Lads’ Club .............................2
Dundee United SC .................1
Arbroath Lads’ Club Under-15s were victorious against their main rival Dundee United Sports Club in the Jean Pierre Babin cup final on Sunday at North End Park, Dundee.
With defensive stalwart Lewis Quinn on holiday, this led to a minor change with Calum Beattie fitting in alongside captain Harris Carnegie in the central defence berth and Liam Sime slotting in at left-back.
With DUSC having lost in the Scottish Cup final for the second consecutive year in a row just a week ago and also losing a midweek game for the first time in three years, Lads’ Club knew that they were there for the taking and went into the game full of confidence having secured second place in the league against Luncarty the previous week.
Club were quick out of the blocks and immediately put their tired looking opponents under pressure. Some telling balls from Waddell in midfield to Mowatt and Lightfoot up front had the DUSC defence at sixes and sevens.
The breakthrough came on 21 minutes. After some midfield play between Land and Waddell, it was the latter’s telling ball through to Lightfoot, whose pace saw off the challenge of Cook in the centre of the United defence to strike the ball past the onrushing United ‘keeper Glennie.
This was the confidence boost that Lads’ Club needed, and if it hadn’t been for some fine goalkeeping and desperate last ditch defending by United, they could easily have been more than one up at the interval.
Half time: Lads’ Club 1, DUSC 0.
With no changes from either side at half time, the second half kicked off as the first ended, at a brisk place. Lads’ Club, always looking to take advantage of the leg weary United defence. However they dug deep and began to fight back and they too may have felt they deserved to snatch something, with some fine handling by Matty Millar in goal thwarting the ever frustrated United forward line.
After a period of sustained pressure, Club came back at United with ‘keeper Glennie pulling off some fine saves to keep them in the game. Lads’ Club replaced the injured Lightfoot with Murphy.
With the clock running down and both sets of players giving their all to the end, it was always going to need another goal for the Club to secure victory. This duly came with eight minutes left. Mowatt broke free, with blistering pace, to finish low and hard in the bottom corner past the advancing ‘keeper.
Victory was now in their grasp but United, to their credit, never gave up and piled everyone forward in a brave attempt to pressurise the Lads’ Club defence. With tackles flying in, it was from a Utd free kick, just outside the box, that they clawed a goal back with just two minutes left on the clock.
It was a nerve-wracking final two minutes for Lads’ Club and all their supporters as they held on to finish the game 2-1.
It was an incredible end to a fantastic game of football with a well deserved victory for the boys. They can be proud of the way they acquitted themselves on the day.
The cup was presented to captain Harris Carnegie by members of the family of Jean Pierre Babin who for many years has supported boys’ football in the region.
On arrival back in Arbroath the boys enjoyed a celebratory meal at the Townhouse. Managers Waddell and Paterson extended their thanks to Graham Gersok for his hospitality.