Second half surge sees ‘Town lift the cup

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HATTON started the match the better and were closing down quickly from the front and they took the lead on ten minutes when a Noble cross found Cowie unmarked six yards out and he fired in the opener.

Sean Smith had a chance to get the home side level when he was sent clean through on goal but his shot was saved by Park. The away side keeper was again in action pushing a cross over the bar under pressure.

Hatton gave a free kick away a few yards outside their box and were duly punished when Strachan curled the ball round the defensive wall and into the corner of the net.

A minute later Hatton were in front again when a Noble shot took a deflection off Massie and flew into the net. In the last minute of the first half Town got back on level terms again when a Strachan corner was swung in to the back post, Anderson managed to bundle the ball past Gordon.

The second half kicked off with Hatton on the attack and a dangerous Youngson cross was cleared by Howitt. After this Town began to push Hatton further into their own half and Strachan was unlucky when he hit a fierce free kick but it hit the bar and over for a goal kick.

Town took the lead on the hour mark when a Strachan cross was swung in and the ball hit a defender then Sean Smith and into the net.

A long ball over the top of the Hatton defence found Smith who closed in on goal and fired under Park for Town to take a two-goal lead. In a rare Hatton attack Buchan sent in a dangerous cross and Cowie headed just over the bar. Another Strachan free kick came back off the post with the keeper beaten. Town added a fifth goal right at the end when Strachan played a ball down the right which Jamieson did well to reach and cross for Maniukiewicz to tap into an empty net to end the scoring.

The game was played in a sporting manner and was well handled by the three officials. Hatton did well in the first half and had the chance to go in at half time ahead but lost a goal in the last minute meant it was level.

Town came strong in the second half and in the end were just too strong for Hatton and deserved to retain the Cuminestown Shield for a second year in a row.

In the Welfare League, Phd Pensioners entertained Harbour Lights and the home side clinch the league title in style. In the first minute they were awarded a penalty which Hendry took and the away keeper saved.

The Pensioners finally took the lead with a corner from Summers which curled straight in at the back post. The same player doubled their lead with a 25-yard right foot shot into the roof of the net. Morgan made it 3-0 before a McNeill header made it four. Hendry got his second of the night and got his hatrick with the home side’s sixth. Goal of the game was the last one with a great strike from McGhee.

Longside were hosts to Cuminestown but found themselves 2-0 down before scoring two to get back on level terms but the away side hit back scoring another four and then longside got one more consolation goal at the end.

The winning goals came from Whitecross and Alexander with braces and the other two from R. Morrison and Anderson and for the home side were Stephen, Duncan and Anderson.

In the Ardallie Cup semi-final, Phd Pensioners started the better and missed a good few chances at the start of the game. Methlick took the lead when a cross came in and Mathers failed to clear and Troup lashed home.

The Pensioners didn’t take long to draw level when Campbell hit a fierce drive into the top corner of the net. Moir in the Pensioners goals made a brilliant stop on the goal line from a Ligertwood header. A Summers corner came back off the post and another corner fell to McNeill six yards out but he scooped it over the bar. Hendry put the Pensioners ahead with a simple finish. D. Summers made it 3-1 with a trademark 25-yard shot which flew into the net. Burnett in the Methlick goal was pulling off a host of brilliant saves. Methlick did get a goal back with a 25-yard shot into the top corner to finish the scoring.

Results as follows:

League - Phd Pensioners 7, Harbour Lights 0; Longside 3, Cuminestown 6; Ardallie Cup semi-final - Phd Pensioners 3, Methlick 2.

Cuminestown Cup final - Hatton 2, Cuminestown 5.

Fixtures for Thursday, August 25: Ardallie Cup semi-final - Harbour Lights v Cuminestown. League - Hatton v Ardallie (kick-off 7pm).