Cowie Thistle emerged victors in a Stonehaven derby on Saturday, beating AC Mill Inn after extra-time in an Association Trophy second round tie.
After a number of call-offs due to the adverse weather, both sets of managers were delighted to get the game under way albeit in conditions that were always going to affect the standard of football on show.
It was Cowie that started the strongest and tried to play their passing game. It was no surprise when Cowie eventually took the lead midway through the first half although the goal itself did carry some luck when McDonald turned in the box and what appeared to be an attempted cross sailed over Park and into the net.
The first half continued in the same vein with Cowie attacking Mill Inn and Fraser, Adie and Ewan all had efforts on goal.
The next opportunity fell to Riddell who should have doubled Cowie’s advantage but miscued his effort. Cowie had another chance when Watson’s effort crashed off the post to safety.
Mill Inn equalised early in the second half. Robertson was judged to have handled and Mill Inn captain Adam stepped up and confidently slotted the penalty home. The award of the penalty seemed to knock Cowie out of their stride briefly and they soon found themselves behind when a Morris deflected free kick found the corner.
This seemed to spur Cowie into action and it was only a matter of minutes until they found themselves level. Substitute Penny picked the ball up wide and drove at the Mill Inn defence and as he broke into the box goal scorer Morris tripped him resulting in the second penalty of the match. Watson stepped up and sent Park the wrong way to bring the scores level.
Cowie then took the game to Mill Inn and spent the remainder of the game attacking the home goal in search for the winner. Riddell headed wide then another Watson effort was pushed wide by Park. Park was keeping his team in the game and he did so again when he saved at the feet of Fraser.
In extra-time Cowie eventually got the breakthrough their dominance deserved. Robertson drove forward before getting a cross into the box which found Fraser who smashed the ball into the net.
Mill Inn had Burnett sent off for a second bookable offence after fouling Robertson. They were down to nine men when Robb lunged at Daley and got his marching orders.