Newmachar Utd v Dufftown

Match Reports 22/23

Dec 07

Newmachar Utd 4-0 Dufftown

Newmachar were still without injured duo Neil Scott & Peter Melvin and long term absence of skipper Euan Dryburgh. Connor Walton (holiday) also missed the cup tie with Greg Wood (hamstring)

We ran out comfortable winners and into the quarter finals of the Domino’s North Regional Cup after scoring two goals in each half to give us our second Premier League scalp in the cup.
It might have been different if Simon Mitchell had not produced a great save from a Michael Dunn header early in the first half however from that point on we dominated the game and deservedly went ahead. After a bit of pressure Ryan Whelan volleyed in from the edge of the box. We missed a couple of good chances but not long before half time Lewis Robertson doubled our lead after he hit a right footed cross into the box, deceiving the keeper and in the back of the net.
Half time 2-0
We kept the pressure on in the second half and controlled most of the possession with Kyle Munro bringing a good save from the keeper after he nutmegged the defender on the edge of the box but his angled drive was tipped over the bar. The home side stretched the lead when Ryan Whelan hooked a throwin in behind the defence for Tait Duthie to run onto and he smashed the ball past the keeper to put us 3 up.
We then made some changes and one of those was Ryan Cormack, who returned from injury to run onto a through ball to place a shot past the keeper to make it 4. We created a few more chances but did not manage to increase our lead with the best chance falling to Sol Collins, who was played in by Liam Mewse making an appearance after serving a 2 game ban, but the keeper made a good save.
A good overall team performance both offensively and defensively with a lot of good individual performances meaning we keep our winning run going with scoring a few goals and keeping another clean sheet.

Full Time 4-0

NUFC Team – Mitchell, B Dryburgh, Robertson, Dawson, Young, Whelan (Cormack), Munro (Collins), Watt (Cowie), Duthie (Mewse), Gerrie (Reynolds), Reid 

Subs – Mewse, Reynolds, Cowie, Whyte, Cormack, Collins, McDermid

We caught up with the gaffer after the game to get his thoughts…


We’re in a good moment. Playing well with some good experience and a physical presence about us. Although we’re still missing a few, we’re getting a few boys back now and some of the younger lads doing well so we’ve some healthy competition for places. Kyle & Calum have settled in really well and seem to be enjoying their football too.

It’s good for the players confidence and for the club as a whole to beat premier league opposition, especially after feeling we let ourselves down in the Scottish cup fixture at East End. While East End are up at the top end of the Premier League, Banchory being a young side with good technical players, moved the ball really well in the first 15 minutes until we settled into the game. Dufftown brought a different type of challenge in they’re a physical more experienced side so to deal with both is really pleasing.
It’s important we keep these standards up and try to really kick on over the next few months and do what we can to be around the promotion places come April/May time.