With more selection changes from last week’s game, it was a changed back four again but from the kick-off the game really never settled into any sort of pattern until the ninth minute when Mikey Rae sent Luke Barbour into the Lewis penalty area where he routinely dispatched the ball past Stewart in the Lewis goal to give Maud a great start with the first goal of the game.
With this great start behind them Maud did start to press forward more and a minute later a cross into the visitors’ area saw a header from Barbour collected by the Lewis keeper.
Another couple of minutes later, Barbour won the ball in midfield and fed Sean Bremner whose low shot was turned away for a corner that came to nothing. However a minute later another corner from the opposite side was cleared out to Rae 25 yards from goal. He dummied the oncoming defenders and then hit another low shat that was narrowly wide of the post.
On 17 minutes another forward ball, high into the Lewis danger area saw the visitors right back, Robertson try to shepherd the ball out but Shaun Robertson dispossessed the defender and hit a shot that came off the post.
Five minutes later, Robertson again won possession on the left and ran along the edge of the visitors 18-yard box trying to get an opening which finally came but his low shot was saved by Stewart.
On 26 miuntes Maud won a throw-in 20 yards from the Lewis corner. It was taken quickly to L.Barbour whose quick thinking saw him lay it back to S.Bremner and his shot was saved at the foot of the near post for a corner.
On 32 minutes the complexion of the game changed when Lewis’ Gray made a dangerous challenge with his studs showing on Kevin Simpson right in front of the linesman.
The official missed the initial challenge but did see the minor reaction of Simpson, frustrated by the lack of a foul and the dangerous tackle.
The official called the referee over and Simpson was sent off but the dangerous initial challenge went unpunished. Maud had to reorganise and managed to get to half time without any particular problems.
Maud came out in the second half determined to show the dismissal wouldn’t effect the outcome and within five minutes of the restart great interplay by L. Barbour and Robertson on the edge of the visitors’ area saw the ball played in but it was hacked clear before a shot could be taken.
On 53 minutes a break down the visitors’ right saw sub Sim run into the Maud area and only a great goal saving tackle by Jack Stott preserved Mauds lead.
Maud’s sub Allan Hale almost got through to score when he played a great 1-2 with Rae to get into the visitors area but the shot was somehow saved.
On 65 minutes the visitors almost equalised when Sim again got possession on the right but Maud Keeper Joe Barbour saved with his feet and the ball cannoned high and off the crossbar and away as the ten men were digging in with the effort needed to get the three points.
Just 18 minutes from the end, with the game now turning into a battle when Maud’s effort to make up for the lack on a player was starting to show, but S.Bremner won possession then played in Hale but his final shot was deflected out for a corner.
With last week’s game fresh in their minds where Hermes equalised five minutes into injury time, the referee indicated three minutes of injury time to play.
Maud still had work to do but in the last minute the points were made safe when more good play on the edge of the visitors are saw Hale finally get clear eight yards out but with defenders to beat he managed to work it past them and into the net for Maud’s second goal.
This was a determined performance by Maud, even when they went down to ten men with an hour to go, pure hard work and determination, plus some good football, saw then get the deserved win.
Maud have another home game against Stonehaven in the Superleague, with a 2pm kick-off.
Maud face current champions Hermes at their newly renamed Uniconn Park in the Superleague next Saturday with a 2pm kick off.
MAUD: J. Barbour, Stott, Bain, Simpson, Graham, Erskine, Rae, S. Bremner, Robertson, L. Barbour, Lynch Subs: Hale, Hall, Ritchie, A. Bremner, Duguid