Hunter seals win in home debut

First win: Kris Hunter shouting instructions to his team during their win over Keith. Picture: David Williamson
First win: Kris Hunter shouting instructions to his team during their win over Keith. Picture: David Williamson

Kris Hunter’s home debut as Fraserburgh Football Club manager got off to a great start as fans were entertained to a five-goal thriller at Bellslea.

Goals from Morrice, McBride and Conway gave the Broch a 3-2 win over Keith in the first game of the season.

A miss-timed clearance by Johnny Watt from a Steven Main cross fell at the back post for Robert Morrice to calmly place the ball past Keith keeper Andy Shearer from six yards out.

Keith pulled a goal back to level the game mid way through the first half thanks to Cammy Keith.

A free kick from the half way line from Craig Phillips was controlled by Gary McNamee who’s shot was deflected off Jonathan Garden and left Keith to level the score from an acute angle.

Shearer was called into action and made a great save in the 25th minute after a Willie West cross was met with a powerful header by Graham Johnston.

Fraserburgh took the lead in the 36th minute when Conway’s free kick was helped towards goal by West and after an initial block by Keith’s Kris Niddrie the ball fell to Russell McBride who left Shearer with no chance with his first time shot.

Keith started the second half more lively and were the first to threaten. McNamee played a good ball to Sean Keith who delivered a dangerous cross into the area which was cleared initially by Morrice but saw Bruce Reffel fire a shot destined to level the score.

It took two Broch players on the goal line to stop the ex-Dundee United apprentice evening up the score.

It took Fraserburgh nine minutes into the second half to make the score 3-1 when Bryan Hay picked out Allan Hale at the front post who took Keith’s Andy Shearer out of the equation with a cross to the back post which saw Zack Conway score an unmissable header from a yard out.

The game wasn’t over yet as ten minutes from time saw Highland League player of the season and top goalscorer Cammy Keith grab a second goal.

Andy Anderson went past Broch’s Dean Elrick and played it to Keith who after a stepover placed the ball past Paul Leask.

There was no further late drama as the Broch made sure Keith never had a clear-cut chance near the end. Hunter will be proud of his team that ensured a winning start to the season.

The Broch travel to Huntly this weekend in their first away game of the season.