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Saturday 26th November - Buckie Th 3 Dunfermline 5

A pulsating eight-goal thriller of a Scottish Cup tie at Victoria Park ended with Dunfermline taking their place in the Fourth Round, but it was Highland League Buckie Thistle who took all the plaudits for their heroic display.  

Pars boss Allan Johnston was pleased to be in the hat for the next round: 

"We knew it was going to be a tough game and the most important thing in these games is to get into the next round and we've managed that. We definitely need to improve because we made it really difficult for ourselves. 

It must have been a great game for the fans to watch and credit to Buckie, I thought they had some really good players. McLeod has scored a lot of goals and Fraser in the middle of the park is a very talented player. They caused us problems but when you score five goals you should win the game comfortably. 
 
All the goals we lost today were poor, I thought we had cut that out of our game, but we certainly need to defend better to give ourselves a chance of winning games." 

Buckie manager Graeme Stewart was proud of his player's efforts: 

"I think we were a bit unlucky not to get the draw, with the amount of effort we put in a draw would have been a fair result.  

I'm delighted with the performance, I just said to the boys that if they didn't think they were a good team before the game, after that performance they must believe it now. 

As long as there was only two goals in it I thought we had a chance and when we did get the third goal I thought there was only one team who looked like scoring at the end. I'm not bothered about the fifth goal as we piled everyone forward and got caught on the break. 

I thought Kevin Fraser and Chris Angus were outstanding and showed that they could probably play at this level."    

Dunfermline opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Michael Paton's corner was headed goalwards and unfortunately turned into his own net from close range by Hamish Munro. 

Buckie responded brilliantly and equalised within 30 seconds, Cieran McLean bulldozing his way through the visiting defence to set up John McLeod to sweep the ball home from 12 yards. 

It was a pulsating cup tie and the visitors were soon back in front in the 16th minute when Michael Moffat went clean through and was tripped in the penalty area by Ross Salmon. Michael Paton confidently slotted the penalty into the bottom right corner. 

In the 34th minute a superb 60-yard pass from Mackinnon put Angus through on goal and his effort was well saved by Murdoch, but within a minute the Jags number ten made amends with an excellent finish low into the far corner from 12 yards to draw the Jags level. 

Salmon produced a superb save two minutes before the break to keep Buckie level after Nicky Clark controlled well and spun to strike at goal from eight yards. 

Kallum Higginbotham came on for Paton at half time for Dunfermline and twelve minutes into the second period he put The Pars back in front. Moffat got in behind the home defence again and pulled the ball back to Higginbotham, who drove the ball low home via the hand of Salmon. 
 
Two minutes later it was four after a brilliant individual goal by the ever dangerous Paul McMullan. The diminutive winger waltzed past three defenders and dinked the ball past Salmon from eight yards. 
 
Buckie weren't done yet and were back in it after 67 minutes, Kevin Fraser doing well to set up McLeod, his effort was saved by Murdoch before spinning onto the head of Angus to nod in from right on the goal line. 
 
A late free kick from Munro caused panic in the visiting defence before finally being cleared to safety, then Dunfermline sealed the win with a fifth goal at the death, Moffat racing clear and unselfishly setting up McMullan for an easy finish. 

League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 17 47 WDWWW
2 Inverurie Locos 21 44 WWWWL
3 Fraserburgh 18 41 LWWWL
4 Brora Rangers 17 40 LWWWW
5 Huntly 20 38 DWLWW
6 Forres Mechanics 19 36 WWWWW
7 Formartine United 18 34 WLWLW
8 Buckie Thistle 18 32 WLWDL
9 Rothes 19 30 LDWWL
10 Deveronvale 19 28 WWWWL
11 Clachnacuddin 20 25 LWDWW
12 Nairn County 18 25 LLLWL
13 Turriff United 19 24 LLLLL
14 Wick Academy 15 16 LWLLD
15 Keith 20 11 WDLWL
16 Lossiemouth 20 8 LLLLW
17 Strathspey Thistle 19 3 LLLLL
18 Fort William 17 1 LLLLL

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09-12-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 20
Forres Mechanics 3 : 1 Rothes
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Huntly 2 : 6 Formartine United
Keith 2 : 3 Banks O' Dee
06-12-2017 20:00 - MM Aberdeenshire Shield Round 2
Turriff United 3 : 0 Fraserburgh
Deveronvale 3 : 0 Buckie Thistle
02-12-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 19
Deveronvale 0 : 5 Formartine United
Forres Mechanics 5 : 0 Keith
Huntly 5 : 1 Strathspey Thistle
Cove Rangers 4 : 0 Inverurie Locos
Lossiemouth 3 : 0 Turriff United
Clachnacuddin 3 : 0 Nairn County
Brora Rangers 16 : 0 Fort William
25-11-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 18
Fraserburgh 1 : 2 Keith
Nairn County 4 : 1 Buckie Thistle
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Spartans 1 : 2 Fraserburgh
Airdrieonians 2 : 3 Cove Rangers
Buckie Thistle 2 : 3 Brechin City
Formartine United 1 : 0 Forfar Athletic

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Next Fixtures

16-12-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 21
Brora Rangers - : - Fraserburgh
Lossiemouth - : - Nairn County
Buckie Thistle - : - Keith
Strathspey Thistle - : - Fort William
Clachnacuddin - : - Formartine United
Turriff United - : - Wick Academy
Cove Rangers - : - Forres Mechanics
Deveronvale - : - Rothes
Huntly - : - Inverurie Locos

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