Fraserburgh Football Club became holders of both the Aberdeenshire Shield and Aberdeenshire Cup last weekend, with manager Kris Hunter masterminding the trophy-winning side to victory.
Coming back from 2-0 down in the second-half, Fraserburgh accomplished the win in fashionably late style with penalties, beating a competitive Formartine side 3-1.
Six minutes into the game, the Broch looked to have things difficult for themselves when a poor back-pass from Bryan Hay to Paul Leask saw Formartine’s Mike Ewen beat both men to take the ball around Leask before dribbling his way over the line.
The windy conditions were playing into Formartine’s hands, and set-pieces and shots from range continued to cause problems for the Broch.
Formartine spent most of the first-half trying their luck. A Mike Ewen 16-yard attempt finding Leask in top form, before Ewen again blasted a shot several feet wide of the goal from 40 yards.
Zak Conway, who came on for Zander Davidson, made an immediate impact for the Broch, while Graham Johnston brought the Broch to life with a ball played across the goal for Conway to guide it home at the far past.
Formartine, eager to seal the win, opened up in the closing moments of the game, which allowed Johnston, again, to make the most of his possession.
Six minutes from time, the Broch man hit a shot destined for goal, the wind curling it into the corner of the net.
Extra time saw both sides try to find a winner. and with 120 minutes of relatively even football played, the game was sent to penalties.
The Broch stepped up confidently to convert spot kicks via Christie, Johnston and West. Meanwhile, Formartine, who looked a different side after the first-half, failed to take their chances, missed three penalties to signal celebrations from the Broch support.
Hunter, who arrived as a replacement for long-time Broch manager Charlie Duncan, has enjoyed a fantastic start at the Broch, the former Turriff man bringing two titles to the Broch.
With that, the Broch has enjoyed a resurgence in the Highland League, becoming a formidable force that, if anything, can score goals, something that has not gone unnoticed in the world outside football.
Local MSP Stewart Stevenson has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament in recognition of Fraserburgh FC’s dramatic win.
Commenting, Mr Stevenson said: “Such a thrilling conclusion to the Aberdeenshire Cup will no doubt ensure that the memory stays with players and fans alike for years to come.
“Every credit is due to Fraserburgh for showing the resolve to come back from 2-0 down to win the game.
“However, that is not to do a disservice to Formartine, who battled until the end, ultimately losing very narrowly, and were gracious in defeat.
“This game also underlines the talent that is on show in the Highland League every week and it is my hope that attendances continue to grow as more people choose to spend their weekends supporting their local team.”
Fraserburgh are currently ninth in the Highland League, with two games in hand over current table toppers Nairn County.