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Woodside Lift the AFC Trophy

Cove Thistle 0 – 1 Woodside

Report by Andy McLaren

Woodside manager Joe McGunnigle Jnr insists his side’s 1-0 win over Cove Thistle in the final of the Aberdeen FC Trophy should be seen as a memorable moment in the club’s history.

He watched on as some excellent goalkeeping and last ditch defending ensured Woodside retained the cup for a second successive year.

McGunnigle believes the Premier Division leaders should be “proud” and “delighted” at their performances throughout this year’s amateur season.

He said: “Not many teams can do what we have achieved this year. We play Cove Thistle again in the quarter finals of the Association Trophy and I will be making sure the lads are fired up for another tight affair.

To also win the Premier Division would be the icing on the cake to an already amazing season”.

Woodside were looking for revenge after Cove’s heroic North of Scotland Amateur Cup Final victory over them six days ago.

Cove Thistle’s Derek McKenzie showed why he should have been awarded the man of the match award for his side’s win during that game as he continued where he left off, this time denying an effort from an audacious overhead kick from Bryan Forbes

Thistle were unlucky not to grab the lead after a glorious James Fettes’ powerful header was smartly cleared off the line by Lee Marr.

It was then the turn of the Premier Division leaders to come close as Woodside’s Derek Craigie rattled the cross bar after a great jump to tower above the on looking Lee Gabriel.

Half-time: 0 – 0

An incisive move on the edge of the box saw Woodside’s Paul Main wriggle free only to be foiled by the out stretched hand of Derek McKenzie in the Cove Thistle goal.

Woodside made the most of the North of Scotland Amateur champion’s slow start to the second half as Derek Craigie bulleted an unstoppable header past the diving McKenzie to break the deadlock.

But Thistle were starting to dominate the second half and had their heads in their hands in disbelief as the referee Dave Mitchell seemed to award a penalty in their favour after what appeared to be a blatant push on Fettes as he rose to meet the ball, only for his assistant Alex Lovie on the nearside line to flag for handball to the astonishment of Cove’s faithful.

With time running out Woodside’s James Thouless had to be alert to tip a Craig Thom shot over the bar to keep his side’s hopes of victory intact.

Cove pressed for a late equaliser and Kristofer Allan had to be sharp to clear Martin Craig’s header off the line to cap off a wonderful Aberdeeen FC Trophy win at the expense of their Premier rivals.

Full Time: 0 – 1