In a match far more competitive than the score suggests, Newmachar United and Mintlaw BC met at Charlie Gordon Park. Newmachar claimed the three points with a 6-1 win. Four of their goals were scored by Ben Creswell, with Alan Tetzner and Ben Stuart also scoring one each, while Mintlaw’s goal was scored by Leon Park.
Mintlaw pressed straight from the kick-off, with Ross Davidson driving the ball forward. He linked with Matthew Richardson who offloaded to Josh Cruickshank. Cruickshank shot from twenty-five yards but Newmachar goalkeeper, Konrad Gorczynski pushed the ball wide.
The visitors were awarded the corner which Leon Park crossed into the box. Davidson shot from close range but Gorczynski smothered the ball.
Newmachar had their first chance through Ben Creswell. He drove up the wing and shot from the edge of the box but Mintlaw goalkeeper, Jamie Dobbie, pushed it wide.
Creswell continued to be a prominent figure in the home side’s attack, shooting from thirty yards and wide to the right but his shot clipped the post. However the striker continued to look for openings and shot from twenty-five yards out in the seventeenth minute. Dobbie got his fingertips to the ball but not enough to prevent it going into the back of the net to give Newmachar the lead.
Taking confidence from their goal, Newmachar continued to create chances and Creswell made another break. He broke through the defence and shot from twenty-five yards, curving it in to extend his side’s lead in the twenty-second minute.
Mintlaw pressed forward with a team movement, and Ryan McRobbie crossed the ball for Richardson but his shot from the edge of the box was saved by Gorczynski. The visitors continued to press with Cruickshank making a fantastic shot from forty yards but it was just wide.
Matthew Brown and Creswell linked well and Creswell drove forward. However Jamie Lee Annan stayed close in defence, exerting enough pressure to force Creswell to shoot wide from ten yards.
Mintlaw’s Davidson broke down the wing and crossed the ball in for Kyle Gray but it was just too wide. However amidst the pressure in the box, Newmachar conceded a penalty. Park stepped up and sent the ball into the top right corner past Gorczynski in the thirty-first minute to get his side on the score sheet.
However Newmachar were determined to end the half with a bang, with Brown and Creswell exerting pressure. Creswell eventually tapped the ball home from close range three minutes into added time to bring the first half to a close.