Bonnyrig too good for Maud

Maud travelled to Bonnyrig knowing their task was going to be difficult against the losing Semi Finalists from last year and current East SuperLeague champions.

But they were also confident in their own abilities and the spirits were high as the game kicked off in perfect conditions.

Rose kicked off and immediately went on the offensive but even though they had the majority of possession for the first five minutes there were no real scares for Maud, in fact on six minutes they broke forward with Allan Hale making a run down the left but his cross didn’t find anyone in the box.

On 17 minutes, with the pressure mounting on Maud, a long cross to the far post seemed to cause confusion in the defence and the ball came back off the post and along the goal line before it was cleared by Shaun Robertson.

Almost immediately Maud counter attacked and Sean Bremner went on a great run down the left but his cross found Hale marginally offside.

Although Maud were causing problems for the hosts down their left, the home team were bossing possession in the middle and Maud were having to defend stoutly to keep the score level at this point.

On 34 minutes Maud again broke down the left, this time Hales cross was just short of Bremner who was waiting in the area.

Once again Bonnyrig broke forward down their right, although Maud had plenty of defenders back the ball wasn’t cleared properly and eventually ran wide left to Grady who rolled the ball just wide of Barbour for the opening goal.

However Maud’s sprits weren’t dampened because they were only behind for four minutes.

They won a throw on their right 35 yards from Bonnyrigs goal line, it was played right across to Morrice on the left who laid a great ball into the penalty area where Jonathan Garden latched onto it to smash a low shot across the keeper and into the net for the equaliser.

Maud kicked off the second half and their intentions were to take the game to their hosts but within six minutes they found themselves behind again.

With Maud on the defensive, a long high ball from Bonnyrig into the centre of the goal was chested back by the centre forward to Grady who hit a low shot past the defence and into the corner, just evading Barbour’s fingers at the post to give the hosts the lead.

The defining moment of the game came on the hour mark when a long ball from the home team found Roseburgh about four yards offside.

Everyone stopped waiting for the whistle but the near side linesman refused to flag and the home player ran forward and scored Bonnyrig’s third goal.

The final action saw Bonnyrig score eight minutes from time against, by now, a demoralised Maud.

The final whistle went just after Barbour again made a great one handed save but it was to no avail and Maud bowed out of this year’s Scottish Junior Cup.

One sad note this week was the retirement of John Ross from the game following another bad knee injury sustained a couple of weeks ago.

Everyone at Maud would like to wish the 24 year-old all the very best and hope that he remains a part of the club setup in the future now his playing days are over.

Maud now look forward to Saturday when they entertain RAF Lossiemouth, at home, in the Dominos Pizza North Regional Cup with a 2pm kick-off.

MAUD: J. Barbour, Robertson, Bain, Simpson, Hall, Rae, Reid, Garden, Morrice, Hale, Bremner. Subs Gray, Mair, Duguid, Alexander, Lynch