Maud made to rue missed chances

Maud 2-4 Hall Russell.
Maud 2-4 Hall Russell.
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Maud had Hall Russell as visitors in a league game and it was the away side that got the first goal, Innes lobbing Barbour from the edge of the box on seven minutes, Mackie would find their second.

In the second-half, Maud started on the front foot and earned a freekick out on the left touchline.

Alexander sent in another good delivery but Bremner managed to put past the post from close.

On 48 mins Ritchie sent a long ball over the Hall Russell defence which Chalmers latched onto and he calmly slotted the ball past the visiting keeper to draw the game level, Maud having found an opener in the half prior.

Maud then made their first change with Ritchie being replaced by Graham.

The home side had to make another change on 55 mins after the injured L Barbour went off and Hale came on.

A cross from the left found Graham at the back post but Carroll came out to block.

Hale was next to send a terrific cross in but it was just out of the reach of the advancing Bremner.

A one-two by Hale and Duguid ended with another corner and Alexander swung it in.

From it, Robertson rose high but couldn’t keep his header on target.

On 75 mins Maud made their final change with Fraser on for Bremner.

A poor kick out by Barbour fell to Forbes who slotted a ball through to Innes who made no mistake with his finish to give the visitors the lead again.

Alexander came close to levelling the score but saw his header go narrowly wide.

With the home side pushing for an equaliser the visitor’s caught them on the break and Hay went down the right, his cross met by Mackie whose shot hit a Maud defender and squeezed into the net, ending the game 2-4 to Hall Russell.

This was a match which Maud made a poor start in, but came back strong to get back level. Missed chances, however, cost them dearly, and with the away side’s clinical finishing, they missed out on a valuable three points. Maud’s next game is away to Stoneywood on January 4.