Maud stun Saltcoats with a five-star effort

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Maud made the long trip to face West of Scotland side Saltcoats Victoria in the second round of the Scottish Cup.

On a very windy day Maud played with the wind behind them from the start.

A poor pass-back by Easdon needed his keeper to come and save at the 
feet of Hale.

Maud went in front when a Hale cross was met by Barbout at the back post and he lifted the ball up over Calterson in the home goal.

Calterson was again in action pushing a Hall shot 
round the post.

On a rare attack from the home side Russell broke on the right by Main got back with a timely tackle.

Hale came close a couple of times with curling shots 
from distance.

Hall made a fine tackle inside the Maud box just as Black was going to get a shot away.

Bremner had a great opportunity to double the Maud lead when a Barbour header left him in on goal but the home keeper came 
out to block.

On 40 minutes the away side’s pressure finally paid off when Graham’s pass found Hale and he lashed home to give Maud a two-goal lead 
at half time.

Early in the second half Maud got their third goal of the day when Bremner played a ball to Barbour who turned his market and his shot found the corner of the net.

A fine mover by Maud involving Bremner, Barbour and Fraser ended with a curling shot away from the keeper to nestle int he bottom corner of the net to make it 4-0.

Hale thought he had scored another with a swirling cross which ended up in the net but it was ruled out for offside.

On 72 minutes Hale did get a fifith for Maud, again with a curling ball which the keeper made a hash of letting the ball squirm under him 
into the net.

Maud made three changes with Conway, Duguid and Whyte replacing Graham, Fraser and Bremner.

Near the end Duguid came close to adding a sixth after Hale had played him through, but the keeper made 
a fine save.

This was a game in which Maud totally outplayed their opponents in both halves of the game on a very 
blustery day.

The whole team put in a brilliant performance and beating any team from the West of Scotland by five goals away from home 
deserves credit.

Maud have a change of fixture for Saturday (November 1), and now travel away to Inverness in the PMAC Superleague with a 2pm kic-off.

MAUD: Dunbar, Graham, Hall, Robertson, Main, Rae, Ritchie, Fraser, Hale, Barbour, Bremner. Subs: McKinnon, Simpson, Duguid, Whyte, Conway.