Hunter’s lads falter as Huntly progress in Cup

Huntly beat Fraserburgh 3-2 in extra-time.
Huntly beat Fraserburgh 3-2 in extra-time.

Kris Hunter’s Fraserburgh side were unable to turn over Gregg Carrol’s Huntly side last weekend, the Burgh dumped out of the Highland League Cup as a result of a 3-2 loss.

Huntly, who had been on four-game losing streak before bouncing back with their win on Saturday, will now progress to the quarter-finals of the competition, the last piece of silverware available for the teams left in Brora Rangers’ wake in the Highland League.

With Huntly’s players keen to impress their new manager and Fraserburgh’s Steven Davidson, who had come on as a second-half substitute, given his marching orders shortly after his arrival for an altercation with Michael Hart, the game was always going to favour the home side.

Into extra-time, with the game still level at 0-0, Huntly’s Grant Campbell broke forward past the Broch midfield, laying on a ball to David Booth who, in turn, converted.

Not to be outdone, Fraserburgh’s reply was quick, William West using his initiative - and head - to nod the ball into the back of the net past a stranded Huntly ‘keeper.

Again Huntly would go ahead, Marek Madle putting his side in front in the second-half of extra-time with a good effort after Pawel Nowacki’s work down the right-wing.

It was then Scott Barbour’s turn to play the role of the Burgh hero, bringing the score back to parity with a picture-perfect effort that glided between the sticks to bring the score to 2-2.

Madle, however, put the game to rest with the last goal of the game, setting up Huntly’s tie in the next round of the competition.

For Fraserburgh, meanwhile, the side will perhaps bemoan their luck in front of goal. A first-half penalty could have put the visitors in front, and perhaps changed the course of the game, but Barbour, who on any other day would have been odds-on to score, sent the ball high and over the goal.

With the Highland League Cup now over for the Burgh, the Highland League title looking likely to go to Brora Rangers, and their triumphs in the Scottish Cup behind them, the Bellslea side at least have a good foundation - better than most - to build upon for next season.

Fraserburgh will continue the last of their remaining league games this Saturday with a trip to Formartine United, finishing as high as possible now the main target.

The Supporters Club will run a bus to the game, leaving the harbour offices at 1pm on March 22.