Stonehaven welcomed Superleague rivals Banks o’ Dee to Glenury on Saturday looking to make it through to the semi-final of the North Regional Cup. A combination of injuries, holidays and ineligible players meant that The Hive started with just 11 fit players and assistant manager Dougie Baxter was named amongst the substitutes.
the first half was fairly even with both sides having decent chances. A good ball in from James Smith to the back post went begging for The Hive followed soon after by a left foot Craig Will effort easily saved by Robertson. The hosts had James Smith to thank when he cleared off the line and just before the half hour Nick Gray dragged his shot wide when he should have done better.
Cruickshank was next to try his luck for Stonehaven after 34 minutes but saw his powerful effort sting the palms of Robertson.
Stonehaven started the second half well and created a few early chances however crosses from Gray and Paterson and a 25 yard effort from Robertson failed to break the deadlock.
Banks o’ Dee very nearly took advantage just minutes later when a mix-up between Cameron and Michael Smith needed a last gasp punch from the latter to spare the blushes.
The opening goal wasn’t far off however and following a corner it was the visitors who took the lead after poor marking saw the ball headed in to the back of the net.
Stonehaven then changed to a 3-4-3 to try to force an equaliser but were soon 2-0 down. A poor clearance out of defence from Robertson saw Leyden win the ball from Low and slot past Smith to put the game beyond doubt.
Stonehaven: M Smith, Low, J Smith, Cameron, Gray, Bryant, Will, Buchanan, Paterson, Cruickshank, Glass. Subs: MacGregor, Mathieson, Robertson, Baxter.
Stonehaven 0 Banks o’ Dee 2