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Beacon Rangers 3 - Postal ALC 2 - Strathburn Park - Div1 North - 17th April 24

TEAM - 1.  G.Cormack  2.  S.Stuart  3.  A.Baxter  4.  A.Macrae  5.  B.Patterson  6.  E.Brechin  7.  A.Clark  8.  L.Giulianotti  9.  P.Frampton  10.  S.Abel  11.  S.Ahmed  12.  S.Cotovici  13.  R.Webster  14.  D.Mackenzie  15.  M.Maciver  16.  N.MacDonald

 

OPPOSITION MOTM – E.Brechin

 

A wet Wednesday evening saw Postal take on Beacon Rangers in Inverurie.  Postal gave a first start on his return to the club to Macrae at centre back.

 

Postal were under pressure from the first whistle with the high pressing Beacon side giving them no time on the ball.

 

Postal had a good chance on 12 minutes though, when Frampton was sent in behind the defence.  With only the keeper to beat the ball seemed to get caught up in his feet and the chance was missed.

 

Cormack made a good save for Postal on 19 minutes when good work down the Postal left by Beacon saw the ball cut back to an in running midfielder but Cormack was man for it, saving well from point blank.

 

Beacon opened the scoring on 30 minutes.  A run down the Postal left again, the cross was allowed to come in unchallenged and Postal’s Patterson headed the ball into his own net for an O.G.  1-0.

 

Postal had a chance against the run of play on 39 minutes.  Good work by Ahmed saw his cross to the ball to Clark but the Beacon keeper saved.

 

HALF TIME – Beacon Rangers 1 - Postal ALC 0

 

9 minutes into the second half, Postal had a scare when Cormack dropped the ball from a corner.  The stramash that followed ended up with Postal being awarded a foul in the box.

 

Beacon doubled their lead 18 minutes into the half.  Beacon managed to get the cross into the box from the Postal left, far too easily again.  The Beacon forward managed to get across Clark at the front post to make first contact on the ball which fell to a player in the middle of the box to fire home.  2-0. A gift of a goal but probably deserved given the run of play.

 

Postal wrapped up the points for the home side on 34 minutes of the second half.  With the sideline screaming for the ball to be rolled out from keeper to defence, it was eventually thrown to Patterson.  He miss-controlled the ball, the striker took it off him and scored.  3-0.  Game over.

 

Credit to Postal they battled on.

 

Frampton had a good chance ten minutes from the end when good work from Cotovici got the ball to Frampton on the right but his shot was poor.

 

Two minutes later Postal pulled one back when Patterson headed in at the back post after a MacDonald header.  3-1.

 

5 minutes after that, Postal scored a second.  A MacDonald free kick dropped to Giulianotti who fired home.  3-2.

Postal put the home side under real pressure in the final minutes of the match but too little too late.

Final Result – Beacon Rangers 3 – Postal ALC 2

 

Overall, better side won but the goals we gave away today again were criminal.  Credit for fighting back again.

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