Cruden Bay entertained Whitehills in the quarter finals of the Elginshire Cup at a sunny Watson Park on Saturday, although the ground was very heavy after the sleet and rain of the past week.
The Bay had an early chance, when a Mair free kick was flicked on by Glendiining whose effort was tipped round the post by keeper, McKinnon. They wasted another chance when the ball bobbled about in the Whitehills six-yard box and Walker put his effort over the bar.
After 13 minutes the visitors, went ahead when Watt forced the ball over from close range following a free kick on the right.
Cruden Bay, however, drew level two minutes later when a corner from Walker on the right found Tocher in a good position, ten yards from goal. The Bay player made no mistake, hammering the ball past McKinnon.
The home side had a lucky escape when Bruce ran through their defence and put in a cross shot which Wisely sliced just over the bar of the home goal.
In a Bay attack, Walker just failed to reach a through ball after Reid had made a good run through the visitor’s defence. In another good move by the Bay, C. Buchan made a good run on the left but, unfortunately, his final cross went behind. Then Walker had his shot scooped away by McKinnon as the Bay tried to seize the initiative.
However, it was the visitors who went ahead after 25 minutes, when the Bay defence was caught flat-footed and they ran through to put the ball past Buchan in the home goal.
Buchan was called into action when he had to save an R. Bruce effort, before the visitors increased their lead on the half-hour mark, when the Bay again failed to clear their lines and J. Watt was able to put the ball into the home net.
Walker was unlucky when his shot from the edge of the box rebounded off the Whitehills‘ bar; Tocher putting the rebound over the bar.
The Bay pulled a goal back after 33 minutes when a Glendinning corner was deflected into the visitors’ net by Sherwood, as McKinnon vainly tried to keep the ball out.
The Bay equalised just before half time following another Glendinning corner when Walker headed the ball home.
Cruden Bay went into the attack from the start of the second half.
A long through ball from Walker was cleared by the Whitehills’ defence and long range effort from C. Buchan went well wide. Ramsay
In 57 minutes, the Bay went ahead when Walker headed home from a Wisely cross from the right.
Although they were well on top and putting the visitors’ defence under pressure, it was Whitehils who equalised after 58 minutes when Gibb fired in a free kick from just outside the box which went past the Bay wall and into the right hand side of S. Buchan’s right hand post.
Bay pressure eventually paid off with five minutes left. Walker was upended in the box and made no mistake to score from the spot to complete his hat trick.
The visitors’ tried hard to get the equaliser however, the Bay defence stood firm to give them a well-deserved victory.
CRUDEN BAY: S. Buchan, C. Buchan, Wisely, Sime, Arthur, Mair, Findlay, Glendinning, Tocher, Reid, Walker. Subs: Ramsay, Sangster, Cowe, McKessick, Evans.