Hive miss chances in draw with FC Stoneywood

Stonehaven 1 FC Stoneywood 1

Stonehaven welcomed FC Stoneywood to Glenury Park for Saturday’s Superleague clash, with both teams looking to take three points to steer themselves away from the relegation places.

The game kicked off in bright sunshine and Stonehaven were the first to threaten however Glass’ dangerous looking long range effort was well held by the ‘keeper.

Stoneywood were next to threaten but after finding himself unmarked Brooks could only head wide of target.

Stonehaven took the lead after 19 minutes after some good work down the right between Bryant and Paterson forced a Stonehaven corner. The Stoneywood ‘keeper looked to have the corner under control but it fell to SHAND who made no mistake and fired home for his tenth of the season.

The scores were level after half an hour although in controversial circumstances. Paul Nicoll had the ball in the corner and was blatantly pushed and the ball fell to Brooks who evaded two Stonehaven challenges to fire past Smith.

Bryant had a great chance to put the Hive ahead with ten minutes remaining of the first half, but he headed back across goal and past the back post.

With a minute remaining of the first half Stonehaven had a goal disallowed for offside. Bryant whipped in a free kick which the ‘keeper spilled and Paterson tapped in but was judged to have been in an offside position.

five minutes into the second half, the Stoneywood number 8 was sent off for his second bookable offence following a late and very rash tackle on Bryant. From then on the second half was a very scrappy affair in which Stonehaven really should have done better with the chances that fell their way especially with the man advantage.

in 65 minutes Glass flashed an ambitious shot wide of target and it was to be the start of the missed chances for the Hive as Cruickshank fired over soon after following a good ball in from Mathieson. Stonehaven made a triple change with 20 minutes to go when Will, 16 year old Craig Buchanan and Mike Cormack replaced Bryant, Paterson and Nicoll.

Michael Smith did well to keep the scores level in 82 minutes when he saved at point blank range from the Stoneywood number 9. Cruickshank could have made the game safe with four chances in the space of five minutes but they all went either over the bar or wide of the post.

There were chances for either side in the dying minutes, firstly a Stoneywood corner led to the Stoneywood number 9 again forcing Smith into a great save before a Stonehaven corner saw the ball only just kept from crossing the line by Marwick in the Stoneywood goal.

Stonehaven: Smith, Low, Mathieson, Ellis, Reid, Glass, Bryant, Cruickshank, Paterson, Shand, Nicoll. Subs: MacGregor, James Smith, Cormack, Gray, Will, Buchanan, Christie.