Banchory St.Ternan 1 v 3 East End
It was back to League business after two weeks of cup matches with Banchory looking for three points to lift them up the Superleague table, but once again, mistakes was the trend of the day to hand the points to East End.
Grant Munro was still out injured and the list was added to this week with Greg Smith out for a number of weeks with a fractured toe. Steve Travers and Ryan Whelan were also unavailable with injuries. Conor Watt remained unavailable.
The visitors made the brighter start, but it was Saints who got the first shot away with Steve Young blasting high over the bar. Claims for a penalty followed four minutes later when Dean Henderson appeared to be pushed but it would have been a soft award and was waved away.
On 13 minutes a square ball across the box allowed East End to get a shot in but thankfully it went well wide. From the goal kick Banchory’s Ben Ross moved forward and played a neat ball through to Connor Kelly who slid the ball low past the East End keeper into the corner of the net, 1-0 Saints. A few minutes later the visitors went close with a 25 yard effort that just dipped over the bar and then a free kick was headed away that led to two corners.
After that bit of East End pressure, East End lost possession leaving Mark Reid a half chance with the ball breaking inside the box it looked like Steve Young’s effort coming back off the base of the post.
On 31 minutes Josh Robertson was beaten for pace leaving Aaron Thomson no choice but to bring down the East End attacker and from 20 yards out Ross Salmon made an excellent save low to his right. East End then had a move down the left that was not offside despite claims, and fortunately the square ball was hit well wide of the target.
East End were up for it now and Salmon had to look lively again to save at his near post and then a 20 yard shot went just past the post. On 41 minutes the East End keeper had to be replaced by their centre half after lengthy treatment failed to clear up a leg injury.
On 45 minutes saints had possession just inside their own half and decided to pass back to Salmon who took one touch but by this time the East End forward had closed him down resulting in his attempted clearance being charged down, bouncing kindly for the visitors leaving the easiest of chances to equalise. In the second minute of added time it looked as though Mark Reid was through with just the keeper to beat, but a time tackle ended the Banchory move.
The second half started with Saints on the front foot, but it was East End who forced the first save from Salmon when he palmed away a fierce shot. But on 57 minutes a move down the right ended with Ben Ross’ mistimed tackle inside the box give the referee no option but award a penalty which was easily converted by East End.
Darren Reid made a good move in from the left but his on target shot was deflected for a corner that was then easily cleared. Tome for a change and on 65 minutes Mark Reid was replaced by Mikey Bruce and two minutes later East End had their centre forward given a second yellow and his marching orders for what appeared to be a coming together of bodies and no more.
Despite the numeric advantage poor passing was killing Saints and giving East End every opportunity to snatch a vital third goal.
On 71 minutes Liam Cheyne sent a lovely ball into the box which Josh Robertson chested down, turned and hit the near post with a volley. But two minutes later it 3-1 East End when Connor Kelly dummied a pass just inside the East End half and with all the time in the world the East End player looked up to see Salmon outside his box and sent in a high first time shot over his head bouncing once into the Saints’ net.
With 12 minutes remaining new signing Martin Shand replacing Kelly and within two minutes he carved out an opportunity getting past a defender only to see his effort saved by the legs of the keeper at his near post.
Craig Peters replaced Dean Henderson with ten minutes remaining and shortly after, a long Cheyne pass found Darren Reid but he sent his effort high over the bar.
With three minutes remaining, slack defending gave East End what appeared to be a certain goal, but Ross Salmon scythed down the forward just outside the box and shown the red card. Aaron Thomson went in goal and did well to save the free kick.
Team: Ross Salmon, Ben Ross, Liam Cheyne, Aaron Thomson, Josh Robertson, Steve Young, Darren Reid, Connor Kelly (Martin Shand), Mark Reid (Mike Bruce), Dean Henderson (Craig Peters), Jordan Clark. Subs: Riley Cooper, Paul Ross
This Saturday it’s back to Cup duty with an away tie in the Scottish Junior Cup 2nd Round against Cruden Bay, kick off 2.30pm