Dufftown v Banks o'Dee

2pm 3 May 2014

SJFA, North Regional Cup, Semi Final
Dufftown 1 Banks o'Dee 6 (att 110)

They say that while Rome was built on seven hills, Dufftown stands on seven stills. It's in the heart of Moray's whisky country, and this weekend was busier than usual as it was hosting a whisky festival.

I did my bit by buying a bottle of one of Dalmore's rarer malts from the town's whisky shop, before heading to the town's football ground.

Cup semi finals aren't often this one-sided, but Aberdeen-based Premier Division side Banks o'Dee were always strong favourites to overcome a side from a lower division who've only recently returned to football after taking a season out to regroup.

The visitors scored three times in each half, and twice struck the frame of the goal in the first half. Dufftown scored the second half's opening goal, and kept battling to the end in front of a larger than usual crowd at Westburn Park.

While Westburn Park may not be the best-equipped ground in Scottish Junior football, the scenery certainly sets it apart from most others. The view of the surrounding hills are wonderful, and on a warm and sunny afternoon it was idyllic.

The pitch looked immaculate, and is enclosed with a grass bank on the side which houses changing rooms and tea bar, as well as some limited cover provided by an overhanging roof.

Dufftown FC in a larger map

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