Cults First Year cruised to this year’s Green Final Trophy with a 6-0 win over rivals Harlaw.
Cults coach Brian Angus praised both sides and also had a fascinating tale to tell.
He said: “Both teams played really well despite the cold conditions.
“I thought we played slightly better football, but Harlaw had good chances and if they’d taken them it could’ve been a different story.
“Connal Gove is a strong player, fast, and when he hits the ball it travels at a fair rate of knots.”
Brian, who admits to being involved in school football for 30-something years, then highlighted a bit of priceless trivia.
He said: “Harris Clubb, our captain, his brother, who’s in fifth year, and his father Kenny Clubb have now all won the trophy, and I was coach of all three teams. It’s a triple Clubb sandwich.”
Harlaw coach Ben Nelson said: “It was very difficult for the boys. They did work very hard and they lost an unfortunate goal to begin with.
“I think their heads did drop a wee bit.
“Cults are a very good, strong team and that did show through in the second half. It was a fair result.
“They showed a lot of respect for us as well, which I really appreciated.
“Our boys were still pushing at the end, which is a positive they can take away from it.”
The omens were there from the start on Dyce Academy’s all-weather surface, with man of the match Gove going on an early mazy run.
His cutback found James Whitson, who shot wide.
Despite this moment of good play, it was a nervy first 15 minutes from both sides. But Cults continued to edge it – with Jess Marinus Goense being denied the opener by the bar.
On 19 minutes they had their lead, Damon Collins receiving the ball on the edge of the box and producing a low cross-goal finish past Archie Stephen.
After 24 minutes, Gove squared to Goense to tap in for 2-0.
Harlaw almost got one back on 26 minutes, but Ebube Anyaegbunam was unable to turn home Mark Scott’s cross.
Collins then got his second on the half hour, staying on his feet under pressure to beat several defenders and finish.
Conditions at Dyce took a turn for the worse, with hail making it difficult for Harlaw to turn the tide. Before they could attempt to reply, Gove had made it 4-0 with a close-range finish and, on 41 minutes, Conrad Slessor made it five.
It was clear Cults would lift the trophy and, four minutes from time, Gove cut inside and slammed a sixth into the roof of the net.
CULTS: Marcus Campbell, Harris Clubb, Damon Collins, Harry Davidson, Robert Douglas, Will George, Jess Marinus Goense, Angus Macgillivray, Thomas Mackenzie, Samuel Maitland, Craig Morrison, Adeola Obawole, Jason Selbie, Conrad Slessor, Corin Smith, James Whitson, Matthew Young, Connal Gove.
HARLAW: Sami Ahmed, Archie Stephen, Hamish Cameron, Sam Byres, Callum Christie, Joe Stephen, Mason Holmes, Mark Scott, Keene Coleman, Stevie Livingstone, Ebube Anyaegbunam, Dylan Clarke, Kieran Petrie, Kuba Detner, Calvin Rajbhandari, Ewan Scott.
Cults …………………. 6
Harlaw ………………. 0