Bellslea and Clinton serve up five-goal league thriller

IN the North East Scotland Welfare League, Bellslea entertained league leaders Clinton Thistle and the home side took an early lead when Calder fired home from edge of box.

On the half-hour mark it was 2-0 to the home side when an Arron Gall shot found the bottom corner of the net.

The same player missed a similar shot a few minutes later dragging it past the post.

Clinton were then reduced to ten men after Martin Atkinhead was sent off. The away side pressed forward in the second half with a strong wind behind them and pulled one goal back with a goal from new signing JJ Sim who joins the Invercairn contingent at Clinton.

Clinton drew level when a cross came in and a Stuart Fowlie effort was brilliantly saved by Pirie, but the rebound was headed in by Fowlie.

The away side sealed a brilliant comeback when Matthew Cowe was played in on the right and he made no mistake finding the net which capped a great second half performance by the league leaders playing to win for the whole second half with ten men.

Mormond Thistle were up against neighbours New Pitsligo and it ended in a win for the away side by the odd goal in seven.

The winning goals were scored by Neil Christie, who fired home a hatrick, and Daniel Kewley with the other and replying for the home side was Michael Cardno, Ross Brown and Raymond Taylor.

Faithlie United faced Rosehearty Thistle in their league match and it ended in a comfortable win for the home side scoring seven goals without reply.

The scorers were Gary Clark netting four, Martin Anderson with a brace and the other was from Barry Stephen.

Mormond Thistle faced Bellslea in a league game and took the lead when Gall set up Calder to score. Calder then reversed the situation when he crossed for Gall to score but he managed to put wide of the goals from six yards.

Gall burst through on goal and slotted home for the second goal. Mackie made it 3-0 with a fine strike from edge of the box.

Calder rounded keeper Morrice to make it 4-0. The same player made it five with a penalty after Morrice was red-carded.

Mackie and Calder made it seven at half time. Gall and Allan added another two then Mormond were reduced to nine men when Mike Coutts was sent off.

Mackie converted the penalty. A Jordan Clark brace and another Gall goal made it 13.

The miss of the season came from Arron Gall when somehow he managed to put wide of the goal from two yards after good work by Buchan. Guild added another two then a consolation goal from Farman finished the scoring.

Cheers faced St Drostans in a league game and this one ended all square at two goals each to earn a point apiece.

The scorers for the home side was Mark White and Christopher Beedie and for St Drostans was Martin Crawford and Jake West.

New Deer had home advantage over neighbours in a league game and the match ended in a comfortable win for the away side scoring five goals without reply.

Striker Neil Christie netted four goals and the other came from Michael Fraser.

In the Ship Inn League Cup quarter final, New Pitsligo faced Clinton Thistle for a place in the semis against St Combs and it ended with the away side progressing through to the next round after they won by 5-1.

The away goals were scored by Simon Whyte and Matthew Cowe, both scoring a brace, and the other from Scott Milne. Scoring for the home side was Neil Christie.

In the semi-final, St Combs entertained Clinton Thistle and this was expected to be a close affair and it was proved right as the away side won by the odd goal in five and will now go through to meet Bellslea in the final.

The Clinton goals were scored by Keith McIntyre, John James Sim and Matthew Cowe.

Results as follows:

Deejays Nightclub League - Bellslea 2, Clinton Thistle 3; Mormond Thistle 3, New Pitsligo 4; Faithlie United 7, Rosehearty Thistle 0; Mormond Thistle 1, Bellslea 15.

Fixtures for Saturday, August 25:

Deejays Nightclub League - Clinton Thistle v Elizabethan Link Up; Faithlie United v St Drostans; New Pitsligo v Rosehearty Thistle; Bellslea v St Combs; Cheers v New Deer (kick-off 2pm).