Formartine lose out to Clach in season’s end show

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In a true end of season affair, both Formartine United and Clachnacuddin used this fixture as a means to showcase some of their youth players, with an eye to next season’s league campaign. #

After opening the scoring through a 20-yard floated strike from Kyle MacAulay, Formartine were able to withstand the pressure applied by Clach throughout the first half. However, their defence was to collapse late in the half, with Sam Urquhart completing a hat-trick in under 20 minutes to hand the victory to the away side.

Formartine registered their first effort on target after tame Kyle MacAulay shot on the edge of the box after five minutes. It was to take the home side a further 15 minutes to threaten the goal, with MacAulay in the mix once again.

As Formartine looked to play a high ball into the box, Lewis Forbes did well to hold up the ball. With the Clach defence crowding him out, the ball fell to Kyle MacAulay who found the right mix between power and accuracy to float the ball into the top left hand corner from the edge of the box.

Clach were to provide an immediate response, finding a weakness down the Formartine left flank. Stuart Leslie used his pace to break into the top right corner of the box, before firing a low shot at reserve keeper Lewis Milne, only for Milne to deflect the ball from goal with his knees.

Once again, Leslie breached the left flank, this time choosing to cut the ball across the goal, only for Sam Urquhart to slip on his backswing and throw away a priceless opportunity.

Clach continued to threaten the goal, and were unlucky to see a Sam Urquhart low shot driven directly at Darran McGuiness, whose presence on the line prevented the shot from crossing the line, and instead clipped the ball out for a corner.

Scott Morrison opened the second half with a testing 25-yard free kick for Clach. Choosing to curl the ball towards the far right hand corner, Morrison looked to have tied the match, before Milne tipped his shot over the cross bar at full stretch.

As the match approached the final half hour, Clach produced a moment of individual magic to tie the game. Having picked the ball up in midfield, Formartine failed to close Sam Urquhart down, instead allowing the forward space to pick his spot and fire the ball into the top left hand corner from 25 yards, leaving Milne rooted to the spot.

The match sprung into life on the 73rd minute, with both sides scoring within 60 seconds. Clach were to take the lead for the first time in the game, with Martin Callum firing a free kick in from the right flank. With a Formartine defender getting an unfortunate flick on the ball, Sam Urquhart capitalised to execute a perfect overhead kick past Milne from all of six yards.

From the resulting kick off, Formartine pressed the Clach defence, resulting in a corner. With an inswinging delivery, Darren Bailey was able to find Lewis Forbes in the box, drilling a low header past Harrison to immediately reduce their deficit.

Seeing their lead vanish so quickly, Clach always looked as if they would continue to threaten for the winning goal. With two goals in the match to his name, Sam Urquhart brilliantly completed his second half hat-trick from close range.

After a long ball through the middle, Urquhart always looked likely to get on the end of the ball, finishing the move by poking the ball past Milne from deep inside the box.

Fearing another Formartine comeback, a deadly Clach saw off the match with five minutes remaining.

The hard work was done by Stuart Leslie down the right flank, with his square ball to Kyle MacLean leaving Milne with no chance, as the substitute picked his spot and sealed the victory for the away side.