Unlucky Burgh punished by late Formartine goal

Graham Johnston muscles in for the ball.
Graham Johnston muscles in for the ball.

Formartine United were probably counting their blessings on Saturday evening, a late goal condemning the Broch to their second defeat of the week.

The Broch were returning to Highland League duties after a mid-week Aberdeenshire Shield clash against Turriff United, the Broch falling out of the competition 4-3 on penalties.

Goals in regular time from Scott Barbour, Steven Davidson and Graham Johnston were cancelled out by three of United’s own, Kris Hunter’s former side having, the month prior, visited and lost to the Burgh at the Bellslea.

Three games in seven days, however, looked to have been too much for the Burgh at the weekend, Formartine eventually breaking down the home defence to secure a vital three points towards their title ambitions, the club having already added the Aberdeenshire Cup to their cabinet this season.

The bitterly cold afternoon kicked-off with both teams battling in the midfield for control of the game, the sides taking turns to snatch at half chances and keep the goalkeepers alert.

PA Bruce looked the most likely to put the Broch ahead in the first-half, and can count himself unlucky for not doing so, with his efforts failing to test Andy Shearer.

The post then denied Formartine at the Station end, with Paul Leask beaten on his line from a Joe Hamill volley which hit the crossbar.

The Broch’s Davidson, meanwhile, had also rattled the post with a spectacular drive from distance in a half of few incidents.

In the second-half, the Broch’s defence was called into action to make a series of saves to keep the game level, Leask stopping a certain Cammy Keith goal from close range before Steven Main made a goal line clearance at the death.

Into stoppage time, Formartine made the breakthrough when Michael Ewen found himself in the right position to latch onto a fluffed effort from teammate Daniel Park to leave Leask helpless to prevent the only goal of the game.

On a day that the Broch’s rearguard performance should have drawn the plaudits, a fortunate goal has instead left the Burgh looking for the positives in two straight defeats ahead of an away trip to Huntly this Saturday.

The supporters club will be running a bus to the game which leaves the harbour office at 12:45pm.