Hermes edge out Maud in 7-goal thriller

The match started in wet conditions and Maud had the first chance with a Duguid shot that went past Hermes keeper Sweeney’s left hand post.

Rae won a free kick for Maud and it was taken by Alexander and Garden connected with a first time shot which went well over the bar.

A bad ball by Garden let in Hermes striker Montgomery but he wasted a good chance. A good ball in by Hamilton found Mountford and he jinxed past his marker but his shot was pushed round the post for a corner by Barbour in the home goal.

Maud were awarded another free kick which was curled in by Fraser Hall only for Garden to head over the bar.

A Hermes attack was halted by Ross then Barbour made a good save but unfortunately John Ross was injured and had to go off to be replaced by Alan Hale.

With a few changes with the way Maud were lining up, the match continued. Maud got a lift when Hale came on and he was causing the visitors problems.

Maud took the lead on 35 minutes when a ball was crossed into the Hermes box by Rae and Hale sent his header back across goal in to the top corner of the net with Sweeney stranded.

Joe Barbour came to the rescue for Maud when Hermes broke on the left side and Madle was played in and his shot was brilliantly saved by Barbour’s left foot. Madle was then booked for simulating a dive in the Maud box. HT 1-0

The second half started with Maud on the attack and an Alexander cross was headed wide by Robertson. Hermes hit back and they drew level on 48 minutes when a Hamilton cross was punched out by Barbour but it fell to Macklin who volleyed the ball home from 20 yards into the roof of the net.

Worse was to follow for Maud as Hermes took the lead after it looked like Rae was fouled outside the box but the referee waved on and Hermes worked the ball out wide a ball across found Keith Wilson and he had an easy finish.

In the 71st minute Hale latched on to a ball inside the box and lashed a shot into the net at the keeper’s near post who should have done better.

A few minutes later Hermes were awarded a dubious penalty as it looked like it was a clash of players from both sides in the box and eventually the referee pointed to the spot.

Ian Cruickshank took the penalty and sent Barbour the wrong way to give the away side the lead again. Hermes were then reduced to 10 men after Mark Madle was sent off for simulating a dive for the second time in the game. Maud pushed forward and drew level again on 85 minutes when a Hale cross went to the back post where Alexander played it back across goal and Scott Lynch with his fist touch of the ball since coming on slid the ball into the net under pressure.

Hermes hit back and a long ball forward found Philip Cruickshank whose header found the bottom corner of the net. Maud had one last chance to earn a point when Hall sent in a dangerous cross and Garden just couldn’t get to it.

The final whistle blew to the delight of the home dugout. Maud were unlucky not to earn a point against last season’s league Champions but poor defending with the last goal cost them dearly.

This Saturday Maud make a daunting trip to face BonnyrigRose in the Scottish Cup.

Maud: Barbour, Gray, Hall, Ross, Simpson, Rae, Robertson, Ritchie, Garden, Alexander Duguid, Subs: Mair, Hale, L Barbour, S Bremner, Lynch