Football: The Bay put five past Sunnybank

Man of the match for Cruden bay against Sunnybank.
Man of the match for Cruden bay against Sunnybank.
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Sunnybankbank were the visitors to Watson Park on Saturday for a PMAC Division One (East) League game.

Early Bay pressure paid off when they were awarded a free kick midway in the Sunnybank half on the left; Bruce floated the ball into the Sunnybank goal and Sime, coming from the back, rose above the defence to head home.

After this setback Sunnybank began to get into the game; a Maclean cross was headed over by McKimmie.

The Bay did have their moments as well. A Porter cross from the right just evaded Gibb as he lunged in on goal.

Then a Norris chip from twenty five yards was collected by Clark under the crossbar and a Patterson through ball was just too long for Gibb.

The visitors’ then began to exert more pressure and began to control the game.

The Bay had an escape when Neish scooped the ball wide from close range following a goal mouth scramble.

Then the same player headed wide from a free kick.

The visitors were on top at this stage and with a couple of minutes to go Duncan equalised an a minute later McKimmie scored after Campbell had punched the ball clear.

It was a different story in the second half. The Bay went onto the attack from the restart. A Porter cross following a run down the right went straight across goal.

The Bay equalised on the hour mark, when Gibb broke free and ran to slot the ball past keeper Clark.

Four minutes later the Bay went ahead again when Gibb again got possession and beat the visitors defence to put in a shot which was initially blocked but the Bay striker latched onto the rebound and put the ball past Clark.

Unfortunately, Clark had to go off following an injury sustained in making a save at the feet of Tocher. Neish replaced him in goal.

In seventy two minutes, further Bay pressure ended with Shinnie deflecting the ball into his own net and then Gibb completed his hat trick four minutes later.

The Bay continued to press. A Cardno shot was wide and Neish collected another Gibb shot at the second attempt.

In another Bay attack, A Gibb shot was blocked and the rebound was put over the bar by McLeman. In the dying n minutes Campbell produced a fine save when he parried a shot from Robertson; the being cleared by the Bay defence.

This was a fine victory by the Bay coming back well in the second half when they were under some pressure and should give them confidence for their visit to Cumbernauld United in the Scottish Junior Cup 3rd round tie on Saturday.

Cruden Bay: Campbell, Findlay, Beddie, Arthur, Sime, Patterson, Norris, Porter, Cardno, Gibb, Bruce.

Subs: Stainton, Tocher, McLeman, Gatt.

Sunnybank: Clark, Duncan, Milne, McKimmie, Douglas, Neish, Carrol, Robertson, Chalmers, Maclean, Middler. Subs: McHattie, Lunan, Christie, Shinnie.