North Region Junior Superleague side Culter hand out lesson to Forres Thistle in Inter Regional Cup
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FORRES Thistle were given a lesson in the art of passing, ball control and all-round team work by powerful Superleague opponents Culter on Saturday.
Jags made the trip to Peterculter to take on a side sitting just three points off the lead in the top division, and who put ten goals past Deveronside a week earlier.
It was the second round of the Inter-Regional Cup and Division 2 Forres faced a tough task but were determined to put up a fight.
On a rain-soaked and dismal afternoon, Jags soon realised the quality of their hosts who quickly settled into their rhythm.
After only five minutes a cross in from Ben McGregor found the head of Liam Todd and he nodded in a superb goal to give Culter the early advantage.
It was an exhibition of passing, possession football and unerring control from the home side for the next 25 minutes as Forres struggled to get to grips with the game.
Their efforts to defend against a superior team were coming undone and they had an escape when former Lossiemouth and Formartine United Highland League player Willie Mathers hit the Jags’ woodwork.
Not long after, team-mate Mark Adam headed the ball just over the bar.
It wasn’t long before another scoring breakthrough was made by the Aberdonians, as a short pass to Andy Youngson left him with an easy poke into the goal to double the home lead.
The first half gave the Jags a lot to think about during the break and the big question was whether or not they had an answer to the dominance of Culter.
The watching fans didn’t have to wait long into the second half for an answer in the shape of another Culter goal.
After only two minutes Ryan Smart crashed through the defence to make it 3-0.
Another period of midfield play showed Culter’s creativity with another goal soon following, this time from Lenny Johnston who powered one into the Forres net from the edge of the box.
A breakthrough came when hopes rose for Forres with a stinging shot from Neil Moir producing an outstanding save from Peter Tait .
There were a few stoppages during the game and the referee added about six minutes, most of which had passed when a soft pass found the feet of Smart again who guided the ball into the net making the final score 5-0.
Jags won’t have the same gap in quality to bridge when they head back through to Aberdeen on Saturday for a Division 2 match against Glentanar.