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Sportsmans Club win the Ian Napier Memorial Shield

Ian Napier Memorial Shield Final at Denmore Park on Sunday 20th September

Sportsmans Club picked up the first silverware of the season by defeating Old Aberdonians 5-2 in the final of the Ian Napier Memorial Shield at Denmore Park on Sunday.

Both of these teams were looking to win their third trophy of 2009 having completed league and cup doubles at the end of last season and it was Sportsmans Club who had the upper hand in the early stages of a match which was played in near perfect conditions.  Their pressure was rewarded midway through the opening period when they were awarded a penalty following a push on McNamara just inside the area and McKenzie fired the spot kick into the bottom corner of the net.

Old Aberdonians were struggling to find the form which they have shown over recent weeks and Sportsmans Club doubled their advantage before the interval when McNamara latched on to a through ball in the inside left channel and his low finish deflected off the boot of a covering defender and flew past Clark.

Half-time: 2-0

Old Aberdonians sought to get back into the game in the early stages of the second half but they were largely restricted to long-range efforts on goal.  Sportsmans Club could have gone further ahead when a header from Law clipped the outside of the post with Clark beaten but they did add a third goal minutes later when Law surged clear of the defence and guided the ball home.

Old Aberdonians seemed to be out of it at this point but they were handed a lifeline when skipper Wilson was tripped inside the box as he cut in from the left and Cameron converted the resultant penalty.  They further reduced the deficit with just five minutes remaining when Edwards crossed from the right and Cameron doubled his tally for the afternoon with a well-placed header.

However, with Old Aberdonians pushing forward in search of a late equaliser, Sportsmans Club capitalised on their opponents’ lack of numbers at the back with Masson adding a fourth to put the result beyond doubt and Law supplying another cool finish right on full-time to seal a deserved victory.

Full Time: 5-2

Colin Napier presented the shield and trophies and complimented both teams and the match officials on an excellent final.  The Association would like to thank the Napier family for providing the trophies for the winners and runners-up and would also like to thank Hall Russell United JFC and Nicolls Amateurs for making Denmore Park available for the match.

Sportsmans Club:  Beattie, McDonald, Conner, Sharp, Buchanan, Somers, Wilson, McKenzie, Law, McNamara, Robb.  Substitutes: Masson, Milne, Emslie, Hewitt, Williamson

Old Aberdonians:  Clark, Wyness, Pocock, Cameron, Edwards, Roper, Wilson, Murison, Marshall, Fraser, Sullivan.  Substitutes: Barr, Stainthorpe, le Poidevin, Clelland, Russell

Match Officials:  A. Lovie, M. Harrow, R. Henderson

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