Refereeing decisions go against Maud in the cup

Although Neilston started the stronger, Maud grew into a match that was blighted by a poor refereeing decisions.

The home side’s 2-0 half time advantage proved insurmountable despite a strong second period showing from the visitors.

The match kicked off on a windy day and it was the home side that had Maud pinned in their own half for the first 15 minutes, carving out a couple of half chances.

On 17 minutes the home side went in front from a Nisarisim corner when Crumlish out jumped the Maud defence and his downward header was parried out by Barbour but it landed at the feet of Gordon on the edge of the box and, with the away defence slow to close him down, he shot through a ruck of players into the corner of the net.

Another 10 minutes past then Maud came into the game a little more and Duguid came close to levelling the game but Digney made an excellent save.

Home side winger Forde made a good run to cross for Kennedy but he could not keep his header on target.

On 40 mins the home side doubled their lead when a ball was played forward to Kennedy who was standing alone 12 yards from the Maud goal and three yards offside; he made no mistake with the finish.

From the restart Maud went on the attack and a ball was crossed in by Alexander and it came off the hand of Cameron at the back post but the referee waived aside the penalty shouts.

Just on half time Fraser had a great chance to pull a goal back when a cross from the right fell to Fraser on his own at the back post but he blazed over the bar to leave it 2 – 0 at the break.

The second half started in horrendous conditions with lashing rain.

Ganing went close with a shot from distance then Maud were forced to make a change on 51 mins when Ritchie replaced the injured Duguid.

A Graham freekick was floated into the box which was met by Simpson who headed over the bar.

Fraser made a great run down the right and his dangerous cross was brilliantly cut out by McDade. Alexander was then replaced by Bremner.

On 76 minutes Maud reduced the deficit to one when a good move involving Fraser Barbour was finished off with Chalmers firing home to give the visitors a fighting chance.

Campbell made a weaving run for the home side but his cross was excellently cut out by Ritchie, preventing a tap in at the back post.

A long ball forward by Graham was then knocked on by Barbour for Bremner at the back post but the winger just failed to keep the ball in play.

A slip by the Maud defence let in Kennedy but he fired high over the bar with just Barbour to beat.

The last chance of the game came from the home side when Campbell picked the ball up on the left and went passed two Maud players and his cut back found Forde unmarked at the back post six yards from goal. Somehow he scooped the ball over the bar.

Maud: J Barbour, Graham, Hall, K Simpson, J Robertson, Chalmers, Fraser, Hale, L Barbour, Duguid, Alexander

Subs: A Bremner, Bain, Hodge, S Bremner, Stott

Maud’s next match is on Sat 2 November at home v Stoneywood in the PMAC Superleague with a 2 pm kick off.