Porty win local derby

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Portlethen 3 – 1 Newtonhill Portlethen ran out comfortable winners in a match that was marred by poor refereeing.

Two reds and a dozen yellow cards were produced in a match that was played in a fair spirit. A big crowd turned out for the highly anticipated derby but on a cold and miserable day, the fans would have been disappointed with what was put on show as both teams struggled to find any rhythm. Portlethen made the breakthrough on the 20 minute mark when an M. Christie header beat Ivers from 6 yards out.

A below par Newtonhill tried to find their way back into the game and M. Brooks went close twice with strikes from outside the box. The Hill however did find an equalizer in bizarre fashion when a corner kick from Brooks was turned into his own net by Smith. Five minutes later Portlethen were reduced to 10 men when Mathie got his marching orders for two bookable offences. However, just moments later, and on the stroke of half time another set piece un-did Newtonhill as M Christie rose again to head home. HT (2-1) Newtonhill came out for the second half looking to put their man advantage to use but within just five minutes of the restart M. Brooks was sent off for descent. With 10 men apiece it was Newtonhill who were doing all the pushing with Portlethen looking to hit back on the break. The only two chances of not for Newtonhill in this spell were a headed effort from Blacklaws that looped just over the bar and a fizzing left foot drive by Barraza which was turned round the post by the Portlethen keeper. With time running out Portlethen sealed the three points when Davidson converted from the spot after A. Brooks had felled Will in the area.