Northern Vaults 1 MCT 6
MCT MADE the short trip to Balwyllo on Sunday to play the vaults on a pitch that resembled a bowling green.
However, they got off to a disastrous start when Vaults opened the scoring in the third minute. Despite their attacker looking a couple of yards offside he was allowed to run through and score past Laidlaw in goals.
MCT missed a couple of chances from strike duo McPherson and Candy, before equalising in the 14th minute from a free kick played in by McIntosh that found CANDY eight yards out and he slid the ball home.
MCT got their noses in front when a corner from Greig was powered home from MENNIE from six yards with a bullet header.
MCT continued to dominate the half and missed several chances to extend their lead.
In 29 minutes McPherson went close with a Rooney-esque overhead kick that went wide. In the final five minutes of the half MCT missed three great chances to score. Greig had a shot saved by the ‘keeper; two minutes later a looping Candy header was tipped onto the bar and over by the ‘keeper, then in the final minute of the half Duncan somehow hit the post from a yard with the goal gaping.
Half-time: Vaults 1, MCT 2.
Two minutes into the second half the day got worse for Duncan when he was surprisingly sent off for a comment to the referee.
Playing against 10 men spurred the Vaults on but they never really threatened Laidlaw in goal.
MCT should have extended their lead in 60 minutes when a superb reverse ball from McPherson sent Stridgeon through on goal, only for the ‘keeper to make a great save from his angled shot. MCT were not to be denied and a minute later CANDY hit a tremendous drive from 30 yards into the postage stamp - a candidate for goal of the season.
Two minutes later CANDY scored his hat-trick goal when he ran onto a pass from Greig to smash home from 20 yards under the ‘keeper.
MCT were playing some fantastic attacking play, despite only having 10 men, and scored again in 75 minutes when McPHERSON turned on a sixpence and curled the ball into the top corner.
CANDY played through Greig to smash the ball home from 10 yards.
A minute later it should have been seven but Stridgeon hit the post with his deft chip over the ‘keeper.