Action-packed weekend for Buchan’s Welfare teams

Welfare football round-up.
Welfare football round-up.

In the Soccerworld Scotland League, Cuminestown faced Methlick in both their first league games.

This was a game of two halves with Methlick missing a few chances in the first half with some poor finishing to end the first 45 minutes goalless.

Methlick took the lead on 61 minutes with a fine volley by Gracey from 18 yards.

On 71 minutes the home side drew level when Andrew Howe rounded the away keeper and squeezed the ball home from a tight angle.

The same player gave Town the lead with a brilliant lob over Burnett in the home goal from the edge of the box.

Town scored a third on 90 minutes when Scott Fraser controlled and fired home from 12 yards to end the scoring.

In group one of the Gordon Leask Memorial Cup, Mormond Thistle faced the unbeaten St Combs.

The away side went on to win by the odd goal in three. Scorers for St. Combs were Allan Taylor and Matthew Gordon and replying for the home side was Don Allan.

Faithlie United entertained Mormond Thistle and it ended with a win for the home side scoring three goals without reply.

The goals came from Daniel Reid, Bruce Strachan and Matthew Garden.

In Group 2, Ardallie were hosts to NewDeer and the home side went in front on 15 minutes with a goal from Grant Elrick.

The visitors drew level when they were awarded a penalty which George Heatherwick converted.

Kevin Cameron put New Deer in the lead before half time and then the same player extended the lead to two with a goal on 55 minutes which finished the scoring.

Mintlaw FC took on Longside Thistle and it ended all square with both sides finding the net twice.

Scorers for the home side were Ewan Little and Scot Milne and for the away side were Josh McCrae and Alan Brown.

Ardallie hosted Mintlaw FC with the away side needing a point to reach the last eight.

The visitors missed a few early chances but finally took the lead on 29 minutes with a solo goal from Scott McKay who danced past three defenders in the box and calmly slotted home the opening goal.

It stayed that way until 52 minutes when a Bruce Munro cross-cum-shot from 30 yards flew over the home keeper.

On 76 minutes substitute Scott Forbes added a third with a neat finish to complete the scoring.

In another group 2 game Longside Thistle entertained Buchanhaven and it ended with a home win by 5-2.

Longside scorers were Lee Wilby with a brace and one each from Dan Peacock, Ryan Scott and Neale Wallace and for the visitors were Andrew Ritchie and Mark Munro.

In Group 3, Peterhead United faced New Pitsligo and it ended in a comfortable win for the away side by 6-1.

The winning goals came from the evergreen Gilbert Stephen and Kevin McDonnell both netting twice and one each from John Usher and Olly Black and for the home side was Ian Fyfe.

Balmoor played hosts to Clinton Thistle and even though the game was goalless at half time the visitors wasted a few good chances but with poor finishing and some good defending kept it goalless.

Clinton went in front seven minutes into the second half from a Willie Noble free kick from 20 yards found the net.

It stayed that way until 80 minutes when Peter Humphries was one-on-one with the home keeper and he calmly lobbed Campbell from outside the box.

In the Deejays Nightclub League, Bellslea opened their campaign against last year’s champions and it was the visitors that had the best chances with Noble twice being one on one with the home keeper Tait who made two fine saves.

Clinton went in front on 13 minutes from a Noble corner. Andrew Ritchie rose high to head home.

Into the second half and Whyte had a chance to increase the away side’s lead but Tait made a fi ne save.

Bellslea pushed for an equaliser and Cowe was through on goal but Summers made a fine block.

A Falconer shot was parried by Summers and rebounded to Calder whose shot was eventually cleared.

Sub Batty created a chance for himself which brought another save by Tait. With 6 minutes left great work by Noble who set up Scott Milne and his shot was too good for Tait to keep out.

Another league game saw Peterhead side Panasonic entertain St Combs where both teams are unbeaten so far this season so a close game was expected.

An entertaining match ended all square with both teams netting twice.

The home side’s two goals came from Ryan Duncan and for the visitors was Allan Taylor and John Smith.

New Deer kicked off their league campaign against Peterhead side Balmoor and the home side took the lead with a goal from Willie Robbie, the visitors drew level when they converted a penalty.

New Deer hit back with another Robbie goal but the away side came storming back netting another three times to gather all three points.

In the Soccerworld Scotland League, Cuminestown faced Elizabethan Link Up and the away side went two ahead inside ten minutes with goals from Johnny Smith and Shaun McDonald.

It stayed that way until the second half where the home side pulled a goal back.

Martin Bain increased the away side’s lead to two again. Town did pull back one late goal but couldn’t find a third.

Fixtures for Tuesday, April 28:

Ship Inn League Cup first round-Mintlaw FC v St Combs; Panasonic v New Deer.

Quarter-final - Balmoor v Bellslea; Faithlie United v New Pitsligo (7pm kick-off).

Thursday, April 30:

Brucklay Cup quarter-final - Methlick v Buchanhaven; Ardallie v Cuminestown (7pm kick-off).

Friday, May 1:

Brucklay Cup first round- Invercairn United v Peterhead United (7pm kick-off).

Saturday, May 2:

Soccerworld Scotland League - Elizabethan Link Up v Mormond Thistle.

Deejays Nightclub League - St Combs v Panasonic; New Pitsligo v Faithlie United; Clinton Thistle v New Deer; Balmoor v Mintlaw FC (all 2pm kick-off).