Milton Park, NRJFA Premier League, 6/5/23
Me still 272, Wee Man 144
Banchory St. Ternan Football Club
Founded – 1992
Nickname – Saints
Honours – NRJFA First Divison – 2018/19. NRJFA Division One – 2007/08 Morrison Trophy – 1994/95, 1995/96, 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2018/19
Random Fact – The club take their name from Ternan an early pioneer of Christianity in the country. Ternan was “the Bishop of the Picts”, who built a monastery on the banks of the river Dee. It is believed he took the Ronnecht bell from Rome to Banchory. Hence the badge of the club. The bell is believed to be hung above the door of the Banchory Ternan East Church.
Back on to the getting Wee Man around the NRJFA 30 trail we headed to Banchory to take in what is the Premier League basement battle between bottom club Banchory and second bottom, Dufftown at Milton of Crathes. A place which has fond memories for me at Juvenile level. Including what I am sure is the quickest booking in juvenile football with just 2 seconds on the clock. Which if memory serves me well was at U14s. I was told to let the big striker know I was there and no sooner had he passed at kick off he was in the air. This and a full scale brawl at U18s in a Scottish Cup tie where my Ellon side were three down at half time only to come back and win 5 v 3. At 4 v 3 a bit of cheek and a bit more from a teammate sparked off a full scale every player rumble in the box. Amazing nobody walked that day.
Pre game I planned on heading a bit further south to the Cairn o’ Mount for a gander at the views but the mist would have made this pointless. So a wander around the town centre past more union jacks than you will find at ibrox tomorrow, a look at the Falls of Feugh then a visit to the sweetie shop for an array of teeth rotters (which was one of the rare union jack free zones) was to make do prior to the game.
The game was between two club who are already facing the drop to the Championship prior to kick off. With the Saints condemned to the wooden spoon for the season. I wasn’t expecting much from this but in all honesty it could have been a lot worse. Dufftown started on the front foot and took the game to Banchory from the first minute with early chances for Main who sent just wide with a powerful drive and Duncan mistiming his run into the box to and getting himself in front of the ball too much where he would have most likely have scored if he was a split second slower. The ball was a fag papers width away from being in the Banchory net when a Duncan set piece was headed goalward only to be cleared off the line by Saints defender Henderson. Then against the run of play the home side took the lead, this coming from the spot after Brett Findlay was upended by Kelvin Main. Calan Anderson stepped up and sent Charlie Christie in the Toonsers goal the wrong way. This brought Banchory more into the match and Dufftown’s earlier pressure died off somewhat. The next big chance fell to Banchory forward Findlay who rattled the crossbar from the edge of the box. To be fair to the defending by Main he did just enough to put the big striker off his stride before the strike.
HT 1 v 0
At half time we kicked the ball about while keeping an eye on the next pitch where the juvenile game taking place seemed to be a goal fest. It was when looking over I noticed the squared posts which I am guessing used to be the goal frames from the Junior park once upon a time as the goals are now a more modern round shape. The squared posts used to be the butt of jokes in the past. (They may have been shifted a long time ago as its been many years since I have been at Milton Park). The teams returned and our focus was back on the main pitch. Dufftown really should have equalised through Main who rose to head a corner but the effort went across goal rather than at it. Barring that the attacking action was not there in the second half. Saints seemed to be offside a lot and Dufftown offered little. The home side did grab a second via Findlay who took advantage of the Dufftown defence parting like the Red Sea as he ran through and coolly finished from 18 or so yards into the bottom corner. There could have been a third before the final whistle went when Dean Donaldson got his effort all wrong form inside the box leaving the sub forward with a limp for the remainder of the game. That was the last of the action and Banchory finished what has been a pretty dreadful season on a high with 3 points. Not a classic by any stretch but it helped us avoid the obscene pantomime shenanigans elsewhere. Mission accomplished. But more importantly, only two more in the Junior mission to go (Fraserburgh United and Burghead Thistle)
Entrance – £6 me, £0 Wee Man
Attendance – 36
Pie – £6 pie x 2, coffee, juice
Pint – N/A
Score Predictions – Me 1 v 1, Wee Man 1 v 2
Season Score Prediction Totals – Me 1 v 3 Wee Man
NOT COMMENT just to let you know where it says David shields it’s actually Mitchell Sharp St Andrews united website shows squad number the programme said 19 was david but was mitchell , Cheers
Magic thank you for the info. Much appreciated
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