Despite heavy rain this 1st Division derby went ahead mainly thanks to hard work by members of the AC Mill Inn committee who were up at the crack of dawn shifting water from the playing surface. The opening exchanges belonged to Newtonhill who played some creative football but without the end product. However, the pressure finally told when on the half hour mark a free-kick from Milsom found Barraza who finished well with a header from 8 yards.
Newtonhill continued to press and just before half-time they doubled their lead. A quick throw-in from D. Christie sent Keith down the right channel and the striker found Barraza with a pin point cross and he nodded into the net. The third goal came in bizarre fashion when a Milsom corner kick floated over the Mill Inn keeper, cannoned off the back post and into the net.
Mill Inn responded well and were given a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty and Michael Adam scored from the spot.
The goal seemed to give Mill Inn a lift and 5 minutes later they nearly made it 3-2 when an almighty scramble in the 6 yard box ended up with the ball in the hands of Farquhar.
Newtonhill all but wrapped up the points with a fourth goal. Campbell sent a long ball to Keith in the left channel and he beat a defender before firing into the bottom corner from an acute angle.
Minutes later Keith added his second and Newtonhill’s fifth when he raced clean through from a fine ball from Barraza to round the keeper and tap home.
Former Mill Inn player Carmichael rubbed salt into the home side’s wounds when he fired home brilliantly just inside the box after a defence splitting pass from Hay.
With 15 minutes left Mill Inn scored a second with a header from a corner.