13 not so unlucky for Boys

After a three week break in fixtures due to flooded pitches, October holiday breaks and snow, a late pitch inspection was required due to overnight frost in order for the Banchory U17 team to resume their matches. Milton Park was in great condition and Banchory stepped up to defeat Cruden Bay in the Noscab Trophy 1st Round match.

Banchory played an attacking 3-5-2 formation and their dominance showed in the final scoreline of 13-1, but the match also showed that they still need to work had for the ninety minutes when they will be up against tougher opposition.

Banchory had a strong steady start and worked the ball well and Brimmer grabbed a brace of goals in the first ten minutes.

Yeoman nearly made it three on the quarter hour but saw his shot from outside the box deflected wide. Flahery was also denied by a save at full stretch and Crowe saw his shot just go wide of the post.

Banchory were creating chances from play down both wings with West and Crowe linking up well with Middleton, Marnoch and Brimmer up front and Cameron and Flaherty in centre midfield and Cruden Bay were struggling to contain the attacks.

Banchory eventually got the next goal on the half hour with the introduction of Gardyne up front, and with his first touch he volleyed in a corner from 10 yards to emphatically beat the keeper.

Cruden Bay then pushed forward and put the defence of Grant, Milne and Yeoman under pressure, but they were able to hold out.

West and Marnoch increased the score to 5-0 by the break to show the home teams dominance of the first half.

Maybury was introduced at half time and he made an immediate impact scoring with his first touch in Banchory first attack. In a rare attacking run from Grant he worked the ball down the left then cut inside and shot from outside the box. His shot went in at the far corner of the goal and the quality of the strike far outshone the quality of the celebration.

Further goals were scored by Maybury and Brimmer who both completed their hat-tricks.

Marnoch, Gardyne and Goldbeck completed the scoring for Banchory by the 70 minute mark.

The quality that had been displayed in using the wings, working the ball and attacking the opposition then faltered as Banchory took their foot off the gas and with a full rotation of the subs and the team mixed around, Cruden Bay were able to put more ball into the Banchory half and then apply some pressure to the defence.

On 75 minutes they were rewarded for their hard work when the ball played out to the left was cut back too easy and the striker hit a clean strike from the edge of the box across the goals and into the net off the post past a full diving Masson in goal, who was left with no chance.

Banchory play Colony Park in Inverurie in the next round of the Trophy on November 10.