Aberdeenshire South HC 5
Granite City Wanderers 4ths 3
Following a three week break from games owing to holidays, ASHC welcomed Granite City Wanderers 4ths to Portlethen.
This would have been a top of the league clash last season but with this being an early season fixture both teams are still in the process of finding their feet in the division.
The game started in heavy rain and wind and continued for in this way for the entire game but both teams didn’t let this effect the flow of the game.
ASHC started brightly and pressure was placed on the GCW defence but through some good defending and a little bit of luck it took until the 12th minute for ASHC to find the break through.
A penalty corner was awarded for a struck foot in the GCW circle and the resulting corner Scott McNab shot low and hard into the corner for 1-0.
In the 23rd minute, some good play from Austin Towe and Euan MacNaughton on the left found McNab in the circle who turned and shot at goal that was heading towards the keeper but George Wiles nipped in to deflect the ball into the goal 2-0.
GCW worked hard to get back in the game and a breakaway saw a good passing move down their right which found a forward free who hit his shot low and hard at ASHC keeper Ruaraidh Macnaughton.
He saved the shot but the rebound went straight back to the striker who finished off by placing the ball in the bottom corner 2-1.
Not five minutes following this, the game was 2-2 with another GCW breakaway seeing the ball head towards goal and, as R Macnaughton cleared, it hit Iain Sawers on the leg and rebounded for an own goal.
With minutes left until half time,another penalty corner saw ASHC retake the lead with another shot by Scott McNab dispatched into the bottom corner.
The second half followed the pattern of the first with the rain unfortunately still continuing to fall and it took 15 minutes for the next goal to go in.
This time Aberdeenshire South HC extended their lead through the dominance they had.
Some decent play in midfield saw good work between Ben McKellar and Connor Munroe which saw the second deflected chance of the game for Wiles go into the GCW goal 4-2.
GCW weren’t finished and, with 20 minutes to go on the clock, a penalty corner flick by a GCW youngster headed towards R macnaughton who would have easily saved but defender Jack Taylor stuck his stick out to deflect ASHC’s second own goal of the day 4-3.
With 10 minutes to go, ASHC finally ended the game with the fifth goal which came from a pass from Kevin McKellar to Scott McNab.
McNab thentook his time before placing an unstoppable shot low and hard passed the Granite City Wanderers keeper.