Formartine United 6-1 Fort William
Formartine United bounced back from a nightmare Wednesday night exit in the Morrison Motors Aberdeenshire Shield to Cove Rangers by defeating a young hard working Fort William side who haven’t played since last month. A possibly flattering scoreline.
Goal machine Cammy Keith grabbed a hat trick and got the man of the match award on a quiet ladies day. As well as a double from Stuart Anderson and a goal by Gary Wood secured the victory. Despite a first half wonder strike courtesy of Iain MacLellan which couldn’t prevent the visitors from leaving North Lodge Park with nothing.
The first real chance arrived for the hosts when Gary Wood worked his way down the right wing before crossing high to find dangerman Cammy Keith in the middle of the box. Rising highest, Keith’s header lacked the power needed to test Douglas MacLennan.
Shortly afterwards, Stephen Rennie delivered an inviting ball from the right flank which found John Cameron who headed just over the crossbar.
Formartine grabbed the opener in the 18th minute, Wood played a clever pass into the box, Fort defender Iain Foggo failed to clear and Keith punished him by calmly slotting the ball home.
Soon after, debut keeper Ewen MacDonald saved to his left to deny MacLellan a goal through the player’s low powerful drive from 15 yards.
Ally Ewen’s men were glowing with confidence and passing the ball around well which results in them winning a corner which MacLellan swung in from the left however there were no takers in the penalty area.
Not long after, Cameron managed to get into a dangerous area and hit a bullet of a strike as the defence stood off him but unluckily for him it struck the post which gave United a little scare. This showed that the hosts could not afford to undermine their opposition regardless of their league position.
Minutes later, Callum Bagshaw played a first time cross to alert Keith however the Fort defence did well to clear the danger.
In the 36th minute, Kris Hunter’s side doubled their lead as a corner on the right found Stuart Anderson who magically volley the ball into the net with MacLennan helpless.
Four minutes later, Fort got a deserved goal back through MacLellan who drove in from the left and curled the ball across MacDonald’s body and into far corner of the net to bag a certain contender for goal of the season.
Just before the interval, MacLennan was alert to brilliantly save Johnny Crawford’s powerful header.
Straight after the interval United got their third with Bagshaw whipping the ball into composed Wood who tapped the ball into the net.
In the 59th minute, Formartine made it 4-1 with the goalie booting the ball up the field and it went over Fort player Adam Porritt’s head. Then Keith pounced onto the ball and tucked it home.
Hunter rang out with substitutes as Graeme Rodger and Max Berton went off to be replaced by Jamie Masson and Scott Barbour to mix up his attacking options.
Then on the 60 minutes mark, Kris Hunter’s side went 4-1 up when goalie Ewen MacDonald blasted the ball up the field it bounced over Adam Porritt’s head and danger man Keith was there to tuck it home.
Six minutes later, Keith completed his hat trick as he headed into the net and there on after he was still hungry for more goals.
Bagshaw saw a space in the opposition’s defence and he let fly with a strike which went narrowly wide of the target.
Anderson wrapped up the 6-1 victory as he headed the ball home after a goalmouth scramble to get his second of the afternoon.
At the other end, there was a strong penalty shout when Foggo went darting down the right flank and he crossed the ball which looked to have struck Crawford’s hand but referee Scott Leslie waved play on which annoyed the away side.
At the death Bagshaw looked to get on the scoresheet as he struck a strike from 10 yards which went well over the crossbar.
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