AAM Gordonians 4
Western Wildcats 3
With one of the best home records in the league Gordonians was always going to be a tough encounter.
The Aberdeen side has lost just one league game at home to league leaders Kelburne, and hot on Western’s heels heading into the business end of the season, they would prove to be formidable opponents.
Wildcats started the game extremely poorly and within 20 minutes they were 3-0 down with goals coming from Czech international Nicklas Reinhard, youngster J. Sixmith, and a well placed drag flick from the captain Harper. The Wildcats eventually warmed up before the end of the half after a skilful run followed by well-placed pass from Commonwealth athlete Ian Moodie found youngster Joe McConnell in space at the top the D. A thunderous strike into the bottom corner and the comeback had begun.
After a motivating team talk from coach Dunlop, Western came flying out the traps. Gordonians must have sensed the comeback was on as the second half was a far dirtier affair - 8 yards being shown in all. In a well structured attack, the superbly skilful Sinclair threaded the ball through to Moodie whose advance on goal was illegally halted by the Gordonians keeper. The umpire looked to blow for a penalty but hesitated as legendary goal scorer Scott McCartney picked up the ball and fired it in from the baseline. This was followed by a second for McCartney to level the game at 3-3 following good work by the Wildcats midfield.
The job seemed done, as a point suited both sides. But with just a minute and a half to go, a drag flick from Reinhard forced a stunning save from Scotland International Gavin Sommerville, but time was not up yet. With just 3 seconds to go, the instrumental Harper crashed a ball into the D that once again found Sixmith. He deflected the ball into the roof of the net as the final whistle blew and it was heartbreak for the Cats as Gordonians ran out 4-3 winners.
With the points gap now narrowed to 3, the pressure is really on for Western, who must now pick up at least a win from their last 2 games to secure a more favourable finish for the European playoffs.