Dee take another cup scalp
Fraserburgh fall as junior side march into third consecutive Shield final
Banks o’ Dee will face Formartine United in the Aberdeenshire Shield final after goals from Jack Henderson, Michael Philipson and a last minute Ryan Christie own-goal saw off the Broch challenge.
Both teams fielded weakened starting line-ups due to a series of injuries, with nine of their first team squad out Banks o’ Dee were only able to field three substitutes, one of them 40-year-old co-manager Jamie Watt.
The game was in doubt until mid-afternoon when the hard frost lifted from the artificial surface at Spain Park.
In the sixth minute Dee centre back Greg Alexander did well to head a dangerous ball into the box from Lewis Davidson over the top for a fruitless corner kick.
At the other end Calum Murray saw his hanging cross drop just over the crossbar as the pace quickened.
In the 24th minute Banks o’ Dee took the lead, Kane Winton’s deep ball picked out Jack Henderson totally unmarked and he drove it back across goal into the far corner of the net giving Paul Leask in the visitors’ goal no chance, the opener coming slightly against the run of play.
But two minutes later only a brilliant parry from Leask stopped Henderson from making it 2-0 with a superb back-post volley as the home side looked to press home their advantage.
Ten minutes from the break Broch broke forward but
Paul Campbell’s 15-yarder sailed wide of the target. On the stroke of halftime the home side almost made it 2-0 but Jamie Buglass’ header from a Henderson cross came back off the crossbar. Four minutes after the restart Dee keeper Vitali Sahhalevitis did well to get his foot to a Scott Barbour grounder. Shortly after Campbell almost grabbed an equaliser but his 20-yard drive after a poor clearance from the Dee keeper flew past the upright with Sahhalevitis scrambling across his goal.
A minute later Banks o’ Dee doubled their advantage when Buglass sent Philipson through and from 12 yards he drove the ball under the diving Leask.
Fraserburgh’s misery was compounded in the 81st minute when they were reduced to 10 men when keeper Leask handled a Lachie McLeod chip just outside the box and was shown a straight red card by referee Mat Northcroft.
Dee made it 3-0 in the 90th minute when Broch captain Ryan Christie turned a Jamie Watt drive into his own net but 60 seconds later Barbour grabbed a consolation goal from close-range.
Dee co-boss Tommy Forbes
ADVANTAGE: The Banks o’ Dee players celebrate Jack Henderson’s goal against Fraserburgh at Spain Park. Photograph by Darrell Benns