Share of the spoils

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Westhill side Halliburton travelled to Dyce to face a side currently sitting in the top three.

Dyce, relegated from the Premier Division last season, had bolstered their squad at a car boot sale in Newmachar, where the now defunct local amateur side had been giving players away free to a good home.

Dyce undoubtedly picking up a couple of great acquisitions particularly in the shape of powerful centre back Greg Pirie, a man mountain of a guy that dominated his back line throughout the proceedings.

Comeback man Copland was welcomed back into amateur football in style inside the opening 2 minutes, when he took a full volleyed clearance right on the side of the head, a blow that was still ringing in his ears long after the game had ended.

Brown lost possession for Halli and Dyce raced up the left and won a corner. Marlow taking it confidently by hand when it was swung across.

R.Fulton got the better of the home side’s A.Taylor in the air to find S.Jaques, he picked out K.Jaques who delivered a great cross. S.Jaques rose and met superbly only for Dyce keeper Baldwin to pull off a wonder save. The keeper then made a good stop off a weak Wilson shot.

Halli were weak on the left which allowed Dyce to break through, N.McDonald defending A Milnes cross very well.

In 12 Dyce drilled in a low corner from the right and Halli’s Mutch slashed a wild clearance towards his own goal, Copland well placed to head off the line.

A minute later Dyce’s Pirie rose to loop a header in off the far post despite Brown’s best efforts to clear for 1-0.

On the half hour Hallis’ Brown swept a searching free kick wide to Mutch who won and then delivered a throw in, this was only half cleared to K.Jaques who sliced his volley well wide. On the break K.Jaques went down after turning an ankle but was fine to resume.

The game was evenly balanced with Dyce having had the upper hand early on but Halli had now settled.

A free kick was won by Halli in 47 but an atrocious effort from N.Duncan trundled into the home side’s defensive wall.

In 51 R.Fulton now looking on form up front, skinned Gibson of Dyce before rifling a shot wide.

Man mountain Pirie of Dyce got up well to power a clearance forward which was worked out to A.Taylor, he swung it across for Lornie but the angle was too tight and he shot into the side netting.

By the 56th minute the game was level. R.Fulton chased a ball wide before turning and rifling an unstoppable drive into the top corner, a cracking goal to make it 1-1.

On the hour mark Pirie got up to meet a left wing corner and slammed in a header which Halli keeper Marlow got a hand to. Simpson scrambling the loose ball to safety.

R.Fulton tried a speculative long range drive which whistled just past the post.

N.Duncan got the chance to redeem his earlier terrible free kick effort when in 63 he lined up another. This time very unlucky to see a super effort smash back off the crossbar. The ball bounced loose and S.Jaques unsuccessfully attempted a fruitless overhead kick.

Halli ‘s keeper was all over the place in 75 when he came out with no chance of getting there, Simpson bailing him out with a scrambled clearance.

Halli made a change with Gebbie introduced up front, S.Jaques back into right mid with Mutch into the middle in place of the withdrawn Brown.

Gebbie was instantly into action racing wide to catch a lost cause then turning it inside to Mutch, who saw his delivery cleared once again by Pirie.

With five minutes remaining a quiet shout for a pen for Halli when Simpson went down attacking a Mutch free kick but Mr Taylor waved away the appeals.

With the most likely result looking to be a draw Dyce launched a late attack in 88. Marlow was rooted to his line forcing Simpson to hook clear for a corner. The ball came in and was cleared to R.Fulton, he raced up the line but couldn’t pick out the run of Gebbie.

In injury time Halliburton had their last chance when K.Jaques broke at pace up the left cut inside to feed Wilson who fired just wide.

It was a fair correct result as neither side dominated.

Halliburton: Marlow, N.Duncan, N.McDonald, Simpson, Mutch, Copland, Brown, R.Fulton, Wilson, S.Jaques and K.Jaques. Subs: Gebbie and G.Fulton.