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Kintore 4 – 3 Newmachar Utd

Saltire Fashions North of Scotland Cup 2nd Round at Kintore on Saturday 27th December

This local derby was played at a hectic pace on a heavy pitch with both teams determined to progress to the next round of the Saltire Fashions North of Scotland Cup.

Kintore went on the attack from the start and in the fifth minute McCall hit the bar with a screamer of a shot from twelve yards. A move by Newmachar’s Sean Brown, Farquhar and Ross was foiled by the boot of Kintore’s Alexander when he slid in putting the ball for a corner.

Newmachar took the lead in eleven minutes through Fraser who lobbed keeper Stuart from the edge of the eighteen yard line. Their lead lasted for eight minutes before Jack Strachan received a ball from a throw in, turned quickly and beat keeper Booth with a right foot shot.

The play was flowing from end to end with some heavy tackling and referee Forbes had to show yellow cards to calm things down. On the half hour mark a move down Newmachar’s right by Ross and Farquhar let Farquhar cross a perfect ball to Ross whose diving header hit the post before being cleared upfield.

In thirty five minutes Kintore’s Nicol brought out a fingertip save from keeper Booth and a minute later keeper Booth was in action again when he pushed a shot from McCall on to the post and collected at the second attempt. McCall had another shot which keeper Booth parried out as far as Jack Strachan whose shot was held easily by the keeper. The half ended with no more scoring.

Half-time: 1-1

From the restart Newmachar’s Sean Brown nearly caught keeper Stuart out with a lob but Stuart pushed over the bar. Newmachar’s Campbell missed a great chance when four yards out he sliced his shot past the post. There were close calls at both ends with shots passing the posts or keepers saving until Kintore’s McCall scored from close range from a corner on the right that went to the far post where he was unmarked.

Newmachar’s Campbell levelled the score in seventy four minutes when he got a foot to a cross from Ross. Just on time a shot from Kintore’s McCall looked like finding the net but another save from keeper Booth put the game into extra time.

Full time: 2-2

The first period of extra time saw McCall score when a shot from Richard Strachan rebounded off the post and fell to his right foot. The second period of extra time started with Newmachar’s Fuller scoring from eighteen yards to make the score 3-3 and with seven minutes left Kintore’s Richard Strachan put his team into the next round when he beat keeper Booth with a drive into the corner of the net.

Final score: 4-3

Kintore: Stuart, Hardie, Alexander, Ross, Birnie, McGillvray, Lawie, Nicol, Jack Strachan, McCall, Richard Strachan. Subs – Barrie, Binnie, Gardner, Stalker, Stronach

Newmachar Utd: Booth, Ogg, Smith, Reid, Fuller, Sean Brown, Pirie, McLeod, Farquhar, Fraser, Ross. Subs – Campbell, Craig Brown