MCT TOOK on Black Abbot at Broomfield on Sunday and started the brighter side, taking an early lead after Steven Gardner chopped down Grant Macpherson in the penalty box.
The referee pointed to the spot and MacPHERSON converted.
MCT doubled their advantage after a corner from Jordan Greig was met by Darren MACLEAN, whose looping header beat the ‘keeper and two defenders on the line.
Abbot looked for a way back into the game and could have had it just before the half-hour. A cross from the right took an awful bounce across the MCT six-yard line and was missed by McLean but the ball was wild and high.
Just after the half-hour Luke Myers picked up the ball inside his own half and set off on a blistering run down the left, beating three Abbot players and drawing out the centre defenders. He fired in a great cross to MacPHERSON unmarked and 12 yards out. His controlled side-footed half-volley flew past the exposed Abbot ‘keeper to send MCT three clear and coasting.
Half-time: Black Abbot 0, MCT 3
The Abbot were desperate to get back into the game and keep their title chances alive but MCT had other ideas.
On the hour the Abbot thought they had one back when a great drive from Kevin Duncan looked like it was going to nestle in the back of the MCT net but Laidlaw, who has been inspired recently, pulled off a save of the season contender to tip it round the post.
This sparked MCT back into life and a great piece of build-up play between Candy, Petrie and Myers, in the middle of the park, found Macpherson 20 yards out. He slid the ball to Jordan GREIG to wrap the points up for MCT in style with a neat chip over the onrushing Abbot ‘keeper.
With MCT 4-0 up they made an emotional substitution. Veteran Charlie Robb (42) was introduced to a standing ovation for his 1,001st appearance, something Davie Weir himself would be proud of.
MCT then added insult to injury with what some are saying is goal of the season. The ball never touched the ground for about five minutes as Greig, Candy, Petrie and Myers played a keepie-up session in the middle of the park, flicking the ball over the Abbot players’ heads. Macpherson then played a great through ball to Luke MYERS to round off the scoring.
It should have been six but Macpherson passed on the chance of his hat-trick saying he took pity on the home defence.
MCT: Laidlaw, Burnett, Darren McLean, Welsh, McIntosh, Myers, Stridgeon, Candy, Petrie, Greig, MacPherson. Robb and Young.