Breedon Aggregates Highland League Cup Final
Clachnacuddin 4-3 Buckie Thistle on pens
Scottish Fitba Base at Kynoch Park
Clachnacuddin won the Breedon Aggregates league Cup in dramatic style by beating Buckie Thistle 4-3 in penalties at Kynoch Park.
They recorded their first league Cup trophy since 2003 and a great day for the Clach faithful. This match was watched by a lively crowd of 1,000 who got their value for money in an entertaining match. Amongst the crowd was former Hearts legend John Robertson, current Elgin City boss Barry Wilson and Highland league title-winning Manager Davie Kirkwood who must love coming to this venue as his side clinched the title here this season.
Clach started brightly with Scott Graham cutting inside of keeper Kevin Main who was out of his goal and he did well to block the shot by pushing the ball wide. Soon after, Aaron Conway delivered a dangerous set piece from the right flank with Lewis Mackinnon rising highest to header and John Campbell brilliantly made a point-blank save to deny him.
Minutes later, Buckie began to press with Striker Liam Baxter darting into the six yard box and his low drive from a tight angle was kept out. From the resulting corner the ball fell to unmarked Donald Munro who powerfully volleyed the ball which struck the crossbar with Campbell helpless.
Then Scott Graham’s free kick caused Buckie all sort of problems with the ball almost falling straight to a free Clach player but to the relief of the defence as they managed to clear.
Baxter came close to bagging the opener with Andy Low cleverly picking him out. Campbell came off his line with Baxter unlucky not to get the ball into the net but his shot went across goal.
The last chance of the first half came when Conway’s delivery fired high into the air with Mackinnon heading just wide of the target.
This half had rare chances on goal and this was made up after the break. Within a minute Paul Brindle went sprinting down the wing holding off Darren Wood and unleashed a superb strike which gave Main no chance. This sparked wild celebrations. Clach nearly doubled their lead in the 52nd minute with Graham poking the ball which Main dived to his right to make a great save.
After some sloppy play from the Jags, Clach attacked them on the break with Graham taking to long to shoot or pass so his shot was blocked. In the 60th minute, after a big battle for the ball Paul Brindle was brought down in the box by Shaun Wood.
Referee Ryan Milne pointed to the spot and Gordon Morrison stepped up to smash the penalty straight down the middle. Buckie replied with Baxter curling the ball into the top corner of the net which give them a lifeline. In the 70th minute the Jags fell apart with Andy Skinner slipping the ball across the box to Brindle who calmly slotted home which had looked to have secured Clach’s victory with lots of sad-faced Jags fans around the ground. Conway’s high ball was almost headed in by Andy Low who was denied by a last grasp challenge.
In the 83rd minute Andy Low headed into the net to give them a chance of levelling the game. Two minutes later, Buckie were awarded a penalty when Andy Skinner’s last ditch challenge brought down sub Stephen Gauld and Conway smashed the ball into the net to level.
This sparked big celebrations with manager Gary Hake and his assistant Kevin Small smiling with delight and the support started singing loudly and waving flags. This goal forced extra time which was evenly fought out in the 30 minutes.
The game went to a penalty shootout and it was intense with seven penalties getting taken. Graeme Stewart had the chance to win the cup for the Jags but it was saved well by Campbell. Scott Graham stepped up and scored it. Finally Iain Macrae gave Clach the cup as his penalty was save by John Campbell.
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