The Ratts 8th game of the season saw an 8th road trip, this time to sunny Oldmeldrum to face Formartine.
The game started in a cagey fashion with both teams looking to attack when in possession, and with five minutes gone Formartine took the lead when their number 10 bulleted in a header from a corner, 0-1. Having gone behind, Rattrays pushed to try and equalise, but were restricted to half chances, until a free kick floated into the box, bounced off Deeker and the centre-half past the Formartine keeper, 1-1. The remainder of the first half was fairly scrappy, but competitive with few chances, although Shaun and Chocco were both left with head knocks from late aerial Formartine challenges. In the final minute of the half, a Formartine corner was half-cleared and their number 7 fired a great strike into the top corner, half-time, 1-2.
The second half kicked off with the Ratts shooting down the Oldmeldrum hill, and from the off the away side were on the attack. An early ball down the right wing found Tony Miller, whose great through ball found Deeker, who found the net, 2-2. The Ratts were in control of the game now and this time roles were reversed as Deeker found Tony Miller, in the right corner of the box, who squeezed the ball passed the keeper from a tight angle, 3-2. Set plays looked Formartine's only way back into the game, and from a late corner their centre half forced the Salmon into a great save to keep the Ratts lead intact. As the final minutes ticked on, a ball into the Formartine box fell to Deeker, who fired past the keeper for his hat-trick, 4-2. Overall, a solid show from the Ratts, who defended solidly and looked dangerous offensively throughout, credit to debutants Lewis Fraser and Shaun McGregor, who put in good debut shifts in the second half.
In other news, Dazzy marked the Dons legends match with two goals and a MOTM performance, although his shirt-off goal celebration caused an eclipse at Harlaw Park.