Honours even in first meeting

Cowie Thistle 2

Mearns United 2

IT was honours even last Wednesday when Cowie Thistle and Mearns United met in the Aberdeenshire Amateur Premier Division, the first time the clubs have met in a competitive fixture.

Both sides had spells of pressure and in the end a draw might have been a fair result.

Ross Donald missed several chances for Mearns in the first half and Cowie took the lead three minutes from half-time. A free-kick was crossed into the box and Emslie Riddle head-flicked home.

The home side made it 2-0 in 50 minutes. A long ball was flicked towards goal and saved by Mearns keeper Ryan Stephen. Neal Bruce struggled to clear in a crowded goalmouth and the ball ended up in the net.

Mearns got a goal back on the hour mark. Craig Irvine drove in a corner and Stuart Scott touched the ball home on the back post.

It was 2-2 in 80 minutes when Stevie Law challenged the home keeper and Scott was left with another tap-in.

Rob Armstrong almost won it for Mearns, but his free-kick flew just past the post.

In their previous league matches, Mearns beat Blackburn 4-3, then somehow threw away a 2-0 lead in the final 12 minutes to draw 2-2 with Bon-Accord City.