Fraserburgh Academy’s S1 side’s dreams of progressing further in the Scottish Cup ended last Saturday.
Faced with a formidible Portlethen side, the Broch outfit battled valiantly, but could not match the power and physicality of their opponents.
Both sides probed each other for the opening ten minutes, but it was Portlethen who drew first blood. On 11 minutes, Kidd arced in a dipping corner and Parker stooped to head home from just four yards out.
The Broch response was almost instantaneous, Summer driving down the left on a great run, skipping past three tackles to release Cardno, who stepped inside the Portlethen cover, only to be pulled down.
Sutherland’s low drive from the free kick was parried by Smith, but he could do nothing as Marques showed his poacher’s instinct to flick the rebound past the keeper.
On 20 minutes, Portlethen reclaimed the advantage. Again it was the Kidd-Parker combination, stretching the Broch backline enough to give Cran the space to fire a rocket past keeper Buchan.
Gradually, Portlethan pressed forward, showing the greater cohesion. Buchan pulled off two smart saves to deny first Dornan then Parker.
Fraserburgh were finding it difficult to break down Portlethen’s well-drilled and robust defensive line. Cardno showed great control and coolness under pressure from the MacKenzie and Chalmers, but too oftern found himself isolated in attack.
Gray and Sutherland tried to drive forward, but any aerial deliveries were suffed out by the impressive MacKenzie and his back four.
Maitland was having a similar influence for Fraserburgh, but his side were gradually being forced on to the back foot.
In Maitland, Fraserburgh have a sweeper of considerable potential. Along with Gray and Duthie, he worked tirelessly to stop the Portlethen tide.
On 25 minutes, the dam broke. Dornan poked home from another Kidd corner, before Cran pouncing on a lose ball after keeper Buchan had worked downders to deny Kidd. The striker had looked certain to score, but Buchan foiled him, only for Cran to stabbed home the rebound.
On 34 minutes, Dornan added Portlethen’s fifth. Cran was the provider this time and picked out Dornan for his second. Fraserburgh hopes of regrouping after half time dissolved when Kidd ghosted through to make it 6-1 just after the interval.
MacKenzie’s influence grew in the second half, making bold runs from defence and stroking the ball forward to create more opportunities.
Yet, the Broch dug in; Kerr, Stephen and Ritchie trying to limit Portlethen’s options.
Gray showed great spirit to link with Kerr and Duncan, picking out the skillful Cardno, but the striker too oftern found himself surrounded.
On 40 minutes, Fraserburgh should have added to their tally.
Gray, Marques and Cardno combining to work a great move, their side’s best of the game, for Gray to find the space to rifle in a shot that keeper Smith took well.
Sutherland nad Thomson were involved in a great duel on the flank, but as Rennie and MacKenzie pressed forward, Portlethen bagged another.
MacKenzie strode forward lifting the ball over the Broch back line for Kidd to burst forward and lob Buchan from ten yards out.
As Fraserburgh struggled to clear the ball on 56 minutes, Cran nippe4d in to take advantage of tired legs and make the final score 8-1.
Fraserburgh Academy:- Jordan Buchan, Owen Duthie, Marc Summer, Kristopher Maitland, Arron Gray, Tiago Marques, Paul Ritchie, John Cardno, Owne Sutherland, Gary Kerr, Bruce Stephen, Ethan Duncan and Reece Taylor.
Portlethen Academy:- Darryn Smith, Haydn Unwin, Reece Chalmers, Callum Main, Stewart Rennie, Daniel MacKenzie, Aiden CRan, Matthew Kidd, Liam Parker, Saxon Thomson, Jak Dornan and Aaron McDonald.