Stonehaven U15s played their final home league game of the season last Thursday keen to extend their unbeaten run to ten matches and continue their late promotion charge.
The visitors are in the middle of a bad run, picking up just one win in ten but Stonehaven has been guilty of starting games slowly of late and did not want to give Glentanar any early encouragement in this match.
The home side certainly had plenty of possession and territory early on but Glentanar defended very well and prevented Stonehaven from creating any clear cut opportunities. It was clear that patience was going to have to be the order of the day as the half wore on.
Gammie put in a strong performance for Stonehaven in attack and he was instrumental in breaking the deadlock after 32 minutes. He took possession on the right side of midfield and drove at the Glentanar defence beating a couple of defenders before reaching the byeline. His fine cut back was converted at close range by Lovick and Stonehaven were on their way.
The pressure lifted from the home side and they doubled their advantage just three minutes later. Barclay got hold of the ball on the right flank and drove infield to the edge of the Glentanar box. He was dispossessed but showed great determination to regain the ball and was fouled on the edge of the area. Gammie stepped up and whipped a superb free-kick over the wall and past the despairing dive of the Glentanar ‘keeper. Stonehaven then kept it tight at the back to reach half-time with their two goal lead intact.
The home side started the second half confidently and it was no surprise when they extended their lead after 48 minutes. Freeman drove forward from his right-back position and played a superb pass with the outside of his foot to release Gammie in the inside right position. He drove into the area and confidently planted his right foot shot into the net for his second goal of the game.
Stonehaven were well on top now and were unlucky not to extend their lead on several occasions. Lovick was unlucky to see his left foot shot flash just wide of the far post and Garrow placed his shot just wide from the edge of the box. The Glentanar ‘keeper was in superb form with his best effort being a superb double save from two fiercely struck shots from Lovick. Glentanar began to get a bit more of the game as the half wore on but Hartley, McCallum, Freeman, McKenzie and Laing defended well to protect Forbes in goal.
The away side finally got a consolation that their efforts deserved in the last minute when their midfielder did well to find space in the box and slip the ball past Forbes.
Stonehaven held on for a comfortable victory which saw them complete their home league programme with ten wins and just one defeat from their eleven matches. The other results fell in Stonehaven’s favour and they will be promoted if they win their final ‘B’ league match away at Ellon Meadows on Sunday May 8 and Fraserburgh lose any of their remaining six matches.
Stonehaven Team: Forbes, McKenzie, Davidson, Laing, Freeman, Smith, Garrow, Lovick, Gammie, Hartley, Barclay, McCallum, Payne, Pyper.
Stonehaven U15s 3 Glentanar 1