Last gasp Shand strike hands Hive the points

Stonehaven travelled to Bridge of Don to take on Hermes at Uniconn Park as they looked to extend their lead at the top of the McBookie.com Superleague.

The hosts looked the sharper in the opening exchanges as they put pressure on the visitors and almost found themselves ahead on 6 minutes but the goal was disallowed after the ball was judged to have been kicked out of Knowles’ hands.

Hive’s first chance of note came on 18 minutes when a McTavish long throw found former Hermes man Wyness but his header went wide.

Hermes came close on 28 minutes following a needless foul with Lee Smith 
seeing his left foot strike from the edge of the area tipped over.

Hive had a chance on 35 following a good break upfield which saw Armstrong play the ball to Jordan Reid but the ball was lost on the edge of the Hermes penalty area and cleared.

Two minutes later the ball was played into Cormack who flicked to Jordan Reid before he lifted the ball over the defender but ultimately too close to Sweeney who gathered the loose ball.

With 40 minutes gone Hive broke upfield and Armstrong was fouled on the edge of the penalty area. Armstrong took the free kick himself but his effort was blocked for a corner which was ultimately dealt with by the home side.

In the last action of the half the hosts came agonisingly close to taking the lead. The ball was played wide and a cross-come-shot came back off Knowles left hand post and luckily for Hive was cleared from danger.

Half time - Hermes 0 Stonehaven 0

Hermes were first to threaten in the second half, just two minutes in, when the ball was played wide to McLachlan but Knowles did well to push his shot away. On 50 minutes the home side broke forward but Pyper did well to block for a corner.

A minute later and the ball was lost in midfield but Macklin saw his shot held. The ball was then played up to Cormack but he got caught in two minds and the ball was blocked. Reid did well to clear on 55 minutes when a ball came in from the Hive left.

Mackie took the ball on a run ball shortly after but the ball eventually found its way to the arms of Knowles in the Hive goal.

Just on the hour mark a long McTavish throw found Wyness who headed across and over at the far post. Mackie tried his luck a minute later but he dragged his shot well wide of target. The hosts continued to press and two minutes later a corner from the Hive left was headed wide at the front post. Shand came close on 66 minutes 
when a ball over to the far post fell into his path but the home defence blocked the danger.

With 20 minutes left Armstrong broke for Hive but the Hermes did well to clear for a corner. Two minutes later Jordan Reid came close when he beat his man on the edge of the penalty area but as he took the ball into the box he overran and the chance 
was gone.

On 76 minutes the ball was played out to the Hive left and fell to Jordan Reid but his shot from the angle trickled just wide of Sweeney’s far post. Just as it looked as if it was going to end up as a goalless draw, The Hive snatched the winner on 89 minutes.

After being awarded a free kick Scully sent a long ball to the back post and it was scrambled over the line by SHAND to give Hive all three points and maintain their lead at the top of the table.

Stonehaven: Knowles, Pyper(Šulkevičius 59), Scully, Shand, McTavish, Steven Reid, Wyness, Anderson, Jordan Reid, Cormack(Stephen Robertson 74), Armstrong

Subs not used: Johnston, Jonny Cook, Robertson(GK)