McDonald hat-trick seals Echt win

Echt travelled to Balgownie last Saturday keen to put the disappointment of their midweek Premier Trophy final defeat behind them.

Their hosts Bon Accord City went into this one knowing that anything other than a win here would almost certainly condemn them to First Division football next season.

After a scrappy untidy start by both sides Echt’s Kane came closest to opening the scoring when he rattled the City crossbar following a Macleod pass in 9 minutes.

Echt had recalled young keeper Lewis Milne for this one and he made a fine diving stop on a Craig penalty box grounder in 11 minutes.

The home side went ahead in16 mins.the Echt rearguard in disarray as a right side move went unchecked, leaving Aurik to prod past the advancing Milne.

Defensively, Echt continued to live dangerously and rode their luck on several occasions before drawing level on the half hour mark, a Douglas spot kick after Kane was flattened in the home box.

When MacLeod and Kirton combined two minutes later, the latter’s angular drive brought a fine diving save from home keeper Kessack to prevent Echt from taking the lead.

Echt coach Vic Roger was the replacement for the injured McGillivray in 37 mins. City’s Farrimond then passed up a glorious goalscoring opportunity, latching on to a misplaced passback clearance from Milne, he was left free to move in on goal, however his attempted lofted finish was tipped over by the keeper.

Prior to the break both keepers were again in action, Milne to push an effort wide and at the other end Kessack raced off his line to thwart McDonald.

In 52 minutes Milne instinctively with a foot, blocked a Craig netbound effort but it was visitors Echt who went in front in 59 minutes with a McDonald header on a Kane cross.

Relegation haunted Bon Accord responded immediately, Farrimond swivelled on to a pass into the Echt box and despatched a cracker high into the Echt net for 2-2.

A fine inviting left side curled delivery by Wood in 77 minutes left McDonald with a good opportunity but he prodded wide, however the youngster made no mistake two minutes later when he rammed home close in after a Douglas attempt had been blocked.

The game was won and lost in the 82nd minute, Milne made another last ditch foot stop to prevent an equaliser and within seconds McDonald completed his hat-trick by firing low across Kessack into the far corner for 2-4.