Dundee University Medical Students v West End Athletic

10am  20 September 2014

SAFA North of Tay District Cup, First Round
Dundee University Medical Students 4 West End Athletic 5 (att 2)

Only the second time I've watched Dundee Saturday Morning League football, and like last time it followed an overnight stay after a work trip to Scotland on Friday, making the 10am kick off a painless experience.

The North of Tay Cup is one of several local cups run under the auspices of the Scottish Amateur FA. It's a Saturday afternoon competition, but as the draw pitted these two Saturday Morning League Premier Division rivals they agreed an early start.

It was a great cup tie, livened up by some questionable defending by both sides. DUMS (as the student team is usually known) should have gone ahead in the opening seconds, but it was West End who scored the game's opening goal. By half time the students had scored twice to lead 2-1.

The goals continued in the second half, with the sides looking very well matched. Eventually, in the 83rd minute, DUMS scored to edge ahead 4-3. That looked like the winner, but West End weren't finished, and equalised just three minutes later. Another minute after that and West End were 5-4 in front, and into the second round.

The game was played at the Dundee University Riverside sports ground, just a few yards from the end of the runway at Dundee Airport. Several low-flying planes, incoming and outgoing, swooped over the pitch.

It's one of a handful of venues which stage Dundee Saturday Morning League games. The pristine railed off "show pitch" wasn't used, but as well as this cup tie there were three league games also taking place. All in the bottom division and all managing a handful of spectators, whereas for much of the first half I was the only person watching this game.










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