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Fraserburgh win first silverware of the season

Fraserburgh 3 Buckie Thistle 2

This was never going to be one for the faint-hearted and so it proved with an 86th minute Peter-Alexander Bruce goal doing the business as Fraserburgh edged out Buckie Thistle to win the 2014 Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup final.

On a Kynoch Park surface which looked very heavy after soaking up a lot of heavy rain overnight, both sides were going top have to play it clever tactically.

It was Fraserburgh almost going in front inside a minute. Scott Fowlie latched on to a Willie West headflick but out came young recent signing Andy Burr to clear with his legs at the expense of a corner.

In the 7th minute it was 1-0 for the team in the home dressing room. Scott Barbour’s backheel played in Bruce, his shot went across the box and landed for Graham Johnston to fire home from eight yards out.

Buckie were looking to reply quickly and young central midfielder Shaun Carrol tried his luck with a curling long range shot which went just over. Two minutes later Peterhead’s on-loan left winger Scott Adams tried a cross effort which cleared the bar by several inches. This was a good period for the Jags, but in the 21st minute a lapse in concentration allowed Barbour to sneak through the inside left channel. He couldn’t believe his luck but he ran on to volley over the top.

Both sides were looking to be creative and next up was Andy Low getting behind Broch defenders but finishing weakly. Low tried a rising free-kick which was easily saved by Joe Barbour, chosen in preference to Scott Cowe. In between, Ryan Cowie’s floated high cross from the left clipped the crossbar. The last chance of the half came to Barbour racing through and firing high at Burr who saved.

Willie West glanced a header wide from a Ryan Cowie free-kick in 54 minutes but the Green and White faithful were jumping for joy following the equaliser just after the hour mark. Low latched on to a ball 25 yards out and a deflection off Bryan Hay ensured it flew with a spin into the net.

Three minutes later, the score was 1-2. Russell McBride brought down Andrzej Kleczkowski in the box and referee Ryan Milne had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Shaun Carrol stepped up to place the ball to keeper Barbour’s right.

Six minutes later it was 2-2. Scott Barbour again caused panic and his cross from the left was only half-cleared to Johnston who angled his low shot expertly into Burr’s right corner. West then played in Johnston and despite a hesitant defence the No 10 failed to complete his hat-trick.

With four minutes left, Fraserburgh took the lead. Barbour again fired the ball over, Johnston turned his man in the box and when the ball brole loose, Bruce fired high into the roof of the net.
 
That was to be the winner but Johnston almost made it 4-2 while, off balance in front of the Jags dugout and with keeper Burr returning from an injury-time set-piece, he fired just wide.

Just before the full-time whistle Lewis MacKinnon, who entered the fray as a second-half substitute for the injured Chris Hegarty, was sent-off for an over-zealous challenge on West.

League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 12 34 WWWWW
2 Fraserburgh 13 32 WWWWW
3 Inverurie Locos 14 28 LDWWW
4 Brora Rangers 12 28 WWWWW
5 Buckie Thistle 13 25 WWWLL
6 Formartine United 13 25 LWWLW
7 Turriff United 12 20 WWLLW
8 Rothes 12 19 WLLWL
9 Huntly 12 19 WLDWL
10 Nairn County 11 19 WLWLL
11 Forres Mechanics 13 18 WWDLW
12 Deveronvale 13 16 WWLLW
13 Wick Academy 12 15 WWWLW
14 Clachnacuddin 12 15 LLLDW
15 Lossiemouth 13 5 LLLDL
16 Keith 12 4 LLLDL
17 Strathspey Thistle 14 3 LLLLL
18 Fort William 13 1 LLLLL

Recent Results

18-10-2017 20:00 - SHFL Week 13
Deveronvale 4 : 0 Strathspey Thistle
Rothes 3 : 4 Formartine United
Cove Rangers 7 : 1 Buckie Thistle
14-10-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 12
Wick Academy 3 : 0 Strathspey Thistle
Fort William 1 : 4 Inverurie Locos
14-10-2017 15:00 - Scottish Cup Second Round
Formartine United 4 : 0 East Stirling
Deveronvale 0 : 2 Glenafton Athletic
Edinburgh University 0 : 2 Fraserburgh
Civil Service Strollers 0 : 5 Brora Rangers
Keith 0 : 3 Clyde
Buckie Thistle 6 : 2 BSC Glasgow
Nairn County 1 : 2 Cove Rangers
Spartans 5 : 0 Clachnacuddin
07-10-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 11
Strathspey Thistle 1 : 2 Turriff United
Wick Academy 2 : 3 Brora Rangers
Fraserburgh 7 : 3 Deveronvale
Inverurie Locos 3 : 0 Buckie Thistle
Keith 0 : 3 Rothes

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