Peterhead Boys Club Colts 15s have reached the finals of the Stonehaven Cup after beating Banchory BC Lions at Raemoss Park on Sunday.
The 2-1 extra-time victory was a great achievement for the team of local boys from the Peterhead area.
This is their first ever final and they thoroughly deserved it with a great battling and dominating display against an A-League team.
The management duo of Ally Marshall and Graeme Mackie, together with team coaches Scotty Bruce and Bill Buchan wish to congratulate all the players for their efforts.
Playing in freezing conditions and a biting driving wind the Colts played against the wind in the first half but took longer to settle than Banchory and went a goal down within eight minutes.
The Colts then settled with stand-in keeper Taylor Dawson deputising really well and looking confident.
They were finding the conditions tricky but gradually got into the game with some good link-up play that created chances for Paul Duncan and Jonathan Duthie respectively who bet the defence and the Banchory keeper on both ocassions only to see there efforts smash against the post.
The midfield battle was fierce and Drew Marshall, Greg Cadger and James Stephen were up for the challenge and were on the receiving end of some hefty challenges.
Banchory were threatening in their play but the Colts defence of Nathan Stuart, Aidan Buchan, Steven Summers and Charlie Spellman were in fine form and were equal to the test.
After a positive half-time team talk the Colts emerged for the second half determined to take the game to Banchory which they certainly did.
Straight from the whistle, Greg Cadger tested the keeper from the halfway line that almost caught out the Banchory keeper and it was simply one-way traffic from then on.
The Colts were creating chance after chance and good play between Charlie Spellman and Jonathan Duthie saw a goalline scramble which the Colts failed to capitalise.
A series of corners followed and Liam Mackie was putting in some brilliant deliveries with Paul Duncan unlucky not to score from 6 yards.
The Colts subbed Paul Duncan with Sean Douglas and he was immediately up for it. He and Jonathan Duthie were linking up well and both were unlucky not to get on the scoresheet after creating chances for themselves.
The Colts were now camped in Banchory’s half and Taylor Dawson was a mere spectator in the Colts goal.
After some good work by Charlie Spellman and Drew Marshall the ball broke to Greg Cadger who rifled a shot from 35 yards off the post. It seemed that it may not be the Colts day and some dogged play by James Stephen saw him thread the ball through to Liam Mackie who put in a back post cross that just eluded Jonathan Duthie.
After a good hard shift from James Stephen, Ellis Roberts took over which proved vital in its timing. Ellis was literally on the pitch for less than three minutes when the ball broke to him 30 yards out and he looked up and hit a high looping strike which sailed over the Banchory keeper and into the net to level the scores.
Colts continued to dominate and had chance after chance to get the winner, but it ended 1-1 and extra time followed.
With the Colts now playing into the wind again and a few tired legs, the Peterhead side freshened it up with Jordan Ferrari and Andrew Reid coming on for Charlie Spellman and Liam Mackie respectively who both had done a good job for the team.
Yet again in the first half of extra time they took the game straight away to Banchory and within four minutes the Colts were ahead when Jonathan Duthie, who was desperately unlucky not to have scored on previous occasions, fired a fierce strike passed the keeper.
Banchory were being limited to long balls and were beginning to look tired but still were threatening with the wind helping them.
In the second half of extra time the Colts continued to dominate and Jonathan Duthie who had been causing Banchory problems and in one chance took a hefty challenge which he tried to run it off but eventually was subbed by Paul Duncan.
The Colts midfield of Drew Marshall, Ellis Robbers, Jordan Ferrari and Greg Cadger were playing with confidence and not giving Banchory any time on the ball.
A few late chances fell to Banchory, but it was the Peterhead side and their hardy supporters who were celebrating that coveted place in the final as the final whistle blew.