Cup woe for sorry Maud

With a few absentees for Saturday’s trip to Culter, Maud had to make a few changes from last week’s win at Longside but within a couple of minutes it was obvious that the visitors were in for a long afternoon.

A quick ball down the inside right channel in the Maud penalty area found McAllister cutting inside Shaun Robertson and placing the ball past Scott Bruce for an early goal for Culter.

Maud were looking shaky with the changed defence struggling to keep the home team at bay. On seven minutes Culter could have doubled their lead when another simple ball through found Culter’s McBain who hit the Maud crossbar but the ball was cleared.

Maud were trying hard to get into the game and on 14 minutes some good link up play between the left and right midfield, playing across the home back four, resulted in a desperate free kick to Maud about 20 yards out but the shot by Fraser Hall hit the wall and was cleared.

On 18 minutes a ball into the midfield area found Luke Barbour facing his own goal but he swivelled and played a great ball around the corner to Greg Alexander who ran onto it on the right, he ran forward and crossed into the home area but it was hacked clear for a corner that came to nothing.

Culter were again starting to dominate and only a fine save from Bruce following another simple ball into the Maud area saved them going further behind.

On 36 minutes a loose ball from Jonathan Garden in the middle out wide right of Mauds midfield was cut out by Culter where it was passed down the right and crossed to Taylor who had the simple job of putting the ball past Bruce unchallenged to double the host’s advantage.

Just after Maud nearly pulled a goal back when a quick throw on the left found James Duguid 25 yards from goal, his shot over the defence was only just tipped over the Culter bar by keeper Duffy for a corner where it was narrowly headed over the bar by substitute Dean Elrick, who had come on a couple of minutes earlier to replace Kevin Simpson.

However just before half time Culter scored their third when another simple ball, this time down Maud’s left, was crossed into the middle where McBain made no mistake.

So Maud went into the break with a mountain to climb but also knew they had to improve their overall performance if they were to stand any chance of a comeback.

At the start of the second half, club captain Mike Rae replaced Garden in midfield as the management tried to break up the hosts attacks.

But it was a simple long punt from the Culter defence over the top that found McAllister again running into the right channel to latch on and place the ball past Bruce to effectively kill the game off for Culter.

With 25 minutes to go, Culter were gifted the chance to score again when the ball ran out of play in the Culter half but the official totally missed it, the resulting long ball into the Maud defence saw McAllister with the easiest of chances to score his hat trick.

Yet more baffling officiating followed when three minutes later Bob Morrice, took the ball down the right and into the Culter area, as he ran past the defenders he fell and the referee awarded a penalty which to everyone in the ground looked dubious to say the least.

Mike Rae hammered the resulting spot kick home off the bar for Maud’s consolation.

With 13 minutes to go a great long ball over the top from Graham was bouncing just outside the Culter area where second half sub, Sean Bremner was running onto it, but keeper Duffy came right out and took Bremner out with a dangerous challenge that resulted in his dismissal.

The resulting free kick was hammered past the wall but Culters stand in keeper managed to punch the ball away without knowing too much about it.

The final action saw Duguid dismissed for a second yellow card but by then the game had been won.

This performance was so different from pervious weeks that it was baffling to see why Maud were so ineffective, especially in the first half, although still conceding in the second half the performance was an improvement but giving Culter a four-goal start is never going to result in anything other than a defeat.

This weekend Maud have to lick their wounds and travel to Dyce in the SuperLeague with a 1.30pm kick-off.

Maud: Bruce, Graham, Hall, Simpson, Robertson, Morrice, Garden, Mair, Alexander, Barbour, Dugui. Subs: Rae, Ritchie, A.Bremner, S.Bremner, Elrick.