Maud continue run of good form

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Following on from last week’s excellent win, Maud were to find Hall Russell a sterner test.

Kicking off, Hall Russell went straight into the attack and won a free kick. Launched in it was flicked out for a corner by Luke Barbour which came to nothing.

Maud won a corner in the 10th minute but the delivery was poor and easily cleared. Two minutes later Hall Russell won a corner from the right which was crossed in and well held by Barbour in goals.

In the 22nd minute some good pressure by Maud from the left finished with Morrice sending in a shot which rebounded off the crossbar only for an incoming Hale to miss the rebound allowing the clearance upfield.

Hall Russell were awarded a corner from the right, crossed into the six-yard area but a foul was given against them which finished the chance.

Maud were struggling in midfield which allowed Hall Russell to create several chances which were efficiently blocked by new loan signing McBride.

In the 40th minute Hall Russell created their best chance of the game as they broke through Maud going two on one with McBride. Using all his experience he somehow managed to stop the attack single handedly with a perfectly timed tackle sparing Maud’s blushes.

In injury time a brilliantly timed tackle by Graham earned him a yellow with Hall Russell crying for red. This brought an extremely poor first half to an end.

Hall Russell re-started the better of both teams and only a great save by Barbour in goals kept the score level.

Finally Maud woke up and started to play as they can and reaped the benefits in the 51st minute when again some good play out on the right by Morrice saw him send in a lovely cross which was met by the ever improving Garden who made no mistake with the header.

A further three minutes later a well won corner by Maud was floated in to the penalty area to be met by the head of McBride who duly doubled Maud’s score.

In the 72nd minute a rare lapse of concentration allowed Hall Russell the chance to come through Maud’s defense but the final delivery went past the left post.

Maud finally put the game beyond doubt when Morrice jinxed inside the 18-yard box and pushed onto Garden who doubled his tally of the afternoon.

Next week Maud are at home to Banks o Dee with a 2pm kick-off.

Maud: .J Barbour, Graham, McBride, Bain, Simpson, Rae, Garden, L. Barbour, Morrice, Alexander, Hale. Subs: Mair, Reid, Duguid, Bremner, Lynch.