Stoneywood just too good for Maud

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Maud took on FC Stoneywood in the semi-final of the McLeman Cup at the weekend.

The match started in perfect conditions and it was Maud that had the first chance of the match with a move that involved S. Bremner, Barbour and Erskine with the latter having his shot smothered by the away keeper Goodbrand.

The away side hit back when Stephenson fed through a ball for Greg to run on to but Forbes came out his goal to clear.

Alexander went on a long run down the left and earned a corner which was swung across and landed to Bain whose shot was well saved by Goodbrand.

A free kick on the edge of the Maud box was floated in by Stelair and headed on by Stainer but straight at Forbes.

The away side took the lead after they were awarded a corner which was curled in and Stephenson came in at the front post to squeeze the ball into the net.

Two minutes later the away side were awarded a penalty, one of a number of strange decisions by the referee and worse was to follow after he sent off Graham.

Justice was done as Stainer fired high over the bar. Stainer was again involved just before half time when he was fed the ball into his feet 10 yards out and he turned his marker but his shot was well saved by Forbes.

Maud came out the second half fighting and nearly drew level with a Ritchie shot brilliantly saved by Goodbrand pushing the ball out past the post.

Stoneywood earned three corners in quick succession but all came to nothing.

Robertson went down the left and he sent across a ball to the back post where S. Bremner was waiting but Angus just got his outstretched leg to the ball to divert it away from Bremner.

Maud deservedly drew level on 63 minutes from an S. Bremner corner which was headed on by Alexander and chested into the net by Simpson.

However, Maud’s lead only lasted three minutes when a long ball over the top of the Maud defence, who were claiming offside, saw Greg latch onto it and cross-in for a tap in for Stephenson to score.

Shortly afterwards the same two players linked up again to kill of the game when Stephenson netted his hatrick.

Scott Lynch was only on the park for a few minutes when he had to go off injured.

Duguid came on and had a great chance to net but took too long to get his shot away and Angus made a good block.

The match ended with Stoneywood going through to meet Culter in the final.

The away side proved a hurdle to far for Maud who had to play 65 minutes of the game with ten men.

The away side deserved their win and good luck to them in the final but again the talking point was the match officials with numerous awful decisions.

Maud’s next matches are on Wednesday with a 7.45pm kick-off in the league away against Banks O’ Dee and on Saturday at home to Banchory. with a 2pm kick-off.

Maud: Forbes, Graham, Bain, Simpson, Robertson, Rae, S Bremner, Ritchie, Alexander, Barbour, Erskine. Subs: A. Bremner, Duguid, Lynch, Elrick, Hall