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Bervie Caley 1 – 2 Dee Amateurs

Despite the hard frost on Saturday morning, Bervie Caley’s pitch at Gourdon was passed playable and the Quarter-Final of the Dickie Trophy received the go ahead.

The away side had the best of the early chances, however Caley always looked dangerous on the counter attack. The heavy pitch was taking it’s toll and in particular in the middle of the park, where nobody was getting any time on the ball.

Dee opened the scoring on the 34th minute after a surging run from Aitken led to him being fouled as he approached the penalty box. Will took the resultant free-kick and curled the ball around the Caley wall and into the bottom corner of the goals to put Dee 1-0 ahead.

The second half started with Dee playing down the slope and they added to their lead on the hour mark. A fantastic 30 yard pass from Bennett, released Hall at the edge of the box. He then cut In past the Caley centre-half and sent an unstoppable drive past the keeper to make it 2-0 to Dee.

On the 71st minute, Dee were reduced to 10 men when a 50-50 collision resulted in Aitken being sent off. This gave Caley the incentive and they tried hard to get on the scoresheet but they found goalkeeper Ross and his defenders in fine form as they battled hard to keep the Caley strikers at bay while Will and Wilson were looking dangerous on the break for Dee.

With 10 minutes left on the clock Caley pulled a goal back when a good move led to their striker driving the ball past Ross in goal to set up a nail biting finish. However, the away side coped well with everything thrown at them and despite playing out the last 20 minutes with 10 men they held out to claim their spot in the semi-final of the competition.