MCT 8 Hillside 3
MCT ENDED their league campaign with a home game against Hillside at a windy Broomfield.
The away team struck in five minutes when a corner wasn’t cleared properly and TAYLOR at the back post headed home the opener.
Hillside scored again 10 minutes later when a wind-assisted shot from SIMPSON flew off ‘keeper Laidlaw’s chest into the roof of the net.
MCT were making chances and only a great save from Burnett in goal kept Candy’s 20-yard drive out of the top corner, then Williams raced clear of the visitors’ defence only to slice wide from the edge of the box.
MCT got a goal back when Williams passed to Stridgeon who sent CANDY through on goal with a great pass and the striker showed great composure to beat the ‘keeper from eight yards.
The equaliser came in 34 minutes when Stridgeon sent CANDY through on goal again and he supplied a cool finish from 10 yards.
Hillside were reduced to 10 men when Mustard received two yellows in quick succession for remarks to the referee.
MCT got their heads in front when a Petrie pass found CANDY and the prolific striker rifled the ball home for yet another hat-trick three minutes before the interval.
Half-time: MCT 3, Hillside 3.
In 52 minutes a goal kick by Laidlaw went the length of the pitch. It wasn’t dealt with by Burnett under pressure from Candy who passed to Liam McGRATH, and he coolly slotted home from 10 yards.
On the hour mark MCT were awarded a free kick and from 30 yards CANDY thundered the ball into the postage stamp.
Five minutes later centre half MENNIE found himself upfield on the end of another goal kick from Laidlaw that Burnett dropped and he couldn’t miss from five yards.
Hillside scored a third in 70 minutes. The 10 men rallied and made a few chances but couldn’t find the net again.
MCT hit seven when the other half of the postie strike force WILLIAMS danced through Hillside’s defence to lash the ball home from the edge of the box.
The final goal came in 78 minutes when Hillside hit the bar from a corner and Petrie produced a stunning overhead kick pass from the edge of his own box that sent Candy racing clear. He unselfishly laid the ball back for STRIDGEON to blast home the goal his man-of-the-match display deserved.
As time ran out Charlie Robb received his second yellow for a foul and was sent off.