Newmachar’s keeper Connon Bain drew the plaudits on a as he kept Westdyke at bay but was unable to prevent the inevitable as Westdyke battled into the third round of the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy through Craig Mackie’s well worked goal when he meeting a contentious freekick at Bain’s near post to finish just beyond reach of the young keeper.
Within minutes of the start Westdyke began to eek out control capitalizing as they poured numbers onto an underwhelming Newmachar midfield with Mackie leading the charge, dictating through seamless passing and remarkable vision to stretch the red and black of Newmachar thinly over the pitch.
Unsurprisingly the first chance of the half fell to Mackie as he saw an initial header saved well by Bain only to be denied once again, firing the rebound straight at Bain from all of five yards. It was however, not long before Andrew Davidson was presented Westdyke’s next chance as he latched on to a superb Logie McKay pass only to be denied by an onrushing Bain.
What followed was a succession of textbook examples of goalkeeping brilliance as Bain continued to guard the Newmachar goal from the likes of Westdyke’s; Mackie, Mitchell and Reid. Newmachar appeared to get the message and before long began to grow into the first half working away to wrestle control from the tenacious Blue and White striped Westdyke.
The reds saw their best chance of the half when Owen Shand’s speculative ball squirmed through a culpable Westdyke defence before Eden Cooper arrived to smother the ball at the feet of the pursuing Michael Paterson.