McCartney hat-trick keeps Wildcats top of league in exciting game

A tough physical game was made more testing by the blustery conditions at Auchenhowie on Saturday against a side that was challenging Wildcats for the top league position.

Fans of an open, exciting game were not disappointed as Gordonians pressed the Cats right from the start in characteristic fashion.

The Wildcats were however the first to score after riding the early storm and found themselves two goals up by half time.

The first was scored by Jonny MacDonald who tidily slotted away an excellent counter attack move and the second from penalty corner expert Scott McCartney who arrowed a flick into the top left hand corner of the net on the 20th minute.

A resurgent Gordonians punished some scrappy defending in the Western D soon after half time to pull themselves back into the match but were sucker punched by a rapid response from Western.

A messy penalty corner was tidied up by the ever alert Sinclair who squared the ball to McCartney to net the third goal and put the Wildcats into a commanding 3-1 lead.

In an entertaining, fast paced match more goals felt inevitable and Western didn’t disappoint. The fourth came courtesy of Ian Moodie after centre back Gary Maitles adeptly turned defence into attack with a measured lob to Ross Clunie who delivered an inch perfect ball for Moodie to slot home under the on-rushing goalkeeper. There was still time for each side to swap goals, Gordonians through the influential Craig Harper and Western via McCartney who picked up his hattrick with the final goal of the match just before full time.

The next league match is against West of Scotland rivals, Kelburne. Wildcats welcome them to Auchenhowie on Saturday at 1.30pm.