Fraserburgh Football Club ran out to a 4-1 home defeat against Dundee United, the visitors scoring three goals in the first-half to put the game beyond reach.
Tempers also began to flare as legs tired on the damp night, last Wednesday, with the referee, Nick Walsh, brandishing yellow cards to both Johnny Chalmers and Willie West and awarding United two penalties for separate, in-the-box incidents.
The Broch, however, came out for the second-half looking like a different side, manager Kris Hunter encouraging his side to continue to play the pressing football supporters have grown accustomed to with the former Turriff boss at the helm.
On the scoresheet already for Dundee at this point was Jordan Moore, Dale Hilson and Reighan Tumilty before Grant Noble scored a consolation goal for the Broch in the second-half.
The Broch, unfortunately, continued to be placed under pressure by the visitors, culminating in Marc Dickson offering United another chance on goal through their second penalty of the evening, an opportunity Jordan Allan stepped up to slot past Jonathan Dunbar for their fourth.
Speaking with The Fraserburgh Herald after the game, Hunter said: “I think we got shown up a bit in the first-half, I think we gave them a wee bitty too much respect.
“We got it organised a wee bit in the second-half, and I’m looking at the second-half performance and not the first-half. We’ve drawn 1-1 with a very talented team.”
Commenting on the Dundee United side fielded at Bellslea, Hunter said it was “probably the best young team I’ve seen in a lot of years.”
“They were very comfortable on the ball, well drilled, and a lot of them have got a big future on the ball because they never hide and they’re always wanting on it. They’ve got plenty of confidence,” he added.
Fraserburgh will now look to open their Highland League account with a win against Nairn when the season begins on Saturday.
Kick-off for the season opener is scheduled for 3pm.
The new Highland League season will also see Fraserburgh Football Club host their annual golf tournament on August 30 and a business lunch at the Marcliff Hotel, Aberdeen, on September 13.