Turriff United 1-3 Brora Rangers
Brora Rangers were clinical at the Haughs as they made sure Turriff United started 2016 with a defeat. This was the first game played on the surface since it was heavily flooded.
Brora’s Paul Brindle stole the show with a double and may have scored some more if it wasn’t for outstanding Turriff keeper Kevin Main. Brindle certainly stood out on the field with a Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars Padawan braid styled hair.
A goal from Grant Munro and Brindle’s strikes sent the noisy away support home in a singing mood. Despite a hard working performance from the home side and a nicely scored penalty by Artjoms Kuznecovs this couldn’t prevent the hosts from losing this game.
The first real chance of the match arrived for the away side’s Brindle who turned on a six pence and struck a powerful effort which was easily saved by keeper Kevin Main.
At the other end, Richard Britain attempted to clear the ball and sloppily he gave it to Craig MacAskill however the striker shot across the goal.Which was a major let off for the traveling side.
Soon after Brora stormed forward with Gavin Morrison picking up the ball in a dangerous area and he fired a sweet strike which looked to be heading towards to the top corner. But Main made a magical save as he tipped the ball over the bar with one hand.
Again Brindle proved to be a serious threat as he sprinted through on goal and was ready to shoot but Cameron Bowden came to the rescue by putting in a well-timed last-ditch challenge to prevent the player from scoring.
In the 22nd minute the opener came against the run of play when Zander Sutherland darted down the right flank and crossed the ball to the back post with unmarked Brindle sliding in to score. There were shouts from the Turriff faithful for offside but Referee Liam Duncan was having nothing of it.
Soon after, the home supporters had smiles on their faces when Aaron McKenna embarrassed Morrison as he skillfully went around the player a couple of times before he drew the foul.
Minutes later, Scott Graham went through one and one with the keeper but the ball went too far on front of him with Main managing to gather it but Graham still followed and put his studs into the goalie which looked sore. This caused a bust up between players from each team. Graham was lucky to be still on the field and escaped with a yellow card from the referee for the horrible challenge.
Just before the interval, Grant Munro rose highest in the box to power a header over the crossbar.
After the break, Brindle went on a run down the left flank and out muscled a defender to whip the ball into the box where Sutherland was lurking but the keeper picked it up. Sutherland showed his anger for missing this glorious chance to double their lead.
Not long after Sutherland cut inside of Kuznecovs with ease and curled a shot which clipped the bar.
Turriff began pushing forward for the leveler when Robert Allan smashed in a set piece which went straight to unmarked Jamie Beagrie at the back post but composure deserted him with him flicking it over.
Then MacAskill from close range struck a shot which goalie Joe Malin saved well.
Brora made a change bringing on Martin Maclean to replace Andrew Greig. After the substitute Brindle almost took advantage of a Kuznecovs mistake but his low drive was pushed away by in form Main.
The away side came close in doubling their lead with John Pickles having all the time in the world to make sure his shot was accurate but he ballooned his effort well wide of the target.
In the 73rd minute Britain’s side doubled their lead with Sutherland provider again as his clever pass sent Brindle through leaving the defenders in his shadows to tap the ball into the net. The home support were again annoyed as they shouted for offside but it wasn’t given.
Turriff were handed a lifetime in the 79th minute when a corner was swung in and inside the box sub Maclean had been adjudged to have brought down Beagrie which resulted in Referee Liam Duncan quickly awarding the hosts penalty for the offence.
Keeper Joe Malin was booked for angrily complaining to the Ref about the decision. Kuznecovs stepped up to beautifully netted the spot kick with it almost bursting the net and Malin having no chance. Now it was game on.
Not long after Brora destroy Ross Jack’s side’s chances of at least getting a draw as Morrison curled in a free kick which was tucked home by Munro to wrapped up the victory. Near the end the Cattachs were pushing for more goals with the last chance of the game coming for Dale Gillespie who fired a shot which Main tipped onto the post.
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