Three-mendous effort from the Bay

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It was a return to league business on Saturday as the Bay visited Bishopmill in a PMAC Division Two fixture.

The Bay started brightly with the wind at their backs: a C Buchan cross found Tocher, who headed the ball back to K Park, whose shot was wide. Then a Sime free kick went straight to keeper Andrews and another shot from K Park was also wide.

The Bay continued to attack but were not really making clear cut chances. However, this changed after twelve minutes, when Walker headed the ball onto K Park who ran on and lobbed the ball over Andrews and into the net.

A Walker cross caused as he got to the bye line and put in a low cross; however the Bishopmill defence managed to clear the danger. Ramsay made a run down the left and squared the ball to K Park who put his final effort wide from just inside the box.

They Bay continued to press and a Mair free kick from twenty five yards went just wide of goal an another K Park was easily collected by Andrews.

Eventually, the home side managed a shot on target midway through the half when Mylchreest put in an effort from the edge of the box but Buchan, for the Bay collected comfortably.

The Bay continued to have most of the play; in another attack Ramsay put in another cross from the left but this went across goal and out of play. Then Wisely put a ball through to walker who headed back to Ramsey whose shot was easily save by keeper Andrews.

On the counter, a Stewart free kick was headed goalwards by Mellis but Buchan for the Bay tipped the ball over the bar and then a Mylchreest cross was cleared as Mellis attempted to head the ball towards goal.

Ramsay was again prominent on the left, as he made another run; however his cross bobbled in front of Walker and prevented the Bay striker to get in a shot when well placed.

In a Bishopmill attack, Leggat found himself free just inside the box, but wasted the opportunity by putting his effort well over the bar.

Walker’s free kick from just outside the box rebounded back to him off the Bishopmill defensive wall; however his final shot went well wide.

The home side started much more brightly in the second half as they tried to take advantage of the wind. Downey put in a shot which was wide of the target and then Mychreest headed over when in a good position.

Ion a Bay counter attack, K Park had a chance when the ball was headed across goal but his shot went straight to Andrews.

Bishopmill continued to try and reduce the arrears when Downey tried another shot from twenty five yards and then had another effort saved by Bay keeper Buchan with his feet as the Bishopmill striker bore down on goal.

The Bay still managed to get in attacks whenever possible - in one Wisely head the ball onto Reid but the home defence was quick to clear, then Tocher did well inside the box putting the ball to Reid, whose final effort was wide.

Buchan, in the Bay goal made a finger tip to Deakon effort and tip the ball round the post as the home side tried to get the equaliser.

The home side had a let off when Reid latched onto a back pass on put in a shot which Andrews managed to parry and the ball was eventually cleared by Leggat.

In the 86th minute the Bay increased their lead when Andrews failed to collect a Ramsay cross from the left and Lawrence was on hand to fire the ball into the net.

The Bay went three-up in the final minute when Ramsay was upended in the box as he made a run on goal - Mair making no mistake from the resultant spot kick.

In the end this was a comfortable and deserved victory for the Bay, although, playing against the wind in the second half, they had a few uncomfortable moments.

A note for your diary, the Bay are holding a boxing night on December 1 at The Station Hotel, Ellon. For further information contact Kevin Smith on 812668 or Terry Dando on 812796.

Cruden Bay: Stuart Buchan, C Buchan, Wisely, Duncan< Sime, Mair, Findlay, Ramsay, Tocher, Walker, K Park. Subs: Glendiining, Lawrence, Reid, J Park, Scott Buchan

Bishopmill: Andrews, McPherson, Leggat, McIntyre, Porter, Costen, Deakon, Stewart, Downey, Mellis, Mylchreest. Subs: Cameron, Christie.