Cup dream is over for Phins

Torphins and Westhill braced wintry conditions in the first round of the Edmond trophy.

The game was one of a handful to be played in Aberdeenshire after a layer of snow was cleared from the pitch by the Westhill team.

Torphins started the brighter of the two teams and took the lead five minutes in to the game. A long ball out from defence was controlled on the right by Mitchell, the winger then dinked the ball towards Allardyce who flicked the ball over the keeper to net his seventh of the season.

Five minutes later, the ‘Phins almost doubled their lead. Mackenzie muscled his way inside from the left and lashed a shot from the edge of the box which whistled narrowly over the bar.

The home team finally began to find some passes and set about testing Cooper from range.

The Westhill number 7 had a long-range drive beaten away by Cooper. From the resulting corner, the Torphins number 1 was there again to palm the ball over the bar after a striker angled his header back across the goal.

A slick passing exchange by Cruickshank and Meaden created another great chance for the visitors to extend their advantage. The midfield duo worked an opening for the fleet footed Travers who beat one man before being felled. The referee pointed to the spot.

Keen to rekindle his early season form, Mitchell wrestled the ball off of Travers and smashed his penalty off the underside of the bar before a relieved defender hooked the ball clear.

At 25 minutes in, Westhill found their equaliser. A breakdown in communication allowed Westhill’s central midfielder to stroll through the heart of the defence and coolly slot the ball under an oncoming Cooper.

Minutes later, history repeated itself. The same player scoring a carbon copy of his earlier effort to notch his second of the game. Johnstone was furious on the sidelines as Torphins yet again failed to track their runners, while the rest of bench speculated that Westhill had invented a time machine.

Mackenzie picked up a knee injury after a brave challenge out on the wing and was replaced by Meinen, with Allardyce moving to the left. Meinen made an instant impact up front as he used his strength to beat a full back before drilling the ball inches wide.

It took another penalty for Torphins to level the match. Meinen held up the ball and rolled it into the path of Meaden, whose rasping shot was spilled by the keeper. Allardyce was first to the ball and won the penalty after a clumsy challenge from the goalie. Mitchell was conspicuous by absence as captain Travers made no mistake from the spot.

Bruce replaced a booked Meaden.

The game’s winning goal came with ten minutes remaining. Westhill’s unmarked number 10 unleashed a spectacular 40 yard effort which flew past a stunned Cooper and into the top corner, sending the home team in to raptures.

Torphins pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but time was running out.

Striker Bruce’s scuffed shot was the best the away team could muster before the referee blew the final whistle on their cup dream.