Only three words can describe this Scottish FA Youth Cup tie and that is ‘what a game’. In an extraordinary match at Inverurie’s Harlaw Park, Fraserburgh beat Inverurie Loco Works by nine goals to seven in one of the best matches that I will likely ever see. Despite the hosts leading 5-2 at one point in the first half, the visitors scored five second half goals to complete a thrilling victory.
Fraserburgh had the game’s first chance of the match as a corner swung in from the right by Marc Summers was headed towards goal by Grant Anderson which was punched away by Inverurie’s Tristan Ross in goal.
It was the hosts who took the lead in the eighth minute as Joe McCabe’s long range shot was saved by the goalkeeper and Kyle Gordon was right on cue to put the ball into the net to give Inverurie a one goal lead.
Fraserburgh equalised four minutes later as a ball in by Aidan Combe was unfortunately headed into the net by an Inverurie defender to give the Broch an equaliser.
Both teams had good opportunities to take the lead with the sides back on level terms. Locos’ Paul Gee shooting wide from long range and Fraserburgh’s Hamish Burr shooting just over the crossbar from a free kick on the edge of the box.
But it was Inverurie who retook the lead as McCabe’s free kick from the left-centre just outside of the box found the top right hand corner to put the hosts 2-1 up with a superb strike that any professional would be proud of.
Two minutes later Inverurie went two goals up as a good pass from Kyle Gordon found Dean Still whose volley from the left hand side found the top corner of the net to put Inverurie into a commanding position with another wonderful strike for the hosts.
It was Fraserburgh who scored next to reduce the deficit to one as James Gibb’s low powerful shot from the centre of the box found the net to give Fraserburgh hope in this thrilling Scottish FA Youth Cup tie.
Inverurie restored their two goal lead though three minutes later as a good run from Ben Leslie saw him cross the ball which took a deflection off the opposing goalkeeper and the ball found its way into the back of the net for Locos’ fourth goal of the match.
Good pressure from Inverurie saw Fraserburgh’s Euan Paterson make a quick fire double save to deny Inverurie’s McCabe and Still, however a foul saw the hosts winning a penalty and another chance to increase their lead. Still’s penalty found the left hand top corner despite Paterson getting a touch to give the home side a three goal advantage as half time approached.
The Broch showed that they still had spirit and pulled one back two minutes before the interval as Gibb’s strong run from the left of the box created some space to hit a powerful shot which gave the goalkeeper no chance, but gave his team some hope.
In an incredible first half, Fraserburgh pulled another goal back seconds before the referee blew for half time as Steven Davidson’s free kick was saved by Inverurie’s Ross with the rebound slotted home by Gibb for his hat-trick and for his side’s fourth of an extraordinary first half.