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10 man Banchory leave Ferryhill to rue misses

Banchory BC 2

Tubby, Smith

Ferryhill BC 1

Just outside Aberdeen you’ll find Milton Park, which this weekend played host to a riveting cup fixture between Banchory and Ferryhill. An action packed second half saw Hamish Tubby fire the blues into the lead with a well taken freekick only to see Curtis Kane rule out  his well taken opener before Liam Milne saw red for a second cautionable offence. There was to be a further twist in the plot as Sam Smith pounced on a loose ball in the six yard box two minutes from time to secure Banchory’s place in the next round of the Murray Cup.
Forty-five of the ninety were all that counted; the first half’s only real chance well thwarted well by Liam Sadler as he looked alive to come out early and smother a ball when Ferryhill looked through on goal. 
The rest of the half was littered with chances mainly from set pieces, Ferryhill’s Joe Mitchell seeing his well taken Freekick cannon off the wall just wide. Ferryhill were left fuming midway through the half as their shouts for handball on the edge of the Banchory box fell on deaf ears, followed by a mistimed challenge from Liam Milne which saw the capable defender booked for his troubles. 
Ferryhill had revenge on their minds with Banchory emerging victorious when the two teams last met but just before the half ended Harry Milne looked to have put the Blues in control as he sent a swerving shot towards goal only to be denied by the outstretched arms of Richard Higgins.
The second half threatened to peter out with stout defensive display from both sides, ensuring the stalemate remained until midway through when Ferryhill sparked into life; first seeing Kyle Middleton smash his shot off the Banchory upright before a scintillating run from Usama El Zarouk ended as he was scythed down just inside the box. Ferryhill must have thought it was not meant to be as El Zarouk saw his penalty hit the bar with Sadler recovering well to save the rebound.
Moments later Banchory took the next swing, delivering a full-blooded roundhouse in the form of an exquisite freekick from the ever-present Tubby which asked questions of the Ferryhill wall, to which they had no answer after Cameron Booth was brought down on the edge of the 18 yard area. 
This looked to have given Banchory the impetus as they seized the game; seeing Sam Smith and Riain Findlay spurn good chances. Pinned back in their own half Ferryhill seized their chance as they countered well, Banchory’s Sadler making a hash of his clearance to leave Kane to calmly slot in to a keeper-less goal from 20 yards out. 
Momentum once again shifted, and Ferryhill will have thought their fortunes were changing as a great run from Darren Sinclair saw him dance past Liam Milne only to be brought down by the defender as he was bearing in on goal, leaving the referee with little choice but to send Milne for an early bath.
A frantic last ten minutes threatened to spiral out of control with another caution shown but Smith booked his team a ticket into the next round of the cup as he instinctively fired in what was to be the winner after Jack Brimmer saw his shot from a corner well saved by Higgins who was unfortunate to see the ball bounce back into the path of Smith who made no mistake as he buried his shot into the roof of the net.


Banchory BC
Ferryhill BC
1. Liam Sadler
2. Michael Ratcliffe
3. Craig McRae
4. Liam Milne
5. Hamish Tubby
6. Taylor Christie
7. Sam Smith
8. Harry Milne
9. Cameron Buchan
10. Danny Lechner
11. Michael Davies
12. Cameron Booth
14. Riain Findlay
15. Jack Brimmer
16. Chris Grant
17. Jake Ingram
1. Richard Higgins
2. Michael Keller
4. Josh Murray
5. Liam Mitchell
6. Stuart Gray
7. Curtis Kane
8. Usama El Zarouk
9. Joe Mitchell
10. Scott Wood
11. Aiden Garrow
14. Darren Sinclair
15. Daniel Brownie
17. Matthew Cocker
18. Kyle Middleton
Star Player
Banchory BC
Ferryhill BC
Hamish Tubby scored his side's goal but made a real difference in defense where he was ever-present.
Darren Sinclair was slightly isolated up top but made great inroads and made use of every touch he got on the ball making the Banchory defence work hard throughout.
Magic Moment
Banchory BC
Ferryhill BC
Sam Smith's late winner was to the delight of everyone associated with Banchory.
Curtis Kane was alert and composed, to score Ferryhill's equaliser.

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