Nerve-tingling play-off win for Black Abbot

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BLACK Abbot and MCT both had players missing and injured after a long season, when they lined up last Sunday for the league title play-off

The Abbot made the play in the early stages, with some good passing and movement off the ball.

In 10 minutes a driving run down the left wing saw CLAYTON play a one-two with Ross before cutting in past a couple of defenders and placing the ball in the bottom corner of the net.

Only five minutes later more good play saw Fyvie drive into the box but he was brought down by a last-ditch challenge. A penalty was given and, luckily for the defender, the ball was moving wide of the goal or he may well have been deemed denying a goal-scoring opportunity and seeing red.

FYVIE dusted himself down to smash home the spot kick to double the Abbot lead.

Abbot continued to dominate the midfield and only a few good saves from Laidlaw kept MCT in contention.

The game seemed to be over when in 35 minutes when a short corner kick from Clayton was caught perfectly by Gav BUIST and placed in the top corner to put Abbot 3-0 up.

Five minutes later a close-range effort was kept out by Dunbar at the expense of a corner.

Then just on half time MCT were awarded a free kick 35 yards out. This was smashed around the wall, giving the Abbot ‘keeper no chance and providing MCT with a lifeline for the second half.

Half-time: Abbot 3, MCT 1.

The late goal clearly gave MCT a lift and Abbot began to look nervous.

This was intensified when MCT scored after GREIG chased another lost cause, stripped the defender and stroked the ball home to bring MCT to within a goal of their opponents.

Laidlaw made sure they kept this margin with a couple of saves as Abbot again got themselves on top playing some good football.

This eventually led to FYVIE scoring from the edge of the box to put Abbot 4-2 up with 20 minutes to play.

Abbot decided to try to keep possession which they did to great effect, running the clock down all the time.

MCT started to push players forward to try and save the game, allowing Abbot more room when they came forward, but they failed to convert several chances and were made to pay in 85 minutes when Jordan GREIG again scored to bring MCT back to reduce the margin to one again.

The game was played out at a furious pace with an MCT player being sent off for a rash challenge, followed by Abbot captain Taylor who appeared to be a peace-keeper between two other players.

More controversy followed four minutes into stoppage time when a fumble by Dunbar saw him scramble to collect the ball on the line, but with MCT claiming a goal the linesman who was in a perfect position right on the bye line waved play on.

Full-time came, much to the relief of the Abbot players and followers as they retained the title and wrapped up their first treble.