Clinton come out top in game of the day

IN THE Deejays Nightclub League, the game of the day was between the top two sides with Clinton Thistle playing hosts to Bellslea.

Both teams took a while to settle and Aitkenhead came close to putting the visitors ahead with his clearance going narrowly past his own goals. At the other end Cowe lofted a ball over the Bellslea defence and Kewely headed but Buckley saved on his line. Scott Milne came close with his shot going inches past the post.

Milne was again involved setting up Slater but he blazed high over the bar. A long ball over the top of Clinton defence found Weymss but he shot wide of the target.

Buchan received the ball on the left and his cross found Kewley unmarked at the back post and his volley was headed for the back of the net until Bucklay made a brilliant one-handed save.

Calder had the last chance of the first half when he beat his marker and his shot went just past the post.

The home side took the lead when Milne played in Kewley and he fired home. Five minutes later Clinton doubled their lead when Milne played through Slater and his shot was blocked by Bucklay but rebounded to Slater who then curled his shot into the net.

Another good piece of defending from Ross prevented a Clinton attack. Bellslea pulled one back with a headed goal by Lee Noble on 84 minutes. The last six minutes were played in the Clinton half with Bellslea pushing for an equaliser but Clinton held on to all three points.

New Pitsligo got back to winning ways when they faced Faithlie United in what will be a repeat of this year’s Victoria Coaches Cup final.

The home side went on to close the gap on League leaders Bellslea when they went on to score five goals without reply.

Pitsligo top scorer Neil Christie netted a hatrick and the other two came from Michael Fraser and Keith Rennie.

Mormond Thistle played hosts to neighbours New Deer and a close game was expected. The away side took the lead through Scott Milne, The home side drew level, again New Deer took the lead with a Barry Crighton and Lewis Neil made it 3-1.

Back came Mormond with a penalty goal and another to level at three goals apiece at half time. Barry Crighton put New Deer in front again and Jimmy Ritchie thought he had scored another but was ruled offside.

The home side levelled again on 85 minutes before scoring a winner with three minutes to go. The home goals came from a hatrick from Ross Brown and one each from Michael Coutts and Martin Smith to earn the home side a derby win.

In the first round of the Brucklay Cup, a local derby drew Invercairn United together against neighbours St Combs.

Another close game was expected and it was the home side that went through to the quarter-finals recording a 2-1 win.

The home scorers were Jamie Martin and Nicky Tait and replying for the away side was Eric John West.

The home side finished the match with ten players as Jamie Martin was sent off for receiving two cautions. Invercairn now have a home tie against Panasonic Tavern.

In another first round tie Elizabethan Link Up faced Cheers and the away side avenged their league defeat to Link Up by winning by five goals to two.

The away scorers were John Bruce and Stewart Whyte with braces and one from John Jappy and for the home side were Clint Cassie and Kevin Mair. Cheers now have an away tie against Bellslea.

Results:

Deejays Nightclub League - Clinton Thistle 2, Bellslea 1; Mormond Thistle 5, New Deer 4; New Pitsligo 5, Faithlie United 0.

Brucklay Cup first round - Invercairn United 2, St Combs 1; Elizabethan Link Up 2, Cheers 5.

Fixtures for Tuesday, September 13:

League - New Pitsligo v Elizabethan Link Up (Kessock Park, kick-off 7pm).

Saturday, September 17:

League - St Combs v Bellslea; Rosehearty Thistle v Clinton Thistle; New Pitsligo v Invercairn United; Cheers v Panasonic Tavern.

Brucklay Cup quarter-final - Faithlie United v Mormond Thistle (all 2pm kick-off).