Shand goals give Hive a win

Stonehaven 2

Longside 0

Stonehaven welcomed Longside to Glenury on Saturday as they looked to preserve their unbeaten home run in the Superleague.

New signings Ivan Sinclair and Martin Shand both started for The Hive.

Hive were on the attack in two minutes when McCall played the ball down the line to Taylor whose first time cross was cleared by the Longside defence at the front post.
With quarter of an hour gone Lewis Shand saw his shot well saved by the ‘keeper.
Five minutes later a ball from Alexander fell to Horne who saw his snapshot saved and the rebound from the incoming Martin Shand cleared for a corner.
The opening goal wasn’t long in coming and after a couple of corners were cleared Taylor found Lewis Shand whose header was tipped on to the bar and the ball fell to Martin Shand who scrambled it over line.
Horne tried his luck on the half hour mark but his shot on the edge of the area was easily dealt with by the ‘keeper.
Stonehaven had the last chances of the first half, Taylor saw his shot go well over then Horne broke down the left but saw his shot saved at the near post.

Stonehaven had a let off on 55 minutes when the ball was played into the box and Duncan controlled but Smith managed to gather before he could finish.
A minute later Martin Shand controlled a throw in from the left and laid into the path of Sinclair who saw his shot saved.
The visitors broke and Alexander was caught the wrong side of his man who then brought a good save from Smith.
On the hour mark a ball over the defence from Lewis Shand found Martin Shand free in the area but he dragged his shot wide.
Two minutes later a ball through from Forsyth to Horne saw the striker send his shot over and wide
With 70 minutes gone McCall tried his luck with a free kick 25 yards from goal but the ball came off the wall and out for a corner.
A minute later Sinclair did well to work an opening in the box but saw his left foot shot held by the ‘keeper.
Martin Shand was next to threaten after he was played in down the right and did well to win corner. The corner was played short to Alexander but the ‘keeper punched clear.
With five minutes remaining it was 2-0. Murray was played through on goal and rounded the ‘keeper and a great sliding tackle prevented the ball going in but it fell to Lewis Shand whose shot was deflected into the net.
There were a few half chances in the last couple of minutes with Alexander and Murray having efforts but there were to be no more goals.

Stonehaven: Smith, Low, Lewis Shand, Croll, McCall, Alexander, Sinclair, Forsyth, Horne (Murray), Martin Shand (Workman), Taylor (Watt).