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Sunday, 20 January 2013 18:23

Broch to host Scotland international

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Fraserburgh V Cove U19sHighland League club Fraserburgh FC will be hosting a Scotland International in March when the schoolboys fight it out for their country, Bellslea (pictured right, hosting a SFA Youth Cup tie between Fraserburgh and Cove Rangers) will be the venue when Republic Of Ireland come to the Buchan town on the 28th March (Kick Off 7pm).

It's the first time in ten years that a Scotland schoolboy international has been held in the North East with Pittodrie being the last venue to hold one after a strong 2,000 crowd came to witness Scotland beat Northern Ireland 2-1 in which some of the players playing that night were Steven Fletcher who is now with Premiership side Sunderland and Aberdeen defender Andrew Considine.

Aberdeen will be represented again as three Dons players have been called up to the squad in Stuart Close who has just signed a full time contract with the Pittodrie side, 15 year old Richie Petrie who featured in the victory shield and Scott McKenna who hails from Kirriemuir.

Aberdeen chief scout Colin Grant is delighted the trip have gained some recognition "The three of them have done really well and we hope they will progress more in 2013, Scott McKenna has been with us for some time, he started as a left back but has featured as a centre back for the Under 17s, He will hopefully be making the step up to the Under 20s next season. Stuart Close was part of the famous 3 in a row Dyce BC Scottish Cup winning team, Stuart is a centre back but can play at right back, Richie Petrie is also another product of Dyce BC, he can play in midfield or at the back and played in the Victory Shield against Norther Ireland, Wales and England."

This game is the 1st game since 2002 that the Aberdeenshire Schools FA have been asked to host an international and John Peterson who is a coach at Mintlaw Academy and is the secretary of the association was delighted saying "We are delighted, it will be a great chance for people in this area to see some of the country's best football talents in action."

Fraserburgh FC have been known in the past and present to being a community run club with players that come from the community and Fraserburgh Youth Development have broke a lot of youngsters into the 1st team.

Fraserburgh chairman Finlay Noble released the following statement saying "Fraserburgh FC are honoured and delighted to have been chosen as hosts for the Scotland v Republic Of Ireland U18 Schoolboy International, we have been long supporters of school football and regularly host Aberdeenshire School Select matches as well as School Cup Finals, Youngsters are the lifeblood of our club and it is fitting that we should get this game, hopefully a good crowd turns out for the game and it is the great occasion it turns out to be."
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