Culter win derby clash

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A crowd of approximately 150 turned up at Milton Park for the last Deeside Derby of 2011 on Saturday.

Having had no game for the past few weeks due to the weather and the festive break, Saints went into this game lacking match practice, while Culter were looking to bounce back after their Christmas Eve defeat to Stonehaven.

However, it was the home side who had the better of the first half despite falling behind to an early goal.

Culter started by forcing a couple of early corners that proved fruitless and Saints responded with a Pyper cross to the back post that was headed wide by Garrett.

The champions opened the scoring on 12 minutes when another corner was well delivered for Crosbie to steal a run on his marker and bullet a header in from inside the six yard box.

But Saints responded on 25 minutes when Shaun Carrol cut inside from the right to find the far corner of the net with the head of a slight deflection.

Stott then had a chance to put the visitors in the lead, but this seemed to spur Banchory into action as they finished the first half the stronger team.

Campbell Watt forced a good stop from Farqahar, and from the resulting corner Gray found Stainer at the back post who headed just wide.

Farqahar was called into action shortly after to palm a deflected shot round the post.

As expected, the Deesiders came out for the second half more determined, creating a number of openings with Banchory’s Irvine busier than ever.

Mountford and Robertson replaced Stott and Sim in the second half, while Banchory replaced Stainer with Scully.

Lewis McKimmie was looking a threat for Culter and hit the post with a right foot effort on 75 minutes, but he wasn’t to be denied a minute later when he met a good cross to force the ball home to make it 2-1.

Darren Pyper had a header cleared off the line in the closing stages as Saints pressed for a late equaliser, but the reigning Superleague champions held firm for all three points.

Banchory can now look forward to another derby match versus Stonehaven at Milton Park on Saturday while Culter travel to Sunnybank.

Banchory: Irvine, Donald, Galashan, Gray, Morrison, Carrol, Pyper, McRae, Garrett, Stainer, Watt.

Culter: Farqahar, Sim, Donald, Kelly, Seivwright, McAllistar, Murray, McBain, Crosbie, Stott.