AN opening 45 minutes where they were too easily blown off course by a gusting wind and a powerful visiting side did all the damage for Buckie in this Breedon Aggregates Highland League Cup first round tie.
By the half-time interval the Jags trailed 3-0 and home fans could have been forgiven for thinking ‘damage limitation’ given Formartine had taken 10 off Buckie in the league six weeks previously.
However, pride was restored with a terrific second half performance which saw Buckie, making full use of a sudden drop in the wind, dominate proceedings and give their big-spending rivals plenty to think about.
In the end, Chris Angus’ close range effort in the 67th minute was all they could muster but they certainly showed a more competitive streak in the second half.
Angus went close to a second goal 13 minutes from time when he capitalised on some dallying by Calum Dingwall in the Formartine defence and just poked a shot wide.
Buckie had earlier in the half seen loud appeals for penalties fall on deaf ears when Angus went down holding his face after a tussle with Johnny Crawford in the box and then the same player barged into the back of Kevin Fraser, although the challenge, which wasn’t penalised, looked to be fractionally outside the box.
Scott Adams proved a thorn in Formartine’s side in the second half as he attacked their back line with pace. He saw a great curling effort palmed away by keeper Andrew Reid.
Formartine had one chance to extend their lead after the break when Graeme Rodger contrived to head over the goal from six yards.
Buckie could point to individual errors for all three goals conceded in the first half.
Firstly player-assistant Lewis Mackinnon was too easily outmuscled inside the box by striker Garry Wood who finished neatly after 11 minutes.
James Fraser was culpable for the second goal after 26 minutes when he tried to shepherd the ball out for a Buckie goal kick, but Jamie Masson managed to hook the ball back from the line and crossed for Stuart Smith to weep the ball home.
Goalkeeper Ross Salmon then looked hesitant when a long ball over the top beat the Buckie defence and he allowed Wood to nick the ball past him as he rushed out, leaving the forward with the simple task of rolling the ball into an empty net five minutes before the interval.
Match Photo’s Courtesy of Allan Robertson
Buckie Thistle: Salmon, S Wood, Napier (Carrol 68), Dorrat, Mackinnon, Cheyne, K Fraser, Taylor, J Fraser (Low 46), Angus, Adams. Subs not used: Wyness, Scott, Gauld, MacRae, Sim.