University Colts 1
Stonehaven Athletic 6
Athletic returned to league action for the first time since September when they travelled to Balgownie to face University Colts in what was co-manager Iain Jolly’s last game before emigrating to Australia.
The team that faced Huntly the previous week were rewarded for their efforts with the only changes being Elliott and Irvine replacing the missing MacKenzie and Fraser.
The game got off to a scrappy start with few chances created at either end.
The first real chance for the visitors came midway through the first half with MacLeod heading narrowly wide from an Elliott free-kick.
With half-time approaching, the visitors took the lead. Cordiner played the ball through to Duncan who beat the offside trap before round the keeper and slotting into the empty net.
The second half started with the visitors in the ascendancy and playing some great football. They were so much in control that they scored a further five goals in the next 30 minutes.
The second came when the ball was laid it off to Neish at the edge of the area who fired low into the bottom corner.
Cordiner then grabbed a quickfire brace. The first came when the home side’s centre-half was robbed of the ball at the edge of his area and when the ball fell to Cordiner he merely passed the ball into the back of the net with some ease. His second came following a goalmouth scramble and when Irvine fired across goal, Cordiner got his head to the ball and guided it past the keeper.
Nicoll prevented the home side scoring with a great last ditch tackle in the 6 yard box with Middleton beaten.
The visitors rang the changes with the game won with all the substitutes getting a run out.
Neish grabbed his second goal playing a one-two with Reid in the box before slotting the ball into the corner.
Athletic’s best and last goal was to follow shortly after with Cohen finishing off a free-flowing move by rifling the ball home from the edge of the area.
As the clock wound down, the visitors took their foot off the gas and eventually got slack at the back which resulted in the home striker firing home from 20 yards past Middleton.
This was a great way to return to league action and saw Athletic climb two places in the league.
The club would like to take this opportunity to thank Iain Jolly for all his service to the club and wish him all the best in his new adventure in Australia.
Athletic: Middleton: Ross, Bowron, Holtes, Nicoll; Duncan, MacLeod, Elliott, Irvine; Neish, Cordiner. Subs; Reid, Cohen, King, Robb, Lawson.