A superb goal from Scott Barbour was enough for the Broch to record a memorable win over Turriff United last weekend.
The Burgh had defended the lead for most of the game, Barbour converting past United’s Stephen Coutts after 10 minutes to seal the three points.
The game, however, was not without its talking points, as the referee stamped his authority on the game from the off, reprimanding players from both sides before a second-half tackle saw Mark Stewart show a straight red to Fraserburgh’s John Chalmers.
Chalmers had appeared to go in cleanly to win a ball on the flank, sliding through to win the ball before taking his man down.
The referee, however, produced a red to send the Brocher off, Chalmers having become a regular player in the first-team this season.
Turriff threw everything they had into their attacks from then on, attempting to make the most of the man advantage, but dedicated defensive displays from the likes of Stephen Main, Russell McBride and Scott Fowlie ensured that the Burgh were more than able to match their opponents.
On the break, the Broch even threatened to put themselves further ahead, Barbour, who picked up the Man of the Match award, regularly finding himself in space to make runs into to threaten Coutts.
Bizarrely, Broch ‘keeper Paul Leask even found himself having an attempt on goal, clearing the ball from his goal into the wind to see his counterpart, Coutts, flap at the ball as it narrowly flew to the wrong side of the post.
Several Turriff chances went begging for visitors, meanwhile, Leask seemingly immovable from his number one spot in Kris Hunter’s side after yet another fine performance, the ‘keeper sweeping up danger whenever it came into the box.
A late free-kick proved to be the visitors’ last chance on the Burgh goal, the ball rising over the wall, goal, and slamming into the new sponsors lounge.
The final whistle blowing shortly thereafter, Hunter, who was in the stands to watch the game, celebrated with the fans.
The Broch will now face a week off from the Highland League as they take on Montrose in the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.
Kick-off for the game, which will be played at the Bellslea, is scheduled for 3pm. Six readers of the Herald won tickets to the game courtesy of William Hill.