GLENTANAR 1 STONEHAVEN U15 4
Stonehaven U15 started midweek matches on Tuesday 12th April with a critical game away to fellow promotion contenders, Glentanar.
The Aberdeen team have wobbled a bit of late following an impressive opening half of the season and Stonehaven took full advantage of their opponents’ dip in form to emerge with a fine win.
Gammie hit the bar for Stonehaven, then on the stroke of half-time, the away side took the lead. Pyper did well to react to a mistake in the Glentanar defence and sweep the ball home with his left foot. Glentanar struck back immediately after the break with a fine run down the left and cross being well converted at the near post.
Stonehaven came back immediately and were awarded a penalty for handball that Freeman smashed home emphatically.
Stonehaven went further ahead after 52 minutes when Gammie used his strength well to hold up the ball on the edge of the penalty area and feed Pyper whose slightly deflected shot found the corner of the net.
Stonehaven saved the best for last with a quite brilliant individual goal from full-back, McKenzie. Under deep pressure in his own box he managed to head out a dangerous cross and then run on to his own headed clearance. He played a one-two with Lovick before starting a run which took him past several opponents. He skilfully beat the last defender before lashing the ball past the goalkeeper for the goal of the season so far.
STONEHAVEN U15 3 BANCHORY B.C. 0
Stonehaven were back in action against high riding Banchory, knowing that another victory would put them right back in the promotion hunt.
Payne did really well to stay on his post and head off the line at a corner. At the other end a fine strike from distance by McKenzie hit the top of the bar. Stonehaven hit their opponents with a devastating burst of three goals in six minutes. Garrow has waited a long time to score his first goal of the season and he floated the ball over the keeper and into the far corner.
four minutes later a strike from midfielder Smith was too powerful for the ‘keeper. Collie completed the scoring after 67 minutes running on to a fine pass from Pyper and knocking the ball home.
STONEHAVEN U15 4 Banks o’ Dee 1
Stonehaven’s busy week continued last Sunday at Mineralwell.
Banks o’ Dee took the lead in three minutes. A fine diagonal ball from the right found a striker in space in the penalty box and his first time finish found the net.
After 7 minutes, midfielder Payne was unlucky to see his fine shot come back off the crossbar and a minute later Gammie saw his close range effort deflected just wide. The start of the second period was equally frustrating for the home side but just as the promotion dream was beginning to fade, Stonehaven grabbed an equaliser after 53 minutes. Pyper played a fine ball through to Gammie and he did well to keep his composure and place the ball over the ‘keeper into the top corner. Four minutes later, a Forbes goal-kick was knocked on by Garrow to Gammie who flicked the ball over the defence for Lovick to chase. He took a touch and played a sublime lob over the ‘keeper’s head and into the net.
The third goal duly arrived after 64 minutes. Collie took possession in the left side of midfield and played a perfectly weighted diagonal ball into the path of Lovick who drove into the box and slipped it past the ‘keeper into the corner of the net.
Stonehaven rounded off their fine week with a goal in injury time. Lovick charged down a clearance in the inside right position and got to the bye-line before cutting the ball back to Gammie who brilliantly back-heeled the ball home.
Stonehaven’s late promotion charge has seen them win seven games in a row and they now sit three points clear at the top of the table, although the teams just below them still have games in hand.