Own-goal settles Buchan Derby in Toon’s favour

Broch's Russell McBride and Leighton McIntosh from Peterhead clash.
Broch's Russell McBride and Leighton McIntosh from Peterhead clash.

A tight and closely fought Buchan derby was settled by an own goal as Peterhead edged to a narrow victory as both sides continued their build up to the new season.

As promised, Blue Toon Boss Jim McInally freshened up his starting eleven from Tuesday night’s win at Montrose giving the substitutes a starting berth that also saw the inclusion of three Trialists.

Giant full back, Jamaican Hugh Samuels came in at right back. Somalian Salim Nasoor was the stand-out of the three playing in midfield where he showed some nice touches and American Lucius Cary played wide left.

The visitors had the best of the chances in the first half and should have beencomfortably in front before scoring.

In the 39 th minute the deadlock was broken, Hay heading an attempted pass back to Leask with too much weight on it and sent the ball high and agonisingly into his own net.

A minute before the break Nathan Blockley sent a 30 yarder goalward which Leask acrobatically tipped over.

Fraserburgh had less of the ball but could and should have scored themselves.

Aidan Combe crossed waist high across the penalty area but Ryan Cowie arrived just too late to connect.

Brother Dean fired a fine effort not far off the mark from 22 yards then the same player sent over a corner from the left onto the head of Russell McBride which went wide of the right hand post.

The second half produced fewer chances. McBride sent another header from a corner over the crossbar whilst at the other end McIntosh struck the post with five minutes remaining.

Speaking on the Trialists after the game, McInally said: “Lucius Cary is an American lad who was playing a bit out of position as he is really an out and out midfield player. Hugh is a Jamaican right back and he did ok. He is 24.

“I thought young Salim looked a class act in the middle. He is just 18 and played in the Italian youth league last year.”