Musk’s winning run comes to an end

Monymusk’s run of eight straight wins in Division 3 came to an end in disappointing fashion at Turriff last weekend as they were hit for six in a game played in blizzard conditions at times.

Musk’s last defeat in the league before this game was away back in August when they suffered a 5-2 loss away to Auchnagatt Barons in a bizarre game which coincidently was refereed by Mr J. McGettrick, who was the man in the middle for the Turriff match.

Musk suffered an early setback when experienced central defender Phil Stewart had to limp off with an injury after only 10 minutes.

The visitors had a great chance to take the lead three minutes later when the referee gave them a free kick six yards out for what he deemed a passback by a Turriff player to his keeper who picked the ball up.

With all 11 Turriff players on the goalline Andrew Moss stepped up but blasted the ball off the post.

A minute later Turriff were in the lead when Musk keeper Mikey Fyffe was unable to deal with a cross from the right which fell to a Turriff player who made no mistake.

This stirred Musk into action and Andy Cruden had an effort blocked by the keeper in 19 minutes before Moss was again denied by a another good save five minutes later.

Turriff were still looking threatening and eventually increased their lead in 37 minutes when a Turriff player broke down the left wing and made no mistake with an angled drive for 2-0.

A Jamie Mackie free kick saw Liam Barron go close for Musk with a header but with just two minutes remaining of the first half the home side gave the visitors a mountain to climb with a third goal, a volley, after a cross from the left left the defence stranded.

Monymusk lost their other central defender, Callum Nicolson, to an injury and he was replaced at half-time by Liam Beaton.

Cruden again went close in 49 minutes with a header from a corner but there the threat ended from Monymusk with Turriff taking control as the snow fell, driven by a biting wind.

The home side made it 4-0 midway through the second half and as the game progressed only some great goalkeeping from Fyffe kept Turriff at bay.

With six minutes remaining Turriff added a fifth, and then completed Monymusk’s misery with a sixth right at the end of the game.

Monymusk: Fyffe, Mackie, Lyon, Nicolson (Beaton), P. Stewart (Smart), Forshaw, Moss, Barron,Cruden, Sangster and Eddie (J. Stewart).

Unused substitutes: Doverty and Duthie.

Monymusk will be looking to bounce back from this defeat on Saturday (February 25) when they play host to league leaders Ferryhill at Deer Park with a 2pm kick-off.