Coming back to league duty following their Grill League Cup win, Maud were taught a clinical lesson today by current Superleague champions Culter.
Within two minutes Culter pushing forward into Maud’s box a cry for a weak penalty claim was waved aside.
Culter were playing an attacking game and had Maud on the back foot almost from kick off. Reid started a good move from the back pushing onto Willox who played a lovely ball through the Culter defence to A. Davidson whose cross was cut out for a goal kick.
Back up the field McAllister was unlucky when his powerful header rattled off the crossbar and cleared up as far as midfield where it was picked up by McWilliam who jinxed past three players before finishing off for the first goal in nine minutes.
As Maud tried to get back into the game Culter were quick on the break using both wings to push up the field. A succession of corners for Culter all came to nothing.
A quick throw in from the right set Culter off on a run but the final shot was sent past the right post. Culter again broke down the left and an excellent finish from Stott gave them their second in 22 minutes. Maud’s defence was caught sleeping when Culter crossed the ball from the left over to the right but an alert Gatt in Maud’s goal pulled off a brilliant save.
Finally in the 29th minute Crosby unmarked finished off a move to hit home Culter’s third of the day. Maud finally woke up and pulled one back in the 33rd minute from Barbour who latched onto a loose ball inside the box, side stepped the keeper and finished off. The first half came to an end with Maud putting themselves under pressure by constantly making basic mistakes.
The second half kicked off and both teams wasted a couple of chances to score goals. Some good goal keeping from Gatt kept Maud in the game as time and time he denied Culter with a series of great saves.
A long ball down the left by Rae found Davidson whose cross into the box was not picked up by any Maud striker and the chance went amiss.
Maud replaced Davidson and Ritchie with Hendry and Strachan to try and freshen things up. It was only a matter of time as Culter upped the tempo and finally in the 69th and the 71st some clinical finishing by McWilliam gave him his hat trick of the afternoon.
Maud did come to life in the last 15 minutes but by this time the game was dead and buried. The final whistle came and Culter trooped off victorious this time leaving Maud to rue basic mistakes.
Next week Maud are at home in the North Regional Cup against Hall Russell United with a 2.15pm KO.
MAUD Gatt, B Davidson, Reid, Arthur, K Simpson, A Davidson, Rae, Barbour, Ritchie, Willox, Clark. Subs Hall, Hendry, Strachan,Ligertwood, Stott, Leslie,