Phins put five past Westhill

The last midweek fixture of August and Torphins played host to Westhill who came into the Aberdeenshire Amateur League the same year as Torphins.

Westhill came out the strongest in the first 5 minutes with Torphins proving they are very slow starters this season.

Although dominating possession Westhill barely troubled Cooper with the back line proving hard to get past. The left winger however did have a good opportunity on 7 minutes after playing a neat one-two. He found himself one on one with the goalkeeper but the on form Cooper made himself big and saved at the attacker’s feet.

But it was against the run of play that Torphins broke the deadlock. Bruce controlled well up front and slipped a ball in between the Hill centre half. GILBERT’S run was timed to perfection and the striker delicately dinked the ball into the near corner leaving the on rushing keeper no chance. A sublime finish.

It was only minutes later that the Phins had their large home crowd on their feet again. Travers came out of a sliding tackle with the ball and a pin point 50 yard diagonal ball put youngster MITCHELL on his way down the right.

The winger surged into the box and a great strike put the ball right into the far corner with the Keeper stranded to the ground.

On 40 minutes Westhill were given a lifeline. A long throw in was controlled well by an attacker inside the box and Allan came clumsily in from the back awarding a penalty.

The Westhill captain made no mistake firing into the roof of the net.

On the stroke of half time, Torphins re-gained their two goal cushion. TRAVERS powered forward from the centre of midfield doing well to stay on his feet after a few sliding challenges.

Breaking into the box the captain toe poked the ball across the keeper into the far corner of the net.

Torphins increased the lead on 68 minutes with Geddes again the provider. A long ball put MITCHELL through on goal and the excellent winger made no mistake in beating the keeper one on one.

At 4–1 up Torphins made changes replacing goal scoring Gilbert with Meinen and two goal hero Mitchell was substituted for Smith. However a bit of brilliance from a Westhill centre midfielder gave the away side a glimmer of hope.

A run deep inside his own half took him past around 6 players, who failed to stop the midfielder, and when one on one with Cooper he slipped the ball under the Phins keeper.

With five minutes remaining Bruce was replaced by Beveridge and the attacker was involved greatly in the home side’s 5th goal. Beveridge brilliantly sold the Westhill keeper a dummy sending him to the ground but the attacker was unlucky to see his shot saved on the line by a defender. However the ball fell to MEINEN who made no mistake in making it 5-2, slotting the ball into the corner for his second of the season.

A well-deserved victory with a spirited performance for the Phins who grafted from start to finish.