Hive lose out in Banff

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Stonehaven travelled to Banff on Saturday to take on Deveronside in their penultimate PMAC Superleague game of the season.

A win would ensure that The Hive finished in fifth place and they started the game with the bit between their teeth.

Afer threeminutes Berton was played through on goal but he was just unable to get the ball under control and the defence cleared.

Moorhouse had a great chance to open the scoring, and his account for The Hive, but he could only direct an Armstrong cross wide of the far post.

Berton had another chance on 10 minutes when the ball was played down the Hive right from Wilson into his but his tame shot was easily held by Calder.

Stonehaven were reduced to 10 men on the quarter hour mark when captain Phil McCall was given a straight red card for an off the ball incident.

The hosts had their first chance on 25 minutes but the Stonehaven defence held firm to clear the danger.

Flett had a chance three minutes later when the ball wasn’t cleared but his shot went over the crossbar.

There was another chance for the home side after 34 minutes when the ball was played across field but it was headed over the bar at the back post.

Less than a minute later, a Moorhouse corner was headed wide and the following corner from the other by Armstrong was tipped over with the resulting corner finding the side netting.

Moorhouse had the last chance of the half but his lofted shot bounced agonisingly off the crossbar and out of play.

Half Time – Deveronside 0 Stonehaven 0

Deveronside had the first chance of the second half when a shot from the edge of the area on 47 minutes but the shot was held by Capstick.

There was a chance after 52 minutes but following a ball into the front post the shot was pulled wide of goal.

The home side took the lead under slightly controversial circumstances. A ball over the top of the Hive defence to the Deveronside right found the player who looked to be in an offside position however the linesman disagreed and play continued and the ball crossed low and tapped past Capstick to open the scoring.

James Workman had a great chance with 20 minutes to go when he was played through one on one but the ball took an unfortunate bobble resulting in the shot going wide of target.

Stonehaven were awarded a free kick but Calder did well to punch clear and the ball back into the box was cleared.

Armstrong came close on the 83rd minute when Workman laid the ball into his path but his shot was deflected for a corner.

The home side were reduced to 10 men s when Workman was fouled on the edge of the area but the resulting free kick caused no problem for the home defence. Workman had the last chance of the game but his shot was held by home ‘keeper Calder and the hosts took all three points to move into fifth place.

Full Time – 0-1

STONEHAVEN: Capstick, Goate, Pyper, Robertson, McCall, Martin Shand (Stark), Berton (Sulkevicius), Workman, Wilson, Moorhouse (Cormack), Armstrong

Sub not used: Low