Saturday’s derby match between Buchanhaven Hearts and Fraserburgh United ended in a 3-1 win to the home side at a windy Raemoss Park.
The dreadful conditions didn’t help either side but United started stronger winning a corner early on which was easily dealt with by Hearts keeper McDonald.
Hearts then tried to capitalise on a Fraserburgh mistake when United keeper Edward Flinn miskicked a back pass and Buchanhaven attacker Ballard chased down, but the keeper managed to redeem himself and clear the ball out for a corner.
Hearts had a great chance soon after when the visiting keeper was forced into a save from Ballard’s free kick as he managed to tip the ball onto the cross bar and out.
It was not long after that Hearts took the lead, a good move down the left hand side saw the ball go into the United box where Ballard was on hand to finish off the move and give his side a lead going into half time.
Buchanhaven had the ball in the United box early in the second half but the next goal to come would be the equaliser for the Broch side.
A mix up between Keith and Mcdonald in the Hearts box was just enough to let Aaron Garden get a header in to level the score.
The match didn’t stay level long however, Ballard double his and Hearts scoring when he converted a rebounded shot after Flinn had saved from Tait.
Bryan Hay was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence then Hearts put the game to bed when a long Mark Simpson free kick was put in the net by Kevin Norris.