WITH promotion to Division Two confirmed Monymusk continued their build-up to the new season by facing Division One side Old Aberdonians at Deer Park on Monday (July 16).
Buoyed by a 1-0 win against another Division One side, Stoneywood Amateurs, at Bogbeth Park, Kemnay, last Wednesday (July 11) in which Andrew Moss scored the decider, Musk took to the field in confident mood.
However, it was the strong-running city side who dominated proceedings early on and were awarded a penalty after just four minutes when one of their players was brought down in the box. Michael Fyffe in the Musk goal, however, brought off a fine save to deny them taking the lead.
Monymusk’s Daniel Clark headed off the goal-line in 16 minutes at Old Aberdonians continued to push forward at every opportunity.
Tony Forshaw fed Clark for Musk’s first attempt on target in 24 minutes and then new boy Andrew Murray tested the keeper again soon after.
Old Aberdonians had another great chance to take the lead in 33 minutes through the middle but the player shot wide.
A long-range effort from Liam Beaton was held by the keeper before an Old Aberdonians player was clean through on the Musk goal and chipped the advancing Fyffe but the ball just went wide.
Musk finished the first half strongly with a Forshaw header bringing a save from the keeper at full stretch after a Faustino D’souza corner and then skipper Jamie Mackie setting Andy Cruden up but he was wide of the target.
The city side continued to press in the second half and went close with a header in 64 minutes before the breakthrough came two minutes later. Musk gave away a free kick in a dangerous position which was blocked for a corner. The kick was not properly cleared with the ball sent back in for a player to head the ball home at the far post.
Just seven minutes later Old Aberdonians doubled their lead with a player sliding the ball into the net after a cross in from the left.
This knocked the stuffing out of the home side and the game petered out then into a midfield battle although the city side finished the stronger and fully deserved their win.
Monymusk: Fyffe, Forsyth, Lyon (Aitken), Mackie (Doverty), Forshaw, Murray (Hinds), D’souza (Eddie), Cruden, Beaton (Bain), Howden (Sangster), Clark.
Monymusk’s hectic spell of warm-up games continued on Wednesday evening when they travelled to meet Division One side Kintore. This Saturday, July 21, they face neighbours Kemnay Youth at Bogbeth Park (kick-off 2pm) for a local derby game and on Monday evening take on another Division One side, Beacon Rangers, at Strathburn Park, Inverurie (kick-off 7pm).