Stonehaven youngsters pay penalty in cup final

Stonehave 2001 age group
Stonehave 2001 age group

Colony win 4-2 on penalties

Stonehaven kicked off with the wind in their faces and unsurprisingly they were under pressure for most of the half. Mowatt, playing the lone striker role, did very well to relieve pressure on his defence with some strong runs and good shielding of the ball. The Stoney defence held out until the twentieth minute, and were again to concede a second within a minute.

Three fine saves by Ronsberg kept the deficit to two by half-time. Munro came on to support Mowatt up front and made an immediate impact. Ronsberg saved well again but eight minutes into the second-half, Stonehaven were back in the game with a fine strike by Kennedy. Steel had the ball in the net from a Munro cross but was adjudged offside. And then what might have been a killer goal with Colony scoring in a breakaway to take a three goals to one lead.

Stonehaven heads did not go down - just the opposite as Kennedy jumped brilliantly to power a great header into the corner. Kennedy’s evening just got better and better as he then equalised with his hat-trick goal.

With five minutes to go, Stenhouse curled a fine shot past the keeper from outside of the penalty area but it cruelly rebounded off the post.

So there was to be twenty minutes of extra time and Elliott was to power home a header from a fine corner to give Stoney the advantage, Colony bravely pulled it back level and then 5-4 up.

Stenhouse was to send the game into a penalty shoot-out when he header a late equaliser. Kennedy and Fraser were to score for Stonehaven and despite one fine Ronsberg save, Colony triumphed 4-2 to take home the silverware.

This was a fine display by a Stonehaven squad who have improved significantly as the season developed. The game was a fine advert for Youth football played in an excellent spirit.

Man of the Match for Stonehaven was Gregor Kennedy and the game marked the last match of Assistant Manager Brian Taggart and the players wish him well and thank him for his efforts over the past two seasons.