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Match night live - Brora go out

Highland League champions Brora Rangers welcomed SFL2 side East Fife to Dudgeon Park tonight and despite twice taking the lead in the first-half, eventually succumbed to a 3-2 defeat.

Gavin Morrison was first to threaten for Brora, hitting a great shot from 25 yards which was well saved low to his left by Alan Fleming. Eight minutes later and Brora took the lead when Andrew Greig was played in behind, got to the by-line and played the ball across for Steven Mackay to tap home from 5 yards.

East Fife responded well and were awarded a contentious penalty on 31 minutes when Greig tangled with Fraser Mullen in the area. Jon McShane squeezed the ball past Joe Malin to make it 1-1. Brora came roaring back and 5 minutes later more good wing play from Greig saw him cut the ball back to Zander Sutherland, who beat his man and fired home inside the near post to put Brora 2-1 ahead.

The visitors were level again on 40 minutes when a free-kick was nodded down to McShane, who crashed the ball home on the half volley to make it 2-2 at half-time.

Half-time Brora 2 East Fife 2

The second half was always going to struggle to meet the drama of the first and that was the case until the 71st minute when Martin Maclean headed a good chance over the bar for the home side.

Brora pushed everyone forward in search of the winner, but just when it looked like extra-time was on the cards, a goalmouth scramble in the Brora penalty area ended with Nathan Austin tapping home from close range to put the visitors in front for the first and most decisive time.

East Fife held on for the little time that remained to record a 3-2 victory and end Brora’s 100% start to the season.

Full-time Brora Rangers 2 East Fife 3

Reporter: Dale Pryde-MacDonald

Full-time

 

 

 

Brora Rangers

2

East Fife

3

Scorers: Mackay (26) Sutherland (36)

 

Scorers: McShane (31) pen, (40) Austin (90)

 

Joe Malin, Scott Houston, James Ross, Ross Tokely, Grant Munro, Gavin Morrison, Martin Maclean, Dale Gillespie, Zander Sutherland, Steven MacKay, Andy Greig

 

1 Alan Fleming 2 Fraser Mullen 3 Scott Smith 4 Stevie Campbell 5 Ewan Moyes 6 Alan Walker

7 Caolan McAleer (Ross Brown 46) 8 Jon McShane 9 Kevin Smith 14 Nathan Austin 16 Lewis Barr

 

Subs: DavidHind, James Mackay, Colin Maclean, John Allan

 

Subs: Alan Cook, Jamie Beaton, David Maskren, Ross Campbell, Alex Cannon

 

Booked: Morrison

 

Booked: Barr 38, Walker

 

Sent Off:

 

Sent Off:

 

Referee: John McKendrick

 

Attendance:

 

 

Team news Tuesday 19th August

HFL Champions Brora Rangers tonight take on SFL2 side East Fife at Dudgeon Park in the Petrofac Training Cup 1st Round. (North East Section)

Brora will go into this one brim-full of confidence after their stunning start to the season, in contrast to the visitors, who have started with 2 defeats in the league.

The Cattachs' boss Dave Kirkwood has almost a fully-fit squad to choose from, missing only the injured Scott Graham.

 

Scottish Cup First Round Draw

A total of 15 Highland League teams had their names pulled from the hat in the first round draw of the William Hill Scottish Cup. The ties will take place on Saturday, September 13.

The full draw is:

Lossiemouth v Turriff United
Deveronvale v Nairn County
Selkirk v Bo'ness United
Gretna FC 2008 v Gala Fairydean Rovers
Culter v Strathspey Thistle
Clachnacuddin v Hulford United or Edinburgh University
Rothes v Banks O' Dee
Preston Athletic v Threave Rovers
Forres Mechanics v Civil Service Strollers
Huntly v Wick Academy
Cove Rangers v Newton Stewart or Hawick Royal Albert
Keith v Formartine United
Edinburgh City v Coldstream
Fraserburgh v Linlithgow Rose
Lothian Thistle v East Kilbride
Golspie Sutherland v Dalbeattie Star
Auchinleck Talbot v Buckie Thistle
Whitehill Welfare v Girvan

Last season's Highland League champions Brora Rangers and runners-up Inverurie Locos enter the competition at the second round stage. Fort William have already been eliminated, losing to Edinburgh City in the preliminary round.

Semi-final dates set

The AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup semi-finals will take place as follows:

Wick Academy v Brora Rangers - Harmsworth Park, Wick, on Tuesday 2nd September 2014, kick-off 8pm

Forres Mechanics v. Elgin City - Mosset Park, Forres, on Wednesday 3rd September 2014, kick-off 8pm

Mulheron makes his Rothes return

Rab Mulheron is the new Rothes manager, his appointment has been confirmed following the resignation of Graeme Roy at the weekend.

This will be Mulheron’s second time in charge of the Speyside club and he will start with the home league clash against Clach on Wednesday evening.

Brora pair sign new deals / Graham interview

Champions Brora Rangers have today confirmed that Gavin Morrison has signed a new 4 year contact and Assistant Manager Stuart Golabek has agreed and signed a new 2 year deal.

Scott Graham has officially spoken to Brora Rangers Press for the first time since joining from Clachnacuddin. The attacker who has enjoyed several appearances for the club so far spoke to BRFC and HFL reporter Dale Pryde-MacDonald following the 8-0 triumph over Turriff United on Saturday.

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Morrison delight at signing new deal with Brora

After committing himself to Brora Rangers for a further 4 years Gavin Morrison officially spoke to Brora and HFL website reporter Dale Pryde-MacDonald about his decision to stay at Brora and his ambitions for the upcoming season.

“I am very intent on staying with Brora. It's a club where I am enjoying my football, I have a lot of respect for the group of lads we have here and it's a club that has looked after me very well since I signed. “

“I have signed for four years for a reason, I want to win things and I want to break records and with the group of boys we have I strongly believe we can do that if everyone stays with the club.”

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Roy leaves Rothes

Rothes FC last night announced the resignation of their manager Graeme Roy. Roy leaves the club sitting 14th in the Highland League table after just short of a year in the post.

Speaking to the HFL website today, Roy said: 

"Just would like to thank most people at Rothes, especially Robbie (chairman) for their full backing it's a fantastic club with fantastic supporters and they deserve more but when certain individuals start to try to interfere with management and team selections this affects the whole club. I felt I was being undermined and didn't feel i could carry on in that enviroment, hopefully whoever gets the job can bring a bit of success that the club really deserves"

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Fixtures

SHFL Week4 - 20-08-2014 20:00
Buckie Thistle - : - Formartine United
Deveronvale - : - Strathspey Thistle
Fraserburgh - : - Turriff United
Huntly - : - Cove Rangers
Inverurie Locos - : - Keith
Lossiemouth - : - Forres Mechanics
Rothes - : - Clachnacuddin
Wick Academy - : - Nairn County
SHFL Week4 - 23-08-2014 15:00
Buckie Thistle - : - Nairn County
Cove Rangers - : - Rothes
Deveronvale - : - Fort William
Formartine United - : - Wick Academy
Fraserburgh - : - Strathspey Thistle
Huntly - : - Clachnacuddin
Inverurie Locos - : - Brora Rangers
Keith - : - Forres Mechanics
SHFL Week5 - 27-08-2014 20:00
Fort William - : - Huntly
Nairn County - : - Cove Rangers
SHFL Week5 - 30-08-2014 15:00
Brora Rangers - : - Formartine United
Clachnacuddin - : - Deveronvale
Forres Mechanics - : - Huntly
Fort William - : - Turriff United
Lossiemouth - : - Inverurie Locos
Nairn County - : - Keith
Rothes - : - Buckie Thistle
Strathspey Thistle - : - Cove Rangers
Wick Academy - : - Fraserburgh
NoS Cup SF - 02-09-2014 20:00
Wick Academy - : - Brora Rangers
NoS Cup SF - 03-09-2014 20:00
Forres Mechanics - : - Elgin City

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Recent Results

Petrofac Round 2 - 19-08-2014 19:30
Brora Rangers 2 : 3 East Fife
SCup Prelim - 16-08-2014 15:00
Glasgow University 1 : 9 Cove Rangers
Edinburgh City 5 : 0 Fort William
SHFL Week3 - 16-08-2014 15:00
Rothes 0 : 8 Fraserburgh
Strathspey Thistle 1 : 5 Formartine United
Brora Rangers 8 : 0 Turriff United
Wick Academy 2 : 6 Inverurie Locos
Clachnacuddin 4 : 2 Keith
Forres Mechanics 5 : 0 Buckie Thistle
Lossiemouth 1 : 1 Deveronvale
EE Shire Cup QF - 13-08-2014 20:00
Fraserburgh 4 : 2 Inverurie Locos
NoS Cup QF - 13-08-2014 20:00
Lossiemouth 2 : 2 Forres Mechanics
Wick Academy 2 : 0 Clachnacuddin
Halkirk United 0 : 8 Brora Rangers
Rothes 0 : 8 Elgin City

Press and Journal Highland League Table (2014-15)

Team
Played Wins Draw Lost GD Points
1 Brora Rangers 4 4 0 0 23 12
2 Inverurie Locos 4 4 0 0 13 12
3 Formartine United 4 4 0 0 9 12
4 Fraserburgh 4 3 1 0 11 10
5 Turriff United 4 3 0 1 -2 9
6 Buckie Thistle 4 2 1 1 -1 7
7 Keith 4 2 0 2 0 6
8 Wick Academy 4 2 0 2 -3 6
9 Cove Rangers 3 1 1 1 1 4
10 Lossiemouth 4 1 1 2 0 4
11 Forres Mechanics 4 1 1 2 -1 4
12 Clachnacuddin 4 1 1 2 -2 4
13 Strathspey Thistle 4 1 0 3 -8 3
14 Rothes 4 1 0 3 -17 3
15 Deveronvale 4 0 2 2 -6 2
16 Nairn County 3 0 0 3 -3 0
17 Fort William 3 0 0 3 -3 0
18 Huntly 3 0 0 3 -11 0

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