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With all the hallmarks of an end of season tie, Inverurie and Fraserburgh shared the spoils in a low-key match at Harlaw Park.

The Broch landed the first blow by breaking the deadlock with barely four minutes played.

Steven Davidson did well to find space inside the Locos box as he watched a long cross from the left flank float in, then aimed his free header with precision to place the ball into the far bottom corner, rooting Eroll Watson to the spot.

In a half low in action, Fraserburgh should have at least doubled their lead as Grant Noble placed a low through-ball into the Locos box for Courtney Cooper to run on to.

Watching the play, Watson rushed off his line to close off the angles, making himself as big as possible to smother the shot and save the Locos from falling further behind.

As the half draw to a close, Inverurie could have tied the game as Neil McLean whipped a free-kick from the left flank deep into the box, only for Daniel Crisp's header to skim off the top of the crossbar.

As the second half began with the majority of play contained in the middle of the pitch, Inverurie were rewarded for a rare trip into the Broch box with a penalty.

Colin Charlesworth did well to fight for possession with Ryan Cowie, with the defender eventually tripping the Locos man as he cut across him.

Andy Hunter took on the duties, calmly converting the spot-kick by sending Joe Barbour the wrong way and placing the ball in the bottom right corner.

Fraserburgh saw their final chance come and go as their substitutes combined through a corner from Aiden Combe that found its way through to Ryan Christie, whose weak shot was blocked by the Locos defence.

That turned possession over to Inverurie who raced up the pitch through Hunter, who switched the ball over to Joe McCabe on the right flank.

McCabe provided a low cross, only for Martin Bavidge to slice his shot well over the crossbar with what turned out to be the final kick of the game.

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