Luthermuir wins in title push

Luthermuir 4

Stonehaven Athletic 0

Luthermuir welcomed Stonehaven Athletic for a league fixture on April 28, desperate to keep their good league run going.

Luthermuir started the game on the front foot and forced an early couple of saves from the visiting keeper.

In 20 minutes Luthermuir opened the scoring. The ball was worked to Ewan Slesser on the left who cut inside his marker and shot into the top corner from 20 yards. The keeper managed to get a hand to the ball but was unable to keep it out.

Luther doubled their lead 15 minutes later when an Ellis cross from the right was headed home by Murdoch Anderson.

The home side kept the foot on the gas in the second half and finished the game worthy winners.

Wands did have a couple of saves to make but the defence kept Athletic at bay for most of the game.

Luthermuir made it 3-0 when Greig forced his way into the box and was bundled to the ground for a penalty. Again, Anderson stepped up and made no mistake.

Stevie Greig finally got on the scoresheet himself with the final goal of the game when he latched on to a through ball and calmly slotted past the advancing keeper.

Luthermuir: Wands, Duff, Miller (R. Darar), Wood, Cruikshank (Morrison), Slesser, Young, Ellis, Reid, Anderson (Milne), Greig. Subs – Lindsay, K. Darar.

Portlethen 0

Luthermuir 1

Luthermuir travelled to Portlethen on Wednesday May 2 to face the league leaders in what was classed as a must win game if they were to win the league.

Portlethen have led the table all season but had still to play Luthermuir both home and away in their remaining fixtures.

The match was a very competitive and finely matched battle with Luthermuir edging the victory thanks to another clean sheet.

That was five clean sheets on the bounce for Luthermuir and their ability to score in any game ensured their victory.

Both teams started off at an impressive pace with half chances being created at either end but both defences dealt with them equally well.

The tight pitch meant that the first touch and accuracy had to be spot on but both teams coped well.

A few better chances were created in the second half in what continued to grow into a fiery encounter.

A corner for the home side saw an overhead kick from a Portlethen attacker crash back off the bar to the six yard line and the ball was cleared by the Muir defence.

Greig, Cruikshank and Anderson continued to pose problems for the home defence and they were rewarded on 70 minutes when Greig turned excellently in the box and was brought down for a stonewall penalty. Murdoch Anderson sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 1-0 to Luthermuir.

Portlethen had the ball in the net on 80 minutes when a forward was adjudged to be offside before he lobbed the ball over the advancing Wands.

Portlethen were furious at this and when clean through five minutes later in an obvious offside position the ref let it go. Thankfully for Luthermuir the striker hit the side netting and the game finished with Luthermuir 1-0 winners.

Luthermuir: Wands, Duff, Miller (Young), R. Darar, Cruikshank, Morrison (Slesser), Craig, Ellis, Reid, Anderson (K. Darar), Greig. Subs: Milne, Robertson.