After the dust settled on the 1st game between FDS & Westdyke, it was down to Fraserburgh Link-Up and Banks O’Dee Albion. This was described as a warm-up game for Banks O’Dee Albion ahead of the Scottish Cup final tie against Syngenta Juveniles on Sunday. Fraserburgh weren’t going to be mugs though and gave Albion a tough spell.
Albion made a bright start to the game and should have opened the scoring with the game only 5 minutes old through Calum McKenzie however Jamie Bruce denied the talented attacker.
Fraserburgh had chances of their own and a great high ball from LJ Stephen found Ryan Sargent whose effort had to be denied by Vitali Sahhalevits. A long ball from Shaun Jappy then found Sargent however an attempted chipped effort flew over the bar.
Albion took the lead after 16 minutes after a great delivery from Connor Wood found the advancing Cameron Imrie whose glancing header flew straight into the back of the net giving Fraserburgh no chance. That is Imrie’s 3rd goal in 3 games. Not bad for a centre half!
The Spain Park outfit kept on the pressure and striker Mark Reid was next to try his luck on goal after a delivery from Connor Wood however the forwards effort just went wide.
Banks O’Dee went 2-0 up on 31 minutes after another set piece found fellow defender Lewis Duffy, whose powerful header found the bottom right hand corner.
Game over some people might have thought although Fraserburgh had other ideas.
A trip at the other end 4 minutes later gave Broch a lifeline. Some people in the ground thought it was a soft award however referee Ian Robison pointed straight to the spot.
Up stepped Dylan Ritchie who sent Sahhalevits the wrong way with his spot kick.
Banks O’Dee Albion very seldom panic though and got themselves a 2 goal advantage heading into half time after Mark Reid chased down a scrambled ball and knocked it home past Bruce to set Albion on their way to the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy.