Butcher is a chip off the old block

HAT-TRICK HERO: Longside's Sean Butcher was in a league of his own to keep his side's winning streak going. Picture: Neil Willox
HAT-TRICK HERO: Longside's Sean Butcher was in a league of his own to keep his side's winning streak going. Picture: Neil Willox

LONGISDE produced another sensational performance and have now won three times on the trot.

The Davidson park boys have have hit a bit of form at precisely the right time.

Sean Butcher scored a hat-trick and was a constant menace to the Stoneywood defence, while Ryan Donaldson was outstanding in the middle of the park and got his reward with a goal at the end.

Neil Duffy also deserves a mention as his handling was exceptional and he has made some vital saves keeping Longside in the game at times.

Early on in Saturday’s clash Duffy had to look lively when he made a fine save to deny Farmer. But the visitors opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Marwick failed to hold a Donaldson free kick and Sean Butcher was first to react when he stabbed home the rebound.

The home side had the ball in the net minutes later but the referee blew for a foul on the keeper. Whyte sent over a terrific cross but the ball was just too high for Campbell and he couldn’t direct his header on target.

Panton did well to head a dangerous cross from Rintoul behind for a corner, Ogston’s kick was half cleared as far as Runtoul and his shot was headed clear by Donaldson.

A netbound header from Skinner was brilliantly saved by Duffy, Ogston’s corner was met by Goodbrand but his shot was blocked before Duffy gathered the loose ball. Porter did well to win a corner on the left in 33 minutes and from the resultant kick Butcher rose to send a glancing header past Marwick from eight yards.

The goal action continued three minutes later when Stoneywood pulled one back when Stevenson ran clear on the right before squaring the ball for Steven Rintoul to shoot low past Duffy.

Three minutes before the break, Porter did well again on the right and his cross was helped on by Usher and than man Butcher was in the right place once again to restore Longside’s two-goal advantage. Just before half-time Duffy did well to clutch a Goodbrand corner under pressure.

Usher did well to win a corner for Longside early in the second half, but Davidson’s kick was well punched clear by Marwick.

The visitors had a lucky escape when they survived a goalmouth scramble but they managed to get the ball clear. An Ogston cross was again dealt with by Duffy.

A superb 25-yard free kick by Campbell crashed off the bar with the keeper beaten before going out for a goal kick. A Whyte free kick for Longside was then punched clear by Marwick, before Duffy had to make a brave save at the feet of Stevenson.

Campbell did well when he cut in from the right but his shot was blocked before falling to Butcher but he fired his shot wide of the target. A cross for Stoneywood was met by Skinner and he headed the ball back to McKechnie but he sent his header over the bar.

The visitors went close again when a Butcher shot came back off the bar and an Usher strike hit the post. Longside made a double change when Black and Little replaced Panton and Butcher.

Longside scored a fourth in 81 minutes when a Davidson corner was headed home at the back post by Ryan Donaldson.

Minutes later Little ran clear but his shot was saved at full stretch by Marwick. The home side were awarded a penalty when Craik was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, David Stevenson made no mistake from the spot.

Just on time, Little made another chance for himself when he weaved his way into the box before clipping the ball over the keeper but his effort hit the post before being cleared.

This Saturday Longside travel to play Forres Thistle in the Superleague (ko 2pm).

Longside : Duffy, Whyte, Beddie, Panton, Craik, Davidson, Butcher, Donaldson, Campbell, Usher and Porter. Subs: Black, Little, McCquaig, Stainton and Thomson