Fordoun Galaxy 6, MCT 2
FORDOUN Galaxy built on their recent fine form with a shock 6-2 win over league leaders MCT on a glorious Sunday morning at Broomfield in the first round of the Matrix Cup.
The game kicked off with both teams cancelling each other out and taking a bit of time to adjust to the temperature.
In 15 minutes, MCT took the lead. A fine ball down the left flank by Candy found Macpherson who cut in behind the Galaxy defence and slotted in at Watson’s near post to make it 1-0.
After a period of pressure, Fordoun got themselves back into the game when Chris Doan held off two MCT defenders and laid the ball off to DEZ WALKER who made no mistake by curling a fine strike over Laidlaw from 18 yards.
Fordoun kicked off in the second half and didn’t have to wait long to take the lead. On 50 minutes, Maxwell sent in a finely weighted cross from the right and PAUL CARGILL met the ball and slotted past Laidlaw at the 2nd time of asking.
Buoyed by the warranted lead, Fordoun continued to keep MCT on the ropes and added to their tally in 65 minutes when Maxwell sent Murray wide left and the winger fired a dangerous cross along the ground for PAUL CARGILL to grab his second of the afternoon from close range.
Fordoun made it 4-1 five minutes later when Doan managed to create space for DEZ WALKER who ran through the defence and stuck it under the onrushing Laidlaw to make it 4-1.
MCT brought the deficit back to two goals in the 75th minute after a stramash in the 18-yard box enabled a striker through on goal to slot in at Watson’s near post. A sturdy Fordoun shape managed by Andy Stirling maintained the advantage despite MCT throwing the kitchen sink at the underdogs and Fordoun replied by adding to their tally when Murdoch sent DEZ WALKER through the central defence and the on-form midfielder hammered a strike in off the bar to claim his hat-trick.
As MCT kept on pressing Murray broke free on the left for the Galaxy beating the MCT defence for pace before crashing a thunderous shot off the inside of the post which went out for a MCT throw in.
In 85 minutes Fordoun completed their scoring when Anderson waltzed up the right side of the pitch past two players and screwed a ball to Scanlan who struck against Laidlaw who was adjudged to have kept the ball off the line; the onrushing STUART MAXWELL slotted into the corner of the net.
Fordoun could have made it 7-2 in the final minute when Alexander brought a fine save from Laidlaw.
Marykirk 2, Golf Inn 4
IN THE first five minutes Golf Inn had the first chance of the game when a free kick from 20 yards out hit the post but was cleared to safety.
Ten minutes later Marykirk’s Howie had an effort turned around the post by Golf Inn ‘keeper Wands.
Just before the half-hour mark Golf Inn took the lead when a 25-yard dipping effort found its way into the net.
In 38 minutes Marykirk’s Dalgetty cleared off his own goal line.
Two minutes later the Marykirk ‘keeper Tanbini tipped a header over the cross bar from a Golf Inn corner.
In the 42nd minute Marykirk equalised when a Chris Duncan cut-back found Scott Davidson who then swept the ball into the net to make it equal.
At the beginning of the second half Golf Inn took the lead again from a cross to the back post which was headed into the net.
In the 50th minute Marykirk responded with a Dalgetty free kick that found Paul McIntosh who then made the scoreline 2-2.
Two minutes later Golf Inn took the lead again from a 20-yard free kick that was driven underneath the defensive wall to find the net.
Just three minutes after that they extended their lead even further when Tanbini failed to hold on to the ball to give Marykirk the chance to take an easy tap in.
In 78 minutes Marykirk’s Ogilvie took at 25-yard free kick that was turned round the post by ‘keeper Wands.