THE WELFARE League was once again victim to inclement weather with only two fixtures surviving the weekend.
Black Abbot took away a full three points from their 7-1 win against Neptune, while Marykirk were victorious after defeating Bervie 5-2.
Bervie 2, Marykirk 5
Marykirk travelled to a cold, wet and blustery Inverbervie in search of three much needed points.
In a fairly non-descript first half chances for both sides were at a premium with Marykirk looking the more likely to score.
The first real chance of the match came on the half-hour mark when an Ogilvie cross towards Wood was turned behind by a Bervie defender with Darren Wood lurking waiting for an easy tap in.
Marykirk had the best chance of the half in 40 minutes when James Hair struck a 25-yard effort which beat the ‘keeper, but unfortunately crashed off the crossbar and away to safety.
Half-time came with neither side able to break the deadlock.
Marykirk created the first chance of the second half in 47 minutes when a Howie corner found Melvin who headed the ball back to Dalgetty who’s header was comfortably saved by Bervie keeper Pirie.
Totally against the run of play, Bervie took the lead two minutes later when, after some poor defending by the away side, a Bervie striker was allowed a free run on goal and lobbed the ball over ‘keeper Tanbini to give them a surprise lead bringing the score to 1-0.
Marykirk responded and equalised in 53 minutes when another Howie corner found Melvin whose initial header was saved by the Bervie ‘keeper but Scott Melvin was on hand to knock home the rebound from close range 1-1.
Bervie again took the lead against the run of play with only their second chance of the game following some more poor defending in 62 minutes and the score became 2-1.
Marykirk responded immediately and equalised less than 60 seconds later when a horrendous back pass from a Bervie defender was latched onto by Howie who curled the ball past the ‘keeper from 18 yards.
The game turned in 68 minutes when Hair was upended in the penalty box by Bruce of Bervie and a penalty kick was awarded. Before the kick was taken Bervie were reduced to 10 men with David Hall being sent off for foul and abusive language towards the referee. Darren Wood stepped up to take the penalty kick and scored to give Marykirk the lead for the first time at 3-2.
Five minutes later, Ogilvie had a long range effort parried by Bervie ‘keeper Pirie. In 75 minutes Ogilvie was again out of luck when another distance effort crashed off the post and away to safety.
Bervie were reduced to nine men when Craig Wood was sent off for violent conduct for kicking James Hair with the ball nowhere in sight.
Marykirk extended their lead in 86 minutes when, from a Howie pass, Chris Duncan fired into the net with a curling effort from 20 yards out.
Marykirk completed the scoring a minute from time when a Darren Wood cross was met by Howie who netted at the second time of asking from close range to make it 5-2.
The fixtures for Sunday (March 20) are as follows: Piggins Cup, semi-final - City Royal v Abbot; Piggins Cup, quarter-final - Fettercairn v MCT; League - Bervie v Hudsons, Fourdon v Neptune, Springers v Golf Inn.