Make no mistake, this was a deserved win for a plucky Keith outft that fought the baltic conditions as well as their high flying hosts Fraserburgh,who were still on cloud nine having drawn Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Cup.
Skipper Cammy Keith led by example, and his deadly double from the penalty spot gave his side their first away league win of the season, consigned ‘Broch to their first home defeat of the season, and also made it three successive victories at Bellslea Park into the bargain.
Credit to both sides for putting on an entertaining match on a f-f-freezing cold afternoon with a wild swirling wind and showers throughout the proceedings.
‘Broch had the conditions in their favour in the first half and broke the deadlock in the 20th minute through Marc Dickson who powered in to slide the ball beyond David Dey from 12 yards.
Chances then abounded at both ends with David Dey tipping Dickson’s header over the bar, whilst at the other end a Cammy Keith bullet header wasn’t far away.
A minute from half-time a Gary McNamee drive was well parried by ‘Broch goalie Peter Tait following a cut back by Cammy Keith.
If ‘Broch probably had the upper hand in the first half due to the conditions, the second half saw the Maroons do the same although they had a real let off six minutes in, Willie West somehow skied the ball over a gaping goalmouth from six yards. Then Davie Dey pulled off a fine block save to deny Greg Buchan.
The visitors’ persistence paid off with 62 minutes gone, Dean Cowie handling the ball inside the penalty area, and up stepped Cammy Keith to square matters by rattling home the resultant spot kick.
The Maroons kept driving forward after that in atrocious conditions and their purple patch bore fruit in the final minute when Lewis Davidson fouled Ryan Spink in the penalty area. Another spot kick which skipper Cammy Keith duly rapped home for his 12th goal of the season, his 33rd Keith penalty conversion,and more importantly sealed three valuable points.
A marvellous afternoon’s work for Ewan Robb and his merry men in such conditions with each and every player digging deep to produce what was seen as a shock result.
KEITH – Dey, Hutcheon, Spink, Clark, Ralton, McNamee, A Smith, Fraser(Foy 87), Keith(Manson 90), Brownie, R Whelan(Begg 80). Unused subs – Sopel, Raffell.
Referee – Mr W Smith.
Pictures courtesy of Eleanor Hutcheon