Three first-half goals put Fraserburgh in firm command against Inverurie Loco Works in their final Bellslea game of the season, before the Broch clinched a result that puts them above Forres Mechanics into seventh place.
The game was only five minutes old when Broch took the lead, as Scott Barbour crossed into the box from the left flank, finding Courtney Cooper, and he found the net from 10 yards.
Fraserburgh doubled their advantage on 19 minutes, and again Barbour was the architect. Last year’s Young Player of the Year drifted into the box before firing into the six yard area, with Willie West on hand to fire into the net.
The Broch were 3-0 up within just 26 minutes, after Graham Johnston’s free-kick found the head of Courtney Cooper, who steered the ball into the net from close-range for his second of the evening.
Locos twice had the ball in the net but were pulled back for offside, before the Garioch side gave themselves a lifeline at a cold Bellslea just before the half-time whistle. Nicky Gordon played the ball in, and Kieron Adams was on hand to smash the ball in powerfully off the underside of the crossbar.
The visitors rang the changes early in the second-half, with Andy Bagshaw and John Maitland both being introduced into action. Gordon headed the ball home moments later, but for the third time in the match Locos were the victims of a disallowed goal.
Maitland fired the ball wide soon after coming on, before the Broch were awarded a penalty midway through the second-half. Cooper stepped up looking to secure his hat-trick, but Inverurie stopper Andy Reid was equal to his effort to keep the score at 3-1.
Full-time: Fraserburgh 3-1 Inverurie Loco Works
With the rain falling heavily before kick off it was a slick surface that encouraged both teams to try and play passing football. Deveronvale had the best of the chances during the opening quarter of the match.
Graeme Rodger had the first chance of note but he fired wide from 12 yards then a Colin Charlesworth cross from the right was drilled onto the head of Craig Cowie who was unable to adjust his head in time to control the header and subsequently it flew over the bar.
Colin Charlesworth then clipped the top of the bar from 25 yards while at the other end Cammy Keith became a growing influence. He was denied by Tom Hutchison after a 35 yard driving run from the halfway line into the penalty area then twice he had headers that flew less than a foot wide of Darren McConnachie’s right hand post.
The first half was to end in controversy though as Andrew Smith was shown a red card following an alleged elbow on Graeme Rodger as the two men were on the deck after a foul by the Vale man.
There was little change in the flow of the game after the break but it was the lack of numbers was to cost Keith in the 65th as they were caught shorthanded at the back when on the attack. The ball came in from the right and when Martin Charlesworth’s effort was blocked Kris Duncan fired home from 10 yards.
The numbers game was evened up when Kyle Rae picked up two yellow cards in the space of fifteen minutes and the scores were evened up as Cammy Keith scored another goal from the penalty spot. Darren McConnachie came out rashly and flattened Andrew Anderson in the box as the striker knocked the ball past him. Keith hit it to the keeper’s right.
Both sides probed for a winner but it was not to come with the best chance of the closing stages seeing Stuart Walker mark a brief substitutes appearance with a little jink into the box and a low shot that Darren McConnachie kneed away.
Full Time: Keith 1 Deveronvale 1
Reporter: Steven Rattray