4-1 defeat harsh on Fraserburgh Academy

Fraserburgh Academy’s pitch was the scene of a last-16 S4 Scottish Cup clash on Monday, with a team from Paisley making the long journey North.

With the game kicking off at lunchtime, there was a large and enthusiastic support throughout the first-half.

Some of the pupils in the crowd had got into the party spirit with a couple of Mexican waves started by Academy pupil Josh Scott.

The action on the park was equally bizarre to begin with as both teams searched for an opener.

Fraserburgh Academy goalkeeper Del Testa took a blow to the head after a mix up between his defenders before both Lumsden and Garden fired narrowly over at the other end.

The deadlock was broken after 20 minutes when a Paisley striker finished well after a neat through ball.

The Broch had not progressed this far for nothing, however, and went straight up the other end to equalise.

After a corner and a couple of headers, the ball fell to Maitland who fired in to the corner of the net for the Broch.

Fraserburgh continued to press for the remainder of the half and, despite a surging solo run by Paterson, the West coast side held on until half time.

In the second-half, the game changed with Paisley dominating the run of play.

Fraserburgh will be disappointed with how they conceded the 2-1 goal, however, with a corner deflecting off a defender leaving a tap in header for a Paisley attacker.

The game was over as a contest eight minutes from the end after a soft penalty award for the away side, allowing Paisley to defend their winning position for the final few minutes.

With Fraserburgh pouring players forward, they were unfortunate to lose another goal after a counter attack, ending the game on the wrong side of a 4-1 loss.

With Paisley’s cutting edge evident for the Academy side to see, it was fair to say that they deserved to go through in the Scottish Cup.

The three-goal margin will, nonetheless, be difficult for the Broch to contend with, given their courage to push for an equaliser late in the game.

Academy football rep Lynn Jex said after the game:

“In the last six years of school football, this team has progressed the furthest in the Scottish Cup on two occasions. The boys should hold their heads high and be proud of this remarkable achievement. They are most definitely in the top 16 teams in the country. I am proud of their excellent behaviour throughout the competition despite facing opponents who were verbally and at times physically aggressive. I would like to praise the way they respected decisions made by the referee and battled to the final minute in every game. Thanks must also be paid to their dedicated coach, James Gibb.”