Banks O Dee 6-0 Banchory St Ternan
Banchory travelled into Aberdeen to take on champions Banks O’Dee in this McBookie.com Superleague game at Spain Park, still minus Ben Ross & top scorer Mike Bruce through injury.
The home side dominated possession in the opening minutes but it was Banchory who had the first efforts on goal after 5 minutes. First Darren Reid broke through only to have his shot blocked and then a better chance went a begging when Jordan Clark’s cross from the left saw Ryan Whelan’s glancing header go past the post.
But within two minutes the Dee went in front from a corner when a free header looped over Salmon into the net. Then a couple of minutes later it was 2-0 to the home side when Darren Reid lost the ball on the half way line from a cleared corner and a clinical pass through found ex Saint Jack Henderson pick his spot.
The Dee kept the pressure on forcing four corners in quick succession and when the final flag kick was only half cleared, Buglass sent in a cross that was headed home by Henderson on 15 minutes.
Banchory could not keep possession at this point and on 17 minutes Ross Salmon did well to save a free kick at the expense of another corner. On 20 minutes Banchory did manage to get forward and from a Greg Smith cross Whelan headed past the post and then Whelan latched onto a poor Dee pass but his effort went well wide.
Dee went back on the assault with Salmon saving once again and from the corner a free header went over the Saints bar. Banchory were then fortunate when Salmon passed the ball out straight to Dee’s Henderson but the usual clinical striker hit wide of the target.
On the half hour, Saints had a half chance when Whelan headed down to Clark but the midfielder could not get his shot away and then Banchory’s best move of the day saw Clark’s cross go straight across the six yard box but no takers.
Saints’ Jack Dalgarno found Whelan with a good move but the striker’s weak shot was easily saved and from the clearance Dee forced Salmon into a fine low save from Henderson. And right on half time Henderson made it 4-0 to Dee when he was once again set free through the middle to slot the ball past Salmon.
The opening ten minutes of the second half was pretty even and it was Banchory who should have scored when there was a scramble in the Dee six yard box, but both Whelan and Smith had efforts blocked on the line. A change was made shortly after when Saints replaced Josh Robertson with Conor Watt and not long after the substitute was involved in a good move with Clark and Smith with the latter shooting well past.
Dee had been pretty quiet up this point but on 65 minutes they burst through the Saints defence and despite being fouled the Dee forward forced Salmon into a good one handed save, only for the referee to bring it back for a free kick which was then blazed over.
Mark Reid came on to replace Whelan on 73 minutes and it didn’t take the striker long to get in the action when he was set clear only to be adjudged offside by the assistant referee.
With 15 minutes remaining Salmon made two great saves. First when he tipped over a 35 yard free kick and then from the corner he did the same from a Henderson header.
But on 86 minutes a cross to the back post found Henderson and this time his header evaded Salmon to make it 5-0. And then right on full time another cross from the left saw Dee’s substitute score the sixth with a diving header.
Team: Ross Salmon, Craig Peter, Jack Dalgarno, Aaron Thomson, Josh Robertson (Conor Watt), Steve Young, Darren Reid, Greg Smith, Ryan Whelan (Mark Reid), Grant Munro, Jordan Clark. Subs: Riley Cooper, Martin Shand, Dean Henderson.
This Saturday 16th November Banchory face a longer journey for their McBookie.com Superleague game when they travel to Nairn to take on Nairn St.Ninian, kick off 1.30pm at Showfield Park.