Rattrays finally had their first home game of the season as we welcomed Banchory to St Macher.
The game started rather even with Banchory possibly being the slighter better team.
Then with 20 minutes gone Chris Mackintosh had the first real chance of the game, a corner was whipped into the box and found Chris unmarked but his header from 5 yards was superbly saved by the keeper.
We should have been 1-0 up after some brilliant play down the wing from Tony Miller, his square ball found Marty Bain who had a tap in from 3 yards, but somehow he managed to scoop it up off the keeper and over the bar.
Half Time (0-0)
Starting the second half quick was becoming a bit of a trait for Rattrays and within 2 minutes we had found the opening goal. Daniel Mitchell with a brilliant ball to Tony Miller who actually very cleverly let run though his legs to Michael Frost, with only the keeper to beat he curved his shot past and into the back of the net 1-0
Our lead did not last long when a Banchory shot was spilled by Derek McKenzie and we could not clear our lines. The ball then fell to their striker who made no mistake from inside the box 1-1
Five minutes later we re-took, Tony Miller picked the ball up inside the centre circle and his viscous shot from 40 yards out left the keeper with no chance. Surely a contender for goal of the Season.
Straight from Banchory’s centre Tony chased the ball down and gave away a soft foul, which resulted in a straight red card after something that had been said to the referee.
Banchory pilled on the pressure using the extra man to their advantage and found the equaliser on the 70th minute mark. Their striker found himself with loads of time inside the box calmly slotted the ball past Dek 2-2
We managed to take the lead once again with 10 minutes to go, Michael Frost with a brilliant ball through the middle of the defence to Jamie Dunn, who ran through and chipped it over the advancing keeper.
Immediately from kick off Banchory almost levelled things once again, but somehow Derek McKenzie superbly saved with his feet which made up for his blunder earlier.
With the last kick off the ball Chris Mackintosh got our fourth and made sure of the 3 points. He hit the ball from the edge of his own 18 yard box up the pitch and it bounced in front of the keeper and over his head into the back of the net. Chris will say he meant the shot, but it will go down as the best clearance ever.
Full time (4-2)
Next week sees us back on our travels as we head to Hazelhead to play the first round of the AFC trophy against Glentaner Reflex