Deesiders let two-goal lead slip

Dyce Juniors came from 3-1 down at half time to earn a point against Culter at Ian Mair Park in the PMAC Group Superleague.

Norbert Buza struck late to earn a draw for Dyce after Culter had led for most of the game.

Missed chances and some good goalkeeping from the evergreen David Neish ensured a point for each team and the only sour point was having to watch the referee produce card after card in a game that was far from dirty.

Culter made seven changes to the team after their impressive cup win over Stonehaven on Saturday and started well with McBain just heading past while at the other end Kelly denied Bartlett when he looked certain to score.

Steve BARTLETT only had to wait till the 14th minute as he headed home a free kick.

The lead only lasted three minutes when Ross McWILLIAM hooked home the equaliser.

The game was end-to-end on the heavy park but Culter edged in front in the 33rd minute.

McWilliam did well to win the ball back and passed to Mountford who in turn squared to George McBAIN who drove the ball home from 12 yards.

Neish tipped over Donald’s 20 yard strike but from the resultant corner Seivwright crossed for Chris MOUNTFORD to thump home a volley from close range just as the whistle blew for half time.

Early in the second half McWilliam went on a surging run that ended with his curling shot heading for the top corner but Neish produced a great one handed save.

Mountford shot just inches wide and then a Jamie McAllister header was headed off the line.

In the 64th minute the match changed when referee Vitch pointed to the away penalty spot to the surprise of both teams after Seivweight had headed away a clearance. Kevin NEISH stepped up to send McIntosh the wrong way from 12 yards.

Mountford’s half volley was tipped over and then the same player shot wide before Dyce equalised in the 87th minute.

After a spell of pressure from the home team Nobby BUZA poked home from close range to square the match.

It could have been worse for Culter just a minute later as McIntosh had to produce a great block from the same player to earn both sides a point.

The result all but ends Culter’s challenge to retain the Superleague title as they sit 25 points behind leaders Hermes, with only 27 left to play for.

Culter: Andrew McIntosh, Andrew Sim, Greg Donald, Darryn Kelly, James Seivwright, Lee Murray, Darren McAllister, Colin Craik, Ross McWilliam, Chris Mountford, George McBain.

Subs: Scott McArthur, Allan Youngson, Jamie McAllister, Adam Wilson, Murray Rattray and John Farquhar.