- Created: Saturday, 08 May 2021 21:19
- Published: Saturday, 08 May 2021 21:19
- Written by Stephen Shand
Brora Rangers face an uphill task to reach the Pyramid play-off final after a first leg defeat to Kelty Hearts at Dudgeon Park.
Goalkeeper Joe Malin did his best to keep his team level early on, producing a stunning two penalty saves in the opening ten minutes. The Brora number one firstly kept out Kallum Higginbotham's spot kick in the 5th minute, then saved Nathan Austin's effort from 12 yards just four minutes later.
The visitors finally went in front after 21 minutes with a spectacular long range strike from Dylan Easton.
Jordan Macrae was denied by a fine save from Darren Jamieson before the break, but it was Higginbotham who atoned for his earlier penalty miss when he slotted home the visitors' third penalty award in the 56th minute.
Jamieson produced another superb stop to keep out Marc Nicholson's header as Brora looked for a way back into the match, but it ended with a two-goal advantage for Kelty going into Saturday's second leg.
Pyramid play-off semi-final first leg
Brora Rangers 0-2 Kelty Hearts
Kelty: Dylan Easton, Kallum Higginbotham (pen)
The Highland League League Management Committee has met and decided to call a halt to season 2020-2021, because it could not see a viable means to finish it in time to also allow preparations for season 2021-2022.
The hope is that the new season will provide circumstances which allow a return to more normal activity.
The LMC also decided to honour it's obligation to the Scottish Football Pyramid, by declaring Brora Rangers FC the Highland League champions for season 2020-2021. This was decided on a points-per-game basis, with Brora finishing above Fraserburgh, Buckie Thistle, Formartine United and Inverurie Locos on goal difference.