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Fighting for the third place in the league table, Culter Boys and Deveronvale met in drizzly conditions. Culter took the three points with an 8-3 win. Their goals were scored by Saiyed Ahmed, with Jack Euan McGregor and Adian Parkinson scoring two goals each, and Zane Island scoring a hat trick. Adam Taylor scored two goals for Deveronvale while the third was added by Lewis McDonald.
Culter had the first chance of the game with Adam Merrakech putting the ball through for Saiyed Ahmed but Deveronvale held their defence and cleared before Ahmed could make a shot at goal.
The visitors then pressed forward with some interchanging play between Kieran Nelsh and Lewis McDonald but Culter’s Mitch Phillips cleared before Nelsh could make his shot.
The home side pressed forward again through Aidan Parkinson, Liam Mewse and Ahmed before Parkinson shot from thirty yards but it was caught by Deveronvale goalkeeper, Jonathan Edward.
Mewse drove the ball forward and passed inside for Ahmed but Deveronvale’s Scott Urquhart cleared. From the clearance, Nelsh pressed for the visitors but Phillips held tight in defence to deny the chance.
Culter were awarded a corner which was taken by Mewse. He crossed the ball into the box and Parkinson tapped it into the net to open the scoring in the fourth minute.
Deveronvale were soon on the attack through Adam Taylor, whose shot from twenty-five yards was just wide of the goal.
The home side pressed again and Zane Islane spotted a gap in the defence to race through but Edward swept out to smother the ball. Culter continued to press but Islane’s back heel flick from inside the box went wide.
The visitors pressed once more and Taylor crossed the ball into the box for Connor Runcle but his shot also went just wide.
Mewse was looking for an opening but Taylor remained tight in defence. Culter were then awarded a corner. Mewse crossed the ball into the box and Ahmed ran in to send it into the back of the net in the twentieth minute.
The home side did not take long to further extend their lead when, in the twenty-second minute, Parkinson pressed forward and sent the ball into the back of the net with his shot from the edge of the box.
Deveronvale were eager to get back in the game, and Eythin Duncan made a break down the wing and crossed the ball in for Runcie and Nelsh but Louis Fyle was looking sharp in defence and cleared the danger.
Nelsh drove the ball down the wing and laid the ball off for Runcie who put it into space for Calum Fraser. Fraser flicked the ball from inside the box but it was caught by Culter goalkeeper, Lewis Hardy.
The home side were on the attack again and Mewse lured Edward out and shot from inside the box but Urquhart cleared the ball off the line before disentangling himself from the net.
After the original fixture was postponed, Banks O’Dee Albion and Westdyke CC finally faced each other in the third round of the Colony Park Cup. Banks O’Dee secured their place in the next round with a 10-1 victory. Lewis Brand scored four of the home side’s goals, with Santiago Rivett and Matt Peters achieving two goals each and Struan Lumsden and Travis Raynard also scoring a goal each while Westdyke’s goal was scored by Luca Megginson.
Banks O’Dee pressed early in the game and Matt Peters linked up with Lewis Brand to drive into the box. However Westdyke goalkeeper, Brogan Coates, raced forward and Brand’s shot was wide.
The visitors then pressed forward and Lyle Innes shot from thirty-five yards but it was caught by Banks O’Dee goalkeeper, Murray Burns.
Peters and Brand linked up once more, with Brand striking the ball just inside the box. It was pushed wide by Coates before it was cleared by Kieran Gammie. The home side attacked once more through Jack MacDonald who laid the ball back for Travis Raynard but his shot from twenty-five yards was caught by Coates.
The home side continued to exert pressure and it was rewarded in the tenth minute, when Brand shot from the edge of the box and sent the ball straight into the back of the net.
Westdyke pressed forward through Luca Megginson and Oliver Minshull but neither player could find the opening that they were looking for. The visitors continued to persevere and Robbie Campbell showed some impressive footwork to jink the defence and put the ball through for Megginson who shot from just inside the box and sent it into the net to draw the score level in the twentieth minute.
Banks O’Dee set up interchanging play between Peters and Cameron Jappy. Peters shot from the edge of the box but struck it just wide.
The visitors were fronting up much more now and Campbell got into space but his shot from wide to the left hit the side of the net.
The home side were awarded a free kick on the right edge of the box. Travis Raynard sent the ball into the box and Santiago Rivett tapped into the net in the thirtieth minute.
Westdyke were awarded a free kick soon after at twenty-five yards. Innes crossed the ball into the box and it slipped through Burns’ hands but Campbell tapped it just wide. The visitors continued to look for chances and Megginson put the ball through for Campbell but Mario Raynard was sharp in defence and cleared the danger.
However the home side looked set to increase their lead and Travis Raynard broke through the defence to put the ball through for Peters, who wasted no time in putting it into the back of the net in the thirty-fourth minute.
North region rivals Banks O’Dee Albion and Lewis United Youth met for a crucial league encounter. Lewis United secured the three points to stay at the top of the table with a 3-1 win. Their goals were scored by Daniel Middler and two by Jack Craigie, while Banks O’Dee’s goal was scored by Dylan Stuart.
Banks O’Dee looked dominant in the early phases of play and earned a free kick five yards into their own half. Jadon Robb sent the ball to the edge of the box but Lewis United cleared. The home side continued to press and Josh Petrie shot from inside the box but it was pushed wide by Lewis goalkeeper, Simon Mitchell.
The visitors were then awarded a free kick at twenty-five yards. Harry Ingram sent the ball into the box and Cole Williamson shot but hit the crossbar. Jack Craigie continued to look for an opening but Banks O’Dee cleared.
Dylan Stuart pressed for the home side but James Gordon Gomes closed in to prevent Stuart from taking a shot at goal. However Banks O’Dee were awarded a corner but Lewis United were able to clear.
Lewis United set up some interchanging play from Craigie and Ingram to press forward. Craigie then laid the ball back for Daniel Middler whose shot from twenty-five yards was pushed wide by goalkeeper, Grant Middleton.
Despite some pressure from the home side, Lewis were able to clear the initial danger and were awarded a free kick forty yards out. Daniel Middler lobbed the ball over the defensive wall and Middleton to make open the scoring in the twenty-fifth minute.
Banks O’Dee tried to respond through Stuart and Petrie but Gomes closed in to deny the scoring chance. The home side were then awarded a free kick just inside the half but Robb’s ball to the edge of the box was cleared by the visitors.
Lewis United were awarded a corner. Caie McDonald crossed the ball into the box and Craigie sent it into the back of the net in the thirty-first minute.
The visitors wasted no time in creating another chance and Cole Williamson sent the ball to the edge of the box from the halfway line. Craigie pressed forward again and increased his side’s lead in the thirty-second minute.
The home side pressed forward and were looking for chances. Petrie pressed but once again Gomes remained close. Banks O’Dee were awarded a free kick at thirty yards but Sutherland’s strike went over the crossbar.
Newmachar United hosted Mintlaw BC at Charles Gordon Park for the home side’s first match since November. The home side secured the three points for with a 6-2 win. Newmachar’s goals were scored by Bradley McAllister, John Gray, two by Brian Anderson and two by Nathan Miller, while Mintlaw’s goals were scored by Ryan Milne and Reegan Whyte.
The home side opened the scoring early on as Nathan Miller broke through the defence and sent the ball to Brian Anderson in the box who lured Mintlaw goalkeeper, Eddie Zevalds, out from the goal before sending it into the back of the net in the second minute.
Mintlaw pressed for territory but Newmachar looked strong in defence. However Ryan Milne made a break from deep in his own half and put in a great pass to Ross Chalmers. Newmachar held strong in defence and goalkeeper, Jordan Cruikshank, smothered the ball in the box as Owen Johnston ran on.
Newmachar pressed forward again through Daniel Owen who shot from twenty-five yards and wide to the right but it was wide of the goal. The hosts continued to press with some interchanging play from Owen and Owen Cowling but Mintlaw held their defence and cleared the danger.
The visitors put a great series of passes together and the ball was put into space for Milne, who ran on. He raced past the defence and slipped it past Cruikshank from inside the box to draw the score level in the fifteenth minute.
Mintlaw were awarded a free kick at twenty-five yards. Milne sent the ball into the box but Newmachar scrambled to clear.
The hosts were soon pressing again, looking to regain their lead, and Anderson shot from the edge of the box but Zevalds caught the ball to keep it out. Miller then raced forward and tapped the ball from inside the box only to hit the post. However he followed on and sent it past Zevalds in the twenty-sixth minute.
John Gray made a great break from his own half for the hosts but Mintlaw’s Ben Dickie closed in. Anderson and Owen then set up interchanging play and reached the box but Owen hit the post.
The visitors continued to look for chances, and Johnston put the ball into space for Milne to run onto but Newmachar were able to clear.
Owen then broke down the wing and crossed into the box for Anderson who sent it past Zevalds to increase his side’s lead in the thirty-fifth minute and close the half.
Described by spectators as a ‘top-of-the-table-clash’, the meeting between Banks O’Dee Albion and Lewis United Youth did not disappoint in entertainment or controversy. Lewis United fought to take a 3-1 victory. Their goals were scored by Lucas Murray and two by Robert Ward while Euan Reid scored for Banks O’Dee.
It was clear in the opening passages of play that it was going to be a physical encounter and Lewis United were awarded a free kick from thirty-five yards. Cai Matthew sent the ball into the box where Ross Young tried to send it into the net but his shot was just wide.
The home side were soon building their own attack and Jack Hamilton put the ball through for Josh Lumsden. His return reached Hamilton who shot from inside the box but the ball was deflected by Lewis United’s Ryan Lawrence.
Banks O’Dee were then awarded a free kick at thirty yards and wide to the left, taken by Michael Mitchell. He curved the ball over the defensive wall but it was headed clear by goalkeeper, Matthew Buckham.
Lewis United were building pressure with Blair McKenzie driving forward before Rory Brown lobbed the ball from thirty yards but his shot was wide. The visitors continued to press through Young who crossed the ball to the other side of the box for Robert Ward, who saw it into the net with an overhead kick in the eleventh minute.
The home side were not put out and Lumsden broke through the defence. Lucas Murray closed in but Lumsden passed to Hamilton who shot from inside the box only to be denied by Buckham. Scott Kinghorn kept the pressure on though as he shot from twenty-five yards but Buckham caught the ball.
The visitors looked dangerous as Young sent the ball down the wing for Blair McKenzie but Banks O’Dee held their defence strong and cleared the danger.
Banks O’Dee were than awarded a corner which was taken by Mitchell. He sent the ball into the box where it was struck by Euan Reid who found the back of the net to level the score in the nineteenth minute.
Continuing to exert pressure, Mitchell sent the ball through for Adam Carter who shot from wide to the right but the ball swept past the front of the goal.
Some interchanging play saw Lewis United break through the defence with McKenzie driving forward but he pressed just too far and found the side of the net.
Mitchell looked dangerous once again as he drove the ball towards the box but Murray Esson closed in to contest the ball. There was an audible gasp from the crowd as the referee awarded a foul and then showed Esson a red card, leaving the visitors down to ten men for the remainder of the match. However Banks O’Dee were unable to capitalise on the free kick that they were awarded just outside the box, and the half came to an end with the score still level.
The A league battle between Banks O’Dee Albion and Deveronvale took place at Spain Park, and saw the home side claim a 4-0 victory. Matt Peters claimed one goal while Travis Raynard scored a hat trick to secure the three points for his side.
Both teams fronted up well in the opening phases of play but it was Deveronvale who had the first real chance of the game. After a series of passes allowed the side to press up field, Campbell McDermott shot from thirty yards but goalkeeper, Jack King, kept the ball out and the home side were able to clear the danger.
The visitors continued to press and Josh Buchan struck the ball from the edge of the box but it skimmed the outside of the post.
Banks O’Dee began to mount their attack and looked dangerous as Santiago Rivett broke down the right wing. He crossed the ball into the box for Matt Peters who gave a short pass to Joseph Otto but Deveronvale held their defence to force the shot wide.
Soon after, Gary Livingstone broke through with Buchan chasing but Deveronvale goalkeeper, Jamie Williamson swept in to block the shot.
A series of corners tested Deveronvale’s defense and Williamson made some great saves but it was third time lucky for Banks O’Dee, as Leon Forbes crossed the ball into the box where Travis Raynard tapped it into the net in the sixteenth minute to open the scoring.
The home side looked set to score again as Peters slipped past Joe Mair but Williamson raced out of the goal mouth to smother the ball before Peters could make his shot.
Deveronvale then pressed forward and Kyle Buxton shot from inside the box but it was deflected by Mario Raynard to deny the chance.
Banks O’Dee were soon on the attack again and in the twenty-sixth minute, Lewis Brand crossed the ball into the box for Travis Raynard who lobbed the ball over the keeper to claim his second goal.
The home side were then awarded a corner, taken by Forbes who crossed the ball into the box. It was tapped away by Daniel McKay but Rivett and Jack MacDonald continued to press and look for a gap in the defence before Williamson was able to clear.
Deveronvale drew play to the other end and Joel Davidson crossed the ball into the box but Banks O’Dee held their defence to clear the danger, and the half came to an end.
Banks O’Dee Albion and Lewis United Youth braved the wet conditions to face off in the third round of the Winton Trophy. With a 1-0 win, Banks O’Dee secured their place in the fourth round with a late goal from Josh Baird.
The intent of both teams was evident as play got underway though Lewis had an early chance with a corner taken by Arthur Morgan. He crossed the ball into the box but Banks O’Dee’s Josh Petrie cleared the initial danger. However Taylor Still was waiting to take his own shot from just outside the box for the visitors but Banks O’Dee held their defence.
The home side then pressed forward, with Lyle Adair and Josh Baird exchanging passes before Lewis United cleared and Morgan broke into Banks O’Dee’s half. He looked threatening but was unable to find a clear shot at goal and the home side were able to counterattack. Dylan Stuart penetrated Lewis’ defence with only goalkeeper, Simon Mitchell to beat but Mitchell kept the ball out.
Banks O’Dee continued to press but Daniel Middler cleared the danger. Jack Craigie then drove forward for the visitors and crossed the ball into the box for Harry Ingram. His shot was palmed wide by Banks O’Dee goalkeeper, Owen Silvers.
The visitors continued to press, with William Hutchison driving down the wing. He shot from twenty-five yards and wide to the right but Lyle Adair deflected the ball and allowed Silvers to catch it. Caie McDonald then made a similar shot from wide on the right but it was deflected by Jadon Robb. Morgan then shot from thirty-five yards for the visitors but it was inches wide.
The home side continued to look for that scoring chance but Lewis United held their defence strong and Baird’s shot from thirty yards was kept out by Mitchell. Stuart then put the ball into space for Isaac McLean but Ingram closed in to exert pressure and deny the scoring opportunity that had been created.
Lewis United then drove play to the other end and Morgan shot from the edge of the box but once again, the ball went inches wide. A free kick at twenty-five yards gave them another chance and although Cole Williamson sent the ball over the defensive wall, Silvers caught the ball and kept it out.
Banks O’Dee were than awarded an almost identical free kick. Baird stepped up and also sent the ball over the defensive wall only for Mitchell to keep it out. However the home side continued to create chances with Baird crossing the ball into the box from wide to the right and Mitchell pushed the ball away at the post.
The home side were awarded another free kick at twenty-five yards taken by Stuart. He tapped the ball to the edge of the box where Joey Wilson sliced it just wide as the half drew to a close.
With wet conditions underfoot, Lewis Untied Youth and Newmachar United met in the first round of the President’s Cup at Uniconn Park. Lewis United claimed the victory with a 15-0 win. Jay Leiper and David Edwards each had a goal to their name, Kyle Smith and Mitchell Foy claimed two goals each, while Adam Smith claimed four, and Liam Duncan claimed five.
Both teams were quick to test each other, executing good ball control and demonstrating quick pace. However it was Newmachar who had the first chance with Reece Masson lobbing the ball into the box but Lewis United cleared the danger.
The home side were soon creating chances of their own, with Aaron Leslie putting the ball into space for Adam Smith who drove up the wing. However his shot from out wide to the left was picked up by Newmachar goalkeeper, Josh Chambers.
Lewis United continued to press forward and Mitchell Foy shot from inside the box after luring Chambers from the goal mouth but it was cleared off the line by David Lamb.
The visitors faced a strong defence from Lewis United but were awarded a free kick in their own half. Caleb Wilson sent the ball deep into Lewis’ half where Masson and Lyall Campbell were waiting. The pair set up some interchanging play but Masson’s shot was caught by Lewis United goalkeeper, Euan Morrison.
Gregor Thom was soon on the attack again for Lewis United, pressing forward and shooting from twenty-five yards but he caught the post. His second shot was caught by Chambers. However, Thom was not put out and continued to challenge Newmachar’s defence, this time putting the ball through for Foy who passed back in to Thom only for his shot to go wide.
Newmachar then had another chance with a corner taken by David Lamb. He crossed the ball into the box where it was headed away by James Robson. However, Leon Williams controlled the ball at his feet and drove the ball back towards the box, exerting pressure on Lewis’ defence before they were able to clear it.
Smith then used his blistering pace to make his way up the field and beat several defenders, before luring Chambers from the goal mouth. He shot from just outside the box and found the net with ease to put his side in the lead in the twenty-third minute.
Then in the twenty-fifth minute, Foy shot from the edge of the box. Chambers pushed the ball to the crossbar but Liam Duncan was waiting in the box and tapped it into the net from the rebound.
The visitors were not to be put out, and Wilson made a great run to halfway before putting the ball through for Declan Robb. He drove the ball forward with both Masson and Campbell in support but Lewis United’s defence closed in to deny any opportunities for Newmachar to score.
Lewis United were soon creating chances of their own again with Duncan crossing to Foy who shot from inside the box only to find the framework. Soon after Foy was able to make a break and shot from the edge of the box, finding the top corner of the net in the thirty-second minute.
Again, only minutes later Lewis United were able to further extend their lead as Thom crossed the ball into the box for Duncan who put the ball into the back of the net with thirty-five minutes played.
Newmachar continued to create their own chances, earning another corner. This time Williams crossed the ball into the box but Lewis United cleared before the visitors could capitalise. However Connor Duncan made a great run from his own half before putting the ball through for Jacob Drummond but Lewis United held their defence well with David Edwards forcing the ball out of play to deny the scoring chance.
In what proved to be quite a physical encounter, Byron Madrid and Middlefield Wasps met in the second round of the Winton Trophy. Middlefield secured progression to the next round with a 7-0 victory, with goals from Paul Walker, Lewis Napier, two from Jack Burnett and a hat trick from Cameron Bisset.
Byron’s Fawaz Aborde and Chris Aikamhanze demonstrated some interchanging play early on in the game but Middlefield held their defence well to deny any scoring opportunities.
The visitors then showed their prowess in attack, when Luke Scott beat several defenders and shot from the edge of the box. Byron goalkeeper, Jordan Kamwa, pushed it wide and the ball was cleared by the defence.
The home side attacked again, this time through Ryan Davidson who shot from wide to the left but his shot was wide. However Byron were awarded a corner which was taken by Ross Falconer, who crossed it into the box from where Aikamhanze headed it just wide.
Middlefield began to press forward but Byron’s Jay Gaudie swept in to clear it. However moments later, Jack Burnett curved the ball in from 25 yards. Although Kamwa got his fingers to it, it was just too high for him to clear and Middlefield took the lead in the tenth minute.
End to end play ensued with both sides creating chances but both goalkeepers holding firm to deny them. Byron then penetrated Middlefield’s defence through Aikamhanze who drove the ball wide out to the left and crossed the ball into the box for Falconer who could not get a clear shot. However Falconer later shot from 30 yards but it was caught by Middlefield goalkeeper, Sean Patterson.
Middlefield’s Cameron Bisset demonstrated some fancy footwork to beat several defenders before the ball was smothered by Kamwa. Jack Gary Lappin then made a break down the wing from deep within his own half but the ball was cleared.
Once again, Aikamhanze penetrated the defence and this time made a shot himself from 25 yards but the ball was caught by Patterson. The home side were then awarded a free kick from 35 yards which was taken by Falconer. The crossed ball looked accurate but Patterson kept it out to prevent Byron from drawing level.
The visitors were then on the attack again and Paul Walker shot from 30 yards to send the ball over Kamwa and into the net to increase his side’s lead in the twenty-sixth minute.
Only minutes later, Bisset once again beat several defenders and slipped it past Kamwa from inside the box in the thirty-second minute to make it 3-0 at half-time.
Culter Colts and Donside Juveniles FC faced off in a competitive fixture which saw Donside Juveniles the victors with a 4-3 win. Culter Colts’ goals came from Stephen Holland, Kyle Grant and Ian Tech Zong Zhi, while Donside’s goals came from Callum Duncan, Harry Forsyth and two from James Dick.
The opening phases of play saw some nice interpassing from Donside Juveniles and an early shot at goal from Harry Forsyth at 25 yards but it went wide.
Culter Colts were soon pressing forward through Drew Mackay, Kyle Grant and Peter Davidson but Donside held their defence to deny the home side any scoring opportunities before counterattacking through James Dick, who made a break down the wing but his shot was wide.
Then once again, Culter were able to press forward through captain Stephen Holland. He beat several defenders and shot from 25 yards into the side of the net.
The damp conditions made play difficult for both sides but Culter continued to press forward. Forsyth was particularly prominent in defence and was able to block a run by Holland to deny the home side another scoring chance.
However Culter were awarded a corner which Holland stepped up to take. He crossed the ball straight into the corner of the net to put his side in the lead in the 11th minute.
The home side continued to press forward with interchanging play and Grant followed through after a goal kick to slip the ball past Donside goalkeeper, Ethan Munro, to increase Culter’s lead in the 13th minute.
Eager not to concede more goals, Donside pressed forward, attempting to penetrate a strong Culter defence. Forsyth passed out wide to Josh Boston, who shot from wide on the left but Culter goalkeeper, Ross Sangster, smothered the ball. Donside then had a series of corners but Culter’s defence scrambled to clear the danger.
Culter then mounted another attack through Grant who shot from 25 yards and wide to the left but his shot was caught by Munro. The home side then had another chance following a long pass into space. Omid Hamedi raced to get there but Munro swept in to smother the ball.
Once again, Donside put together some nice interchanging play. Dick, along with Callum Duncan, Logan Tough and Keigan Mathers were all prominent in trying to create chances but they were unable to get a clear shot at the goal before half-time.
After observing a moment’s silence for the tragic passing of Ryan Wood of Deveronvale FC under-14s, Cove BC and Portlethen SC faced off in a challenging fixture at Aulton. The score reflected the competitive nature of the game at 1-1, with Colbie King scoring for Cove, and Lewis Hay scoring for Portlethen.
Portlethen got the game started and Lewis Hay made an early break down the wing but Cove were able to clear the danger. However as Cove pressed forward, Portlethen forced them back, and Hay made another break but shot wide of the goal. Soon after, Fraser Neave made his attempt for the visitors but the ball was caught by Cove goalkeeper Samuel Paterson.
Cove were soon able to create chances of their own, with Joseph Hartley showing off some nifty footwork to take possession of the ball before passing it wide to Sean Lever. Lever then crossed it into the box where Gregory Milne saw his shot go wide.
The home side had another chance as a corner was crossed into the box. Lever’s shot was deflected to deny the chance and Portlethen quickly cleared the danger before any more shots could be made.
End-to-end play ensued, with Hartley trying to get a shot at goal for Cove. However Portlethen had the next chance through Neave who pressed forward for his side before Jack Harris closed the attack down.
Another Cove corner was cleared by Portlethen before Lewis Wilson broke through the visitors’ defence only for his shot to go wide.
Portlethen’s next chance came from a free kick just inside Cove’s half but the ball was nudged just too far for Logan King to make his shot. However moments later, Lewis Hay shot from 30 yards and lobbed the ball over Paterson and into the net to open the scoring in the 32nd minute.
Cove quickly pressed forward again and looked set to equalise but Colbie King’s shot was marginally wide, brushing the side of the net.
The visitors were soon on the attack again, with King attempting a similar lob to Hay’s, only for his shot to go over the crossbar. In one last attack, Oliver Shearer broke down the wing from his own half with blistering pace but his shot from within the box was caught by Paterson to end the half.
An exceptional second-half display from Inverness Caledonian Thistle under-20's saw them capture a 4-2 win over local rivals Ross County in the first Highland Derby of the season. An array of first-team players featured for both clubs with Scott Boyd, Tony Dingwall and Raffaele De Vita making appearances for the young squad. Meanwhile in the away team summer signings Iain Vigurs and Nat Wedderburn were both named in the starting 11.
The first real chance of the game fell to Calum Ferguson just 10 minutes in. Lewis Horner surged down the right flank before finding Ferguson who hit it on the volley first time but his shot flew over the bar. Inverness were carving the hosts open time after time when Polworth just ran from midfield unchallenged before getting a left-footed drive away but Mark Foden got down well to parry away the danger.
Up the other end of the park though Ross County had very strong claims for a penalty waved away by the referee. Darren Moffat's ball into the box found Greg Morrison whose first touch took him past Cameron Gilchrist but Morrison was fouled. The referee told the young striker to get up which infuriated the home dugout.
Then just a minute later the away side got the opening goal of the game. Ferguson's persistence in closing down the back line of Ross County saw him intercept a loose pass then he took the unselfish decision by feeding the ball into Ali Sutherland who hit a low drive into the bottom corner of the net.
This opened the game up a lot more and just three minutes later Ross County equalised. Raffaele De Vita took the ball down expertly around 30 yards from goal before unleashing a ferocious right-footed shot into the corner of the net. A simply stunning strike that would have had the best keepers struggling to save.
The game was end-to-end with Dingwall first testing Daniel Hoban with a tame right-footed strike before Jaime Wilson had a left-footed shot saved by the feet of Foden. But it was Ross County who would lead at the break. Horner was adjudged to have brought down Dingwall and De Vita brushed himself down to step and slot the penalty into the right side of the net sending Hoban the wrong way.