Bervie storm Castle to go seven up

Bervie returned to action on Saturday after a break of two months to face league rivals Kemnay in the first round of the Castle Cup.

With Gordon out with a broken wrist and Sawyer missing, the defence had to be shuffled with Avis coming in on the right, Webster going to the left and Smith slotting into the centre with Davies.

Despite the changes and the windy conditions, Bervie started positively and signalled their intent right from kick-off with the centre played back to Avis in the right back position who immediately fed Blacklaw down the right, his ball in found Collie whose effort was saved.

Kemnay also threatened early on when the ball was only half cleared and Leisk did well to get down and save an effort from the edge of the box.

Bervie were pressing for the opener,first Blacklaw’s cross was dropped by the keeper and cleared from Collie’s toes, then Anderson’s cross from the left was just behind the onrushing Collie. The opener came from some fine individual play from Montgomerie, receiving a cross on the edge of the box with his back to goal, who turned and found the net with a low effort into the corner.

Bervie doubled their lead shorty after with Avis finding McLaughlin who fed McHardy, his ball found Montgomerie whose effort was saved but only parried as far as Anderson who slotted home first time from a tight angle.

Kemnay weren’t going to roll over and give up and were threatening from set pieces, twice Leisk having to stretch and claw the ball away.

After a switch in positions it was McLaughlin whose cross from the right found Blacklaw but he fired wide. He then went close when the goal kick held up in the wind, Blacklaw headed it down and fired in a fierce volley from the edge of the box which went narrowly wide.

With Bervie now dominating, Anderson won the ball on the left and found Collie. It looked like he was clean through but was adjudged offside.

Bervie were now playing some controlled football and created another chance when Anderson switched the ball from the left to Avis out to the right, his ball forward finding McLaughlin who found Montgomerie who played the ball wide to Anderson on the left whose effort found the side netting.

Bervie started the second half playing into a strong headwind, however this helped in the sense it encouraged even more short controlled passing and it wasn’t long before they threatened, Blacklaw feeding Collie who went clean through only to have his effort saved by the keeper.

The third came shortly after, Blacklaw switching play from the right to left to find Anderson who controlled the ball and fired home from the edge of the box. Although having the majority of the play, Bervie had to be alert at the back when a long ball forward saw the forward through on goal and only a fine blocking challenge from Davies prevented him getting an effort in on goal.

Bervie scored a fourth when Montgomerie beat his man and shot from the edge of the box and, although going just wide, the wind held the ball up and the alert Collie nipped in ahead of the keeper to tap home from an acute angle.

Bervie’s fifth came shortly after, Salmond on at right back played the ball in to McHardy who found Montgomerie who played in the on rushing Blacklaw to calmly round the keeper and slot home. Kemnay were presented with a good opportunity when Bervie conceded a freekick about 25 yards out with the effort just going wide.

Goal number six came shortly after that chance, with Blacklaw bringing down a Leisk goal kick and feeding Collie who fired home his second. Anderson was next to try his luck, cutting back inside to beat his man but firing wide from the edge of the box.

Kemnay pulled a goal back after Bervie conceded a corner after some confusion at the back, with the wind playing havoc the resultant kick found its way into the top corner at the back post to beat keeper and defence. Bervie grabbed the final goal of the game when the ball was played over the top to McLaughlin who was fouled by the onrushing keeper, but 
the ball broke to Morris who slotted home from the right.

A good result for Bervie Caley after such a long break and sees them pick up where they left off in 2014.

Bervie:: T. Leisk, S. Smith, K. Webster (Cpt), M. Davies, G. McHardy, W. Montgomerie, H. Anderson, D. Blacklaw, D. Avis, J. McLaughlin, M. Collie

Subs: M. Morris, A. Wood, E. Boyd, D. Salmond