Golf Inn 4 MCT 1
MCT KICKED off against a strong Golf Inn and an even stronger wind at Broomfield in this Piggins Cup semi-final replay.
However, they struggled to trouble the home team and it was the Golfie who took the lead in 15 minutes. A quick short corner was taken and crossed to the back post for MUSTARD to sneak in and head home from close in.
The visitors tried to press forward to get an equaliser but suffered a setback in 20 minutes when Burnett had to go off, struggling to breathe, and it took some time for his replacement to finally get stripped and enter the fray.
For a spell, MCT played on with 10 men.
For all Golfie’s possession and the wind at their backs, Laidlaw in goals was not overworked thanks to some stout defending and poor shooting.
Having finally got 11 men on the park MCT were dealt a further blow in 40 minutes.
Skipper Mennie went down clutching his hamstring and was forced to leave the park, leaving MCT again with 10 players as there were no more substitutes.
Laidlaw in goals made a fine save as the half ended to maintain a difference of only one.
Half-time: Golf Inn 1, MCT 0.
MCT began the second half with the wind at their backs and set about trying to get an equaliser.
It came in 50 minutes after a good early cross from McPherson was stabbed home from eight yards by substitute goalie David JAMIESON who was playing outfield.
Two minutes later, after a free kick wasn’t cleared, the ball fell to Golf Inn’s Paul DUNCAN who toe-poked it in to the net from just inside the box.
The MCT 10 bravely tried to push on and get another equaliser but were being hit on the break by the home team.
They went further behind with 65 minutes on the clock after a shot from Duncan was deflected past Laidlaw in goals.
Grant McPherson went close with a great 40-yard effort that Elgin in the Golf Inn goal was happy to see clear the bar by an inch or two.
Further shots from McLean and Candy went straight at the ‘keeper.
Laidlaw in the MCT goal also made a few good saves to keep out the opposition.
The final counter came in 80 minutes when RODGERS fired in from 12 yards to make it 4-1 at full time for the Golf Inn.
The home team deserved to go through but MCT put up in a great effort despite playing 60 minutes or so of the match with just 10 men.