My first Highland League game in more than 6 months since moving to Glasgow for college took place on Saturday.I picked Buckie Thistle against Keith as the Jags have been getting glowing reviews about their attacking football and always seem to be scoring loads of goals.
Buckie shipped six goals past Keith in front of a healthy crowd at Victoria Park thanks to goals from Chris Angus, Kevin Fraser,Lewis Mackinnon, Sam Urquhart and a John McLeod double.
Daniel Bell was between the sticks for the Jags, a keeper I rate as one of the best in the league. He was against his former club Keith who handed new signing former Inverurie Locos centre half Ross Anderson a debut in a Maroon jersey.
The visitors looked lively in the first half with Cameron Keith causing some problems . Then at the other end as a cross went flying into the box ,Sam Urquhart threw himself at the ball however he couldn’t a powerful enough connection to it with his head.
Allan Hale’s side were competing for every ball and not allowing the Jags time to do their slick passing. But the home side broke the deadlock with nine minutes of the half remaining,Angus slotted home.
After the break Graeme Stewart’s side changed their setup and produced a magical performance that blew the traveling side away. A few minutes into the second half, the Jags doubled their lead through McLeod who smashed home after a Chris Angus shot was blocked by keeper David Dey.
Then Bruce Milne cleared an Angus shot off the line as the hosts piled on the pressure. Urquhart deservedly grabbed the third as he fired in from 20 yards. In the 74th minute, Kevin Fraser head home with the Keith defence caught sleeping. Three minutes later McLeod netted his second as he fired into the far corner of the net.
McLeod was taken off to a standing ovation from the home support, while the visitors looked on with gladness that the dangerman couldn’t run wild anymore.
Lewis MacKinnon added more misery to the visitors’ afternoon as he bagged the sixth goal of the game with a powerful finish from close range. The Jags bounced back from their midweek defeat at Huntly with a win so they can continue to challenge for the league title.
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