STONEHAVEN U15 6 FORMARTINE 2
Stonehaven U15s entertained Formartine on the back of a poor performance away to Glendale.
They also had a score to settle with Formartine having been comprehensively beaten up at Oldmeldrum earlier in the campaign.
The conditions may well have had a bearing on the opening goal as Stonehaven got off to the best possible start after just two minutes. Smith played a ball down the left touchline and a Formartine defender slipped as he tried to clear giving Lovick a clear sight at goal. He made no mistake with a right foot curling effort across the keeper which went in off the base of the post.
in 20 minutes Formartine were twice denied the equaliser. A fine strike from outside the box was well saved by Forbes at full stretch and then Pyper made a goal saving challenge to deny the striker following up.
Stonehaven were unlucky not to go two up after half an hour when a tremendous run by McKenzie out of defence gave Lovick a chance. He did well to beat his man but could only direct his left foot effort straight at the keeper. Stonehaven were to rue that missed opportunity when 5 minutes before half-time the Formartine dangerman was given time and space just outside the box and he placed a fine right foot shot over Forbes into the roof of the net.
The first five minutes of the second half mirrored the first period with not much between the sides. However, a double substitution by Stonehaven sending on Gammie and Collie proved the key to breaking the deadlock. First, after 50 minutes, Lovick got the ball in a good position on the left. He fed McCallum whose fine curling right foot cross was headed into the top corner by Gammie. Then just two minutes later, a free-kick from Gammie fell kindly to Lovick off a defender and he flicked the ball up over another defender before placing an excellent left foot volley into the corner of the net.
On 55 minutes Stonehaven went 4-1 up with a superb passing move across the whole width of the pitch. Lovick controlled a clearance from defence on the left before feeding Payne who showed great vision in switching the play to Collie. He made ground before playing a perfectly weighted ball to Gammie on the right who struck an unstoppable first time shot with his right foot into the far corner of the net.
Stonehaven should have been in control from then on but a lapse in concentration at the back just 2 minutes later allowed Formartine back into the game. A searching free-kick from the right was not properly cleared and a striker was on hand to beat Forbes from close range.
Formartine threw everything at Stonehaven in the next 15 minutes in an attempt to get back into the match but the home side’s midfield and back line held impressively firm.
Stonehaven finally made the game safe after 75 minutes with another fine goal. Lovick managed to work the ball to McCallum on the left and his fine deep cross was superbly volleyed home by Collie. Stonehaven then completed the scoring in the last minute when Collie’s corner was met at the front post by McKenzie who squeezed a low shot between the keeper and the post for his eleventh goal of the season which is a fine return for the full-back.
The final whistle brought the curtain down on arguably Stonehaven’s best display of the season. It was an excellent team performance and banished the memory of the heavy defeat to Formartine last September.
Stonehaven U15: Forbes, McKenzie, Davidson, Laing, Collie, Freeman, Smith, Garrow, Lovick, Gammie, Hartley, Barclay, McCallum, Payne, Pyper.