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Halliburton Win the White Cup

Haliburton 1 – 0 RGU

Report by Andy McLaren

Haliburton won their first piece of silverware since 1999 after they held on to beat Division One promotion contenders RGU 1-0 in a nail-biting climax to the Aberdeen Trophy Centre White Cup.

The Westhill side had goalkeeper Scott Marlow to thank as he claimed the man of the match award for some breath- taking saves to ensure his team lifted the cup.

With eight places separating the two teams in Division One (East), RGU had the first glimpse of goal. Adam Gatans’ long cross was met by Graham Mcdouall who connected perfectly to force Marlow into a fine save by tipping it round the post.

Haliburton stunned the students as they opened up a decisive lead. Nicol Webster fed a fizzing pass to Stuart Jaques who drove the ball past the stretching Ryan Haugh on his second attempt to send the Westhill faithful into ecstatic celebrations.

It was then RGU’s Harry Priestly who missed a vital one on one opportunity as Marlow was proving to be a stumbling block in the student’s attempts for cup glory.

The match was fast becoming an onslaught of RGU pressure as centre midfielder Ross Fulton prevented a clear goal with an emphatic last ditch block to the roar and cheer of his supporters.

Haliburton manager Stuart Marlow stalked his technical area furiously throughout the first half as he sensed it was only a matter of time before RGU broke the Westhill side’s resistance.

The students again went close 5 minutes before half time when Ginipro Fricasi played a neat one-two with Ian Campbell before blasting the ball against the post with Harry Priestly’s follow up was well saved by the outstanding reflexes of Scott Marlow.

Half-time: 1 – 0

RGU struggled to penetrate the Haliburton defence throughout the second half. The students were left scratching their heads to why they remained 1-0 down and missed their best opportunity of the match when 8 carelessy looped a shot from 10 yards over the crossbar.

As the second half of very few chances drew to a close as Haliburton dramatically held on for a smash and grab victory to the delight of their strong following.

Full Time: 1 – 0

Referee Ian Wright said He said “I have refereed about sixty cup finals and thoroughly enjoyed a competitive match, the game showed its about goals not the amount of chances you have.”