Banchory St Ternan v New Elgin

2pm  20 September 2014

SJFA North Region, Super League
Banchory St Ternan 5 New Elgin 2 (att 37)

It was a scenic drive from Dundee up to Banchory, although you won't find St Ternan's Milton Park ground in the pleasant town itself, but a couple of miles east in Crathes.

It a typical North Region junior ground, enclosed by a fence, with a railed-off pitch, dugouts and changing rooms in a pavilion with provides some limited cover, but set back from the pitch.

A view from there would be obscured by a portable building which houses toilets, snack bar and a committee room, but on a warm and dry afternoon there was no need to seek shelter.

The game was entertaining, although the home side were always in control. They scored early, and although the visitors equalised Banchory were 3-1 ahead within 20 minutes.

New Elgin reduced the arrears before half time, but after the break it was Banchory who stepped up a gear or two to run out comfortable winners.

New Elgin may claim the match officials cost them, Banchory's third goal followed a challenge that was so late they missed it, and the fourth may well have been offside (I wasn't sure, but I don't think the linesman was either). In truth though Banchory could easily have scored more goals, and New Elgin may be facing a tough season.

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