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Aberdeen 2007

Football Aid Championships, Sunday April 15th, Pittodrie

Aberdeen (Home) 6 Aberdeen (Away) 1

A busy first half followed by impressive domination in the second by a determined Home side leads to victory for legend Hewitt’s side in the second game of the Football Aid Championships at Pittodrie.

With both teams working each other out in the early stages, it was a slow start to the first half. The first real action taking place on the 20 minute mark with ex-pro Jim Bett almost knocking out an opposing team player with a full on attempt from 30 yards.

Minutes later, Away were on the attack again, midfielder Heron swinging a lovely corner to skipper Johnson who was unlucky to see his header bounce over the bar.

Play finally swung in Home’s favour, following some good work down the left wing from Captain Steven Bartlet, the resultant cross gathered under pressure by keeper, Dingwall.

From here, play seesawed between the two energetic sides, penalty claims from the Away team waved aside by the referee after a potential hand ball and at the other end of the pitch, Lindsay Bartlet’s spiralling header clashing with the bar.

On the half hour, midfielder Sharp saw his long dipping effort from 35 yards skim just over the bar while S Bartlet, after some great individual play, sent his strike straight into Dingwall’s hands.

But the dogged midfielder finally opened the scoring minutes before half time. Sweeping past two opposing players with a mazy dash, Bartlet stabbed home the ball, breaking the deadlock in spectacular fashion.

However, the Away side were quick to respond, and in equally dramatic fashion. A pinpoint cross from defender Swift was met by substitute McLachlan, who with a sublime piece of individual skill, lashed a superb volley past keeper, Smollet, making it 1 all going into the break.

The second half kicked off at a furious pace with both sides pushing hard for goal. McLachlan’s attempt immediately after the restart hit the post while striker Roberston’s attempt, after good work in the middle of the park, went screaming over the bar.

The turning point came in the 56th minute and there was no surprise that Steven Bartlet was the architect. Whipping the ball away from Bett on the halfway line, the midfield maestro deftly danced downfield before letting rip with a scorcher of a shot which whipped high into the net from outside the box.

Bartlet was once more on the prowl minutes later, barely giving the Away team time to catch their breath. Using his agility and stamina to win a physical battle on the left wing, he then confidently thumped home another well finished goal to complete his hat trick. The score 3-1 after 60 minutes.

A rampant Home team, hungry for goal, dominated the rest of the second half. Lindsay Bartlet, also on sizzling form, lengthened Home’s lead with a cracking effort in the 64th minute – the ball looping over the advancing keeper to make it 4-1.

Away’s attempts to pull a goal back were denied by an on form Smollet. The Moment of the Match coming from a tremendous long range effort from Heron matched with an unbelievable save from Smollet.

His opposite number, Dingwall was also working hard to prevent the flourishing Home side from further stamping their authority – pulling off several great saves to hold the score line – but was finally caught out by L Bartlet in the 80th minute, when the defensive dynamo sent the cheekiest of finishes flying past the dismayed keeper to make it 5-1.

And there was to be no respite for Dingwall. Following another aggressive attack from the Home team in the 84th minute, a frustrated Bett hauled down substitute Christie in the box. The resulting penalty was confidently taken by Christie, taking the tally for the Home team to a triumphant 6-1.

A double save by Dingwall in the dying minutes stops S. Bartlet from causing further destruction and the final score remains a decisive 6-1 to Aberdeen Home.

Man of the Match: S. Bartlet (Home) N.Heron (Away)

Moment of the Match: Heron’s long range effort and equally amazing stop by Smollet.

Home Team: R.Smollet, L.Bartlet, D.Hanlan, M.Mair, S.Bartlet (Captain), G.Dunn, R. Simpson, W.Glover, D.Christie, D.Robertson, K.Christie, D.Tough, I.Cooney.

Mascot: Danielle Bartlet

Away Team: N.Dingwall, A.Swift, J.Bett, N.Heron, K.Paterson, J.Davidson, A.Beaton, P.Heron, A. Johnston, S.Sharp, C.Ramsey, G.McLachlan, I.Mclachlan.

Mascot: Ciaran McLachlan