After last week’s terrific, if unrewarded, performance in the Scottish Cup, Maud welcomed RAF Lossiemouth to the Pleasure Park in the North Regional Cup.
The management made some changes to the line-up from last week and almost straight away they pushed forward with Sean Bremner coming close with a shot past the Lossiemouth post in the second minute.
Bremner then had a headed chance saved and another shot saved within the next five minutes but the opening goal didn’t come.
Maud started to play their way through the defence and it was this football that resulted in the first goal on 15 minutes.
Frazer Hall was played into the Lossiemouth penalty area and he managed to just get to the ball before the on-rushing keeper to guide the ball into the net.
Although Lossiemouth are in a lower league, they gave Maud a reminder that work was still needed to be done when Joe Barbour had to make a double save three minutes later from Adamson and Flanherty to keep Maud’s advantage intact.
On 20 minutes another chance fell to Maud when Allan Hale ran onto a through ball into the Lossiemouth area. He rounded the two defenders and the keeper but just as it looked like he was going to roll the ball into an empty net he only managed to put it into the side netting, a let-off for Lossiemouth.
Three minutes later James Duguid had a shot but it also went past the post but it was only a prelude to the next goal on 24 minutes when Hall turned provider with a great ball into the danger area where Hale made no mistake this time to double Maud’s lead.
Maud were now piling on the pressure and three minutes later won a corner which was swung in by Greg Alexander and met by Luke Barbour who powered in Maud’s third with his head.
On 32 minutes Kenny Mair crossed to Alexander in the box and his shot was also saved.
Four minutes later Hall again provided another ball into the area and after an initial save by the keeper, Hale scored his second and Maud’s fourth.
On 40 minutes Alexander again tormented the Lossiemouth defence. He laid the ball off to Bremner and then to Duguid who finished for Maud’s fifth.
Maud were now rampant and a sixth goal came three minutes from half time when Hall again ran ito the area and this time Alexander scored his first goal of the afternoon.
Just before half time Maud won a free kick wide left, Alexander laid of a great ball into the penalty area where Duguid clipped the ball over the keeper for his second goal and Maud’s seventh.
Half time came with Maud very much in ascendancy but the management were determined to keep the pressure on their opponents in the second half.
Within four minutes of the restart Hale had scored his third of the afternoon when Duguid crossed from deep and Hale headed well past the keeper for Maud’s eighth.
A couple of minutes later Maud won another corner where it was payed right across to Luke Barbour who brought the ball down and then smashed it into the roof of the net for the ninth goal.
The tenth goal came three minutes later when determined work by Craig Ritchie in the Lossiemouth corner area saw him dispossess Langridge and cross to Hale who was perfectly placed to head home his fourth. On 62 minutes yet another Maud corner proved fruitful when Alexander headed home his second goal of the afternoon and Maud’s 11th.
Five minutes later, two of Maud’s second half subs combined when Jack Stott ran down the right and crossed for Bob Morrice at the far post to score Maud’s 12th.
On 70 minutes Duguid got his third when a neat ball into the area saw him slip it past the keeper for Maud’s 13th.
The 14th goal wasn’t long in coming from Hale for his fifth a minute later and then a further minute saw Morrice score his second and Maud’s 15th.
Five minutes later a searching run by Duguid into the penalty area saw him fouled and the resulting penalty was emphatically smashed home by Graeme Bain.
With four minutes to go Duguid scored probably his best goal of the afternoon when he got possession on the edge of the area, dropped his shoulder to move inside the defender and hit a shot across the keeper for his fourth and Maud’s 17th.
There were two minutes left when Lossiemouths Anderson got the ball 25 yards from Mauds goal and hit a screamer over Joe Barbour and into the net for an impressive consolation goal for Lossiemouth,
However Maud weren’t finished when another second half sub, Scott Lynch, did well in the area to score after initial shots had been saved.
Finally, with almost the last kick of the game, Hale scored his sixth and Mauds 19th of the day to wrap up an impressive demolition of their opponents.
Credit must be given to RAF Lossiemouth who never gave up even though they were totally outplayed. Maud have not always performed well against lower league opposition so to totally dominate the 90 minutes was particularly pleasing but it also gives confidence for the two important league games coming up.
The first of these is on Saturday away at Hall Russell United with a 2pm kick-off.
Maud: Team: J. Barbour, Robertson, Hall, Bain, L. Barbour, Mair, Ritchie, Bremner, Duguid, Alexander, Hale. Subs: Simpson, Garden, Morrice, Stott, Lynch