YOUNG GUNS GO FOR IT AND ITS NO APRIL FOOL
Deveronvale 5-1 Clachnacuddin
Scorers: McLaren 3, 14, 27, Shewan 63, Scott 72, Sutherland 76 (pen)
Steve Dolan's youngsters put on a dominant display in their final home Saturday fixture of an up and down season with a comprehensive five-one victory over visitors Clachnacuddin.
The Inverness side were perhaps in confident mood following an impressive display in midweek against league chasers Cove Rangers but they were simply blown away by the pace and urgency of their hosts as James McLaren completed a twenty-seven minute hat-trick to set his new teammates on their way to a morale boosting win.
Jamie Shewan pulled one back as Iain Polworth's highlanders showed up better at the start of the second period but further counters from debutant Robert Scott and a penalty from Player of the Season runner-up Paul Sutherland completed the rout.
A slightly disappointing crowd witnessed the homeside open the scoring within three minutes of kick-off. Ian Penwright's set-piece 20-yards was charged down by the Vale defensive wall and off they charged upfield. New signing played the ball into the path of the speedy Callum Murray and Cazzy's low ball across the face of goal was smashed home by James MCLAREN.
Liam Shewan should have equalised for the Lilywhites soon after when he rose unchallenged to meet Ian Penwright's inviting cross from the right but headed over the top from within six yards.
James McLaren almost doubled the Vale and his personal tally but his brushed header fell wide of the far post although on the Banffer's next attack they did increase their lead. A long ball out of defence from Liam Forbes was misjudged by Clach keeper Aiden Macdonald who couldn't make his mind up whether to handle or kick and landed up doing neither while James MCLAREN read the situation perfectly and ran beyond the bungling custodian and blasted into the unguarded net.
More hesitation in the visitor's defence saw debutant striker Robert Scott almost make the perfect start to his Vale career as he latched on to a half-hearted clearance and was only denied by a headed clearance by David McGurk as he tried to loft the ball over the clutch of players in and around the Clach penalty box.
Incredibly James MCLAREN completed his hat-trick before the half-hour when he fired a low strike into the bottom corner of Aiden Macdonald's net as the Clach defence stood off after Cammy Murray had cut inside from the left and picked out the run of his relatively new teammate.
Iain Polworth changed personal and formation immediately, withdrawing former Vale defender Ross MacKillop from midfield and replacing him with midfielder Chiedu Ikema.
Robert Scott was denied once more from netting on his first start for the Banffers when he watched in anguish as he near-post header was cleared off the line by Ryan MacKintosh following a Paul Sutherland corner kick. HT
Iain Polworth's side were out early for the restart and showed signs they had had the obligatory half-time rant from their boss as they pressed for a quick goal back in the early stages of the second period.
Liam Shewan did indeed pull one back for the visitors with a spectacular strike, the number nine beating Grant Pennet all ends up with a fierce dipping 20-yarder which was the least the visitors deserved for their second half showing to date.
The Banffers however restored their three goal cushion nine minutes later, Paul Sutherland's angled strike was touched onto the face of the crossbar by Aiden Macdonald and Robert SCOTT was on hand to turn the ball home from close range for a deserved debut counter for his new club.
A great defence splitting pass from Cammy Murray then sent Paul Sutherland through on goal although Aiden Macdonald upended the number seven before he could pull the trigger and gave away a penalty in process. SUTHERLAND dusted himself down before planting a perfect penalty beyond the young keeper for his ninth of the campaign.
Vale: Pennet, Dunbar, Willox, Aitken, Krobot, Forbes (cpt), *45 Sutherland (Buxton 83), Gauld (Souter 72), Scott, McLaren, *59 Murray
Subs: Chisholm, Mackie (gk)
Clach: *76 Macdonald, MacKintosh, Finnis (cpt), Scott-Woodhouse, McGurk, Robertson (Fraser 64), Grant, MacKillop (Ikema 31), Shewan, Lawrie, *41 Penwright
Subs: Macleod, Dingwall, Barton, Gunn
Manager: Iain Polworth
Referee: Alex Shepherd
Efforts On: 7
Efforts Off: 6
Overhead Conditions: Bright & Cloudy
Playing Surface: Ok
Temp at KO: 13 deg C
Last Season: 6-1
|Reporter: Neil Montgomery|
|Reported LastEdited: 2-Apr-2017|