ADJFA U15 A League
Fraserburgh Link Up YFC 3 Colony Park 0
Fraserburgh Link Up earned a well-deserved 3-0 win over Colony Park of Inverurie recently.
Link Up started off on the front foot and soon forced a corner on the left which McCrory delivered at pace, only for it to narrowly elude Simpson.
They sustained the pressure on the visitors’ goal and won a series of throw-ins deep in the Colony half. These eventually led to a Mair cross from the right which Simpson headed just over the bar.
The defence was also playing with confidence, especially when Roger, Mowat & Fraser kept possession at the back with some calm, simple passing and interchanging of positions which initiated a move forwards and ultimately won a corner on the right. A variation of delivery saw a Stuart out-swinger which was almost forced home by Mowat only to be scrambled away.
There was a narrow escape on the half hour mark when three Link Up players converged on the same ball but failed to communicate and take control, allowing the Colony striker to nip in and speed clear unopposed.
Fortunately, from a Broch perspective, he fired wide with the goal at his mercy.
As so often happens, a near miss at one end was quickly followed by a goal at the other.
Watt gathered a loose ball wide on the right with one touch and with his second fired a spectacular dipping effort, from well outside the box, over the keeper into the far top corner.
It was a goal out of virtually nothing which seemed to take the wind out of Colony’s sails and Link Up were soon 2 – 0 ahead when a long clearance from Smith found its way to Simpson who raced clear to hammer low past the
Early in the second period, the best passing move of the game saw Masson take possession wide right near halfway and switch the play through Mowat to Fraser on the left touchline.
Blair threaded it through to Simpson, who set up Masson with a low cut-back from the bye-line. Drew applied the ideal finish to the move he started with a low, controlled drive which was bending just inside the right hand upright only for the keeper to pull off a superb save at full
Another slick move down the left flank then saw Masson and Fraser combine for Blair to beat the full back with quick feet before rolling it back to McCrory, who fired just over from near the penalty spot. Link Up were making good use of the full width of the pitch to stretch the Colony defence and the next chance came from a move down the right when Gilmartin won a header which Murray cleverly diverted into Watt’s path with one touch. Marc beat his man for pace on the outside and forced another good save from the hard-pushed Colony keeper with a fierce low drive.
Mair brought the ball out of defence at right back and drew a foul, allowing him to pick out Dyka with a lofted free-kick into the box but Evan’s header back across goal was cleared.
Simpson made it 3-0 as full-time approached when he streaked clear of a tiring defence and slipped the ball expertly past the keeper. A satisfying performance and result for Link Up which sets them up nicely for next week’s home Scottish Cup tie against Newtonhill.