Stoneywood Parkvale v Fraserbugh United

2pm  6 May 2017

SJFA North Region, Division One East
Stoneywood Parkvale 2 Fraserburgh United 1 (att 34)

One of the many things I enjoy about Scottish junior football is that even late season fixtures with little at stake are usually competitive affairs, and three red cards and a flurry of yellows shows that this was no exception.

The dismissals were all in the second half, a player from each side picked up second bookings for an off-the-ball tussle with about 15 minutes left, then the visitors were reduced to nine men following a rash and very late challenge in stoppage time.

All three goals were in an entertaining first half. Stoneywood Parkvale scored first, Fraserburgh levelled before the hosts got back in front. There were fewer chances after the break, but the home side had the best of them.

Before this season Stoneywood and Parkvale were two Aberdeen-based clubs (I visited FC Stoneywood in August 2013 and Parkvale later the same season) but they've now joined forces.

When I went to FC Stoneywood their ground was about to disappear under a housing development. The new homes were built, and Stoneywood moved into their new ground nearby, which is now home to the merged club.

It's a basic venue, not as interesting as their quirky former home, and some early drainage problems had to be overcome before the club could settle in properly.

At present there's a club building adjacent to the car park, beyond which the pitch is enclosed and railed off, but there's no cover for spectators. It's close enough to Aberdeen Airport for plane spotters to get an extra thrill.

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