Penalty shoot-out misery for Maud in Grill League Cup

Maud kicked-off the semi-final of the Grill Cup they won last year in explosive fashion.

After only two minutes Jonathan Garden showed his intent when latching onto a ball into the Dyce area but his shot was wide.

However five minutes later, a great move down Mauds left saw Mike Rae play the ball wide to Greg Alexander who easily beat the full back to cross an inch perfect ball onto Garden’s head and he made no mistake in putting Maud a goal up.

Dyce showed though that they were also up for the game when on 12 minutes a shot from the edge of the Maud area was well saved low down by Joe Barbour in Maud’s goal.

On 21 minutes Luke Barbour made his presence felt when he broke again down the left and beat a couple of defenders to get to the bye line close to goal but his pull back was inaccurate and the chance went begging.

Maud were playing good football but with Dyce playing with a strong wind and low sun at their backs, long high balls were constantly being laid into the Maud defence but they coped well.

The second half started as dramatically as the first, almost straight form the kick off Alexander got possession wide right on the corner of the Dyce penalty area, he looked up and hit a great curling shot that beat Buchanan in the Dyce goal but rebounded back off the inside of the far post and was hacked clear.

Once again though it was a prelude to another Maud goal when Allan Hale crossed from the left onto Gardens head again and he made no mistake in doubling Mauds advantage.

Unfortunately from Mauds point of view, they did not settle on the two-goal lead for long, a simple threaded ball through the middle of the static Maud defence saw Neish run into the area in the 54th minute and slot it past J.Barbour to pull a goal back for Dyce.

Maud tried to get the advantage back on 70 minutes when Garden ran onto a ball in the Dyce area, his low shot was on its way in until Buchanan pushed the ball out to L.Barbour but he couldn’t finish it off. A couple of minutes later Maud were awarded a free kick on the left, it was played across the area to Graeme Bain who’s low shot was again saved.

Things were hotting up now with Dyce looking for the equaliser and taking the advantage possession wise.

J.Barbour had to make a one handed save to keep a Bartlett shot out for a corner.

However Dyce took advantage of a poorly cleared corner by Maud when the ball fell to substitute Dick on the edge of the area and his low shot, through a forest of legs, found its way into the corner of the net for the equaliser.

With 12 minutes to go Dyce almost completed the recovery when a cross ball into Neish in front of goal was saved point blank by J.Barbour.

The ball was cleared out to Hale who ran at the Dyce defence but his shot was saved. The ball went back up the field again and only a goal line clear and from Craig Ritchie prevented a Dyce winner.

So the game went to penalties which have been good for Maud recently, however even with J.Barbour saving Dyce’s first penalty, Maud couldn’t convert a single one and Dyce easily progressed to the final by converting their remaining three to win 3-0 in the shootout.

Maud are going to have to overcome the disappointment of letting this grip on the Grill Cup go by playing Bishopmill United in the Dominos Pizza North Regional Cup this week, at Maud with a 2pm kick-off.

MAUD: J. Barbour, Gray, Bain, Simpson, Robertson, Ritchie, Rae, Hale, Garden, Alexander, L.Barbour. Subs Hall, Reid, Bremner, Stott, Lynch.