Banks O’ Dee Albion progressed into the Scottish Cup quarter finals, at the expense of Monifieth Athletic, after winning 2-1 in a tightly contested game. Fraser Bryce grabbed the opener in the twelth minute before Cavin Tosh equalized for the hosts just two minutes later. Hamish MacLeod scored the winner eleven minutes into the second half and the Albion managed to hold out for the victory.
The game began at a frantic pace when Bryce broke through on goal in just the first minute of the game. Monifieth’s goalkeeper, Jack Kerr, was up to the challenge, however, and did well to block the shot down low.
MacLeod was the next to have an opportunity to open the scoring in the ninth minute. Banks O’ Dee had won a corner and, after originally taking it short, crossed the ball into the penalty area. The Monifieth defence managed to get it clear but only as far as the eighteen-yard line where MacLeod was lurking. The number seventeen diverted his effort towards goal but it flashed just wide.
Three minutes later and the game witnessed the first goal courtesy of Fraser Bryce. The diminutive attacker managed to expertly evade the defence and worked an opening for himself near the edge of the box. The number 11 then unleashed a fierce shot directly into the top left hand corner of the net leaving Kerr with no chance.
Shortly afterwards, in the fourteenth minute, Monifieth were back on level terms. The referee awarded the home side a free kick near the half way line and the ball was delivered deep into the Banks O’ Dee penalty area. The defenders were unable to clear and the ball fell to Cavin Tosh. The forward duly headed in to level the score.
In the thirty first minute Bryce threatened the Monifieth defence once more. He made a fine run down the left, drove into the penalty area, and lashed a fierce low cross across the face of goal. Unfortunately for Bryce none of his teammates were there to tap in from close range.
Two minutes later came a moment of controversy. Banks O’ Dee thought they had gone 2-1 up when a fine long distance shot crashed against the bar and down onto the goal line. The Banks O’ Dee players exclaimed that the ball had indeed crossed the line but the referee could not be sure and no goal was awarded.
Shortly before half time Banks O’ Dee came close once more. They delivered a corner kick into the penalty area and the skipper, Cameron Imrie, diverted the ball at goal with his head. The Monifieth defence managed to clear the ball off of their goal line and away successfully.