CrudenBay served up their best performance of the season with an empahtic 5-2 Scottish Junior Cup win over the mighty Hall Russell United.
It seemed as though United’s Superleague status would shine through in this second round tie when they went a goal in front within a minute.
The Bay failed to clear the ball on the left and a cross found Mackie whose shot from the edge of the box sneaked inside Gatt’s lefthand post.
But the Bay retaliated with a counter attack and Tocher headed over a Bruce cross from the left.
Although the Bay were getting themselves back into the game, Gatt had to make a save collecting a shot at the second attempt from Forbes.
The Bay were back on level terms after 12 minutes. Persistence fromSmart allowed him to win the ball and put in a cross from the right which Cardno slotted into the net.
The visitors were beginning to get on top but Gatt was called into action when he easily collected an Innes shot from twenty five yards.
Cruden Bay’s attacking play was rewarded after 15 minutes when good work involving Beddie, Cardno and Smart ended with the latter tapping the ball into the net after the home defence failed to clear.
The Bay continued to attack and Cardno put a shot well behind following a Bruce head on from a free kick. The Bay increased their lead after 20 minutes when Bruce shot home after the home defence had failed to clear once again.
The Buchan side were fairly dominant at this stage although in a couple of counter attacks by Hall Russell, Innes shot well over following a slight mix up in the Bay defence and an low cross from Stuart was easily collected by Gatt.
The Bay continued to cause the home side problems as they attempted to increase their lead - in one attack Smart won the ball in the box but keeper Carroll save the striker’s effort at the near post.
The home side did try to reduce the arrears - Secombes shot way over in one attack and Gatt easily collected a Whitfield head flick from a Carroll clearance.
However, the Bay continued to cause the home side problems as the half to a close.
Tocher won the ball in the box and put in a shot which keeper Carroll saved well, tipping the ball around the post, then Findlay headed wide from a Bruce a corner and Smart had a shot deflected wide.
The Bay continued where they left off at the end of the first half - Findlay headed over following another Bruce corner and a 20 yard speculative shot from Norris went wide.
In a further attack following a good run down the middle by Cardno, in which he beat four Hall Russell players, the final effort went wide.
In a counter attack by the home side a Stuart shot was easily saved by Gatt.
The Bay increased their lead on the hour mark when Cardno stabbed the ball home following a scramble in the home defence and seven minutes later the increased their lead when Patterson headed home a Bruce cross from the left.The home side did manage to reduce the arrears when Stuart tapped the ball home following a cross from Mackie on the right.
The Bay continued to press the home defence, playing some attractive football in the process, however there was no further scoring in a tie which the Bay thoroughly deserved to win. This was without doubt the Bay’s best performance of the season so far.
Cruden Bay; Gatt, Findlay, Beddie, Sime, Patterson, Norris, Tocher, Cardno, Smart, Bruce. Subs Tait, Ramsay, Gibb, Stainton, McLeman