Great effort from Maud to win

Maud had a few players back this week and so manager, James Duthie, had a bigger squad to pick from and therefore a stronger bench than recently.

Early on Richie Ligertwood collected the ball on the left and cut inside the Banchory penalty area ghosting past defenders as if they weren’t there.

He clipped a ball to the far post where Shaun Jamieson rose to head the ball home, however a bad offside decision mean the goal didn’t stand.

A minute later Maud were lucky not to go a goal behind when the ball was not cleared in the home penalty area and Banchory’s Ritchie looked like all he had was a simple tap in at the post, however he totally missed the ball and although it had rolled onto the line, Kevin Simpson managed to get to it to hack it away.

On 12 minutes Maud again pressed forward, this time Gavin Middleton taking the ball forward and playing Derek McKechnie inside the penalty area, his chipped ball to Ligertwood was played forward to Jamieson and although he headed it into the net again, it was flagged offside.

At 21 minutes John Willox collected the ball out wide right 25 yards from goal, he ran across the Banchory defence and then chipped a lovely little ball through toward the penally spot but Jamieson was fractionally off the pace and the Banchory keeper McKenzie collected.

On 25 minutes a long goal kick from Mark Simpson found Jamieson, he touched it first time to Willox who played in Murray Reid, he ran into the penalty area but his shot was just past the corner of post and bar.

Some slack defending by Maud saw the ball fall to Banchory’s Horne on the edge of the penalty area, his rasping shot was finally headed clear by Fraser Hall and finally cleared.

Half time came and Maud’s recent problem of finishing off their chances still haunted them although their approach play was excellent and promised more in the 2nd half.

Ten minutes into the half McKechnie got the ball 25 yards from goal, he ran through the Banchory defense but his shot was blocked and cleared.

A minute later Banchory’s Garrett again got the ball in the Maud Penalty area, turning and hitting a shot just wide.

Two miuntes later a Middleton free kick was brilliantly saved my McKenzie, however he didn’t hold onto the ball and it ran loose but Willox couldn’t connect properly and the ball went over the bar. Banchory were now giving away lots of free kicks to try and stop Maud playing, however one of those proved their downfall.

A handball was given on the right, Middleton swung in and great ball right onto Ligertwoods head and he powered the ball down and into the net for the opening goal.

Unfortunately within Banchory were level within seven minuteswith Garrett rising above the defenders to head in the equaliser.

Maud stepped up the pace, their build up play had Banchory chasing shadows and 12 minutes from the end of the game, Zander Davidson, a 2nd half sub along with MacDonald and Stott, was teasing the left back continually but the ball to McKechnie saw McKenzie save again.

This sustained pressure finally told right on 90 minutes, Banchory scrambled the ball out of the penalty area after another Maud attack, however it was played straight back down the right of the penalty area to Middleton in space, his low cross saw McDonald first to the ball and place his shot past McKenzie for Mauds winning goal.

This win could have been much more comfortable had half of Maud’s chances been converted but every player in a red shirt put a great shift in and the determination to win was obvious.

In the end it was a well deserved win and one that sets up selection problems for the manager ahead of the local derby against Longside next week at Maud in the Superleague , the kick off is 2.30pm and it should prove an interesting game.