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BUCKIE Thistle were in overdrive for the last 60 minutes of the fisher derby as they thumped Deveronvale 9-2.

The Jags looked leggy after their midweek thrashing of Brora, and struggled to break down Vale in the opening half hour.

However, from the moment John McLeod opened the scoring after half an hour, the swagger returned and they blew Vale away.

Three goals in 11 minutes before half-time killed the game.

The second goal was a superb passing display which started with the Jags defending in their six yard box but in the blink of an eye and five passes later, Andy Low supplied a perfect finish to make it 2-0. Hamish Munro, Ceiran McLean, Shaun Wood and Sam Urquhart were all involved in the build up before McLean supplied a killer pass to set up the chance for Low, who had replaced Chris Angus when he limped off with a hamstring injury after 20 minutes.

Lewis Mackinnon is fast becoming Buckie’s set piece king and after banging one in from 30 yards against Brora on Wednesday, he repeated the trick when he curled in another superb effort from the same distance.

Deveronvale were caught napping at the start of the second half when Stuart Taylor rammed in a great finish two minutes after the restart and Mackinnon headed in a Shaun Carroll corner after 52 minutes.

The Banffers rallied briefly just past the hour mark when Paul Sutherland rounded Jags’ keeper Ross Salmon to score after a great run and pass by skipper Graeme Watt.

Two minutes later Buckie failed to clear properly from a corner and Watt fired a cracker over Salmon to make it 5-2.

However, Buckie shifted through the gears again and Andy Low smashed in an outrageous 25 yard volley with 16 minutes remaining.

The Jags were rampant in the closing stages and it was seven when Callum Murray’s cross was turned into his own net by Lewis Dunbar.

Left-back Carrol delivered a fantastic  cross for Sam Urquhart to head in at the back post two minutes from the end.

Buckie made it 9-2 in the dying moments when McLeod was played in and he kept his cool to slide the ball under keeper James Blanchard.

Urquhart missed a chance to make it 10 and but for some fine saves from Blanchard throughout the 90 minutes, the final scoreline could have been even more embarrassing for the home side.

Deveronvale: Blanchard, Dunbar, Watt, Begg, Rae, Forbes, Sutherland, Aitken, Noble, Cowie (Souter 64), Davidson (Ross 64). Not used: Duguid, Manson, Archibald, Mackie.

Buckie: Salmon, Wood, Carrol, Mackinnon (MacRae 77), Munro, McLean, K Fraser, Taylor (Murray 60), McLeod, Angus (Low 20), Urquhart. Not used: Copeland, J Fraser, Reid.

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