Burghs battle it out to a stalemate in Scottish Cup

Edinburgh City's bench rush the touchline to celebrate their equaliser at 4-4.
Edinburgh City's bench rush the touchline to celebrate their equaliser at 4-4.

Fraserburgh travelled to Edinburgh last weekend to play the city team in the second round of the Scottish Cup, having dispatched the Civil Service Strollers in the previous round.

Enough could not have been said about the dedication of the Broch away support, a bus leaving the North-east shortly after the team’s own to bring over 30 supporters to Ainslie Park.

Playing at a neutral ground, the Fraserburgh Supporters Club created an atmosphere akin to that of Bellslea, but their noise prove to not be enough in helping to overturn a stubborn Edinburgh City side.

The Broch had brought a strong squad to the capital, the injured Ryan ‘Boomer’ Christie accompanying the team to a game, had he not been sidelined, he likely would have played in.

Had he, he may have prevented the first goal, the ‘home’ side’s Peter Stenhouse blasting the ball past a stranded Paul Leask in the Broch goal to liven up the Edinburgh crowd, a contingency of their supporters having brought a drum into the park.

Less than ten minutes later, however, the crowd were singing a distinctly different, more familiar tune to the ears.

“There’s only one Scott Fowlie,” was the repeated roar as the Broch man celebrated his goal on 14 minutes, guiding the ball into the right of Ainslie Park’s goalmouth.

Daryl Devlin had brought the home side back into the game at 2-3 either side of a Graham Johnston strike, and a blunder by Gordon Donaldson in the Edinburgh City box which saw the Broch go two goals to the good at 1-3.

A determined Johnston performance underpinned the Broch’s appetite to put the game beyond their opponents, his second goal a curling effort from outside the box which should not be overlooked for goal of the season, leaving the home side’s goalkeeper with no chance of making a save.

A fairytale comeback was to stop the Broch’s party early, though, as Edinburgh City began an impressive fightback, Shaun Harrison bundling the ball into the back of Leask’s net with ten minutes to go before, on the death, own-goal villain Donaldson got the last touch on a corner to find the crucial equaliser and to spark wild celebrations from the Edinburgh bench.

Bruised by the manner of the draw, but still in the competition, the Broch will see their league campaign postponed as they prepare to host Edinburgh this Saturday in the replay.