Even contest sees rivals share points

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Newtonhill U-14s 2

Bervie CALEY YOUTH U-14s 2

Bervie renewed their local rivalry with a league match away to Newtonhill, but found themselves under pressure when the ball was played back to the defence, who tried to play a one-two but lost the ball.

The danger was cleared when Davies did well to get a tackle in. Anderson won the ball in midfield, playing it forward to McLaughlin, who won a corner. Thomson’s near-post ball was cleared and hoisted forward by Newtonhill with the referee blowing for a free kick against Gordon. From the resultant free kick, the hosts’ effort went wide.

Leisk had to be alert when Newtonhill tried a long-range effort, but he was equal to it. Bervie were next to try their luck, winning a free kick which found Anderson, but his effort went wide.

Next to try was Thomson. Anderson won the ball wide and played in McLaughlin who rolled an inviting ball to Thomson but his effort went wide.

Bervie got their goal shortly after, when good play down the right saw McLaughlin beat his man to square the ball for strike partner Anderson to slot home at the back post.

The lead didn’t last long, though, as Bervie lost the ball down the right, their defence tried to play the offside but their timing was out and Newtonhill’s number nine slotted home the equaliser.

Newtonhill were now the dominant team and Bervie were having difficulty dealing with the long ball forward. Firstly Wood needing to be alert to clear after Leisk fumbled then the latter doing brilliantly to thwart the striker when faced with a one-on-one situation.

As half time approached, Bervie started to get back into the game and Mclaughlin did well to set up Avis but his effort went wide.

McLaughlin was next to try his luck with a half volley which was blocked.

Bervie started the second half the stronger, and a ball forward caught the defence napping as McLaughlin closed down the keeper. His clearance rebounded off McLaughlin, who slotted the loose ball home, only for the referee to disallow the goal for a handball.

The ball was in the net again shortly after though, Bervie winning a corner and Thomson sending over a great ball over for Avis to nod home at the back post to restore the lead.

This stirred Newtonhill, and Leisk was again alert to touch a free kick around the post, but Bervie were again caught flat-footed when another long ball over the top found the home side’s number nine free, and again he made no mistake, levelling the game at two apiece.

Bervie were forced into a number of changes, with Davies being withdrawn at half-time and Smith and Wotherspoon going off with injuries, and this contributed to the midfield dropping out of the game a little.

Newtonhill were once again denied by Leisk when through one-on-one again, producing a great save to frustrate the home side. The game ended with the two rivals sharing the points in what was a evenly fought out match, with a draw probably a fair result.

Bervie: T Leisk, S Smith, K Gordon (Cpt), M Davies, A Wood, K Webster, C Thomson, D Avis, L Wotherspoon, H Anderson, J McLaughlin. Subs: M Morris, B Duggan, Jayden McLaughlin, J Karpinski, B Dickinson.