Newtonhill 6 McTeagle 2
A big crowd turned out at Newtonhill Park to watch Newtonhill take on 2nd Division team McTeagle, in the North of Scotland Cup.
Both teams went into this game after a ten week break due to the bad weather. Newtonhill certainly didn’t show any side effects from the break and dominated the early exchanges with slick, crisp passing inter-changes. On the ten minute mark, a long throw-in from Allan Brooks was flicked on at the near post by Keith and when it fell to Smith, he teed up Shane Barraza who found the top corner. The second goal followed in the 15th minute and was all the own work of Barraza. After driving in from the left wing, he cut through the McTeagle rearguard and fired a low shot past the help keeper. Newtonhill could have extended their lead further if it wasn’t for the poor finishing of Grant Moir, who missed numerous chances. But they only had to wait until the 30th minute to effectively kill off the tie. Great work between Milson and S. Christie sent Keith free on the left wing and when the striker cut the ball back to his partner Barraza, he finished with aplomb to wrap up his hat-trick in a devastating 20 minute spell. McTeagle weren’t going to give up that easily and pulled a goal back just before half-time when a dreadful pass from Andy Farqhaur was capitalised on by McTeagle’s number 10, leaving Farqhaur in the Newtonhill goal with no chance. Their joy was short lived though as Barraza added his fourth just moments later, after tremendous work from Keith. The second half followed the same pattern as the first with Newtonhill looking the hungrier of the two teams. Some inspired goalkeeping from the McTeagle goalie kept the home side at bay, as he produced wonder saves from Keith, Smith, and Milson. Newtonhill did finally get their fifth 15 minutes from time thanks to a huge slice of fortune. Keith released Hay down the right wing and the winger watched gleefully as he saw his cross sail into the top corner. The visitors kept battling away and were unlucky not to reduce the deficit thanks to an incredible save from Farqhuar in the Newtonhill goal. Diving high to his left he turned round what seemed an unstoppable strike. However, McTeagle were not to be denied just minutes later when poor defending from Andy Farqhaur let in McTeagle’s No.9 who coolly slotted home.
Newtonhill had the final say however when a darting run down the left from Keith was turned home by the veteran Blacklaws who showed his delight with an overzealous celebration. Newtonhill: Andy Farquhar, D. Christie, C. Foy, Andy Farquhar, K. Campbell, A. Brooks, D. Smith, R. Milsom, S. Christie, D. Keith, C. Barraza. Subs: S. Blacklaws, R. Hay. T. Smith, G. Moir, S. Finnigan.