POSTAL ALC 4 - ABOYNE 1 - DIV 2 EAST - WEBSTER PARK - 26th MARCH
TEAM - 1. R.Laing 2. A.Riddell 3. S.Carter 4. B.Nicolson 5. B.Patterson 6. R.Law 7. S.Robertson 8. M.Hunter 9. K.Dowbekin 10. M.Maciver 11. P.Frampton 12. S.Cotovici 14. G.Davidson 15. P.Coutts 16. I.Bruce 17. C.Patterson
OPPOSITION MOTM – R.Law
Aboyne arrived at Webster Park on an unusually warm March afternoon knowing if they won, they would leapfrog Postal into second place. A tough encounter was therefore on the cards for this proverbial 6 pointer.
Postal welcomed back Nicolson into the centre of defence and Frampton on the left of the front 3 with Maciver moving over to the right in the absence of the suspended Ure.
Postal had a great chance to go ahead only 2 minutes into the match. Carter did really well to win the ball in midfield and played Dowbekin into the box. One-on-one with the keeper he looked a stick-on to the get the first of the match but his shot from 6 yards out, was saved by the keeper and round the post to safety.
It was Aboyne who would take the lead on 5 minutes. A simple long ball from the keeper was allowed to bounce into the heart of the Postal defence. Carter attempted a clearance but sclaffed the ball into the path of the Aboyne number 9. The forward did well to swivel before Riddell could get near and fired a hooked shot into the net from about 15 yards out. Really great finish from Aboyne's best player but poor defending on the lead up to the goal. 0-1.
The game was a fairly even affair at this point with Postal playing more football but Aboyne causing problems with the long ball up the park and Postal failing to win first contact on the headers.
Maciver was delivering a lot of good balls into the box from setpieces and it was from one of his corners that Postal would equalise on 16 minutes. A good passing move up the Postal left saw them win a corner. A great cross into the 6 yard box was met by Patterson who knocked home. 1-1.
This seemed to calm Postal down a bit and they came more into the game although Aboyne were still proving difficult to break down.
On 30 minutes, another Postal corner from Maciver was met by Hunter but his header went just past the post.
The half ended in a stalemate.
HALF TIME – POSTAL ALC 1 – ABOYNE 1
Postal had an excellent start to the second half when they scored in the opening minute. Another great delivery from a Maciver free kick was met by Robertson who powerfully headed home past the keeper. 2-1.
Shooting down the hill, Postal should have been turning the screw but the goal seemed to make them a bit nervous and they were dropping further back, inviting Aboyne to come forward. A number of corners and free kicks were being pumped into the box but captain Patterson was heading everything away that came into the box today expertly and any shots that did make it through were efficiently dealt with by Laing.
Postal’s Frampton had a double chance 16 minutes into the second half. The first was cleared off the line by a defender and when it bounced back to the strikers feet the second chance was saved.
On 25 minutes, a quick throw in down the right saw Maciver play in, sub, Cotovici who managed to get his shot away but it was sent over the bar. Unlucky but a really good move.
5 minutes later and Postal doubled their lead. Riddell took a free kick just outside the Aboyne box on the left. The keeper could only parry the shot and Cotovici was on hand to slam the ball into the back of the net. 3-1.
The game was sealed for Postal 5 minutes from full time. With the ball looking like it was running out for a bye kick, Maciver battled to win it, sent it into the path of, substitute Davidson, his initial shot was saved but he sent the next shot high into the roof of the net. Well done all round. 4-1.
Overall a particularly pleasing win today. Aboyne have been picking up good results recently to climb the league and it was a real pressure game for Postal to stop them from overtaking us. All the players put in a real shift and showed a real passion to win this game. Special mentions to Patterson for heading everything that went near the box in the second half, Riddell for eventually winning the battle between himself and the Aboyne number 9 and Maciver who turned in his best performance by far in a Postal jersey, he was really superb today. 6 games to go.