Maud played Stonehaven in the North Regional Cup final at the weekend.
Maud were on the front foot from the kick-off with Scott Lynch and James Duguid causing early problems for the Hive defenders with their interplay and movement.
This came to fruition early in the game when after four minutes, Duguid took a shot from the edge of the area that the Hive Keeper Smith could only push wide. Greg Alexander met the ball and hit a low shot into the net for the opening goal.
Unfortunately it took Stonehaven only seven minutes to find an easy equaliser when a simple free kick 30 yards from goal drifted over the defence to the far post where Forsyth had an unchallenged header which he put just inside the post.
The half time whistle blew with Maud slightly ahead on points but knowing a lot of work was still needed.
At the re-start, Maud did start to push up again and after 50 minutes Duguid found S.Bremner in the area but he couldn’t control the ball and the chance was gone.
Confidence was lacking and too many times possession was lost. This gave Stonehaven the incentive they needed and they took the ascendancy and started to create more chances.
On72 minutes a long, high ball into the Maud defence wasn’t dealt with and Anderson hit a rising shot that Joe Barbour somehow manager to get his right hand to, to push the ball past the post for a corner.
The resuting corner dropped into the middle of the area where it looked like Graham won the ball cleanly but somehow the referee amazed everyone by awarding a penalty to Stonehaven. Graham was also booked for protesting his innocence. Anderson hit a low drive from the spot but Joe Barbour got down to his right and made another fantastic save.
Maud did try to rally briefly after the save but with 12 minutes to go Stonehaven took a corner that went to the far post. It looked like any of the three Maud defenders would clear the ball but they seemed to wait for each other. In the meantime Anderson climbed on the back of one of them and headed Hive into the lead.
In the second minute of injury time Maud won a corner and Joe Barbour joined the rest of the team in the Hive area. The corner however didn’t even get past the front post and was quickly cleared to the half way line whereTaylor collected the ball, ran into the Maud half and with nobody in the Maud goal had the easiest of chances to wrap the game up for Stonehaven.
Following the game, Maud then held their end of season presentation night at Maud Social Club. It was a great turnout by all the players and management and thefFirst two awards were presented by managers Allan Hale and Gary Mann,
The first one, Most Improved Player of the Season went to Joe Barbour, which followed the previous days Man of the Match award in the final.
The manager’s Player of the Season went to Shaun Robertson. Secretary Graham Lawson then presented the leading goalscorer award to Allan Hale who scored 24 goals this season.
The Players’ Player of the Season Award went to Mikey Rae who won the voting by quite a margin.
Meanwhile, Russell Quinlan was presented with a gift to mark 25 years involvement with the club as both player and physio.
Rusell has now retired from the post of physio. He joined Maud JFC as a player in 1988 and after finishing playing he moved onto take the physio role. In September he turned 60 and thought it was time to pass on the job to someone younger.
He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my 25 years at the club, during which time I have also been president and although retiring from the dugout on Saturdays, I will still be involved on the committee as well as running the website and sponsoring the club.”
“I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to everyone at Maud JFC for the future, which looks extremely good in the hands of Allan Hale, Gary Mann, Gavin Wemyss, Murray Reid and Rod Mckinnon on the playing side and wish all the players every success.”