Category: Fraserburgh

Fraserburgh 1-2 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 1st August 2015

Two second half goals from substitute Ryan Green helped Lossiemouth to their first win at Fraserburgh in almost ten years. Ryan Christie scored for the hosts early on as Lossie’s poor record at Bellslea looked like continuing, but an improved second half performance saw Lossie turn the game around.

The Coasters started with Connor Hall in goals, while Shawn Scott was absent through injury and Scott Miller missed out due to suspension, having been sent off in midweek against Brora. Fraserburgh were much changed from their previous meeting with Lossie in March, with top goal scorer Scott Barbour having departed with Kris Hunter to Formartine.

The game started in sunny conditions, with barely a cloud in the sky and a stiff breeze in Lossie’s favour. The conditions did nothing to draw a performance from the visitors, however, and after only eleven minutes Fraserburgh took the lead. A deep cross to the far post was left by everyone and an unmarked Ryan CHRISTIE stooped to head the ball past Hall.

Lossie were struggling to keep up with the hosts play and shortly after the goal the Broch missed a number of chances to double their lead. A shot from inside the area came back off the crossbar, and David Chambers was in the right place to prevent a goal bound effort from crossing the line. At the other end, Lossie slowly familiarised themselves with Broch goalkeeper Scott Cowe, who watched as a couple of long-range efforts flew past his goal.

A pitch invasion by a startled rabbit proved to be one of the more entertaining moments of the remainder of the half as Fraserburgh ran out of ideas, and Lossie saw the game through to the break without further loss.

HALF TIME – Fraserburgh 1-0 Lossiemouth

The blue skies of the first half disappeared during the interval and were replaced by clouds as black as the stripes on the home sides kit, and before the teams trotted back out the heavens had opened and torrential rain was falling. The second half was only a few minutes old when referee Tam Shaw withdrew the players from the pitch as first the rain, and then the thunder and lightning, worsened. A delay of almost fifteen minutes saw the visiting support seek cover from the elements in the dugout, before the sides reappeared and the game restarted.

The Broch managed a couple of early efforts at goal as the second half trudged on, with Hall reacting quickly to a pair of Johnston free kicks, pushing one away and holding another on the ground.

The game turned on a pair of substitutions made just before the hour. Joao Rodriguez and Jordan Main, the only survivor from the last time Lossie won at Bellslea, were replaced by Ally Bellingham and Ryan Green, and within a dozen or so minutes Lossie were in front.

The equaliser came from a free kick into the area and, once the ball had evaded the heads of two Broch players, it fell to the feet of GREEN, who had time for a touch before drilling a low left footed shot beyond Cowe

Seven minutes later Lossie moved in front, as the towering GREEN got his head to the ball at the back post and powered it over the line, despite a two handed attempt at a save from Cowe.

Lossie were now in command and with the weather brightening towards the end of the game, the Coasters did too, keeping Fraserburgh at arm’s length and never looking like conceding what would have been an undeserved equaliser, at least on the second half showing from both sides.

Lossiemouth now face Clachnacuddin at Grant Park this coming weekend, while Fraserburgh travel to Rothes.

FULL TIME – Fraserburgh 1-2 Lossiemouth

LOSSIEMOUTH – Connor Hall, Tony Ross, Jordan Main (Ally Bellingham 60), Chris Ross, Kevin Flett, Mark Hector, Ryan Farquhar, Willie Mathers, Ross Archibald (Bryan Bell 88), Joao Rodrigues (Ryan Green 60), David Chambers; Unused subs – Scott Gordon, Cameron Farquhar

FRASERBURGH – Scott Cowe, Marc Dickson, Bryan Hay, Ryan Cowie (Courtney Cooper), Ryan Christie, Stuart Taylor, John Chalmers (Jordi Walker 85), Willie West, PA Bruce, Graham Johnston, Grant Noble (Cameron Buchan); Unused subs – Aidan Combe, Russell McBride, Dean Cowie

REFEREE – Thomas Shaw

Lossiemouth 1-1 Fraserburgh – SHFL – 31st August 2013

Lossiemouth earned a second point of the season with a draw at home to Fraserburgh. Errol Watsons first half penalty save knocked the wind out of the visitors sails, and Scott Miller opened the scoring in the second half before Graham Johnston levelled for the Broch, denying Lossie all three points.

Lossie started with last weeks goalscorer Willie Mathers on the field, while Liam Archibald looked on from the bench and Kevin Grant was missing.The Broch went into the game on the back of a 4-1 defeat at home to Brora Rangers, winning their fifth game out of five in the league this season.

The Broch had the better of the opening exchanges, with a stiff wind influencing play. Both sides had chances but the visitors certainly looked the more likely to score in the opening period.

Lossie were close to going behind when Bruce found himself in possession and unmarked on the edge of the penalty area. Given the eyes by Watson, Bruce played the ball across the face of goal knowing the merest touch would send it over the line, but his side were denied by a fine sliding clearance by Callum Dunbar, who sent the ball high over the bar.

The lively figure of Bruce was influential once more and a foul on the former Huntly man in the area saw Fraserburgh awarded a penalty. Grant Noble stepped up and attempted to place the ball in the corner, but Errol Watson guessed correctly and palmed the ball round the post for a corner.

Half time – Lossiemouth 0-0 Fraserburgh

Lossie took the lead a few minutes after the restart. A foul on Ricky Wardrop on the edge of the area offered Callum Dunbar the chance to strike at goal, but the on loan youngster drilled a low free kick into the box, and Scott MILLER was on hand at the back post to prod the ball beyond Leask.

The second half was quieter in terms of genuine chances created than the first, with Lossie keeping Fraserburgh at arms length. Most of the action following the Lossie goal came from corners created by the hosts, ensuring Paul Leask had plenty to do.

Fraserburgh carved out an equaliser with fifteen minutes left. Scott Fowlie set up Graham JOHNSTON for a finish inside the six yard area that left penalty hero Watson with no chance.

The game petered out with little in the way of incident following the leveller, and while the Broch will be disappointed to have left with only a point following their first half dominance, the result ends a run of three straight defeats. Lossie picked up another point, and a second which was missed out on last season, moving the Coasters into 16th place ahead of the upcoming trip to Brora Rangers.

Full time – Lossiemouth 1-1 Fraserburgh

Fraserburgh 2-4 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 24th December 2005

Lossie produced the shock result of the season so far this weekend with a comprehensive victory over Fraserburgh at Bellslea Park. Goals from Martin McMullan, Craig Morrison, Dougie Coull and Jordan Main ensured a 4-2 victory in a game the Coasters never looked like losing.

With Lossie suffering an injury crisis, Tommy Madden recruited three players from local junior side Lossiemouth Utd to bolster the ranks. Darren Watson and Dougie Coull started their first ever Highland League games, with Gordon Riddoch making a welcome return to the side.

Only five minutes had elapsed before Coull showed he had what it takes to make an impact, heading just wide from a corner. The debutant had the ball in the net shortly after, but his effort was in vain as the linesman flagged for offside, despite the ball going in off a defender.

Michael Stephen was next to go close and found himself clean through on Steve Dunn, but the Highland League Player of The Year failed to show his usual accuracy in front of goal and fired straight at the keeper.

Twenty-three minutes and Lossie took the lead. William West under hit a back pass to Billy Gordon in goals, and Craig Morrison raced in to take advantage. The ball deflected off the goalkeeper, only to fall at the feet of Martin MCMULLAN, who made no mistake.

Fraserburgh were creating chance after chance to score, but were displaying none of their usual sharpness in front of goal. Their best chance came after half an hour, when Michael Stephen drilled a low ball across the face of goal, only for Derek Milne to sky it over the bar from a couple of yards out. A Few minutes later, Ryan Christie nodded a corner goal bound, but could only watch as the ball cracked off the centre of the crossbar.

Five minutes before half time, the visitors doubled their lead. An accurate pass out to Morrison on the wing saw him beat Cowie and bear down on Gordon in goal, and from twenty yards Lossies top scorer could only drive the ball against the keeper. Fortunately for MORRISON, the ball rebounded nicely, and he drilled it low and hard under Gordon to double Lossies advantage.

Before the interval arrived, Steve Dunn produced the save of the game so far, stopping a Gavin Weymss header from point blank range before McMullan cleared. Ellis found time to test Gordon in the Broch goal from 18 yards, but the elderly keeper was equal to the shot, and the home side held on until the break.

Half time – Fraserburgh 0-2 Lossiemouth

Martin McMullan came out for the second half and immediately caused Fraserburgh problems, starting with a long-range shot that went just wide of the post. Minutes later, it took a last ditch tackle from William West on the very edge of the box to prevent McMullan from shooting. Lossie finished their early dominant spell when a McMullan cross swung into the box and just missed the outstretched leg of Morrison at the back post.

Fraserburgh needed a goal quickly, and got one midway through the second half. Derek Milne and Kevin Norris passed the ball around the Lossie defence before it broke to MILNE, who scuffed it in from close range. It wasn’t pretty, but it hauled the Broch back into the game, albeit temporarily.

Less than a minute later, Lossie extended their advantage once again. Milne, who had just hauled his side back into contention, was at fault, being dispossessed on the edge of his own box by Dougie COULL, who rammed a left footed strike home for the Coasters third.

Amazingly, from kick-off, Fraserburgh again pulled a goal back through Graham JOHNSTON, who side footed home from 12 yards after some careless defending.

The scoring was complete a minute later, when Jordan MAIN took advantage of some less than clinical defending from Johnstone to fire home from 12 yards.

Fraserburgh were still pushing for a third goal until late on, but when David Hendry produced a diving headed clearance from the goal-line to deny the home side a third, the game was over for the Broch, who have taken only one point from a possible six against Lossiemouth this season, and must consider themselves outsiders for the title, given that their rivals have all run riot over the Coasters in recent weeks.

And so the year ends on a high for Lossie, who produced a performance the likes of which hasn’t been seen in many a year, particularly at Bellslea. With Rothes up next, and trips to Fort William and Wick Academy all in January, the next few weeks represents a real chance for Lossie to put some points on the board and start to restore some respectability after the nightmare that was (most of) December.

Full time – Fraserburgh 2-4 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth – Steven Dunn; Darran Watson, Gary Youngson, Steven Dixon (Jordan Main, 46), Gareth Smith, David Hendry, Martin McMullan, Steven Ellis, Dougie Coull, Craig Morrison, Gordon Riddoch (Stewart, 80)