Eight-four flatters Galaxy

Fordoun made the short trip across the A90 to Marykirk for this Matrix Cup quarter-final.

The visitors took the lead in two minutes when a corner was swung in from the left and knocked down for THOMSON to tap in.

Any ideas of an easy afternoon evaporated when Marykirk equalised in the eighth minute. Pearson pushed away a free kick only for a ‘Kirk attacker to knock the ball back over his head into the net. Two minutes later another shot from distance escaped the grasp of Pearson.

Fordoun were in shock but got an equaliser in 26 minutes when HECTOR cut in from the right and finished well.

A minute later Fordoun regained the lead when a free kick from R. Welsh was knocked down by Thomson and DEANS forced the ball home. Then Pearson sent the ball long for Deans who played it on to Thomson; he rolled it to McCOMISKIE who made no mistake.

In the 35th minute the referee played Easter Bunny. A Marykirk attacker pulled the ball out of the air with his arm but when no foul was given a brilliant goal was hooked over Pearson a la Peter Crouch and in off the Fordoun post.

The referee awarded a soft free kick on the edge of the Fordoun box and Marykirk took full advantage by curling the ball over the wall to level.

Half-time: Marykirk 4, Fordoun 4.

The second half saw Marykirk run out of steam. The next goal came in 50th minute when R. WELSH curled in a great free kick. Two minutes later Thomson was chopped down in the box by the home ‘keeper and HECTOR dispatched the resultant penalty.

There was a bizarre decision in 58 minutes when McComiskie cut the ball back from the bye line for Thomson to tap in, only for the referee to blow for an offside decision which had both sets of players confused.

Fordoun brought on Forbes but it was strike partner McCOMISKIE who made it seven before KEDDIE wrapped up the win with a cheeky back heel.

The referee denied Marykirk the chance of another goal when he deemed an attacker offside despite seeming to set off from his own half.

Fordoun who will need to play a lot better to have a chance of beating in form MCT at Broomfield in the next round.

Fordoun: Pearson, Norrie (Davies), Cuthill, Pirie, A. Stirling, Deans, R. Welsh (Keddie), R. Stirling, Hector, Thomson (Forbes) and McComiskie. Unused: Murray.