Heavenly Scottish Cup win for Brora Rangers ahead of derby clash with Wick Academy
Clach 0-7 Brora Rangers
BRORA Rangers go into tomorrow’s trip to north rivals Wick Academy in seventh heaven after destroying Clach in Inverness.
The Cattachs moved emphatically into the third round of the Scottish Cup with a 7-0 victory at Grant Street Park and their reward is a trip to Championship side Greenock Morton at Cappielow on the weekend of November 23.
This was a complete and accomplished performance by Brora and just the sort of reaction manager Steven MacKay was looking for after the 1-0 defeat to Fraserburgh a week earlier.
“We stressed the importance of starting right and not giving them any encouragement,” he said.
The visitors made the breakthrough in 17 minutes when Greg Morrison’s deft header set up Paul Brindle who finished.
Four minutes later they doubled their advantage when Gavin Morrison’s free kick was headed in at the far post by Ally MacDonald.
Brora had a goal disallowed for offside in 37 minutes before, a minute later, MacDonald buried Gavin Morrison’s square pass from 25 yards with an unstoppable shot that flew high into the net.
Five minutes before half time the Dudgeon Park men notched their fourth when Brindle’s cross found its way to John Pickles who effectively killed the game as a contest before half time.
The one-way traffic continued in the second half and somehow the Lilywhites’ defence held out until midway through the half when Dutchman Bjorn Wagenaar, who had come on as a substitute five minutes earlier, controlled Mark Nicolson’s diagonal ball and drove home number five.
Six minutes later, MacDonald completed his hat trick.
Number seven arrived on 82 minutes when Clach midfielder John MacAskill lost possession and Brora substitute Martin MacLean accepted the gift to shoot home.
Mackay would have been pleased by the way his team controlled the game ahead of the derby clash with Wick who sit mid-table.
Victory for third-place Brora could see them close the gap on league leader Buckie Thistle who are currently six points ahead.