Culter blasts seven past Stonehaven

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Champions Culter produced a storming performance in their last home league game of the season and completely outclassed a bemused ‘Hive side with a fine display of football.

There was no hint of the scoreline that was to come in the early exchanges, with ‘Hive having an early chance through former Culter player Martin Shand but he shot wide.

With 10 minutes on the clock Dod MCBAIN, unusually playing through the middle, finished a flowing move with a devastating strike to open the scoring. A few minutes later MCBAIN doubled his tally with a clinical finish from inside the box.

Allan Youngson then tried his luck from range but Mike Smith produced an outstanding save to deny the midfield maestro before John Farquhar reproduced the stop at the other end from a Max Alexander attempt.

Veteran Colin Craik tried to get in on the act just past the half hour mark but his stinging shot was well saved by the ‘Hive custodian.

McBain then fed Mike Taylor but Mike Smith was again equal to the task whilst Allan Youngson was denied a goal by a desperate block from Steven Reid. At the start of the second period Jamie McAllister released McBain who strolled into the area but on this occasion his attempt went wide before Ryan Stott had a good effort blocked by the beleaguered ‘Hive rearguard.

It was all over bar the shouting with only four minutes of the second half played when McBain found Mike TAYLOR who produced a fine finish.

With the match won, Culter sent on Darren Pyper and Lewis McKimmie for Colin Craik and Jamie McAllister but it was Scott McArthur who almost made it four with a blistering shot which whistled just wide.

In, possibly, his last game in a Culter shirt former skipper and current coach Murray Rattray replaced Darryn Kelly and he slotted into the back line as if he had never been away.

Dod MCBAIN got his hat trick soon after with a magnificent lob which sailed over the ‘keeper’s head and into the empty net.

Darren PYPER added to the Coast side’s misery when he also produced a fantastic lob as ‘Hive were left bemused.

With the home defence at sixes and sevens Dod MCBAIN was once again on hand to bury the ball behind for a wonderful fourth for the hitman.

Late in the half Mike TAYLOR compounded ‘Hive’s tribulations with a good finish following a super pass from Scott McArthur. Culter: Farquhar, McArthur, Robertson, Kelly, Wilson, Craik, McAllister, Youngson, Taylor, McBain, Stott. Substitutes: Pyper, Wyness, Seivwright, Murray, Rattray, Duguid. Stonehaven: M. Smith, Low, Glass, Reid, McGregor, Buchanan, Hill, Shand, Alexander, Cormack, J. Smith. Substitutes: Paterson, Baxter, Mathieson, Cruickshank.