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Aberdeen 5 - 0 Motherwell

HT Score: Aberdeen 4 - 0 Motherwell

SPL Youth 18
Aberdeen scorers: Bavidge 6, Marshall 9, Bavidge 14, Bavidge 28, Hamilton 62 (Pen).

24/02/2023 | KO: 14:00

18s impress again with 'Well win

A first half goal glut which included a hat-trick from Alfie Bavidge ensured Aberdeen Under 18s comfortably saw off Motherwell on Friday afternoon at Cormack Park.

There were two changes to the side that defeated Celtic last week, Timi Fatona came in at right back, Victor Enem took a spot on the bench. Bavidge returned to the starting XI after a successful goal scoring trip to Spain with the Scotland Under 17s squad, Lewis Pirie, who is away with Scotland Under 16's, dropped out.

In cold and wet conditions the Young Dons started the first half with the intensity that would see them fire into a very comfortable advantage, Findlay Marshall drove through the 'Well midfield from kick off, playing in Bavidge for his first chance of the game, but he was stopped.

It didn't take long for him to break the deadlock, however. On the six-minute mark the young striker spun and shot towards goal, his effort catching out Josh Bogan in the visitors' goal. 1-0.

Before ten minutes of football had been played Aberdeen doubled their advantage, this time it was Marshall with the goal, who followed up Bavidge's shot and smashed home the rebound. Marshall started the move after playing though Alfie, Bavidge's pace was electric, he was unlucky to be stopped himself by a great save.

Two became three around the 15-minute mark. Bavidge picked up on a slack Motherwell back pass and to the surprise of absolutely on the pitch or watching on, he coolly converted.

The Bavidge show reached its finale just before the half hour mark after Alfie received a beautiful, inch perfect through ball from Adam Emslie through the middle of the pitch. In a flash the striker looked up, steadied himself and finished with finesse into the bottom corner for a much-deserved hat-trick on his return to club football. His third of the afternoon was his 27th of the season in the league, a remarkable return for the sixteen-year-old. Aberdeen led 4-0 after only half an hour of football had been played.

Motherwell ended a bruising first half with two half chances of their own, but Blessing Oluyemi continued his fine form and was equal to them both.

Half time: Aberdeen 4-0 Motherwell.

The second half was a much more low-key affair for Stuart Duff's side. Bavidge was replaced just before the hour mark and was able to enjoy a well-deserved rest, Enem his replacement.

Soon after the change, Aberdeen had a penalty. Brendan Hamilton sent a searching ball up the park, which was chased down by Liam Harvey, who had moved into a more central position after Bavidge made way. Harvey took the ball past Bogan and was hauled down inside the six-yard box, leaving the referee an easy decision to make.

Just like last Friday against Celtic, Hamilton made no mistake with his penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way to make it 5-0.

Unfortunately for Aberdeen, Blessing Oluyemi was victim to a physical arial challenge when competing for the ball, and his game was over. After lengthy treatment with around twenty minutes to go, Oluyemi was replaced by Rodrigo Vitols in goal, the U16 keeper making his debut at this level. Thankfully, Oluyemi was able to walk off. At the same time Cameron Wilson entered the fray, with Fatona coming off.

Findlay Marshall thought he had a second and a sixth Aberdeen goal near the end when his header found the back of the net, but unfortunately the linesmen's flag was raised for offside.

Stuart Duff made two final changes for the closing period: Alfie Stewart and Kai Watson both came off, U16 star Fletcher Boyd and Findlay Murray getting a run out.

The last action of the game saw captain Dylan Lobban enter the book for a foul on the halfway line, but overall it was a great performance from the skipper in the middle of the park, who was coming back into his best form.

There was to be no more goals but in the end, Aberdeen will be happy to settle for the five, it was another great performance from the Young Dons when it mattered and more than enough to keep their fine run of form going.

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Oluyemi (Vitols 68), Fatona (Wilson 68), Hamilton, Watson (Murray 81), McKenzie, Marshall, Stewart (Boyd 81), Lobban, Harvey, Bavidge (Enem 58), Emslie.

Unused Subs: Ochmanski, Mercer.

Bookings:  Stewart (55),  Lobban (90).
Motherwell Teamsheet
Venue: Cormack Park, Aberdeen
Referee: Alex Ross
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10 Jul 2024 / 19:00 / Balmoor Stadium, Peterhead