Fraserburgh Link up under 13’s won in their first ever competitive match against Deveronvale in the Batt Cables Trophy.
The team produced a solid performance after a nervous start with impressive passing and possession football.
There were also some flaws, which the better teams in the area will exploit ruthlessly, but if the lads show the correct attitude and are willing to work to eliminate these weaknesses from their game they will find the season ahead will be a pleasure rather than a chore.
Deveronvale took an early lead when a simple ball through the middle allowed their striker to outpace the Link Up central defence and give Wisely no chance.
To their credit, Link Up didn’t panic and levelled on 12 minutes when Dyka won the ball in midfield and slipped a through ball into Simpson’s path.
His initial effort was parried by the keeper, as was a follow up shot from Dyka, but it then broke back to DYKA who forced it home.
Link Up then took the lead through SIMPSON. Mair won the ball in defence and fired a long pass to Simpson who gathered, outstripped his marker, advanced on the keeper and fired home.
Another piece of sloppy defending handed the Banffers a cheap goal which was a virtual carbon copy of their first.
Link Up regained the lead through DYKA as he combined well with Masson with a give and go, followed by a determined run which allowed him the space and time to fire home.
The score was 4-2 just before half-time.
Dyka sent SIMPSON through and he raced clear in the inside right channel then lashed a low drive into the far corner with the keeper helpless.
The second half saw Link Up happy to defend their lead and hit on the counter-attack.
This resulted in Wisely twice pulling off excellent saves to maintain the lead.
The scoring was completed for 5-2 to Link Up with arguably the best spell of play in the match.
Some excellent interplay and teamwork involving Murray, Mair and Masson led to Masson whipping an excellent ball into the area from deep on the right.
This found ALFORD who cleverly used the pace on the cross as he head-flicked it over the keeper and into the net whilst facing away from goal.
A good result for the lads and a case of job half done with the next round of this league qualifying tournament at home against Newtonhill BC.
FRASERBURGH LINK UP YFC: Wisely; Mair, J Buchan, Roger, Cameron; Watt, Masson, Dyka, Fraser; Simpson, Shewan Subs: Murray, Alford, Barbour, A Buchan