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Mintlaw 1 – 5 Luthermuir

Fosters Scottish Amateur Cup Second Round at Mintlaw on Saturday 6th October

Report by Andy McLaren

Luthermuir’s record goalscorer Murdoch Anderson believes the club are ready to battle with some of Scotland’s best amateur sides after they eased past Mintlaw 5-1 in the 2nd Round of the Scottish Cup.

The 35-year-old joined the Kincardineshire outfit in 1993 and has scored over 500 goals for the club.

Anderson’s record-breaking season came in 2004 when his 58 goals secured the Division One (North) title and helped him to win the league’s player of the year award.

The centre-forward has been impressed with the club’s current crop of youngsters.

Murdoch said: “Luthermuir will always be in my heart and the squad we have now is one of the best since I have been here.

“We have a good mix of experienced players and youth. The lads train twice a week but I can only train once a week.

“Once I hang up my boots, I will always help the club as much as I can, whether it’s putting up the nets or tidying the changing rooms.”

Anderson coaches Luthermuir Primary School and Brechin City Under 9’s but has no intention of taking over the reins at the club.

“We have a terrific amount of guys that help out at the club,” said Murdoch

“My son has started playing and it’s good to be a part of his progression in the game.

“Hopefully we can stay in the Premier Division for years to come and carry on the good form that we have maintained over the years.”

Luthermuir manager Fred Robbie is hoping for another happy away day when the third round draw is made.

He said: “It feels great to have the opportunity to draw a team from areas such as Glasgow and Edinburgh.

“We have made a good start to the season but injuries are now beginning to hit us hard.

“We haven’t really had a settled defence for the past few weeks but hopefully everything will be back to normal in time for our third round clash and the vital league games ahead.”

Robbie praised Anderson’s work at the club and believes he can still play for years to come.

“Murdoch’s loyalty to the club has been excellent and it’s great to see the younger players looking up to him,” said Robbie.

“Fingers crossed he can continue his goalscoring form and help us to win more silverware.”

Murdoch Anderson opened the scoring after 5 minutes. Mintlaw’s Paul Mathers was pressured into making a clearance that cannoned against Anderson and trickled into the goal.

And there was an air of resignation about Mintlaw, even before they fell 2-0 behind.

Stephen Greig already had several sights at goal but latched onto a clever chipped pass from Jai Clayton to calmly side-foot the ball past Christopher Wallace at his near post.

With the confidence provided by their two goals, Luthermuir continued to threaten Wallace’s goal. On 20 minutes, he had to be alert to parry Greig’s fizzing shot round the post.

Mintlaw’s Craig Farman then went close to grabbing his side’s first goal but John Wands showed good reactions to tip his shot over the bar.

Luthermuir’s third goal came on 35 minutes. Jai Clayton expertly curled his free-kick around the Mintlaw wall which bobbled underneath the unfortunate Wallace.

Half-time: 3 – 0

Mintlaw continued to push for a goal and it came on 55 minutes when Shaun Jamieson’s strike flashed past Wands in the Luthermuir goal.

Mintlaw’s hopes of a comeback were dealt a further blow when Stephen Greig rifled a fierce drive past Wallace after he could only palm a shot into the attacker’s path.

Mintlaw’s Shaun Park was almost on the score-sheet on 70 minutes when his audacious shot from 30 yards skimmed the crossbar.

Luthermuir’s fifth goal came on 85 minutes when Euan Duff capitalised on Scott Findlater’s looping cross to thump his shot past Wallace and round off a memorable day for the Laurancekirk side.

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