2022/23 – Longside 0 v 3 Banks o’ Dee Juniors

Davidson Park, Elginshire Cup 1st Round, 24/3/2

Me still 266, Wee Man still 139

Longside Football Club

Founded – 1933

Nickname – The Side

Honours – North East Premier League 1999/00, 2000/01. North East First Division -1993/94. Morrison Trophy – 1989/90, 1993/94 and 2014/2015

Random Fact – Longside FC are dated as coming into existence officially in 1933 however there is evidence they existed prior to this in the Central Buchan League, inclusive of winning the Brucklay Cup in 1910

I was really hoping to be getting my Highland League kicks on tonight just a bit further up the road at the Broch. However, Wee Man had different plans and chose the Juniors instead. I suppose can take pride in this as his fitba education is clear for all to see. I also cannot complain as Davidson Park is one of my favourite places to watch fitba in the land and especially when it is floodlit.

Obviously with this being a Friday under the lights this was match only. The pre match shenanigans were catching up on the A View From The Terraces that I had missed due to being at work. This and eating home cooked food for the first time in almost a month which I have to say was a fucking delight.

Coming into this I wasn’t sure how it would go. My score prediction was 0 v 2 but I wasn’t sure. Although a cup game, I couldnt really know given the league positions. It was to be tightish. Speaking of the Cup. Longside hail from deepest darkest Aberdeenshire, the Dee Juniors from Aberdeen City, but here they were doing battle in the Elginshire Cup. The reasoning behind this is The Elginshire Cup is the trophy being used for the NRJFA Championship League Cup as of this season. This I did not know until informed by people within the Junior set up. (Personally I thought it was an anniversary and guests had been invited, i.e the rest of North Juniors).

Although the full time score suggested a one way game, it was not really. It was a decent tough tackling cup tie complete with a good amount of niggle and a spattering of chances. The opening goal came early when Yeats hit a free kick which took an unfortunate deflection off a red and black defender which wrong footed Side keeper Fraser. Longside were a lick of paint away from equalising immediately when Copeman fizzed an effort just wide leaving Dee keeper Neish getting his yellow shirt filthy while being nowhere near the strike. Neish however was forced into a decent save as he managed to get down well to palm a freekick to safety soon after. It was one of these that was better than it looked. He must have seen this very late given the bodies in front of him. A very good stop. The game was even and both sides were giving as good as they got but it was the Dee who were to get the next door. A corner was put in the box which was headed clear but the header was short. This was met by Yeats who nutted it back toward goal. His effort struck the bar landing at Milne who got down low to head home from a yard out. Longside were not out of it and were denied a goal by some top goalkeeping from Neish who managed to get a solid right hand to a Copeman long ranger that looked destined for the top corner. A great piece of goalkeeping to end the half on.

HT 0 v 2

Half time saw the inevitable “lesser” Davidson kick about which I suspect is the real reason he picked a night in Longside. With soaking socks and dirty trainers we took our positions for the second half. Again the half saw chances and hard tackling. Nicol had an effort in the first minute of the second period but it went just the wrong side of Frasers post. Copeman for Longside had another attempt from range which wasn’t far away but this summed up the story of Longside’s night. The never had a clear cut chance throughout the proceedings. Banks o’ Dee defended well hence the pot shots from distance from the home side. With the game at only two nil the cliched “next goal is crucial” was how I saw this. That goal came for the Aberdeen side who killed off proceedings when Milne got in behind and fired off a shot first time, Fraser did well to get fingers to it but Osprey was on his toes and followed in with a tap in despite the Side’s defenders best efforts to challenge him. It was game over. This didn’t put an end to the tough tackling for the night and despite the score line the combatant nature of the match did not dry up. Time ran out for Longside and we headed for the exit and as we did so Wee Man pointed out something i had not thought of. It was his fourth visit to Longside and it they have all fallen under the floolights. It is a great place in general, but illuminated it just seems better. Here is hoping for more soon enough.

Entrance – £6 me, £0 Wee Man

Attendance – 123 (rough head count)

Pie – Pie, coffee, crisps £3.50

Pint– £3.40 Amstel , (Longside FC social club)

Score Predictions – Me 0 v 2, Wee Man 1 v 2

Season Score Predictions Total – Me 1 v 2 v 1 Wee Man

One of the best places to watch fitba in the land
His choice of venue
I am not saying Longside is a teuchter town but……
The real reason Wee Man picked Longside?

Published by pacman1903

Once a football fan. Now a football nerd

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