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From the whistle Aths were the more dangerous side as they chased down their opponents at every opportunity. They had an urgency to their game which was to be rewarded with an early goal. Ali Walker controlled a throw-in on the edge of the box, took the ball past DJ Macdonald and floated a dangerous cross to the far post. Mark Maciver met it and his powerful downward header bounced up and hit the cross-bar. Whilst Back defenders dawdled, Scott Maciver pounced on the loose ball and nodded it home to give Aths a deserved lead.
Just like the match at Wembley there was always going to be more goals and Aths were determined it would be them as Nic Davis sent in a low shot to give Tohan his first save of the game. Back were slow to start but quickly warmed to the task in hand when Jason Macleod chased an Aths clearance, gave Maciver a brush-off with his shoulder before turning round and whipping in a cross for Fraser Macleod. Macleod looked on in horror as he fresh-aired his shot but he needn’t have worried as Michael Mackay was sneaking in at the back post and he tapped home the equaliser.
By now the impetus had switched as Back became more dominant. A poor Aths clearance fell kindly to Fraser Macleod and his shot troubled Macritchie more than it should have as the keeper spilled the ball into the path of Michael Mackay. Steven Clinton was on hand though as his tackle, through Mackays legs, cleared any danger although it could easily have been a penalty. Macritchie was to make amends before half time with a tremendous point blank save. Murray Macleod had whipped in a cracking cross which Michael Mackay met full pelt but Macritchie twisted in an instant to block the fierce shot and keep his side in the match at half time.
With the second half only a few minutes old Aths squandered the first of many chances as Back struggled to deal with set plays. Nic Davis banjoed a shot off DJ Mcdonald's backside then Scott Maciver whacked his effort into Ross Hall. Ten minutes later they were at it again as Scott Maciver struggled to get a clean shot at goal and allowed the Back defence to clear.
Back were dangerous down the flanks especially Murray Macleod. On 56 minutes he fed Michael Mackay down the left wing only for Steven Clinton to come steaming through to take man and ball and give away a free kick. The kick came to nothing but the Aths keeper’s poor clearance went straight to DJ Macdonald. Macdonald strode up field and sent a cross over to Fraser Macleod. His flick on looked to be too strong for Jason Macleod but Macritchie was slow to collect and Macleod nipped the ball from his grasp and whilst stumbling to the ground managed to strike the ball through the defenders legs on the line and into the back of the net to put Back in front.
Aths nearly equalised when Robert Jones headed a corner towards Scott Maciver. The big striker was poised to shoot when Ross Hall sprang out of nowhere to head the ball safe. Maciver was trying his best to level things and was soon testing Back keeper Tohan with a rasping drive. Aths last chance fell to Scott Maciver again when, after Robert Jones was brought down by Ross Hall, he had his free kick well saved by Tohan as he leapt high to his right hand post.
With time running out Martin Maclean sent substitute Chris Adams free on the right. The speedy winger was through on goal but opted to pass across to Murray Macleod. The pass was too long but Macleod made the most of it and centered for Kevin 'Bloxy' and his miss-hit fell kindly for Adams at the back post to put the game beyond doubt. Adams looked offside but the goal stood much to the annoyance of the
The final whistle went and Back celebrated retaining a league cup trophy for the first time in their history with Captain Ross Hall collecting both the ABC cup and the man of the match award.