Missed chances prove costly

This was Maud’s fourth game against FC Stoneywood this season and although the previous three had been wins, Stoneywood had a good run of form coming into this game.

This proved to be the case as after only four minutes, Stoneywood’s Skinner had all the time in the world on the left to cross the ball to the far post where ex-Maud player Neil Cowie headed a simple goal to put the visitors a goal to the good.

On nine minutes Maud equalised when some good interplay on the edge of the Stoneywood penalty area was laid back to Marchi from Willox and he made no mistake with a low shot inside the post.

Stoneywood won a corner on the right, it was swung into goal but no Maud defenders took charge and it seemed to go in off a defender’s legs for Stonywood’s second goal.

A minute later Zander Davidson again got the ball on the left, cut inside and hit a shot across goal but it missed the far post.

On 31 minutes Maud almost went further behind when a simple ball over the top found Stevenson through on his own but Arthur caught him and made a great tackle to deny the goal.

Just on half time Maud equalised when Marchi found Willox in the box and he scored Maud’s second.

On 60 minutes good interplay between Zander Davidson and John Willox saw another shot saved.

A minute later Maud were ahead when Marchi was fouled in the box, he took the penalty and scored with a fierce shot to the keeper’s right. Five minutes later however it was all-square again when Matelski had all the time in the world to collect the ball on the edge of the penalty area and place a shot over Mark Simpson’s head for Stoneywood’s third.

With 20 minutes to go, Rae hit a glorious cross field ball to Zander Davison on the left, he ran in on goal but his shot was past the far post.

Then with five minutes left on the clock, Stoneywood’s Goodbrand again had time on the edge of the penlty area to take his time to hit a shot again over Mark Simpson’s head for Stoneywoods fourth.

Marchi had the chance to equalise on 89 minutes but his head from a cross by Middleton was well over the bar.

To rub salt into the wounds, right at the end some dreadful Maud defending saw the ball run loose to Stevenson in the box and he made no mistake for the visitor’s fifth.

Maud are really going to have to work a lot harder at taking their chances and also tightening up the back if they are not going to see this season drift to a disappointing finale.

MAUD M.Simpson, B.Davidson, Hall, Arthur, K.Simpson, Rae,McKechnie, Middleton, Marchi, Willox, A.Davidson Subs Jamieson, Walker, MacDonald, Barbour