Maud attacked from the start of this Superleague game and after two minutes should have taken the lead when a through ball into the right channel was cleverly left by Luke Barbour for Shaun Robertson to run onto, his cut back into the danger area found Kenny Mair ten yards from goal with a great chance to shoot but he delayed and the defender hacked it clear.
Maud continued to press and the next 15 minutes saw repeated attacks on the Dyce goal but the cutting edge was missing. On 24 minutes another forward play saw a ball to L.Barbour who passed it to Robertson but his low shot lacked power.
Dyce were coming back into the game now the initial impetus from Maud had subsided but the visitors still had another chance to open the scoring when Greg Robertson skinned the full-back down the right and passed a great ball into the Dyce goal area where L. Barbour was only two yards from the goal line but the Dyce defence somehow managed to hack the ball away.
The half time whistle went with Maud possibly regretting not scoring from any of the few chances they were presented with.
Although the feeling at half time was that the visitors should be able to push on to take advantage of their first half superiority, the second half didn’t live up to expectations. However Maud did have another chance when a Fraser Hall cross into the Dyce area was cleared without any pressure from the visitors.
Dyce were pushing forward more and after 53 minutes Joe Barbour in the Maud goal made a great double save at the post to keep the game level.
However with the game getting decidedly scrappy, Dyce got a lucky break when a ball into their area was only half cleared and fell straight to Bartlett who slotted past J. Barbour to open the scoring. With 15 minutes to go Barbour had to be alert to a long high ball that he had to clear outside the penalty area. That was the final action and Maud, although having plenty of the ball early on, had problems in the final third putting any real pressure on the home defence and that is the most disappointing aspect of this result.
It doesn’t get any easier for Maud as for their next game they travel to SuperLeague champions, Hermes,with a 1.30pm kick-off.
MAUD: J. Barbour, Graham, Simpson, Elrick, Hall, Rae, Mair, Robertson, S.Bremner, Alexander, L. Barbour Subs Garden, Morrice, Ritchie, A.Bremner, Lynch.