BLAIR BEAT ODDS

Premier league Down­field un­der fire

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Blair­gowrie won against the odds in the GA Engi­neer­ing Cup with a de­served vic­tory over premier league side Down­field at the week­end.

Blair started brightly and looked the live­lier side from the out­set in what was a much more fo­cussed per­for­mance from the team.

Rudi Brown tor­mented the Dundee side’s de­fence down the right and de­liv­ered a num­ber of dan­ger­ous crosses.

A Simp­son header was cleared off the line as Blair pressed, be­fore a golden op­por­tu­nity to take the lead came when Nor­rie was barged off the ball in the box af­ter a mazy run.

Adam’s spot-kick, how­ever, was touched onto the post by the Down­field keeper and some­how the ball was cleared as the re-bound ran along the goalline.

At the other end, O’Brien com­fort­ably saved a low shot, then Adam saw a closerange header blocked for Blair.

Blair con­tin­ued to press af­ter the break but clear chances were hard to come by. Fi­nally, af­ter 58 min­utes, the goal ar­rived – a blis­ter­ing drive by Adam smacked off the cross­bar, but Plen­der­leith re­acted first to turn and hook the re-bound into the roof of the net from ten yards.

Plen­der­leith added a sec­ond goal for Blair in the 75th minute.

A through ball by Nor­rie caused havoc in the Down­field box and the Blair mid­fielder had the vi­sion to de­liver a de­light­ful lob into the visi­tors’ net.

Down­field pressed and O’Brien was called into some se­ri­ous ac­tion with a num­ber of good saves be­fore he was beaten from the penalty spot with seven min­utes left. Inevitably the Blair de­fence was put un­der pres­sure, with O’Brien mak­ing a cru­cial block as Blair held on.

Adam had the ball in the net in stop­page time, but the “goal” was ruled out for a nar­row off­side. None­the­less, Blair­gowrie saw the tie out with­out fur­ther alarms for a well-mer­ited vic­tory.

Blair­gowrie: O’Brien, Men­zies, Mac­naughton, Mil­lar, Simp­son, Plen­der­leith, R.Brown, Nor­rie, Adam, Neave, Gray. Subs used: Findlay, Reilly.

This Satur­day, Blair­gowrie travel to Dundee to meet north league lead­ers Vi­o­let at Gle­nesk Park, kick-off 2.30pm.

Busy Blair goal­keeper Gor­don O’Brien

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