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Fraserburgh clinch promotion with victory over Middlefield

Middlefield Wasps 2

Rataj 30, McKeown 71

Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC 7

McGregor 10, 49, Reid 20, Third 22, Sargent 67, Cowe 72, Wilton 76
  • Sunday, 26 April 2015
  • Balmedie
  • Under 15´s
  • SoccerWorld League B

Scott McPherson | YFS North Region Journalist
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Fraserburgh Link-Up have been promoted to the A League after a 7-2 victory over Middlefield Wasps but they will have to wait to secure the title as second-placed Cove also won on Sunday, beating Kemnay 2-0.

 

Fraserburgh regained top spot last weekend when they defeated nearest challengers Cove 4-1 and after overcoming in-form Middlefield this weekend - who had won five and drawn one going into Sunday’s game - Fraserburgh only need two points from their remaining two games to win the league.

 

Middlefield began the match full of confidence. They missed a great chance to take the lead after eight minutes. Reece McKeown latched on to a pinpoint through ball from Calum Rataj but the striker could only slot the ball the wrong side of the post.

 

The league leaders then opened the scoring somewhat against the run of play just two minutes later. A weak looking shot from the edge of the area by Ryan McGregor evaded the goalkeeper and found the bottom corner of the net.

 

Fraserburgh were in the ascendancy after breaking the deadlock and doubled their lead in the 20th minute. Captain Logan Reid stepped out of defence and exchanged passes with winger Ryan Sargent before half-volleying the ball past goalkeeper Lewis Mitchell from 14 yards. A goal not too dissimilar from Tony Adam’s famous goal against Everton in 1998.

 

The visitors were making their dominance count and they made it 3-0 three minutes after their second goal. Defender William Third found himself unmarked from a corner and he swept home from six yards. 

 

Middlefield could count themselves unlucky to be three down after such a good start but to their credit, they did not give up. They pulled a goal back shortly before the interval through Rataj. He latched on to a loose ball in the penalty area and drilled the ball past keeper Jamie Bruce. 

  • Half Time:
  • Middlefield Wasps
  • 1-3
  • Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC

Home side manager Mark McCready would have told his side at half time that if they could get the next goal, they would be right back in the match.

 

At the same time Fraserburgh manager James Barbour would have urged his players to get the next goal and finish the game as a contest. 

 

It was the visitors who got that all important next goal nine minutes after the interval. Good play on the left by Sargent allowed Dylan Ritchie to set up McGregor who side footed the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards for his second of the day.

 

Again, to their credit, Middlefield did not fold and it was not until the 67th minute that Fraserburgh added to their lead. Positive play up the right wing by Callum Wilton saw him pull the ball back for Sargent to tap in from a couple of yards.

 

Middlefield responded well again and two minutes later they made it 5-2. Striker McKeown reacted first to a stray ball and he fired in from the right hand side of the penalty area, giving Bruce no chance. 

 

There was to be no dramatic comeback for Wasps and Fraserburgh extended their winning margin with two goals in the last five minutes.

 

Firstly, substitute Jack Cowe grabbed himself a goal when he diverted the ball into an empty net from just three yards before Wilton rounded off the scoring when he smashed the ball home after Middlefield failed to properly clear a corner kick. 

  • Full Time:
  • Middlefield Wasps
  • 2-7
  • Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC

Lineups

Middlefield Wasps
Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC
1. Lewis Mitchell
3. Cameron Mann
6. Ryan McKay
7. Lewis Mitchell
8. JJ Gibson
9. Reece McKeown
10. Alistair Mitchell
11. Dylan Pirie
12. Kyle Morgan
14. Marcelin Helinski
15. Brian Carr
16. Calum Rataj
1. Jamie Bruce
2. Jake Masson
3. William Third
4. Darren Anderson
5. Logan Reid
6. Craig Barbour
7. Callum Wilton
8. Ryan McGregor
9. Liam Jon Stephen
10. Dylan Ritchie
11. Ryan Sargent
12. Shaun Jappy
17. Fergus Hutcheson
20. Aaron Masson
21. Reece Taylor
22. Jack Cowe
Star Player
Middlefield Wasps
Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC
Cameron Mann - Had a very good game at left back for Middlefield Wasps. Solid defensively and good on the ball going forward.
Ryan Sargent - Caused numerous problems for Middlefield. The left winger was a constant out ball for his teammates. Pace, direct running and an end product - everything you want from a wide midfielder.
Magic Moment
Middlefield Wasps
Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC
Calum Rataj’s first-half goal got his team back into the game just before half time. A good finish giving the goalkeeper no chance.
Logan Reid’s goal after stepping out of defence was quite magical. Nipped the ball from an attacker, exchanged passes with Sargent and then half-volleyed the ball in from 14 yards.
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