Dee Amateurs 7 – 0 Westhill
1st Touch Football Division Two (North) at Inverdee on Saturday 22nd September
Report by Andy McLaren
Dee Amateurs manager Steve Barclay believes securing a permanent home at Tullos Primary School would be a “dream come true” for the club.
The 44 year old raised concerns in last Tuesday’s Evening Express but hopes the creation of a second pitch at Tullos can boost the number of youngsters playing football in the area.
Barclay hopes his current crop of players, who have been together since the age of 9, can progress the club into the junior leagues while still keeping another team in the amateur ranks.
He said: “A lorry sunk into one of the corners whilst doing drainage work on the pitch, meaning we are currently forced to play at Inverdee.
“We think Tullos is big enough to line another full size football pitch and fingers crossed we can make that our proper home.
“We can’t apply for funding from different lotteries until we have secured a proper ground. Hopefully we can secure a long term lease from Aberdeen City Council for a piece of ground in the area.
“We currently have a jump between our under 14’s team to our under 19’s team. Having stable facilities means we could create an under 15’s, 16’s and 17’s team for youngsters to play for.”
Barclay is delighted with how much support his side has had from the Torry community.
“The main aim of the club is to ensure football is played at all levels around the local area,” said Barclay.
“We were amazed that when we won Division Three, crowds of over 200 people came down to watch our final few games.
“We hope to push through the leagues by playing nice football.
“If we can concentrate on playing our football instead of sometimes winding each other up then I think we could rustle a few feathers this season.”
Dee were looking for revenge after Westhill dumped them out of the Castle Rovers Cup earlier this season.
They started in stylish fashion and went agonizingly close on 20 minutes when Kieren Will’s header flashed past the goal before Ryan Hall’s rasping shot thumped the post.
But for all their creativity, Dee almost found themselves 1-0 down when Scott Moir somehow missed the target with a close range effort.
The Torry side then had goalkeeper Chris Fraser to thank after he showed good reactions to block Sam Smith’s one-on-one effort with his feet.
Dee opened the scoring on 35 minutes when Michael Shirran evaded three defenders to toe poke the ball past the despairing Callum Gibson.
It was 2-0 5 minutes later when Lewis Houston was forced to bundle the ball into his own net after a quickly taken corner.
Westhill should have grabbed a goal before half-time when Fraser palmed Martin Johannesen header against the post.
Half-time: 2 – 0
Confidence was oozing through the home side when they were awarded a penalty on 50 minutes. Dee’s Josh Cowe nervously stepped up and could only scuff his effort from the spot against the post.
The best goal of the match came on the hour mark when Ryan Hall’s audacious chip from outside the box looped over the onrushing Callum Gibson with his side’s ecstatic celebration all to see.
The Torry side were not finished yet as Martin Wood blasted his effort into the top corner to make it 4-0.
Dee’s Kieren Wilson then had a great chance to make it 5-0 but saw his powerful header cleared off the line by Cameron Reith.
His efforts were rewarded on 75 minutes when he calmly side footed the ball past Gibson from a Brett Aitken pass.
Aitken then got himself onto the goal sheet when his teasing run presented him with the easiest of finishes past Gibson.
Callum Gibson then showed great reactions to deny Josh Cowe’s swerving free-kick but was powerless to deny Kieren Wilson’s drive on 85 minutes to secure a convincing league win for the Torry side.
Full Time: 7 – 0