Hat-trick secures win for Aths

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Aths 4 Ness 1

The highlight of this end of season encounter should have been Scott Maciver’s hat-trick especially his tremendous solo effort to complete it but for sheer comedy value and potential You Tube stardom the bare-chested antics of Stephen Boyd will remain vividly in the memory or should that be mammary of those watching from the stand.

Aths had already taken the lead with another predatory strike from Maciver when Boyd appeared out of nowhere minus his top to try and stop Graeme Macleod flicking a header onto Scott Maciver.

With his cape flapping in the air he clattered Macleod to the ground but the ball had fallen to the deadly feet of Maciver and he elegantly lobbed Macsween to put Aths two up.

Between the goals Macsween had come to the rescue of Ness at least twice with the fully clad Boyd also assisting to thwart Maciver from hitting a three minute hat-trick.

Ness were the architects of their own downfall throughout this match. Their passing is easy on the eye but tends to go sideways or backwards with no killer ball in sight. Eventually a pass goes astray and teams like Aths punish mistakes especially with the likes of Maciver in attack.

Aths have now used 39 players this season due to injuries and unavailability of players but they can count their lucky stars that Maciver seldom falls foul of injury. His direct running was a problem all night and like other teams in the lower half of the league no-one seems able to stop him.

Before the half was over Maciver was at it again but this time chose to square to the in-rushing Nic Davis who inexplicably hit his shot beyond the open goal. Davis did manage to redeem himself when he smacked home a penalty on the stroke of half time after the hapless Boyd was harshly adjudged to have tripped Maciver.

Ness picked up in the second half as they became more direct with Andrew Macleod and James Morrison trying to break through the Aths defence whenever possible. Macleod in particular went on a mazy solo run that barring Gus Maciver’s tackle would have been a worthy goal of any season.

Then came Maciver’s third goal. He picked the ball up well inside his own half and powered across the pitch leaving black and green jerseys in his wake before dinking the ball beyond Macsween.

It was a wonderful goal and whilst the crowd were still applauding Ness decided they could do better as Andrew Macleod curled a glorious shot beyond Macritchie which smacked the post and rebounded beyond Donald Gillies but he somehow managed to hitch-kick his shot back towards goal and into the net to provide a glorious consolation.