Monymusk crash out of North Cup

Monymusk’s defensive frailties were ruthlessly exposed as they crashed out of the Soccer World North of Scotland Cup in the second round.

The game was effectively all over in the first 45 minutes as their Buchan hosts made Musk pay for fielding an unfamiliar defensive line-up and proceeded to hit them for six.

The second half was much better for the visitors with the goals tally shared although they largely had stand-in keeper Graeme Smart to thank for that with a stand-out performance.

The game only just went ahead on a very heavy pitch with frequent sleet showers.

The home side were in front after just 15 minutes when a Mintlaw player easily evaded two Musk defenders and knocked the ball past the advancing Smart.

There was an element of luck to their second just three minutes later when an attempted clearance by Joe Aitken from a corner cannoned off a Mintlaw player into the net from close range.

Mintlaw had an appeal for handball in the box by Jamie Mackie turned down by the referee before Musk pulled one back in 22 minutes when Andrew Cruden sent Andrew MOSS through on goal and he made no mistake with a good finish.

Liam Beaton then went close with an effort before Mintlaw made it 3-1 in 32 minutes with a player taking advantage of an Aitken slip on the greasy surface to finish well.

Gordon Duthie headed off the line for Musk as Mintlaw continued to apply the pressure and, with 10 minutes of the first half remaining, the home side scored a fourth when Smart made a great save but could only parry the ball and a Mintlaw player pounced to hit the ball home.


Musk were then given another chance to reduce the leeway when they were awarded a penalty after Grant Forsyth was brought down in the box but Andrew Murray missed the target completely with his spot kick.

Mintlaw, however, rubbed salt into the wounds for the spot miss with two more goals in the closing minutes of the half, the first of which was a great finish from their left winger.

The visitors were having more of the play at the start of the second half and Cruden went close with an effort after 60 minutes which the Mintlaw keeper did well to push away for a corner.

At the other end Smart produced an outstanding save to deny a Mintlaw player clean through on goal.

Mintlaw were in seventh heaven in the 67th minute when a shot came back off the post and was then rammed home.

Musk then made three substitutions with Craig Simpson, Colin Lyon and Scott McWilliam coming on to replace Forsyth, injured substitute Nicolson and James Stewart.

Musk made it 7-2 after 73 minutes when Cruden crossed to Murray who made amends for his penalty miss with a well-placed header at the far post.

A run and unstoppable finish down the right flank made it 8-2 for Mintlaw two minutes later before Murray was unlucky to see an effort hit the post.

Man-of-the-match Smart pulled off two great saves to deny the home side further increasing their tally and with two minutes left Musk got a third goal when MOSS scored his second running on from what looked clearly an offside position.

Monymusk face Great Northern Athletic, weather permitting, in a league division two (East) game at Deer Park this Saturday (January 19). Kick-off is at 1.30pm.

Monymusk - Smart, Duthie (Hutchinson), Aitken, Mackie, O’Connor, Beaton (Nicolson, Lyon), Murray, Forsyth (Simpson), Moss, Cruden and J. Stewart (McWilliam).