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Deveronvale 0 Buckie Thistle 4

The song Falling To Pieces by David Guetta was played pre-match which pretty much summed up Deveronvale’s display as they were crushed 4-0 by their local rivals Buckie Thistle on a cold Wednesday night.

There was an impressive turnout for this exciting Banffshire Derby. However Vale were missing many key players such as Liam Forbes and John Urquhart. Early on in this encounter, both sides battled for every ball showing the physical side of this match. The first clear cut chance went to Scott Adams who struck a high set-piece goalwards with Darren McConnachie managing to save it well.

Two minutes later the Jags broke the deadlock in style when from the edge of the box, Drew Copeland delightfully chipped the ball right over the keeper’s head. At the other end Martin Charlesworth sent an inviting ball into the box with Alan Quill just failing to get the final touch onto it.

The visitors punished the home side again in the 35th minute for their dreadful defending with Scott Adams cutting inside too easily to curl the ball into the bottom left corner to double their lead despite McConnachie’s attempt to keep it out.

It became even worse for the Vale with Kyle Gauld whipping in a dangerous cross which unchallenged Adams raised highest to head the ball into the net. With the break coming closer Graeme Rodger saw a far out effort clipped the frame of the goal which was the only threatening shot recorded by the hosts.

In the 65th minute, Adams’ curled his free-kick to the back post with striker Andrzej Kleczkowski powering a header home to inflict more pain on their rivals. Rodgers came close in giving them a goal to cheer about but his shot was saved. Soon after Zander Jack let fly with blitzing strike which Andy Burr tipped behind.

At the death sub Stephen Gauld sprinted down the wing and perfectly set up Kyle Gauld whose goal bound effort went wide. The final whistle blew with Buckie getting bragging rights over their neighbours as they torn them to pieces in a tremendous victory. Meanwhile the Vale gave an appalling show and cried for more help in the search for a new manager which they desperately need.

Reporter: Sean McAngus

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