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Second half fightback secures victory for St Machar

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St Machar U13 Team: Tyler Bissett, Kian McBeath, Brendan Fraser, Klayton Stewart, Ythan Still, Brandon Rosendale, Joel Shazu, Derry Lowe, Ben Marr, Jack Craigie, Toby Reynolds. Subs: Brandon Schofield and Connon Leonard.
Hazlehead U13 Team: Ben Fairhurst, Paul McIntosh, Carter Hope, Lewis Still, Harry Ingram, Joe Sutherland, Nathan Rankine, Brandon Gill, Murray Gauld, Lewis Quirie, Robbie Paul.
Both teams began the match in the mix for the U13 Division Two title but also knew that they could not afford any slip ups if it was to be theirs.
St Machar made the better start and in five minutes only a great tackle in the box prevented Marr giving the home side the lead. Hazlehead were not out of it by any means and with ten minutes gone Rankine won the ball from the last St Machar defender but his try went narrowly past the post. Back came St Machar and Rossendale’s corner was met by Shazu whose dipping shot just cleared the crossbar. The visitors were not to be denied, however, and, five minutes from the break, an inch perfect cross from McIntosh found Rankine six yards out. He finished with aplomb and Hazlehead had the half time lead.
Half Time: St Machar Academy 0 -1 Hazlehead Academy
St Machar resumed in determined mood and were the better side. In ten minutes hand ball in the box by a Hazlehead defender saw them awarded a penalty. Craigie stepped up to the mark and sent his kick home just inside the keeper’s left hand post for a deserved equaliser. The home team were now beginning to dominate and with thirteen mintes left, a Craigie shot found its way into the net through a crowd of players. Trailing for the first time in the match, Hazlehead set about retreiving the situation but the closest they came was a Sutherland drive which went inches over with four minutes left to play.
St Machar managed to hang on in what had been a game where good behaviour and sportsmanship were very much in evidence. If they can win their last fixture against Albyn then they will be crowned champions.
Full Time: St Machar Academy 2 -1 Hazlehead Academy
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