Monymusk’s miserable month ends in defeat

A goal in each half, including one from the penalty spot, gave the league leaders the points and rounded off a miserable month for Monymusk.

This was a much better performance though, despite the scoreline, by Musk after the previous week’s debacle at Turriff when they were hit for six.

A re-shuffled Monymusk team saw Andy Robertson partner Callum Nicolson in the centre of defence with Phil Stewart moving out to the left and Jamie Mackie starting in midfield. Paul Doverty got a start against his former team and trialist Grant Forsyth was on the bench.

Monymusk started the game brightly and there was a let off for the league leaders in 11 minutes when Phil Stewart popped up on the right and saw his drive cannon off the post.

Musk were containing Ferryhill much to their frustration and this boiled over in 28 minutes when the referee booked the city side’s manager and sent him from the field after he vented his anger at one of his decisions.

It took 30 minutes for Ferryhill to create their first real chance on the Musk goal, a low shot from a corner which  went just wide.

This signalled a spell of pressure for Ferryhill and Musk keeper Mikey Fyffe   blocked well in 33 minutes before bringing off a great save with ten minutes of the first half remaining to keep his team on level terms.

The opening goal was only delayed, however, and it came two minutes later when  a corner was headed into the net.

Fyffe then pulled off another good block, this time with his legs, as Ferryhill finished the first half strongly.

Musk started the second half in fine fashion with a great Andy Cruden effort after just four minutes which fizzed just over the top of the crossbar.

Musk then made a double substitution with Forsyth and Ryan Sangster coming on for Andrew Moss and Paul Doverty in a bid to get something from the game.

Ferryhill, however, consolidated their lead in 70 minutes when the referee awarded them a penalty for what he deemed was a push in the box and the spot kick was duly converted.

This knocked the stuffing out of the home side and Ferryhill continued to press forward and create chances but they were unable to add to their tally by the final whistle.

Monymusk: Fyffe, Duthie, J. Stewart, Robertson, Nicolson, Moss (Forsyth), Hay, Mackie, Doverty (Sangster), Cruden (Beaton) and P. Stewart. Subs not used: Barron and Smart.

This Saturday (March 3) Monymusk face Highland Hotel in a Division 3 game at Deer Park. Kick-off is at 2pm.