Swifts reach second round

In the first round of the SR Wood Trophy Banchory made the short trip to A League side Kemnay in what turned out to be a hard fought entertaining encounter.

Kemnay created the first clear chance after 8 minutes when a neat pass split the Swifts defence and the Kemnay striker closed in on Banchory keeper Strachan but he saved well.

In the early stages of the match it was all fairly even with some hard challenges going in from both sides. One of the Kemnay midfielders was lucky to escape with only a caution after a studs up challenge on Gordon.

Swifts were beginning to look the better side but their attempts on goal were all quite easily saved by the keeper. Siswick headed narrowly over the bar from 6 yards off a Milne free kick late in the first half.

Kemnay started the second half on the front foot attacking the Swifts and forcing a good save from Strachan, with a long range effort.

Fraser could have opened the scoring with 15 minutes to go and the tricky winger was disappointed his weak effort didn’t trouble the keeper.

The breakthrough came with 7 minutes to go when Cox lobbed a ball over the Kemnay back line and Harris Anderson was on to it in a flash, his first effort rebounded off the keeper and the ball fell kindly back at his feet and he made no mistake from 8 yards out. Swifts held on until the end as Kennay pushed for the equaliser trying to force the game into extra time but to no avail.

The win now sees them play a home tie against Donside in the second round.