SUNDAY was a perfect day for a game in Fordoun but neither side played much football in the early exchanges, with no one able to get the ball down and play any passes.
Fordoun struck first when a Murray corner was headed home by KEDDIE at the back post. The goal settled Fordoun and they began to utilise the pace of Murray and M. Deans in particular to create chances but couldn’t add to their lead.
The match was turned on its head when Hillside made the most of two free kicks. The first, to the left of the Fordoun 18-yard box, was knocked over a two-man wall and headed home for the equaliser.
Fordoun didn’t learn their lesson and another free kick, this time further out on the other side of the pitch was again swung in and headed home to give Hillside the lead.
The setback gave Fordoun the shake they needed. A quick break sent Murray down the left and his inch-perfect cross was met by centre half CRUICKSHANK who had galloped the length of the pitch and made no mistake with his header to equalise.
It wasn’t long before Fordoun were back in front after Keddie weaved through the midfield and fed THOMSON who blasted home.
The home side had their tails up and added a fourth before the interval when the ball broke to KEDDIE on the edge of the box who finished expertly to grab his second of the game.
Half-time: Fordoun 4, Hillside 2.
Hillside changed to a five-man midfield in the second half which they started quickly. The visitors worked the ball down the right-hand side and when a dangerous cross came in, an attempted clearance was sent past Milne in the Fordoun goal for an own goal which halved the deficit.
Hillside were on top and it wasn’t long before they were level. More pressure on the Fordoun goal ended when Milne couldn’t prevent a shot from inside the area hitting the back of the net.
The visitors didn’t slow down and were soon in front when another attacker shot home to make it 5-4. A debut victory, which had seemed unlikely at half-time, was in their grasp.
Fordoun pushed players forward in an attempt to equalise and despite forcing corners and free kicks they couldn’t find away past a resolute visiting defence.
Fordoun: Milne, Davies, Duncan, Cruickshank, A. Stirling, Simpson, Keddie, R. Stirling, Murray (Porter), Thomson and M. Deans.