Newmachar United hosted Mintlaw BC at Charles Gordon Park for the home side’s first match since November. The home side secured the three points for with a 6-2 win. Newmachar’s goals were scored by Bradley McAllister, John Gray, two by Brian Anderson and two by Nathan Miller, while Mintlaw’s goals were scored by Ryan Milne and Reegan Whyte.
The home side opened the scoring early on as Nathan Miller broke through the defence and sent the ball to Brian Anderson in the box who lured Mintlaw goalkeeper, Eddie Zevalds, out from the goal before sending it into the back of the net in the second minute.
Mintlaw pressed for territory but Newmachar looked strong in defence. However Ryan Milne made a break from deep in his own half and put in a great pass to Ross Chalmers. Newmachar held strong in defence and goalkeeper, Jordan Cruikshank, smothered the ball in the box as Owen Johnston ran on.
Newmachar pressed forward again through Daniel Owen who shot from twenty-five yards and wide to the right but it was wide of the goal. The hosts continued to press with some interchanging play from Owen and Owen Cowling but Mintlaw held their defence and cleared the danger.
The visitors put a great series of passes together and the ball was put into space for Milne, who ran on. He raced past the defence and slipped it past Cruikshank from inside the box to draw the score level in the fifteenth minute.
Mintlaw were awarded a free kick at twenty-five yards. Milne sent the ball into the box but Newmachar scrambled to clear.
The hosts were soon pressing again, looking to regain their lead, and Anderson shot from the edge of the box but Zevalds caught the ball to keep it out. Miller then raced forward and tapped the ball from inside the box only to hit the post. However he followed on and sent it past Zevalds in the twenty-sixth minute.
John Gray made a great break from his own half for the hosts but Mintlaw’s Ben Dickie closed in. Anderson and Owen then set up interchanging play and reached the box but Owen hit the post.
The visitors continued to look for chances, and Johnston put the ball into space for Milne to run onto but Newmachar were able to clear.
Owen then broke down the wing and crossed into the box for Anderson who sent it past Zevalds to increase his side’s lead in the thirty-fifth minute and close the half.