Keith 0-3 Brora Rangers
Scottish Fitba Base at Kynoch Park
Brora Rangers wrapped up their first Highland League Championship as they defeated Keith 3-0 at Kynoch Park. The SHFLTV cameras were there to film the Sutherland side’s historic moment. Keith’s on loan goalkeeper Daniel Bell from Buckie Thistle put in a tremendous performance against his former club Brora.
The Cattachs had Ali Ridgers, Scott Houston and Ritchie Hart all out due to injuries. Meanwhile the home side had goalkeepers Iain Macleod and Murray Kinnaird out along with Gary McNamee and Michael Ralton.
In the second minute, Steven Ross swung the ball into the box from the right flank with dangerman Zander Sutherland waiting patiently there but he just couldn’t connect with it.
Five minutes later, Sutherland sprinted one and one with keeper Bell blocking him but the former Buckie striker managed to regain possession of the ball and he cut inside to smash a shot which was again kept out.
In the 23rd minute striker Steven Mackay got the away support into a party mood as he cot the ball sweetly on the volley which went up high beyond the keeper. Again Mackay nearly repeated the same way in which he had scored the opener with Bell coming out to make a great save.
Not long after, Sutherland whipped a perfect cross into Mackay whose diving header forced Bell into making a point blank save. Mackay doubled Brora’s lead as he darted through on goal using his strength to hold off defender Bruce Milne to calmly slot the ball through the stopper’s legs into the back of the net.
The second half got under way with Sutherland driving into the six yard box and his low powerful shot was superbly saved with the keeper’s legs. Mackay came close to bagging a hat trick as he fired the ball which Bell had to be alert for. Along with the Brora Rangers fans bringing an excellent atmosphere to this match. In the 70th minute, Sutherland turned a defender quickly and his strike was saved.
The resulting corner fell to Ross Tokely who unleashed a blistering shot which went into the bottom corner giving the number one no chance. This secured the victory to gain the title. With the time running, Sutherland’s effort was parried by the keeper.
This went to Ross whose rebound was scrambled off the line. At the final whistle, the players got out the champagne to celebrate their great achievement. Along with some fans invading the pitch to join in and the cameras got to catch this event.
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