Dons blight Bav’s night

MARTIN BAVIDGE TESTIMONIAL'PETERHEAD V ABERDEEN'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S MARTIN BAVIDGE
MARTIN BAVIDGE TESTIMONIAL'PETERHEAD V ABERDEEN'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S MARTIN BAVIDGE

peterhead FC and Aberdeen entertained the crowds at Balmoor on Tuesday night as they paid tribute to Blue Toon striker Martin Bavidge’s decade of service.

Unfortunately for the Peterhead fans, it wasn’t the fairytale result they hoped for as the Dons ran out eventual 4-0 winners.

But the night wasn’t about the result, it was a celebration for Bavidge, who is undoubtedly one of the Blue Toon’s favourites.

The match was a fitting tribute to the Peterhead stalwart, who has played more than 300 games for the club and Aberdeen showed their respect for him by providing a testing game.

The opening goal came just after ten minutes when the ball was squared to Cammy Smith who released Megginson down the right and the forward beat Jarvie with a low shot from the edge of the box which went in off the keeper’s right post.

Bavidge had a couple of long-range efforts, but neither worried the Dons’ goalkeeper and the home defence were caught out again when Jordan Brown put the ball through to McGinn who curled low past Jarvie for a 2-0 lead.

Aberdeen continued to pressure Peterhead in the second half and provider Brown became scorer when he headed home a Stephen O’Neill cross.

Bavidge was desperate for a goal on his special occasion and almost came close on a couple of occasions, but he found Welsh international goalkeeper Brown unwilling to oblige.

Unfortunately, Aberdeen completed the rout when captain, Chris White, sent in a corner from the right and McManus rose unchallenged to make it 4-0.

Commenting after the game, Bavidge admitted he had been ‘greedy’ with the ball, but said: “I can think of three times when I probably would have passed the ball to someone else, but I wanted to score in my testimonial game and if I can’t be greedy tonight, when can I?”