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G Johnston (85' Sent Off)
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Wed 31 Jan 19:30 - Cup Attendance 1,865

William Hill Scottish FA Cup 4th Round, Fraserburgh v Rangers, Wednesday 31st January 2018, Bellslea Park, Fraserburgh

Broch bow out with heads held high and Windass treble sees Gers through.

Josh Windass' hat-trick steered Rangers to victory over Fraserburgh and passage into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup. Windass opened the scoring with a first-half penalty, after Jason Holt went down under Ryan Cowie's challenge. The midfielder scored twice in 12 second-half minutes to seal his treble. Fraserburgh's night got worse when Graham Johnston was sent off for a foul on Joe Dodoo, two minutes after coming on. The Ibrox side now face Ayr United at Somerset Park in the next round.

It was a dream fixture for Fraserburgh's players, who must have struggled to focus at work throughout the day with kick off looming. The tight arena, with supporters almost crowding the touchline, helped generate a wonderful atmosphere. Anything other than a Rangers win would have been one of the biggest shocks of any Scottish Cup campaign. It didn't materialise, but the home side deserve credit for making a game of it even when they were clearly beaten. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, they started offensively, using the wind behind them to try to pressure their lofty opponents.

Marc Dickson struck an early effort that was way off target, but still encouraging for manager Mark Cowie. The home side maintained a threat in the opening stages before Rangers began to assert more control. Niko Kranjcar slipped a clever ball in behind for Jason Cummings, but home goalkeeper Peter Tait raced off his line to save well. It was Kranjcar's next flick on the edge of the box that led to the key opening goal, a little creativity that Fraserburgh lacked for all their endeavour. Jason Holt gathered the pass, then trod on the ball as he was challenged by Ryan Cowie. The award of a penalty seemed harsh, but Windass arrowed the ball into the corner.

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Fraserburgh retained their focus when they might have lost their way. They had a penalty claim turned down when William West went to ground with Lee Hodson holding, but referee Greg Aitken was unmoved. Kranjcar came close to a second when he fired from inside the box with the ball skimming off the top of the crossbar. Referee Aitken had another penalty decision to deliberate when Holt went down again under a challenge from Bryan Hay, but waved play on. The home side were never overawed and determinedly stuck to their task, limiting Rangers to few clear chances.

Half Time: Fraserburgh 0 Rangers 1

They were eventually undone by a simple goal. Kranjcar fed Windass, who slammed home easily with no opponent near him. The tie was won and Windass completed an impressive personal performance when he cut in from the left and struck home low past Peter Tait. It turned a touch sour when substitute Graham Johnston lunged into a challenge on Dodoo, receiving a red card just three minutes after coming off the bench. Rangers had progressed comfortably, efficiently navigating the challenge in front of them.

Full Time: Fraserburgh 0 Rangers 3

Fraserburgh: Peter Tait, Marc Dickson, Bryan Hay, Ryan Cowie, Ryan Christie (Paul Campbell 68), Dean Cowie,
Jamie Beagrie, William West (Michael Rae 69), Gary Harris (Graham Johnston 83), Paul Young, Lewis Davidson.
Subs not used: Aidan Combe, Cameron Buchan, Greg Buchan, Edward Flinn.

Rangers: Jak Alnwick, Declan John, Fabio Cardoso, Josh Windass (Eduardo Herrera 71), Andrew Halliday, Lee Hodson,
Niko Kranjcar, Daniel Candeias (Jamie Murphy 78), Jason Holt, David Bates, Jason Cummings (Joe Dodoo 71).
Subs not used: Liam Kelly, Sean Goss, Aidan Wilson, Alfredo Morelos.
Goalscorers: Josh Windass (15 (pen, 55 & 67).

Match Officials - Referee: Greg Aitken, Assistant Referees: Sean Carr & Calum Spence, Fourth Official: Steven Reid.

Post-match reaction - Fraserburgh manager Mark Cowie: "The effort over the piece was incredible. "I've played in that type of game where you're up against top, top opposition. We're playing one of the top sides in the country and it's going to be difficult. Okay, it was 3-0 but there weren't too many clear-cut chances. "The Fraserburgh fans are great and they turn out in their numbers to support us week in, week out. It's a day for them and a day for the players."

Rangers manager Graeme Murty on Sky Sports: "The conditions played a part, but it was a clean sheet, a win, three goals and we're pleased to be through. "There was definitely an improvement in the second half. I was a little bit frustrated [at half-time], we were opening spaces up then turning back. You can't keep on doing that. We looked a threat, but played 70% of the game from 50 yards out. We didn't penetrate. "I have to be calm in how I look at it. The pitch was hard, the game won't be like that in the Premier League. The most important thing was that we got through and nobody is injured. "It was three good goals [from Windass] but I spent 20 minutes telling him to run forward, so that he engaged the back line. He's good on one v ones and we wanted him to do that more often than drop deep. "When he gets the ball, he can accelerate the game, so we want him to do that more. Three goals, he's quite happy in the changing room."

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Red Card Graham Johnston is sent off for Fraserburgh

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85:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Graham Johnston is sent off for Fraserburgh
83:00 Sub Off
Gary Harris is substituted off for Fraserburgh
83:00 Sub On
Graham Johnston is substituted on for Fraserburgh
76:00 Yellow Card
Gary Harris is yellow carded for Fraserburgh
69:00 Sub Off
William West is substituted off for Fraserburgh
69:00 Sub On
Michael Rae is substituted on for Fraserburgh
68:00 Sub Off
Ryan Christie is substituted off for Fraserburgh
68:00 Sub On
Paul Campbell is substituted on for Fraserburgh
52:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Christie is yellow carded for Fraserburgh
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  • Fraserburgh
  • Rangers
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  • Ryan Christie Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Ryan Christie Sub Off 68:00'
  • Paul Campbell Sub On 68:00'
  • William West Sub Off 69:00'
  • Michael Rae Sub On 69:00'
  • Gary Harris Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Gary Harris Sub Off 83:00'
  • Graham Johnston Sub On 83:00'
  • Graham Johnston Red Card 85:00'

Team selection

Tait, Peter Tait, Peter
Davidson, Lewis Davidson, Lewis
Cowie, Ryan Cowie, Ryan
Hay, Bryan Hay, Bryan
Cowie, Dean Cowie, Dean
Christie, Ryan Christie, Ryan
Dickson, Marc Dickson, Marc
Beagrie, Jamie Beagrie, Jamie
Young, Paul Young, Paul
West, William West, William
Harris, Gary Harris, Gary

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