It was cup business on Saturday, when Cruden Bay visited Hermes in a first round tie in the Domino Pizza North Regional Cup.
The Bay started brightly with a couple of attacks, but Hermes had the first chance when Mountford broke clear of their defence but put his effort well over.
However, the visitors fell behind in five minutes, when P. Cruickshank found himself in space on the right and ran on to slot the ball past Gatt.
Despite this set back, the Bay continued to try and play attacking football. Mair headed a Wisely free kick from the right into Sweeney’s hands and Ramsay put a shot wide following a good pass from Tocher.
In a Hermes attack, Robertson received a through ball from Wilson; the Hermes player put in a shot which was easily collected by Gatt.
The home side were now getting more into the game and were causing the Bay some problems. In one Hermes attack, Gatt had to get down quickly to save an effort from Mountford.
There was concern for the home side, when a C. Buchan cross from the left, which bobbled about in their defence before the danger was cleared by their defence.
Gatt came to the rescue for the Bay, when Mountford broke clear of their defence and advanced on goal; however, the Bay stopper got down quickly to save with one hand the Hermes striker’s effort.
Mountford then made a run on the left and crossed for Robertson to head goalwards, but Sime was on hand to clear. Another Mountford effort went wide and Macklin saw his effort rebound off the post.
The Bay’s determination to get back into the game paid off after twenty eight minutes, when Whyte received the ball on the edge of the Hermes box. The Bay attacker calmly turned and lobbed the ball over Sweeney’s head and into the net.
A Robertson cross caused the Bay defence some problems; it beat Gatt and eluded Mountford but the alert wisely was on hand to put the ball out for a corner, which came to nothing.
In the dying minutes of the half, Ramsay Ramsay made a break on the right and put in shot which was easily saved by Sweeney.
The Bay were unfortunate to concede a second in Forty nine minutes; Duncan in attempting to clear slipped and despite valiant attempts by their defence, the ball went through to Robertson who had the easy task of tapping the ball into the net from close range.
Hamilton received the ball on the right and put in a telling cross from which, fortunately for the Bay, Mountford could only put the ball over the bar. In another Hermes attack, Gatt was called in to action again saving again from Mountford.
On the hour mark the home side increased their lead; Hamilton put in a pass to substitute Courage, whose shot found the corner of the Bay net.
This further setback, however, did not daunt the Bay, who continued to play some neat football. Ramsay had tried a shot from just inside the Hermes half which went well wide.
Then a good move between Tocher, Cameron and Ramsay ended with the latter’s shot being turned away for a corner. In another Bay attack Ramsay received the ball from Cameron and put in a cross which no one could take advantage of.
The Bay continued to try to reduce the arrears; Tocher putt Ramsay free again on the left but the latter’s cross was cleared by the Hermes defence; the ball falling to Whyte who tried a shot which was wide. Cameron then received the ball from Wisely, then turned and but put his effort wide.
In another Hermes attack, Macklin put in an effort which Gatt saved comfortably and then Mountford shot from just inside the box was also saved by the Bay keeper. Wyness tried a hook shot following a Courage pass, but the effort was just wide of the target.
In a further Bay attack, Mair headed wide from a Ramsay corner. The Bay’s persistence paid off after eighty one minutes, when Reid received the ball just inside the home area and made no mistake putting the ball past Sweeney.
A Whyte tried a long range effort when he saw Sweeney a few yards off his line; however the keeper managed to get back and collect the ball. Robertson then headed over after the ball had been deflected across goal by Duncan.
This was a good, hard-working performance from the Bay, in which they played some good football against the reigning SuperLeague champions and they were unfortunate not to take the tie into penalties.
CRUDEN BAY: Gatt, Wisely, C Buchan,Duncan, Sime, Mair, Inglis, ramsay, Tocher, Cameron, Whyte. Subs: Lawrence, Reid, S Buchan Sangster, McKessick.