MONYMUSK came from a goal down at half-time to secure three valuable league points with a three-one victory over Byron FC on Monday night (April 9).
Musk bombarded the city side’s goal for the entire 90 minutes but were denied a win of greater margin by the big Byron goalkeeper who was in tremendous form, bringing off a string of amazing saves.
Musk’s unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation was serving them well in the opening 15 minutes with Ryan Sangster going close on two occasions in the opening skirmishes and Andy Cruden hitting the side netting from a free kick. Poor defending from the home side then allowed a Byron player to shoot narrowly wide before a free kick in 17 minutes was well saved by Micky Fyffe.
Drew Barron set Cruden up for a great chance in 20 minutes but the Byron keeper produced a fine save. The two keepers were having an influence on the game with both looking solid as first Fyffe blocked a shot with his feet before Barron brought another good save from the Byron stopper.
Byron took the lead against the run of play with seven minutes of the first half remaining when a long clearance from the Byron keeper found a player on the left who delivered a great cross in and the ball was headed past the helpless Fyffe.
Musk started the second half strongly and Barron had an attempt held by the keeper before Cruden fed Colin Lyon on the left but the veteran Musk player drove his effort over the crossbar.
They were finally rewarded for their efforts in 49 minutes when a Ross Hay throw-in was headed on by Jamie Mackie to CRUDEN who seemed to mishit the ball but it trundled into the net.
The home side were going all out for the winner now and Cruden drove wide from a Lyon free kick before the Byron keeper brought off three great stops in succession from Mackie and then twice from Forshaw.
Musk got the breakthrough they deserved with 16 minutes remaining when the Byron keeper could only parry a header from man-of-the-match BARRON and the striker followed up to make no mistake.
Soon after the Byron keeper proved his entertainment value by going on a bizarre solo run up the lefthand side of the pitch which only ended when he was dispossessed of the ball on the edge of the box.
Musk did, however, wrap up the tie with just four minutes remaining when Sangster nipped in to intercept a ball back to the keeper and there was LYON to sweep the ball home.
A great all-round performance made up for a poor display on Saturday when Musk were well beaten 4-1 in the league by strong city side Ferryhill at Hazlehead. The visitors were 3-0 down at half-time but did rally in the second period when they scored through a header from Cruden.
Monymusk: Fyffe, Duthie, Aitken, P. Stewart, Mackie, Cruden (Beaton), Hay, Forshaw, Sangster (Doverty), A. Barron (Smart), Lyon.
Unused subs: J. Stewart, Nicolson.