Stonehaven looked to start 2012 with a win following an impressive win over Culter on Christmas Eve. It was the Hive who started marginally the better of the two teams and fashioned the best of the early chances after five minutes when Murray knocked a ball into the path of Horne whose shot was held by Sim.
In 25 minutes a free kick into the Banchory St Ternan area fell to Steel who controlled the ball but shot well over.
Just when it seemed that the scores would be level at half-time, Stonehaven grabbed the lead. Steel played a great ball over the Banchory defence to Glass who was brought down by Darren Pyper. Horne stepped up to take the penalty and Sim did well to save, but the former Banchory striker fired home the rebound.
The Stonehaven lead was doubled early in the second half when Martin Shand broke down the Banchory right and played the ball across the box where Pyper could only clear the ball off of Horne who had the easiest of tasks to score from a yard out.
Hive were lucky not to be punished minutes later after slack marking allowed former Hive defender Galashan to go down the right and play a good ball in and only a good reaction save from Smith prevented the hosts from grabbing a goal back.
Lewis Shand was through on goal with 20 minutes remaining but his shot was straight at the ‘keeper.
With ten minutes left, Banchory were given a chance to pull a goal back when Smith conceded penalty after bringing down Garrett. Stainer stepped up to score from the spot.
Minutes later the two goal cushion was restored. It was the former Banchory duo of Lewis Shand and Keith Horne who did the damage. The former played in Horne who made no mistake.
Martin Shand could have increased Stonehaven’s lead with five minutes left but after a good ball in from Lewis Shand he could only send his header into the hands of the ‘keeper.
Stonehaven: Smith, Pyper, Lewis Shand, Croll, McCall, Steel (Reid), Low, Murray (Nicoll), Martin Shand, Horne, Glass (Petrie). Subs: MacGregor, Cormack, Duncan. Stonehaven entertain third placed Dyce Juniors in the Superleague at Glenury on Saturday.
A win for Stonehaven would keep the pressure on leaders Hermes. Kick-off is at 1:30pm. Get along and cheer on “The Hive”