BUCKIE Thistle moved six points clear at the top of the Highland League with a six goal demolition of Lossiemouth.

A clinical second half performance saw them cruise to the points against a Lossie side which had beaten Brora 4-1 just before Christmas.

Kevin Fraser gave Buckie the perfect start when he opened the scoring in the fourth minute.

Buckie could have put the game to bed after creating and missing a string of chances in the opening 20 minutes.

The visitors should have been awarded a penalty in the 22nd minute when Ryan Farquhar went down under a challenge by Shaun Carrol, but ref Graham Beaton waved away the Lossie appeal.

A minute later Farquhar was clean through on the Buckie goal but Craig Dorrat pulled off a great last ditch tackle to nick the ball off him.

Two goals in three minutes early in the second half killed the game for the home side when Lewis MacKinnon’s driven free kick from the edge of the box was headed into his net by Chris Ross. In the 51st minute Fraser was played in by Sam Urquhart and rounded keeper Darren McConnachie to score.

In between those goals Lossie had a great chance to pull one back when Farquhar was put through by Willie Mathers but Jags’ keeper Daniel Bell produced a great save, diving low to his left to save.

McConnachie tipped a Craig Cowie effort over the bar as Buckie piled on the pressure.

Three goals in as many minutes from the 84th minute put the seal on a good three points when Drew Copeland tapped home after unselfish work by top scorer John McLeod, Sam Urquhart then spun and fired home for number five and McLeod grabbed his 37th goal of the season when he drove past Ross and blasted home.

Lossie’s miserable afternoon was compounded with the last kick of the game when sub Scott Miller shot wide from the penalty spot after Willie Mathers had been fouled by Hamish Munro.

Buckie: Bell, Munro, Carrol, Dorrat (Wood 80), MacKinnon, McLean (Copeland 65), Fraser, Cowie, McLeod, Angus (Maitland 70), Urquhart. Not used: Cheyne, Milne, Strong.

Match photo’s courtesy of Allan Robertson

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