Stonehaven travelled to Fife on Saturday to face Oakley United in the Emirates Airlines Scottish Junior Cup, under the caretaker guidance of goalkeeping coach Gordon Paterson and former Banchory St Ternan manager Steve Scott, following Dougie Baxter and Sandy McNaughton’s departure to Banks o’ Dee.
With just two minutes gone, Hive were let out of jail. The ball was played over the top of the defence and despite claims for offside, Oakley United striker Scarborough struck the ball off the post. The opening goal came less than a minute later. The Stonehaven defence was caught square and despite the ball being partially cleared, it fell to Blackadder who made no mistake from just a few yards out.
The Hive were next to try their luck on six minutes when Murray slipped in Forsyth, but the defence cleared the danger just in time.
Low was next to threaten for Stonehaven when he broke down the left but saw his effort blocked which took all the pace out of the shot and left the Oakley keeper with an easy save.
The equaliser came on 20 minutes when the ball broke to Alexander who ran through on goal and slotted calmly past the keeper from 18 yards.
The scores were not level for long however and on 25 minutes Oakley regained the lead. The ball was played down the Hive right and when it was crossed over, a glancing header found the top corner. Two minutes later a Watt corner was headed clear and Murray saw his shot blocked and the defence cleared.
On the half hour good play by Alexander saw him play the ball to Murray out on the right but his low cross was just missed at the back post.
The Hive ended the first half strongly, with Alexander lifting a shot over the bar, Murray heading over and an Ollie McIntosh shot stinging the palms of the keeper.
Stonehaven came out fighting in the second half and forced the early pressure resulting in a couple of corners however there proved to be no end result. It took until the 57th minute before either side had their first real effort of the second half and it was Alexander who picked up a loose ball but his shot flew just wide. The visitors continued to press for the equaliser and went ever closer. Alexander and Murray combined and the latter saw his cross just about cleared. On 72 minutes the hosts went close when a shot from outside the area crashed off the Stonehaven crossbar with the referee spotting that Smith had tipped the ball onto the bar but the corner came to nothing. Taylor replaced Watt as the visitors looked to carve out an equaliser but it was to be the hosts who would have the better of the chances in the latter stages. With just five minutes left a ball into the Hive box saw Smith make a good save and just a couple of minutes later the killer third goal came. Despite strong claims for offside nothing was given and the ball was slotted past Smith to seal Oakley’s place in the next round. Stonehaven: Smith, Pyper, Low, Forsyth, McCall, Jack McIntosh, Murray, Croll, Ollie McIntosh, Alexander, Watt (Taylor). Subs: McLelland, Forbes.