Two goals from Scott Barbour, and a contribution from Roy Noble, was enough for Fraserburgh to secure a comfortable 3-0 win against Junior side Broughty Athletic for the Lyall Murdoch trophy.
The Lyall Murdoch Trophy is an annual competition in which the trophy is switched between Dundee and the Broch. This year’s victory is only the second time Fraserburgh have held the trophy since the tournament’s beginnings four years ago.
Broughty looked to dictate the tempo of the game at Bellslea with their attacking flourish, with a number of chances wasted from the Broch.
Graham Johnston made the most of his chance, but his miss, in the first-half, on Saturday saw his powerful free-kick safely taken care of by the travelling Alan Cormack in goal.
Scott Barbour, who would later confirm the win for the Broch also saw a shot go wide of the post, his attempt rolling safely by the far post.
Just before half-time, and, arguably, the best chance for a goal came when Johnston smashed another free-kick from the byline into the danger area. Bryan Hay was present to direct the ball goalwards with a header, seeing it rebound from the crossbar before Steven Davidson tried smashing it in from short range, Broughty’s Cormack getting in the way to ensure that the sides would go into the second-half all square.
Whether something was said at half-time or not, Fraserburgh looked to have found their composure in front of goal, with Scott Barbour - a regular contributor to last season’s Highland League efforts - sending the Broch in front early into the second-half.
From a corner, Barbour smashed a volley towards the goal from several yards out, leaving the Broughty ‘keeper helpless to prevent his side going behind.
Barbour continued to lead the Broch’s attack throughout the second-half, coming close to making Broughty pay for a poor back-pass, being fed the ball by Zander Davidson, his attempt, while finding away past the Broughty keeper, was unlucky to find the post in defiant mood.
It was Roy Noble who found the second goal that all but sealed Broughty’s defeat last weekend, his day made easy with a goal coming shortly after his substitution and via a short-range tap-in following a Mark Cowie cross.
Scott Barbour, however, made sure that his name was not forgotten by the travelling Dundee side when he showed up not long after Noble’s goal to fire a shot into the back of the net despite heavy marking from Broughty.
Fraserburgh, with trophy in hand and victory against a Dundee side will not look to continue to build upon their form with their next pre-season game at Longside, tonight.
On Tuesday, however, the Broch suffered defeat to old rivals Peterhead when they missed out on adding the Buchan Shield to their trophy cabinet.
A goal from the Blue Toon’s Robbie Winters, beating John Calder in goal for the Broch, was enough to ensure that the Broch, who held their own in the tightly contested fixture against the Third Division side, would be leaving Balmoor empty handed.
The fixture was part of Peterhead’s Scottish Week celebrations.
The Fraserburgh Supporters Club are running a bus to Fraserburgh’s game at Huntly on Saturday, August 4 from the Harbour Office.
The bus leaves at 12:45pm.