Stonehaven travelled to Uniconn Park to take on current Superleague champions Hermes as they looked to build on last week’s 3-2 win at Lewis United.
The hosts had the first chance on 10 minutes when Robertson saw his header saved by McIntosh in the Hive goal. Stonehaven then had chances of their own with Duncan’s shot held by Sweeney on 12 minutes and on 16 a counter attack saw Alexander play the ball to Stewart who beat his man and was clean through on goal but lifted his shot wide. It was the visitors who took the lead on 21 minutes.
ALEXANDER dispossessed Pirie who had taken too many touches allowing the striker to rob him and round Sweeney before slotting in from a tight angle. On 28 minutes Murray sent in a great corner which found the head of Alexander but he headed wide. The Hive’s lead was doubled on the half hour mark. The ball was played down the line from Murray to Stewart whose shot was parried by Sweeney and SINCLAIR found the net with the rebound. Hermes came close on 37 minutes when Wilson tried his luck unmarked and his long range effort sailed only just over the bar. The Hive broke a minute later but Stewart’s first time shot was saved by the feet of Sweeney. In the last meaningful action of the first half a corner from Stewart found Murray who headed to Forsyth but he shot just wide.
Half Time – Hermes 0 v 2 STONEHAVEN
Hermes came out in the second half determined to get a quick goal back and they had a chance in the first 30 seconds when the ball was played into Robertson but his shot was held. A minute later another chance fell the way of the hosts and Wyness saw his shot blocked for a corner.
Hamilton sent in a corner from the Hive left which found the head of the unmarked Pirie who made it 1-2. On 53 minutes Wilson again came close with a shot which went just wide of the far post after McIntosh punched a corner into his path. Stonehaven had shouts for a penalty turned down just a minute later after Sinclair burst into the box and was pulled back. The lead was increased on 56 minutes however after Stewart played the ball to Murray who then sent a low ball across the box to WORKMAN who made no mistake from just a yard out. With 75 minutes gone Hermes found themselves right back in the match after a Courage free kick found the bottom left hand corner of the net. Alexander had a chance to increase the Stonehaven lead on 79 minutes when he went on a great run across the box but his shot was blocked for a corner at the near post.
The scores were level on 85 minutes however after another free kick was conceded in an identical position and Courage again curled low past McIntosh into the bottom corner. Alexander had a chance on 88 minutes but he shot wide when though on goal after beating the defender to the ball. Hermes completed what, at half time, looked the most unlikely of comebacks in the final minute when a corner from the left wasn’t cleared and a header from Freeland came back off the crossbar before being tapped in by Smith who saw a second yellow following his celebrations.
Full Time – Hermes 4 v 3 STONEHAVEN