Maud came away with the victory in a fiercely contested derby against home side Fraserburgh United at College Park on Saturday.
With Maud fielding a number of Brocher’s the game was always going to be a fiery event and it played as such with tackles and physicality triumphing over any footballing finesse.
With the wintry weather again rearing its head, the game was switched from Maud to Fraserburgh and even then the game was only made playable through the sterling efforts of the Broch committee who were up at dawn to get the park in order.
The first half was controlled by Maud, as from the off they asserted their gameplan. Bremmner’s cross from the right on caused havoc before being cleared by Davey Ross.
And Maud did not have long to await their opener.
On 13 minutes, a Rae cross saw Garden head goalward only for Summers to make a great stop but the ball fell kindly for Duguid who blasted home from 8-yards.
United’s central midfield were struggling to cope with Rae and Garden and Maud fashioned another chance at the 20 minute mark when Rae slipped away from Forbes and his effort was brilliantly tipped round the post by Summers.
United finally responded six minutes later when Ritchie slipped the ball through to Gibb who tried to round Barbour but the Maud goalie saved well to avert the danger.
Maud continued undeterred and Garden hit the post with a good effort from 20-yards.
Uniteds backline were defending well and their tenacity saw them prevent a goal on 39 minutes. An Alexander cross into the Broch box saw Hay block Duguids shot, and then a great tackle from Lawrence prevented Rae from scoring from the rebound.
Right on half time Rae won the ball off Forbes and slipped Hale clear, Maud’s player/ manager saw his blistering effort from 18-yards again bring out the best from the impressive Summers as he stretched full length to tip round the post.
United came out for the second half fired up and immediately got themselves back into it on 48 minutes. Hay’s ball up to Gibb saw the Broch youngster flick the ball on where Watt showed McBride a clean pair of heels before cleverly finishing past Barbour to stun Maud.
The remainder of the half saw the game become bogged down in a midfield tussle as both sides struggled to get anything going. On 72 minutes Maud almost took a lucky lead. Duguid’s surging run was brought to a halt 25-yards out by sub Bisset earning the Broch forward a yellow card. Hale’s terrible free-kick took a huge deflection and had there been any further pace on the ball would have trundled over the line, but Summers managed to get back across to stop the ball on the line.
United responded by pinning back Maud as McBride and Simpson struggled with the pace of the Broch front line, Watt and then Gibb had efforts flash wide as United looked for a winner.
Yet it was Maud who hit the Broch with a sickening sucker punch. McBride’s free-kick was not cleared by the Broch defence and the ball landed to Hale 15-yards out who hit a great volley into the top corner to end United’s stubborn resistance and earn his side the win.