Late goals not enough for Echt

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Despite a home draw Echt could not have got it tougher in this North of Scotland fourth round tie as trophy holders and reigning Premier Division champions Kincorth were the visitors.

Echt, wind assisted, kicked downslope first half and early on both sides had efforts on goal. Alan Douglas fired over the Kincorth crossbar from the edge of the box and as play swept to the other end Echt keeper Paul Bennett did well to instinctively block a Kincorth netbound effort.

Echt debut boy Matthew McDonald set up by Paul Presslie on the right edge of the Kincorth box and he fired in a fine effort that Kincoth keeper M Buchan did well to touch onto the top of his crossbar and over.

Kincorth were now enjoying the bulk of possession and carrying the greater threat and deservedly went ahead in 31 minutes, Durrant netting from close range with the Echt rearguard in disarray.

Darren McLeod then raced clear left side onto a Presslie flick and fired goalwards, only for M Buchan to thwart his netbound effort with an outstretched foot.

Kincorth broke at pace down their right and when the ball was played into the Echt box Bowman should have done better than shoot tamely into Bennett’s arms.

P Bennett then raced outwith his penalty box to just beat a Kincorth forward on a dangerous through ball and sustained an injury for his efforts but was able to carry on after a spell of treatment.

A Presslie header on a MacLeod left bye-line cross was safely handled by M Buchan at the second attempt and the visiting custodian also smothered a low 20 yard Andy Davidson drive as Echt sought an elusive equaliser.

Echt totally dominated the opening 10 minutes of the second half, but for all their probing had only a Davidson 20 yard effort, that M Buchan dealt competently with, to show for their efforts.

Kincorth pushed forward with intent and they won a central free kick some 30 yards out which Livingstone flighted the ball over the Echt wall and into the net via the helpless Bennett’s right hand post for 0-2, a great strike.

A McDonald drive brought out a good stop from M Buchan in 66 minutes.

A let off for Echt in 70 minutes when Stewart shot across the face of goal and just wide of the far post and two minutes later a J Buchan chip shot was just tipped over by the back pedalling P Bennett.

Echt conceded a third in 74 minutes, a Livingstone corner was headed into the Echt six yard box by the unmarked Harris and Bowman, close in, swept home with ease.

Echt looked dead and buried but were handed a 76th minute lifeline when Davidson fired goalwards from a Graham corner and the ball ricochetted off a defender into the net.

Buoyed by this goal Echt now threw everything at the visitors and the deficit was cut to one goal in 85 minutes. Presslie laid off to Leith inside the box and he smashed a fierce shot home.

Kincorth however hung on to their slender advantage to move into the quarter final.   

Echt; P Bennett, G Milne, Cooper, Leith, Aberdein, Douglas, MacLeod, A Davidson, Presslie, McDonald, Lawrence.

Subs: Graham, Daun, L Milne, E Robertson, S Bennett