Broch dumped out of Cup by late sucker punch
The Broch suffered late heartbreak in the Scottish Cup after putting Bonnyrigg Rose under the cosh for most of the second half only to be hit with a sucker punch in the last minute which ended their exploits in the National competition early this season.
The home side made one change from last week at Nairn with fit again Ryan Cowie returning to the starting line up at the expense of Greg Buchan who dropped to the bench. Bryan Hay was suspended for the tie after his sending off last season and Lewis Davidson was away on work commitments.
The first chance fell to the Broch on 7 minutes when Paul Campbell controlled a loose ball before finding Scott Barbour on the left, he drove into the box and fired in a shot which saw Mark Weir pull off a great save. Two minutes later a cross by Lee Currie to the back post picked out George Hunter but he couldn’t direct his shot on the stretch on target.
Midway through the half Jonathan Brown cut in from the left wing and fired in a shot which went just past Paul Leask’s near post. On 31 minutes a long ball forward caused panic in the Broch defence but George Hunter shot tamely straight at Paul Leask under pressure from Kieran Simpson.
Half Time: Fraserburgh 0 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 0
The home side came out firing after the break with the wind at their backs and Paul Campbell latched onto a loose ball 30 yards out before rifling in a shot which Mark Weir managed to tip over the crossbar. A minute later a corner from the right by Ryan Cowie put the visitors keeper under pressure and he did well to touch the ball onto the crossbar and over.
On 51 minutes Owen Cairns burst through the Bonnyrigg defence but as he raced into the penalty area the return ball from Scott Barbour ran kindly for Mark Weir who flopped on top of it before the Broch full-back could get a touch. Just after the hour Paul Young and Owen Cairns combined to create some space for the home midfielder who then played a one-two with Scott Barbour but his effort ended up going just wide.
A long ball forward on 65 minutes found Scott Barbour behind the Bonnyrigg defence but as he centred to Paul Campbell, Mark Weir was out quickly to deny the Broch striker with another crucial save. Three minutes later a Ryan Cowie free kick was headed wide by Paul Young as the home side pushed for the opener.
The Black and Whites came close on 70 minutes when Scott Barbour picked the ball up on the left and pulled his cross back to Paul Young who laid it off top Michael Rae but once again the Bonnyrigg keeper was equal to the task with an unorthodox punch save. Two minutes later Owen Cairns picked out Scott Barbour with a diagonal pass on the left and the Broch striker drove past a visiting defender before firing in a cross which went agonizingly through the six yard box without a Broch player getting a touch.
On 81 minutes Paul Young’s cross from the right picked out William West at the back post but he headed wide. With a minute remaining Bonnyrigg caught the Broch with a sucker punch as Ross Gray wriggled his way into the penalty area before pulling the ball back to George Hunter who smashed the ball home via the crossbar much to the delight of the travelling support. The home side had one last chance in injury time when Paul Campbell got in behind the defence but Mark Weir was out smartly to deny the Broch striker.
Full Time: Fraserburgh 0 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 1
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic: Mark Weir, Dean Brett, Jonathan Brown, Ewan Moyes, Alan Horne, Lewis Turner, Jonathan Stewart, Keiran McGachie (Ross Gray 72), Lee Currie, Neil Martynuik, George Hunter.
Subs not used: Michael Andrews, Jamie Docherty, Jamie Devlin, Scott Gray.
Goalscorer: George Hunter (89).
Match Officials: Referee: Scott Leslie, Assistant Referees: Christopher De Sykes & Allan Leslie.
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.
Debut v Fort William 10/02/2018. Kieran made his debut two seasons ago after impressing in the Aberdeenshire League. A centre half he takes after his father Mark who starred for Peterhead, Inverurie Loco Works and Formartine United. He is good in the air and is a threat in the opposition penalty area as well, scoring on his debut. He already looks comfortable at the heart of the Broch defence.