In a game that was more competitive than the score may suggest, Newmachar United secured their place in the third round of the Stonehaven Youth Trophy with a 6-0 win at home against Kemnay. The goal scorers were David Lamb, Connor Clarkson, Jacob Drummond, Leon Williams and Ryan Edmonds, with two of the goals coming from Lamb.
The first half got underway with the wind behind the home team, and this proved to be an advantage. Newmachar created several attacks and chances, and Kemnay’s goalkeeper Duncan Mutch was forced to make some great saves. A particularly good run from Newmachar’s Leon Williams looked set to open the scoring but Kemnay’s defence rallied and prevented Williams from making a pass or taking a shot himself. However moments later, Williams took a corner from the right and David Lamb found the net from inside the box to put the home side in the lead.
Inspired by their lead, Newmachar were exerting pressure on their visitors with their chases and footwork but the defence held strong, particularly Mutch who cleared the danger a number of times.
The 23rd minute saw another chance for the home side with a free kick from 10 yards inside the half and wide to the left. Caleb Wilson swung the ball to the far side of the box and Jacob Drummond found the net to increase the lead.
Kemnay responded immediately with Nathan Sangster’s shot sailing just wide of the net. Sangster followed this up with another good run but was forced out of play by Newmachar’s defence. Newmachar took up the attack once again, and Williams sent the ball past Mutch with his shot from the edge of the box.
Minutes later, Connor Clarkson shot from 20 yards but the ball was wide. Determined, he tried again from 25 yards and this time, the ball curved into the top corner of the net.
Newmachar had several more chances before half-time but Kemnay maintained a strong defence to prevent the home side from increasing their lead until the whistle blew to signal the end of the half.