Ten man Broch spot on to reach Shire Final
The Broch battled the conditions and the odds to claim a place in next month’s Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup Final against Formartine United. A tense first half erupted into life just before the break when Michael Rae was red carded for an apparent stamp on Kevin Fraser. Despite the numerical disadvantage the visitors took the lead early in the second half through an own goal and looked set to win the tie in normal time until Kieran Simpson’s unfortunate intervention deep into stoppage time. The tie was then decided by the taking of penalty kicks with both sides having chances to win it before the Broch triumphed.
The Broch made one change to the team that defeated Turriff United with Jamie Beagrie coming into the centre of defence to replace Arnadas Cepulis with William West taking up an unfamiliar position at left back. Ryan Cowie returned from injury to take a place on the bench.
The home side had the first chance of the game on 3 minutes when Sam Urquhart cut inside from the left wing and fired in a shot which Paul Leask did well to tip round the post. The Broch responded on 6 minutes when a corner from the right was half cleared to Jamie Beagrie who chipped the ball back but Sean Butcher headed wide.
Ten minutes later and the same player had another chance when Scott Barbour whipped in a cross from the left but once again the Broch striker headed wide. On 24 minutes the Broch came close when the ball broke to Scott Barbour 25 yards out and his raking drive was deflected just over the crossbar with the Buckie keeper stranded.
A minute later and Greg Buchan connected well at the edge of the box but Daniel Bell did brilliantly to deny the Broch midfielder. The visitors continued to push for the opener and Greg Buchan’s free kick on 33 minutes broke kindly for Scott Barbour but his shot on the turn produced another good save by the home keeper.
Five minutes later Sam Robertson tried his luck with a speculative shot from 20 yards but Paul Leask made a comfortable save. The home side came close on 43 minutes when a corner broke to Shaun Carroll at the back post but his low shot was cleared off the line by Michael Rae. Just before the break the Broch midfielder was shown the red card for an apparent stamp on Kevin Fraser although it looked a rather harsh decision.
Half Time: Buckie Thistle 0 Fraserburgh 0
The Broch reshuffled at the break with Ryan Cowie replacing Greg Buchan and taking up his normal position at left back with William West moving into the centre of defence and Jamie Beagrie pushing forward to take Michael Rae’s position in centre of midfield.
Despite being down to ten men the visitors continued to make the running and Sean Butcher was unlucky to see his curling shot from Paul Campbell’s lay off drift just wide of goal on 51 minutes. A minute later there was joy amongst the Broch ranks when Paul Campbell won a free kick on the right which Ryan Cowie fired in and the ball flew into the net off Shaun Wood under pressure from Paul Campbell.
Buckie were straight on the attack and Joseph McCabe had a shot from distance which saw Paul Leask pull off a good save. On 70 minutes the Broch keeper did well to thwart Sam Robertson with his feet after a cross went right through the six yard box and the Buckie striker fired in a low drive at the back post.
Four minutes later Ryan Cowie released Scott Barbour on the left and he drove past his marker before firing in a shot which Daniel Bell did well to save. Another break by the Broch two minutes later saw Sean Butcher find Scott Barbour on the left and his centre was side footed wide by the aforementioned Butcher.
Buckie came close in the 90th minute to an equaliser when Kieran Adams headed wide from a good position. Deep in stoppage time the home side cruelly snatched a leveler when a cross into the Broch penalty area was headed into his own net by Kieran Simpson as he tried to clear the ball.
Full Time: Buckie Thistle 1 Fraserburgh 1
Paul Campbell and Shaun Carroll traded penalties at the start of the spot kick decider before Owen cairns gave the Broch the advantage netting whilst Scott Graham missed. William West then hammered his spot kick against the bar and Joseph McCabe levelled things up again. Kieran Simpson then overcame his disappointment to coolly slot home and Scott Adams saw his kick saved to give the Broch the advantage again. Paul Young had a chance to win it but smashed his kick against the crossbar and Andrew MacAskill made sure it was level again after five kicks each. Scott Barbour and Luke Barbour netted the visitors next two kicks but Lewis MacKinnon and Declan Milne did likewise for Buckie. Paul Leask then skied his kick well over but redeemed himself by saving Kevin Fraser’s tame kick. Jamie Beagrie slotted home his kick before Kieran Adams launched his into the evening sky to send the Broch faithful into raptures.
Fraserburgh won 6-5 on penalties
Buckie Thistle: Daniel Bell, Shaun Wood (Declan Milne 68), Shaun Carroll, Lewis MacKinnon, Kieran Adams, Sam Urquhart (Scott Graham 57), Kevin Fraser, Joseph McCabe, Callum Murray (Scott Adams 57), Andrew MacAskill, Sam Robertson.
Subs not used: Craig Cowie, Hamish Munro, Mark McLauchlan, Lee Herbert.
Goalscorer: Kieran Simpson (own goal 90).
Match Officials: Referee: Dan McFarlane, Assistant Referees: Chris Phillips & Ally Bruce.
Locos run out of steam in cup exit at Broch
The Broch saw off the challenge of Inverurie Locos in atrocious conditions at Bellslea Park to progress to the semi-finals of the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup where they will meet Buckie Thistle at Victoria Park on Wednesday 4th September. An early goal by Paul Campbell set them on their way and whilst they had a couple of scares along the way Sean Butcher’s goal a minute after coming on as a second half substitute settled the nerves and made for a comfortable last 15 minutes.
Once again Mark Cowie shuffled his pack after Saturday’s exertions at Buckie with Lewis Davidson, Greg Buchan and Luke Barbour stepping up from the bench to replace Aidan Combe, Sean Butcher and Owen Cairns in the starting line-up. There was also a recall for Michael Rae after the birth of his daughter last week at the expense of Jamie Beagrie who was back offshore.
As with the game on Saturday the Broch got off to the perfect start when good interchange on the right ended with Lewis Davidson’s cross into the penalty area being met by Paul Campbell to head the home side into the lead on 3 minutes.
Two minutes later Lewis Davidson, Scott Barbour and Luke Barbour combined to play in the former but as he raced into the box the ball sped away from him into the grateful arms of Andrew Reid.
Scott Barbour had a chance on 19 minutes when a long ball forward by Paul Leask was missed by the Locos defence but the Broch’s top scorer couldn’t connect properly and it resulted in an easy save for the visitor’s keeper.
On 27 minutes a short corner on the left by Greg Buchan to Scott Barbour resulted in a dangerous cross which Andrew Reid did well to punch clear under severe pressure.
Locos forwards were finding it difficult to get any change out of William West and Kieran Simpson at the heart of the Broch defence as they looked for a way back into the game.
Three minutes before the break Lewis Davidson’s throw-in found Scott Barbour at the corner of the 18 yard box and he turned his marker before firing in a shot which crept wide of Andrew Reid’s left hand post.
Half Time: Fraserburgh 1 Inverurie Loco Works 0
The visitors thought they had equalised two minutes into the second half when a corner from the right was met by Andrew Hunter’s head but Paul Young was on hand to clear off the line with Locos players convinced it had crossed with the match officials waving play on.
On 62 minutes neat build up between Ryan Cowie and Luke Barbour released Greg Buchan down the left and his cross came off the crossbar with no one in black and white close enough to profit from the rebound.
Locos were pushing for the equaliser and in the 68th minute Neil Gauld flicked the ball onto Jonathan Smith inside the penalty area but he could only head straight at Paul Leask from 10 yards.
The Broch made a double change on 71 minutes with Aidan Combe & Sean Butcher replacing Luke Barbour & Greg Buchan and the move paid immediate dividends when Scott Barbour flicked the ball back to Paul Young 20 yards out and his skidding shot was parried by Andrew Reid straight into the path of Sean Butcher who gleefully swept home the rebound from close range.
Three minutes later Paul Young played a pass out to Scott Barbour who found Paul Campbell in space but his goal bound shot was tipped away by the Locos custodian at the expense of a fruitless corner. Michael Rae then stung the hands of Andrew Reid from 25 yards as the Broch looked to make the game safe.
Locos weren’t giving up the ghost though and on 82 minutes Eric Watson played the ball into the six yard area which resulted in Paul Leask going down under a challenge with Neil Gauld then hooking the loose ball over the crossbar.
The visitors had one last chance when Jonathan Smith’s ball into the box just evaded Neil Gauld as he stretched to make contact and Paul Leask gratefully flopped on the ball.
Full Time: Fraserburgh 2 Inverurie Loco Works 0
Inverurie Loco Works: Andrew Reid, Thomas Reid (Jonathan Smith 62), Mark Souter, Sam Burnett, Eric Watson, Ryan Broadhurst, Calum Dingwall, Jamie Michie, Neil Gauld, Andrew Hunter, Ryan Stott.
Subs not used: Greg Mitchell, Kyle Gordon, Jordan Cooper, Craig Gill, Morgan Cook.
Match Officials: Referee: Graham Beaton, Assistant Referees: Chris Phillips & Owen Lawrence.
Results Wednesday 21st August 2019
Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup
Aberdeen 6-1 Banks O’Dee
(match played at Spain Park, Aberdeen)
Buckie Thistle 5-1 Turriff United
Fraserburgh 2-0 Inverurie Loco Works
Huntly 1-2 Formartine United
Pat Munro North of Scotland Cup
Brora Rangers 6-0 Wick Academy
Clachnacuddin 2-1 Ross County
Rothes 1-5 Fort William
Debut v Buckie Thistle 12/04/2017. Ryan has been promoted to the first team squad after a number of impressive performances in the U20s. He is one of the fastest players at the club and has quick feet and good crossing ability. He notched his first competitive goal for the club in the 10-0 win at Fort William two seasons ago and has added two more since.
Debut v Gala Fairydean Rovers 24/09/2016. Former Huntly, Keith, Turriff United and Deveronvale player Gary joined the club during the 2016/17 season in a deal that saw Grant Noble go in the opposite direction. He has been a regular scorer in the Highland League over the years and has given the Broch a different type of option up front. He is good in the air, strong on the ball and his experience will rub off on the younger strikers at the club. He is currently on his way back from a long term injury.
Debut v Wick Academy 29/07/2017. Lewis joined from Turriff United at the start of the 2017/8 season having signed a pre contract with the club at the same time as Paul Young. A former Aberdeeen and Peterhead youth player he can play in a variety of positions on the right side and has added both defensive and attacking abilities to the team giving Mark Cowie more options on the flanks.