Both Cowie Thistle and Stonehaven Ladies earned themselves big wins, both in terms of scoreline and importance – this week we speak to both sides’ managers.
Cowie Thistle are on course for, at the very least, a top four finish in the Amateur Premier Division – but they gave themselves plenty of encouragement that they can go even further next season, after putting league leaders Sportsmans Club to the sword this weekend.
A 6-0 win for Thistle – in a game slightly marred by controversy – is a bit too late to give Ross Adie’s side any hope of a title bid, but it shows they can compete with even the toughest outfits in the division.
Their opponents had two players sent off in a matter of minutes – Lovick and Cran each grabbed a brace, with Nicol and Buchanan also notching a goal a piece.
Manager Ross Adie had this to say to NE98 following the game:
We started the game off really well, creating a couple of early chances and then scored after 5 minutes, we kept this going and made it 2-0 after 15 minutes, it’s the best we’ve played for a long time, but we knew that level of performance would be needed to beat a team like Sportmans who are top of the league and only lost once.”
Adie spoke about the red card incidents, and was pleased his own players keep their cool.
Sportmans lost their discipline with 2 red cards within 5 minutes of each other, but up until the red cards we were still by far the better team and fully deserving of our lead. The red cards ended the game as a contest as the 2nd half was just about how many we could score against 9 men.”
We have had our issues with discipline in the past so it was really good to see none of the players react to the challenges that were going in and they let the referee deal with it.”
Overall, Adie insists the victory gives Thistle a lot to work with for next season,
We are on course for a second 4th place finish in a row this season with still a small hope of finishing 3rd but a couple of disappointing recent results have made that difficult, however this performance definitely showed we can match the very best teams in the league and hopefully next season, if we keep the core of the squad together and with a couple of new additions, we can push on and try to challenge for more trophies.”
Cowie are now in third place, it’s unlikely Old Aberdonians just behind them will overtake them, but Cowie need Rothie Rovers to have negative results in the majority of their remaining 9 fixtures in order for Cowie to keep grasp of third place.
Stonehaven Ladies moved themselves onto six points, and ahead of three other sides in the SWFL Divison One North after battering pointless Raith Rovers 7-1 – putting themselves into eighth place in the process.
The seven goals included a first for the club for Gemma Bruce.
Stoney Co-Manager spoke to myself for my Evening Express article this week – Which you can pick up today (Wednesday), and this is part of what he said (More in the Evening Express)
The league is already splitting more or less in half so we can see where we must take points from those teams around us, but those other teams will also be looking to do the same.”
Bervie had a bit of a slip up in their quest to gain promotion to the Premier Divison. Bad form has come at the wrong time, with just one point from their last two games, after a 1-1 draw at home to Hailburton. Callum Morrison got the only goal of the game.
They still sit third in the Divison One North – two points adrift of Rattrays XI, who are in the second and final promotion spot. Both teams still have four games each remaining.
The Club’s Facebook Page said:
“Every game is now a must win if we are to gain promotion. It is still in our own hands.”
AC Mill Inn didn’t have a fantastic weekend in the Divison One North as they lost 5-0 to Echt.
Stonehaven Athletic in the league below however, gave their own chances of promotion a major boost.
They recorded a 6-4 away win over Monymusk with Sawyer netting a hat-trick, while other promotion hopefuls FC Polska and Cammachmore both drew their games. Although Cammachmore did go on to win a mid-way game on Monday evening.
Faithlie United have leapfrogged all three teams, playing a large amount of games in hand in a short amount of time – with more to come – so that essentially leaves three teams battling it out for one last promotion spot.
FC Polska currently occupy that spot, with 49 points, while Athletic and Cammachmore have 48 each. Although Polska do have the advantage, as not only do they have an extra point, but also have an extra game to play.
Athletic have four games remaining this season, their Facebook page had this to say following the game:
“A fantastic opening 20 minutes where we tore our opponents to shreds, some complency in the team let the hosts back in but we had enough about us to be worthy winners, and it may just prove to be a massive 3 points come the end of the campaign.”
Stonehaven Juniors have not played since our last edition of ‘Mearns Football Weekly’ however, results elsewhere have given them slim hopes of still retaining their place in the McBookie Superleague despite sitting bottom of the table.
Stonehaven’s last game of the season comes this weekend against Hermes. They’ll need to win that to have any hope of survival. In addition to that, they’ll need two of Ellon United, Dufftown and Hall Russell United to loss their remaining games (Both Ellon and Hall Russell have two remaining, Dufftown have just one fixture to go.)
The local youth team results this past weekend:
Stonehaven YFC Under 19’s 5-1 Ellon Meadows
Stonehaven United YFC 17’s 0-9 Cove Youth FC
CBC Hilton United 4-1 Stonehaven YFC City 16’s
Stonehaven YFC Madrid 15’s 4-0 Newtonhill BC
Stonehaven YFC United 15’s 2-3 Mintlaw BC
Northstar Community FC 8-0 Stonehaven Youth YFC 14’s
Stonehaven United 13’s 1-4 West End Reds
East End Lewis 1-10 Bervie Caley 13’s
Ferry Athletic 06’s 2-0 Mearns YFC 06’s
St Andrews Colts 05’s 4-0 Mearns YFC 05’s
Maryfield United 05’s 9-0 Mearns YFC 05’s
Fixtures in the Mearns this weekend…
Stonehaven Vs Hermes, Juniors Superleague, Glenury Park, Stonehaven, Saturday, 2PM
Stonehaven Ladies Vs Annan Athletic, Women’s Scottish Cup, Mineralwell Park, Stonehaven, Sunday 12PM
Cowie Thistle Vs Rothie Rovers, Amateurs Premier Divison, Mineralwell Park, Stonehaven, Saturday 2PM
Burghmuir Vs Bervie Caledonian, Amateurs Division One North, Strathburn Park, Inverurie, Saturday 2PM
Faithlie United Vs Stonehaven Athletic, Amateurs Divison Two North, South Links, Fraserburgh, Saturday 2PM