Bervie 14s lose in opening game

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Peterhead 5

Bervie U14 1

After winning their division last season, Bervie kicked off the new season with an away trip to Peterhead who, having been relegated, were keen to bounce straight back up.

The opening goal was not long in coming. The ball was half cleared to the right hand side of the box and a Bervie midfielder dwelled too long on the ball allowing Peterhead to win the ball back and leave Leisk helpless.

From the kick off Blacklaw twice tested the keeper from distance.

Next to try his luck was McLaughlin, who did well to get on the end of a Webster free kick to get an effort in which unfortunately was straight at the keeper.

As half time approached Peterhead were starting to dominate midfield and a well weighted through ball saw the defence caught flat footed and the forward raced on to chip the advancing Leisk for a 2-0 lead. It was three shortly after when a shot from distance was well saved by Leisk however it was the Peterhead forward who reacted quickest to prod home the loose ball.

Bervie were soon on the back foot again but Leisk came out to the edge of his box in flash and saved well at the feet of a forward.

The killer fourth was not long in coming. A long goal kick from the keeper aided by the wind was flicked on by the winger and the home side’s striker darted in between keeper and defenders to slot home and kill the game off.

Bervie showed good spirit to keep pressing and Blacklaw took the ball from the centre and went past four Peterhead players before having his shot blocked, Avis followed up and was unlucky to see his effort crash off the bar.

Bervie pulled one back when they won a corner which Webster stretched to poke home for a goal on his debut. Peterhead snatched a fifth goal in the dying seconds when a cross from the right hand side eluded Leisk at the back post leaving the forward with the simplest of tap ins.

Not the start to the season that Bervie wanted, but against a physically bigger team used to playing in the top division they did give a reasonably good account for themselves with five goals flattering the home side. With some players clearly not match sharp yet, additional training sessions and hard work from the players should see an improvement in results in the coming weeks.