Phins win despite a host of missed opportunities

After a depleted squad at Westhill last week, Manager Johnstone had a full 16 available to choose from to face University Strollers,

Strollers had only eleven players, no subs, no coaches, so they had a tough task in front of them and right from the off, Torphins were raiding down on the away sides goal.

Mackenzie was getting a lot of joy down the right wing and he was involved in most of the chances that fell the home side’s way.

A powerful run down the wing was too hot to handle by Uni’s left back and the wingers low drive fizzed agonisingly wide of the far post.

Moments later Mackenzie’s cross, across the 6 yard box should have been converted by Meaden but the ball broke to the back post where both Travers and Michie squandered chances to break the deadlock.

Meinen put Meaden through but the attacker could only fire straight at the keeper and when Meinen was put through, he completely mishit, putting the ball wide.

A throw in by Michie was collected by the ever dangerous Mackenzie whose first touch turned the defender but his shot came crashing off the near post.

On 23 minutes Torphins finally found the back of the net. MEADEN again linked up well with his strike partner Meinen who put him through on goal.

Again the attacker fired straight at the goal keeper but his hand was not strong enough to divert the ball wide as the ball nestled on the back of the net.

On 40 minutes Meinen controlled superbly from a long ball, turning and finding the target with a half volley that the keeper saved comfortably.

However just on half time, the attacker pulled up with a leg injury and had to be substituted making way for Brown, back after a six match ban.

The second half again was dominated by Torphins but very dire poor finishing along with it. Wright and Brown combined well down the left and the attackers cut back found Mackenzie in acres of space at the back post, but even with all the time in the world and an open goal, the winger blasted over the bar.

Brown was next to have good opportunities to double the Phins slender lead but he too failed.

Mitchell replaced the injured Kellas with Michie dropping back to defence.

Mitchell was staying in the thick of the action with his quick feet work bringing him past the defence and a low shot was saved by the diving keeper.

Smith replaced a tired looking Meaden and the young forward got himself stuck in with some meaty challenges.

On the 90 minute mark, Torphins could breathe a big sigh of relief. Brown won a corner after pulling an acrobatic save from a curling shot.

Cruickshank swung the ball in and MITCHELL rose well at the front post to fire home the second decisive goal.