Two West goals enough for Broch to progress

Paul Leask and William West head back into the dressing room as the crowd applauds the team's performance.
Paul Leask and William West head back into the dressing room as the crowd applauds the team's performance.

A second-half brace from William West was enough to see the Broch through to the third round of this year’s Scottish Cup.

The tricky attacker had put in a shift in every department throughout the game, making mazy runs from the midfield to either box to both defend and, when the opportunity arose, convert.

Despite claiming that he had played a “nightmare” in the second round proper in Edinburgh, a game which finished 4-4, the Broch man is likely to be forgiven after a fine second-half display saw him end a string of fine saves by the City goalkeeper.

Just after the hour mark, West chased down a ball that looked destined to go out of play to deftly round the ‘keeper and prod it home.

The game had been locked in a stalemate before then, looking destined to head into penalties, Paul Leask making several world-class stops to keep the Broch level.

His counterpart, likewise, was proving the bane of Peter Alexander Bruce at the fore of Fraserburgh’s attack, the number nine finding himself booked along with the stopper for a fracas in the box before a free-kick zipped over the goal.

The occasion was upbeat, however, for both sides, the Edinburgh goalkeeper offering commentary to the Broch support behind his goal after seemingly picking up a back pass that should have seen a Broch free-kick.

Similarly, when Bruce went down with what appeared to be cramp, with the Broch ahead, a City player helped the striker stretch at the half-way line.

13 minutes after his opener, only a defensive collapse could have seen the Broch give away their lead when West found himself getting a head on a lobbed ball into the box before bodies collided in a scramble to see his effort fall into the bottom-right.

The final whistle blowing, the Broch were given a standing ovation by the crowd that remained to see them back into the dressing room, the black-and-whites set to meet Montrose in the third round of the Scottish Cup.