Derby delight for Culter

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Culter kept up their winning run against Banchory St Ternan with a 4-1 victory at Crombie Park last Thursday.

The pitch was in good condition despite heavy rain throughout the week but strong winds made conditions tough for both sides early on.

Culter created the first chance, winning a corner before Mountford’s shot was deflected wide by his own player.

Campbell Watt had the first sight of goal for Saints which forced goalkeeper Farquhar into action.

Farquhar was called on again soon after as Kelly’s mistake allowed Banchory striker Paul Smith a sight of goal but the Culter goalkeeper saved smartly down to his left.

Scott Garrett’s driven cross from the right flashed right across goal with no takers.

The play was switching from end-to-end as neither side could get a firm grip on the match.

In the 20th minute Culter midfielder Youngson was denied by Irvine from Mountford’s cut back.

Culter should have went ahead two minutes later when Sim’s cross fell to McWilliam at the back post but he scuffed his shot off the woodwork and wide.

Banchory responded with Farquhar saving from Gray and then Shaun Carrol’s effort was fired across the six-yard box.

Culter suffered a blow when Jamie McAllister was forced to come off through injury.

Campbell Watt found Cammy Gray but his effort was comfortably saved by Farquhar after half an hour.

Darren McAllister was left in acres of space on the right hand side and would have at least expected to hit the target but his effort was screwed wide.

Culter began to build some pressure and Banchory stopper Chris Irvine had to make a fantastic one-handed save to prevent McWilliam scoring.

However two minutes later Culter broke the deadlock, from an unlikely source. Right back Andrew SIM burst through the Saints defence and rounded Irvine before calmly slotting home.

Irvine was forced to go off through injury shortly after and he was replaced by understudy Grant Sim in goal.

Sim was in action right away as he had to make a fine save from Allan YOUNGSON but the Culter midfielder wasn’t to be denied two minutes before half time when he kept his composure to roll the ball past Sim from 12 yards.

Just before half time, GARRETT gave the away side hope as his jinking run saw him beat several Culter defenders and then fire the ball into the corner of the net for 2-1.

Culter made another change during the break as Rattray replaced Wilson in defence but soon the home side regained their two-goal advantage.

Banchory’s calls for offside were waved away as Darren MCALLISTER raced clear to make it 3-1 in the 48th minute.

Mountford could have sealed the three points for Culter a minute later but he fired wide when in the clear.

Both sides made further changes as Craik was replaced by McArthur for Culter and Saints made a tactical switch with Michael Skene taking the place of Smith.

Banchory kept trying to force the game but the home side were looking dangerous on the counter attack.

Substitute Skene had to make a last-ditch tackle and then Mountford volleyed wide for Culter.

In the 72nd minute Shaun Carrol battled his way into the Culter box but Kelly got back to deny him a shot at goal and then Banchory had an excellent chance to pull a goal back as Forbes was left one-on-one with Farquhar but the shot grazed off the stopper’s back and out for a corner.

Banchory swapped Watt for Sadler and continued to build pressure, Farquhar was fortunate to get back in time as his rushed clearance rebounded off Carrol.

Banchory were leaving more spaces at the back and Mountford and McAllister might have done better when played through on goal.

The result was sealed with five minutes remaining.

A long ball saw McWilliam head the ball into the path of his strike partner MOUNTFORD and he took one touch before dinking the ball over Irvine for 4-1.

Culter: Farquhar, Sim, Donald, Kelly, Wilson, Craik, J.McAllister, Youngson, Mountford, McWilliam, D.McAllister. Subs: McArthur, Murray, Rattray, Seivwright.

Banchory: Irvine, Pyper, Robertson, Donald, Reid, Watt, Carrol, Forbes, Smith, Garrett, Gray. Subs: Sim, Sadler, Skene, McRae.