Maud fightback to take the points

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Maud travelled to face Sunnybank in the first round of the GA Inter Regional Cup and the away side made a few changes to their line up with two new players, Gary Alexander and Sean Robertson, both on loan from Peterhead FC.

The home side started better team but failed to create any chances. Mair sent in a dangerous ball across the six-yard box but there were no takers.

The home side took the lead on 21 minutes when a Wood free kick was delivered into the Maud box and Stewart had a free header which found the corner of the net.

Morrice did well on the right but couldn’t keep his shot down and sailed over the bar. Cormack tested Barbour from the edge of the box but he saved comfortable.

Maud finally got back on level terms when Mair played ball out right to Sean bremner and he cut in and fired into the net at the near post.

Cormack had the last chance of the first half when he hit a fierce shot just past the post.

The second half started with a Kirton strike coming close to putting Bank ahead again but went the wrong side of the post.

Reid replaced Mair and Hale came on for S. Bremner. This gave Maud a lift and they took the lead on 63 minutes after Duguid picked the ball up 25 yards out and drove to the edge of the box and hit a sweet strike into the bottom left corner of the net.

The away side increased their lead after Morrice did some great work on the right beating two players and his cut-back was met by the in-form Hale to steer in to the net.

Maud then made their last change with Andy Bremner comming on for Duguid.

A Cormack shot from outside the box came close but Barbour had it covered. Alexander sent in a dangerouds ball and hale was first to react but his shot was brilliantly tipped over the bar by MacPhee.

Best move of the game came from Maud involving Robertson who palyed the ball into Hale’s feet who then flicked the ball on down the line and an Alexander cross was flicked on at the near post but was deflected for as corner which was easily cleared.

The last chance of the game saw Morrice make a good run down the right but he dragged his shot wide.

This was a poor first half performance but from going behind, Maud fought back going in level at half time.

They had a better second half notching a couple of goals and a solid performance from the two new guys Robertson and Alexander.

John Ross was Maud’s best player with another good performance.

Maud’s next game is on Saturday, September 8, in a quarter-final game in the Grill League Cup at home against Inverness City with a 2pm kick-off.

MAUD: Barbour, Gray, Robertson, Bain, Ross, Rae, Mair, Alexander, S Bremner, Duguid, Morrice. Subs: Hale, Ritchie, Simpson, Reid, A Bremner