Bay outplayed in Cup encounter

CRUDEN Bay completed their Grill League Cup campaign with a visit to Superleague outfit Deveronside on Tuesday night.

Gatt for the Bay was called into action early on as he punched out a corner and then saved with his feet from W. Murdo who collected the rebound and put in a shot from just outside the box.

At this stage the Bay were coping reasonably well with the quick attacks from a strong Deveronside.

The home side, were, however, creating chances, with W. Murdo heading over from a free kick and Philip just failing to connect with a cross from Davidson on the left. Buchan for the Bay did well to rob Smith as he advanced on goal, the ball going over for a corner.

Sime found Whyte with a good probing pass, but the Bay attacker’s shot went tamely to keeper Tait.

Following a good run by Wilby on the right, Lawrence’s shot was blocked by teh home defence and the same player had another shot blocked a few minutes later. Whyte put in a cross from the elft which went across the home goal with no Bay player able to take advantage.

The home side were starting to get on top. Flett broke clear and put in a shot which Gatt saved, the ball them falling to Buchan who cleared the danger for te Bay.

Right on half time the home side went ahead when they slotted the ball home following a cut-back from Davidson.

From the re-start the Bay were under pressure and the home side increased their lead on the hour mark when Davidson headed the ball against the bar following a cross from the right. Unluckily fro the Bay Flett was on hand to head the rebound into the net.

Two minutes later they were three down. Philip beat Tocher on the left, then ran on and put in a cross which Flett converted easily.

They Bay were now struggling to contain a rampant Deveronside who were well on top and causing the visitors all sorts of problems.

Their defence was caught square as Deveronside attacked once more and the ball found an unmarked Lobban on the edge of the box who shot tamely at Gatt.

As the game wore on the home side were really dictating the game with Flett having a couple of chances, both of which he wasted putting the ball wide on each occasion. This was a game better forgotten by the Bay.

CRUDEN BAY: Gatt, Tocher, Buchan, Sime, Nicoll, Findlay, Inglis, Wilby, A.T. Whyte, Lawrence, Ramsay. Subs: Sangster, Watson, A. Whyte, Park, McKessick.