Fordoun made the short trip across the A90 to face Marykirk in this Matrix Cup quarter final. The visitors started brightly and took the lead in two minutes when a corner was swung in from the left and knocked down for THOMSON to tap in.
Any ideas of a comfortable afternoon evaporated when Marykirk equalised in the 8th minute after Pearson pushed away a free kick only for a ‘kirk attacker to knock the ball back over his head into the net. Then two minutes later another shot from distance escaped the grasp of Pearson and the home side had a 2-1 lead.
Fordoun were in shock and struggled to get going again but did get an equaliser in 26 minutes when Hector cut in from the right and finished well. A minute later Fordoun regained the lead when a free kick from R Welsh was knocked down by Thomson and Deans forced the ball home. A quick break allowed Fordoun to extend their lead when Pearson sent the ball long for Deans who played it on to Thomson; he in turn rolled in McComiskie who made no mistake with his finish.
In the 35th minute the referee played the role of Easter Bunny when he gifted Marykirk a lifeline. A Marykirk attacker pulled the ball out of the air with his arm but when no foul was given a brilliant was hooked over Pearson ala Peter Crouch and in off the Fordoun post. The referee then awarded another soft free kick on the edge of the Fordoun box and Marykirk took full advantage by curling a free kick over the wall to level the score.
The second half saw Marykirk run out of steam as Fordoun took control. The next goal came in 50th minute when R WELSH curled in a great free kick. Galaxy increased their lead two minutes later when Thomson was chopped down in the box by the home goalkeeper and HECTOR dispatched the resultant penalty. There was another bizarre refereeing decision in 58 minutes when McComiskie cut the ball back from the bye line for Thomson to tap in, only for the referee to blow for an offside decision which had players of both teams confused.
Fordoun had brought on deadly front man Forbes but it was his strike partner McComiskie who got the next goal to make it 7 before Keddie wrapped up the win with a cheeky back heel to make the final score 8-4. The referee denied Marykirk the chance of another goal when he deemed an attacker offside despite seeming to set off from his own half.
It was an unconvincing win but a win none the less for Fordoun who will need to play a lot better to have a chance of beating in form MCT at Broomfield in the next round. The leagues midweek fixtures begin this week with Fordoun playing Black Abbot in Montrose on Thursday 12th April and Marykirk not in action until they travel to play Hudsons in Brechin the following Thursday.
Fordoun: Pearson, Norrie (Davies), Cuthill, Pirie, A Stirling, Deans, R Welsh (Keddie), R Stirling, Hector, Thomson (Forbes) & McComiskie. Unused: Murray