Described by spectators as a ‘top-of-the-table-clash’, the meeting between Banks O’Dee Albion and Lewis United Youth did not disappoint in entertainment or controversy. Lewis United fought to take a 3-1 victory. Their goals were scored by Lucas Murray and two by Robert Ward while Euan Reid scored for Banks O’Dee.
It was clear in the opening passages of play that it was going to be a physical encounter and Lewis United were awarded a free kick from thirty-five yards. Cai Matthew sent the ball into the box where Ross Young tried to send it into the net but his shot was just wide.
The home side were soon building their own attack and Jack Hamilton put the ball through for Josh Lumsden. His return reached Hamilton who shot from inside the box but the ball was deflected by Lewis United’s Ryan Lawrence.
Banks O’Dee were then awarded a free kick at thirty yards and wide to the left, taken by Michael Mitchell. He curved the ball over the defensive wall but it was headed clear by goalkeeper, Matthew Buckham.
Lewis United were building pressure with Blair McKenzie driving forward before Rory Brown lobbed the ball from thirty yards but his shot was wide. The visitors continued to press through Young who crossed the ball to the other side of the box for Robert Ward, who saw it into the net with an overhead kick in the eleventh minute.
The home side were not put out and Lumsden broke through the defence. Lucas Murray closed in but Lumsden passed to Hamilton who shot from inside the box only to be denied by Buckham. Scott Kinghorn kept the pressure on though as he shot from twenty-five yards but Buckham caught the ball.
The visitors looked dangerous as Young sent the ball down the wing for Blair McKenzie but Banks O’Dee held their defence strong and cleared the danger.
Banks O’Dee were than awarded a corner which was taken by Mitchell. He sent the ball into the box where it was struck by Euan Reid who found the back of the net to level the score in the nineteenth minute.
Continuing to exert pressure, Mitchell sent the ball through for Adam Carter who shot from wide to the right but the ball swept past the front of the goal.
Some interchanging play saw Lewis United break through the defence with McKenzie driving forward but he pressed just too far and found the side of the net.
Mitchell looked dangerous once again as he drove the ball towards the box but Murray Esson closed in to contest the ball. There was an audible gasp from the crowd as the referee awarded a foul and then showed Esson a red card, leaving the visitors down to ten men for the remainder of the match. However Banks O’Dee were unable to capitalise on the free kick that they were awarded just outside the box, and the half came to an end with the score still level.