St Ternan hit rock bottom

Banchory are rooted firmly at the bottom of the PMAC Superleague after another heavy defeat by neighbours Stonehaven at Glenury Park.

Murray Buchan continued in goal, but the back four in front of him was much changed from the previous game.

The home side were on the offensive right away and in the 3rd minute Dean Leith brought down Keith Horne for what appeared a penalty but the referee gave a free kick just outside the box.

The pressure kept up and it was no surprise when Stonehaven took the lead on 9 minutes when a Darren Pyper misplaced pass was intercepted, putting Shand free down the left and from his blocked shot Keith Horne scored.

Jindrich Biskup got a shot in shortly after but was well over the bar.

Lewis Shand came close again but his effort was blocked on 20 minutes, but two minutes later it was 2-0. Yet again a pass was intercepted leaving the back four exposed for an easy goal.

Craig Simpson’s free kick was easily held by the Stoney keeper after Jack Henderson was brought down as Saints tried to get into the game.

Martin Shand’s effort was well saved by the legs of Murray Buchan in Saints goal on the half hour mark and almost immediately at the other end the Stoney keeper punched a Moorehouse free kick straight to Craig Simpson, but the midfielder’s lob went well over.

However on 33 minutes it was 3-0 when the referee rather harshly pointed to the penalty spot when Craig Graham was adjudged to have deliberately handled although it was clearly ball to hand.

Horne’s penalty was saved by Buchan but Martin Shand scored from the rebound, with Saints defence caught on their heels.

Craig Graham was replaced by Andrew Close at this point with positional changes made and this made a difference as Saints forced two corners just before half time.

Stonehaven opened brightly in the second half with a Martin Shand shot being blocked and then a Horne long range effort being well saved by Buchan.

However, after this Banchory got themselves into the game and started to create chances. A good move between Biskup, McGregor and Simpson broke down inside the box.

But on 57 minutes a neat back heel from Watt set up Horne and he slid the ball low past Buchan for number four.

Darren Reid and Murray Adam replaced Dean Leith and Grant Moorehouse for Banchory.

After a spell of Saints pressure, the leeway was reduced. Buchan cleared from hand with Pyper heading on for Ben McGregor to latch onto the ball evade a defender to drill low past the advancing Stoney keeper.

Henderson then went close, with Reid following up with a high cross that the keeper failed to hold and with the ball bobbing about the box all it needed was to fall to a Banchory player but instead was cleared by the home defence.

The Saints pressure continued with a Pyper shot being blocked and then a great run by Reid and pass to McGregor saw another shot being saved by the legs of the home keeper.

McGregor was unlucky again when from a Simpson corner his shot was blocked.

Buchan had to look alert at the other end when he saved low and Simpson was in the action again when his free kick was missed by the home goalie but Shand was on hand to clear inside the six yard box.

Despite the Banchory pressure they could not get another goal, and as they pushed forward Stonehaven had two chances to increase their lead.

Horne went close but was offside in any case, and them Buchan made a terrific one handed save low to his left.

And right on full time the fifth goal arrived after a bit of a scramble in the box Lewis Shand hit the net from 10 yards.

With both Fraserburgh and Longside winning their games, Banchory need to start getting points on the board, and this will have to start this Saturday (January 12) with a trip to Banks O’Dee who are flying high at the top end of the League, kick off is 2.00pm at Spain Park.

Banchory St Ternan: Murray Buchan, Dean Leith (Darren Reid), Craig Graham (Andrew Close), Murray Ritchie, Josh Robertson, Grant Moorehouse (Murray Adam), Darren Pyper, Jack Henderson, Jindrich Biskup, Ben McGregor, Craig Simpson. Subs: Steve Gray, Chris Irvine