Cammy Keith hits a brace as Keith beat Deveronvale
CONFIDENT Keith cruised to a 2-0 win at a windswept and very wet Princess Royal Park on Saturday.
While the elements battered the Banff pitch on a miserable afternoon, it was plain sailing for the Maroons who were worthy winners against a home side seeking a fifth consecutive win in the Breedon Highland League.
For Keith it was a case of building momentumn after a 7-1 win the weekend before against Strathspey Thistle.
And they did that with a very accomplished display which saw them lead 2-0 at the half-time interval thanks to a double from club captain and all-time record goalscorer Cammy Keith.
His first was a neat header six yards out after a precise free-kick into the box by Gregor Macdonald in the 11th minute.
The talismanic striker fired in his second eight minutes before the break when he latched on to a lovely diagional ball by James Brownie before turning inside a defender and firing low beyond Grant Pennet.
Keith’s central defensive pairing of the two Ryans - Spink and Robertson - coped comfortably with ‘Vale’s forward thrust.
In fact, the closest the home side came to a goal came from the boot of Spink who sliced an attempted clearance towards his own goal but keeper Greg Simpson pulled off a superb instinctive save to tip the ball onto his crossbar before it was cleared to safety.
Simpson was a virtual spectator in the second half as Keith managed the game in comfortable fashion.
Manager Dean Donaldson was delighted. He said: “I thought to a man we were excellent, from start to finish.
“I thought we were really comfortable apart from the one save Greg had to make before half-time. Simmo has been excellent the last few weeks and that’s the standard he is going to need to play at with David Dey coming back.
“Our back line and goalkeeper were top drawer. Football is all about confidence and you can see it in training. The attitude and application they are showing is excellent.
“We managed the game in the second half. We had the goals so we don’t need to be in a mad rush and just slow the game down and be streetwise.
“Cammy does what Cammy does, that’s his 12th goal this season and he is a proper player for us and we need him fit and we need him playing. We are very lucky to have him.
“When I first came in we were second bottom in the league and for him to stick around just shows his class.”
Keith said: “I was struggling at the start of the season with a groin injury and missed a few games becauseof it, so it was a bit stop start. That’s me got over my injuries now.
“Six goals in two games so it has been great to get back among the goals and I am feeling sharp.
“The team is doing well and defensively today we were good. Before today I think we were one of the worst goals against in the league and we had to arrest that, so it was good to get a clean sheet. We looked pretty solid and I don’t think Deveronvale looked like scoring.
“Defensively we were really good and we need to build on that.
“The second one was just about staying composed when you have a couple of guys sliding in.”
Keith welcome Wick to Kynoch Park on Saturday.