Echt go nap at Woodside

Echt were on the road again on league business and as they had only managed to pick up two points from their opening four fixtures, they were desperate to flag up their first win of the season against a host side that had yet to register a point.

Echt got off to a flyer, Greg Kane was left clear inside the box, in on keeper Brown, to roll home the opener as the custodian advanced off his line inside 60 seconds.

Brown then pushed away a close in McLaren strike in 6 minutes and with Echt in complete control, had Darren Macleod made a decent contact on a low Jamie Wood cross in 17 minutes he would have doubled the Echt advantage.

Philip Craig however made no mistake three minutes later, easily chipping over Brown, after MacLeod robbed hesitant defender Wilson on the edge of the box to set up the chance.

The homesters got forward to win a corner in 27 minutes and Duff’s near post delivery was glanced over Kessack’s crossbar off the head of Reid with the big keeper untroubled.

Kane then raced clear in 33 minutes to clinically beat the unprotected Brown for 0-3.

A fourth looked on the cards for Echt soon after but Brown nicked the ball off the head of Craig as he was about to put the finishing touch on a Kane right side delivery.

In 37 minutes MacLeod, out near the right corner flag, laid the ball back for Joe Kirton to deliver a sublime cross and Craig rose to bullet home a close in header.

Stuart Cooper replaced Alan Daun in 42 minutes.

A rare threat from Great Western saw Sutherland, despite being hounded by three Echt defenders, still manage to fire an angular drive across Kessack and narrowly wide of the far post.

With the match realistically over as a contest and being played in unusually hot conditions, the tempo dropped considerably for the second period.

The home side gave a better account of themselves but not to the extent that it ever really looked like seriously cutting back Echt’s four goal advantage.

Marc Lawrence, Scott Birse and Andy Davidson were all introduced to give well earned breaks to Chris Collie, Jamie Wood and Stewart McLaren with the last of the early season midweek fixtures away to Portlethen this week.

Craig brought up the nap hand for Echt and completed his own hat-trick in 82 minutes with a fitting strike.

Racing down the left he carried the ball beyond Brown stranded out in no man’s land and fired into the far side of the net leaving three defenders helpless, a great finish.

ECHT: Kessack, Harris, Daun, Collie, Aberdein, McLaren, MacLeod, Kirton, Kane, Craig, Wood.

SUBs: Cooper, Birse, Lawrence, A Davidson, Presslie.