Fraserburgh Academy recorded a stunning 5-2 victory over local rivals Mintlaw recently.
The Broch recalled goalkeeper Ewan Paterson who had missed the cup game against Portlethen. Kerr, Duncan, Maitland and Taylor made up the defence with Marques partnering captain Summers in central midfield. Owen Sutherland and Dylan Will occupied the flanks although both were forced off injured early in the match. Gray played just off the front with Cardno spearheading the attack.
The match started brightly with both sides having chances. John Cardno was quick to test the opposition goalkeeper inside the first minute while Paterson also pulled off a couple of good saves at the other end. Paul Ritchie was brought on to replace the injured Will at left wing and quickly got involved in the Broch’s attacking moves.
Midway through the first half the deadlock was broken as Fraserburgh took the lead from a fantastic team goal. Garry Kerr won the ball at right back and played a quick pass forward towards Sutherland. The winger showed some great skill to beat a man before playing in Cardno. The striker held off another Mintlaw challenge and then sent a neat through ball for Arron Gray to run on to. GRAY steadied himself and then executed a fantastic chip over the onrushing Mintlaw keeper into the top corner of the net.
Fraserburgh grew in confidence after this and began to dominate possesion. Marc Summers was winning every 50-50 and the Mintlaw midfield were struggling to cope with him. When Fraserburgh did have to defend they did so comfortably with Ethan Duncan and Kriss Maitland looking a solid partnership in centre defence as well as both showing some nice touches coming forward with the ball.
As the first half drew to a close Tiago Marques combined with Cardno to set up Sutherland who was unlucky to see his shot rebound off the post from a tight angle. The winger picked up an injury soon after and did not make it back on in the second half.
Sutherland was replaced by Owen Duthie and he immediately made an impact. Summers delivered a good ball in from a corner which Mintlaw struggled to deal with before the ball fell to Duthieabout twelve yards out. With his back to goal the substitute turned a defender brilliantly before coolly finishing into the bottom right corner of the net.
The second was quickly followed by a third as Reece Taylor played a long ball forward which Gray flicked on towards Marques. The midfielder could have shot himself but unselfishly set up Cardno who slid the ball underneath the keeper and into the net.
Cardno’s strength and pace were causing all sorts of problems for his opponents and it was no surprise to see him double his tally midway through the second half. Summers won the ball in midfield and passed wide towards Ritchie. The winger skipped past his marker and delivered a superb cross for Cardno to tap home.
With time running out Fraserburgh substitute Bruce Stephen cleared one shot off the line and Kerr had to do the same immediately after as Mintlaw continued to battle for a consolation. Maitland was forced off due to a heavy challenge but the sweeper was soon back on his feet and keen to get back on and help his team mates preserve their clean sheet. Unfortunately it was not to be as Mintlaw did score from a corner with around five minutes to go.
The Broch were annoyed by this and straight from the restart a long ball was played forward for Cardno to chase. The striker got to the ball ahead of the Mintlaw defender and was able to knock the ball round the goalkeeper. With the goal looming Cardno out muscled another defender and smashed the ball home from a few feet to seal a well deserved hat trick.
Mintlaw earned a corner in the last minute which set up a snap shot from the edge of the box. Paterson pulled off an amazing one handed save but unfortunately for the goalkeeper it was a Mintlaw attacker who reacted quickest to complete the scoring. It was an excellent display by the S1 team with every player contributing positively.
FRASERBURGH: Paterson, Kerr, Taylor, Maitland, Duncan, Summers, Will, Marques, Gray, Cardno, Sutherland, Ritchie, Stephen, Duthie