University Strollers entertained Torphins in only their second game in the league after reforming for the new uni year.
University looked good on the ball with some quite fluent passing football but Torphins looked lack lustre and were not putting near enough work rate in.
University went close at a couple of set pieces, slack marking left strollers players unmarked to get shots away but luckily for the Phins none that troubled Cooper in between the sticks.
In the first half where Torphins produced very little, their only spark came from young Mitchell. The winger brilliantly dribbled forward and with his quick feet, he left the Strollers’ players for dead before breaking into the box. The winger cruelly had his feet taken away from him, but amazingly the referee waved away the penalty appeals to the despair of everyone.
To rub salt in the wound, Strollers went in at half time with a deserved one nil lead. A cross from the right was headed on at the front post, and an unmarked midfielder at the back post slid in to put the University side ahead.
Torphins finally got going in the second half and had a good bit of possession. Wright pulled a good save out the keeper after an outstanding piece of play down the left. Wright played to Brown who knocked the ball back to Travers. He played a one two with Wright before passing to Brown who flicked the ball back to Wright who continued his run, and the full back’s shot was tipped over the bar for a corner.
Torphins should have levelled on 55 minutes when Mitchell crossed to Brown who should have scored at the back post but his shot failed to hit the target.
However minutes later the winger found the back of the net. Allardyce’s long throw in was met by BROWN’s head, and a deflection off the knee of a defender put the ball into the net.
Ten minutes later Torphins stole the lead. A corner from the left was met by full back SCOTT who rose well to power a header home. His first goal for the club.
Mackenzie was replaced by Meaden, Brebner came on for Allardyce and the injured Scott was substituted by Mutch.
On 75 minutes University brought the sides level after a breakdown in the Torphins defence.
A corner was headed clear and all the Torphins players raced out to catch the Uni side offside when the ball was played back in. However not one player put pressure on the players with the ball who could not believe his luck running straight through on goal before hitting a rocket into the roof of the net.
Shortly after, a refereeing mistake changed the game completely. A long ball was going through to Cooper but as Cooper collected the ball, the referee blew his whistle and pointed to the spot. He penalised Allan for using his strength to hold off an attacker trying to get to the ball. Uni’s centre half fired low to Cooper’s left to put the Uni side ahead.
With pure frustration and anger running wild through the Phins ranks, their discipline dropped and the referee started dishing out yellow cards. Travers, Allan, D Cruickshank and Mitchell were all put in the book before Cooper was shown a straight red.
A midfielder, clearly controlling with his hand, raced down on goal before being wiped out by Cooper just outside the box. Again Torphins were furious with the referee, having denied seeing the hand ball. They crowded round the whistler, who showed Cooper a red card for denying a goal scoring opportunity.
With no sub goalkeeper, Brown took responsibility.
Right at the death, Meaden almost found the back of the net. The forward powered into the box and despite being pulled back, managed to get a shot away but the Uni keeper saved easily.