15s hit fifteen in Trophy tie



Stonehaven U15s finally got their season underway again on Sunday, following five weather related postponements and the Christmas break, with a fourth round Stonehaven Trophy home tie against ‘C’ league side, Kincorth.

Prior to the enforced break, Stonehaven had won three on the bounce and were anxious to pick up where they had left off in mid November.

Both sides were understandably rusty in the opening exchanges but Barclay caught the eye for Stonehaven early on with a couple of surging runs down the right. After six minutes, Stonehaven went ahead when a Barclay cross cum shot deflected off the bar for Pyper to finish from close range.

The home side took control with Davidson, Payne and Smith knocking the ball around confidently. On 20 minutes, Davidson seized on a loose ball and drove forward before feeding Barclay whose fine cross was clipped home first time by Collie.

All the possession was coming down the Stonehaven right and four minutes later a cross from Smith was flicked on by both Pyper and Collie into the path of McKenzie whose fine left foot cross shot nestled in the bottom corner of the Kincorth net.

After 31 minutes, Stonehaven completed the first half scoring when a McKenzie header from a Collie corner was cleared to Smith who finished emphatically.

Any chance Kincorth had of making a game of it was blown away in the opening two minutes of the second half. Direct from the kick-off Smith launched a long ball with the wind for McKenzie to run on to and superbly lob the ‘keeper.

Barely a minute later, Pyper got loose down the right and unselfishly cut the ball back for Collie to tap in. Then again from the kick-off McCallum gathered a misplaced pass down the left and fed Collie whose shot was saved only for Pyper to follow up and net Stonehaven’s seventh from the resulting scramble.

Kincorth might have folded at that point but they kept both their heads up and the home team at bay for the next 20 minutes as Stonehaven gave all their substitutes a run out.

It took a while for the new formation to gel but once it did, Stonehaven rattled home eight goals in the final 17 minutes against a tiring defence.

On 64 minutes, Davidson’s fine through ball allowed Lovick to wrong foot the ‘keeper and score in the corner. Two minutes later ‘keeper Cavan’s long punt was flicked on by Lovick into McCallum’s path and his powerful left foot flew high into the net.

After 68 minutes, Stonehaven got their tenth as Lovick’s cross from the left was superbly headed home by McCallum. Three minutes later, Lovick’s cross from the right this time was palmed out by the ‘keeper straight to Oort who fired home.

A minute later, Lovick played in first choice ‘keeper, Forbes, who was getting a rare appearance outfield and he finished well.

Man of the match, McKenzie, claimed his hat-trick soon afterwards when he thumped the ball home from close range after Davidson had won the ball in the air following a corner.

Kincorth showed a very commendable attitude throughout the match and it took a tremendous double save from Cavan to deny them a consolation goal.

However, Stonehaven were determined to keep a clean sheet with Laing, Freeman and Garrow resolute in defence.

On 78 minutes, McCallum played in Lovick who curled a shot into the corner beyond the ‘keeper.

There was just enough time for Lovick to complete his hat-trick following excellent work by Forbes down the right.

This comprehensive win sets up a quarter-final tie at home to either Deveronvale or Huntly. In the meantime, Stonehaven return to league duty next Sunday away at Cove hoping to extend their fine unbeaten run to five games.

Stonehaven U15: Cavan, McKenzie, Davidson, Laing, Collie, Freeman, Smith, Garrow, Lovick, Barclay, Oort, McCallum, Payne, Pyper, Forbes.