This was Cruden Bay’s last chance of any honours in the Elginshire Refrigeration Cup Semi-final at Portgordon Victoria on Saturday.
The Bay made a great start when Findlay hammered home a shot from the edge of the box after two minutes. Portgordon were stung into action by this and began exerting pressure on the Bay defence. Pirie was called into action to turn a Shane Clark effort round the post and another attack saw the same player putting the ball across the Bay goal with no takers.
The Bay weathered the storm and got back into the game. Bain, for Portgordon, was called into action when he pushed a Cadger free kick around the post for a corner, which Findlay headed wide. Bain also had to deal with a Cadger shot by punching the ball clear and then saved a shot from Lynch.
Findlay did well when he had to get back and rob Sutherland as the Portgordon attacker was about to shoot.
Bain was again in action saving a deflection off the defensive wall from another Cadger free kick.
At the other end, Campbell tried a shot from midway in the Bay half, which Pirie saved comfortably and then Mark wood headed well over from a corner.
With 42 minutes gone, Portgordon equalised. Lynch lost the ball to Shane Clark just outside the box and the Portgordon attacker ran on to hammer the ball past Pirie from 18 yards. The Bay then found themselves a goal down, right on half time. Pirie came to collect a cross, but Thompson got in his way and the ball fell to Sutherland, who made no mistake from close range.
The play was pretty even for the first 15 minutes of the second half, with little in the wasy of chances created by either side. However, in a Bay attack Lynch just failed to a great cross from Cadger and the chance was quickly lost.
Pirie came to the rescue of the Bay when he came of his line to block a shot from Leslie and the the same player put his effort over the bar from a Sutherland cross on the right.
Findlay then tried to find Cadger but Andy McPherson got across to clear the danger. TheBay had another escape when a Shane Clark corner rebounded of the post and the danger cleared by the Bay defence.
Midway through the second half the play became very tousy with both sides committing numerous fouls and resulted in Thompson, for the Bay being sent off for apparently abusive language. Bain, in the home goal, just managed to parry a Sime free kick away and Sime, then headed over after a scramble in the Portgordon area following a Bay corner.
Pirie was then in action when he had to save a McLaughlin shot in a Portgordon attack.
The Bay retaliated in an attempt to get the equaliser and Brygeland had to head another Sime free kick a way.
At the other end Sutherland a chance to seal the game for the home side, when he broke clear of the Bay defence; however, his final effort went well wide.
Well no honours for the Bay this season and this was another game lost by gifting goals to the opposition.