Colin Charlesworth’s superb strike late on hands Vale a share of the spoils


Colin Charlesworth’s wonder strike late on earned Deveronvale a 3-3 draw against League Two side Elgin City at Princess Royal Park.

City’s Matthew Cooper took an emotional trip down memory lane as he  returned to his boyhood club.While new signing Liam Forbes came off the bench  for the Banff team and impressed the home support.

With in four minutes Vale took the lead through the Charlesworth brothers who combined brilliantly with Colin whipping the ball into Martin who used his killer instinct to slot home.

This early lead ended in appalling fashion after a couple of minutes later as some slack defending allowed the ball to fall into space ,dangerman Craig Gunn smartly read this and sent it powerfully past helpless Mini to equalize.

Soon after Craig Cowie restored the home side’s lead by collecting the ball off a short taken set piece to sprint into the box and he  powered the ball past Stewart Black.

Then Shane Sutherland went charging at the back four but was brought down in the box. The referee awarded the penalty which angered the home support and it looked quite soft. Gunn calmly stepped up to strike the ball into the left hand corner to bag his second goal of the night.

Charlesworth’s high ball over the top came perfectly to Rodgers who slid in to shoot but Black made a quick reaction save to deny him.

In the 40th minute Elgin attacked with pace which led to some sloppy school boy defending from the Vale which handed Alistair McKenzie the chance to score and he made the most of it by smashing the ball into the net. Just before the break, Gunn swung in a corner from the left flank with keeper Darren nearly doing a blunder as the ball came close in slipping through his hands.

Following the interval,Colin Charlesworth busted with pace down the right-wing to play through Rodgers whose close range shot was well saved.

Archie Macphee was given too much space and he let fly with a powerful drive which Mcconnachie had to be alert for.

New signing Liam Forbes came off bench impressing the Vale faithful right away with him curling the ball which looked to be heading into the far corner but it just went wide of the target. The former Rothes player looked strong at back and was a dangerous threat while attacking.

The home side drove forward with Colin Charlesworth being pushed down into the box. The ref almost didn’t give the spot kick but thankfully for them the linesman had already signaled for the penalty. So it was awarded and  defender Scott Henry firing the ball straight at keeper Stewart Black who held it easily as the penalty lacked any power. A big chance to level the game which was wasted.

Minutes later, Rodgers danced away from his marker to fired an effort which sailed just past the post. Then Forbes showed great awareness by playing a well placed ball to the trialist who controlled it perfectly and he connected brillianrly with the ball but his shot couldn’t sneak in from a tight angle.

City came close in being awarded another spot kick but the challenge was committed just outside the box. You could have been forgiven for mistaking Macphee as Italy’s Andrea Pirlo due to his perfect technique he used  to curl the set piece which look to be going into the top corner but the ball rattled the crossbar.

Both sides swapped their goalkeepers. With it seeming like the City sub keeper a trialist wouldn’t even get a touch of the ball but this wasn’t the case.

In the 89th minute, Colin Charlesworth drove forward and unleashed an unbelievable strike which went right over the keeper’s head and into the net with the keeper watching on in disappointment. This dramatic late goal which grabbed the team a share of the spoils delighted the Vale crew. Forbes showed how good of signing he is. The question some fans will be asking is why didn’t they sign him from Banff Rovers?

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