The Alford boys senior football team recorded their first victory in over 2 years today in a hard-fought Scottish Shield Cup match against Aberdeen Grammar. Alford found themselves 2 goals down in the first 10 minutes after some sloppy defending from a corner & being caught out from a long ball. Alford’s midfield then started to get themselves onto the ball a bit more and put some pressure on the Grammar defence.
Keigan pulled a goal back for Alford after being gifted the ball on the edge of the box, his powerful low drive was tipped onto the post by the ‘keeper before rolling across the goal-line. Devon pulled off a spectacular save to keep Alford in the game half way through the first half.
10 minutes before the break and Alford found themselves level after some neat interplay set up Liam, who saw his first shot parried by the ‘keeper before sweeping home with his left foot. There was an incident following the goal amid Alford’s celebrations, where a Grammar player was sent off for violent conduct & Liam was booked for his part in the stramash.
Marley was causing the Grammar defence problems and when he was brought down 25 yards from goal, Sean stepped up to expertly curl the ball round the wall and smash into the underside of the crossbar. 3-2 to Alford at half-time!
The second half was a tense affair as Alford failed to take advantage of the extra man. At times, Grammar were outplaying them and looked as if they had the numerical advantage. Grammar deservedly equalised in the 60th minute to set up a final third of the game that was end-to-end and not short of chances for both teams.
Ultimately, it was Alford that got the winner with 5 minutes left making the final score 4-3. Keigan found space in the box to fire it past the on-rushing keeper into the roof of the net to send the Alford team wild! An excellent win and we’re all looking forward to the next round away to Elgin Academy. The boys have another tough match this week – away to Peterhead in the North of Scotland Cup on Thursday. Good luck!