Stonehaven welcomed Second Division leaders Colony Park to Glenury on Saturday in the first round of Domino’s Pizza North Regional Cup. It was the first time The Hive had faced the Inverurie side since their inception but despite being two divisions below they proved to be no pushovers.
The hosts were first to threaten after 6 minutes when a ball from McLelland found Stewart but he was unable to get his shot away and the defence cleared for a corner. The danger was cleared by the ‘keeper but Horne soon sent a cross field ball into the path of Ollie McIntosh who saw his shot palmed clear. With 13 minutes on the clock Horne picked the ball up down the right and his cross flashed across goal but just evaded Taylor at the back post. Stewart was next to threaten just a couple of minutes later when he broke down the left but he saw his ball into the box cleared for a corner at the near post. A long diagonal ball from Forsyth a minute later found Horne but he saw his volley saved. On 21 minutes Horne raced through on goal and lifted the ball over the keeper but ultimately wide of target. Two minutes later Stewart played the ball to Murray who laid to Horne resulting in a shot which was cleared for a corner. McCall got his head on the ball from the set piece but could only head well over. Despite the majority of the chances coming Stonehaven’s way, Colony were by no means there to make up the numbers and after 25 minutes an unchallenged Maitland saw his shot from easily 20 yards well saved by Smith. The visitors had another chance just over a minute later when the ball was played into the path of Dorrat but his shot flashed past the post. It was another 10 minutes before Stonehaven had another meaningful chance, Horne broke down the left but there were no takers when he played the ball across the face of goal and the defence cleared. Horne was involved again minutes later when Murray lofted the ball through to him but he saw his shot blocked. In the last meaningful action of the first half McCall stepped up to take a free kick at the edge of the area but saw his effort blocked by the wall. Half time – STONEHAVEN 0 v 0 Colony Park With just under a minute gone in the second half Ollie McIntosh had a chance to open the scoring but he dragged his shot just wide of the target. Stewart had a chance on 49 minutes but saw his shot cleared off the line. On 52 minutes Jack McIntosh played a great ball over the top which fell to HORNE who saw his shot take a deflection and loop over the ‘keeper to open the scoring. Colony Park came straight back at the Hive and Smith did well to beat a shot away after a break down the right. Just after the hour mark Taylor did well down the left and crossed for Ollie McIntosh whose shot was cleared over the bar for a corner. Alexander was next to try his luck on 64 minutes when the ball was played over the defence into his path but his shot went wide. It was only a matter of minutes however before the lead was doubled. Alexander dispossessed a Colony Park midfielder and played out wide to HORNE who cut inside before sending a shot low under the ‘keeper. Taylor did well again down the left a minute later before crossing for Ollie McIntosh who was just unable to finish. With just under 20 minutes left on the clock Horne sent another ball across the face of goal which was cleared for a corner at the near post. The visitors enjoyed a short spell of sustained pressure where they forced a succession of corners but were unable to get past the Hive defence. Stonehaven extended their lead on 79 minutes and it was HORNE who grabbed his hattrick after Murray saw his shot come back off the post and bounced across goal giving the striker the easiest of tasks. Smith did well to deny the visitors on 86 minutes but a minute later, despite strong claims for offside, they got a goal back when Dorrat ran through on goal and found the bottom corner. Stonehaven: Smith, McLelland, Jack McIntosh, Murray, McCall, Forsyth, Alexander, Stewart (Duncan), Ollie McIntosh (Arrowsmith), Horne (Low), Taylor
Sub not used: Winton Stonehaven face FC Stoneywood at Glenury Park in the PMAC Superleague on Saturday 13th October, kick off is 2pm. The Hive are also in action on Saturday 20th October away to Oakley United in the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup. If you would like to book a seat on the bus down to Fife please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Neale Scott on 07738 293966.