Fraserburgh Link Up embarked on their long journey north following a 4-1 win over Tynecastle FC which sees them into the semi-final of the Scottish Youth FA Cup.
Before a ball was even kicked, this match had been dubbed ‘tie of the round’ and it was not difficult to see why with both teams enjoying success in their respective leagues. Having beaten Tynecastle FC in the same round two years prior to today’s meeting, Fraserburgh will have been forgiven for being cautiously optimistic.
However, Fraserburgh manager, Colin Simpson, was under no illusions that this would be a tough game and said he would have been happy to walk away with a 1-0 win. He will have been delighted, therefore, that Fraserburgh came out of the game as convincing winners.
The tone was set for the game when the first tackle came within the first 10 seconds with Tynecastle’s Jordan Smith being brought down 30 yards from goal. The resulting free kick came to nothing but it was clear the game was going to a competitive affair.
Despite their long journey south, Fraserburgh started the better of the two teams, forcing two corners inside the first ten minutes. However, they failed to make their early pressure pay by not testing the Tynecastle keeper. The early exchanges were scrappy; both teams tried to get the ball forward quickly in search of the all important first goal but cancelled each other out.
Fraserburgh’s left winger, Sean Douglas, seemed to be their main attacking outlet. He provided a constant threat down the left hand side but Tynecastle’s right back, Ben Voy, prevented Douglas from creating any clear cut chances.
Tyncastle’s first real chance of note didn’t come until the 29th minute. Jordan Smith picked the ball up on the right wing and produced a cross which was flicked on by Cal Thayers and found its way to Cameron Scott at the back post. Scott’s shot was smothered by Fraserburgh keeper, Sean Smith, but this chance signalled that Tynecastle were growing into the game.
Moments later Jordan Smith dragged a shot wide as the game really began to open up. With both teams looking to get the ball from back to front as quickly as possible the game became end to end.
The opening goal came from a quick break from the visitors eight minutes before half time. Following a cleared Tynecastle freekick, Fraserburgh counter attacked with the break spearheaded by Bailey Simpson. Evan Dyka managed to get a shot away, only for it to canon off the post but Blair Fraser latched onto the loose ball and fired it into the net to make it 1-0 to Fraserburgh.
With three minutes to half time, Fraserburgh scored to put themselves two ahead, the goal coming from another counter attack. Douglas, picking up the ball 40 yards out, drove towards the heart of the Tynecastle defence. With nobody in the box, Douglas fired across goal. The fierce cross/shot found its way into the Tynecastle goal following an unlucky deflection. Despite putting his team in a more comfortable position, Douglas looked less comfortable as he limped off the pitch clutching his calf following the goal.
With only minutes left, Tynecastle desperately attacked, looking for a goal that would put them only a goal behind at the half time interval. Cameron Scott came closest after the ball dropped to him on the edge of the area but he fired his volley just over the bar.
As the score suggests, Fraserburgh had the edge in the first half but in truth didn’t look the better team by much. The game was broken by niggly fouls and neither team managed to complete a string of passes. Fraserburgh had the all-important goals though and Tynecastle had the work to do in the second half to book a place in the semi-final.