Maud thrash Deveronside to progress

Maud returned for a match at home for the first time since they drew with opponent’s Deveronside in the League back in December and with a point to prove following last week’s 4-0 loss to Banchory.

Maud immediately went on the offensive and within two minutes had pressurised the visitor goal when Shaun Robertson laid a ball into the penalty area but it was hacked clear for a corner that came to nothing. Maud continued to press, not giving the visitors any time on the ball and on 14 minutes a break by Allan Hale saw him lay the ball into James Duguid who played it back to Hale, but his well-hit shot was deflected off a defender.

The pressure finally paid off after the half-hour mark when Maud saw the ball cleared out to Mikey Rae who smashed it from 25 yards out to guide it past the ‘keeper for the opener.

Maud’s continued pressure saw a free kick given to them just outside the penalty area, Hale showing his skills to leave McIntosh stranded in his goal for Maud’s second.

Unfortunately, within a minute the lead was halved when a long punt into the Maud area saw Davidson turn the Maud defence to allow McLeay to convert from two yards.

Even with that excellent first half behind them, Maud were reminded of their visitors’ dangerous side when Joe Barbour was called upon within five minutes of the restart to make a crucial save.

However, Maud’s dominance was emphasised on 51 minutes when some great interplay by McBride, Duguid and Hale, saw debutant Neil Erskine hit a low shot for Maud’s third.

On 65 minutes, the game was effectively over when more good play between Erskine and substitute Greg Alexander saw the latter lay the ball into the danger are where Hale scored his second of the game.

With 10 minutes to go Maud put a realistic look on the score that their dominance deserved when Luke Barbour won the ball on the right and crossed to Alexander who scored Maud’s fifth.

With the win secured, Maud will now play in the semi finals of the regional cup.

Maud face current Champions Hermes in the Superleague this Saturday with a 2pm kick-off.