Cruden Bay 0-4 Banchory St Ternan
This Macron Scottish Junior Cup 2nd round tie went ahead at the second time of asking after being called off due to heavy rain last week.
Saints travelled without the injured Steven Travers, Grant Munro, Greg Smith and Ross Salmon was suspended. Ryan Whelan came back in after injury and Connor Kelly returned from holiday.
Saints started the game with the strong wind at their backs and could’ve been ahead early with Mike Bruce dancing round 2 defenders but the keeper made a good save at his near post. 5 minutes later Bruce made some space for himself to turn and shoot but his curling effort went over the bar.
There was an early scare for the young Riley Cooper in the Saints’ goal as he dealt with a Peters back pass. He took a bad touch and was tackled by the Cruden Bay forward but the ball bounced up in the air and Cooper got it under control.
On 10 minutes Mikey Bruce unleased a 25 yard volley which crashed off the crossbar and down on to the line before being hooked away to safety.
Mikey Bruce and Martin Shand, making his first full appearance for the club, were linking up well and causing issues for the Cruden Bay defence.
On 20 minutes, a Saints’ effort was blocked and Jo Clark was bundled over as he controlled the rebound. Mikey Bruce stepped up, and although the keeper guessed the right way, he couldn’t stop the ball hitting the back of the net and Saints going 1-0 up.
Disaster struck for Ben Ross 2 minutes later as he took the ball down and beat his man only to fall awkwardly. Darren Reid replaced him and after being taken to hospital via ambulance, it was confirmed Ben had dislocated his shoulder.
Minutes after coming on, Darren Reid had a goal bound effort blocked by a Cruden Bay defender and minutes later, a shot from distance was held by the keeper.
Cruden Bay were finding it tough to get out of their own half with a strong wind helping to Saints to peg them back but they were getting forward at times and saw a 20 yard free kick fly a few inches wide of Cooper’s right hand post.
Into the second half and Saints started well with an early chance going wide.
Saints were playing better into the wind but a spirited Cruden Bay were fighting for everything and had chances themselves but poor shooting let them down.
Saints hit the post through a Mikey Bruce shot and Cruden Bay scrambled clear. The Cruden Bay keeper dropped a corner and Josh Robertson poked the ball home for 2-0 to Banchory but the referee blew for a foul.
On the hour mark, Martin Shand controlled a pass, turned and smashed a shot into the net, despite the keeper getting a hand on it.
Mark Reid replaced Mikey Bruce and a few minutes later, some neat play down the left, saw Reid control the ball with his back to goal and lay it off for Shand to beat a defender and fire a shot, past the keeper and into the corner of the net.
Above: Martin Shand is congratulated after his 1st goal for the club.
Cruden Bay, never gave up and were still managing to get forward but couldn’t find a way to really test Cooper in the Saints’ goal and the game was wrapped up by Dean Henderson, who came on for Steve Young and smashed the 4th goal of the day high into the net.
Banchory passed up a few good chances to with Jo Clark sending a right foot shot over the bar, then the Cruden Bay keeper saved well as a great through ball to Clark put him 1 on 1. Then, some how, from a great ball into the back post, Clark couldn’t quite get contact to see it home.
In the last minute, Mark Reid controlled well inside the 6 yard box and shot wide when a cut back to Martin Shand looked the better option.
Not the greatest Banchory performance but a clean sheet for 16 year old Riley Cooper in the Saints’ goal and we’re in the hat for the 3rd round.
Saints’ boss, Robb, was pleased to be in the next round.
These games always have the potential for a slip up so it’s all about the attitude being right and going about the job in a professional way. The wind was strong and the surface was a little bobbly making a passing game tricky. We were keen to get the second goal quickly as the longer the game is 1-0, the more chance Cruden Bay have of nicking something, especially with what they put into the game. They never gave and chased everything. But we’ll take a lot of positives from the game, Young Riley with a clean sheet in his first appearance for the club, Craigy Peters has done well in his first start at right back. Good to see Mikey getting on the score sheet again and Deano coming off the bench to get another. Shandy has taken both his goals well and he’s shown he’s still an asset. He’s not going to start every game, and he’s not going to cover the ground like a Darren Reid or a Greg Smith but he’s a clever player, drifting into little pockets of space and when he gets a chance he can put it away. We certainly need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal but the amount of chances we’re creating is pleasing.
Saints Team: Riley Cooper, Craig Peters, Liam Cheyne, Aaron Thomson, Josh Robertson, Steve Young (Dean Henderson) Conor Watt, Ben Ross (Darren Reid), Jo Clark, Martin Shand, Mikey Bruce (Mark Reid)
Unused Subs: Jack Dalgarno, Ryan Whelan
Next up, is a trip to Aberdeen Sports Village to take on Bridge of Don Thistle in the McBookie.com Superleague, 12th October, 2pm kick off.