Aaron McKenna netted a crucial goal to level the game before super sub Nikolas Wozniak grabbed the winner which helped Turriff United win the Aberdeenshire Shield over Fraserburgh. The midfielder equalized through a powerful shot which flew past helpless keeper Scott Cowe.
McKenna admits that at times he thought it wasn’t going to go Turriff’s way. “To be honest at 3-1 I thought the chips were down. It didn’t look really good but luckily the lad Nicky has come on and he has scored two unbelievable goals. He was excellent.
The Englishman also believes that the team’s ability to carve out results even when they haven’t played well has been important to their successful season. “At times we didn’t play that well and this season we have had that sort of nark to dig out results even when we are not playing well and are behind.
McKenna pulls the strings in midfield and he insists that it’s rare for him to score. “Yes it’s rare these days and it’s almost a joke that I don’t shoot. The boys were saying that I was trying to look for a cross even then. But that time it opened up and I hit it. It was an important goal at the time and I am happy that I scored”.
Early on the first real chance fell for Turriff as Andy MacAskill floated in a superb cross which Nicholas Gray headed narrowly wide. Soon after at the other end Steven Davidson fired the ball towards goal but keeper Kevin Main did well to hold onto . A minute before the interval Gray came close in giving United but he was too slow in pulling the trigger and the chance went begging.
Just after the break the Broch took the lead Scott Barbour passed the ball to Dickson who found West in space and West smashed the ball into the net to punish the opposition’s defence for failing to mark him. Soon Fraserburgh doubled their lead with Steven Davidson netting after a goalmouth scramble Not long after Turriff were given a lifeline by Referee Thomas Shaw as he awarded them a spot kick as keeper Scott Cowe had adjudged to have brought down Gray. Latvian Artjoms Kuznecovs calmly slotted the penalty home.
Manager Ross Jack put on 17-year-old Nikolas Wozniak for his début which proved to have a massive impact on the game. Soon Russell McBride was pushed down by Main inside the box with the referee awarding the Broch a penalty. Graham Johnson stepped up to fire it into the net. In the 77th minute sub, Wozniak tremendously struck a delightful chip over the keeper’s head giving him no chance.
Minutes later Aaron McKenna found space to blast the ball past the keeper to level the game. Dramatically five minutes before the end Wozniak grabbed the winner with his top class volley flying into the net to send the Turriff support into crazy celebrations. This was a dream début for the youngster with him helping United finished the season on a major high with the trophy travelling back to Turriff.
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