the Ayr United Goalie into Bavidge’s path, but his headed rebound just creped over the crossbar.

Aberdeen Player of the Match: Cameron Wilson

Wilson was fantastic, and resilient scoring two and causing the own goal.

Ayr United Player of the Match: Lucas McRoberts

McRoberts looked a real threat the whole game and got a well-deserved assist.

Aberdeen Magic Moment:

An emphatic volley from Findlay Marshall in the first half to double Aberdeen’s lead.

Ayr United Magic Moment:

A great solo run from Lucas McRoberts led to his fabulous assist. 

Aberdeen U18s

Rodrigo Vitols

Kai Watson

Dylan Ross

Finlay Marshall

Ellis Clark

Alfie Stewert

Cameron Wilson

Timothy Akindileni

Fletcher Boyd

Fraser Mackie

Alfie Bavidge

Oliver Green

Cooper Masson

Theo Simpson

Jospeh Teasdale

Tristan Stephen

Christovie Kondolo

Ayr United U18s

Ollie Ecrepoint

Dylan Watson

Jude McClyde

Shaun Donnglly

Adam McNally

Lewis Allan

Jamie Hislop

Bruce Strachan

Lucas McRoberts

Jack Allan

Max Guthrie

David Craig

Reese Craig

Oliver McGorm

Kyle Fraser

Brandon Cullen

Blaikie Hay

Liam Baeuls



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