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The game was one of the eight matches out of Sunday’s 43 fixtures to beat the freeze. The venue for the third round match changed from Uniconn Park to the 3G pitch at the Garioch Leisure Centre in Inverurie to ensure it went ahead.
Home side Lewis United started in the ascendancy with striker Mitchell Foy looking particularly lively. Foy’s neat footwork and shot from 20 yards brought the first save of the game after three minutes from ALC goalkeeper Euan Rose.
That was a sign of things to come for Lewis who were reduced to long range efforts for the majority of the first half. They created their first clear cut chance after 24 minutes when midfielder Alan Oldroyd capitalised on a loose touch to go through on goal but his low shot was parried out for a corner by Rose.
The hosts continued to enjoy the lion’s share of possession with little in the way of chances to show for it. Brian Mair’s high cross was headed over by Liam Norris and striker Gregory Barclay failed to react quickly enough to a free kick that dropped for him in the middle of the 18-yard box.
It looked like the first half would end goalless until ALC set off on a rare counter attack which resulted in striker Scott Kerr finding time and space in the penalty area to slot the ball past the previously inactive Calum MacDonald in goal for Lewis.
SoccerWorld League A teams will once again be making the trip to Peterhead this season after Peterhead Boys Club secured their place in the top league with a thrilling 5-4 win over Ellon Meadows. Peterhead, who finished second bottom of the A league last season, faced Ellon Meadows, who finished fourth in the B league, in a play-off to determine who would join Glentanar in replacing Dyce and Westdyke in the first division after both teams folded over the summer. Peterhead raced into what appeared to be an unassailable 5-0 lead within 45 minutes, but Ellon showed their desire and spirit to pull it back to 5-4 and give their opponents one almighty scare.
Peterhead started the game in the ascendancy and sustained pressure was eventually rewarded after 18 minutes. Ellon conceded a free-kick on the very edge of the penalty area and set-piece specialist Ayden McGill smashed the ball into the bottom corner and past the helpless goalkeeper who had no chance.
Despite Peterhead being on top, the game remained tight and it took another set-piece for Peterhead to double their lead. A McGill corner was nodded into the net from six yards by centre-back Jordan Durie.
It looked like Ellon would go into the interval just two goals down and still well in the game but Peterhead struck twice late in the half to make it 4-0 at the break.
Firstly, on 38 minutes, a wicked McGill cross from the right wing beat striker, defender and goalkeeper before nestling in the far corner of the goal.
Then, on the stroke of half-time, a great run by McGill which saw him beat three or four opponents resulted in goalkeeper Cameron Gray tipping the ball on to the post but substitute striker Kieran Lewis was on hand to tap in the rebound from a couple of yards.