Luthermuir finish fifth in Division

LUTHERMUIR FC at the start of what turned out to be a decent season.
LUTHERMUIR FC at the start of what turned out to be a decent season.

LUTHERMUIR FC finished fifth in Division One East of the Aberdeenshire Amateur League, three places better than their eighth place of the previous season.

Luthermuir were strong at home in the league. They beat promoted Blackburn at home in their final game of the season and there were also wins over Halliburton, Ellon, Newtonhill, Glendale, Newmachar, Bucksburn and Glendale X1.

Away from home they were less convincing. Their three away wins were against Newtonhill, Newmachar and Glendale Youth, giving them league doubles over the first two sides.

Luthermuir’s complete league record was: Cove Thistle L1-5 (h) L2-3 (a); Blackburn W2-1 (h) L1-5 (a); RGU L0-2 (h) L1-6 (a); Hilton L1-2 (h) L3-8 (a); Stoneywood Amateurs D2-2 (h) D2-2 (a); Halliburton W1-0 (h) L0-2 (a); Ellon Amateurs W2-0 (h) L0-3 (a).

Newtonhill W4-2 (h) W3-1 (a); Glandale W5-0 (h) L1-2 (a); Newmachar W4-2 (h) W3-0 (a); Glendale Youth D4-4 (h) W4-2 (a); Bucksburn W3-1 (h) D2-2 (a); Glendale X1 W6-2 (h) D3-3 (a).

Luthermuir had a home record of W8 D2 L3 F35 A23 Pts 26 and an away record of W3 D3 L7 F25 A39 Pts 12 for an overall W11 D5 L10 F60 A62 Pts 38.

They failed to set the heather on fire in cup competition. In the Scottish Amateur Cup they lost after extra-time in a replay to old rivals Echt from the Premier Division.

In the AFC Trophy, Luthermuir beat Theologians 4-1 and Cammachmore by a crushing 15-0, before they lost 3-2 after extra-time to Nicol’s Amateurs.

In the White Cup there were wins over Blackburn (2-1) and Bucksburn (2-0) before Stoneywood won 3-1 at Luthermuir in the semi-final.

In the Association Trophy, Premier Division Westdyke beat them 3-2 aet and in the North of Scotland Cup, Mearns neighbours Mearns United won 4-1 in a first ever meeting between the clubs.

Luthermuir scored 35 cup goals, giving them a total for the season of 95.

Murdoch Anderson and Ewan Slesser were join top scorers with 19 goals, meaning that Murdoch has been either top scorer or joint top scorer in each of the last 17 seasons.

The top two were followed by Scott McCombie with 15 goals, Ryan Taylor with ten, Paul Taylor and Stevie Greig with eight and Blair McCombie with six.

Other tallies were Duff. Wood and Young with two and Robertson, Walker, Jones and McWilliam each with one.

Anderson and Slesser both hit the net five times in the 15-0 AFC rout of Cammachmore.

They each scored one league hat-trick. Ewan at home to Newmachar and Murdoch at home to Glendale X1.