Bellslea take the points in top v bottom encounter

IN THE Deejays Nightclub league, New Deer faced Panasonic Tavern and the away side took the lead on five minutes when Ballard squeezed the ball home at the front post and nearly added a second with a header which hit the bar.

New Deer drew level when a long throw from Crighton was headed over Lee Donaldson in the home goal by Andy Strachan. Ballard turned provider when he set up Ingils to score. Ballard was then denied his second with a fine save by Sanders.

At the other end Lee Donaldson made a great save from K Pirie. Panasonic increased their lead with a brilliant passing move involving Cross, McNeil and Ally Donaldson to finish in style. The scorer then ran the whole length of the Park and squared to Ballard to net their fourth.

L. Donaldson had another fine save from Scott Milne. Jamie McNeil then made it 5-1. New Deer were then reduced to ten men after G. Heatherwick Jnr was sent off. Keeper Donaldson then sent a long ball up field where Ally Donaldson latched onto and fired home.

Ballard combined with McNeil to net number seven and then a David Strachan own goal completed the scoring.

Elizabethan Link Up faced Bellslea in a match that saw top take on bottom of the league. The home side keeper was again in brilliant form as he has been all season. The away side got another three points under their belt with a 6-2 victory.

The winning goals came from six different scorers - Gary Summers, Fraser Anderson, John Ross, Jamie Buchan, Stuart Guild and Fraser Watt - and for the home side were Kevin Mair and Bruce Brent.

Clinton Thistle had St Combs as their opponents in a league game and this was always going to be a close match.

John Smith gave the visitors the lead on 19 minutes when he ghosted past the full back and slotted the ball under the home keeper. The home side drew level on 38 minutes from a corner after Bob Buchan out-jumped all to head home.

Trevor Fleming, making his debut for the home side, made a brilliant goal line clearance. Clinton took the lead nine minutes into the second half with a goal from Clinton hit man Scott Falconer.

St Combs must feel a little unlucky with two penalty claims turned down and had more of the game but as most teams, they found it hard to break down the Clinton defence and the home side rolled on to their eighth straight win in the league.

Faithlie United faced a stiff challenge from league title hopefuls New Pitsligo and it was the away side that collected another three points taking them to within one point of league leaders Bellslea winning by 3-1.

The winning goals were scored by G. McCluskey (2), one a penalty which the home side keeper saved but McCluskey scored with the rebound, and Gilbert Stephen with the other and for the home side was Daniel Reid.

St. Combs faced Panasonic Tavern and the first chance fell to Ballard when he held off Dollman but fired over the bar.

St. Combs took the lead when full-back Fraser ran down the right and crossed for Smith for an easy finish. Gordon prevented Panasonic levelling when he saved with his feet from Hossack. Ingils picked up the ball on the left and cut in, beat the defender and lashed the ball home.

In the second half St. Combs regained the lead with a fine finish from the edge of the box curling in to the roof of the net. Gordon then saved from Watson from six yards.

Smith ran the full length of the pitch and tried to chip Donaldson in the away goal but didn’t get it over him. Taylor was taken down in the box and Callaghan fired home the resulting penalty.

The best goal of the match came from John Smith with a fantastic left foot shot from edge of the box which flew past the motionless keeper. Panasonic did get one back when a Ballard Shot was spilled by Gordon and Ally Donaldson was on hand to tap in. St Combs finished the match with ten men after Neil Taylor was sent off.

St. Drostans faced Rosehearty Thistle in their league match and this game was always going to be a close one. St. Drostans were 2-1 ahead with goals from Robert Murray and Ryan MacDonnell and for Rosehearty was Stephen Duncan. Debut Andrew Ritchie went on to score a brace to help Rosehearty Thistle gain a much needed three points.

Faithlie United entertained New Deer and it was the visitors that went on to collect all three points by scoring two goals without reply.

Making his debut for New Deer was Shaun Jamieson went on to score both goals getting New Deer back to winning ways.

Invercairn United faced Elizabethan in a league game and the home side also got back to winning ways scoring seven without reply.

The winning goals came by the way of braces from Nicki Tait and Jamie Martin and one each from Gilbert Patterson Jnr, Jordan Clark and John James Sim.

Clinton Thistle entertained Mormond Thistle who are the draw specialists this season and again the away side netted another point but came so close to netting all three points with Clinton coming twice from behind to level in the last minute.

Scoring for the home side were Scott Milne and Stuart Fowlie and for the away side was Jamie Cassie with a brace.

Results:

Deejays Nightclub League - New Deer 1, Panasonic

Tavern 8; Faithlie United 1, New Pitsligo 3; Clinton

Thistle 2, St Combs 1;

Elizabethan Link Up 2,

Bellslea 6; St Combs 4,

Panasonic Tavern 2;

Invercairn United 7,

Elizabethan Link Up 0; Faithlie United 0, New

Deer 2; Clinton Thistle 2,

Mormond Thistle 2; St Drostans 2, Rosehearty Thistle 3.

Fixtures:

Tuesday, June 21:

League - Mormond Thistle v St Combs; Faithlie United v Rosehearty Thistle; New Deer v Clinton Thistle

(kick-off 7pm).

Saturday, June 25:

League - Cheers v

Invercairn United;

Rosehearty Thistle v

Elizabethan Link Up. Terry Sutton Memorial Cup semi-final - New Pitsligo v Mormond Thistle. Victoria Cup first round - Bellslea v Panasonic Tavern; St Drostans v Faithlie United; New Deer v Clinton Thistle (kick-off 2pm).