Horne sinks Banchory

A tale of a penalty that wasn’t and a goal that wasn’t given cost Banchory the game they deserved to win in this Grill League Cup Section 1 encounter.

After a good start with Saints’ Jack Presly going close with a free kick, Murray Adam put Banchory ahead with a wonderful long range strike on 12 minutes.

Three minutes later Jack Henderson almost made it two when he robbed a defender, but his shot was well saved by the Stoney keeper.

Stonehaven were not making much headway and it was Saints’ Biskup who got the next chance on 20 minites when he burst through to shoot low past the post and then on 33 minutes Presly did the same.

But it was Stonehaven who scored out of the blue on 35 minutes.

Murray Buchan appeared to have won the ball in a sliding tackle inside the box but the referee thought otherwise, awarding a penalty and booking Buchan in the process. Ex-Saints player Keith Horne scored from the spot.

Almost immediately it was 2-1 to Stoney when Horne pounced on a loose ball to slide the ball past Knowles.

Presly was prominent again when he had a shot well saved and then Henderson looped the ball over the Stonehaven goalkeeper for what he thought was the equaliser. But the referee adjudged that the defender cleared the ball before it was over the line.

With a minute left of the first half Presly got the goal he deserved when Henderson’s sweeping move and pin point cross made it 2-2.

Biskup hit the side netting early in the second half with Craig Simpson also threatening the Stoney goal.

Murray Buchan had to look sharp to head clear and then Stoney’s Lewis Shand hit the Saints’ post.

The visitors were now seeing more of the ball and Buchan again came to the rescue when he blocked a Horne shot in the box.

On 75 minutes Stonehaven were reduced to ten men when Shand was booked for a second time, but within a minute they took the lead when Horne was left unmarked to head home from eight yards for his hat-trick.

Buchan and Presly were replaced by Graham and Forbes as Saints went looking for the equaliser, but despite a couple of half chances the points went across the Slug to Stonehaven.

Team: Justin Knowles, Darren Reid, Josh Robertson, Murray Buchan (Craig Graham), Craig Simpson, Dean Leith, Murray Adam (Steve Gray), Jack Presly (Connor Forbes), Jindrich Biskup, Jack Henderson, Andy Close. Subs: Chris Donald, Danny Ross.