Nine-man Maud battle to victory

MAUD started the game the better team and Middleton had the first shot but it went well wide of the post. A. Davidson went down the right and swung in a dangerous cross but the home keeper Cowe saved at his near post.

With ten minutes gone the Broch attacked with M. Cowe playing in Bissett, but B. Davidson made a timely tackle. A Maud free kick was played into the feet of Willox who turned and his shot was deflected wide of the goal for a corner which was punched clear by Cowe in the home goal.

A. Davidson made a great run going past four players before firing goalwards but Cowe made a great save. On 25 minutes Maud were reduced to ten men after keeper Barbour fouled Bissett inside the penalty box.

The away side replaced McKechnie with sub keeper M. Simpson. Noble stepped up to score, Simpson did manage to get his hand to the ball but not enough to stop it hitting the back of the net leaving the home side one up.

Just before half time Arthur ventured forward and his curling shot beat the keeper but went just wide of the goal. Marchi should have drawn Maud level after a free kick taken by Middleton rebounded off the defensive wall; he blasted over from ten yards.

Maud were awarded a lot of free kicks around the edge of the box but were failing to hit the target with any of them. Broch Utd were then reduced to ten men after Matthew Cowe was sent off for a second caution.

On 57 minutes Maud drew level after a Middleton free kick was swung in, Kevin Simpson rose high above the home defence to head home. Maud had a let off after Noble broke down the right and went passed the out-rushing Simpson but his shot went over the bar.

Maud were pressing for the winner and came close when a B. Davidson cross was met by Ligertwood who headed just over the bar. A. Willox corner was well held b

y Cowe under a lot of pressure.

M. Simpson came to Maud’s rescue with a good save from a Neil Hay shot from the edge of the box. Maud then replaced Willox with Reid.

They were then reduced to nine men after Marchi was sent off for a second caution.

M. Simpson made another good stop from a G. McLeman drive from inside the box.

The game was heading for a draw but the nine men of Maud kept on pushing forward and got their reward when A. Davidson broke free on the right and cut in and fired in at the near post to win Maud all three points.

This was a hard fought three points for Maud while playing 65 minutes with ten men.

Every player played their part in this win but A. Davidson was the pick of the bunch.

Maud’s next match is on Saturday, April 2, at home to Hall Russell United in the Superleague with a 2.30pm kick-off.

MAUD: Barbour, B. Davidson, Arthur, Rae, K. Simpson, Middleton, M. Kechnie, Ligertwood, Marchi, Willox, A. Davidson. Subs: Stott, Hall, Reid, M. Simpson