AM were on Scottish Cup duty last weekend with a third round away trip to Stonehaven to face Cowie Thistle.
The early stages of the game were fairly quiet but AM began to threaten with particular joy for G Reilly on the left flank.
Often the final delivery would be snuffed out in a crowded penalty box but a great chance fell to Mikey Reilly, who was picked out seven yards from goal but he lifted his finish over the crossbar.
On 20 minutes, the game to took a twist when a poor bye kick landed at the feet of the home striker.
As he raced in on goal, AM keeper Pratt mis-timed his attempt to win the ball back and fouled the home player, resulting in a red card and penalty, which was confidently converted.
A lethargic AMsoccer were now in no doubt about the task ahead of them and a good response was rewarded when Pennington teased his opponent into a lunge which missed the ball and resulted in a penalty for the visitors.
Pennington’s spot kick was saved but the big striker was on hand to bury the rebound.
AM had their tails up and they took the lead when Lawson turned the full back inside out before rifling a peach into the far corner from a tight angle.
The game plan for AMsoccer was now to soak up the visitors pressure and hit on the counter attack and this led to many chances at either end, as Cowie seemed to enjoy attacking crosses, whilst Pennington, G Reilly and Lawson all showed they were capable of swift breaks for AM.
Stand in keeper Gillon was showing great hands and certainly kept his side in it on a few occasions, whilst superb endeavour from AM’s front three just couldn’t muster the required finish after impressive breaks.
Cowie’s equaliser seemed like it would come from a cross and indeed it arrived but AM didn’t panic and Sean Cowie travel to Duffus Park this Saturday.