SYFC U19s put in a solid performance to beat Formartine Utd 4-2 and claim the Sunnybank Shield at Heathryfold Park.
There has been a few cracking games over the last few years between these two teams and Sundays Final was no different.
Neil Paterson, ADJFA Secretary, said: “the best team on the day won”. Read the full report inside.
The game though did not get off to a great start for Stoney when they could not clear their lines on 5 minutes and Formartine knocked it home from 10 yards.
However, two minutes later Stoney equalised when Captain Lewis Pashley’s deep cross found top goal scorer Robbie Lovick to header it in to score his 25th goal of the season.
The game was played with a high tempo and as you can expect very competitive with strong challenges all over the park but it was Formartine again that took the lead on 26minutes.
The ball was fired in low across the goal from the right wing making its way to the Formartine forward who managed to turn and knock it in to the bottom left hand corner. Initial reaction was that he was offside but the goal stood and Formartine took a 2-1 lead.
Half time - Formartine Utd 2-1 Stonehaven Youth FC
Second half got underway with Stoney trying to find a way back into the game and the breakthrough came on 54 minutes when Connor Freeman got kicked with a high boot in the penalty area and a penalty was awarded. Pashley dispatched the penalty as calm as you like to level the game 2-2.
The momentum was now with Stonehaven and the lads were growing in confidence and on 60 minutes Stoney took the lead with a Pashley long range free kick which found Kyle McCombie 6 yards from goal at the back post to fire a header home with the keeper having no chance. Advantage Stoney 2-3.
Stonehaven extended their lead 4 minutes later with another Pashley corner this time finding midfield dynamo Craig McKenzie with a looping header into the back of the net. Stoney now had a two goal lead but there was still 26 minutes left to play.
The game could have been put to bed on 80 minutes with a quick Stonehaven breakaway finding Aron Forbes but the keeper did enough to put him off with his effort going just wide of the post.
The lads had to dig deep at times with some fine blocks and tackles around our 18 yard box and Josh Forbeswas commanding in goal making a couple vital stops.
As the clock ran down Formartine had a couple of chances to pull one back to make it a nervy finished but they could not get through a resolute Stoney defence.
The Final whistle went to a loud cheer from the large Stoney contingent.
Stonehaven Youth u19’s coach Richard Thomas said: “It was a great team performance and they can all be proud of what they have achieved this season. It would be difficult to pick out a Man-of-the match but I think the whole team would agree that the back three in John Laing, Kyle McCombie and Fraser Smith were immense.
“On behalf of the lads I would like to thank Graeme Reid (U19s Manger) for all the hard work he puts in season after season. To manage the U19s for 16 consecutive seasons in the A League is nothing short of remarkable.
“Graeme after the game said he was proud of the effort the lads had put in over the season and he knew they would do it.”
Stonehaven Youth FC U19s: Josh Forbes, Lewis Pashley, John Laing, Robbie Lovick, Kyle McCombie, Fraser Smith, Kieffer Brown, Craig McKenzie, Emanuel, Connor Freeman, Liam Frater Subs: Aaron Forbes, Findlay McCallum, Rory West.