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BARE-chested Iain MacRae’s magic moment secured three points for Buckie Thistle in thrilling fashion against Clach.

The defender headed a last-gasp winner to clinch a dramatic 3-2 win on Saturday.

It prompted an emotional celebration which saw the defender whip off his shirt and slide on his knees in front of the Buckie fans.


It earned him a yellow card, skinned knees and a club fine for getting a “silly booking” but MacRae admits it was all worth it to grab such an important winner.

“I thought we deserved the win but we shouldn’t have needed a third goal and we should have been good enough to hold on at 2-0.

“I was delighted to get the winner. It was last minute and I thought I would take the top off but the grass is that dry my knees are skinned now. The boys were giving me a bit of banter in the dressing room.

“I will take that booking every week.”

MacRae had headed Buckie in front early in the first half from a Chris Hegarty corner and central defensive partner Lewis MacKinnon repeated the trick midway through the second half from another Hegarty corner.

“We conceded a couple of bad goals but the lads battled away and showed good character,” added MacRae.

“The team spirit is great and the boys are working hard for each other.

A clumsy Paul Napier challenge on Jamie Doran gifted Clach a penalty in the 68th minute and Gordon Morrison made it 2-1.

Buckie lost composure and soon after Martin Callum stabbed home the equaliser following poor defending from a free-kick.

It required a good save from Greig Sim to keep out an effort from Daniel McLennan as Clach sensed a win.

However, the Jags rallied and MacRae powered home the late winner which their overall play deserved.

The last time MacRae scored two goals in a game was his very last game for Rothes at Formartine.

That was just his third and fourth goals for Buckie, doubling his tally for the club in one afternoon.

Added MacRae: “We had a bad start to the season but had a lot of injuries. Once we have our strongest 11 I think we are capable of beating anybody.”

Manager Graeme Stewart said: “At 2-0 as long as we don’t make mistakes we should win the game but as soon as it goes to 2-1 they get momentum. It should have been more comfortable and at 2-2 they looked stronger and more likely to win it, but Iain MacRae came up with a great header.”

Stewart admitted that the club has a fines system for “silly bookings” and despite his delight at MacRae’s winner, the manager said the centre-half was still likely to be hit in the pocket for taking his shirt off.

A small price to pay perhaps for a crucial goal and maybe his team-mates will have a whip round to cover the fine.

Added Stewart: “That’s a good win for us. I am impressed with a lot of the Clach players.

“The boys are flying now. Our confidence is high again and that is two good wins against two tough teams, and we are in good shape for next week.”

Buckie work hard on set pieces in training, said Stewart, and it paid off with three goals from three corners.

“It was good headers and that was the first time we have scored from corners this season.”

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