Luthermuir champions

Luthermuir FC finished the 2011-12 season as champions of the Aberdeenshire Amateur League’s Division One East.

In a superb league campaign in which they ensured they would be playing in the Premier Division next season, Luthermuir lost only once when it mattered and clinched the league against Johnshaven in May with three games to spare.

That defeat was 2-1 away to MS United, a game which they actually dominated.

After the title was clinched, Luthermuir lost away to Rothie and Lads Club and drew with Newmachar as they ended their season.

Luthermuir’s complete league record was Portlethen W1-0 (h) W1-0 (a); RGU D1-1 (h) D0-0 (a); Rothie W3-2 (h) L1-2 (a); Johnshaven W5-0 (h) W4-2 (a); Halliburton W3-2 (h) W5-2 (a); Newtonhill W4-1 (h) D3-3 (a).

Lads Club W3-2 (h) L2-3 (a); Old Aberdonians W7-0 (h) W3-0 (a); MS United W4-0 (h) L1-2 (a); Newmachar D2-2 (h) D0-0 (a); Mill Inn D2-2 (h) W3-1 (a); Stonehaven Athletic W4-0 (h) W3-0 (a); Banchory W3-0 (h) W4-1 (a).

Luthermuir’s home record was W10 D3 L0 F42 A12 Pts33 and their away record W7 D3 L3 F30 A16 Pts 24 for an overall W17 D6 L3 F72 A28 Pts57.

In the Scottish Amateur Cup, Luthermuir beat Alford after a replay and Arthurlie United, before losing 2-3 after a replay to Strathclyde University in the fourth round.

In the North of Scotland Cup, Bervie Caley were edged out on penalties and Sportsman’s from the Premier Division were beaten, before eventual winners Cove Thistle won 3-2 at Luthermuir in round four.

In the Association Trophy, Beacon Rangers were beaten, then in round three, Premier Divison champions Woodside won 4-2.

In the White Cup a win over Lads Club was followed by a defeat at the hands of eventual beaten finalists RGU, but there was disappointment in the AFC Trophy where a win on penalties over Torphins was followed by a surprise 3-1 defeat to lowly Glendale X1.

Luthermuir scored 33 cup goals for an overall total of 105 for the season.

Murdoch Anderson was top scorer with 31 goals and he now has the distinction of being either top scorer or joint top scorer for 18 successive seasons.

He was followed by Stevie Greig with 18, Jim Ellis 15 and Ewan Slesser 13.

Next came Euan Duff eight, Michael Cruickshank seven, Kieran Darar three and Jimmy Reid two and Ryan Darar, Craig, Wood, Morrison, Bremner and Young all with one. There were two own-goals.

Anderson netted four goals in a game against Johnshaven the night he scored his 500th goal and his career tally for Luthermuir now stands at 528.

Slesser scored four against Halliburton and Ellis had a hat-trick against Newtonhill.

Greig notched a hat-trick against Sportsman’s in the North of Scotland Cup.