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Tue 2nd Feb - Inverurie Locos 3 Fraserburgh 3 - Broch won 4-3 on pens

Broch struck late to force penalties and club legend Willie West scored the winning penalty to send the visitors berserk.

Mark Cowie admitted that it could be one of the best games in his short managerial career so far describing it as “brilliant for the neutrals”. Mark was obviously delighted and never felt like his side were going to be beaten.

Fraserburgh opened the scoring mid-way through the first half through West, but the goal was cancelled out seconds into the second half through a lovely low drive from John Maitland.

Locos took the lead minutes after when Andy Hunter tapped in from close range. Midway through the second half, Ryan Cowie did the unthinkable and scored directly from a corner which forced the game into extra time.

Ryan Christie and Stephen Jeffrey were then ordered off minutes before half time in extra time because of a little pushing and shoving, with Hunter finding the top corner from the resulting free kick to put Locos in front.

In the last minute of extra time Graham Johnston’s 40 yard free kick was driven in low, rebounded off Maitland and into his own net to force penalties. One Barbour save and one complete miss from Selfridge was enough to put the Broch in the Aberdeenshire Shield Semi-final.

The opening stages were very cagey with neither side creating many chances despite the visitors being slightly on top.

The deadlock was broken midway through the first half when Dean Cowie’s corner met the head of West who headed goal bound and it had just enough on it to squeeze over the goal line.

Inverurie came roaring out of the blocks for the second half and soon equalised after Hunter played the ball through to Maitland, who took a touch to control and fired low under Barbour from the edge of the box.

It didn’t take long for the home side to edge in front as Jeffrey got a flick on a Neil Mclean corner and it landed right at Hunter’s feet, who tapped it in from close range to put Locos ahead for the first time in the match.

Neither side created much after the goal until the Broch equalised midway through the second half when Ryan Cowie beat Kieran McCafferty at his near post directly from a corner to send the game into extra time.

On the brink of half time of extra time lots of pushing and shoving occurred after a free kick was given to Locos, which resulted in both Ryan Christie of Fraserburgh and Stephen Jeffrey of Inverurie being ordered off by referee Scott Leslie. From the resulting free kick Hunter found the top corner from 20 yards to give the home side the advantage in extra time.

Broch equalised in the 120th minute after Johnston’s driven free kick from 45 yards took a massive deflection off of Locos forward Maitland, wrong-footed the keeper and trickled in for the equaliser to send the tie to penalties.

The first three pens were scored convincingly, with the fourth from substitute Paul Campbell just making it into the net after McCafferty got a strong hand behind it but not enough to stop it from hitting the wood work and find the net.

Barbour then saved to his left to deny Ryan Keir and give the visitors the advantage, but they couldn’t capitalise on it as Courtney Cooper then fired over the bar. Both Mclean and Hay finished calmly, then Michael Selfridge stepped up to take Loco’s fifth pen but fired horribly over, giving West the opportunity to win it and he did so, firing into the top right corner to send Fraserburgh through to the final.

League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 22 62 WWWWW
2 Fraserburgh 24 55 WDWWD
3 Inverurie Locos 24 51 WLWDW
4 Formartine United 24 49 WWWLW
5 Forres Mechanics 23 45 WWWLW
6 Buckie Thistle 25 43 LDWLD
7 Brora Rangers 20 41 WWLDL
8 Huntly 25 39 LLLLD
9 Rothes 24 37 DLLWW
10 Nairn County 22 35 LWDWW
11 Deveronvale 24 32 DLWLL
12 Clachnacuddin 25 30 LWDDL
13 Wick Academy 20 27 DWWWD
14 Turriff United 22 24 LLLLL
15 Lossiemouth 26 14 WLLWL
16 Keith 26 11 LLLLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 23 7 LLDWL
18 Fort William 21 2 LLLLD

Recent Results

17-02-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 29
Wick Academy 1 : 1 Huntly
Fraserburgh 2 : 2 Buckie Thistle
Inverurie Locos 3 : 0 Clachnacuddin
Keith 0 : 5 Cove Rangers
Lossiemouth 4 : 6 Rothes
Formartine United 3 : 2 Brora Rangers
Nairn County 1 : 0 Strathspey Thistle
Forres Mechanics 3 : 0 Deveronvale
10-02-2018 15:00 - Scottish Cup Fifth Round
Kilmarnock 4 : 0 Brora Rangers
Cove Rangers 1 : 3 Falkirk
10-02-2018 15:00 - Breedon Highland League Cup First Round
Buckie Thistle 0 : 3 Keith
Fraserburgh 9 : 0 Fort William
Nairn County 3 : 2 Lossiemouth
10-02-2018 14:00 - Breedon Highland League Cup First Round
Formartine United 5 : 1 Clachnacuddin
03-02-2018 15:00 - Breedon Highland League Cup Prelim Round
Brora Rangers 4 : 1 Inverurie Locos
03-02-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 28
Fort William 1 : 1 Clachnacuddin
Huntly 2 : 3 Nairn County
Rothes 3 : 2 Keith

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