Brora Rangers continued to chase Cove Rangers who are top of the table as they won 2-0 over Deveronvale at Princess Royal Park on Saturday. Goals from Steven Mackay and Dale Gillespie secured the visitors all three points.
The hosts were missing Craig Cowie and Lukas Krobot due to both picking up red cards in Wednesday’s night defeat to Buckie Thistle. Meanwhile the away side were without Paul Brindle as he had a hamstring injury.
Brora made a bright start to the game with Andrew Greig darting down the left flank and he cut inside to whip the ball to Steven Mackay who headed over the crossbar. At the other end Vale tested Joe Malin as Kevin Souter struck a low drive which Malin push away to safety.
Again Greig was a menace to the hosts back line as he skillfully got past Ross Aitken and delivered a ball to Mackay whose powerful header clipped the bar.
In the 16th minute the visitors drew first blood when Richard Britain curled a free kick into the box and unmarked Dale Gillespie punished the home side for failing to mark him by powerfully heading the ball into the net with keeper Grant Pennet having no chance.
In the 33rd minute the Sutherland side doubled their lead when John Pickles sprinted down the right flank to send a brilliant delivery to Mackay who tucked the ball into the net with Pennet stranded.
Near the right hand side corner flag in Brora’s half Scott Fraser out muscled Grant Munro to cross a deadly ball which fell to Chris Blackhall whose shot scrambled wide of the target.
With minutes remaining of the half the Vale almost got a goal back as Gary Harris was put through on goal however he put his shot just past the post.
Just after the break Britain blasted a free kick over the bar. Not long after the home side broke forward and Malin brought down Harris inside the box with huge shouts for a spot kick but referee Liam Duncan didn’t give it which anger the home support.
Soon after Mackay picked up the ball from a sloppy pass by a Vale defender and went through one and one with the keeper. Pennet pulled Mackay down in the box and the referee awarded Brora a penalty and booked the keeper for the challenge. Mackay stepped up and uncharacteristically skied the spot kick well wide of the target which cause some laughter in the crowd. The last chance of game came for Munro who smashed a set piece wide of goal.
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