Four of the goals, including Jack Murray’s dramatic Buckie Thistle winner in a Highland League cracker at Christie Park

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A pulsating Highland League encounter from start to finish saw Buckie Thistle narrowly edge past hosts Huntly.

Match report and goals highlights below.

Jack Murray was Buckie's match winner at Huntly.  Photo: Beth Taylor.
Jack Murray was Buckie’s match winner at Huntly. Photo: Beth Taylor.

In their final match before taking on Celtic in the Scottish Cup, Jags looked ragged in the first half and were lucky to draw at 1–1 at half-time.

Angus Grant missed a glorious chance for Huntly after five minutes, failing to turn home Alex Thoirs’ precision cross inside the six-yard box.

A minute later, Grant put the home side ahead, taking advantage of a handling error from Jags keeper Stuart Knight to let the ball slip out of his hands, allowing the Huntly frontman to fire into an empty net.

Hamish Munro denied Grant a second with a vital block as Buckie was cut open again after 10 minutes.

Josh Peters tested home keeper Fraser Hobday at the other end before a defensive error from Buckie’s Sam Morrison allowed in Andy Hunter, whose solid drive was well parried by Knight on 16 minutes.

Buckie was on sixes and sevens at this stage, and when Grant and Hunter linked up in their box after twenty minutes, a low drive from Hunter narrowly scraped past.

Hobday did well to convert Scott Adams’ 30 yard shot but from the resulting corner on 30 minutes Darryl McHardy’s hooked volley ran over the keeper and ricocheted into the net for Buckie’s equaliser.

Dale Wood then forced a good save from Hobday, while at the other end he was inches away from connecting with Lewis Crosbie’s tempting right-wing centre.

More sloppy play at the back from Buckie was punished by Crosbie setting up Grant for a low effort, again just off target.

Jags were lucky to get inside the entire square at half-time and may have suffered the wrath of manager Graeme Stewart.

Joe McCabe replaced Morrison at half-time and Buckie looked more of a force in the second half, taking the lead after seven minutes.

McCabe’s through ball saw Max Barry shrug off his marker and cut straight through the defense and keeper Hobday before burying a low drive into the corner of the net.

The match became ill-tempered, with McHardy and Ross Still shown yellow cards for their part in a massive fight in the center of the pitch.

Buckie manager Graeme Stewart then entered the field and was promptly shown a red card by referee Harry Bruce.

The visitors were on top at this stage but could not quite finish the match, and Huntly made them pay.

Home sub Brodie Allen took a pass into the Buckie box, shaped to shoot and made a 180 degree turn before planting a low shot past Knight to level on 84 minutes.

But Buckie is known for their late saves and they did it again with less than three minutes to go.

A corner from the left led to a tussle and centre-back Jack Murray was in the perfect position to fire a shot into the roof of the goal, meaning his eleventh goal of the season – and three precious points for Buckie.

Huntly: Hobday, Connelly, Clark, Fraser, Jack (Heslop 72), Crosbie, Still, Thoirs (Wallace 78), Murray (Sewell 72), Grant (Allen), Hunter. Subs: Foster, Gauld, Craig, Evans, Morrison.

Buckie: Knight, Murray, Morrison (McCabe 46), Munro, McHardy, Wood, Pugh, Barry, MacIver (Keir 76), Peters (Harvey 76), Adams (MacAskill 60).

Referee: Harry Bruce


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