Fraserburgh keep cool to shut out Dundee United

Graham Johnston fights a way past two Dundee United players.
Graham Johnston fights a way past two Dundee United players.

Fraserburgh Football Club kept their cool to secure an impressive 2-1 win over a visiting Dundee United side on Wednesday night.

The match, played on July 23, saw a young Dundee side make the trip to the North-east to play a Kris Hunter team preparing for the coming Highland League campaign.

The game had provided an interesting blend of age and experience, both clubs taking the opportunity to field players who will, no doubt, have long careers in the game.

But it was Fraserburgh, with a more determined and steely attitude, who made the breakthrough first.

Graham Johnston, playing up front for Hunter in a new-look setup, William West finding himself in defence in the early stages of the game, coolly dispatched the first goal with a sliding effort.

Mark Cowie, of particular note, captained the side in the first-half before making way for Russell McBride’s leadership in the second. The returning midfielder, who had played his first 90 minutes against Fraserburgh United the week prior, looked to be in fine form, spraying assured passes up the park to the front trio of PA Bruce, Scott Barbour and the aforementioned Johnston.

Similarly, Bruce and Barbour looked sharp and were unlucky to make more of the chances their side created throughout the game.

In the second-half, as changes began to introduce fresher legs, Burgh youngster Steven Davidson put his side 2-0 up nine minutes before the death.

United prospect Jamie Robson, however, pulled a goal back for the visitors before the final whistle when he left ‘keeper Joe Barbour rooted to the spot from distance. The game ended 2-1.

Speaking immediately after the game, Hunter said: “They’ve a lot of talented players, and they knock the ball about well.

“Some of them will probably be full time, if not the majority, so it’s good to get a win, but the most important thing was a good run about against a quality team.”