Evening Express

Huntly eye Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup run as they see off Fraserburgh

Pictured are Fraserburgh's Michael Rae and Huntly's Glenn Murison Picture by DARRELL BENNS.

Huntly caretaker manager Martin Skinner believes they can go all the way in the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup after winning their first-round tie.

A double from Matthew McDonald gave the Black and Golds a 2-1 win against Fraserburgh at Bellslea to set up a second round tie with Deveronvale.

Skinner, who has been in temporary charge since Charlie Charlesworth’s resignation just over a fortnight ago, believes the Strathbogie side can have a good run in the Shire Cup.

He said: “I’m delighted for the boys because they put in a hell of a shift.

“It’s a tough place to come on a Wednesday night but we dug in well.

“A cup run is there for us, we’re through the first round so we’ll apply ourselves fully to every cup game and hopefully we can win it.”

Skinner also praised goal-hero McDonald and added: “Matthew missed two easier chances but he took his goals well.

“He works hard for you and creates chances, he’s been struggling for goals so it’s good for him to get going.”

Skinner has admitted he would be keen to manage Huntly on a permanent basis as Charlesworth’s successor.

He said: “I don’t know (about his chances). I’ll sit down and speak to people, this results helps me. But it was the players that won the game so they have to take credit for it.”

The Broch threatened in the second minute when Scott Barbour spun his defender and fired inches wide from 15 yards.

On the half-hour the Black and Golds almost took the lead.

A ball down the left from Blair Johnston found Paul Napier, his flick into the area set up McDonald, but keeper Paul Leask was out quickly to smother the shot.

Three minutes from half-time Huntly did lead. A long ball was flicked on and McDONALD was in behind the defence and, with Leask slightly off his line, the striker produced a brilliant lob to score from the edge of the box.

The lead didn’t last though, two minutes later the Broch got a free-kick on the left, Graham Johnston drove the ball in, Euan Storrier parried but straight off Michael CLARK who diverted it into his own net.

Huntly led again on 65 minutes when Napier slipped the ball through for McDONALD, who had evaded the offside trap, 12 yards out, Leask got a touch to his shot but couldn’t keep it out.

Fraserburgh responded with Paul Campbell heading sub Sean Butcher’s cross from the right against the left post on 75 minutes.

With eight minutes to go Huntly had Gary McGowan sent off for a gesture towards the crowd.

And on 86 minutes Barbour flicked Greg Buchan’s cross on to the right post – but despite Fraserburgh’s best efforts they couldn’t equalise.