Duthie hails double as Fraserburgh make last four

Fraserburgh Manager Mark Cowie, right, and assistant James Duthie.
Fraserburgh Manager Mark Cowie, right, and assistant James Duthie.

Fraserburgh assistant manager James Duthie hailed the two super strikes which helped them beat Inverurie Locos and reach the Aberdeenshire Shield semi finals.

The Broch edged out the Railwaymen 2-0 after extra-time at Bellslea thanks to two cracking goals from subs Greg Buchan and Sean Butcher.

Duthie, who is assistant to Mark Cowie, was delighted with the quality of the goals and pleased to win the quarter-final tie.

The win completes a double for the Broch after they beat Locos 5-0 in the Highland League on Saturday.

Duthie said: “Overall I can’t fault the players because playing the same team back to back is never easy so we’re delighted to have won twice.

“Greg Buchan has the ability in his locker, he has a great technique and strike on him.

“Sean Butcher has a great eye for goal, he played a one-two and bent it past Andy Reid, who is a superb keeper.

“In the first half we were very good and created four or five good chances.

“After performing like we did on Saturday I thought we would do well to get to that level and they did.

“We were just disappointed with the final shot or final pass.

“In the second half we weren’t as good but it was about being patient. But by the end of extra-time I felt we were getting back towards what we showed in the first half.

“You need to have intensity and then have composure on the ball and make the right decisions and we did that.”

The first chance fell for the Broch on eight minutes when Ryan Cowie’s ball down the left was missed by Mark Soutar. Scott Barbour was clear, but shot over from the left side of the box.

On 24 minutes Barbour was inches away when he dispossessed Greg Mitchell, went past Connor Rennie and then rounded goalie Andy Reid, but the striker’s shot was scrambled off the goal-line by Mitchell.

Fraserburgh dominated but couldn’t find the opener and, while they were on top, Locos did threaten just before the break.

Jordan Leyden netted but was flagged offside and home goalie Paul Leask made a smothering stop to deny Neil McLean, who had charged through.

The second half was scrappier with Willie West shooting into the side-netting for Fraserburgh from 10 yards and Leask thwarting Chris Angus when he was clean through.

In extra-time both sides pushed for a goal and it arrived with 10 minutes of the second period left.

Barbour linked with Lewis Davidson, his back-heel found sub BUCHAN on the right side of the box and from 15 yards he drilled his shot into the top left corner.

Two minutes later it was 2-0 when sub BUTCHER curled home a beauty into the bottom right corner from the left angle of the area.

Inverurie boss Neil Cooper said: “It was a completely different performance to Saturday, we put in a good performance and both teams had chances.

“Neither team took them and I thought it was harsh on us to lose two goals. The first one they scored was one that was never going to be saved, but I was pleased with the character my players showed after Saturday’s defeat.”

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