Buchan League and Welfare clubs serve up weekend action

IN THE Buchan League, Longside Thistle entertained Cuminestown and in an entertaining match the home side ran out winners by 3-1.

The home side took the lead in the second minute when Craig Stephen sent in a great cross and Wayne Buchan headed home. Stephen added a second with the help of the away side keeper.

Turriff in the home goal made a few good stops in the first half but Town did get one goal back through Aiden Bruce.

Dale McCouiag restored the home side’s lead to two again. Both sides had further chances but there were no more goals.

Buchanhaven Rangers had neighbours Harbour Lights as their league opponents and it was the home side that got their first three points of the season after winning by 5-1. The home scorers were Alexander Davidson and Peter Mitchell both netting braces and the other from Adam Kendall and replying for the away side was the evergreen Paul Taylor.

Champions Phd Pensioners rolled out a comfortable fourth win in a row after they beat Methlick by 7-1.

The goals came from Graeme Wood and James Morgan both scoring braces and one apiece from David Chalmers, Kevin Hendry and Neil Cameron and for Methlick was Grant Finnie.

Grange United welcomed Ardallie and this was expected to be a close affair and it was the home side that got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win.

The home side keeper Nico Gallagher scored a spectacular goal from his own box which bounced over the away side keeper. A second came from a corner and Scott Good headed home and the third came from Ross Mair strike after the home side made a good stop. Ardallie did get one goal back through Theo Kynoch.

In the League Cup group B,Mambos had Buchanhaven Rangers as opponents and the in-form Mambos won scoring four goals without reply.

In the Gordon Leask Memorial Cup second round, Grange United were up against Methlick for a place in the quarter-finals.

Mark Cordiner gave the home side the lead. He turned provider for the second after his cross was turned in by Craig Good. Burnett in the away goal gifted the third goal to Brent Holtby-Wall.

Ross Mair got number four then Craig Good got his second and the home side’s fifth. Bonner and Taylor pulled two goals back for Methlick before James Watson completed the scoring with a sixth goal for the home side.

Mormond Thistle took on Ardallie for a place in the quarters and it was the away side that went through to the next round to face New Deer after winning by 4-1.

Bellslea were home to Longside Thistle in another second round tie and the away side were no match for Bellslea after the home side progressed after winning by 7-1.

New Deer kicked off against Cuminestown and took the lead in the first minute with a goal from striker Willie Robbie.

The same player doubled their lead on the half-hour mark and Barry Crighton made it 3-0 before Aiden Bruce pulled one back for the visitors but Crighton and Scot Milne added a further two goals for the home side and Robert Bartlet scored a penalty for the visitors to end the scoring.

The last game of the day was between St Combs and Harbour Lights and it was the home side that went through to the quarters to play either New Pitsligo or Clinton Thistle after they scored four goals without reply.

Fixtures for Wednesday, May 2:

League - Longside Thistle v ARdalle (kick-off 7pm).

Thursday, May 3:

Gordon Leask Memorial Cup, first round - Phd Pensioners v Elizabethan Link Up.

League Cup group A - Harbour Lights v Methlick.

League - Buchanhaven Rangers v Cuminestown; Mambos v Grange (kick-off 7pm).

Monday, May 7:

League - BH Rangers v Longside Thistle; Phd Pensioners v Mambos; Harbour Lights v Ardallie; Grange United v Cuminestown (kick-off 7pm).

Welfare League

In the Terry Sutton Memorial Cup first round, New Pitsligo had St Drostans as opponents and it was the home side that progress to the quarter -fnals to meet either Bellslea or Panasonic.

Faithlie United had Clinton Thistle as their opponents and the away side ran out comfortable winners scoring eight goals without reply. .

St Combs faced Rosehearty Thistle for a place in the quarters against Elizabethan Link Up. It ended in a home win by 5-1.

In another first round game Panasonic Tavern entertained Bellslea and the home side took the lead on eight minutes with a goal from Billy Daily. Jonathan Garden scored a brace to give Bellslea the lead. Martyn Duncan drew the home side level with a 20-yard ferocious strike.

Bellslea hit back to take the lead once more and it came from an own goal. In the 90th minute Alan Donaldson hit a terrific 30 yard shot which stand in keeper Wemyss did get a hand to it but failed to stop it going into the net.

The match went into a penalty shoot-out which the away side won scoring all five penalties.

In the Deejays Nightclub League, Rosehearty Thistle welcomed Faithlie United in a league game and it was the away side who got back to winning ways after they won by 7-1.

Panasonic Tavern had Elizabethan Link Up in another league game and the home side went on to pick up their first win of the season with a 6-1 win.

The away side finished the match with ten players after they had Stephen Crawford sent off.

St Drostans entertained Cheers and this turned out to be an eight-goal thriller with the away side winning by 5-3. In-form Scott Falconer netted four and the other came from Stuart Whyte and replying for the home side was Kevin MacDonnell with a brace and one from Derek Mathieson.


Terry Sutton Memorial Cup first round - New Pitsligo 5, St Drostans 1; Faithlie United 0, Clinton Thistle 8; St Combs 5, Rosehearty Thistle 1; Panasonic Tavern 3, Bellslea 3 (Bellslea won 5-3 on pens).

Deejays Nightclub League -Rosehearty Thistle 1, Faithlie United 7; St Drostans 3, Cheers 5; Panasonic Tavern 6, Elizabethan Link Up 1.

Fixtures for Saturday, May 5:

Deejays Nightclub League - Rosehearty Thistle v St Drostans; Mormond Thistle v Panasonic Tavern; Faithlie United v Elizabethan Link Up.

Gordon Leask Memoral Cup second round - New Pitsligo v Clinton Thistle; quarter-final - New Deer v Ardallie; Cheers v Bellslea (all kick-offs 2pm).