Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup Quarter Final, Fraserburgh v Inverurie Loco Works, Wednesday 17th August 2022
The Broch had an early chance to take the lead when Jordan Guild curled in a dangerous cross which Aidan Combe managed to steer a header just wide. On three minutes Scott Barbour, Sean Butcher and Combe all combined to set up a chance for Ryan Sargent who saw his net-bound shot well saved by Andy Reid. A corner from the left a minute later by Barbour was met by the head of Butcher but once again Reid was on hand to save the striker’s effort.
At the other end Robert Ward managed to get clear of the home defence but Joe Barbour was well positioned to block the Locos player’s shot. Guild then tried his luck from 20 yards which the visitor’s keeper Reid did well to hold. Sargent then crossed for Barbour who turned well to get a shot away which went just wide of the target. Midway through the half Bryan Hay found William West on the left, he cut inside and passed to Sargent whose shot was saved by Reid.
The Locos keeper then pulled off another decent save when Butcher got on the end of a Ross Aitken cross. As so often happens the team doing the pressing got caught on the break when a Kieran Simpson back-pass got away from Barbour and Taylor Thain knocked the ball inside to Ward who tapped the ball into an empty net. Just before the break The Broch came within a post width of an equaliser when Simpson got on the end of a Barbour corner but his shot smacked off the upright and was cleared to safety.
Half Time: Fraserburgh 0 Inverurie Loco Works 1
The second half was only 6 minutes old when the Broch levelled. Combe found Sargent inside the box and although his shot was blocked the rebound fell to Barbour who managed to divert the ball into the net. The Broch striker then saw a good shot on the turn well saved after Guild had picked him out with a defence splitting pass.
West the crossed for Combe and his goal bound effort was palmed away by the impressive Reid in the Locos goal. Garry Wood tried his luck with a speculative effort 13 minutes from time which went wide of Barbour’s goal. The Broch had one final chance as the game entered the final five minutes when Barbour and Butcher combined to set up Paul Campbell but his shot flew across the face of goal and just wide of the far post.
Full Time: Fraserburgh 1 Inverurie Loco Works 1
Both side scored their first penalty in the shootout before Locos gained the advantage after Kieran Simpson’s spot kick was saved. Joe Barbour evened things up with a great save from Ward’s penalty and Bryan Hay ensured it would go to sudden death after scoring the Broch’s fifth penalty. Both team then scored their next six penalties including both keepers. Joe Barbour produced more heroics to deny Thain but Scott Barbour fired the Broch’s next one over the crossbar. Dingwall did the same with Locos thirteenth penalty and it was left to Simpson to hammer home and send the Broch through to an away semi-final tie at Turriff United who beat Aberdeen University 10-0.
Penalty Shootout: Fraserburgh 11 Inverurie Loco Works 10
Fraserburgh: Joe Barbour, Ross Aitken, William West, Bryan Hay, Kieran Simpson, Paul Young, Jordan Guild, Aidan Combe (Connor Wood 72), Ryan Sargent (Paul Campbell 72), Sean Butcher, Scott Barbour.
Sub not used: Lewis Davidson, Ryan Cowie, Logan Watt, Zane Laird, Sam Inglis.
Goalscorer: Scott Barbour (51).
Inverurie Loco Works: Andrew Reid, Thomas Reid, Greg Mitchell, Calum Dingwall, Mark Souter, Logan Johnstone, Robert Ward, Garry Wood (Jamie Michie 86), Jay Halliday, Taylor Thain, Nathan Meres (Fergus Alberts 86).
Sub not used: Matthew Petermann, Lloyd Robertson, John Farquhar.
Goalscorer: Robert Ward (37).
Match Officials – Referee: Filippo Mazzoni, Assistant Referees: Graeme Smith & Brian Fowlie.
Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup, Fraserburgh v Banks O’Dee, Wednesday 27th July 2022
The last two winners of the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup faced off at Bellslea Park with the home side looking for revenge against last season’s winners who had beat them 2-1 in this competition at the same venue just under a year ago. Neither side got into any rhythm early on with chances at a premium in the first 20 minutes.
The first chance of note came on 23 minutes when Zane Laird latched onto a through ball from Jamie Beagrie, however the impressive Ross Salmon came out smartly to block the Broch striker’s shot. A couple of minutes later Ross Aitken found Ryan Sargent with a pin point pass, but once again the ‘Dee defence stood strong and thwarted any danger.
The visitors were finding it touch to carve out any real chances and their first shot in anger saw Alasdair Stark fire in a drive from 30 yards just after the half hour mark which went sailing high over the crossbar. A few minutes later Mark Gilmour found space on the right and whipped in a dangerous cross which Robert Armstrong just failed to get on the end of.
The Broch finally made their possession and territorial advantage count minutes before the break when Willie West played a perfect ball into space behind the ‘Dee defence and Sargent ran onto it before calmly dispatching the ball behind Salmon into the net to give the hosts a 1-0 lead at the interval.
Half Time: Fraserburgh 1 Banks O’Dee 0
The home side thought they had doubled their lead on 54 minutes when Aidan Combe’s free kick from the left was floated into the penalty area Kieran Simpson managed to get a flick onto the ball to Bryan Hay at the back post who prodded the ball home, only for the far side assistant referee to raise his flag for offside against the Broch centre half.
Four minutes later Sargent’s corner from the left was cleared to the edge of the box where Jordan Guild met it on the half volley, once again a ‘Dee defender was in the right place to block the effort. Both sides then made a number of substitutions in an effort to freshen things up as the match headed for a nervy finish.
Two of the Broch’s changes combined to set up a chance on 83 minutes when Logan Watt found Scott Barbour inside the visitors penalty area and the Highland League’s top scorer from last season swivelled and got a shot off which Salmon did well to beat away. At the other end Magnus Watson saw his free kick blocked as time started to run out for the holders. Sean Butcher was yellow carded right at the end for a collision with Salmon in the ‘Dee goal, but the home side held on comfortably to progress to the next round with another home tie against Inverurie Loco Works.
Full Time: Fraserburgh 1 Banks O’Dee 0
Fraserburgh: Paul Leask, Ross Aitken, William West, Bryan Hay, Kieran Simpson, Paul Young, Jamie Beagrie (Logan Watt 88), Jordan Guild (Sean Butcher 70), Aidan Combe, Ryan Sargent, Zane Laird (Scott Barbour 70).
Sub not used: Jamie Maclellan, Connor Grant, Joe Barbour.
Goalscorer: Ryan Sargent (40).
Banks O’Dee: Ross Salmon, Alasdair Stark, Neale Allan, Darryn Kelly, Matthew Robertson (Kacper Lewecki 50), Marc Young, Hamish Macleod (Magnus Watson 60), Kane Winton, Jack Henderson (Neil Gauld 70), Mark Gilmour, Robert Armstrong.
Sub not used: Matthew Wallace.
Match Officials – Referee: Duncan Nicolson, Assistant Referees: Lewis Brown & Craig Veitch.