Forward Nicholas Gray (pictured) bagged a hat-trick as Huntly eased past junior side Glentanar their opening friendly match with a seven-nil away win.

David Booth was ruled out through injury while new signings Logan Johnstone, Reece McKeown and Paul Esslemont were all included in the squad. There was a return to action for Neale Davidson who was on the subs bench.
Glentanar fielded Lewis Beattie and Robbie Paul after the two youngsters were released from Huntly at the start of the week.


With thirteen minutes gone, Ross Still came close with a right-footed shot which Lee Thomson turned round the post. Minutes later, defender Bradley Manson header over from a Ross corner.

Just after the quarter-hour mark, Glentanar forward looked offside as he lobbed the ball past Craig Reid only for his shot to clip the top of the crossbar. Midway through the half, midfielder Still came close again when his low shot was blocked after he got on the end of a Gray cut-back.

With 24 minutes gone, Kai Ross drove in a corner from the right and Nicholas Gray met the delivery with a towering header to open the scoring.

Ross turned provider again eight minutes before the break when he rolled the ball into the path of Nicholas Gray to power in high inside the post.

Half-Time: Glentanar 0 Huntly 2

Just 34 seconds into the second half, substitute Matthew McDonald burst down the right wing and cut inside before curling low inside the near post.

Two minutes later, Kai Ross slipped the ball into the path of Nicholas Gray who showed composure before firing low past the keeper for his hat-trick.

With 13 minutes remaining, the returning Neale Davidson played the ball on to Christopher Hay and the substitute’s deep cross was met by Ross Still who netted with a downward header.

Matthew McDonald added his second with three minutes remaining stepping by goalkeeper Lee Thomson before firing in a low effort.

As the clock ticked down, McDonald did well to take the ball to the by-line and play it back for substitute Calum Reid to meet the ball with a diving header with six seconds left.

Glentanar (4-4-2)
Huntly (4-2-3-1)

1 Lee Thomson

2 Cameron Laird
5 Mitchell Cheyne
6 Lewis Beattie
3 Murray Esson

11 Cameron Watson
7 Greg Smart
4 Robbie Paul
8 Dylan Henderson

10 Stuart Martin
9 Greg Wood

13 Craig Reid

2 Alexander Jack
18 Bradley Manson
5 Logan Johnstone
3 Blair Johnston

19 Alexander Thoirs (captain)
7 Ross Still

12 Reece McKeown
6 Glenn Murison
8 Kai Ross

9 Nicholas Gray


12 Mark Duthie (Cheyne 55:50)
14 Cameron Hay (Smart 78:11)
15 Jonathan Onwa (Watson 71:18)
16 David Ibazebo (Henderson 79:51)
17 Rachad Lowe (Martin 62:44)


1 Trialist
10 Trialist (Thoirs 56:41)
11 Neale Davidson (Johnston 60:23)
15 Matthew McDonald (McKeown 29:45)
16 Paul Esslemont (Gray 56:47)
17 Cory Ritchie (Jack 56:10)
20 Calum Reid (Murison 80:05)
21 Christopher Hay (Ross 74:04)
22 Trialist (Manson 74:11)

Management Team

  • Graham McBeath (Manager)
  • Neil Esson (Coach / Physio)

Management Team

  • Richard Cheyne (Assistant Manager, pictured)
  • John Farquhar (Coach)
  • Gordon Carter (Physio )
Referee: Paul McAvinue    

  1. Nicholas Gray (24:22 header)
  2. Nicholas Gray (37:49)
  3. Matthew McDonald (45:34)
  4. Nicholas Gray (47:09)
  5. Ross Still (77:50 header)
  6. Matthew McDonald (87:29)
  7. Calum Reid (89:54 header)
Sendings off
Match Statistics
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