Holders crash out of Matrix Cup

Fordoun Galaxy 11 MCT 1

After five minutes of Sunday’s Matrix Cup tie the home side took the lead.

Fordoun broke quickly from an MCT corner. D. Cruickshank did well to get to the edge of the box, and when the ball found its way to McCOMISKIE he cut inside a defender and rolled a sweet finish into the bottom corner to end a run of three games without a goal.

The hosts were struggling to build on their lead and MCT forced their way back into the tie. A ball from deep on the left was dumped in to the penalty area then forced home at the back post after a stramash in the box.

Neither team was playing much football on a bumpy pitch but five minutes before half-time Fordoun passed the ball quickly from back to front. McCOMISKIE was played into the box and beat the ‘keeper to give his side a valuable psychological lead.

Half-time: Fordoun Galaxy 2, MCT 1.

There was controversy early in the second half when Duncan, with his back to goal, was hauled down in the box to win Fordoun a penalty which saw MCT reduced to 10 men.

When the dust settled top scorer N. KEDDIE did the business from 12 yards and Fordoun had a lead which they were to build on.

And it wasn’t long before Fordoun stretched their lead. N. KEDDIE ran in on goal and dinked the ball over the advancing ‘keeper.

Then came the champagne moment. Cuthill held the ball up well in the box and unselfishly rolled it back to DAVIES who smashed home between the post and the defender on the line.

Last week’s cup hero MYERS was next to get in on the act when he slotted home for his side’s sixth; then substitute McLAREN made an almost immediate impact for number seven.

It wasn’t long before McLAREN got his second when Duncan split the MCT defence with a massive pass which the Fordoun forward dispatched.

MYERS completed his second double in two weeks when he added number nine, then man of the match D. CRUICKSHANK made it 10.

The final goal of a comfortable morning for Fordoun Galaxy came when McLAREN completed his hat-trick as the clock ran down.

Fordoun: Milne, Anderson (Davies), Cuthill, Cargill, Deans, Myers, N. Keddie, R. Stirling (Murray), Duncan, D. Cruickshank, McComiskie (McLaren).