After a week of driving rain, the game between Inverurie Locos and Fraserburgh was greeted with glorious sunshine as both teams looked to tie up the loose ends after a long season. With nothing but pride on the line, the sides ran out a goalless draw in a match with raised many talking points at its conclusion.
Fraserburgh’s handful of half chances were the only highlights in a mellow opening half which looked to offer so much more.
With only three minutes on the clock, a long ball through the middle caught the Locos defence of guard. This allowed Allan Hale to catch the bounce of the ball right and attempt to chip the on-coming Daniel Bell, who smothered the shot. A considerable amount of time was to pass before a Scott Barbour free kick from 25 yards was to be pulled wide of goal.
With the first half all but over, only Zak Conway will know how Fraserburgh were not going into the break with the lead after fluffing a header from close range.
The majority of the second half was to be played out in the centre of the pitch at a high tempo, with tempers often threatening to boil over at times.
As the match reached its conclusion, chaos descended as the referee showed two red cards during six additional minutes of play. Fraserburgh received the first after a late tackle by Bryan Hay on Neil Gauld.
With the Broch protesting against the severity of the decision combined with a lengthy conversation with the far side linesmen, several minutes passed before Hay eventually left the pitch. Having played out this additional time, fans were quickly protesting against another decision as Inverurie’s Scott Begg received a second yellow for an apparent dive.
Bemused, both sides welcomed the final whistle on the 97th minute.
Pictures: Duncan Brown Photography.