Stonehaven travelled to Heatheryfold Park on Saturday to face First Division East side Sunnybank as they looked to reach the last 16 of the GA Engineering Inter Regional Cup.
The home side had the first real chance of the game after just minutes when the ball was lost in the Stonehaven half, however the resulting shot was cleared for a corner which came to nothing.
On the 11th minute, The Hive had their first chance when the ball fell to Martin Shand but his shot was pushed wide by the ‘keeper.
Cook came close again for the visitors when he was played in by Taylor but his shot was turned wide for a corner.
Stonehaven were continuing to press in the hope of getting the opening goal which would hopefully settle the game down and after 26 minutes a Hive corner was spilled by the ‘keeper for a corner which ultimately came to nothing.
With half an hour gone, a great ball from Anderson found Taylor but like Shand and Cook before him his shot was pushed wide for a corner.
Five minutes later and Cook had another chance when he was through on goal but the ‘keeper again did well to make the save to keep the scores level.
A minute later a great low ball was played into the box however from just yards out there were no takers and the chance was gone.
In the last action of the first half The Hive were awarded a free kick yards outside the home sides’ penalty area. Taylor stepped up to try his luck however he could only send his shot over the crossbar.
Half Time - Sunnybank 0 v 0 Stonehaven
Taylor had the first chance of the second half for the visitors but yet again the Sunnybank ‘keeper wasn’t to be beaten.
The opening goal did come on the 56th minute, however, when Taylor picked the ball up on the right touchline and crossed deep to the back post where Shandmade no mistake with an excellent finish.
Chances were proving to be few and far between in the second half with Sunnybank coming close after a move down the Hive right being outnumbered by substitutions as Armstrong replaced Taylor, Reid took the place of Goate and Cormack came on for McWilliam
It was the latter of the three substitutes who had the most telling contribution, against one of his former clubs in fact, as he set up the Hive’s second goal with less than a minute left on the clock. The ball was played down the Sunnybank left and was held up by Cormack who then cut the ball back to COOK who finished from yards out to make it 0-2.
The lead was further extended with almost the last kick of the ball when Cormack again did well and fed the ball to Cook who made no mistake with the finish.
STONEHAVEN: Knowles, Goate (Reid), Low, Robertson, McTavish, Anderson, McWilliam (Cormack), Sulkevicius, Jonny Cook, Shand, Taylor (Armstrong) Sub not used: Watt