Comfortable victory for improved Bervie

ABOYNE 1

BERVIE 4

Bervie travelled to Aboyne for the Stonehaven Trophy match against Deeside, welcoming Leisk, Blacklaw, Thomson and McLaughlin all back into the team.

Bervie started the match brightly using the width on what was an exceptionally large pitch and it was wasn’t long until they carved out the first chance, Blacklaw sending McLaughlin through on goal, however his effort was saved by the keeper who then reacted well to touch Anderson’s follow up on to the post and out for a corner.

Bervie were made to pay for their sloppy finishing midway through the half when Deeside, on a rare foray forward, won the ball in midfield - allowing a forward to run through unchallenged and slot the ball home.

A frank conversation at half time saw Bervie came back out with clear instructions to start passing the ball into feet and to make use of the width on the pitch. Deeside won a free kick wide on the left, however Gordon rose well and cleared with Sawyer flicking the clearance on to Blacklaw who lifted the ball over the top for McLaughlin to run onto and to calmly lob the keeper as he came off his line.

Bervie took the lead almost immediately after Deeside restarted the match, Blacklaw winning the ball and again feeding partner in crime, McLaughlin, whose first effort was again saved, however this time he reacted and slotted him his second.

Bervie immediately went on the attack again, Jenkins doing well down the left, feeding McLaughlin who squared for Sawyer but he was unable to control the ball and the keeper saved.

Bervie grabbed a third which bore similarities to the first, this time it was Webster who headed cleared the free kick clear again McLaughlin ran clear to slot home and complete his hat-trick.

Bervie were now looking far sharper with Thomson and Webster, in particular, looking strong and doing well in the middle of the pitch,

Bervie grabbed a fourth and the final goal with five minutes to go, another corner only half cleared allowing Webster to drive into the box feeding Karpinski whose effort was blocked only for Anderson to pick up the loose ball and slot home to seal the victory.

After a poor first half Bervie played some good football in the second period, moving the ball well and upping their work rate, however they need to learn to start matches the way they finished this one.

Bervie -

T. Leisk, J. Garden, K. Webster, K.Gordon (Cpt), A. Wood, S. Smith, M. Morris, D. Blacklaw, C. Thomson, H. Anderson, J. McLaughlin,

Subs: L. Mitchell, E. Boyd, M. Jenkins, J. Karpinski, L. Sawyer,

Deeside 1 - Bervie Caley 4