Maud pick up win over champions

With a good run of form behind them, Maud approached this game against the newly crowned Superleague Champions in good spirits and confident of a result.

Maud went straight onto the attack and after only three minutes good interplay between James Duguid and Scott Lynch finally saw Andi Bremner take the final shot but Farquhar in the home teams goal saved.

Maud were playing well early on but Culter then started to push forward and after 16 minutes, whet looked like an obvious offside was not given and Taylor broke away with only Joe Barbor to beat, but his lob over the Maud keeper was finger-tipped away for a corner that was cleared.

Maud were causing the home team problems down the right and after 24 minutes good work down the right sawGreg Alexander cross to the edge of the area.

It then looked like they won a penalty because the referee blew up when Lynch was fouled in the area but for some reason the referee gave an indirect free kick in the area.

As with a few free kicks the defensive wall looked nowhere near the regulation 10 yards away and as a result the free kick was smothered and finally blasted over.

The deserved first Maud goal arrived10 minutes before half time. A long clearance from the back found Duguid on the edge of the Culter area, he turned his marker well, creating space for a shot that beat Farquhar to open the scoring with a very well taken goal.

With 5 minutes to half time, Maud won yet another free kick wide on the left, Fraser Hall put a great ball into the danger area and only needed a firm head to put it in for the 2nd goal but Duguids header was not firm enough and it missed the far post by inches. Lynch and Duguid combined again just after from another free kick, Duguid heading back to Lynch but his shot was just wide.

With less than a minute to play, Culters McBain hit, what looked like, a speculative shot from the half way line, it looked like Barbour only had to collect the low ball but he seemed to misjudge the patch of the ball and it ended up in the back of the Maud net much to everyone surprise.

Although Maud were undeservedly pegged back, the feeling at half time was that more was to come from the visitors.

With confidence still high from the first half display, it only took Maud 8 minutes to regain the lead.

Again Duguid ran onto a ball on the right and played in Lynch just inside the visitors area, he turned his marker and fired past Farquhar to add to Mauds tally.

Ten minutes later Maud were even further ahead.

Mikey Rae had just replaced Andi Bremner and his first contribution was to win the ball on the right, he took a low shot through the defence and although Farquhar saved, Luke Barbour had followed up and hammered the ball into the net.

The two-goal advantage was only what Maud’s play had deserved and the home teams tactics were simply playing diagonal balls that the Maud defence more than coped with.

There was a sting in the tail when Culter played the ball across to the far post.

Although Barbour seemed to have it covered as the ball went to McBain, the attempted chip over the keeper was only helped into his own net when his attempted catch actually saw Barbour put it into his own net.

The final whistle went with Maud deserved winners, although the mistakes that have hampered their progress up the League table nearly allowed Culter an undeserved point but the final result was the right one based on Maud’s
play.

Maud play Ellon Utd on Tuesday at The Pleasure park in the penultimate League fixture with a 7.15 kick off, followed by their final League game on Saturday against FC Stoneywood with a 2.00pm kick off a
 home.

Maud Team; J.Barbour, Stott, Hall, L.Barbour, Robertson, Bremner, Ritchie, Hale, Alexander, Duguid, Lynch Subs; Campbell, Bain