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Fraserburgh's Scottish Cup momentum topples previously perfect Albion

Albion BC 2

Own Goal 35, Cunningham 39

Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC 5

Simpson 6, 77. Masson 16. Douglas 27, 70
  • Sunday, 16 February 2014
  • Spain Park
  • Under 15´s
  • ADJFA League A

Scott McPherson | YFS North Region Journalist
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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. 
 
  • Half Time:
  • Albion BC
  • 2-3
  • Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC
Albion’s best chance to equalise came from another Cammy Stephen corner but winger Ryan Silvers could only head over the crossbar at the back post. 
 
10 minutes from time Fraserburgh scored a fourth goal to double their lead. A loose ball was met by Douglas 25 yards from goal and his sweet left foot strike flew over the goalkeeper and into the top corner. 
 
The visitors then scored again three minutes from time to add shine to the score line. A Fraserburgh corner wasn’t dealt with and the ball struck the near post before falling nicely for Simpson to tap in from a couple of yards. 
 
Fraserburgh took the points on the day but there is no doubting that these two teams, along with Dyce, will be contesting for the league title at the end of the season. 
 
  • Full Time:
  • Albion BC
  • 2-5
  • Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC

Lineups

Albion BC
Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC

1. Cameron Jarvie
2. Craig Armstrong
3. Cameron Cheyne
4. Jamie Hay
5. Lewis Paton
6. Laurie Cunningham
7. Jack Odlin
8. Mitchell Cheyne
9. Cameron Moultrie
10. Sam Robertson
11. Ryan Silvers
12. Jordon Reid
15. Matthew Cumming
17. Finlay Johnston

1. Sean Smith
4. Bruce Mair
5. Nathan Stuart
6. Scott Roger
7. Blair Fraser
9. Bailey Simpson
10. Kane McCrory
11. Drew Masson
12. Scott Gilmartin
14. Jack Simpson
15. Jordan Mowat
16. Evan Dyka
21. Nathan Stott
22. Sean Douglas

Star Player
Albion BC
Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC
Laurie Cunningham. The defender never shirked a tackle and was continually trying to gee up his teammates throughout the game. Topped off his performance with a goal.
Fraserburgh's front three of Bailey Simpson, Sean Douglas and Kane McRory could have all be picked for this. But I'm going for Sean Douglas. Not just for his two goals but his all round play. Kept going until the last minute, hassling defenders and never giving them a seconds time. Was also directly involved in three of the five goals.
Magic Moment
Albion BC
Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC
Mitchell Cheyne's slalom run which saw him beat two players in the middle of the park deserved to end in a goal.
Sean Douglas' second goal, a sweet left foot shot from 25 yards which flew in to the top corner and wrapped up the game for his team.
Club Views
Albion BC
Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC
Greg Moir, coach of Albion BC, said:

"I think on the day we were very poor at the back. We had a couple of boys missing which didn't really help.

"We gave them a three goal start, a lot of easy goals were given away. We've told the boys they need to be stronger in those situations because you're not going to win if you've give teams a three goal start.

"On another day with a better set up at the back it could have been a different outcome.

"Fraserburgh are a good team. They're energetic, strong and physical and unfortunately our boys didn't match that. Technically and ability wise we have everything they have and if not more."
Colin Simpson, manager of Fraserburgh, said:

"Hard game. Our guys did well, took their goals well. We didn't have a full squad, a few boys pulled out late on with colds and stuff.

"Working as a team, everyone working for each other; we're enjoying it."
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