The original fixture at Maud’s Pleasure Park was switched to Heatheryfold when the home pitch was still frozen so Maud travelled to Aberdeen with only one game under their belt since the end of November.
The back four of Maud had a different look with B.Davidson switching from his usual Centre Back position to Right Back and debutant Scott Fraser slotting in the middle to form a formidable pairing with Kevin Simpson.
The game started with Sunnybank having the first real effort after 2 minutes when Gordon passed through the Maud defence to Greig who’s shot was easily saved by Barbour.
The next 15 minutes was a midfield battle with Rae and MacDonald starting to forge a good understanding and it was after a bit of good build up play from midfield after 18 minutes that saw the ball go to MacKechnie on the right hand side of the Sunnybank penalty area when he curled a great effort past Sweeney in goal but the ball cannoned off the far post, another couple of inches to the right and it would have been a brilliant goal.
A minute later Maud won a free kick about 30 yards from the Sunnybank goal, MacDonald took it quickly when he saw Sweeney off his goal line but the keeper managed to acrobatically tip the ball from under the bar, unfortunately a goal wouldn’t have stood anyway as the linesman had flagged for offside.
On 35 minutes Maud’s Fraser ran forward to chase what looked like a lost ball going out for a Sunnybank goal kick but he fought for the ball against Thomson, won possession and laid it back to Willox 3 yards out but his weak effort was pushed out by Sweeney and cleared.
However a minute later Marchi won possession in the middle and played a defence splitting pass on the left to A.Davidson who ran into the penalty area and hit a shot under Sweeney for the opening goal.
Maud scored a deserved second just before half time when a weak goal kick by Sweeney fell to Willox about 25 yards from goal, he hit the ball first time over the stranded keeper and into the next for a fantastic second goal.
Maud started the second half as the finished the first, Willox playing a neat chip over the Sunnybank defence to K.Simpson who had drifted in unnoticed, he hit his effort first time but it cannoned off the bar when it looked like it was on its way in.
On 56 minutes Marchi won the ball in the Sunnybank box but tried to chip the keeper instead of laying the ball back to two Maud players in front of goal but the ball ran away for a throw in. By now Sunnybank were not really in the game, Fraser was commanding in the Maud defence and Sunnybank were getting visibly frustrated.
On 77 minutes Marchi ran onto a long ball from B.Davidson and was bearing down on goal when Douglas managed to challenge on the edge of the Sunnybank area and the chance was gone.
With 11 minutes to go, Maud’s midfield again won the ball and MacDonald played in A.Davidson on the left, he ran through the Sunnybank defence and hit a low shot that Sweeney could only palm out to Jamieson who scored Mauds 3rd goal.
A minute later Sunnybank won a free kick 25 yards out from Maud’s goal, Greig tried a long range effort that Barbour did well to tip over.
Maud finished the game well on top and it was the manner of the win that was as impressive as the score. From the Defence, for whom Fraser was outstanding, to the Midfield and Forwards, every Maud player ran their hearts out and on this display its hard to see why they are not higher in the League.
They will have a chance to test themselves again next week when Banks o Dee visit the Pleasure Park with a 2pm kick off.