Maud stun league leaders with impressive display

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WITH an outstanding win at Sunnybank behind them from last week, Saturday’s team selection was understandably unchanged for the difficult encounter with current Superleague leaders Banks O’Dee.

Maud started off well and after only two minutes Marchi played a neat header to Willox whose first time shot was dipping under the bar until Fyfe in Dee’s goal held it under the bar.

On five minutes Fraser played in MacDonald and this time his shot came off the crossbar. The opposition tried to settle things down and a couple of minutes later after some controlled approach play, Cruickshank tried an effort from 12 yards but it was well over the Maud bar.

On 12 minutes A.Davidson received a long cross ball and did well to pick out Marchi in the Dee penalty area but he was just beaten to it by Dee fullback Mair. Maud had a let off on 21 minutes when Dee found some space on the right and won a corner. It was hit long to Moir in space in the penalty area but luckily for Maud, his shot was wild and over when a shot on target would surely have been the first goal.

Maud came back and McKechnie played in Marchi in the 18-yard box, who laid it across goal to A. Davidson at the far post, but the defender did well to stop a certain goal.

On 29 minutes what looked like a stonewall penalty was refused by the referee when A.Davidson played a ball across the Dee six-yard line. As Willox went to challenge one of the Dee defenders used his arm but despite cries from all over the ground the penalty was not given.

The ball was again won in the middle by Willox and he played in A.Davidson on the left of the penalty area, but his low shot was well saved by Fyfe.

With the pressure building, the goal finally came on 34 minutes when Dee again gave away a free kick 25 yards out as Maud were pressing. MacDonald played a great ball across the area to Fraser at the far post who beat two defenders to powerfully head in Maud’s opening goal.

However, two minutes later Dee were level when an obvious handball in the middle of the park by Cruickshank was not given and the ball went to the right wing.

A simple low cross from the right into Maud’s penalty area was turned into his own goal by K.Simpson. It was a cruel blow to Maud who had worked very hard with good football to open the scoring, only to be pegged back by an own goal.

Five minutes before half time Maud again pressed, this time Marchi in the box but the ball was hacked away for a corner. A. Davidson hit a low powerful ball from the corner and it was just cleared off the line by Dee.

One minute into stoppage time Maud found themselves a goal behind when a ball through the middle found Biskup who turned his marker and hit a low shot at Barbour but it was not held and Bisckup followed in under pressure from Barbour and K.Simpson but the ball was bundled over the line.

After 54 minutes a long high ball from Dee’s right to the far post of Maud’s goal found Robertson unmarked to head in Dee’s third goal of the match.

However, Maud were not going to give this up and a minute later following a bit of build-up play, Arthur had a shot from 16 yards that cannoned back off the left hand post and came to Willox in the middle of the goal who pulled one back for Maud.

On 19 minutes McKechnie and Willox had a great passage of play that Dee couldn’t get near. The ball was played perfectly across the front of the Dee goal but nobody from Maud had followed in and it went out for a corner.

From that corner K.Simpson had a great chance to equalise but his header was narrowly over the bar. Maud kept on pressing Dee all over the park and their persistence paid off on 65 minutes when they won yet another corner. Again taken by A. Davidson it fell to Fraser at the far post and with an almost identical effort as his first goal his towering header hit the back of the next for the equaliser which was as much as Maud’s second half performance had warranted.

With ten minutes to go Marchi won the ball out wide and he laid it off to A. Davidson who ran into the box but his low shot was saved by Fyfe. A minute later the great fightback was complete when a long ball from Arthur into the penalty area saw Marchi challenge Fyfe for the ball in the air. It came out to second half sub Middleton who composed himself and hit a shot past two defenders and into the net for Mauds fourth goal.

Dee had one final chance five minutes from time when they found Biskup alone in the Maud penalty area from a long ball but he fired high and wide for the last chance.

This was an outstanding result for Maud and it was no more than they deserved for the effort they put in, especially after being 1-3 down after 55 minutes but this was no fluke, it was a well deserved win which hopefully augers well for the rest of the season.

This weekend Maud are away in the Superleague to FC Stoneywood with a 2.15pm kick-off.

MAUD: Barbour, B. Davidson, Arthur, K. Simpson, Fraser, Rae, McKechnie, MacDonald, Marchi, Willox, A. Davidson. Subs: Jamieson, Middleton, Stott, Hall, Walker, M. Simpson.