INAUGURATION PART TWO IN DEBUT DAY AT THE DUDGEON
Brora Rangers 6-2 Deveronvale
Scorers: Davidson 9 (og), Graham 11, Macleod 15, 60 (pen), Greig 42, Begg 45, Ballard 46+2, Ross 51
Debutants Scott Graham and Kyle Macleod both netted as the Cattachs closed the gap on league leaders Buckie Thistle to three points with a convincing win over yet another inexperienced and patched-up Deveronvale side.
Steve Dolan's youngsters travelled to Sutherland without several senior players including Scott & Steven Fraser, Chris Blackhall, Graeme Watt and Kevin Souter and were over-run and outmuscled by the experienced title chasers although the Banffers did put up a fight, slotting in two goals right at the end of the first half to give their hosts something to think about over the break but a fifth goal six minutes into the second period killed their young spirits.
Former Forres midfielder Scott Graham almost got his career at Dudgeon Park off to the perfect start when he was played in behind the Vale reshuffled defence by Andrew Greig but Grant Pennet did well to block with his legs as the keeper raced from his goalmouth minutes after kick-off.
Pennet did even better moments later as he threw himself to his left to pluck Ally Macdonald's curling set-piece out of the air as it looked to nestle in the top corner of his netting.
Andrew Greig was at the heart of everything early on and the number eleven came close to opening the scoring when he cut-inside marker Lewis Dunbar and fired an effort at goal which Grant Pennet finger-tipped wide for a fruitless corner.
The goal was coming and it wasn't a surprises Andrew Greig was involved, the wingers cross from the left being headed beyond his own keeper by the unfortunate Steven Davidson.
Things got worse for Steve Dolan's side as the second followed just two minutes later, Scott Graham out-jumping the Vale defence to head Andrew Greig's deep cross past the helpless Grant Pennet with the visitors temporarily down to ten men due to an injury to debutant Kyle Willox.
Brora killed the game with just fifteen minutes on the clock when Kyle Macleod blasted home from close range after Grant Pennet had parried a Steven Ross header following a corner from the left.
Scott Graham should have made it four midway through the half but volleyed over the top after being picked out unmarked at the back post by who else, Andrew Greig.
The Cattachs did make it four however when Steven Ross raced in behind the home defence and to the bye-line before cutting the ball back and although it was missed at the front post by Kyle Macleod Andrew Greig was on hand to hammer beyond Grant Pennet who did get a hand to the strike but couldn't keep it out.
On the stroke of half-time Vale pulled one back courtesy of skipper Scott BEGG who who got his head to Grant Noble's set-piece although the ball may have taken a slight touch off a Brora defender on its way beyond goalie Ross Munro.
Just as the Brora players thought of their warm cup of tea incredibly the visitors netted again.
Persistent play from Ross Aitken on the left saw the midfielder make good progress towards the edge of the box before squaring to Dane BALLARD who fired a low shot in to the bottom corner and out of the despairing reach of Munro who had had nothing to do for near forty-five minutes and suddenly he'd lost two goals in as many minutes. HT
Brora came out fighting again in the second period and restored parity when Steven Ross easily headed into the net from close range within six minutes with the visiting defence looking rather ragged once more.
The Banffers weren't done though and Zander Jack was denied when Colin Williamson cleared his shot off the line after keeper Ross Munro had came and completely missed Dale Ballard's inviting centre while Scott Begg also had a dig at goal from the partial clearance but saw his effort blocked for a corner kick.
Kyle Macleod slotted home Brora's sixth and final counter of the afternoon from the penalty spot following a slip and subsequent trip by Liam Forbes on Steven Ross.
Their was an immediate double change from the visitors which saw Kyle Willox and Grant Noble being replaced by Bradley Manson and Paul Sutherland, the change seeing Zander Jack moving into the left back position.
Debutant Kyle Macleod was denied his hat-trick in the latter's stages of the encounter by a fine save by Grant Pennet, the keeper spreading himself high to his left to thwart the acrobatic effort from the former Ross County forward.
Vale: Pennet, Dunbar, Willox (Manson 73) *33 Begg (cpt), *85 Forbes, Davidson, Murray, Jack, Ballard, Noble (Sutherland 73), Aitken
Subs: Ross, Adams, Mackie (gk)
Brora: Munro, Houston (C Lisle 63), MacDonald (S Lisle 76), Duff, Graham, MacLean, Macleod, Ross (Campbell 69), Mackay, Greig
Subs: Tokely, Counsell (gk)
Manager: Ross Tokely
Efforts On: 4
Efforts Off: 1
Overhead Conditions: Low Sun, Calm
Playing Surface: Very Soft
Temp at KO: 4 deg C
Last Season: 2-1
|Reporter: Neil Montgomery|
|Reported LastEdited: 21-Jan-2017|