Fordoun Galaxy 0, Golf Inn 6
KICK-OFF was delayed in this League Cup tie as two Fordoun players were involved in a car accident in which neither was hurt. The grass on the Galaxy Bowl pitch would have been a feast for a heard of beasts but it was Golf Inn who coped best with the underfoot forest to dominate this game from start to finish.
Fordoun started brightly enough and Keddie shot straight at ‘keeper Elgin after a defensive blunder in the fourth minute. However, Golf Inn were soon in control and shot over in the ninth minute, fired an effort past the post one minute later and again in the 22nd minute.
Golf Inn soon found their range and went ahead in the 23rd minute when a visiting forward was first to react after a good save from Milne. It was 2-0 seven minutes later when a Golfie attacker fired into the bottom corner from 20 yards out.
Shortly after Golf Inn sent another effort past the post before Fordoun won a corner through Anderson who then met the corner but sent his header past the post. A minute before half-time Duncan sent a free kick into the box which no one got on the end of before Golf Inn broke up the park and forced Milne to make a great save diving to his left.
Three minutes into the second half Duncan fired a free kick past the post and seven minutes later Golfie went three ahead when an attacker scored from close in. Fordoun used all three substitutes but couldn’t prevent Golf Inn from scoring a fourth when an attacker beat the Fordoun ‘keeper to the ball on the goal line and fired into the empty net.
In the 70th minute Fordoun came as close as they’d come when McComiskie fired into the side-netting. Golf Inn were soon on the attack again and added a fifth in the 76th minute when a forward turned well and shot home inside the Fordoun box, then scored the goal of he game to make it 6-0 when an attacker flicked on a long ball for his team-mate to run on and knock the ball over the home ‘keeper.
Milne prevented further damage when he made a great save with his feet In the 79th minute and five minutes later Tough scythed down a visiting attacker before the free kick was fired past the post. Elgin pushed a Galaxy shot into the side-netting as the clock ran down. In injury time Anderson was sent off for a second booking before Milne made a final save from a header.
Fordoun: Milne, Anderson, Tough, McLaren (Norrie), A Stirling, Duncan, R. Stirling (R. Welsh), Keddie, Simpson, Thomson (Murray) and McComiskie.
Fordoun Galaxy 4, Black Abbot 1
HAVING each won one and lost one of their opening Group B games Fordoun Galaxy and Black Abbot went in search of the win that would keep them in touch with early group leaders Golf Inn and Hudsons. With the Fordoun grass still not cut the game was moved to Broomfield to give the two sides some chance of passing the ball.
Galaxy were without nine regulars who were either injured, suspended or unavailable leaving manager Mark Forbes to reshuffle his pack once again. Also missing for Galaxy was Roy Welsh who had chosen to join the Black Abbot earlier in the week and started the match on the Abbot bench.
Fordoun started well and their front two of R. Deans and Dean McComiskie combined to give Galaxy the lead as McComiskie flicked on a long ball for DEANS to round the keep and finish well. Fordoun had chances to add to their lead but were unable to take them before KEDDIE made it 2-0, sending the Abbot ‘keeper the wrong way after McComiskie was fouled inside the box. Chances continued to come for Fordoun with McComiskie, .R Deans and Murray all having efforts at goal but they could not add to their lead. Abbots best chance came when an attacker met a corner kick but saw his header come crashing back off the bar.
The Abbot went for it at half-time and threw on all three substitutes. It was a decision they would live to regret as shortly after the restart they suffered an early injury which eventually forced them down to 10 men. Galaxy continued to create chances and R DEANS got his sixth goal in two games when he latched onto a long ball and dinked the ball over the onrushing ‘keeper.
It was Abbot old boy DUNCAN who finished the match as a contest when he demonstrated why Galaxy pulled out all the stops to sign him in the close season firing a 45 yard free kick over the ‘keeper and into the back of the net. With the Abbot down to 10 men spaces began to appear but eventually they did get a consolation when the best efforts of the Galaxy ‘keeper and a defender on the line were not enough to prevent an attacker finishing from inside the box.
Fordoun: Milne, Norrie, Duncan, Thomson, Davies, Murray, Keddie (Porter), R. Stirling, Simpson, R. Deans and McComiskie.
Golf Inn 5, Hudsons 0
THE GOLFY continued their excellent start to the season with a convincing victory over the league champions on a lovely morning at Broomfield.
With a slight breeze at their backs the hosts started brightly and were finally rewarded for their play when Craig Maddock netted. It was two soon after when Andy Jardine slotted home following a corner. Kevin Barker was denied by a world class save from the visitors’ ‘keeper as the home side dominated.
The second half continued in the same vein and the there was a further strike form Maddock as well as goals from summer signings Jharone Gibbon and Sean Mustard.
This was another fantastic performance from the Golfy especially with so many players missing for various reasons.
Picture House 3, MCT 3
FOR THE second consecutive Sunday MCT kicked off in glorious sunshine this time at Links Park and they should have been in front after five minutes when Mennie’s shot from six yards was blocked after a stramash inside the six-yard box.
After 12 minutes MCT opened the scoring after a hopeful ball from McIntosh was kept in by McLean and he hooked over a great ball for Grant Burnett to fire home from three yards at the back post.
Six minutes later, captain McLean rattled the post from 25 yards with a thunderous drive. After a good start MCT took their foot off the gas and let Picture House more into the game and after a couple of near things Picture House equalised with a strike from 20 yards.
After an even start to the second half Picture House took the lead after 55 minutes when Laidlaw in goals failed to deal with a hopeful ball forward and it broke to the Picture House striker who fired home despite the valiant efforts of Mennie on the line. MCT equalised after 63 minutes when a great through ball from McLean put Grant McPherson through and he held off a defender to fire home from 12 yards to make it 2-2.
Both sides were beginning to toil in the heat but after 75mins MCT made it 3-2 when a corner from Greig was flicked on by McLean and it broke to Grant Burnett who rattled the ball home on the volley from the edge of the box.
The last 15 minutes was end to end without either goalkeeper being tested but Picture House snatched an equaliser with eight minutes to go when a weak shot from the edge of the box was left by Robb and it trundled inside the post with Laidlaw helpless to keep it out for 3-3.
MCT thought they had snatched a winner in the last minute when captain McLean turned and fired home from 10 yards but he had strayed offside and was disallowed.
Fettercairn 2, MCT 1
MCT travelled to Fettercairn on Thursday for their second League Cup section game.
After a good start from MCT they found themselves a goal down after 15 minutes when a free kick was headed home by the Fettercairn striker from eight yards.
Five minutes later it was 2-0 when, despite claims the ball had crossed the line before it was cut back for the Fettercairn striker to bundle the ball home from two yards, the goal was allowed to stand.
So, for the second consecutive game, row MCT found themselves 2-0 down and went close to getting a goal back in 30 minutes when a great header from McLean rattled the bar.
MCT had a series of shots blocked and charged down from Greig and Ferguson by some resolute defending by Fettercairn before they got a goal back their play deserved just before half time when a corner from Greig was headed home by Darren Mclean from eight yards.
MCT were unlucky to be behind and had almost all the pressure in the second half but could not find the equaliser theire play deserved. They had a few chances but some great blocks and no luck in front of goal meant they failed to score.
A thunderous drive from 30 yards went just past from Mennie midway through the second half and a header from Stridgeon from eight yards was wide when it was easier to score late on was as close as it got.
League Cup: Thursday, August 23, Group A - Bervie 0, Montrose Athletic 3 (Bervie couldn’t raise a team); Fettercairn 2, MCT 1; Northern Vaults 2, Picture House 2.
Group B - Black Abbot 15, Marykirk 0; Fordoun Galaxy 0, Golf Inn 6; Hudsons 4, City Royal 2.
Saturday, August 26, Group A - Montrose Athletic 0, Fettercairn 6; Bervie 1, Northern Vaults 1; Picture House 3, MCT 3. Group B - City Royal 11, Marykirk 0; Fordoun Galaxy 4, Black Abbot 1, Golf Inn 5, Hudsons 0.
Thursday, August 30, Group A - Northern Vaults v Montrose Athletic, Picture House v Fettercairn, Bervie v MCT. Group B - City Royal v Fordoun Galaxy, Marykirk v Hudsons, Golf Inn v Black Abbot.
Sunday, September 2, Group A - Montrose Athletic v Picture House, MCT v Northern Vaults, Fettercairn v Bervie. Group B - Fordoun Galaxy v Hudsons, Black Abbot v City Royal, Marykirk v Golf Inn.