Huntly finished in the top half of the table for the first time since 2009/10 with an impressive defensive display in a goal-less draw with Formartine United

Huntly were without the suspended David Booth, the absent Cameron Booth while Alexander Jack was struggling with a knock and had to drop down onto the bench as Alexander Thoirs and Matthew McDonald came into the starting eleven. United listed Gary McGowan who was going up against Huntly for the first time since his transfer four weeks earlier.

 

Conor Gethins came close on the quarter-hour cutting in from the left only to find the side-netting with a low shot.

Just before the half-hour mark, Kai Ross played a ball in to Nicholas Gray whose left-footed shot was by the base of the post.

A strong save from goalkeeper Craig Reid kept out United winger Jordan Leyden as Reid got his legs in front of the former Locos winger’s shot.

Within the first minute of the second half, Glenn Murison created an opening for himself creating a shooting opportunity for himself only for Kevin Main to parry the ball away from goal before Ross Still’s shot was blocked as the visitors got bodies in front of goal.

United still kept piling on the pressure on the home goal and Garry Wood was denied thanks to a timely block from Huntly Captain Michael Clark. Minutes later, Reid again kept out Leyden with another solid block.

Midway through the half, substitute Tom Andrews rode the challenge of Craig McKeown and delivered into the head of Gray who nodded by the far post.

Another good save from the in-form Reid kept out Gethins while minutes later, Michael Clark pulled off a superb defensive block to deny Gethins who looked certain to score. Huntly broke quickly upfield and Gray’s near post shot was kept out by Jevan Anderson.

Into stoppage time, Reid again kept out the visitors denying Garry Wood and ensuring a top half finish for the hosts for the first time since 2009/10.


Huntly (4-2-3-1)
Formartine United (4-4-2)

13 Craig Reid

18 Bradley Manson
4 Michael Clark (captain)
5 Ryan McRitchie
3 Blair Johnston

19 Alexander Thoirs
7 Ross Still

15 Matthew McDonald
6 Glenn Murison
8 Kai Ross

9 Nicholas Gray

1 Kevin Main

2 Jonathan Crawford
5 Craig McKeown
6 Jevan Anderson
3 Kieran Lawrence

11 Jordan Leyden
8 Graeme Rodger
4 Stuart Anderson (captain)
7 Gary McGowan

9 Garry Wood
10 Conor Gethins

Substitutes

1 Euan Storrier
2 Alexander Jack
11 Aidan Sopel subbed on (McDonald 70:28)
16 Tom Andrews subbed on (Thoirs 52:35)
17 Cory Ritchie
20 Neale Davidson

Substitutes

12 Stuart Smith
14 Aaron Norris
15 Liam Burnett
16 Wayne Mackintosh
17 Archie MacPhee subbed on (Leyden 77:07)
18 Andrew Greig subbed on (McGowan 70:07)
21 Ewan MacDonald

Management Team

  1. Martin Skinner (Manager, pictured)
  2. Richard Cheyne (Assistant Manager)
  3. John Farquhar (Coach)
  4. Martin Morrison (Coach)
  5. James McGovern (First Aid)
  6. Gordon Carter (Physio)

Management Team

  1. Paul Lawson (Manager, pictured)
  2. Russell Anderson (Coach)
  3. Paul Swanston (Goalkeeping Coach)
  4. Eric Whyte (Assistant Coach)
  5. Duncan Allen (First Aider)
Referee: Alan Proctor
Assistant Referee 1: Clyde Buchan
Assistant Referee 2: Jeremie Fernandes
 
Goalscorers
 
  1. Alexander Thoirs (46:02)
  2. Glenn Murison (59:47)
  3. Ross Still (69:21)
Cautions
  1. Stuart Anderson (69:18)
 
Sendings off
 

Match Statistics
1
Shots on target
7
6
Shots off target
5
2
Shots blocked
11
9
TOTAL SHOTS
23
6
Corners
5
12
Fouls
7
6
Offsides
5

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