Link Up show patience to beat Dyce


Another big game for Link Up U15s against the current league champions and they did not let themselves down, turning in a hard working team performance to come out on top, writes David Mair.

They edged the first half and led 1-0 at the interval through DYKA.

The early action in the second period saw a very late challenge on Mowat go unpunished when it deserved a yellow card.

Stott then did well to hold onto a firm header from a corner as Dyce fought to get back into the game.

However, the brochers were bossing proceedings and a Simpson lay-off set up McCrory to fire just over before Masson sent an inviting ball into the danger area from a free-kick wide left for McCrory to volley narrowly past.

The pressure told when Masson made a great tackle before picking out Cameron with a perfectly weighted ball over the top. Liam drove into the area only to be brought down for a penalty which was expertly dispatched by MASSON for 2-0.

Dyce pulled it back to 2-1 shortly afterwards with a speculative 40 yard lob.

Link up responded when McCrory whipped in a corner from the left which Mair met to head just over.

A further corner did re-establish the two goal lead as SIMPSON found the net with a back header.

The same player then latched onto a Masson through ball to outpace the Dyce left back and deliver a hanging cross which agonisingly evaded the in-rushing Douglas.

Link Up saw out the game, restricting Dyce’s opportunities with some neat possession football.

The lads followed this hard fought three points with convincing home victories over Peterhead Phoenix (13-0) and Westdyke (10-2).

Then came the return fixtures against Dyce and Peterhead Phoenix where they respectively produced one of their best displays of the season in a thumping 9-1 triumph then scraped a 3-1 win.

All this sets up a potential title decider at home to table toppers Albion which the players, coaches and parents are all eagerly anticipating.