After observing a moment’s silence for the tragic passing of Ryan Wood of Deveronvale FC under-14s, Cove BC and Portlethen SC faced off in a challenging fixture at Aulton. The score reflected the competitive nature of the game at 1-1, with Colbie King scoring for Cove, and Lewis Hay scoring for Portlethen.
Portlethen got the game started and Lewis Hay made an early break down the wing but Cove were able to clear the danger. However as Cove pressed forward, Portlethen forced them back, and Hay made another break but shot wide of the goal. Soon after, Fraser Neave made his attempt for the visitors but the ball was caught by Cove goalkeeper Samuel Paterson.
Cove were soon able to create chances of their own, with Joseph Hartley showing off some nifty footwork to take possession of the ball before passing it wide to Sean Lever. Lever then crossed it into the box where Gregory Milne saw his shot go wide.
The home side had another chance as a corner was crossed into the box. Lever’s shot was deflected to deny the chance and Portlethen quickly cleared the danger before any more shots could be made.
End-to-end play ensued, with Hartley trying to get a shot at goal for Cove. However Portlethen had the next chance through Neave who pressed forward for his side before Jack Harris closed the attack down.
Another Cove corner was cleared by Portlethen before Lewis Wilson broke through the visitors’ defence only for his shot to go wide.
Portlethen’s next chance came from a free kick just inside Cove’s half but the ball was nudged just too far for Logan King to make his shot. However moments later, Lewis Hay shot from 30 yards and lobbed the ball over Paterson and into the net to open the scoring in the 32nd minute.
Cove quickly pressed forward again and looked set to equalise but Colbie King’s shot was marginally wide, brushing the side of the net.
The visitors were soon on the attack again, with King attempting a similar lob to Hay’s, only for his shot to go over the crossbar. In one last attack, Oliver Shearer broke down the wing from his own half with blistering pace but his shot from within the box was caught by Paterson to end the half.