Stonehaven see off students to reach next round of North Cup

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Stonehaven progressed to the second round of the North Regional Cup with a deserved win over Aberdeen University at Glenury last Saturday.

Goals in either half from Craig Mackie and Rob Armstrong were enough for victory after Christian Lechner had levelled with a free header for the students.

The Hive went ahead on 26 minutes when man of the match Craig Mackie finished from 12 yards after a cross from Rob Armstrong but the students levelled 12 minutes later through Lechner following a corner.

Armstrong crashed in a superb winner after 57 minutes following a break from Kareem Hassanein, finding the net with a low drive.

Division 2 side University put up a good fight thereafter, so the Hive had to guard against any slip-ups right to the end.

Stonehaven manager Martyn Rollo said: “We started strongly and should have been a couple of goals to the good in the first half, as we had three one-on-ones with the keeper but failed to score.

“But we stuck at it and I felt we were always in control and deserved to win.”

The Hive are away to Culter – 10-0 winners over Islavale in August – in the next round of the Domino’s Pizza Cup.

With some first-round ties yet to be played, the date for the second-round matches has still to be decided.

Stonehaven: Blair McIntosh, Alan Lloyd, Michael Cormack, Ludwik Metelski, Craig Lowden, Lewis Johnston, Jordan Morrice, Craig Mackie, Kareem Hassanein (sub Matthew Morris 90), Rob Armstrong, Martyn Kidd. Subs not used; Philip Low, Clark Robertson, Josh Peters.

Culter are also the opponents this Saturday at Crombie Park in the McBookie.com Superleague (2pm).

“They’ve started well so we’re expecting a tough game there but we’re confident after two fine wins,” Rollo added.

Culter are in fourth place with two wins from their opening three games.