Culter close gap

On a cold afternoon Culter recorded an important win over Superleague leaders Hall Russell United. Prior to this game United were 19 points ahead of Culter who had six games in hand.  

The first real chance of the game fell to Stott. McAllister’s tempting cross landed at the winger’s feet but his shot crept past the post.

The home team went in front after 17 minutes. Stott went steaming down the wing and his cross was knocked on by McWilliam to Lewis McKimmie who poked home from close range.

McAllister then passed to Wilson whose strong run ended with his cross being cleared by Watson.

Erskine surged into the box in the 33rd minute but his shot failed to test Farquhar.

Donald then delivered a great cross to Stott but his shot just cleared the bar.

With half time approaching Erskine again blasted high and over for the away team.

After the break, a slack Farquhar pass-back landed with Shaw but his shot-cum-cross flew across the face of the home goal. 

McWilliam then played in Stott who flew into the box but his cross was headed over by McKimmie.

In 56 minutes Robertson’s cross was flicked on by McKimmie but the ‘keeper touched the ball over. From the resultant corner Seivwright’s header was tipped over by ‘keeper Simpson.

Craik then tried his luck with a cheeky lob from 35 yards but the ‘keeper saved easily.

Culter doubled their lead in 66 minutes. Stott played the ball into the box to Craik who cut the ball back into the path of Adam Wilson whose low drive from 18 yards out gave the ‘keeper no chance.

In the 70th minute Shaw was given a straight red card for kicking out at Kelly.

An Erskine cross found Dunn at the back post but his header came back off the post. Wilson then sent a header just wide at the other end.

In the 90th minute Donald’s cross was handled by Mitchell and Referee Craig Veitch had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. 

Allan Youngson stepped up to send the ‘keeper the wrong way with his penalty kick.        

Culter: Farquhar, Donald, Robertson, Kelly, Seivwright, Wilson, McAllister, Craik, McWilliam, McKimmie, Stott; Substitutes: McArthur, Pyper, McBain, Murray, Taylor, Youngson, Duguid (G/k)

Hall Russell United: Simpson, Clunas, M Whitfield, Russell, Mitchell, Gray, Watson, S Carroll, Erskine, Shaw, B Milne; Substitutes: McIntosh, Bruce, Dunn, Morgan, S Milne, J Whitfield, 

C Carroll (G/k)