- Created: Saturday, 30 August 2014 19:27
- 30 Aug
- Written by Stephen Shand
Brora Rangers 1 Formartine Utd. 1
Brora Rangers dropped Points for the first time this season as they were held by Formartine United. Formartine, who went down 2-0 last weekend to Brora’s neighbours Wick Academy, sought revenge from that result and walked away with a well earned point.
In a scruffy first half Formartine’s wide men were certainly working some magic finding the forward pair of Cammy Keith and Sam French frequently enough to see the away side rack up 5 shots at Joe Malin’s goal in the first half.
It was Cammy Keith with the first clear cut chance as he headed well towards goal but the ball went narrowly wide.
Brora bounced back from that and Steven MacKay’s volley from a Zander Sutherland cross went just over the bar. The counter attack saw Formartine exposed and Steve Paterson’s team found themselves very fortunate not to concede.
The homeside would get the next chance too with Zander Sutherland wriggling free of his marker and turning well but Shearer was in too good a position to be beaten. Sutherland would have been disappointed with his effort having been in a good position.
Formartine made the break through very controversially. Martin MacLean was charging out of the Brora box and Craig McKeown collided with the Brora midfielder which resulted in Ryan Milne pointing to the spot for the penalty. Cammy Keith stepped up and sent Malin the wrong way and put Brora behind for the first time this season.
Half time Brora 0 Formartine 1
The second half as expected saw Brora charge right back in to the game with Andrew Greig receiving the ball on the flank but his cross was just beyond the head of the leagues top scorer Steven MacKay.
Moments later it would be Zander Sutherland who would cut inside but his cross was to be missed by an attacking red and was cleared by the visitors.
Formartine tried to call for a second penalty when Sam French went down all too easily in the box. Referee Milne blew the whistle and booked French for his simulation that was more suited for a Die Hard film than for Dudgeon Park.
Brora equalised with just over 20 minutes to go. The ball was played over the top to Steven MacKay who took it down and cut back for Dale Gillespie who from 14 yards hammered home and ran half the length of the field to get the game restarted to try and find a winner.
It was Formartine sub Calum Dingwall who nearly sealed a winner. He was found by fellow sub Marek Madle but the former Inverness Youth player could only find the arms of Joe Malin.
Brora had the best chance to wrap up the game when Andrew Greig was found on the wing. He cut in and fired a shot from the edge of the box that took the best of Andy Shearer to save as it looked destined for the top corner.
Full-time Brora Rangers 1 Formartine Utd. 1
Reporter: Dale Pryde-Macdonald