With the league still wide open, Newmachar United and Glentanar CFC met at Aulton. Newmachar took the vital three points to regain their spot at the top of the league with a 6-2 win. Their goals were scored by Paul Greig, two by Connor Duncan and three by Leon Williams, while Glentanar’s goals were scored by Callum Reid and Jack Walker.
Glentanar put some early pressure on the home side and had the first chance of the match through Jaie Cowie, who broke down the wing and crossed the ball in for David Vaughan. He shot from the edge of the box but the ball went wide.
The home side were looking for their own chances and Reece Masson drove the ball down the wing but crossed the ball wide of the goal. However, in the seventh minute, Connor Duncan ran on to a loose ball and rounded goalkeeper, Lewis Willox, to send the ball into the back of the net and open the scoring.
The visitors pressed forward once more with Cowie controlling the ball well but Masson cleared the danger. Glentanar were then awarded a free kick on halfway. Kiel Findlay sent the ball to the box where Vaughan headed the ball over the crossbar.
Newmachar were awarded a free kick on halfway which was taken by captain, Caleb Wilson. He sent the ball into the box but it was headed clear by Findlay before any of the Newmachar side could make a shot.
Glentanar captain, Dylan Henderson, then broke straight through the centre of the field and shot from ten yards, only for Newmachar goalkeeper, Scott Strachan, to push it wide. The resultant corner for the visitors was taken by Billy Smith who crossed the ball into the box where it was headed by Vaughan but cleared off the line by James Anderson. Smith had run in and shot from the corner of the box but Strachan caught the ball to deny Glentanar the goal.
Joel Gillies then pressed forward for the home side and shot from thirty yards and wide to the right, but it was caught by Willox. Newmachar continued to press with Masson putting the ball through for Leon Williams but Henderson swept in to clear.
With thirty minutes played, Newmachar continued to press and Williams put the ball into the box where it ricocheted off several players before Paul Greig knocked it into the goal to increase their lead.
The visitors pressed back right away and Jack Walker shot from the edge of the box but the ball struck the post and Newmachar were able to clear. The visitors continued to press and Walker this time tried an overhead kick from the edge of the box, but it was caught by Strachan.
However Glentanar’s perseverance paid off, and Vaughan, Cowie and Aidan Milne put some interchanging play together to drive the ball forward before Callum Reid ran onto the ball in the box and chipped it over Strachan to get his side on the score sheet in the fortieth minute.
The home side kept their heads up and responded instantly with Duncan crossing the ball into the box for Williams who ran on and sent it into the back of the net in added time to close the half.