The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

HIGH­LAND LEAGUECUP

TURRIFFUNI­TED BRORARANGE­RS

- Sports · Soccer · Championship

Brora Rangers go into their Scot­tish Cup third round meet­ing with Mor­ton brim­ming with con­fi­dence after net­ting seven goals with­out re­ply for the sec­ond Satur­day in a row.

Cat­tachs man­ager Steven Mackay was very proud of his play­ers’ ruth­less dis­play against Tur­riff United at The Haughs in the first round of the High­land League Cup.

He said: “We’re see­ing the ben­e­fits of strong com­pe­ti­tion for places in our re­cent per­for­mances, although it’s not so nice hav­ing to leave play­ers out of the squad com­pletely.

“I took off Gavin Mor­ri­son in the first half as a pre­cau­tion as he’d picked up a wee knock and in his place Dale Gille­spie scored a hat-trick. Andrew Macrae played re­ally well and scored two goals but I sub­sti­tuted him at half-time as he is cup-tied for the Scot­tish Cup so it gives some­one else an op­por­tu­nity.

“We have noth­ing to lose against a Cham­pi­onship side.

“We will look to ex­press our­selves against Mor­ton and our de­fence is very solid.

“We’ve done well before in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.”

Tur­riff were a goal down after only five min­utes.

Fraser Hob­day made a great save to deny Macrae but from the re­sult­ing cor­ner, left-back Ally MacDon­ald an­gled his left-foot shot from 10 yards into the cor­ner of the net.

Macrae beat the off­side trap 12 min­utes later to chase a through ball and stroke be­yond Hob­day from the edge of the box to dou­ble the vis­i­tors’ lead.

Two goals in the clos­ing five min­utes of the half meant the tie was all over.

The pace of Bjorn Wa­ge­naar on the left gave Macrae an easy fin­ish from close range before Martin MacLean scored with a shot which ap­peared to take a de­flec­tion before fly­ing into the roof of the net.

Brora’s fifth ar­rived in 66 min­utes when Wa­ge­naar was up­ended in the box by Owen Kin­sella and Gille­spie fired home from the penalty spot.

Gille­spie net­ted again after 78 min­utes with a header at the near post from an­other cor­ner on the right.

A foul in the home box pro­duced the sec­ond penalty of the day, al­low­ing Gille­spie to step up and com­plete his hat-trick.

Tur­riff boss Kris Hunter felt his team’s op­po­nents were far too good on the day.

He said: “It’s very dif­fi­cult to play Brora when they’re in that form.

“They are the best we’ve played this sea­son.

“The big­gest com­pli­ment I can make is about their ap­petite. They never gave us any time on the ball even when lead­ing by a few.

“Phys­i­cally we were bul­lied. It was men against boys, but my play­ers worked hard.”

 ??  ?? GOALS GA­LORE: Dale Gille­spie nets his first penalty of the day as part of a stun­ning hat-trick
GOALS GA­LORE: Dale Gille­spie nets his first penalty of the day as part of a stun­ning hat-trick
 ??  ?? Ally MacDon­ald gets him­self on the score­sheet for Brora
Ally MacDon­ald gets him­self on the score­sheet for Brora
 ??  ?? James Wal­lace of Brora is brought down for a penalty
James Wal­lace of Brora is brought down for a penalty
 ??  ?? Andrew Macrae cel­e­brates
Andrew Macrae cel­e­brates

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