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Brora Rangers goalkeeper is hailed as one of the Highland League greats


By Alasdair Fraser

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BRORA Rangers manager Craig Campbell hailed Joe Malin as one of the Highland League’s greatest ever goalkeepers after recording his 150th clean sheet for the club.

Brora Rangers' keeper Joe Malin saves this effort from Buckie Thistle's Callum Murray...Brora Rangers FC (2) vs Buckie Thistle FC (2) - Buckie win 4-3 on penalties - Highland League Cup Semi Final - Dudgeon Park, Brora 18/10/2020...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Brora Rangers' keeper Joe Malin saves this effort from Buckie Thistle's Callum Murray...Brora Rangers FC (2) vs Buckie Thistle FC (2) - Buckie win 4-3 on penalties - Highland League Cup Semi Final - Dudgeon Park, Brora 18/10/2020...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

The former Ross County shotstopper has achieved the feat in only 289 appearances for the Cattachs since signing in 2013.

The latest shut-out came in a 4–0 triumph at Clachnacuddin which continued Brora’s sharp recovery in the league campaign under new boss Campbell.

Two goals from Ally Macdonald with Adam Mackinnon and Jordan Macrae also finding the net saw the defending champions remain 13 points behind leaders Fraserburgh, but with two games in hand.

Campbell said Malin’s phenomenal contribution to silverware success was underlined by the statistic.

He said: “Joe showed me his stats a couple of weeks ago and I realised he wasn’t far away from the 150 mark.

“For him to do it in 289 appearances as well is all the more remarkable. It’s rather impressive.

“I’ve known Joe since he was at Ross County when I was playing there myself, and he was a wee bit unlucky to so often be understudy at the club.

“He always had the potential to be a top goalkeeper and Brora are just fortunate he ended up getting him as early as we did, still in his mid-20s.

“It is a credit to the club that they made a signing like that and he’s helped bring a lot of success to the club.

“To achieve 150 clean sheets at one club in the Highland League is remarkable and I don’t know if it has been done before, certainly in as relatively few appearances.

“It is quite unbelievable and he deserves all the recognition that comes with it.”

The 4–0 victory over Clach was another step forward for a Brora side that stuttered at the start of the season.

Campbell added: “It was a very professional performance against a Clach side we knew had caused teams a lot of problems this season.”


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