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Brora Rangers take on Fraserburgh in Highland League Cup final in Fraserburgh

By Will Clark

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Brora Rangers are in the Highland League Cup final.
Brora Rangers are in the Highland League Cup final.

ALLY Macdonald says Brora Rangers are determined to end the season with silverware when they take on Fraserburgh in the Highland League Cup final tomorrow.

The Cattachs will look to win a trophy for the third season in-a-row when they take on Fraserburgh at Harlaw Park in Inverurie.

With the Highland League title almost out of reach for Brora Rangers, as they are 17 points behind Brechin with only seven matches remaining in the campaign, the Highland League Cup is their last chance to lift a trophy this season.

MacDonald says while their league challenge this season proved to be a disappointment, they are determined to show something for their efforts in the 2023/24 campaign.

He said: “We have always had that carrot over us when the league started to get away from us.

“These are the games that we want to be involved in and play in and everyone is looking forward to it.

“Obviously we want to win silverware.”

Fraserburgh are in second place in the Highland League, only three points behind Brechin but have played one match more.

The two teams last met earlier in the month when Fraserburgh defeated Brora Rangers 2-1 at Dudgeon Park.

MacDonald is expecting another close encounter and looking to come out on top this time.

“I think the final will be similar to the league game against them.

“They are a direct team that also know how to defend.

“We expect it to be tough on a tight pitch like at Inverurie.

“We will need to be organised and need to defend well.

“We have to make sure we get the basics right and play to the best of our ability to see how we can hurt them.”

Brora Rangers will be missing several players for tomorrow’s final with Max Ewan out long term and out for the rest of the season.

Alex Cooper, Lewis Hyde, Joe Malin, Andy Macrae and Colin Williamson are also not available for tomorrow clash.

Gregor Macdonald faces a fitness test to find out if he will be available for selection.

Brora last won the Highland League Cup in 2022 when they defeated Buckie Thistle 2-1 in the final.

MacDonald says they will use that as inspiration to attempt to lift the trophy again tomorrow afternoon in Inverurie.

“That season was an impressive cup run and we did it the hard way as we had to beat Fraserburgh on the way to winning the trophy.

“We went to Wick before that and away to Brechin with an emergency loan goalkeeper and with just 11 players.

“We were good for the win in the cup final but we relied on Joe Malin with an incredible save to win the game.

“That is what football is all about, trying to win these trophies and create memories.

“We are desperate to make another one.”

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