Match Report - By Steven Mew
A goal midway through the second half from top scorer Marc Scott proved to be enough as City made it 10 wins out of 11 with a crucial three points against Clachnacuddin yesterday afternoon.
In truth, the scoreline wasn’t reflective of how the game went, with City very much in control of proceedings for the entire 90 minutes.
City welcomed back Jamie Bain to the starting 11, whilst Michael Paton also came in at the expense of Sam Denham and Kieran Inglis who dropped to the bench. It meant a change in shape as Manager Andy Kirk opted to go with a back 4.
In blustery conditions, City first threatened on 6 minutes when Michael Paton’s strike from the edge of the box just drifted wide of goal.
Five minutes later, David Cox was denied by home custodian Martin Mackinnon and the ball was cleared to safety before Garry Wood could pounce on the rebound.
Midway through the second half, Max Kucheriavyi forced the keeper into a save from a free kick which was re-taken due to an infringement in the wall. The second time round, the wall did its job as the Ukranian’s set piece was blocked.
City continued to threaten with Kucheriavyi shooting wide from 20 yards after a corner had been cleared, whilst Cox was denied by an excellent block at the near post.
Clach’s first effort on target arrived on the stroke of half time through a weak header which was comfortably dealt with by Wills in the City goal.
Given the way City had dominated so far and with the wind behind them in the second period, there was an air of expectancy amongst the visiting support.
City picked up where they left off and came flying out the traps – Garry Wood headed over from a Hamish Thomson cross before Kucheriavyi fired wide from a free kick a minute later.
Kucheriavyi would threaten again shortly after when he skipped inside from the right hand side before unleashing a powerful effort towards goal, however Mackinnon was equal to it.
Andy Kirk made his first change on 57 minutes as Cammie Ross was introduced to the action for Garry Wood. Ross almost made an immediate impact as he sent through on goal however the Clach keeper made a fine save to deny him.
A minute later Ross sent a delivery into the penalty area for Cox to bring down but his shot on the turn deflected just wide. From the resulting corner which was taken short, Kuchieravyi advanced into the box before firing into the side-netting.
City were very much knocking on the door and they deservedly broke the deadlock on 65 minutes when MARC SCOTT cut inside from the right and fired into the far corner to move into double figures for the season.
Following the goal, Julian Wade came on for David Cox and within a minute he was denied by Mackinnon after breaking clear of the defence.
With quarter of an hour remaining, Wade headed wide from Jamie Bain’s free kick and ‘Juju’ would come close again when he headed over following some great play by Ross down the wing.
City saw out the game comfortably to pick up a vital win which, owing to Fraserburgh’s defeat at home to Rothes, brings us to within 6 points of the leaders with a game in hand.
Next up for Andy Kirk’s men is a trip to Pitmedden to face Formartine United in the 1st round of the Highland League Cup next Saturday.