Breedon Scottish Highland Football League, Clachnacuddin v Fraserburgh, Saturday 6th April 2019
By Mark Simpson
Barbour at the double as Broch down Clach
The Broch went into this match knowing that two wins would cement a third place finish after another record breaking season. They were boosted by the returns of Lewis Davidson & Paul Young with William West lining up in defence for his first start since November. The bench had a youthful look about it with Andrew Hannar & Tyler Chicken named amongst the substitutes.
The visitors started well and both Paul Campbell and Kieran Simpson had half chances in the first five minutes. The first big chance came on 12 minutes when Ryan Cowie's corner to the back post was turned towards goal by Lewis Davidson but it hit the post and went wide.
The home side took the lead with their first attack on 15 minutes when a free kick from the right by Kieran Chalmers was played into the Broch penalty area and Martin Callum met it 8 yards out to bullet home a header. The Broch almost made an immediate response when Greg Buchan saw his hooked shot drop just over the crossbar.
The equaliser was only delayed by four minutes when Paul Young's ball forward caused indecision in the Clach defence and Scott Barbour nipped in between them and the goalkeeper to flick the ball into the empty net from the edge of the box with a cool finish. The Broch continued to press forward and were unlucky not to take the lead on 31 minutes when a good passing movement ended with Greg Buchan's cross being met by Sean Butcher but he saw his header tipped over by Douglas MacLennan.
A minute later Sean Butcher dribbled past three Clach defenders before firing in a shot which the Clach keeper somehow managed to divert over the crossbar. The home side were dangerous on the break though and on 37 minutes Aidan Wilson ghosted past Kieran Simpson at the edge of the box before firing in an effort which Edward Flinn did well to save.
Half Time: Clachnacuddin 1 Fraserburgh 1
The second half started with the visitors continuing to dominate proceedings and Ryan Cowie almost caught out the home keeper when his corner from the right dipped towards the goal and had to be clawed away at the last minute. The Broch took the lead on the hour when Lewis Davidson's looped cross from the right was met by Scott Barbour six yards out and he nodded home.
Two minutes later and the visitors went further ahead when Scott Barbour picked the ball up wide on the left and clipped the ball into Paul Campbell who laid it off to Greg Buchan and he found the top right hand corner for the net with the aid of a slight deflection. It was almost 4-1 a minute later when Scott Barbour latched onto a loose ball but Douglas MacLennan did well to thwart the Broch forward.
The Broch's top scorer then missed a guilt edged chance to complete his hat-trick as a long kick out by Edward Flinn was misjudged by a Clach defender and the ball fell into the path of Scott Barbour who raced in on goal but pulled his shot wide of the left hand upright.
On 75 minutes Lewis Davidson met a clearance flush on the volley at the edge of the box but somehow Douglas MacLennan managed to tip the ball over to deny the Broch defender his third goal of the season. With two minutes remaining Aidan Wilson kept the ball alive at the edge of the Broch penalty area and when it broke to Blair Lawrie he rifled the ball past Edward Flinn into the net.
Full Time: Clachnacuddin 2 Fraserburgh 3
Clachnacuddin: Douglas MacLennan, Paul Smith, Michael Finnis, Sean Webb, Martin MacDonald, John MacAskill, Blair Lawrie, Martin Callum (Alasdair Gillies 58), Scott Dunn (Colin Macrae 82), Kieran Chalmers (James Beeston 82), Aidan Wilson.
Subs not used: Dominick Edwards, Liam McDade, James Fraser, James Anderson.
Goalscorers: Martin Callum (15), Blair Lawrie (88).
Fraserburgh: Edward Flinn, Lewis Davidson, Greg Buchan (Tyler Chicken 83), Ryan Cowie, Kieran Simpson, Michael Rae, Paul Young, William West, Paul Campbell (Aidan Combe 68), Sean Butcher (Andrew Hannar 87), Scott Barbour.
Subs not used: Cameron Buchan, Joe Barbour.
Goalscorers: Scott Barbour (20 & 60), Greg Buchan (62).
Match Officials: Referee: Darren Munro, Assistant Referees: John Nicolson & Gary Falconer.