Halliburton 2 Newtonhill 2
Newtonhill somehow managed to throw away two points on Saturday after dominating the game from start to finish.
It was another disappointing result having also failed to win their previous outing when again 3 points should have been in the bag. However, the Hill did maintain their impressive unbeaten league record which stretches back to early October. From the off Newtonhill looked the more likely to score and had several clear cut chances throughout the first half. Keith, Brooks, Blacklaws and Milson all went close before Keith finally did find the back of the net with a low shot after a defensive mix-up on the stroke of half-time. Newtonhill continued to create chances in the second half but to no avail until A. Farqhaur found himself with all the time in the world inside the box to pick his spot from a Brooks long ball.
Keith and Hay had chances to add a third and to effectively kill the game off but the chances went abegging. This was to prove costly as with 12 minutes to go a nothing ball found its way to the edge of the box where Halliburton’s No. 8 fired home.
it still looked comfortable for the Hill despite the setback until, with just minutes remaining, a long-ball caused confusion in the Newtonhill defensive ranks and Alexander nodded past his own goalkeeper and into the empty net. Newtonhill looked stunned and set out to regain the lead and nearly did in the final minute when Keith was unlucky to see his shot come back off the post.
Man of the match was C. Foy. Newtonhill: Farqhaur, Alexander, Bougherra, Foy, A, Brooks, Milson, Farquhar, M.Brooks, Blacklaws, Keith, Barraza. Subs: Stewart, Hay, Moir. Newtonhill 4
Newtonhill faced Halliburton for the second time in three days on Monday and were looking to settle a score.
the Hill found themselves a goal down after 10 minutes when a cross from the left was converted by Halliburton’s winger. Newtonhill’s response was rapid and Barraza equalised soon after from a fine cross from Keith.
It was all Newtonhill now and S. Christie nearly had them ahead when his effort from 6 yards hit the top of the bar after a fingertip save from the keeper. From the resulting corner Barrzaza finished wonderfully at the near post to put Newtonhill ahead.
Newtonhill created and missed many chances before the break and they were punished on the stroke of half-time when a Halliburton break was finished well.
The goal before the break seemed to unsettle Newtonhill as they appeared for the second half and it was Halliburton who were doing most of the running. Newtonhill were relying on breakaways against a strong wind and with just 20 minutes remaining it was one of those breaks that proved pivotal. A long ball from Alexander found Keith on the halfway line and he in turn found a lung bursting run of S. Christie in the box before the winger was impeded by the advancing keeper. Up stepped A. Brooks who maintained his impeccable record from the penalty spot.
Five minutes later Newtonhill thought they had killed the game off when a tremendous cross from D. Christie found Barraza whose header was saved brilliantly before the rebound fell to Smith who made no mistake.
However, nothing is certain when Newtonhill play and in typical fashion they handed Halliburton a lifeline from a defensive lapse. Newtonhill saw through a nervy final few minutes to record three valuable points. Man of the match C. Foy. Newtonhill: Farquhar, D. Christie, Alexander, Bougherra, Stewart, Hay, M.Brooks, Farquhar, S. Christie, Keith, Barraza. Subs: A. Brooks, Milson, Smith, D.Smith.