Sunnybank welcomed Aberdeen University to Heathryfold, just 2 weeks after playing them away from home in the league. If the last game was anything to go by it was going to be a good game to watch, but also a tight game. Sunnybank were able to call upon the services of Scott Burnett who has returned on a short term loan from Dyce Juniors.
Sunnybank were soon on the front foot and were playing some nice football, there were a couple of half chances early on and it was no surprise when the first goal arrived, a deep cross from Scott Burnett was headed back across goal by Dom Rae and the ball was met by Dean Still to knock it past the keeper. Sunnybank were playing well but the University were well drilled and making things difficult and with the pace in their team you knew it was just one mistake away from getting back onto level terms but Sunnybank did well to contain the visitors to only a few half chances in the first 45 minutes.
The second half did not disappoint with both teams spraying the ball around quite well in the wet conditions but it was Sunnybank who were creating the better chances and we soon had our second goal when a corner from Callum Youngson was met by Dom Rae but his header came down off the bar straight to his brother Connor Rae to score from a yard out.
At this stage we looked quite comfortable but we knew how dangerous the Uni players can be. And as expected they did come back into the game, although it took a bit of luck to do so, they all count. From what looked to be from an offside position their striker broke down the left hand side into the box and his cross ricocheted off of Connor and past Keller to go in at the near post. 2-1 and game on. Moments later it was 2-2, we cleared an attack from the Uni and from just inside our half the Uni full back lofted the ball back into the box which somehow managed to catch Keller out of position and drop into the net. Well and truly game on and it now looked like we were going to pay for some of the earlier missed chances.
With 10 minutes left of the game, it got even worse after the referee deemed a challenge from Chris Davidson to be dangerous and showed the player a straight red card. This happened right in front of the dugout area and both sets of management were surprised by this decision as it looked more like two players going in fully committed.
Thankfully the red card rejuvenated the home side and they soon got their noses in front again after a long ball from Keller bounced in the opposition box and was misjudged by his opposite number and this allowed Dom Rae to pounce on the ball and slide it into the bottom corner. Minutes later the game was wrapped up after another long kick from Keller was helped on by the defender but he didnt realise his keeper was on the front foot coming to collect and the ball was lifted over the advancing keeper and into his own net.
Overall a deserved 3 points but once again we made it hard for ourselves. But a very good 3 points against a very good university tea