Fraserburgh 0, Cowdenbeath 1.

SPFL Trust Trophy first round

A LATE goal gave Cowdenbeath a good win at Bellslea Park last night to book a spot in round two of the SPFL Trophy.

The Broch are one of the fancied sides for the Highland League this season and they gave a really good account of themselves.

But the Blue Brazil defended well and asked more than a few questions for of the home rearguard.

The Cowden side showed three changes from the Elgin game with Ross Clarke, Quinn Coulson and Luke Mahady starting and it saw Robbie Buchanan move into a central midfield role.

Clarke got valuable pitch time at left-back after his recovery from a double ankle break while youngsters Coulson and Mahady got the chance to impress their manager.

The opening phase of the game saw Highland Leaguers Fraserburgh make a decent start to the match keeping tabs on the Blues’ dangerman Liam Buchanan.

But they put together a couple of good moves too without really testing Cammy Gill.

Later in the half Cowden started to carve out some openings and Liam Buchanan brought the home last line Flinn into action and then Bobby Barr went close but at the break there were no goals.

Cowden made a double substitution at half-time with Coulson and Mahady being replaced by Harvey Swann and Kyle Miller.

The extra experience gave Cowdenbeath a bit more midfield authority and Craig Barr threatened from a corner but Gill had to make good save from Gary Harris.

James Collins came on for the closing stages as Cowden went for the winner and it came from Liam BUCHANAN, who showed his usual cool approach to grab the all important goal, which booked a place in round two against Alloa Athletic.

Fraserburgh: Flinn (7 ); Davidson (6), Watt (7) (Young 52 (3)); Cowie (7), Sargent (7) (Hay 74 (3)), G Campbell (6); Beagrie (7), West (6), P Campbell (6), Harris (6) (Barbour 67 (3)), Duncan (6).

Cowdenbeath: Cammy Gill (); Fraser Mullen (7), Ross Clarke (7); Jamie Todd (7), Craig Barr (7), Robbie Buchanan (7); Quinn Coulson (6) (Kyle Miller 46 (6)), Kyle Hutton (8), Luke Mahady (6) (Harvey Swann 46 (6)), Liam Buchanan (7), Bobby Barr (7) (James Collins 80 (3)).

Referee-Chris Fordyce (7)