Stonehaven welcomed Hall Russell United to Glenury Park on Saturday in the McBookie.com Superleague in what were excellent conditions for a game of football.
The hosts started sharply and were on the attack after just two minutes, however the Hall Russell defence did well to cut the ball out.
Just a minute later however and The Hive were in front. Shand played the ball over the top to Wyness whose low cross found Cormack rushing in at the back post and he made no mistake.
Hall Russell’ pressed forward on seven minutes and were rewarded with a corner, however the Hive defence cleared the danger.
Anderson came close on 18 minutes when the ball was played into McWilliam who in turn laid it back but Simpson was equal to it.
Hardie had a chance for Hall Russell a minute later when a corner from The Hive left fell into his path but he shot into the ground leaving Stark with a comfortable save.
Wyness and Cormack nearly combined to good effect on 34 minutes when the former played in a high cross but Cormack saw his header held.
With 38 minutes gone The Hive had a great chance to double their lead when they were awarded a penalty.
The ball was played upfield and held in by Cormack who then laid to Shand who was brought down in the penalty area. Cormack stepped up to take the spot kick but his effort was straight down the middle and saved by the legs of Simpson.
On 42 minutes there was an altercation on the touchline which could quite easily have seen both sides reduced to ten men.
A poor tackle from Stuart Carroll on Wyness saw the latter react by pushing Carroll away, however referee Arthur Murphy decided that a yellow card for both was sufficient.
The hosts started the second half in the same manner as the first as they looked to extend their lead. A ball in from the left by Armstrong fell to Shand but he was just unable to turn it past Simpson.
Cheyne, the Hall Russell’ substitute, was lucky to stay on the field following an off-the-ball kick out at Anderson which was missed by the referee, with the near side linesman deeming it worthy only of a yellow card.
Hall Russell were pressing the Hive back and forcing a couple of corners which ultimately paid dividends. The third corner in succession found former Hive loanee Liam Cheyne unmarked in the penalty area and he sent his free header past Stark and into the bottom corner of the net.
Two minutes later a Hive corner to the back post saw a Shand shot blocked for another corner but the visitors cleared.
With 15 minutes remaining Hall Russell’ were awarded a very debatable penalty, not given by the referee but by the far side linesman.
Whitfield stepped up but Stark made a great save to keep the scores level.
Shand came close again on 80 minutes when again Simpson made a great block with his feet to keep the visitors in the game.
Pyper was booked on 89 minutes for a cynical foul 25 yards from goal. Cheyne stepped up to take the free kick but sent his effort over the crossbar.
In the last minute of normal time a ball over the top beat The Hive defence and the ball was blocked at the far post for corner. Stark did well to come through a crowd to punch clear. Stonehaven had the final chance of the match when a Stewart cross was headed over in stoppage time.