Formartine 2 – Banks O’Dee 0
For the second time in a month, Formartine comfortably beat Banks O’Dee’s challenge.
Goals well scored in the first 10 minutes of each period of play were enough to seal victory against a team that managed some decent periods of possession and came up with two runs as United nailed it in their own backyard.
They rarely made any sustained threat on goal, had few shots on target and nowhere near matching the finishing efficiency of the hosts who clearly deserved their 12th win in 13 matches (the other was a draw).
The game started at a high pace and initially ended with a touch of finish although it was clear from the start that United had enough pace and organization to get the ball into the opposition area while the visitors moved the ball well enough from the penalty area. to box he struggled to get past that point as the home line defense with Crawford and Smith in the widest docks and Adams and McClain in the middle proved almost impossible.
United came close in the opening minutes when a right-to-left cross from Leslie flashed across the face of the goal and missed the outstretched boot of Wade by millimeters and one from the other side by Norris approached Campbell’s delivery.
In the tenth minute United broke hard and early on after Wade, Gallagher and Lisle combined to force a corner down the left.
Gallagher played short in the near serve zone as WADE shrugged off his markers to come home from five yards out.
Formartine used this as a platform and began taking control of moving the ball with confidence and dictating possession, form and tempo.
Dee worked hard for each other but they lacked penetration and although they had enough of the ball to do more than they did, they lacked penetration in the final third to train the keeper,
United managed to pick their attacking moments and then did so with power and speed.
They all repeated their first goal in the 34th minute when A.J
Gallagher’s cross from the left slammed into the base of the near post where former United goalkeeper Shearer saved the lead.
Almost immediately after Dee pressed again and Winton orchestrated a right-to-left ball across the penalty area and home goalkeeper McDonald swooped in between player and ball and Winton shot in the process. Gauld took the penalty but the diminutive striker is an ex-Formartine player, his penalty kick style would be well known to the keeper who promptly jumped down his left to drive the ball around the post for a corner corner.
Like the first half, the second half started with a quick and beautiful goal for United.
A free attack from the halfway line in the 52nd minute had Banks’ box jammed with defenders and others when the ball reached Gallagher on the front edge.
He had the wit to use crowding to his advantage.
Realizing how this could be used to restrict the keeper’s line of sight, he looped the ball very carefully around the players between himself and Shearer and into the net before the keeper knew what had happened.
Since then, the banks have been in deep trouble and although there was the will to turn things around, they simply lacked the method or means.
They had two tries but found themselves in an irreversible situation in the 75th minute when Winton, who would fight tooth and nail (eminently the first) for his case was quickly shown a red card after being sent off by McClain.
In response to being caught, he turned on the big defender lunging by the neck and was sent off for either biting him or trying to do so.
It is unclear whether the attack was caused by a lust for blood or a strange fascination with a taste for tattoo ink.
There was no way back for Dee and United, who gradually slowed things down playing simple things of possession until time ran out.
Commenting after the match, Banks o’ Dee FC strongly refuted the decision to send off captain Ken Winton during the match and immediately appealed to the Scottish Football Association.
Director of Football Paul Payne will head up an investigation by the club to establish the circumstances of the events leading up to the red card which also led to widespread media coverage.
Representatives of the SFA, Formartine United and Banks o’ Dee FC have already been contacted and results will be presented shortly.
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