Press and Journal Scottish Highland Football League
Wednesday, March 6
Fraserburgh produced a thoroughly professional performance, scoring twice in each half to defeat Lossiemouth 4-0 and set themselves up for what will be a tougher test against Deveronvale in their next match. The victory was also their 1000th in the Highland League.
The Broch made several changes to the team that beat Strathspey Thistle 4-1 in their previous match. Zak Conway, Ryan Cowie and John Chalmers replaced Graham Johnston, Steven Main and P-A Bruce as the visitors looked for back to back wins for the first time this year.
Both sides looked cagey in the opening minutes with chances few and far between but that changed on 12 minutes when a Mark Cowie pass found Courtney Cooper breaking into the box and he expertly lifted the ball over the keeper and into the net to give the Broch an early advantage.
That spurred the black and whites on and two minutes later a one-two between Marc Dickson and Courtney Cooper saw the formers cross fired towards goal by Zak Conway only for keeper Errol Watson to make a fine save. The same player came closer still two minutes later when fine build up play between Ryan Cowie and Scott Barbour lead to the ball being crossed to Conway but his shot hit the post and went wide.
The Broch continued to press and almost scored again after 25 minutes when Mark Cowie’s pass found Courtney Cooper but the midfielder’s effort went over. Lossiemouth’s first attempt on goal came a minute later when Rick Wardrop found space inside the penalty area but his shot was blocked by Marc Dickson.
The Broch’s slick passing was causing the home side plenty problems and after a fine move involving Dickson, Mark Cowie and Willie West the ball found it’s way to Zak Conway who produced a fine save from Errol Watson. From the resultant corner Ryan Christie fired a header wide.
Conway had further chances to open his account when first John Chalmers played him in but his shot went just wide and then on 36 minutes when he latched onto a Ryan Christie clearance but his scuffed shot was easily saved by the Lossiemouth keeper.
The second goal was only delayed by a minute though as Ryan Cowie fed Scott Barbour on the left and the winger’s low cross was fired into the net from six yards out By Courtney Cooper for his second of the night.
Mark Cowie then saw his header from a Scott Barbour header fly wide for the visitors and Scott Miller found space in the box but sent his shot wide as Lossiemouth tried to get back into the game before the break.
Half-Time: Lossiemouth 0-2 Fraserburgh
The home side had a great chance to pull a goal back a minute into the second half when Russell McBride was adjudged to have handled a cross but Rick Wardrop struck the bar with his penalty kick.
On 50 minutes a long diagonal pass by Ryan Christie found Courtney Cooper wide on the right and his cross was met first time by Willie West with the home keeper making a fine save. A minute later Ryan Cowie’s throw-in found Scott Barbour in the penalty box and he turned his defender and fired a shot just wide.
Zak Conway continued his quest for a goal on the hour mark when first he headed a Mark Cowie cross side and then blasted a shot well over after good lead up play involving Scott Barbour, Courtney Cooper and Willie West.
Midway through the second half the Broch went 3-0 up when Scott Barbour received the ball just inside the box from Willie West’s pass and drilled a shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net past the despairing dive of Errol Watson in the home goal.
Lossiemouth’s attacks were few and far between but Ricky Wardrop had a good run from the halfway line but his shot was thwarted by a fine save from Paul Leask.
Both sides made several changes as the match headed to full time and Roy Noble who had come on for the luckless Zak Conway saw his header from a Scott Barbour cross deflected wide for a corner. Scott Fowlie then blocked a Mathew Davidson shot at the other end as the home side tried to find a consolation goal but it was the visitors who finished the match in style when after Ryan Christie’s clearance found Scott Barbour wide on the left the ball was helped onto to Roy Noble who flicked the ball up and fired a dipping volley into the net from 20 yards past a bewildered Watson in the home goal.
Full-Time: Lossiemouth 0-4 Fraserburgh
Lossiemouth: Earl Watson, Donald Horsburgh, Scott Wilson (Scott Miller 39), Lee Davidson, Mark Smith, Finlay Stables, Anthony Ross (Stephen McKenzie 60), Liam Archibald, Ricky Wardrop, Matthew Davidson, Scott McIntosh (Gordon Hooker 77). Unused Subs: Gary McDonald & Wallace Rodger.
Fraserburgh: Paul Leask, Marc Dickson, Russell McBride, Ryan Christie, Courtney Cooper, Zak Conway (Roy Noble 75), Willie West, Scott Barbour, Mark Cowie (John Willox 70), Ryan Cowie (Scott Fowlie 78), John Chalmers.
Unused Subs: Graham Johnston & Bryan Hay.
Referee: Anthony Cooper