Ewen’s last-gasp winner

Formartine's Cammy Keith puts the Fraserburgh defence under pressure during this attack.
Formartine's Cammy Keith puts the Fraserburgh defence under pressure during this attack.

Formartine United are making a habit of grabbing late winners and once again they left it until virtually the last kick of the game before clinching the points with a 1-0 win at Fraserburgh on Saturday.

Mike Ewen was the hero this week with his last-gasp goal keeping the Pitmedden side at the top of the table.

Fraserburgh started with confidence taking the game to Formartine from the opening whistle. Their eagerness to show who was boss extended to the physical aspects as well as to skill.

As Napier made his first foray into Broch territory down the right he was bundled off the ball and off the pitch by Hay.

The resulting free kick was nodded away by Davidson and the home side began a fair spell of pressure on Formartine.

A quick interchange of passes between Bruce and Barbour ended with the former getting in one-on-one with keeper Shearer who read and reacted to the situation superbly and was out swiftly to block the striker.

United gradually came more into the game and efforts from Ewen, Keith, and Napier all brought saves of varying degrees of difficulty from Leask.

A left foot drive from Hamill, about twenty yards out deflected off Cowie and went to safety via the cross bar.

Another corner a minute later saw Leask back in action to touch away a strong, well- directed header by McKeown.

Formartine, with the exception of a ten-minute period near the end, had the lion’s share of possession and territory but found the home defence unyielding and keeper Leask, voted man of the match, in excellent form.

With Fraserburgh relying heavily on a well-drilled offside trap, United did well to maintain shape and form, but still had to be wary for the pacy breaks that their hosts delivered from time to time.

The game seemed to be heading for a goal-less draw when Formartine struck. Park whipped a cross over to Ewen who brought it down and drilled his shot past Leask.

Teams:

Fraserburgh: Leask, Dixon, R Cowie, Davidson, Hay, M Cowie S Main, West, Bruce, Johnston, Barbour. Substiutes: Paterson, Noble, Fowlie. N Main, Davidson.

Formartine United: Shearer, Jeffrey, Smith, McKeown, Campbell, Clark, Munro, Napier, Keith, Ewen, Hamill. Substiutes: Park, Bagshaw, McVitie,Davidson, Calder.