Banchory St Ternan 4-0 Longside
The Saints went into today’s game missing Aaron Thompson (side) Mark Reid (ribs) & Jason Ritchie (foot) with Ben Ross making the bench after a groin strain.
St Ternan started the game well and got better as it went on. Dominating possession and limiting Longside to very little although in the first 5 minutes, Ross Salmon was lively to keep out a Longside effort headed for the top corner.
A Steven Travers free kick flashed just wide then a clever free kick saw Munro send Cheyne clear but his cross was blocked by a Longside defender.
Saints were pushing and the opener came on 21 minutes with the unlikeliest of sources. Josh Robertson’s right foot on the half volley! The ball broke kindly to him in a goal mouth scramble following a corner and he lashed it home from 8 yards.
The advantage was doubled 3 minutes later with a flowing move down the Saints’ left ending with Grant Munro being played through and he showed great vision and composure to square the ball to Jordan Clark who slotted home through the keepers legs.
Banchory were moving the ball around well and were finding space down both wings. Dean Henderson found space to cut inside and fire 2 shots over the bar while Liam Cheyne and Jordan Clark were causing problems down the left and put a few teasing crosses in which nobody got on the end of.
Half Time, Banchory 2-0 Longside.
The second half started as the first half ended. Saints were playing at a great tempo and out to find the third goal to kill the game.
It didn’t come until the 70th minute but it was worth waiting for. A 30 yard rocket from Steve Young flew straight into the top corner. A few minutes later he tried again from a similar distance but this time it hit the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
Richard Binnie came on for Jordan Clark with Ryan Whelan moving out to the left and Craig Peters came on for Darren Reid a few minutes later and both looked lively as soon as they came on.
A neat move sent Grant Munro and a Longside defender running through on an empty net with Munro sending the ball home only to be adjudged to have fouled the defender in the process.
Saints were not to be denied the fourth goal as Travers took a quick corner to Liam Cheyne who dinked it over the defender before looping it across the goal for Ryan Whelan to send it home from a few yards out..
Longside had a shot well saved by Salmon and then the big striker smashed a good effort wide from 20 yards on the angle before Ross Salmon was caught late on the edge of his box and while he was down, Longside played on only for Josh Robertson to head clear off the line.
We caught up with Saints’ boss Robb after the game.
I thought everyone was brilliant today. Conran has came back in at Centre Back and for me was man of the match but it could have went to 5 or 6 players. The back 4 was outstanding, not only in defence but starting attacks from the back. It’s probably the first time since i’ve been here we saw a 90 minute performance. We’ve limited Longside, who have been flying recently, to a few long range efforts while creating some great chances ourselves and taking 4 of them. It was a joy to watch.
Saints’ Team – Ross Salmon, Liam Cheyne, Dean Henderson (Calum Wilson) Josh Robertson, Conran Wilson, Stevo Young, Stevie Travers, Grant Munro, Darren Reid (Craig Peters), Jordan Clark (Richard Binnie), Ryan Whelan
Unused Subs – Ben Ross, Euan Rose
Next week the Saints travel to Stoneywood Parkvale in the Morrison Cup. Kick off is 2pm.