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Dominant Formartine outplay Huntly


By David Porter

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Formartine United 5 - Huntly 1

This was the second encounter between these two in under a fortnight and the nature and margin of victory was the same each time.

In both games United displayed a margin of superiority , sometimes slight, occasionally substantial in all aspects and phases of play and each time the visitors stuck doggedly to their task battling to maintain respectability from start to finish.

On this occasion their persistence was rewarded with a late consolation goal.

United were at their throats from the start with Lisle and Greig running hard, fast and directly at defenders on the right side while veteran striker Jonny Smith foraged around the penalty area craftily insinuating himself into positions his markers least expected. Rodger ruled the centre of the park from the outset and was the architect of the opening goal in fourth minute.

Battling forward from his own half he played in LIsle whose pace was a problem to visiting defenders.

He slipped the ball to Greig as RODGER continued his run to collect the ball from him about fifteen yards out and drove it hard past Storrier.

United were in confident and aggressive mood and compressing the game into the visitors’ territory at the village end mounted wave upon wave of attack.

With the exception of the odd foray by Imbert -Thomas, Huntly although passing the ball about quite neatly at times carried very little threat for a solid looking home defence and United visited

successive waves of attack upon them.

After a period of sustained attack by United during which Smith, Greig, Rodger , Lisle and Mykyta all had shots which either went close or were blocked by backs to the wall defending Huntly seemed to have gained a brief respite in the 13th minute as Clark cleared the ball towards Buchan in midfield, CRAWFORD instantly saw the main chance, intercepted the intended pass and noticing Storrier to be a step or two forward of his line simply skelped the ball at rocket pace over the custodian to crash off the underside of the bar and rebound into the roof of the net from every inch of 35 yards out,

The onslaught continued and Jonny SMITH opened his account with a classic striker ’s goal when in the aftermath of a corner on the right he found himself with as much time and space of as a time lord gets (although he’s not quite that old) to pop the ball home from close range at the back post.

The game was really done and dusted by then and the only issue to be settled in part two was the eventual extent of United’s victory .

Two simple, well taken goals left United 5 to the good.

In the 58th GREIG, who had been getting some rather uncharitable treatment from Jack and Heslop, earned a measure of revenge by wrong footing each in turn before jinking in from the left flank to crack a very accurate fifteen yarder beyond the reach of Storrier .

SMITH completed his double and United’s final tally in the 71st with a drive from the edge of the box. Huntly battled on and Imbert -Thomas came within a hairsbreadth of a fine solo goal after a thirty yard run and twenty -five yard shot, the ball was howked away from the inside of the back stick by Demus.

Some would say the ball was over the line; others praise the save , but there ain’t any VAR in Pitmedden and the ref gave the keeper the benefit of the doubt.

Three minutes later there was justice of a sort as IMBERT -THOMAS , just beat Macbeath to get the last touch that turned a Buchan cross into the net from a couple of yards out.


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