CRUDEN Bay entertained Colony Park at Watson Park on Saturday in the semi-final of the Elginshire Cup.
Play was fairly even for the first ten minutes with neither side on top or many chances created.
In a Bay attack Arthur just failed to find Whyte with a long ball from midway in the half and then good passing movement by the Bay ended with a timely tackle by Brown on Whyte as he attempted a run on the right.
In another Bay move involving Buchan and Ramsay ended with the latter’s cross being deflected for a corner, which came to nothing.
The visitors retaliated and a MacLeod corner was headed across goal by Crosbie, but no Colony player could capitalise.
McKessick in the home goal was quick off his line to collect a through ball from Crosbie.
The Bay had a chance when the visitors failed to clear a Glendinning free kick and the ball fell to Mair on the edge of the box; unfortunately for the Bay his effort was well over. A good run by Ramsay made a good run down the left and put in a cross which fell to Whyte, however the latter’s volley went tamely wide.
On the half-hour mark the visitors went ahead, against the run of play, when McDonald, unmarked, headed a Maitland cross into the net.
Another Glendinning free kick from midway in the half was then scrambled clear by the visitors’ defence as the home side pressed for the equaliser and a Whyte shot was deflected for a corner.
In a Colony Park counter attack, Crosbie collected a loose ball on the right and put in a cross which went across the Bay goal.
With 30 minutes on the clock, the visitors were awarded a penalty, when Stainton was adjusted to have tripped MacLeod when both players went for the ball. McKessick saved the penalty from McDonald only for referee Shepherd to order a retake after Glendinning was adjudged to have encroached into the area. Mckessick again saved McDonald’s effort brilliantly for the second time.
The Bay were again unlucky when Mair headed goalwards, from a Ramsay corner, and the ball was headed clear. However, the ball appeared to be well over the line before the clearance, but referee Shepherd waved away the Bay players’ appeal for a goal.
In the dying minutes Maitland was tripped in the box by Glendinning who was cautioned for the second time. Crosbie made no mistake from the spot.
From the restart, even though down to ten men the Bay pressed for the goal to get them back into the game. In one attack, a Stainton effort went across goal with no takers.
A slip by Mair as he attempted to clear the ball allowed McDonald to get in a shot, which was easily collected by McKessick and the Bay keeper parried a cross from Dorrat and the ball was cleared.
The home side continued to press whenever possible to get a goal back. Arthur tried a shot from 30 yards which went well over and a timely tackle Turriff robbed Ramsay as he latched onto a through ball. Then a Mair shot was saved by Duguid.
With three minutes remaining, Inglis took advantage of a defensive mix-up in the visitors’ defence following a long ball from defence - the Bay player coolly collecting the ball and running on to slot the ball into the net.
The home could not get the equaliser in the final minutes, but this was a dogged performance by the Bay especially having to the play the whole of the second half with ten men. They can count themselves unlucky not to have come out of the game with a draw and take the game into a penalty shoot out.
Cruden Bay: Mckessick, Buchan, Wisely, Glendinning, Arthur, Mair, Tocher, Ramsay, Stainton, Whyte, Gibb. Subs: Sangster, Inglis, Reid.
Colony Park: Duguid, Brown, Turriff, Crosbie, McGuiness, Bonarius, Mart Maitland, Dorrat, McDonald, MacLeod. Roddie, Sim, Douglas, Christie.