League leaders too strong for young United side

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Fraserburgh United made it two weeks in a row playing with the bare bones of a squad as they lost out 2-0 to first placed Bridge of Don Thistle at home.

United played the game with a side of 13 players which included manager Stuart Noble on the bench.

The inexperienced side, which started nine teenagers in the team held their own in a close match.

Bridge of Don were direct and piled pressure on the young home side but had chances limited in the firs half as United came closest through Jordi Walker who’s free kick was tipped onto the post by the visiting keeper.

The scores were level going into the break and Jordi Walker had a good chance from inside the box to open the scoring but could not convert.

Thistle got the brake through in the 70th minute when a long ball over the top met the feet of the BoD striker who fired a powerful shot into the top corner leaving United keeper Edward Flinn with no chance.

The goal was harsh on the 16 year old stopper who had a very good game and had twice denied the visitors from scoring while still 0-0.

Thistle went down to ten men when they had a man sent off for an off the ball incident with ten minutes to go.

The sides were soon level again when another long ball over the top cause problems for United and Neil Hay brought down the striker inside the box, receiving a second yellow and his marching orders.

BoD then converted the penalty in the last minutes of the game to seal a victory for the visitors.

Manager Stuart Noble said he was pleases with the performance from his young group of players against the table toping side:

“We were missing a good six or seven players for this match but the young lads stepped up and look very good.

“They were really competing against the side who are top of the league, I always knew there was talent in the boys and hopefully we can keep this squad together for the coming seasons.

“Edward Flinn, who is only 16 years old, has been in great form between the sticks I’m sure he is going to have a bright future.”

Next up for United is a friendly against East Division 1 side Buckie Rovers before a crucial quarter final against Parkvale.

“The idea of the Buckie friendly is just to keep the lads ticking over going into the quarter final which is a massive game.

“I’m hoping to have Fraser Watt back for that game, he’ll be training again next week and we’ll see how he feels.

“Steven Lawrence and Ewan Taylor will also be back but we’ll be without David Ross and Jake West.”

“Our side of the draw has been favourable in the cup and beating Parkvale is important as if we don’t we won’t have another fixture until May when we meet them again in the league.”