THE CITY Royal v Marykirk league match was dominated by the horrendous weather conditions including strong wind and heavy rain but despite this both teams put up a good fight to earn a 2-2 draw.
Marykirk had early chances to open the scoring through Fotheringham and Wood but both failed to find the net.
Just after the half-hour mark City Royal opened the scoring when an inswinging corner was touched onto the crossbar by ‘keeper Tanbini with the rebound being knocked into the net from a few yards out for the opening goal.
A minute later Marykirk equalised when a Wood shot was parried by City Royal ‘keeper Gerrard and Chris Fotheringham followed up to equalise.
City Royal restored their lead from a quick counter attack after a Marykirk corner came to nothing in the 34th minute.
Four minutes later, a Scott Melvin effort for Marykirk was held by ‘keeper Gerrard.
Marykirk equalised again just before half-time with a 20-yard strike from Ernie Clark.
Marykirk created a few chances in the second half, however they were unable to convert these and the match finished 2-2.
Oakwood 4, Golf Inn 1
The Golf Inn travelled down to Sauchie on Sunday in the last 16 of the Jack Bryson against previous winners Oakwood. The game was in doubt due to some surface water, but the referee deemed the surface playable with the blessing of both teams.
Oakwood started as the better team and were on top for the first 20 minutes. Slowly the visitors got back into the game but couldn’t get the final touch when the ball was in the box.
Oakwood got two quick goals just before half time which really put them in control.
The Golfie started the second half on top and their attacking play was rewarded when Millar curled a free kick into the top corner, from here they continued to press but were caught on the break on two more occasions.
Bervie 2, MCT 6
It was top against bottom in this clash that was played in conditions more suited to mud wrestling.
MCT lined up without the suspended duo of Greig and the influential Williams in what was expected to be a hard fought match against a much improved young Bervie side.
From kick-off MCT showed they meant business though and after some excellent play down the left side involving Young, who was returning from a long lay-off, and Dundee, the ball found its way to MacPherson, who very unsportingly took an early dive and was warned by the referee for simulation.
In the fourth minute, after a 25-yard strike was saved by the Bervie number one, Petrie won back possession and found MacPherson in space who turned and shot low to the bottom corner only for the ‘keeper to pull over another stunning save.
The score remained 0-0 until 15 minutes when MCT finally found the breakthrough their play deserved. MacPherson won a free kick and stepped up to take it himself and lashed the ball from 20 yards out to hit the inside of the post and find the back of the net.
MCT then doubled their lead on 23 minutes when a Flanders through ball found Candy, who’s miss-hit shot fortuitously found the on running Dundee for a simple tap in at the back post.
It was soon 3-0 with a shot which could be a contender for goal of the season. Rick-back Robb found himself on the left-wing and after jinxing in between three Bervie players, he spotted the ‘keeper off his line and chipped the ball 25 yards from the acutest of angles to spark wild celebrations from the player.
It was not until the 35th minute that Bervie had their first chance. Their debutant left winger made a good run down the left and created space to shoot only to hit it straight at ‘keeper Laidlaw. The custodian’s quick throw out found MacPherson in space and he slotted low past the ‘keeper to score his second and the Cale’s fourth of the game.
Shortly after a Flanders throw-in Bervie scored an unfortunate own goal to make the scoreline 5-0.
MCT made it to 6-0 in the first half after an error by Bervie shot-stopper.
Bervie came out in the second half a new team and with MCT perhaps guilty of thinking the game was over the visitors got a goal in the 50th minute.
MCT failed to show the same level of performance and commitment as they had done in the first half and Bervie brought the scoreline back another goal after a brilliant shot by a substitute.
Bervie failed to capitalise any further on their good second half and the game lost momentum before full-time.
All results: League - Hudsons 1 Abbot 4; Bervie 2 MCT 6; Neptune 7 v Fordoun 2; City Royal 2 Marykirk 2; Oakwood 4 v Golf Inn 1.
Fixtures for Sunday, February 20: League - Golf Inn v Bervie, Black Abbot v Fourdon, Hudsons v Neptune, City Royal v Springers, MCT v Marykirk; Jack Bryson Cup - Fettercairn v Port Star.