It was cup duty again on Saturday for Cruden Bay, when they visited Dyce Juniors in the first round of the GA Engineering Cup.
Gatt was soon in action tipping a Neish effort around the post. From the corner, on the left, from Reid the ball was deflected into the Bay net by Steel to give the home side an early lead.
In a Bay attack involving Whyte and Inglis the ball was put through to Nicoll, who put in an effort which Burr tipped round the post. At this stage the Bay were trying to get to grips with the game and test the home defence.
However, the Bay fell two behind after 15 minutes. The ball was cleared by the home defence and fell to McNamee who raced in on goal and lobbed the ball over the advancing Gatt and into the net.
The home side were beginning to get on top after this. Neish did well on the edge of the Bay box turning and beating two defenders; however, his final effort went well over the bar.
Then Tocher did well to get back to head a long ball from Neish, which was intended for McNamee, into the safety of Gatt’s waiting hands.
It was nearly all the home side now as they continued to press the Bay defence.
Herd put in a fierce shot which was well held by Gatt and then a good run down the left by Duff ended with a good tackle by Sime, with Tocher clearing the loose ball. Galashan then put in a telling cross from the edge of the box which eluded everyone and went across goal and out of play and then the same player put an effort well over in another Dyce attack.
The Bay still tried to get into the game; Whyte won a header and the ball fell to Inglis, who managed to get in a shot which went to keeper Burr. Whyte received the ball just inside the box, turned and beat a defender, but then put the ball wide.
The home side went three up with a couple of minutes remaining of the half. The ball broke to Neish, who ran on at goal and put in a shot, which Gatt saved with his foot, turning the ball out for a corner. From the corner Neish stroked the ball into the net.
Gatt was then in action again, having to get down quickly to save another shot from Neish.
In a Bay attack, Ramsey caused the home defence a problem with his run down the left; however, his cross went behind.
Right from the restart, Neish was again causing the Bay defence problems, when he headed over from a McNamee free kick on the right. Dick then headed a McNamee corner over the bar as the home side continued to press.
The pressure paid off after 55 minutes, when a neat move involving McNamee and Neish ended with Dick slamming the ball past Gatt.
Neish was still a thorn in the Bay’s side, putting the ball wide as Dyce continued to press.
However, Whyte was unlucky in a Bay attack when he received the ball on the edge of the box, and put in looping shot, which just went over the bar.
As Dyce continued to press, Duff put a ball across the box from the left which went to Neish whose effort was again well wide.
The Bay managed to pull a goal back after 65 minutes. Following neat inter passing between Nicoll and Whyte the ball was eventually played out to Ramsey on the left; the youngster calmly collected the ball, ran on and slotted the ball past the advancing Burr.
Dyce still mounted plenty of attacks; Buga broke clear into the Bay box, but Gatt was equal to his effort, again saving with his feet at the expense of a corner, which was taken by Walker on the left and headed over by Neish.
A Walker overhead kick following a free kick was also wide of the target.
A mistake in the home defence allowed Whyte in but the Bay’s striker was wide. Whyte then caused the home defence a moment of concern when his shot was cleanly collected by keeper Burr; however, the keeper eventually collected the bouncing ball.
Gatt was again the saviour for the Bay, when he saved from McNamee as the Dyce striker broke clear and cut into the box.
However, the Dyce striker was not to be denied, when he found himself clear of the Bay defence and ran on to fire the ball past Gatt with five minutes left.
The Bay had a final chance when Sime put a free kick from the edge of the box just over the bar.
This is game that the Bay will want to forget as they were never really in it and could not get to grips with their SuperLeague opponents.
It is back to league business on Saturday, when they entertain Buckie at Watson Park in a PMAC Division game, which kick- off at 2pm.
Cruden BAY: Watt, Tocher, Buchan, Findlay, Sime, Nicoll, Lawrinson, Ramsey, sangster, Inglis, Whyte. Subs: Lawrence, Wilby, Wisely, Reid