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Fettercairn 2, Golf Inn 3.

GOLF Inn travelled to a blustery Fettercairn on Sunday to play a team they had defeated 4-0 at home in the League Cup.

The visitors welcomed back Christopher Millar who had returned from a short spell at the Northern Vaults.

After a competitive start, on the 15-minute mark Fettercairn took the lead when Soutar skidded on the wet surface which allowed the home striker to go through on goal and slip the ball over the helpless Elgin.

After some more competitive play the Montrose side equalised in the 35th minute, Millar slipping through Andy JARDINE who composed himself to finish with a sublime chip.

Golf Inn then won a penalty when Millar was pushed in the box by Kenny Middleton and the referee pointed to the spot. Millar stepped up to take the kick but a poor effort was saved easily by the Fettercairn ‘keeper.

Half-time: Fettercairn 1, Golf Inn 1.

The visitors had a slight advantage with the wind in the second half, but it was Fettercairn that once again took the lead. Golf Inn’s appeals for offside were turned down and the home striker showed good composure before shooting past the stranded Elgin.

Golf Inn were not willing to go down without a fight and after 70 minutes they got their reward. Clarke slipped through to substitute CRAIG who dually finished well to even the scores.

This really rallied the visitors who fought hard in the last 20 minutes for the three points. In the 80th minute a 30-yard wonder strike from Stewart McINTOSH found the net, the Fettercairn ‘keeper only able to parry the ball into the roof of the net.

In the last 10 minutes the Golf Inn held on easily, and Fettercairn saw a late red card for Howie.

Golf Inn: Elgin, G. Soutar, Lamb, Smith, Reid, Barker, Clarke, Coull (Craig 65), Maddock (McIntosh 70), Jardine and Millar.

City Royal 0, Golf Inn 5

There was League Cup action for Golf Inn at Brechin, and the visitors had the comfort of knowing that only a defeat by seven goals would cost them a place in the semi-finals, with any point securing them top spot in the group.

The visitors started quickly and looked to take the game to their opposition. However, it wasn’t until the 20th minute that they took the lead and it was a wonder strike from Kevin BARKER, the winger pinging the ball into the top corner from 20 yards, leaving the ‘keeper with no chance.

Despite steady Golf Inn pressure, there was no further scoring before the interval.

Half-time: City Royal 0, Golf Inn 1.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first, but the visitors moved up a gear and goals followed.

Craig MADDOCK scored early in the second half, Edginton slipping him through for a cool finish.

The third Golf Inn goal came in bizarre fashion. Greg SOUTAR whipped in a cross from 25 yards out which drifted towards the front post. The ‘keeper misjudged it completely and could only watch the ball sail into the top corner.

Duncan CROALL extended the lead to four in the 70th minute, racing on to a ball over the top and excellently slamming past the advancing ‘keeper.

Golf Inn rounded off the display with a fifth when Kevin CRAIG broke the offside trap and slid the ball past the ‘keeper from a wide position.

MCT 3, City Royal 1

Very blustery conditions on Sunday morning made for a difficult game of football for both teams.

In a very busy midfield MCT were on top and their first goal came from a free kick. Darren McLean took the kick and delivered a great cross and Grant McPHERSON drifted off his marker and leapt superbly to head the hosts in front.

Both sides then missed decent chances.

Half-time MCT 1, City Royal 0.

The second half was played at the same tempo as the first with the wind ruining the game. But with 20 minutes to go a superb Jordan Greig freekick caused havoc in the box and when the ball fell to Jason WALES he hammered it home to double the lead.

However almost immediately a city royal player hit a shot which was saved by Laidlaw but the ball broke straight into the same player’s path and he had an easy job to slot home.

City Royal’s tails were up but just four minutes later all hopes of a comeback were dented. Jamie Young crossed into the box and Billy CANDY superbly flicked the ball over the onrushing ‘keeper and into the net

All the results

Marykirk 0, Fordoun Galaxy 15; Fettercairn 2 - 3 Golf Inn; MCT 3, City Royal 1; Hudsons 8, Picture House 3; Northern Vaults 5, Montrose Athletic 4; Black Abbot 12, Bervie 0.

Sunday’s Fixtures

Fordoun Galaxy v Fettercairn, Picture House v Golf Inn, City Royal v Marykirk, Bervie v Hudsons, Montrose Athletic v MCT, Northern Vaults v Black Abbot.