Victory as Maud pressure pays off against United

With Maud’s pitch still having a thick covering of snow on Saturday morning, this game was switched to Fraserburgh to allow the match to take place.

As this was Maud’s first game for three weeks due to the weather, it was important that they quickly got into the game and straight from the kick-off a run down the right and a cross by Sean Bremner almost paid dividends but it was hacked clear by the Fraserburgh defence.

However, Maud didn’t have to wait long before taking the lead.

Another cross from the right, this time from Mike Rae, was headed on by Jonathan Garden in the area to Greg Alexander at the back post.

He lifted the ball right on top of Summers in the Broch goal which he saved well but could only push it back out to James Duguid 12 yards out and he made no mistake by blasting it through the packed goalmouth for the opening goal.

On 15 minutes a long ball from the Maud back line found Duguid on the right. He flicked the ball over Hay’s head and ran into the penalty area and looked ready to score but Summers again made a good save and the ball was cleared.

Joe Barbour had to be alert in the Maud goal on 22 minutes when a ball through the middle of the Maud defence found Lawrence but Barbour made a good save at his feet ten yards from goal.

Maud responded and broke forward only to see Garden’s shot hit the post.

At this point Maud really were pushing forward but were repeatedly caught offside.

On the half-hour good interplay by Duguid and Alexander on the left found the latter in the area but again the defence managed to hack it clear.

On 36 minutes another ball over the top found Dugid in a good position and he sent a cross into the area which saw a melee of shots at goal all blocked the final one by Rae just going wide.

Just before half time, Rae won the ball in midfield, ran forward and laid the ball off to Allan Hale whose powerful shot was once again saved by Summers for a corned that came to nothing.

Maud went in at half time knowing they should have been more than a single goal in front but the combination of numerous offside, good goalkeeping by Summers in goal and missed chances meant they still had a lot of work to do to get the points.

This proved to be the case after only four minutes of the second half when a simple ball though the inside right channel in the Maud area found Watt who latched onto the ball and shot across J.Barbour to level the score.

Not long after Maud won a free kick 30 yards from goal which Russell McBride laid onto Garden’s head at the far post but his looping header was collected by Summers.

The game then settled into a battle with tackles flying in and no team really dominating, Maud made three changes in this second half to try and prize open the stubborn home defence and it was only after 70 minutes than Maud’s Hale found Alexander who looked to be homing in on the Broach goal but he was fouled 20 yards out.

The free kick was taken by Hale but it took a deflection off the wall and Summers managed to make a save.

Maud did start to push forward for the winner and with seven minutes remaining their resilience paid off.

Another excellent ball from McBride found its way into the box and as the defenders tried to clear, Hale was fist to the ball and lashed it into the roof of the net for the Maud winner.

Saturday’s game could have been easier for Maud if they had taken their first half chances but they never gave up even after the home sides equaliser and they got their deserved win with a goal from Hale, returning from a few weeks off with an injury.

This weekend week Maud travel to Hermes in the Superleague with a 2pm kick-off.

MAUD: J. Barbour, Graham, Simpson, McBride, Hall, Rae, S.Bremner, Garden, Alexander, Duguid, Hale. Subs Mair, A. Bremner, Stott, L. Barbour, Lynch