Nine-man Broch hold out for deserved point

The Broch showed determined spirit to snatch a point after going down to nine men.
The Broch showed determined spirit to snatch a point after going down to nine men.

Nine-man Fraserburgh battled to a well-earned point against champions Brora on Saturday.

It was the home side that almost took the lead in the game when the ball went over the foot of Broch defender Bryan Hay and Andrew Greig took full advantage, but Broch goalie Cowe brilliantly saved his effort.

The Broch then forced four corners in quick succession but the Brora defence proved too much and dealt with the threat.

Fraserburgh continued to press forward and Brora goalie Joe Malin had to look sharp to push away a 25-yard effort from Scott Fowlie.

With just ten minutes of the first half remaining Brora had the ball in the net thanks to an inswinging Sutherland corner, but Cowe was ajudged to have been impeded and the effort was chalked off.

However, just four minutes later the home side went ahead when Gavin Morrison’s free kick found Dale Gillespie and he headed a beautiful goal into the roof of the net.

Brora went in at the break a goal to the good, but their lead was short-lived when only seven minutes after the re-start Fraserburgh got on level terms.

Barbour ghosted past James Ross and a tremendous ball into the six-yard box found Willie West who poked the ball home with the simplest of taps.

And Barbour almost gave the visitors the lead in the 66th minute with a 20-yard shot, but it was tipped over by Malin.

Fraserburgh were reduced to ten minu in teh 73rd minute when Cooper picked up a second yellow card.

Worse was to come when only four minutes later Broch captain Russell McBride headed to the tunnel after picking up his second yellow of the game.

Brora pushed forward in a bid to find the winner, but the Broch defence remained resolute and the home side had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Commenting after the game, Brora’s Colin Williamson praised the visitors’ efforts.

“They came and gave it a go to be fair on a heavy pitch.

“We did have our chances but they defended really well,” he said.

Fraserburgh are on their travels again this weekend when they take on Cove Rangers in the Highland League on Saturday.