MORE MISERY FOR THE VALLEY FAITHFUL
Deveronvale 0-1 Turriff United
Scorer: Young 7
Vale failed to wash away the memories of Saturday's poor result at Rothes when they lost for the fifth match on the bounce at home to local rivals Turriff United. Paul Young's seventh minute strike was enough to win this forgettable Summer Derby encounter which simply failed to get going to entertain the football starved turn-out.
Lewis Dunbar made his return to the Vale line-up after resigning for the club from Cove Rangers, the former Aberdeen player slotting in at right-back as Steve Dolan was forced into further changes to his starting eleven due to yet more injuries.
Gary Harris captained for the Reds in the absence of Scott Fraser but was soon behind to his former employees when Craig Cowie's misplaced clearance was whipped high into the net by Paul Young with just seven minutes on the clock.
James Blanchard was firmly rooted the spot for the opener but came to the rescue of his leaky defence soon after when he dived at the feet of Allan MacKenzie as the number 10 looked certain to double the visitor's advantage.
Gary Harris had a free run in on goal at the opposite end but delayed his shooting chance and was closed down by the Turra defence before Lewis Dunbar's cut-back from the right was smothered quickly by Kevin Main before striker Chris Blackhall could pounce.
With twenty minutes played Jamie Clark saw his low strike from 20-yards well saved by James Blanchard with Kevin Souter guilty of slack play at the edge of his own penalty area while ten minutes later Kevin Main did even better as he dived low to his right to deny Souter the equaliser. HT
The early part of the second period saw Craig Cowie and Ross Aitken have attempts at goal which failed to work Kevin Main while the Turriff keeper did have to turn a rising effort over the top from Gary Harris for a fruitless corner.
Although the visitors had many players behind the ball for the majority of the second half Steven Fraser got an important foot in to block an effort from distance before the match turned into no more than a training exercise with the visitors quite happy to slow things down and protect what they have at every opportunity.
The Vale almost equalised with fifteen minutes remaining however but another great stop from Kevin Main denied Lewis Dunbar after a timely lay-off from Craig Cowie while the follow up from Scott Begg flew past the post from 18-yards with the keeper still making his way back onto his feet.
Steve Dolan threw on three forwards in the latter stages but to be brutally honest Ross Jack's tireless side never looked in any danger of losing an equaliser. Andrew Smith was unnecessarily sent off in the dying seconds for the visitors after picking up a second yellow card.
Vale: Blanchard, Dunbar, Aitken, Begg, Krobot, Steven Fraser, Cowie (Ross 78), Souter, Blackhall (Duguid 85), *32 Harris (cpt), Davidson (Sutherland 68)
Subs: Keith, Rae, Manson, Patterson (gk)
Turriff: Main, Davidson, *39 90 Smith, Wood, Clark D Booth 80), Chalmers, Allan (C Booth 72), Young, *82 Gray (Kleczkowski 86), MacKenzie, Mair
Subs: Walker, Moir, Nowosielski, Sherman (cpt)
Manager: Ross Jack
Referee: Will Smith
Efforts On: 5
Efforts Off: 3
Overhead Conditions: Calm
Playing Surface: Good
Temp at KO: 17 Deg C
Last Season: 1-1
|Reporter: Neil Montgomery|
|Reported LastEdited: 1-Sep-2016|