Forth Valley 5 Aberdeen City 1
4 March 2020
Forth Valley SFA secured their place in this season’s SSFA U15 National Trophy Final with a convincing 5-1 win over Aberdeen City SFA in the semi final played at Indodrill Stadium, Alloa Athletic FC.
The visitors never recovered from losing an early goal as Forth Valley won through to the final for the second year in a row. They will now play Dundee Schools FA who defeated North of Scotland SFA in the other semi final played today in Dundee.
Forth Valley started fast and took a very early lead after 4 minutes. Lewis O’Donnell ( Dunblane HS) found Cameron Morrison ( Alva Academy). The winger’s low cross was forced home by Greg Harrower (Balfron HS) to give the home side a perfect start.
Two minutes later, Aberdeen keeper, Cameron Middleton had to save from Timan Scott ( Graeme HS) to prevent a second goal.
Aberdeen responded well and in 14 minutes it was the turn of Scott Cowie ( Stirling HS) to prevent a score when he saved from Cody Whyte.
Forth Valley looked like adding a second and in 21 minutes they did just that. Jake Henderson ( Graeme HS) intercepted and his early pass found Greg Harrower who netted in the 1v1 with the keeper.
Middleton was keeping the visitors in the game but in 32 minutes Ryan Duncan ( Graeme HS ) made it 3-0 following a short corner kick.
In 36 minutes Forth Valley substituted forward Timan Scott with Connor Pagan ( Larbert HS).
At half time Aberdeen made two substitutions with Gui Barbosa and Josh Robb coming on.
Forth Valley remained on top but Aberdeen never gave up and after ten second half minutes they scored to make it 3-1. Stevie Livingstone showed great close control, dribbling through and netting from close in.
Forth Valley responded immediately to allay any fears of a comeback.
Ryan Duncan linked with Morrison and scored with a low shot to open the gap back up to three goals.
Substitutions were made by both teams as all players in the two squads were given some game time.
Just before time up Lewis O’ Donnell went on a long dribble from just inside the attacking half and he finished with a well placed shot to make the final score 5-1.
Referee Euan Donaldson and his assistants Fraser MacKay and Gordon Wilson had an easy game to officiate and while handshakes were discouraged both teams displayed excellent sportsmanship.
Both Forth Valley and Dundee will now await the arrangements by the SSFA for the National Trophy Final.