On the same day as the El Clasico Fraserburgh stayed above Lossiemouth in the league table as they beat the Coasters 2-1 in a game packed with questionable decisions, some pieces of magic and superb saves. Willie West a player who has been in the Broch first team since 2003 bagged the winner to send the away support deservedly home with all three points.
Despite an unbelievable strike from Lossie’s Scott Miller which would deservedly win any match even the EI Clasico and if Messi or Ronaldo had scored that people would still be shouting about it.
Mark Hector came back into the home side’s backline and Bryan Bell was on the bench as he returned from injury. Meanwhile for the away side Bryan Hay was out.
The first real chance came for the traveling side when Dean Cowie whipped a free kick into the box with Marc Lawrence almost tucking it home however the flag went up due to him being in a offside position. Soon after Willie Mathers swung in a corner from the right hand side into the area but there were to takers.
In the 15th minute Lawrence cut inside from the right flank and played a high ball into the area which went over the crossbar.
At the other end a sloppy mistake by Willie West allowed Ross Archibald a chance to score but his shot lacked power and keeper Joe Barbour easily gathered it.
Minutes later, Portuguese Joao Rodrigues brought a smile to the faces of the spectators by skillfully beating a group of defenders with his fancy footwork. A Lossie fan next to me said ” Barcelona have Messi, Madrid have Ronaldo but we have Jock.” Which shows how highly they rate him.
Then Cowie set a set piece high into the box which Darren McConnachie punched straight into the path of Lawrence who caught the ball sweetly but his effort flew well wide of the target.
With neither side looking like they were going to score in the 32nd minute the deadlock was broken by Lossie in the best way possible, Scott Miller picked up the ball from 25 yards out and let fly with magical strike which flew past Barbour giving him no chance at all. Soon after Lossie came close in doubling their lead as Rodrigues played a neat pass to perfectly set up Archibald whose shot was saved by the keeper.
In the 42nd minute Broch leveled as Dean Cowie whipped in a free kick with unmarked Marc Dickson heading home. Just after the break Cowie fired a shot goal wards which the keeper saved well. Minutes later, Mark Hector played a clever ball to Miller who volleyed just wide of the target.
Soon after Miller was about to pull the trigger inside the box but he was chopped down to ground. However referee Dan McFarlane didn’t awarded the penalty and waved play on. Rodrigues again was a menace for the Broch as he trick a defender with a fake shot and with his right foot curled the ball just round the post.
In the 69th minute West rose highest to head the ball into the net to give Broch the lead questionably as the ball was out of play when the away side was given a second corner which resulted in the goal. Boss Mark Cowie ran onto the pitch and jump up with great joy which showed how much this goal meant.
Near the end of the match Rodrigues let fly with a wonder strike which was heading for the top corner but Barbour tremendously tipped it over the bar which made sure Fraserburgh went home with three points. The Broch prepared themselves perfectly for their tough tie against Falkirk next weekend in the Scottish Cup. Lossiemouth look to return to winning ways next weekend versus Clachnacuddin.
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