Battling Banchory lose out again

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INVERURIE 1

BANCHORY 0

Inverurie were looking to add more silverware to the AFC Schools Trophy won recently at Pittodrie and had home advantage against Banchory, playing at the 3G Surface at Garioch Sports Centre.

Banchory had Dundee United pro youth player, Owen Lawrence, playing for them in a 
repeat of last year’s final with the Deeside school looking for revenge.

It proved to be a closely-contested match and, with both teams keen to win the midfield battle, it was 10 
minutes in before the first strike – a Mitchell Cheyne effort for Inverurie clearing the bar.

Just over half an hour into the match, Inverurie took the lead when a Finlay Watson-floated cross picked out Cameron McArthur who steered thee ball home into the top corner.

In the second half, both teams continued to push forward but neither made much impact in the final third and, when they did, they found both goalkeepers were a match for any efforts on goal.

Cooper and McArthur both went close for Inverurie while Lawrence was Banchory’s main threat but he failed to capitalise on two free kicks.

Ally Naysmith had a chance late on but shot straight at the Banchory keeper.

Morgan Cook then made the save of the match when Lawrence hammered in a shotbut the keeper dived 
superbly to his left to prevent an equaliser and guaranteed Inverurie would retain the cup.