Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC followed up their Scottish Cup quarter-final triumph against Tynecastle last week with another impressive win, this time against title rivals Albion BC.
Fraserburgh raced into a three goal lead after 27 minutes thanks to goals from Bailey Simpson, Drew Masson and Sean Douglas. Albion responded well and snatched two goals before half-time to make it 2-3 at the interval. Albion had the momentum and came out swinging in the second half but Fraserburgh rode the storm and secured a 2-5 victory thanks to another goal each from Simpson and Douglas.
After the match, Fraserburgh manager Colin Simpson said his team are putting their upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final to the back of their minds.
He said: “We need to concentrate domestically now, on the cups and league. The Scottish Cup is just a bonus.
“Today’s result will be a big result. A lot of people were looking out for this game.”
Despite hitting both Tynecastle and Albion for five in a week, Simpson is keeping his players’ feet on the ground.
He said: “We are enjoying it but still keeping it at one game at a time. It’s still early doors and there is a lot of football to be played.
“This could be a potentially big season for us but at the end of the day, we haven’t won anything yet.”
Before the match Albion boasted a 100% record with nine wins from nine. Fraserburgh entered the match with four wins and one draw from five games.
Fraserburgh started quickly and opened the scoring after six minutes. Good work by Sean Douglas saw him burst into the box and evade two challenges before releasing the ball for Bailey Simpson who shot low and through the goalkeeper’s legs from eight yards.
Albion’s Mitchell Cheyne tried to respond immediately and he beat two players in the middle of the park before dragging his shot marginally wide from 20 yards.
But it was Fraserburgh who scored again in the 16th minute. A long free kick from Scott Roger was only cleared as far as Drew Masson 14 yards out and he swept the ball into the far top corner of the goal.
Things got worse for a shell-shocked Albion team and crowd when the visitors made it 0-3 after 27 minutes. A long hopeful ball from defence wasn’t dealt with and Douglas nipped in to prod the ball past the goalkeeper and into the net.
The fear of a half-time rollicking then had an effect on the Albion players as they scored two quick goals before the interval.
First, a great touch by Cameron Moultrie set him free on goal and his cross/shot was bundled into his own net by a Fraserburgh defender.
Then a minute before half-time Albion scored again. A corner into the middle of the 18-yard box was met by the onrushing and completely unmarked Laurie Cunningham who side-foot-volleyed the ball into the top corner from 10 yards.