At Mineralwell Park on Saturday a Tribute game was played in memory of Timmy Abernethy who sadly passed away in April of this year.
Timmy’s team (many of whom had not played a competitive game for several years) were up against the current Stonehaven Youth under 17 team managed by some of Timmy’s ex-coaches. Scott took his younger brother’s place in the line-up for ‘The Legends’ who looked resplendent in the strips kindly loaned to them by local amateur side AC Mill Inn.
It was the youngsters who struck first with Lovick finding Paul Gunn who turned an opponent and fired home from 14 yards. The Legends were quick to respond with Horn following up after a Brown shot was blocked.
McKenzie made a storming run up the left flank and Gunn scored his second direct from the corner-kick. Then a penalty award was given against King for climbing on an opponent’s back (amidst grest protest) and Gunn stepped up for his quickest ever hat-trick.
Scott Abernethy curled a shot just wide – the place would have erupted had that gone in. Ward was upended in the box and Strother comfortably scored from the spot to pull the score back to 2-3. The game was back on and the elder Gunn got in on the family scoring back when Kraig equalised from a Macleod cross.
However Paul was to score a fourth from a free kick to make the half-time score 4-3 to the Legends.
Mair cleared off the line after an amazing King run. Kraig Gunn had a chance to equalise again but hit wide. Lovick then cleverly lobbed the Legends keeper to put the Youth team two ahead and then Paul Gunn hit his best and fifth goal of the game when he made a fine turn and shot late on. Lawson and Brown were unlucky to hit the Youth team woodwork but it was Youth that prevailed by six goals to three and Timmy’s Mum Michelle presented the trophy to Man of the Match Paul Gunn.
The result though was secondary as the day was all about honouring the memory of an extremely popular and engaging young man who is sadly missed. We’d like to thank AC Mill Inn and James McDonald Funeral Directors with their assistance to make the day a fitting testimonial, and all those who turned up to watch.