AC Mill Inn 1 Cowie Thistle 3
Saturday saw the eagerly anticipated first league encounter of the season between Stonehaven amateur outfits Cowie Thistle and AC Mill Inn.
Thistle were favourites as they are challenging at the top end of the Premier Division, but if derbies are anything, they are unpredictable.
From the start, Cowie went at their opponents with hunger and pace. Thistle’s passing and movement created the first chance when Bolton and Adie combined to find McLean who unleashed a thunderous left foot strike that rattled the home teams crossbar with the goalkeeperbeaten.
Thistle would not be denied for long. Adie was again involved when his cross found Fowler in the box only for the wide-man to find himself up-ended by the Mill Inn keeper as he shaped to pull the trigger. Cahill stepped up to calmly sweep home the penalty.
The setback stirred Mill Inn and Millroy did well to palm a free-kick round the post.
Cowie continued to press for a second goal, but they could not add to their lead before half-time, despite the efforts of Fraser, Adie, Cahill and Fowler.
Mill Inn emerged for the second half intent on finding a route back into the game, and this duly arrived when Hart gave away a needless penalty. Allen stepped up for Mill Inn but his effort was brilliantly saved by Milroy.
Cowie regained the upper hand and the second goal arrived when Fowler and Hart exchanged passes before the later delivered a cross which Fraser dispatched. Cowie made it 3-0 when Fowler raced down the line and delivered an inch perfect cross for Cahill to slam home emphatically.
any hopes Mill Inn had of getting back into the match evaporated when Allen received his marching orders for a trip on Fraser.
Mill Inn grabbed a consolation when an error by the Gary Matthews allowed an attacker in to roll the ball past Millroy.
Cowie emerged with the three points as they showed the flair to be expected from a team challenging for honours.